Community Outreach Programming

Interviews focusing on community issues and events

Uintah Basin Rail Update Nov 4 2020

Mike McKee, Seven County Infrastructure Coalition Executive Director, provides an update on the Uinta Rail project. Project scope, timelines, public comment dates and an announcement from private finance company Drexel Hamilton about proposed changes to public private partnership agreement once the project is commercialized. Great news for Utah's energy producing counties. McKee was a guest on the Uintah Basin Today Show on Newstalk KVEL. Program aired on Nov. 4 2020

Nov 9, 2020 Episode Permalink

Madeline Kazantzis (R) Write-in Candidate for Utah Governor

Conservative voters have a choice beyond Spencer Cox for Utah Governor this election. Madeline Kazantzis and her family attended the Mainstreet Vernal Trump parade Friday and stopped by the KVEL studios to discuss her candidacy, her motivations, qualifications and vision for Utah.

Oct 10, 2020 Episode Permalink

Westyn's Vision - Children With Disabilities Playground Project

Children with disabilities struggle to experience the joys other children take for granted like playing with friends on playground equipment in our local parks. Shaylee and Johnny Hacking are local parents of Westyn, a child with disabilities. Motivated by her strong desire for Westyn to experience activities like others, Shaylee began fundraising efforts to build a playground for children with disabilities in the Naples Community Park. Interview on KVEL 9-28-20

Sep 29, 2020 Episode Permalink

Uinta Railway

Rio Grande Pacific Sr. Vice President, Mark Hemphill and 7 County Infrastructure Coalition Executive Director, Mike McKee provide an update on progress made with the Uinta Rail Project.

Sep 14, 2020 Episode Permalink

Utah State Senator Ron Winterton

Should the Utah State Legislature have had more influence on the State's response to the Coronavirus pandemic? Senator Winterton addresses that question along with discussion on legislation passed passed during the most recent special session that will affect Utah Elections, the State's extraction industries, economic stimulus programs administered through the State and more. Program Aired on Newstalk KVEL Aug. 31, 2020

Sep 2, 2020 Episode Permalink

Tri-County Health Director Jordan Mathis

Tri-County Health Director Jordan Mathis addresses community concerns over the school mask mandate with Mike Stangel and Mark Winterton on the Uintah Basin Today Show on Newstalk KVEL. Program aired live August 26, 2020.

Sep 2, 2020 Episode Permalink

SBA Administer, Jovita Carranza

Mrs. Carranza is head of the U.S. Small business Administration provides an update on CARES Act programs administered through the SBA including the P.P.P. and EIDL programs. Learn of recent changes to these programs which could benefit your business.

Aug 24, 2020 Episode Permalink

Sen. Mitt Romney - Ashley Springs Land Transfer

Sen. Mitt Romney discusses the transfer of 790 acres in Ashley Springs to Uintah County. This historic transfer of public lands to Uintah County.

Aug 14, 2020 Episode Permalink

Blake Moore Utah First Congressional Dist. (R) Nominee

Blake Moore Republican Nominee for Utah's First Congressional District was in the Uintah Basin recently meeting with civic leaders and the public. Should he be elected this November, Moore shares his vision of how he can use his experience and position to help diversify and grow the economy of Northeastern Utah. Interview aired on KVEL July 28, 2020.

Jul 31, 2020 Episode Permalink

Uintah School District Proposal to Reopen this Fall

Uintah School District Board Chair, Kurt Case, Curriculum Administrator, Jayme Leyba, and Superintendent, Rick Woodford (pictured left to right), discuss districts plans to re-open K-12 schools this fall. Program aired on KVEL July 13, 2020

Jul 15, 2020 Episode Permalink

Small Business Economic Recovery Grant

Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Joel Brown and Vernal City Manager, Quinn Bennion discuss the Small Business Economic Recovery Grant stimulus and application. Uintah County, Vernal City, Naples City, and Ballard City rolled out the grant application Friday June 26th. The application deadline is July 10th. This grant is part of the CARES Act passed by congress earlier this year.

Jun 30, 2020 Episode Permalink

Rep. Rob Bishop - BLM-Uintah Co. Ashley Springs Land Transfer

BLM Vernal Field Office announced on May 19th the conveyance of 780 acres of public lands, known as the Ashley Springs Property in Uintah County. The land to be managed as open space to protect the watershed and underground karst system and aquifer. The 35,000 citizens of Uintah County rely on this watershed for culinary water.

