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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

Addam Swapp was denied parole this week, which means the man convicted of bombing a Mormon stake center in Kamas will stay incarcerated in Arizona until at least September of 2012, when he would have served 86 months for manslaughter, the authorities say.

The decision from the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole is detailed in a rationale sheet obtained by The Park Record.

Swapp has shown progress by accepting responsibility for his crimes and showing motivation for rehabilitation, the document states.

Swapp has also had few disciplinary problems while incarcerated, according to the rationale sheet.

But because Swapp used dangerous weapons to commit the crimes and the offenses involved multiple victims, including a death, and terrorized the community, board members determined he still could be a threat, the document states.

His role as a leader and the fact that his crimes appeared premeditated apparently dissuaded the committee from releasing Swapp.

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Swapp has served two years of a possible 15-year sentence for manslaughter for his role in the death of Lt. Fred House who was a dog handler with the Utah Department of Corrections. House was shot in a standoff that began in Marion after Swapp bombed a building belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

For bombing the church Swapp served a 15-year federal sentence. Swapp apologized for his crimes in March.

New piercing, tattoo laws discussed

To prevent shady body piercing or tattooing, Summit County health officials intend to enact new laws.

"They’re going to do away with any fly-by-night outfits that come in an set up business on the street," said Summit County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme, a member of the county’s health board.

New rules would restrict anyone under the age of 18 from getting a tattoo in Summit County, even if parents consent, said Carolyn Rose, nursing director for the Summit County Health Department.

Only one business, which is located on Main Street in Park City, performs tattooing in Summit County, she said.

"[The body art ordinance] was requested by our new business in town because they are very professional people and they want to make sure anyone else who comes in, runs their business efficiently and safely," Rose said. "There is kind of stigma about that."

New laws address procedures for handling equipment, she said, adding that minors in other counties can receive tattoos with permission from parents.

"We thought that was a little much," Rose said.

County Public Works Week

To recognize those who help maintain roads in Summit County the County Commission has identified May 20-26 as Public Works Week.

Used book sale

The Friends of the Summit County Libraries will begin their annual used book sale at the Kimball Junction library on May 24 with a sneak peek for members from 6 to 9 p.m.

New members who pay their $10 dues at the door can enjoy the preview. The sale features a large selection of hardbacks and paperbacks for adults and children all priced at $1 or less. Videotapes, DVDs and books on tape are also available.

The public is invited to attend the sale May 25 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and May 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday from 3-6 p.m., fill your bag for only $3. The sale will be held in the auditorium adjacent to the library at 6505 N. Landmark Drive in Kimball Junction. Call 435-615-3900 or go to http://www.summit.lib.ut.us/.

State seeks advice on fishing laws

Officials at the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources encourage anglers to submit feedback to the department as fishing regulations are considered for 2008.

"If you have an idea for a fishing regulation change in 2008, please share it with us," DWR spokesman Roger Wilson said in press release. "We need to hear from you no later than June 1."

Regulations are put together each summer so submit suggestions to the DWR via e-mail at DWRComment@utah.gov. Or mail ideas to: Sport Fisheries Coordinator at the Division of Wildlife Resources at P.O. Box 146301 in Salt Lake City, 84114-6301.

Blue Stakes emergency: 811

Before planting a tree, building a sprinkler system, or digging holes for fence posts, contact Blue Stakes of Utah to learn whether utility lines are buried nearby by simply dialing 811.

"Any of those reasons would be (reasons to call,)" said Gary Hansen, executive director of Blue Stakes of Utah.

More than 30 percent of the damage caused to utility lines nationwide by diggers could have been avoided with an 811 call to Blue Stakes, he said.

"There is no depth requirement," Hansen said. "The law says if you’re digging on or below the ground you should call in."

Blue Stakes officials will visit your property and mark utility lines so digging can safely occur on each side, he said, explaining that the only times calls to Blue Stakes aren’t required is during gardening and tilling on private land.

"We’re not only concerned about the property damage, but we’re concerned with personal injury or even death that could occur," Hansen said. "Amongst the homeowners is really where we need to (raise awareness.)"

The service, which is funded by participating utility providers, is free to homeowners, he stressed.