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Tri-County Area COVID-19 Transmission Level Update

The counties in the TriCounty Health District will remain at the same COVID-19 Transmission Index Levels for at least another week. Uintah County and Duchesne County remain at the High Transmission Level and Daggett County is in the Low Transmission Level.

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Enchanted Forest A Heartwarming Success

This year’s Enchanted Forest may have had a few changes to accommodate social distancing requirements but the wonderful feeling of kicking off the Christmas season was the same. Duchesne County Commissioner Irene Hansen says the entire event was just awesome. “We had over 100 items for the silent auction,” shares Hansen.

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Department of Workforce Services - Uintah Basin Wants to Help Those Struggling

The Department of Workforce Services - Uintah Basin is here to serve the community and shared the following for those in need: “With unemployment running out for a lot of people in Utah please keep in mind the various services that are offered in our offices.

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Moffat County Wolves Update

Colorado voters passed Proposition #114 - The Restoration of Gray Wolves which aims to reintroduce gray wolves west of the Continental Divide. Colorado Parks and Wildlife shares that ‘the passage of Proposition 114 has led to increased interest in wolves in Colorado, specifically, the wolf pack previously confirmed to be present in Moffat County.

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Some After Thanksgiving Fun in the Vernal Area

The turkey has been gobbled up and the Christmas holiday is knocking at the door. Well there is plenty to do this weekend. The Holly Days event has changed in size but not in fun. Be sure to get the Vernal Holly Days Festival checklist turned in by 4pm at Cobble Rock Park for the prize drawing from 3pm to 5pm. \

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TriCounty Health Department Local COVID-19 Update; Vaccine Information

TriCounty Health Department provided an update on Tuesday concerning the steady increase of local cases of COVID-19. Sadly, there has been one new death in Duchesne County, for a total of five COVID-19 related deaths in the tri-county area.

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Information Being Sought in Moffat County Poaching Incident

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking information about seven elk that were recently shot and left about 20 miles north of Craig. According to a press release, a concerned citizen contacted wildlife officers on November 22nd and it was believed the incident occurred on November 20th.

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Utah Public Safety Shares Some Thanksgiving Fire Facts

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires (followed by Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving). In 2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,630 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.

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Public Meeting Upcoming for Ashley Karst National Recreation Geologic Area

Public input is invited as Ashley National Forest develops a management plan for the Ashley Karst National Recreation and Geologic Area (NRGA) in Uintah County. Back in March Ashley National Forest explained that while the exact boundaries were still being worked out, the NRGA will be located generally up Taylor Mountain Road to the summit of the mountains and then over to and down Whiterocks River.

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Moon Family Gingerbread Display to Bring ‘Last Kids On Earth’ to Life

The Moon Family Gingerbread Display is a well established Christmas tradition anticipated by the Roosevelt community and beyond and this year is covering exciting new territory. Roosevelt Branch Librarian Stephen Moon and his family are the artists behind the annual display now in its 16th year.

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Charges Dismissed Against Roosevelt Man Accused of Giving STD to Minor

2020 has been a difficult year for many but for one Roosevelt man the pandemic literally prolonged a nightmare situation by over 6 months. In early March of this year, Basin Now was among many news agencies to report that 25-year-old Jaden Cecil Priebe was facing felony charges after allegedly giving an STD to a minor girl.

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Criminally Negligent Homicide Charge Filed In Rifle Hunting Death

Charges have been filed in Colorado’s 14th Judicial District in connection with a hunting death earlier this month in the Rifle area. According to the District Attorney’s Office, a single charge of Criminally Negligent Homicide, a class 5 felony, was filed against 52 year-old Harry Watkins on November 18th. The charge arises from the shooting death of 26-year-old Simon Howell on November 9th.

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Sewage Monitoring Determines COVID-19 Present in Daggett County Population

Sewage monitoring performed by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reveals that Daggett County has COVID-19 present in the population of Manila and Dutch John. “Monitoring sewers for COVID-19 gives an indication of trends regarding viral activity in the community,” shares TriCounty Health in a Monday press release.

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Rotary Club Busy Delivering Dictionaries to Local 3rd Graders

The Vernal Rotary Club is busy doing what they do best, serving the community! On Monday they announced that they had delivered another 100 dictionaries this time to Naples Elementary and Lapoint Elementary. Every year the Vernal Rotary Club fulfills their mission of promoting literacy by visiting local third grade classrooms and each third grader is given their own dictionary to keep.

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Utah Public Safety: November Has Most Wild Animal-Vehicle Collisions

The Utah Public Safety Department wants the public to know that November is the month with the highest number of wild animal-vehicle collisions in Utah. A researcher from Utah State University estimates that 6,000 to 10,000 mule deer are killed on Utah’s roads each year with more then 14,700 collisions causing more than $1500 dollars in damage.

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TriCounty Health Officer Jordan Mathis Announces Resignation

TriCounty Health announced on Friday that the TriCounty Board of Health is now in search of a new Health Officer. The announcement shares that Jordan Mathis, the current Health Officer, is stepping down at the end of 2020, after serving for six years. Mathis has accepted an offer to be the Health Officer for the Bear River Health Department, serving Cache, Rich, and Box Elder Counties.

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Help Needed Finding Family of Man Found Dead in Camper Near Flaming Gorge

The Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding the family of a man found dead near Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The Sheriff’s Office announced in a press release on Friday that “On November 15th, sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a campsite near the Anvil Draw area of the reservoir after someone found a man dead in his camper.

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UBTech Announces 2020-2021 Student of the Year

UBTech has announced Valirie Serawop as the 2020 - 2021 Student of the Year. A UBTech press release provided details: Due to COVID-19 restrictions the interview process took place virtually. “We had to be creative to continue this amazing opportunity,” says UBTech Associate Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, Stephanie Carter.

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Utah DEQ Recommends Ways to Winterize and Cut Emissions

Utah is known for some pretty intense winter inversions. It is commonly thought that automobiles and large factories are the sources that create the wintertime smog but some forgotten residential sources include fireplaces, water heaters, furnaces and snow blowers.

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Uintah High School Student of the Week

The Uintah High School Student of the Week is Arabella Goodrich, nominated by Ms. Thompson. “Arabella is a great student,” shares Ms. Thompson. “She has a positive attitude towards learning, and she is always ready to work. After her class is over (5th hour) Arabella puts all the calculators, whiteboards, and rulers away.

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Terra Academy Students of the Week

Student of the Week for secondary grades at Terra Academy is 11th grade student Gelvin Rochelle nominated by his teacher Dr. Booth. For the elementary grades, the student of the week is 5th grade student Cache Magee nominated by Mrs. Tippets.

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