The Vernal Rotary Club has long been a supporter of the Uintah School District so it makes sense that they are being recognized this week by Team Uintah. “Many third grade students in the Basin have received the free rotary dictionaries in Uintah School District,” shares Team Uintah. “This year, the Vernal Rotary Club has committed to adopting a school to volunteer in the classroom with reading instruction. Naples Elementary is the lucky school to have such fantastic support from the Rotary Club in reading intervention.” The students look forward to the visits from the Rotarians and some of the Rotarians consider this the best service project they’ve been a part of. Thank you Vernal Rotary Club for serving the community and local school children so well.
The Flaming Gorge Vernal Ranger District is planning prescribed burns as weather permits in April. The prescribed fires will primarily be used within Ponderosa Pine stands on the north slope of the Uinta Mountains.Read More
No injuries were reported after a tricky landing at the Vernal Regional Airport on Friday in the late afternoon. According to Vernal Regional Airport Manager Doug Brown, an individual and his instructor were in the air practicing and training when they discovered a malfunction on the nose landing gear.Read More
Sometimes things just come together like they were meant to happen. That’s how Denise Williams, Principal of Maeser Elementary, feels about an exciting school wide fundraiser and service project underway for a special Maeser student with a rare form of Epilepsy. At 6 months old, Jake Cook began having up to 20 seizures a day and became 1 of 4 Utahns diagnosed with SCN8A and only 1 of 250 people diagnosed with this form of Epilepsy worldwide so far. He is unable to talk, walk, or care for himself, making mobility an ongoing and expensive task as he grows. Learning of a way they could help, the administration at Maeser Elementary had an idea. “At Maeser, we want to focus on the good,” shares Principal Williams. “We found out that Jake and his family are in need of a jogger wheelchair. We had an assembly to learn more about Jake and introduce our service project.” Each student was asked to earn one dollar to donate to Jake’s new jogger wheelchair and excitement spread like fire among the students. “We want students to learn that when we work together, our collective efforts can make a huge difference for someone else,” explains Williams. “It has been amazing to hear students talk about their service.... Students are working hard to make the magic happen for Jake and his family and we are grateful that Josh and Cami are letting us serve their family.” In addition to the fundraising effort, the school is having a reading contest. If as a school they are able to read 2,000 hours before spring break, Classic Air Medical helicopter will deliver the jogger wheelchair to the school in high flying fashion. The entire experience has been one of love and community growth for not only Jake and his family but, perhaps especially, for the students and staff of Maeser who now share in the joy of broadening the opportunities for a fellow student they know and love better. The Cook family has extended their sincere gratitude for Principal Williams and all involved in making it possible for Jake to get out hiking, biking, camping, and just living life!
Local Pathway Connect students now have broader higher education options thanks to a new agreement between BYU-Idaho and Utah State University. The one-year Pathway Connect program has been offered locally, allowing adults to transition into higher education at a low cost through online courses. The new collaboration agreement between USU and BYU-I means that once students complete the Pathway Connect program, they can transition to USU, taking classes at USU’s main campus, online, or at one of the regional campuses including USU-Uintah Basin. “Teaming up with Pathway Connect fits perfectly with our mission,” shares USU Interim Provost Larry Smith. “We want our university to be accessible, a place where students can come and continue to build and improve themselves, and in return improve their own communities. USU’s statewide system works naturally with the Pathway Connect program.” Local advisors at USU-Uintah Basin can help those interested in learning more.