Hiker finds body of Utah County teen

CEDAR VALLEY, Utah County — A woman hiking Sunday in the foothills above Cedar Valley found the body of a teenage boy who disappeared last December. A statement by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said the body is believed to be that of Alexander Hashida, 15, who disappeared Dec. 22. Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon said evidence found at the scene of the rugged landscape is consistent with property associated with Hashida, and the cause of death appears to be self-inflicted, although he did not elaborate. At the time of the teen’s disappearance, search and rescue crews along with family members conducted extensive searches in the area south and east of… Read More

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Wild horses could be sold for slaughter, euthanized under Trump proposal

SALT LAKE CITY — Frustrated Utah ranchers and wildlife managers who say excess wild horses are running amok are optimistic over President Donald Trump’s budget plan that would allow the animals’ slaughter or euthanization, at the same time advocates say it would lead to the Western icon’s near extinction. Caught in the middle of the untenable situation is the Bureau of Land Management, which for years has been hamstrung by lack of financial resources and willing adopters to control the animals’ burgeoning populations. Trump wants to save $10 million in 2018 by erasing the budget language that prohibits the sale of wild horses for commercial slaughter in neighboring countries such… Read More

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Vernal police seek help to locate 3 missing men

VERNAL — Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a trio of missing men who have not been seen since early last week. Jason Tilt, 36, Jacob Tilt, 29, and Robert Spoon, 33, were last seen Monday in Vernal in a black 2004 Chevrolet Silverado truck with a temporary tag. Family members are worried their cellphones have either run out of battery life or are turned off. According to police, officers and family members have been reaching out to known contacts in the Uinta Basin area with no luck. A national attempt to locate was issued as part of the welfare check. A reward has been offered. Anyone with… Read More

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Wetlands field trip offers hands-on lesson for fourth-graders

LAYTON — Fourth-graders struggled to contain their excitement as they got a hands-on experience with many of the species they learned about during their school year. The Kaysville Elementary students were one of the last field trip groups recently to tour the marshy wetland shores of the Great Salt Lake before the end of the school year. For the students, it was a chance to enjoy the spring weather. For their teacher, Doralee Cox, the field trip was an opportunity to solidify some of the lessons of the school year. “We have already tested on it, but all of these kids love being out here,” Cox said. “This just kind… Read More

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School district returns control of Bingham cemetery to ‘its rightful owners’

COPPERTON — In the still of a late spring morning, a dutiful son crouches at his father’s grave at Bingham City Cemetery to pull weeds and otherwise tidy up the ground. This has been Curtis Larsen’s ritual since his father, Evan, died 15 years ago. The week before Memorial Day, on his dad’s birthday and other special occasions, he visits his grave “to come clean it up and say hello.” His mother has lived in Bingham Canyon her entire life. It meant a lot to her to bury her husband nearby, he said. “I’m sure he would have liked it here. You get the deer coming through here. He was… Read More

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