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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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    The fin known as Organ stands sentinel at Arches National Park. Dead Horse Point Park Ranger Spencer Stokes will lead a discussion on the Colorado Plateau – home to more national parks than any other region of the U.S., at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Photo courtesy of Sanjay Acharya/Wikimedia Commons

    Oct. 10, Thursday: The Colorado Plateau is one of the most striking regions in the world and has the highest concentration of national parks in the United States. What makes this area so unique? Dead Horse Point State Park’s ranger discusses how unique geological processes produced such a varied region of unparalleled beauty, starting at 6 p.m. at the Moab Information Center on the corner of Main and Center streets. Sponsored by Canyonlands Natural History Association and the Museum of Moab.

    Oct. 11, Friday: The Youth Garden Project is hosting its final Garden Dinner of the season at 6:30 p.m. at YGP, 530 South 400 East. Chef Devin Delnicki will create a “delicious autumn-themed spread for all to enjoy at a communal meal with seating throughout the garden. Tickets for this fundraiser are $40 apiece. RSVP at or dial 435-259-2326.

    Oct. 11-13, Friday through Sunday: Moab Points & Pebbles 60th Annual Rock, Gem and Mineral Show at the Old Spanish Trail Arena, 3641 S. Highway 191.

    Oct. 11, Friday: Piano concert with Mitchell Stevens; 7 p.m. at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, 111 E. Center St.

    Oct. 11-12, 15, Friday, Saturday and Tuesday: The Legacy of Hand Quilting: A Dying Craft. Exhibit at the Museum of Moab, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday during the Red Rock Arts Festival and Art walk; and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, including a talk and demonstration by Gerald Dunbar, quilter and master of hand-quilting and appliqué techniques.

    Also, view 15 “out of this world, hand quilted and appliquéd quilts from the It’s Sew Moab challenge. This exhibit runs through Oct. 27.

    Oct. 12, Saturday: Moab Art Walk

    Oct. 15, Tuesday: The National Park Service will hold a meeting to discuss traffic congestion at Arches National Park, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Grand Center, 182 North and 500 West.

    Oct. 16, Wednesday: What’s Your Story? Moab Poets and Writers are holding their monthly Open Mic from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Grand County Library in the large meeting room just off the entry hall. Everyone is welcome to come read, tell or listen. The event is free. A light snack is provided.

    Oct. 16, Wednesday: Author Rebecca Lawson will discuss her book, “The Oasis This Time,” Back of Beyond Books, 83 N. Main.

    Oct. 16, Wednesday: Bluegrass Night with Quicksand Soup. A night of old-time standards and originals. Free. Outside food and drink welcome. Show starts at 7 p.m. at the Moab Backyard Theater behind Zax at 56 W 100 South.

    Oct. 18, Friday: Back of Beyond Books will host “Celebrating the Desert of the New American Wet,” featuring writers Craig Childs, Zak Podmore and Amy Irvine at Star Hall, 159 E. Center St.

    Oct. 18, Friday: Moab Regional Hospital Annual Charity Golf Tournament, 9 a.m. Moab Golf Course. To register, contact Christy Calvin at 435-719-3683 or email

    Oct. 19, Saturday: Rim to Rim Restoration will host its annual open house at the Mayberry Native Plant Propagation Center from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at milepost 15.5, Highway 128. Light refreshments will be served, biocrust information will be available and guests are invited to take a self-guided walking tour. This event is free and open to the public of all ages – bring the children for the scavenger hunt scheduled for any time after 3 p.m.

    Oct. 19, Saturday: Join Hope of the Grand Valley at 10 a.m. for the 5k/10k River Trail Walk or run. This is a fundraiser for Hope of the Grand Valley, which is “a hand up not a hand out,” by fostering and encouraging independence and self-sufficiency for low-income families. Registration is open for all ages until Oct. 18. Early registration is $25, and it’s $35 the day of the event. Register online at “” awards. Visit for more information.

    Oct. 19, Saturday: Contra Dance at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center at 8 p.m. Lessons for beginning dancers starts at 7:30. Live music by the Moab Community Dance Band with Peg Harty, dance caller. There is a $7 suggested donation to benefit music education in Grand County.

    Oct. 28, Monday: Moab Area Travel Council invites all Grand County residents to Star Hall at 5 p.m. to learn about the Travel Council’s sustainability program including a “Do it Like a Moab Local” question-and-answer period with Travel Council board members. Snacks and beverages will be served after the presentation and free “Do it Like a Local’ T-shirts will be handed out while supplies last. Visit for more information.

    Nov. 1-3, Friday through Sunday: Moab Folk Festival, featuring Judy Collins, Martin Sexton and Richard Shindell at Star Hall, High School Auditorium and Downtown Ballfield.

    Nov. 1-3, Friday through Sunday: Moab Celtic Festival, Scots on the Rocks, Old Spanish Trail Arena.

    Nov. 7, Thursday: Join the 2019 Community Artist in the Park, Antonio Savarese, as he looks back on his many experiences interacting with the visitors to the national parks in southeast Utah.

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