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Summit County Animal Control officers are cracking down on unleashed dogs along East Canyon Creek after a homeowner near the stream complained, County Commissioner Sally Elliott said.

"She is very concerned about dog poop and dogs off leash," Elliott said about the Spring Creek woman who contacted her. "[Officers] are going to be sending double enforcement out and they’re going to be citing people."

Summit County Commissioner Bob Richer wants a report from Animal Control indicating whether pet owners adhere to the law that requires dogs in Summit County be leashed in public.

Noxious weeds hurt wildlife

Myrtle spurge, garlic mustard and Dyer’s woad are targets of Weed Week.

Activities from June 14-21 aim to educate people about the damage noxious weeds cause livestock and wildlife habitat.

"I think a lot of people are very much aware of our weed situation and the danger," Summit County Commissioner Bob Richer said.

Residents can earn money for pulling weeds at the Pinebrook park June 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Myrtle spurge and garlic mustard pose a serious threat to wildlife habitat, said Mindy Wheeler, spokeswoman for the Summit County Cooperative Weed Management Area.

For a list of noxious weeds in Summit County or more information about events scheduled during Weed Week, visit summitcounty.org/weeds.

Price hike on Mirror Lake Highway

The cost to recreate along the Mirror Lake Highway has increased. The former $3 one-day pass has changed to a three-day pass that costs $6.

The cost to stay a week in the Uinta Mountains east of Kamas increased from $6 to $12. An annual pass for recreation along the Mirror Lake Highway jumped from $25 to $45.

Since its introduction in 1997, the recreation fee on the Mirror Lake Highway has generated about $250,000. The fees help fund improvements, including the reconstruction of day-use areas, campgrounds and boating facilities. Fees also help fund the expansion of parking lots and trailheads, and grooming for cross-country and snowmobile trails in the winter, according to U.S. Forest Service officials.

Increasing the fees will help "reconstruct picnic areas, repair water systems, rehabilitate trailheads and trails, replace restrooms, construct tent pads, improve winter parking areas and provide visitor information services," a Forest Service press release states.


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