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AM News Brief: High wind warning, mental health care access & the weekend sports roundup

A photo of the University of Utah college campus.
Brian Albers
The University of Utah football team suffered their third loss of the year in a shootout to Oregon State, but they’re still in first place in the Pac-12 South division. This story and more in Monday morning's news brief.

Monday morning, Oct. 25, 2021


High wind warning

The National Weather service has issued a high wind warning for many parts of Utah. South winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour are expected with gusts up to 70. Power outages may occur, property may be damaged and the high winds may also move holiday decorations and other light objects. Travel will be difficult — especially for high profile vehicles due to strong crosswinds, and areas of blowing dust may result in poor visibility for motorists. The high wind warning is in effect until Monday at 9 p.m. Heavy mountain snow is also possible around and above 9,000 feet — lowering below 7,000 feet Tuesday morning. — Pamela McCall

Southern Utah

Boy dies in fishing accident at Fish Lake

Search crews in Sevier County recovered the body of a 13-year-old boy over the weekend from Fish Lake in South-Central Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the boy had been fishing with his father Thursday night. In the early hours of Friday morning, the boat capsized, and the father said he tried to swim underwater to save his son but couldn’t find him. Multiple rescue agencies were called in to help and ultimately recovered the body the following evening. The father was hospitalized for exposure and hypothermia. Crews are still investigating. — Associated Press

Northern Utah

Sports round-up

It was a mixed bag for Utah college football teams this weekend. BYU moved back into the top 25 in the NCAA. They beat Washington State on the road by just two points — their second win in four tries in the month of October. Utah State also pulled out a nail biter with a two point win against Colorado State. For the University of Utah though, things didn’t go as great. They suffered their third loss of the year in a shootout to Oregon State, but they’re still in first place in the Pac-12 South division. As for the Utah Jazz, they started their season by winning their first two games of the year. Next up, they face the Denver Nuggets Tuesday night at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. — Ross Terrell


Mental health access for the Latinx community

Nevada, Arizona, Idaho and Utah are among the states with the worst access to mental health services according to the nonprofit advocacy group Mental Health America. It's especially hard for Latinx residents to get care. Lorraine Benuto is clinical psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. She's training bilingual psychology students to offer therapy in Spanish, but she says the work takes more than just translation. It also requires cultural understanding. — Bert Johnson, Mountain West News Bureau

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