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Firefighters make progress on Antelope Island fire
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ANTELOPE ISLAND - Though more than 13,000 acres of Antelope Island has burned, firefighters are making progress in containing the fire. 

The Utah Department of Natural Resources states that crews from all across Davis County are working to contain the fire and slow its progression. As of late last night, the fire had been 35 percent contained. Currently, no structures have been threatened and no injuries reported. DNR personnel state that wildlife who have been observed all appear to be calmly avoiding the fire. 

The east side road to Fielding Garr Ranch remains closed, as well as all roads south of the visitor's center. Access to the visitor's center is still open via the causeway.  

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Poll: Most young people say Trump is a racist
Jul 24, 2016 | 494 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print

NEW YORK (AP)--Donald Trump is wildly unpopular among young adults, in particular young people of color, and nearly two-thirds of Americans between the ages of 18 and 30 believe the presumptive Republican nominee is racist.

That’s the finding of a new GenForward poll that also found just 19 percent of young people have a favorable opinion of Trump compared to the three-quarters of young adults who hold a dim view of the New York billionaire.

Trump’s likely general election opponent, Hillary Clinton, is also unpopular with young people, but not nearly to the same extent as the real estate mogul and realty TV star. A mere 6 percent of young African Americans, 10 percent of young Hispanics, 12 percent of young Asian Americans and 27 percent of young whites see Trump in a favorable light, ratings that suggest the celebrity businessman faces a staggering task this summer to win their backing in his bid for the White House.

“I think if you want to be a moral young person, you can’t support Trump,” said Miguel Garcia, 20, of Norwalk, Calif. The grandson of Mexican immigrants and a college student who also works at a tire shop, Garcia is a registered Democrat who has not chosen a candidate to support this fall, but is resolute in his disdain for Trump. “It’s really hard to back anything Trump does. He just says prejudiced stuff.”

GenForward is a survey by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The first-of-its-kind poll pays special attention to the voices of young adults of color, highlighting how race and ethnicity shape the opinions of the country’s most diverse generation.

The GenForward survey is a poll of adults between the age of 18 and 30, not necessarily registered or likely voters. Those surveyed may not end up voting, or casting a ballot for either major party candidate for president.

The poll found that only 39 percent of young people have a favorable opinion of Clinton to 54 percent who have an unfavorable view of the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Desiree Batista, a former supporter of Vermont Sen.Bernie Sanders, said she was “picking the lesser of two evils” in backing Clinton, a decision she reached in part because she believes Trump “was unqualified” to be president.

“I just don’t think he’s fit to be a presidential candidate,” said Batista, a 21-year-old college student from Colonia, N.J. “I understand people like him as a businessman, even though I don’t feel the same way.”

The depth of animosity toward Trump among young Americans may be driven by the two-thirds of those who believe he is racist. That includes nearly 6 in 10 whites, and more than three-quarters of African Americans, Hispanics and Asians.

Trump launched his campaign last summer by accusing some immigrants from Mexico of being rapists and bringing drugs into the country. He later vowed to temporarily bar foreign Muslims from entering the U.S., a position from which he has recently backed away.

“Clearly, from what Trump has said he can be categorized as racist,” said Barrett Coleman, a 28-year-old graduate student from Richmond, Va., who is supporting Clinton. “His comments about Mexicans, in particular, are just awful.”

A Trump spokeswoman did not return messages seeking comment about the GenForward poll, which found he does have some supporters among young people. Nour El Hanly, a 20-year-old student from Chicago, is a Muslim of Moroccan descent who said he found Clinton “corrupt” and will “continue failing Obama policies.”

“I do not favor all of (Trump’s) rhetoric, but he’s a smart businessman who will help the nation’s economy,” said El Hanly, a Republican. He said he favored Trump’s plan to strengthen security along the U.S. border with Mexico, but doesn’t think Trump will follow through on any sort of plan to bar Muslims from the country.

“Most of my friends don’t agree, but I think he is the best choice,” he said.

Still, the poll foundlittle common ground between young Americans and Trump. About 7 in 10 oppose Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from other countries from entering the United States. Seven in 10 oppose his plan to build a wall along the U.S. southern border. Six in 10 say immigrants in the country illegally should be allowed to stay, including large majorities of young Hispanics, African-Americans and Asian-Americans and about half of young whites.

