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Moffat County Mother Arrested in Child Death Investigation

A Moffat County mother has been arrested in a child death investigation. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release on Friday stating that on March 11th, at about 8am the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a suspicious vehicle near county road 54 in unincorporated Moffat County.

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While Not All Agree, Masks Still Required in Schools

While not all agree, schools will continue to require students to wear masks through this school year as mandated by the Utah Legislature. The statewide face mask mandate was lifted in Utah on Saturday, April 10th, prompting further conversation and resistance of continued mask use in schools.

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COVID-19 Transmission Index (4/8-4/15)

The local COVID-19 Transmission Index levels are Uintah and Duchesne County at the Moderate Level and Daggett County at the Low Level. According to Thursday’s press release, Uintah County’s 7-day average percent positivity was 5 percent and there were 51 cases in the past 14 days.

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Roosevelt City Requesting Feedback

Roosevelt City is asking the public for feedback on designs submitted as part of their rebranding effort. The City issued the call and accepted logo designs as part of a contest through the month of January letting residents know they could submit drawings, paintings, digital art, or other styles of design.

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Rise and Thrive Speed Business Pitch Competition Coming Up

If you or someone you know has an idea for a business but didn’t have the funds to get it off the ground a special opportunity is coming up that may give you the chance! The Rise and Thrive Speed Business Pitch Competition is coming to Vernal.

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Duchesne County Man Suing Investigating Officer and Agencies for Damages

In the spring of 2019, the last of the charges in 8th District Court filed against a Duchesne County man were dropped and now the man is seeking damages. Charges were filed in May of 2018 against 49-year-old Darin Ace Thomas including two 1st Degree Felony charges of Criminal Conspiracy, two 3rd Degree Felony charges of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, one 3rd Degree Felony charge of Criminal Conspiracy, and one Misdemeanor charge of Sexual Solicitation.

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Successful Building Utah Conference Wraps Up

Well over 300 visitors enjoyed time in Vernal this week as they attended the Building Utah Conference at the Uintah Conference Center. In addition to the speeches by the Governor and Lt. Governor, the conference had panels focused on Financing Infrastructure Development, Harnessing Public/Private Investments, and State Infrastructure Investment as well as other workshops and breakout sessions.

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Roosevelt City Manager Dismissed

It's been a bit of an administrative roller coaster at Roosevelt City. City Manager Scott Finlayson is no longer the City Manager as of Tuesday’s Roosevelt City Council meeting. Roosevelt City Council made the decision in a unanimous vote on Tuesday night.

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Bill With Extra Importance to Uintah Basin Signed While Governor in Vernal

The ceremonial signing of SB 176 during the Building Utah Conference was of great importance to the Uintah Basin and other communities with heavy extraction industry presence.

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Rifle Police Department Thanks Student for Creative Gift to Give Kids

A teen at Rifle High School found a unique way to use a new talent to help local police when they need to help kids in difficult situations. “Anahi Gutierrez Martinez is a senior at Rifle High School and as part of her International Baccalaureate degree, she needed to complete a CAS project,” shares Rifle Police.

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Utah Mobile Driver License Pilot Program Getting Underway

The Utah Department of Public Safety has announced that their Driver License Division is taking the first steps toward moving Utahns’ identities out of their wallets and into the 21st century with the initiation of a mobile driver license and identification card pilot program.

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Governor Cox on Infrastructure and Investing in Utah’s Future

Day one of the Building Utah Conference being held in Vernal this week had a laser focus on investing in the state’s infrastructure including the ceremonial signing of HB 433, a bill that begins the biggest investment in infrastructure in Utah’s history. Governor Cox spoke in depth on investing in the state’s infrastructure.

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Two Separate Overdoses on Same Day Prompt Warning from Law Enforcement

The Rifle Police Department shared the following on Wednesday: Two separate overdoses occurred in Rifle in the early morning hours of April 7th, and it appears that both subjects used what they believed to be heroin. Both patients were provided multiple doses of Narcan on scene, and were subsequently transported to Grand River Hospital by Colorado River Fire Rescue.

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Uintah Basin Not Required But Encouraged to Wait on Watering

While not required, the Utah Division of Water Resources has made it very clear that most of Utah, including the Uintah Basin, should wait to start watering lawns and landscaping. “Actually, most turf is still dormant (looks kinda dead and brown) and is slowly waking up (you’ll have patches of brown and green) from its winter nap,” they share.

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DWR Invites Those Interested to Apply to be Hunter Education Instructors

The Division of Wildlife Resources is inviting those interested in teaching hunter education to apply. An announcement from the DWR shares that: the majority of the instructors who teach hunter education in Utah are volunteers, rather than DWR employees.

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Uintah Science Olympiad Team Competes Well at State

The Uintah High Science Olympiad Team did great at state competition last month. Twenty-six Uintah students competed on two different teams in 23 separate events.

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DWR Seek Information About Deer Illegally Killed in Duchesne County

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is asking for any information from the public concerning a deer poaching incident in Duchesne County. A press release issued this week shares that conservation officers received information about a poaching incident on February 14th near Sam's Wash Road, south of Highway 40, in western Duchesne County.

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Prime Time 4 Kids Defies Odds of 2020 and Continues Serving Stronger Than Ever

With a mission too important to put on hold, Prime Time 4 Kids defied the odds and found ways to continue their early intervention services throughout 2020. Now, with their staff vaccinated and restrictions lifting they are back in full force and inviting the community to schedule to bring their children, from newborn up to 3 years old, in for a free evaluation to learn if early intervention services are needed.

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