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PRESCRIBED BURN-WILDFIRE SCARS

Smoke near Spanish Fork Canyon expected from prescribed burn

(Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldextra.com)

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Authorities say people may see smoke near the site of several wildfire burn scars over the next few weeks, but it will be coming from a prescribed burn.

The Daily Herald reports that the project near Sheep Creek in Spanish Fork Canyon could make smoke visible until early November.

The Utah County Sheriff's Office says the U.S. Forest Service is closely monitoring the burn, which is expected to reduce fuel for future fires, regenerate aspen, reduce conifer encroachment into aspen stands and improve wildlife habitat.

Smoke will be visible at times near Soldier Summit on U.S. Highway 6 and portions of Highway 40 in Wasatch County.

The burn is near the sites of three wildfires that torched hundreds of thousands of acres last year.

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VAPING-LUNG DAMAGE-UTAH

Utah's vaping illness count hits 83 amid national outbreak

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah health officials say the number of cases of lung damage linked to vaping is up to 83, with 11 more potential cases being investigated.

The state Department of Health announced the new tally Tuesday, a rise in the 76 cases reported earlier. Most patients are in their 20s or 30s.

Last week Utah reported the first vaping-related death in the state. Health officials said the person died from a vaping-related injury and that they recently vaped THC before they died.

Officials said unregulated vaping products containing marijuana's high-inducing ingredient, THC, are likely driving the outbreak.

U.S. government health officials have identified about 1,300 cases of vaping-related illnesses and at least 26 deaths. All reported cases have a history of e-cigarette product use or vaping.

Symptoms of the disease include coughing, nausea and vomiting.

ARIZONA OFFICIAL-ADOPTION FRAUD

Lawyer says Arizona official miscast as human smuggler

PHOENIX (AP) — A lawyer for an Arizona elected official charged in three states with facilitating an illegal international adoption scheme says prosecutors have miscast his client as a human smuggler.

Attorney Matt Long said Tuesday Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen cares deeply for the birth mothers from the Marshall Islands whom he connected with adoptive parents in the United States.

Long says prosecutors cherry picked facts to support their narrative, but he's confident Petersen will be vindicated. He says Petersen has been unfairly ping-ponged between state and federal custody and has been largely denied access to his lawyer. Long says that's made it hard for him to defend his client.

A judge in Phoenix delayed Petersen's arraignment Tuesday until after an Oct. 29 hearing in Arkansas, where he faces federal charges.

FIRST GROCERY STORE

City in rural Utah gets its first-ever grocery store

SANTAQUIN, Utah (AP) — A rural Utah city is opening its first-ever grocery store.

The Daily Herald reports construction began Monday on the first grocery store in Santaquin, a city of about 14,000 residents in northern Utah.

The Santaquin Market is the first step in the city's plan to build a commercial district. City officials expect the store to add more than 100 jobs and increase Santaquin's tax revenue.

Santaquin city manager Ben Reeves said the community is growing rapidly and they are hoping to eventually build a local high school.

Reeves said Santaquin has prioritized development in recent years, adding a signal light downtown and expanding Main Street.

NUCLEAR TESTING-COMPENSATION

Western governors want nuclear testing compensation expanded

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Western governors say atmospheric nuclear weapons testing exposed more states and more people to radiation fallout and resulting cancers and other diseases than the federal government recognizes.

The Western Governors' Association on Friday sent letters to the U.S. Senate and U.S. House urging passage of proposed changes to a law involving "downwinders."

The changes would add all of Nevada, Arizona and Utah, and include for the first time downwinders in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and the island territory of Guam.

The changes to the 1990 Radiation Exposure Compensation Act would also include increasing the maximum payment to $150,000 for someone filing a claim.

The U.S. between 1945 and 1992 conducted more than 1,000 nuclear weapons tests, nearly 200 in the atmosphere.

UTAH COUNTY COMMISSION-NAVAJOS

Utah county to vote on possibly changing form of government

(Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com)

BLANDING, Utah (AP) — A southeastern Utah county has announced residents are expected to vote on the first step in possibly changing to a new form of government.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported Monday that San Juan County voters would decide whether a one-year study should be launched potentially expanding a three-member county commission that Native Americans took majority of last year.

Democratic Navajo James Adakai says the intent is to undermine the county's first Native American-majority commission and is a blatant ploy by white Republicans to take back control.

Blanding Mayor Joe Lyman says he has supported expanding the size of the commission for decades arguing a five-member commission would spread the workload and provide a more represented voice to residents by creating smaller districts.

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