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Deputy Kori Reed Named Duchesne County Employee of the Month

Duchesne County Deputy Kori Reed was honored for his service to Duchesne County and the sheriff's office at this week’s County Commission meeting. The Sheriff’s Office shares that Reed began working for Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office in May of 2019 as a reserve Corrections officer. In November 2020, Kori hired on with the Jail as a full-time corrections officer. In his short time with the County, Kori has effectively learned, understood, and implemented the policies and procedures of Duchesne County Jail. In a recent critical incident in the Jail, Kori handled the situation with bravery as well as exhibited critical thinking skills under great stress. He has been an example to others and his positive attitude and kindness is something to be admired. He is well-liked and respected by his peers, is punctual and dependable; and willing to work for others when called upon. Congratulations Deputy Kori Reed on being named Duchesne County’s Employee of the Month!
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EPA reaches settlement with landowners in Duchesne County, Utah to restore Duchesne River and floodplain on Uintah and Ouray Reservation

Karl and David Lamb to restore portions of the Duchesne River and floodplain impacted by unpermitted construction activities. Duchesne County, Utah – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with Karl and David Lamb to remedy environmental impacts associated with alleged Clean Water Act (CWA) violations in Duchesne County, Utah. The Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) between EPA and the Lambs remedies unpermitted dredge and fill activities, and associated discharges, to the Duchesne River and its adjacent floodplain on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation.
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Duchesne County Sheriff’s Department seeks name for new K-9

DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah, June 7, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — The Duchesne County Sheriff’s Department is adding a new dog to its K-19 unit. “Deputy Ryan Bastian will be her handler,” says a Facebook post by the proud new owners. “This little girl is a German shorthair and just under 2 years old.”
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Duchesne County Sheriff Requesting Name Suggestions for New K-9

The Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office wants to hear from you with the chance to earn bragging rights and a fun prize. The Sheriff’s Office announced Monday evening that Sheriff Travis Tucker is adding a new dog to their K-9 unit but this special officer still needs a name. “Deputy Ryan Bastian will be her handler,” shares the Sheriff’s Office. “This little girl is a German Shorthair and just under 2 years old. She is from Slovakia and will be trained as a tracking and bomb dog to enhance our K-9 Task Force.” Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in naming this new member of their team. Name suggestions can be submitted through their Facebook page on the June 7th post. “The individual whose name is chosen will win all bragging rights and a nice new tumbler with this beautiful K-9's picture on it. Everyone's participation in the naming of our K-9 is greatly appreciated.”
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Trail Closures in High Uintas Wilderness Area

The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service has ordered temporary trail closures in the High Uintas Wilderness Area of Ashley National Forest. “Several trails accessing the High Uintas Wilderness Area are closed due to safety hazards from snags and deadfall as a result of the East Fork Fire,” shares Ashley National Forest. The East Fork Fire started last August about 13 miles north of Hanna near the Upper Stillwater Reservoir in Duchesne County. The trail closures include: Lake Fork Trail from the trailhead to the junction of the Highline Trail; Brown Duck Basin Trail from the trailhead to the junction with Forest Service Trail 123; 123 from the southern junction with 062 to the northern junction with 062; Rock Creek Trail from the wilderness boundary to the junction with the Highline Trail; 071 from the junction with 069 to the junction with the Highline Trail; and Fish Creek Trail. The only exception to the closure order is those with special use authorization.
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Duchesne County School Board Vote in Two New Members

Vacancies on the Duchesne County School District Board of Education have been filled. According to a Wednesday press release, the Board of Education of the Duchesne County School District met Tuesday night in a special meeting to appoint two individuals to fill the recently vacated seats in Districts One and Two. In an open meeting, seven candidates shared their interests in serving as board members, discussed their long-term focus for the board, and related their understanding of a board member’s role. At the conclusion of the meeting, the board voted unanimously to appoint Tony Smith to fill the seat in District One and Gary Nelson to fill the seat in District Two. Both Tony and Gary will be sworn into office during the next board meeting, held on June 10th at 7:00 pm. This meeting will take place at the district office and is open to the public.
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Free Summer Meal Programs Start Next Week

