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Scared Hitless Softball Charity Tournament Looks to Scare Up Some Fun

This weekend Vernal is the place to be for some old fashioned softball fun, mixed with some Halloween spirit. The 2nd annual Scared Hitless Charity Softball tournament will host a men’s and a co-ed competition. Event organizers Lynett Piep and her son Kacey say it has taken community help to get this tournament ready, mentioning Vernal Mayor Doug Hammond, Commissioner Bart Haslem, Uintah Recreation District, and businesses like Extreme Wireline for all their help.

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Rodgers & Hammerstein Benefit Fundraiser at Vernal Theatre: LIVE

Whether you know it or not, you are a fan of Rodgers & Hammerstein or at the very least you can sing along to their songs. Vernal Theatre: LIVE is combining the popular music from Rodgers & Hammerstein shows like ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Oklahoma!’ with a night to show love and support for the Kray Haslem family.

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Red Cross Halloween Blood Drive; Give Blood, Save a Life

There’s a long list of reasons to donate blood. First and foremost, the American Red Cross has issued the call that there is currently an urgent need for blood and if shortages continue, patient care may be delayed. So the words ‘Give Blood, Save a Life’ may carry more weight at the upcoming Red Cross Halloween Blood Drives presented by Evans Family Media.

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U.S. District Court Issues Memo of Decision and Order in Case Against Duchesne County Sheriff’s Sergeant

U.S. District Court Judge Tena Campbell issued a Memorandum of Decision and Order this week in the federal case of Rose Vallejo on behalf of her minor child versus Duchesne County Sgt. Carl Reilley, former Sheriff David Boren, and Duchesne County. On April 14th, 2017, Sgt. Reilley placed on the ground and handcuffed a 13-year-old autistic boy that had been peering into the windows of the library.

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Student Council Seeks Uintah Graduates Currently Serving in Military or Veterans

Uintah High School is working on a special new display that will debut on Veterans Day next month and they need the community’s help. “Uintah High School wants to honor all military personnel who have graduated from Uintah High School, regardless of when they graduated,” shares Student Council Advisor Janalee Watkins.

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Strong Winds Result in Power Line Fire on Wednesday

Strong wind was the cause of an incident in Uintah County on Wednesday. The Jensen Fire Department reports that their unit was paged to an electrical power line fire shortly after 7pm on October 9th. “The strong winds blew a tree branch into the power lines causing arching, sparking, and flames,” shares Jensen Fire Department.

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DWR Reminds Residents that Youth Pheasant and Quail Hunts Open Soon

The youth pheasant and quail hunts are opening this weekend with the general seasons starting on November 2nd. Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources reminds youth that the statewide youth hunt for pheasant and quail is from Saturday, October 12th to Monday, October 14th.

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DWR Reminds Residents that Youth Pheasant and Quail Hunts Open Soon

The Steinaker Dam repair project is officially complete and is being highlighted this week in Water Power Magazine. Officials became aware of a problem with the dam in the fall of 2014 when a slope failure was observed in the dam. While it was not considered an emergency situation, plans for repair and safety modifications got underway.

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Chapoose Announces Candidacy for President of NCAI

Shaun Chapoose, member of the Ute Indian Tribe and resident of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, officially announced in a press release Friday his candidacy for president of the National Congress of American Indians. Chapoose is currently the chairman of Utah Tribal Leaders which includes leadership from the 8 federally recognized tribes in Utah.

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Camp Closures and New Fall/Winter Hours at Dinosaur National Monument

It is predicted that temperatures will be dropping into freezing conditions later in the week so Dinosaur National Monument has taken this oncoming sign of winter to heart.

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Uintah Basin Healthcare Starts “Admire the Survivors”

“Admire the Survivors” is a local campaign of not just raising awareness of breast cancer but a chance for the Basin to celebrate those that have survived their battle with cancer. In the U.S. a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer on average every two minutes. That means that in 2019 alone 270,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed.

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Endangered Black-Footed Ferrets Released in Uintah County

Once thought to be extinct, the black-footed ferret has been among the wildlife in Utah since being reintroduced in 1999 and a colony in the Coyote Basin area of Uintah County is among the lucky locations in the United States to receive more of the ferrets from special breeding programs again this year. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources released 29 total black-footed ferrets into the Coyote Basin colony on Tuesday, consisting of 25 kids and 4 adult ferrets.

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Community Spotlight

DinoSOAR Award Aug. 2019 - Desiree Christensen

Desiree Christensen, from the Comfort Inn in Vernal was awarded with the DinoSOAR Service Award from the Hospitality Committee Tuesday 9-10-19 at the Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. Desiree is the Front Desk Manager and said she loves her job an is so grateful for her position to serve others! Congratulations Desiree Christensen recipient of the August 2019 DinoSOAR Award!

If you would like to nominate someone who you feel provides excellent customer service, please click here to fill out the survey: http://bit.ly/dinoservice.

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