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The Duchesne County Jail is the latest to join the trend of installing video visitation kiosks for inmates to use to visit with friends and family. According to the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office, the kiosks were expected to be installed by July 15th and the new system eliminates the need for an inmate’s family and friends to travel to the jail for a visit. Commander of the Duchesne County Jail Lt. Travis Givens explains that regular in-person visits are still an option but in-person visits will eventually be phased out.
The stars are something we have shared with the ancients and will be able to share with future generations. To explore the expansive night sky is a treat for the area as we have several parks that are designated as dark skies and as a result, the Astronomical Society from BYU will be holding a stargazing party this week. There will be telescopes and activities set up in the park next to the Uintah County Library with all the parking lot lights turned off for this special event.
The Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office had a very special guest on Tuesday to kick off a new program aimed at keeping community members safe. Project Lifesaver is a search and rescue program used around the globe by public safety agencies that utilizes cutting edge technology to locate its participating members who are typically “at risk” individuals prone to wandering off.
This year’s Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo Legendary Cowboy is Lorin Merkley of Vernal. If the name doesn't sound familiar that may because you know him as “Pudge”, his nickname of over 85 years. Pudge has raised and cared for livestock and other animals his entire life. He is a graduate of Uintah High School where he served as student body president.
Local stores, restaurants, hotels, and baseball diamonds are full of young baseball stars and their families this week thanks to the 11U Cal Ripken Pacific Southwest Regional Baseball Tournament being hosted by Vernal Youth Baseball.
A fire in Gusher has left a family without a home and all their possessions. According to the Uintah Basin Interagency Fire Center, the South Gusher Fire was called in at 2:49pm. Responding agencies included Lapoint, Roosevelt, and Avalon with resources also coming from the State of Utah, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Bureau of Land Management. Uintah County Fire Marshal Jeremy Raymond reports that crews arrived on scene to find multiple trailers, vehicles, ATVs, equipment, and a home on fire.
The beauty, grace and speed of hummingbirds is always something to behold but we are still learning about them. DWR biologists are teaming up with Bureau of Land Management and Utah State Parks to learn what they can about the migration patterns of hummingbirds.
The PRCA was quick to acknowledge a special win at the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo that took place over the weekend at Western Park in Vernal. Roosevelt cowboy Rhen Richard won the tie-down roping competition at the rodeo, a success that he hopes to build upon. “It’s been a rough couple of weeks,” shared Richard in the PRCA ProRodeo.com highlight.
Once something hits the internet it becomes virtually impossible for it to be deleted. This is dangerous on its own but it has taken on a new life in the form of a crime still unheard of by some, that being the crime of sextortion.
The #HealthRocks challenge has inspired many locals to get out into nature and while most of the prize rocks have been found, the best is still out there. Vernal City and the Active Healthy Lifestyles Committee joined up with ‘Vernal Rocks (Official)’ for the #HealthRocks contest where painted rocks from local businesses have been hidden along popular local trails and those who find the rocks receive prizes!
A unique local event this week will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin were the first humans to land on the moon on July 20th, 1969. Perhaps most memorable was the moment Armstrong took his first step on the moon and stated, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Officials are assessing the damage of a road north of Rifle that was discovered Friday morning to have an entire lane crumbled away. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, Highway 325 was closed on Friday north of Rifle at Mile Post 7 after road damage was reported on the northbound lane.
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Come stargaze with us and make a comet with 4-H and Duchesne County LibrariesJune 12, 2019 at 6:00 PMat the Duchesne Elementary Gymnasium for an unforgettable evening in the USU Mobile StarLab! This is a community event, everyone is welcome!
Meeker High School Drama Club Presents “Pippin” May 9, 10, 11
The Meeker High School Drama Club and International Thespian Society Troupe 1284 proudly
presents the renowned Broadway Musical “Pippin” at 7:00 P.M., on Thursday, Friday and
Saturday, May 9,10 and 11 at the Meeker High School Auditorium, 550 School St. Admission is
$5.00. For more information call 970 878-9070
Saturday, April 27th-Book signing and discussion: “The Crimson Cowboys” https://www.facebook.com/events/346765869288626/
Join us Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the Crossroads Center at 50 E 200 S in Roosevelt to learn about the ROI Pilot Program which is designed to help rural residents who are currently unemployed, underemployed to obtain freelance jobs, remote employment, or online commerce opportunities.Call 435-738-1140 for more information.
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Fishing with The Fox winner Payton Norman. Congratulations to Payton Norman who caught her very first fish at Duchesne Counties Lower Stillwater. This was a bonus fish as it was tagged with a pink Fishing with the Fox tag! Payton is now eligible to win some summer fun prizes courtesy of Basin Sports to be given away during the final performance of Alive After Five, 6:00 p.m. Thursday August 15th on the Uintah County Library Lawn.
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