Garfield County needs to adapt or die

Garfield County seems to be in a kind of death spiral. As the Deseret News recently reported, student numbers are in a pretty rapid decline, even as the county population is hovering pretty close to historical highs. Residents blame the opening of Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument in 1996 for closing up job opportunities in farming, mining, and timber. While that may be true, it would be a mistake to wait for that decision to be undone. In fact, Garfield County needs to figure out how to adapt to the almost two…