Public Help Needed for Local Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

A nationwide event will be represented throughout the Uintah Basin in the coming weeks and help from the public is needed. L.E.A.D or National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is being held on January 9th as a nationwide call to action in support of law enforcement. Duchesne County resident Elizabeth Matthews decided to organize the event locally after attending funeral services of two fallen Utah officers in 2016. “I wanted to do something to honor those officers that have fallen this year in the line of duty,” shares Matthews. “I eventually decided that one way to honor those officers was to do something for the officers serving in our own community now.” Events for officers will be held in both Duchesne and Uintah County on Monday, January 9th, with a free breakfast in the morning and balloon release in the afternoon. That night an appreciation banquet will be held in Roosevelt for all Basin law enforcement officers. The call for the public’s help comes a few days earlier with the blue ribbon tying event that will run from Duchesne City to Naples City. Community members are urged to help tie blue ribbons down the Main Streets of the Basin on Friday, January 6th, from 11am to 3pm. Volunteers are asked to meet at Family Dollar in Duchesne City, Old Mill Park in Roosevelt, the City Building in Myton, the Highway 40 Overlook in Maeser, Cobble Rock Park in Vernal, and the City Building in Naples. For more information on how to help, call 719-429-3551.


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.