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Tribe sues BLM on Fracking rule changes

Ft. Duchesne, UT - The Ute Indian Tribe (Tribe) has decided to intervene in the lawsuit challenging federal regulations that are contrary to tribal interests and will cause irreversible damage to the Tribe's economy. The Tribe, represented by its general counsel Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP, is bringing suit to challenge the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) final rule governing hydraulic fracturing on federal public lands and Indian lands (the "HF Rule").

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Monday 06/29/2015
Judge blasts detective, suppresses statement in rape case
Updated: July 01, 2015 - 11:29 am

ROOSEVELT — A judge has suppressed all statements made to police by a former nurse accused of sexually abusing a patient after finding evidence of misconduct by the Roosevelt police detective who investigated the case.

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Air Quality and Health in the Uintah Basin
Posted: June 29, 2015

Uintah Basin air quality and its impacts on fetal and infant health have lately received a great deal of attention from local and national media. I have hesitated to add my opinions about this issue to the others that have already been expressed especially because I worry that keeping the issue in the forefront will only serve to aggravate the suffering of those who have experienced stillbirth or other health problems. I hope, however, that I can provide information that helps put Uintah Basin air quality concerns in a correct light.

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Monday 06/22/2015
EPA proposes change, McKee disagrees
Posted: June 22, 2015

The five-member panel that make up the Committee on Environment and Public Works, sat before the U.S. Senate on June 3 to discuss the pros and cons of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed change in ground-level ozone as it pertains to public health.

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Public may get chance to vote on transportation tax
Updated: June 22, 2015 - 4:29 pm

With the passage of House Bill 362, Utahns will pay an extra 5 cents per gallon tax at the pump starting in January 2016. The current state tax is 24.5 cents per gallon.

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Fire burns near Dutch John
Updated: June 22, 2015 - 4:29 pm

A spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service said a forest fire was reported at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 21 about three miles southwest of Dutch John. He said the fire has been named the Memorial Fire. As of 11 p.m. Sunday night the fire continued to burn grass and timber.

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Gordon Snow appointed as finance manager on RAC
Posted: June 22, 2015

Though he has recently stepped down from the Roosevelt City Council, Gordon Snow will continue to serve Roosevelt City by acting as the finance manager on the Roosevelt Aquatic Center project.

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Judges blast Utah, 3 counties in tribal jurisdiction case
Updated: June 29, 2015 - 4:10 pm

DENVER — In an opinion issued Tuesday, three members of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals blasted the state of Utah and a trio of counties for trying to relitigate federal court rulings handed during a 40-year-old legal fight with the Ute Indian Tribe over jurisdiction.

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Aquatic Center $1.3 million over budget
Updated: June 22, 2015 - 3:38 pm

The final numbers are in on Roosevelt City’s new aquatic center, and they’re higher than the city expected--$1.3 million higher.

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Monday 06/15/2015
Zion’s Bank donates $750 to Reality Town program
Posted: June 15, 2015

Each year, junior high students in Roosevelt participate in a program called Reality Town. This program is put together by the district to show students the long term effects of their decisions and help them learn good practices in their youth.

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Vernal poisoning case may be aired on Investigation Discovery
Posted: June 15, 2015

A television production crew from Sharp Entertainment visited Vernal on Friday to interview Ed Zurbuchen and attorney John Gothard for a segment to be aired on the Investigation Discovery channel in the fall.

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SAGE results show district improving
Posted: June 15, 2015

The 2015 SAGE test results for Duchesne County School District are in, and they paint a clear picture of what's been going on in the district for the past school year.

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Police: 1 dead in Ft. Duchesne drive-by shooting Sunday
Posted: June 15, 2015

FORT DUCHESNE, Uintah County — One man died Sunday in an early morning shooting on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation.

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Monday 06/08/2015
Sunday Cedarview fire alarm
Posted: June 08, 2015

A fire starting in a camper destroyed an estimated $10,000 worth of property at the Nathan Crozier residence in Cedarview on Sunday. Property damaged included two sheds, a camper and a car. Crews responded from the Roosevelt and Neola Fire Departments. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Pictured is Michael Crozier, Nathan's father, who helped fight the blaze.

