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Attorneys for Park City Mountain Resort argued the amount should be $1 million to $6.... Park City • There was no relief from anxiety Wednesday in Judge Ryan Harris’ 3rd District courtroom as he pondered the amount ofa bond that could keep Park City Mountain Resort operating through the fast-approachingski season. Courtroom tension was palpable as the judge retired to consider how big the bond should be to coverrent from May 1, 2011, through April 30, 2015 — in addition to damages and legal fees. Attorneys for Park City Mountain Resort argued the amount should be $1 million to $6.... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58340046@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:03:36 MDT UTA attacked, defended after tough audit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58344702-90/allegra-audit-board-general.html.csp A day after a state audit lambasted the Utah Transit Authority, some were calling for a shake-up or for heads to roll — including a parade of citizens who vented at a UTA board meeting. But UTA officials received some key support, too, including from Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, who requested the audit. Valentine said Wednesday that he blames problems flagged by auditors on past UTA leaders and believes the agency has taken steps to resolve issues. Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper, who is also chairm... A day after a state audit lambasted the Utah Transit Authority, some were calling for a shake-up or for heads to roll — including a parade of citizens who vented at a UTA board meeting. But UTA officials received some key support, too, including from Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, who requested the audit. Valentine said Wednesday that he blames problems flagged by auditors on past UTA leaders and believes the agency has taken steps to resolve issues. Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper, who is also chairm... 58344702@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:03:16 MDT Millard Co. election fight boiling over in two courts http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58344652-90/authority-clerk-county-court.html.csp A challenger in a disputed Millard County Commission race has asked a judge to hold the county clerk in contempt of court for not abiding by the judge’s order that the county hold a new Republican primary election. Fourth District Judge Claudia Laycock ordered the county earlier this month to re-do the GOP primary election after seven improperly counted ballots and a voter turned away from the polling place cast doubt on incumbent Jim Withers’ five-vote win over challenger Jim Dyer. The Attorney... A challenger in a disputed Millard County Commission race has asked a judge to hold the county clerk in contempt of court for not abiding by the judge’s order that the county hold a new Republican primary election. Fourth District Judge Claudia Laycock ordered the county earlier this month to re-do the GOP primary election after seven improperly counted ballots and a voter turned away from the polling place cast doubt on incumbent Jim Withers’ five-vote win over challenger Jim Dyer. The Attorney... 58344652@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:01:35 MDT No charges for Utah mom whose child died in hot car http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58343829-78/skyah-car-belnap-april.html.csp The Washington County attorney announced Wednesday that he will not be filing file criminal charges against a Hurricane mother who left her 11-month-old daughter inside a hot car last month. Skyah Suwyn died Aug. 1, after her mother, April Suwyn, inadvertently left the infant in the car for more than an hour while temperatures reached the 80s. Prosecutors determined the evidence showed that “rather than abandoning Skyah, [the mother] acted under the erroneous belief that Skyah was napping safel... The Washington County attorney announced Wednesday that he will not be filing file criminal charges against a Hurricane mother who left her 11-month-old daughter inside a hot car last month. Skyah Suwyn died Aug. 1, after her mother, April Suwyn, inadvertently left the infant in the car for more than an hour while temperatures reached the 80s. Prosecutors determined the evidence showed that “rather than abandoning Skyah, [the mother] acted under the erroneous belief that Skyah was napping safel... 58343829@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:57:51 MDT Varian expanding, bringing Utah high-paying jobs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58344360-78/varian-utah-company-medical.html.csp With its new addition, Varian Medical Systems expects to play a larger role than ever in supplying X-ray products to medical, scientific and industrial facilities worldwide. That will translate into almost 1,000 new jobs over the next 20 years, jobs paying 180 percent of the Salt Lake County average. “This is the type of company we love to see in Utah,” said a beaming Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), at Wednesday’s groundbreaking for Varian’s ... With its new addition, Varian Medical Systems expects to play a larger role than ever in supplying X-ray products to medical, scientific and industrial facilities worldwide. That will translate into almost 1,000 new jobs over the next 20 years, jobs paying 180 percent of the Salt Lake County average. “This is the type of company we love to see in Utah,” said a beaming Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), at Wednesday’s groundbreaking for Varian’s ... 