Locals Honored at 42nd Annual Golden Key Awards

Special guests from Uintah County attended the 42nd Annual Golden Key Awards at the state capitol this week including Uintah County Library staff member David Spainhower. Through the local Vocational Rehab services partnered with the Department of Workforce Services, 18-year-old David began working at the Uintah Heritage Museum over the summer and the Uintah County Library this school year. It was a natural fit for David to join Commissioner Mark Raymond and Library Director Sam Passey on a trip to the receive the Golden Key Award presented to Uintah County by the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. David says the experience was amazing and he enjoyed being around such a diverse group of people. “I’m learning that there are a lot of people with disabilities and we have talents that stand out,” shares David. A personal example that David shared was the fact that as he works at the Uintah County Library he can’t stand to leave work undone when closing time approaches each day. “I’m determined to get things done,” says David, and that determination has not gone unnoticed. Library employee Melinda Barlow says David is the library’s “go-to” guy and the entire staff enjoys working with him. Congratulations to Uintah County, David Spainhower and the other amazing Vocational Rehab employees serving and enriching our community in businesses throughout the Basin.

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