Friday, June 28, 2013

(Moab Utah)- The development of a new business in Moab was celebrated yesterday with a Chamber Of Commerce RIbbon Cutting at the Tire Factory store. Mayor Dave Sakrison joined Tire Factory owner Kyle Kimmerle and Chamber members in cutting the ribbon. Owner Kimmerlee says he feel welcomed in Moab...

The Tire Factory is located n South Main next to the Dollar General Store.

(Moab Utah) Moab will be the focal pint of a new transportation servicce connection to salt Lake International Airport starting on Monday. Moab Express Shuttle, operating under the ownership of City Express and Airport Express in Salt Lake and Ogden. CEO Amir Adsbkhah told a group of Moab Businesses yesterday that the one way fare will be 80 dollars. His firm operated executive cars, stretch SUV's and busses. Initial pans are to have a shuttle leave mOAB FROM THE rAMADA iNN AND cANYONLANDS bEST wESTERN AT 7AM. Trips from Salt Lake Internation will leave at 1:30. Stops include the Intermodel Transit Hub and Greyhound terminal in Salt Lake, Provo, Spanish Fork, Price and Green River. Amir hopes to extend service to Monticello and Blanding in the near future. He also plans to bid on the upcomming federal contract for service in this area.

Washington • A big majority of senators approved a sweeping immigration bill Thursday, while Utah’s senators — like the Republican caucus itself — split on the issue. Sen. Orrin Hatch voted for the legislation, arguing now is the time to bring 11 million unauthorized immigrants out of the shadows, bolster border security and help employers access a stable workforce. Sen. Mike Lee disagrees entirely, saying the bill is deeply flawed and wouldn’t stop future waves of illegal immigrations. "It is full of promises to beef up border security but it makes no assurances," he said on the Senate floor. "This bill is not immigration reform, it is big-government dysfunction."


>>Polygamous Sect Leader Harmston Dead
(Undated) -- Polygamous church leader James Dee Harmston is dead following an apparent heart attack. The "Tribune" says the 72-year-old leader of the True and Living Church in Manti died yesterday at Sanpete Valley Hospital. Harmston founded the polygamous sect as a splinter group of the LDS Church.

>>Girl, 13, Shot Accidentally By Brother
(Clearfield, UT) -- Police in Clearfield are investigating a shooting involving a 13-year-old girl and her older brother. Authorities say the girl is in stable condition after being shot accidentally by her 15-year-old brother yesterday in the family's home. The girl was apparently struck in the arm. KSL-TV says police are trying to determine where the gun came from.

>>Residents Worried About Incinerator
(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Residents from one North Salt Lake City community are concerned about the effects a medical incinerator will have on locals. People turned out for a hearing last night to demand solutions from Stericycle of Illinois - the company in charge of the facility. Opponents are worried because Stericycle is already facing scrutiny for problems with emissions. Utah's Division of Air Quality has accused Stericycle of manipulating emissions tests


SPANISH FORK — One person was killed and another was critically injured in a plane crash Thursday morning near Spanish Fork. The crash occurred around 10:20 near mile marker 304 along Highway 89.Lt. Yvette Rice with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said the pilot of a Cessna 172 reported a fire in the cockpit just before the plane went down.The pilot of the plane said he was going to attempt to land on Highway 89 near the town of Birdseye. The plane reportedly hit an electrical line during that attempted landing, but it isn’t known whether that contributed to the crash.The passenger of the plane, 50-year-old Gerald Wilson, of South Jordan, died in the crash and the pilot, 66-year-old Nicholas Soter, of Orem, was hospitalized in critical condition.

SALT LAKE CITY — Police are warning Utahns of a new social security phone scam spreading across the nation. Jill Davis was almost the victim of a telephone phishing scam. A man called her home and told her that he was issuing her a new social security card. He had her full name and address. "Then he said he would need my banking information and I said, 'I'm not going to give you my banking information,' " Davis said. "And he said, 'Well do you want a social security card or not?' And I said, 'Apparently I don't want one because I'm not going to give you my banking information.' " Davis said the man hung up after she refused to tell him her bank account over the phone. The Utah Department of Commerce said that a person's best defense against scammers is to simply hang up the phone.


CENTERVILLE — Two traffic accidents on I-15 in Davis County killed a 16-year-old and injured two others Thursday afternoon and forced the closure of the freeway for a time. The first accident happened just before 1 p.m. near the Parrish Lane exit in Centerville. The Utah Highway Patrol said three vehicles ran into each other when northbound traffic slowed to avoid metal debris in the roadway. The vehicles involved in that accident had pulled off to the side of the road when an oncoming Land Rover hit some of the debris and the driver lost control, veering to the right side and hit the three vehicles and three pedestrians associated with those vehicles.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

>>Gay Activists Cheer DOMA Decision

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Local gay activists are cheering the Supreme Court striking down the federal Defense Of Marriage Act. Joshua Turner says for he and his partner, it's momentous.

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The ruling extends federal benefits, such as Social Security survivors' benefits, to same-sex couples. The decision also means each state must decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Gayle Ruzicka with Utah's Eagle Forum says the DOMA ruling likely won't provide momentum for legalizing same-sex marriage here.

>>Local Religious Leaders Sound Off On Gay Unions

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Faith leaders around Salt Lake City are reacting to yesterday's decision by the nation's high court ensuring all marriages are viewed the same by the federal government. church leaders like Reverend John Wester of Salt Lake City's Catholic Diocese say "marriage is a sacred and precious gift to mankind."

In a statement The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reconfirmed the church’s commitment to traditional marriage between a man and a woman while expressing concerns about the decisions.

"By ruling that supporters of Proposition 8 lacked standing to bring this case to court, the Supreme Court has highlighted troubling questions about how our democratic and judicial system operates," said LDS spokesman Michael Otterson. "Many Californians will wonder if there is something fundamentally wrong when their government will not defend or protect a popular vote that reflects the views of a majority of their citizens."

Otterson added that "the effect of the ruling is to raise further complex jurisdictional issues that will need to be resolved." Nonetheless, Otterson noted that "the court decision does not change the definition of marriage in nearly three-fourths of the states." "Regardless of the court decision," Otterson continued, "the (LDS) church remains irrevocably committed to strengthening traditional marriage between a man and a woman, which for thousands of years has proven to be the best environment for nurturing children.

>>Utahns Urged To 'Stay On Offensive' For Traditional Unions

(Sandy, UT) -- Advocates of same-sex marriage say "America needs Utah more than ever." Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court made a ruling assuring all married couples will be viewed the same by the federal government a Utah advocacy group told its members to continue their battle to maintain traditional marriage between a man and a woman. Speakers at yesterday's Celebration of Marriage event told the thousand people in attendance at South Towne Expo Center to quote, "stay on the offensive." In 2004, the state of Utah passed Amendment Three which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

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>>Huge Synthetic Drug Bust

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First a raid, now 14 Utahns are facing felony charges for allegedly distributing the synthetic drug spice. Frank Smith with DEA Utah says the raided Hurricane warehouse was one of the biggest distribution points.

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The DEA says the six-month sting was the largest in agency history. The Utah participants are accused of distributing over 26-hundred pounds since 2011. Court documents say 150 people packaged and sold the spice in stores and online.

UTAH – The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather warning for large portions of Utah as temperatures are expected to reach triple digits for several days. heat advisory was issued Wednesday afternoon for Glen Canyon Recreation Area, Lake Powell, South Central Utah, Utah’s Dixie and Zion National Park. It was expected to remain in effect through July 1 at 9 p.m. Click here for the latest weather warning information from the NWS.

According to the advisory, temperatures could reach 115 degrees in the St. George area Friday, Saturday and Sunday with highs of about 110 degrees Monday.

Emergency Room Doctor Troy Madsen said people need to be careful when temperatures are this high. He said people can feel light-headed, confused or like they are about to pass out when heat related illnesses take hold. Madsen said heat exhaustion can quickly turn into heat stroke.

>>Doctor's New Trial Date

(Provo, UT) -- A doctor accused of killing his wife has a new court date. Martin MacNeill's trial will start October 8th. His attorneys told the court they didn't get all requested documents from the prosecutor's office. Prosecutors have asked for time to respond. Authorities say MacNeill overmedicated his wife and drowned her in 2011.

>>Georgia Man's Body Found

(Kane Co., UT) -- Investigators say they've found a man who drowned in Lake Powell. Authorities said the body of 61-year-old Joe Coffield of Georgia was recovered yesterday. Coffield lost his life during a Monday boating trip with his wife.

>>T-V Station Says It's Ending 18-year 'SNL' Ban

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- KSL-TV in Salt Lake says it'll begin airing original episodes of "Saturday Night Live" for the first time since becoming an NBC affiliate some 18-years ago. According to station management, the decision to air first-run episodes of "SNL" is a quote, "business decision." The "Tribune" says the station made its decision in the wake of consistently poor ratings for "SportsBeat Saturday," its in-house program currently airing in the same 10:35 p.m. time slot. "SNL" will begin airing on KSL-TV Saturday nights this upcoming fall season.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

(Washington)- President Barack Obama outlined plans Tuesday to slow the pollution blamed for climate change — plans bound to have an impact on Utahns in their homes and on their jobs right away and in communities and wildlands of the rapidly warming Southwest in the decades to come. Obama took aim at critics who contend that cutting greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency will cripple American jobs and the economy. He said it is time to stop arguing about environmental changes. His plan includes limiting emissions from coal-fired power plants, stepping up reliance on natural gas as a transitional fuel, expanding solar, wind and other alternative-energy resources and improving energy-efficiency of cars, appliances and buildings — all changes that are likely to be reflected in energy bills

Among the critics was Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. In an interview, he said Obama’s proposals go too far and they will put energy costs out of the reach of Americans.

Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, echoed Hatch’s concerns about stunting the economy and raising energy prices. And he said the moves would drive industry overseas.

"This is unacceptable," said Stewart, chairman of the House environment subcommittee,


(Moab Utah)- The Moab Adventure Center has teamed with Susan G. Komen for the Cure Salt Lake City to help raise money for the fight against breast cancer. The vent is on Saturday. This is the event of the summer you do not want to miss! The journey begins with a beautiful drive up the river corridor to launch onto the Colorado River. Lunch at the exclusive Red Cliffs Lodge along the river banks. Later that evening, a party in town, with free LIVE concert, dinner and fun!

(Moab Utah). Channel Two's Road Tripping crew will be featuring Moab This Thursday...visiting several locations during the morning Channel two News Show.


Mother, Son Animal Cruelty Charges

(Provo, UT) -- A mother and son are facing trial on animal-cruelty charges. A judge determined yesterday there's enough evidence for Trudy and Rory Childs to stand trial. Authorities say the pair underfed their horses and did not properly treat open wounds. Police found the malnourished horses in February.

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>>Father, Daughter Incest Charges

(Bluffdale, UT) -- Police say a father and daughter knew of their biological connection before committing incest. The unidentified pair are facing two counts each of felony incest. Authorities say the woman began having sex with her biological father in 2011, one year after meeting him.

>>Sewage Company Big Trouble

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- The owner of a sewage company is in big trouble. Officials have charged the owner of A-and-B Sewer and Drain, with two felony counts of violating the Water Quality Act. Authorities say Tom Vasiliou illegally dumped raw sewage last year. Vasiliou says human waste is simply fertilizer and he did nothing wrong. If convicted, Vasiliou is looking at a maximum of ten-years.

>>Red Cliffs Recreation Area Closed

(St. George, UT) -- Some Red Cliffs Recreation Area campgrounds and trails are closed through tomorrow. The Bureau of Land Management says they're installing two bridges. Both are across Quail Creek on Red Cliffs Road. Visitors cannot use Red Cliffs Road from the entrance to the campground. The Red Reef, Silver Reef and Anasazi trails are also closed.

>>Missing Cockatoo Found Safe

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- A missing Tracy Aviary cockatoo is home safe. Matilda flew away from a training exercise Saturday afternoon. Two people found her north of Parleys Canyon. Her trainer says Matilda was hungry, thirsty and tired but she's happy to be home.

Undated) -- The body of a woman missing after a boat crash is being recovered from Lake Powell. Police say divers found Jessica Jackman's body this afternoon, but are not saying where it was found. Officials are continuing to investigate the collision between a motor boat and a house boat last Thursday that left two others dead.

Meanwhile, Authorities are looking for a 61-year-old Georgia man who went missing near the entrance of Lake Powell's Warm Creek Bay. National Park Service officials say they got a report of a possible drowning about 1 p.m. Monday. Crews from the park service and sheriff's officials in Arizona's Coconino County and Utah's Kane County are investigating and searching for the man.

>>West Fork Fire Still Growing

(South Fork, CO) -- The West Fork Fire Complex spread yesterday as firefighters work to keep it from reaching the town of South Fork and the Rio Grande Dam. The group of three fires has burned nearly 80 thousand acres and is zero percent contained. The blaze was reportedly crowning yesterday, meaning it was not just spreading over the ground but was jumping from tree top to tree top as well. Fields of dead trees killed by an epidemic of spruce beetles are perfect kindling for the destructive blaze.

PARK CITY, Utah – Fresh Market in Park City will only sell approved fireworks, like sparklers and snaps, this summer at the request of city officials. Several other cities in northern Utah are following suit. West Valley City has banned setting off fireworks in any area west of State Route 111 and on any property owned by the city. Layton has banned setting off fireworks east of Highway 89. City official said they are enacting a zero tolerance policy regarding fireworks within city limits.

For the July holidays, fireworks may be discharged between July 1 and July 7 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., except on July 4, when the time is extended to midnight. Fireworks may also be discharged between July 21 and July 27 between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. On July 24 the time is extended to midnight.

In Moab the city prohibits the use of all fireworks and combustible materials and to prohibit any fire source or combustible material, includingsmoking, within 150 feet of Mill Creek and Pack Creek until further notice. Violations of said prohibitions are punishable by a fine of not more than $500, or imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or by both such fine andimprisonment.

>>Sinclair Heads Utah Products Survey

(Undated) -- The most popular brand in Utah is Sinclair. That's according to a new survey of products from all 50-states and the logos which consumers most associate with each state. Sinclair's green dinosaur has been its company logo practically since the company was founded in 1916.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

(Washington DC) Utah's two US Senators are at odds over the current immigration legislationmoaving through the Senate. Yesterday, Sen. Orrin Hatch voted for a massive amendment to the bill that basically re-writes it. In a Salt Lake Tribune Guest Editorial today, Hatch says he will vote for immigration reform, dropping his demand that the Senate bill require unauthorized immigrants to pay back taxes. He explains that while the bill isn’t perfect, it should stop future waves of illegal immigration and provide the 11 million unauthorized immigrants already in the United States a pathway to citizenship. He rejects any claim that the bill offers "amnesty." His Utah GOP colleague, Sen. Mike Lee, hasn’t called it amnesty, either, but he says the legislation is still too easy on lawbreakers.

Lee will oppose the bill when the Senate votes, saying Congress should tackle this issue in pieces, starting with the border and ending with what to do with the undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. Tea Party and Conservative opponents of the bill, call Hatch and other republicans who support it,, Rhino's...who are doing immeasurable damage to America.


>>Wind Causes Problems

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Some Salt Lake City residents are assessing weather damage today. Yesterday's high winds knocked out power to over eight-thousand homes. A tree crashed into a Cottonwood Heights home with the owner inside. No injuries were reported.

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>>Lawsuit Over Sexual Abuse

(Undated) -- Four former Boy Scouts are suing the LDS Church and Boy Scouts of America. The unidentified men's attorney says both groups knew about sexual predators and yet concealed the information. An LDS spokesman says the Church works diligently to prevent such abuse. The Scouts haven't commented. Attorney Gilion Dumas said the groups had knowledge of child predators lurking in scouting troops in the ‘70s and ‘80s.


"The boy scouts and the LDS church need to be held responsible, because they’re the ones who had that information and intentionally chose to keep it secret," she said. "Because of the information that they had, that they chose to keep secret from the people who actually needed it."

>>Gay Marriage Ban

(Undated) -- Utah legal experts say gay marriage probably is not coming to Utah anytime soon. A Utah law professor says the federal Defense of Marriage Act simply determines whether gay couples married elsewhere get federal benefits. Those benefits include filing joint tax returns and survivors' benefits for Social Security. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide soon whether the act is constitutional.

>>Three-Day Jail Sentence

(Provo, UT) -- A father-to-be is spending three days in jail for attacking his child's mother. Juan Leiva must report to the Utah County Jail June 28th. He pleaded guilty in April to aggravated assault, and married his now-pregnant victim just before his trial. Leiva was given credit for three days already served.

>>It Was A Prank

(Alpine, UT) -- Three siblings may face criminal charges for a so-called social experiment. Authorities say last week two of the siblings asked random children for help finding a puppy. They also tried luring the kids into their van with candy while a third sibling filmed the encounters. After a police picture of the van went viral the siblings came forward. Police say prosecutors are reviewing the evidence.

>>Federal Judge Rejects Ute Indian Tribe's Request

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- A federal judge has rejected a request by the Ute Indian Tribe to stop planned prosecutions of several tribal members who are being charged in Utah state court. The crux of the matter lies in where exactly tribal jurisdiction ends and state jurisdiction begins. "The Salt Lake Tribune" says the Ute Tribe tried to argue it will face "irreparable harm" should the state prosecute the defendants before a U.S. District Court judge has an opportunity to rule.

>>Teenage Wanna-Be Bomber Runs For Town Mayor

(Roy, UT) -- A teenage mayoral candidate from Roy says he's "rehabilitated" despite an earlier charge that he wanted to bomb the city's high school. KSL-TV says Joshua Hoggan wants the city of Roy to become a "sustainable city." Last year Hoggan was arrested after he allegedly planned to detonate a bomb just as his classmates were gathering at Roy High School. As part of a plea bargain Hoggan was sentenced to six months in prison.

>>Man, Two Kids, Critical After Crash In Beaver

(Beaver, UT) -- A Utah father and his two children are in critical condition following a crash yesterday on Interstate 15 in Beaver. Authorities say the family was driving along the Interstate when their car suffered a blown tire and flipped over. The father was the only person wearing a seatbelt. The mother and a nine-year-old were in stable condition last night despite being ejected from the car.

>>Refugee Scouts Head To Jamboree

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- For the first time ever refugee Boy Scouts will be attending the annual Jamboree. The 35 Scouts hail from the country of Myanmar formerly known as Burma. They're reportedly heading to the Jamboree taking place this year in West Virginia. The young men already had a greet-and-meet with Utah Governor Gary Herbert.

>>Utahns Urged To Be Careful During Fire-Prone Season

(Washington County, UT) -- People in Utah are urged to be careful working around their homes after a brush fire broke out.

