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Terra Academy Student of the Week: Dagen Potts

Terra Academy Student of the Week: Dagen Potts

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Terra Academy Student of the Week: Michelle Deppe

Terra Academy Student of the Week: Michelle Deppe

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Artists Behind Local Murals Recognized by Vernal Chamber

Murals continue to go up around Vernal and the artists behind most of them were recently recognized by the Vernal Chamber of Commerce. Ninty1(91) Designs was awarded the Business of the Month by the Public Relations Committee. Ninty1 Designs is owned by Jordan Clark, a Vernal native whose love of art grew into a passion for mural painting.

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CPW Approve Plan to Reintroduce Wolves in Colorado by 10-1 Vote

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission issued a press release concerning plans moving forward with the introduction of wolves to Colorado. During a virtual meeting on January 14th, they provided CPW staff with direction to begin creating a robust, adaptive management plan to reintroduce wolves in Colorado with a 10-1 majority vote.

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Roosevelt City Celebrates the Grand Opening of the Ice Rink

The ice rink at Constitution Park delayed its opening because the water initially didn’t freeze in the anticipated timeline. The Roosevelt City crew took the extra time to fix cracked areas and prepare it for an opening just a week later. Roosevelt City shared that they “worked tirelessly to prep the ice, fill in holes caused by air bubbles, and create the smoothest possible surface for skating.”

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Moffat County Businesses Hope For Help With 5-Star Program State Certification Program

Colorado is finally providing options to hopefully help businesses open up more. The 5-Star Program State Certification Program could help our western Colorado neighbors save their businesses and get back to some semblance of everyday life. According to the Craig Press the “5-Star Program allows businesses to operate at a level above where the county is on the COVID-19 dial.

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National Guardsman Rescue at Duchesne County

Earlier this month two Utah Air National Guard members received state awards, one dealing with an incident in Duchesne County. In two separate events the men were credited with saving lives while off-duty. On August 28th, Airman 1st Class Jensen Martinez was at the Duchesne County’s Starvation Reservoir with his father when they noticed two people struggling in the water.

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Uintah Basin Healthcare Announces Additional Rapid Antigen Testing Sites

Uintah Basin Healthcare is adding to the list of new rapid antigen testing sites. In partnership with TestUtah, Uintah Basin Healthcare will have free COVID rapid antigen tests at their Vernal and Roosevelt locations. The Vernal drive-thru testing site will be open at the Vernal Urgent Care from Monday through Thursday from 9am to 6pm and Friday from 9am to 4pm.

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Vaccine Appointments Now Being Scheduled for Adults 70 Years and Older

Appointments are now being made for adults 70-years-old and older in the Uintah Basin that would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. According to a TriCounty press release, the nurses with TriCounty Health are working tirelessly to vaccinate educators and are looking forward to helping the older population.

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Daggett County Creating Service District/Elected Officials Sworn In

It's onward and upward in Daggett County. Public officials were sworn in, each to 4-year-terms, including Commissioner Matt Tippets, Commissioner Randy Asay, Clerk Brian Raymond, Recorder/Treasurer Brianne Carter, and Assessor Lesa Asay. County Attorney Niel Lund was unable to attend the ceremony and was sworn in virtually.

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‘Daddy Long Legs’ Is First 2 Person and Double Cast Show at Vernal Theatre: Live

Vernal Theatre: LIVE’s newest production opens tonight and those that are familiar with the show are urging anyone on the fence to trust them and get tickets ASAP. In fact, they say you’ll actually want to see it twice and there is a special discount for those that do just that! ‘Daddy Long Legs’ has everything that people love about musicals and the cast and crew are all very attached to the show.

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Tri-County Area COVID-19 Transmission Level Update (1/14/21 - 1/20/21)

The TriCounty Health District COVID-19 Transmission Index Levels remain with Uintah County and Duchesne County at the High Transmission Level and Daggett County is in the Low Transmission Level.. At the time of Thursday’s press release, Uintah County’s 7-day average percent positivity was 32 percent and there were 269 cases in the past 14 days.

