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2020 Trees For Charity Auction Gala Shows Community’s Giving Spirit

If the 2020 Trees For Charity Auction Gala had raised significantly less funds than past years everyone would understand as it has been a tough year for everyone but that’s not even close to what happened. Monday’s event at the Uintah Conference Center was an evening of generosity with all in attendance feeling the Christmas spirit.

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COVID-19 Update

TriCounty Health provided a COVID-19 update on Monday. The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uintah, Duchesne, and Daggett Counties combined to date is 1,522. That is an increase of 81 cases since Friday. The total active cases in Daggett County is 5. The total active cases in Duchesne County is 223.

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Hotel Vernal Haunt Raises a Whopping $30,000 For Local Charities

The Hotel Vernal Haunt succeeded in scaring up money for local charities even while following social distance and safety recommendations. The Hotel Vernal Haunt announced on Monday the donation of $30,000 to three local charities from the 2020 season proceeds.

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Ashley National Forest Paradise Campground 2020 Restoration

Ashley National Forest has reported on restoration work on Paradise Campground during the fall. “The campground is located within the Vernal Ranger District next to Paradise Reservoir and the historic Paradise Guard Station. This inter-departmental project was made possible with the help of the engineering and heritage programs.

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Future Project to Relocate Access Road to Moonshine Arch

The Utah Transportation Commission recently approved a project that will relocate the access road to Moonshine Arch. The current unpaved road to the arch meets with U.S. 191 in a very dangerous spot, as it is at a curve with a high angle and limited views. Utah Department of Transportation plans that the new junction will be at a site with clear views from all directions, have room for a left-turn lane, will add signs and will widen the shoulder to allow for a safer right turn.

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Watch the Annual Tradition of the Naples Christmas Tree Lighting Tonight

It is time to wave goodbye to turkeys and changing leaves and say hello to Santa and falling snow. Kicking off the Christmas season is the traditional Christmas Tree Lighting event at Naples City. On par with the 2020 year there is a change to the event as it is a virtual one.

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Uintah High School Student of the Week

Uintah High's Student of the Week Mateo Martinez was nominated by Ms Colton. Mateo is a great student. He's always inquisitive about learning new information. Mateo works...

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Vernal Holly Days Pulls Off Pandemic Friendly Celebration

Thanks to the creativity and hard work of local leaders, Vernal Holly Days was a major success! In order to follow COVID-19 guidelines, the Holly Days celebration turned into home focused activities with only a few of the big events where social distancing was possible.

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Uintah High Adjusts Attendance Options In Hopes of Reducing COVID-19 Cases

With cases still rising in the TriCounty Health District all are asked to be diligent in efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Uintah School District has asked the community to please help keep schools open for in-person attendance. If your student feels sick, is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test or has been told to quarantine due to exposure to a positive case, please have your student stay home.

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Local Sub For Seniors Program in Desperate Need of Support and Donations

The Sub For Seniors program has a record number of local senior citizens in need this year that they hope to spread Christmas cheer to but they need the community’s help. The Sub For Seniors program in Uintah County started in 2015 and delivered Christmas gift bags to 92 local seniors.

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Public Meetings This Week for Uinta Basin Railway; Draft EIS Comments Open

The public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Study or EIS for the proposed Uinta Basin Railway is in its final few weeks and the final three public meetings are being held virtually this week. Comments have been welcomed and encouraged as the information provided will be considered and reviewed by the Surface Transportation Board as they analyze the project and whether or not the railway will have a future.

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Union High Drama Department Presents ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Tradition must go on! Union High Drama Department will be presenting ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, after having to delay the production due to COVID-19 restrictions. This musical is a classic having won nine Tony Awards. It tells the story of a small, tradition-steeped town in Russia, where Jews and Russians live in delicate balance.

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Protect Yourself from Grinches This Christmas Season

While the Christmas spirit abounds in our giving community, it's wise to also be on the lookout for grinches lurking about. Vernal City Assistant Police Chief Keith Campbell shares that the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to a rise in online and telephone scams.

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Tri-County Area COVID-19 Transmission Level Update

The counties in the TriCounty Health District will remain at the same COVID-19 Transmission Index Levels for at least another week. Uintah County and Duchesne County remain at the High Transmission Level and Daggett County is in the Low Transmission Level.

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Enchanted Forest A Heartwarming Success

This year’s Enchanted Forest may have had a few changes to accommodate social distancing requirements but the wonderful feeling of kicking off the Christmas season was the same. Duchesne County Commissioner Irene Hansen says the entire event was just awesome. “We had over 100 items for the silent auction,” shares Hansen.

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Department of Workforce Services - Uintah Basin Wants to Help Those Struggling

The Department of Workforce Services - Uintah Basin is here to serve the community and shared the following for those in need: “With unemployment running out for a lot of people in Utah please keep in mind the various services that are offered in our offices.

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Moffat County Wolves Update

Colorado voters passed Proposition #114 - The Restoration of Gray Wolves which aims to reintroduce gray wolves west of the Continental Divide. Colorado Parks and Wildlife shares that ‘the passage of Proposition 114 has led to increased interest in wolves in Colorado, specifically, the wolf pack previously confirmed to be present in Moffat County.

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Some After Thanksgiving Fun in the Vernal Area

The turkey has been gobbled up and the Christmas holiday is knocking at the door. Well there is plenty to do this weekend. The Holly Days event has changed in size but not in fun. Be sure to get the Vernal Holly Days Festival checklist turned in by 4pm at Cobble Rock Park for the prize drawing from 3pm to 5pm. \

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TriCounty Health Department Local COVID-19 Update; Vaccine Information

TriCounty Health Department provided an update on Tuesday concerning the steady increase of local cases of COVID-19. Sadly, there has been one new death in Duchesne County, for a total of five COVID-19 related deaths in the tri-county area.

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Information Being Sought in Moffat County Poaching Incident

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking information about seven elk that were recently shot and left about 20 miles north of Craig. According to a press release, a concerned citizen contacted wildlife officers on November 22nd and it was believed the incident occurred on November 20th.

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