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    Between 9 a.m. and noon on Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30, administrators at Arches National Park prevented vehicle entries into the park after its three main parking lots inside began to fill up. The public’s rush into the park followed two months of closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Ignoring own standards and experts, Utah commission pushes reopening

    The COVID-19 model from the CDC predicts an increase in deaths from the coronavirus from Utah in the coming weeks, and key indicators predict more hospitalizations are to come.

    Moab water index at 26%

    Levels of precipitation impact flow in the Colorado River, among numerous other ecologic and civic systems. This year, seasonal precipitation has...

    Arches National Park explores timed entry traffic plan

    The Wolfe’s Ranch parking lot that hikers to Delicate Arch use is roughly 75 percent full Friday, a couple of hours...

    Opinion

    Opinion: Secretary Babbitt’s river plan doesn’t go far enough

    Each spring, the acequias in New Mexico carry cold, clear snowmelt to freshly furrowed fields on small farms. The centuries-old irrigation culture is recognized in state law and supported by strong communities.
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    Letter: Pandemic, protests expose wealth gap

    As I try to make sense of the growing wave of protests and sporadic violence, it’s hard to escape thinking about the vast disparities of wealth and power that we have allowed to permeate our nation. The pandemic has brought these disparities into sharp focus.

    Opinion: The most dangerous place in Grand County

    Can you name the most dangerous place in Grand County right now?

    Letter: Parkway unsuitable for bike skills park

    Much of history gets lost in the crush of time and the next new thing. So it is with the city’s plan to turn part of the in-town Mill Creek Parkway into a bike skills park. Involving tree removals, grading in a flood plain, and other work that will permanently alter a beautifully tranquil section of the pathway, it is fundamentally antithetical to the founding principles of the parkway itself. (And bad timing for a $30,000 investment from the city.)

    Commencement at Corona Arch: Family enjoys four graduations

    Eli Hazlett, from left, with mom, Nicki and brother, Zac, jump for joy at Corona Arch in caps and gowns to...

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    Education

    District ends student meal delivery by bus; drive-through opens at HMK

    The service will be in the loop at the front of the school where families can pick up breakfast and lunch. Children do not need to be in the vehicle to receive the food.

    Class of ’20 graduates in style despite pandemic

    There wasn’t a single graduate who didn’t receive shouts of recognition, a cacophony of honking horns, or the duty of posing a few seconds while parents and other loved ones took photographs.

    District to end student meal delivery by bus; drive-through opens at HMK

    Instead, as of Monday, June 1 through June 30, all children 18 years old and younger can receive a meal from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at a drive-through at Helen M. Knight Elementary School, 505 N. MiVida Drive.

    School leaders say past months have taught ‘resilience,’ the power of relationships

    The Times-Independent interviewed Grand County High School Principal Steve Hren and Grand County School District Superintendent Taryn Kay on May 11 about their experience and thoughts about the two prior months, in which local campuses closed, and students were sent home to finish off their year doing distance education amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The class of 2020 will celebrate like none before

    With physical distancing and social togetherness the name of the game amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the class of 2020 from Grand County High School will join their peers around the state, country and world to celebrate their graduation in a manner that will be altogether unprecedented and unique but will — to the degree that it is safe — bring them together to celebrate on May 28.

    Grand County High School 2020 Senior Class

    The class of 2020, including a photo of some of the soon-to-be graduates from kindergarten.

    Government News
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    Economic injury loans in Utah reach $365.3M

    The U.S. Small Business Administration said in a statement that as of May 25, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program approved 500,074 loans nationally totaling $42.4 billion.

    USDA offers assistance to farmers, ranchers impacted by COVID-19

    Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic.

    Bike skills park moves forward

    Plans to build a bicycle skills park at Mill Creek Parkway are moving forward with an eye on giving children a chance to practice in a safe environment...

    Public Notices

    NOTICE OF HEARING BEFORE THE BOARD OF OIL, GAS AND MINING – DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, STATE OF UTAH

    THE STATE OF UTAH TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE FOLLOWING MATTERS (Docket Nos. 2020-012, and 2020-013): Notice is hereby given that...

    PUBLIC HEARING ON THE TENTATIVE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021

    The Town of Castle Valley Town Council will hold a Public Hearing on June 17th 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at 2 Castle...

