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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."
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    Celebrate Fourth of July; annual Moab free concert series begins July 5

    Ace guitarist Tasjan and his fabulous band make timeless music on the fringes of Americana at the initial Free Concert July 5. Courtesy photo

    Swanny Park will be the place to be Thursday and Friday. Come celebrate Independence Day during daylong festivities at the park at 400 North and 100 West on Thursday, July 4. The fireworks show begins at about 10 p.m. and the display will be viewable from the park. Sponsored by Grand County, the City of Moab and the Grand County Recreation District the show will be choreographed to a playlist on KCYN, 97.1.

    The next day, Moab’s free concert series kicks off 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the park with Aaron Lee Tasjan. Here’s what event organizer Cassie Paup said about him: “Ace guitarist Tasjan and his fabulous band make timeless music on the fringes of Americana. A former member of the glam band New York Dolls, Tasjan’s music is anchored in rock and roll finding inspiration from Tom Petty, The Kinks and The Beatles and motivated by the desire to spread good vibes.”

    The stage will be set up adjacent to the pavilion. Tasjan takes the stage at 6 p.m. with local artists kicking off the concert at 5 p.m.

    In other upcoming events:

    July 6-7: Dash for Canyon Cash Xtreme Barrel Race at the Old Spanish Trail Arena, 3641 S. Highway 191.

    July 8-12: Arty Farty Kids Summer Camp, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Moab Arts & Recreation Center, 111 E. 100 North. Each week has a different theme.

    July 8-12: La Sal Mountains Explorer Base Camp Session 1, for students in fifth through eighth grade. The folks from Canyonlands Field Institute will spend time outdoors with the kids learning about wildlife, enjoying fun activities, and fishing. To enroll either email, call 435-259-7750, or go online at

    July 11: Randall Irmis: Moab Before the Dinosaurs: Life on a Coastal Desert 300 Million Years Ago, 6 p.m. at the Moab Information Center at the corner of Main and Center streets. Canyonlands Natural History Association and the Moab Museum sponsor the event.

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