Month: September 2018

Uintah School District Recognizes Local Man for Service

One local man is getting some much deserved attention. Jacque Yost has been a long-time substitute teacher at the high school and continually plays a role in most events that happen at Uintah High School. He volunteers to help at the musicals, athletic events, and anything else the school asks of him.

Give Em’ Health: National Family Meal Month

It’s National Family Meal Month and local health educators are encouraging Basin residents to make family meal time a priority. Ashley Stegeman, USU Extension educator over the Food Sense program, has a list of reasons why Basin families should invest in family meal time and how to make it easier.

FEMA to Use Mobile Device Alert System for National Test

Uintah County Emergency Management is spreading the word of a scheduled phone alert Basin residents will receive along with people around the country. In cooperation with the FCC, FEMA is conducting a national test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System.

Utah Wildlife Board Approves Changes to Fishing Rules Starting in 2019

It’s official. Proposed fishing rules have been approved by the Utah Wildlife Board to start in 2019. The first big change is that anglers can now fish with corn as bait. Until 2016, Utah was the only state in the West where corn was not allowed. The Division of Wildlife Resources conducted a poll of anglers in Utah and found that 70 percent favored the change to allow corn.

Enefit Welcomes BLM Decision to Approve Utility Corridor in Uintah County

After a six-year environmental review process, Enefit American Oil is welcoming the BLM decision to approve the applications connected to a utility corridor project in Uintah County. The BLM decision issued on Wednesday allows for the extension of utility lines across a small portion of federal land to serve the company’s oil shale project.

School Board Main Focus of Local Election Races in Uintah County

Three seats on the Uintah School District’s Board of Education are up for election in November and will appear on the ballots within applicable precincts. In District #1, voters in the Davis, Jensen, and Naples precincts will choose between Harlan “Scoot” Wilkins and Lori Gillman. In District #2, voters in the Ashley and several Vernal precincts will choose between Dave W. Chivers and incumbent candidate Kevin Dickson.

Excitement Building For Vernal Hotel Haunt and Ghost Tours

While the rooms at the Weston Lamplighter Inn have been empty for nearly two decades there was a time they were bouncing with activity. ‘Hotel Vernal’ opened in 1947 on east Main Street and for decades was ‘the place to be’ in Vernal. “The hotel hosted plush banquets, large weddings, prom pictures, and famous guests,” shares Vernal City Manager Quinn Bennion.

Life Flight and Uintah Basin Healthcare Celebrate 40 Years Working Together

A successful partnership is something to celebrate and that’s exactly what took place on Wednesday in Roosevelt. Forty years ago, Life Flight responded to their very first Uintah Basin patient transport at the hospital in Roosevelt. Life Flight was stationed out of the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City and that first flight to Roosevelt was the beginning of an era.

November Election Information for Uintah County

The November election is approaching. Uintah County Clerk-Auditor Mike Wilkins confirms that in Uintah County, ballots will be mailed by October 22nd. Voter registration deadlines are October 9th if registering by mail and October 30th if registering online at or in person.

Smoke Outlook Focuses on Eastern Utah in Utah Air Quality Report

The cooling temperatures and increased relative humidity have assisted fire suppression efforts across the state but the U.S. Forest Service AirFire Research Team is still providing smoke outlook reports for concerned populations. The current outlook for Utah states that smoke generated from the Pole Creek, Bald Mountain, and Mirror Lake Complex Fires is “expected to transport along the wind direction toward areas east and south of the fires, including the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Price, Roosevelt, and Vernal areas.”