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Memorial Plaque to Stay Till Next Summer

Memorial Plaque to Stay Till Next Summer

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A plaque placed atop Kings Peak to honor a Salt Lake City police detective killed while serving with the Marine reserves in Iraq will be allowed to stay until next summer, but then it has to come down because it violates federal wilderness rules.

James Cawley, 41, Layton, died March 29, 2003, when he was struck by a Humvee as he sought cover from enemy fire. Seven police colleagues and Cawley's older brother hiked to the summit of 13,528-foot Kings Peak, Utah's highest point, to leave the 14-pound plaque in September.

Leaving human-made objects on Kings Peak, which is inside the High Uintas Wilderness Area, violates the 1964 Wilderness Act and Forest Service wilderness regulations, said Clark Tucker, district ranger for the Ashley National Forest.

The men were told the plaque has to be removed, but an effort to do so last month by two officers was thwarted by deep snow along the 12-mile route.

Assistant Police Chief Carroll Mays said either officers or forest rangers will remove the plaque in June or July, depending on who is able to get to the summit first.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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