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Day 16 of the Dollar Ridge Fire saw a jump in containment and a chunk of the firefighters moving on to more urgent fires. The Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office reported that as of 8:42pm on Monday night, the Dollar Ridge Fire reached 85 percent containment and there are now a total of 474 fire personnel.
UBTech students are proving their professional skills on a national stage. Four students who competed at the National SkillsUSA event came out with wins. “We have a national medalist and three returning champions who improved their placement over last year,” shares UBTech vice president of Instruction Tammy Wilkerson.
The Uintah Basin Youth Chamber Orchestra is welcoming auditioners as their third season will start this fall. The organization has gained attention since its inception as a fantastic opportunity for young musicians. “We are growing every year,” shares Executive Director Brad Vanfleet.
Longhorn Days kicked off on Monday launching what is always a favorite time of the year in Altamont. This year’s theme calls all to “Celebrate Big Time In a Small Town” with activities lined up every day.
As technology changes it only provides new ways in which scammers can try to steal your hard earned money. According to Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell, scammers are making cold-calls, especially targeting the elderly, telling them that their computer has become infected with a virus, is compromised with malware, or has some other problem.
There’s never a bad time to barbecue in the summer and TriCounty Health is offering safety tips for a successful meal. To protect yourself and your guests from foodborne illness during warm-weather months, follow safe food handling practices.
A domestic violence incident in Uintah County over the weekend ended with one person seriously injured and one person dead. According to the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to a family fight on Saturday night at 10:40pm at the Canyon Villas Townhouses at 2425 West 500 North.
As of Sunday, the Dollar Ridge Fire is 65 percent contained and was last mapped at 56,734 acres with 808 fire personnel on the job. Most of the fire area received rain over the weekend and the rain, along with cloudy conditions, made for minimal fire activity.
Many Basin residents were surprised and alarmed by the smokey haze and visible ash that fell after the Dollar Ridge Fire started and thankfully the skies look much clearer now than before. This doesn’t, however, mean that air quality isn’t still affected “The smoke is a lot less than it has been but we still have some wildfire smoke in the area and particulate matter levels are still higher than would be normal without wildfires,” shares USU-Uintah Basin Bingham Research Center Director Seth Lyman.
An offer made to those impacted by the Dollar Ridge Fire could really make a difference as clean up efforts are underway. According to Duchesne County Planning and Zoning Director Mike Hyde, the Duchesne County Commissioners have agreed to offer the county’s popular trailer removal program to property owners impacted by the Dollar Ridge Fire.
A previous President of the Uintah Basin Applied Technology College is moving up the leadership ranks of Utah State University. USU announced on Wednesday that David Woolstenhulme has been appointed as Vice President of Regional Campuses. Woolstenhulme was the President of UBATC from 2012 to 2014.
Cougars are doing well in Utah and as a result, the Division of Wildlife Resources is recommending more hunting permits for this fall. Last season, 581 permits were issued in the state and in the upcoming season, 653 permits may be given out.
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