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Man Accused Of Double Murder Will Go To Trial

(Manti, UT)  —  A Fairview man accused of killing an elderly couple will stand trial.  Logan McFarland waived a preliminary hearing today and will be arraigned in a couple of months.  Police say McFarland is charged with two counts of capital murder for the 2011 killings of Leroy and Dorothy Fullwood in their Mount Pleasant home.  The suspect was extradited from Nevada to Utah last year to stand trial for these charges.  In 2014, he was convicted and sentenced to 56 years in Nevada for crimes he committed on the run. 

New Trial Scheduled For Former AG John Swallow

swallow(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  A new trial is scheduled for former Utah Attorney General John Swallow who’s facing corruption charges.  A judge last week threw out a motion to have the case dismissed.  A judge today set a trial date for February 7th.  Swallow has pleaded not guilty to charges including money laundering, misuse of public funds, and falsifying government records.

Man With Murder Conviction Overturned Wants Release

gavel(Orem, UT)  —  An Orem man wants out of jail after a recent overturning of his murder conviction.  Conrad Mark Truman was convicted of murder and obstruction of justice two years ago in the death of 25-year-old Heidy Truman.  A judge ruled last week the 34-year-old can have a new trial because jurors relied on wrong measurements of the couple’s home.  He was found guilty of shooting his wife in the head.  

Press Release: BLM Announces the Coal Lease Sale for Greens Hollow Tract

BLM Announces the Coal Lease Sale for Greens Hollow Tract
Salt Lake City, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will conduct a Competitive Coal Lease Sale for a tract of Federal coal in Sanpete and Sevier Counties, Utah. The tract is located approximately 10.5 miles west of Emery, Utah, under lands managed by the Manti-La Sal and Fishlake National Forests. The Federal coal tract, known as the Greens Hollow Tract, is located in in the Wasatch Plateau Known Recoverable Coal Resource Area.
The 6,175-acre tract contains approximately 55.7 million tons of recoverable coal adjacent to and northwest of the existing SUFCO Mine. That mine is operated by Canyon Fuels, LLC, a subsidiary of Bowie Resource Partners, LLC. The BLM intends to offer the tract to the highest qualified bidder at a competitive coal lease sale being held at 1 p.m. MDT on September 22, 2016. The sale will be conducted using sealed bids as outlined below. Contact the BLM-Utah State Office, Public Room, 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101 or (801) 539-4000 for the sale location.
This sale is consistent with Secretarial Order 3338, which exempted from its leasing pause lease sales being held in connection with pending applications “for which the environmental analysis under NEPA has been completed and a Record of Decision or Decision Record has been issued by the BLM or the applicable Federal surface management agency” prior to the date of the Order. Here, the NEPA analysis was completed in February 2015 and the U.S. Forest Service issued its Record of Decision consenting to the sale of the tract on October 5, 2015. A Federal Register Notice of the BLM’s decision authorizing the lease sale will be published next week.
Sealed bids must be sent by certified mail to the Collections Officer, BLM Utah State office, return receipt requested, or be hand-delivered to the public room Contact Representatives, BLM Utah State Office on or before 10:00 a.m. MDT on the day of the sale—September 22, 2016. Any bid received after the time specified above will not be considered and will be returned. The outside of the sealed envelope containing the bid must clearly state that the envelope contains a bid for Coal Lease Sale UTU-84102 and is not to be opened before the date and hour of the sale.
Once a coal lease is issued, an annual rental payment of $3 per acre is required, along with a royalty payment of eight percent of the value of coal produced by underground mining methods. The Greens Hollow Tract will be mined using underground methods. For more information or to obtain further bidding instructions, please contact Jeff McKenzie at (801) 539-4038.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


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Hovenweep National Monument is Closed on August 18th for Roadwork


National Park Service has announced that the Square Tower unit of Hovenweep National Monument, including the campground and visitor center, will be closed for road work on August 18, 2016. 

The Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) funded project will reseal the campground, parking lot, and roads in the Square Tower unit.