    NOTICE OF DESTRUCTION OF RECORDS

    Effective 6/30/20, The Special Education Department of the Grand County School District will destroy the Special Education files of students born before...

    GRAND COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION – NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

    As provided by law, the Board of Education of the Grand County School District will hold a public hearing at approximately 5:15...

    FREE WOOD PERMITS

    The Manti-La Sal National Forest is issuing free use wood permits beginning June 1st and continuing through the month of June. All...

    NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING

    The Grand Conservation District will hold its annual budget hearing on Tuesday June 9, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. The public is invited...

    Public Health

    CFI modifies summer camp due to pandemic; won’t do overnight programs

    Canyonlands Field Institute has made the difficult decision to cancel its traditional overnight camps this summer, but is continuing to hold a new type of day camp.

    District ends student meal delivery by bus; drive-through opens at HMK

    The service will be in the loop at the front of the school where families can pick up breakfast and lunch. Children do not need to be in the vehicle to receive the food.

    Outdoors

    BLM seeks to limit roped, aerial activity in Mineral, Hell Roaring canyons

    In recent years, recreational activity in the Mineral and Hell Roaring canyons has increased, leading to impacts to wildlife habitat, officials say.

    Capitol Reef National Park fully opened

    The health and safety of visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount, according to park officials.

    DWR: Fly fishing in June can be worth the drive

    Cutthroat trout also typically spawn during the peak of the runoff and are especially hungry after spawning.

    DWR seeks information after 260 fish left to waste near Syracuse

    The fish were discovered on the side of the road on West Gentile Street near Syracuse in northern Utah on May 18.

    DWR: Don’t touch baby deer found in the wild

    They are often born in June, which is why you may find one during your outdoor adventures in early summer, said Faith Jolley, spokesperson for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

    Community

    National police brutality prompts small, peaceful protests in Moab

    Protestors gather at the corner of Center Street and Main Street to demonstrate against police brutality and for Black lives Wednesday...

    Leaving Guatemala Part 2: There wasn’t enough time to say goodbye

    The author with a group of Guatemalan extension agents and farmers after a day of working on a hoop house that...

    Moabites earn academic awards, noted presentations

    Photo by Carter Pape The following Moab residents earned academic honors at their respective colleges and universities:

    Live music returns to Moab Backyard Theater

    Have you been missing live music the last few months? Well, then you’re in luck! The Moab Backyard Theater in downtown Moab, was among the first live music venues to reopen in the entire USA, hosting a lineup of local acts Tuesday through Thursday.

    Memorial sculpture is donated to city

    A large sculpture by Castle Valley artist Micheal Ford Dunton honoring the life of the late Tyler Palmer will be unveiled during a private ceremony June 5 in downtown Moab. While COVID-19 has prompted a closed event, it will be streamed on Facebook Live.

    Leaving Guatemala Part 2: There wasn’t enough time to say goodbye

    The author with a group of Guatemalan extension agents and farmers after a day of working on a hoop house that...

    CFI modifies summer camp due to pandemic; won’t do overnight programs

    Canyonlands Field Institute has made the difficult decision to cancel its traditional overnight camps this summer, but is continuing to hold a new type of day camp.

    Most Read

    Young sisters killed in Goblin Valley flash flood

    Two young siblings from West Jordan died in a flashflood at Little Wild Horse Canyon inside Goblin Valley State Park in Emery...

    Against local officials’ request, gov. allows Moab lodgings to fully reopen

    Grand County asked to keep hotel capacities limited. The state overruled local elected and health officials, instead further lifting restrictions on the county.

    Moab water index at 26%

    Levels of precipitation impact flow in the Colorado River, among numerous other ecologic and civic systems. This year, seasonal precipitation has...

    Biking, Hiking & Trails

    Tales of Trails: Dominguez Canyon offers wilderness, hikes, history

    Little Dominguez Canyon near Grand Junction, Colorado, was home to prehistoric Native Americans and a homesteading family that raised peaches there....

    Tales of trails: Riding along the edge of town is a dream

    I didn't think I was going to like Pipe Dream when I first moved to Moab, but I was very much wrong.

    Tales of trails: Grandstaff Canyon is a hiker’s paradise

    Our latest installment in our ongoing series, "Tales of Trails," features the popular Grandstaff Canyon.