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Civilian Conservation Corps

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking individuals who participated in work camps in the Soapstone Basin as part of the Civilian Conservation Corps established in 1933.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the program and a local ceremony is scheduled Sept. 4 to commemorate the event.

The Forest Service would like to recognize participants involved with the camps near Kamas during the time of the projects. These people are asked to contact the Forest Service if they are interested in being involved with the commemoration, or would like to share information or provide memorabilia.

The work site at Soapstone Basin will soon include signs depicting the lives of Civilian Conservation Corps workers. The program was for men from unemployed families and was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was part of New Deal legislation aimed at combating unemployment during the Great Depression.

Contact Loyal Clark at (801) 342-5117 to share information.

ATVs in the forest

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U.S. Forest Service officials encourage visitors who ride all terrain vehicles to be aware of resource damage that can occur.

ATVs are allowed on roads and trails. Riders are responsible for any damage and can be held liable for the cost to repair the resources. Travel maps are available.

No one under eight years old may operate an ATV. Riders 15 years old and under must receive an education certificate from Utah State Parks and Recreation.

Riders under 18 years old are required to wear helmets when riding ATVs. For more information about these courses call (801) 538-7220 or visit stateparks.utah.gov.

Safety tips for ATV riders include:

Don’t harass wildlife — slow down and keep distance from animals

Always stay on designated roads and trails

Follow others at a safe distance and be courteous when passing

Obey posted signs and respect closed areas

Don’t ride across meadows and stream banks

Courts stay open on Fridays

Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. announced last week that state administrative offices will be closed on Fridays, but essential public services will remain open.

State courts will also stay open on Fridays.

"The state courts are very supportive of Governor Huntsman’s initiative to conserve energy and improve air quality," Utah State Court Administrator Dan Becker said in a prepared statement. "Like certain other functions of state government, the courts must remain accessible Monday through Friday to ensure compliance with statutory timeframes for required criminal and juvenile proceedings."

The Utah State Court system includes juvenile courts, district courts, appellate courts, the Utah Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Justice courts throughout the state, which are administered by cities and counties, will also remain open on Friday.

To save trips to the courthouse and save energy, Becker encourages attorneys, law enforcement and the public to use the court’s online resources at utcourts.gov.

Huntsman’s Working 4 Utah initiative begins the first week in August and changes the operating hours of many state offices to Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"As we go forward with this initiative, we will conserve energy, save money, improve our air quality and enhance government service," Huntsman said in a prepared statement. "We live in a dynamic, ever-changing environment, and it’s crucial that we take a serious look at how we can adapt and maintain our state’s unparalleled quality of life."

A vision for the East Side

As planners rework the rules for developing in eastern Summit County, a series of meetings will allow citizens to give officials their input about how they want building to occur.

The Eastern Summit County Planning Commission is reevaluating its general plan for eastern Summit County, which was approved in 1996. The plan provides guidance for achieving "the type of social, cultural, physical and economic land use character desired for eastern Summit County," according to officials.

The plan considers agricultural operations an important use for the land and protects "the right of farmers and ranchers to stay on the land."

Goals of the plan include preserving rural land and open space and providing an adequate supply of affordable homes.

Neighborhood meetings to discuss the general plan begin at 7 p.m. and are scheduled at the:

— Wanship fire station July 9

— Oakley fire station July 23

— Kamas fire station July 30

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