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UDOT offers teen video competition for zero fatalities
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SALT LAKE CITY—UDOT’s Zero Fatalities program is inviting teens to compete for a video slot airing during the 2017 Super Bowl telecast in February. Teens are encouraged to submit a 25 second video focused on safe driving from now until Jan. 6, 2017. Each contestant will receive five movie ticket vouchers for entering and those who submit their videos before Dec. 10, 2016, will receive five movie tickets to a private, opening-weekend showing of “Star Wars: Rogue One,” at Jordan Commons, while tickets last. 

The submitted videos must be directed and produced by teens, 25 seconds in length, focus on Zero Fatalities, and include at least one of the five deadly driving behaviors: distracted driving, drowsy driving, aggressive driving, impaired driving, and not buckling up. 

Zero Fatalities report that last year 25 teens died in crashes on Utah roads and as of the end of October, there have already been 26 teen deaths in 2016. Sixty percent of teen traffic fatalities were unbuckled in 2015. Statistics suggest drivers under the age of 20 are three times more likely to be in a fatal crash.

“When it comes to traffic safety, the most influential spokesperson for teens are their peers,” said Kristen Hoshouer, manager of the Zero Fatalities program for the Utah Department of Transportation, in a press release. “The aim of this contest is to get teens to pay attention to the very important and serious issue of increasing teen driving safety, while also building a network of teen traffic-safety advocates who understand that zero teen fatalities is the only acceptable goal.” 

Videos can be submitted and more information about the contest found at the Zero Fatalities website, ZeroFatalities.com/contest/.

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L. Kent Burnett
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1930-2016 Leon Kent Burnett passed away peacefully into the arms of his loving Heavenly Father as his family gathered around him on Dec. 2, 2016 at the age of 86. Kent was born Feb. 1, 1930 in Tremonton, to Myron Leon Burnett and Grace Child Burnett. Kent is survived by his loving wife, companion, and caregiver, Birgit Christensen Burnett. They were married in the Logan Temple on July 30, 1952. Kent is also survived by their eight children, Dick (Charlotte), Fruit Heights; Gary (Wendy), Centerville; Craig (Julia), Austin, Texas; Peggy (Joseph) Grainger, Farmington; Anita (Tim) Hallows, Kaysville; Mark (Jamie), Centerville; Julie (Mike) Russell, Alpine; Daren (Kara), Centerville; 44 grandchildren and 69 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Annette Clark, Bountiful. He is preceded in death by his parents, his step-father, James Compton; his brother, Lamar Burnett; a granddaughter, Alyssa Burnett (Mark/Jamie), and two great grandchildren, McKinley (Jaquel, Cory); Austin (Jill, Brett). Kent loved hiking and scouting as a youth. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout at age 14. He was active in student government and sports serving as Student Body President and quarterback of the football team for Morgan High School. He served as an LDS missionary to the Southern States Mission (1949-1951) and enlisted in the Air Force upon his return. On a furlough he married his Danish sweetheart and they set off for Salina, Kansas. He served as Branch President in Salina and was instrumental in procuring and helping to build the first church building there. He returned to Utah where he attended and graduated from the University of Utah in Electrical Engineering. He worked for Sylvania Electric in California, Hercules Powder Company west of Salt Lake City, and Hill Air Force Base in Clearfield, where he was assigned as the engineer on the AAS-18 Infrared System used on the RF-4C Reconnaissance Aircraft and other Photo Reconnaissance. He retired from HAFB in February of 1990. Kent has served in many capacities in the church including the Scouting program, Young Adults, Bishoprics, High Councilor, and Bishop. He served a second mission with his wife from 1993-1994 to the Boston Massachusetts Mission. Following his mission, he served as a temple worker in the Bountiful Temple. He remembers the many strong testimonies of his mother and the great influence she had on him growing up. He developed and often shared his own testimony with others. He was a master speaker and scriptorian. He loved his Savior and exemplified his love through serving others. Kent could always be found sharing his infectious smile and laugh, and giving bone crushing hugs to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He loved the babies and looked forward to holding, hugging, and snuggling all that he could get his hands on. He was not content until everyone arrived at family gatherings. One would often find him standing on the porch or driveway giving one last smile, wave, and blow a kiss good-bye. A viewing will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 North Main, Bountiful. Funeral services will be held at the Centerville Stake Center, 950 N. Main, Centerville, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at 11 a.m. with a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral. Interment will be at the Centerville City Cemetery. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com.
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Commission wants to know: What’s your big idea for point of the mountain?
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The Point of the Mountain Development Commission, with the assistance of Envision Utah, will begin the Legislature-funded process to create a long-range plan for the Point of the Mountain area by asking the public a simple question: What’s your big idea for the area?

Utahns can visit pointofthemountainfuture.org to answer. This process was initiated by the Legislature’s Point of the Mountain Development Commission.

“The economic development opportunities surrounding the Point of the Mountain area represents a multi-generational, international opportunity,” said Christopher M. Conabee, co-chair of the Commission, in a release. 

Speaking to the Point of the Mountain Development Commission last week, Robert Grow, president and CEO of Envision Utah, said, “We hope everyone in Utah will think about the kind of place they want the Point of the Mountain to become, and share their ideas with us.”

The informal survey, available online through the end of the year, is the first of many opportunities Utahns will have to offer input throughout the Point of the Mountain visioning process. Individuals can also sign up to receive email updates about the project. 

State Rep. Brad Wilson (R-Kaysville), co-chair of the commission, spoke about the importance of making this a collaborative effort. 

“We don’t want anyone to be left out. [Public involvement] is an incredibly important part of the process,” he said. 

Speaking about Envision Utah’s plan to engage the public, Grow stated, “Trust does not come just from transparency, but from engagement and involvement,” he said. “The best thinking is going to come from the people and organizations already there and working on solutions to the challenges we face.”

The Utah Legislature’s Point of the Mountain Development Commission selected Envision Utah last month to assist the commission in its effort to create a strategic, publicly supported plan for the future of the point of the mountain area including the current prison site in Draper. The unanimous decision marked the end of a competitive four-month proposal process.

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