Chaffetz Recovering After Surgery

(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  Jason Chaffetz is recovering after what his office deemed a successful surgery on his foot in Salt Lake City.  Utah’s Third Congressional District representative announced earlier this week he’d need three to four weeks to recover from the operation, which his doctors said he needed right away.  Doctors needed to get some hardware out of his foot that had been placed there after an injury from more than a decade ago. 

Teen Arrested For Deadly San Juan County Crash

(San Juan County, UT)  –  A teen is behind bars facing a slew of charges after a deadly car crash in the early morning hours after a San Juan County prom in March.  Gage Moore,18 is facing two automobile homicide charges in addition to six other charges following his arrest yesterday.  Investigators say the suspect, who was 17 at the time of the March 5th crash, was driving more than twice the speed limit on Lasal Loop Road when he crashed, killing 14 yr old Taylor Bryant and 16 yr old Connor Denney.  A third passenger Daniel McCrary remains in critical condition at the hospital. 

Gusty Winds Forecasted For Today, Tomorrow Night

(Utah)-You can expect windy conditions tonight in parts of southern Utah with gusts picking up even more tomorrow night.  The National Weather Service says gusts could top out at nearly 35 miles an hour today and tonight with gusts hitting 45 miles per hour tomorrow night possible as well.  The highest winds are possible in valleys in the southwestern part of the state, according to the National Weather Service. 

Trump To Order Review On National Monuments

(Washington, DC)  —  A review of national monument designations stretching back 20 years, including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, will begin today.  The look into monuments will start after President Donald Trump signs an executive order at the Department of the Interior.  The order is expected to include any monuments created in that time of over 100,000 acres including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in southern Utah. 

Hogle Zoo Welcomes New Baby Zebra

(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  Hogle Zoo is letting the public see its newest addition for the first time.  A two week old baby zebra made her first appearance yesterday at the Salt Lake City zoo.  The unnamed baby is a Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, an endangered species native to Namibia and Angola.  The zoo participates in an international program that works to breed threatened species in captivity to increase their population.

No Burn Days Largely Ignored

(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  Many Utahns appear to be ignoring mandatory no-burn days to protect air quality.  Air-quality researchers say wood smoke accounts for more than 16% of particulate matter in Utah’s air on an average winter day.  Air quality activists say they are not surprised, given what little enforcement there is regarding burning restrictions.

Deserae Turner Out Of The Hospital

(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  The 14 year old Cache County girl shot and left for dead in a Smithfield canal is out of the hospital.  Deserae Turner appeared in front of reporters yesterday, thanking doctors and supporters and saying she’s thankful to be alive.  The teen has been hospitalized since a February shooting in which she was shot in the head.  A hearing to determine if the 16 year old boys accused in the shooting will be tried as adults is expected in the next few weeks.

Police Say Gang Offenders In Utah Getting Younger

(Sandy, UT)  —  Law enforcement officers from around Utah say gang violence is increasing and the offenders are getting younger.  Officers gathered in Sandy to discuss the problem yesterday as part of the 27th annual Utah gang conference.
Unified Police Lt. Mike Schoenfeld says the number of gang charges placed against 13 and 14 year olds continues to rise.  Police point to the death of a West Valley City police officer last year as an example of how the crimes committed by gang members are becoming even more violent.

National Park Visitor Spending Topped One Billion In Utah

(Utah)  —  Visitors to Utah’s national parks spent an awful lot of money in the state in 2016.  A report from the National Park Service released yesterday revealed the more than 14 million visitors to the parks last year spent more than half a billion dollars on hotels and restaurants.  The grand total that visitors spent is about 1.1 billion dollars in the Beehive State, according to the NPS report.

Gov. Herbert Says He Might Run Again

(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  Governor Herbert could be running again in 2020.  Herbert came close this morning to reversing a statement he made during his re-election last year when he said his current term would be his last.  He told reporters in today’s news conference he might run again.  Herbert followed the comment by jokingly saying he might run for Congress to replace Chaffetz.