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Uintah County Medical Transport Patient Dies in Duchesne County

Duchesne County Sheriff deputies responded to an emergency on Highway 40 near Myton in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 25th that ultimately resulted in the death of a Vernal woman. According to a press release from the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office, the woman, 38-year-old Erica Marquez, had been medically cleared at Ashley Regional Medical Center earlier in the evening. \

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Intoxicated Man Arrested After Firing Rifle in Roosevelt

A man arrested for firing shots outside a Roosevelt gas station is in Duchesne County Jail. 28-year-old Tyler Cole Butts was arrested on September 23rd for the offenses of Carrying a Dangerous Weapon Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, Intoxication, Disorderly Conduct, Use of a Firearm by a Restricted Person, and Threat of Violence.

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Starvation Bridge Construction Update

Progress continues on the Starvation Bridge construction. According to the update from the Utah Department of Transportation, crews are making progress placing the new surface treatment on the bridge deck. This treatment will provide waterproofing and traction to the roadway surface, preserving the bridge deck.

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Congressman Moore on National Defense Authorization Act

On Thursday, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 passed the House. Many of Congressman Blake Moore’s provisions advocating for Utah’s defense community were included in the passed legislation.

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Book Cliffs “Mega” Guzzler Officially Finished

A major project to install a “Mega” guzzler in the Book Cliffs is finally complete. The Book Cliffs is a well-known hunting area but in recent years, deer, livestock and other animals in the area have struggled due to ongoing drought conditions limiting water sources and habitat, which provides shelter and feed, explains the Division of Wildlife Resources.

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Reward Offered For Return of Pickup Stolen In Carbon County

The Carbon County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the help of the public throughout the region. A reward is being offered for the return of a stolen pickup truck and the prosecution of the person who stole it. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the truck was taken from the Helper area between September 18th and September 20th.

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Uintah County Commission Approves Resolution 9-13-2021 Budget Increase

The Uintah County Commission approved proposed budget increases during a recent Commission meeting. County budget officer Mark Caldwell presented the budget items in need of adjustment.

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Lapoint Elementary School Garden

The Uintah School District is bragging about the kids and staff at Lapoint Elementary and every bit of it is well deserved. According to a District press release, the Lapoint Elementary School garden, planted and maintained by Utah State University Extension-Uintah County, has had another successful year of providing produce to those in need.

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Unemployment By County

The Utah seasonally adjusted unemployment rates are slowly heading in the right direction, including in the Uintah Basin.

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COVID-19 Transmission Index and Update (9/23-9/29)

As of Thursday, September 23rd, TriCounty Health Department reported 7,045 total COVID-19 cases in the tri-county area to date, an increase of 99 new cases from the day before. According to Thursday’s data, there are currently 1,169 active cases.

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Sandhill Crane Viewing To Be Held At Jensen Park

If you’d like some help spotting a Sandhill Crane an upcoming event will do just that. Cranes are among the oldest living birds on the planet with the earliest Sandhill Crane fossil being estimated at 2.5 million years old. Sandhill Cranes mate for life and make a nest that can be 40 inches across and six inches high.

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Ute Indian Tribe Plans To Appeal After Lawsuit Dismissal Over Water Rights

The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation issued a press release on Wednesday announcing that it plans to seek further judicial review of a federal district court decision that dismissed portions of the Tribe’s lawsuit against the United States, the State of Utah, and the Central Utah Water Conservancy District, and transferred the Tribe’s remaining claims to the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.

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DCSO Recently Presented on Beer Tax Funds and JAG Block Grant

The Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office recently presented several items during the Duchesne County Commission meeting. First, Sheriff’s Office Manager Cynthia Wardle presented the 2021 Beer Tax Annual Report.

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Special Service District #1 Receives Certificate Of Creation

Uintah County is one step closer to the transition to consolidate three special service districts into one. One delay came from the Lieutenant Governor's Office having an error on the certificate of creation but last week the Uintah County Commission received and approved the revised Certificate of Creation.

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Utah Fieldhouse Housing Second Massive Bone From Rare Brachiosaurus

The rare Brachiosaurus bone that made international headlines in early 2020 has been joined by another major find from that dinosaur. The amazing people of the Utah Field House of Natural History Museum in Vernal made the announcement on Wednesday.

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2021 Moon Gingerbread Creation to Feature Christmas Classic

A favorite holiday display is already deep in the planning stages and a theme has been announced. Every year, the Moon family of Jensen creates a massive gingerbread display based on a book or book series that is then set up through the Christmas holiday at the Roosevelt Branch Library.

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Angel Dash To Walk In Memory Of Babies Gone Too Soon

October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month and Ashley Regional Medical Center is hosting a special event known as an Angel Dash.

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Federal Judge Dismisses Claims By Ute Indian Tribe Against DOI and State of Utah

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes issued a press release this week with an update concerning the Ute Indian Tribe’s lawsuit against the Department of Interior and the State of Utah. The press release shares that a federal judge dismissed claims in a lawsuit filed by the Ute Indian Tribe against the U.S. Department of Interior, the State of Utah, and the Central Utah Water Conservancy District.

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