It was a wild Memorial Day weekend with all the tourists descending upon us. It was very obvious that people felt the need to get out of doors. With most of the state being in the Yellow Phase (Low Risk), I think people felt a new found freedom for one weekend. Thank you all for your patience and understanding in dealing with our visitors. In particular, thanks to all of the local businesses for either remaining closed or partially opening with the proper protocols, in order to protect your employees and our community. Please continue to support all our businesses as they get back on their feet.
The next couple of weeks will tell the story of what this weekend meant to our rural communities in terms of coronavirus cases. In the meantime continue to maintain physical distancing of 6 feet and wear face masks when in public places. If you need a mask remember you can call Cheryl 7550, Shauna 7383 or Devaki 7606. Also if you experience symptoms of Covid-19, you can call our local clinics and get advice on testing. These websites will also give you the information you need:
Southwest Utah Public Health Department: https://swuhealth.org/covid/
State of Utah : https://coronavirus.utah.gov
Garfield County: https://www.garfield.utah.gov/departments/coronavirus-updates/-fsiteid- 1
Our hero this week is Pam Furches. Pam has organized and set up weekly Zoom meetings for the Boulder Coronavirus Response Team. She has worked to make sure every business is getting updated information on loan and grant programs, acquisition of PPE, and bridge funding through Boulder Community Alliance. Pam has also been one of our contacts with the Boulder Skills Foundation to get residents help with gardens and food security. Her great attitude and work ethic have been inspirational.
We will continue to hold our Town Council and Planning Commission meetings on Zoom during the Yellow Phase. Look for notices and Pegboards of how you can join in by internet or phone.
Boulder Mountain Lodge
Boulder Mountain Lodge will be reopening on Friday, May 29th. We are taking every precaution to make sure our staff, guests and community stay safe. We have carefully reviewed CDC guidelines, information from some of the top medical schools, and best practices from hotels throughout the nation. We are using the same disinfectant used by University of Utah Healthcare. Some of the many changes we are making include installing a Plexiglas barrier at the front desk, requiring staff and encouraging guests to wear face coverings, removing many items from our guest rooms, disinfecting high touch areas frequently, and limiting the number of guests in common areas. Only one (or two people if in the same group) will be allowed in our gift shop at a time and they will be required to wear masks and gloves. We are also temporarily closing public restrooms and the hot tub. We will not allow the use of our massage chairs, games, DVD’s, etc. We are also reducing occupancy as another safety measure. If anyone in the community has concerns, they are welcome to contact me.
Susan Heaton, Operations Manager 435-335-7460 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hell's Backbone Grill &Farm
We are in the final stages of the many months of kitchen renovation that the lodge is doing on our building. Once the kitchen upgrade is complete, we will be opening up for take-out and BML room service. We have been deep in the process of redesigning our restaurant model for the time of pandemic, and hope to start offering patio dining at some point in June. We will not be taking reservations for 2020 but rather doing a “first come first serve” style of seating for our outdoor tables.
In the meantime, we have expanded our online store with new mixes, pickles, jams, crackers, and much more, even instant baking yeast! You can order online ( https://hellsbackbonegrill.com/shop) and choose the pick-up option. We will put your order on the stand in front of the restaurant at your designated pick-up time....
Thanks for your support and stay safe everyone.
Boulder Community Market
Local Offerings this week:
Red House Farm is keeping the farmstand stocked with Fresh Organic Seasonal Greens, Squash Rolls, High Desert Wheat Bread, and sometimes other surprises!
House of Aromatics featuring artisan distilled essential oils & hydrosols of the Colorado Plateau and hand crafted soap by the Pioneer Soap Company. Locals pricing.
Indigo pickles is offering this week:
Curry pickled beets
Indian spiced beet kimchi
Indian spiced pickled cauliflower
Contact Lacy via text (619) 616-8671 or email: email@example.com
Night Raven Wild and Organic Herbs
with a full array of luscious creams, salves, tinctures, teas, powders and herbal honey
seasonal specials include:
Allergy Relief Tea and Sun harmonizing cream
all items priced for locals
please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a complete listing of offerings
Boulder Bread (Karen DeBonis) is doing Locals’Day on Thursdays at the wood oven as well as continuing with Saturdays. To order, sign up for the weekly email by filling out this form , or just by emailing Karen & she’ll get you on the list. There will be one email at the beginning of each week describing the bake schedule for the week and the breads and pastries available for Thursday/Saturday pickup.
