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Monday AM headlines: Utes softball team win, Utah ski resort fined for employee death

Hazy orange sunset behind dark conifer trees

Smoky Utah skies continue

Smoke from large wildfires across western Canada is expected to continue impacting Utah’s air quality through Tuesday. The haze has been blanketing Utah since last week. The Wasatch Front will see the haziest skies, with air quality rings from “moderate” to “unhealthy for sensitive groups."

High levels of small particulates and ozone in the air may particularly impact people with heart disease, asthma and other lung conditions. Utah Division of Air Quality guidelines suggest sensitive groups should reduce strenuous outdoor activities during periods of moderate or poor air quality, and to stop outdoor activity if coughing or shortness of breath occur. For those with lung conditions, keep quick relief medication easily accessible, including inhalers and nebulizers.

Stormy weather across Utah later this week may reduce the haze and bring back clear skies.

Park City ski resort fined for employee death

Utah Occupational Safety and Health (UOSH) says Park City Mountain Resort “seriously” violated state safety standards earlier this year when a falling tree killed an employee riding a ski lift.

An early January storm brought significant amounts of snow to the Park City resort, straining trees and resort infrastructure. A UOSH report, detailed by Fox13 Investigates, stated that a tree had fallen on the ski lift the previous day, but resort employees said they were pressured to open lifts for the morning and were not properly trained to check ski runs for other dangerous trees or debris.

UOSH has proposed a penalty of $2,500 for Park City Mountain Resort in relation to the incident.

U of U softball team wins Salt Lake City Regional

The University of Utah women's softball team beat Ole Miss Sunday evening 4-1 to win the NCAA’s Salt Lake City Regional. In a program first, the Utes also secured Utah’s right to host a “super regional” by beating UCLA on Saturday. The Utes will play against San Diego State in the three-game series regional later this week.

Head coach Amy Hogue expects a home advantage will continue to help the team continue its winning streak.

The Utes (40-13) are currently ranked sixth nationally and have won nine straight games. They are two winning games away from advancing to the Women’s College World Series.

DWR to treat Utah's waterways for trout conservation

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will treat waterways in the High Uintas this summer to help with native cutthroat trout conservation. Those areas include South Fork Sheep Creek, Upper and Lower Anson Lakes, and Porcupine Lake.

Biologists will be treating waterways with rotenone, a natural respiratory toxin, to remove brook trout, non-native cutthroat trout and rainbow trout from affected lakes and streams. The U.S. Forest Service will be closing the impacted areas while they are being treated.

The DWR says during treatment, the public will be prohibited from entering the water or obtaining drinking water from sources in the treatment area.

Aimee Van Tatenhove is a science reporter at UPR. She spends most of her time interviewing people doing interesting research in Utah and writing stories about wildlife, new technologies and local happenings. She is also a PhD student at Utah State University, studying white pelicans in the Great Salt Lake, so she thinks about birds a lot! She also loves fishing, skiing, baking, and gardening when she has a little free time.
Anna grew up begging her mom to play music instead of public radio over the car stereo on the way to school. Now, she loves radio and the power of storytelling through sound. While she is happy to report on anything from dance concerts to laughter practice, her main focus at UPR is political reporting. She is studying Journalism and Political Science at Utah State University and wants to work in political communication after she graduates. In her free time, she spends time with her rescue dog Quigley and enjoys rock climbing.