Community Outreach Programming

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.

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

Cornoavirus Update - Ut. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox

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.

Apr 3, 2020 Episode Permalink

Utah Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Hughes

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.

Apr 2, 2020 Episode Permalink

SBA Disaster Relief

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 utahgeneral@sba.gov

Mar 31, 2020 Episode Permalink

Healthcare Services Preparedness

Greg Gardiner, Chief Nursing Officer with Ashley Regional Medical Center speaks to healthcare services preparedness at one of our local hospitals.

Mar 25, 2020 Episode Permalink

Uintah County Elections Post Coronavirus - Brian Gorum County Republican Chair

The Coronavirus has changed the upcoming election process in Uintah County. Uintah Republican Party Chair Brian Gorum addresses these changes for our county and the State of Utah.

Mar 23, 2020 Episode Permalink

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.

Mar 23, 2020 Episode Permalink

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.

Mar 18, 2020 Episode Permalink

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.

Mar 17, 2020 Episode Permalink

Cornoavirus Update - Tri-County Health

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.

Mar 12, 2020 Episode Permalink

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.

Feb 11, 2020 Episode Permalink