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Lehi City thanks residents for saving millions of gallons of water

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LEHI, Utah — As Utah continues growing, so does the water demand.

Lehi City has seen nearly 500 new connections to its water systems from 2020 to 2021.

On an average week, each building connected to the Lehi water system uses 16,000 gallons of water.

This past week, Lehi reported only 14,000 gallons were used for each connection.

Cameron Boyle, the assistant city administrator for Lehi City, said they used about 17 percent less water last week compared to what they used in 2020.

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Another chance for thunderstorms across Utah for Thursday

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Happy Thursday! Mild start to the day with temperatures in the 70s, but we will warm things up quickly.

Wednesday brought severe thunderstorms into the bulk of the state, and the threat hangs on today.

Storms could be more isolated for our Thursday, but a surge of monsoon moisture leaves us with moist air in place and the potential for storms and flash flooding yet again.

Temperatures will trend slightly cooler today with mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies with daytime highs in the upper 90s along the Wasatch Front.

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Salt Lake City Ranks Among Top Places For Job Seekers In US

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s unemployment rate has been reported around 2.7% — among the lowest in the country — which has, in turn, created a strong economic outlook and contributed to making Utah one of the fastest-growing states.

Two new surveys took a look at the benefits of starting a career in Utah.

Money Geek said it all when it ranked Salt Lake City as the only city in the West in the Top 15 for job seekers and the top spot overall. Every entry on the list — with the exception of Atlanta — happened to fall into the small to mid-sized metro area category with places like Birmingham, Alabama; Jacksonville, Florida; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and others taking top honors.

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How to get your Utah elk, deer hunt permits

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – If you want a chance to hunt Utah’s big game, you only have a few chances left to snag one.

Earlier this year, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources held a hunt drawing for buck deer and bull elk permits.

For those that did not get a permit then, you have a few more chances in July.

These big game permits are first-come, first served. You must have a valid hunting or combination license to purchase one of these permits.

General-season archery elk permits for adults and youth became available on Thursday, July 8. Here is when the remainder of the permits will be available for sale, according to DWR:

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Wildlife, air quality at risk as Great Salt Lake nears low

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The silvery blue waters of the Great Salt Lake sprawl across the Utah desert, having covered an area nearly the size of Delaware for much of history. For years, though, the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River has been shrinking. And a drought gripping the American West could make this year the worst yet.

The receding water is already affecting the nesting spot of pelicans that are among the millions of birds dependent on the lake. Sailboats have been hoisted out of the water to keep them from getting stuck in the mud. More dry lakebed getting exposed could send arsenic-laced dust into the air that millions breathe.

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New state flag could be decided by voters in 2022

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SALT LAKE CITY — Voters ultimately could decide on a new state flag in 2022, as Governor Spencer Cox and a small board of lawmakers are considering if a new flag is needed, and if so, what it should look like.

“We have a very complicated flag that people don’t understand,” said Governor Spencer Cox.

“The best flags and the most unifying flags are flags that are unique, flags that are simple,” Cox said, adding “Colorado is a Great example. Arizona, New Mexico, Texas are recognized as great flags.”

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Pop up showers, flash flooding possible across Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4)- Heading into the last day of the holiday weekend, we expect to see some showers pop up for parts of southern and central Utah.

Again, these will be slow-moving storms which could lead to flash flooding under stronger cells.

Areas such as Capitol Reef National Park and the San Rafael Swell will be under a probable potential for flash flooding risk in slot canyons, dry washes, and small streams.

This activity will be mostly during the late morning and early afternoon hours but could still linger throughout the day.

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Crews tackle 3-alarm apartment fire in Salt Lake City

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Firefighters successfully contained a three-alarm structure that fire broke out in Salt Lake City Thursday evening.

The fire was located at the Towers on Main Apartments near 1800 S. Main St.

When firefighters first arrived on scene, they had issues getting to the fire, as it was located four stories into the building and towards the center of the complex.

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South Salt Lake Reports Elevated Manganese Levels In Drinking Water

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SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah — South Salt Lake officials alerted residents Friday to the presence of elevated manganese levels in the city’s drinking water system.

The alert does not mean residents need to boil their drinking water, but the city said residents should avoid using tap water to make bottles or food for infants under the age of 6 months until further notice.

In a news release, South Salt Lake officials said there are no federal public health regulations for manganese in drinking water, an element that occurs naturally and that both humans and animals need. For most people, the city said elevated manganese levels should not result in any negative health consequences.

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A $2,500 fine? Jail time? Both possible for violating firework/burn restrictions

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LEHI, Utah (ABC4) – Last year’s Traverse Fire, started by a group of teenagers using a Roman candle, cost roughly $1 million to fight — and cost the teens a fine, plus a trip to juvenile court.

With the Fourth of July approaching, officials say the Traverse Fire — highly preventable — is an example that if you’re responsible for starting a wildfire, you will very likely face serious repercussions.

“More and more, especially in the wildland urban interface areas, we’re seeing people being held accountable,” said Lehi Fire Department Chief Jeremy Craft.

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