The Times-Independent was named “Best Veteran Newsprint” in the state in this year’s “Best of Utah” edition from the Salt Lake City-based alternative newspaper.
“In the age of family-values blogging at the Deseret News and death-by-a-thousand-cuts at The Salt Lake Tribune, the fact that Moab’s Times-Independent continues to survive on a no-doubt-shoestring budget is something to be both admired and celebrated,” City Weekly’s awards committee wrote. “[I]ts pages still boast solid reporting, well-written features and a bright, informative opinion page. Its offices exude the glorious smell of ink and paper, of old-fashioned values that, in these digital times, make journalists’ and readers’ hearts feel glad.”
Two local restaurants, Milt’s Stop & Eat and the Moab Brewery also received awards.
Milt’s Stop & Eat was named “Best Moab Americana” for its traditional American fare, featuring “fine burgers” that come from grass-fed, hormone-free cows, and toppings sourced from locally grown vegetables. The Brewery, this year’s “Readers’ Winner,” was named “Best in Moab” in the food and drink category for its selection of hand-crafted beers and “tasty pub food – including a large mix of vegetarian options.”
Eddie McStiff’s and Fiesta Mexicana restaurants placed second and third, respectively, in the “Best of Moab” dining category.
Grand County outfitter Back Country Mules was named Best Mule Ride by City Weekly.
The town of Moab was also named the Readers’ Winner for Best Recreation Destination/Best Summer Getaway, and the town ranked second for Best Biking – behind Deer Valley Resort, and third for Best Winter Getaway, behind Park City and St. George.