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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The co-founder of the Utah League of Native American Voters is running to challenge U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah next year. Democrat Carol Surveyor announced in a statement Friday that she's filed with the Federal Election Commission and is gearing up to run in Utah's 2nd Congressional District.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new Utah group is calling for the creation of an independent redistricting commission amid allegations that Republican legislators have gerrymandered districts in the state to give themselves an advantage. Leaders of the bipartisan Better Boundaries initiative on Thursday filed to start a petition to ask voters next year to create a new commission to redraw Utah's congressional and legislative district boundaries.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some tourists are questioning a first-of-its-kind plan to require reservations to visit overcrowded Zion National Park. Darren Shipley of Tennessee says there should be some flexibility in case visitors who traveled across the U.S. or from abroad miss their time slot. The proposal comes as the Utah park struggles to cope with overcrowded tour buses and alleviate damage to its natural wonders. It would take at least two years to phase in a reservation system if approved.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge is approving a deal for an embattled Utah elected official to resign amid questions about his mental capacity. Salt Lake County officials said Friday that Judge Bruce Lubeck signed the agreement giving county recorder Gary Ott a $35,000 severance in exchange for his Aug. 1 resignation. A replacement is expected within about six weeks. The county reached the agreement with Ott's siblings, who are his legal guardians while he is treated at a medical facility.

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