Tuesday November 5th, 7:00 p.m.

Ghost Stories, Ghost Towns: Tales Rooted in Moab and the Colorado Plateau

From haunted spaces to abandoned places, our region is full of ghostly stories to be heard, as told by Moab locals in-the-know. Join Moab Museum for a dark and stormy night of tradition, mystery, and tales told by locals with first-hand encounters from the other side.

“An Ancestral Connection from Beyond”

Victoria Fugit is a founding influencer on Utah's Catalyst magazine, an accomplished watercolorist, and a practitioner of Horary Astrology in addition to her variety of roles at the Moab Museum.

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“Dia de los Muertos”

Zaida Winn, Program Coordinator for Moab Valley Multicultural Center and long time Moab resident, is a native of Bolivia who grew up with the ancient tradition of Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead. She'll share the living history and cultural life-ways of connecting with the souls of Loved Ones who've passed on.

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“The Spirits of Star Hall”  

Vesta Higgs, a native Moabite, mom of three, and grandma of three is a Grand County administrative assistant working for the last six years in the Maintenance Department for Historic Star Hall. Spirits dwell there, she says, as she will reveal in her story.

Doni Kiffmeyer directs the Moab Community Theater is also the alternative building guru and co-author of the book Earthbag Building. As the story coach for this event, Doni has worked in radio, stage and film. He and wife Kaki will add their own spin to Star Hall’s haunts.

Kaki Hunter is an American actress, architect, and writer and is perhaps best known for her role in the trilogy of Porky's films in the 1980s. Kaki works alongside Doni as story coach for this event. In addition to co-authoring the how-to-book Earthbag Building, she wrote and performed the world debut of two metaphysical musicals – Vipassana and Yo Mama ­– for Moab and the world.

“The Ghost of Grand County Middle School”

Robert Magleby, an employee for the Grand County School District, has worked with students using scientific methods and video to shed light on the mystery of the ghost that haunts the Middle School. This project has resulted in the collection of many hair-raising personal stories he is eager to share.

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“Ghost Towns and Haunted Places”

Christy Williams Dunton, MC, is a place-based storyteller with a short tale of her negotiating experience with unsettled, ancient spirits of the Moab Valley as an intuitive doing a house clearing. Christy is a long time broadcast journalist and audio archivist in Moab—from the industrial boom days of managing KURA, KUranium AM, to directing programming at KZMU-FM—now contributing to the Moab Museum's audio visual archives. Listen as she weaves tales of ghost towns and haunted places.

Anyone in the audience who is moved to share a story during the course of
the evening can sign up to tell their own tales. Light refreshments will be served.

Call the Moab Museum for more information: 435-259-7985

Tuesday November 19th, 7:00 p.m.

Dinosaur Man
Stories of Discovery and Adventure Told by a Moab Icon


Long-time dinosaur bone and rock hunter Lin Ottinger is the well-known owner of the nearly sixty-year-old Moab Rock Shop. Listen as he tells stories of his greatest discoveries.

Join us at the Moab Museum to hear self-taught geologist and palaeontologist, Lin Ottinger, speak about his background, how he came to love dinosaurs, his paleontological discoveries, how and where he found the Utah Raptor, and some of his adventures in the surrounding desert. Lin’s stories are not to be missed.

Tuesday October 8th, 7:00 p.m.

The Nature Conservancy & Dugout Ranch: History of a Unique Collaboration

A Conversation with Heidi Redd, owner of Indian Creek Cattle Company, and Sue Bellagamba, Canyonlands Regional Director for The Nature Conservancy.

It was the vision of the Redd family that allowed The Nature Conservancy to purchase the 5,200-acre Dugout Ranch in 1997, thus protecting it forever from subdivision and inappropriate development. This purchase has led to a lifelong partnership between the Conservancy and Heidi Redd who continues to live at the Dugout Ranch. In 2009, the Conservancy launched the Canyonlands Research Center-a collaborative effort among the Conservancy, the Redd family universities and public agencies to make key advances in climate science and sustainable land use. The Center's partners include: BLM, USFS, NPS, USGS, Utah State University and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Join Heidi Redd and Sue Bellagamba for an evening of conversation and slides to learn more about the history of the Dugout Ranch and the vision for its future.


