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UBTech Announces Plans for Reopening

The UBTech Office of the President issued a letter to the community on Monday outlining their plans for reopening. “I am pleased to announce effective May 20th, UBTech campuses will begin enrolling students currently on the pre-registration and testing waitlist,” shares UBTech President Aaron Weight.

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TriCounty Health Retracts Two COVID-19 Cases in Duchesne County

TriCounty Health Department announced Monday that additional testing has revealed that two Duchesne County COVID-19 cases were most likely false-positives and therefore they have retracted these two cases. The announcement explains that the cases were determined to be false-positives after the individuals agreed to undergo two additional viral tests and an antibody test which all came back negative.

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Uintah Theatre Most Recognized at State Awards; Gus Scott Wins Best Actor

Uintah High Theatre had a truly successful theatre season and they have the awards to prove it. “Uintah was the most recognized at the Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards on Saturday,” shares Uintah School District. “This event recognizes high school theatre productions and the people and elements that go into creating it.

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Uintah Basin Healthcare Announces Revised Visitation Policy

With Uintah, Duchesne, and Daggett among the counties in the state to enter the Yellow (low-risk) Phase in the Utah Leads Together plan, Uintah Basin Healthcare has announced revisions to their visitation policy. The revised visitation policy takes effect today, May 19th, and includes the following adjustments: Hospital and clinic settings will now allow one visitor for ER, Surgery, OB, Med Surg/ICU, and Clinics.

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2020 Spring Baseball Season Moving Forward For Vernal Youth Baseball League

The Vernal Youth Baseball League is moving forward with their 2020 Spring Baseball Season. “Governor Gary Herbert announced that the state is now moving the Coronavirus recovery from Orange to Yellow which includes the restrictions allowing youth sports to resume,” shares Vernal Youth Baseball.

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Ashley Regional Medical Center Honors Healthcare Heroes

Ashley Regional Medical Center joined the American Hospital Association and many others in honoring healthcare heroes as part of National Hospital Week held every year in the month of May.

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19 Total COVID-19 Cases in TriCounty Health District

New local cases of COVID-19 have brought the overall total of confirmed cases for the TriCounty Health District to 19 as of the Sunday Situational Update on www.tricountyhealth.com. Uintah County now has 8 overall total confirmed cases with 6 listed as Recovered.

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Uintah County Provides Information on June’s Primary Election

Utah’s Primary Election will be on June 30th and Uintah County is doing their part to keep the public informed. While the election will be conducted entirely by mail drop boxes will be available for depositing mail-in ballots until 8pm on Election Day, shares Uintah County. There will be no polling places on Election Day.

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Uintah County Library Book Club

If you are looking to socialize, in a social distancing way, and you enjoy reading, checkout the Uintah County Library’s Book Club. Each month the library will select a new book to read throughout the month and will have activities based around the book that if an individual completes will earn a badge.

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BHI Building Purchased by Uintah School District

BHI and the Uintah School District have reached an agreement that is being called a win-win solution for both entities. The Uintah School District announced Friday that they have signed a contract to purchase the BHI building in Naples.

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TriCounty Health Amends Local Travel Advisory

TriCounty Health Department has amended the local travel advisory that was issued on March 15, 2020.

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Duchesne, Uintah, Daggett Counties Moves to Yellow Low-Risk Phase

TriCounty Health Department announced Thursday afternoon that Governor Herbert has approved the move of the Tri-County area to the yellow low-risk phase of the Utah Leads Together Plan.

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Daggett County Commission Update

The Daggett County Commission starts off their May update in the Flaming Gorge Gazette by expressing their appreciation to their towns and entities for uniting and working together as a community while facing the challenges associated with the COVID-19 epidemic.

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UDOT Highway 40 Strawberry Valley Construction Update

Construction resumed on Monday on the Highway 40 Strawberry Valley UDOT project. According to UDOT, crews will begin removing the roadway surface at MilePost 46 moving west. “Traffic will shift to the south side of the roadway, with pilot car operations. The speed limit will be reduced, and lanes will be restricted to 12 feet.

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Help Name the New Chamber of Commerce Dinosaur

As you’re traveling along Highway 40 in Vernal be sure to notice a new community member that is watching the comings and goings of us all! The Chamber of Commerce has a new green dinosaur in front of their building and they would love some help giving this new friend a name.

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Uintah County Economic Development Looking For Board Members

In our struggle to help the Basin survive these trying times new ideas are needed. If you feel that you have some ideas that could renew, refresh, or otherwise help the economy of the Basin there is an opportunity for you. Uintah County is looking for 5 board members that are willing to serve on the County Economic Development Advisory (CED) Board.

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*Reward Offered* Theft And Vandalism Increasing at Oil and Gas Well Sites

All are asked to be on the lookout for crooks. According to the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office, oil and gas producers in the Uintah Basin are seeing an increase in theft and vandalism at their well sites.

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Local Leaders Apply for Reduction from Orange to Yellow-Low Risk Status

Utah as a whole may be categorized in the ‘Orange-Moderate Risk Phase’ of the Utah Leads Together plan to slowly reopen the state’s economy but leaders in northeastern Utah are ready to move ahead.

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Drexel Hamilton Confirms Uinta Basin Railway Project Still Moving Forward

A historic drop in oil prices has only added to the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the future remains unsure, there has been at least one positive announcement with the potential to help the the energy industry move in the right direction in the future.

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Roosevelt Offering Grants for Local Businesses Affected by COVID-19

Roosevelt City wants to help local businesses get through this difficult time. According to a press release issued on Tuesday, the City is working with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to offer BEAR sub-grants of up to $1,000 dollars for Roosevelt City businesses that have suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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