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The Uintah County Commission agenda included an Ordinance during Monday’s Commission meeting that will help pave the way for an upgrader in Uintah County. The Ordinance amends a use in the I-2 Industrial Zone, changing oil refineries from a Conditional Use to a Permitted Use.
The Office of the Utah Attorney General provided an update on the restitution order the state is seeking against former Utah Highway Patrol trooper Rex Olsen in the Maeser Highway Fire case. The state is requesting a restitution order in the amount of $482,392.76.
An opportunity to make your home and community a safer place is coming up this weekend with the Drug Take Back events in Uintah and Duchesne Counties. Drug Take Back events give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by giving citizens the chance to safely dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
The Division of Workforce Services released unemployment rates by county this week showing slight change from the month before. Daggett County dropped from 4.3 to 4.1 percent unemployment. Duchesne County ticked slightly down from 4.4 to 4.3 percent while Uintah County stayed the same at 4.9 percent.
Spring cleaning goes beyond scrubbing baseboards and cleaning windows. The Downtown Revitalization Committee is inviting any and all to participate in the second annual downtown Vernal clean up day coming up next week. The plan is to help beautify downtown to make it a great place to visit during the Dinah-Soar days scheduled the next weekend.
The Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce is being recognized this week by Team Uintah for their support of public schools. “Whenever there is a need in one of our schools, the Chamber and its leaders will find a way to help,” shares Team Uintah. “Chamber representatives are an incredible resource for the district’s new employees, showing them the amazing things this great community has to offer.”
Former UHP trooper Rex Olsen was sentenced last week in 8th District Court for starting the Maeser Highway Fire last June. Olsen was sentenced to serve 180 days in the Uintah County Jail and will be placed on probation for 36 months.
The Utah State Republican Convention was held on Saturday in Salt Lake City. The Senate District 26 race came down to the two Uintah Basin candidates, Ron Winterton and Brian Gorum with Gorum taking the majority in the final vote.
The latest data from the Utah Department of Workforce Services show that the state of Utah continues to have a stable economy. Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for March 2018 grew by approximately 3.3 percent which is an additional 48,000 jobs since March 2017.
Two students of Moffat County High School were foiled in their plans to perform a school shooting on Friday, April 20th, on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. On Wednesday, April 18th, the Principal of Moffat County High School learned of the shooting plans through an email which set in motion the school district’s safety plan.
The Uintah High School Student of the Week is Michael Hawkes, nominated by Mr. Callantine. The Ute Athlete of the Week is softball player Alyson Birchell, nominated by the softball coaching staff.
The Terra Academy Students of the Week are Braxton Snow and Chris Terrill. Braxton Snow is an 11th grade student, nominated by Mr. Heaps.
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