Daggett County, UT

Uintah Basin Association of Government On Replacement Home Program

The Uintah Basin Association of Governments wants to remind the public of the Replacement Home Program USDA/OLene Walker Loan Funds. The Replacement Home Program is designed to rebuild homes that may be beyond the point of repair for low-income homeowners throughout Uintah, Duchesne and Daggett Counties. To qualify, you need to own your home and land and your home needs repairs that may cost more than 50% of the home's values or live in a mobile home older than 1978. Finally, applicants need to be willing to apply for a low-income mortgage. If you need accommodations, including auxiliary aids and services, due to disabilities, please make any requests three days prior to your appointment. Uintah Basin Association of Governments is available at 435-722-4518 Monday through Thursdays 7am to 6pm.

Power Restored After Mega Power Outage in Daggett County

Some heroes wear capes and some climb power poles. Between 250 and 300 consumers in Daggett County were without power starting Sunday late evening due to a heavy wet snow but thankfully the crew of Bridger Valley Power worked through the night and well into Monday until everyone’s power was back on. According to a Bridger Valley Power representative, there were lines down, lines sagging, and even some trees on lines, all due to the weight of the 10-12 inches of wet snow that fell. The issues snowballed when the built up snow would fall off, causing the lines to snap up and hit another line causing yet another outage. A crew of 7 worked around the clock restoring power to different areas but there remained a portion of Dutch John and into Manila still without power into the afternoon. A large broken cross arm proved to be the biggest issue and once it was fixed, power was restored to all by 4:00pm on Monday.

What Will Flaming Gorge Reservoir Releases Mean For Daggett County?

There’s been plenty of talk about the increased water releases from Flaming Gorge to support Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam but what will this mean for Daggett County? Daggett County Commissioner Jack Lytle and Flaming Gorge Lucerne Marina owner Jerry Taylor have answered that question and many more as part of a radio discussion that will be broadcast this evening on Newstalk KVEL. The simple answer is that life in Daggett County is expected to be normal and the services on Flaming Gorge will be largely unaffected. It is true that the docks will be adjusted but there are no services in danger of closing. Also, Lylte and Taylor will explain how the electricity from Glen Canyon Dam is tied to the operation of Flaming Gorge Dam. Tune in tonight at 5:00pm on Newstalk KVEL AM920 and 104.5FM.

Little Hole Trail Gets a Makeover

The Office of Outdoor Recreation, part of the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity, recently completed a project near Flaming Gorge. The Little Hole Trail had a unique problem as river release flows submerged the wood boardwalk causing it to become dilapidated and unsafe. This in turn caused hikers to go off trail, damaging the banks and forcing sediment into the river. The solution came in the form of materials traditionally found on offshore rig platforms. The trail is now reconstructed and anchored so that it will withstand future release or other high water events. This was an RRI grant project that included the efforts of Daggett County, Flaming Gorge Community Foundation, the USFS, the UCC and the Intermountain Natural History Association.

Northeastern Utah Unemployment Numbers

The Utah Department of Workforce Services provided updated unemployment numbers on Monday and the Uintah Basin made a small shift in the right direction. Uintah County reported a move from 4 to 3.9 percent unemployment from the month before. Duchesne County reported a move from 3.4 to 3.3 percent and Daggett County remained at 3.4 percent unemployment from the month before. Nationally, unemployment ticked down from 3.8 to 3.6 percent and the state of Utah shifted from 2.1 to 2 percent unemployment. “The unemployment rate took another historical notch downward to 2 percent,” reports DWS Chief Economist Mark Knold. “All industry sectors save one have added new jobs over the past year…With unemployment rock bottom at 2 percent, excess labor is virtually non-existent, so this industry’s inability to supply the market with idled workers or to attract labor for its own needs is not a surprise.” April’s unemployment information is scheduled to be released on May 20th.

