Sponsors Drop Fluoride Initiative in Uintah County

Fluoridation of water in Uintah County has been a hot topic of debate over the last month and one that has come to an end. According to Uintah County Clerk/Auditor Mike Wilkins, the sponsors of the initiative emailed Wilkins informing him that they had discontinued gathering signatures and would not be turning in their packet. Monday was the deadline for signature packets. Wilkins had received the application to gather signatures for “Fluoridation of the public water supplies for the Central Utah and the Ashley Valley Water Districts of Uintah County” earlier this year. The application had five sponsors including local dentists and doctors. If the group had acquired the required 1,618 signatures, the question of whether to fluoridate public water would have been included on the November 2018 election ballot. Shortly after the sponsors began gathering signatures, a group of locals organized an effort to shut down the water fluoridation pursuit. The group gathered a following on their Facebook page under Uintah County Citizens Against Public Water Fluoridation and held multiple public meetings about their efforts. Wilkins did not specify any reason as to why the sponsors of the initiative discontinued their effort.


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.