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On July 31, 2013, Battin’s husband, 71-year-old Brooke Hopkins, died from injuries he suffered in a November 2008 bicycle accident, which had severed his spinal cord. For 4½ yea... Peggy Battin knows all about dying. As a nationally recognized ethicist at the University of Utah, she has spent decades analyzing every element of knotty end-of-life issues. But a year ago, Battin confronted a new kind of knowing — the personal kind — and quickly discovered the two forms of knowledge are not the same. On July 31, 2013, Battin’s husband, 71-year-old Brooke Hopkins, died from injuries he suffered in a November 2008 bicycle accident, which had severed his spinal cord. For 4½ yea... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58247707@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:24:04 MDT Paul Rolly: Mormon discount? When it comes to car rentals, faith matters http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58245710-90/lake-event-salt-com.html.csp Pastor Sheldon Bryan is preparing to take members of his two Salt Lake City Seventh-day Adventist congregations to Oshkosh, Wis., next week for the faith’s Pathfinder Camporee. When he took congregants to California for a churchwide event in March, he received a favorable rate from Budget Car Rentals in Salt Lake City in terms of tax breaks and a waiver of the extra fee for using multiple drivers. So he went back to Budget to rent two seven-passenger and two 12-passenger vans, letting the cler... Pastor Sheldon Bryan is preparing to take members of his two Salt Lake City Seventh-day Adventist congregations to Oshkosh, Wis., next week for the faith’s Pathfinder Camporee. When he took congregants to California for a churchwide event in March, he received a favorable rate from Budget Car Rentals in Salt Lake City in terms of tax breaks and a waiver of the extra fee for using multiple drivers. So he went back to Budget to rent two seven-passenger and two 12-passenger vans, letting the cler... 58245710@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:23:19 MDT Is Utah’s demand for routes over federal land too late? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58242614-78/federal-state-suwa-utah.html.csp Utah is suing the federal government in 22 counties, demanding title to thousands of miles of routes across public lands. But in a new move that could sharply narrow the disputes, federal lawyers and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance are arguing the state waited decades too long to file its claims. They disagree, however, on which legal deadline applies. Asking a judge to dismiss Garfield County’s claims, federal attorneys point to a federal act. SUWA, attacking Tooele County’s claims, cite... Utah is suing the federal government in 22 counties, demanding title to thousands of miles of routes across public lands. But in a new move that could sharply narrow the disputes, federal lawyers and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance are arguing the state waited decades too long to file its claims. They disagree, however, on which legal deadline applies. Asking a judge to dismiss Garfield County’s claims, federal attorneys point to a federal act. SUWA, attacking Tooele County’s claims, cite... 58242614@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:23:07 MDT France bestows honor upon World War II veteran in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58236778-90/larson-france-war-honor.html.csp Dean Larson saw the Statue of Liberty twice. He saw it the first time in 1944 as he was leaving New York City on a ship bound for England at the start of World War II, and again in 1945 when he returned at the end of the war. “I knew France gave us that Statute of Liberty,” Larson said during an honorary ceremony at the Utah State Capitol on Thursday, “and I have a lot of love for that statue.” France also has love for Larson. A representative of the French government on Thursday presented th... Dean Larson saw the Statue of Liberty twice. He saw it the first time in 1944 as he was leaving New York City on a ship bound for England at the start of World War II, and again in 1945 when he returned at the end of the war. “I knew France gave us that Statute of Liberty,” Larson said during an honorary ceremony at the Utah State Capitol on Thursday, “and I have a lot of love for that statue.” France also has love for Larson. A representative of the French government on Thursday presented th... 58236778@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:22:56 MDT UTA: Flat fare no longer fair? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58246336-90/agency-based-distance-fare.html.csp For 45 years, the Utah Transit Authority allowed riders to go almost anywhere on its bus and TRAX system for one flat fare. That may change next year as the agency looks at charging fares based on how far passengers travel. That could make those with longer commutes pay more, and those taking short trips pay less. UTA says such a system could be fairer, and the agency is beginning a final study to look at how to implement the change without losing ridership or revenue. “We are still looking at i... For 45 years, the Utah Transit Authority allowed riders to go almost anywhere on its bus and TRAX system for one flat fare. That may change next year as the agency looks at charging fares based on how far passengers travel. That could make those with longer commutes pay more, and those taking short trips pay less. UTA says such a system could be fairer, and the agency is beginning a final study to look at how to implement the change without losing ridership or revenue. “We are still looking at i... 58246336@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:22:41 MDT Woman, allegedly claiming to be foreign heiress, charged with $250,000 securities fraud http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58249128-78/vechil-allegedly-cause-charged.html.csp A 78-year-old German