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Critics, who gathered at an east ... A growing chorus from across the sociopolitical spectrum is denouncing Rocky Mountain Power’s proposal to impose a monthly $4.65 fee on its net-metered customers — those who generate their own power from solar rooftop arrays and pipe what they don’t use into the grid. The state’s largest utility says the “facilities charge” is warranted to ensure its solar-equipped customers are covering their share of the fixed costs of the transmission and distribution system. Critics, who gathered at an east ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58215880@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:39:00 MDT More than 100K Utahns to get refunds from health insurers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/58216485-200/refunds-health-average-care.html.csp Because their health insurer failed to spend enough money on patient care, more than 100,000 Utahns will soon get a check in the mail, a rebate to their bank account or a smaller-than-expected insurance bill. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers must spend at least 80 percent of the money collected through premiums on patient care. Those who fail to hit the mark have to give refunds to their customers. A report released Thursday by the federal government shows that 104,576 Utahns will split $... Because their health insurer failed to spend enough money on patient care, more than 100,000 Utahns will soon get a check in the mail, a rebate to their bank account or a smaller-than-expected insurance bill. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers must spend at least 80 percent of the money collected through premiums on patient care. Those who fail to hit the mark have to give refunds to their customers. A report released Thursday by the federal government shows that 104,576 Utahns will split $... 58216485@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:38:52 MDT Hiker dies in high temperatures in Wayne County canyon http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58217999-78/county-canyon-group-car.html.csp High temperatures may have contributed to a hiker’s death Tuesday in a Wayne County canyon. The man was in Horseshoe Canyon when a group of hikers came upon him about 1 p.m., according to a county press release. The man asked them for food and water, which they gave him. He also asked them to take care of his dog, which was in his car at the trailhead. The group of hikers relayed the man’s request to another group of hikers, who went back to the trailhead and let the man’s dog out of the car. A... High temperatures may have contributed to a hiker’s death Tuesday in a Wayne County canyon. The man was in Horseshoe Canyon when a group of hikers came upon him about 1 p.m., according to a county press release. The man asked them for food and water, which they gave him. He also asked them to take care of his dog, which was in his car at the trailhead. The group of hikers relayed the man’s request to another group of hikers, who went back to the trailhead and let the man’s dog out of the car. A... 58217999@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:45:23 MDT Days of ‘47 Parade watchers start early http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58216887-78/parade-route-family-lake.html.csp As she drove to work Wednesday afternoon, Allie Crawford, 20, remembered thinking, “Why are they all facing the road and watching cars? What is this?” Crawford serves tea at the Tea Grotto at 401 E. 900 South, right along the route of the Days of ‘47 Parade that will pour through downtown Salt Lake City Thursday morning. Crawford had forgotten all about the parade, so it didn’t occur to her that the dozens of people lining the curb Wednesday afternoon had arrived early. Very early. The Salt La... As she drove to work Wednesday afternoon, Allie Crawford, 20, remembered thinking, “Why are they all facing the road and watching cars? What is this?” Crawford serves tea at the Tea Grotto at 401 E. 900 South, right along the route of the Days of ‘47 Parade that will pour through downtown Salt Lake City Thursday morning. Crawford had forgotten all about the parade, so it didn’t occur to her that the dozens of people lining the curb Wednesday afternoon had arrived early. Very early. The Salt La... 58216887@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:06:03 MDT Bountiful’s Handcart Parade sets tone for Pioneer Day celebrations http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/58216145-200/parade-bountiful-handcart-lake.html.csp It’s not the Days of ’47 Parade, but it’s close — in size, in theme, in location. It’s Handcart Days’ Grand Parade, and it took to the streets of Bountiful on Wednesday evening. The 64th annual event featured some 85 entries, many with Mormon pioneer and Western themes, as it paraded down Bountiful’s Main Street from 1500 South to 400 North, then west to 100 West. The Davis County community’s celebration stretched into Wednesday night with a city-sponsored fireworks show at Mueller Park Junior H... It’s not the Days of ’47 Parade, but it’s close — in size, in theme, in location. It’s Handcart Days’ Grand Parade, and it took to the streets of Bountiful on Wednesday evening. The 64th annual event featured some 85 entries, many with Mormon pioneer and Western themes, as it paraded down Bountiful’s Main Street from 1500 South to 400 North, then west to 100 West. The Davis County community’s celebration stretched into Wednesday night with a city-sponsored fireworks show at Mueller Park Junior H... 58216145@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:05:44 MDT Judge won’t make Shurtleff, Swallow testify in Jenson case http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58215995-78/jenson-shurtleff-case-general.html.csp For the second time, a judge has refused to order Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow