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The Odd Couple at Vernal Theatre: Live will Open Your Sinuses and Lift Your Spirits

The rest of the town may be hibernating, but Vernal Theatre: LIVE! is in the prime of its fourth season with Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple: Female Edition. There is nothing sleepy about this performance. The 1980’s reimagining of the 1960’s original male production comes to life brilliantly decked out in big earrings, bigger shoulder pads, and biggest hair.

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Ute Indian Tribe Successfully Has Lands Removed From Proposed Wilderness Act

The Ute Indian Tribe issued a press release dated January 21st sharing that over the past year, the Ute Tribe Business Committee has been working with Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois and Congressman Alan Lowenthal of California “to protect the Tribe’s Uncompahgre Reservation lands.” The press release states that Senator Durbin and Congressman Lowenthal are the sponsors of the ‘America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act’ and when the Ute Tribe Business Committee learned that some of the land in Utah that would be federally protected under the Act “overlapped with the Tribe’s Reservation, the Business Committee took action to protect the Tribe’s authority over its Reservation lands...

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Premiere of Highline Documentary Premieres Friday in Vernal

The Unita Highline Trail is getting some major attention this weekend with the release of a new documentary focused on this local adventure destination. This trail is 104 miles east to west. It crosses eight named passes that exceed 11,200 feet with one being King’s Peak, the highest point in Utah. Altogether there is 16,700 feet of elevation gained, passing through forests, subalpine meadows, alpine tundra, rock fields, and snow fields with nothing but occasional posts or signs to mark the way. Such is the background for the newest documentary Highline.

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Application Period for Big Game Hunt Opens Soon

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources would like to remind hunters that are interested in Utah’s big game hunts that the application process will be opening soon. The application period opens on Thursday, January 30th and will go until 11pm on Thursday, March 5th. Some of the species that are considered big game include Bighorn sheep (both desert and Rocky Mountain), bison, elk, moose, mountain goat, mule deer and pronghorn. There are some new hunts this year for bighorn sheep, bison, deer and pronghorn.

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Winterfest Day of Dance and BYU’s Ballroom Dance Company

Winterfest activities are getting ready to dance the winter blues away with a Day of Dance. The day will start with dancing being taught on Saturday, January 25th at the Crossroads Community Center from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Instructors will be from local dance studios and the BYU Ballroom Dance company. There will be group activities, special age-based workshops, and snacks for those 3 to 18 years of age. All this fun for a $10 dollars admission (cash only).

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USU Uintah Basin Celebrating Impactful Women of the Uintah Basin: Week 2

USU Uintah Basin is doing something special to support, celebrate, and honor the women of the Uintah Basin with their Year of the Woman campaign. Each month will highlight women in categories ranging from Women’s Suffrage to Wellness & Nutrition. The category for January is Arts & Culture and the woman to be highlighted for week 2 is McKenna Christiansen. McKenna was nominated by her husband Mike Christiansen who shares that McKenna is a positive of example of proactive leadership and womanhood to local young women.

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A Sleep Disorder Could Be Ruining Healthy Sleep

Sleep plays a major part in our health. Struggling to find healthy sleep habits and patterns might seem like the norm but should not be taken lightly. The sleep specialist with Ashley Regional Medical Center, Shelly Sorenesen, shares that “if you’ve tried different tactics and are still having trouble sleeping, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. Left untreated, sleep disorders can be very damaging to a person’s overall health.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the four most common sleep disorders in the U.S. are insomnia, narcolepsy, Restless Leg Syndrome and sleep apnea.

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Federal Judge Issues Decision and Order in Case of Madison Jensen Death

U.S. District Court Judge Dale A. Kimball issued a Memorandum Decision And Order on Tuesday in the case of the Estate of Madison Jody Jensen versus Duchesne County and other defendants. 21-year-old Madison Jensen was booked into Duchesne County Jail on November 27th, 2016 for internal possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Four days later at 1:28pm on December 1st, Madison was found deceased in her cell. The next day on December 2nd, the Utah Medical Examiner determined the immediate cause of death to be cardiac arrhythmia from dehydration due to opiate withdrawal.

