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    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.

    Leaving Guatemala

    I selected “send me where I’m needed most,” my desire to immerse myself in another country’s culture not affixed to any location in particular.

    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."
    Doug McMurdo
    Doug McMurdo
    Editor Doug McMurdo reports on news out of the Moab City Center, tourism, courts, change of government and more.

    Wettest water year just ended

    At Ken’s Lake, the water level is so high that it has engulfed the base of this tree, which is normally not near – let alone inside – the edge of the water. Photo by Doug McMurdo

    The Natural Resources Conservation Service in a statement to water managers released June 1 reported that all of Utah’s watersheds have received greater than 100 percent of average precipitation since the water year began Oct. 1.

    The NRCS reports many of the state’s smaller reservoirs are at or near capacity, but none have rebounded as dramatically as has Ken’s Lake – 218 percent of capacity this year compared to 43 percent last year.

    Elsewhere, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported in May that the Lower 48 of the U.S. experienced its wettest year on record from May of 2018 through April of this year.

    The reservoir is at 218 percent of capacity, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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