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McArthur Leads Ags Past Bengals

Published on September 09, 2009 at 11:27PM

LOGAN, Utah (AP)—Liz McArthur had 14 kills, while Shantell Durrant, Danielle Taylor and Katie Astle also had solid performances as the Utah State Lady Aggies blanked the Idaho State Lady Bengals, 3-0 Wednesday. The Lady Aggies were hardly challenged in the sweep as they earned wins of 25-13, 25-20 and 25-18 against Idaho State. Emily Waldron had eight kills and 12 digs in the loss for the Lady Bengals.

Prep Sports Roundup: 9/9

Published on September 09, 2009 at 10:05PM

BICKNELL, Utah (AP)—The Wayne Badgers exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning and Colin Anderson earned the win on the mound in a 13-5 victory over the Milford Tigers Wednesday in Region 15 baseball action.

TROPIC, Utah (AP)—Kalani Norris posted 10 kills while the Panguitch Lady Bobcats posted 18 aces overall in a 3-0 win over the Bryce Valley Lady Mustangs in Region 15 volleyball action Wednesday.

Plane Hijacking in Mexico City

Published on September 09, 2009 at 03:47PM

(MEXICO CITY)—A jetliner from the beach resort of Cancun, on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, was briefly hijacked as it landed in Mexico City Wednesday. The hijackers released all passengers shortly before federal police stormed the plane and the crew emerged unharmed moments later. Police, who were not forced to fire a gunshot, led as many as eight handcuffed men away from the airplane. The hijackers’ motive was unclear, though Mexican news media initially identified them as Bolivians demanding to speak to Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Mexican news media initially reported the hijackers were Bolivian but Bolivia’s ambassador to Mexico, Jorge Mancilla, said Mexican authorities had no evidence in that case. Mancilla said sources told him they could be Venezuelan or Colombian. The most recent hijacking in the Americas occurred April 19 when a man with a handgun tried to commandeer a Canadian jetliner from Jamaica. The standoff ended before takeoff at Montego Bay’s airport when military commandos burst onto the plane and disarmed the man who they considered to be “mentally challenged.”

Landscape artist hopes for SUU museum

Published on September 09, 2009 at 03:44PM

Updated on September 09, 2009 at 09:46PM

(CEDAR CITY) – A Springdale-based landscape artist is hoping a new on-campus art museum will be built at Southern Utah University in Cedar City. 76-year-old, Jim Jones, has spent the better part of 33 years gazing on Utah and Arizona’s redrock vistas during a career replicating them on canvas. The artist has produced hundreds of landscape paintings, including many depicting iconic landforms of Grand Canyon and Zion National Park. Jones says, when he was young, his father took him to the Springville Museum of Art and he became enchanted by a big building in a small town, filled with art. He said he would like to see one built in Cedar City that would reflect the city’s status as the region’s cultural center. SUU President Michael Benson has revealed plans at a recent Board of Regents meeting, promising to raise the entire $10 million to build the facility.

New Quarters Will Feature U.S. National Parks & Sites

Published on September 09, 2009 at 03:41PM

(WASHINGTON D.C.)—The U.S. Mint’s “America the Beautiful,” quarters program will issue five new quarter-dollar designs each year starting in early 2010. The first quarter will feature Arkansas’ Hot Springs National Park in honor of it being the first national park to receive a federal designation as it was dedicated in April 1832. Each state, along with the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories will have a National site featured, in the order in which they’re designated. After Hot Springs, the mint will feature Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Montana, Yosemite National Park in California, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon. Utah’s Arches National Park was chosen to represent the Beehive State with that quarter slated to be released in 2014.

Police Identify Jogger Hit and Killed By Car

Published on September 09, 2009 at 03:25PM

(SANDY)—A woman who was hit by a car while jogging early Wednesday morning has died from her injuries. Police have now identified her as 62-year-old Renee Fleckenstein of Sandy. Sandy police say the woman was jogging southbound on 114th South and 1000 East at 6:40 a.m. when a northbound vehicle turned west and hit her. Lieutenant Victor Quezada of the Sandy Police Department said it threw Fleckenstein about 30 feet in the air. Fleckenstein was flown to the University Medical Center in critical condition and unconscious before her death. The driver says she didn’t see the jogger because it was dark. Currently, investigators do not believe speed, alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident and police say there appears to be no criminal wrongdoing and are trying to discover who’s at fault. Quezada said it’s in the best interests of many joggers to have IDs with them, although many don’t.

State Senators Call For Objectivity Over Foreign Nuke Waste Issue

Published on September 09, 2009 at 03:18PM

(SALT LAKE CITY)—A powerful state senator is calling for an objective look at all options related to the issue of foreign nuclear waste coming to Utah, including a possible deal with EnergySolutions. Senate Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack of Syracuse said he realizes this is an emotional issue, which is precisely why the situation requires objectivity. Killpack says if the state is in fact in a disadvantaged position in its current legal fight to block foreign waste from coming to Utah, a look at all options makes sense. Earlier this year, EnergySolutions first offered to split the proceeds of the foreign waste imports with Utah over 10 years, which would entail a 50 percent cut of a projected $3 billion. Killpack said there’s no current deal on Utah’s part and he plans to codify the informal agreement between EnergySolutions and former Governor Jon Huntsman to limit the total volume of waste brought to the company’s site.

