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Thursday, April 02, 2020
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Weeks ago, Shanna Yazzie knew something was wrong after making her usual monthly trip into town for supplies.

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Arches and Canyonlands national parks are closed, after Moab Mayor Emily Niehaus, Moab Regional Hospital officials and the Southeast Utah Health Department all urged National Parks Service officials to shutter the tourist-heavy areas to stop the spread of coronavirus in the area.

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After weeks of suspecting the coronavirus was circulating in the Moab community, the Southeast Utah Health Department reported the first positive COVID-19 test for Grand County late the evening of March 27.

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Moab Rotarians delivered household goods to the Moab Valley Multicultural Center on March 27. The MVMC is collecting donations and distributing goods to those in need. Pictured, from left to right, are Danette Johnson, Britta Kingsley, Rhiana Medina, Marc Lindsay and Dave Bierscheid. [Facebo…

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The ongoing tidal wave of coronavirus pandemic-related news is thick with terms like, well, “pandemic.” We know what these words mean in a general sense, but in technical terms, what is the difference between “pandemic” and “outbreak?” How about “quarantine” and “isolation?”

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The City of Moab has issued an order closing playground equipment, drinking fountains and restrooms in all city parks until further notice to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Henry “Wayne” Norton, passed away on April 1 at his home in Moab. A graveside service is pending at this time. Condolences may be sent to his family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.

Grand County Public Library staff sent a message from Cosmo the Library Cat. He “wants everyone to know that he is being very well cared for and getting lots of love from library staff. Although he is enjoying lots of long, uninterrupted naps, he really misses all the nice people, and looks …

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The Moab Free Health Clinic, like so many healthcare providers, are preparing for the stress and challenges of responding to the health and economic crisis caused by the spread of COVID-19. Angela Settle is the Development Director of the Moab Free Health Clinic, which has been providing fre…

Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Saturday, March 28, 2020
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Updated 3/31: The National Park Service announced that Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments will be closed to all park visitors until further notice beginning on April 1. The parks join Arches, Canyonlands, Yellowstone and more parks in closing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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After weeks of suspecting the coronavirus was circulating in the Moab community, the Southeast Utah Health Department reported the first positive COVID-19 test for Grand County late the evening of March 27. 

Friday, March 27, 2020
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Outside Moab Regional Hospital’s entrance on March 23, a group of women arrives bearing large baskets of hand-sewn medical gowns and masks with bright patterns. Hospital officials and doctors greet them, standing six feet apart but smiling.

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While there remain no confirmed cases in Grand County of COVID-19, the coronavirus causing a worldwide pandemic and leading to unprecedented public health measures, that number does not comfort Moab Regional Hospital CEO Jen Sadoff. 

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As the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic led to the mandatory closures of many public places, tourism was essentially halted just when Moab businesses were counting on an uptick in customers. Restaurants are one especially hard-hit sector and local owners are struggling to decide how to move forwa…

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Update 3/28: this article was updated to reflect a second confirmed case in San Juan County, a clarification to the public health order issued the following day, as well as a statement issued by Blanding Mayor Joe Lyman. 

Thursday, March 26, 2020
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As local businesses began reducing hours or closing entirely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Kingsley realized that many of his tenants would be short on wages or out of work completely. Kingsley is the owner and president of DMA International, Inc., a property management company w…

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Sunday, March 22, 2020
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3/25 Update: This article has been revised to reflect changing policy. In a statement on March 24, the Grand County School District announced changing times for students picking up meals at bus stops. The statement reads: 

Friday, March 20, 2020
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The spread of COVID-19, a coronavirus causing a global pandemic, has also led to an “infodemic,” according to the head of the World Health Organization. In an effort to answer questions and inform readers, we spoke to Moab Regional Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dylan Cole to answer qu…

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
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Though many Grand County buildings and operations are closed, the County Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on March 17, discussing government operations during the current state of emergency, how the county and the local economy will be affected, and summarizing current closures a…

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
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After a weekend where RVs with Colorado license plates drove up and down Moab's Main Street, the Southeast Utah Health Department issued a travel advisory to the area's tourists: go home and stay home until the thread of COVID-19/coronavirus is passed. 

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In a live press conference on March 17, Southeast Utah Health Department Director Bradon Bradford announced a mandatory "soft" closure of restaurants, bars and other public gathering places for Emery, Carbon and Grand Counties. The order also bars hotels and other lodging from checking in an…

Monday, March 16, 2020
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In a statement to Utah Governor Gary Herbert on March 16, Moab Regional Hospital's top officials spoke clearly, urging the state to shut all "non-essential" Moab businesses down, including restaurants and lodging, in order to slow the spread of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic locally. 

Friday, March 13, 2020
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
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Tears and anger were on display at an emergency meeting of the Grand County Council on the morning of March 11, as a proposed 30-day restriction on public gatherings in an attempt to prevent the local spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19, was rejected.

Thursday, March 05, 2020

A deal to create a 150-room hotel and resort adjacent to the Sand Flats Recreation Area may be taken up by the Utah Supreme Court, after a lower court ruled the contract violated Moab’s own laws to avoid public hearings on the development.

The waters of Lake Powell stretch across the border between Utah and Arizona, backed up by the Glen Canyon Dam. The reservoir is part of a vast and complex infrastructure used to manage the distribution of water from the Colorado River. 

Friday, February 28, 2020

Many Grand County residents and outdoor recreators from all over the world are likely relieved that the Utah State office of the Bureau of Land Management has removed two controversial parcels, located in the Sand Flats Recreation Area above Moab, from consideration for an oil and gas lease …

Monday, February 24, 2020
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Approving the updated job descriptions and grade reclassifications for the Active Transportation and Trails Division of Community and Economic Development