Utah Environment
7:19 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Goblin Valley State Park Ready For Expansion

Credit geology.utah.gov

A massive expansion of Goblin Valley State Park is in the works. The BLM, Utah State Park Service and Emery County are working together write a proposal to push the boundaries 40-fold.

After Gov. Gary Herbert proposed to expand a state park, officials from the state and park system chose Goblin Valley. With a recent surge in tourism, officials say the land needs more attention in order to maintain the natural beauty. 

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Utah Environment
7:14 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Grizzlies May Return To Utah

A petition seeking expansion for grizzly bear territory, including the Uintas, was released Thursday morning by the Center for Biological Diversity.

Noah Greenwald, the center’s endangered species director, discussed the basics of the petition.

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Utah News
5:19 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Plane Debris Located In La Sal Mountain Range

A plane that crashed in the La Sal Mountain Range Wednesday was located Thursday afternoon near La Sal Mountain Pass Road.
Credit http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/

A plane that went missing Wednesday has been located in San Juan County.

The debris of a 1958 single engine Cessna was found in the La Sal Mountains around 1 p.m. Thursday after nearby radar outposts lost signal with the craft Wednesday morning. The airplane had crashed into the mountainside killing the pilot on impact.

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Access Utah
10:21 am
Thu June 19, 2014

On Thursday's Access Utah: Mormons Facing Excommunication

Credit Jefferey Dale

Two members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were recently notified that they potentially faced disciplinary councils which could result in excommunication from the church for apostasy. Kate Kelly is a human rights lawyer who founded Ordain Women, a group seeking access to the LDS church’s all-male priesthood. 


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The Zesty Garden
11:37 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

The Zesty Garden - June 19

Carrots

What do you get when you cross a delirious poet who hallucinates writing, reading, and publishing a novel with globe willows and biennial vegetables? On today's Zesty Garden we talk with Dan Drost about gardening, Mike Kuhns about trees, and Nancy Williams reads from former U-S Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser.

Audio for the full program is, regrettably, not available this week. But you can listen to the separate modules below.

Ted Kooser Books

1. Delights and Shadows

2. Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps

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Utah News
5:54 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Fresh Start For Animal Shelter Dogged By Abuse Allegations

The St. George Animal Shelter is holding a grand re-opening a year after allegations of mismanagement, animal abuse and neglect.
Credit St. George Animal Shelter

A year after allegations of mismanagement, animal abuse and neglect, the St. George Animal Shelter is holding a re-opening celebration to showcase the changes that have been made to the facility.

The shelter is re-opening with a new director, Sgt. Ivor Fuller, and new facilities including kennels that give animals access to the outdoors and dog runs.

Fuller said one of the biggest changes is the no-kill policy.

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Utah News
5:40 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Centerville Police Search For Mustache Bandit

Mustachioed suspect who robbed a Zions Bank Tuesday continues to be sought after by law enforcement.
Credit Centerville Police Department

A perplexing situation in Centerville has led police on a continued search for an individual who robbed a bank Tuesday donning a fake mustache. 

Police received the distress call around 2:45 p.m. from a Zions Bank at 440 West Parrish. Dispatchers initially described the suspect as a tall, skinny man, but Assistant Chief Paul Child says investigators later determined that wasn’t the case. 

 

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Utah Crime and Courts
3:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Town Marshal Office Disbanded In FLDS Towns

The Arizona attorney general is asking a federal judge to disband the town marshal’s office in the FLDS towns of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona. 

In a federal court filing this week, Arizona prosecutors say a former town marshal has provided information that proves the office is influenced by sect leaders and systematically discriminates against nonmembers. 

Former Marshal Helaman Barlow went to authorities after he was put on leave from his position. He has received immunity from prosecutors.

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Utah Environment
12:59 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Public Advisory to Help Keep Mosquito Populations Low

Mosquito larvae breed in standing water.
Credit Logan City

With warm weather settling for the summer, mosquitos are back and experts are advising homeowners to keep their yards from becoming breeding grounds. The Logan City Environmental Department has already begun spraying the city streets to clear them of larvae.

In addition to spraying, the department is asking residents to keep their property clear of standing water, which Emily Malik describes as mosquito “prime breeding grounds.”

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Utah Environment
10:21 am
Wed June 18, 2014

New Fire Restrictions Implemented in Southern Utah

Authorities implemented new fire restrictions in southwest Utah due to worsening weather conditions.
Credit http://www.farmington.utah.gov/

Wednesday, the BLM and other federal agencies, along with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands are set to institute fire restrictions across southwest Utah in light of drought and worsening hot, dry conditions.

The restrictions differ slightly depending upon the jurisdiction involved, but for the most part forbid open fires, welding, smoking outdoors in most cases, the discharge of fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices and the use of exploding ammunition or targets.

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