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Roadwork Continues in Roosevelt City

Patience is appreciated as road work continues in Roosevelt City. Dominion Energy crews began mill and overlay work on Highway 40 this week. This will impact the right/eastbound lane of Highway 40 from 4500 South to Lagoon Street. All travelers are asked to please allow for extra travel time through Roosevelt during the next two weeks.

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Uintah County Encouraging All to Prepare For Emergency Preparedness Month

It’s not too late to make the most of Emergency Preparedness Month and Uintah County Emergency Management has some suggestions to get you started. “Emergency preparedness is important for everyone to help build a resilient community,” shares Uintah County Emergency Manager Heidi Lundburg.

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Halloween Mayor’s Walk Getting Moved to Downtown Vernal

The annual Mayor’s Walk at the Uintah Community Center is a favorite local event while celebrating Halloween and in case you hadn’t heard, this year there’s some big changes. Vernal City Manager Quinn Bennion shared on Monday that the Mayor’s Walk will be in downtown Vernal this year!

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Halloween Mayor’s Walk Getting Moved to Downtown Vernal

The annual Mayor’s Walk at the Uintah Community Center is a favorite local event while celebrating Halloween and in case you hadn’t heard, this year there’s some big changes. Vernal City Manager Quinn Bennion shared on Monday that the Mayor’s Walk will be in downtown Vernal this year!

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Roosevelt City Requests Citizens Fill Out Secondary Water Survey; Final Day

It's the final day to fill out the Roosevelt City secondary water survey. According to the City’s announcement, the Roosevelt City Master Plan that was updated in 2019 included a Secondary Water Plan for outdoor irrigation watering.

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Hotel Vernal Haunt Offering New Experiences

The opening of Hotel Vernal Haunt is approaching with multiple experiences offered this year. After a year off from the original location, the spirits in the old hotel have been awakened and are preparing for guests to arrive in October.

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Outlaw Trail Theater Announces Fall Dinner Theater Showing of ‘The Mousetrap’

Outlaw Trail Theater made an exciting announcement this week as they expand on their tradition. The organization is presenting Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’ as a dinner theater experience next month. “The Outlaw Trail Theater is on a mission to go back to the roots of the organization,” shares Outlaw Trail Board President Jay Haslem.

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Former Church Leader Accused of Sexual Abuse; Charged in 8th District Court

A former church leader accused of sexual abuse against a minor has been charged in 8th District Court. On September 16th, 63-year-old James Douglas Robinson was charged with 2nd Degree Felony Forcible Sexual Abuse for an alleged incident that took place in June in Duchesne County.

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Uintah School District Exploring Schedule Options; Committee Formed

Uintah School District is exploring scheduling options for the district’s secondary schools and a committee has been formed to help in the process. During the Uintah School Board’s meeting on September 8th, Superintendent Woodford presented the board with a plan.

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Lapoint-Tridell Fire Department Receives Wildland Fire Engine From BLM

The Lapoint-Tridell Fire Department is better prepared thanks to a generous donation from the Bureau of Land Management Green River District. The BLM has donated a Ford F450 Wildland Fire Engine to the Lapoint-Tridell Fire Department as part of the Rural Fire Readiness program.

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Innovation Hub Launches ‘Women Business Owners in the Basin’ Group

The Vernal Innovation Hub continues to offer services to the community and a new group is off to a great start. ‘Women Business Owners of the Basin’ recently held their first meeting and all involved are calling it a success. The group is an affiliate group of Women’s Business Center of Utah and it was organized by the Innovation Hub manager.

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DWS Employment Report

The Division of Workforce Services has offered an employment update for the state, including numbers for the Uintah Basin. Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for August increased about 3.8 percent with the state adding 55,700 jobs since August 2019.

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‘Reinforcing American Made Products’ Act Unanimously Passes Senate

The United States Senate unanimously passed Senator Mike Lee’s Reinforcing American-Made Products Act which establishes a national standard for products to be labeled “Made in USA” in interstate commerce. Currently, businesses must navigate conflicting federal and state definitions and regulatory requirements to label products as “Made in USA.”

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Semi Rolls Into Maeser Home Causing Extensive Damage

It was a case of either very bad luck or very good luck in a Maeser neighborhood on Wednesday when a runaway vehicle came to a stop after running into a home. According to the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office, a semi tractor trailer had been backed into the driveway of a residence in Maeser on 3500 West.

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Vehicle Fire Results In Estimated $200,000 In Damages

A vehicle fire was estimated to have caused about $200,000 dollars in damages on Thursday afternoon in Uintah County. According to Uintah County Fire Marshal Jeremy Raymond, Vernal Fire was paged to 1288 West 500 North on a vehicle fire in a car port. When crews arrived both the vehicle and the carport were on fire.

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Vernal Velociraptors Hosting East Region Mountain Bike Races This Weekend

Hotels and campgrounds will be full and restaurants busy this weekend as over 1400 mountain bikers and their families flock to Vernal for the much anticipated East Region race at Buckskin Hills. The Vernal Velociraptors pull team members from all over the Uintah Basin and includes a high school and junior high team that are all eager for this weekend.

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COVID-19 Transmission Index and Update (9/16-9/22)

As of Thursday, September 16th, TriCounty Health Department reported 6,633 total COVID-19 cases in the tri-county area to date, an increase of 89 new cases from the day before. According to Thursday’s data, there are currently 1,084 active cases.

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Women’s Self Defense Super Seminar; Huge Discount Price

A Women’s Self Defense Super Seminar is coming to Vernal and Sheriff Steve Labrum is hoping every woman and teen available on October 1st and 2nd will be there to learn how to protect themselves. Made famous as the pioneers of UFC and MMA fighting, the Gracie family is known as masters of the art of jiu jitsu and will be the teachers at this event.

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