UTE NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF
May 18, 2020
Good Morning Friends & Relatives,
HOMELAND & SECURITY / EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
The State of Utah opened on May 16, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and the state moved to yellow status. With current changes in the state, the Ute Indian Tribe has not made any adjustments to rescind any actions they have previously directed by resolution. The Travel Ban for the Ute Indian Tribe is still in place and will do so until the end of the May, and the Business Committee and Emergency Management will re-evaluate our current situation before rescinding any actions. As of Today the Ute Indian Tribe has Zero cases, where Uintah County has 10 cases with 6 recovered, and Duchesne County has 9 cases, 1 hospitalization and 7 recovered. UIT Administration is working on new guidelines for employee’s safety while returning to work. New guidelines will include the following:
- Face shields will be placed in departments where social distancing is an issue for the protection of the employees.
- Employees will take their own temperatures before entering the Tribal Building or work place.
- If Employees or public are sick, they need to refrain from entering the Tribal Building.
- If you are sick and need to do business in the Tribal Center or other Tribal Department call and make arrangements to handle your business.
- Senior payments will continue to be mailed to seniors.
At this point seniors are our #1 priority. We ask that all caretakers of elders in the community to continue to wash/sanitize your hands, change clothing when returning home from being out in public places, and wear masks where social distancing is hard to maintain. This is a precaution to keep our elders safe. As Utah opens we cannot let our guard down and bring the virus home to our elders. We still have a responsibility to keep our families and relatives safe from COVID-19, so we ask you continue to take all necessary precautions in the public.
The CDC has directed Utahn’s to take precautions as we move into yellow and suggests that if you leave the State of Utah, upon returning to back to the state, it is your duty to quarantine for 14 days for the safety of the public.
Indian Health Services (IHS) will continue offering COVID-19 testing on Wednesday’s at the following times: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. You can call (435) 725-6815 to schedule an appointment. If you have not taken the test, you still have time to do so. The testing is free to Tribal membership and Tribal descendants who have charts with IHS. Please take advantage of this service and if you have left the Tri County area for any reason, you need to be tested upon returning to the Basin. In the midst of planning for changes for the Tribe returning to work, Emergency Management would like to remind all the Tribal Membership to start thinking of your gardens. It is that time of year to prepare your garden boxes to plant your fruits and vegetables. This quarantine period has been stressful for everyone mentally and physically so we recommend the following stress relievers:
- Short frequent walks
- Physical activities (hiking, nature walks, riding bikes, etc.)
- Yard work/Spring cleaning
- Gardening or planting flowers
- If you have irrigation or water ways, clean them out for better flow of water.
- Clear weeds around home, this is also a fire hazard going into fire season.
- Re-arrange or better organize your home
These are just a few suggestions to get outside your home while continuing to limit contact with public and social distancing.
Emergency Management Department is sponsoring a contest on Facebook, those who are our biggest fans on Facebook will receive a gift from the Department. We are also still spraying elderly homes upon request, you can contact Felicia Pike-Cuch (UIT Emergency Manager) at (435) 725-4891.
HIGHWAY 40 UPGRADED GUSHER UPDATE
Crews will be rebuilding the roadway next week in preparation for paving in early June.
Road Closures: 9500 east will be closed for several days starting as early as next Monday, May 18. During this time, 8700 east will be open and available as an alternate route. 9750 east is closed through June. Local traffic can use 10000 east as an alternate route.
Upcoming Paving: Phase One paving is anticipated as early as June 8. More details will be provided as the work gets closer. The speed limit has been reduced to 50 mph through the work zone during construction.
Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for further questions and concerns you can reach there line @ (855-740-8740)
UTE TRIBE FISH & WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the COVID-19 Epidemic we feel to close all Fishing in Indian Country on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation to all Non-Members of the Ute Indian Tribe. We are electing to do this in an effort to help protect the people, this includes boating and camping.
Please keep your social distancing the recommended 6 feet apart. Use mask when possible to keep from passing it along to an elder or a person who may have a compromised immune system. This does NOT mean fishing is closed to Tribal Members during the Covid-19 Epidemic, Fishing is temporarily closed to Non-Tribal Members ONLY. This is in effect as of April 6, 2020.
For any questions call there office @ (435-722-5511)
UINTAH MIDDLE SCHOOL
If you have borrowed one of Uintah Middle School’s Chromebooks, musical instruments, or library books for your student, Uintah Middle School will have a drive through return drop off.
May 20th-22nd 8AM-12PM @ UMS Bus Loading Zone (North Parking Lot Across From Ball Fields)
Please note the day you will be able to drop off your borrowed items corresponds in order to your student’s last name.
- Wednesday, May 20th Students last names that start with letters - A through H
- Thursday, May 21st Students last names that start with letters – I through Q
- Friday, May 22nd Students last names that start with letters – R though Z
-No Returns Before The 20th-If you are absolutely unable to return items during the dates or times please call there office @ (435-781-3130) Also, a quick reminder the last day for your student to turn in any work is Tuesday, May 19th. If there are any assignments, assessments or
Tests that your student still needs to complete or redo, it must be turned in on or before today
U&O I.H.S CLINIC
We at the U&O Health Center are eager to return to a more normal scope of care. Our return to normal operations will be decided by the levels of COVID-19 we find in our drive through clinic testing, recommendations from the state and local health departments, from the Phoenix Area IHS and from discussions with our Tribal Leaders. We are being a bit more cautious than the surrounding hospitals, clinics, and businesses due to the added risk factors of many of our patients and their families. We ask for your patience and understanding as we continually assess how to safely resume the care you expect from us.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW
- Drive through COVID testing will continue on Wednesdays ONLY from: 9 to 11 AM and 1 to 4 pm. Appointments are encouraged if you need a specific time.