Hills and Hollows Pizza
We are excited to add in a weeknight dinner option for locals: Pizza Night is back! They'll be most Wednesday nights, To-Go only, and sadly no live music or hanging out (not yet). Yes, we will take orders by phone and all orders will be to-go. I bought real pizza boxes and everything! Tonight, Wednesday 5/27 is our first one for the year.
How it works:
-Each week's menu will be posted on our facebook page .
-Wednesday starting at 5:30pm , we'll take orders by phone. Call 908-334-0065 to place your order. We'll give you a time estimate of when to come pick up (at the wood oven at Hills &Hollows). Then you pick up your pizza and drive off into the sunset. :)
This week's menu:
Durango: san marzano tomato sauce, ricotta, parmesan, red onion, smoked serrano (spicy) - option to add prosciutto.
Carolina Mountain: pesto, fontina, portobello mushrooms, leeks, sea salt.
The Conrad : pepperoni, hot italian sausage, black olives, green peppers & onion on a base of san marzano tomato sauce & three cheese blend.
Elena's Lighthouse: san marzano tomato sauce, prosciutto, local arugula, shaved parmesan, balsamic reduction.
Margherita : san marzano tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil.
New Yorker: san marzano tomato sauce, blend of three cheeses, & pepperoni.
Just Cheese & Sauce: pretty much exactly what it sounds like.
Friday &Saturday 5 - 8pm at SWK Order anytime until we sell out!
Pick-up your order or sit on our outside dining patio or lawn and enjoy the view.
Menu and order website here: https://sweetwater-kitchen.square.site/
Order our gourmet frozen meals anytime. Just dropped off a batch of enchiladas at Hills &Hollows yesterday for convenient pickup!
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This will be my last official weekly update as we transition into re-opening. I will continue to post important information on Pegboard as it becomes available. If you have concerns or questions please contact me. I am proud of the way Boulder has stepped up to the challenges we have faced and I know we will continue to be good neighbors and friends. Thank you!
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This week's hero is Elena Hughes. Elena is helping Boulder have a more sustainable food supply by providing garden consultations and setting up a meat coop. She has done around twenty garden consultations and hopefully you've been reading her pegboard messages on how to join the meat coop. Thank you Elena for all the time and energy you have spent helping Boulder residents.
Utah Coronavirus Task Force
Garfield County and Boulder Town are in Utah's yellow (low-risk) phase. Learn the public health protocols so that we can keep moving in a safe and healthy direction. Download the full flyer here: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utahs-low-risk-phase/
Check health guidance for your community using the color-coded map on the task force website. It shows the coronavirus risk levels for each part of the state, and links to guidelines.
Be sure to visit these websites for specific information related to the Covid-19 response:
Due to popular demand Southwest Tech will be holding four more Brad Anderson Training's. As many businesses and attractions begin to open their doors and restrictions are lifted these training will help you and your employees. Topics include:
Tuesday, May 26 10 am and 3 pm, Thursday, May 28, 10 am and 3 pm
Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/105890736042
Burr Trail Grill
Hey y’all! We are officially up and running! Our hours are currently everyday 11:30-5
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS. We are currently just doing take out and have available (limited) outdoor seating. Hope to see you soon! The BTG crew 435 335-7511
Boulder Mountain Lodge
Guests have been enjoying solitude and social distancing here for decades....Maybe centuries... Join us when we re-open on May 29!
Make your reservations here: https://boulder-utah.com/rooms-and-rates/ Or call us at 435-335-7460. Following CDC guidelines and lodging experts' best practices, we have developed new cleaning and operational protocols with the sole focus of providing you an experience that is safe and trusted.
We will be open:
Tuesday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
We should have dairy products in. Come stop by!
Burr Trail Outpost
Come visit us at the Burr Trail Outpost. We are open for take out and outside seating. Wednesday - Sunday 9 am - 2 pm.