woman who investigators say conned four people out of more than $200,000 by convincing them she was a foreign heiress was charged Thursday in 3rd District Court. Ingeborg Del Vechil faces four felony counts stemming from an alleged securities fraud that began in December 2010. Vechil is being held in Salt Lake County Jail on $100,000 bail. According to a probable cause statement filed Thursday, Vechil told victims she owned a billion-dollar overseas trust fund but couldn’t a... A 78-year-old German woman who investigators say conned four people out of more than $200,000 by convincing them she was a foreign heiress was charged Thursday in 3rd District Court. Ingeborg Del Vechil faces four felony counts stemming from an alleged securities fraud that began in December 2010. Vechil is being held in Salt Lake County Jail on $100,000 bail. According to a probable cause statement filed Thursday, Vechil told victims she owned a billion-dollar overseas trust fund but couldn’t a... 58249128@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:57:01 MDT Salt Lake police offer cash reward to catch serial robber http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58247782-78/police-lake-salt-roberts.html.csp Salt Lake City police are offering an unspecified cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a man suspected of robbing at least four businesses in under two weeks. Marshall James Roberts, 25, is wanted in connected with the robberies of two credit unions, a book store and a coffee shop, Salt Lake police said in a news release Thursday evening. Tellers from at least three of the businesses told police that the suspect handed them a note saying he had a gun and demanding money. After o... Salt Lake City police are offering an unspecified cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a man suspected of robbing at least four businesses in under two weeks. Marshall James Roberts, 25, is wanted in connected with the robberies of two credit unions, a book store and a coffee shop, Salt Lake police said in a news release Thursday evening. Tellers from at least three of the businesses told police that the suspect handed them a note saying he had a gun and demanding money. After o... 58247782@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:35:02 MDT Utah hepatitis C patient gets kidney with same virus http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58247993-78/kidney-hepatitis-galvan-campsen.html.csp A West Jordan man who has hepatitis C went home from University of Utah Hospital Thursday with a new kidney, the first Utah patient to receive such an organ from a donor with the same virus. “It’s a new opportunity to live,” said Andres Galvan, 61, through a translator at a U. press briefing. Galvan had been undergoing dialysis for kidney failure for more than two years and had been on the kidney transplant list for a year. When he agreed to accept a kidney from a deceased out-of-state donor wit... A West Jordan man who has hepatitis C went home from University of Utah Hospital Thursday with a new kidney, the first Utah patient to receive such an organ from a donor with the same virus. “It’s a new opportunity to live,” said Andres Galvan, 61, through a translator at a U. press briefing. Galvan had been undergoing dialysis for kidney failure for more than two years and had been on the kidney transplant list for a year. When he agreed to accept a kidney from a deceased out-of-state donor wit... 58247993@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:54:31 MDT Woman struck by car in Utah remains in critical condition http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58248210-78/woman-cottrell-ogden-condition.html.csp A day after being struck by a car while crossing a busy intersection in Ogden, a 67-year-old woman remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon. The woman was in the crosswalk making her way across 24th Street at 5:47 p.m. Wednesday when a vehicle making a left turn onto Harrison Boulevard collided with the woman, said Ogden police Lt. Kevin Cottrell. “Harrison’s a very busy road, and that’s when people are getting off work and coming home,” Cottrell said. “So, yeah, there’s a substantial a... A day after being struck by a car while crossing a busy intersection in Ogden, a 67-year-old woman remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon. The woman was in the crosswalk making her way across 24th Street at 5:47 p.m. Wednesday when a vehicle making a left turn onto Harrison Boulevard collided with the woman, said Ogden police Lt. Kevin Cottrell. “Harrison’s a very busy road, and that’s when people are getting off work and coming home,” Cottrell said. “So, yeah, there’s a substantial a... 58248210@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:26:02 MDT A Look Back: More photos from Wandamere Resort http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58247639-78/1864-1921-acre-amenities-amet.html.csp Over the last few years, we have featured a handful of photos of the Wandamere Resort in our A Look Back galleries. We have decided to share some more photos of the popular spot with you today. Wandamere Resort was a 65-acre amusement park that featured a large pond, boat rides, a race track, dance hall and other amenities. It was located at what is now Nibley Park Golf and operated from 1864-1921. Over the last few years, we have featured a handful of photos of the Wandamere Resort in our A Look Back galleries. We have decided to share some more photos of the popular spot with you today. Wandamere Resort was a 65-acre amusement park that featured a large pond, boat rides, a race track, dance hall and other amenities. It was located at what is now Nibley Park Golf and operated from 1864-1921. 