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School Districts NOT Requiring Masks Last Week of School

Uintah School District announced Thursday that they will NOT require students, employees, or visitors to its campuses to wear a mask, during the last week of school. Terra Academy and Duchesne County School District have made similar announcements following Utah Governor Spencer Cox’s announcement Thursday that the statewide mask mandate for K through 12 public schools will end on May 24th.

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72nd Annual Chamber Meeting and Awards Dinner a Success

It was a fantastic evening at the Uintah Conference Center for the Annual Chamber Meeting and Awards Dinner. This was the 72nd year for the event held last night with excellent food and special guest speaker Olympic wrestler Rulon Gardner.

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New Stop Light Promised For Naples City To Help With Anticipated Bus Traffic

A new stop light is destined for Naples City on Highway 40 at 1000 South. Naples City Mayor Dean Baker confirms that plans are underway for the light and for a good reason. Uintah School District’s administration will be moving to their new property in that area including the entire fleet of school buses as part of the district’s transportation department.

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DWR: What You Need to Know About Fishing in a Drought Year

If you are looking forward to a summer of fishing, the Division of Wildlife Resources is getting the message out that the current drought is anticipated to impact fish by reducing the amount of water available in lakes, reservoirs and streams throughout the state.

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Special Olympics Torch Run Today and Track and Field Next Week

The 2021 Special Olympics Northeastern Area games are underway with the Track and Field event coming up on Wednesday. The Duchesne Raptors and Uintah Dinos had a fantastic day of competition earlier this month during the Swim Meet.

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Weekly Water Guide Encourages Conservation

Utah’s Division of Water Resources has been issuing weekly watering guides to help Utah residents know what is recommended for watering while in drought conditions. Striking the balance can be difficult but the weekly watering guide can take the guesswork out of it.

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TriCounty Health Now Offering Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine to Youth 12 and Up

TriCounty Health Department announced Thursday that it is partnering with other local health departments in Utah to have a supply of Pfizer vaccine for the next steps in vaccinating the tri-county area. TriCounty Health began offering vaccine to youth ages 12 and up with available Pfizer vaccine beginning May 12th.

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Public Invited to Unveiling of New ADA-Accessible Fishing Dock at Starvation

The public is invited to the unveiling of a new ADA-accessible fishing dock at Starvation Reservoir this weekend. “This project was a collaborative effort between all the resource agencies involved with managing Starvation,” shares DWR Aquatics Manager Trina Hedrick.

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Duchesne County Fair Legendary Cowboy 2021

The 2021 Duchesne County Fair Legendary Cowboy is Gary Goodrich. Goodrich was born in 1938 and has called Bluebell home his entire life. He married Nonalee Holgate in 1957 and the pair have been married for over 62 years, having raised 6 kids.

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Ashley National Forest on Trailers and Waste

Ashley National Forest has a message for this season’s visitors: think of others and pick up after yourself. “Remember leaving trailers unattended and more than the 16 day stay limit in one location not only removes the opportunity from others but will degrade the health and diversity of the location over time,” shares the Forest.

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Roosevelt Native Singer Advances on NBC’s The Voice

A Roosevelt native blues singer has advanced to the Top 8 on the NBC hit show The Voice. Jordan Matthew Young had already enjoyed a solid career as a performing musician, reportedly performing 200 shows a year before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Update on Uintah High Graduation

Uintah High School has updated its plan for the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021. The graduation will be held May 28th at 5:30pm at Coach Belcher Stadium. No tickets will be required to attend graduation. There is no limit on attendance.

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Biden’s Pandemic Rescue Package in the Basin

The details for President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 pandemic rescue plan has been released and it looks like Utah will be allocated $1.3 billion dollars. Locally that breaks down as Daggett County getting $184,526 dollars, Duchesne County getting $3,872,723 dollars, and Uintah County getting $6,940,911 dollars.

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UDOT Outlines Safety Protocols on Starvation Bridge Project

UDOT is addressing the safety concerns expressed over the Starvation Bridge project. According to their project update for this week, Utah’s Department of Transportation makes it their top priority to keep the workers, the environment, and the public safe and extensive measures have been put into place to ensure that safety.

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Extreme Bull Riding Event A Huge Success

At the recent Vernal Chamber of Commerce meeting, Charlene Chapman gave a report on the “tremendously successful” Extreme Bull Riding event. It was a very unique opportunity for Vernal as there are a limited number of cities the Extreme Bull Riding event goes to.

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