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DWR Invites Everyone to Watch the Ospreys

For a majestic outing admiring local wildlife the DWR will be holding a unique wildlife-view experience at Flaming Gorge Reservoir. On Saturday, July 16th, the DWR event will provide a chance to watch ospreys in the air and on top of their huge nests. Ospreys — sometimes called fish hawks or sea hawks — are unique birds of prey that primarily eat fish, which is why they are drawn to the Flaming Gorge area. They are the only hawk in North America that eats a diet that’s almost exclusively fish and they are very good at plucking fish out of the water. DWR Northeastern Region Conservation Outreach Manager Tonya Kieffer-Selby says, “The birds at Flaming Gorge are very active, and they can catch a fish one out of every four times they dive. That’s a great success rate. ” Ospreys often log more than 160,000 migratory miles in their lifespan and the reservoir hosts one of the largest populations in the interior part of the western U.S. The event is free and will be held next to the parking lot at the Flaming Gorge Dam visitor center from 9am to noon. Spotting scopes will be available but bringing your binoculars is encouraged as well as your own lunch, water, sunscreen and bug spray. For more information, call the DWR’s office in Vernal at 435-781-9453.
VERNAL, UT
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Vernal Theatre Grateful For Every Donation To Save Theatre Marquee

Revitalization efforts in Vernal are working to maintain the historic charm of downtown along with the upgrades. Zions Bank is a great example of this in preserving the historic brick during their major remodel. Likewise, Vernal Theatre: LIVE is working to preserve a historic landmark on their building, the theatre’s marquee. “Vernal Theatre: LIVE has welcomed thousands to downtown in the last six years,” shares the announcement. “A historic landmark of Vernal’s downtown, the theatre marquee is recognizable as an icon of the past. In restoring the theatre, work has been done inside. Now we take our work to the building front.” The theatre has secured $35,000 dollars towards the project through a Uintah County arts grant and the facade grant through Vernal City. That leaves $15,000 dollars left to be raised in order to restore the marquee and community members are stepping up to donate to the cause. A GoFundMe under the name “Save our marquee!” has been set up and every donation with community members and businesses is so very appreciated! Donations can also be made through www.vernaltheatre.com/donate or through Charitable Friends of Ashley Valley.
VERNAL, UT
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Firework Regulations

4th of July celebrations are approaching. This holiday is a wonderful way to celebrate our freedoms, flag, veterans and country. Fireworks are a common way to display our patriotism. This year, drought conditions add to the risk posed by fireworks. Vernal residents are encouraged to be wise, safe and careful when purchasing and lighting fireworks. Please use caution when lighting fireworks including staying away from dry areas and keeping a pressurized water hose nearby. The State legislature passed laws that severely limit what cities can control regarding fireworks within City limits. Fireworks are allowed this year within the unincorporated Uintah County area. There are no residential fireworks allowed on City property including within the Walking Park and the Ashley Valley Community Park. The large community fireworks show will occur on Monday, July 4th at 10pm in Ashley Valley Community Park as part of Dinosaurland Freedom Fest. Help keep our beautiful community a safe place to live and celebrate.
VERNAL, UT
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Ute Indian Tribe Issues Statement Following EPA Inspection On Reservation Land

The Ute Indian Tribe issued a statement on Wednesday in response to EPA Region 8 compliance inspections that took place on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation last week. According to the Tribe, the “EPA made no effort to secure consent from the Tribe before conducting these inspection activities on the Tribe’s lands. Furthermore, EPA refused to recognize Tribal law requiring nonmembers to procure Access Permits from the Tribe prior to entering Reservation lands… [the] EPA has not only consistently refused to work with the Tribe to obtain free, prior and informed consent for its on-Reservation enforcement actions directly and adversely impacting the Tribe, but has also refused to acknowledge the basic authority of the Tribe to require a permit for nonmember access to its Reservation lands.” The Tribe also stated that they rely on revenue from its mineral estate to fund essential government services and financial support for its membership. “These EPA inspection and enforcement actions place financial and operational burdens on the Tribe’s critical industry partners in energy development. The Tribe does not receive a dime from any fines that are imposed on its industry partners. As gas prices continue their precipitous rise throughout the country, EPA remains focused on policing oil and gas development in Indian country without meaningful tribal engagement,” shares the statement. Tribal Business Committee Chairman Shaun Chapoose stated that the EPA’s “attitude of exceptionalism” will not be tolerated by the Tribe any further.
UINTAH, UT
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Vernal PD Alerts Community On HOAX Circulating On Social Media

Imagine getting a knock on the door and having a stranger assault you. Of course that is a terrifying scenario and it was one rumored to be happening in the area. The Vernal Police Department investigated and has very good news. On Monday evening they released the following statement: “The Vernal City Police Department has been made aware of several social media posts circulating throughout our area. These posts reference an individual who has been going door to door asking for money or food and then assaulting the occupants of the home. These posts have been found to be completely fabricated and further search of the images of these supposed individuals have found they were from completely unrelated news articles from around the globe.” Vernal Police Department expressed appreciation for the concerned citizens who made them aware of these posts and were happy to report that no such incidents are taking place in the Vernal area.
VERNAL, UT
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Pickleball Family Event

July 2nd 7:30- 9 AM Central Park Free Event! Families and individuals are welcome to join us and learn how to play pickleball and children will be able to win prizes. Donations for construction of new pickleball courts will be accepted at this event.
ROOSEVELT, UT
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Pickleball Tournament (Advanced & Intermediate)

July 1st @ 6 PM Central Park Advanced and Intermediate Events. Coed divisions, 14 people max. Registration is $25 per person. Advanced Players must sign up as a team and Intermediate players sign up individually and play in a round robin format. Visit https://rooseveltcity.activityreg.com/selectactivity_t2.wcs?leaguesid=135 to register.
ROOSEVELT, UT
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Disc Golf Tournament