Heidi Redd
Owner-Manager, Indian Creek Cattle Company

Heidi Redd has been ranching in southeastern Utah for most of her life. Born in Idaho, Heidi graduated from Utah State University and moved to the Dugout Ranch in the heart of Utah’s canyon country in 1966. Bordering Canyonlands National Park, the Dugout’s 350,000 acres of Forest, BLM and private land comprise one of the largest and most scenic ranches in the Southwest. For 50 years, Heidi ran a cow-calf operation at the Dugout. Her approach to ranching has emphasized traditional cowboying skills and treading lightly on the land. In 1997, Heidi and her family entered into a unique partnership with The Nature Conservancy to ensure that the Dugout Ranch will never be developed. Today, this partnership continues with Heidi and her family managing the cattle herd and the Conservancy supporting range and climate research on the property through the Canyonlands Research Center.

Heidi’s love of the land and commitment to the environment has made her a prominent ranching and conservation leader. She has served as Vice President of The Utah Cattlemen’s Association in 1999, President of the San Juan Cattlemens’ Association in 1995, and Chairman of the Public Lands Council for 2000. She has been recognized by her peers through the Spirit of Ranching award, Conservation Farmer of The Year for San Juan County, Utah, Business Women’s Visionary award, National Day of the Cowboy award, and is currently on the Board of the Natural History Museum of Utah. In 1988 Heidi received The Wallace Stegner Conservation Award, one of The Nature Conservancy’s highest honors, and in 2001, in association with the Conservancy’s 50th Anniversary, she was named one of 50 individuals who most shaped The Nature Conservancy in its first 50 years.


Sue Bellagamba
Canyonlands Regional Director, The Nature Conservancy in Utah

For more than 25 years, Sue Bellagamba has been working with the Conservancy to protect the lands and waters of southeastern Utah. Today, Sue leads the Conservancy's projects in this region as the Canyonlands Regional Director. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University in 1979. Shortly after graduating, she arrived in Moab, Utah, to work for the Bureau of Land Management as a Westwater River Ranger, initiating her passion for the rivers and lands on the Colorado Plateau. Currently she is working to protect flows in the Upper Colorado River Basin and oversee research projects at the Canyonlands Research Center, located at Dugout Ranch.

Tuesday October 22nd, 7:00 p.m.

Women Pioneer Scientists of the Colorado Plateau

Women scientists have helped shape our understanding of Colorado Plateau ecosystems, making lasting contributions to numerous fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. People in the Southwest have a deep appreciation of the women scientists who have pioneered advancements of STEM related fields and who have improved the understanding of the consequences, challenges, and opportunities of our changing world. Women scientists on the Colorado Plateau have and continue to be trailblazers for others to follow. Here I highlight a snapshot of the many scientific achievements of women working on the Colorado Plateau and welcome your stories of influential pioneer women scientists following the presentation.

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Hilda J. Smith
Lab Manager for Canyonlands Field Station of Southwest Biological Science Center

Hilda J. Smith began her career with the U.S. Geological Survey in 2006 and during that time has worked in multiple states, ecological environments, and on numerous projects. Hilda started out as a project lead on a National Program for Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative and migrated towards soil and plant ecology projects. Plant and soil science has given her experience with complex equipment and experimental design. Hilda quickly took on leadership tasks both in the field and in the laboratory setting. She has been recognized numerous times during her career for her ability to organize projects, supplies, and numerous conflicts to meet deadlines in support of USGS Station tasks, grant requirements, and center level goals. During her thirteen years with the USGS she has been awarded both Individual STAR Awards and Group Awards. In 2015, Hilda was awarded an Individual Safety Award in Reston.


Hilda earned her B.A. in Biology with a Naturalist Concentration from Lees McRae College at Banner Elk, NC. She uses her experience and problem solving skills to coordinate multiple projects for different Principle Investigators, Post Doctorates, Technicians, and Collaborators within the United States, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Germany, China, and Antarctica. Hilda is responsible for myriad safety tasks including laboratory practices, chemical storage and disposal, safety equipment, vehicle maintenance, and employee daily field check in updates. Hilda prepares and organizes several types of sample collections, communicates with University Lab Managers to facilitate sample analysis, organizes the raw data to be further analyzed, updates sample tracking and archiving information. She inventories and restocks crucial supplies both in the office and field while working with individuals to make sure project needs are met. Hilda tracks the review, approval, and dissemination of information products subject to Fundamental Science Practices. She is a Peer Support Worker promoting awareness and providing outreach and education on topics and related policies to anti-harassment, discrimination, biases, and scientific integrity. Everyone who works with Hilda recognizes her exceptional skill in project planning and logistics and her positive, helpful, and supportive approach to science support is a huge benefit to all projects and teams of which she is a part.