May 20, 2020 Episode Permalink

Wes Taylor CEO Ashley Regional Medical Center

As our community is in the orange stage of the Coronavirus pandemic, Ashley Regional Medical Center new CEO Wes Taylor discusses hospital readiness and elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures now available at Ashley Regional Medical Center. Taylor discusses emergency procedures implemented to protect patients and staff.

May 14, 2020 Episode Permalink

Utah Senator Ron Winterton

The Utah State Legislature met in 4 virtual special sessions earlier this month to pass several pieces of legislation that helped the State better manage affairs during the pandemic. The State of Utah’s interests were met but what about the small, independent business owner? Does the State of Utah have an obligation to support Utah businesses who were ordered by the Governor to shut down their businesses? Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman told us emphatically yes during this program last week. Utah Senator Ron Winterton answers these questions and shares his opinions and efforts he is making as Senator to argue for further economic support for rural Utah economies.

Apr 29, 2020 Episode Permalink

UHS Graduation Celebration

UHS Principal Sharon Shipton and UHS Business Teacher, Kami Elison discuss the May 22nd Class of 2020 UHS Graduation Celebration and the UHS Commencement Ceremony which will take place in June or July. Interview aired on Newstalk KVEL 4-29-20.

Apr 29, 2020 Episode Permalink

John Swallow (R) Candidate Utah Attorney General

We are experiencing a health crisis and an economic crisis but are we also experiencing a constitutional crisis? John Swallow (R) Candidate Utah Attorney General shares his opinion on our society's movement away from individual liberties during times of crisis. He also addresses public lands, shrinking rural Utah's legislative voice and the need for improved infrastructure in the Uintah Basin

Apr 23, 2020 Episode Permalink

Community Health Update

Tri-County Health Director Jordan Mathis discusses the revised heath order which took affect April 20th and clarifies many misunderstandings about the order. Interview aired on Newstalk KVEL 4-21-20

Apr 21, 2020 Episode Permalink

Jon Huntsman (R) Utah Gubernatorial Candidate

Former US Ambassador to China and Utah Governor Jon Huntsman discusses future US relations with China post COVID-19. He shares his opinion on possible reparations and the US dependency on items manufactured in China including pharmaceuticals. Mr. Huntsman also shares his thoughts on Utah's obligation to small business owner operators during this crisis. Interview aired on KVEL 4-20-20

Apr 20, 2020 Episode Permalink

Uintah County Commissioner Brad Horrocks

UIntah County Commissioner, Brad Horrocks (R) incumbent candidate for Uintah County Commission Seat C this election, addresses issues regarding COVID-19 economic recovery, this summer's planned community events and financial condition of Uintah County. Interview aired on KVEL 4-17-20

Apr 18, 2020 Episode Permalink

Families Under Quarantine Pt. 1 of 2

USU's Latrisha Fall provides helpful hints for parents working with their children and shares some of the many school resources available for support, and ways to reduce family stress. This is part on of a two part series on helping families adjust to family life under quarantine and the new home school curriculum. Part two of this series will air Thursday, April 24th at 9:00 a.m. on Newstalk 104.5 FM and AM 920 KVEL. Latrisha Fall is a Human Development and Family Study USU graduate and American Family Therapy USU grad student. This program aired 4-16-20 on KVEL

Apr 17, 2020 Episode Permalink

Post COVID Uintah County Events

Uintah Travel and Tourism Director and KLCY Morning Show Host, Amy Richards discuss upcoming community events this summer. Aired 4-15-20 KLCY

Apr 15, 2020 Episode Permalink

Utah Legislative Special Session

Utah Senator Ron Winterton discussed pressing legislative issues regarding the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. Legislative special session to begin Thursday, April 16th and continue for up to 10 days. Program aired Wednesday, April 15, 2020 on Newstalk KVEL.

Apr 15, 2020 Episode Permalink

Community Health Update April 9 2020

Tri-County Health Director, Jordan Mathis provides a community health update. Listen here for the latest information about COVID-19 in the Tri-County area. Program aired on Newstalk KVEL during the USU and You program 4-9-20

Apr 9, 2020 Episode Permalink

COVID-19 EMS Preparedness

Our local health officials have done a remarkable job educating the public about the COVID-19 Pandemic. What about our first responders and EMS personnel? If we were to see a sharp increase in the number of cases which required hospitalization, are we prepared? Scott Adams, Manager of Gold Cross Ambulance service in Vernal answers those questions.

Apr 7, 2020 Episode Permalink