Utah News

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

For the first time in 40 years, Park City Fire District has no female firefighters

There are no female firefighters employed by the Park City Fire District for the first time since the 1980s, a reality that the district’s leadership attributes to a challenging hiring climate but that has drawn criticism from at least one former employee. Park City Fire Chief Bob Zanetti indicated that it has seldom been harder to hire qualified candidates and that few female candidates apply in an industry that is more than 90% staffed by men nationwide. “It’s not good,” he said of the lack of female firefighters. Shellene Vetterli, a retired former Park City firefighter, sees a different reason, however. She claims the lack of female firefighters is the result of leadership decisions that have created a culture unwelcoming to women.
Park City Record

Woman killed, child injured in crash in Logan Canyon

A woman died and a child was injured Tuesday morning after a crash in Logan Canyon. About 8 a.m., a Dodge Caravan was driving east on U.S. 89 when it lost control and hit the barrier on both sides of the highway before spinning into a westbound Ford F-350, the Utah Highway Patrol said. The Ford hit the passenger side of the Dodge, troopers said. The woman driving the Dodge died at the scene. Her name has not yet been released. A child in the Dodge was taken to a hospital with injuries described as serious, but troopers said they did not appear life-threatening. The driver of the Ford was also taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Troopers said they are investigating road conditions as a contributor to the crash. Lane restrictions remained in place on U.S. 89 in Logan Canyon for the cleanup and investigation, the UHP said.
KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City

Young man rescued after losing drone in Farmington Canyon

A young man was rescued Tuesday after he became lost in Farmington Canyon while searching for a drone. The Davis County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team said the individual, whose age or name was not released, had "cliffed out with wet clothes" as the evening approached. Mountain teams located the young man and were able to dress him in dry clothing and hoist him down the mountain through the use of a helicopter. The young man's parents were waiting at the landing zone upon his arrival and officials shared a photo of the group hugging following the rescue.
KSTU-TV FOX 13 Salt Lake City

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Better safe than sorry, truckers sidelined by Utah winds

VIDEO: High winds blew over several semi trucks on Interstate 80 in Tooele County on Monday morning, according to Utah Highway Patrol. Minor injuries were reported, but authorities were not specific about the medical conditions of the drivers. Authorities closed I-80 to high profile vehicles between mile marker 99 westbound (Lake Point) and mile marker 1 eastbound (Wendover), until further notice. Drivers dealt with the windy conditions the best they could, wishing they could be on their way instead of being stuck at a truck stop. “It would be nice to, but they don’t want you putting your life in danger, like it’s always been said, this stuffs not worth your life,” said Jeff Ward, who was towing macaroni and cheese to Reno. “If you get there you get there, if not, it’ll be alright, it’ll get there eventually.”
KSTU-TV FOX 13 Salt Lake City

New freestanding ER coming to southern Salt Lake County

MountainStar Healthcare broke ground Monday on a new freestanding emergency room in southern Salt Lake County aimed to address the area's rapid growth. The facility will become the first freestanding ER in Herriman, at 5073 W. Herriman Rose Blvd. (13300 South). The Herriman Emergency Center will be part of Lone Peak Hospital, which is based in Draper, and will provide around-the-clock care to those who live and work in surrounding cities including Riverton, South Jordan and West Jordan, MountainStar officials said on Monday. The ER will be accessible from area thoroughfares including 11400 South, 12300 South and Bangerter Highway. Officials say it will "help paramedics respond faster to service calls and allow ambulances to return to service in the community quicker."
KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City

Utah continues to see higher rates of serious COVID-19 illness in younger adults

Among the 21 deaths due to COVID-19 reported since Friday in Utah, six were between the ages of 25 and 44, and nine were between the ages 45 and 64, as the state continues to see higher rates of serious illness in younger adults. Leaders from Intermountain Healthcare noted last week that hospitals — which continue to see high numbers of coronavirus patients — are on average treating patients 20 years younger than the average age of those hospitalized with COVID-19 last year. Those younger patients are typically unvaccinated, doctors said. The average age of COVID-19 deaths in Utah has fallen to 72.1 years old, according to data from the Utah Department of Health. That is compared to November 2020, when the average age of deaths was 73.8.
KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City

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