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Postal Customer PRSRT STD US Postage PAID Permit #12 Uintah Basin Standard Shopper Vol. 44 No. 7

February 13, 2018

DiD You Notice? SINCE WE FIRST STARTED TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE FINANCIAL IRRESPONSIBILITY OF THE UINTAH SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION AND ADMINISTRATION HAS ANYTHING CHANGED IN THE UINTAH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT? PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING ITEMS: • What justifiable reason do they still have to reinstate property taxes of a 16.6 % increase above the prior year? This money is for Capital Projects, which can only be used for new buildings, and major re-construction.  Our schools are still approximately 25% vacant. ACCORDING TO THE UTAH STATE TAx COMMISSION, PROPERTY TAx DIVISION, THE TAx LEVY FOR UINTAH COUNTY FOR THE TAx YEAR 2016-2017 IS MORE THAN DOUBLE THE STATE OF UTAH AVERAGE LEVIES. This is before they raised the additional 16.6% mentioned above, which won’t show up until next year’s statistics, costing us a projected additional $3,500,000. • THE TEACHERS IN THE UINTAH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT ARE STILL THE LOWEST PAID TEACHERS IN THE STATE OF UTAH. • The Uintah County School District obviously decided it would be in their best interest to spend more of the Uintah County School District tax payer dollars to hire a “Professional Public Relations Firm”, Geoff Liesik Communications, Inc. to assist in changing their image through a PROPAGANDA MACHINE rather than just starting to fix what needs done. • They started a blitz campaign to redress, cover up and put lipstick on their problems in the Vernal Express, trying to camouflage and divert our attention from the facts we are pleading with them to review and change.

We NeeD YouR HeLP! • Every citizen of Uintah County should be informed of the monthly school board meeting and their agenda. Citizens have the right to voice their concerns and opinions at these meetings. In their last meeting, all the items that were acted on were grouped together and presented as a “CONSENT CALENDAR”.  There were twelve items on the list to discuss, based on their agenda.  The last one on the list was the presentation of the annual audit of the Uintah County School District.  This would give us a report on how the School Board spent our $80,000,000!!!  I assumed from the agenda that there would be a presentation of the audit, as has been the case for decades.  NOT SO!  

Without disclosing in the meeting what was on the “CONSENT CALENDAR”: • They made a motion to approve all actions and items on the “CONSENT CALENDER”. • They got a second and passed the “CONSENT CALENDAR”, • Passed the “CONSENT CALENDAR” without comment and without allowing public comment of any kind.

WHAT A PHONEY PUBLIC MEETING!!! TALK ABOUT A SECRET SOCIETY THEY HAVE IT PERFECTED.

THE PEOPLE OF THIS COMMUNITY HAVE ALWAYS SUPPORTED EDUCATION. WE ARE THE ORIGINAL “TEAM UINTAH”, WHICH INCLUDES THOSE GREAT CITIZENS THAT ALLOWED THEM TO USE THEIR PICTURES TO BENEFIT THEIR PROPAGANDA, “NOT THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE CONTROLLING VOTE OF THE UINTAH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT”. WE JUST WANT ACCOUNTABILITY FOR FUNDS THAT HAVE BEEN ENTRUSTED TO THE UINTAH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD! PLEASE SPARE US THE PROPAGANDA FAN FAIR AND ITS RELATED COST.

• HOW MUCH SHOULD THE VERY BEST EDUCATION COST FOR OUR STUDENTS? The Uintah School District budget is $80,000,000 per year. According to the last audit, this is for 6,764 students.  The current budget forecast raises $11,827.32 per student.  Close to, if not the highest per student cost in the State of Utah. If our students aren’t getting the greatest education and testing accordingly, it isn’t for lack of money. Therefore, IT WOULD ONLY SEEM REASONABLE that we must look to the three controlling voting board members and the Administration, for the “EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN”. The community is on board with our motto “TEAM UINTAH”; would the controlling voting board members and the administration please join in with the motto and give us results for the money you already have at your discretion. There are financial professionals in The State of Utah that we can engage to help the District Administration and Board Members at no cost to the District (OR WE THE TAxPAYERS) to assist in it’s financial management decisions. My offer to pay these expenses still stands--all with the “UNITED COMMON EFFORT TO EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN” in mind. Call me at 828-7400 if you are interested and we will be happy to get the process in motion. BY: JAMES G. DROLLINGER, CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT (RETIRED), CONCERNED CITIZEN AND UINTAH COUNTY PROPERTY OwNER


