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Duchesne County Man Suing Investigating Officer and Agencies for Damages

In the spring of 2019, the last of the charges in 8th District Court filed against a Duchesne County man were dropped and now the man is seeking damages. Charges were filed in May of 2018 against 49-year-old Darin Ace Thomas including two 1st Degree Felony charges of Criminal Conspiracy, two 3rd Degree Felony charges of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, one 3rd Degree Felony charge of Criminal Conspiracy, and one Misdemeanor charge of Sexual Solicitation.

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Successful Building Utah Conference Wraps Up

Well over 300 visitors enjoyed time in Vernal this week as they attended the Building Utah Conference at the Uintah Conference Center. In addition to the speeches by the Governor and Lt. Governor, the conference had panels focused on Financing Infrastructure Development, Harnessing Public/Private Investments, and State Infrastructure Investment as well as other workshops and breakout sessions.

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Roosevelt City Manager Dismissed

It's been a bit of an administrative roller coaster at Roosevelt City. City Manager Scott Finlayson is no longer the City Manager as of Tuesday’s Roosevelt City Council meeting. Roosevelt City Council made the decision in a unanimous vote on Tuesday night.

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Bill With Extra Importance to Uintah Basin Signed While Governor in Vernal

The ceremonial signing of SB 176 during the Building Utah Conference was of great importance to the Uintah Basin and other communities with heavy extraction industry presence.

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Rifle Police Department Thanks Student for Creative Gift to Give Kids

A teen at Rifle High School found a unique way to use a new talent to help local police when they need to help kids in difficult situations. “Anahi Gutierrez Martinez is a senior at Rifle High School and as part of her International Baccalaureate degree, she needed to complete a CAS project,” shares Rifle Police.

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Utah Mobile Driver License Pilot Program Getting Underway

The Utah Department of Public Safety has announced that their Driver License Division is taking the first steps toward moving Utahns’ identities out of their wallets and into the 21st century with the initiation of a mobile driver license and identification card pilot program.

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Governor Cox on Infrastructure and Investing in Utah’s Future

Day one of the Building Utah Conference being held in Vernal this week had a laser focus on investing in the state’s infrastructure including the ceremonial signing of HB 433, a bill that begins the biggest investment in infrastructure in Utah’s history. Governor Cox spoke in depth on investing in the state’s infrastructure.

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Two Separate Overdoses on Same Day Prompt Warning from Law Enforcement

The Rifle Police Department shared the following on Wednesday: Two separate overdoses occurred in Rifle in the early morning hours of April 7th, and it appears that both subjects used what they believed to be heroin. Both patients were provided multiple doses of Narcan on scene, and were subsequently transported to Grand River Hospital by Colorado River Fire Rescue.

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Uintah Basin Not Required But Encouraged to Wait on Watering

While not required, the Utah Division of Water Resources has made it very clear that most of Utah, including the Uintah Basin, should wait to start watering lawns and landscaping. “Actually, most turf is still dormant (looks kinda dead and brown) and is slowly waking up (you’ll have patches of brown and green) from its winter nap,” they share.

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DWR Invites Those Interested to Apply to be Hunter Education Instructors

The Division of Wildlife Resources is inviting those interested in teaching hunter education to apply. An announcement from the DWR shares that: the majority of the instructors who teach hunter education in Utah are volunteers, rather than DWR employees.

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Uintah Science Olympiad Team Competes Well at State

The Uintah High Science Olympiad Team did great at state competition last month. Twenty-six Uintah students competed on two different teams in 23 separate events.

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DWR Seek Information About Deer Illegally Killed in Duchesne County

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is asking for any information from the public concerning a deer poaching incident in Duchesne County. A press release issued this week shares that conservation officers received information about a poaching incident on February 14th near Sam's Wash Road, south of Highway 40, in western Duchesne County.

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Prime Time 4 Kids Defies Odds of 2020 and Continues Serving Stronger Than Ever

With a mission too important to put on hold, Prime Time 4 Kids defied the odds and found ways to continue their early intervention services throughout 2020. Now, with their staff vaccinated and restrictions lifting they are back in full force and inviting the community to schedule to bring their children, from newborn up to 3 years old, in for a free evaluation to learn if early intervention services are needed.

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TriCounty Health Implements New Cosmetology Rule

The TriCounty Board of Health approved a new Cosmetology Rule on March 24th that goes into effect on July 1st. During this week’s Give’m Health interview on 105.5 Eagle Country, TriCounty Health Environmental Health Scientist David Koons explained that this was in response to Utah’s legislature passing the Statewide Cosmetology Facility Sanitation Rule in March of 2020.

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Sweetwater County Sheriff Selected to Attend FBI Executive Leadership Seminar

Sweetwater County Sheriff John Grossnickle recently learned that he is one of a small group of law enforcement executives from across the country who has been selected to attend the FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) later this month in Washington D.C.

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Echo Car Wash Warns Community of Male Flasher

Echo Car Wash in Roosevelt took to social media on Tuesday and posted on their page a warning for the community. They posted a photo of a suburban with the warning to keep an eye out for the individual driving it, stating that he flashed a girl on Monday. The police are informed of the incident but Echo Car Wash is hoping to spread the word so all can be on the lookout and able to keep their family and children safe.

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Proposed Accounting Change Further Explained in Monday Commission Meeting

Uintah County Commissioner Bill Stringer took time following the regular business items of Monday’s Commission meeting to revisit an agenda item from last week’s meeting that elicited push back. On Monday, March 29th, the Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting included an agenda item titled, ‘Deliberation Concerning The Process of Implementing the Provisions of Utah Code 17-19A-205 Accounting Services’.

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‘Building Utah Conference’ Starting Today

Being the host city of a conference welcoming community leaders from across the state comes with benefits to the community. After a 4 year break, the 2021 Building Utah Conference is underway and of all the places it could be held it is happening right here in Vernal.

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