Garfield County Issues Emergency Recreation Order

PANGUITCH – Garfield County, in cooperation with the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, the BLM, and Southwest Utah Public Health, are working together to issue an Emergency Recreation Order. This order will temporarily close multiple public land locations throughout Garfield County due to impacts related to COVID-19. This order applies to all recreationists, but does not impact ranchers and miners […]

Wayne County Commissioners Issue Message to Residents

WAYNE COUNTY – Below is a message from the Wayne County Commissioners to Wayne County residents, which was published on the County’s website on April 8, 2020. Dear Wayne County Residents; As the Wayne County Commission we have the utmost concern for our communities Health and Safety. We have taken an oath to the U.S. Constitution, which is the protection […]

Bryce Canyon National Park Temporarily Closed

BRYCE – On April 6, the National Park Service (NPS) received a letter from the Southwest Utah Public Health Department recommending a full closure for Bryce Canyon National Park. Upon receiving this request, Superintendent Linda Mazzu, with the support of the NPS Deputy Director, Operations, David Vela and Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, made the decision to close the […]

Capitol Reef National Park Temporarily Closed

TORREY – Capitol Reef National Park announced additional modifications to operations in response to a letter from the Central Utah State Health Department recommending a full closure. The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor […]

SparkSquad At-Home Activity Kits Available at Royals

LOA – Families can pick up free, SparkSquad At-Home Activity Kits at Royal’s Foodtown. Each kit focuses on a different aspect of cultural heritage and includes materials for creating a project. For instance, the Our Heritage of Clay and Pottery kit describes how people have been creating figurines of people and animals for thousands of years. Participants are invited to […]

Wayne County Commission April 6, 2020

WAYNE COUNTY – The meeting was held, as usual, at the Wayne County Courthouse. This report was made using the audio recording of the meeting. In attendance were Commissioners Wood, Dennis Blackburn and Roger Brian, County Clerk Ryan Torgerson, Emergency Services Director Jeanie Webster and Sheriff Dan Jensen. The agenda was amended to include a discussion of the idea of […]

A New Class of First Responder

by Dave Davis, President of the Utah Food Industry Association UTAH – Since the introduction of coronavirus (COVID-19) to our communities, daily life has changed for most Utahns and doesn’t look to return to normal for some time. In times of uncertainty, we often look to first responders who courageously answer the call, routinely putting their own safety in jeopardy, […]

Commissioners Should Justify Actions and Explain Stance Taken in Letter to Gov. Herbert

Below is a copy of the email I sent to the Garfield County Commissioners on March 21, to which I received no response. I sent a follow-up email a week later, and again received no response. March 21, 2020 Dear Sirs, Thank you for the letter that all three of you, among others, co-signed to Governor Herbert and Lt. Governor […]

Thank You to Essential Workers

Judi and I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to our local medical community and the many retail, grocery store, food service, repair service, law enforcement, county, city and postal employees who are unselfishly and at great personal risk serving our needs in this time of fear and anxiety. Contemplate for just a moment what our lives would be […]

Tri-County Economic Recovery Task Force Established

WAYNE/GARFIELD/PIUTE – A Tri-County Economic Recovery Task Force has been established, with a first Zoom meeting held on April 6 at 6pm. A second was held Monday April 13 also at 6pm. The first meeting had 45 participants from the three counties, including representatives from each of the three county commissions, and the agenda covered the financial programs available to […]