SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge says Utah's sped-up special election to replace Jason Chaffetz in Congress doesn't seem to allow enough time for new political parties to get on the ballot, including one recently formed by the son of the late U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett. Judge David Nuffer said a hearing Friday that he's not ready to rule on whether he'll order state officials to include Jim Bennett and his United Utah Party on the November ballot. But he intends to make a decision soon.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The cost of fighting a southern Utah wildfire that forced hundreds of people to evacuate has reached nearly $34 million. Fire spokeswoman Julie Thomas said Friday the tab for fighting the blaze near the Utah ski town of Brian Head is $33.89 million to date. Officials have said wildfire was started nearly a month ago by someone burning weeds, and that person could be responsible for the costs of fighting the fire.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge says the family of Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott will remain his temporary legal guardians, turning back a request from Ott's aide, Karmen Sanone to make her his guardian. The 64-year-old Ott is being treated at a medical facility following questions about his mental capacity.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New billboards are going up this week in Salt Lake City that say not to give panhandlers money, but to instead give money to organizations that aid the homeless. City officials and the Downtown Alliance business group launched a public awareness campaign Thursday aimed at curbing the begging practice that has become common in Utah's capital.