Interviews focusing on community issues and events
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, Chair of the State Coronavirus Task Force. Program aired on Newstalk KVEL 6:00 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2020. Lieutenant Governor Cox is also a Gubernatorial Candidate for Utah Governor. He also addresses his vision for rural Utah in advance of the April 25th Utah State Republican Convention.
It's an election year and Utah candidates are trying to conduct their campaigns amid the social distancing requirements. Utah Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Hughes reached out to Uintah Basin Citizens by phone to share his thoughts about the Coronavirus health crisis, economic recovery, and rural Utah's future. This interview aired on Newstalk 104.5 FM and AM 920 KVEL Thursday evening, April 2nd 2020.
Utah Small Business Administration District Director Marla Trollan and SBA District Counsel, John Gygi discuss questions such as what resources are available? who is eligible? and how does a small business owner apply for help? Questions from the public are also presented from Uintah County Economic Development Director, Sylvia Wilkins, Vernal City Manager, Quinn Benion, and Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Joel Brown. For assistance and questions on your SBA application please call 801-524-3209 or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Health Update Mon Mar. 23rd - Tri-County Health Director Jordan Mathis
Tri-County Health Director, Jordan Mathis provides an up to date report on Coronavirus as it relates to the Uintah, Duchesne and Daggett Counties. Program aired on Newstalk KVEL 6:00 pm Monday March 23rd.
Tri-County Health Environmental Health Director, Darren Brown
Tri-County Health Director, Darren Brown discusses the state-wide restaurant closure order. He emphasizes that take out, home delivery and drive-up services are still available. Get the facts about this order here.
Ryan Goodrich District Manager Ashley Valley Water and Sewer
Is our drinking water safe? Can our water system be infected with Coronavirus? What precautions are in place to ensure water safety? Ashley Valley Water and Sewer manager Ryan Goodrich states that yes our local water systems are safe and shares disinfection and safety measures in place to protect the public. What happens to all the toilet paper people are buying? Ryan explains the problems created when newspaper, cloth, baby wipes, cooking oils and more are introduced to our sewer system.
Dr. Carl Brightenbock, Tri-County Health Medical Advisor and Jordan Mathis Health Officer of Tri-County Health provide the public with accurate and up to date information about the Coronavirus pandemic. This program aired live on Newstalk KVEL on March 11th.
Howard Wallack (R) Candidate Utah's 1st Congressional District
Howard Wallack proudly proclaims he has never held a political office. He is a former school teacher and has owned and operated a successful trucking company. He feels that due to his experience in business and the classroom he is in a better represent the hard working citizens of the Uintah Basin in Congress.