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Mother With Two Kids in Car Arrested for Investigation of DUI After Fiery Crash

Thankfully there were no serious injuries after a single-vehicle crash caught fire on Wednesday afternoon, though the accident did result in arrest. According to the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a crash in front of Maeser Elementary School shortly after 3:40pm on August 21st. “The driver of a white Dodge Stratus struck a utility pole along 1000 North, causing the car to catch fire,” shares the Sheriff’s Office.

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‘Dinosaur Headquarters Fire’ Closes Highway 40 in Moffat County

A fire near the Dinosaur National Monument Headquarters in Moffat County shut down Highway 40 on Wednesday. Dinosaur National Monument reports that at 2:20pm on August 21st, a visitor reported a wildfire north of Highway 40 and adjacent to the Canyon Visitor Center/Monument Headquarters. The Dinosaur Headquarters Fire was estimated on Wednesday night to be 160 acres and moving east.

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Horses Quarantined in Uintah County by Department of Agriculture and Food

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food announced Wednesday morning that three cases of equine Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) have been identified and quarantined across the state with Uintah County having the most cases. According to the August 21st press release, there is one case in Emery County and two confirmed and quarantined cases in Uintah County as well as 4 additional premises quarantined and under investigation in Uintah County.

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Uintah Basin Employment Report Given at Vernal Chamber Meeting

Employment is an important topic in the Uintah Basin and one that the speaker at Tuesday’s Vernal Chamber luncheon provided a local update on. Workforce development specialist Blaine Roberts with the Department of Workforce Services shared that July unemployment rates were 4.7 percent in Uintah County, 4.5 percent in Duchesne County, 4.2 percent in Daggett County, 2.8 percent in the state of Utah, and 3.7 percent in the United States.

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Utah State University Extension Offers Canning 101 Class

Locals are busy harvesting their gardens and at just the right time as Utah State University Extension is offering a class for those that have never done canning before or just might need a refresher. Canning Class 101 is offering Water Bathing Class for teens and adults.

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‘Dancin’ Joonie’ Inspires Flamingo Flocks and Gear Around Town in Her Memory

A growing colony of pink birds are popping up around the Uintah Basin and can be seen on the back of vehicles, on t-shirts, drink tumblers, in flocks on yards and beyond! It’s all part of ‘Flamingos for Joonie’ and each pink little bird represents the memory of an unforgettable baby girl and her family’s new and unexpected journey. Pyper Joon Meeks was known for the sparkle in her eye and sweet smile that won over the hearts of family and friends in real life and through social media. One particular video clip, featuring her cute little wiggle, earned Pyper ever more adoring fans and the nickname Dancin’ Joonie.

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