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  • Man driving DWR truck dies in southern Utah rollover
    A man driving a Utah Department of Natural Resources truck died Tuesday after the vehicle rolled on State Route 24 in Sigurd, authorities said. The c...
    Updated Jun 27 2017 10:21 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |   Tribune file photo)   Salt Lake County County Recorder Gary Ott sits with his chief deputy Julie Dole before the  Salt Lake County Council’s presentation of findings of the county auditor’s performance review in Oct. 2016. A week later, the Salt Lake County Republican Party censured Dole, accusing her of hiding Ott’s health status. Salt Lake County Council approves committee to investigate Recorder Gary Ott’s residency
    The Salt Lake County Council decided Tuesday to proceed with an investigation into whether Recorder Gary Ott resides in his district. Council members ...
    Updated Jun 27 2017 10:18 pm   |     |   Share
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  • |  Courtesy Box Elder County  A wildfire near the Utah-Idaho border quickly grew to 7,000 acres Tuesday, though not structures were threatened. Blaze near Utah-Idaho border quickly grows to 8,000 acres
    A wildfire quickly grew to more than 8,000 acres Tuesday southwest of Snowville near the Utah-Idaho border, officials said. The lightning-caused Strea...
    Updated Jun 27 2017 09:19 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The land slide area is seen at Kennecott on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Man critically injured after falling 20 feet at Kennecott Copper Mine
    A 25-year-old man was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon after falling about 20 feet at the Kennecott Copper Mine, authorities said. The fall was...
    Updated Jun 27 2017 10:20 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Members of the Family Band (L-R) Dallas Cochran, Sara McFarland, Eric Murphy, Will Stoll and Jason McFarland perform during the Kurt Cochran Memorial Concert and Celebration of life at Bountiful City Park Saturday, June 24, 2017. Officer reunites with Bountiful woman he saved during London terror attack at concert honoring her husband
    Bountiful • Sometimes Melissa Cochran starts to get angry at the terrorist who plowed his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London three m...
    Updated Jun 24 2017 11:31 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |   Tribune file photo)   A fire burns on the mountain near Farmington on Friday. Firefighters responding to seven separate blazes
    Here’s the latest on various wildfires burning in Utah. Farmington • The most recent mapping of the Shepard Fire in Farmington measures the size at 8...
    Updated Jun 24 2017 10:20 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A plane drop fire retardant on the Brian Head fire, as it continues to burn north of the southern Utah ski town of Brian Head, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.   At 40,150 acres, Brian Head Fire is largest blaze in the country
    At 40,148 acres, the Brian Head Fire on Saturday night became the largest active wildfire in the country. One week since it began, the blaze continues...
    Updated Jun 25 2017 10:39 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Smoke billows into the sky creating huge clouds, as the Brian Head fire continues to burn north of near the southern Utah ski town of Brian Head, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Brian Head Fire has now burned 13 residences and 37,500 acres
    Garfield County Sheriff Danny Perkins watched Thursday as hotshot firefighter crews scrambled to save cabins surrounding Panguitch Lake, a popular sou...
    Updated Jun 24 2017 08:25 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Officers stop cars heading to Panguitch Lake on State Route 143 Thursday afternoon as the Brian Head approaches. Thursday, June 22, 2017. Brian Head Fire threatens second resort community after doubling in size overnight
    Brian Head • The Brian Head Fire on Thursday threatened another resort community after racing 8 miles north and doubling in size overnight. Spurred b...
    Updated Jun 23 2017 09:56 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)    A pedestrian bridge crosses the Jordan River near North Temple in Salt Lake City, Friday, October 30, 2015. Report of child facedown in Jordan River prompts search; no body found
    Authorities suspended a Jordan River search near South Salt Lake after a report Wednesday evening of a small child floating facedown in the water. No ...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 11:32 am   |     |   Share
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  • |  Courtesy   Police, as well as family and community members, have been searching for these Vernal men for about a month. On Wednesday, their bodies were pulled from the Green River. Police find bodies of three Utah men in a truck in the Green River, a month after they were reported missing
    A truck and the bodies of three Vernal men reported missing nearly a month ago were recovered from the Green River in Uintah County on Wednesday morni...