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That's Rachel Tueller with the Bureau of Land Management. A fire started yesterday near Toquerville on I-15 when a wheel fell off a trailer pulling a sailboat, sparking flames. At least 230 wildfires have been reported in Utah this year, about 180 of which were caused by people. High temperatures, low humidity and heavy winds create a dangerous mix.

>>West Fork Fire Will Burn For Months

(South Fork, CO) -- Fire officials are saying the West Fork Fire complex could continue burning for months. The three fires, which have burned over 75 thousand acres northeast of Pagosa Springs, are zero percent contained. High temperatures and dead tree limbs are promoting fire growth and threatening the nearby town of South Fork. The nearly 900 firefighters battling the blaze hope that the weather will cooperate today with less wind as they continue their battle.

Monday, June 24, 2013

(Moab Utah)- Severe Fire restrictions go in to effect Thursday June 27th, in Emery, Carbon, Grand and San Juan Counties. Extreme dry conditions, Heavy Fuel in some areas and continued forecasts for hot dry weather prompted the placement of the restrictions. The restrictions include no open fires of any kind except in approved campground facilities. In the Pack Creek camping area south of Moab, NO FIRES are allowed...period. Smoke is prohibited except an enclosed vehicle, building or cleared to the bare ground campsite. Activities also prohibted are metal cutting, grinding, sawing, discharging of any fireworks, firing of steel tippedcore ammo, tracer ammo or other pyrotechnic devices.

The restrictions apply on all State lands and unincorporated private lands, BLM Land and FOrest Service land. The restrictions will remain until further notice.

>>West Fork Fires Burning 70k Acres

(South Fork, CO) -- The three blazes burning together as the West Fork Fire are growing at an alarming pace and are zero percent contained. The fires have burned over 70-thousand acres and forced the town of South Fork and some nearby areas into a mandatory evacuation. The fires are spreading quickly because spruce beetles have eaten up much of the trees in the area, creating tall, dead stumps of perfect kindling. Officials said the lack of rain in the forecast could mean the fire won’t be under control for another several days.

>Wildfire Smoke Can Cause Health Problems

(Colorado Springs, CO) -- Smoke from wildfires around Colorado and other Western states can make people sick. Tom Gonzales with El Paso County Public Health explains how people can protect themselves.

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Gonzales says anyone who gets chest pain, shortness of breath or starts wheezing should see a doctor immediately. He urges people who just feel burning in their eyes and a sore throat to go inside and drink lots of water. Gonzales says as long as temperatures stay high and humidity remains low, smoke will linger in the air.


>>Body Of One Boating Victim Found On Lake Powell

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Divers searching Lake Powell for those two missing women lost in last week's boat crash say one of the victims has been discovered. Utah Highway Patrol divers located the body of 29-year-old Valerie Bradshaw late yesterday. A submersible robot located the body more than 300-feet below the surface. Search crews will continue today to look for 22-year-old Jessica Jackman.

>>Poll: Child Welfare Drops In Utah

(Undated) -- A new survey finds the state of children's welfare in Utah is slipping. According to the annual Kids Count survey by the Annie E. Casey Foundation Utah fell three places to number-14. The foundation charts more than a dozen indicators to come up with its list. The survey found eleven-percent of Utah kids lack health insurance.

>>Two Critical After West Valley City Crash

(Undated) -- Two people are critically injured following a weekend crash in West Valley City. Authorities say a truck ended up on its side after being struck by a minivan on South Frontage Road. The drivers were sent to the hospital with critical injuries although they weren't thought to be life-threatening.

>>Crash Kills Four Family Members

(Sevier County, UT) -- Four women are dead following a weekend crash in Sevier County. Authorities said the women - who were all family members from California and Mexico - were killed Saturday on Interstate 70 east of Salina. Investigators think the driver of the truck may have fallen asleep and caused the vehicle to flip over killing his daughter, mother and two aunts. He was the lone survivor.

>>Youths Steal Car And Crash It

(Alpine, UT) -- Four youths are recovering today after a weekend crash near Alpine. Investigators say the juveniles lost control of a vehicle they'd allegedly stolen and crashed it while going at a high rate of speed. One of the youths was listed in serious condition.
>>Autistic Childrens Home Fire

(Taylorsville, UT) -- Authorities are checking into the cause of a fire at an autistic-children's group home. Witness and neighbor Denise Bruun [[ BROON ]] says one boy refused to leave at first.

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The boy eventually came out and was treated for smoke inhalation. The Sunday blaze started shortly after 11:00 a.m. Firefighters said the front rooms of the West Hurstborne home were badly damaged.

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Missionaries with the L-D-S Church are heading to the world wide web to find new converts. During a special broadcast yesterday church Apostles say the missionaries will begin using more non-traditional means to find new churchgoers. The new methods like Facebook and blogs will eventually replace the traditional methods like walking through neighborhoods and knocking on front doors.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER GORGE, Ariz Aerialist Nik Wallenda completed a tightrope walk that took him a quarter mile over the Little Colorado River Gorge in northeastern Arizona on Sunday. Wallenda performed the stunt on a 2-inch-thick steel cable, 1,500 feet above the river on the Navajo Nation near the Grand Canyon. He took just more than 22 minutes, pausing and crouching twice as winds whipped around him and the rope swayed. "Thank you Lord. Thank you for calming that cable, God," he said about 13 minutes into the walk. Wallenda didn't wear a harness and stepped slowly and steady throughout, murmuring prayers to Jesus almost constantly along the way. He jogged and hopped the last few steps. The event was broadcast live on the Discovery Channel.

MANTI — Tens of thousands of people will head to a small town in Central Utah over the next week to take part in a summer tradition, and they will be welcomed by hundreds of local volunteers. At the foot of the Manti temple Saturday, thousands of people waited for the sun to set so the Mormon Miracle Pageant could begin. Each year, the pageant about the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints takes place on the Manti temple's hillside and under the stars.

Friday, June 21, 2013

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>>Lake Powell Missing, Dead

(Lake Powell, UT) -- One person is dead and two others missing after an accident at Lake Powell. Authorities say this happened yesterday morning. A motorboat and houseboat were involved. Kane County Sheriff’s Sgt. Alan Alldredge said that at around 8:15 a.m. Thursday, National Park Service dispatchers received reports of a boating accident at buoy 43 near Dangling Rope Marina. The accident involved a motor boat and a houseboat.

(SANDY) Sandy Utah Police are investigating the killing of an 86-year-old woman who they say was beaten to death with a golf club. It was shortly after 10 p.m last night, when Sandy Police say 911 dispatchers received a call from a woman reporting that her husband was having a psychotic episode. She said he was attacking her grandmother with a golf club. When officers arrived at the home, they found the 86-year-old woman dead. Her grandson-in-law was also at the house and was taken into custody without incident.

(Moab Utah)- Fire yesterday caused heavy smoke damage to a grtound floor apartment in the Archway Apartments on Kane Creek Boulavard. A witness, Wayne Day was among the first to see the fire..

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LOA, Wayne County — A man and a woman from Tucson, Ariz., were killed Thursday after the motorcycle they were riding was hit by a Jeep that had crossed over into oncoming traffic on highway 24, near Loa. Bill Mitchell, 64, was driving a Victory motorcycle with passenger Diane Mitchell, 64, when a Jeep Wrangler crossed the center line from the eastbound lanes into the westbound lanes, the Utah Highway Patrol reported. The Jeep drove over the top of the motorcycle, rupturing the bike's fuel tank and causing both vehicles to burst into flames. The 17 year old driver was ejected from the vehiucle and taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

>>Alleged Child Rapist Sought

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Police need your help in finding an alleged child rapist. Bolo Chervon [[ SHER-vahn ]] Laptiste [[ LAP-teest ]] is facing three charges of child rape. The 12-year-old alleged victim told police Laptiste first had her watch porn. Then he forced her to perform sex acts on him.

>>Pecan Harvester Info Release

(Hurricane, UT) -- A federal magistrate says a Hildale contractor needs to provide information on potential underage pecan harvesters. Paragon Contractors is accused of using child labor during last year's pecan harvest at the Southern Utah Pecan Ranch. As many as 14-hundred school-age children may have participated.

>>Former Polygamist's Book Banned

(Ivins, UT) -- A former polygamist is now banned from selling her book. Officials with the Tucahn Saturday Market said they got complaints of graphic content in Kristyn Decker's book. "Fifty Years In Polygamy" describes Decker's experiences as a sister wife.

>>Utah Arts Festival Kickoff

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Art lovers will be in heaven this weekend. The Utah Arts Festival runs from today through Sunday. There's over 160-vendors as well as plenty of food booths.

>>Daredevil Wallenda "Grand Canyon Walk" Sunday

(Cameron, AZ) -- Daredevil Nik Wallenda's so-called Grand Canyon Walk is only two days away. One year after he walked on a high wire over Niagara Falls, the 34-year-old Wallenda will attempt to walk on a high wire across the Little Colorado River Gorge, just east of Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. The wire stretches 14-hundred feet across the gorge, and 15-hundred feet above the dry riverbed. The area is part of the Navajo Nation's Little Colorado River Tribal Park. Wallenda's walk will be televised Sunday evening on The Discovery Channel.


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>>Potential Voters Skeptical Of Teen Mayoral Candidate

(Roy, UT) -- People in Roy admit they're a little skeptical of a plan by a teen to run for mayor, especially after he pled guilty to having a weapon of mass destruction.

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Joshua Hoggan announced yesterday he was running against Mayor Joe Ritchie and City Councilman Willard Cragun. Hoggan was sentenced to six months in a juvenile center last year after planning to set off a bomb at Roy High School.

