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Fire Affects US-191 in Duchesne County on Sunday

A fire affected travel on Highway 191 in Duchesne County on Sunday. A UDOT traffic alert was issued just before 2:00 pm on September 15th, stating that a fire was affecting both directions of the roadway at Mile Post 291, about three miles south of Duchesne City. Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office shared an update at 6pm that, according to the Uintah Basin Interagency Fire Center, the fire was contained to three-quarters of an acre on private land and by that time was out.

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Vernal Airport Emergency Exercise on Friday

For those that hear the siren of the police, the fire department, or an emergency vehicle and immediately wonder what is going on this story is for you. This Friday, the Vernal Regional Airport will be having an airport emergency exercise.

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Annual Sandhill Crane Viewing Day a Fun Event Coming Up This Month

If you haven’t had the opportunity to hair the rattling call of the sandhill crane, you are in luck with the DWR annual sandhill crane viewing day this month. Perhaps most memorable about this unique bird is it's unique call that can literally be heard up to 2.5 miles away. Another interesting quirk about this bird is the dancing and courtship rituals performed as mates are chosen. With so many charms, it is no surprise that the sandhill crane viewing day is an annual event, this year scheduled for September 28th.

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Today in Duchesne City: Duchesne County Library Having a Grant Writing Workshop

Grants can be a great help in securing funds for our companies and causes. However there are tricks and techniques to know and understand to secure such help. A study from The Foundation Center shows that it is worth pursuing grants.

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Ashley National Forest Asks Public to Stay on Trails

Sometimes we need to slow down in our busy lives and take a moment to appreciate the work, effort, and time of those who take care of our outdoors. The rangers of the Ashley National Forest are reminding the public to stay on the designated roads and trails on park lands.

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Uintah High School Student and Athlete of the Week

The Uintah High School Student of the Week is Johnathan Porter, nominated by Coach Stensgard. The Ute Athlete of the Week is golfer Ryan Abplanalp, nominated by Coach Anderson.

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Uintah County Commission Adopts Ordinance to Collect Transportation Sales Tax

In 2018, Utah Legislature passed and Governor Herbert signed into law Senate Bill 136, enabling counties in Utah to enact a quarter percent sales tax to fund transportation needs. On Monday, September 9th, the Uintah County Commission adopted an ordinance to enact the tax which will go into effect on January 1st.

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Friday 13th Hotel Vernal Haunt

To the superstitious, Friday and the 13th is an unlucky combination, however, this year, residents of the Uintah Basin can call it their lucky day. The Hotel Vernal Haunt will be having a special preview night tonight, Friday the 13th, to allow the volunteers a chance to have a run through and also give the residents a sneak peek of the scary fun to be had.

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Western Park Remains on Quarantine for VSV

As the potential spread of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus in livestock remains a concern for the region, Uintah County’s Western Park announced Thursday evening that they will remain under quarantine. “We apologize for any inconvenience,” shared the Western Park, “however, we appreciate the understanding as we try to keep the well-being of all animals protected.

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High School Mountain Bike Race Round Two; Volunteers Needed

After last weekend’s successful mountain bike races at Buckskin Hills, event coordinators are ready for round two this weekend. The Central Division of the Utah High School Cycling League mountain bike races were hosted in Vernal last weekend and the North Division is this weekend.

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The Uintah Basin Youth Waterfowl Hunting Clinic on Saturday

For all youth looking forward to the waterfowl hunt, plan to attend the Youth Waterfowl Hunting Clinic on Saturday. Hosted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Uintah Basin Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, the clinic is a requirement for all youth who want to participate in the mentored duck hunt on Saturday, September 14th.

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Crossing Guard Hit by 16-Year-Old Driver Near Kings Peak Elementary

A school crossing guard was hit by a teenage driver near Kings Peak Elementary in Roosevelt on Thursday morning. According to a press release from the Roosevelt City Police, a 1997 Mazda sedan driven by a 16-year-old driver failed to yield to the school crossing guard at 300 West 200 North at about 7:50 a.m. on September 12th.

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Uintah High School Remembers 9/11 in Special Annual Flag Ceremony

High school students today were not alive to witness the tragic events of 9/11 but that doesn't mean they do not care about that day or its significance. Every year on September 11th, the student body of Uintah High School gathers outside at the flag pole for a very special ceremony organized by the Uintah High Student Council.

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Missing Kayaker Found Safe in Upper Area of Flaming Gorge

It was a positive outcome for a missing kayaker that failed to meet his party at their rendezvous point on Saturday afternoon at Flaming Gorge’s Firehole Campground. According to the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the upper area of Flaming Gorge Reservoir on Saturday evening around 8:30pm.

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Duchesne County Junk Vehicle Removal Contest Continues Success

In an effort to encourage residents in Duchesne County to rid the landscape of junk vehicles, the Duchesne County Community Development Department came up with a unique solution: the Duchesne County Junk Vehicle Contest. For every junk vehicle that is hauled away, ten dollars is placed in a prize fund.

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Uintah County Library Offers New Continuing Education Courses

Our Uintah County Library is always in pursuit of tools and opportunities to enhance the lives of residents of the Basin. To continue in their goals of offering such opportunities, the library recently announced that they have entered into a partnership with Recorded Books to offer the area a program called Universal Class.

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Ashley National Forest Plans to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement

According to the Federal Register the Forest Service is looking to revise the Land Management Plan (Forest Plan) for the Ashley National Forest and are wanting to prepare an environmental impact statement. The reason for the revision, according to the National Forest Management Act, is that forest plan should be revised on a 10 to 15-year cycle and the current one is 30 years old and has been amended 24 times.

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TriCounty Health Update on Area’s Harmful Algal Blooms

What’s the status on Harmful Algal Blooms in northeastern Utah? TriCounty Health Department provided the following update on Tuesday: The bloom at Starvation Reservoir appears to be dispersing and is no longer concentrated at the main boat ramp. It has not affected the drinking water coming from the treatment plant.

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Uintah Community Center Closed Due to Electrical Problems

If you’re one of the many community members who makes a daily stop at the Uintah Community Center, today will have to be a day you take off. On Tuesday, the Uintah Recreation District announced that the pool would have to be closed due to electrical problems but the hope was that it would be up and running in time for Wednesday’s early morning lap swim.

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Flags Lowered in Remembrance of 9/11 Attacks

It was 18 years ago that attacks changed the United States and 17 years since we have vowed to never forget. As Patriot Day, the anniversary of 9/11, Governor Gary Herbert has reminded the residents of Utah of that vow by ordering the lowering of the United States of America flag and the State of Utah flag.

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