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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

Because of its proximity to urban services, Summit County is among the fastest growing counties in Utah and added more than 1,500 new residents this year, according to a press release from Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.

"The most rapid regional growth rates occurred in counties on or adjacent to the Wasatch Front and in the southwest corner of the state," the press release states.

In 2007, the population of Summit County grew about 4.2 percent. The counties that grew faster than Summit were Utah, Washington and Wasatch.

Meanwhile, the population of Utah reached nearly 2.7 million in 2007, according to state officials. This 3.2 percent increase from 2006 represents a record increase of 84,425 people, approximately the population of Ogden, the press release from the governor states.

"This year’s estimate shows an increase in population that is consistent with Utah’s vibrant economy and remarkable quality of life," said Juliette tenant, a state demographer. "Utah’s current economic opportunities and unique demographics continue to fuel population growth."

A large number of births compared to relatively few deaths fueled population growth this year, state officials said. The state has seen 53,953 people born in 2007.

The 13,780 deaths so far this year have also set a record, the governor’s press release states.

More than half the population growth was attributed to 44,252 people moving into Utah in 2007. The state continues to rank as one of the fastest growing states in the nation in employment growth and continues to have a low unemployment rate.

Utah’s five fastest growing counties in 2007 included Utah, Washington, Wasatch, Morgan and Summit.

CPR in Spanish

On Nov. 27, the Park City Fire District will sponsor an American Heart Association CPR class in Spanish at The Canyons fire station at 1977 Canyons Resort Drive.

The class begins at 6 p.m. and costs $25, which is payable with cash or a check, Fire District spokeswoman Tricia Hurd said.

"CPR is important for everyone to know," Hurd said. "We have a significant Spanish speaking population with many of them working in the service industry."

Some employers require CPR training, she added.

"We have taught two other CPR classes in Spanish," Hurd said, adding that about eight people are expected to attend the course next week. "If we get a good turnout we may begin scheduling them regularly."

The four-hour class is taught by Spanish-speaking instructors, she said. Participants in the class will receive a manual and an American Heart Association card showing completion of the course, which lasts for two years.

Contact officials at (801) 380-2127 for more information.

National forest travel plan

The Ashley National Forest will prepare two environmental impact statements to disclose the proposed action for the designation of motorized roads and trails in the Uinta Mountains east of Summit County.

The documents will determine the future travel management plan that will be used on the Ashley National Forest for motorized vehicles, not including snowmobiles.

A notice of intent published Nov. 9 describes the proposed action and began a comment period that gives the public 45 days to respond. Timely comments will help the forest develop alternatives to the proposed action that will be presented in 2008.

The Ashley National Forest is actively seeking your participation in the development of the travel management plan and use map. Open houses are planned in conjunction with the comment period and times and locations include:

— Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. at the city building in Vernal

— Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. at the county building in Duchesne

— Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at the county building in Manila

More information about the plan and the proposed actions, maps and scoping letters are available at http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/ahley/.

Written comment can be sent to Kris Rutledge at 355 N. Vernal Avenue, Vernal, Utah, 84078. Contact Rutledge at (435) 781-5196 for more information.


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