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A man on Splendor Valley Road in South Summit complained that his neighbors lit a campfire in their backyard Aug. 29.

No restrictions are in effect but Summit County Fire Warden Bryce Boyer cautions homeowners to be careful.

"It’s still extremely dry out there and we haven’t had that much moisture," Boyer said.

But there has been less lightning, he said.

"Most people are still being cautious and it seems to be going pretty well," Boyer said.

Osguthorpe nominated for award

D.A. Osguthorpe, whose family raises sheep in western Summit County, is in the running to receive the Utah Farm Bureau Leopold Conservation Award.

Osguthorpe could receive a $10,000 prize and an Aldo Leopold crystal from the Farm Bureau Federation, Utah Cattleman’s Association and the Sand County Foundation. The award recognizes achievement in volunteer conservation.

"These finalists were chosen from a number of exceptional, well-deserving candidates," Sand County Foundation President Brent Haglund said in a press release. "This is proof that Utah ranchers long standing ethic of conservation continues to flourish."

Other 2008 award finalists include: Karl and Raymond Heaton, Butch and Jeanie Jensen and Darrell Thomson. Osguthorpe is the only Summit County nominee.

"We are very excited to announce the finalists for this award on behalf of the farmers and ranchers of Utah," Utah Farm Bureau Federation President Leland Hogan said in the prepared statement. "This award, however, is great for all Utahns because the recognition and funding helps to preserve and enhance our open space."

The 2008 Leopold Conservation Award winner will be recognized Nov. 13 in Layton.

"Utah’s farmers and ranchers have a long history of land preservation and a deep commitment to preserving Utah’s natural resources, Hogan said. "As stewards of the land we want to ensure that history continues well into the future."

The Sand County Foundation is a private, non-profit group that works with private landowners to improve habitat on their land.

AG revamps Web site

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has released video footage of the arrest of a 26-year-old Sevier County man who allegedly used the Internet to arrange to meet a young girl in Salt Lake County for sex, the authorities say.

"For most Utah children summer vacation is over but predators never rest," Shurtleff warned in a prepared statement. "The video should be a signal to teens and parents that predators are lurking wherever kids can be found."

The video helps showcase the new Web site for the Office of the Utah Attorney General, which is located at attorneygeneral.utah.gov. Footage shows the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force assisting the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office and Richfield Police Department with the Aug. 26 arrest.

Detectives say the suspect traveled to meet the girl as she supposedly shopped for new school clothing at a mall in the Salt Lake valley, according to Shurtleff. The suspect was booked into jail on one count of enticement of a minor.

A live Web cast of the press conference and a booking photo are also posted on line, Shurtleff said.

Shurtleff said he is looking for opportunities to provide video in situations that cameras normally are not allowed, adding that, "we will make sure that we protect our investigations and prosecutions but we will also be looking for new ways to inform the public."


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