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Closures and Evacuation Orders for Oil Springs Fire in Rio Blanco County

There have been closures and evacuations ordered due to the Oil Springs Fire in Rio Blanco County. According to the Sunday report, the Oil Springs Fire started on Friday, 20 miles south of Rangely and it was caused by lightning.

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Horsecorn Fire on Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation

The Bureau of Indian Affairs Forestry and Wildland Fire-Uintah & Ouray Agency announced Sunday the details of a fire on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation. The Horsecorn Fire is approximately 60 miles South/Southwest of Vernal and as of Sunday evening was estimated at 200 to 250 acres.

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Vernal Police Chief Responds to Criticism Over Response During ATV Parade

Vernal Police Chief Dylan Rooks issued a press release on June 17th in response to criticism received for police response during the Outlaw Jamboree ATV light parade. Chief Rooks explained that the police department was never informed that a ‘light parade’ was to occur and no event permit was applied for.

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Patriotic Field of Flags Returning This Year In Celebrating Independence Day

The Patriotic Field of Flags is returning to the Walking Park this year with even more flags this year. Vernal City Manager Quinn Bennion shares that over 600 flags will be on display. “Celebrate the 4th of July with a walk through the patriot flag display and by honoring our veterans,” encourages Bennion.

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Fire Restrictions Implemented in Dinosaur National Monument

Due to current and forecasted weather, along with the hazardous fire potential created by extremely dry conditions, Dinosaur National Monument has implemented Stage I Fire Restrictions that went into effect Friday, June 18th. Restrictions for the monument include prohibition of:

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Outlaw Trail’s ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Opens Tomorrow at Western Park Amphitheater

It's time for some Broadway under the stars! Outlaw Trail Theater’s production of ‘Hello, Dolly!’ opens tomorrow at the Western Park Amphitheater and all involved are excited to welcome an audience. The show runs select nights from June 22nd through July 2nd.

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Uintah County Moves to High Transmission Index Level (6/17 - 6/23)

As of June 17th, TriCounty Health Department is reporting 217 active cases of COVID-19 so it is not surprising that there has been a change to the Transmission Index. Uintah County has been shifted from Moderate to High Transmission level while Duchesne County stayed at the Moderate level and Daggett County stayed at the Low level.

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Ashley Regional Equipment Used to Study Dinosaur Bones

The Utah Field House, more commonly referred to as the Dinosaur Museum, was recently visited by paleontology graduate students from Adelphi University in New York. Stephen Finch and Riley Sombath traveled to Vernal to go over some of the museum's collections for their studies.

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Vernal Theatre: Live Announces Full Season 6 Lineup

Vernal Theatre: Live has had five solid years of bringing local talent to the stage. They just recently announced the shows for their sixth season. The season will kick off with ‘Footloose the Musical’ directed by Jay and Molly Haslem and running September 10th through the 18th.

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Ways DWR Minimize Impacts to Wildlife

Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources takes several proactive measures during severe drought years to help fish and wildlife species including in the Uintah Basin. Such measures include making changes to the fishing regulations to allow anglers to harvest more fish at drought-impacted waterbodies.

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During Record Heat Know Difference Between Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

Utah is hitting record heats all over the state. That being the case it is very important to know the signs and differences of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. If an individual is suffering from heat exhaustion they will feel faint or dizzy, they will be excessively sweating, they will have cool, pale, clammy skin, they will suffer from nausea or vomiting, they will have a rapid, weak pulse and be suffering from muscle cramps.

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Watch For Drought Bringing Deer Into Gardens

Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources warns that this year's drought will lead to more wildlife traveling into neighborhoods. There has already been an increased amount of people reporting deer in their yards and gardens. Here are a few tips that can help minimize any property damage from these wildlife visits.

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UDOT Resurfacing S.R.44 in Daggett County

For those travelling on S.R. 44 in Daggett County between Greendale Junction and milepost 14, please be aware that the Utah Department of Transportation will be resurfacing the roadway.

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Vernal Chamber Director on US Chamber Letter Opposing Biden Energy Ban

125 state and local Chambers from 30 states around the nation sent a strong message of opposition to President Biden’s indefinite ban on new energy production on federal lands and waters on Wednesday.

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Ashley National Forest Announces Fire Restrictions

Ashley National Forest has announced that starting on Friday, June 18th the following fire restrictions will be in place due to the extremely dry conditions and the current forecasted weather.

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Ute Tribe Holding Pet Round Up Today

The Humane Society of Utah, Ute Indian Tribe Fish and Wildlife and the Ute Indian Housing Authority are coordinating efforts to host a Pet Round-up Event.

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Flaming Gorge Hiking Club Going to Leona Springs

Flaming Gorge has many areas worth exploring and that is exactly what the Flaming Gorge Hiking Club is all about.

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Roosevelt City Gives Shout Out for Service at Constitution Park

To say it is hot outside might be too obvious. However, record breaking temperatures are not stopping the service minded.

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TriCounty Health Director on COVID-19 Spike

The Director of TriCounty Health continues to educate the public on the latest with COVID-19 and unfortunately it’s not great news this week. Director Kirk Benge visited the 105.5 Eagle Country studio on Tuesday and shared that there has been 108 new cases locally in the last week.

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Vernal City Manager on Water Conservation During Drought

In the midst of the severe drought, Vernal City is looking for ways to be smart with water use. Recognizing that there is decreasing water availability, Vernal City has made arrangements to use well water from under City Hall to water the flowers on Main Street starting in July.

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