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Duchesne County School District Hosting Two Lectures to Help Kids

The Duchesne County School District takes the mental health of the kids they serve very seriously. To help both parents and children navigate the challenges of stress and mental achievement they have invited Doctor Christy Kane to share her 20 plus years of clinical experience and scientific research. Dr. Kane holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, a masters in mental health counseling, and a bachelor's degree in psychology. She will first be at Altamont High School on Wednesday, January 22nd from 6 to 7:30pm sharing how stress impacts the brain.

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Uintah County Library Featuring Documentary ‘Into the Cold’

Sebastian Copeland was named one of the world’s top 25 adventurers in the last 25 years by Men’s Journal. He has led numerous expeditions into polar regions to film and photograph endangered environments. His documentary, Into the Cold, is the story of how he and his partner Keith Heger trained for and then embarked on a two-month expedition across the North Pole. They covered over 400 miles on foot through minus fifty degree weather. The film was selected for the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010 and in 2011 was part of the Environmental Film Fest, Victoria Film Fest, and the Blue Planet Film Fest.

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2nd Annual Adult Pinewood Derby Fundraiser

Do you remember the good old days in Cub Scouts and the excitement of getting the Pinewood Derby block of wood and sculpting the fastest things on the track? Now those 21 and older have a chance to relive the fun and it’s all for charity. The Vernal Elks Lodge will be having their second annual Adult Pinewood Derby on Saturday, January 25th. The event cost $25.00 dollars (and includes the car kit) that will go to our local Special Olympics. The event will have prizes and trophies, including Most Patriotic, Best in Show, Worst in Show, Best Classic, and Best Design to name a few.

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UBAOG Will Be Conducting The 2020 Homelessness Count For The Basin

Homelessness is an issue that is on the rise throughout the nation. Last year’s homelessness count showed that Utah’s homelessness was stable. This was both good news and bad news. Good in that even though Utah was seeing rising housing costs there wasn't a dramatic increase in the homelessness population. Bad for the fact that millions was spent into efforts to reduce homelessness.

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Name Released From Sunday’s Fatal Accident in Uintah County

Friends and family are mourning the loss of a local young man whose life was lost too soon. According to Utah Highway Patrol, the 24-year-old man was in a fatal accident early Sunday morning in Uintah County while traveling southbound in a 2001 Lincoln Continental on State Road 45 at Mile Marker 36 at about 4:50am. The vehicle drove off the road to the right causing the vehicle to roll. The man was ejected, receiving fatal injuries. On Monday, Utah Highway Patrol identified the man as 24-year-old Jace Bailey of Vernal. Our family at Evans Family Media extends our condolences to the family and friends at this difficult time of loss.

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Uintah Animal Control Exceeds Initial Target in Abandoned Horse Gathering

The Uintah Animal Control and Shelter Special Service District has exceeded its initial target of gathering 175 horses in their first series of gathers. According to their press release, Uintah Animal Control, working with a licensed and insured horse gather company, has successfully removed 296 estray, abandoned and/or nuisance horses from public lands in Uintah County. Most of the horses were gathered from January 7th to January 11th in an area designated as a “public safety corridor” between Highway 40, State Road 45 and the Green River.

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Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office Warns of Phone Scam

Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office is the latest agency to share a scam warning with the public. “Our area is being hit by another round of phone scams from callers claiming to be with the Social Security Administration,” shares the Sheriff’s Office. “These callers demand personal information and may threaten to have you arrested if you don’t provide it. Of course, this is a scam. These callers want your personal information so they can steal from you. They cannot have you arrested for refusing to give them your personal information. Please, if you get a call like this, hang up the phone. It’s the easiest way to protect yourself from being scammed.” If you are concerned about a call you have received, contact your local law enforcement.

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All Invited to Make Homemade Cards As Part Of ‘Cards 4 Kids @ Heart’

Please share some love this Valentine’s Day with local seniors by gathering friends and family to create generic homemade Valentine’s cards as part of ‘Cards 4 Kids @ Heart.’ The ‘Cards 4 Kids @ Heart’ project is organized each year by KLCY’s morning show host Amy Richards in loving memory of her Grandma. “The last thing I received from [my Grandma] was a handwritten card,” shares Amy. “I never had a chance to send her one back before she passed, and I know in my heart she would have loved one from me.”

