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Velociraptors Succeed at State; Hancock State Champ; Meier Coach of the Year

The local Velociraptors Mountain Bike team finished the season strong at the state tournament in St. George over the weekend with several big wins and one special surprise.

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Husband Arrested in Rock Springs Shooting Death of Wife

An arrest has been made in the June shooting death of a Rock Springs woman. 45-year-old Jason Lee Fletcher was arrested on Friday for the shooting death of his wife 46-year-old Lena Lynn Fletcher at their Rock Springs home on June 29th.

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Local COVID-19 Update

Sunday’s COVID-19 Situational Update on www.tricountyhealth.com reports that local cases have continued to tick up. There are 148 active cases as of Sunday; 91 of those are in Uintah County, 46 are in Duchesne County, and 11 are within the Ute Indian Tribe.

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Dinosaur National Monument New Hours, Seasonal Campground Closures

Dinosaur National Monument has made some changes to their schedule and availability and it's none too soon with snow already here. “Fall is here and so are some changes to our operations!” shared the Monument’s announcement.

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Uintah High School Student and Athlete of the Week

The Uintah High School Student of the Week is Marni Cheshire, nominated by Mrs. Durrant. The Ute Athlete of the Week is football player Jayce Anderson, nominated by the football coaching staff.

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Precautions Urged as Uintah Basin Experiences Surge in COVID-19 Cases

TriCounty Health Department is urging all community members to take precautions as the area experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases. Within the TriCounty Health District there have been 58 new confirmed cases in the past 3 days.

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Winds Fill Uintah Basin Sky With Smoke From Increased East Fork Fire Activity

It was an eerie feeling for many on late Thursday afternoon as smoke filled the sky from the West. Ashley National Forest answered the question of many explaining that this smoke was not from a new wildfire but caused by strong winds which increased fire activity on the East Fork Fire in Duchesne County.

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Vernal Area Featured on Popular Travel Publication

The Uintah Basin has some truly amazing things to see when it comes to nature and the great outdoors and it can nice to be appreciated. A popular travel publication has recently done just that. Fodor’s Travel is an 80 year trusted resource for travel in all formats from guidebooks to social media.

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Great Jensen Pumpkin Festival on Saturday

It can be fun when a good idea catches on to become a tradition. In 1996, Split Mountain Garden Center brought together friends and family to have a bonfire and share some apple cider. In that year there was around 250 people who attended.

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Round 2 of Small Business Economic Recovery Grant Opens

Round 2 of the Small Business Economic Recovery Grant opens today for registered businesses in Uintah County that have experienced COVID-19 hardship. “Small businesses are critical to the success of our Basin’s economy,” shares the release from Uintah County, Vernal City, Naples City, and Ballard City.

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COVID-19 Cases Increasing Daily

TriCounty Health Department has shared concern over the increase in COVID-19 cases and Wednesday’s numbers added a big jump compared to what has been average growth. On October 21st, TriCounty Health Department added 21 cases to the overall COVID-19 positive cases which is a significant jump.

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Dinosaur National Monument Moves Specimens to Utah Field House

In a recent news release, Dinosaur National Monument announced that they have moved more then 6000 paleontological, archaeological, historical, and biological specimens. Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum received the items through the efforts of fourteen monument staff members, three Geoscientists, five volunteers, and four Utah State employees in this interagency project in July.

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Legislation Proposes to Change “Derogatory” Geographic Names

The stamp of approval has been given by a Utah legislative committee to draft a bill that seeks to streamline the federal process for changing geographic names in Utah that contain language derogatory to American Indians. Currently there is not a template or an outline of clear instructions that allows changes to geographic features.

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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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