On Friday, Utah. Gov. Gary Herbert issued an order to Utah residents to “stay home, stay safe,” directing individuals to “limit travel only to essential travel,” to “stay at home as much as possible,” and to “work from home whenever possible,” among other restrictions.
Gov. Gary Herbert said Tuesday, March 24, during a press conference about the state’s plan to respond to the economic fallout of COVID-19, that he saw “mixed messages” from rural Utah on whether the areas do or do not want tourism coming into town.
Since receiving an influx of reports of price gouging over the weekend, investigators with the Division of Consumer Protection are aggressively pursuing reports of price gouging in the State of Utah, according to Utah Department of Commerce Public Information Officer Brian Maxwell.
Moab’s representative in the Utah House of Representatives proposed a bill in February to reform provisions of the Transient Room Tax, a major funding source for Grand County’s and Moab’s public services, and it is nearing passage by Utah lawmakers with strong support from many officials in Salt Lake City and few in Moab.
Across North America, tens of thousands of volunteer weather observers collect and report daily readings of precipitation. But because better science requires even more observations, the organization at the heart of this citizen science effort is seeking more weather enthusiasts, according to scientist Jon Meyer of the Utah Climate Center.
A plan to establish Utahraptor State Park in the area of Dalton Wells, north of Arches National Park, has stalled over concerns with the $10 million price tag attached to the project.
As Utah’s 2020 legislative session nears its end, stakeholders around the state are watching specific bills as they move through or die in committees and on the State House and State Senate floors. The impacts of some bills are obvious, such as a bill to abolish daylight savings time in Utah. Some are more subtle but could impact, for example, housing affordability and homelessness in Utah.
The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is currently seeking a representative to serve on the Utah Recreational Trails Advisory Council.
“Here’s your headline: ‘A new state park 145 million years in the making.’”
Last week, Grand County hosted businesses from across southeastern Utah, including San Juan County for the first time, at its annual business summit now called the Canyonlands Business Summit for a day of updates on the local economy, talks from local business leaders and networking. Utah Lt. Gov. and gubernatorial candidate Spencer Cox gave the keynote address; U.S. Rep. John Curtis, R-Provo, also attended and spoke at the event; and Grand County Community and Economic Development Director Zacharia Levine updated the business community on the state of the local economy.
A push to keep Utah on Mountain Daylight Time throughout the year is supported by an overwhelming number of State senators. Senate Bill 59 Daylight Saving Time Amendments, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Harper, R-Salt Lake, proposes Utah stay on Mountain Daylight Time year-round, pending congressional approval and at least four other western states pass similar legislation.
A forum to discuss the future of Lake Powell and the long-term issues regarding its management, hosted by the Center for Colorado River Studies, Utah State University, takes place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at Star Hall.