Month: November 2017

Employers Expected to See a Reduction in Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates

The majority of Utah employers, including those in rural eastern Utah, are expected to see a reduction in their unemployment insurance tax rates for the 2018 calendar year. The Utah Unemployment Insurance Division announced on Wednesday that in 2018, more than 75 percent of Utah’s established employers will qualify for the minimum contribution rate of approximately $34 dollars per employee per year. 

Utah Department of Health Launches Campaign to Fight Hepatitis A Outbreak

An outbreak of Hepatitis A that is linked to a national outbreak has been reported in the state of Utah. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection of the Hep A virus. The Utah Department of Health reports that between May 1st and November 27th, 87 outbreak-associated cases of Hepatitis A have been identified. 

Fugitive Wanted by U.S. Marshals Arrested in Rock Springs

A fugitive wanted by the U.S. Marshals as a federal parolee in a heroin death case was arrested Tuesday in Rock Springs. According to the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, 30-year-old Darren Matthew Olsen was indicted by a federal grand jury in July of 2014 for his role in conspiring to possess and to distribute heroin in the Sweetwater County area that ultimately resulted in the overdose death of a local man.

Detective Orr Remembered 11 Years Later

November marks 11 years since Uintah County Sheriff’s Detective Kevin Orr lost his life while on duty during a search and rescue mission.  Detective Orr was organizing a search and rescue effort from the sky on November 22nd, 2006, when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed into the Green River and his life was lost. Last year during a special ceremony remembering his passing, Uintah County Sheriff Vance Norton retired Detective Orr’s call number Sierra 7 and his badge number 223. “Kevin’s name will remain on [the Sheriff’s Office] roster so we never forget him for the sacrifice he made to help others and to always show respect to the Orr family,” shared Sheriff Norton during that ceremony in 2016. Orr passed away when he was just 34 years old. He is remembered as a man devoted to his wife and four young children. 

Naples First Christmas Tree Lighting Draws Huge Crowd

The 1st annual Naples City Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony was a huge success Tuesday night. 500 people gathered on the newly landscaped Naples City Plaza next to the City Offices waiting for Santa to arrive and for the tree to be lit up. Mayor Baker welcomed the crowd with an emotional message about celebrating the Christmas season and the birth of Jesus Christ.  

Old Fashioned Christmas for Deserving Children in Duchesne County

The Duchesne County Chamber of Commerce is at it again, once again offering an old fashioned Christmas for deserving children. “The Chamber works with local agencies, businesses, and others to make sure children can wake up Christmas morning to some beautiful new items, certain to delight any child,” shares Chamber Director Irene Hansen. “The generosity of the community, businesses, and families is so overwhelming and allows the program to help over 125 families every year.”

Give Em’ Health: Preventing the Flu

TriCounty Health is urging Basin residents to take flu prevention seriously. TriCounty Health nurse Katie Kissel is encouraging residents to get the flu shot before the season hits hard. Flu season has been mild so far, shares Kissel, with the only hospital reports so far of elderly patients. The CDC recommends fighting the flu by getting the flu vaccine every year and taking preventative actions like washing hands and cleaning surfaces. 

Live Nativity Warms Hearts During Holiday Fair

Thanksgiving weekend included countless opportunities to ring in the holidays with fun and activities during Holly Days. The Holiday Fair held at the Uintah Conference Center brought its own very special Christmas feeling with its display of a live nativity scene. The beautifully simple production ran throughout the day on Friday and Saturday with different actors and volunteer families playing the silent roles while narration of the Christmas story played.

Bill Barrett Corporation Announces Sale of Uintah Basin Asset

The Bill Barrett Corporation has announced the sale of its remaining assets located in the Uintah Basin for cash proceeds of approximately $110 million dollars. Bill Barrett Corporation is headquartered in Denver and develops oil and natural gas in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. The announcement, made November 20th, states that the company entered into an agreement with unaffiliated third parties to sell the remaining non-core assets in northeastern Utah. 

Santa’s Community Effort a Family Tradition for Area Residents

It’s time to gather your family and put your elf hats on. Trees for Santa’s Community Effort will soon be on display at Davis Food and Drug and Walmart in Vernal. Effort coordinator Brian Gorum says the act of buying gifts for local children in need has become a tradition for many locals and thanks to their generosity, around 350 children will be blessed with some presents under the tree this Christmas that otherwise would not have been there.