    Updated Jun 21 2017 10:26 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Firefighting crews get ready to roll out for the day on the fire line, Monday, June 19, 2017, to put out a wildfire burning north of the southern Utah ski town of Brian Head. Tiny portion of raging fire at Brian Head is contained
    Brian Head Resort • A specialist wildfire management team and hundreds more firefighters arrived at the Brian Head Fire on Monday, prompting optimism ...
    Updated Jun 21 2017 12:55 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Firefighting crews and air tankers work to put out a wildfire along the Steam Engine area on Sunday, June 18, 2017 within Brian Head. The fire forced hundreds to evacuate from the southern Utah ski town. Brian Head fire pushes out 750 residents and visitors
    Brian Head Resort • Clayton Calloway was leaving Brian Head at about noon Saturday, driving north on State Route 143, when he came upon a small fire i...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 12:34 pm   |     |   Share
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  • |  Courtesy Iron County Sheriff’s Office   Officials ordered evacuations in Brian Head because of a wildfire on Saturday afternoon. Wildfire that displaced 750 people in Brian Head destroys one home and threatens 100 more
    Some 750 residents and visitors in the ski resort town of Brian Head were evacuated due to a fast-moving wildfire that broke out early Saturday aftern...
    Updated Jun 17 2017 11:48 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Imam Yussuf Abdi speaks at a news conference where religious and community leaders gathered at the Madina Masjid Islamic Center in Salt Lake City to show support, Friday March 10, 2017. Utah Muslim leader once stranded in Kenya expected to arrive home today
    A Utah Muslim leader who had been barred from boarding a return flight from Kenya for several days was finally allowed to return to the United States ...
    Updated Jun 19 2017 08:25 am   |     |   Share
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  • More child sex abuse charges filed against Utah man who ran bounce house and ice rink business
    Additional child sex abuse charges have been filed against a Heber bounce house operator who was charged earlier this month with sexually assaulting t...
    Updated Jun 18 2017 09:58 pm   |     |   Share
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  • |  Courtesy Talbert Swan   Bishop Talbert Swan, president of the Springfield, Mass. chapter of the NAACP, said this meme was posted on his public Facebook page last week. He suspected the meme was posted by a Utah law enforcement officer. An unnamed Layton police officer has since admitted to posting the meme, and resigned. Layton police officer resigns after posting racist meme on NAACP leader’s Facebook page
    A Layton police officer has resigned after he admitted to posting a racist image on the Facebook page of a prominent Massachusetts civil rights leader...
    Updated Jun 16 2017 08:26 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Memorez Rackley Police missed an opportunity to help Utah woman who reported stalking before man killed her, advocate says
    Domestic-violence experts say more could have been done to prevent last week’s Sandy shooting that killed a 39-year-old woman and her 6-year-old son. ...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 11:36 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Community members look on as police officers investigate the scene of a shooting Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The shooting occurred at about 3:45 p.m. outside of a residence at about 2175 East and Alta Canyon Drive (about 8630 South), said Sandy police Sgt. Jason Nielsen. Nielsen said the shooter was among the dead and, therefore, there is no threat to the public. Tip came in hours before man gunned down woman and child on Utah street, report says
    About three hours before Jeremy Patterson shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and her son on a Sandy street, police in Draper briefly investigated a tip...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 08:28 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Community members look on as police officers investigate the scene of a shooting Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The shooting occurred at about 3:45 p.m. outside of a residence at about 2175 East and Alta Canyon Drive (about 8630 South), said Sandy police Sgt. Jason Nielsen. Nielsen said the shooter was among the dead and, therefore, there is no threat to the public. Utah woman reported relentless stalking before she was killed
    Sandy • Memorez Rackley was relentlessly stalked and threatened by ex-boyfriend Jeremy Patterson in the days before Patterson shot and killed the Sand...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 11:31 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder announces that he has been offered a job as Moab’s police chief, at a news conference at the Sheriff’s Office, Tuesday, May 30, 2017.   SLC inmates moved to rural counties to make room as Sheriff Winder’s felony-focused jail policy loosens up
    More people are headed for the Salt Lake County jail starting this weekend after an unpopular restriction policy was loosened. As of 5 p.m. Friday, ja...