Here's the update! Now I'll be baking on both Thursdays and Saturdays weekly . For those who would like to pick up their bread on a day when the Hills & Hollows parking lot is a little bit less of a zoo-- or just, if it works better for your schedule-- then this new weekday bakeday is for you! And so: Thursdays at the bakery shall henceforth be called Locals' Day.
How it’ll work:
I’ll still send out a bake schedule early each week (shooting for Mondays). The products described will be available on both Thursday and Saturday of that week. You can choose for your order to be baked & ready for pickup on either day (or both!). The Thursday pickup will be from 10am-noon, and the Saturday pickup 12- 2pm. email@example.com
Continuing with pickup this weekend at Sweetwater Kitchen, Friday & Saturday 5 - 8pm
*You are welcome to order anytime, until we sell out, there is no cut-off time for ordering*
Order and see menu here: https://sweetwater-kitchen.square.site/
Please choose pick-up time so your food is hot when you arrive. Picnicking on the BMGR lawn welcome!
Griffins Grocery Store
Griffin’s will now be open to the general public from noon to 6 Monday through Friday and noon to 5 on Saturdays.
We want to be as accommodating as we can for anyone that would like to avoid the crowds. You are welcome to come in before we open in the mornings by either calling the store, or leaving a message on here. Please help spread the news to the people in town that might not have Facebook.
Mondays and Thursdays we receive our freight truck and are busy in the morning trying to get the shelves restocked. We might not be able to answer the phone on those days.
Please call ahead with slicing meats and cheeses to give us time to get them sliced.
Also between 1 and 4 are generally the least busy hours of the day. We ask if the parking lot is full, to maybe go run a few errands and try coming back.
Be Safe, Be Healthy, Wear Face Masks and continue to follow Physical Distance guidelines. Thanks
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Boulder, Utah 84716
Our Boulder Community Hero for this week is Devaki Murch. Devaki has helped with Boulder's Covid-19 response by creating a community specific website with information for Boulder about Covid-19. It is welcometoboulder.info and is password protected (friskycreek). She also created an extensive community list that is currently being used to distribute masks. She organized a group of seamstresses to make masks and then found gloves and bags for the distribution. She also has coordinated with Waterpocket Distillery who has donated gallons of sanitizer for the community. Devaki is a great asset to our community with her "get 'er done" attitude. Thank you Devaki.
Town Council Special Meeting
Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of the Boulder Town Council will be held Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of considering Hell's Backbone Grill's request for the Town to give Local Consent for their application for a Banquet and Catering License issued by the DABC.
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Planning Commission Regular Meeting and Public Hearing
Time: May 14, 2020 07:00 PM Mountain Time
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Masks and Sanitizer
We still have community masks & antiseptic available (go needmask.staysafeboulder.com to request a mask or hand antiseptic refill) or contact Devaki 7606, Cheryl 7550, Shauna 7383, Tina 7312. You can also receive a mask through “A Mask for Every Utahn” . This is a state of Utah initiative, in partnership with the Utah Manufacturers Association, to help Utahns who may not have a face mask and are returning to the workplace or going out in public. The mask initiative is for all Utahns. The State will provide one mask to each resident who needs one, and will mail — upon request, once, and free of charge — up to six masks to each Utah mailing address. Additional details are provided below the order form. Questions? email@example.com
Utah Dept of Agriculture and Food Grant
This is a Utah Dept of Ag and Food grant (not a loan) aimed at food producers ranchers. Deadline is May 15, and this is being awarded on a first-come/first-serve basis. Awards from $1 to $40K. This link takes you directly to the page where you can access the application:
We will be open Thursday, May 14 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm! Come stop by!
Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch
Hi From BMGR! We wanted to inform everyone that we are slowly opening our cabins and a couple glamping units. The main lodge, store and SWK dining room will remain closed, along with all other public spaces until further notice. We are treating the units that will be open as an "AirBnb" style rental, completely isolated and self sufficient. Wifi is now available in each unit to alleviate guest interactions. Therefore, the front office will remain closed and there is no physical contact with guests. We are screening guests before arrival and limiting guests to those who are driving, not flying, along with many other restrictions. The units rented will be blocked off for 48 hours after the guests leaves and before any cleaning is done. All of our transactions are online. In addition, we are limiting the amount of guests that stay with us to around 15 guests at one time on property until further notice. We have closed the Ranch to everyone except for those that have a reservation for lodging or food in a effort to monitor who is on property.