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Vernal Middle School Advisory Classes Prompting Growth for Students

Vernal Middle School is seeing positive results from implementing Advisory class periods, new this school year. “At the beginning of the academic year, Advisory classes completed 13 social skills lessons to help students prepare for the school year ahead,” shares Uintah School District. “Topics covered included team building, organization and study skills, professional language, school-wide expectations, and bully prevention and reporting. These topics were selected to help the students have a smooth transition into middle school, and to equip them with the skills they would need to face some of the daily challenges that middle school students experience.”

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Local Opioid Drug Abuse Recently Featured on TV

The Uintah Basin is very aware of how the opioid crisis has greatly affected rural communities, especially our own. Robin Hatch, the Prevention Coordinator for Northeastern Counseling Center, was recently interviewed on Fox 13’s The Place. Hatch works for a prevention team that covers Duchesne, Uintah, and Daggett Counties. They rely on local residents, church groups, civic groups and businesses to help spread information to the public. Recently, the team found that individuals were hoarding medications, throwing fire on the opioid crisis.

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USU Uintah Basin and UBTech Holding Nursing Programs Open House

According to the Utah Department of Health, Utah does not have enough nurses to care for its population. In fact, the shortage is projected to increase each year. Kathleen Kaufman is the co-chair of the Utah Nursing Association and shared in a recent interview that this is especially a huge problem in rural areas of Utah. Utah State University Uintah Basin and Uintah Basin Technical College are doing their part to help the Basin with any nursing shortages and are having two open houses this week.

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Ashley Regional Medical Center CEO Ben Cluff Announces Retirement

Ashley Regional Medical Center CEO Ben Cluff announced his retirement last week. The hospital issued a statement on Friday morning stating that his plan to retire is effective January 24th. The statement continued:“We are deeply grateful for Ben’s leadership and many contributions to our hospital and the Vernal community through the years, and we wish him well in his retirement. A national search for a permanent CEO is currently underway, and we will inform our community when the right leader has been identified.” Evans Family Media adds our thanks and well wishes for Ben Cluff as he moves on to retired life.

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DinoSOAR Customer Service Award: Phil Rushton

The Hospitality Committee in Uintah County continues to recognize the faces of customer service in local businesses. The new DinoSOAR customer service award recipient is Phil Rushton of Phil E Rush Ton delivery service. Phil is known for his great customer service and has been running his delivery service for nearly three years. His service picks up groceries, prescriptions, take out food or any small items or packages ordered from local businesses and delivers the items to the recipients homes for a nominal fee of $6.00 dollars.

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Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office Warns of Phone Scam

Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office is the latest agency to share a scam warning with the public. “Our area is being hit by another round of phone scams from callers claiming to be with the Social Security Administration,” shares the Sheriff’s Office. “These callers demand personal information and may threaten to have you arrested if you don’t provide it. Of course, this is a scam. These callers want your personal information so they can steal from you. They cannot have you arrested for refusing to give them your personal information. Please, if you get a call like this, hang up the phone.

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Terra Academy Students of the Week

The Terra Academy Students of the Week are Kennedi Madsen and Wyatt Barton. Kennedi is in Kindergarten and was nominated by Mrs. Magee. “Kennedi Madsen is an amazing student and friend,” shares Mrs. Magee. “She is always looking for ways to be helpful to others, is kind and considerate, loves to participate and work hard in class, and is overall just a delightful student. I am so blessed to have her in my class.” Wyatt is in 6th grade and was nominated by Mr. Simper. “Wyatt Barton continues to push himself academically well beyond the requirements for 6th grade,” shares Mr. Simper. “Currently, [he] is working above grade level in Math and Language Arts. He is conscientious of others' needs and is willing to help his peers when asked.” Congratulations Kennedi Madsen and Wyatt Barton, Terra Students of the Week!

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Uintah High School Student and Athlete of the Week

The Uintah High School Student of the Week is Melanie Gallardo, nominated by Mrs. Holmes. The Ute Athlete of the Week is Brady Merkley, nominated by Coach Keddy.

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