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.





Ways to Connect

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. 

Love And Music

Jan 27, 2016

Christopher Davis pathway to love was through music.  Hear his story of falling in love.

Two self-proclaimed Basin Boys, Reed Abplanalp Cowan and Gregory Abplanalp Cowan, share the experiences that led up to the making of a documentary film that was featured in the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.  

In 1998 Randy and Lana Fullbright bought an old gas station on Vernal’s main street, painted it blue and orange, and turned it into an art gallery.

Dennis and Deborah Higginson talk about the importance of love and marriage in battling MS.   A chance meeting at a church in Colorado brought the couple together and besides each other the couple finds strength from their beliefs. 

The Christensen family talks about loving Vernal and Logan as places that helped them become who they are today.


Native American siblings, Sawsheen and Joshua, talk about how having a Caucasian mother and Native American father has complicated their sense of identity and how not being federally recognized as Native Americans has been hard.

Lilo Hatfield tells her Granddaughter, Molly, about the connection she felt to her before she was born.  As many family members were concentrating on Molly's mother's health, Lilo found herself drawn to the welfare of her yet to be born granddaughter. 

Listen to Debbie Cook's life changing experiences as a dental hygienist in Africa.  An inspiring story of how giving of herself brought so many good things into her own life.

A Family History Of Boating

Jan 5, 2016

Dinosaur River Expedition owner, Tyler Callantine,  talks about the joy of having a river rafting business.  Listen to what happens when two older ladies cross river rafting off their Bucket list.

Growing Up In The Uintah Basin

Jan 4, 2016

Shane and Chad Hamblin talk to their father, Delmar, about his childhood in the Uintah Basin, being a missionary among the Papago Indians, and becoming a teacher.

Brother Matt Foley joined with his sisters Kendra Embelton and Danika Foley during the National StoryCorps booth stop in Vernal this past July. The siblings shared stories of time spent together eating ice cream and taking family trips to Arizona.