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June 19, 2004 | Julie Cart, Times Staff Writer
Invoking an obscure 19th century law, officials of a rural Utah county have announced their intention to establish a road to a scenic rock formation through a remote part of Canyonlands National Park. It is the first time a local government has formally laid claim to a right of way in a national park in the lower 48 states, though authorities in other western states, including California, have indicated a similar intent.
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April 14, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Over a decade beginning in 1996, Megan Huntsman gave birth to at least seven babies in her home at Pleasant Grove, Utah. One died at birth and the other six were strangled or suffocated, their bodies concealed in boxes that were stored in the garage, she told police, according to documents released by state authorities on Monday. Huntsman, 39, was being held on $6 million bail -- $1 million for each of the babies she is accused of killing -- after a preliminary court appearance on Monday, a spokesman for the Utah County jail told the Los Angeles Times.
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NEWS
January 4, 2004 | Christie L. Hill, Associated Press Writer
The year 2003 was a deadly one in the Utah wilderness, capped by the Dec. 26 deaths of a group of snowboarders who chanced Provo Canyon and lost when an avalanche swept them away. The deaths underscore the dark side of Utah's backcountry, a dangerous outdoor playground that rewards prepared adventurers with unspeakable beauty but punishes the unprepared with disorientation, injury and even death. The state's craggy peaks, slot canyons and trails can turn on anyone without notice.
NATIONAL
February 8, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
Barely a month ago, Christopher Pengra became mayor of a bedroom community outside Salt Lake City, anticipating the usual headaches of a fast-growing area, such humdrum fare as traffic congestion and zoning disputes. But there was nothing in his newcomer's manual to handle this: A Utah County sheriff's deputy was killed late last month, gunned down on a lonely rural highway in Eagle Mountain after stopping to assist a stranded motorist. Sgt. Cory Wride, 44, a father of five whom friends knew as a "shy cowboy," had served the town for two decades.
NATIONAL
August 19, 2005 | From Associated Press
Two women and two men were found dead Thursday in a narrow underwater passage in a spring-fed cave above Provo, officials said. They appeared to have drowned, Lynnae Sanford, Provo police records supervisor, said Thursday, citing a preliminary report from the state medical examiner's office. Police identified the dead, all from Utah, as Scott K. McDonald, 28, of Provo; J. Blake Donner, 24, of Springville; Jennifer Lynn Galbraith, 21, of Pleasant Grove; and Ariel R. Singer, 18, of Orem.
NATIONAL
December 27, 2003 | From Associated Press
An avalanche swept at least five snowboarders down a northern Utah canyon during a heavy snowstorm Friday. Two managed to dig their way out after being buried up to their chests, but authorities held out little hope of finding the other three alive. Rescue workers called off their search Friday night in Provo Canyon, about 25 miles northeast of Provo, after authorities decided it was too dangerous to continue.
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February 8, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
Barely a month ago, Christopher Pengra became mayor of a bedroom community outside Salt Lake City, anticipating the usual headaches of a fast-growing area, such humdrum fare as traffic congestion and zoning disputes. But there was nothing in his newcomer's manual to handle this: A Utah County sheriff's deputy was killed late last month, gunned down on a lonely rural highway in Eagle Mountain after stopping to assist a stranded motorist. Sgt. Cory Wride, 44, a father of five whom friends knew as a "shy cowboy," had served the town for two decades.
NATIONAL
April 14, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Over a decade beginning in 1996, Megan Huntsman gave birth to at least seven babies in her home at Pleasant Grove, Utah. One died at birth and the other six were strangled or suffocated, their bodies concealed in boxes that were stored in the garage, she told police, according to documents released by state authorities on Monday. Huntsman, 39, was being held on $6 million bail -- $1 million for each of the babies she is accused of killing -- after a preliminary court appearance on Monday, a spokesman for the Utah County jail told the Los Angeles Times.
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December 21, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge of Salt Lake City didn't know they were going to get married on Friday.  They didn't even have the time to tell anyone. Wood was so frazzled she almost forgot to grab her driver's license before heading to the Salt Lake County clerk's office. The couple, plaintiffs in a Utah court case seeking to end the state's ban on same-sex marriage, were in shock when they heard the news Friday that U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby had struck down that very law, which was put in place by Utah voters in 2004.
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September 14, 2002 | From Associated Press
People chased from their homes by mudslides surveyed the mess Friday: cars scattered, power knocked out and about three dozen homes damaged by mud 7 feet deep in places. The mudslides Thursday night caused $2 million to $5 million in damage, but no one was injured and all of the roughly 50 homes evacuated were still standing. "I thought the mountain was pretty solid," said Matt Gurr, whose home has a hole in its back wall punched through by a chunk of Dry Mountain.
