Utah drivers hit 329 rail-crossing gates in 2016, costing UTA thousands

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The Utah Transit Authority says about one motorist a day drives into the gate arms at railroad crossings


Park City becomes 1st Utah city to ban plastic bags

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The mountain ski town of Park City recently became the first Utah city to ban plastic bags. The Deseret News reports that the Park City council voted unanimously last week to enact the ban. Starting in June, the three large grocery stores in town won’t be able to have the...


Facing legal restrictions, LDS Church merges two Russia missions

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The LDS Church is merging two of its missions in Russia, sending those members home early or reassigning them to finish their service in the U.S.


Shipp's first-half goal enough as Sounders beat RSL, 1-0

SEATTLE (AP) — For Harry Shipp, it’s no more Mr. Nice Guy — at least not on the field. Shipp scored on a hard shot that was deflected into the goal in the 42nd minute and the Seattle Sounders snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Real Salt Lake, 1-0 on Saturday. The play that led to Shipp’s...


Zion National Park's highway reopens despite falling debris

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ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) — The main road through Zion National Park in Utah has reopened, despite a stream of sand and debris that continues to fall down. The National Park Service said Saturday that they’re reopening the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway after closing it the day before over safety...


Utah GOP says goodbye to Chaffetz, with some disappointment

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SANDY, Utah (AP) — As Utah Republicans met for their annual state convention Saturday, the party faithful both gave Rep. Jason Chaffetz a warm send-off and occasionally expressed disappointment at his abrupt departure from Congress and key role investigating the White House. Chaffetz, known for his...


Utah Navy sailor's remains to come home after 75 years

MONROE, Utah (AP) — A Utah solider killed in the Pearl Harbor bombing will finally get a proper funeral. Reports say U.S. Navy identified the remains of Navy Musician 1st Class Elliott Dean Larsen when they matched his DNA with his sister and niece. He had been reported missing in action for 75...


Man in jail accused of sending threatening letter to judge

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man in a Utah jail is now accused of writing the judge in his case a letter threatening to rape her and bomb the courthouse. Authorities say 47-year-old Norman Eric Pierce sent the letter while in custody at the Salt Lake County Jail. He’s been held behind bars since April...


Navajo Nation reservation in need of running water

MONUMENT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — On the outskirts of Monument Valley, touching the Arizona-Utah border, a water well is encased in a brick building behind a barb-wired fence. A few cattle graze nearby, mooing to occasionally pierce the quiet. Residents say the well is one of two in the area, a couple...


Packed field of Utah candidates vie for Chaffetz seat

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A doctor, personal injury lawyer and a handful of elected officials are among the many Republican and Democratic candidates who have announced they are jumping in the race for Rep. Jason Chaffetz's seat.

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