58247639@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:20:02 MDT Mia Love’s campaign uses Owens poll for its own fundraising http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58246524-90/campaign-email-emergency-fundraising.html.csp Republican Mia Love’s campaign immediately dismissed a poll recently released by her rival, Democrat Doug Owens, showing him within 9 percentage points in their campaign for Utah’s open 4th Congressional District seat. Then, on Thursday, her campaign sent a fundraising email with the subject line: “Emergency Action Needed.” “I need your immediate help. On Monday, my opponent released a poll showing that he is only down by 9 points. Democrats have no plans to just hand this seat over, and they a... Republican Mia Love’s campaign immediately dismissed a poll recently released by her rival, Democrat Doug Owens, showing him within 9 percentage points in their campaign for Utah’s open 4th Congressional District seat. Then, on Thursday, her campaign sent a fundraising email with the subject line: “Emergency Action Needed.” “I need your immediate help. On Monday, my opponent released a poll showing that he is only down by 9 points. Democrats have no plans to just hand this seat over, and they a... 58246524@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:56:43 MDT Las Vegas man sentenced for Utah prostitution case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58246907-78/utah-george-haley-las.html.csp ST. GEORGE, Utah • A Las Vegas man convicted in a southern Utah prostitution case will serve 180 days in a county jail. A Utah judge sentenced Leroy Haley on Wednesday and ordered him to pay $1,500 in fines. Investigators arrested Haley in sting operation at a St. George hotel last year. Prosecutors say he and a 20-year-old Las Vegas woman brought a teenage girl to Utah and forced her to perform sex acts for money. Haley pleaded guilty in June to human trafficking, two counts of exploiting a pr... ST. GEORGE, Utah • A Las Vegas man convicted in a southern Utah prostitution case will serve 180 days in a county jail. A Utah judge sentenced Leroy Haley on Wednesday and ordered him to pay $1,500 in fines. Investigators arrested Haley in sting operation at a St. George hotel last year. Prosecutors say he and a 20-year-old Las Vegas woman brought a teenage girl to Utah and forced her to perform sex acts for money. Haley pleaded guilty in June to human trafficking, two counts of exploiting a pr... 58246907@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:53:23 MDT Two wild horses die at Utah roundup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58245670-78/horses-blm-wild-reid.html.csp An agitated young wild horse alone in a corral apparently charged into a side panel and broke her neck after being rounded up on Utah’s west desert, Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Lisa Reid said. The yearling filly died instantly and the BLM also had to euthanize a 7-year-old mare with a severely deformed leg from a previous fracture, Reid said. Both deaths — unusual during Utah’s wild horse roundups — occurred Wednesday, the third day of the BLM’s Blawn Wash gather in the Wah Wah Mounta... An agitated young wild horse alone in a corral apparently charged into a side panel and broke her neck after being rounded up on Utah’s west desert, Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Lisa Reid said. The yearling filly died instantly and the BLM also had to euthanize a 7-year-old mare with a severely deformed leg from a previous fracture, Reid said. Both deaths — unusual during Utah’s wild horse roundups — occurred Wednesday, the third day of the BLM’s Blawn Wash gather in the Wah Wah Mounta... 58245670@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:52:43 MDT Crash blocking SB lanes of I-15 near 2100 South http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58248037-78/2100-blocking-crash-lanes.html.csp A crash on southbound Interstate 15 at 2100 South was blocking the four left lanes on Thursday evening. While only minor injuries were reported, according to the Utah Highway Patrol, the 5 p.m. accident was backing southbound traffic for miles. The Utah Department of Transportation gave an estimated a clearance time of 5:40 p.m. The Tribune will update this story as more information becomes available. A crash on southbound Interstate 15 at 2100 South was blocking the four left lanes on Thursday evening. While only minor injuries were reported, according to the Utah Highway Patrol, the 5 p.m. accident was backing southbound traffic for miles. The Utah Department of Transportation gave an estimated a clearance time of 5:40 p.m. The Tribune will update this story as more information becomes available. 58248037@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:21:04 MDT Lawyer says FBI threatened witness in OKC bombing records trial http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58245719-78/fbi-trentadue-matthews-bombing.html.csp A Salt Lake City lawyer suing the federal government for records in the Oklahoma City bombing case alleged Thursday that an FBI agent threatened one of his witnesses to keep him from testifying at trial. Attorney Jesse Trentadue said the Salt Lake City-based FBI agent had contacted John Matthews, who he described as a former undercover operative for the government, and suggested that it would be “best for everyone if [Matthews] didn’t show up to testify.” The agent also suggested that Matthews ... A Salt Lake City lawyer suing the federal government for records in the Oklahoma City bombing case alleged Thursday that an FBI agent threatened one of his witnesses to keep him from testifying at trial. Attorney Jesse Trentadue said the Salt Lake City-based FBI agent had contacted John Matthews, who he described as a former undercover operative for the government, and suggested that it would be “best for everyone if [Matthews] didn’t show up to testify.” The agent also suggested that Matthews ... 