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Vernal Chamber Announces New Executive Director

The Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the hiring of Nathan Zilles as the Chamber’s new Executive Director. Zilles comes to the Chamber following a career managing and building up the local IFA store.

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Rio Blanco County Road 9 Closed Due to Rig Fire Fatal Incident

Law enforcement has released information about an incident that happened on Wednesday, June 29th at about 6:30pm.

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Apache Helicopters To Flyover For Vernal 4th Of July Parade

The Vernal 4th of July parade will get a proper kick off. The Vernal Chamber of Commerce has announced that the parade will have a flyover, this year by the Utah National Guard Apache helicopters.

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Uintah County UDOT Projects Update

Work on the Utah Department of Transportation Highway 40 Gusher project continues to progress though crews will be taking a break for the holiday. The project is removing and replacing asphalt, repairing the box culvert, as well as replacing the guardrail, barrier, and signage.

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Duchesne County UDOT Projects Update

The Department of Transportation provided a Duchesne County road projects update this week. SR-208 between Highway 40 and SR-35 in Duchesne from milepost 0 to 10.2 has been resurfaced.

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Vernal City Issues Fireworks Reminders and Safety Message

As you celebrate this weekend make sure safety is a top priority. Vernal City has several reminders for the community. “Fireworks are a common way to display our patriotism,” their message begins. “This year, drought conditions add to the risk posed by fireworks.]

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Ute Indian Tribe Issues Statement Following EPA Inspection On Reservation Land

The Ute Indian Tribe issued a statement on Wednesday in response to EPA Region 8 compliance inspections that took place on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation last week. According to the Tribe, the “EPA made no effort to secure consent from the Tribe before conducting these inspection activities on the Tribe’s lands.

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Dinosaur National Monument Closes Road Due to Wildfire

A wildfire in Dinosaur National Monument, officially called Harpers Corner Fire, was started on June 18th from a single tree being struck by lightning on the south side of Whirlpool Canyon. As of Tuesday, the fire has led to a partial road closure of Harpers Corner Road.

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Ashley National Forest Open Roads For Firewood Gathering

The Vernal Ranger District plans to open administratively closed roads to allow for firewood gathering to remove fuels and promote forest health from July 1st to August 15th. The reason for the short window is to reduce conflicts between the wood collection activities and the upcoming archery season.

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Signs of Dry Drowning

Summer is hitting full force and locals are cooling down at the Uintah Community Center, Flaming Gorge, Red Fleet, Steinaker, the Green River, and many more local water bodies. Often parents are on high alert when the kiddos are in the water but not so much on dry land.

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DWR Invites Everyone to Watch the Ospreys

For a majestic outing admiring local wildlife the DWR will be holding a unique wildlife-view experience at Flaming Gorge Reservoir. On Saturday, July 16th, the DWR event will provide a chance to watch ospreys in the air and on top of their huge nests.

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Duchesne City Independence Day Celebration Day Long Event

Duchesne City is the place to be on Independence Day with a full day of events celebrating the land of the free. The day starts with the Lions Club lumberjack breakfast from 7 to 10 followed by the parade at 10:30.

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Vernal PD Alerts Community On HOAX Circulating On Social Media

Imagine getting a knock on the door and having a stranger assault you. Of course that is a terrifying scenario and it was one rumored to be happening in the area. The Vernal Police Department investigated and has very good news.

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Vernal Theatre Grateful For Every Donation To Save Theatre Marquee

Revitalization efforts in Vernal are working to maintain the historic charm of downtown along with the upgrades. Zions Bank is a great example of this in preserving the historic brick during their major remodel.

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Dinosaurland Freedom Fest Fireworks To Be Bigger And Better Than Ever

Last year’s Dinosaurland Freedom Fest fireworks show was praised as bigger and better than normal but this year is said to beat even that. Because of the bigger show, a very important announcement has been made that could affect where you normally watch the show from.

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Outlaw Trail Theater’s ‘Newsies’ Drawing Crowds And Praise

Outlaw Trail Theater has done it again! They have delivered a Broadway Under The Stars experience to be remembered. With 8 performances done and 4 to go, this year’s production of Disney’s Newsies has proven to be high energy and a crowd favorite.

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So You Catch A Pile Of Carp From Pelican Lake…Now What?

Anglers are hitting up Pelican Lake focused on catching carp for the chance to win cash prizes but what should you do with all the carp you catch?

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Report If You See Iron Spiral Staircase And Gate From Duchesne County Burglary

Uintah Basin community members are encouraged to keep an eye out for some very unique custom iron-work items that were stolen from a residence in Duchesne County.

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Vernal’s Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo Coming Up Next Week

Vernal’s Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo is coming up next week. Thursday, July 7th is Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night; Friday, July 8th is Western Legacy Night; and Friday, July 9th is Patriot Night.

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Volunteers Needed At The Vernal Food Pantry

If you have a desire to serve the community a fellow volunteer has a suggestion. Kathy Green has been serving at the Ashley Valley Food Pantry and as she puts it, “As a 66 year young woman I love volunteering at the food pantry BUT my doctor says that I have to cut my hours back so I am asking the wonderful people of Vernal to please step up and help.

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‘Discover Exoplanets’ Being Set Up At Uintah County Library And Museum

If you head to the Uintah County Library and Heritage Museum you’ll notice a variety of new displays under varying levels of construction. Set to open July 1st, the ‘Discover Exoplanets’ exhibit will be available to educate and entertain.

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Duchesne County Preliminary Primary Election Results

The preliminary results for the Duchesne County 2022 Republican Primary Election report that 3,702 Republican ballots were cast for a voter turnout of 48.68 percent.

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Uintah County Preliminary Primary Election Results

The preliminary results for the Uintah County 2022 Republican Primary Election report that 6,095 Republican ballots were cast out of 12,915 registered Republican voters for a voter turnout of 47.19 percent.

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Congressman Moore Appointed To House Budget Committee

Congressman Blake Moore announced his appointment to the House Budget Committee on Monday as the second highest ranking Republican member of the committee.

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Suspect In Double Homicide Dies From Self Inflicted Injuries In Green River WY

The suspect in a double homicide that occurred in the late-night hours on June 23rd has died of self-inflicted injuries in Wyoming’s Sweetwater County. Officers with Green River Police had been dispatched to a disturbance where a subject had pointed a pistol at the reporting party.

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Dinosaur National Monument Monitoring Lightning Caused Harpers Fire

A small fire in a remote area of Dinosaur National Monument took a turn for the worse over the weekend. According to the announcement, a fire started when a single tree was struck by lightning on the south side of Whirlpool Canyon on June 18th.

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Man Enters Guilty Plea to Murder in Moffat County

A man plead guilty and was sentenced for murder in Moffat County Court Thursday, June 23rd. The case began in November 2020 when around 5:30pm on November 30th the Moffat County Sheriff’s office was notified that a man’s body had been found in a remote area of northwest Moffat County.

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Ashley Regional Medical Warns About Heat Related Health Conditions

While heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable, the fact is more than 600 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. Ashley Regional Medical reminds the public that it is important to take the proper precautions against becoming overheated especially during extreme heat.

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Public Hearing Upcoming With Public Lands Committee In Duchesne County

The public is invited to a hearing during the Duchesne County Planning Commission meeting next week. A public hearing with the Public Lands Committee will be held at 5:00pm on July 6th in the County Commission Chambers.

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New Moonshine Arch Access Now Open

The new access to the Moonshine Arch Trail is now open. According to the UDOT announcement, the new access has been moved further north to a straight section of Highway 191. This, along with the new turn lane, has increased safety for motorists.

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