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A pair of Duchesne County Jail inmates are facing charges of Forcible Sexual Abuse following an instance within the jail involving two additional inmates. 30-year-old Zhondee Spring Nephi, who was arrested in connection with the August 23rdhomicide of Sukakee Manyhides, and 21-year-old Letha Beston, who is being held for a weapons offense charge, are each charged with two counts of second-degree felony Forcible Sexual Abuse and Nephi is also charged with third-degree felony Assault By A Prisoner.
Hearts were full and pocketbooks open at the 2017 Enchanted Forest Auction held Thursday, November 16th at the Crossroads Community Center in Roosevelt. The event, hosted by the Roosevelt Rotary Club and Duchesne County Chamber of Commerce, welcomed over 250 people.
The Division of Wildlife Resources is recommending more black bear hunting permits and public input is welcome. According to DWR biologists, the black bear population is doing extremely well in Utah with the number of black bears almost tripling in the last 20 years. The number of permits issued this past season gave hunters a chance to take 758 black bears in the state and for the upcoming season biologists are recommending that 860 permits be issued.
Utah’s 1st congressional district which includes northeastern Utah is set to benefit from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by the U.S. House of Representatives this week. According to Representative Rob Bishop, 71,033 taxpayers in the 1st District claim the child tax credit which will now be increased from $1,000 dollars per child to $1,600 dollars per child.
Two Uintah High students have been commended for high test scores. Emily Semadeni and Heidi Daniel were both recently recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. for their performance on the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Heidi and Emily were presented with their awards at a school assembly this year.
Scammers rarely stick to one area and the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office is warning of two new scams in local circulation for folks to be aware of throughout the region. One scam involves a bogus ‘eviction notice’ that is being emailed and purports to be from the ‘Rock Springs Sheriff’s Office.’ Within the email is an attachment for more information on the phony eviction.
The Ute Tribe has deep roots in the Rocky Mountain region and is among several tribes invited to offer input on a historical makeover for a national park in Colorado. The University of Colorado Public Outreach and Community Engagement program announced this week that Rocky Mountain National Park is exploring how to better represent indigenous histories into the park exhibits and information shared.
Craig Police Department is asking the public to be on the lookout for a fugitive. 20-year-old Ezequiel Chavez is wanted on failure to appear in court for a traffic incident and failure to appear in court on a fraud charge.
A Duchesne County nurse charged with negligent homicide made her initial appearance in 8th District Court on Wednesday. 50-year-old Jana Clyde was charged in September by the State of Utah Attorney General with Negligent Homicide, a class A Misdemeanor, in the death of Madison Jensen in the Duchesne County Jail on December 1st, 2016.
Making good on his promise to make restitution payments, a Vernal man’s prison sentence for defrauding his employer was suspended during sentencing in 8th District Court. According to court documents, 42-year-old Cortney Pierce received $65,000 dollars from his employer in 2014 with the promise that the money would be used to develop a trucking app that he promised would make huge profits.
Union High School's new swim team is proving that cats really do like water. The team has begun competitions with eighteen swimmers and a total of twelve swim meets. The team welcomes new swimmers, experienced or not. Justin Schmitt and Tom Felkins make up the coaching staff. “The swimmers are working hard and getting ready for their first meet,” shares Coach Felkins and Coach Schmitt says he doesn’t “think there is a better sport out there.”
The National Defense Authorization Act for 2018 is increasing support for aircraft at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base, thanks in large part to Representative Rob Bishop’s push to rebuild national defense. “This year’s NDAA finally recognizes that the 4 budget cuts and 2 manpower cuts to our military during the Obama years have harmed our military readiness,” shares Bishop.
A twinkling parade has more than entertainment value during the annual Holly Days festival in Vernal. Three parade float winners will walk away with $200 dollar gift cards! “The parade of lights is a great addition and highlight to the Holly Days festivities,” shares Vernal Chamber Director Joel Brown.
The Uintah High School FFA Agronomy Team placed first at the State FFA Career Development Event which means the crew has earned the right to compete at nationals. Superintendent Mark Dockins recognized the students during this month’s school board meeting.
TSA will be returning to the Vernal Regional Airport. TSA service was pulled from the area in 2015 when there was a lapse in air service at the airport. Vernal Regional Airport Manager Doug Brown announced Tuesday that the federalization status with TSA has been regained to provide screening for the public once Skywest takes over air service.
The Uintah Fire Suppression Special Service District issued a press release Tuesday stating that they do not support the decision to move the Uintah Basin Interagency Fire Center to Richfield.
A special holiday tradition for one family has become a favorite stop for residents in Roosevelt during the Christmas season. This is the 13th year the Roosevelt Branch Library will have an epic gingerbread display and it is all thanks to the Branch Manager Stephen Moon and his family.
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