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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The son of television producer Jenji Kohan, who created the series “Örange Is the New Black," died in a New Year's Eve ski accident in Utah. Authorities said Thursday that 20-year-old Charlie Noxon was pronounced dead after hitting a sign Tuesday on an intermediate-level trail at Park City Mountain resort. Authorities say he had experience skiing and was wearing a helmet. The cause of death is under investigation. He was a native of Los Angeles and a junior at Columbia University, studying philosophy, economics and Chinese.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The state director for a federal agency that manages land accounting for about two-fifths of the state of Utah is retiring. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's state office for Utah announced that State Director Edwin Roberson would retire Friday from a post he has held since 2016. The announcement statement released Thursday said Roberson was leaving “a legacy of collaborative problem-solving" and that his tenure with the state office saw it build long-lasting relationships and accomplish numerous projects. Associate State Director Anita Bilbao will serve as the acting state director until the BLM fills the post permanently. The BLM manages 35,625 square miles of public land in Utah, which represents 42 percent of the state.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Wildlife officials are warning people against keeping wild animals as pets after a 5-year-old boy from Uintah County was badly scratched by his family’s pet raccoon. The Deseret News reports Thursday that the boy had to undergo surgery as a result of the scratches he suffered on Dec. 11. Tonya Kieffer-Selby, outreach manager for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, says the raccoon was euthanized and sent to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be tested for diseases. Raccoons may carry diseases such as rabies, canine distemper, raccoon parvoviral enteritis and infectious canine hepatitis.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Operators of a Utah copper mine have announced plans to extend operations by using an experimental method of extraction they say is safe despite concerns about potential groundwater contamination. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that officials with the Lisbon Valley Mine are seeking permits for an acid-based extraction method that involves pumping diluted sulfuric acid underground northeast of Monticello. Officials say the new process could extend the mine's lifespan for at least another 25 years. Environmentalists have raised concerns about long-term water contamination for nearby residents reliant on groundwater for drinking and livestock.
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