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Environment
2:21 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Demonstrators Protest Tar Sand Development in Utah

Protesters gathered outside the Bureau of Land Management Office in downtown Salt Lake City on Monday, angry over the agency’s recent decision to approve thousands of acres of Utah land for tar sands development.

A group of thirty concerned Utah residents started with a short protest outside the BLM building, but they later moved inside, with demonstrators attempting to deliver “The People’s Environmental Impact Statement” on tar sands.

The group was met by six security guards, but eventually two protesters were allowed upstairs to deliver the three-page statement.

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Utah Environment
2:21 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Demonstrators Protest Tar Sand Development in Utah

Protesters gathered outside the Bureau of Land Management Office in downtown Salt Lake City on Monday, angry over the agency’s recent decision to approve thousands of acres of Utah land for tar sands development.

A group of thirty concerned Utah residents started with a short protest outside the BLM building, but they later moved inside, with demonstrators attempting to deliver “The People’s Environmental Impact Statement” on tar sands.

The group was met by six security guards, but eventually two protesters were allowed upstairs to deliver the three-page statement.

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St. George
12:51 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

St. George Police Asking for Help in Suspected Counterfeiting Case

St. George police responded last week on a report of counterfeit money. The victim sold a motorcycle to the suspect and was paid with counterfeit $100 bills.

The suspect is described as a white male, 5' 7" tall, slender build, dark hair, and between the ages of 25 - 35 years old. He was driving an 80s model full-size blue van with a spare tire mounted on the back door. The name "Rambo" is written in red lettering across the front hood.

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Environment
3:29 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Four Colorado River Fish on 'Top 10 Endangered' List

  The declining quality and availability of fresh water in the Colorado River are putting wildlife at risk, according to a new report. The study released this week by the Endangered Species Coalition highlights 10 species that are endangered as a result of water mismanagement. In Utah, that includes four fish species in the Colorado River. Leda Huta, executive director of the coalition, says they aren't what most people fish for, but the report says their numbers and health are indicators of water health. 

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Utah News
1:47 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Ogden Rated Most Affordable for Homebuying

Where is the most affordable place in America to buy a home? According to CNN Money, it’s Ogden.

 On Friday, the business website named the Weber County city as the most affordable metro area to buy a home in the U.S.  Mayor Mike Caldwell says because most of Ogden was built out by the 1950s, prices have remained affordable. 

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Arts
11:23 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Utah Shakespeare Festival Receives Largest Gift Ever

The Utah Shakespeare Festival has announced its largest gift in the theater company's history. The $5 million gift from the Engelstad Family Foundation of Las Vegas will go toward the proposed construction of a new theater.

Festival executive director R. Scott Phillips says the gift puts the project closer to groundbreaking by the end of 2013. Funding for the proposed $25.5 million facility now sits at about $24 million.

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Moab
11:21 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Moab Man Wants to Change Name of Negro Bill Canyon

Moab resident Louis Williams

A week-old petition to change the name of Negro Bill Canyon, near Moab, has already attracted hundreds of signatures.

The petition is to the USGS Board of Geographic Names, and it’s not he first effort to change the name of Negro Bill Canyon, named after early black settler William Grandstaff. 12 years ago the board declared there was no community support for a name change, because Grandstaff allegedly called himself "Nigger Bill." Louis Williams, a 14-year Moab resident, has long been skeptical of that claim.  

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Utah Environment
1:33 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

New Wireless-Charging Bus Could Be 'WAVE' of the Future

The WAVE Technologies electric bus sits in its garage waiting to recharge.
Credit Ryan Cunningham

Utah State University spinoff company WAVE Technologies showcased a first-of-its-kind technology in North Logan on Thursday. A fully-electric bus was shown backing into a very special parking spot, and once parked, the bus's battery was recharged wirelessly from a charging pad embedded in the ground below.

WAVE CEO Wesley Smith says this innovation will allow buses to become more feasible.

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Davis County
4:13 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

ACLU Sues School District Over Children's Library Book

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah is taking the Davis School District to court over a library book. The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of a Kaysville parent who says her children’s rights were violated when the school district decided to remove a book about lesbian mothers from the shelves of their elementary school’s library.

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Southern Utah
3:45 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

State Lawmakers Deal Another Blow to Proposed Pipeline

Sponsoring representative Patrick Painter of Nephi warns that the day will come with Utah will wish it did otherwise. Notwithstanding, fellow lawmakers shot down Painter's proposal to help fund a Lake Powell to St. George water pipeline by earmarking a portion of state sales taxes.

Under Painter's proposal, the state would set aside a portion of state sales tax to help pay for the $1 billion project. Water users would then repay the state for the loan.

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