- If you need prescription refills please call the pharmacy for your refill and then call them again when you arrive in the parking lot and they will bring your prescriptions out to your car.
- The providers are able to do many appointments over the phone, please let scheduling know if this might work for you.
- The type of appointments the clinic is scheduling is for “Care that can’t wait”.
- The Clinic has test 220 Tribal Members, all have been NEGATIVE. For any more questions contact (435-725-6861)
UTE TRIBE TRANSIT
The Ute Tribe Transit is On-Call should you have any questions or concerns regarding the Transit please call (435-823-8880)
UTE TRIBE HEALTH EDUCATION
- Anyone that is experiencing some forms of depression, anxiety, stress from isolation due to Corona Virus. Please know there are mental health resources available to help. You can call the psychologist, Dr. Mickelson at IHS and schedule an apt. the number to call is (435)722-5122
- Sal Wopsock, BC member also mentioned if anyone is needing water to contact him @ (435)725-4002
- The Business Committee would like to remind everyone that “All restrictions regarding the Corona Virus are still in place as of (Monday 4/20/20), including travel in and out of the Uintah Basin”. This important safety measure is in place to protect the general health and welfare of our tribal members. Continue to practice social distancing, hand washing, wearing a mask in public places, using hand sanitizers, checking on the health and needs of the elderly and handicap, etc.
For more questions call (435-725-4987)
DUE to the respect for our tribal members – Safety First Always. No Classes are scheduled until further notice. Thank You from Maylee Mountain.
UTE PLAZA SUPERMARKET
TRIBAL ELDERS 60 & OLDER SHOPPING HOURS.
Tuesdays & Fridays 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. If you are shopping for an elder please have their ID and statement ready with date and signature at the door.
UTE INDIAN HOUSING AUTHORITY
Is accepting applications for 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom units for low income rental program.
For more information call: (435-722-4656)
NATURAL RESOURCES REVENUE
ANNOUNCEMENT: Department of the Interior Indian Mineral Owners. ONRR would like to let the mineral owners know that they are still operating, processing 2014’s and payments, as well as processing distributions. Their outreach group is also answering phones, so if you have any questions or concerns, please call them @ (1-800-982-3226)
UTE TRIBE WATER SYSTEM
IT IS SPRINGTIME: Flowers are blooming and yards are getting greener… They would like to remind residents to water their lawns and gardens at night or early in the morning to help keep water regulated at normal pressures during the day.
The Water Settlement CO-OP Department is taking applications, the applications are located in the back door they can return them in the door, as they are closed they will need to call Kim Thompson CO-OP Manager @ (435-823-7212)
UIT MOSQUITO ABATEMENT
West Nile Virus Is Headed Our Way, Please Help Us Help You.
It is a goal of the Ute Indian Tribe Mosquito Abatement to provide you and your neighbors with the finest level of public health mosquito control possible. We cannot achieve this critically important goal without your cooperation and help.
Mosquito are produced in enormous numbers if irrigation water can pool and stand idle in pasture, at the bottom of a field or in other low spots where wastewater accumulates.
After being flooded, mosquito eggs laid on dry land will hatch and develop from aquatic larvae into flying, biting adults in 2-7 days. As many as ten million mosquitoes can be produced on just one acre land that has been flooded with irrigation water. This same acre can and will produce MILLIONS of mosquitoes with EACH irrigation cycle all season long.
IF YOU FLOOD IRRIGATE YOU CAN HELP BY
Not allowing wastewater to pool and stand idle or by
Establishing and maintaining drainage lines to remove excess water and
Call the Ute Indian Tribe Mosquito Abatement (435-725-4839) at the BEGINNING of each irrigation cycle. This will ensure that the abatement crew knows your wastewater will be pooling and needs immediate treatment to kill larvae in the water.
A call BEFORE mosquitoes can escape from standing water on your property will prevent a call later, telling us the mosquitoes you have produced are making outdoor activities unbearable.
FOGGING IS THE LEAST EFFECTIVE WAY TO CONTROL MOSQUITOES
Biting adult mosquitoes often fly in substantial numbers many miles from their standing water sources. The use of truck mounted foggers is of little real value when used to control widely dispersed flying adult mosquito populations. The abatement field technician can us his time far more effectively by killing millions of mosquito larvae per acre of flooded ground instead of chasing the same mosquitoes as flying adults over an area of 100 or more square miles. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILTY OF EVERY CITIZEN WHO PRODUCES MOSQUITOES ON THEIR PROPERTY TO HELP ENSURE THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF NOT ONLY THEIR FAMILY, BUT OF THEIR NEIGHBORS AND THE PUBLIC. A SIMPLE PHONE CALL HELPS EVERYONE. Mosquito Abatement can be reached @ (435-725-4839)
UTE TRIBAL ENTERPRISE, LLC JOB VACANCIES
Ute Bison Project Corrals
- Yard Hand
Ute Crossing Grill
- Prep Cook
- Line Cook
- Head Chef
- Events Supervisor
- Restaurant Catering/Manager
- Fry Bread and Tortilla Maker
- Bowling Clerk/Pin Chaser : Full time
Ute Oilfield Water Service
Fort Duchesne Ute Petroleum
- Cashier (3) Positions : Part time
- Krispy Crunchy Chicken Worker (3) Positions : Part Time
Myton Ute Petroleum
- Deli Worker (3) Positons : Part time
For more information contact: the Human Resource Office @ (435-725-4017)
UTE BULLETIN DEADLINE
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