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Biden Executive Order Suspends Oil and Gas Leases on Public Lands

Within hours of taking office, President Biden issued an Executive Order many anticipate will further hurt the already struggling economy in the Uintah Basin. The order is named the ‘Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.’

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Vernal Innovation Hub Gets Nod From Gov. Office of Economic Development

The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development is highlighting a new offering in Vernal that is aimed at supporting locals in their business aspirations. The Vernal Innovation Hub is already helping local entrepreneurs and providing a professional work and networking space.

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Tri-County Area COVID-19 Transmission Level Update (1/21/21 - 1/27/21)

The TriCounty Health District COVID-19 Transmission Index Levels reports Uintah County and Duchesne County at the High Transmission Level and Daggett County at the Low Transmission Level.. At the time of Thursday’s press release, Uintah County’s 7-day average percent positivity was 24 percent and there were 200 cases in the past 14 days

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Uintah Basin Healthcare Now Offering Treatment for COVID-19 Patients

Uintah Basin Healthcare shared exciting news this week. They are offering monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms. “Currently, both monoclonal antibody therapies have been authorized under a US Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization.

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Vernal Chamber Recycling Events Wrapping Up: Trees and Electronics

What do Christmas trees and electronics have in common? Well for just a few more days both can be recycled at the Vernal Chamber of Commerce building. Live Christmas trees may be recycled by dropping them off in the parking lot at 100 West 100 North in Vernal.

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Utah Looking to Restart Jury Trials Cautiously

The Supreme Court stopped all trials in mid-May and that has created a backlog of jury trials. It is estimated that there are 165 people currently sitting in jail or prison and close to 900 cases statewide of people awaiting jury trials.

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Vernal Fire a Case of Domestic Violence Arson; Donations Needed for Victims

A Vernal fire of a four-plex last week was allegedly a case of Domestic Violence related Arson. 34-year-old Cesar Antonio Guevara has been charged with Domestic Violence related Aggravated Arson, Aggravated Assault, Domestic Violence in the Presence of a Child, and Intoxication, among other charges.

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Vernal Chamber Legislative Committee Invites Public Input

The Utah Legislature opens this week and the Legislative Committee of the Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to protect the interests of Uintah County and would love input from the community.

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Santa’s Community Effort Reports on Amazing 2020 Christmas Season

The numbers are in and not surprisingly, the Rotary Club and their many volunteers accomplished something amazing during the 2020 Christmas season. The Rotary Club shared on Wednesday that “after a little R&R, Santa finally has the full report in on Santa's Community Effort! Through this project, Santa's helpers were able to provide Christmas for 234 families which equaled 676 children!

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Roosevelt City Recognizes Veterans Memorial Committee

Roosevelt City took the time during the Roosevelt City Council meeting on Tuesday to recognize the Veterans Memorial Committee for their volunteer service. A Roosevelt City press release detailed that the committee was formed and money was first raised to purchase the 50 flag poles that border the Roosevelt City Cemetery, a project that was dedicated in May of 1996.

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Chamber Presentation Provides Update On the Uintah Basin Railroad

Mike McKee, Director of the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition, recently provided an update on the Uintah Basin Railroad during a Vernal Chamber event. McKee reports that the Uintah Basin Railroad Project is on schedule and was recently granted conditional approval based on the completion of the environmental study.

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Reminder: Make Room For Snow Plows

Snow is in the forecast and Roosevelt City has provided a timely reminder to community members. “On snowy days, please make sure that you move all vehicles [and] trash cans off the roadways so that our plows can get through,” shares the reminder.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update

COVID-19 vaccines continue to be distributed in the Uintah Basin and TriCounty Health provided an update on Eagle Country 105.5 KLCY on Tuesday morning. As of Friday, 760 vaccines had been administered through the health department.

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Findings of Roosevelt Animal Shelter Investigation; City’s Plan Moving Forward

After a 5-month long investigation, the Uintah County Attorney’s Office has released its findings from the investigation into operations of the Roosevelt City Animal Shelter. The 4-page report’s conclusion stated: “Although the activities of Ms. Stevenson and Furever Buddys Rescue do not appear to violate Utah Code concerning the misuse of public funds, it is apparent that the lax oversight of the Shelter by Roosevelt City has created the current problems.

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Ashley Regional Offering New Therapy Aimed at Lessening Severity of COVID-19

Ashley Regional Medical Center announced Tuesday that they are offering a new therapy for treatment of non-hospitalized patients with a mild or moderate case of COVID-19. The hospital is among the first in the Uintah Basin to offer the new monoclonal antibody therapy.

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Return Tagged Fish If Caught In Steinaker Reservoir

For those that love to get out on Steinaker Reservoir for some ice fishing take note. Fish in the reservoir are being tagged for the upcoming Ice Addiction Tournament Series. Fisheries biologist Natalie Boren has a message for anglers that plan to fish Steinaker this week.

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Emergency Homeless Shelter Proposed For Craig

Moffat County has been in discussion over what to do with the homeless problem they face and the need for an emergency winter shelter. The Craig Press reports that Housing First Alliance of Craig has turned to Homeward Bound Grand Valley to present a possible solution to both problems.

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Uintah County Attorney Office Transition and Future

Changes have been taking place and more are in store for the Uintah County Attorney’s Office. On Saturday, January 16th, Uintah County Attorney Greg Lamb was sworn in as the new 8th District Court Judge to replace now retired Judge Edwin T. Peterson.

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