SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert's office has endorsed the first two designations for new state monument candidates, but they will need approval by Utah lawmakers. The Deseret News reports Danger Cave State Park Heritage Area near the Nevada border and Old Iron Town in Iron County received unanimous legislative endorsement by the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee last month. The committee will draft a concurrent resolution that will need the support of the full Legislature.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — As things begin to dry out again in New Mexico, members of the arid state's congressional delegation are looking for ways to combat water scarcity here and across the American West. The latest map shows a big pocket of moderate to severe drought covering the region where New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado meet. Nevada has been enveloped by abnormal dryness just in the last few weeks.
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A Utah state lawmaker says she's working on a proposal to study how implicit racial biases may play into the disproportionate number of minorities in the state prison system. Republican Rep. Marsha Judkins of Provo tells the Standard-Examiner that she is working on a prosecution transparency bill to be introduced next year that would require the collection of data about arrest, charging, sentencing and parole decisions.
AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) — A VW bus painted like a black chalkboard is inspiring creative drawings and bringing people together in American Fork. No matter where he parks the 'chalkbus,' owner Jonathan Sherman says he comes back to find great new art adorning the sides. The Daily Herald reports that the story behind bus inspired a documentary by college students at Utah Valley University. Sherman also lets bands cram into the bus to play music while he drives around town.