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County Watch

Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

A woman admitted she had about 60 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of her car when a Utah Highway Patrol trooper stopped her in Summit County, according to county prosecutor Gus Chin.

But 25-year-old Heather Richards claims her detention might have violated her civil rights.

Richards pleaded guilty July 14 to possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony.

"She is retaining the right to appeal my denial of the motion to suppress," 3rd District Court Judge Bruce Lubeck said about evidence Richards wanted disqualified.

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.

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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:

— Oakley fire station July 23

— Kamas fire station July 30

See ospreys in Summit County

View large, fish-eating birds called ospreys during a field trip in Summit County July 23.

With their five-foot wing spans, ospreys are easy to see. Those on the field trip may also see turkey vultures and great blue herons, said Bob Walters, a wildlife coordinator for the state Division of Wildlife Resources.

Meet at the dam at Rockport State Park in Wanship between 6 and 7 p.m. to participate in the field trip.

Binoculars and spotting scopes will be available, Walters said in a DWR press release.

Participants in the field trip will observe young ospreys with mating pairs, he said.

Mostly the birds will be eating and exercising their wings at their nests, he said, adding that some nests are taller than three feet.

"The nests start looking like chimneys," Walters said. "Sometimes I think they’d rather build nests than fish. It’s just incredible."

Ospreys are excellent fishers, he said, adding that "plunge dives" the birds make are "one of the true spectacles of nature."

Travel on Interstate 80 to Wanship to reach the Rockport dam. Exit the freeway and travel south on State Road 32 to the dam observation site. Participants will follow Walters in their own vehicles to viewing sites near Coalville, Wanship and Rockport State Park.

Contact Walters at (801) 538-4771 for more information.

New Motor Vehicles hours

Beginning Aug. 4 hours at state Department of Motor Vehicles offices in Summit County will change to:

— Park City DMV: Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Fridays

— Coalville DMV: Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Fridays

— Kamas DMV: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays only

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