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Road in Butterfield Canyon closed after mudslides

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah – Authorities have closed the road running through Butterfield Canyon, which is in south-western Salt Lake County, because rainfall has caused several rock and mudslides to hit the road.

There were no injuries reported in connection with the slides.

Lt. Justin Hoyal of the Unified Police Department said UPD began working with Tooele County Sheriff’s Office personnel to close the canyon at about 2:25 p.m. Friday.

Hoyal said there aren’t any homes in the area, and he said the primary reason for closing the road is to keep curious people from going up the road and getting trapped.

Deputies were working Friday afternoon to help Kennecott employees in the area get out of the canyon. 

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Man gored by bison

TOOELE, Utah — A 65-year-old man is recovering after he was gored by a bison Saturday afternoon.

Sgt. Shandy Lewis of the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office said the incident occurred at about 2:41 p.m.

Lewis said the man was trying to get his bison’s foot unstuck from a fence, and in the process the animal became aggravated. When the bison was freed, the animal attacked the man. The victim was wounded in his buttocks, abdomen and head.

The man was taken to a hospital via helicopter. His injuries are believed to be non life threatening.

Unmanned aerial systems could be tested in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — State economic leaders are campaigning to make Utah the home of a new drone program.

The federal government is looking for six test sites for the development of unmanned airplane use by local government and service agencies.

Dr. Wayne Dornan says the launch of unmanned vehicles is the biggest thing in aerospace since the Wright Brothers.

“This is as important as it was when they discovered flight a little more than 100 years ago,” Dornan said.

Dornan, Dean of the College of Aviation and Public Services at Utah Valley University, says unmanned aerial systems (UAS) have unlimited potential with applications ranging from agriculture and forestry to firefighting and search and rescue.

“It is going to fundamentally change the face of aviation in the United States and in the world,” Dornan said.

State schools superintendent on school grading system

Martell Menlove, Utah’s state schools superintendent, talks with Nineveh about the Utah State Office of Education’s grading system for schools.

State officials add two Utah reservoirs to mercury advisory list

SALT LAKE CITY –  Officials with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality are asking Utahns to be aware of recent updates to the Utah Mercury Fish Consumption Advisory List.

The advisory updates are being issued after state officials found elevated levels of mercury in fish tissue in Starvation Reservoir and Yuba Reservoir.

The advisory says pregnant women and children under six should not consume Walleye caught at Starvation Reservoir or Yuba Reservoir.

The advisory also says pregnant women and children under six should not consume Largemouth Bass caught at Quail Creek Reservoir or Recapture Reservoir.

People who do not meet those criteria may consume the fish in limited quantities. (Read the advisories at www.fishadvisories.utah.gov for details.)

Labor Day weekend part of ’100 Deadliest Days’ for Utah roadways

SALT LAKE CITY – Utahns are expected to hit the road in droves this holiday weekend, and officials want people to remember the state is still amidst the “100 Deadliest Days.”

Officials said traditionally there is a 35 percent  increase in fatalities relating to accidents on Utah roadways in the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

According to data from AAA Utah, an estimated 2.5 million residents in the Mountain West area will travel 50 miles or more during the holiday weekend, which is a 5.4 percent increase from last year.

Rolayne Fairclough, AAA, said drivers need to be careful, wear their seat belts and get enough sleep before hitting the road.

Crews respond to apartment fire in Tooele

TOOELE, Utah –Fire crews responded to an apartment fire in Tooele Wednesday afternoon.

Officials said the fire sparked at a complex that’s just off of State Street on 600 North.

Mike Jenen, assistant chief with the Tooele City Fire Department, said multiple units were impacted by the fire.

“We got called to a structure fire,” he said. “It ended up being an apartment complex. We had a couple of units involved.”

Kerry Hammond lives at the complex, and he said an unusual sound woke him from his nap.

“It sounded like my cat was trying to get in my back window, and I thought, ‘Whats he trying to do?’ So I went to the back, looked out, and the apartment was just totally engulfed.”

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but investigators said they believe it started in the unit next door to Hammond’s. Officials said the unit was empty.