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AM Brief: Parley’s canyon mine meeting, stagnant AP exam performance & longer fire season

Parley's Canyon, May 2020
Grant Handy
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The eastern mouth of Parley's Canyon outside of Salt Lake City, May 21, 2020.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Northern Utah

Hearing on proposed Parley’s Canyon mine

The Salt Lake County Council has scheduled a public hearing on a proposed mine in Parley's Canyon for Tuesday at 4 p.m. The county will seek comment regarding an ordinance amendment related to mineral extraction and processing in the forestry and recreation zone. The group SaveParleys.org said a mining company is seeking to build a limestone quarry, over 600 acres in size, approximately two miles from the mouth of the canyon. The group said the mine would permanently scar the area and degrade habitat, water and air. Proponents said materials from the proposed mine are needed to accommodate construction needs as Utah's population booms. — Pamela McCall

SLCPD arrests man for automobile homicide

Salt Lake City police arrested a 38-year-old man Monday night for allegedly running over his wife with an SUV in a parking garage at the Salt Lake City airport earlier that day. They had just returned from a vacation together. The suspect brought his wife to the parking payment booth to ask for help. Paramedics took her to the hospital, and she died shortly after. — Leah Treidler

State

AP exam performance and participation stagnate

Utah students’ participation and performance in AP exams have changed little in the past decade, according to a College Board report on the class of 2021. The report says 58.6% of Utah high schools offer AP courses, and 32.2% of 2021 graduates took an AP exam during high school. In the last decade, that’s increased about half a percent. Under a quarter of students scored three or higher on an exam during high school — just over the national average. — Leah Treidler

Senate candidate Becky Edward earns spot on primary ballot

Republican candidate Becky Edwards has officially earned a spot on Utah’s primary ballot, challenging Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT, and candidate Ally Isom. Edwards started her career as a social worker, then she represented Davis County in the Utah House of Representatives for a decade. She recently served in Samoa as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. — Leah Treidler

Region/Nation

Dry winter could lead to a longer fire season

Scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture are warning that the dry winter could mean a longer fire season. Jeff Anderson, a hydrologist who measures snowpack in Northern Nevada, said precipitation from January to March this year added up to the lowest amount of snowfall recorded since the early 1980s. Anderson said many of the storms that bring water to our region went further north than normal. According to government data, parts of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Arizona had less than three-quarters of their historical median snow levels for this time of year. — Bert Johnson, Mountain West News Bureau

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