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Algae Blooms Identified on Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Algae Blooms have been identified at Buckboard Marina and Firehole Beach on Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Do not swim in or come into contact with green water, floating scums or clumps. Do not ingest water from a bloom. Boiling, filters and other treatments will not make the water safe.

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Vernal Theatre: Live Named Vernal Chamber Business of the Month

Vernal Theatre: Live brings joy in a variety of ways to thousands within the community so it is no surprise that the Vernal Chamber decided to recognize them this month as the Business of the Month.

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Duchesne County Back to High Transmission Index Level (7/29-8/4)

As of July 29th, Duchesne County is back at the High COVID-19 Transmission Index Level while Uintah County stayed at the High Level and Daggett County stayed at the Low Level.

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Do Your Part to Prevent Human Caused Fires

Ashley National Forest is asking for help and it is certainly something that all can do. “Please help us protect those places that are special to you by preventing human-caused fires this Fall,” shares their message. “Please know the current fire restrictions before heading out to enjoy the lands managed by the Ashley National Forest.”

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Vernal Makes List Of Coolest Small Towns

Travel publications are once again showing love to the Uintah Basin and its charms for locals and tourists alike. The Matador Network listed Vernal as number 15 on a top 25 Coolest Towns in America to Visit in 2021. The highlight praised Vernal as a “basecamp for climbers, river rats, mountain bikers, and backcountry hounds.”

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Last Week to Submit Project Ideas for Ashley National Forest

It's the last week to submit project ideas within the Ashley National Forest for the Northern Utah Resource Advisory Committee. “The Northern Utah RAC encourages individuals, non-profit organizations, local governments, and others to propose projects that enhance, improve, and restore areas within the National Forest,” shares the announcement.

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Sweetwater County Sheriff Shares Boat Safety Message

Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office is seeing a trend with lowering water levels in Flaming Gorge and are asking the public to be aware. “Recently announced increases in the amount of water released from Flaming Gorge Reservoir means that water levels are expected to drop between four to six feet from current levels over the next three months,” shares the Sheriff’s Office.

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Uintah School District Seeks Public Input Concerning Emergency Relief Funds

Uintah School District is asking for feedback from the community concerning emergency relief funds. “Uintah School District is receiving $5,323,816 dollars through the American Rescue Plan Act Elementary & Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER),” shares the District.

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Raffle Fundraiser to Benefit the Justice Family

How many people do you know have a pizza named after them? If you’ve been to Four Brothers Pizza in Vernal and tried The Justice pizza then you’ve had at least one small exposure to a man who lived life large! Paul Justice was a family man, lifelong rider, outdoorsman, and owner of JustMoto PowerSports.

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DWR Reminders of Drought Impacts

The Division of Wildlife Resources are continuing to remind the public of issues brought on by the drought. “Drought impacts fish by reducing the amount of water available in lakes, reservoirs and streams,” shares the DWR. “Smaller amounts of water heat up more quickly and reach higher temperatures, which is problematic for fish because warm water holds less oxygen than colder water.

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2021 Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo Welcomed Visitors From 35 States

The Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo held July 8th through the 10th drew a huge crowd that came from all over the country. The rodeo committee made a presentation at the Vernal Chamber luncheon on Tuesday sharing some interesting stats from this year’s event.

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Wildfires and Mudslides in Western Colorado

It’s been a nerve wracking few days in western Colorado dealing with wildfires and mudslides. On Monday at about 11am, a report was called in of smoke spotted off of Highway 13 about 19 miles south of Meeker in Rio Blanco County.

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Representative Owens Introduces ‘Say NO to Indoctrination Act’

Utah Representative Burgess Owens introduced the ‘Say No to Indoctrination Act’ on Tuesday, which prevents the use of federal funds to advance discriminatory concepts informed by Critical Race Theory.

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TriCounty Health: Unexpected Effect of COVID-19 Pandemic on Asthma

TriCounty Health Educator Daniel Jackson visited the KLCY studio this week to talk about asthma health and something unexpected that happened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though contrary to what was expected, people with asthma who got COVID-19 did not prove to be at increased risk of severe illness or complications as compared to other people.

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Over 12,000 Boats Inspected for Quagga Mussels Over 24th of July Weekend

There are over 40 inspection stations located at various waterbodies and along highways throughout Utah including in the Uintah Basin. During the 2020 Pioneer Day weekend, 19,094 quagga mussels inspections were performed statewide, and 453 boats were decontaminated.

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‘Seussical Junior’ Opens Tonight at Vernal Theatre: Live

After weeks of hard work and extreme fun, Vernal Theatre: Live opens their new show tonight.

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Landslides in East Fork Fire Burn Area

Drought is certainly a concern but visitors to the forest must also remember the possibility of flooding and landslides caused by rainfall. Ashley National Forest experienced multiple landslides last week over the evening of July 22nd when landslides “impacted infrastructure within the Rock Creek and Lake Fork drainages of Ashley National Forest.

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UDOT Update on Vernal Main Street Construction

The Utah Department of Transportation provided an update on work underway on Highway 40: Starting July 26th, UDOT will be resurfacing Main Street in Vernal from 700 West to 500 East. This work will include painting, installing road messages and is expected to take up to four weeks to complete.

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DCSD Provides Update on 2021 - 2022 School Year COVID-19 Protocols

Duchesne County School District Superintendent David Brotherson provided an update on COVID-19 protocols for the upcoming school year. The COVID-19 vaccination is considered a personal choice and will not be required.

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Rifle Police Department Warns Public of Scam

Rifle Police Department is encouraging all to beware of ongoing scams in the region. “Several residents of Rifle have been contacted by unknown parties claiming to have kidnapped a family member and demanding money for release,” shares Rifle PD.

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