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The Penstemon grahamii (above), or as it is known by its common name of Uinta Basin beardtongue and Graham’s beardtongue, is a species of flowering plant that is present in the Uintah Basin. It is native to Utah and Colorado in the United States and was placed under conservation in 2014.

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At a nearly three hour meeting last Monday afternoon during the weekly Uintah County Commissioner meeting, the commissioners were presented with a plea for help resolving a issue two landowners have with a conservation agreement. A pair of private land owners requested to be removed from a conservation overlay zone they claim is inhibiting them from selling their properties. The commission was presented with a history of the land and the owners complaint about the Penstemon Conservation Agreement Overlay Zone, which was put into place in the county on Sep. 22, 2014. When the agreement was first put in place, it was looked upon as one of the first of its kind to prevent a formal listing under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) through local government protections and voluntary conservation efforts by private landowners. Now, some of those landowners are claiming the conservation efforts were not all voluntary, according to the landowners attorney. The 15-year agreement established nearly 45,000 acres

of conservation areas on federal, state, and private lands, including five White River beardtongue core population areas on private property that would not have been assured protection under an ESA listing. It’s easy to get lost in the details of the conservation overlay agreement, which was put together with the help of several federal and interstate agencies. Two Penstemon species are protected from almost all things including grazing, and oil shale extraction. A conservation team was put in place when the original agreement was implemented in 2014. Part of the agreement put in place was that the conservation overlay zones would be reviewed every one to three years after it was put in place. “Under the conservation agreement, there can be modifications for the zones.” Uintah County Attorney, Jonathan Stearmer said. “What’s on private grounds is only parts of the puzzle because there are conservation areas on school institutional trust property and BLM property as well, so it’s just one piece of a much bigger puzzle.” The two species of penstemon are not officially listed as an endangered species, and individual zones SEE CONSERVATION on Page 8

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Kevin Van Tassell Dear Friends and Neighbors, The second week of the 2018 Legislative Session is in the books! While a total of 21 bills have passed through the legislature, committee agendas and reading calendars are filling up with bills in a hurry. Meanwhile, appropriations committees are finalizing the base budgets and will begin working on the overall budget for the state. There were a number of interesting events on the Senate floor this week. On Monday the legislature considered a bill to put a statue of Martha Hughes Cannon in the U.S. Capitol. Many legislators wore yellow roses in support of the resolution but all praised Martha as a trailblazing pioneer. We also celebrated our military this week. The Senate held special flag etiquette training from Master Sargeant Lowry and then heard from three-Star General Lee K. Levy. He ended his motivational remarks on the Senate floor by saying, “Thank you airmen. Aim High. Fly, fight, and win.”

Overall, we have had a productive and busy week. While there have been many issues and bills discussed by the legislature, below you will find a few of the more notable issues from this week. Thank you for your interest in our legislative process. Week 2 Top Issues Martha Hughes Cannon

Each state in our nation is permitted to send two statues of Utahns to reside in the U.S. Capitol. Currently, Utah has statues of Brigham Young, who lead the early pioneers to settle in Utah and Philo T Farnsworth, who helped further early television technology. SCR 1 seeks to bring our statue of Philo back to Utah and to replace him with a statue of Martha Hughes Cannon, the first female in the country to be elected as a state senator. This resolution sparked a lively debate on the Senate floor this week with supporters of the bill donning yellow flowers, a symbol of the early women’s suffrage movement. The debate focused on the positive influence both Philo and Martha have had on Utahns. Ultimately, the resolution passed on the final reading in the senate 21-7. End 90 Day Wait for Divorce