The Free Summer Meal programs are starting up next week for local school districts. The Duchesne County School District program will run from June 1st to July 30th. “Families can stop by to pick up that day's lunch and breakfast for the following morning. Meals will be free for all kids ages 1 to 18. Meals will only be available during scheduled serving times... Please note that all meal pickup sites will be closed on July 5th.” Uintah School District’s Free Summer Lunch program will run June 2nd through July 22nd. It will be curbside pickup Monday through Friday at Ashley Elementary and Naples Elementary and Monday through Thursday at Uintah River High School, Richardson Park, and the community parks of Lapoint, Tridell, Whiterocks, and Randlett. Free meals will be served to all youth 18 years old and younger.
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Duchesne County Road Department Gives Update on Bridge in Lower Red Creek

The Duchesne County Road Department Director Ben Henderson provided an update during a Duchesne County Commission meeting this month on existing projects and upcoming work. According to the meeting minutes, crews have installed the new bridge in the Lower Red Creek area, Camelot, and are now working on the blind corner located in the same area. Rock will be utilized from the blind corner into the new bridge for support. After the bridge was set, crews worked to build the road up. It was planned that crews would let the road settle before paving. The number of culverts that have been replaced or removed on East River Road were discussed. There have been 53 trenches involved; 19 abandoned, 13 replaced, and 21 reset.
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Duchesne County Volunteer Program Aims to Promote Volunteerism in County

One of the best ways to forget about your own problems is to get out and serve others and Duchesne County has plenty of ways to get started. The Duchesne County Volunteer Program has opportunities for anyone willing to help enhance the community. “From the Annual County Fair to the Victim Advocates Program or Library, you may be eligible to contribute your time and talents to aid in serving our citizens. Please complete our Volunteer Application and return it to the Human Resources department to become an approved Duchesne County Volunteer! Volunteer Applications are available for the Duchesne County Fair, Duchesne County Library System, Victim Advocates Program, Dedicated Hunter Program, and General Volunteer Application. more information on how you can get involved contact Human Resources.
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Duchesne County Sheriff reports jail inmate death believed to be suicide

DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah, May 22, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — An inmate at Duchesne County Jail died Friday after apparently taking his own life, officials said. Duchesne County Sheriff Travis L. Tucker issued a press release Saturday on Facebook, stating that “inmate John Mooney was found lifeless in his cell from what appears to be self-inflicted injuries” at approximately 7 p.m. Friday. Life-saving measures were unsuccessful, the press release said.
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Duchesne County Sheriff: Inmate Found Deceased

Duchesne County Sheriff Travis Tucker issued a press release on May 22nd reporting that on May 21st, at approximately 7:00 pm, inmate John Mooney was found lifeless in his cell from what appeared to be self-inflicted injuries. Life saving measures were unsuccessful and he passed away. John was a 54-year-old Duchesne County resident who was booked into the Jail on April 30th. The Utah State Bureau of Investigation were called and are investigating the death. John Mooney’s next-of-kin have been notified. The Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office sends their condolences to his family and loved ones.
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Duchesne County Fair Legendary Cowboy 2021

The 2021 Duchesne County Fair Legendary Cowboy is Gary Goodrich. Goodrich was born in 1938 and has called Bluebell home his entire life. He married Nonalee Holgate in 1957 and the pair have been married for over 62 years, having raised 6 kids. “The country life has been good for me,” shares Gary. “I always had a horse to ride, and a dog to play with. Always some adventure just around the corner.” Rodeo was a big part of those adventures. In 1965, Gary had the opportunity along with Rhett Searle, to judge the Horsemanship Competition for the Utah State High School Rodeo Queen Contest. This was the first Utah State Finals Rodeo and it was held in Vernal. He also spent years over the Duchesne County Fair Rodeo. “I have been involved with horses and livestock all my life,” shares Gary. “...This has been a family affair. It’s a life that bonds families together.” Congratulations Gary Goodrich on the well deserved recognition as the 2021 Legendary Cowboy.