July 2nd 9-11 AM Constitution Park Come join us as we host a learn to disc golf event at the Roosevelt disc golf course for the entire family. Participants will learn how to toss a disc. Discs will be available to borrow or bring your own along. Each participant 18 years and under will have the opportunity to win prizes by making an Ace (hole in one) and will be entered into a raffle for prizes as well. We hope you can make it and experience the 7-hole disc golf course at constitution park!
ROOSEVELT, UT
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Willard Karl Mathisen – Cache Valley Daily

August 2, 1940 – June 25, 2022 (age 81) Willard Karl Mathisen, age 81 of Hyrum, (Utah formerly of Neola, Utah), passed away June 25, 2022 at his home surrounded by Family. Willard was born August 2nd, 1940 in Ioka Utah to Chester Louis Mathisen & Jane Esther Lemon. He grew up in Myton on the Duchesne River. He graduated from Union High School in 1958. He enlisted in the Navy in July of 1958, serving on a submarine until medically discharged in 1960. He then went to Salt Lake Trade Tech to be an Electrician. After trade school he started working in the oil field in Rangely, Colorado.
NEOLA, UT
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Volunteers Needed At The Vernal Food Pantry

If you have a desire to serve the community a fellow volunteer has a suggestion. Kathy Green has been serving at the Ashley Valley Food Pantry and as she puts it, “As a 66 year young woman I love volunteering at the food pantry BUT my doctor says that I have to cut my hours back so I am asking the wonderful people of Vernal to please step up and help. Just one day a month will do wonders for you and the pantry.” The Uintah Basin Association of Governments currently operates four food pantries in the Tri-County area. The Tri-County Food Pantries are: Westside Food Pantry, Duchesne County Food Pantry, Ashley Valley Food Pantry, and the Flaming Gorge County Food Pantry. Nearly 85% of those that use the pantries are employed, but are considered working class poor, while the remaining individuals are disabled or on a fixed income. Ways to help aside from volunteering include donating canned food or donating food from your garden as part of a new UBAOG initiative ‘grow a row, give a row’. Visit www.ubaog.org for contact info.
VERNAL, UT
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Vernal’s Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo Coming Up Next Week

Vernal’s Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo is coming up next week. Thursday, July 7th is Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night; Friday, July 8th is Western Legacy Night; and Friday, July 9th is Patriot Night. Each night of the rodeo will have Cowboy Kenny's Steel Rodeo as the grand finale to the rodeo performance. Kenny Bartram is the best high-flying freestyle motocross action to rodeo audiences across the country! He has won 10 medals at the X Games and Gravity Games, and 7 World Championships including the Van’s Triple Crown and Dew Tours. He continues to fly more than 75 feet with incredible tricks and maneuvers in the air on his dirt bike at rodeos and other community events across the country. Visit www.vernalrodeo.com for all the event details!
VERNAL, UT
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FIELD OF FLAGS

The field of flags return to the Walking Park on Tuesday, June 28th. Flags will be displayed until Tuesday, July 5th. Thank you veterans for protecting our freedoms! Visit dinosaurlandfreedomfest.com for more information or to donate a ribbon.
VERNAL, UT
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Library Story Time

Children with their parents or caregivers are invited to attend weekly story time at the library. Along with multiple stories read aloud, a craft or activity is also provided each week. The stories and activities are the same for each set of 4 story times each week.
ROOSEVELT, UT
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Naples City Police Chief dies unexpectedly in his home

UINTAH COUNTY, Utah — Authorities say the Naples City Police Chief has unexpectedly died after suffering a “fatal medical event” on Saturday. Andrew Cox was just 47-years-old when he was found unresponsive inside his home, according to officials with the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office. He was...
UINTAH COUNTY, UT
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Phyllis Andrews Obituary (1938 – 2022) – Vernal, UT

Phyllis A. Andrews was born in Price, Utah on November 22, 1938 to Rell Anderson and Lois Alger. She passed away surrounded by family on June 18, 2022. She spent most of her childhood in Sunnyside, Utah. She graduated from Carbon High School at Price in 1957. She attended Daryl’s College of Beauty in Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated in 1959.
VERNAL, UT
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40-year-old driver killed in Uintah County crash near Naples

NAPLES, Utah, June 23, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — A 40-year-old man is dead after a single-car crash near this Uintah County town. The man lost control of his silver Honda Accord while traveling south on State Road 45 near milepost 33.5, according to a Utah Highway Patrol press release posted Wednesday.
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Obituary: Russell “Glenn” Holley

Glenn Holley was born in Vernal, Utah on December 13, 1948 to Lola and Russ Holley. Vernal was the fertile ground where Glenn’s love of the great outdoors began. An Eagle Scout, Glenn spent his childhood with total freedom in the frog ponds and fields. In 1964, Glenn’s Family...
PARK CITY, UT
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Library Story Time

Children with their parents or caregivers are invited to attend weekly story time at the library. Along with multiple stories read aloud, a craft or activity is also provided each week. The stories and activities are the same for each set of 4 story times each week.
ROOSEVELT, UT
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New Moonshine Arch Access Now Open

The new access to the Moonshine Arch Trail is now open. According to the UDOT announcement, the new access has been moved further north to a straight section of Highway 191. This, along with the new turn lane, has increased safety for motorists. The previous access point is now closed to traffic. Construction on the new Moonshine Arch access point started in May. The Utah Department of Transportation decided to relocate the trailhead access. The previous trailhead access road was located on a curve while the new location is on a straight section of Highway 191. The roadway was widened with a left turn being added. Please continue to watch for crews performing finishing work.
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