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No, there won’t be any handcarts, prairie dresses or parade floats. Yes, there will be a barbecue — complete with Jell-O. “It wouldn’t be a Utah celebration without it,” said Army Capt. Chad Lewis, of Logan. Utah soldiers deployed to Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan are planning what they think is the inaugural Pioneer Day celebration there. Personnel from the Utah National Guard are organizing the festivities and have scoured other units to invite Utahns deployed to Kandahar. Army Capt. Pat... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58211044@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:35:21 MDT Paul Rolly: Pet lovers rally behind generous Utah firefighter http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58210951-90/petersen-rolly-johnson-lake.html.csp I wrote two weeks ago about Brigham City firefighter Tyler Petersen, who responded to a car crash on Interstate 15 and, after helping the badly injured driver get the emergency care she needed and ensuring her safe transfer to the nearest hospital, went to the Canyon View Animal Health Care Center and paid out of his own pocket the medical expenses for the motorist’s three injured dogs. I got the story from Karol Johnson, who volunteers for Brigham City Animal Shelter and had been asked to go t... I wrote two weeks ago about Brigham City firefighter Tyler Petersen, who responded to a car crash on Interstate 15 and, after helping the badly injured driver get the emergency care she needed and ensuring her safe transfer to the nearest hospital, went to the Canyon View Animal Health Care Center and paid out of his own pocket the medical expenses for the motorist’s three injured dogs. I got the story from Karol Johnson, who volunteers for Brigham City Animal Shelter and had been asked to go t... 58210951@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:35:21 MDT Utah Pioneer Day forecast? Drive on — and crank up the AC! http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58214594-78/utah-pioneer-forecast-weather.html.csp Imagine that on the original 1847 Pioneer Day, Brigham Young used H.G. Wells’ Time Machine to transport himself to July 24, 2014. Sweltering in the Salt Lake Valley’s heat, he sees the climate-controlled LDS Church Office Building sparkling in the distance: “It is enough,” he cries. “This is the right place. Drive on — and Good Lord, crank up the AC!” Prophetic advice, however you look at it. The worst heat will be in Utah’ Dixie, where St. George and environs expected high temperatures Thursda... Imagine that on the original 1847 Pioneer Day, Brigham Young used H.G. Wells’ Time Machine to transport himself to July 24, 2014. Sweltering in the Salt Lake Valley’s heat, he sees the climate-controlled LDS Church Office Building sparkling in the distance: “It is enough,” he cries. “This is the right place. Drive on — and Good Lord, crank up the AC!” Prophetic advice, however you look at it. The worst heat will be in Utah’ Dixie, where St. George and environs expected high temperatures Thursda... 58214594@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:32:50 MDT Boy playing with lighter burns down Cottonwood Heights house http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58211515-78/fire-anderton-afternoon-burned.html.csp Investigators believe a boy playing with a lighter started a fire Tuesday afternoon that burned down his Cottonwood Heights home. Unified Fire crews responded to an emergency call about 1:20 p.m. that a house at 7425 S. Butler Hills Drive (2215 East) had caught fire. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the house engulfed in flames. “Our guys were able to make a quick, aggressive fire attack, but the fire had already advanced by the time we got there to the point where it appears the house ... Investigators believe a boy playing with a lighter started a fire Tuesday afternoon that burned down his Cottonwood Heights home. Unified Fire crews responded to an emergency call about 1:20 p.m. that a house at 7425 S. Butler Hills Drive (2215 East) had caught fire. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the house engulfed in flames. “Our guys were able to make a quick, aggressive fire attack, but the fire had already advanced by the time we got there to the point where it appears the house ... 