    Updated Jun 11 2017 11:45 am   |     |   Share
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  • A fire near the Box Elder County town of Willard continued to grow Saturday, but was no longer threatening homes, officials said.   Courtesy Box Elder County Wildfires in north and east Utah continue to grow, but no structures threatened
    A wildfire burning near the Box Elder County town of Willard continued to grow Saturday but was no longer threatening homes or structures, authorities...
    Updated Jun 10 2017 10:31 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Community members look on as police officers investigate the scene of a shooting Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The shooting occurred at about 3:45 p.m. outside of a residence at about 2175 East and Alta Canyon Drive (about 8630 South), said Sandy police Sgt. Jason Nielsen. Nielsen said the shooter was among the dead and, therefore, there is no threat to the public. Rackley boy shot in neck is awake and expected to make a full recovery
    An 11-year-old boy shot once through the neck during Tuesday’s volley of gunshots on a residential Sandy street remains in intensive care — but he is ...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 06:54 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Community members look on as police officers investigate the scene of a shooting Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The shooting occurred at about 3:45 p.m. outside of a residence at about 2175 East and Alta Canyon Drive (about 8630 South), said Sandy police Sgt. Jason Nielsen. Nielsen said the shooter was among the dead and, therefore, there is no threat to the public. A man hurled a Utah neighborhood into a rapid-fire panic. This is how it happened.
    The Sandy community that saw three people die on Alta Canyon Drive recounts what it did to protect itself Tuesday — and wonders whether it could’ve do...

    Updated Jun 13 2017 06:54 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     A paraglider turns as the Wasatch Mountains loom in the background above the Flight Park State Recreation Area in Draper, Utah Tuesday, June 2, 2015. A paraglider pilot was flying solo Wednesday night when he crashed east of Salt Lake City and had to be airlifted from the scene. Paraglider in critical condition after crashing near Living Room trail
    A man was in critical condition Wednesday night after crashing his paraglider in the mountains several miles east of the University of Utah, authoriti...
    Updated Jun 08 2017 10:31 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Tyler Cobb  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Crews are on the scene of a large brush fire near 5600 West and Interstate 80 in Salt Lake City. Large brush fire hampers traffic on I-80
    Crews controlled a 15-acre brush fire Wednesday evening that briefly threatened to burn several buildings and jump Interstate 80 near the Salt Lake Ci...
    Updated Jun 08 2017 08:25 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Courtesy of West Valley City Police Department West Valley City police are searching for this black Lexus, which they say was involved in a fatal hit-and-run late Wednesday afternoon. One dead after West Valley City hit-and-run
    A 47-year-old man is dead after a hit-and-run in West Valley City late Wednesday afternoon. Police said West Valley City resident Jeremy Hardman and h...
    Updated Jun 07 2017 10:22 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Memorez Rackley Shooter in public Sandy killing had ‘relationship’ with slain mother, police say
    Sandy • Police continued to unravel details Wednesday from an apparent domestic dispute that ended when a man gunned down a woman and her son and woun...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 06:53 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Bill McGuire  |  Special to The Tribune Zion Canyon seen from Observation Point on May 20, 2016. Hiker falls 100 feet in Zion National Park
    A hiker remained in critical condition Wednesday, the day after falling about 100 feet in Zion National Park. The hiker — a male in his early 20s but ...
    Updated Jun 07 2017 09:05 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Police officers investigate the scene of a shooting Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The shooting occurred at about 3:45 p.m. outside of a residence at about 2175 East and Alta Canyon Drive (about 8630 South), said Sandy police Sgt. Jason Nielsen. Nielsen said the shooter was among the dead and, therefore, there is no threat to the public.  Man opened fire on SUV in Sandy street, police say; three people are dead
    Sandy • Three people died and two juveniles were injured after a shooting Tuesday on a public street while children were heading home from school. A m...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 06:53 pm   |     |   Share
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