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Locals Question Masks in School Following Governor’s Monthly News Conference

Strong opinions continue to flow on social media in regards to the topic of masks in school with many locals pointing to Governor Herbert’s monthly news conference last week in what they feel supports their argument that masks should not be used in schools. A reporter asked Herbert if with cases at record highs in primarily Utah County if he was looking at any stricter statewide measures.

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New Roosevelt Library Design To Be Presented at Public Hearing

For those excited about the prospect of a new library in Roosevelt the opportunity to see the proposed plan is coming up! A public hearing is scheduled for next Thursday at the Crossroads Senior Center and the proposed library design will be on display. In recent years, the Roosevelt branch library has exceeded state benchmarks with their stats growing in circulation, frequency of events, attendance, and visits to the library.

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Grow Boxes Provided for Vernal Food Pantry Thanks to Rotary Clubs

The Vernal and Roosevelt Rotary Clubs recently combined forces for a very worthy cause, providing grow boxes for the Vernal Food Pantry, and issued the following press release on the project’s success: “The Roosevelt Club proposed the joint project with Vernal’s Club. Vernal provided the funding for the materials needed and the Roosevelt Club constructed the beautiful grow boxes which are made of wood and corrugated metal.

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Eyes and Ears of Dinosaur National Monument Moving On

Dinosaur National Monument offered their thanks on Sunday to a man who has spent nearly the last 2 decades as the eyes and ears of Dinosaur National Monument’s highest peak. “After 16 seasons as the Fire Lookout at the Zenobia Fire Tower, Daniel Hazen is stepping down from his position as the resident eyes and ears of Dinosaur National Monument's highest peak,” shares Dinosaur National Monument.

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One Man Dead, Another in Custody Following Traffic Accident Friday

A 37-year-old man is dead and one man is in custody after a traffic accident on Friday that took place south of Fort Duchesne. “At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday, deputies and BIA officers were dispatched to an accident at 7500 East 5700 South where a truck was stuck on the side of the road,” shares the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office.

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Murals By Ninty1 Designs Transforming Vernal Into Selfie Hot Spot

Murals are popping up all over Vernal transforming the town into a selfie hot spot and it could be said the pandemic deserves a little of the credit. Jordan Clark is a Vernal native that has been painting for years as a hobby. He found he was using bigger and bigger canvases and when someone reached out to him about painting a mural he fell in love with the format.

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Fire Restrictions are Still in Place

Ashley National Forest reminds the public that while temperatures are slowly dropping that does not mean that any fire restrictions are lifted. In fact, the fire restrictions are still in place even with the hunts currently going. \

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Lose Yourself Fun Run at Bluebell Corn Maze

Pumpkin flavor is popping up in all our favorite foods, the sun is south of the equator and we are officially into fall. That means the fall tradition of the Bluebell Corn Maze. The annual Lose Yourself Fun Run will be held on Saturday, September 26th. Those still wanting to participate can register at the maze on race-day.

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Volunteers Still Needed for High School Mountain Bike Race This Weekend

The National Interscholastic Cycling Association high school race is this weekend in Vernal and it’s likely you’ll make note even if you don’t make it up to Buckskin Hills to cheer the mountain bike racers on. Hotels and restaurants will be bustling with over 1200 registered riders and 3,000 to 4,000 total visitors to the area expected for the weekend.

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Farmers Feeding Utah at Western Park

Coronavirus has affected many people and their livelihood, including the farmers of Utah. Disruption of distribution left the farmers in a very difficult situation that was resting heavy on Ron Gibson, president of the Utah Farm Bureau. After talking about it on a radio show, a man reached out to ask how he could help.

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Echo Park Campground Temporarily Closes

While our national parks provide us with some great escapism to the outdoors that does not mean that nature doesn't have it’s own troubles. Dinosaur National Park is dealing with a highly invasive annual species of plant called cheatgrass that has become the dominant species into the Echo Park area of the Monument.

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Court Grants Deputy’s Attorney Fees and Costs in Wopsock Versus Dalton

U.S. District Court issued another decision and order this week in the case between Veronica Wopsock versus Duchesne County Sheriff’s Deputy Derek Dalton and other parties. The lawsuit was filed in 2012 with Wopsock claiming that Deputy Dalton sexually assaulted her during a traffic stop on September 4th, 2011.

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Duchesne County Captain Recognized for Help in Creating Correctional Standards

A Duchesne County Sheriff’s Captain has been recognized for his role in the creation and implementation of the statewide correctional standards. “Over the past two years, Captain Jeremy Curry has been working with the Utah Department of Corrections, the State of Utah and the Utah Sheriffs Association creating unified jail standards for all facilities housing offenders,” shares Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office.

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Domestic Violence Shelter and Program in Need of Bed Donations

Friends Against Family Violence are in need of bed donations from the community. “In the past 45 days, Friends Against Family Violence has helped furnish 3 apartments for survivors!” shares their announcement. “We were able to provide beds for 3 adults and 4 children, however, we have used up all of the beds from our storage unit.

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Give’m Health: Why Does Air Quality Matter?

The smoke from fires locally and across the west have recently blurred the scenic views of the Basin. To help put the smoke into perspective, TriCounty Health Department is explaining a few things about air quality and its effect on those with asthma. Asthma is one of the most common diseases in children.

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Celebrate National Eat Dinner With Your Family Day With ‘Dinner in the Park’

Studies have shown that eating dinner with your family reduces underage drinking, tobacco use, and drug misuse, while lowering suicide rates. That is one of the reasons there is a National Eat Dinner with Your Family Day. To celebrate this day, Roosevelt City’s Arts, Parks, and Recreation Committee is partnering with the TriCounty Prevention Advisory Coalition to host “Eat Dinner in the Park” on Monday, September 28th, from 5-7:30 p.m.

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Access to Part of Big Game Hunting Unit Restricted Due to East Fork Fire

The East Fork Fire continues to burn and those planning hunting trips in the Ashley National Forest need to know that access is now restricted to part of a big game hunting unit.

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Donations Always Appreciated at Uintah Basin’s Food Pantries

Donations are always appreciated at Uintah Basin Food Pantries. Recently Kim Lamb, the Community Services Director for the Uintah Basin Association of Governments, made a presentation about the Uintah Basin’s Food Pantries during the Vernal Chamber luncheon.

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UBH Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Clinic Recognized

The United States has about 6.7 million people affected by chronic wounds, that is 1 in 4 family members with an expected rise of 2% annually over the next decade. Luckily we live by the Uintah Basin Healthcare’s Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine clinic.

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Fire Fighters from West Virginia Helping with East Fork Fire

The Uintah Basin is always appreciative of the local firefighters as well as those that travel to help battle wildfires. What might not be known is how far some of these firefighters travel. Our local East Fork Fire has almost 290 firefighters helping contain the blaze.

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