(Park City, UT) — Park City police are investigating the deaths of two 13-year-old students from Treasure Mountain Junior High. Fox 13 News says the deaths could be related to a synthetic drug commonly known as “pink” or “pinky.” Fox 13 says Park City Police and the Park City School District has issued an alert about the drug now connected to two fatal overdoses. The overdoses are reported in Salt Lake County and Iron County.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — Federal health officials are still investigating how a person caring for a Salt Lake County man diagnosed with Zika became infected with the virus. The man being cared for died but the caretaker has since recovered. The “Salt Lake Tribune” says it’s the only case identified in the U.S. that has stumped officials on how the virus was transmitted.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — Salt Lake City police say the officer who fell off an overpass earlier this week was in a physical struggle with a suspect. The officer suffered non-life threatening injuries in the fall Wednesday. Police initially said the officer jumped while pursuing the suspect, but announced yesterday that both fell over. Police say the fall was between about 20 and 25 feet.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — More than a dozen shows are scheduled for the brand new Eccles Theater. Officials announced yesterday 15 shows for the Salt Lake City theater that is slated to start November 2nd. Some performers include the Goo Goo Dolls, Jay Leno and Kathy Griffin.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — The “Holy War” rivalry is renewed as BYU battles Utah tomorrow at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Kick-off is at 5:30. Utah has won the last five meetings between the teams and holds a 55-31-and-4 edge in the all-time series. Both teams are 1-and-0 this season.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — An annual event that’s been around since the 1850’s is back for another go. The 161st Utah State Fair kicks off today in Salt Lake City. Dozens of events and exhibits are planned for the fair, which runs through the 18th. Folks can get into the fair today for just six dollars.
(Tooele County, UT) — Fire crews continue to make progress on a wildfire burning southwest of Vernon. Officials say the West Government Creek Fire was 75 percent contained as of yesterday. It has burned more than 42-hundred acres since lightning started the fire in the Uinta Wasatch-Cache National Forest last Friday. Officials say more than half of the crews brought in to fight the fire have been released.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — State officials are happy that the number of deadly summer highway accidents fell this year, though their goal is still to reduce the number of deaths to zero. The so-called “100 deadliest days of summer” ended last night with around 90 deaths on Utah’s roads. If those numbers hold after all reports are in, it will be a reduction of ten-percent from last year. Officials with the state Highway Patrol and local police departments say the numbers would go down even further if more people would fasten their seat belts and would stop driving while sleepy, distracted or impaired.
(Tooele County, UT) — Firefighters battling the West Government Creek Fire in western Tooele County expect to have it fully contained by next week. They say cooler temps and diminished winds have allowed them to go on the offensive in the fire that’s consumed more than 42-hundred acres. They say it is not threatening any structures, but they are concerned about its encroachment on critical sage grouse habitat.
(Provo, UT) — More air passengers are choosing to fly out of Provo and Ogden. The “Salt Lake Tribune” reports the number of passengers in Provo has more than doubled since 2013, and Ogden saw a more than six percent increase. The report says passengers are drawn by cheaper fares and less-crowded airports.