WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — A Utah school district is planning to have a full-time psychologist in each of its 36 elementary schools. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the Jordan School District board approved a mental health initiative last month as part of a $710 million budget, which includes more staff and training for students at all of its schools, including 10 middle schools and eight high schools and technical schools. The plan is to have the psychologists in place by fall.
PHOENIX (AP) — The American Southwest has been experiencing extreme summertime heat this week. But some cities, like Phoenix, are also "urban heat islands." That's a phenomenon where temperatures go up in areas covered in heat-retaining asphalt and concrete, creating health dangers for residents. Officials in Phoenix and other cities are tackling the challenge by planting trees and using light-colored roofs to reflect solar rays. But urban climate specialists say much more needs to be done.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Search and rescue crews are combing the desert for a teenager who ran away from a youth treatment program in Utah. The Beaver County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that 13-year-old Roberto Madrigal, who is from California, had been in the Redcliff Ascent program for about a month when he disappeared. Authorities say he's believed to be carrying water, but dehydration remains a concern in the arid climate and remote southern Utah location near St. George.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The threat of wildfire in the American Southwest has been significantly dampened by the monsoon season, but the region is still grappling with the long-term effects of drought. Experts provided an update Wednesday on the situation across Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Arizona state climatologist Nancy Selover says most of the region is still way behind after missing out on winter and spring moisture.