58211515@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:26:48 MDT Free on bail, “land defenders” face numerous charges in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58211571-78/sands-oil-tar-activists.html.csp The 21 anti-tar sands “land defenders” arrested at a future mine site on the Uintah-Grand county line were released on bail Tuesday after spending a night in jail. They face possible charges of trespassing, interfering with an arrest and conspiracy to commit escape, said Uintah County Undersheriff John Laursen. Uintah and Grand county deputies arrested most of the activists after they scaled an 8-foot fenced enclosure and secured themselves to construction equipment on Monday. U.S. Oil Sands h... The 21 anti-tar sands “land defenders” arrested at a future mine site on the Uintah-Grand county line were released on bail Tuesday after spending a night in jail. They face possible charges of trespassing, interfering with an arrest and conspiracy to commit escape, said Uintah County Undersheriff John Laursen. Uintah and Grand county deputies arrested most of the activists after they scaled an 8-foot fenced enclosure and secured themselves to construction equipment on Monday. U.S. Oil Sands h... 58211571@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:26:48 MDT Wildfires scramble crews in northeast, northwestern Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58210120-78/fire-tuesday-acres-crews.html.csp Resurgent wildfires had rural Tooele County residents ready to evacuate their homes and farms at a moment’s notice on Tuesday, but crews believed they were slowly turning back the threat. The Anaconda Fire had burned 1,100 acres in Pine Canyon, east of Tooele. It was sparked by lightning on Sunday and had been thought all-but-tamed until winds kicked up flames Monday afternoon. Crews had the blaze 25 percent contained on Tuesday night; Fire Information Officer Ryan Wilden said it appeared the d... Resurgent wildfires had rural Tooele County residents ready to evacuate their homes and farms at a moment’s notice on Tuesday, but crews believed they were slowly turning back the threat. The Anaconda Fire had burned 1,100 acres in Pine Canyon, east of Tooele. It was sparked by lightning on Sunday and had been thought all-but-tamed until winds kicked up flames Monday afternoon. Crews had the blaze 25 percent contained on Tuesday night; Fire Information Officer Ryan Wilden said it appeared the d... 58210120@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:24:37 MDT Legislative candidate faces kidnapping, assault charges http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58213328-78/byrge-police-wrote-candidate.html.csp A candidate for the state Legislature is accused of attacking and kidnapping a man. Mark E. Byrge, 43, who is a Democratic state House candidate, was charged Monday with first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping, third-degree felony aggravated assault and second-degree felony obstructing justice in connection to a dispute that allegedly occurred June 1 at Byrge’s house in American Fork. According to court documents, a man went to Byrge’s house and argued with Byrge at the front door over money ... A candidate for the state Legislature is accused of attacking and kidnapping a man. Mark E. Byrge, 43, who is a Democratic state House candidate, was charged Monday with first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping, third-degree felony aggravated assault and second-degree felony obstructing justice in connection to a dispute that allegedly occurred June 1 at Byrge’s house in American Fork. According to court documents, a man went to Byrge’s house and argued with Byrge at the front door over money ... 58213328@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:05:46 MDT An explosion of wildflowers in Utah’s mountains http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58207216-78/canyons-cottonwood-festival-walks.html.csp If you happen to miss the Pioneer Day fireworks on Thursday, don’t worry. There are plenty of colorful explosions going off in Utah’s high country as the wildflower season peaks this holiday weekend. And you won’t have to wait until dark. “The timing this year seems perfect,” said Jessie Walthers of the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, which hosts the annual Wasatch Wildflower Festival in Big and Little Cottonwood canyons. “We have been out training and hiking for the festival and it seems like we... If you happen to miss the Pioneer Day fireworks on Thursday, don’t worry. There are plenty of colorful explosions going off in Utah’s high country as the wildflower season peaks this holiday weekend. And you won’t have to wait until dark. “The timing this year seems perfect,” said Jessie Walthers of the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, which hosts the annual Wasatch Wildflower Festival in Big and Little Cottonwood canyons. “We have been out training and hiking for the festival and it seems like we... 58207216@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:05:27 MDT Robles’ strategy for defeating Stewart: more voting by mail http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58207428-90/raised-cash-district-robles.html.csp In her bid to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, state Sen. Luz Robles will focus almost exclusively on