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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

Saturday, February 15, 2020
Thursday, February 13, 2020

A proposed parking garage in central Moab met with significant resistance from residents, business owners and some city councilmembers, who pointed to ballooning cost estimates, questions about community benefits and a city-commissioned parking study that some say shows little need for the p…

Despite ongoing litigation, the Bureau of Land Management has released management plans for the two units of the Bears Ears National Monument, along with plans for each unit of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The monuments were reduced amid controversy in 2017 by President D…

Funding for a new medical clinic in Spanish Valley was approved unanimously by a state board last week with no comment, despite weeks of legal challenges and contentious discussions about whether the clinic will meet the needs of residents in the region, straddling the boundary line between …

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The lives of two members of a local Moab family were lost in a multi-car collision on Main Street on the night of Feb. 9. Police say Moab local Vilsar Camey, 45, was killed when a reckless driver ran a red light at high speed at the intersection of Center Street and Main Street, crashing int…

Thursday, February 06, 2020