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Utah News
6:05 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Church Pew Dispute Lands Utah Man In Jail

52-year-old Wayne Dodge was sentenced to 30 days in jail after assaulting a fellow churchgoer.
Credit Weber County Sheriff

A man who engaged in a physical dispute over saved pew space at an Ogden LDS church will be spending some time in jail.

Wayne Dodge was scheduled to report to Weber County Jail, Monday where he will spend 30 days. Media reports Dodge was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to the class B misdemeanor of assault. The 52-year-old was accused of punching another man and hitting him with his car.

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Utah Environment
1:39 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Herbert Awards Clean Air Grant To Roast Master

Caffe Ibis is given money to make roasting methods more environmentally friendly.
Credit http://www.nssga.org/major-event/fall-board-meeting/activities/spouse-welcome-coffee/

A Logan coffee shop will be visited by Gov. Herbert Tuesday morning. He will congratulate the company on its efforts to cut emissions, as part of a valley-wide tour.

The governor and other officials will be eating lunch at Caffé Ibis tomorrow before awarding the small business a grant for $15,000.

The money will help fund a recently installed afterburner which helping to reduce the pollution made from roasting coffee.

Deputy Chief of Staff Mike Mower, who will be attending the air quality tour, says he is looking forward to a busy day in Cache Valley.

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Utah Outdoors
10:08 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Young Moose Ventures Through Logan Neighborhood

Credit nps.gov

The Division of Wildlife Resources went on a wild moose chase Monday morning, in a similar incident to last week's cougar chase in Sandy.

The moose was reported to the DWR early Monday morning when spotted roaming neighborhood streets in Logan. However, the young and not-so- little beast jumped several fences before officials were able to chase it down. 

Police, sheriff’s deputies and wildlife officials pursued the roughly 900-pound animal for more than an hour before finally shooting a tranquilizer dart near 100 East and 670 north.

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Utah News
3:49 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Roaming Feline Scares Sandy Shoppers

Mountain lion travels to mall and scares shoppers Friday.
Credit fwp.mt.gov

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Utah authorities have captured a mountain lion that startled shoppers but didn’t hurt anyone Friday morning at a shopping center in a suburb of Salt Lake.

Sandy Police Sgt. Dean Carriger says the mountain lion was spotted walking across a street into Jordan Commons in Sandy, Utah, just before 8 a.m.

Officers found the cat hunkered down at the entrance of a steakhouse. Some people were taking pictures and videos, while others were unaware the cat was even there.

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Utah News
2:10 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

National Relay Race Takes Place In Utah

Ragnar participants getting started.

The Wasatch Back is part of the relay series known as Ragnar. The more than 11,000 contestants travel throughout the night and will take turns running the almost 200 miles through the northern Utah mountain range.

Teams of 4 to 12 people flock from all over the country to participate in what has become the biggest relay race of its kind.

Participants say the poor weather conditions wasn’t enough to stop them from competing.

“I hope it does not rain because I only brought one pair of shoes," said one team captain.

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Utah Transportation
11:48 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Reminder To Stay Safe Around Train Tracks

Officials remind residents to stay safe when near railroad tracks.
Credit http://energy.utah.gov/

In the past 24 hours, two train accidents have occurred in Utah. Despite these recent incidents, officials say the number of collisions has dropped in recent years.

The two accidents happened in Salt Lake City and West Jordan, coincidentally, a train safety event was scheduled for Friday morning. Union Pacific Railroad partnered with Operation LifeSaver to ride a locomotive from Salt Lake to Stockton to remind Utahns how to be safe around tracks. 

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Utah Politics
11:27 am
Fri June 27, 2014

U.S. Senate Recess Appointments Ruled Unconstitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt with what some media outlets are calling an historic blow to executive powers, when it invalidated four 2012 appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, in a decision Thursday.

At issue was whether the Senate was in session, or in recess, at the time of the appointments. 

Senator Mike Lee:

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Utah Environment
6:29 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Dry Conditions Spur Red Flag Fire Warnings

Many Utah counties experience red flag fire warnings during the early summer; this was true Thursday.
Credit http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/

Current weather conditions resulted in red flag fire warnings for much of eastern and southern Utah Thursday.

Travis Booth, a forecaster at the Grand Junction Office of the National Weather Service, spoke with UPR about the conditions that make the weather ripe for potential blazes.  

“A red flag warning just means there is a combination of gusty winds, low relative humidity and critically-dry fuel conditions that could lead to fire starts and difficulty controlling wildfires,” said Booth. 

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Utah Environment
6:22 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Drought Disaster Declared Statewide

91 percent of the state is experiencing dry or drought conditions.
Credit drought.gov

All 29 Utah Counties are now included on the disaster declaration list from the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to ongoing drought across the West.

In a letter to Gov. Gary Herbert earlier this week, U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack informed state officials that Uintah and Duchesne counties were added to the list. They were the only two counties not included before the change.

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Utah Science
12:55 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Marine Toxin Found In Flatworms By USU Grad

A toxin most commonly found in puffer fish was discovered in terrestrial flatworms.
Credit nasa.gov

Sushi eaters may be used to the tingling sensation eating puffer fish produces. But now, the toxin that causes the buzz has been found on land by a USU Grad.

Amber Stokes graduated in 2013, but her dissertation was just published. After a colleague and somewhat worm-expert Peter Ducey noticed a strange behavior between his laboratory flatworms, Stokes dove into research to find out what was going on.

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