Humana Giving Away Pedometers To Encourage Walking

Published on September 09, 2009 at 03:15PM

(SALT LAKE CITY)—During the Utah Golf Championships this weekend at the Willow Creek Country Club in Sandy, Humana, the official health benefits company of the PGA Tour, will be offering free pedometers to chart the number of steps patrons take. Each person who walks at least 7000 steps will be entered to win an iPod Nano, while anyone who walks 10,000 or more steps will be entered into a drawing for an iPod Touch. Participants can pick up the free pedometers at the Humana booth.

2 Injured in Lake Powell Parasailing Accident

Published on September 09, 2009 at 03:09PM

(GLEN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA)—The National Park Service has stated a mother and son were injured in a parasailing accident at Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. The park service said a 42-year-old woman suffered severe head injuries at Lake Powell near the mouth of the San Juan River. She was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Flagstaff, Ariz., while her 17-year-old son, suffered injuries and was taken by ranger patrol boat to Page, Ariz. Authorities discovered that the boy was trying to take off from a ledge 10 feet above the water line. Others were observing, including his mother. The mother got tangled up in the sail as the boat pulled forward and was dragged a short distance before being dropped on her head along the shore. The son hit the ledge several times before being dragged into the water.

Herbert Says Utah Still Smarting From 2000 Census

Published on September 09, 2009 at 03:05PM

(SALT LAKE CITY)—Utah Governor Gary Herbert says the state is still “smarting” from missing out on a fourth House seat following the 2000 census. Utah missed qualifying for the seat by only 857 people, while the seat in question was awarded to North Carolina. State officials unsuccessfully argued that the government should have counted more than 11,000 Mormon missionaries living overseas, as federal employees and military personnel are. North Carolina is home to several large military bases, such as Fort Bragg and Camp Lejune. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Utah’s claims and ruled the U.S. Census Bureau enjoys wide discretion on counting. Herbert made the comments Wednesday to a state committee responsible for getting residents counted during the 2010 census.

Mayor Becker's Spokesperson Resigns

Published on September 09, 2009 at 03:01PM

(SALT LAKE CITY)—Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker’s spokeswoman, Maria Kennedy, has resigned. Becker’s office said Kennedy served the community well, but there was a difference in approach and philosophy. The office also stated it’s searching for her replacement.

Matheson Staffer Leaving To Become Lobbyist

Published on September 09, 2009 at 02:59PM

(WASHINGTON D.C.)—Congressman Jim Matheson’s chief of staff will leave Utah this week to become a Washington lobbyist. A Matheson spokesman says after eight years of service, Stacey Alexander is leaving to work for a small boutique lobbying firm. House rules prevent her from lobbying Matheson’s office for one year following the end of her employment.

Salt Lake City Considers Tightening Law For Loud Parties

Published on September 09, 2009 at 02:54PM

(SALT LAKE CITY)—Salt Lake City may clamp down on residents who hold noisy parties. Currently, police can cite a resident if officers are called to their home on a noise complaint more than once in a 10-day period. Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank told the Deseret News that current plans aren’t working and that repeated offenders go unpunished due to delays after officers file their reports. The Salt Lake City Council is looking at an ordinance that gives officers the power to issue a citation and $300 fine on the first offense. They can add $250 for underage drinking. If the residence is a rental, the property owner could be fined $100 after three offenses. Burbank says dispatchers get about 5000 calls on noisy parties just to the west side of the city each year.

Reseeding Planned For Zion National Park After 2006 Fire

Published on September 09, 2009 at 02:45PM

(ZION NATIONAL PARK)—Next week, helicopters will begin dropping herbicides and seeds across roughly 4600 acres in Zion National Park. The project is an effort to rehabilitate an area that burned in 2006. Park officials say the work will require temporary closure of some trails in the area of Kolob Terrace Road, Coal Pits Wash and Dalton Wash. There could also be delays along Kolob Terrace Road. In 2006, the fire burned more than 10,000 acres in the park, while afterward investigators said the area was invaded by nonnative cheatgrass, which creates a fire hazard. The herbicide is aimed at reducing cheatgrass in the area while the seeds are supposed to help re-establish native vegetation in the area. The work could last for as long as two weeks, depending on the weather.

Cheating Costs Some Students a Fate Worse than A Failing Grade

Published on September 09, 2009 at 02:29PM

(SALT LAKE CITY)—”F” stands for a failing grade as everyone knows, but a Canadian university has found a way to give students a more egregious mark. Simon Fraser University, in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, has created the “FD” grade, or the “failure with dishonesty” mark. All students who cheat will receive that grade, regardless of how excellent academic performance may be. Rob Gordon, the director of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser, says the FD was created after students and faculty both agreed that this was needed to create a fair, consistent and effective policy on academic integrity.