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Roosevelt cuts budget by over $1 million
Posted: June 08, 2015

In an economy that hinges on the price of oil and gas, everyone suffers when the market takes a downturn. That applies to local municipalities as well.

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Roosevelt experiences changes in staff and council
Posted: June 08, 2015

Roosevelt City has experienced drastic changes to city staff and council in recent weeks.

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Paving worker killed in collision
Posted: June 08, 2015

The driver of a Burdick Materials street sweeper was killed Wednesday, June 3, when he was hit from behind by an SUV while working in Randlett.

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Tuesday 06/02/2015
Seniors graduate
Posted: June 02, 2015

Duchesne County high schools graduated 257 seniors in four graduation ceremonies over the weekend. Duchesne High School had 44 graduates, Union High School had 158 graduates, Tabiona High School had 14 graduates and Altamont High School had 41 graduates. Here, students at Altamont High celebrated the next chapter of their lives with flying confetti.

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Gates donates land to help build new Union High
Posted: June 02, 2015

Community support for the new Union High School has been overwhelming in recent weeks, though few have done as much to help the project along as Jay Gates, a former Uintah Basin resident who now lives in Spanish Fork with his family.

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L. Tom Perry remembered as loving apostle and friend
Updated: June 02, 2015 - 2:17 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died Saturday at about 3 p.m. at his home. He was 92 years old.

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District’s 5x5 schedule gets passing grade
Posted: June 02, 2015

With the school year ending, many teachers, students and parents in Duchesne County School District are reviewing some of the changes implemented by the district this year.

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Thursday 05/28/2015
Con Amore, preschool now accredited
Updated: May 28, 2015 - 3:29 pm

It’s been a big year for two of Duchesne County School District’s special schools. Con Amore and the Duchesne County Preschool are now accredited.

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Vehicle burglars arrested in Duchesne
Updated: May 28, 2015 - 3:28 pm

Burglary counts have been on the rise in the Uintah Basin in recent weeks.

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Wednesday 05/27/2015
Veterans honored
Updated: May 28, 2015 - 3:24 pm

It was a cold, gray morning at the Tridell cemetery in Uintah County as members of American Legion Post 64, Boy Scout Troop 750, and many friends and family members gathered to honor the fallen service men and women of the Uintah Basin.

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Monday 05/18/2015
Man killed by Roosevelt officer died from shotgun wound in back
Posted: May 18, 2015

ROOSEVELT — An armed man who was shot and killed by a Roosevelt police lieutenant died from a shotgun wound to the back, according to his death certificate.

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UDOT approves stoplight near Union
Posted: May 18, 2015

After receiving numerous expressions of concern from parents and community members regarding the safety of the crosswalk between Union High School and Maverick in Roosevelt, the Utah Department of Transportation has approved the construction of a stoplight and HAWK light in the area.

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New Union High may be ready for class of 2018
Updated: May 18, 2015 - 2:05 pm

The Duchesne County School Board voted unanimously to move ahead with plans to bond for the construction of a new Union High School at their meeting on Thursday, May 14.

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Monday 05/11/2015
STRATA adds more fiber to Basin system
Updated: May 11, 2015 - 4:11 pm

An idea that started out over 60 years ago as a way to offer telephone service to Basin residents, Uintah Basin Telephone - now STRATA Networks, has taken this landline telephone service goal to include telephone in all of its present forms.

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Officer used Taser, bean bag rounds before shooting Roosevelt man, investigators say
Posted: May 11, 2015

ROOSEVELT — Officers negotiated with an armed man for nearly an hour Sunday, then tried to subdue him with a Taser and special "less-than-lethal" shotgun rounds before a Roosevelt police officer shot and killed the man, according to investigators.

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Current water levels show a dry summer coming
Posted: May 11, 2015

The Utah Natural Resources Conservation Service has released their Spring water report, and it seems to indicate a long, dry summer ahead.

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Golf course vandals may face criminal charges
Updated: May 11, 2015 - 2:51 pm

A group of minors accused of stealing golf carts and crashing them at the Roosevelt Municipal Golf Course have been apprehended.

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Over 600 UBATC students receive certificates
Posted: May 11, 2015

Graduation exercises were held for 626 UBATC students last Wednesday who represent a wide spectrum of Uintah Basin residents either wanting to further their education and career, or are looking to get started in the work force with an education.

