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Utah News
5:40 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Centerville Police Search For Mustache Bandit

Mustachioed suspect who robbed a Zions Bank Tuesday continues to be sought after by law enforcement.
Credit Centerville Police Department

A perplexing situation in Centerville has led police on a continued search for an individual who robbed a bank Tuesday donning a fake mustache. 

Police received the distress call around 2:45 p.m. from a Zions Bank at 440 West Parrish. Dispatchers initially described the suspect as a tall, skinny man, but Assistant Chief Paul Child says investigators later determined that wasn’t the case. 

 

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Utah Crime and Courts
3:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Town Marshal Office Disbanded In FLDS Towns

The Arizona attorney general is asking a federal judge to disband the town marshal’s office in the FLDS towns of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona. 

In a federal court filing this week, Arizona prosecutors say a former town marshal has provided information that proves the office is influenced by sect leaders and systematically discriminates against nonmembers. 

Former Marshal Helaman Barlow went to authorities after he was put on leave from his position. He has received immunity from prosecutors.

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Utah Environment
12:59 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Public Advisory to Help Keep Mosquito Populations Low

Mosquito larvae breed in standing water.
Credit Logan City

With warm weather settling for the summer, mosquitos are back and experts are advising homeowners to keep their yards from becoming breeding grounds. The Logan City Environmental Department has already begun spraying the city streets to clear them of larvae.

In addition to spraying, the department is asking residents to keep their property clear of standing water, which Emily Malik describes as mosquito “prime breeding grounds.”

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Utah Environment
10:21 am
Wed June 18, 2014

New Fire Restrictions Implemented in Southern Utah

Authorities implemented new fire restrictions in southwest Utah due to worsening weather conditions.
Credit http://www.farmington.utah.gov/

Wednesday, the BLM and other federal agencies, along with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands are set to institute fire restrictions across southwest Utah in light of drought and worsening hot, dry conditions.

The restrictions differ slightly depending upon the jurisdiction involved, but for the most part forbid open fires, welding, smoking outdoors in most cases, the discharge of fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices and the use of exploding ammunition or targets.

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Utah Environment
6:25 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

USU Student Looks Into Geothermal Energy For Logan City

New research from USU student Blake Thomas will let Logan City know about the costs and benefits of using geothermal power.
Credit energy.gov

A graduate student from a Utah university is looking into the feasibility of Logan City using geothermal energy as part of a $4,000 DEED grant.

Blake Thomas is a master’s student in the Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University. He said he’ll explore whether geothermal energy is feasible in the land surrounding Logan, along with economic and transportation costs.

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Utah Health and Wellness
2:16 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Whooping Cough Declared Epidemic In California, Utah Still Ok

Infants are at particularly high risk for Whooping Cough.
Credit http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

Whooping cough has reached epidemic proportions in California by infecting 800 people in the last two weeks. However in Utah there have been 400 confirmed cases so far this year, which is down 15 percent from the same time last year.

The bacterial disease, also known as Pertussis, is common among children. This is why 45 states including Utah require the immunization for students.

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Utah Education
10:08 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Cedar City Library Honors Native Tribe

Petroglyphs are popular in the Southwest. Cedar City's library has installed rocks with petroglyphs to celebrate Paiute history.
Credit National Park Service

To honor the native Paiute people, Cedar City public library dedicated Petra Cliffs outside the entrance to pay tribute to their history, language and culture. 

Visitors to Cedar City's public library will notice the beautiful and historic petroglyphs that adorn the front of the building. Large boulders etched with images paying tribute to the Southern Paiute people were recreated under the Paiute history and language committee, and then dedicated to the library, tying southern Utah’s rich native history to Cedar City's present.

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Utah News
7:19 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Former Tribune Employees File Lawsuit

Credit utahpoliticohub.com

A group of former Salt Lake Tribune employees have filed a lawsuit to suspend the newspaper's joint operating agreement with the Deseret News, arguing the terms of the agreement violate federal antitrust laws and undermine the Tribune's independent voice.

The 30-page lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on Monday says the agreement that was revised in October gives too much control to the Deseret News, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Utah News
6:15 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Forever Stamp Features SUU Professor’s Painting

A SUU professor designed the Forever Stamp for Nevada's 150th statehood anniversary.
Credit USPS

150 years after Nevada became a state, a Sagebrush State artist with Utah ties has designed the U.S. Postal Service’s Forever Stamp celebrating the  anniversary.

Southern Utah University Professor of Drawing Ron Spears was commissioned by the USPS to design the stamp two and a half years ago. He said he submitted 15 initial designs before the final location for the painting was selected. The stamp, which was released late last month, features a sunrise at Fire Canyon in the Valley of Fire State Park.

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Utah History
6:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

BLM Rejects Mineral Exploration In West Desert

Old wagon wheels left on the Great Salt Lake Desert in 1846 by the Donner Party. They were found in the 1930s by another group of explorers who wanted to trace the Donner Party's route.
Credit ilovehistory.utah.gov

An energy company is back in court again, pushing to mine near a historic pioneer trail. For the second time, federal land managers have rejected a mineral exploration company's proposal to prospect for potash in a section of the western Utah desert which was once crossed by the ill-fated Donner Party in 1846.

The Bureau of Land Management nixed an effort by Mesa Exploration Corporation which seeks to create a potash mine on a dry lake bed near the Nevada line about 20 miles north of Wendover.

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