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>>Top Ten Coolest Cars Under 18-Thousand

(Detroit, MI) -- Kelly Blue Book lists its top ten coolest cars priced under 18-thousand dollars. Alisa Zee has the details.

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>>New Tech Promises Faster Wi-Fi

(Austin, TX) -- New technology could make Wi-Fi up to 300-percent faster. The Wi-Fi Alliance is now certifying "a-c" devices that can offer speeds greater than one gigabit per second. That means movies and games download faster and more reliably. The new technology is big business. The Wi-Fi Alliance says the number of wireless devices in U.S. households has doubled in the last five years.

(Moab Utah)- Though a red flag warning indicating high fire danger has been issued for eastern and southern Utah on Thursday, only two major fires were burning on Utah landscapes. The Dark Canyon Fire in Manti-La Sal National Forest has burned about 350 acres in the Dark Canyon Wilderness, about 25 miles west of Monticello, in San Juan County. It was about 65 percent contained Thursday evening, and crews hope to have the lightning-caused blaze fully contained by Saturday afternoon.To the northeast, the Lackey Fan Fire, also in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, continued to burn about three miles northwest of La Sal. A lightning strike last week ignited that blaze, which had burned about 929 acres. Fire crews reached 85 percent containment on that blaze by Thursday. One firefighter was airlifted from the fire site to Moab for treatment of Smoke Inhalation.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

MOAB — A lay midwife accused of attempting to help a woman, in Moab with a high-risk pregnancy deliver her baby at her house, resulting in the newborn dying and the mother nearly bleeding to death, was charged Tuesday, here, with negligent homicide. Valerie ElHalta, 71, was charged in Grand County's 7th District Court with unlawful conduct, a third-degree felony; and negligent homicide and reckless endangerment, both class A misdemeanors. In August 2012, ElHalta, who now lives in Eagle Mountain, attempted to assist a 31-year-old woman in delivering a baby at her Moab home. The pregnant woman had previously had three cesarean section deliveries, making an attempted birth at home high-risk, according to charging documents. In addition, prosecutors say ElHalta administered prescription drugs to the mother during the birth, even though she was unlicensed at the time and her midwife certification was revoked years earlier by the North American Registry of Midwives Board. When contacted at her home Wednesday by rporters, , ElHalta said she was unaware of the charges. "I'm totally in shock," she said. "I didn't hurt the baby. I just delivered it." The infant died Aug. 25th at Primary Childrens medical Center from lack of oxygen to the brain. "The high-risk delivery should not have been attempted at home," the charges state.

After the infant was taken to Moab Regional, the mother complained of feeling very hot. She soon began bleeding very heavily, according to court records. ElHalta again administered prescription medication and attempted to suture the mother, though she was not certified to do either, according to prosecutors. When the mother was taken to the hospital, ElHalta did not accompany her, and doctors did not know what drugs she had been given and had no information on the recent delivery, according to the charges. The court issued a summons for ElHalta to make an initial appearance in court on July 9.

>>Climbing Routes Reopened

(Undated) -- Some Arches National Park climbing routes are open again. Biologists were trying to find out whether raptors were nesting or bighorn sheep were lambing [[ LAMMING ]]. Industrial Disease in the Devils Garden and Tonka Tower are open. The feature just north of Tonka Tower is also okay to use

(Casatle Valley Utah)- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Wednesday, announced funding for 15 businesses in 10 states to create or retain jobs and expand economic activity. Vilsak says USDA Rural Development’s Business & Industry Guaranteed Loan program plays a major role in helping qualified firms and organizations in rural areas gain access to the capital they need to start or expand their enterprises. .

USDA selected Castle Valley Inn Bed & Breakfast to receive a $600,000 loan guarantee to acquire and stabilize the establishment, providing a positive economic impact and tax base to the community near Moab, Utah. This project will save and create four jobs for this locally owned and managed business.

>>Republicans Will Launch Investigation Of AG Swallow

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- State House Republicans are going to investigate Attorney General John Swallow, who's accused of campaign violations. Depending on what they discover, lawmakers could try to impeach him.

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That's state Representative Ken Ivory at a caucus meeting yesterday, where GOP House members voted to form an investigative committee. Swallow's been a controversial figure since he started office in January. The first accusation came when a businessman accused Swallow of planning a bribe with federal lawmakers. Liberal and conservative groups have demanded Swallow resign.

>>Springdale Officials Charges Dismissed

(St. George, UT) -- No charges against two Springdale officials accused of mismanaging cash fines. That was the word from a judge yesterday. Town manager Richard Wixom and police chief Kurt Wright had been accused of sending cash bail to the town instead of the Hurricane Justice Court. The judge said the state hadn't met its burden of proof.

>>Boys Recovering After Near Drowning

(West Jordan, UT) -- Two young boys are recovering after yesterday's near-drowning. Authorities say one nearly drowned in a community pool at 93rd South and Redwood Road. The other child almost lost his life in a home pool. Officials remind you not to take your eyes off children in a pool, and be vigilant about maintaining barriers like pool fences.

>>Lehi Homeowners Told Not To Use Drinking Water On Lawns

(Lehi, UT) -- People in Lehi are being asked to stop using in-home drinking water and spigots attached to their homes to water lawns, driveways and gardens. Lehi is facing an emergency shortage of this "culinary" water.
City workers have been going door-to-door asking people to stop using culinary water for restricted reasons like lawn watering. Another issue is a shortage of secondary water, which is also called pressured irrigation. Consecutive dry summer and winter months have caused the water shortage. Lehi's only getting 30-percent of its assigned water supply.

>>Mayor Becker Vetoes Tax Hike

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has vetoed an eight-million-dollar property tax hike the City Council just approved. The Council yesterday approved the tax increase as part of next fiscal year's budget, but Becker said today in a statement it's not "the appropriate time to increase the tax burden on the community." Five council votes could override the mayor's veto and the council will meet Friday to consider such a move.

(Moab)- The Moab Times Indpendent this morning reports that the Grand County School Board's proposed budget for the next school year includesand increase in the Captial Levy Tax. School officials say the money would be used to create a capital improvement fund that could be used for renovations or rebuilding Grand County Middle School. The board put off immediate plans for the middle school until money can be generated for the project. The proposed ncrease would raise taxes on a 200-thusand dollar home by just over 17 dollars a year. One a million dollar business, the impact would be a 156 dollar increase.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Impeachment Proceedings Possible

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Utah's top cop could find himself in hot water. The legislature decides today whether to start an investigation into impeachment proceedings for John Swallow. The attorney general's under fire for allegedly arranging bribes and taking favors.

(Vernal) A fire at a Natural cleanup disposal site near Vernal included a filter press on fire. Oil field workers and firemen are at the scene making sure its contained. Repotts this morning on social media indicate no one was injured.

>>Federal Investigation Skydiving Accident

(Tooele Co., UT) -- Federal authorities are investigating a deadly skydiving accident Sunday. Authorities say the unidentified victim's parachute opened but she hit the ground too hard. The incident happened at Tooele Valley Airport.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah has the highest rate of autism spectrum disorders in the country, as 1 in 47 children have been diagnosed with the disorder. Tuesday, a national study released by the Harvard School of Public Health showed a link between air pollution and ASD.According to researchers, living in an area with high levels of pollution may increase a woman’s chances of having a child with the disorder.Dr. Brian Moench, President of the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, said people need to take air pollution more seriously.

(Audio) "Air pollution should be thought of the same way that we think of the health consequences of cigarette smoke," he said. "Higher rates of autism amongst children who were born to women that had to breathe more air pollution, that’s a devastating, life altering consequence."

>>Capitol Theatre Staying Around

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- A century-old theatre is staying around after all. Salt Lake County officials had feared the Capitol Theatre facelift would fail from money problems. However, the Janet Quinney Lawson Foundation is making up the four-million-dollar funding shortfall. Renovation work begins June 28th.

(Salt Lake-Moab)-Firefighters continued Tuesday to battle three wildfires that have scorched hundreds of acres of land in rural parts of the state. But fire conditions were expected to worsen through Thursday. Fire officials Tuesday were asking the public to be very careful when using fire outdoors and target shooting, and have ordered restrictions on some activities to prevent additional wildfires.Because of volatile fire conditions, these activities are prohibited beginning Thursday in southwest Utah in Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane and Washington counties:

• Open fires of any kind, except campfires and charcoal fires within approved fire pits and grills. • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building.• Cutting, welding or grinding metal in areas of dry vegetation.• Use of exploding targets detonated when struck by a projectile such as a bullet. • Fireworks, tracer ammunition or other pyrotechnic devices.

Many Utah communities have placed restrictions on fireworks in advance of the upcoming July 4 and July 24 holidays. The National Forest is asking everyone to be careful with campfires and if possible avoid them until Friday.

Updates on the fires already burning:

• The Rock Creek Fire, sparked by lightning, is burning about 15 miles east of East Carbon City and has scarred about 181 acres of steep, rugged terrain. By Tuesday, the blaze was 25 percent contained. • The Dark Canyon Fire..north west of Blanding in Manti-La Sal National Forest had burned 350 acres in the Dark Canyon Wilderness. It continued to grow rapidly, and a helicopter crew was monitoring its spread, fire officials said. It was about 60 percent contained Tuesday evening. Crews hoped to have the fire fully contained by Saturday night.

• the Lackey Fan Fire, also in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, continued to burn about 3 miles northwest of La Sal. A lightning strike Thursday ignited that blaze, which had burned about 904 acres. Firefighters had reached 75 percent containment by Tuesday evening.

