Utah’s Legislative Session for 2018 is halfway over with the conclusion of week 4 and Senator Kevin Van Tassell reports that 131 bills have been passed with more coming. Among many other bills, the Senate passed SB43 which would name the UtahRaptor as the State Dinosaur. So far, the remains of the UtahRaptor, the largest type of raptor yet discovered, have only been found in Utah. Young student Kenyon Roberts pitched the idea to legislators to name the UtahRaptor as the State Dinosaur and the Senate gladly complied. It will now be considered by the House. Another bill that passed the Senate last week was SB87, concerning School Security Locks. The bill allows school districts to decide for themselves whether or not to install bolt locks on classroom doors to be used during a lockdown situation. According to Van Tassell, the bill passed on Thursday after concurring with a House amendment just one day after the mass shooting in Florida. Those interested can keep track of bills with the bill tracker tool found at https://le.utah.gov/asp/billtrack/track.asp.
The Uintah County Commissioners provided State of the County addresses during Commission meeting earlier this month. Commissioner Brad Horrocks began by highlighting a long list of departments and county employees that he feels are doing a great job and making the most of budget cuts. He noted that revenue for the Uintah Conference Center is up 40 percent and that the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition is working on great projects, including the railroad which shows great promise.Read More
The Cards for Kids @ Heart project was a great success this year, spreading love to local seniors all over the Uintah Basin. Deliveries were made from Duchesne to Rangley and everywhere in between, shares project coordinator Amy Richards, morning show host on 105.5 KLCY. With help from many agencies and community members, nearly 900 homemade and heartfelt cards were crafted and through donations made at Family Dollar in Roosevelt there were plenty of sweets to go around. The Duchesne and Uintah County Meals on Wheels teams delivered Valentines to homebound seniors while Amy and her team of helpers made hundreds of other deliveries. Amy’s team included Trina Hedrick from DWR, Kara Campbell from McDonalds, Makayla Miller from Family Dollar, Jared Bennion and Sgt Kelli Oaks from Utah Highway Patrol, Geoff Liesik from the Villa, and Brooke Grandberry at the Uintah Care Center. This was the third year for the Cards for Kids @ Heart project.
While there hasn’t been much of a winter so far this season, snow did come down in full force starting Sunday. Vernal City is reminding residents that effective snow removal requires their efforts in addition to the hardworking plows. “Vernal City snow crews are diligently plowing snow from the streets and spreading sand and salt,” shares Vernal City Manager Quinn Bennion, who reminds citizens that when new snow falls, it takes hours to reach all the city streets. “As we enjoy the winter weather and welcomed moisture,” Bennion continues, “there are a few reminders for businesses and residents as they clear their own driveways and sidewalks. Residents are encouraged to keep the areas around fire hydrants clear as well as the sidewalks and ADA ramps in front of their homes. Also residents should not push snow from their own driveways into the street.” Pushing snow into the street causes hazards for drivers and problems for the road crews.
The Ashley National Forest is serious about including the public as they plan for the future. According to an ANF news release, they have planned the second in a series of topic-based workshops and the outcome will inform the development of the revised Ashley forest plan. During the workshop, the public will learn more of the history and trends of the forest’s rangeland conditions and how this affects the rural economies in the neighboring communities. It will also explore the challenges and opportunities for future rangeland health and use. The input received from the public will be considered during the Ashley Forest Plan Revision process and potentially affect forest management over the next 15 to 20 years. The upcoming workshop is scheduled for Saturday, March 3rd, from 1 to 5pm at the Uintah Conference Center. Dustin Bambrough and Dr. Stanley Kitchen will be presenting. The workshop is free to the public but space is limited so those interested can register by phone at 435-781-5118 by leaving your name and number.