SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities are preparing for the nudity and free-spiritedness they expect to take over a corner of national forest about 40 miles east of Salt Lake City. The first revelers are setting up camp this week in northern Utah. Attendance is expected to total about 10,000. Dave Whittekiend of the U.S. Forest Service says participants in the annual Rainbow Family gathering have begun building kitchens and pitching tents in advance of their July 4 celebration.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For the second month in a row, Utah's unemployment rate fell and is now at its lowest rate in five and a half years. The latest jobless report released by the Department of Workforce Services yesterday shows May's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.6 percent. That number is lower than a month earlier, when the rate was 3.8 percent. It also remains well below the national jobless rate of 6.3 percent.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former West Valley City police detective charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed woman will be in court next month. Court records show 33-year-old Shaun Cowley will make an initial appearance on July 7 in state court. District Attorney Sim Gill announced Thursday morning that his office was charging Cowley for fatally shooting 21-year-old Danielle Willard in November 2012. Gill said Cowley's life was not threatened and had previously ruled the shooting unjustified.
GARDEN CITY, Utah (AP) — The body of an apparent drowning victim has been pulled from the Bear Lake State Park marina in northeast Utah. Utah State Park rangers say the body of 37-year-old Justin Petersen of Layton was recovered in about 15 feet of water Thursday night. Rangers say Petersen was last seen on the marina dock Wednesday night, and it appears he fell from the dock after he left family.
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