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6:16 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Bear-Resistant Containers Required in Areas of Canyonlands

The National Park Service announced this week that visitors to areas of Canyonlands National Park will need to store food and other scented items in hard-sided bear resistant containers.
Credit www.nature.nps.gov

Beginning May 1, visitors to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park will need to bring some extra equipment. The National Park Service announced this week that bear-resistant food containers  approved by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee will now be required in the area.

Kevin Moore, Acting Chief Ranger for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks said finite resources in the area combined with the region’s popularity brings potential for trouble.

"We do not want a bear to become habituated to humans because then we could have a problem," said Moore. 

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Utah News
5:50 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Legislators Not Seeking Re-Election

Patricia Jones is not seeking re-election.
Credit http://www.utahsenate.org/aspx/senmember.aspx?dist=4

As Utah’s legislative session ended late last night, some legislators -- including Pat Jones -- have announced they are not seeking re-election. 

“What the...you mean my 14 years are up?? My last legislative session came too fast, but not fast enough," Jones posted on her Facebook wall. "Thanks family and friends for the opportunity of a lifetime!!!”

This past session, she served as the Assistant Minority Whip in the Utah State Senate.

Jones has served in the Senate since 2007, and prior to that she served in the House of Representatives since 2001.

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Utah Crime and Courts
3:15 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Govorner Appoints New Second District Judge

Governor Gary Herbert appointed Joseph Bean to be a Second District Judge.
Credit garyherbert.com

Governor Gary Herbert has appointed Joseph M. Bean fill Judge Michael Lyon’s spot in the Second District Court. Lyons retired in September.

Herbert said choosing judges is the most important aspect of his job, and that he has appointed 37 since being governor.

"I go through an extensive review process and interview process where I have a face-to-face conversation," Herbert said. "I tell you, I pick the person that I think is best suited for the batch."

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Utah News
6:29 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Man Faces Charges For Stolen Dinosaur Track

The footprint was stolen in Moab near other dinosaur tracks.
Credit http://www.climb-utah.com/Moab/moabdino.htm

A Utah man has been indicted on federal charges of stealing a fossilized dinosaur footprint from the Jurassic period.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah announced Wednesday that a grand jury returned the indictment against 35-year-old Jared Ehlers of Moab. He is facing up to 20 years in prison on four accounts.

Authorities in southeast Utah say the track was pried last month from the sandstone on Hell’s Revenge Trail in the Sand Flats Recreation Area near Moab.

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Feature
5:59 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Veganism Is On The Rise

Have you ever considered going vegan or even wondered what being vegan actually means?
Credit http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/vegetables-why.html

Click to hear about my experience with Veganism.

Last week I decided to take on a new change in my life. I wanted to join the ranks of Anne Hathaway, Bill Clinton and Al Gore and go vegan. In the end, I lasted a total of 36 hours and decided that all vegans were crazy.

Why?

Being vegan means you cannot eat meat, eggs, milk, honey, gelatin, fish and most importantly cheese.  As I have finished my vegan trial run, I decided to look into it more to see what I was missing out on. I caught up with Christine McPherson, a lifelong friend of mine who is mostly vegan.

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Utah News
5:08 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Changes Ahead For Delicate Arch Trailhead

The parking area for Delicate Arch trailhead will undergo renovations to accommodate the ever-increasing number of guests to the site.
Credit National Park Service

The last time you visited Arches National Park you may have noticed that things seemed a little crowded, at least in the parking area for the Delicate Arch trailhead.

Well, the park service has noticed too, and they are currently developing parking management strategies to deal with the crowds.  As the National Park Service’s Sabrina Henry explained, the current parking lot was developed decades ago, when visitation rates were far lower than the 2,000 people Delicate Arch sees on peak days now.

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Utah Politics
4:52 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Statewide Caucuses Held March 18 And 20; Dems Urge Involvement

Party caucuses are held next week for Democrats and Republicans.
Credit Village Voice

Political party officials are encouraging public participation in this year's elections. In Utah, state party officials are preparing for next week’s caucus meetings. Both Democrat and Republican caucuses will be held next week, Democrats on Tuesday and Republicans on Thursday, March 18 and 20.

Find the Democratic Party  statewide neighborhood caucus meetings held Tuesday, March 18th.

Find the Republican Party statewide neighborhood caucus meetings held Thursday, March 20.

Utah residents planning to run for a state office can begin filing this Friday for Utah Attorney General, and several house and senate seats. Anna Thompson is with the Utah Democratic Party out of Salt Lake, and said her party will do better this year.

"We're looking forward to the Attorney's General race and in the state legislature, there are races across the state that were lost in the Romney year by fewer than 700 votes. There are a handful of those, and we're going to get those seats," Thompson said.

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Utah Environment
6:27 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Research On Bird’s Use Of Great Salt Lake Leads To Migration Discovery

The Marbled Godwit uses the Great Salt Lake as a staging ground for migration to their northern breeding grounds and to the south for wintering.
Credit fishandgame.idaho.gov, Brian Currie

Though the Great Salt Lake is a known stopping point for many migratory birds, new research shows just how important it is for a long-beaked shorebird called the Marbled Godwit.

Three populations of the Marbled Godwit live in North America. The primary population lives in the middle of the continent. They call Saskatchewan, the Dakotas and Montana home. Two smaller populations are based out of Alaska and the eastern coast of Canada.

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Utah News
6:24 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Lawsuit Filed to Gain Rights For Same-Sex Couples During Stay

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah filed a preliminary injunction last week which would force the state, the attorney general and the governor to recognize the same-sex marriages that took place in Utah until the pending supreme court case has been decided. 

Since the stay on gay marriage was set in place, same-sex couples who were married in Utah do not have access marital rights that other heterosexual married couple’s receive.

John Mejia, the legal director for the ACLU, said the state currently recognizes gay marriages, but only for tax purposes.

 

Click to hear the full interview with Mejia from the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah.

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Utah News
4:40 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Spring Break Hits Utah; Students Head To Vegas, National Parks

Students here at Utah State and across Utah are on Spring Break this week. Some will stay home to catch up on studying. Others will travel to popular destinations including national parks and, you guessed it, Las Vegas.

“March is the busiest month of the entire year for Las Vegas,” said Courtney Fitzgerald, a spokeswoman for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

“In 2013 we saw more than 3.5 million people in the month of March alone.”

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