>>New Sex Education Website

(Undated) -- There's a new resource for parents educating teens on sex. The Department of Health website focuses on abstinence. However, it does have statistics on teens' sexual habits and the consequences of pregnancy. The website is at

>>Salt Lake Tax Increase OK'd

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Salt Lake City property owners are paying more tax. Tuesday the city council approved an eight-million-dollar property-tax increase. That comes to roughly 67-dollars-93-cents more on a 250-thousand-dollar house. Most of the council says the increase is desperately needed for road repairs and other projects.

>>Shooting Stuns Former Landlord

(Ogden, UT) -- One woman's still in shock at Sunday's shooting at a Catholic church. Joane Sandberg says Jim Evans was a real help to his son-in-law Charles Jennings Junior. Jennings is accused of shooting Evans in the head. He's facing a number of charges, including attempted homicide.

>>Shooting Victim Condition Upgraded

(Ogden, UT) -- A Utah man shot during a Father's Day church service is in fair condition. Jim Evans took a bullet near his ear. Doctors say he'll need surgery and rehab to relearn speaking and swallowing. Evans' son-in-law Charles Jennings Junior has been charged with attempted homicide.

>>Mall Exceeding Everyone's Expectations

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Salt Lake's newest mall is doing very well. State tax records show City Creek Center brought in 200-million-dollars in the past nine months. The LDS Church, which owns the mall, says they're happy to be a part of the economic upswing.

>>Brushfire Causes Tank Explosion

(Leeds, UT) -- The cause of a brushfire that caused a fuel-tank explosion is unknown. Authorities say the fire started Tuesday morning near Buckeye Reef. It quickly spread to a nearby pile of scrap metal and old vehicles along with the tank. No one was injured.

Monday, June 17, 2013

>>Shooting Suspect In Custody

(Ogden, UT) -- A man accused of shooting a relative in a church Sunday is in custody. Ogden police lieutenant Danielle Croyle says Charles Richard Jennings shot his father-in-law in the neck at St. James Catholic Church.

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The father-in-law is in critical but stable condition. Police say Jennings was captured on Interstate 84 after his stolen pickup apparently ran out of gas. It's not clear what the motive was behind the incident.

SOUTHERN UTAH — Fire crews continue to fight several fires burning in south-eastern Utah and one in nearby Colorado. The largest of the wildfires is the Lackey Fan Fire, which is burning about three miles north-west of Lasal. It has burned an estimated 900 acres and is at zero percent containment. The Dark Canyon Fire is also at zero percent containment, and it has burned nearly 190 acres. The Rock Creek Fire is burning 15 miles east of East Carbon, and it is five percent contained. It has burned 180 acres of land.

Another fire is burning in Dinosaur National Monument. Crews are conducting suppression action on the fire on Wild Mountain. The fire is estimated to have covered 350 acres. Fire managers said the Wild/Hacking Fire started as two separate fires, both of which were ignited by lightning strikes, but merged into one large blaze Friday.

>>Inmates' Children Receive Scholarships

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Three Utah children with parents in prison are the first recipients of an inmate-founded scholarship. Danielle Cheek, Mariah Williamson and Mariah Williamson will each get one-thousand dollars. Ex-con Karl "Willy" Winsness founded the scholarship, saying children of incarcerated parents are nearly-invisible crime victims.

>>Swallow Investigation Resolution Passed

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Members of the Utah House of Representatives say they'll begin an impeachment resignation of Utah Attorney General John Swallow. They approved a resolution Friday. Swallow's accused of accepting and arranging bribes for a businessman under federal investigation. He also allegedly took favors from an incarcerated businessman.

>>Former Employee, Client Smash Vet Clinic

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- A former employee and customer are slamming a vet's practices. Trina Gerry says her dog died, too, of a botched surgery from Quail Pointe. Former employee Deidra Meier says she was told to do certain things she never thought to question. Another customer whose dog bled to death following a surgery says she's considering filing a lawsuit.

>>Teen Says Not Guilty In Ref's Death

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- A teen accused of throwing a deadly punch to a soccer referee has pleaded not guilty. Johana [[ yo-HAHNA ]] Portillo was in the courtroom Friday. She says she's not carrying a grudge about her father Ricardo.

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A judge hasn't ruled on whether the 17-year-old can be tried as an adult. He's accused of punching Portillo after the referee gave him a penalty.

INDIANAPOLIS — Every two years, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square take their talents on the road for a tour. There are concerts and "Music and the Spoken Word" on the road. This summer, choir is sweeping the Midwest with rave reviews. From an interfaith meeting to the Indiana Pacers to the concert in Indianapolis, the singers are receiving standing ovations and making friends. The dynamic sound of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir filled Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Friday. The choir has not visited this city since 1911.

The choir has not visited this city since 1911.

"This is an iconic institution and to be able to hear these voices and to be able to give them a little bit of Hoosier hospitality is a real joy for me and my family," said Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

"I have been told that your last visit was 102 years ago. Welcome back."

A new business is proposed in the Moab Area. Recently developers approached the Grand County Planning Commssion with the idea for an Upscale Campground complete with wood floor canvass tents, catered meals, queen size beds and so on. The Montana Based company wants to build the campground north of the 313-191 intersection on private land. The company would be known as Moab Undercanvass Campground.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

>>Red Flag Fire Alert

(St. George, UT) -- Much of southwest Utah is under a red-flag fire alert today. Forecasters say high winds and temperatures, plus low humidity, equal prime fire potential. The warning expires at 10 tomorrow night. Last year, fires killed two pilots, destroyed eight homes and forced evacuations.

>>Child Dies After Hit-And-Run

(West Valley City, UT) -- Police are looking for the driver who took off after hitting and killing a two-year-old. Angela Barnett and her two kids were walking home from a Smith's store Monday night when a driver hit her son Gavyn's stroller. Gavyn died of his injuries yesterday. Police say the vehicle is a gray, white or silver sports car with a spoiler.

>>Missing Man Found

(St. George, UT) -- A missing St. George man is back home. Police say 92-year-old Ronald Bucher vanished yesterday morning during a walk. People in downtown St. George helped Bucher into a taxi.

(Dead Horse Point-Moab)- Using Utah canyon country as a backdrop, senior Sierra Club executives on Tuesday unveiled a renewed effort to protect the nation’s scenic treasures, highlighting environmentalists’ hopes to establish a Greater Canyonlands National Monument and shut the door on tar-sands development. The "Our Wild America" campaign also steps up the environmental group’s commitment to connect kids with nature, restore forest health and reduce the nation’s reliance on the fossil fuels behind climate change.
"Pollution, mining, drilling and fracking are encroaching on some of our last remaining wild wonders, and our society is becoming increasingly disconnected from nature at a time when climate disruption is making it more important than ever to be expanding our conservation legacy," said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, author of the book Coming Clean — Breaking America’s Addiction to Oil and Coal. He was speaking at Dead Horse Point.

>>Governor: Swallow Would Be Gone

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Governor Herbert says if Utah's attorney general were working in his office, he'd be fired by now.

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It's the strongest statement yet from Herbert's office about John Swallow. The attorney general's alleged to have helped arrange bribes with federal officials and taking favors from a convicted fraudster. The state House meets next week to discuss the impeachment process.

>>"Naked Gun" Burglar Sentenced

(St. George, UT) -- A burglar caught by a naked homeowner is spending 60-days in jail. Clinton Keller will serve his sentence at the Purgatory Correctional Facility. In March, homeowner Eric Martin caught Keller roaming his home. He held Keller at gunpoint until police arrived.

(Farmington, UT) -- A group of protesters is calling for Utah transportation officials to ditch plans for the West Davis Corridor. A U-DOT spokesperson tells KSL-TV the agency understands the issue is highly emotional for some people. Hundreds gathered yesterday for a protest in Farmington to voice displeasure for the proposed highway. Protesters say the money would be better spent on fixing existing roads.

>>Invasive Quagga Mussels Threaten Utah Lakes

(Undated) -- Divers are working overtime in southern Utah to halt the invasion of the quagga mussel. More than 30 biologists ventured into the waters of Lake Powell yesterday to search boats, docks and pipes for the invasive mussels before they threaten wildlife and infrastructure. Lake Powell is one of four Lakes in Utah under threat by the quaggas. Biologists say once the mussels reach the water they can multiply at an alarming rate.

EMERY COUNTY — A vacation in the San Rafael Desert turned into a major historic discovery when a family unearthed a dinosaur. The Watt family fro Eagle Mountain were enjoying their vacation in the San Rafael Desert over the weekend when they made the discovery. Amanda Watt said the annual trip is part of a longtime family tradition her father-in-law started. Watt said her nephew ran over to the group with the news that he had found something big in the dirt.
The family alerted state paleontologists so they could safely excavate the bones. Paleontologists believe that the discovery was made on Bureau of Land Management land, and he is trying to arrange for the family to go back to help unearth the discovery.

>>New LDS Missionaries March In Provo

(Provo, UT) -- A so-called army of newly-minted Mormon missionaries takes part in a nighttime march in Provo. KSL-TV says an estimated three-thousand LDS missionaries participated in last night's march to the devotional at BYU Marriott Center in Provo. LDS officials say the new batch of missionaries will reach record numbers of more than 36-hundred come July
Colorado Springs, CO) -- At least 40-homes so far have been destroyed in the Black Forest Fire burning in El Paso County. The fire started yesterday afternoon and was zero percent contained last night. Thousands of homes have been evacuated. Nearly 400 firefighters are battling the blaze, but officials are hoping for additional help from crews at the state and federal level.

