SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Emergency authorities in Utah say cell phone calls to 911 were connecting only intermittently on Saturday. Authorities urged people with emergencies to send texts or call alternative numbers. The problems were reported for multiple cell phone carriers in Salt Lake City, Provo, Bountiful, Sandy, St. George and other areas.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. officials have dropped plans to sell energy leases in a popular Utah recreational area that's renowned for its mountain biking trails. The reversal by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management comes after local businesses, officials and Gov. Gary Herbert raised concerns about potential effects to the Slickrock Trail near Moab. The two lease parcels would have covered about two-thirds of the trail and been barely a mile from Arches National Park. Under President Donald Trump, the amount of acreage leased for oil and gas development in Western states has been sharply increasing. The land agency said Friday that local officials and businesses raised legitimate issues, including effects on water supplies.
PROVO, Utah (AP) — A proposed public park and nature reserve on the shores of Utah Lake would provide restoration habitat for birds and walking trails, fishing spots and bird watching towers. The Daily Herald newspaper in Provo reports that the 1,000-acre park would be nestled between Provo, Orem and Vineyard on lands where the Ute tribe once hunted and fished. A coalition of government and private groups are asking state lawmakers for $5.6 million for the project.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a woman convicted as an accomplice in a police officer's killing in 2014. Chief Justice Matthew Durrant wrote in an opinion released Friday that there is a reasonable possibility the jury would not have found Meagan Grunwald guilty if there hadn't been an error in jury instructions. He wrote that “our confidence in the guilty verdict is undermined.” Justice Thomas Lee dissented. Authorities said Grunwald, then 17, drove the car for her boyfriend during a deadly 2014 police chase that resulted in the death of Utah County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Cory Wride.