AP-UT--Utah News Digest, UT
Good afternoon. Here’s an updated look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Utah.
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CANYONS WILDERNESS DESIGNATION
SALT LAKE CITY — Amid a host of concerns from residents, a commission charged overseeing long-term plans for a series of popular canyons in the Salt Lake City area delayed a vote about whether to support a proposal that would add federal protections for backcountry lands in exchange for allowing more development near the bases of three ski resort. UCOMING: About 300 words.
PHOENIX — A viewpoint reachable by a half-mile trail from a parking lot on U.S. 89 in northern Arizona provides a spectacular view of a dramatic bend in the Colorado River is popular -- maybe too popular. Tour buses, vans, SUVs and cars disgorge thousands of visitors daily at Horseshoe Bend in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, so many that authorities have imposed parking restrictions for safety. There’s also a newly constructed viewing deck with a railing that provides a safer alternative than the sheer-edged ledge along the rock ridge that is hundreds of feet above the river. And another parking lot is the planning stages. UPCOMING: 130 words, then longer version, photos.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The import tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump are boosting the cost of building a home by thousands of dollars, and that’s adding to the challenges of people trying to rebuild from California’s wildfire and other disasters. By Jonathan J. Cooper and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 970 words, photos.
BOOMING WASHINGTON CITY
SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington’s second-largest city is booming thanks to more jobs and an influx of young families and retirees from bigger West Coast cities. Spokane is a city of 217,000 near the Idaho border. It doesn’t have a dominant employer like Boeing or Microsoft. But it does have many smaller companies, an Air Force base and a growing number of good-paying jobs in government, higher education and medicine. City officials say many new residents are drawn to Spokane’s cheaper housing and easier commutes. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 920 words, photos.
— ASSOCIATION EMBEZZLEMENT-SUICIDE: Authorities say a longtime official of a public safety association was found dead in an apparent suicide when police went to his home to arrest him in an alleged embezzlement from the group.
— NEW BUS SERVICE: The Utah Transit Authority begins new rapid transit bus service in Utah County on Monday, and it’ll be free for riders for the first three years.
NORMAN, Okla. — It takes a special kind of swagger to follow Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield at quarterback, and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray definitely has it. For starters, the first-round Major League Baseball draft pick has signed for nearly $5 million to play for the Oakland A’s. He’s fully committed to football for one year, and if he can beat out Austin Kendall for the starting job, the speedster could be one of college football’s most electrifying players. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
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