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Plan on Entering Parade of Lights

The Parade of Lights has always been a wonderful part of the Holly Days experience in Vernal. The Vernal Chamber of Commerce is wanting to make this year's parade bigger and better than ever, but it needs the help of creative community members. As they put it: “Gather up your friends, family, employees, and have fun creating an awesome float for your chance to win a cash prize!”

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Uintah County Library Writer’s Workshop

Do you like to write but aren’t sure where to start? Maybe you have a story idea or have written a book but want some feedback? November happens to be National Novel Writing Month, an event that was designed to help writers jump into the novel writing process. To kickstart the month Uintah County Library is holding a Writer’s Workshop.

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Terra Academy Students of the Week

The Terra Academy Secondary Student of the Week is 7th grade student Nik Harper, nominated by Mrs. DeBerard. The Terra Academy Elementary Student of the Week is 2nd grade student Jraxton Smuin, nominated by Mrs. Cullen.

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Arrest Made Following Theft and Arson of Vehicles

A 22 year-old Myton man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a tip led law enforcement to a stolen vehicle in Ballard. On Wednesday, law enforcement received a tip that a vehicle stolen last week was parked at a Ballard hotel.

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Uintah Ute Football Season Officially Over Following COVID Testing

The Uintah Ute football season is officially over following team testing on Tuesday. “On Tuesday, October 20th, the Uintah High School football team met the criteria for a COVID-19 outbreak, based on the results of subsequent testing of players and coaches,” shares the announcement from Uintah School District.

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Popular Uintah County Library OH! Fudge! Event Coming Up

Who likes candy? It might be easier to ask who does not like candy? One of the most popular events of the year at the Uintah County Library is the OH! Fudge candy making demo. The 16th annual OH! Fudge candy making demo will be broken up into two classes, a family session and an adult session.

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Hotel Vernal Haunt Patriotic Program

The Hotel Vernal Haunt will kickstart this year’s spooky event by having a Patriotic Program this Thursday. Being held at Remember the Maine Park, this spectacular program will feature the volunteers who painted the flag on the rock in 1997. The night will feature the stories of the history of the flag on the cliff and the flag on the rock.

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Local Locations for National Drug Take Back Event This Saturday

There has been a large increase in opioid drug misuse in the US since 2000. Utah has been ranked 5th in the nation for overdose deaths, outpacing deaths due to firearms, falls, and motor vehicle crashes. As always, local agencies are participating in the National Drug Take Back Day providing the perfect opportunity to safely dispose of unused pills or patches.

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Dinosaur National Monument Sharing Their Museum Collections

Earth Science Week might have snuck by us last week but Dinosaur National Monument is sharing their collection with the public virtually to keep the fun going. A few fun things include a link to search a geologic map of the state (or any state), a science of rocks worksheet, a link to view satellite images using Landsat, and several videos that the park has entitled “What’s in the Museum Collections?”

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Uintah High School Students of the Week

The Uintah High School Student of the Week is Wyatt McConkie, nominated by Mrs. Durrant. The Ute Athlete of the Week is golf team member Kamon Anderson, nominated by the golf coaching staff.

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Uintah County School District Covid-19 Dashboard

Uintah School District is keeping the public informed by providing a COVID-19 Dashboard updating the case count in the District each Monday.

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TriCounty Health: COVID-19 Increasing Locally

Monday’s local COVID-19 Situational Update on tricountyhealth.com shared that Active Cases in the TriCounty Health District has reached 51 in Uintah County, 28 in Duchesne County, and 6 within the Ute Indian Tribe. With cases increasing,

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Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office Warns About Posting Personal Info

Everyone on Facebook has seen someone post that long list of personal information such as where did you grow up, what was your first pet’s name, first job and favorite color. Most consider this innocent information to share with friends, getting to know them better, and doing it in a fun way. Unfortunately, participating may compromise your personal security and private information.

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Dinosaurs Big Business According to Global Trade

The Uintah Basin is neck deep in dinosaurs and locals love it as much as the visitors. However, having such a saturation of dinosaurs might askew the fact that they are big business. In a recent article in Global Trade, a magazine for US companies that do business globally, the business of dinosaurs was discussed.

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US National Weather Service Offering Free All Hazards Spotter Classes

Popular demand has allowed the US National Weather Service to offer two virtual All Hazards Spotter Training Classes to locals. The storm spotter program is a nationwide program with more than 280,000 trained spotters. These volunteers report weather hazards to their local National Weather Service office providing vital information when severe weather strikes.

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Public Asked to Help Identify Person of Interest

Local law enforcement is asking the public for some help. Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office requested public assistance on Monday in identifying a person of interest.

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Roosevelt State Street Closure Planned

Pay attention if you’ll be traveling around Roosevelt. “Starting Monday, October 26th, State Street will be closed at the Maverik/Burger King intersection [in Roosevelt],” shares Roosevelt City. “Crews from Dominion Energy will be working in the area to install a new gas line. The closure is expected to last for approximately one week.

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Work Continues on East Fork Fire

Work continues on the East Fork Fire north of Hanna in Duchesne County. The East Fork Fire started on August 21st. As of the Sunday report, the fire has reached 85,232 acres and is 69 percent contained. “The current road and area closure for the Ashley National Forest is subject to change due to fire behavior to provide for safe and effective firefighting operations,” share the Sunday update.

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Vernal Rotary Club Still Needing Coat Donations This Week

It's the final days to clean out your closet and donate your coats to the annual Vernal Rotary Club coat drive and this year the need is greater than ever. With the health and economic crisis caused by the pandemic, many families are struggling and the Rotary Club wants to help all in need to get a coat, with kids coats especially in need.

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Small Fire Extinguished at Uintah County Landfill

A fire at the Uintah County Landfill on Saturday night attracted attention with locals on social media taking note and sharing pictures. This seemed to be a repeat of an incident in early September when a fire at the landfill lit up the night sky raising concerns.

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