The poll of 1,965 adults age 18-30 was conducted using a sample drawn from the probability-based GenForward panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. young adult population.The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.Respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods, and later interviewed online or by phone.

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Submissions still open for Utah Music Awards
Jul 24, 2016 | 801 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A still from the music video for “Come Alive,” by the Utah band Foreign Figures. The video won the 2015 Utah Music Award for Best Music Video.
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A still from the music video for “Come Alive,” by the Utah band Foreign Figures. The video won the 2015 Utah Music Award for Best Music Video. Courtesy image

PROVO—Help your voice (or instrument) be heard.

There’s just over a week left to submit your music to the Utah Music Awards, which will be held this September at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo. The competition is designed to honor the best unsung musicians in Utah, giving them recognition and the chance to connect with people who can help further their careers. 

“We’re kind of like the Grammys for Utah,” said Warren Workman, producer of the awards show. “We’re looking for diamonds in the rough that people have never heard of before.” 

The awards process gives those diamonds in the rough the chance to be heard by various members of the judging panel. Though some of the judges are professional musicians or serve as the chairman of Snow College’s School of Music, others work for record companies, media publications, and companies who find music for commercials, movies and television shows. 

“Our judges are people who actually hire musicians,” he said. 

The awards are open to a variety of genres, with categories that include rap, rock, R&B, country, alternative, pop and Christian/inspirational music among others. In addition, there are also categories for Best Mashup, Best Music Video, Best Soundtrack, and more. 

“I think the only category we don’t have is heavy metal,” he said. “We have pretty much every other category.”

Workman said that they’re especially interested in rap and hip-hop acts this year. 

“Our judges are really looking for that right now,” he said. 

Though past winners of the competition include Alex Boye, Jason Lyle Black, and Nathan Osmond, they’re looking for a crop of lower-profile musicians when it comes to selecting their nominees.

“We’re not looking for people who are already signed,” said Workman. “We want to focus on those young pups still looking for their big break.” 

This year’s nominees, which will be announced in August, will be chosen from the entries submitted. The nominees will be invited to the Sept. 17 performance, which will be streamed online. Tickets to attend the performance will also be available for online purchase closer to the date.  

All entries need to have been posted online sometime after Jan. 31, 2016 and before the July 31 deadline. There is a fee to submit music to the competition. 

“It can either be a song you made, or a cover,” said Workman. 

To submit your music, visit For more information about the awards, including a complete list of past winners, visit

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Stay safe in 400 North construction zone
Jul 24, 2016 | 286 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print

BOUNTIFUL—The streets of Bountiful will be filled with people enjoying the Handcart Days festivities this weekend and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) wants to remind residents to be cautious in the 400 North construction zone.

The parade will travel through a portion of the 400 North Improved (SR-106) project corridor and it is still an active work zone, so please stay in the designated viewing areas.

Parade floats will travel on the north side of 400 North from Main Street to 100 West as part of the parade route and 400 North will be closed from Main Street to 200 West, according to a release. No active work will be taking place during the parade, but residents are encouraged to stay on the north side of 400 North to view the parade because the south side will be closed off with construction tape and cones. 

Pedestrians who want to cross through 400 North should use the marked pedestrian accesses at the intersections of Main Street or 200 West. Using the taped off construction areas is very dangerous and will not be permitted.

Safety is the top priority for UDOT and the 400 North Improved project team, so extra caution is recommended during the Handcart Days events this weekend. For more information about the project please visit or email 

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‘One-percenters’ wages in Davis County
Jul 23, 2016 | 527 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Economic Policy Initiative issued a report last month comparing counties nationwide with national averages for income, and what the threshold would be for those who are “one-percenters.” The term refers to Americans whose annual income is in the top 1 percent of all incomes in the country.

If you reside in Davis County, the report said the average income for those “one-percenters” is $796,799 a year. The threshold (or minimum annual income to be ranked in the top 1 percent) is $372,765.41. 

For the rest of us, the report said the average annual income for a Davis County resident is $59,268.99. The study points to the income inequity that continues to worsen in the United States. It ranks Utah 27th of the 50 states for income inequity (meaning 26 states have more inequity).

Results are based on a study conducted in 2013 for single adults and couples. It said nationwide that one-percenters held 20.1 percent of the wealth. In Utah, that number is 15.7 percent, according to the study.

The data is available on the EPI website at

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