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Monday 05/04/2015
Test results may secure funds for airport improvements
Posted: May 04, 2015

Facilities at the Roosevelt Municipal Airport will be undergoing a series of tests in the next several days that have the potential to secure big money for improvements in the future.

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VTV6 expands to new facilities
Posted: May 04, 2015

Under the umbrella corporation of STRATA, VTV6 television announced the construction of a modern, state-of-the art recording studio and offices for their station activities.

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Date set for aquatic center groundbreaking
Posted: May 04, 2015

The last of the details are being finalized on the Roosevelt Aquatic Center, and the city staff is ready to move forward on construction.

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One man dead in officer-involved shooting
Updated: May 04, 2015 - 3:42 pm

Police shot and killed a man Sunday who they say was wielding a handgun and acting erratically near the Uintah Basin Medical Center.

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Monday 04/27/2015
Sewer smell resolved in Meadowbrook
Posted: April 27, 2015

A persistent sewer smell in the Meadowbrook subdivision has been eliminated following months of work by Roosevelt City.

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USU students receive diplomas
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:59 pm

Thirty-seven students received bachelor's degrees Saturday at Utah State University-Uintah Basin Commencement Ceremonies at Vernal Middle School.

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District looks ahead on bond for new Union
Posted: April 27, 2015

The Duchesne County School District is still moving ahead with plans to bond for the new Union High School in the fall elections. No final decision will be made on the bond proceedings until June, but the Board continues to plan as if the bond is moving forward.

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DCSD approves $250,000 to purchase UBATC land
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 3:15 pm

The Duchesne County School Board voted to set aside $250,000 for the purchase of a tract of land from the Uintah Basin Applied Technology College at their meeting on Thursday, April 16. The land in question currently houses UBATC’s driving range, but with the purchase, the driving range will be moved to allow the new Union High School to be built closer to the UBATC.

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Monday 04/20/2015
Couple found dead in Fruitland
Posted: April 20, 2015

A missing Lehi couple has been found dead in Fruitland in what appears to be a murder/suicide.

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Community members help clean up city
Posted: April 20, 2015

Several orange garbage bags lined Highway 40 from 200 W. to Roosevelt City Cemetery on Saturday, thanks to members of the Roosevelt Young Single Adult Ward who came out that morning to help clean up the city. The event was part of the annual Citywide Spring Cleanup Day.

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City offers reward for arrest of vandals
Posted: April 20, 2015

A rash of vandalism has been plaguing Roosevelt City for months now. Incidents of tagging and property destruction have occurred on public and private property alike. Roosevelt City police and staff are doing their best to fight back against the problem, but will need help from the public to succeed.

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Annexation may solve sewer problems
Posted: April 20, 2015

While sewer problems are spread throughout Hancock Cove, the area most affected by high groundwater levels and failing septic tanks is the Stonegate subdivision. Residents of the neighborhood are now hoping to solve some of the sewer problems in the area by annexing into Roosevelt City.

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Friday 04/17/2015
'Remake' explores importance of family, gender and freedom
Posted: April 17, 2015

When I picked up “Remake” by Ilima Todd I was hoping for something different, what I got was much more meaningful than that.

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Tuesday 04/14/2015
Couple found dead in apparent murder-suicide
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 9:14 am

A missing Lehi couple has been found dead in Fruitland in what appears to be a murder-suicide.

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Monday 04/13/2015
Duchesne man fatally injured in gas plant accident
Updated: April 13, 2015 - 2:40 pm

A Duchesne man died Friday, April 4, one day after he was injured at a natural gas compressor station in Duchesne County, according to investigators and the man's family.

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Common Core: understanding the standards
Posted: April 13, 2015

Editor’s Note: This article is the first in a series that will attempt to explain and address Common Core Standards and their impact on Uintah Basin students. To view the complete Utah Core Standards, visit www.schools.utah.gov/core.

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Great Drama in Richfield over spring break
Posted: April 13, 2015

The 1A State Drama competition was held last weekend in Richfield Utah. Three drama departments from Duchesne county brought their best students to compete for the championship.

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Strong winds and cold front predicted for Basin
Posted: April 13, 2015

Though we may have been enjoying a few weeks of warm spring weather, the National Weather Service has issued a forecast for the coming week that promises to bring back the cold.

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