Employment Update

Employment in Utah continues to grow with the current job count in the state at 1,650,800. The data shows that county employment levels have seen some increase in the Uintah Basin. The latest employment data in Uintah County shows employment at 12,805 which is up 31 from the month before and up 701 from one year ago. Duchesne County employment is at 7,902 which is up 69 from the month before and up 460 from one year ago. Daggett County employment is at 365 which is the same as the month before and up 9 from one year ago. “It is another month to sing the praises of the Utah economy,” shares Workforce Services Chief Economist Mark Knold. “Job growth across the past year is quite strong at 4.0 percent.” Unemployment by county is expected this week.

Record-breaking $4.2M raised in Utah conservation permits this year

SALT LAKE CITY — Yet another record related to Utah's great outdoors has fallen. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources reports that $4.2 million was raised for conservation projects this year during the state's annual conservation permit project funding meeting held last week. It's the most raised since the Utah Conservation Permit Program was established 42 years ago.

Flaming Gorge Visitors Center open for the season this Friday

Flaming Gorge Dam Visitor Center will reopen its doors beginning April 15, after being closed for its seasonal closure in late October. The public will be able to access exhibits inside the visitor center and use facilities during normal hours. Guided tours of the dam will no longer be offered, but a part of the walkway will allow visitors to view the riverside of the dam.

February Employment Report

According to the most recent data from the Department of Workforce Services, employment in Utah increased by 4.2 percent from one year ago with the economy adding 66,000 jobs since February 2020. Employment in Daggett County was listed at 356, in Duchesne County at 7,833 and in Uintah County at 12,774. “The Utah economy continues to move forward on strong footing,” reported Mark Knold, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “All of Utah’s major industry sectors have returned to, or are exceeding, their pre-pandemic employment levels. Job availability and job hiring are churning at a strong pace. Workers keep getting hired, and the unemployment rate continues to decrease. It is now down to 2.1 percent. Few other states have an economy functioning as strongly as Utah’s.” Updated unemployment data is expected to be released by the end of the month.

FamilySearch Indexing (Daggett County Sheriff)

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County Unemployment Update

The Utah Department of Workforce Services has provided the latest update on unemployment numbers throughout the state. According to the report, January’s unemployment in Daggett County increased slightly to 3.7 percent, down from 4 percent one year prior. Duchesne County stayed the same from the month before at 3.8 percent, down from 6.8 percent one year prior. Uintah County lowered slightly to 4.3 percent unemployment, down from 7.9 percent one year prior. January’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for the state of Utah is estimated at 2.2 percent with approximately 37,400 Utahns unemployed. Utah’s December unemployment rate was revised to 2.3 percent. The January national unemployment rate rose to 4.0 percent.

2022 Election Candidates In Duchesne And Daggett Counties

The current list of candidates for the 2022 county elections include the following: In Daggett County, Keri Pallesen for Auditor, Matthew Tippets for Commission Seat A, Jack Lytle for Commission Seat B, and Erik Bailey for Sheriff. In Duchesne County, JoAnn Evans and Chelise Jessen for Clerk-Auditor, Tracy Killian and Gregory Todd for Commission Seat A, Gregory Miles for Commission Seat B, Stephen Foote for Attorney, and Travis Tucker and Dela Williams for Sheriff. The county nomination conventions will be held on April 5th and the regular primary election is scheduled for June 28th. Visit for election information.

Utah Employment Report

Utah’s employment situation continues to improve with a cumulative 63,500 jobs added to the economy since January 2020. The latest data from the Department of Workforce Services shows that the state's current job count stands at 1.6 million. As of January, employment in Daggett County was reported at 350; employment in Duchesne County was reported at 7,769; and employment in Uintah County was reported at 12,749. “Utah’s economy entered 2022 on a solid footing and as one of only four states in the nation that have more jobs now than before the pandemic,” reports DWS Chief Economist Mark Knold. “All of Utah’s major industry sectors have returned to or are exceeding their pre-pandemic levels. The lone exception is government, and that is largely traced to the pandemic-induced reductions in higher education employment.” Unemployment data is expected to be released this week as well.

