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Utah News
5:41 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Utah Chemical Weapon Storage Facility Begins Demolition

Cranes prepare to lift a 71-ton rail car from Deseret Chemical Depot during closure operations.
Credit U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity

A Cold War-era chemical weapon storage facility in Utah entered demolition phase this week, a goal in place since its conception.

The Deseret Chemical Depot, located 45 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, began its long-awaited demolition process Thursday.

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Utah Environment
5:40 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Bear River Bird Refuge Hosts Owl Day Saturday To Inform Public

Brigham City's Owl Day will be held on Sat. 11, 2014.

The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is hosting Owl Day on Jan. 11. Owl Day is a part of a series of bird related events at the Brigham City refuge which includes swan day and eagle day.

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Charlotte Mason, environmental education specialist for the refuge, said it has been around since 1928 with its visitor center opening its doors in 2006.

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Utah Transportation
3:58 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

High Speed Chase Reaches 100 MPH In Beaver And Iron Counties Wednesday

Authorities in Beaver and Iron Counties are trying to sort through a motive and details for a high-speed chase Wednesday night.

The chase began when 40-year-old William Smith Roseberry of Plumas, Calif. left the Chevron station in Beaver without paying. A Beaver County deputy began the pursuit, and Utah Highway Patrol also became involved.

The suspect, driving a car with Connecticut license plates reached speeds higher than 100 mph before troopers ended the chase by deploying spikes north of Cedar City.

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Utah Environment
5:53 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Experimental Coal Plant Proposal For Kanab Revoked

Viresco Energy decides to not build a coal gasification plant in Kanab.
Credit http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/kanab/planning/photos.html

Viresco Energy LLC revoked its proposal to build an experimental coal gasification plant in Kanab. Sky Chaney, president of the Taxpayer Association of Kane County, said many of Kanab’s residents are happy about this recent announcement.

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Chaney said Jim Guthrie, president of Viresco, decided to build the experimental plant in Kanab with the support of Gov. Gary Herbert, Rep. Mike Noel (R- District 73), the Mayor of Kanab and the US Department of Energy.

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Utah Jobs
3:53 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Technical Training, Workforce Services Center Opens In Price

A new Center for Workforce Development facility has opened in Price. The 5,000 square foot renovated building is located on the Utah State University Eastern campus.

USU Eastern Chancellor Joe Peterson welcomed the community and students to the new facility during a ceremony Wednesday. He said the workforce development program is designed to give students training for jobs that are in demand.

"Companies around southeast Utah are always eager to hire people who are skilled in CAD programs like automotive mechanics, diesel mechanics, welding and those kinds of things," Peterson said.

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Utah News
3:44 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Herbert: State Won't Recognize Gay Marriages

The state of Utah has said that it will not recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were married after a federal judge struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage last month.

As a result same-sex couples married in Utah between that Dec. 20 decision and the order on Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the decision - cannot reap the benefits of legal marriage. KCPW's Roger McDonough has the story:

Derek Miller, Gov. Gary Herbert's chief of staff, says the state believes the stay by the Supreme Court means that gay marriage must once again not be recognized in Utah:

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Southern Utah News
2:43 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Blaze Destroys Washington County USU Extension

A Wednesday morning fire in St. George destroyed the Washington County Utah State University Extension building.

Rick Heflebower, county director and horticulture agent, tells UPR's Chris Holmes he and his staff were in the building this morning when they noticed lights turning off. Another staff member then spotted fire in the ceiling of one of the restrooms.

UPR's Chris Holmes reports:

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Utah News
6:38 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Utah State Prison System Smoke-Free After Ban

Corrections officials over the Lone Peak unit of the state prison in Draper, Utah issued a comprehensive ban on inmate smoking in effect Jan. 1.
Credit http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/conditions/asthma/allergens/smoke/

The Utah Department of Corrections issued a statement Monday that placed a ban on smoking for minimum security inmates at one state prison. The ban officially took effect Jan. 1 at the Lone Peak unit of the state prison in Draper and with its implementation, made the entire state prison system smoke-free.

Most Utah prison facilities have had smoking bans for more than 20 years, but Lone Peak minimum security-housing at the Draper prison location was the exception; inmates were allowed to smoke outdoors during recreation time.


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Utah News
5:21 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Former Liuetenant Governor Appointed USTAR Chair

Credit governor.utah.gov

Former Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell is the new chair of the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative. Gov. Herbert’s office announced the appointment on Monday, along with the resignation of USTAR executive director Ted McAleer.

The state legislature created USTAR in 2006 to bring high-quality jobs to Utah and improve the state’s economy through university research funding.

Bell is taking the place of Dinesh Patel, whose term as chair ends June 30. Bell said Patel has been a terrific asset to the program. 

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Utah News
5:05 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Enoch City Police Slightly Optimistic In Horse Neglect Case

There is some guarded optimism in the recent case of animal neglect out of Iron County. Authorities in Enoch City were contacted by a concerned citizen regarding a mare and her colt. Responding officers found the pair very near death from starvation and exposure.

Police Chief Jackson Ames said the colt was actually frozen to the ground in the corral when they found the animals.

"When we initially took the horse down there, the veterinarian gave the horse about a 15-20 percent chance of survival. Right now, they're a lot more optimistic," Ames said.

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