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Possible Gunshot Reported at Uintah High; Sheriff’s Office to Increase Patrols

A possible gunshot heard in the early morning at Uintah High School has resulted in increased patrols at the school on Wednesday.

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White River Bridge Reopening Delayed Due to Construction Error

While it was originally hoped to be complete by the end of May, the White River Bridge reopening in Uintah County has been delayed and is now estimated to reopen on June 29th. According to Uintah County Road Department Manager Bryan Meier, the delay is the result of a construction error.

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Uintah County Commission Seeking Public Input on Proposed Bike Lane

The Uintah County Commission is asking the public for input on a proposed bike lane on 500 North in Vernal. According to their Tuesday press release, the proposed bike lane could reduce or possibly eliminate on-street parking along 500 North from 3500 West to the curve at 500 West near the Basin Clinic.

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Rural Utah’s First Gubernatorial Debate Being Held Monday in Vernal

It's election season and when it is all said and done Utah will have a new Governor in the coming year. Thanks to a local effort to ensure candidates pay attention to issues facing rural Utah, rural Utah’s first Gubernatorial debate has been organized and will be held this coming Monday, June 8th, from 6 to 7:30pm at the V-6 Media Studios in Vernal.

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Uintah Schools Foundation Hosting Book Sale

The Uintah Schools Foundation is hosting a large used book sale this weekend and next weekend where visitors will find books they never knew they needed! “There are 1000's of books to search through to find your treasure.

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Understanding Wildfire Warnings and Watches

Utah is having an early and fast start on wildfire season and local and state officials are urging the public to take safety seriously. Most of the wildfires in Utah so far this year have been human-caused and officials are asking Utahns to make the pledge to help prevent human-caused wildfires at SparkChange.Utah.Gov.

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TriCounty Health COVID-19 Update; Governor Moves Most of Utah to Yellow

Most of the state has been moved to the low-risk Yellow phase of the Utah Leads Together Plan, including Uintah, Duchesne, and Daggett Counties. “We are making progress and we can see that these recommendations are working,” Governor Herbert said.

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24th of July Parade Cancelled; Vernal Temple Opening

Like other organizations around the world, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made announcements in recent days to help its members know the phases of reintegration of church functions.

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Uintah County Commission Extends Local Emergency Declaration

The Uintah County Commission met on Monday, June 1st and within the regular scheduled meeting two items were decided on. First, the commission unanimously voted to “extend the local emergency declaration due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic that continue to affect businesses throughout the county. ̈

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Dinosaurland Free Day Trips

The Uintah Basin has many hidden treasures of outdoor adventures. In an effort to help people to explore what the Basin offers, Uintah County Travel and Tourism is starting their Free Day Trips.

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Drilling Update From Uintah Basin Small Business Development Center

The Uintah Basin Small Business Development Center provided a Uintah Basin drilling update on June 1st. “Approved applications for permits to drill (APD) were up significantly in May,” shares the update.

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DWR: Places in Northeastern Utah to Enjoy Free Fishing Day

Utah ́s Division of Wildlife Resources wants to remind the public that Free Fishing Day is happening this Saturday, June 6th. Due to COVID-19, the DWR will not be having any public events but that shouldn’t stop residents from getting outdoors and enjoying some free fishing.

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Outlaw ATV Jamboree Welcomes Hundreds For 3 Day Event

A huge crowd of ATV enthusiasts from near and far enjoyed 3 days of outdoor fun at Uintah County’s Outlaw ATV Jamboree held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This year’s turnout of 450 participants was nearly double that of last year.

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Uintah Basin-4H Jr. Livestock Auction to be Broadcast LIVE on KVEL

The Uintah Basin Junior Livestock Show and Sale is still going on this week and options are available to participate and bid from the comfort of your own home. Due to COVID-19 requirements, the show and sale this year are different than years past.

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Daggett County Offices No Longer Requiring Appointments

Daggett County officials have announced that they are easing up on restrictions at the county offices. “Members of the public who need to conduct business with offices located inside the Daggett County building and courthouse no longer need to make an appointment first,” shares the announcement.

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Roosevelt Rocks Readies for a Big June Rock Hunt

Residents of the Uintah Basin are quite familiar with the fun of finding painted rocks. Rock hunting has become a popular pastime for our community members who now enjoy the marvels of the outdoors while scouring the landscape for a glint of color hoping to discover a rock painted/decorated in a festive or unique manner.

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2020 Dinosaurland’s ‘Passport to Summer’ Program Underway

The Uintah Basin has a lot to offer and to help residents discover all that there is, Uintah County Travel and Tourism Office and their partners are excited to start this year’s ‘Passport to Summer’ program.

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Colorado Northwestern Community College Student Awards Ceremony

Five students from Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely were among those in the state of Colorado celebrated in a special virtual student awards ceremony through the Colorado Community College System.

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TriCounty Health COVID-19 Update

TriCounty Health Officer Jordan Mathis provided a COVID-19 update on Tuesday during the Give’m Health segment on Eagle Country 105.5 FM KLCY. The numbers in the state have stayed steady which Mathis says is not necessarily a bad thing because without a vaccine at this time there still needs to be a “slow burn” of the virus. \

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USU Uintah Basin Welcomes Experienced Social Worker to Faculty

The Uintah Basin has many natural resources but one of the greatest is the talents and skills of the individuals that call it home. Utah State University Uintah Basin welcomes to their staff, Joslin Batty as a clinical assistant professor in the university’s Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology. \

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Utah Wildfires Already at 237

In an alarming notice, Utah Wildfire Info shared this week that Utah has already seen 237 wildfires. Last year the state didn’t see 237 wildfires until well into July. Sadly 95% of the wildfires that have occurred this year have been human caused.

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Leave Baby Animals Alone, Warns DWR

Finding a newly born deer fawn or an elk calf is more common while enjoying the outdoors this time of year and if you find one, the Division of Wildlife Resources is asking that you simply keep your distance and leave the animal alone.

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Uintah Basin Healthcare Mask Requirements

Even though Utah is slowly returning to a normal state, there are still precautions that need to be taken. Uintah Basin Healthcare clarified masking requirements for patients and approved guests.

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Dinosaur National Monument Increasing Access to Camping and River Use

Dinosaur National Monument announced Wednesday their plan to further increase recreational access. Beginning Sunday, June 7th, Dinosaur will reopen access to campgrounds, backcountry, and river use.

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‘Fishing With The Fox’ Includes $5,000 Tag and Other Great Prizes

Fishing is about to get a lot more popular with the announcement that an annual fishing contest has a major cash award attached. ‘Fishing with The Fox’ is hosted each year by the Division of Wildlife Resources and Evans Family Media’s 98.5 The Fox.

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Uintah County Clerk/Auditor on Upcoming Primary Election

Utah’s Primary Election will be on June 30th and Uintah County Clerk/Auditor Mike Wilkins invites community members to help spread the word that this election will be held completely by mail. There will be no early voting and no polling location on election day.

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Free Summer Lunches to Start Up June 1st

The school lunch program for Uintah School District and Duchesne County School District is closed this week but sites will be reopening starting June 1st.

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