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Buckskin Hills Ski and Snow Tubing Hill Grand Opening on Saturday

Uintah County wants all to join in some new local fun, declaring that “the time has finally come for a new generation of memories to be made on the local hills outside of Vernal.” The Buckskin Hills Ski and Snow Tubing Hill is having their grand opening today at noon with food, vendors, and music.

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Uintah High School New Site for Free COVID-19 Testing Clinic

The Utah Department of Health has added locations around the state where free COVID-19 rapid antigen testing is offered, including within the Uintah Basin. Uintah High School will host a free testing clinic on Friday and Saturday, January 22nd and 23rd, and Friday and Saturday, January 29th and 30th.

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Western Colorado Representative Taking Heat and Giving Heat In Political Spotlight

A western Colorado Representative who has been in the spotlight on all sides of the political spectrum for the last week made a speech on the House floor Wednesday opposing President Trump’s impeachment. Republican Representative Lauren Boebert is in her first term representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District which includes rural Moffat County and Rio Blanco County.

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Lt. Governor Meets With TriCounty Health on Vaccination Plans Into the Future

Details from a Wednesday press release shed light on potential plans for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to the general public: Utah Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson visited TriCounty Health Department on January 13th to discuss what needs there are for the area and what it might take for TriCounty Health to vaccinate the community against COVID-19.

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Utah District #1 Rep. Moore Statement on Wednesday’s Impeachment Vote

Congressman Blake Moore issued the following statement on Wednesday concerning the impeachment vote: “Last Wednesday, when I voted against the majority of my party on my third day in office, I realized that I can make hard and seemingly unpopular decisions. Voting to strip electoral votes from sovereign states is a dangerous precedent, and I did not hear anything that justified such a high bar.

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Lane Frost Challenge This Weekend

The 21st annual Lane Frost Challenge is almost here and this year aims to exceed expectations as Utah’s premier bull riding event. Lane Frost is known the world over for the movie ‘8 Seconds’ which tells the story of the bull riding legend that meets a tragic end. Lane grew up on a Lapoint farm where he started riding dairy calves at the age of 5.

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Ice Rink Extravaganza

The grand opening of the ice rink at Constitution Park in Roosevelt is a sure thing and the community is invited to the festivities on Friday, January 15th. “Skating will be available all day long,” shares Roosevelt City. “There is no cost to use the rink. Just bring your own skates and dress warm!”

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TriCounty Health on Vaccinating Educators/ Vaccine List for 70 and Older

The health department released a COVID-19 udpate press release on Tuesday: TriCounty Health Department began vaccinating K-12 educators in Uintah, Duchesne and Daggett counties on January 12th, and will continue vaccinating K-12 educators in the tri-county area throughout the week, or until vaccination supplies run out.

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DWR Report on Poaching in 2020

Poaching in Utah was down in 2020 from the year before but not by much. According to a press release from the Division of Wildlife Resources, a total of 1,056 animals were killed illegally in 2020 compared to 1,080 in 2019. “The total combined value of the wildlife illegally killed in 2020 was more than $379,000.

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ABC’s 20/20 Episode on Dating Game Killer Features Sweetwater County Case

A Sweetwater County detective appears in the latest episode of ABC’s 20/20 show which shines a light on the infamous Dating Game Killer. Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jeff Sheaman discusses the murder of Christine Thornton that took place in Sweetwater County...

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Utah Department of Public Safety Tips to Be Safe Concerning Phishing

According to Utah’s Department of Public Safety, phishing scams saw a big surge in 2020. It is important for the households and individuals of the Basin to be on the lookout for potential phishing scams. Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect a person’s computer with malware and viruses in order to collect personal and financial information.

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Uintah County Heritage Museum Presents Expanding Horizons Art Show

Uintah County Heritage Museum has recently opened their new art exhibit for the Basin. The display is entitled Expanding Horizons and features Utah plein air artists. What is plein air art? It is about getting out into nature and painting or drawing landscapes.

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