registering new voters and encouraging people to vote by mail. Her strategy is fueled by a desire to enfranchise Utahns who have become disengaged with government. It also may be her only hope of winning in Utah’s 2nd Congressional District, a sprawling, heavily Republican area that stretches from Bountiful through Salt Lake City and all the way to St. George. “The only way we are goin... In her bid to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, state Sen. Luz Robles will focus almost exclusively on registering new voters and encouraging people to vote by mail. Her strategy is fueled by a desire to enfranchise Utahns who have become disengaged with government. It also may be her only hope of winning in Utah’s 2nd Congressional District, a sprawling, heavily Republican area that stretches from Bountiful through Salt Lake City and all the way to St. George. “The only way we are goin... 58207428@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:05:18 MDT Woman dies in four-car collision in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58211066-78/car-azmayandeh-suv-carriger.html.csp A woman died Monday in Sandy when her car was smashed between an SUV and a pickup truck in a four-car collision that landed three other people in the hospital with minor injuries. Roudabeh Azmayandeh, 45, was pulling out of a driveway at 9351 S. 700 East at about 4:30 p.m. when the driver’s side door of her green passenger car was struck by an SUV, said Sandy police Sgt. Dean Carriger on Tuesday. Both vehicles then skidded into the oncoming lane, where they clipped a passing passenger car. Then... A woman died Monday in Sandy when her car was smashed between an SUV and a pickup truck in a four-car collision that landed three other people in the hospital with minor injuries. Roudabeh Azmayandeh, 45, was pulling out of a driveway at 9351 S. 700 East at about 4:30 p.m. when the driver’s side door of her green passenger car was struck by an SUV, said Sandy police Sgt. Dean Carriger on Tuesday. Both vehicles then skidded into the oncoming lane, where they clipped a passing passenger car. Then... 58211066@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:28:01 MDT Park School — Will historic piece of Draper’s past have a future? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58191765-78/draper-park-historic-building.html.csp Draper • The mayor says he’s optimistic that city leaders will give more time for efforts to prevent Draper’s historic Park School from being torn down. The city, which owns the building, has sent a formal demolition request to Draper’s Historic Preservation Commission, starting a review that could lead to the razing of the aging brick structure as early as September. The Draper Park School, listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its spot in pioneer history and its Classical Revi... Draper • The mayor says he’s optimistic that city leaders will give more time for efforts to prevent Draper’s historic Park School from being torn down. The city, which owns the building, has sent a formal demolition request to Draper’s Historic Preservation Commission, starting a review that could lead to the razing of the aging brick structure as early as September. The Draper Park School, listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its spot in pioneer history and its Classical Revi... 58191765@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:15:01 MDT Family wins lawsuit over kayakers’ deaths in Jordan River http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58212203-78/river-jordan-deaths-fault.html.csp A jury has found several public agencies were at fault in the 2010 kayaking deaths of a Sandy couple who drowned after being pulled into the current created by a constructed drop-off in the Jordan River. The family of Kelly Frye-Glasser and Joseph Glasser on Tuesday won their case claiming multiple government agencies knew of the hazard, and that signs warning of the drop-off were overgrown with vegetation and hidden from view. The Glassers were paddling on the river Aug. 1, 2010, when they pas... A jury has found several public agencies were at fault in the 2010 kayaking deaths of a Sandy couple who drowned after being pulled into the current created by a constructed drop-off in the Jordan River. The family of Kelly Frye-Glasser and Joseph Glasser on Tuesday won their case claiming multiple government agencies knew of the hazard, and that signs warning of the drop-off were overgrown with vegetation and hidden from view. The Glassers were paddling on the river Aug. 1, 2010, when they pas... 58212203@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:53:13 MDT Heber named among Top 10 small U.S. towns http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58211097-78/towns-com-heber-livability.html.csp Heber City was named Tuesday as one of the nation’s