We are adhering to the CDC guidelines and have created more of our own to ensure the safety of those working for us, those staying with us and the town. We have been taking extra precautions and an extreme amount of careful planning and execution of our moderate opening, luckily there is a lot of good information out there to help with this re-opening. We have been fortunate enough to have obtained gloves, masks and sanitizers....even Lysol.
All of the staff have been trained for Covid-19 procedures and we all are practicing strict codes for the staff and everyone's safety. The staff has been quarantining and taking all precautions necessary since mid March. All gathering and events have been cancelled until July although we are anticipating that date will be pushed back until the fall or in 2021.
We love this town and safety is of the utmost concern. Know that we are going above and beyond what is required by the CDC, State and county to ensure we are a safe haven.
Pick-up Friday & Saturday 5 - 8pm
See the menu and make an order here: https://sweetwater-kitchen.square.site/
IMPORTANT: please choose the time and day of your pick up as food is prepared for your selected pick-up time. You are welcome to order until we sell out.
Pick up on the east (right) side of the building from 5 - 8pm Friday and Saturday only. Lawn is open for picnicking, bring your own seating or blankets and enjoy the view. Feel free to order our frozen meals anytime you like, you can come to SWK to pick them up or we can arrange a meet up in town.
The Burr Trail Outpost (Thanks Alyssa)
Opening Wednesday, May 13th !
Wednesday - Saturday 11-3
Service will be for take out only and delivery is available.
We are offering sandwiches and a daily lunch special along with assorted bakery items:
Chocolate chip cookies
Peanut butter cookies
Morning Glory Muffins
Lemon Layer cake
Sandwich bread- Honey whole wheat -made with fresh ground wheat
Also available: La Barba coffee retail bags, smoothies, milkshakes, specialty coffee and tea drinks. Please email pre-orders to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 435-335-7565 and leave a message.
Hills and Hollows Bakery
This week I am going to dial back a bit on pre-orders in order to have time and bandwidth to do some experimentation. This means I'll have a shorter list of items available for pre-order, but will have a few more things available "a la carte" that you can choose to buy (or not) after seeing them on Saturday.
What you CAN pre-order this week:
-plain sourdough loaf rolled in bran $7
-lavender & honey sourdough $8
-whole wheat & spelt sourdough rolled in oats $8
-english muffins! $1.50 each
-raw pizza dough rounds $3 each
A la carte planned items (these are subject to change):
-chocolate chip sourdough cookies
-rye bread experiments, maybe
To be clear, these items may or may not all be available on Saturday- I've been wanting to do some recipe-testing with these, the list represents my hopes & dreams for this coming bake, we'll see how much I actually get done. :)
Please get me your pre-orders by Thursday ~6pm!
Pickup at the oven Saturday, 12-2pm.
Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!
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Boulder, Utah 84716
Here is the latest update;
This week's hero is Elizabeth Julian and not just because it's her birthday and Teacher Appreciation Week but because of the how she has stepped up to teach her students during the soft closure of schools. It may look like not much is happening because school is closed, but Elizabeth creates online lessons each week for all students from kindergarten to 5th grade in all subjects. She has continued with Morning Meeting each day which is a gathering of students where they can connect and share what's going on only now it is a Zoom meeting on the computer. She also meets individually with students throughout the day on Zoom. She guides her other staff to provide lessons, drop off materials, etc. Our Boulder students are lucky to have Elizabeth and we're lucky to have her in our community.
Sanitizer and Masks
Waterpocket Distillery has provided antiseptic in liquid form for Boulder. It is 80% alcohol + glycerine therefore much thinner than the gel-based sanitizers. We are dispensing the antiseptic on Friday, May 8th from noon to 2 pm at the pavilion this time.
