Two Nevada organizations have sued the federal government, accusing mismanagement of wild horses has led to excessive damage to rangelands and to the animals themselves.
The Nevada Farm Bureau Federation and the Nevada Association of Counties named Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Bureau of Land Management as defendants in the lawsuit filed Dec. 30 in U.S. District court.
The avalanche danger is rising to CONSIDERABLE (Level 3) today, and the danger will continue to increase through Sunday. Accumulating snow from multiple storms and drifting from forecast strong winds will gradually overload the old, weak, sugary layers in the snow pack. New snow avalanches can be triggered on steep slopes today; deeper, more dangerous avalanches are expected this weekend.
Backcountry travelers need to be aware that avalanche conditions are becoming more dangerous. They should:
Check the latest avalanche conditions by monitoring our web site at: www.utahavalanchecenter.org or call 888-999-4019. (Recorded information customized for each forecast area)
Carry avalanche rescue gear such as an avalanche rescue beacon, shovel and probe.
Get some basic avalanche education. You can start by watching our Know Before You Go video.
This does not apply to ski areas where avalanche control is normally conducted.
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled parts of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional last June, same-sex couples in the United States were able to receive marriage benefits from the federal government.
While the Obama administration now recognizes Utah’s more than 1,000 same-sex couples married after Amendment 3 was overturned on Dec. 20, the state of Utah does not.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the federal government would recognize same-sex marriages performed while gay marriage was legal in Utah.
Saying that the recent stay granted by the U.S. Supreme Court had cast doubt on the marriages, Holder said all the federal benefits of marriage would apply for Utah same-sex couples.
“I am confirming today that for purposes of federal law, these marriages will be recognized as lawful, and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,” Holder said.
Authorities in Beaver and Iron Counties are trying to sort through a motive and details for a high-speed chase Wednesday night.
The chase began when 40-year-old William Smith Roseberry of Plumas, Calif. left the Chevron station in Beaver without paying. A Beaver County deputy began the pursuit, and Utah Highway Patrol also became involved.
The suspect, driving a car with Connecticut license plates reached speeds higher than 100 mph before troopers ended the chase by deploying spikes north of Cedar City.
Viresco Energy LLC revoked its proposal to build an experimental coal gasification plant in Kanab. Sky Chaney, president of the Taxpayer Association of Kane County, said many of Kanab’s residents are happy about this recent announcement.
Chaney said Jim Guthrie, president of Viresco, decided to build the experimental plant in Kanab with the support of Gov. Gary Herbert, Rep. Mike Noel (R- District 73), the Mayor of Kanab and the US Department of Energy.
A new Center for Workforce Development facility has opened in Price. The 5,000 square foot renovated building is located on the Utah State University Eastern campus.
USU Eastern Chancellor Joe Peterson welcomed the community and students to the new facility during a ceremony Wednesday. He said the workforce development program is designed to give students training for jobs that are in demand.
"Companies around southeast Utah are always eager to hire people who are skilled in CAD programs like automotive mechanics, diesel mechanics, welding and those kinds of things," Peterson said.
The state of Utah has said that it will not recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were married after a federal judge struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage last month.
As a result same-sex couples married in Utah between that Dec. 20 decision and the order on Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the decision - cannot reap the benefits of legal marriage. KCPW's Roger McDonough has the story: