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Tornado topples trees in remote area of Duchesne County

DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah, June 21, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — A tornado developed Sunday morning in a remote area of southwestern Duchesne County, causing significant damage to trees in the area, according to the National Weather Service. The EF2 tornado started at 9:13 a.m. near the summit of U.S. 191...
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High altitude tornado confirmed in Utah

INDIAN CANYON, UT. (WHSV) - A rare high altitude tornado has been confirmed by the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City, UT. The storm happened on Sunday morning, June 19, 2022. The location, Indian Canyon, which is southeast of Salt Lake City. The elevation of the tornado as it...

Tornado Confirmed in Indian Canyon

It’s been confirmed. A long path of destruction to the forest in Indian Canyon was actually caused by a tornado. The preliminary damage results released by National Weather Service show that on June 19th at 9:13am, the Indian Canyon Tornado in Duchesne County traveled 2.08 miles with a maximum width of 880 yards and peak winds of 125 miles per hour. The tornado traveled near the summit of Highway 191 in remote southwestern Duchesne County.

Primary Election Update

The Primary Election is coming up Tuesday, June 28th. In Duchesne County, the only location for voting is at the Clerk/Auditor’s office at 734 North Center Street in Duchesne. According to Duchesne County Clerk/Auditor JoAnn Evans, as of Thursday they had collected around 3000 ballots which is about 38 percent. For election information, visit In Uintah County, today is the last day before the primary election day for early in-person voting at the Clerk/Auditor’s Office. As of Wednesday, Uintah County had received 3,631 ballots. For election information, visit

Unemployment Update By County

The Department of Workforce Services provided updated unemployment numbers on Tuesday. Daggett County moved up from 3.8 to 4.0 percent unemployment from the month before, Duchesne County remained the same at 3.1 percent unemployment, as did Uintah County at 3.7 percent unemployment. State unemployment ticked up from 1.9 to 2.0 percent and the U.S. rate stayed the same at 3.6 percent. “The unemployment rate remains at an historically low level and job growth is still one of the nation’s best,” shares DWS Chief Economist Mark Knold. “The job growth rate has been abating as the year has progressed. This is expected and is a reflection of the current performance compared to a Utah economy that was rapidly improving a year ago. As this year progresses, the more the economy improves from a year ago, the more this year’s job growth will trend downward. We anticipate that by later this year Utah’s job growth rate will be around its yearly average of 3.0 percent.”

Duchesne County Pursues Creation Of Pioneer Special Service District

Duchesne County has started the process to establish a new Special Service District. On June 6th, the Duchesne County Commission adopted a resolution declaring the need to establish the Pioneer Special Service District to provide services including water, sewerage, drainage, flood control, and street lighting, among other possible things. If created, then taxes could be assessed on the benefitting properties. The boundaries and service area of the proposed District include certain properties on both sides of Highway 40 and immediately west of Sand Wash Road. The public hearing to determine whether the District will be created will be held on July 18th at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Duchesne County Administration Building. After the public hearing and 60-day protest period closes, the Board of County Commissioners will adopt a resolution either establishing the District, amending the District or abandoning the establishment of the District.

New Employment Report From Workforce Services

The Department of Workforce Services has released an updated employment report. Utah’s job count for May reached 1,662,300. Duchesne County’s employment level reached 8,094 in May while Daggett County registered at 484 and Uintah County at 12,954. That’s an increase in all three counties from the month before. “Utah’s economic performance continues to push along at a strong pace,” shares Mark Knold, Chief Economist at the Department of Workforce Services. “The unemployment rate remains at an historically low level, and job growth is still one of the nation’s best.” Unemployment data, including county reports, will be released this week.

K & K Sanitation Sponsoring UBTech Scholarship For Single Fathers

UBTech now has a scholarship specifically for single fathers thanks to the generosity of a local business. For 45 years K&K Sanitation, Inc. has been hauling trash away from homes and businesses in Duchesne County and Western Uintah County. Brothers, Mark and Elvin Kettle, started the business after they finished their uncle Carl Betts’ waste management contract with Roosevelt City. In 1998 entirely on their own, they constructed their office building in Ballard where K & K Sanitation headquarters are now located. Current company owners, Mark, Meredith and Marlene Kettle (Elvin passed away in 2015), have announced a partnership with Uintah Basin Technical College to offer the K & K Sanitation Scholarship that will be available for single fathers attending automotive, diesel, CDL, welding, or business programs at UBTech. “We just wanted to help,” shares Mark Kettle. “Let’s help someone find a trade and provide some extra financial assistance.”

