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Sunday, September 11, 2016


Greetings and Salutations to All my Kith and Kin and All the Ships in Outer Space:

Here is a photograph looking East on Main Street (i.e., US Route 40) in Vernal, Utah, the town where I now reside.

For a larger view, please click on the PHOTOGRAPH

I obtained the photograph from the web site of KVEL-AM 920, our local talk radio station.

In the background, you can see Split Mountain.

Note that nearly EVERYBODY, including ME (!), drives a four wheel drive pickup truck.

In the foreground, where that street curves, if instead of following the curve, you go straight ahead for only one block, you'll see the apartment building, Ashley Valley Shadows, where I live.

I've learned that the community is currently suffering an economic disaster because of the oil well business going bust.

As a result, with only four (04) oil wells still in use, several thousand people have moved away, others are inevitably due to follow, over five hundred (500 +) homes are up for sale, many of the downtown stores have been closed and boarded up, and almost every oil well drilling company and/or their logistics suppliers, have shut down and moved away (to the oil fields in North Dakota?).

You can see additional photographs of Vernal, Utah, at the community's official web site. 

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee, Esquire
Ashley Valley Shadows
Vernal, Utah  84078

                                                                   Ann Barnhardt


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