In Utah we value marriage, so when any legislation dealing with marriage or divorce comes up, there is always thorough debate. This week we debated SB 25, Divorce Process Amendments, which eliminates the 90 day waiting period before a couple can divorce. Those in support of this bill noted that there is no statistical significance in divorce rates in states with waiting periods versus states without waiting periods. Currently, the law is ambiguous in when a judge may offer a waiver to the waiting period, which results in inconsistencies in execution of the law. Those against this bill were concerned about the message it sends to make it easier to divorce. This was per-

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BY ORDER OF THE DIRECTORS, AL HUNTING, Secretary, Ashley Valley Reservoir Company. Published in the Vernal Express, January 30, February 6, and 13, 2018.

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LEY CENTRAL CANAL COMPANY The annual meeting of the Ashley Central Canal Company will be held Wednesday March 7th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in a meeting room at the Western Park, 302 East 200 South, Vernal, Utah. The Annual Report will be presented to the

stockholders along with a Financial Statement covering the 2017 expenditures. Business will include the election of one threeyear Director and a vote will be taken on piping a section of the Canal. The meeting will follow an agenda as set by the Board of Directors. BY ORDER OF THE DIRECTORS, Cody Jenkins, Secretary, Ashley Central Canal Company.

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There’s a sign that hangs in Elizabeth Peterson’s class that reads, “If I couldn’t fail I would...” The students in her class have completely filled the sign with all the things they would aspire to do if they knew they couldn’t fail. One student wrote that they would swim to the bottom of the ocean. Another wrote they would be an army general, and another wrote they would ride a dolphin. Some of them are funny, but a big part of Mrs. Peterson’s fiveclass rules is don’t be afraid to make

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Mrs. Peterson’s third grade class at Lapoint Elementary makes ultraviolet bracelets as part of Project Lead the Way at Lapoint Elementary School on February 1. The bracelets changed colors when exposed to ultraviolet rays. The students were able to witness a visual representation of something that cannot be seen with the naked eye. mistakes. She wants her students to learn from their mistakes and not to be afraid

of them. “That’s how a lot of our inventions have been created, because

of mistakes somebody made,” Peterson said. “I tell them, it’s ok to make a mistake in

planning and zoning commission who were on the commission when the conservation overlay zones were put into place in Uintah County four years ago, and there are no commissioners who currently are on the county commission who were a part of the original agreement. All of this may seem a little overboard considering personal property cannot be used for many uses because of some flowers. “From the prior administrations until

now, they have been very aware in trying to protect the rights of private property owners through this process, understanding that private property in the areas are surrounded by a sea of federal land,” Stearmer said. “When you have severe restrictions on federal land, that can negatively impact private ground if they need access for a power line, or an air permit, or something like that. The county has gone to great lengths to reach out

to private landowners to make sure they are aware of what is going on.” The county has consistently treated it as their responsibility to protect private property because there is so little of it, according to Stearmer. “All the county needs to do is to carry out its responsibility to take this, if it chooses to, to the conservation team,” attorney for the two landowners, Gayle McKeachine said before the commission.

here.” Another thing the students are encouraged to do is to always ask questions and to use their creativity. “We try to teach them that it’s ok to ask questions,” Peterson said. Mrs. Peterson is the teacher that heads up Project Lead the Way at Lapoint Elementary. She teaches all the student in the school, grades one through five throughout the course of the week. Project Lead the Way is a relatively new project the school first implemented at the beginning of the school year.

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McKeachine also said he has personally been made aware that there are other areas, since the agreement, that have been found with the penstemon species that are not apart of the zones. The county commissioners ultimately decided to table the request by the two private landowners to remove their properties from the conservation overlay zone and will make a decision on the matter in the coming weeks.

