Utah News

Utah News
2:36 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Work progressing on SLC sports complex

Salt Lake City voters passed a $15.3 million bond in 2003 for the construction of a Regional Athletic Complex to provide soccer and baseball fields for recreation and competition purposes.
Credit slcgov.com/parks

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen and other officials held a press conference Thursday, announcing the re-start of construction on the Regional Athletic Complex, a sports center featuring 16 first-class soccer fields.

Hansen, who acquired full ownership of Real Salt Lake earlier this year, says he’s excited about the impact the project will have on the local soccer community.

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Utah Transportation
5:01 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Solid foundations: new technique used in Utah bridge construction

UDOT crews work to replace a bridge near Echo Junction on I-84 in Summit County.
Credit TenCate

A first-of-its-kind road construction project is underway in Summit County where crews are building a new freeway overpass atop piles of dirt instead of concrete. UPR’s Matt Jensen reports.

The Utah Department of Transportation is replacing an aging pair of bridges near Echo Junction on Interstate 84 with a new road deck that won’t be supported by columns of steel or concrete. Instead the roadway will sit on piles of soil compacted between layers of a specialized fabric.

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Utah News
2:52 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Conservation a topic at Outdoor Recreation tradeshow

Credit outdoorretailer.com

As booths cram the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, outdoor recreation enthusiasts and businessmen gathered at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Tradeshow on July 31 to show off and gander at new outdoor equipment.

Frank Hugelmeyer, president or Outdoor Industry Association, said the outdoor industry contributes billions of dollars to both the federal and state coffers through the development and sale of outdoor equipment.

But Hugelmeyer and enthusiasts are also discussing an important issue surrounding the industry: wildlife conservation.

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Utah News
4:57 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Drink while you wait? Commission works to clarify Utah liquor law

Credit attorneygeneral.utah.gov

Does walking into a restaurant mean you intend to order something to eat? That’s the question Utah’s liquor control panel discussed Tuesday.

The state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission is working to clarify a Utah law that prohibits patrons from ordering alcohol unless they purchase food as well.

The law requires that patrons intend on ordering food if they purchase alcohol.

A new rule could require restaurant servers to get verbal confirmation from patrons that they intend to order food – something critics say makes for an unfriendly business environment.

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Utah Transportation
12:53 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Crews add deceleration lane on US-91

Crews are constructing a deceleration and right turn lane on the northbound side of U.S. Hwy 91 at approximately 9100 North south of Richmond.
Credit Google

Work is underway in Northern Cache Valley where crews are building a new right-turn lane on U.S. Hwy. 91 south of Richmond. The new deceleration and turn lane will allow northbound drivers to exit the highway at approximately 9100 North onto South State Street – also known as Whiskey Lane.

Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Vic Saunders says the new lane will improve safety and traffic flow at the intersection.

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Utah Environment
3:58 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Logan lower canal contaminated with oil

A canal used for agricultural purposes in North Logan and Hyde Park was contaminated this weekend.

On Saturday, the “lower canal” which runs throughout North Logan along 400 and 800 East and through central Hyde Park became contaminated with oils from a truck conducting a chip and seal project along 1800 North in North Logan.

After the sealant on the road was laid down, a consistent rain storm washed the compound into the canal before the water-based part of the compound could evaporate.

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Utah Fire News
4:14 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Update: Cinder Pit fire contained

An aircraft drops retardant on an active flank of the Cinder Pit fire.
Credit @UtahFireInfo Twitter

A wildfire sparked by lighting Thursday afternoon that expanded to about 500 acres was 100 percent contained by Saturday evening, according to a Twitter feed by fire authorities.

The Cinder Pit fire in Washington County burned between the small towns of Veyo and Brookside along Highway 18 north of St. George.

Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Vicki Tyler says the fire hasn’t grown since Friday morning and says she expects new information on containment later Friday evening.

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Utah Politics
2:59 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Logan Candidates debate city and county issues

The three candidates for Logan's upcoming mayoral race were joined with about 75 people in the Whittier Center Thursday night to debate issues facing Logan and Cache Valley. Among the topics covered were air quality, construction, mayoral pay, waste water projects and Independence Day fireworks.

The affair was a casual one, with the candidates agreeing upon the stage that they could remove their ties and save themselves a bit from the heat.

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Utah News
1:32 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Man missing near Hardware Ranch in Hyrum

A search is underway for a 21-year old Ogden man who went missing in Cache County Wednesday. According to Lt. Brian Locke of the Cache County Sheriff’s Office, Jerry Duran’s family said he left from their campsite yesterday evening around 5:30 p.m. and did not return.

“We believe there was some kind of argument or disagreement at the camp with his family he was up there with,” Locke said. 

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Utah News
10:14 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Cinder fire burned 100 acres north of St. George

Utah’s newest wildfire is burning just north of St. George.

The cinder fire has burned 100 acres near the small town of Veyo, about 20 miles north of St. George. The lightening caused blaze that was ignited Thursday in an area of pinion, juniper and brush.

Although no structures are currently threatened, the fire is zero-percent contained. Residents, fisherman and campers are standing by should evacuation orders be given.