Month: February 2018

Give Em’ Health: Volunteers Needed

TriCounty Health Department is always welcoming new recruits to volunteer organizations including the Medical Reserve Corps or MRC. “We can always use more people, more hands on deck,” shares TriCounty representative Liberty Best.

Moffat County Citizens Push Back on Proposal to Reintroduce Wolves

Colorado doesn’t want wolves, according to a report in goHUNT magazine. Around 65 western Colorado residents, comprised of many ranchers, hunters, and farmers, learned more about the wolf reintroduction movement during the First Conservation District’s annual meeting and banquet held earlier this month in Moffat County.

UBTech Student of the Year

The UBTech Student of the Year is Practical Nursing student Faith Burk. Faith lives in Vernal with her husband Daniel and their six children. Before enrolling at UBTech, she struggled to believe she could go back to school and become a nurse while still balancing life as a wife and mother.

Uintah Theatre Prepares for Hunchback of Notre Dame Production

Something community members might not know about Uintah High Theatre is that their annual grand scale productions are not school funded. The amazing sets, elaborate costumes, and specialty props are thanks to dedicated sponsors each year and the generous donation of time given by many community members as well as ticket sales, shares publicity director MaryAnn Spainhower.

Supreme Court Denies “Writ of Certiorari”; Norton Legal Team Responds

A petition for a “Writ of Certiorari” to the Supreme Court filed in December regarding Vance Norton versus the Ute Indian Tribe has been denied. The petition questioned a Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to allow exhaustion by Tribal Court on the trespassing claim in the Todd Murray case. Norton’s lawyer, Jesse Trentadue, says this means they “must try the issue of jurisdiction in the Ute Tribal Court.

Union High Student Accepting Donations for Guatemala Medical Mission

A local high school student has a big vision to make an impact on the world and is inviting the community to help. Union High School student Joseph Garcia, Jr. is leading a donation drive locally to collect hygiene essentials for a Guatemala Medical Mission. Joseph is a member of HOSA – Future Health Professionals, an organization aimed at helping youth become the future leaders in the global health community. Joseph will attend the Guatemala Medical Mission this June and is gathering hygiene kits among other useful items. Following are among the needed items: bars of soap, combs, hand towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, nail clippers, exercise books, rulers, sharpeners, erasers, glue, colored pencils, blue pens, pencils, and backpacks (plastic lines if possible). Donations can be dropped off at the main entrances of Uintah Basin Healthcare locations.

Roosevelt Branch Librarian Named 2018 Librarian of the Year

Upon hearing he had been named the 2018 Librarian of the Year by the Utah Library Association, Stephen Moon called the lady in charge to ask if a mistake had been made. “I’m the guy who dresses like the Mad Hatter when I go to the schools,” Moon explained, to which he was told that while they were not aware of that fact, it only added to his deserving of the honor. Stephen Moon has been at the Roosevelt Branch Library since 2004 and has worked in Utah libraries since 1989 in Uintah County, Davis County, and Duchesne County. Moon will receive the physical award at the Utah Library Association conference in May but he is quick to point out that he is getting the credit as the boss for the creativity and dedication of the entire library staff. The Roosevelt Branch Library staff has been doing outreach programs with the Head Start Schools in Ft. Duchesne regularly for the past 2 years. They also visit Parkside and the Villa once a week to bring items from the library collection for the people staying there. The library has become a hotspot in Roosevelt for families. “Our family events have become really popular and unlike most libraries, we tie all our events to books in our collection,” shares Moon. The Library is also known for its Wall of Awesomeness and the Moon family gingerbread creations on display every holiday season at the library. It is easy to understand why the Basin’s own Stephen Moon is the 2018 Librarian of the Year.

Local Teachers Attend Educator Day on the Hill

Local teachers took advantage of an opportunity to learn more about the legislative process and attended Educator Day on the Hill on Friday. Teachers Rachelle Durrant, Kristen Oaks, Brian Baldwin, and Daniel McKenna represented Uintah School District. The event is hosted by the Utah Education Association every year.

Flatlip/Rondeau/Flatlip Defense Files Motions to Dismiss Rape Case

The defense for the men awaiting trial for the alleged rape of a 9-year-old Uintah County girl in 2016 have filed motions to dismiss the rape case against the men. The rape trials for Jerry Neal Flatlip, Randall Flatlip, and Larson Rondeau are scheduled for May in Salt Lake County’s 3rd District Court. The “Motion to Dismiss” dated February 20th and signed by Loni F. DeLand, defense attorney for Randall Flatlip, moves to “dismiss [the] case on the grounds of intentional prosecutorial misconduct and jury tampering.” DeLand first disagrees with the decision to declare mistrial in Summit County and then outlines instances in which DeLand says an investigator for the Uintah County Attorney’s Office, who is listed as a witness in the trial, communicated with the potential jurors in the lobby on December 12th. According to DeLand, one of the potential jurors contacted the Utah Attorney General and the defense lawyers in the days following the mistrial, concerned that what he had witnessed was jury tampering. A “Memorandum in Support of Motion to Dismiss” dated January 22nd and signed by Bryan Sidwell, defense attorney for Jerry Flatlip, makes multiple assertions. First, that there has been an “unreasonable or unconstitutional delay in bringing the defendant to trial.” It also asserts that “the alleged victim’s testimony was not corroborated by other witnesses or physical evidence” and that “there were no injuries and no DNA, therefore the alleged victim’s story is not credible and the case should be dismissed…” The rape of the 9-year-old girl was reported to deputies on March 29th, 2016. Larson Rondeau, Jerry Flatlip, and Randall A. Flatlip each pleaded Not Guilty on rape charges and the three men were ordered to stand trial. The trial was originally moved from Uintah County to Summit County but ended in mistrial in Summit County in December due to failure to seat a jury. The trial was then moved to Salt Lake County.