NATIONAL
February 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
As 13 wildfires ripped across Arkansas on Friday, state forestry pilot Jacob Thomas Harrell took a small plane out to look for additional hot spots. Late Saturday, search crews still had not found any sign of either Harrell or the single-engine Cessna 210 Centurion since his last radio call more than 30 hours earlier. “We are going to be here until we find Jake,” State Forester Joe Fox said in a statement released Saturday evening. “Tonight and tomorrow's efforts are already planned and we are aggressively covering as much ground as quickly and safely as possible.” Two planes, a helicopter and a number of people from state, local and federal agencies have been involved in the nonstop search, the Arkansas Forestry Commission said.
NATIONAL
January 31, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
"Evil ran through Utah County" when a parolee shot and killed one deputy at a stop and injured a second in a gunfight during a high-speed chase that ended in another shootout with police who killed him, the county sheriff said Friday. Sgt. Cory Wride was on patrol Thursday afternoon when he stopped to check on what appeared to be a disabled pickup truck with its emergency lights flashing, Utah County Sheriff Jim Tracy said. During the encounter Jose Angel Garcia-Jauregui , 27, allegedly shot Wride in the neck and head, said Sgt. Spencer Cannon, spokesman for the Utah County Sheriff's Office.
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December 21, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge of Salt Lake City didn't know they were going to get married on Friday.  They didn't even have the time to tell anyone. Wood was so frazzled she almost forgot to grab her driver's license before heading to the Salt Lake County clerk's office. The couple, plaintiffs in a Utah court case seeking to end the state's ban on same-sex marriage, were in shock when they heard the news Friday that U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby had struck down that very law, which was put in place by Utah voters in 2004.
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April 25, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
The trip wires rigged to potentially deadly booby traps in a popular Utah recreation area were so slender they were practically invisible to the average eye. But James Schoeffler's eyes are not average. During his tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, it was Schoeffler's job to find such trip wires and dismantle the explosive devices to which they were attached. He never expected to find himself doing the same job in a forest in Utah. Authorities are lauding Schoeffler as a hero after he spotted trip wires to a pair of deadly traps just off Big Springs Trail in Provo Canyon.
NATIONAL
April 24, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- Just when you thought it was safe to go back on those mountain trails. In a case that has stunned authorities with its ruthlessness, two Utah men have been arrested in connection with a pair of deadly makeshift booby traps set up along a popular hiking trail. One of the traps involved a trip wire triggered to send a 20-pound, spiked boulder swinging into an unsuspecting victim. The other was designed to trip a passer-by into a bed of sharpened wooden stakes. The two suspects, ages 19 and 21, told investigators after being arrested last weekend on suspicion of misdemeanor reckless endangerment that the traps were intended for wildlife.
NATIONAL
August 19, 2005 | From Associated Press
Two women and two men were found dead Thursday in a narrow underwater passage in a spring-fed cave above Provo, officials said. They appeared to have drowned, Lynnae Sanford, Provo police records supervisor, said Thursday, citing a preliminary report from the state medical examiner's office. Police identified the dead, all from Utah, as Scott K. McDonald, 28, of Provo; J. Blake Donner, 24, of Springville; Jennifer Lynn Galbraith, 21, of Pleasant Grove; and Ariel R. Singer, 18, of Orem.
NATIONAL
April 25, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
The trip wires rigged to potentially deadly booby traps in a popular Utah recreation area were so slender they were practically invisible to the average eye. But James Schoeffler's eyes are not average. During his tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, it was Schoeffler's job to find such trip wires and dismantle the explosive devices to which they were attached. He never expected to find himself doing the same job in a forest in Utah. Authorities are lauding Schoeffler as a hero after he spotted trip wires to a pair of deadly traps just off Big Springs Trail in Provo Canyon.
NEWS
July 4, 2004 | Christie L. Hill, Associated Press Writer
Heroic? Definitely. Cheap? No. Search and rescue in Utah's wilderness is expensive, and bills sent to once-missing outdoor enthusiasts after they're found in the majestic red rock settings of eastern Utah's Grand County are usually ignored. Now Grand County is getting tougher, with an ordinance allowing the county to turn over unpaid bills to collection agencies. Officials hope with the change to recover at least 80% of the costs associated with rescues.
NEWS
July 4, 2004 | Christie L. Hill, Associated Press Writer
Heroic? Definitely. Cheap? No. Search and rescue in Utah's wilderness is expensive, and bills sent to once-missing outdoor enthusiasts after they're found in the majestic red rock settings of eastern Utah's Grand County are usually ignored. Now Grand County is getting tougher, with an ordinance allowing the county to turn over unpaid bills to collection agencies. Officials hope with the change to recover at least 80% of the costs associated with rescues.
NATIONAL
June 19, 2004 | Julie Cart, Times Staff Writer
Invoking an obscure 19th century law, officials of a rural Utah county have announced their intention to establish a road to a scenic rock formation through a remote part of Canyonlands National Park. It is the first time a local government has formally laid claim to a right of way in a national park in the lower 48 states, though authorities in other western states, including California, have indicated a similar intent.
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