Local Representation at RNC

Rebel rousing may not be typical of Utahns but that didn’t stop Utah’s delegates at the Republican National Convention from having their voices heard this week. Senator Mike Lee led the fight for a roll call vote as Utah delegates sought to cast their votes for Ted Cruz, the state’s overwhelming winner in the caucus election in March. Regardless, the state’s 40 delegate votes went to Donald Trump due to a state party rule that prevents delegate votes from supporting a candidate no longer in the race. Vernal’s own Jessica Dofelmire, the youngest Utah Alternate Delegate, has been actively involved in the events at this week’s National GOP Convention. “Utah is incredibly well represented by the likes of Chairman James Evans, Senator Mike Lee, Congressman Rob Bishop and Phil Wright,” shares Dofelmire. “They are true patriots fighting for our constitutional rights. It is truly an honor to serve alongside them. The vote represents the will of the American people and Donald Trump will be our nominee. For better or for worse.” Dofelmire also expressed sincere thanks for the support she has received from the Basin community. “I’ve never met more generous, loving and principled people,” says Dofelmire. “Thank you for sending me on this journey!”


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.