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‘Curious Savage’ at Vernal Theatre: LIVE Could Become A New Favorite

If the enthusiasm of the cast is any indication, ‘The Curious Savage’, opening this week at Vernal Theatre: LIVE, may be your favorite straight play you’re just now hearing about. All involved emphasize how much heart the show has and how easy it is to fall in love with.

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From The Sidelines Of The NFL To Vernal; New Doctor Joins Ashley Regional

A Doctor who has provided care for the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Nationals, and Washington Capitals and previously provided sideline coverage for the NFL is now caring for the citizens of the Uintah Basin. Ashley Regional Medical Center announced Monday that Dr. Timothy Hawkes will be offering orthopedic surgical services and sports medicine for patients.

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USU Uintah Basin Students Offer Service On Ashley National Forest

USU Uintah Basin students and faculty stepped up last week to provide the muscle for a project on the Ashley National Forest as part of an effort to clean up trails. The group focused their energy on trail maintenance near the Manila Park Trail from White Cloud Loop Road to Mill Park.

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DWR Tips For Quail Hunting In Northeastern Utah

The General Quail Hunting Season is approaching and the Division of Wildlife Resources has a message specific to the Uintah Basin. “In northeastern Utah, much of the quail habitat is on private land, so make sure to obtain written permission from the landowner prior to hunting,” shares the DWR.

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Mudslides Close Highway 13 Between Wyoming and Craig

The storms and their side effects have closed a Colorado Highway north of Craig. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, Highway 13 had to be closed on Saturday due to debris on the roadway after a mudslide.

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Uintah High Teacher Selected For Utah Teacher Fellows Program

Only 20 teachers in the state were selected recently to serve on the Utah Teacher Fellows Program and a Uintah High School teacher is among them. Uintah High’s Library Media Specialist Machelle Maxwell will serve as part of this cross-state teacher leader network.

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Winter Storm Watch Warns of Hazardous Driving Conditions

Ready or not, hazardous winter driving conditions have arrived. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect, specifically over mountain passes. While Uintah and Duchesne Counties are expected to see less of the impact, Daggett County will get the brunt of it.

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Drought Impacts Minimal on Pheasant Populations in Northeastern Utah

The general-season pheasant and quail hunts are coming up but how will the drought affect the hunt? According to the Division of Wildlife Resources, in Uintah County and northeastern Utah, the drought impacts on pheasant populations are minimal because the pheasant habitat is closely aligned with irrigated crop lands and most of the birds in northeastern Utah are found on private agricultural lands.

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Current Uintah Basin UDOT Projects

Staying safe on Uintah Basin roads is a top priority. Road construction season may be close to an end but isn’t quite here. Of course the Starvation Bridge repair project continues with crews placing the final driving surface and doing clean up work.

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UBH Urges Community to Do Something for ‘Emergency Nurses Week’

Never before has the work and sacrifice of nurses been more obvious than during the ongoing pandemic. As such, Uintah Basin Healthcare is encouraging the community to recognize the emergency nurses in the community as a part of Emergency Nurses Week through October 16th.

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Sheriffs’ Association Reacts To Disturbing Increase in Crime

Newly released crime data has garnered a big response, with the Utah Sheriffs’ Association sharing a straight forward reaction. In their words, these aren’t just petty low-level crimes; these are some of the worst of the worst. In Utah, property crimes went up by 6.17%, robberies went up 5.78%, vehicle thefts went up 34.89%, and homicides increased a staggering 44.16%.

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Rotary Club of Vernal Distributing Free Winter Coats and Apparel on Saturday

The weather has been changing and it is time to get out the cold weather gear. For those running short on coats and other winter apparel for this coming season, Saturday is an opportunity to get coats and other gear. Every year the Rotary Club of Vernal holds a winter coat drive.

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Work Underway on SR 87 and Highway 40 Road Construction in Duchesne

Work is underway on an important road project in Duchesne. According to the Utah Department of Transportation, the project aims to rehabilitate the asphalt on SR87(Center Street) and a half a mile of Highway 40 in Duchesne in order to extend the life of the road. Crews got to work early this week on the Highway 40 portion, including leveling the lanes, and expect this portion to take up to two weeks to complete.

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Mountain Home Road Closure

The road construction season isn’t quite over. Skyview Excavation and Grading Inc. is spreading the word that Mountain Home Road will be closed starting on Monday, October 11th, and running through Friday, November 19th. Travelers are asked to please follow all detour signs.

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COVID-19 Transmission Index and Update (10/7-10/13)

As of Thursday, October 7th, TriCounty Health Department reported 7,672 total COVID-19 cases in the tri-county area to date, an increase of 55 new cases from the day before. According to Thursday’s data, there are currently 1,037 active cases which is down from last week, ending the multi-week upward trend and hopefully starting a new trend that will keep heading down.

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Uintah County Library Preparing For Harry Potter Day

Halloween time at the Uintah County Library is also a celebration of a world famous wizard. "Have you noticed a parliament of owls gathering outside your window, strange figures transforming right before your eyes, or maybe even the whispers of a snake?

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Dominion Energy Announces Sale Of Questar Pipelines To Southwest Gas

Dominion Energy announced on Tuesday the sale of Questar Pipelines to Southwest Gas Holdings Inc. The all cash transaction is valued at $1.975 billion dollars and the sale is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021. "We are pleased with the result of our sale process for these high-quality assets,” shares Dominion Chairman, President, and CEO Robert M. Blue.

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Senator Winterton Urges Involvement In Redistricting Public Meeting Tomorrow

Area leaders are making a final push to get locals involved in the redistricting process currently underway that has the potential to really hurt representation of the Uintah Basin. Among them is Senator Ron Winterton who is strongly urging citizens of the Uintah Basin to attend the final redistricting public hearing for our area that is taking place tomorrow morning at the Uintah Conference Center.

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Vernal’s Own Elite Amateur Hockey Team Kicking Off Premier Season This Month

Vernal is now home to an elite amateur hockey team with its premier season kicking off this month. The Vernal Oilers will participate in the Western States Hockey League playing teams in the western United States and Canada. As of Wednesday, the Oilers roster included 13 players coming from as far as Moscow, Russia and Fairbanks, Alaska to as close as Colorado and Vernal.

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Fall Prescribed Burning Planned For Duchesne-Roosevelt Ranger District

Ashley National Forest has plans for fall prescribed burning on the Duchesne-Roosevelt Ranger District but when will depend on weather and fuel conditions. “Prescribed fires only occur when a specific set of conditions are met,” explains Ashley National Forest.

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