In preparation for this work, the road in to the Square Tower unit of Hovenweep National Monument is expected to close early evening on Wednesday, August 17.  The campground, visitor center, and Little Ruin Trail will not be accessible.  Visitors will be able to re-enter the unit beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Friday, August 19.   Other monument units, such as Cajon, Holly, Hackberry, and Cutthroat Castle units, will remain open

The monument’s campground will close at 8:00 a.m. on August 17 and is expected to reopen at 8:00 a.m. on August 19. 

Road work schedules may change due to weather or other uncontrollable circumstances.

Jeannine McElveen, Superintendent of Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Monuments, states, “We appreciate the FHWA funding for this project to improve all Square Tower road conditions. We ask for everyone’s patience and understanding as we complete this important work as safely and efficiently as possible.”

Additional information regarding this road work will be posted on the monument’s official website,, as it becomes available.

Jeannine McElveen
Hovenweep National Monument
Natural Bridges National Monument
Phone:  435-692-1234  x15
Cell Phone:  435-210-1565

Herbert Still Stands With Trump

Gov Herbert(Salt Lake City, UT) — Governor Herbert is still supporting Donald Trump in his run for president, despite the candidate’s recent series of controversial remarks. Utah’s governor said in a press conference this week Trump’s stances on U.S. Supreme Court nominations and issues regarding states’ rights make him a better choice than Hillary Clinton. Herbert said he thinks Trump’s vice presidential choice Mike Pence will, quote, “bring some stability.”

Feds Reject Nonprofit Status For College Chain

(Salt Lake City, UT) — The federal government is denying nonprofit status for a Utah-based chain of private career colleges. Education officials this week dismissed the request by the Center for Excellence in Higher Education. It operates Stevens-Henager College, CollegeAmerica, California College San Diego and the online Independence University. Education officials say schools wanting to be recognized as a nonprofit must benefit the public, not just individuals.

Police Mistake Movie Shoot For Bank Robbery

movie-film-image-public-domain-pixabay-300x212(Cottonwood Heights, UT) — Police in Cottonwood Heights are reminding people to let them know of any activities that could cause mass confusion. That’s after several officers were called this morning to what they thought was a bank robbery, but turned out to be a movie shoot. Shots heard and voices screaming for people to get on the floor were coming from a scene being filmed at a business next door to Brighton Bank on South Highland Drive.

The Manti-La Sal National Forest Is hosting Forest Plan Revision Open Houses In Blanding, Monticello, and Moab

The Manti-La Sal National Forest is hosting Forest Plan Revision open houses in Blanding, Monticello, and Moab this week on 4, 5, and 6 August, respectively. As a reminder, these open houses are NOT related to the Public Lands Initiative (PLI) nor the discussion about a potential Bear’s Ears National Monument. Instead, the open houses will address the Forest’s Plan Revision effort, which will update the current 1986 Plan and establish strategic guidance for how the Forest will be managed to allow for multiple uses. See below for times and locations:

· Blanding – Thursday August 04, 2016 from 5 to 7:00 p.m. (Blanding City Library, 25 W. 300 S.)
· Monticello – Friday August 05, 2016 from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Canyon (County Discovery Center, 1117 N. Main St.)
· Moab – Saturday, August 06, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Grand Center, 182 N. 500 W.)

For more information about the Manti-La Sal National Forest Plan Revision, please visit the Forest’s Planning webpage at If you have questions about the open houses or the Forest Plan Revision process, contact the Manti-La Sal National Forest Plan Revision Partnership Coordinator at or 435-636-3515.”

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Manti-La Sal National Forest
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Home Evacuations Near Canyon Fire Lifted

(Draper, UT) — Firefighters are lifting an evacuation order after the Corner Canyon fire forced nearly 40 people from their Draper homes. The Unified Fire Authority says the fast-moving grass fire is contained and no homes were damaged, although the flames came very close to some. The blaze broke out early this morning near Highland Drive and Hickory Ridge Lane. Fire officials are looking for the cause of the fire.