>>Heat Contributes to Multiple Wildfires

(Denver, CO) -- You need more than one hand to count the number of wildfires burning in Colorado right now, and yesterday's extreme heat didn't help. Denver International Airport showed 100-degrees, making Tuesday the earliest 100-degree day since 1870. The Black Forest Fire broke out yesterday and has so far destroyed at least 40-homes in El Paso County. The Big Meadows Fire in west Rocky Mountain National Park and the Royal Gorge fire both continued to burn yesterday as well, growing to 400 acres and nearly four-thousand acres, respectively

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY — The president of one of Utah’s largest Internet companies has vowed not to cooperate with law enforcement requesting customer data — unless they get a warrant. In an interview with FOX 13 News, XMission President Pete Ashdown said he is standing up for his customers’ Internet privacy in an era of intrusion. To that end, he has published a list of requests he has gotten from law enforcement and government agencies for customer data."Most of them are not warrants. Most of them are subpoenas that had one signature on them, and not a judge’s signature," Ashdown told FOX 13. "Very few valid, constitutional requests out of this group which is disappointing to me."

XMission has refused to comply with most of the requests for information — with one notable exception: A Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court request in 2010. Ashdown said he could not reveal much about the FISA Court order given to XMission on Nov. 29, 2010 because of the same order.

"It was, essentially, setting up a monitoring device on one customer for an extended period of time," Ashdown said. "I wasn’t very happy about that, but they said, ‘Look, it’s going to be a nightmare if you try and challenge it.’ And so I did it." In his interview with FOX 13, Ashdown said he was "uncomfortable" with the massive NSA data center being built in Bluffdale. He was critical of Utah’s congressional leaders for supporting it — then expressing concern and outrage about the data collection.


>>Utah Democrats Want Hearing To Discuss Swallow

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Utah Senate Democrats say they'll seek a legislative hearing to discuss allegations lobbed at District Attorney John Swallow. The "Tribune" says the hearing would examine more closely the allegations of misconduct now facing Swallow. The House made a similar gesture for a hearing last week. Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis reiterated the hearing is not intended for a discussion on impeachment.

>>Experts Warn Heat Dangers

(St. George, UT) -- With triple-digit heat most of this week, doctors are warning people to be careful. Dr. John Foster at Intermountain Healthcare says it's easy to forget how harmful heat exhaustion is.

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Foster says drinking plenty of water and getting out of the heat are key to recovery. Major

(MOAB ) Just out side Arches Nation Park is a major dinsosaur herd discovery. Channel Five news says Utah paleontologists are looking for one enormous helicopter to lift the herd of dinosaurs The Utahraptors are fossilized on a steep slope, just below a cliff. The herd is protected by a jacket of plaster and burlap. "It's certainly one of the most amazing things that I've ever seen in my career," according to Don DeBlieux, a paleontologist with Utah Geological Survey. The area the dinosaurs were found in is believed to have been a death trap. State paleontologist Jim Kirkland theorizes that 100 million years ago a pack of Utahraptors attacked a plant-eating dinosaur stuck in quicksand. The collection was first found in 2001 by a student doing geology in the area. The problem now, is how to move the collection.

SALINA, Sevier County — An Iowa man is dead after driving off a steep embankment on I-70 near Salina. Steve R. Johnson, 58, was traveling west on I-70 in a silver 2010 Ford F-250 at about 8:15 a.m. Monday when he drifted into the median an d then overcorrected. His vehicle went down a steep embankment off the eastbound lanes and began to roll as it reached the frontage road at the bottom, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. It rolled into a dry creekbed lined with large rocks, which tore most of the cab from the frame of the truck. Johnson was wearing a seatbelt, according to UHP, but died instantly due to head and neck trauma.

>>Census: Utah Best In U.S. For Internet Access

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- New census data says Utah is the top state in the nation for providing its people access to the world wide web. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau reports that 12 of every 13-Utahns have access to the internet. No other state was better. One in four Utahns are what the Bureau calls "highly connected" meaning they can get on the Internet using more than one device, whether it's with a phone or tablet.

>>Grass-Roots Org. Denied In Bid To Unplug Plant

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Plans by a grass-roots movement to stop a proposed power plant in Sigurd are derailed for the time being. The "Tribune" says Sevier Citizens for Clean Air and Water wanted Utah regulators to stop the planned 58-megawatt gas-fired power plant. The Sevier group's challenge was reportedly the first in Utah aimed at fighting the state's new environmental regulations. The head of the Utah grass-roots effort promised he wouldn't quit the fight.

>>Salt Lake Strikes 100, Degrees That Is

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Salt Lake City hits 100-degrees on the thermometer for the first time this year. The "Tribune" says yesterday's high temperature tied a record set way back in 1918. Forecasters say we can expect a cooling trend today as the high could reach the upper-80s. Then tomorrow temperatures should once again encroach on the lower 90s.

>>Toddler Critical After Hit-N-Run

(West Valley City, UT) -- A two-year-old boy is in critical condition after a hit-and-run last night. Police say the unidentified boy's mom was crossing a street at four-thousand-five South 56-hundred West when a northbound vehicle hit the stroller. The boy flew out, and the driver kept going. The vehicle's been described as a gray, silver or white sports car with a fin on the back.

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>>Lane Buckling Closes I-15 Lanes

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Two closed lanes of I-15 should be open again this morning. The Department of Transportation says yesterday's high heat caused pavement to buckle near 13-thousand-800 South. UDOT says someone reported the problem around seven last night.

>>Family Struggling Murder Suicide

(Spanish Fork, UT) -- Family and neighbors are struggling to deal with the alleged murder-suicide of a father and son in Spanish Fork. Police lieutenant Matt Johnson says Bryson Drew left a suicide note Sunday night. Authorities say two-year-old Chance had blunt-force injuries. His father died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

>>Experts Warn Heat Dangers

(St. George, UT) -- With triple-digit heat this week, doctors are warning people to be careful. Dr. John Foster at Intermountain Healthcare says it's easy to forget how harmful heat exhaustion is. Foster says drinking plenty of water and getting out of the heat are key to recovery. Major warning signs of heat exhaustion include muscle aches, nausea, and dizziness.

>>Stinky Air In Pleasant Grove

(Pleasant Grove, UT) -- The air in Pleasant Grove isn't so pleasant right now. Local officials say mulch creation at a sewage plant west of I-275 is emitting the terrible odors. A "Stop-The-Stench" rally will be held Thursday near the plant for ideas on either stopping the stench or moving the mulch-creation operation.

Monday, June 10, 2013

>>Man's Body Pulled From Pineview Reservoir

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- The body of a drowning victim in Pineview Reservoir is finally recovered. Authorities say divers yesterday discovered the body of the 26-year-old at the reservoir peninsula called Cemetery Point. The victim's name was being withheld until kin is notified.

>>Wildfire Burns Near Tooele

(Tooele, UT) -- Authorities are searching for answers behind a near-40-acre canyon wildfire still burning east of Tooele. Named the Flood Canyon Fire, authorities say it started late yesterday a few miles northeast of Tooele. Firefighters expect it to be extinguished sometime this morning. A similar fire last year burned more than 700-acres.

SALT LAKE CITY — Federal officers and rangers have no right to enforce driving and other common laws on national forest, federal range lands and national parks, the Utah Attorney General's Office asserts. The state is defending an effort to limit the police powers of federal officers in the latest flashpoint between Utah and U.S. government officials. The debate has often centered on control or development of federal lands, but it is now extending to police activities by federal officers.

The Utah Legislature approved a law earlier this year that prohibits federal officers — at risk of arrest and prosecution — from trying to enforce state or local laws anywhere in Utah. Gov. Gary Herbert signed the law.The federal government sued, however, and a judge slapped an injunction on the law the day it was to take effect, May 13.State lawyers filed papers June 4 to defend the new law and ask the judge to lift the injunction.The U.S. departments of agriculture and interior "cannot grant to themselves state law enforcement authority," state lawyers said in a 100-page memo.

>>Four Young Victims Allege Incident

(Provo, UT) -- Provo authorities say two more people have come forward in connection with an alleged molestation at the city's recreation center. The alleged incident happened Saturday. Provo police arrested a man named James Harrison after two 13-year-old girls accused him of assault. The next day, two more girls ages six and ten told police a similar story.

>>Church Adds New Windows

(American Fork, UT) -- An historic church in American Fork is getting a new addition. Officials say they're adding new ornate stained glass at the 132-year-old Presbyterian church. Each of the new four panels has a different scene from the life of Jesus Christ. It took a special church committee several years to finish the window project.

>>Public's Help Sought For A-T-V Proposed Trails

(Monticello, UT) -- The public's help is sought for a plan in Monticello to host an all-terrain vehicle safari. The Bureau of Land Management is conducting an analysis of the potential impacts the 16 trails might have on the environment. Input is wanted up until June 30th. Go to www-dot-blm-dot-org for more information.

>>Utah: 18th In UV Danger

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- A new study ranks Utah 18th in the nation for UV-radiation risk. Optician Joy Gibb says that can lead to internal eye damage.

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Gibbs recommends everyone wear sunglasses outdoors on sunny days.

SPRINGVILLE — Derek Fugal and his family are facing a frightening future: At the age of 2, he has been diagnosed with kidney cancer. Though he is barely a toddler, he must still undergo chemotherapy and surgery in order to have a chance. Every week Derek and his family travel about an hour from Springville up to Primary Children's Medical Center for chemotherapy.