Please bring your own container. We will give each person up to 12oz. We suggest you bring a spritzer bottle or a glass jar for refills. Last week we were concerned that the concentration of the antiseptic was strong and should be used sparingly. Yes, it should be used sparingly , and using it to clean off steering wheels and doorknobs would be a good use as well. Sanitizing hands will add to drying out your hands so again sparingly would be the best. The best option for staying safe is to wash your hands. Wash your hands. All the time. Wash. Wash. Wash.
Thank you, Alan and Anna Scott, Waterpocket Distillery for helping to protect our Boulder community from the coronavirus!
We will also have some masks. We will also take orders for more masks if we run out. You can also request masks on the website or call a mask maker to request a mask. Yes, it is strange to wear a mask but it has worked in other parts of the world. Please consider listening to this podcast on the wearing of masks historically. https://www.autodesk.com/redshift/history-of-face-masks/ The audio recorded interview is at the bottom of the webpage. Interesting listening.
Re-Opening Guidelines - SWUPHD
We are still in the Orange (Moderate Risk) Phase. Here are the Southwest Health Department Re-opening Guidelines for different industries, churches, high-risk individuals and the general public.
Bryce Canyon Partially Open
Beginning Wednesday, May 6th Bryce Canyon will reopen access to:
· The main park road and all viewpoints to Rainbow Point
· Restrooms at Sunset Point (only restrooms open within the park)
· Trails within the Bryce Amphitheater area
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:
· Park Visitor Center and fee booths
· Park campgrounds
· Mossy Cave parking and trail area
· Backcountry trails including the Under the Rim trail and campsites
· Park concessions facilities
Capitol Reef Partially Open
Beginning Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Capitol Reef National Park will reopen access to:
Day use in the South District (Waterpocket Fold), and overnight stays in Cedar Mesa campground. Day use in the North District (Cathedral Valley) and overnight stays in Cathedral Valley campground. Non-trailhead pullouts along Highway 24 for scenic viewing.
With public health in mind, the following facilities will remain closed until further notice: Scenic Drive, and all trailheads, trails, and canyoneering and climbing routes accessed from Highway 24 and Scenic Drive. Overnight use other than at Cedar Mesa and Cathedral Valley campgrounds. The visitor center, Gifford House, and Fruita campground.
Hills and Hollows New Hours
Hills and Hollows is open for in store shopping -above hours to Boulder residents.
We are going to be serving “out of towners” at the window.
Online store and ordering still available.
If anyone is quarantining- we can deliver or arrange pick up.
Please do not come into the store with any symptoms of any illness
Sweetwater Kitchen (Thanks Eva and Eric)
Sweetwater Kitchen is excited to announce we are offering pick up of freshly made burgers and sandwiches! As well as a variety of frozen made-from-scratch gourmet frozen items to cook later at your convenience. As always everything is made from scratch with the best ingredients possible. All beef is grass fed and grass finished sourced locally from Headwaters Ranch.
Here at the guest ranch we have been following all guidelines strictly and will continue to do so throughout this time. All precautions will be taken for your safety and that of our staff.
This Friday 5/8 & Saturday 5/9 from 5 - 8 pm
Please order no later than Thursday night. Order Here:
*For fresh cooked meals, please select day and time of arrival, choose "schedule for later" and enter time of arrival so your food is nice and hot!*. Email any questions to email@example.com If you are unable to drive to the Ranch, please let us know and we can possibly arrange for an in-town drop-off.
Garfield County has produced a flyer for businesses to place in their respective establishments to help provide a sense of reassurance to locals, employees and customers. Falyn has 100 sheets printed and available in her office. COVID-19 Flyer for Businesses
Boulder Arts Council
Boulder Arts Council has decided to cancel all Music in the Park events for this summer. We will also be postponing Artrageous, our biennial fundraiser until next summer. The Digital Photography Workshop is being rescheduled for next April. We are hoping to find some fun local pop-up art options for our local community which can be held outside with appropriate precautions.
Escalante Arts Festival
It is with sadness that the festival committee is passing along their decision to cancel this year's art festival. With the uncertainties associated with Covid-19 and concerns for the health of both our local communities and that of our festival community who spread from here in Garfield County, Utah, across the state, country and beyond, they decided the best course of action was to cancel this year's event.The 2020 Census
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