Why I Love Moapa Valley

For as long as I can remember living here in Moapa Valley has meant a struggle for independence, the right to chart our own course, and to have a voice as a rural community. As an educator, whether it was called Empowerment or AB469, the battle has remained the same. I love to watch the faces of city folk when they walk into a packed football stadium, basketball gym, or concert in Moapa Valley; it is pure amazement. As our children grew up in this culture of independence and pride, I was grateful to be a part of it. It is difficult for me to appreciate the challenges of big-city schools and communities, but it is equally difficult for city dwellers to appreciate the challenges of a small, rural community. I love the independent spirit of our small town. Whether it is school spirit, patriotism, concerts, or football games, the people of Moapa Valley come together for the greater good, our children, and our community. This community extends to and includes the Southern Paiute families and their children as well, as they struggle for independence, the right to chart their own course, and to have a voice. It is the people of the Moapa Valley community and that spirit of independence that helps me proclaim, “I love Moapa Valley!”

~ Ken Paul

 

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