Month: October 2017

Roosevelt State Street Project to be Finished in the Spring

While construction has been ongoing on Roosevelt’s State Street, the entire project will not be done before the cold weather puts the breaks on construction. According to contractor Burdick Materials, it was anticipated that the stormwater pipe construction project would be wrapped up before the cold set in but “delays and scheduling issues have made that goal impossible.”

Illumination Is Key; Be Seen on Halloween

A truly spooky fact for you this Halloween is that kids are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Safekids.org has tips that all parents and guardians should heed. Make it easier for drivers to see kids.

Wanted Sex Offender Apprehended

A man wanted by law enforcement for failing to register as a sex offender has been apprehended. The public’s help was requested in September by Vernal City Police in their search for 30-year-old Jason Durbin. Although convicted, Durbin had repeatedly failed to register as a sex offender. 

Uintah County Commission Approves Changes to Employee Health Benefits

It was a packed house at the Uintah County Commission meeting on Monday with many county employees attending as proposed changes to health benefits were considered. Uintah County Director of Human Resources Joe McKea presented the proposed changes. To date, the county has paid 95 percent of the insurance premium while employees paid 5 percent. The proposed change would increase the employee portion to 15 percent for those who do not participate in a county wellness program. “The world is going this direction,” explained McKea. “Think about car insurance…more accidents means higher rates. It’s kind of the same with health insurance as well so we are building in a wellness component to the health benefits.” County employees asked clarifying questions about the proposal and the percent breakdowns. The new wellness requirements include an annual physical, blood work, survey, and certain health commitments such as abstaining from tobacco use. The County Commissioners approved the proposed changes plus a survey to compare benefits to other entities to be used as a reference during budgeting in 2018. 

DWR Proposes Changes to 2018 Big Game Hunts

Biologists from the Division of Wildlife Resources are recommending new and innovative approaches for the 2018 general rifle buck deer hunt that are aimed at reducing crowding during the hunt. All the changes being recommended are a result of biologists listening to hunters, shares DWR big game coordinator Covy Jones. 

Naples City Plaza Transformation

If you’re wondering what difference a little landscaping can do, just stop by the Naples City Offices sometime this week and see if you notice a difference to the lot across the street. What has been named the Naples City Plaza Park has transformed over the last two weeks from a giant lot of dirt to a beautiful green park. 

Suit Over Illegal Hunting Licenses on Ute Tribal Land Gathering Attention

A case of illegal sales of hunting licenses on Ute Tribal land by an unrecognized tribe is gathering national attention. An article released Friday by Law360, a publication out of New York, highlights the case. The United States Attorney’s Office of the District of Utah filed the complaint earlier this month against the self-called “Uinta Valley Shoshone Tribe” for selling hunting and fishing licenses on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. 

Rotary Club Already Busy with Santa’s Community Effort

Santa’s Community Effort has a long and successful history in Uintah County with the Rotary Club now keeping the cause organized and running great. Even with economic downturn, locals each year take tags from the trees around town and follow through by donating gifts for the children assigned. 

Governor Herbert on Trump’s Plan to Modify Monument Boundaries

Movement is expected to soon be made on Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendations to modify boundaries of national monuments in Utah. In a statement to the press, Governor Herbert explained that President Trump called him on Friday to discuss the recommendations to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Monuments. 

Second Person Facing Charges in Duchesne County Credit Card Theft Case

A former Duchesne County restaurant worker isn’t the only one facing criminal charges relating to a long list of credit card theft. The name of Sammy Holmgren is shown in court documents as linked to the charges against 32-year-old Andrew Shane Encoe who took pictures of credit cards while working at the Sandstone Pizza & Grill in Hanna.