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Authorities say escaped polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs was living out of his car when he was captured in South Dakota.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Barnhart said in Salt Lake City on Thursday that a tip led to Jeffs' capture at a recreation-area marina southwest of Sioux Falls.

Citiparks

The Smithfield Senior Center will see major budget cuts this year along with other publicly funded organizations.

Who Will Handle Bears Ears Shrinkage?

Jun 14, 2017
nps.gov

In a report Monday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed downsizing the Bears Ears National Monument. 

In the language of the original 1906 Antiquities Act, Sec. Zinke’s report notes there are "objects of historic or scientific interest” within Bears Ears, but recommends shrinking its boundaries to "the smallest area compatible" with their preservation. The report did not detail how the monument should be shrunk.

USGS

Wildfires continue to burn throughout Utah and are fanned by windy conditions. A Monday afternoon fire quickly moved through about six acres of dry grass in Cedar City destroying buildings and other structures.

Berkeley.edu

Details about a 2018 ballot initiative seeking an independent redistricting commission to work with Utah’s Legislature surfaced last week. 

Katherine Taylor

Utah business and education leaders launched a new ballot initiative for the 2018 mid-term elections on Tuesday.

Revamping their effort following the 2017 General Session, Our Schools Now seeks to increase taxes to fund public education.

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Charging documents state a Utah woman who is already facing charges of trying to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband now faces additional charges for asking a fellow inmate to kill the hit man.

Linda Tracy Gillman is charged with two counts of first-degree felony criminal solicitation for the first case. But the 69-year-old is now accused of trying to persuade a fellow jail inmate to kill the hit man she tried to hire, who is a primary witness against her.

Police have identified a Utah man found dead after authorities say he killed a woman and her son in a shooting that injured two other children.

On the top floor of the student center at Utah State University, two doctoral students are spending the summer interning. This gives them an opportunity to work at CAPS, the schools counseling and psychological service center.

Via Ogden Raptors Twitter

A minor league baseball team in Utah has canceled a planned "Hourglass Appreciation Night" promotion.

Ogden Raptors managers says that the news release referencing women's bodies was sent without management approval and the event would not take place.

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In May, Cache Humane Society signed a one-year agreement with the Logan City Police Department to establish a trap-neuter-release pilot program that will change the way feral cats are handled in Logan.

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Officials are hopeful Utah's major rape kit backlog will be reduced now that a new state crime laboratory has opened where robotic machines can extract DNA samples and deliver them to forensic technicians much faster than humans.

gis.utah.gov

Government leaders opposed to Utah's two largest monument designations, including Utah’s Senator Orrin Hatch, have labeled the designations as "land grabs" or "thefts,” which raises the question: did the state of Utah ever own these lands?

lds.org

The Mormon church and a Utah rock climbing coalition have reached a formalized agreement that will allow climbers to continue using prime routes on church-owned land in the Little Cottonwood Canyon while implementing plans to better protect the land.

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Authorities in Utah are ratcheting up warnings telling people to stay away from the raging, icy waterways that are extremely dangerous this spring due to a snowy winter and wet spring.

Jim Glenn

Artist applications are currently being accepted for the creation of art in public spaces at the new Department of Environmental Quality Technical Support Center in Salt Lake City, a building used for storage and laboratory work for the department.

For a short time on May 19th, Utah students had the opportunity to speak with astronauts orbiting 250 miles above earth’s surface on the International Space Station.

Bicycling.com

Professional cyclists from across the globe will be coming to Utah July 31 to August 6 to compete in an annual multiday road cycling race that spans across Northern Utah.

seymourems.org

Federal authorities in Utah say they've busted a multimillion-dollar opioid-drug ring based in a suburban Salt Lake City basement, underscoring how a small operation can quickly turn out hundreds of thousands of potentially fatal fentanyl pills to eager buyers.

lds.org

The Mormon church will return $150,000 in donations from a Utah man serving a 10-year prison sentence for stealing $24 million from retirement accounts investors set up with his company.

wildlife.utah.gov

Alcohol will be banned at the Pineview and Causey reservoirs under a new rule passed by the Weber County commissioners.

The commissioners say they made the decision Tuesday based on conversations with homeowners, boat owners, anglers and state officials.

The Logan River Task Force, a group of concerned citizens, hydrologist, and recreation specialists have formulated a plan to improve environmental and social ecosystem services along the Logan River. 

Courtesy of Sky View's We the People.

  

Correction: A previous version of this story referred to one of the students as Carter Hawkins. This has been changed to Carter Martindale.

Regulars who pass through Smithfield City are familiar with two large, white letters -- an S and a V -- painted on a hillside. Located beneath those letters is Sky View High School, serving over 1,700 students within the rural community.

In the morning, the halls are silent, but once the bell chirps loudly throughout the school, scuttering sneakers and chattering students quickly follow.

Infants Should Not Drink Fruit Juice, Study Says

May 25, 2017
US News Health

Fruit juice is a drink many parents may consider to be healthy for their infant, but it may not be as beneficial to their growth and development in the first year of life. Dr. Steve Abrams, a Fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics, co-authored the study.

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Authorities say they are searching for the four people who are suspected of stealing an 800-pound bronze statue depicting two Mormon leaders.

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