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Murder suspect pleads guilty, sentenced to 35 years

A defendant was sentenced Thursday, June 23, in Moffat County Court for a murder case that began in November 2020. Griffin James Loughlin, 25, received 35 years in prison for the murder of Ian Tillack, 26, which occurred on Nov. 30, 2020, on County Road 161 just north of the town of Dinosaur.
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Dinosaur National Monument Welcomes Help Of National Guard Engineers

Dinosaur National Monument recently welcomed a very special group to accomplish a variety of projects within the Monument. Utah National Guard Engineers from the 116th Engineer Company and support personnel from the Forward Support Company, 125 soldiers in all, worked together to accomplish 6 separate projects. According to the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS), teams of carpenters and electricians renovated a decades-old restroom structure, making it more functional and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Two other restroom facilities were also improved to be ADA-compliant as well as having a new water line installed. Construction teams graded roads and replaced cattle guards while others were in charge of logistics support. “Our Soldiers did excellent work during this annual training,” said Forward Support Company 1st Sergeant Ross Francis. “My distro platoon drove and worked their guts out providing fuel, delivering construction material and food runs that accounted for over 10,000 miles driven.” The leadership of each agency agreed that the training was a success and that cooperation between the National Park Service and Utah National Guard was near-perfect. It took over a year to plan and organize everything and the work took place from June 6th to the 16th. The soldiers set up camp next to the Green River at Split Mountain Campground and reported having a great time camping and enjoying campfire cooking. The entire experience was great for morale and “ultimately,” says Lt. Caleb Brown, “it’s great for our Soldiers because they get to build something lasting.”
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Moffat County’s EMS saga continues as data exploration expands

The street sign welcoming drivers to Dinosaur. The ultimate goal of the Moffat County EMS Committee is to make a recommendation to the Moffat County Commissioners on whether they can run emergency medical services in Moffat County effectively and efficiently, or if the EMS tax district initiative needs to go back to the voters to decide .

Rangely, Colorado: The town where OHVs roam

The only designated natural rock crawling park in Colorado is located a few miles southwest of the Town of Rangely. Lucky members of the Rangely Rock Crawling Club – and OHVers who come to town just for the thrill – can access one of the largest areas in the country to climb – more than 560 acres of natural terrain designated by the Bureau of Land Management as a four-wheel drive park. Rangely is OHV-friendly – most residents own at least one. Visitors and residents alike can hop on an OHV and ride to the trails and Rock Crawling Park...

Dinosaur National Monument Ranger Programs Start On Memorial Day

Dinosaur National Monument Chief of Visitor Services Dan Johnson presented recently at the Vernal Chamber luncheon, providing interesting highlights about the Monument. The numbers in 2021 show 359,560 people visited the Dinosaur National Park and in 2020, during COVID, the visitor numbers increased 36% over the previous year with people looking for places to vacation outdoors. There are many opportunities to explore the park with a variety of programs. The Ranger programs start on Memorial Day. The Visitor Center in Jensen has improved accessibility to the new interpretive exhibits which are designed to be more kid friendly. Improved directional signs throughout the park make accessibility more available to visitors. The park received Dark Sky recognition in 2019 and with 2/3rds of the world's population living where they can not see stars, the park’s Dark Sky programs provide an amazing and rare opportunity to stargaze.
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Crews back to work on US 40 between Dinosaur, Craig

After pausing for the winter, work has restarted on Colorado Highway 64 and U.S. Highway 40 in Rio Blanco and Moffat counties. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, crews returned to work on the highway surface treatment and upgrade project after the winter shutdown. During the 2021 construction season,...