It’s time again for Utah StoryCorps!


The StoryCorps mobile recording booth and Utah Public Radio visited the Uintah Basin to gather local stories. Each week, we'll bring you a new episode of StoryCorps. Tune in during All Things Considered every Wednesday and Morning Edition every Thursday.





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Survival During WWII Attack In The South Pacific

Aug 31, 2016

Retired Vernal dentist, Dr. Dan Price, is 95 years old and a veteran of WWII. During a recording session with his wife, Clara, Dr. Price spoke about his time in the South Pacific. 

Marilyn Manwaring shares stories with her daughter Pauline about life in Carbon County, Utah during the depression. She begins with the story of her parents, Stanley Judd and Elva Jane Bailey, meeting in a coal mining camp.

Son's Death Leads To A Legacy Of Love In Kenya

Aug 24, 2016

After losing their young son, Reed and Gregory Abplanalp-Cowan chose to commemorate his life by building schools to support the needs of children in Kenya.

 Vernie Heeney retired from teaching school in Vernal eight years ago.  While at the Uintah Basin StoryCorps booth she spoke with her friend Danielle Andersen about how her ambitions to become a teacher helped her overcome being shy.    

In an attempt to help his sister Tamra  Ratieta  deal with bouts of depression, Chad Hamblin invites her, his niece Sienna and his cousin Gwenna to take up cross country skiing.

Cousins Charlene Duncan and Kathleen Chegup, both in their early 60’s,grew up together on a Utah Cattle Ranch. The cousins got together at the Ute Education Center at Fort Duchesne, Utah and talked about their childhood and how they are still good friends today.

While digging up fossils millions of years old, paleontologists Benjamin Burger and LeaAnn Jones discovered they wanted a future together. During an interview at the StoryCorps booth in Vernal, the couple shared some of their favorite finds.

Daddy Tells Daughter About Managing Anger

Jul 13, 2016

The loss of his father at the age of 13 left Steven "Ted" Prettyman confused. He remembers his father hitting him and felt guilty about being relieved that the abuse would stop. Prettyman tells his daughter, Jenny Anderson, that it took years for him to work through times of anger. 

The spry 93 year-old Clara Price of Vernal recalls her elopement at the age of 16 to her husband, Dan Price.

Fear Of Missing Out Keeps Grandma Close To Family

Jun 29, 2016

Kim Zuniga shares stories with her mother Judy Kraft, an admittedly extraordinary grandma. Kraft was born in 1939 and was the seventh of nine children.

The documentary, The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb, gives a history of one of the architects of the atomic bomb. The film will be screened in Southern Utah Friday, June 24, 2016. Many Utah residents were exposed to the radiation fallout of testing in Nevada. 

Husband and wife, Ryan McKnab and Jessi Brunson, are competitive bike racers. During this Uintah Basin StoryCorps conversation they talk together about how their lives were changed forever because of a telephone call.

Dennis Stevens spent the better part of 1971 in the jungles of Vietnam. He sat down with his wife Michelle at the StoryCorps booth in Vernal where they talked about his experiences.

The Story of One Man's Vietnam

Jun 8, 2016

Cody Calder was drafted to the Vietnam war in 1966. Today he shares one of his darkest memories in battle, and reflects on his service for his country.

Irvin Haws was born and raised in the Vernal area, leaving the Uintah Basin only three times before departing for an LDS mission at 19-years-old. He speaks to his daughter Laurie Haws Sandau about what it meant to leave and what life has taught him along the way.

Costumes And Conventions Carry This Friendship

Jun 2, 2016

Two friends, Sara Jane Eaton and Joanna Aceves, take us to their world of comic characters and conventions beginning with the definition of Cosplay

Telsa Mittlemeir tells us about her father who was an American born son of Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Belarus. He was born in 1921 and became the bridge to his older brothers families.


Uintah Basin StoryCorps: Love In England

May 13, 2016

Anne Collier shares with her daughter, Bonnie, the story of how she met her husband Jack in London, England. 

Vini Coffin describes how her mother Barbara joins her two best friends, piles into a station wagon with trunks of costumes and a huge set on top and tours small U.S. stateside bases from 1942 to  1945.

 89 year-old Dorothy Caldwell Luck reminisces with close friend Colleen Bagley about a three day, 136 mile horse race where she bested 60 other riders on her horse, Cortez. Dorothy Luck reads from an article she wrote for the Roosevelt Standard about her experience on the trail. She precedes her story, quoting the article written about her in September 1958.

Vernal residents Johanna and Aaron Fyffe reminisce about how they became “a couple” after meeting at an LDS Singles Ward.

At StoryCorps, John H. Graham II talks with his wife Dorothy Graham about a tiny wooden car that changed his life forever. A career educator, he taught his woodshop students how to make toy cars, which led him building multiple automobiles, winning awards at the top car shows in the United States.

John H. Graham also had prosperous career as a bowyer, manufacturing and patenting archery equipment. 

The Past We Can't Forget About, It's Built In Our Mind

Apr 4, 2016

Roxy Myore spoke to Nora  Zambreno about growing up at the Ute Reservation in Ft. Duchesne, UT. She has a message for the younger generation, "keep your traditions alive." 

Assisting A Community Of Grandmas And Grandpas

Mar 23, 2016

Guy and Dee Collette tell us how moving next door to an assisted living facility in Vernal changed their lives, forever. 

Meeting His Future Wife With A Kiss

Mar 15, 2016

Listen to how Frank Andreasen meets his future wife in the hospital.

'Crossed The Plains' In A Greyhound Bus

Mar 2, 2016

Uintah Basin resident Kerry Mitchell tells her daughter, Jessica Purcell, how racial violence in her New Jersey high school and a brush with the mafia led her to "cross the plains" in a Greyhound bus and settle in Utah.


Feb 29, 2016

John Hatch talks to his mother, Jennifer Adams, about recovering from drug addiction and tells her things he has learned in the 12 step program that could benefit her.

Flying School Flag And Other Lifetime Memories

Feb 17, 2016

While traveling to St. George, father and son, Michael and Adam Christiansen stopped at the StoryCorps booth in Vernal, where they reminisce about Adam’s challenges and triumphs growing up with Downs Syndrome.

Santa Visits Children With Chicken Pox

Jan 27, 2016

Growing up in Vernal and a favorite Christmas memory.

Identity Shaped by Motherhood & Experiences with Autism

Jan 27, 2016

Motherhood and service shaped the identity of Kristen Remington.  Hear how her son's autism and her mother's example helped define her purpose.