favorite of mine is the Canyon Country Zephyr, based in Moab, Utah.
Editor and publisher Jim Stiles has loaded this irreverent
newspaper with enough good
reporting to put metro papers to shame… the Zephyr tells it like it
is. In Moab, the erstwhile outdoor recreational capitol of the interior
West, the siren like allure of booming tourism has become, for many,
a monster out of control."
Lone Peak Lookout
"(The Zephyr), a serious, but funny, bi-monthly offers the best insights
we've seen into the problems of the Southwest starting with too many
to strike it rich in beautiful but poor country. Stiles has the courage
to discuss the problems created by armies of invading tourists as well
as the cancer
left by earlier Moabites who came to Utah to make their fortunes."
Ft. Collins, Colorado
"Stiles wants to return to the good old days of Ed Abbey and economic
depression. He has a closed
mind when it comes to progress. "
Moab real estate agent
Salt Lake City Magazine
"Stiles is a publisher of quintessential fair-mindedness: he disapproves
of just about everyone. As far as landscape blights go, he places hoards
bikers on a par with any oil rig. He prints columns by boneheaded radicals
as well as the radically boneheaded. Stiles is an aggressive perpetrator
of knowledge, a passionate defender of kindness and common sense, has
a splendid sense of humor, and is a primo curmudgeon. The Canyon Country
Zephyr might be the best local newspaper in the country."
"Stiles publishes the Canyon Country Zephyr, a polished alternative
newspaper. Reading the Zephyr
can bring tourist guilt. Stiles can be as cantankerous
as Abbey, calling for identification cards to be issued to longtime
Moabites so they can secure tables reserved for locals during the tourist
"You say you could care less about what's going on in Moab, Utah? Read
the Zephyr anyway. You'll get a lesson in how the media can analyze
without resorting to the boring outmoded notion of unbiased reporting.
Besides the hand-drawn cartoons by Stiles will make you chuckle."
Salt Lake City
"I can sum up the Zephyr in one word...crap."
Grand County Commissioner