58344360@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:53:38 MDT Find local food, art Thursdays at University of Utah’s farmers market http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58338915-78/market-utah-farmers-campus.html.csp Celebrating themes from Utah’s bees to pets to sustainable sweets, the University of Utah’s on-campus farmer’s market will offer local produce and art beginning this week through early October. The weekly Thursday market — which is open to the public — invites local growers and artisans to supply fresh produce, arts and crafts and other wares. The market will kick off Thursday with Sustainability Day, educating shoppers about recycling, solar power and other issues. This year, U. students and an... Celebrating themes from Utah’s bees to pets to sustainable sweets, the University of Utah’s on-campus farmer’s market will offer local produce and art beginning this week through early October. The weekly Thursday market — which is open to the public — invites local growers and artisans to supply fresh produce, arts and crafts and other wares. The market will kick off Thursday with Sustainability Day, educating shoppers about recycling, solar power and other issues. This year, U. students and an... 58338915@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:53:20 MDT 91 people died on Utah roads this summer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58343390-90/braceras-construction-crash-driving.html.csp The upcoming Labor Day weekend marks the end of the “100 deadliest days” of summer driving — and state highway officials openly hope that Utahns drive more safely this holiday than they have during the rest of the summer. “We haven’t done too well over these last 100 deadliest days,” said Carlos Braceras, executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation. “We had 91 fatalities so far, and that’s up by 18 from last summer,” a hike of 25 percent since Memorial Day weekend, he said. “Trad... The upcoming Labor Day weekend marks the end of the “100 deadliest days” of summer driving — and state highway officials openly hope that Utahns drive more safely this holiday than they have during the rest of the summer. “We haven’t done too well over these last 100 deadliest days,” said Carlos Braceras, executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation. “We had 91 fatalities so far, and that’s up by 18 from last summer,” a hike of 25 percent since Memorial Day weekend, he said. “Trad... 58343390@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:53:09 MDT Judge finalizes ‘Sister Wives’ ruling as both sides prepare for appeals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58344666-78/utah-waddoups-ruling-attorney.html.csp A federal judge on Wednesday finalized the order striking part of Utah’s bigamy law and gave one more victory to the family from the television show “Sister Wives.” The long legal battle over polygamy in Utah now appears headed to the appeals courts. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has said he would appeal the federal court ruling when it became final. Kody Brown and his four wives, too, have been prepared for more rounds in the courts. Jonathan Turley, the attorney for the Brown family, enco... A federal judge on Wednesday finalized the order striking part of Utah’s bigamy law and gave one more victory to the family from the television show “Sister Wives.” The long legal battle over polygamy in Utah now appears headed to the appeals courts. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has said he would appeal the federal court ruling when it became final. Kody Brown and his four wives, too, have been prepared for more rounds in the courts. Jonathan Turley, the attorney for the Brown family, enco... 58344666@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:46:58 MDT Utah youth with muscular dystrophy gets his wish: a helicopter ride http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58344121-78/wish-utah-ride-helicopter.html.csp Sean Anderson has seen plenty of hospitals and ambulances in his 18 years, but on Wednesday his trip aboard a helicopter ambulance was nothing but a joy ride. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah and University of Utah AirMed teamed up to give the Stansbury Park youth a ride from Tooele to the U. and back to Tooele Wednesday morning. Anderson’s wish was to ride in a helicopter, but Make-A-Wish coordinators were having trouble arranging such a ride because of his medical needs, said Nathan Morreale, ou... Sean Anderson has seen plenty of hospitals and ambulances in his 18 years, but on Wednesday his trip aboard a helicopter ambulance was nothing but a joy ride. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah and University of Utah AirMed teamed up to give the Stansbury Park youth a ride from Tooele to the U. and back to Tooele Wednesday morning. Anderson’s wish was to ride in a helicopter, but Make-A-Wish coordinators were having trouble arranging such a ride because of his medical needs, said Nathan Morreale, ou... 58344121@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:32:34 MDT Audit: Utah fund padded numbers, downplayed costs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58339963-90/auditors-capital-costs-fund.html.csp Utah’s Fund of Funds — a quasi-public entity that has invested more than $100 million in business startups — has overstated the returns on its investments, downplayed the costs of doing business and is lacking in transparency, according to an audit of the agency. “The primary concern here is that the lack of metrics ultimately results in the UFOF’s inability to show relevance in the market,” according to a report by the Utah legislative auditor’s office. Managers of the Fund of Funds agreed the... Utah’s Fund of Funds — a quasi-public entity that has invested more than $100 million in business startups — has overstated the returns on its investments, downplayed the costs of doing business and is lacking in transparency, according to an audit of the agency. “The primary concern here is that the lack of metrics ultimately results in the UFOF’s inability to show relevance in the market,” according to a report by the Utah legislative auditor’s office. Managers of the Fund of Funds agreed the... 58339963@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:26:20 MDT Dad: Utah woman accused of putting baby in trash has disability http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58342906-78/englert-baby-jail-daughter.html.csp