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The Draper City Fire Battalion Chief who was killed this week battling California wildfires will receive a full honor guard escort from Ukiah, California to Salt Lake City on Wednesday.

A Look At Operation Rio Grande, One Year Later

Aug 14, 2018
A woman on the sidewalk is helped by an officer and paramedic.
Whittney Evans / KUER

Tuesday morning, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy McKenzie is making his rounds through the Rio Grande neighborhood. He surveys the streets for criminal activity and people who need help. Last year it was a lot easier to spot someone smoking spice or injecting heroin on the sidewalk. It's still a rough neighborhood, he says, but it's much safer now.

Yazzie stands with arms folded in a framing warehouse.
Whittney Evans / KUER

Every weekday, 49-year-old Fabian Yazzie wakes up at 3:30 a.m., hops on his bicycle, boards a train traveling to the opposite end of the valley and clocks into work at exactly 5:20 a.m. It's a long haul, but the formerly homeless Yazzie says it doesn't bother him.

Google Maps, Moroni, Utah

Central Utah’s Sanpete County is an agricultural hub, home to hundreds of thousands of turkeys that are sent for processing to a nearby facility. "The turkey plant," as it’s locally referred to in Moroni, has been one of the area’s largest employers since the 1970s. But as Eyal Press, a freelance reporter writing for The Intercept, finds people at the plant are getting sick.  Two whistleblowers who were USDA inspectors working at the plant recently shared their story with Press.

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Salt Lake County's Unified Police Department needs to be more transparent and does not give cities that contract with the force enough information about the services they pay for, making it difficult to hold its managers accountable, according to a state audit released Monday.

A closed fast food restaurant with a SLC Police logo on the window.
Whittney Evans / KUER

Salt Lake police have opened a temporary precinct west of downtown to address an uptick in crime in the North Temple corridor, police said Tuesday.

Burn scars on brown grass near large home.
Whittney Evans / KUER

Post updated 7/25/18, 11:00 a.m.

Fire crews responded to a brush fire in the foothills behind the Utah Capitol that forced the evacuations of dozens of homes near Victory Road.

Map of the Dollar Ridge Fire evacuation zones east of Strawberry Reservoir in Duschene County.
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A state investigator for the Dollar Ridge Fire says it’s still not clear how Utah’s largest wildland blaze this year started or who started it.

Scofied reservoir on a cloudy day.
Federal Highway Administration via A. E. Crane

The Utah Division of Water Quality has issued a health advisory at Scofield Reservoir west of Price due to growing algal blooms.

Fireworks behind a tree.
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New statewide restrictions on fireworks means a much smaller window for setting off the colorful explosives this July Fourth and Pioneer Day.

 

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  It was rush hour on a Thursday afternoon in late May, and people were stressed.

 

Standing among a forest of traffic cones at a complicated intersection in Salt Lake City’s 9th & 9th neighborhood, Tom Millar took the brunt of it. But Millar, clad in a bright orange safety vest, didn’t take the road rage personally. In fact, it’s why he was there.

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Today, Utah becomes the second state in the Mountain West to implement a system that lets victims check the status of their rape kits online.  

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The 100 Deadliest Days for car and truck crashes starts Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day. It’s when fatalities spike the tally, leading to more than 1,400 deaths in the Mountain West.

New recruits from the Salt Lake and West Valley City police departments took part in a de-escalation training this week focused on people experiencing a mental health crisis. The training was a way to equip new officers with tools to deal with a common problem in Utah.  

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Warning: the video in this story is graphic. 

Salt Lake City Police released body camera footage Wednesday of a lethal standoff in Sugar House last month. The domestic violence call ended with police shooting and killing a 32-year-old man.

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The office of Sandy Mayor Kurt Bradburn released new details about the firing of former police chief Kevin Thacker. The investigation outlines unwelcome physical contact with female employees over a period of years. 

Erik Neumann / KUER

Sandy Police Chief Kevin Thacker was fired on Tuesday over allegations of “inappropriate touching” of other city employees. Sandy Mayor Kurt Bradburn made the announcement during a news conference.

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Between hurricanes and wildfires, 2017 was the costliest year for natural disasters in the U.S. ever recorded. A new report on the preparedness of states puts Utah above the national average.

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A crime and drug crackdown outside Salt Lake City’s homeless shelter this summer forced hundreds of people out of the Rio Grande neighborhood. And they may be temporarily out of sight, but for many communities they’re not out of mind.

 

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Wildfire season is coming up. And new restrictions on fireworks might help reduce the ones’ that are man-made.

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Medical help can be hours away for overdose victims in the rural Mountain West. That’s one reason why it’s been so important for Utah and neighboring states to allow pharmacies to dispense the antidote, naloxone.

Pressure Is On Utah To Free Up More Psychiatric Beds

Mar 7, 2018

 


Utah is working to get mentally ill jail inmates the treatment they need to stand trial. But because of funding, many of them now have to wait. The Utah legislature is finalizing the budget this week, which includes money to expand the state hospital. But some worry it’s just a temporary solution.

 

Erik Neumann / KUER

Following the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla., a new school safety commission was announced on Thursday at the Utah Legislature.

ACLU of Utah

Utah’s branch of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit against immigration enforcement officials. It says a raid of a Utah family’s home was unlawful.

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President Donald Trump is considering easing restrictions so that teachers can be armed to prevent school shootings. It’s a idea that already has traction in several Mountain West states, including Utah.

House Speaker Urges GOP To Support Death Penalty Repeal

Feb 20, 2018
Whittney Evans/KUER

House Speaker Greg Hughes is throwing his weight behind a bill to abolish the death penalty in Utah. He’ll be working over the coming weeks to sway his GOP colleagues.

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Operation Rio Grande, the drug and crime crackdown in Salt Lake City began six months ago and the blighted neighborhood outside The Road Home shelter is virtually transformed. 

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The ACLU of Utah will continue to fight for the full release of Utah’s current jail standards. This comes after the state announced a redacted version will be available online.

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A bill that would allow prosecutors to automatically try a 15-year-old as an adult for murdering a police officer narrowly passed a Utah House committee on Tuesday.

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Special housing is now available in Salt Lake County for about 150 people in addiction recovery. Eligible clients, many of whom were arrested during the crime and drug crackdown Operation Rio Grande, will receive vouchers for up to three months at a sober living home.

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