Lions And Zoos

Today’s Local Utah News Headlines – Monday Evening, January 17, 2022

Monday evening, January 17, 2022

State

Intermountain Healthcare is rolling out a new visiting policy

Intermountain Healthcare is “temporarily tightening” visiting rules from Tuesday. Overnight visitors are not permitted except for pediatric, labor and postpartum, dementia, critically ill, or end-of-life patients. This is to prevent people from sleeping without their masks. The changes are due to the spike in omicron variant COVID-19 cases and an increase in the number of patients. Visitors must be masked at all times in the CSI facilities. — Lexi Peery

Northern Utah

University of Utah hosts MLK Day rally, aims for more equitable campus

University of Utah leaders gathered Monday with elected officials to begin their journey to a “beloved community.” In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, university leaders and politicians called on the community to take action to create a more equitable world. The rally comes a week after the U Black Cultural Center received bomb threats. Mary Ann Villarreal, of the office of equity, diversity and inclusion at U, acknowledged that she has a lot of work to do to address the racial discrimination some students have experienced on campus. President Taylor Randall said they are implementing a new series of progress reports to address racist issues on campus. Read the full story. — Ivana Martinez

Green Canyon vandalism has officials asking the public for help

The US Forest Service is asking the public for help following multiple incidents of vandalism in Green Canyon near Logan. the Herald Journal reports 28 decking screws were found along a trail. Officials said they were placed in a downhill blind turn. Sheet metal screws were found a day later and wires had been cut on the trail surfacing equipment. A Logan District ranger believes the vandalism was a response to changes in trail use. New rules require hikers to use snowshoes in certain areas. Bikes must also have tires that are at least four inches wide. — Ross Terrell

This article is published through the Utah News Collaborative, a partnership of Utah news organizations that aims to inform readers across the state.

Southern Utah

New Lake Powell management plans should prevent the reservoir from plunging too low

The United States Bureau of Reclamation plans to adjust Colorado River management protocols. The Bureau announced this month that it was an effort to reduce Lake Powell’s monthly discharges to prevent the reservoir from sinking further below historic lows from last year. Spectrum Reports in early January, Lake Powell sat at an elevation of just over 3,500 feet. Once it dips below 3,490 feet, hydropower generation by water flowing through Glen Canyon Dam becomes unreliable. — Associated press

Region/Nation

Mountain West zoos continue to vaccinate their animals

Big cats like lions are susceptible to COVID-19. The same goes for mink and some hoofed animals like deer. So many zoos use a vaccine designed specifically for animals to try to keep their often-dangerous residents healthy. While many of the most vulnerable animals have already been vaccinated in zoos, vaccinations are continuing, to protect other animals and ensure that zoo animals and patrons remain healthy. — Madelyn Beck, Mountain West News Bureau