BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A US judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration from easing rules on mining, drilling and grazing across millions of acres in seven Western states, saying such activities left unchecked were likely to harm a struggling bird species. The judge said the administration's changes would likely cause further declines in populations of greater sage grouse. The ground-dwelling bird is at the center of a bitter conflict over how much of the region's expansive public lands should be developed.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah community leaders have asked the National Park Service to reconsider allowing off-road vehicles inside the parks. The Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday that elected Grand County leaders passed a resolution Tuesday to ask park officials to reevaluate the order.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Vape shops and other tobacco stores that sell to underage customers could swiftly lose their permits if they sell to underage customers under a draft bill that's getting an early nod of approval from Utah lawmakers. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Republican sponsor Rep. Karianne Lisonbee says proposal approved by a legislative panel Wednesday wouldn't affect adult customers, but is aimed at enforcing laws preventing kids from getting e-cigarettes.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City police officer is accused of having a sexual relationship with a parolee. The Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday that 42-year-old Robert Tilton Hinds is facing a felony charge of custodial sexual relations. The Unified Police Department, which is conducting the investigation, searched the parolee's phone and found sexually explicit texts and voicemails between the pair.