Biden turns down 17-year-old's prom request but sends corsage. Federal judge orders Utah to recognize same-sex marriages already performed. BLM to auction 100k acres for drilling in southern Utah.
Happy Tuesday. A 17-year-old Connecticut girl sent Vice President Joe Biden a note last fall asking him to prom. "I am inviting you so far in advance because I'm sure many 17-year-old girls send you prom invitations, and I had to beat them to it," Talia Maselli said in her letter. "I could only tolerate a high school dance if I was to be escorted by the most delightful man in America." She never expected to hear back. But on the eve of the prom, a deliveryman showed up with a note from the Veep saying he was flattered but couldn't attend. He did, however, send a corsage. [Courant] [Politico] [WaPost]
Topping the news: A federal judge said Utah must recognize the same-sex marriages that occurred in the state during the legal window in December and January; the decision takes effect in 21 days and it is anticipated that Utah Attorney Sean Reyes will attempt to appeal the ruling before then. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV] [KSL] [Fox13]
-> The Bureau of Land Management plans to auction 100,000 acres of land in southern Utah for drilling. [Trib]
-> Utah environmentalists are rallying against and suing the U.S. Forest Service for allowing the Bureau of Land Management to authorize a petroleum company to dig oil wells in the Uinta Basin. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @TajMagruder: "Why didn't I think of asking @HillaryClinton to prom?"
-> From @dcfairbank: "I have a better idea Rep Paul Ray. How about Dr Evil's sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads?"
-> From @Patbagley: "Only people happy at the demise of #sltrib would be crooked politicians and polluters"
In other news: Land managers in Utah are looking for a balance with the region's cattle and elk to prevent overuse of Western lands. [Trib]
-> South Jordan residents concerned about the future of Mulligans Golf and Games are asking for an audit of the property. [Trib]
-> Residents of Farmington are concerned about a proposed subdivision in the city because of what they say is unstable land. [KSL]
-> Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker wants citizens to schedule one-on-one meetings with him to discuss their concerns. [DNews]
Nationally: President Barack Obama will create a national monument in the Organ Mountains near the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday. [LasCrucesSunNews] [USAToday] Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, is asking him to reconsider. [RobBishop]
-> Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, spoke at the Wake Forest University's commencement; it was the first time she'd spoken in public since being fired from The Times. [Politico] [WaPost]
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