This summer's unusually hot and dry weather means that fire is a disaster Utahns are becoming well acquainted with. Todd Crowl, a professor in Utah State University's Department of Watershed Sciences, says the changing climate combined with Utah's rapid increase in water consumption points to the immediate need for new water practices.
"All of that says we're going to have real serious issues and challenges in Utah as well as most of the West and event the Midwest in terms of future water, water availability, and water sustainability."
With the upcoming election less than 4 months away, candidates are going all out to raise as much money as they can. The sprint for monetary support is most prevalent in the race for Utah's new 4th congressional district.
Salt Lake City leaders got an update on jail overcrowding yesterday. Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder says for the first time in years the jail is not being faced with a population crisis. Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder will be the first to admit that Utah has seen its fair share of jail overcrowding.
“I used to see routinely editorial cartoons of police taking prisoners in the police car and walking out the other side. it was true.”
True until recently. Tuesday, Winder met with the Salt Lake City Council telling them for the first time since he took office in 2007, the Salt Lake County jail is not overcrowded.
“We have essentially eliminated our overcrowding problems through the opening of Oxbow and our other diversion programs.”
The FBI out of Denver confirms that Brian Joseph Heglin is a murder suspect out of Colorado Springs. Tuesday morning he was on the run and desperate. Around 3 a.m. the suspect jumped the fence at the St. George airport and attempted to commandeer an empty SkyWest airlines regional jet.
Brian Joseph Hedglin, 40, was on the run and suspected in the murder of his former girlfriend. Hedglin was a pilot for SkyWest airlines, on administrative leave after his arrest last week for stalking and harassing 39-year-old Christina Cornejo. Cornejo was found stabbed to death in her Colorado Springs apartment on Friday.
Hundreds of volunteers will form a human chain to move another 100,000 books to the new Uintah County library in Vernal. Money from mineral leases for oil and natural gas development in Utah paid for the new library. But Uintah County commissioner Darlene Burns said getting the books moved is requiring a different energy. About 300 volunteers handed book after book down the line Saturday to move the first 50,000. Burns said twice that many books will be moved in the next few weeks to complete the project.
$20 million is coming to Utah to help protect one of the state’s most precious resources: water. The funding is going to several colleges and universities, which will spend the next five years studying, managing and learning how to protect water.
The Beehive state is also the nation’s second driest state. But thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, Utah can learn how to better manage its supply of water.
“What we really want to do is improve our ability to predict the future of water quality and quantity.”
After four years of planning, Utah Department of Transportation will begin safety improvements to State Road 158, also known as Powder Mountain Highway in the next 30 days.
Improvements will begin at Pine View Dam in Ogden Canyon and follow the northern shore past the Ogden Pineview Yacht Club and cover eight miles and will include a bridge over North Fork Creek, guardrails at appropriate places, asphalt to level lanes, and chip seal to top off the entire eight miles.