The trapped duckling reunited with its mother after Anderson rescued it from the pipe. (Photo: Gina Anderson) (KUTV) -- One Utah woman became an unlikely heroine for one not-so-ugly duckling. Gina Anderson was wandering around her apartment complex until she began hearing small cries coming out from a nearby pipe. At first, she thought the cries for help were from a duckling, since there was a few that were stuck in the pool area the month before. Anderson first looked around the pool, noticing maintenance working in the area. She thought that they must have taken care of the duck, until she heard the cheeps again coming from a nearby pipe. "I looked in the pipe and sure enough [there he was]," Anderson said. The duckling was stuck at the bottom of the narrow pipe, trapping the animal. The pipe was so narrow that Anderson said she couldn't get her arm through. She had to do something quick. "I can't just ignore [the duckling]," Anderson said. "What kind of person does that?" … [Read more...] about Utah heroine rescues duckling stuck in pipe
1 of 2 View 2 Items Scott G Winterton, Deseret News Workers build a housing project in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Related Link Saratoga Springs No. 1 in growth This week, the CEO of a large company headquartered in downtown Salt Lake City described the need to offer services and invest in infrastructure in Utah County. As he made his point, he looked across the table at me and asked if there was a single measure that captured the shift of Utah’s population southward. Well, actually there is. It’s a concept known as the mean center of population. The Census Bureau defines it as the point where an imaginary, weightless, rigid and flat surface would balance if every person weighed the same. Think of it as the population center of Utah. True to the CEO’s instincts, Utah’s population center is not only shifting south, it’s been doing so for 40 years. The mean population center or “belly … [Read more...] about Saratoga Springs — the belly button of Utah
1 of 2 View 2 Items Adobe Stock Utah has one of the least, if not the least, diverse judiciaries in country. It received a failing grade and ranked last in the nation for diversity among its state-appointed judges from a progressive law and policy organization a couple of years ago. Related Links Utah picks up speed on path to greater diversity Provo and Orem rank among the least-diverse cities for second year in a row SALT LAKE CITY — Criminal defense attorney Jiro Johnson has a tough time convincing his minority clients that they will get a fair shake from Utah's predominantly white judges. "When they see the other side of the bar — the attorneys, the judges, the staff — they don’t see themselves represented," he said at a recent legislative meeting. "They do not trust that system, and that's problematic." Utah has one of the least, if not the least, diverse judiciaries in country. It received a failing grade and … [Read more...] about Utah state courts lack diversity among judges
SALT LAKE CITY — A dinosaur that was covered in bony armor from its spiky head to its clubbed tail has been unveiled at a museum in Utah. The species of ankylosaur was a squat plant-eater that roamed southern Utah on four legs about 76 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous Period. This artist's rendering shows an ankylosaur, a plant-eater that roamed southern Utah about 76 million years ago. Natural History Museum of Utah via AP Search photos available for purchase: Photo Store → At that time, the desert state was hot and humid, covered with slow-moving streams and rivers as well as large conifer trees, paleontologist Randall Irmis said. The dinosaur was about as long as a large alligator and stood at a height that would have been about waist-high for a tall human. It likely used its distinctive clubbed tail and armor for protection, though they could also have been used for display. The fossil unveiled Thursday at the Natural History Museum of Utah … [Read more...] about Armored dinosaur unveiled at Utah museum
Alta • Mount Baldy presents some of the trickiest avalanche-control problems in North America. Twenty-three chutes fall from the rounded treeless summit’s north face, each posing a threat to Alta Ski Area’s Ballroom and connected terrain at the top of Collins Bowl. For years, workers at the popular Utah resort have used explosive projectiles fired from a 105 mm howitzer and nonrifled guns known as Avalaunchers to blast down avalanches. But now ski area managers fear the use of military ordnance may soon end and are looking for an alternative. With the blessing of the U.S. Forest Service, which administers much of the land used by the ski area renowned for its old-school charms and harrowing terrain, Alta insists the best option is a small tram that would ferry up patrollers to deliver charges by hand. The proposal has sparked a backlash from environmentalists and even some of Alta’s own devoted skiers, who are campaigning to “Keep Baldy … [Read more...] about Why is Utah’s Alta Ski Area pushing for a tram up iconic Mount Baldy?