The Salt Lake City Council is discussing a plan that would allow more planting options to be grown in city-owned parking strips, but there could be some problems standing in the way. Adding some tomato plants, or a few water-wise plants this spring could get easier to do.
“I would like to see be able to grow tall plants in their parking strip and express some creativity in terms of how they want their parking strip to look," said Salt Lake City Council Chair Kyle LaMalfa.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Most of the roughly 5,000 Gunnison sage-grouse are in Colorado but a small population of about 150 birds nest in southeastern Utah in Monticello. According to USFWS supervisor of ecological services in Colorado Patti Gillet, the agency has until September 2013 to determine if the species will be listed as endangered.
Liquor sales could begin funding public education, at least if one Utah lawmaker has his way. Republican Representative Jim Bird plans to run a bill in the upcoming legislative session that takes 10 percent of liquor sales to improve schools. Utah has consistently come in last in the country when it comes to state spending on public education according to the U.S. Census. Now, West Jordan Republican Representative is looking for a way to change that. “We’re just trying to move 10 percent of the gross profit from DABC to education.”
"These police were, it seems to me, like they're doing whatever they want without any ramifications, there are no checks and balances to what's taking place," said Darcy Van Orden the Campaign for Liberty community organizer.
Hers was just one of many voices calling for change within the Ogden Police Department Tuesday night.
"I think the police chief should resign and I think there should be a full independant investigation of their current policy and their training," Van Orden said.
Members of the Utah Conservation Corps left on Monday for Newark, NJ. Twelve AmeriCorps workers are helping aid in Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.
Crew supervisor, Tim Carroll, was among volunteers who led a crew to the Sandy recovery site in November. He says during that recovery campaign, the 11 member Utah team spent four weeks in New York City running a special needs emergency shelter in Brooklyn and removing debris with residents living in nearby Rockaway.
Volunteers spent more than 20,ooo hours assisting 74 NY households.
Nevada highway patrol officials have identified a 20-year-old Utah man who died in a weekend rollover crash in a desert area north of Las Vegas. Troopers say 20-year-old Seth David Albrecht of Tooele was killed in the crash in Lincoln County about 6 p.m. Sunday. Authorities say a 2001 GMC sierra truck was traveling northbound on U.S. 93 as it approached a curve. Officials say the truck traveled off the edge, then overcorrected and flipped over.
Energy Solutions is in the middle of a $1.1 billion deal to be purchased by Energy Capital Partners, a private equity firm. If the deal goes through Energy Capital Partners would bring the company back into private ownership and out of debt, but some worry the deal could bring other concerns for the state.