The father of the woman accused of dumping her baby in a Kearns trash can says his daughter suffers from a learning disability that prevents her from comprehending the significance of her actions. “She doesn’t even realize that it’s a crime and it’s bad,” said Robert Englert, whose 23-year-old daughter, Alicia Marie Englert, has been in the Salt Lake County jail since Tuesday night. “Even when the police were taking her to jail, she thought they were taking her to her room.” Robert Englert reco... The father of the woman accused of dumping her baby in a Kearns trash can says his daughter suffers from a learning disability that prevents her from comprehending the significance of her actions. “She doesn’t even realize that it’s a crime and it’s bad,” said Robert Englert, whose 23-year-old daughter, Alicia Marie Englert, has been in the Salt Lake County jail since Tuesday night. “Even when the police were taking her to jail, she thought they were taking her to her room.” Robert Englert reco... 58342906@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:10:31 MDT Utah police catch baseball bat vandals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58343122-78/police-ford-truck-suspects.html.csp Two joyriders were arrested Tuesday morning after they allegedly drove through Cottonwood Heights leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. A resident near 2600 East and 6500 South called police about 3 a.m. to report that people were driving through the neighborhood smashing mailboxes and parked cars with a baseball bat, said Cottonwood Heights Police Sgt. Corbett Ford. An officer drove to the area and began to follow a suspicious truck when he saw one of the occupants smash a mailbox. When... Two joyriders were arrested Tuesday morning after they allegedly drove through Cottonwood Heights leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. A resident near 2600 East and 6500 South called police about 3 a.m. to report that people were driving through the neighborhood smashing mailboxes and parked cars with a baseball bat, said Cottonwood Heights Police Sgt. Corbett Ford. An officer drove to the area and began to follow a suspicious truck when he saw one of the occupants smash a mailbox. When... 58343122@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:09:27 MDT Audit blasts UTA, says it gave millions in sweetheart deals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58338545-90/audit-auditors-board-compensation.html.csp The Utah Transit Authority “prepaid” a developer $10 million to construct a parking garage — which it turns out he never built — just after he made a multimillion-dollar deal benefiting a UTA board member. The agency never got all the money back from that advance. The troublesome incident is one of many described in a blistering, yearlong legislative audit into UTA operations that was released Tuesday. It complains about other sweetheart deals, extravagant pay and bonuses, failure to plan well... The Utah Transit Authority “prepaid” a developer $10 million to construct a parking garage — which it turns out he never built — just after he made a multimillion-dollar deal benefiting a UTA board member. The agency never got all the money back from that advance. The troublesome incident is one of many described in a blistering, yearlong legislative audit into UTA operations that was released Tuesday. It complains about other sweetheart deals, extravagant pay and bonuses, failure to plan well... 58338545@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:01:42 MDT Sales tax votes? Only in a general election year http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58339418-78/council-tax-snelgrove-election.html.csp Unless there’s an emergency, the Salt Lake County Council wants all votes on proposed sales and use tax increases to take place in a general election year. “We just want as many voters as possible engaged in the process of raising taxes or not raising taxes,” said Democratic Council Sam Granato, who teamed with Republican Councilman Richard Snelgrove to sponsor an ordinance to maximize public participation in tax matters directly impacting pocketbooks. Snelgrove noted that the ordinance prohibit... Unless there’s an emergency, the Salt Lake County Council wants all votes on proposed sales and use tax increases to take place in a general election year. “We just want as many voters as possible engaged in the process of raising taxes or not raising taxes,” said Democratic Council Sam Granato, who teamed with Republican Councilman Richard Snelgrove to sponsor an ordinance to maximize public participation in tax matters directly impacting pocketbooks. Snelgrove noted that the ordinance prohibit... 58339418@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:44:33 MDT Paul Rolly: Republican Reyes snubs Rotary Club debate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58339625-90/club-reyes-debate-sltrib.html.csp Salt Lake City’s Rotary Club may have witnessed history Tuesday, according to its president-elect, Floyd Hatch, when only one of two Utah attorney general candidates invited to a debate showed up to the scheduled luncheon. Incumbent Sean Reyes missed the debate because he was out of town, his aides said. Club officials say they extended the invitation in June to the Republican nominee and his Democratic rival, Charles Stormont. Hatch, who also is the events coordinator for Rotary International’... Salt Lake City’s Rotary Club may have witnessed history Tuesday, according to its president-elect, Floyd Hatch, when only one of two Utah attorney general candidates invited to a debate showed up to the scheduled luncheon. Incumbent Sean Reyes missed the debate because he was out of town, his aides said. Club officials say they extended the invitation in June to the Republican nominee and his Democratic rival, Charles Stormont. Hatch, who also is the events coordinator for Rotary International’... 