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Provo
5:09 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

A Military Grade Solution to Cleaning Up Utah Lake

The Land Tamer hunts up invasive phragmites and destroys it, leaving sandy beaches in its wake.
Flickr: UtahLakeCommission's photostream

Utah Lake has a reputation for being a murky, polluted mud-hole. The Utah Lake Commission exists to manage the lake, enhance its value as a resource, and change the lake's murky reputation. It collaborates with multiple state agencies to sustainably develop Utah Lake to its full potential, both as a recreational area and as a natural resource.

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St. George
4:14 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

$10,000 Reward for St. George Bank Robbery Information

On June 21 a man entered the Bloomington Branch of Wells Fargo Bank in St. George and demanded money. No weapons were displayed, nor was anyone inured, but the suspect did leave on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Wells Fargo and the Utah Bankers Association are offering up to $10,000 as a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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Utah News
5:26 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Amid Rain Showers, Shingle Fire Holding Steady at 8,200 Acres

After several days of multiplying acreage, the Shingle Fire in Kane County has remained an 8,200-acre blaze for 2 days. But generally cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity, and even some rain fall has helped the 350 or so firefighters stabilize fire lines.

Even though the fire hasn't gained new acreage for 2 days, it is still only 10% contained. The aggressive aerial bombardment of water and fire retardant also continues.

A town meeting is scheduled for Thursday evening in Duck Creek Village to inform residents on the present fire situation.

Utah News
5:41 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

2nd Amendment Won't Prevent Target Shooting Ban in Utah

Steel core bullets are responsible for starting 21 fires in Utah so far this year.

State forester Dick Buehler is expected to issue new rules within days after consulting with local authorities.

Buehler told UPR's Brianna Bodily that he has been authorized by Utah's Governor Herbert and legislative leaders to ban shooting in unincorporated areas where he deems the fire risk to be extreme.

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Utah News
5:23 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Critter Collision Bill Would Reduce Deadly Wildlife-Motorist Incidents

Even the fastest animal in North America is no match for motorists. Pronghorn antelope often fall victim to traffic accidents.

Weekend work by Congress moved a federal transportation bill to the President's desk, just in time to avert the shutdown of funding. The bill contains provisions that, for the first time, will allow Utah and federal agencies to retrofit roads to help prevent wildlife-traffic collisions.

Rob Ament of the Western Transportation Institute says there are several solutions to pursue including wildlife underpasses, animal detection systems, and pipes or tubes under roadways to protect small mammals or reptiles.

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Utah News
5:05 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Will Affordable Health Care Mean Coverage for Utahns with Autism?

One in 47 Utah children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. That’s why many Utahns are paying close attention to what last week’s Supreme Court decision means for autism insurance coverage in Utah.

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Utah News
4:50 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Human-Caused Shingle Fire Shows No Sign of Stopping

The recently christened Shingle Fire is 0% contained.
U.S. Forest Service

It now has a name. What locals were calling the Swains Creek Fire is now being called the Shingle Fire by Color Country Fire Management Authorities, after Shingle Mill Canyon where the human caused wildfire started on Sunday.

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Utah News
4:27 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

"Feed the Animals" by Donating to Livestock Affected by Burned Rangeland

The extensive rangeland that has been destroyed by Utah wildfires this summer has prompted the creation of the "Feed the Animals" fund.
www.uearc.org

After receiving numerous requests for help from livestock owners, Governor Herbert and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food have announced a emergency program called "Feed the Animals."

Donations made to the program will be used to purchase food and other animals needs for livestock whose rangeland has been destroyed by the unprecedented string of wildfires burning in the state. UDAF Commissioner, Leonard Blackham, estimates that 20,000 head of sheep and cattle have lost their food source in the past week.

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Logan
6:03 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

What It Means to Be Responsible for Wildfire Suppression

Logan resident Scott Bushman is a member of a Northern Utah Type-III Overhead Team, responsible for managing wildlife suppression operations. Kerry Bringhurst talked to Bushman about what it's like to wake up to a phone call and go fight a wildland fire.

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Moab
4:40 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Severe Weather Presents Extreme Challenges for Moab Uranium Clean-Up

Just north of Moab, along the Colorado River, are 130 acres of radioactive uranium tailings, which are being relocated by rail to a permanent disposal site near I-70. One thing the ambitious clean-up didn't count on was an unending string of severe weather events.

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