Saturday, May 30, 2020
Friday, May 29, 2020

Many eyes were on Zion National Park and other recreational areas during the Memorial Day weekend to see evidence of how limited park operations during the COVID-19 pandemic can address a busy holiday season. Limited operations restrained the usual overcrowding, but concerns remain about how…

How do I recreate responsibly during the COVID-19 pandemic? The question weighs heavily for many residents who came to Moab to enjoy its abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities.

Monday, May 25, 2020
Friday, May 22, 2020

While the remainder of Utah was declared to be at “Low Risk” by Gov. Gary Herbert on May 16, Grand County was among a handful of counties and cities to remain with higher restrictions in place.

Photo caption: “If the people can’t go out to hear music, we’re going to bring the music to the people,” said a statement from Moab’s party marching band, the Fiery Furnace Marching Band. With appropriate social distancing precautions, the funky brass band announced that they will be marchin…

After having their senior year in high school curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic, some Grand County High School students went to work with staff to design a graduation ceremony that would be memorable, safe and meaningful for all.

Friday, May 15, 2020

With few tourists and months of lost income, many Moab businesses are in a perilous position, balancing economic pressure with concerns about customer and employee safety. Respecting public health orders, each is creating an individual plan for how their business will adapt to the “new normal.”

On May 13, Zion National Park is set to begin a phased reopening amid a nationwide push to reopen businesses and public land. Arches and Canyonlands will follow suit at the end of the month on May 29 after two months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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At the regular Moab City Council meeting on May 12, the city’s budget was the main topic of discussion. Like the county government, even before COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the national and local economies the city was already making tough decisions to balance their budget.

“This couldn’t really have come at a worse time for a lot of people,” said Maria Sykes, executive director of the Green River Epicenter, an arts and affordable housing nonprofit in the rural Emery County city.

Monday, May 11, 2020
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Arches and Canyonlands National Parks will open its trails and roads to visitors again on May 29 after two months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Moonflower Community Cooperative employee Brad Hanson completes a grocery order for a customer utilizing the store’s curbside pickup service. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as in grocer…

Amid all the discussion of science and economics as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the Moab area, for some the most important question is clear: how do I pay my rent?

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The two main topics of discussion at the Grand County Council meeting April 30 were the response to the coronavirus pandemic and the county’s grim budget outlook.

Monday, May 04, 2020
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The Southeast Utah Health Department confirmed an additional positive test for COVID-19 in Grand County the evening of May 4, after announcing earlier in the day that three previous positive cases were declared "recovered."

Saturday, May 02, 2020
Friday, May 01, 2020
Thursday, April 30, 2020

“People want to go back to work,” said Carl Albrecht, Representative for Utah House District 70, which includes Moab, in an April 23 conversation with the Moab Sun News.

At their regular meeting on April 28, Moab City Council heard an extensive update on the coronavirus response from community health leaders, and discussed how state actions may affect local decision-making. They also considered how they will respond to a significant pending oil and gas lease…

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert issued orders that require all employees of Utah businesses to wear masks. This order goes further than the locally-drafted public health order scheduled to go into effect tomorrow. 

Monday, April 27, 2020
Friday, April 24, 2020

Arches and Canyonlands National Parks usually draw millions of visitors to the Moab area each year—which is the very reason those parks are now closed to the public.


Another Grand County resident has tested positive as of April 23, the Southeast Utah Health Department reports. The department also added an additional case in Carbon County, bringing the total number in the tri-county area to 11 total cases. A previous patient in Grand County was reported t…

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Saturday, April 18, 2020

On April 14, Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced the state’s schools will continue to be closed while students continue learning from home through the end of the year.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Southeast Utah Health Department has been weighing research, guidance from federal health officials and community concerns as they make tough decisions regarding public health orders.

Community members in Bluff have banded together to help their most vulnerable members during the coronavirus pandemic, spending over $10,000 a week to provide supplies to those isolated, and sometimes driving over six hours to deliver groceries.

Five days after announcing its debut, Utah discontinued the use of text alerts targeted at travelers along the state line on April 13 after the technology proved to have too many bugs.

The Moab City Council held a special joint meeting with the City Planning Commission on April 14, followed by the regular City Council meeting. The joint meeting focused on the Overnight Accommodations Development Standards that the two bodies have been working on for months. During the regu…

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"Easter is typically a time for family gatherings, picnics, and outdoor fun," a statement from the San Juan Public Health Department reads, before noting "this year will require all of us to do things very differently."

Thursday, April 09, 2020
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