Program helps ranchers recoup losses

Published on September 09, 2009 at 12:42PM

(SALT LAKE CITY) – Ranchers and livestock producers who have lost animals due to disasters have the opportunity to recoup their losses in the Livestock Indemnity Program. The Utah USDA Farm Service Agency reminds eligible ranchers and farmers to apply for the benefits before Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, when the program ends. The program identifies losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather, including losses due to hurricanes, floods, blizzards, disease, wildfires and extreme heat and cold. The Utah USDA invites those affected to apply at the office in Salt Lake City.

Christmas tree sale bids accepted

Published on September 09, 2009 at 12:31PM

(BEAVER) – The National Forest Service is inviting initial and oral bids for commercial Christmas tree sales on the Fishlake and Dixie National Forests. Public bids will be received at the Beaver Ranger District Office at 10am on Oct. 9, 2009. Complete information concerning the Christmas trees, the conditions of the sale and submission of bids can be obtained at the Fishlake National Forest Office in Richfield or at the District Office in Beaver. Information can also be received at the Dixie National Forest Office in Cedar City.

Arch Coal seeks star teachers

Published on September 09, 2009 at 11:03AM

(SALINA) – The Arch Coal Foundation is preparing to honor five star teachers in their Teacher Achievement Awards program in 2010. Classroom teachers in Sevier, Sanpete, Carbon and Emery counties are eligible to be nominated to receive the award at the close of this school year. The counties surround the Skyline, Dugout Canyon and Sufco mines, operated by Canyon Fuel Company, a subsidiary of major coal producer, Arch Coal. Ken May, General Manager of the Sufco Mine, said the winners will each receive a $3,500 personal cash award and other gifts. The Arch Coal Foundation is a supporter of teacher-recognition or grant programs in Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and West Virginia. Nominations may be made until Jan. 8, 2010.

DSC hosts professional conference

Published on September 09, 2009 at 08:45AM

(ST. GEORGE) – Dixie State College has been selected to host the 2010 Utah Academy of Science, Arts and Lectures spring conference. The conference, which will feature a series of addresses and lectures, will be held on Friday, April 9, on the Dixie campus in St. George. DSC assistant professor of biology, Erin O’Brien, said attendees come from all over Utah to hear presenters from foreign nations and other states. O’Brien said the conference gives students and faculty the opportunity to participate in professional presentations for future employment contacts.

Tearful wife's pleas reduce sex offender sentence

Published on September 09, 2009 at 08:17AM

(CEDAR CITY) – The tearful pleas of a Cedar City sex offender’s wife has kept him out of prison. In 5th District Court Tuesday, Judge Michael Westfall sentenced former Cedar Middle School teacher, Matthew Adams, to a year in the Iron County jail for videotaping women through their windows. The 31-year old man plead guilty in July to sexual exploitation of a child, a second-degree felony and two counts of voyeurism by electronic means, one a third-degree felony and the other a class A misdemeanor. Westfall sentenced Adams to one to 15 years in prison on the second-degree felony and up to five years on the third-degree felony but suspended the sentences and placed him on probation. The judge said he would have sentenced Adams to prison but his wife made a strong plea in his defense. Adams was arrested in January after a couple taking a walk saw him peering into windows of a Cedar City apartment and called police. He admitted to looking for young women to videotape. Police eventually discovered 17 of his victims were students at the middle school where he taught shop. Adams resigned his position after his arrest.

Commissioners hold "water grab" meeting

Published on September 09, 2009 at 07:41AM

(DELTA) – Angry Utah water users gathered in a meeting last night in Delta to voice their opposition to what they call a “water grab” by Las Vegas to tap an acquifer that borders the Utah-Nevada State line. Millard County Commissioners hosted the meeting at the Fair Building in Delta to air concerns over an agreement that Utah officials want to sign next month with Nevada on splitting water from the Snake Valley acquifer. Utah residents are concerned that the split favors Las Vegas at Utah’s expense. Water users are afraid that the “water grab” will dry up already depleted water supplies in that area of the state and eventually create a dust bowl along the Wasatch Front. The Southern Nevada Water Authority wants to tap the acquifer for a 285-mile pipeline that will convey 50,000 acre feet of water to thirsty Las Vegas households. Surveys passed out at Tuesday’s meeting are soliciting information with an aim to propose a “counter” agreement to Gov. Gary Herbert that offers “fairer” solutions.

Moroni girl sentenced for baby dumping

Published on September 09, 2009 at 07:27AM

Updated on September 09, 2009 at 04:21PM

(MANTI) – A 17-year old Moroni girl has been sentenced in Sixth District Court in Manti for dumping her stillborn baby in the trash. The teen plead guilty Tuesday to obstruction of justice for failing to notify police until weeks after the incident. She was charged last month with abusing a corpse, a third-degree felony and plead guilty to a lesser charge. Judge Paul Lyman sentenced the girl to probation and 150 hours of community service. She must provide a DNA specimen and complete counseling. The judge also banned the girl from dating anyone older than 19 while she’s on probation. This past spring, the Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a Moroni girl had given birth to a stillborn and disposed the baby in a trash container which was taken to the White Hills Landfill near Mayfield on May 4. Searchers combed the area for more than a month but were unable to find the baby. The baby’s body has never been found.