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Vernal PD Warns Public of Increase in Vehicle Burglaries and Thefts

Vernal Police Department is urging the public to be more proactive. “Within the last week, we have seen an uptick in Vehicle Burglaries and Automobile Thefts,” shares Vernal PD. “These investigations are active and ongoing, and we are chasing all leads.

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Winterton Explains SB 195 ‘Emergency Response Amendments’

Based on experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, a bill making its way through the Utah Legislature aims to clarify the balance of powers during public emergencies. Senator Ron Winterton explained on social media that SB 195 ‘Emergency Response Amendments’ is about checks on executive powers during long-term emergencies without hindering rapid emergency response.

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Uintah Basin Community Matters Conference Wednesday

Duchesne County School District is making it easy to benefit from their annual Community Matters Conference taking place tomorrow at the Union High Auditorium. Those that would like to attend in person can request tickets while those who cannot or would prefer not to attend in person can attend virtually.

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Local Libraries Celebrating Birthday of Dr. Suess All Week Long

Today is a very special day in the world of literacy and local libraries and schools are making it a week-long celebration. March 2nd is the birthday of Theodor Geisel, best remembered as the beloved Dr. Seuss. Because of this, March 2nd is utilized as a day to celebrate the importance of reading endorsed by the National Education Association and local libraries are all in on the celebration.

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Uintah DECA Finds Success at State Competition

Last week, Uintah High School students competed in the Utah State DECA Competition. Uintah School District shares that there were 33 students that competed this year in role play, individual projects, group projects and chapter projects!

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March is the Month to See Wild Swans

Wild swans are currently winging their way through Utah, and the Division of Wildlife Services wants the public to know that March is one of the best times of the year to see them. "Swans are graceful, beautiful birds," said Mark Hadley, regional outreach manager for the Utah DWR.

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TriCounty Health COVID-19 Update

Vaccinations will resume through TriCounty Health this week starting today. Appointments can be booked through www.tricountyhealth.com and those 65 and older and 18 and older with health specific conditions can schedule their vaccination. Starting today, vaccinations will happen in Vernal at the Uintah Conference Center and in Roosevelt at the old Shopko building.

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Uintah School District Welcoming Back Volunteers; Planning for Prom

The Uintah School District has announced some changes with Uintah County moving from High to a Moderate COVID-19 Transmission area. The District announced in a Friday press release: Superintendent Rick Woodford has authorized the return of volunteers to the schools.

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HCR 1 ‘Release of Water from Flaming Gorge’ Signed By Governor

HCR 1 ‘Concurrent Resolution Encouraging a Balanced Approach to the Release of Water from Flaming Gorge’ has been signed by Utah’s Governor Cox.

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Rep. Owens Shares Opposition of ‘American Rescue Plan’ and ‘Equality Act’

A Utah Representative isn’t mincing words about the breakdown of spending proposed in the “American Rescue Plan”. U.S. Representative Burgess Owens, representing Utah’s 4th District, released the following statement outlining his opposition to Pelosi’s $1.9 trillion dollar plan.

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Things to Keep In Mind For Gathering Shed Antlers

Have you been getting out to gather shed antlers? Here’s a few things to keep in mind. Late winter and early spring is the toughest time of the year for deer, elk and moose and as a result the Utah DWR requires those that go hunting for sheds to take the Antler Gathering Ethics Course.

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Vernal Chamber Luncheon

This last week, the Vernal Chamber luncheon welcomed Ken Ivory to present information concerning the “30 by 30 Campaign”, an environmental movement to designate 30 percent of the earth’s land and water as “protected” by the year 2030.

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Senator Lee’s Staff Visits Uintah Basin; Lee Pledges to Combat Threats to Energy

Senator Mike Lee’s staff spent time in the Uintah Basin this week as they continue to fight back against Biden’s energy and public lands agenda. Senator Lee is working on legislation to do just that. “As long as I serve in Congress,” shares Senator Lee, “I will do all that I can to combat these threats.

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Rifle Police Department Bid Sad Farewell to K9 TULO

Rifle Police Department said a hard goodbye this week. “It is with great sadness that we have to say good-bye to our incredible K9 TULO,” they shared. “Tulo passed early [Tuesday] morning laying beside his fur-ever best friend, dad, handler, Garrett Duncan.”

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TriCounty Health District COVID-19 Transmission Index Levels (2/25/21 - 3/3/21)

The COVID-19 Transmission Index Levels maintained from last week. After months of being listed at the High Transmission Level, both Uintah County and Duchesne County have stayed at the Moderate Level and Daggett County remains at the Low Transmission Level.

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Uintah Middle School Looking to Lead, Read, and Succeed

A press release from Uintah Middle School Principal Christy Nerdin has highlighted the school’s focus to lead, read, and succeed. The school has been using the Lexia PowerUp Literacy program to help improve student proficiency in grammar, word study, and reading comprehension.

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Roosevelt City Recognizes Individuals for Going the Extra Mile

The Roosevelt City Council took time on Tuesday to recognize multiple individuals for going the extra mile in service to others. Fred Butterfield was recognized for his acts of kindness in taking care of his neighbors. LaRee Hurley was recognized for her efforts to make sure the 2020 Main Street Halloween Parade still happened in Roosevelt City.

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TriCounty Health Seeking More Volunteers In Vaccination Effort

TriCounty Health Department is seeking more volunteers in the COVID-19 vaccination effort. According to TriCounty Health Officer Kirk Benge, the weekly shipments of doses are expected to double from 700 to 1500 and they are moving to larger locations to accommodate more people.

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Legislative Committee Supporting Bill to Increase Access to Healthcare Providers

The Utah Nurse Practitioner Association is behind a bill that they say will remove barriers to practice and increase patient access in Utah and the Vernal Chamber Legislative Committee is in support of the bill. HB 287, Nurse Practice Act Amendments, would remove a barrier that restricts the practice of Nurse Practitioners and prevents some from owning their own practice.

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Active and Healthy Committee Working to Bring Electric Scooters to Vernal

With the pieces falling into place, it appears that electric scooters, similar to those seen in downtown Salt Lake City, will soon be available to rent in Vernal. Vernal City Manager Quinn Bennion presented on the prospect at the City County meeting on Monday.

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Con Amore Students Celebrate D.A.R.E. Graduation Day

The D.A.R.E. program continues to educate and empower local youth and the most recent class to graduate from the program is the awesome kids at Con Amore school in Duchesne County. The Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office offered their congratulations to the students from Mrs. Aliza and Mrs. Shelly’s classes who actually participated in the 2020 D.A.R.E. program and finally got to hold their graduation on Monday.

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