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Echo Car Wash Warns Community of Male Flasher

Echo Car Wash in Roosevelt took to social media on Tuesday and posted on their page a warning for the community. They posted a photo of a suburban with the warning to keep an eye out for the individual driving it, stating that he flashed a girl on Monday. The police are informed of the incident but Echo Car Wash is hoping to spread the word so all can be on the lookout and able to keep their family and children safe.

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Proposed Accounting Change Further Explained in Monday Commission Meeting

Uintah County Commissioner Bill Stringer took time following the regular business items of Monday’s Commission meeting to revisit an agenda item from last week’s meeting that elicited push back. On Monday, March 29th, the Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting included an agenda item titled, ‘Deliberation Concerning The Process of Implementing the Provisions of Utah Code 17-19A-205 Accounting Services’.

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‘Building Utah Conference’ Starting Today

Being the host city of a conference welcoming community leaders from across the state comes with benefits to the community. After a 4 year break, the 2021 Building Utah Conference is underway and of all the places it could be held it is happening right here in Vernal.

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COVID Shootout Now Offering 1-Dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

The TriCounty Health COVID Shootout locations are now offering Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines in addition to Moderna. No appointment is necessary and the vaccine is available to everyone 18 years old and older. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single dose while the Moderna vaccine is administered two times, a month apart.

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COVID Shootout Now Offering 1-Dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

The TriCounty Health COVID Shootout locations are now offering Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines in addition to Moderna. No appointment is necessary and the vaccine is available to everyone 18 years old and older. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single dose while the Moderna vaccine is administered two times, a month apart.

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Free Dump Days Coming Up

Spring weather has arrived and most of the time it feels great to be outside. For many, this signals it is time to get out of the house and clean up the yard and home. To add incentive for the community’s beautifying efforts, local agencies are making cleanup efforts as affordable as possible.

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Utah Senator Introduces Act to Address U.S. Border Surges

A Utah Senator is focused on what is being called a crisis on the United States/Mexico border and offering what he believes to be a solution to the chaos. Senator Mike Lee recently introduced the Stopping Border Surges Act which would address loopholes in the immigration system which Lee says encourages immigrants to take dangerous, illegal paths of entry into the United States.

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Local Visual Arts on Display at Vernal Innovation HUB

The visual arts community has a public venue where the community can come enjoy local talent and there is now new art on display. The Uintah Basin Visual Arts organization was started in 2020 as a local non-profit organization “dedicated to developing the quantity, quality, and affordability or arts and culture for the citizens of the Uintah Basin.”

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High Fire Danger Through at Least Tuesday

Officials have made it clear that there’s cause for extra concern this wildfire season. National Weather Service is doing their part to warn the public of the dangers with several new announcements over the weekend. “More Red Flag Warnings are in place with gusty winds and low relative humidity through the start of the week,” shares National Weather Service.

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Ashley National Forest: Snow Limiting Travel at Higher Destinations

Ashley National Forest has the following message for the community: Although it seems like spring, the mountains do not yet agree. Snow will still limit travel for the near future at our higher elevations. Due to the last windstorm we have many trees across roadways on the forest that will need to be removed before the roads can be opened.

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Uintah Students Top Competitors at Music Festival; Qualify for State

Uintah School District shares that Uintah High Director of Instrumental Music Brian Gibson has received the results from the Region Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Festival. The festival was held virtually this year with musicians submitting recordings of their performances.

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Terra Academy Announces New Director for 2021-2022 School Year

Terra Academy will have a new director for the 2021-2022 school year. The school recently made the announcement in a press release sharing that the Terra Academy Governing Board accepted Director Cassie Hay’s resignation with a heavy heart this winter [and] after undergoing an extensive search for a new director, the board is pleased to announce that Dr. Dean Wilson will begin his tenure as Executive Director in the 2021-2022 school year.

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Upcoming Vacancy on Regional Advisory Council to Utah Wildlife Board

If you are involved in ranching or farming in northeastern Utah and have an interest in the management of Utah’s wildlife your service is needed. Nominations are now being accepted for several positions on four of the five Regional Advisory Councils that share public feedback with the Utah Wildlife Board.

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Vernal Downtown Revitalization Plan Seeking Public Input

The Vernal Downtown Revitalization Plan is seeking all public input possible on ideas for, you guessed it, the future of downtown Vernal. In addition to taking the survey online, local leaders are providing an opportunity for feedback the next time you're actually downtown.

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Naples’ ‘Lanny the Dinosaur’ Hit by Suspected DUI Driver; Suffers Major Damage

Less than a year ago, ‘Lanny the Dinosaur’ made the roadside park near the Naples City Offices his home, expecting that he would enjoy a long life of greeting travelers on Highway 40. Tragically, Lanny’s hope was cut short after being hit by a suspected DUI driver on the early morning of April 1st. His beautiful but broken triceratops self had to be hauled away and it is unclear if repairs can be performed to allow for Lanny’s return.

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Uintah Basin Narcotic Strike Force Confiscates Large Quantities of Illegal Narcotics

Mike Gledhill, Uintah Basin Narcotic Strike Force Commander, issued a press release Thursday sharing that: On March 12th, 2021, Basin Narcotic and DEA Agents conducted a joint operation involving a residence in the Vernal area that was suspected of dealing illegal narcotics.

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COVID-19 Transmission Index (4/1-4/7)

TriCounty Health Department announced that the Transmission Index levels of local counties remained the same from the week before with Uintah and Duchesne County staying at the Moderate Level and Daggett County staying at the Low Level. According to Thursday’s press release, Uintah County’s 7-day average percent positivity was 5 percent and there were 57 cases in the past 14 days.

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Friends Against Family Violence Reach Goal for ‘My Voice Has Power’ Campaign

The Friends Against Family Violence was thrilled to announce this week that they have reached their goal of 1,000 signatures for their ‘My Voice Has Power’ campaign. A chain was made with each person signing a chain link that has grown to an impressive size.

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Governor to Sign Bills in Vernal During ‘Utah Roads School’ Conference

A special event that’s had a few years off is back and taking place in Vernal next week. Now hosted by the Utah Association of Counties, the 2021 Building Utah Conference (also known as ‘Utah Roads School’) will welcome leaders and professionals from all over the state next week including Governor Spencer Cox who will not only speak to this group of professionals but will also perform several ceremonial bill signings.

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Law Enforcement Host Wired Easter Egg Hunt for Visually Impaired Children

Using simple bomb equipment and technology, Sweetwater County (Wyoming) law enforcement and bomb squad hosted a successful Easter egg hunt for a visually impaired child. The eggs were literally wired causing them to beep in order to be found.

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