Top 10 small towns in which to live. The Wasatch County city popped up at No. 8 on Livability.com’s list, behind Los Alamos, N.M.; Northfield, Minn.; Lebanon, N.H.; Hood River, Ore.; Port Angeles, Wash.; Glenwood Springs, Colo.; and Spearfish, S.D. Heber (population 13,000) finished just ahead of Traverse City, Mich., and Hailey, Idaho. Heber’s “low crime rate, good schools and excellent health-care system attract families to the area and help... Heber City was named Tuesday as one of the nation’s Top 10 small towns in which to live. The Wasatch County city popped up at No. 8 on Livability.com’s list, behind Los Alamos, N.M.; Northfield, Minn.; Lebanon, N.H.; Hood River, Ore.; Port Angeles, Wash.; Glenwood Springs, Colo.; and Spearfish, S.D. Heber (population 13,000) finished just ahead of Traverse City, Mich., and Hailey, Idaho. Heber’s “low crime rate, good schools and excellent health-care system attract families to the area and help... 58211097@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:15:57 MDT O.C. Tanner gift to upgrade Abravanel Hall lounge http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58211382-78/county-council-theater-abravanel.html.csp There isn’t any shag rug in there, but the Tanner Lounge backstage at Abravanel Hall hasn’t been remodeled since it debuted in the 1970s. So a $50,000 gift from the O.C. Tanner Foundation, for whom the resting room was named, was welcomed warmly Tuesday by the Salt Lake County Council. “This will take it from the ’70s to the 2000s,” said county Community Services Director Erin Litvack, adding the alterations will make the room more functional for stagehands as well as performers. The Abravanel H... There isn’t any shag rug in there, but the Tanner Lounge backstage at Abravanel Hall hasn’t been remodeled since it debuted in the 1970s. So a $50,000 gift from the O.C. Tanner Foundation, for whom the resting room was named, was welcomed warmly Tuesday by the Salt Lake County Council. “This will take it from the ’70s to the 2000s,” said county Community Services Director Erin Litvack, adding the alterations will make the room more functional for stagehands as well as performers. The Abravanel H... 58211382@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:15:48 MDT Jordan District to buy out adminstrator’s contract amid split talk http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58212590-78/district-jordan-agreement-tuesday.html.csp Jordan School District leaders approved an agreement Tuesday to buy out their former deputy superintendent, who left the district earlier this month amid threats of a possible district split. Richard Osborn, Jordan board president, said the district will pay Burke Jolley for the rest of his contract, which was supposed to go through June 2015. District leaders, however, did not release an exact figure, telling a Salt Lake Tribune reporter to file an open records request for it. “The terms are co... Jordan School District leaders approved an agreement Tuesday to buy out their former deputy superintendent, who left the district earlier this month amid threats of a possible district split. Richard Osborn, Jordan board president, said the district will pay Burke Jolley for the rest of his contract, which was supposed to go through June 2015. District leaders, however, did not release an exact figure, telling a Salt Lake Tribune reporter to file an open records request for it. “The terms are co... 58212590@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:15:39 MDT Health professionals urge Obama to create Greater Canyonlands monument http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58211637-78/canyonlands-greater-national-health.html.csp Utah health professionals are adding their voices to the clamor for President Barack Obama to create a Greater Canyonlands national monument. Some 200 Utahns, ranging from doctors to dietitians to nonprofit managers, signed a letter that was sent Tuesday to Obama. It asks the president, who has signaled that he intends to set aside more monuments, to protect 1.8 million acres of public lands surrounding Canyonlands National Park. “Protecting this world-class landscape would not only preserve an ... Utah health professionals are adding their voices to the clamor for President Barack Obama to create a Greater Canyonlands national monument. Some 200 Utahns, ranging from doctors to dietitians to nonprofit managers, signed a letter that was sent Tuesday to Obama. It asks the president, who has signaled that he intends to set aside more monuments, to protect 1.8 million acres of public lands surrounding Canyonlands National Park. “Protecting this world-class landscape would not only preserve an ... 