58339625@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:17:25 MDT Trailblazing lawyer joins fight against Utah same-sex marriage ban http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58339985-90/court-utah-case-marriage.html.csp No one knows whether the U.S. Supreme Court will take on Utah’s same-sex marriage case. But if it does, the Salt Lake City lawyers defending three same-sex Utah couples seeking to topple the state’s ban on gay and lesbian unions will be standing side-by-side with the woman who led Massachusetts to become the first state in the country to legalize same-sex marriages. Mary Bonauto, made famous by her successful litigation of the historic Massachusetts case in 2003, agreed this week to join the Kit... No one knows whether the U.S. Supreme Court will take on Utah’s same-sex marriage case. But if it does, the Salt Lake City lawyers defending three same-sex Utah couples seeking to topple the state’s ban on gay and lesbian unions will be standing side-by-side with the woman who led Massachusetts to become the first state in the country to legalize same-sex marriages. Mary Bonauto, made famous by her successful litigation of the historic Massachusetts case in 2003, agreed this week to join the Kit... 58339985@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:37:36 MDT Utah’s famous Canyonlands rock art unexpectedly recent http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58323218-78/canyon-art-style-barrier.html.csp A study by Utah State University scientists could shed new light on the ancient culture or cultures that created the haunting rock art known as the Barrier Canyon Style. These paintings are known for their tapered life-size anthropomorphic figures, suspended on canyon walls around the Colorado Plateau like spirits and limbless space aliens holding court. A revered section of the Great Gallery, the grandest expression of the style, was painted between 900 and 2,000 years ago in what is now Canyo... A study by Utah State University scientists could shed new light on the ancient culture or cultures that created the haunting rock art known as the Barrier Canyon Style. These paintings are known for their tapered life-size anthropomorphic figures, suspended on canyon walls around the Colorado Plateau like spirits and limbless space aliens holding court. A revered section of the Great Gallery, the grandest expression of the style, was painted between 900 and 2,000 years ago in what is now Canyo... 58323218@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:22:57 MDT UPD: Last of 4 suspects in Magna stabbings arrested http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58342733-78/arrested-stabbings-victims-crowd.html.csp Unified Police on Wednesday arrested the last of four suspects in the Aug. 22 stabbings of two men in Magna. UPD confirmed that Cody Johnson, 26, was taken into custody about 8 a.m. at a Kearns residence by police officers and Adult Probation and Parole agents acting on an anonymous tip. Johnson was arrested without incident and booked into the Salt Lake County jail on suspicion of two second-degree felony counts of aggravated assault. Three codefendants had been arrested earlier in the case: Je... Unified Police on Wednesday arrested the last of four suspects in the Aug. 22 stabbings of two men in Magna. UPD confirmed that Cody Johnson, 26, was taken into custody about 8 a.m. at a Kearns residence by police officers and Adult Probation and Parole agents acting on an anonymous tip. Johnson was arrested without incident and booked into the Salt Lake County jail on suspicion of two second-degree felony counts of aggravated assault. Three codefendants had been arrested earlier in the case: Je... 58342733@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:30:04 MDT Sponsored: Kairos Academy - Changing lives two at a time http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sponsored/58343054-232/kairos-teen-amela-academy.html.csp My circumstances do not define me! I am compelled to achieve! And I will ensure that my past choices do not hamper my future, because, I dare to dream! It’s the mantra of Amela Skender, a young lady society considers a “statistic” because at 16 became a teen mom. “Everybody tells you you can’t graduate after you have a baby,” she said. “But I will never give up, especially now, because I’m not just trying for myself. I also need to succeed for my son, to give him a bright future.” For eve... My circumstances do not define me! I am compelled to achieve! And I will ensure that my past choices do not hamper my future, because, I dare to dream! It’s the mantra of Amela Skender, a young lady society considers a “statistic” because at 16 became a teen mom. “Everybody tells you you can’t graduate after you have a baby,” she said. “But I will never give up, especially now, because I’m not just trying for myself. I also need to succeed for my son, to give him a bright future.” For eve... 58343054@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:19:02 MDT Sandy dumps city gun laws http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58341061-78/gun-sandy-law-laws.html.csp Sandy City has repealed its laws restricting carrying guns in public places. Council members Tuesday night unanimously approved the ordinance changes, so that it no longer will be a violation of city code to pack a gun in a park, on a trail, golf course or in any other city recreational facility. The amendments are being adopted now at the demand of a national gun-rights organization, the Second Amendment Foundation, which recently put Sandy on notice that its gun laws are illegal because they g... Sandy City has repealed its laws restricting carrying guns in public places. Council members Tuesday night unanimously approved the ordinance changes, so that it no longer will be a violation of city code to pack a gun in a park, on a trail, golf course or in any other city recreational facility. The amendments are being adopted now at the demand of a national gun-rights organization, the Second Amendment Foundation, which recently put Sandy on notice that its gun laws are illegal because they g... 58341061@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:56:59 MDT