Sunday, June 7, 2020


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    Jeep Safari, Earth Day, drumming, films and speakers highlight a busy week

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    Ignoring own standards and experts, Utah commission pushes reopening

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    Widespread testing is key to Moab’s path forward

    Once a person develops symptoms of COVID-19, it has likely already been days since they started unknowingly spreading the virus. As such, local health officials want to expand testing locally for the coronavirus.

    County to diversify post-virus

    The impacts of the pandemic have renewed local leaders’ focus on a topic many have worried over for years but must now confront in much starker terms: Economic diversification.

    Arches, Canyonlands to reopen May 29

    Arches and Canyonlands national parks will partially reopen to the public at the end of the month, according to a spokesperson for the parks, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities.

    The party is over at Imagination Station art supply store

    Cindy Sue Hunter serves a customer at her art supply store, Imagination Station, which has been reconfigured to allow shoppers to do what Hunter calls “door shopping."
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    The Easter Jeep Safari concludes Easter Sunday and the event’s expo takes place at the Old Spanish Trail Arena Thursday and Friday. Items of interest to four-wheelers will be available for purchase at displays both inside and outside the arena.

    Here’s a look at other events on tap in the very busy week ahead:

    April 19-27

    KZMU, Moab’s public radio station, will hold its Spring Radiothon. Call the station for more information.

    Spyhop Digital Media Camp, 9 a.m. to noon inside the Grand County Library large meeting room. This is an intensive digital media camp for middle and high school-age students who will create a short multimedia project with the help of mentors.

    April 20

    Second Annual Earth Day Owner drive, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Moonflower Community Cooperative 39 East 100 North. There will be live music, artisans and free samples. The board of directors will be present.

    Free entrance to National Parks

    April 21 (Easter)

    April 22 (Earth Day)

    Community yoga, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Moab Arts & Recreation Center; suggested donation of $10.

    April 23

    “First Man,” is this month’s featured Castle Valley Film at Castle Valley Library. This documentary focuses on astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.

    Introduction to Taiko drumming, 5:30 Tuesdays, Grand County Middle School.

    April 24

    6 p.m. Speaker Josh Smith will discuss evidence of a large, long-lived lake in the upper Navajo Sandstone at this Utah Friends of Paleontology meeting at Zions Bank. The event is free.

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