Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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    Gas prices creep up as holiday dawns

    The national average price of gasoline has risen 2 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $1.86 per gallon Monday.

    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...

    Nominees sought for Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Advisory Council

    It will focus on endangered species protection, invasive species management, poaching and wildlife trafficking prevention, and nonlethal solutions to human-wildlife conflicts, according to a press release from the department.

    Obituary: Michael Arehart, 1950-2020

    On Nov. 21, 1973, he married his wife of 47 years, Ann Sparks of Nephi, Utah, in the Manti Temple. To this union came four children, Teresa “Tee,” Mindee, Trevor and Monica.

    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."

    Stories of Interest

    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...

    Unemployment claims in Moab hit 500 in two weeks

    Half million jobs in hospitality and leisure lost nationwide through mid-March Two cars were parked on East Center...

    Laid off or facing reduced hours? Help is available

    Workers may qualify for unemployment insurance payouts Moabites who staff local restaurants, hotels, outfitters, tour companies and other...

    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...

    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 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.

    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.

    What it’s like to start a new job in the middle of a pandemic

    Mallory Nassau Exactly two weeks after the Southeast Utah Health Department passed a health order that effectively closed...