>>Sheriff: Mom Provided Daughter Alcohol

(Weber County, UT) -- Weber County sheriff's officials say a young girl nearly died because her mother allegedly provided her alcohol. Investigators say Raquel Borce gave her four-year-old daughter so much alcohol she ended up in critical condition last April. The girl reportedly suffers from cerebral palsy. The "Tribune" says Borce was booked on charges including one count of child abuse.

Friday, June 7, 2013

LEHI, Utah – The data the National Security Administration is accused of mining may ultimately be stored in a massive facility overlooking the Utah Valley. The accusation that the NSA has acquired phone records for millions of people — and potentially Internet and credit card information as well — has turned renewed attention to the data center being constructed on Camp Williams on the Salt Lake-Utah County line.Reaction to the reports of data mining by the NSA has been met with a mixture of surprise, outrage and explanation.

"When you have this much data collection going on, we all ought to be concerned," Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said in an interview Thursday.

Lee said he understood the need to protect Americans from terror attacks, but added that privacy needed to be respected as well.

In a statement to reporters, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, disagreed with his colleague. He insisted the data collection has been conducted in a lawful way.

CEDAR CITY – Jet manufacturer MSC Aerospace announced Thursday that Cedar City will be the home of its SyberJet SJ30, winning out over a competitive bid by San Antonio, Texas. The choice comes after months of wooing by state and county governments, included multi-year tax incentives totaling more than $43 million. MSC Aerospace owns SyberJet Aircraft and Metalcraft Technologies, so roots run deep in Iron County. But company directors say in the end, it came down to money."It’s an economic decision for us," says MSC Chairman David Grant. "An old economics professor of mine told me, ‘When all is said and done, it’s all economics.’"

The production of the SJ30 will create about 1,200 new jobs over 20 years for Iron County, making it one of the largest private employers in the area. Local business leaders are excited about what the move means to the local economy.


>>Summer Agriculture In Trouble

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Officials say Utah summer agriculture will be hard-hit this year. They say lower-than-normal snowpack means rivers aren't recharging. And reservoir storage is now 15-percent below what it was last year. Normal storage capacity is 65-percent.

>>West Nile Virus Found

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Health officials say West Nile virus is in Utah. The Southwest Utah Department of Public Health says the infected mosquitoes were from Washington County. Officials say to protect yourself wear bug repellant between dusk and dawn and empty any standing water.

>>SyberJet Coming To Cedar City

(Cedar City, UT) -- A new company's coming to Cedar City. Syberjet Aircraft has announced it's locating a factory and company headquarters in the city. The move will bring around 12-hundred jobs to Iron County. When they'll start isn't clear.

>>ACLU: Legalize Pot

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- The American Civil Liberties Union is calling for pot legalization in Utah. John Mejia with the Utah chapter says part of the reason law enforcement is resisting that is financial.

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The ACLU says as of 2010, billions were spent to enforce marijuana-possession laws.

>>Cat Revived After Fire

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- A Salt Lake housecat's doing fine after getting caught in a fire last night. Firefighters at the Brickyard Condos originally thought Gato [[ GAH-toe ]] was dead. After someone noticed she was breathing, veteran firefighter Tom Simon got Gato on oxygen. A local shelter says the little feline suffered no injuries.

>>Pastor Resigns Because Of Scouts' Policy

(Fruit Heights, UT) -- A Utah pastor and longtime supporter of the Boy Scouts of America is stepping down in light of the group's recent decision to allow gay members. KSL-TV says Presbyterian Pastor Neal Humphrey officially resigned last week from the executive board of the Trapper Trails Council. Humphrey says he will continue to participate in the Boy Scouts with the troop from Westminster Church because its leaders refuse to comply with the new Scouts' policy.

>>Romney Kicks Off Private Park City Retreat

(Park City, UT) -- Mitt Romney is kicking off his private annual retreat in Park City this week. The former Republican Presidential hopeful opened up his Deer Valley conference yesterday with speeches from political consultant David Axelrod and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. The conference is said to be Romney's first public appearance since the November election. The invite-only event comes with a five-thousand-dollar entrance fee.

>>Layton Landlord: No Butts About New Policy

(Layton, UT) -- The landlord of a Layton apartment complex is telling his tenants to either quit smoking or move out. The "Tribune" says Skyline View Apartments manager Randy Banks has informed his renters they have to adhere to a new anti-smoking policy by the November 1st deadline or face the consequences. Banks says his new policy bans all smoking within 25-feet of the property which includes sidewalks and streets. The report claims Banks has the backing of Davis County health officials and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

>>Serial Robbery Suspect Nabbed

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Salt Lake City police say a suspected serial robber is finally under arrest. Authorities say the unnamed 29-year-old suspect was wanted for robbing at least five businesses around Salt Lake City in the last week alone. He's allegedly responsible for thefts at a Taylorsville laundromat, two Subway restaurants in Salt Lake City and two Dollar Tree stores in Salt Lake and Magna, all since only May 31st.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

(Moab Utah)- The Moab Times Independent today reports that the Canyonlands Health care District is working with a private firm, Rocky Mountain Care, for Rocky Mtn to buy the Canyonlands Care Center here. The Care Center is attached to the Moab Regional hospital building, but is a seperate entity. Rocky Mtn...if the deal goes through, plans to expand the Care Center. Nlo specific details have emerged in the talks and no time table has been announced.

(Moab Utah)- Moab's air service picture could change in the next year. The Grand County Council and the Airport Board have approved a contract with Pinnacle Helcopters of Las Vegas, for space at the Moab Airport. The comany plans to operate helicopter tours of the area, abiding by FAA and National Park Service rules about fly ovver of certain areas. Thee envrionmentalists expressed opposition to the plan at a Grand County Council meeting.

KCY also understands that the Air port board and several Moab Businesses are urging a different Air Carrier to bid for the essentail air service federal contraact for Moab Commercial Air Service. Board members are urging that SKyWest Airlines bid for a route linking Moab to Las Vegas. Skywest, in addition to flying its own routes in the southwest, also operates regional service for Uited Airlines, Delta, American and US Air. .

Washington • Visitors heading to national parks in Utah and other areas this summer can expect to complement their wholesome outdoor experience with new nutritious food options. As part of a healthful and sustainable food initiative announced Wednesday by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, concessionaires in national parks will offer a new range of options catering to the more discerning diner.

In Utah the onlyp park effected is the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area...Lake Powell. Bruce Fears, president of Aramark Parks and Destinations, the concessionaire for Lake Powell, said that his company had been working to ensure that healthful options don’t hit consumers in the pocket. "We try to really work to make sure that we are competitive and the price is reasonable for a family traveling to Lake Powell," he said. Healthy options are currently available at Aramark outlets throughout the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, including at a new restaurant slated to open at Wahweap next month.


>>Police: BYU Student Found Dead

(Provo, UT) -- Provo police believe they've found a missing BYU student.

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Lieutenant Matthew Siufanua says it appears Tyler Mayle was trying to climb a steep cliff on Y Mountain and fell. The 22-year-old Colorado man had been missing since Saturday.

>>Crosswalk Is Up

(Ogden, UT) -- The city of Ogden has a new crosswalk. The walk's along Wall Avenue at Binford Street. It's outside of a homeless shelter. Two people were killed in the area within six months. .
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>>Former Girls Home Operator Charged

(Cedar City, UT) -- A former girls home owner is facing sexual assault charges. Authorities say Daniel Taylor preyed on three of his own clients. His former Integrity House handled troubled girls between 12 and 17-years-old.

>>No Quail Fire Charges

(Alpine, UT) -- Authorities say they won't file charges in last summer's Quail Fire. The blaze threatened the town of Alpine and burned over 22-hundred acres. The U.S. Attorney's Office says there was no criminal conduct. However, they will pursue civil action to recover damages.

>>Easy Donations For Oklahoma

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- A Utah company says it's easy to donate to Oklahoma tornado survivors. eFoods Direct says each seven-day food-kit order will go directly to Oklahoma City. The 25-dollar package is marked with the donor's name. The website is

>>Salt Lake City Motorcycle Cop Seriously Hurt In Crash

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- A Salt Lake City cop is clinging to life after crashing his motorcycle on Interstate 15. Utah Highway Patrol says the unidentified officer was part of a training exercise when he hit a piece of metal debris then went down this afternoon. He's currently hospitalized in serious-to-critical condition.

SALT LAKE CITY – The American Red Cross sent three more Utahns to Oklahoma Wednesday to help locals recover after a series of tornadoes.The volunteers are expected to be there for no less than two weeks, and they only got 24 hours to pack their things and book a ticket.

ST. GEORGE – Pumping water from Lake Powell to St. George, that’s what a proposed pipeline would do. This week economists said it’s a solution to meet the demands of a growing area, but critics argue it may not be the right solution. The Lake Powell Pipeline would stretch 139 miles across southwestern Utah and put the water into Sand Hollow Reservoir, just east of Hurricane. The proposed line is still in the early stages of development, but water district managers said one thing is clear: Projected growth will require an additional water supply. Washington County Water Conservancy District General Manager Ronald Thompson: (audio)

>>Romney's Son Doesn't Rule Out Political Run

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Mitt Romney's son Josh says he's considering a run for public office in Utah. Josh Romney says the allegations swirling around Utah Attorney General John Swallow are becoming a distraction to Utah voters. For now Romney said he's content campaigning on behalf of Mia Love in her race against Utah Democratic Representative Jim Matheson.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

(Moab- Salt Lake)- The Utah Wildlife Board ruled Tuesday that mountain goats could become a part of the high-elevation ecosystem of the La Sal Mountains east of Moab, but there is work to be done before that happens. The governor-appointed board accepted the Utah Mountain Goat Statewide Management Plan as presented by biologists from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) and emphasized that approval of the plan only clears the way for the next step of a possible introduction of the nonnative species.

