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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency will consider requiring additional pollution controls at two of Utah's oldest coal-fired power plants to cut haze that environmentalist groups say contributes to murky air at nearby national parks in southern Utah. Environmental and clean air groups support a proposal to implement new measures to cut down pollutants emitted by Rocky Mountain Power's Hunter and Huntington power plants.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Budget legislation that's speeding toward approval in Congress includes an additional $600 million to fight wildfires next year but no long-term fix to firefighting's havoc on the U.S. Forest Service budget. The Forest Service spent a record $1.7 billion fighting fires this year. Year after year, the agency must borrow from other programs to keep up with ever-growing cost of fighting fires. Critics call the funding increase a Band-Aid solution that neglects to make forests more resilient to fire.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama has appointed a former Centerville mayor to be a federal judge in Utah. The White House says Ronald G. Russell is a commercial and real estate lawyer in Salt Lake City who was a member of the city council in Centerville before serving as its mayor from 2006 to 2013. Russell must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah has signed junior college transfer Troy Williams to a letter of intent, the school announced Thursday. The 6-foot-2, 197-pound quarterback is transferring from Santa Monica College. He originally signed with Washington out of high school and spent two seasons in the program, redshirting in 2013 and playing five games in 2014.
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