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Retired Local K9 'Arctos' Needs Help Getting Back On Her Feet

A retired local K9 is in need of some help. Arctos is an 8-year-old German Shepard. She retired from the Naples Police Department on March 4th, 2019, after working 3 years as a dual purpose K9. Arctos has enjoyed family life since her retirement but misfortune recently struck when she was diagnosed with Autoimmune Mediated Polyarthritis that has attacked her front wrists and unfortunately there is no cure.

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Litigation Between Chivers and Uintah School Board Resolved

The ongoing litigation between the Uintah School District Board of Education and board member Dave Chivers has been resolved. Uintah School District issued a press release on Thursday with the details.

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Richard Mountain Fire Results in Emergency Closures Along Green River

The Richard Mountain Fire, originally named the Richard Fire, has caused emergency closures along the Green River. The fire started in Wyoming around 2pm on Monday and quickly spread onto BLM lands in Utah. It is burning in sage brush, grass, and juniper. A BLM Type 3 Incident Management Team took command of the fire on Tuesday evening.

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Remembering Fallen Marine Sgt. Daniel Gurr

August 5th may be just another day for some but for many in the Uintah Basin this date is remembered each year as the day a local hero was killed in action. On August 5th, 2011, Sgt. Daniel Gurr was fatally shot while on patrol in Afghanistan as a member of the United States Marine Corp.

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Ute Indian Tribe Provides 2020 Census Self Response Drive Thru Events

The Ute Indian Tribe is working to increase Tribal Self Response for the 2020 Census. According to Coralys M. Ruiz Jimenez, Denver Region Tribal Media Specialist, “The overall Self Response rate for the Tribe, as of August 3rd, is 29.2%, with their highest tract showing a 32.8% Self Response Rate.

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Vernal Duck Poaching Case Results in License Suspension

A Vernal man was on a short list of Utahns that had their hunting or fishing licenses suspended this summer during a state license suspension hearing. The Vernal man was previously convicted in Uintah County Justice Court of wanton destruction of protected wildlife, allowing protected wildlife to waste or spoil and trespassing during a wildlife-related activity.

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Alive After Five Finale Tonight on Uintah County Library Park Stage

The talents of the Uintah Basin have been on full display for the last few weeks as Alive After Five has been entertaining crowds every Thursday. Now the contest has reached the final stage with the final four contestants: Des Rimer, Dan Charlee Fabrizio Sanders, Savanna Young, and Kaylee Zelaya, competing for the $1000 dollar 1st place prize.

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Uintah County Property Valuation Notices Show Increase in Property Values

Property valuation and tax change notices have arrived in mail boxes around Uintah County and some were surprised to see an increase in property taxes and property values from the year before. Uintah County Clerk-Auditor Mike Wilkins explains that overall tax rates actually went down from what was needed to bring in the same revenue as last year.

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Uintah School District Administrators Finalizing Specifics of Reopening Plan

Principals from throughout the Uintah School District met for several hours on Tuesday at the Maeser Training Center along with department coordinators to finalize specifics of the district’s reopening plans.

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Fill Out Your Census at the Duchesne County Fair

Filling out the Census online is quick and quite easy but if you’d like a little help why not combine it with a fun night out. A Census booth is set up at the Duchesne County Fair this week and trained Census workers are available to help visitors complete their 2020 Census online.

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Give’m Health: Back to School Vaccinations

TriCounty Health Department is reminding parents and caregivers that back to school means back to school immunizations for certain grades. Students need vaccine boosters before their Kindergarten and Seventh grade years.

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Ashley National Forest Lodgepole Campground Closed for Season

At the peak of camping season a popular campground has been taken from the destination list. Ashley National Forest announced Tuesday that Lodgepole Campground has had to be closed for the season.

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Failure to Complete CENSUS Will Cost Local Communities

While completing the CENSUS may not be at the top of the priority list, local communities are urging citizens to take the few minutes to complete it because millions of dollars in funding are at stake if locals don’t.

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Richard Fire Crosses from Wyoming Into Utah

The public is being asked to avoid the area as crews battle a wildfire in Wyoming and northeastern Utah. Details are minimal but Utah Fire Info reports that the Richard Fire started in Wyoming on Monday and burned across the border into Utah.

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Duchesne County Fair In Full Swing

So many local events have been cancelled due to COVID-19 the Basin public might be wondering what is still happening. One event that some might assume is canceled is the Duchesne County Fair happening this week.

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TriCounty Health District COVID-19 Update

The Monday COVID-19 Situational Update on www.tricountyhealth.com shows that the total of confirmed cases to date for the entire TriCounty Health District is 171. Uintah County is reporting 35 Active Cases, 42 Recovered and 6 Hospitalizations overall to date.

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Both Uintah and Duchesne School Districts Post Updates

Everyone has been asking what school will be like when it starts back up in the fall. There has been a lot of ideas, regulations, misinformation, misunderstanding, rumors and just plain lack of knowing that has caused confusion for many.

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Dinosaur National Monument Remembers Theadore McCarrell

Gone but never forgotten. 70 years ago a Vernal man lost his life due to health complications after bravely battling a wildfire in Dinosaur National Monument. On July 20th, 1950, Fire Control Aide Theadore McCarrell was stationed in the Jones Hole area of the Monument when he spotted smoke at about 7am.

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COVID-19 School Manual Available

Reopening schools while navigating COVID-19 guidelines may feel overwhelming but resources are being provided to help the community, families, and schools to prepare. The state has provided the COVID-19 School Manual on the Coronavirus website.

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Vernal Rescue Run Raises $10,000 for Operation Underground Railroad

Locals are taking a stand against the horrors of child sex trafficking and showed up in force at the Vernal Rescue Run to support Operation Underground Railroad. All involved were amazed when Friday’s event was able to double that and raise $10,000 dollars.

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