Sunday, June 7, 2020


Moab, UT

59.4 F


    Gas prices continue recovery

    The national average is up 20 cents per gallon from a month ago and 84.5 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

    Lodgings are seeing low-percentage occupancy despite reopenings

    Business owners who sit on the advisory board of the Moab Area Travel Council said while sharing updates on Tuesday, May 12...

    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."

    Arches National Park explores timed entry traffic plan

    The Wolfe’s Ranch parking lot that hikers to Delicate Arch use is roughly 75 percent full Friday, a couple of hours after Arches National Park reopened for the second time that day. Photo by Doug McMurdo If the community is going to be...

    Moab water index at 26%

    Levels of precipitation impact flow in the Colorado River, among numerous other ecologic and civic systems. This year, seasonal precipitation has been at 84% of average. Photo by Carter Pape May was another rough month for precipitation in Utah’s valley locations, where the...

    BBB frowns on Utah company Smilelove

    In addition, BBB reports that Smilelove’s number of complaints has increased from an average of less than 50 per month to more than 113 in the past week.

    Another business folds: Owner says Atomic Grill will not reopen

    In a public letter to Moab posted on his Facebook profile, Tim Buckingham, chef and owner of the Atomic Grill and Lounge...

    Stories of Interest

    Drop in oil creates dent in Utah economy

    Oil is pumped in the Uinta Basin. The pandemic has devastated the oil market across the globe, including in Utah. Photo...

    Lop’s celebrates fifth anniversary

    Courtesy photo The team at Lop's Pop Stop on south Highway 191 celebrated its fifth anniversary Friday evening...

    Grand: Highest unemployment in Utah

    According to Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Grand County currently has the highest rate of unemployment in the State of Utah as workers have been laid off or furloughed en masse in the absence of tourism amid fears and regulations with regard to COVID-19.

    SBA: Committed to help businesses amid pandemic

    Roughly half of Moab applicants get help for payroll protection The U.S. Small Business Administration announced April 16 that...

    Officials look to organize lodgings before possible reopening

    Council member, health department looking for business input on ongoing COVID-19 response While physically people are doing the...

    No tourism in 2020?

    Timeline for reopening economy remains uncertain. Slickrock Cinemas 3 is closed until at least April 15 after a public health order last month ordered public locations including cinemas, bars, bowling alleys and other businesses to shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Annexation smaller than advertised

    Readers might have been taken aback to read in our Legal Notices section on April 2 about a landowner who intended to annex two parcels totaling about 60 acres south of the City of Moab.

    City Market announces store modifications to guard against virus

    City Market Monday announced the adoption of customer capacity limits to further encourage physical distancing in stores. Beginning April 7, the retailer...

    USDA-RD Utah ‘open for business’

    USDA Rural Development in Utah is “open for business and here to serve our rural communities affected by COVID-19,” said Randy Parker,...

    Herbert to small businesses: Contact lenders

    Governor implores people to apply through SBA Small business owners have been strongly encouraged to apply for financial assistance...

    SBA: Faith-based orgs. eligible for various virus relief programs

    Stimulus extends to eligible non-profits SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza recently announced that SBA issued guidance clarifying that all faith-based...

    City Market stores will extend hours starting April 13

    Open until 6 p.m. Easter Sunday City Market will have reduced hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Easter...

    City cuts jobs to bridge huge tax loss

    These steps are in addition to cuts made March 13 when 60 part-time employees were terminated.

    City: Nothing left to cut but jobs

    City Manager Joel Linares brought home the point Tuesday when he advised the Moab City Council during a budget presentation that, “not all months are created equal,” when it comes to the collection of sales taxes...

    County council: Community Rebuilds, Friends of Arches aren’t ‘community gifts’

    Two Grand County-based nonprofits that applied this year for property tax exemptions were recently denied their requests after officials made findings that the nonprofits did not provide a sufficient gift to the community, per Utah law, to qualify them for exemptions — exemptions that would have slightly raised property taxes on everyone else in the county.

    Council member worries about ‘scrutiny’ toward mask snubbers

    In a discussion about the current state of Moab’s response to COVID-19, Grand County Council Member Rory Paxman expressed concern last week that a collective push from the hospital and health department to wear masks might be too much, also expressing concerns about “scrutiny” toward people who do not wear masks.

    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.