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City hires planning, engineering director

Modified: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
EVANSTON -- After nearly 15 months without a city planner and the recent retirement announcement by Evanston City Engineer Brian Honey, the Evanston City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Dean Barker as director of engineering and planning at Tuesday's council meeting. The position was recently created by the council, and Barker will oversee both the engineering and planning departments.

School board holds more closed meetings; Robotics team wins state

Posted: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
EVANSTON -- The board for Uinta County School District No. 1 has had increasingly long sessions behind closed doors; this meeting had two such sessions, adding up to nearly two hours of closed discussion about personnel and potential litigation.
This was also the second consecutive meeting approaching the four-hour mark.
Superintendent Ryan Thomas began by asking to remove

Mental health, obesity major local concerns

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017
EVANSTON -- Uinta County's leading health problems are still up for debate.
Wednesday, March 15, brought another Planned Approach to Community Health meeting (PATCH), where people interested in or involved in health brainstormed together about Evanston's needs.
This month's attendance, about 40 people, was almost doubled from February's meeting. People from various healthcare providers, from mental health to

Potholes plague Evanston; city works through rough patches

Posted: Monday, Mar 20th, 2017
EVANSTON -- "I'm melting!" the wicked winter of the West screeched as all traces of her reign dwindled into roadside dirt, potholes and spring runoff.
Potholes have been a persistent problem in Evanston for a few weeks, especially on 2nd Street, heading toward Wal-Mart and other businesses. Drivers have been playing dodge-the-pit while the holes are only growing deeper

Are we prepared for possible flood?

Posted: Monday, Mar 20th, 2017
EVANSTON -- Warm weather may be a relief for many after a bitterly cold, snow-heavy winter, but unless a freeze-thaw pattern resumes, the snow in the mountains may melt too quickly.
With last week's consistently warm temperatures, the Blacks Fork River overflowed its banks near Granger over the weekend. On Sunday, March 12, Sweetwater County evacuated about 40 people

High-speed chase ends in arrest

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
EVANSTON -- A high-speed chase streaked from Overthrust Drive nearly to the Uintas on Thursday evening, ending in the arrest of Nichole Dawn Brown.
The pursuit lasted nearly 20 minutes, with Brown taking no fewer than eight police officers and sheriff's deputies on a mad chase through the city of Evanston and down Highway 150.
During that time, the

Uinta County Attorney: Officers didn't use excessive force in Evanston shooting

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 14th, 2017
EVANSTON -- Neither of the two Evanston police officers involved in a Feb. 24 shooting that sent a man to a Utah hospital used excessive force, according to a press release issued today by Uinta County Attorney Loretta R. Howieson.
The officers, both with Evanston Police Department, responded to Incline Drive after a report that Clifford G. Phelps II had

BLN starts new mentoring program, hires coordinator

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 14th, 2017
EVANSTON -- The Uinta County Business Leadership Network was recently granted a three-year federal grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice for Mentor Match, one of the three programs the UCBLN offers and administrates.
UCBLN Executive Director Wanda Rogers and Program Coordinator Anna Kunz said they are very excited about the grant.
The UCBLN has been around for 19

Couple defies expectations to create joyful married life together

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 14th, 2017
EVANSTON -- People with disabilities are thought to be severely limited in how they can live, but that hasn't stopped Alyse Rogers and Brent Taylor.
Alyse and Brent, both of whom have Down syndrome, have already moved to Cedar City to start their new life as man and wife. After knowing each other throughout childhood and being in love

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