Police: Suspect is arrested in death of a St. George woman

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in the death of a St. George woman last week. St. George police say 28-year-old Kevin Ray Mcatlin was taken into custody Saturday in the Moab area on suspicion of murder. They say 33-year-old Elizabeth Carter was found dead in an...


9 horses die in central Utah after eating toxic plant

WELLINGTON, Utah (AP) — Necropsies have confirmed that nine horses in central Utah died earlier this month after eating large amounts of a toxic plant that was cut from their pasture and baled into hay. Veterinarian Dan Harmer tells The Salt Lake Tribune the horses at the farm in Wellington ate...


Wool, mohair program stops at Navajo Nation for seventh year

Navajo Wool Sales

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A program designed to promote the purchase of wool and mohair from producers on the Navajo Nation has returned to the reservation, thanks to a project developed through a partnership between Black Mesa Water Coalition and Dine College’s Land Grant Office. The wool and mohair...


Utah counselor pleads guilty to sexual activity with student

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A former school counselor in southwest Utah has admitted she engaged in sexual activity a decade ago with a then-high school student. The Spectrum reports that 50-year-old Heidi Tasso on Thursday pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year-...


Investigators say DNA database can be goldmine for old cases

Cold Case DNA History

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A microscopic thread of DNA evidence in a public genealogy database led California authorities to declare this spring they had caught the Golden State Killer, the rapist and murderer who had eluded authorities for decades. Emboldened by that breakthrough, a number of private...


Groups sue over reclamation plan for Arizona coal mine

KAYENTA, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo environmental groups are asking a judge to review actions that led a federal agency to renew an operating permit for a coal mine near the Arizona-Utah border. The federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement didn’t...


New Mexico lawmakers challenge Navajo water compact

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican New Mexico lawmakers challenged an agreement awarding water rights from the San Juan River to the Navajo Nation, asking the state Supreme Court on Friday to suspend the compact because the Legislature never approved it. The protest was filed against New Mexico’s...


Election reform supporters bring case to Utah Supreme Court

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Supporters of a failed election reform initiative are asking the Utah Supreme Court to intervene in their case and allow voters to weigh in on the measure. The Count My Vote group said Friday it’s asking the court to disqualify requests by nearly 3,000 voters to remove...


Mormon genealogical database to accept same-sex couples

Mormon Genealogy-Gay Marriages

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church’s massive genealogical database will begin accepting submissions of names of people from same-sex relationships sometime next year. The move doesn’t foreshadow any change to long-standing church opposition to gay marriage, but it is being done to ensure the...


Inspectors find Quagga mussels on 3 boats in northern Utah

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — The Division of Wildlife Resource says it discovered three boats in northern Utah that were infested with quagga mussels. The division’s Lieutenant Scott Dalebout says the recent discoveries illustrate the importance of cleaning, draining and drying boats after every boating trip....

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