The possibility to relocate mountain goats from other successful Utah herds brought concern from conservationists while the management plan was presented to the public at a series of Regional Advisory Committee meetings.

MONTICELLO — The Bureau of Land Management is seeking the public's input on a proposal by Monticello to host and guide an ATV safari on 16 guided trails. As part of the process to issue a special permit for the event, the federal agency is conducting an environmental analysis to identify issues and potential impacts and to possibly offer alternatives. Comments are being accepted until June 30. The three-day event would be held in September.

>Pharmacy Theft Spree Help

(St. George, UT) -- Southern Utah police need your help to catch a trio of pharmacy burglars. They say the thieves were after narcotics. Evan Stapley's Stapley's Family Pharmacy was one of the stores hit.

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The other pharmacies hit were Walgreens in Hurricane [[ HUR-eh-kun ]] and Mesquite[[ mess-KEET ]] , Nevada. The thefts happened Saturday morning.

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>>Aposhian Gun Surrender Ordered

(Holladay, UT) -- The face of Utah's gun lobby must surrender his guns. Clark Aposhian got that news in court Tuesday.

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Aposhian's facing domestic-violence charges from a Memorial Day incident involving his ex-wife. He's pleaded not guilty. A protective order filed by his ex-wife prohibits Aposhian from having any firearms.

>>Group: Swallow Must Resign

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- A local conservative group says Utah's attorney general must resign. The Sutherland Institute's Paul Mero said a person of integrity would put the office above themselves. John Swallow's being investigated for allegedly trying to arrange bribes for a businessman charged with fraud.

>>Ogden Gang Restrictions Reaction

(Odgen, UT) -- Ogden residents are very happy with a permanent injunction against gang members. Locals say it's safer to shop and walk around. They say it's also brought new businesses to 24th Street. The injunction bars gang members from gathering in public places and includes an 11 p.m. curfew.

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>>Provo Hiker Still Missing

(Provo, UT) -- A hiker who vanished Saturday near Provo is still missing. Crews have been combing the mountains for any sign of 22-year-old Tyler Mayle. He's from Windsor, Colorado. Mayle disappeared Saturday.

>>Evergreen Homeowners Return As Firefighters Contain Bluebell Fire

(Evergreen, CO) -- People in the Evergreen area are back in their homes this morning after the Bluebell Fire forced them out. Jacki Kelley with Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says thousands of homeowners were asked to evacuate.

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Kelley says people at almost ten-thousand different phone numbers were told to evacuate earlier this week. The final 140 people were told they could come home last night after the fire was contained. No one was injured and no buildings were destroyed. A 48-foot tree dropped on at least two power lines, starting the fire Monday.

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah — Thieves stripped the copper wire from at least three light poles in Cottonwood Heights in a brazen theft Monday.

Police said the theft occurred between 8 p.m. and midnight in the parking lot of a Famous Dave’s barbecue restaurant, which is on a busy intersection at 7200 south and Union Park.

Sgt. Dave Broadhead, Cottonwood Heights Police Department, said thefts of copper wires are becoming all too common, as it can be lucrative for thieves.


PRICE — The body of a 29-year-old Price woman who disappeared early Sunday morning was found Tuesday. Holly Martineau reportedly walked away from a residence in the Coves area of Price shortly after midnight Sunday. A group of Martineau’s family members and friends were looking for her Tuesday morning when her body was discovered by a family friend. Police said Martineau had been walking by herself when she slipped on loose dirt at the edge of a cliff and fell 100 feet to her death.


TOOELE — Tooele County is planning to turn miles of paved road into gravel because the county can't afford to repair potholes on the road. Giant potholes a couple inches deep dot Faust Road. The project will cost $30,000. The county would have needed $92,000 to repair the asphalt. "There's a lot of budget constraints, obviously, so there's no money to repair the road," said Tooele County Spokesman Wade Matthews.


SALT LAKE CITY — Four Utahns have contracted hepatitis from consumption of frozen berries purchased at Costco. They join at least 45 other cases reported in seven states during the latest outbreak of hepatitis A, which began sometime in April.

The Oregon company claiming responsibility for the illnesses has recalled its Organic Antioxidant Blend of frozen cherries, blueberries, pomegranate, raspberry and strawberries. The mix is sold under the Townsend Farms label at all 10 Costco stores throughout Utah.

(Salt Lake)- A man died after his pickup crashed last night on Interstate 80 near Lambs Canyon, east of Salt Lake. The man was driving west about 7 p.m. when his Dodge pickup went into the median, entering a 20-foot space between two concrete barriers, the Utah Highway Patrol reported. When the truck reached the Lambs Canyon underpass, it launched into the air and crashed into the opposite side of the underpass.The man died at the scene; no one else was injured. UHP had not identified the man as of Tuesday night.Witnesses told UHP troopers that the pickup driver had been driving aggressively before the crash.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY — A rash of fatal accidents on Utah's roads has the Utah Department of Transportation reminding drivers be careful as they travel this summer. On average, highway fatalities go up 35 percent in the summer months, and there have been seven fatalities over the past 10 days in Salt Lake County. That increase is attributed to more of cars on the roads, but drivers are also going much faster, which is a leading factor to more deaths. "During the summer months, fatalities go up because the speeds are very high," said UDOT spokeswoman Tania Mashburn.

>>Fatal Train Pedestrian Accident

(Sunset, UT) -- Police are investigating a deadly FrontRunner train accident. A Utah Transit Authority spokesperson says the man got hit Monday night around 6:00. Officials say he was trespassing. FrontRunner service was delayed about 20 minutes. Witnesses said it appeared the man intentionally laid down on the tracks.

>>Gun Rights Advocate Gunless

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- A gun-rights advocate is losing his arsenal. Clarke Aposhian [[ uh-POE-shee-un ]] lost his concealed-weapons permit Friday thanks to a stalking injunction. He'll appear in court today in connection with a Memorial Day incident at his ex-wife's home.

Washington • Potential White House hopefuls will join Mitt Romney in Park City this week for an event pitched by Romney aides as a bipartisan forum on "emerging opportunities."New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan — all Republicans — as well as Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and President Barack Obama’s top adviser David Axelrod will join Romney for what essentially is a mix between a business briefing and a political brainstorming session.Romney says the gathering is meant to help keep some of the momentum and ideas from his presidential run in the national debate over the future of the country."One thing I felt deeply about after the campaign was that the people who had come together to support us were an extremely interested and involved group of individuals whose knowledge and perspective could continue to be helpful to the country," Romney told The Wall Street Journal. "And I thought it would be too bad if this group just left and went different directions and wasn’t able to come together and exchange ideas."

>>Mayors Call For Immigration Reform

(Undated) -- More than a dozen mayors from around Utah, from Park City to Beaver to Blanding, are pushing for comprehensive immigration reform. The "Tribune" says 19 mayors in all signed a letter yesterday addressed to Utah Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee warning that local jurisdictions will be quote "worse off" if immigration reform isn't accomplished soon. The mayors say an immigration pact is critical to the future of Utah's technology, agriculture and tourism sectors.

>>Supreme Court Upholds DNA Collection

(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Utah law enforcement is happy with a new U.S. Supreme Court decision. Yesterday, the high court agreed it's okay to collect DNA from someone under arrest. Opponents say taking DNA without a warrant is an unconstitutional search.

>>Wildfire Preparation Tips

(St. George, UT) -- Summer's here, and so is wildfire season. Adam Heyder, a Washington County fire warden, says you'll need to watch activities that can cause sparks.

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Officials also say avoid parking on dry grass and the side of the road. They also recommend an emergency-evacuation plan for people and pets.

>>Fracking Expected To Put Thousands To Work

(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois is giving the green light to companies that want to pull oil and natural gas out of large, underground rocks. The High-volume oil and gas extraction probably won't begin in earnest in Illinois until next year because the state first must adopt rules and hire dozens of new employees to help regulate an industry eagerly pushing into new territory. Gov. Pat Quinn promised a quick signature on a measure the Legislature approved last week that would impose the nation's strictest regulations on hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," which he says would create thousands of sorely needed jobs in southern Illinois. Senator Michael Frerichs says the process of fracking will put tens-of-thousands of people to work.

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Illinois already allows vertical fracking and supporters say so far, there haven't been any major environmental factors. The newest bill would allow more fracking and it puts regulations in place in an effort to keep the public safe and reduce any environmental risks. The bill is now on Governor Quinn's desk. He supports it.

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Supporters say fracking will put tens of thousands of people to work, but Senator Mattie Hunter is calling a bluff.

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Senator Kirk Dillard says fracking could put Illinois on the same playing field as states like Texas, which is doing very well financially.

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Mark Denzler, with the Illinois Manufacturing Association, says fracking will put people to work in several different industries.

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Mark Denzler, with the Illinois Manufacturers Association, says fracking will make Illinois a major world player in terms of oil production.

>>Drowsy Driving Worsens Driver Distractions

(Cleveland, OH) -- Getting fewer Z's could lead to more danger behind the wheel.

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Dr. Harneet Walia with the Cleveland Clinic says on average, people require seven to nine hours of sleep. A new study out of the U-K found that drowsy driving led to significantly more distraction-related incidents. Researchers say if you find yourself putting the window down to get air or turning the radio up louder to stay awake, you should not be driving