58245719@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:18:20 MDT Judge tosses all but one fraud charge against former Provo official http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58247272-78/turley-childs-fraud-charges.html.csp Six months after hearing testimony at a preliminary hearing, a judge ruled Tuesday that a former Provo city councilman accused of real-estate fraud will stand trial on only one of 10 felony charges originally filed against him. Steven Turley, 46, was charged in 2011 in 4th District Court with two counts of exploitation of a vulnerable adult, seven counts of communications fraud, and one count of pattern of unlawful activity — all second-degree felonies. But after reviewing transcripts from the F... Six months after hearing testimony at a preliminary hearing, a judge ruled Tuesday that a former Provo city councilman accused of real-estate fraud will stand trial on only one of 10 felony charges originally filed against him. Steven Turley, 46, was charged in 2011 in 4th District Court with two counts of exploitation of a vulnerable adult, seven counts of communications fraud, and one count of pattern of unlawful activity — all second-degree felonies. But after reviewing transcripts from the F... 58247272@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:14:25 MDT Libertarian group sues Utah over Common Core http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58246492-78/standards-board-utah-state.html.csp Angst over Utah’s adoption of Common Core academic standards is about to spill into the courtroom. The Libertas Institute, a libertarian-leaning Utah-based public policy organization, is funding a lawsuit against the state school board, targeting its adoption of the standards. Six parents, educators and education leaders are named as plaintiffs in the suit, which was filed Thursday in 3rd District Court. The lawsuit alleges that Utahns — specifically local school boards, superintendents, teache... Angst over Utah’s adoption of Common Core academic standards is about to spill into the courtroom. The Libertas Institute, a libertarian-leaning Utah-based public policy organization, is funding a lawsuit against the state school board, targeting its adoption of the standards. Six parents, educators and education leaders are named as plaintiffs in the suit, which was filed Thursday in 3rd District Court. The lawsuit alleges that Utahns — specifically local school boards, superintendents, teache... 58246492@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:14:25 MDT County offering free recycling bins for events http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58233667-78/bins-recycling-coca-county.html.csp Salt Lake County’s recycling office is making recycling bins available free of charge to groups for community events. County Recycling Coordinator Ashlee Yoder said the offer is designed to help residents meet a challenge issued last year by Mayor Ben McAdams, who wanted to see a 20 percent increase countywide in the volume of materials recycled by 2015. “We’ll be able to track how much is recycled using the bins and factor that in as we crunch the numbers on our path to increase recycling by... Salt Lake County’s recycling office is making recycling bins available free of charge to groups for community events. County Recycling Coordinator Ashlee Yoder said the offer is designed to help residents meet a challenge issued last year by Mayor Ben McAdams, who wanted to see a 20 percent increase countywide in the volume of materials recycled by 2015. “We’ll be able to track how much is recycled using the bins and factor that in as we crunch the numbers on our path to increase recycling by... 58233667@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:10:01 MDT Woman who shot boyfriend to death has not been arrested http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58247697-78/woman-office-police-release.html.csp A woman who shot her boyfriend to death during a domestic dispute has not been arrested but is keeping police apprised of her whereabouts, the Uintah County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday in a news release. Just before midnight Tuesday, gunfire was reported at an address just north of Vernal, near 2600 North 500 East, according to Undersheriff John E. Laursen. Deputies arrived at a house where they found Curtis Dale Hardinger, 34, of Vernal, with a gunshot wound in his chest. He was rushed... A woman who shot her boyfriend to death during a domestic dispute has not been arrested but is keeping police apprised of her whereabouts, the Uintah County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday in a news release. Just before midnight Tuesday, gunfire was reported at an address just north of Vernal, near 2600 North 500 East, according to Undersheriff John E. Laursen. Deputies arrived at a house where they found Curtis Dale Hardinger, 34, of Vernal, with a gunshot wound in his chest. He was rushed... 58247697@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:54:42 MDT NTSB: Arizona plane that killed two Utahns was flying low http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58247746-78/plane-arizona-flying-says.html.csp Littlefield, Ariz. • A federal investigator says the pilot of a small plane that crashed in far northwestern Arizona was flying well below what’s allowed by regulation. Newly licensed pilot, 19-year-old Daulton Whatcott, and his brother, 16-year-old Jaxon Whatcott — from Clinton, Utah — were headed to a basketball tournament in Nevada when the single-engine Cessna crashed near the Arizona-Utah border on July 20. The two brothers died. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Larry Lew... Littlefield, Ariz. • A federal investigator says the pilot of a small plane that crashed in far northwestern Arizona was flying well below what’s allowed by regulation. Newly licensed pilot, 19-year-old Daulton Whatcott, and his brother, 16-year-old Jaxon Whatcott — from Clinton, Utah — were headed to a basketball tournament in Nevada when the single-engine Cessna crashed near the Arizona-Utah border on July 20. The two brothers died. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Larry Lew... 58247746@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:13:31 MDT