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Last week, I had the honor of helping prepare Uintah High School’s Sterling Scholars for the selection committees they are about to face. It wasn’t a difficult task, all I had to do was ask questions, listen to the scholars’ answers and critique how they did. That process, though, helped enl…

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Do you look at people with the intent of seeing what’s good about them? Is finding out what brings out the best in a person something that keeps you up at night? Or, like most Americans today – or most people throughout the world for that matter – are you the type of person who thinks everyo…

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While attending the Feb. 25 Uintah County Commissioners meeting, I was pleased when the commissioners decided to table the previously considered reduction of salaries for themselves and elected county officials.

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There are times I can still hear my Father-in-Law say, “They are jumping over dollars to pick up quarters.” A phrase, he would often use when he thought others, generally, the local or Federal Government, were making a poor financial decision that would cost more in the long run than the pro…

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On Jan. 18, State Representative Ken Ivory introduced House Bill 151, which, if passed, would allow the “operator of a vehicle at a red light on a highway with a speed limit of 55 miles per hour or lower during a time of extremely low traffic levels to proceed through the red light if the op…

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During his State of the Union address last Tuesday, President Donald Trump appeared to be channeling John F. Kennedy when he said his agenda was “not a Republican agenda or Democrat agenda, it is the agenda of the American people.” But instead of applauding that comment – instead of cheering…

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During a recent flight from Sacramento to Seattle, I was reminded that people today don’t seem to think of anyone but themselves.

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President Donald Trump announced Friday that the government will reopen for three weeks. It seems the Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement. Not a permanent one, but then nothing in Washington ever seems to be.

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The right to choose: It’s something we’ve all been given, something we’ve all been born with. We have the right to choose what we want and to reap the rewards or suffer the consequences for the choices we make. Some people, though, seem to have taken that choice to the extreme.

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Having a family that lives throughout the country has enabled my wife and me to see some of the nicer amenities that cities have in place for residents and the people who stop by for a visit. During a recent trip to Seattle, where I had the pleasure of spending a few days with my daughter, I…

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Okay. I admit it. I don’t understand young people today.

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Going through life, it’s safe to say that I haven’t always been given the easiest path to follow. Still, I know that what I have been given is far better than what many others have received. Why then must I look at the negative before the positive. Why is it that I complain about what I don’…

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On Dec. 24, 1968, one of the most watched television shows was the live broadcast of Apollo 8 as it orbited the moon. Knowing they were the first astronauts to enter lunar orbit, Bill Anders, Frank Borman and Jim Lovell celebrated by telling a captivated audience about the beauty they were w…

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A few weeks back, it was announced that the Christmas classic, “Baby it’s Cold Outside,” written by Frank Loesser in 1944­­­, was being banned by radio stations because it talked about date rape and unwelcomed sexual advances. I, for one, intend to continue to listen to the song.

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The holiday season is in full swing. Christmas concerts began last weekend. Children are practicing for starring roles in school plays and cookies are being baked throughout the Basin. What on earth is there to be sad about?

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Growing up in the 60s and 70s, I had one goal in life: All I wanted was to be old enough to leave the small, Midwestern town I grew up in so I could experience everything life had to offer. You see, I thought I was missing out – that life was passing me by.

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Kindness. Probably not a subject I should be writing about. You see, I tend to be the type of person who lets things get under my skin. The type of person who says enough is enough and then blows.

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Sitting at the VA hospital in Salt Lake City, waiting for my wife to be seen by her doctor, it’s not always easy to see the difference between a veteran and someone who hasn’t served. Veterans walk the same, when they still have both legs; talk the same, when they aren’t recovering from a tr…

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On November 6th, Utah residents will go to the polls to vote for the people and laws they feel will make the state a better place to live. One item on the ballot, proposition 2, is being argued by both sides at near record pace.

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Friday we celebrate teachers. October 5 is a day that has been set aside since 1966 to help recognize the people who work hard to help teach children what they need to know to be responsible, hardworking and productive. This year, the theme for World Teachers’ Day is "The right to education …

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The recent deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, along with five Dallas police officers, are events that darken our history--events that point to the fact that we are still a racist country.

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One of the great privileges of representing my fellow Utahns in the United States Senate is the annual opportunity to meet the exceptional young men and women from the great state of Utah who have answered the call of service by applying to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Acade…

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In this edition of the Uintah Basin Standard, Vernal Express and online at ubmedia.biz is an article highlighting the cooperative agreement between law enforcement, county officials, the state of Utah and the Ute Tribe.

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Our hearts ache as a community and a nation after the news of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday.

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            As I look back over my career in newspapers, now over 40 years, I am still amazed at the dedication that is needed to publish a weekly newspaper that is available for you to read in your home or office. And I won't stop there because today, we have evolved into a daily news servi…

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Roosevelt City Manager Ryan Snow received a ticket for running a stop sign. Shortly after, the stop sign at that corner came down.

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Last week we put a poll on our website asking if the names, pictures and addresses of registered sex offenders should be published in the paper. We were not surprised with the divide. We find people are generally not tolerant to any type of sex offender.

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We are going to name names in our editorial this week. We are going to call some people out.

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Donate, donate donate. Did we say that enough? Maybe louder. DONATE, DONATE, DONATE.

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Newspapers are staunch supporters of the first amendment. We open our pages so everyone can voice an opinion. We may not agree, but we will not silence you.

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Power to the people, get out the Vote, stand and be counted. No matter what your slogan or reasoning is for voting we could not be more proud of the residents in the Uintah Basin.

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By now you have probably seen the video of John McGraw, 78, punching protester Rakeem Jones at a Donald Trump rally in North Carolina last week. McGraw later went on record as saying he “enjoyed knocking the hell out of that big mouth. We don’t know who he is, but we know he’s not acting lik…

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The sun is out, the roads are clear and the temperatures are warming. It is that time of year when our four-wheeled modes of transportation begin sharing the road with the two-wheeled variety.

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The House Education Committee last week defeated HB 246. If your are not familiar with this bill, its purpose was to broaden the curriculum that is taught in Utah Schools as it pertains to sexual education.

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With the 2016 Utah State legislature in session Senate Bill 73, Utah's Medical Cannabis Act, has been numbered and distributed for review. The bill is sponsored by Senator Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs. If the bill were to pass and become law it would allow sick patients dealing with a han…

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I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

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It is a new year. For a lot of people the new year brings a time for change. A time for new goals and resolutions. A time to loose weight, eat better, be kinder, volunteer more or just try to live your day to day life happier.

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Don’t drink and drive. It cannot be put any other way. Just do not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking.

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