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haps our tightest vote of the session, but it did pass out of the Senate 16-10 and will now be considered by the House. Transportation Governance Utah is expected to double in population within the next 50 years. This knowledge and a desire to plan for our future is motivating many of our bills this year. SB 136, Transportation Governance, seeks to create foundational changes to better prepare for the future growth in our state as it relates to transit. Notably this bill will restructure the governance of the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), enhance the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) governance, create a new fund for transportation and modify some of the funding sources, as well as allow for statewide planning for transportation through UDOT. This bill is assigned to the Senate Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy and Technology Committee. Streamlined Voter Registration The right to vote

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son begins the lesson of the day, which is constructing a bracelet with beads that change colors when exposed to ultraviolet rays. It’s a complex process explaining invisible rays to a group of young children. The students watch as Mrs. Peterson shines a UV flashlight onto the beads, changing the colors of the bracelets to the collective bewilderment of the group of third grade students. The children race back to their seats to draw the colors their bracelets changed once they were metamorphosed by invisible rays. The students laugh and enjoy what they’re learning, apparent by the huge grins spread across their faces. Tomorrow they will take the bracelets outside and see how the sun has the same effect on the bracelets as the UV flashlights. Some of the students hold their bracelets up to the window to get a sneak peek, but the ensuing bell signals an end to the day.

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goals of the project is to help children use the right side of their brains, the side of the brain associated with creativity and problem-solving. “The Arts access the right side of your brain, the creative part,” Atkin said. “Reading to where you’re fluent and you can sound out words and math facts, and all that stuff, that’s the left side. To be creative, we can comprehend text and we can solve problems. That’s why we put it together (Project Lead the Way).” The bell rings, signaling the end of one period and the beginning of another as third-grade students begin to arrive in Mrs. Peterson’s class. It’s near the end of the day and students and teachers alike are beginning to show signs of the day’s fatigue. Mrs. Peterson starts the class off by having the students read directions projected onto the board. They all gather round as Mrs. Peter-

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out,” he says, “I was just amazed at how big he was. It was pretty epic.” That fish, a 30.5inch splake, is Utah’s new catch-and-release record for the species. The Division of Wildlife Resources made the new record official on Jan. 24. It supersedes the previous catch-and-release record for splake, a 29inch fish that was also caught and released at Joes Valley Reservoir

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USU Professor Patents New Heart Rate Estimation Technology Submitted LOGAN, UTAH— Researchers at Utah State University don’t need an Apple Watch or stethoscope to measure your heartbeat. They only need a video camera.

Professor of electrical engineering Jake Gunther and his former student Nate Ruben are the inventors of a USU-patented technology that estimates heart rate using a video camera and t specialized software. e , “When your heart circulates blood through your arteries and n veins, the light absorbed by your skin 5 changes by measur. able amounts,” says g Gunther. “You can’t see it with the naked e eye, but when our s system processes the images from a camera, the changes are y obvious.”

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Video cameras record images in values of red, green and blue. The green channel provides information that makes heart rate estimation possible. “Hemoglobin in the blood has an absorption peak for green light,” said Gunther. “So when the heart pushes blood into arteries near the skin, more green light is absorbed and less is reflected. This means we see fewer green values in the images from the camera.” The system processes the color data and computes an average over regions of the image where skin is visible on the face, neck or arms. This contact-less monitoring system could revolutionize medical equipment and consumer products including baby monitors and exercise gear. A future version of

the inventors’ design could even replace hospital tools that monitor blood pressure or blood oxygen levels. “The operation of our system is similar to a pulse oximeter,” said co-inventor and USU alumnus Nate Ruben. “But instead of looking at the light transmitted through skin tissue, we’re looking at the light being reflected from it.” The idea for the heart rate estimation technology came when Ruben and his wife had their first child in 2012. Like most new mothers, Ruben’s wife constantly checked on the child as he slept. All those trips to the crib gave Ruben an idea: make a better baby monitor. At the time, he was experimenting with a similar concept that used webcams to es-

timate heartbeat. But the technology faced a hurdle: sleeping infants don’t hold still, meaning the camera captured competing signals due to motion. Ruben and Gunther, however, say they’ve developed a way to extract the signals they need. “We have a technique that allows us to separate those fine details,” said Gunther. “We’ve done this, we’ve pulled it off.” The inventors are expanding their patented technology with the creation of a new company called Photorithm Inc. Gunther and Ruben are also developing a new baby monitor system called Smartbeat that uses similar software to detect breathing in a sleeping infant. They say the technology will be a game changer.

