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ICYMI: 10 stories from the weekend

Sean Walker, KSL.com and Yvette Cruz, KSL.com  |  Posted Sep 24th - 7:38am

Here are 10 stories you may have missed this weekend. As always, click on the headline to read the full story.

Interior Secretary Zinke visits Zion National Park to look at $65M in maintenance needs

Linda Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sep 24th - 7:21am

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will visit Utah Monday to tour Zion National Park, which has a backlog of $65 million in maintenance needs.

Utah takes more steps to tether parole, probation lengths to offenders' progress

Annie Knox, KSL  |  Posted Sep 24th - 6:43am

Utah has set new standards for how long offenders should remain on probation and parole, giving them a chance to cut down their supervision time if they meet certain benchmarks.

SUU president embarks on 170-mile 'Grand to Grand' run for campus child care center

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 8:24pm

On Sunday, Southern Utah University President Scott L. Wyatt embarked on a 170-mile, seven-day run through the Grand Canyon and culminates at the summit of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Semitruck on fire forced closure of WB I-80 ramp at I-15 junction

Yvette Cruz, KSL.com  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 8:13pm

Officials closed the westbound I-80 ramp at the I-15 junction for some time Sunday evening after a semitruck caught on fire.

Wildfires cause devastating losses to livestock in Spanish Fork

Ashton Goodell, KSL TV  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 7:49pm

Cattle ranchers in Spanish Fork suffered devastating losses to their livestock after the Pole Creek Fire swept through Sweat Creek Canyon. The fire killed more than 50 cows and calves, most of the animals died due to smoke inhalation while some burned where they stood.

Downtown soup kitchen getting $1.5 million remodel, new work training program

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 7:12pm

Thanks to about $1.5 million in donations, Catholic Community Services is planning to renovate its soup kitchen across the street from the downtown shelter — and also launch a new training program to help the homeless find jobs in food service.

Archaeologists digging to unearth stories of military soldiers at Fort Douglas

Wendy Leonard, KSL  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 5:27pm

Archaeologists at the University of Utah's Fort Douglas are "geeking out" over an accidental unearthing of historical significance.

Utah woman receives award from United Nations for work with refugee women

Ashley Kewish, KSL TV  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 2:08pm

Samira Harnish is specifically helping refugee women. About half of the refugees in Utah are women and young girls, who often times are looking for work outside the home for the first time in their lives.

Inauguration symposium explores future of America's public universities

Art Raymond, KSL  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 11:47am

A U. symposium Thursday brought experts from around the country together to weigh-in on the future of America's public universities. The event was part of a slate of activities planned to celebrate the upcoming inauguration of President Ruth Watkins.

Draper Santa visits with kids 'one more time' after leukemia diagnosis

Ray Boone, KSL TV  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 10:35am

Memories of Christmases past can help light up the lives of adults each and every December. For Hugh Taylor, forming the foundation of those memories is a job he was born to do.

Fire updates: No growth reported for Pole Creek, Bald Mountain fires

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com and Yvette Cruz, KSL.com  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 9:08am

Crews gained some ground Saturday on two huge wildfires raging in Utah County, but are preparing for a red flag warning day Sunday with gusting winds.

Regents to ask lawmakers for $6M to place college advisers in every Utah high school

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Sep 23rd - 7:41am

The Utah State Board of Regents will ask Utah lawmakers for an appropriation of nearly $6 million to begin the process of placing college access advisers in every high school in the state by the 2021-22 school year.

Wildfire costs, scorched lands nearly double this year

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 9:06pm

The costs to fight wildfires in Utah are increasing by about $1 million a day right now, and authorities expect the season to last throughout October.

'We were lucky': Thousands of evacuees head home as crews battle Utah County fires

Annie Knox, KSL  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 9:00pm

Ten days after evacuation orders forced them from their homes in the foothills in the south end of Utah County, about 4,000 people were allowed back into the communities of Elk Ridge and Woodland Hills Saturday.

Couple supporting McAdams says Love misused their images for her TV commercial

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 8:08pm

A couple who support Democratic Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams in the contentious 4th Congressional District race were distressed to see themselves in a TV commercial for his opponent, Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah.

Women-owned businesses increasing in Utah and nationwide

Jasen Lee, KSL  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 6:48pm

Female-owned business enterprises in Utah have climbed significantly. A new survey says although women own a minority of businesses overall, their share is growing.

Report: More Utah youth getting HPV vaccine for cancer prevention

Ben Lockhart, KSL  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 2:47pm

New federal data indicates the proportion of Utah teenagers protected by a cancer prevention HPV vaccine increased by 7 percentage points in 2017, but the state still ranks near the bottom nationwide.

Memorial soccer tournament benefiting 8-month-old who is fighting cancer

Caitlin Burchill, KSL TV  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 1:16pm

Ethan VanLeuven touched the hearts of people here in Utah — and across the country. Now his legacy is helping families through a memorial soccer tournament.

Delta flight makes emergency landing in Oklahoma after Utah man 'headbutts' flight attendant, reports say

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Sep 22nd - 11:48am

A Delta flight from Salt Lake City had to make an emergency landing in Oklahoma City after a drunk Utah man allegedly headbutted a flight attendant, reports say.