Utah Courts Announce Judge Appointment To Daggett County Justice Court

Utah Courts announced on Thursday that a nominee has been named to fill the Daggett County Justice Court vacancy. Judge Jeri Allphin has been appointed to fill the justice court judge position that serves Daggett County. Utah Courts shared that the position will replace Judge Charlene Hartmann who retired in December of 2021. Allphin joined the Utah State Bar Association in 1998. In 2003, she joined Utah Valley University as the Sr. Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. After leaving UVU in 2016, she joined the firm of Seiler, Anderson, Fife and Marshall in Provo, Utah. Judge Allphin received a bachelor degree in Business Management from Utah Valley University and her law degree from J Reuben Clark Law School. Welcome Daggett County Judge Allphin!

Unemployment Update By County

The Utah Department of Workforce Services released updated unemployment data this week. Daggett County went from 2.7 to 2.5 percent unemployment. That’s down from 4.2 percent one year ago. Duchesne County ticked down from 2.9 to 2.8 percent unemployment, down from 7.4 percent one year ago. Uintah County also ticked down from 3.3 to 3.2 percent unemployment, down from 8.5 percent one year ago. The United States is reporting 3.9 percent unemployment, down from 6.7 percent one year ago. The state of Utah reported a new record low, hitting below 2 percent for the first time ever at 1.9 percent unemployment.

Updated Unemployment Numbers By County

The Department of Workforce Services provided updated unemployment numbers this week and things continue to move in the right direction. In Daggett County, unemployment shifted from 2.9 to 2.7 percent from October to November. Duchesne County ticked down from 3 to 2.8 percent unemployment and Uintah County went from 3.5 to 3.3 percent unemployment. Nationally, unemployment lowered from 4.6 to 4.2 percent and in Utah, unemployment ticked from 2.2 to 2.1 percent unemployment. The next unemployment update is scheduled to take place on January 24th.

DWS Updated Employment Report

The Department of Workforce Services reports the nonfarm payroll employment for November increased by 3.6 percent over the last 2 years and the state’s economy added 57,900 jobs to the state's economy. The November employment by county registered at approximately 421 employed in Daggett County, 8,332 in Duchesne County, and 12,835 in Uintah County. The state unemployment rate ticked down yet again from 2.2 to 2.1 percent from October to November and the national unemployment rate registered at 4.2 percent. “While the supply of available labor keeps shrinking, the Utah economy continues to grow,” shares DWS Chief Economist Mark Knold. “These seem like contradictory forces, yet the Utah economy continues to expand. Utah leads the nation in job growth. Our economy cannot grow like this unless it is finding the labor it needs. So far that challenge is being met.” Unemployment rates by county will be released this week.

County Unemployment Numbers Announced

The Utah Department of Workforce Services has announced updated unemployment numbers by county. Daggett County dropped from 3.2 to 3 percent unemployment from September to October and is down from 4.4 percent one year ago. Duchesne County dropped from 3.2 to 2.9 percent unemployment from the month before and is down from 8.5 percent one year ago. Uintah County went from 3.9 to 3.5 percent unemployment from the month before and is down from 9.8 percent one year ago. National unemployment is at 4.6 percent and the state of Utah is at 2.2 percent.

Final Vaccine Clinic Tomorrow in Daggett County

Tomorrow is the final drive thru COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the latest round offering the pediatric dose for children ages 5 to 11 and it is being held at the Manila Clinic in Daggett County from 3pm to 6pm. TriCounty Health Director Kirk Benge shared that the purpose of the drive thru clinics are to make it as easy as possible for anyone who wants a vaccine for themselves or their children to be able to do so. Health department officials held a successful clinic at Duchesne High School on Monday and last week successful events were held at the Vernal health department location and at USU in Roosevelt. For those unable to make it to a drive thru clinic, the pediatric doses of the vaccine are available through the health department by appointment.
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Utah fisherman catches ‘monster’ brown trout

DAGGETT COUNTY, Utah, Nov. 11, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Springville resident Kyle Coulon decided to cap a long day of fishing on the Green River below the dam with just a little more fishing. So he cast out another lure as the sun began to set. “He caught several trout...