58211637@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:15:07 MDT Report: Spike in number of U.S. law enforcement officers killed http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58210913-78/officers-enforcement-law-killed.html.csp The number of U.S. law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty so far this year has jumped from the same period last year. Sixty-seven law enforcement officers, including one from Utah, were killed in the line of duty in the first half of 2014, amounting to a 31 percent increase from the same period last year, according to a report published Tuesday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Of the 67 officers, 26 died in traffic-related accidents, and another 25 were kille... The number of U.S. law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty so far this year has jumped from the same period last year. Sixty-seven law enforcement officers, including one from Utah, were killed in the line of duty in the first half of 2014, amounting to a 31 percent increase from the same period last year, according to a report published Tuesday by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Of the 67 officers, 26 died in traffic-related accidents, and another 25 were kille... 58210913@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:08:47 MDT What Utahns need to know about today’s Obamacare rulings http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58211182-90/subsidies-federal-state-health.html.csp The latest legal fight over the Affordable Care Act takes aim at federal subsidies given to residents of Utah and 35 other states that didn’t set up their own health care marketplaces. A panel of D.C. Circuit judges ruled Tuesday the law allows federal subsidies to flow only through state-created marketplaces and not to people who bought coverage through Healthcare.gov. But on the same day, a 4th Circuit ruling in a separate, but similar, case allows the federal government to give subsidies to... The latest legal fight over the Affordable Care Act takes aim at federal subsidies given to residents of Utah and 35 other states that didn’t set up their own health care marketplaces. A panel of D.C. Circuit judges ruled Tuesday the law allows federal subsidies to flow only through state-created marketplaces and not to people who bought coverage through Healthcare.gov. But on the same day, a 4th Circuit ruling in a separate, but similar, case allows the federal government to give subsidies to... 58211182@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:08:19 MDT Herbert, GOP governors scold Obama over border crisis http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58211943-90/governors-states-gov-herbert.html.csp Utah Gov. Gary Herbert joined five other Republican governors Tuesday in calling on President Barack Obama to fix serious problems with the handling of unaccompanied children trying to immigrate into the United States without papers. “More than 57,000 children have crossed the border since October last year. Reports are that 90,000 children could make the journey by this fall,” the governors wrote to Obama. “With no end in sight, we need to have a plan to deal with the crisis in a humanitarian a... Utah Gov. Gary Herbert joined five other Republican governors Tuesday in calling on President Barack Obama to fix serious problems with the handling of unaccompanied children trying to immigrate into the United States without papers. “More than 57,000 children have crossed the border since October last year. Reports are that 90,000 children could make the journey by this fall,” the governors wrote to Obama. “With no end in sight, we need to have a plan to deal with the crisis in a humanitarian a... 58211943@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:31:25 MDT Salt Lake City police seek public’s help in identifying suspected car thief http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58212114-78/police-car-department-identifying.html.csp No good deed goes unpunished. The Salt Lake City Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman suspected of stealing a car from a man who had given her a ride on Sunday. While the man ducked inside a 7-Eleven at 1285 N. Redwood Road to use the restroom, his passenger drove off with his black 2000 Nissan Xterra, Utah license plate D236KD, the department said in a press release. The woman is described as between 30 and 40 years old, white, with a heavy build. Police have as... No good deed goes unpunished. The Salt Lake City Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman suspected of stealing a car from a man who had given her a ride on Sunday. While the man ducked inside a 7-Eleven at 1285 N. Redwood Road to use the restroom, his passenger drove off with his black 2000 Nissan Xterra, Utah license plate D236KD, the department said in a press release. The woman is described as between 30 and 40 years old, white, with a heavy build. Police have as... 58212114@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:24:02 MDT