to testify about the prosecution of a convicted fraudster, who has alleged that the former attorneys general went after him for resisting a “pay-to-play” scheme at the heart of a scandal that led to the arrests of the two former Utah politicians. Undeterred by the judge’s decision, defense attorney Marcus Mumford insisted there was more politics to the prosecution of his client, Mark Sessions Jenson, than the case ... For the second time, a judge has refused to order Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow to testify about the prosecution of a convicted fraudster, who has alleged that the former attorneys general went after him for resisting a “pay-to-play” scheme at the heart of a scandal that led to the arrests of the two former Utah politicians. Undeterred by the judge’s decision, defense attorney Marcus Mumford insisted there was more politics to the prosecution of his client, Mark Sessions Jenson, than the case ... 58215995@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:21:53 MDT Leap of faith pays off for Pioneer Park’s flying trapeze business http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58215788-78/trapeze-park-flying-lake.html.csp The feelings are always the same for Dennis Ford. He may look cool and collected from afar as he climbs the ladder and perches at the top of the flying trapeze. But inside, it’s a different story. His heart beats faster. He’s jittery. He has to remind himself: breathe. It’s been this way every time he has been on a flying trapeze in the past five years. And then, he jumps. He swings effortlessly, lets go of the bar and flips three times. His fingertips brush the catcher swinging upside down o... The feelings are always the same for Dennis Ford. He may look cool and collected from afar as he climbs the ladder and perches at the top of the flying trapeze. But inside, it’s a different story. His heart beats faster. He’s jittery. He has to remind himself: breathe. It’s been this way every time he has been on a flying trapeze in the past five years. And then, he jumps. He swings effortlessly, lets go of the bar and flips three times. His fingertips brush the catcher swinging upside down o... 58215788@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:21:25 MDT What would happen if a massive solar storm hit Earth? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58215618-78/storm-solar-massive-planet.html.csp First, your radio would stop working. Your GPS likely would get confused. Minutes to hours later, satellites would start failing, interrupting communications and televisions. Then, the next day, widespread blackouts. Nothing that needed a wall socket would work. Most toilets wouldn’t flush because most water supplies work on electric pumps. The damage could total trillions of dollars and take months or years to fully mend. &lt;freeform&gt; It’s a scenario every human on Earth could be facing ha... First, your radio would stop working. Your GPS likely would get confused. Minutes to hours later, satellites would start failing, interrupting communications and televisions. Then, the next day, widespread blackouts. Nothing that needed a wall socket would work. Most toilets wouldn’t flush because most water supplies work on electric pumps. The damage could total trillions of dollars and take months or years to fully mend. &lt;freeform&gt; It’s a scenario every human on Earth could be facing ha... 58215618@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:20:58 MDT Judge sets deadline for Utah-based pension fund’s liquidation plan http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58211319-78/clients-accounts-deyoung-funds.html.csp A federal judge on Wednesday declined to dissolve an order appointing a receiver for Riverton-based American Pension Services — which government regulators allege misappropriated millions of dollars of customers’ retirement money — and return control of the company to its owner. Instead, U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby set a deadline of Aug. 22 for the receiver to prepare a liquidation plan, which would include a proposal on how to deal with an alleged $24 million shortfall in customer accoun... A federal judge on Wednesday declined to dissolve an order appointing a receiver for Riverton-based American Pension Services — which government regulators allege misappropriated millions of dollars of customers’ retirement money — and return control of the company to its owner. Instead, U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby set a deadline of Aug. 22 for the receiver to prepare a liquidation plan, which would include a proposal on how to deal with an alleged $24 million shortfall in customer accoun... 58211319@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:20:45 MDT Ogden police shoot pit bull when welfare check goes wrong http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58215156-78/dog-police-officers-scott.html.csp Ogden police say what was supposed to be a routine welfare check instead ended up with the fatal shooting of an angry ex-con’s pit bull dog. Police Lt. Tim Scott said the incident began with a 911 call from the man’s sister. Unable to reach her brother for several days and fearing he was in danger of gang violence, she asked for officers to check on him. About 1 a.m. Wednesday, two uniformed officers arrived at the man’s home near 3000 Monroe Boulevard. While walking to the front door, the offi... Ogden police say what was supposed to be a routine welfare check instead ended up with the fatal shooting of an angry ex-con’s pit bull dog. Police Lt. Tim Scott said the incident began with a 911 call from the man’s sister. Unable to reach her brother for several days and fearing he was in danger of gang violence, she asked for officers to check on him. About 1 a.m. Wednesday, two uniformed officers arrived at the man’s home near 3000 Monroe Boulevard. While walking to the front door, the offi... 58215156@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:20:36 MDT This is the place for facts you might not know about Mormon pioneers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58216230-78/mormon-pioneers-wagon-1847.html.csp You may be yawning at the thought of yet another Pioneer Day parade celebrating the heroic arrival of beleaguered Mormons into the Salt Lake Valley. You’ve heard of the LDS prophet declaring on July 24 that “this is the right place.” The tragic Willie and Martin handcart companies, trapped in snowy Wyoming. The crickets and sea gulls. But there’s a lot you might not know about Mormon pioneers and their historic trek. We asked several historians to share little-known facts about the day, the pe... You may be yawning at the thought of yet another Pioneer Day parade celebrating the heroic arrival of beleaguered Mormons into the Salt Lake Valley. You’ve heard of the LDS prophet declaring on July 24 that “this is the right place.” The tragic Willie and Martin handcart companies, trapped in snowy Wyoming. The crickets and sea gulls. But there’s a lot you might not know about Mormon pioneers and their historic trek. We asked several historians to share little-known facts about the day, the pe... 58216230@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:43:44 MDT Video: Anatomy of a Days of ’47 Parade float http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58217042-78/float-lake-salt-cherry.html.csp Late last year, the LDS Church assigned the Salt Lake Bonneville Stake, among dozens of others, to design and construct a float for the 2014 Days of ’47 Parade with the theme, “Pioneers Pushing Towards the Future.” Video producer Mike Stack was asked to document the process from design to finished product. Scores of artists, engineers, painters, and builders donated endless hours to build their entry. It features a giant rotating cherry pie, an old-fashioned grandma, whose rolling pin spins as w... Late last year, the LDS Church assigned the Salt Lake Bonneville Stake, among dozens of others, to design and construct a float for the 2014 Days of ’47 Parade with the theme, “Pioneers Pushing Towards the Future.” Video producer Mike Stack was asked to document the process from design to finished product. Scores of artists, engineers, painters, and builders donated endless hours to build their entry. It features a giant rotating cherry pie, an old-fashioned grandma, whose rolling pin spins as w... 58217042@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:51:29 MDT Ogden Canyon to be closed for 4 hours Wednesday night http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58216966-78/barriers-canyon-crews-hours.html.csp The Utah Department of Transportation will be closing State Road 39 Ogden Canyon for about four hours Wednesday, starting at 5:00 p.m., to assist road crews. The Utah Highway Patrol will be assisting with traffic control while crews remove several jersey barriers that were knocked into the river by a semi, according to a tweet from the Weber County Sheriff’s Office. “This was a minor accident/no damage to the truck. It brushed the barriers, knocking a couple into the river,” the sheriff’s office... The Utah Department of Transportation will be closing State Road 39 Ogden Canyon for about four hours Wednesday, starting at 5:00 p.m., to assist road crews. The Utah Highway Patrol will be assisting with traffic control while crews remove several jersey barriers that were knocked into the river by a semi, according to a tweet from the Weber County Sheriff’s Office. “This was a minor accident/no damage to the truck. It brushed the barriers, knocking a couple into the river,” the sheriff’s office... 58216966@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:37:02 MDT 12-year-old boy rescued off Utah’s Mount Timpanogos http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58216644-78/helicopter-sheriff-office-leg.html.csp A 12-year-old boy who fell and cut his leg open hiking on a snow field near the base of Mount Timpanogos was rescued and taken by helicopter to hospital Wednesday afternoon. The boy’s mother called emergency dispatchers about 2:10 p.m., saying her son had fell near Emerald Lake and cut his lower right leg to the bone, according to a press release from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. The leg was bleeding badly, the mother told dispatchers, though she had managed to bandage the wound and contain... A 12-year-old boy who fell and cut his leg open hiking on a snow field near the base of Mount Timpanogos was rescued and taken by helicopter to hospital Wednesday afternoon. The boy’s mother called emergency dispatchers about 2:10 p.m., saying her son had fell near Emerald Lake and cut his lower right leg to the bone, according to a press release from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. The leg was bleeding badly, the mother told dispatchers, though she had managed to bandage the wound and contain... 58216644@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:21:49 MDT Where to watch fireworks on Pioneer Day http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58216239-78/location-fireworks-pioneer-county.html.csp Salt Lake County Native American Celebration Time: Event starts at 7 a.m.; Fireworks at 10 p.m. Location: Liberty Park, 600 E. 1300 South Utah Pioneer Days at West Jordan Time: 10 p.m. Location: Veterans Memorial Park, 1985 W. 7800 South Butlerville Days Time: 9:45 p.m. Location: Butler Park, 7500 S. 2700 East, Cottonwood Heights Salt Lake Bees vs. Reno Aces Time: Game starts at 6:35 p.m., fireworks to follow Location: Smith’s Mobile Ballpark, 77 W. 1300 South Real Salt Lake vs. Mo... Salt Lake County Native American Celebration Time: Event starts at 7 a.m.; Fireworks at 10 p.m. Location: Liberty Park, 600 E. 1300 South Utah Pioneer Days at West Jordan Time: 10 p.m. Location: Veterans Memorial Park, 1985 W. 7800 South Butlerville Days Time: 9:45 p.m. Location: Butler Park, 7500 S. 2700 East, Cottonwood Heights Salt Lake Bees vs. Reno Aces Time: Game starts at 6:35 p.m., fireworks to follow Location: Smith’s Mobile Ballpark, 77 W. 1300 South Real Salt Lake vs. Mo... 58216239@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:56:19 MDT Utah man admits killing roommate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58216010-78/andersen-miller-police-according.html.csp A Vernal man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a reduced charge in connection with the beating and strangulation death of his roommate last year. Christopher Codi Andersen, 29, was charged two months ago with first-degree felony murder in the July 6, 2013, death of 53-year-old Christopher Miller. On Wednesday, Andersen pleaded guilty to second-degree felony manslaughter. He faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 14 by 8th District Judge Edwin Peterson. According to charging document... A Vernal man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a reduced charge in connection with the beating and strangulation death of his roommate last year. Christopher Codi Andersen, 29, was charged two months ago with first-degree felony murder in the July 6, 2013, death of 53-year-old Christopher Miller. On Wednesday, Andersen pleaded guilty to second-degree felony manslaughter. He faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 14 by 8th District Judge Edwin Peterson. According to charging document... 58216010@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:48:15 MDT Utah tech camps: Where the girls aren’t http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58195562-78/girls-utah-program-academy.html.csp A clunky Lego robot slowly rolled along a path outlined with two strips of blue tape. But seconds after it began, Arissa Cooper and her teammates spotted a programming mistake and snatched it up. “It was a little mind-wracking when you had to change it, fix it,” she said. “We just thought it through, like do we need [to make it turn at] a 40 degree angle or something else?” Arissa, 11, was attending her third Geek Squad Academy, a summer camp put on by Best Buy and Junior Achievement of Utah. It... A clunky Lego robot slowly rolled along a path outlined with two strips of blue tape. But seconds after it began, Arissa Cooper and her teammates spotted a programming mistake and snatched it up. “It was a little mind-wracking when you had to change it, fix it,” she said. “We just thought it through, like do we need [to make it turn at] a 40 degree angle or something else?” Arissa, 11, was attending her third Geek Squad Academy, a summer camp put on by Best Buy and Junior Achievement of Utah. It... 58195562@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:48:15 MDT A Look Back: This Is The Place Monument through the years http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58215734-78/historic-images-lake-monument.html.csp Each week, The Salt Lake Tribune presents historic images in a special series called A Look Back. This week’s installment features historic images of This Is The Place Monument. Each week, The Salt Lake Tribune presents historic images in a special series called A Look Back. This week’s installment features historic images of This Is The Place Monument. 58215734@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:34:51 MDT Park School — Will historic piece of Draper’s past have a future? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58191765-78/draper-park-historic-building.html.csp Draper • The mayor says he’s optimistic that city leaders will give more time for efforts to prevent Draper’s historic Park School from being torn down. The city, which owns the building, has sent a formal demolition request to Draper’s Historic Preservation Commission, starting a review that could lead to the razing of the aging brick structure as early as September. The Draper Park School, listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its spot in pioneer history and its Classical Revi... Draper • The mayor says he’s optimistic that city leaders will give more time for efforts to prevent Draper’s historic Park School from being torn down. The city, which owns the building, has sent a formal demolition request to Draper’s Historic Preservation Commission, starting a review that could lead to the razing of the aging brick structure as early as September. The Draper Park School, listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its spot in pioneer history and its Classical Revi... 58191765@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:32:12 MDT ‘Red Flag’ warning, Pioneer Day fireworks have crews on alert http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58214769-78/fire-wednesday-contained-crews.html.csp Fire crews were at the mercy of both nature and humankind as they braced for what could be a hellish Pioneer Day throughout Utah. The western half of the state, and a section of tinder-dry Utah as well, was under a “Red Flag” warning well into Wednesday night with triple-digit temperatures, almost non-existent humidity and gusty winds the rule. Add to that Utahns’ propensity, despite warnings against unauthorized use of fireworks, to explosively celebrate the 1847 arrival of Mormon pioneers. “I... Fire crews were at the mercy of both nature and humankind as they braced for what could be a hellish Pioneer Day throughout Utah. The western half of the state, and a section of tinder-dry Utah as well, was under a “Red Flag” warning well into Wednesday night with triple-digit temperatures, almost non-existent humidity and gusty winds the rule. Add to that Utahns’ propensity, despite warnings against unauthorized use of fireworks, to explosively celebrate the 1847 arrival of Mormon pioneers. “I... 58214769@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:29:56 MDT