Pursuit for Trails System Continues

A connected trail system in the Ashley Valley could become a reality thanks to a collaboration effort for grant funding. Earlier this year, the project was awarded a UDOT grant of $350,000 dollars with approximately $100,000 of that to be used to develop an urban plan for Vernal and Naples and the remaining funds to address the rest of Uintah County. According to Vernal City Mayor Sonja Norton, other grant applications have been submitted with the goal being the project can proceed without using City or County funds. “We’ll keep going after grants in hopes that it will help a lot with our struggle to get trails on the ground for people in the City,” shares Mayor Norton. “I think a trail system would do nothing but benefit our community.” Grants are being sought through the League of Cities and Towns as well as the National Parks River and Trails program. 


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.