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    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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    Bureau: It’s more important than ever to be counted

    Public domain photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay

    The devastating economic impact COVID-19 will inflict on Grand County’s tourism economy makes it more important than ever for residents to complete the 2020 U.S. Census, officials say. The Census Bureau mailed out roughly 140 million invitations to do so between March 12 and March 20.

    Only a handful of nonintrusive questions are asked and it takes only a minute or two for those who choose to do so online at

    While businesses and hospitality workers will undoubtedly suffer, local governments in Grand County that are already cash-starved will see a perilous decline in sales and transient room taxes, officials say.

    Other Utah communities will be likewise affected. Census figures are used to direct about $5 billion in federal grant funds that will come back to Utah. The state then disburses those funds to communities based on road miles or points of sale, 50%, and 50% of population numbers. Census figures also are used for political redistricting and other important issues. It is mandatory to fill out the census.

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