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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday released the name of a man who died Monday in the Uinta Mountains.

The body of 43-year-old Kim Steele was found near the Mirror Lake Highway about 22 miles east of Kamas, Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said.

Investigators suspect the Springville man may have overdosed on methamphetamine or prescription narcotics, the sheriff added.

Campfires blamed for wildfires

To prevent forest fires, state wildland fire officials remind campers that campfires and briquettes must be fully extinguished.

Tips for extinguishing fires include:

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Clear a campfire ring down to the soil

Build a ring around the fire out of rocks

Build fires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes and dry grasses

Never leave a campfire or burning briquettes unattended

Keep water and a shovel nearby

Drown fires in water when putting them out

Never discard briquettes when they are hot

Campfires should be no larger than four feet in diameter and should have at least 10 feet of clearance around them.

Fire District facility gets nod

Planning commissioners in Snyderville Tuesday recommended the Park City Fire District proceed with its plans to build an 8,370-square-foot, 29-foot-tall administration building near East Canyon Creek.

The offices are slated for construction behind the Burns Fire Station at 730 W. Bitner Road.

Before construction can begin, however, the Summit County Commission must approve a conditional use permit and plan for the project.

The building, which would house administration offices and training equipment, is slated adjacent to Canyon Creek Club and the Swaner Nature Preserve.

Planners received no comment before a unanimous Basin Planning Commission recommended this week the project be approved.

"The new facility will serve the citizens of Summit County as the location for obtaining fire permits, emergency medical training and it will also be the location of Fire District meetings," a staff report from Summit County planner Denise Hytonen states.

The Summit County Board of Adjustment last year denied a request from the Fire District to construct a 54-foot training tower on the site.

"They’ve completely changed (the plan)," Hytonen said Wednesday.

The height of the training tower would have exceeded the 32-foot residential height restrictions in Snyderville.

There has been no further discussion of the tower, Hytonen said, adding that conditional use permits allow public facilities to be built in Snyderville’s residential zones.

"Our intent is also to remodel the Burns Fire Station," Park City Fire Chief Kelly Gee said Wednesday.

Woolstenhulme recognized on ‘Day of the American Cowboy’

In celebration of the National Day of the American Cowboy, Summit County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme was among 29 people recognized July 22 during the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo.

"The day is designed to honor ranchers, working cowboys and cowgirls, rodeo athletes, Western musicians and artists," a letter Woolstenhulme received from the Ogden Pioneer Heritage Foundation states about day of recognition designated by the U.S. Senate.

Cowboys and cowgirls from every county in Utah were recognized Saturday. Organizers chose Woolstenhulme to represent Summit County.

Bids requested from Rail Trail outfitters

State officials are accepting bids from outfitters willing to provide horseback riding on the Rail Trail between Park City and Echo.

Bid specifications can be obtained from state Division of Parks and Recreation official Dee Guess by calling (801) 538-7320.

Contact State Parks Region Program Coordinator Laurie Backus at 649-9109 for more information or to schedule a site visit.

Proposals must be received by Aug. 7.

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