Utah police: Boy accused in killing 4 not cooperating
Authorities say a boy accused of killing four members of a Utah family surrendered peacefully following the Friday night slayings but has since refused to speak with detectives trying to piece together a motive. Police in the small town of Grantsville released the names of the victims Monday and said the boy was related to them. But investigators declined to specify the nature of his relation or release his name or age. The father of the family was released from the hospital after being treated for a gunshot wound. The killings were the first in two decades in the town of 11,000 west of Salt Lake City.
18-year-old snowmobiler who died in Utah avalanche ID'd
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Authorities have identified a teenager killed by an avalanche while snowmobiling in Utah. The Davis County Sheriff's Office says 18-year-old Chase Adams was killed Saturday afternoon while snowmobiling with his father in Farmington Canyon north of Salt Lake City. It took search and rescue crews about half an hour to find and dig out the teen, who died at a hospital in Salt Lake City. The teen had an avalanche beacon and an inflatable backpack that's meant to help avoid being buried, but the backpack did not deploy.
SOLAR POWER PLANTS-SRP
SRP seeks solar energy from bidders including Navajo Nation
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — One of Arizona's largest utilities is seeking companies to build solar plants to provide up to 400 megawatts of power, including 200 megawatts from Navajo Nation facilities. The Farmington Daily Times reported Salt River Project issued a request for proposals Jan. 15. SRP officials say the energy will be delivered to customers in central Arizona. The request from the Phoenix-based utility asks for proposals for plants that can produce between 100 and 200 megawatts. The company says Navajo Nation plants could be located anywhere within its territory that can connect to the SRP grid.
EXCHANGE-MOLLY OF DENALI
Indigenous ‘Molly of Denali’ is more than a cartoon for some
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Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia
Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and causing ecological changes that scientists say are likely irreversible. Amid heat waves and drought linked to climate change, some 40,000 square miles of the island continent has been charred this fire season. The blazes reached into jungles that don't normally burn and forested areas that already had burned at least once in recent years. Government officials plan a major reseeding effort. But scientists say the combination of high temperatures, drought and more frequent wildfires means even fire-adapted forests may not fully recover. New ecosystems would take their place.
Independent Utah voters risk missing Super Tuesday
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — About a third of Utah’s registered voters are at risk of not being able to participate in March’s Super Tuesday presidential primary if they don’t request ballots. State and county election officials have been sending letters and trying to get the message out to independent voters before it's too late. The state has nearly 510,000 independent voters who aren't automatically sent a ballot. The Republican primary is closed, so voters who want to cast a ballot in the GOP race must register with the party by Feb. 3. The Democratic primary is open, so independent voters have until Feb. 25 to request that ballot.