Utah

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Zion National Park in southwestern Utah is considering an online reservation system for people who want to visit the park’s “frontcountry,” or most popular areas. The park’s website says visitation has surged in recent years. In 2015, more than 3.6 million people visited the park, up 450,000 from 2014, which was also a record year. Visitors reportedly wait in long lines to enter the park and board the shuttle during the height of the summer. Parking spaces within Zion are routinely filled by 9:30 a.m., which adds to congestion in the nearby town of Springdale.

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Citizens in Bluff, Utah, are set to decide in November whether to incorporate as a town. More than half of the community’s 265 residents signed a petition earlier this year supporting the idea of exploring incorporation. Per state law, that petition was submitted to the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, which then launched a financial feasibility study. The recently completed study by Bonneville Research concludes that incorporation is feasible, and projects that over the first five years, revenues and expenditures would be at “break-even” levels if current services stay about the same.

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San Juan County, Utah, has a new director of economic development. The San Juan Record reports that Natalie Randall, the current director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Monticello, was picked from among nine applicants.

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Tribal coalitions and conservation groups are reacting with dismay to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s compromise recommendations on the new Bears Ears National Monument in Southeast Utah.

More details have emerged about the investigation of a shooting in Aneth, Utah that left one man dead and placed area schools on lockout for the afternoon.

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