Duchesne County To Consider Amendments To General Plan; Seek Public Input

Duchesne County is preparing to consider amendments to its general plan and public hearings are coming up. The announcement shares that this is in response to state requirements to update the county resource management plan to address access to public lands, renewable energy, critical minerals and rare earth elements, utility corridors, and pipelines and infrastructure. The public is invited to review and comment on the draft general plan amendments available from the Community Development Department and on the Duchesne County website. The first public hearing is scheduled for July 6th at 5pm at the joint meeting of the Duchesne County Planning Commission and the Public Lands Committee. The second public hearing will take place July 18th at 1:30pm at the Duchesne County Commission meeting. For more information, call 435-738-1151.

Duchesne County Judge Declares Mistrial In Case Of Duchesne County Nurse Accused of Negligent Homicide

The judge called a mistrial on Thursday in the case of the Duchesne County Jail nurse, Jana Clyde, charged with negligent homicide in the 2016 death of 21-year-old inmate Madison Jensen. The jury trial began on June 8th in 8th District Court in Duchesne. The case was turned over to the jury on June 15th and less than 24 hours later the jury announced they were in a deadlock and the judge called the mistrial. After court on Thursday, Madison Jensen’s father, Jared Jensen, shared that they will move forward to pursue another trial date. The prosecution’s attorney actually had a death in the family the day before the jury trial started and had to leave. Thankfully, help came from the Attorney General’s Office but Jensen is eager for another trial with the prosecutor that has been working on this case for nearly 6 years. Jensen said that their hope is that if they win the case, it will save lives in jails across the country and nurses will not have immunity if they do not live up to their hippocratic oath.

CIB Restructure Means Additional Uintah Basin Representation On Board

The Uintah Basin now has additional representation on the Community Impact Board (CIB) thanks to Senator Winterton’s Senate Bill 111 which was signed into law in March. Governor Cox and the Utah Senate announced the CIB restructure on Wednesday. Duchesne County Commissioner Greg Todd was appointed to serve a 4 year term to represent Duchesne County on the Community Impact Board. Naples City Mayor Dean Baker will continue to represent Uintah County and Daggett County Commissioner Jack Lytle will continue to represent the Uintah Basin Association of Governments. Having this representation on the board will help ensure the needs of northeastern Utah are not overlooked as the CIB governs the state’s mineral lease revenue for minerals extracted on federal lands. Commissioner Todd shared that in 2022 the CIB has administered nearly 46 million dollars in grants and approximately 60 million dollars in low interest loans to cities and counties throughout the state impacted by energy production. "Having one more voice on the CIB board from the Uintah Basin is great news for the citizens of Duchesne County and the Uintah Basin," shares Todd, who adds that he “is anxious to get started.”

Meet The Candidate: Incumbent Duchesne County Clerk/Auditor JoAnn Evans

Evans Family Media is providing the opportunity to get educated ahead of the upcoming primary election through the Meet The Candidate Radio Series. JoAnn Evans, who is the incumbent Clerk/Auditor for Duchesne County, was the guest on the June 10th program. Evans has served as the Duchesne County Clerk/Auditor for 7 ½ years and is seeking reelection. The interview covered many topics, including the 2019 IRS Audit, mineral lease funds and utilizing grants, ensuring secure elections and some past issues with ballots, managing charitable events and funds, and her take on public relations. Evans emphasized that the employees in the Clerk/Auditor Office work as a team and are a great help to the public. To listen to the interview, visit and click on ‘Meet the Candidate’ under the Community tab. Continue to tune in to the Meet the Candidate Radio Series on Newstalk KVEL AM920 104.5 FM every weekday at 5:00pm leading up to the primary election on June 28th. Finally, before you cast your vote, remember, informed voters elect competent civic leaders.