Riverton City Council approves final budget for 2022-2023 fiscal year

The Riverton City Council approved a motion to adopt the final 2022-2023 fiscal year budget during a regular council meeting held June 21. The total budget including expenditures, excluding transfers and additions to the fund balance, was approximately $53 million. Highlights of the budget include no proposed fee or property...
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BYU men’s hoops adds Detroit Mercy’s Noah Waterman

The BYU men’s basketball team appears to have solidified its 2022-23 roster with the addition of a smooth-shooting big man. Detroit Mercy’s 6-foot-11 Noah Waterman has committed to play for Mark Pope and the Cougars, according to a new release from the school. During his career at Detroit...
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Guest opinion: AG’s endorsement raises ethical questions

Testimony by three top DOJ officials presented at the fifth hearing of the January 6 committee felt particularly heavy for me. Clearly the patience of former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, former acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue and DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel Steven Engel, had been strained by a lesser man.

U-Talk: Do you think it is important to vote? Why or why not?

“I think that, on a local level, votes can be very effective for change especially when such a small percentage of people in the area vote for local elections. I’m a little more skeptical when it comes to more national issues. I’ve seen studies that conclude that public opinion has very little to do with what bills actually get passed in Congress. On a more a local level, and luckily that’s the level that affects us more, I would say yeah — voting is especially important in order to help the local government run and in order to get our voices out there.” — Connor Smith, Provo.

Utah County to receive $1.9 million in funding for federal lands

The Department of the Interior announced Friday that 29 local governments in Utah will receive a total of $43.5 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2022. The PILT payment is meant to help defray the costs associated with maintaining community services since local governments cannot tax federal lands managed by Department of the Interior agencies, such as the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service.

Patriotism to be celebrated during Flag Week

Flag Week, an annual celebration in Utah County that always falls during the week of Independence Day, kicked off on June 26 with “Walk with the Flag” and will run through July 10. The most visible sign of the annual celebration is when the giant American flag, Lady Liberty, flies above the Grove Creek Canyon Trailhead. While Lady Liberty is at the forefront of the celebration, there are plenty of other patriotic activities planned throughout the week.

Protestors take to Provo streets after abortion ruling

Several hundred Provo residents, and others from around Utah County, gathered in the city’s Pioneer Park on Saturday to protest the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. On Friday, the court’s ruling eliminated the federal right to an abortion, leaving it to the states to decide. Within...

Russia fires missiles across Ukraine, cements gains in east

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces were seeking to swallow up the last remaining Ukrainian stronghold in the eastern Luhansk region, while pressing their momentum following the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the charred ruins of Sievierodonetsk. The military said Saturday that Moscow-backed separatists were now in full control of the chemical plant that was the last Ukrainian holdout in the city.

Abortion foes, supporters map next moves after Roe reversal

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) — A Texas group that helps women pay for abortions halted its efforts Saturday while evaluating their legal risks under a ban it says will disproportionately hurt poor and minority women. Mississippi’s only abortion clinic kept seeing patients while awaiting a 10-day notice that will trigger a ban. And elected officials across the country vowed to take action to protect women’s access to abortion.

Barbara Ann Boyce Fitzgerald

Our beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, Barbara Ann Boyce Fitzgerald, died on June 21, 2022 in Provo, Utah of natural causes surrounded by her family. Barbara was born on June 4, 1936 in Provo, Utah to George L. Boyce and Katherine Sumner Boyce. She is survived by all five of her children: Tami Harris (married to Randy J. Harris), Boyce Fitzgerald (married to Sandra Hasler Fitzgerald), Jan Fitzgerald, Kurt T. Fitzgerald (married to Kirsten Fitzgerald), Aimee Gantt (married to Vernon Gantt) as well as 24 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings James S. Boyce and Patricia K. Hollingsworth.

Jack Clark

A gentle, faithful, loving man of God, Jack Clark of Orem Utah, passed peacefully from this life on June 20th, 2022, surrounded by family and comforted by his beloved wife, Betty Mae (Kinder-Moore). Jack was born in Provo on March 2nd, 1923, the 4th of 7 siblings, and graduated from...

Michael L Huff

Michael L Huff, 75, of Springville, Utah died at his home on May 25, 2022. He was best known for his 54 years of employment at Allen’s Super Save Markets. A memorial to honor Mike will be held on Sunday, July 3, 2022, At the LDS chapel on 1215 N 1000 W in Mapleton, Utah at 5:00 p m. All those who knew and loved Mike are invited to attend. Mike was interred in the Spanish Fork Cemetery with full military honors on June 3, 2022.

Pet of the Week: Oakley (#1303)

Oakley is about 3 years old. She has been available for adoption since 6/6/2022. Oakley is a very happy and sweet dog! She has the cutest little mustache and loves being pet and cuddled. She loves treats and toys and seems to be very toy motivated. Oakley loves to go for walks and enjoys exploring her surroundings. Oakley knows the commands “sit,” “shake” and “lay down” but she may need some additional training. Oakley would do best in a home without other animals or small children.

Utah County commissioner disputes placement on candidate mailer

Utah County Commissioner Amelia Powers Gardner on Thursday called out what she believed to be a misquote from Utah County Attorney David Leavitt through a campaign mailer. Many county residents may have recently seen a mailer asking residents to re-elect Leavitt. Also on the mailer was a photo of Powers Gardner and a quote she made March 2021 stating, “He once again shows that he is a true defender of true justice. We are so lucky to have a county attorney who cares more about justice than prosecution numbers. His reforms should be a model for the nation.”

Tales from Utah Valley: Honor Juneteenth all year

Juneteenth has come and gone this year, but there are ways that we can keep the spirit of Juneteenth alive year-round. While this day has been celebrated by many for years with family get-togethers, parties and parades, a lot of us, including myself, didn’t know much about it until it became a federal holiday last year.

Round-up of fun at Lehi’s annual summer celebration

For the past 85 years, the Lehi Round-Up has showcased the combination of national patriotism and hometown values that Lehi City has become known for — and this year’s celebration has certainly been no different. Performers of all ages wowed the audience at the annual Raise the Mic...