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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and other crimes in the death of his 74-year-grandfather whose body was found by firefighters after a fire at his home. Police say 28-year-old Maxwell Wolcott was arrested after allegedly telling investigators that he forced his way into Peel's house and stabbed him. An arrest document says he returned a short time later to douse his grandfather's body in lighter fluid “with the intention of destroying evidence.” It's not clear if Wolcott has a lawyer. Neighbors reported the fire after hearing screaming and seeing flames.
MIDWAY, Utah (AP) — An otherworldly frozen kingdom has made its annual winter debut in Utah. The Daily Herald reports Midway Ice Castles feature ice walls and tall towers that take 10,000 man hours and tons of ice and snow to create. New additions this year include a light garden featuring ice structures with lights shown through them, ice caves, a waterfall and a maze. The ice castles are typically open until mid-February, but unpredictable weather always makes the attraction’s closing date an unknown.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A group that advocates for protection of wild horses says a federal agency didn't provide adequate notice of a weeks-long roundup planned to begin Monday in Nevada and Utah and is asking for a postponement. The American Wild Horse Campaign says the Bureau of Land Management is violating the public's First Amendment rights by not announcing the helicopter-assisted roundup until Thursday afternoon and by not allowing public observation of the roundup until its second day. A BLM spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday but the agency said previously in a statement that the roundup would be conducted safely and efficiently and was intended to protect public lands.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rare salt formations are being documented for the first time on the shores of the Great Salt Lake, and they could yield insights about salt structures found on Mars before they disappear for good. They’re showing up now in part because water levels have been lowered by drought and water diversion, exposing more shoreline. That leaves more places where water can bubble up to the surface from warm, sulfate-rich springs. A mineral called mirabilite separates out when the water hits the cold winter air, eventually forming into crystal spires and terraces. The structures are expected to dissolve as the weather warms up.
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