More Recruits Join Uintah County Sheriff’s Team

Sheriff Vance Norton is taking on more new recruits with very special skill sets. The Sheriff’s Office recently welcomed Arias, their first explosives trained dog. Arias is a dual purpose Belgian Malinois that is training for explosives, apprehension and tracking. “Having an explosives dog is for more than just bombs,” shares Lt. Brian Fletcher. “Arias will also be for weapon and casing retrieval or anything related to firearms. If we are looking for a gun in an area we can utilize the dog to find it.” Arias will complete 3 weeks of training this month and 3 weeks of training in January. The Sheriff’s Office has a second new recruit on its way in the form of a German Shepherd named Bentley. Bentley has been donated by a professional dog trainer to be used specifically in the Uintah County Jail. Bentley is trained for retrieval of narcotics and jail related contraband. “This dog will be a big asset in the jail as things evolve and people find new ways to try to introduce new items into the jail,” explains Fletcher. “Bentley will be trained to find those.”


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.