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Roosevelt Police Department asks for public’s help for information in December burglary case by Ryan Collins rcollins@ubmedia.biz

The Roosevelt Police Department is asking the public for help identifying a suspect in connection with a Dec. 15, 2017, burglary of a Utah State Liquor Store in Roosevelt. Camera footage of the suspect, taken at approximately 4:20 a.m. the morning of Dec. 15, shows the suspect in a gray hooded sweatshirt inside the liquor store. The suspect is shown in three videos on the Roosevelt Police Departments Facebook page over the course of two minutes, moving about the store while in the process of burglarizing the State Liquor Store. According to Roosevelt Police Chief, Rick Harrison, the suspect was able to get away with a “Fair amount of cash.” “We posted the surveillance video and we’re just hoping someone from the

public may recognize the person,” Harrison said. “Somebody broke in the back door, the alley door, and entered. There’s a drop-box they use for money and it hadn’t been emptied in a while, so it had a fair amount of money in it. They broke that open and took the cash.” The total amount of money the suspect was able to get away with has not been officially released yet. According to the manager of the Roosevelt Liquor Agency, Katrian Gurr, she estimates that the suspect or suspects were able to make away with somewhere in the vicinity of $20,000. Gurr was the first to discover that a burglary had occurred when she arrived for her daily shift the morning of Dec. 15. “I came in Saturday morning to open up the store and I came in and found money on the floor,” Gurr said. “At first I kind of just dismissed it in

my mind that the clerk the night before must have been in a hurry.” After finding liquor bottles on the floor in the back room, Gurr knew that something was not right with the situation. “I looked up and our middle drop-box was pried open,” Gurr said. “Then I realized and it started to connect something is wrong.” Gurr suddenly became keenly aware of the fact the store had been burglarized all at once, and that the perpetrator may still be in the building with her. That’s when Gurr walked calmly outside and made the call to the Roosevelt Police Department, reporting the store had been robbed. “I instinctively pulled my phone out and called 911,” Gurr said. “I told them that I think my store has been robbed.” Officers arrived at the scene and secured the store.

“We came in and just tried to assess what was missing,” Gurr said. Gurr called the owner of the store, who resides in Salt Lake City, informing her of the robbery, along with the rest of the staff. “It still wasn’t registering that we had actually been robbed,” she said. “They got away with, what we figure is around $20,000.” A reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Anyone with information is urged to call the Roosevelt Police Department at (435) 722-2330. “If they want to remain anonymous, they can just Facebook us, or call anonymously, we don’t care either way,” Harrison said. “Any information will be helpful.” Robbing a State Liquor Agency carries with it many possible felony charges, inSEE BURGLARY on Page 15

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The Roosevelt Police Department is asking the public for any information regarding a liquor store burglary that took place on Dec. 15, 2017, at the State Liquor Store Agency in Roosevelt. The suspect (pictured above) is still at large.

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took our petty cash. They took the drop and then they went outside, and we don’t know exactly what happened out there. We can’t see with the camera, but they went out and then possibly somebody could have been with them and sent them back inside for more money.” According to Gurr, the suspect came inside and directly proceeded to the location of the petty cash. She estimates the

petty cash amount was somewhere around $800. “They knew what they were doing,” she said. No liquor was stolen from the store during the process of the burglary. Gurr believes somebody in the community has some information about the robbery. “People with that much cash on them, somebody is going to notice,” Gurr said.

trieve the petty cash. “They pried the back Continued from Page 14 door open and it’s dark in here,” she said. “It’s cluding second-degree dark in here at night. felony theft and sec- You can’t see your hand in front of your ond-degree burglary. Gurr and her fellow face when it’s dark in employees have dis- here if the sun is not cussed the possibility shining.” Gurr believes the that the burglary may perpetrator knew the have been done by somebody who knew entire layout of the the layout of the liquor store because they store. Gurr bases this went directly to the on the fact the suspect drop-box. “They came in, they went back outside, and then returned knew exactly where to back to the store to re- go,” Gurr said. “They

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