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Daily news: Another USU athletics official dismissed, wildfires affecting air quality

A staff photo of Amy Crosbie smiling
Utah State University
Herald Journal
Amy Crosbie

This is your rundown of the daily news for Tuesday, July 9. In this edition:

USU fires executive associate athletics director

4:50 p.m.

Less than a week after announcing their intent to terminate head football coach Blake Anderson, Utah State University dismissed their executive associate athletics director, Amy Crosbie.

Crosbie served in her role for five years, where she oversaw compliance, academics, strength and conditioning, Title IX oversight, and sport supervision for several sports.

The reason for her dismissal was not disclosed.

The university also recently fired Jerry Bovee, associate vice president and deputy athletic director of external affairs, and Austin Albrecht, the football director of player development and community. Both were dismissed for violations of university policy related to reporting sexual and domestic violence, as well as failures of professional responsibilities.

Wildfires in southern Utah are affecting air quality

4:50 p.m.

As large fires continue to burn in southern Utah, air quality has begun to suffer.

Since Saturday, air quality in Washington County has degraded from good to moderate, according to data from IQ Air, an air quality monitoring service. Moderate air quality means possible health concerns for sensitive groups like young children, older adults, and those with respiratory issues.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the best way to stay safe from wildfire smoke is to stay inside and keep the smoke out. Some tips include keeping doors and windows closed, using portable air cleaners or high-efficiency filters to remove fine particles from the air, and avoiding strenuous activity while outside if there’s smoke in the air.

Declining air quality comes in large part from two massive fires — the Silver King Fire in Fishlake National Forest, which has spread over 11,000 acres, and the Deer Springs Fire in rural Kane County, which has grown to nearly 12,000 acres, making it the largest wildfire in the state.

Woman injured by auger in Box Elder County

10:22 a.m.

A woman got caught in an auger, severely injuring her lower extremities.

The Box Elder County Sheriff's Office said they got a call about a "farming accident" just after 7:15 p.m. Monday in Fielding, north of Tremonton.

A 54-year-old woman reportedly got caught in an auger -- something used to drill fence post holes.

The wire farm fence had gotten tangled in the auger and grabbed the woman, pulling her in.

Deputies said she suffered severe lower extremity injuries, including two broken legs.

Stokes Market owners and employees give $100,000 to restore historic building

10:22 a.m.

The owners and employees of Stokes Market in Preston, Idaho have committed $100,000 towards the restoration of a historic building there.

When complete, the abandoned Oneida Stake Academy will become a cultural center and museum of local history for the people of Preston and Franklin County.

The Stokes Market donation capped off efforts of the Oneida Stake Academy Foundation to raise just over half a million dollars to install an HVAC system in the building according to foundation representative Alexis Beckstead.

The Larry Miller Family Foundation and the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation also made significant contributions to this phase.

The foundation is now raising funds to complete plumbing, electrical, framing and drywall in the building. Once those stages are completed, the building just needs finish work and an elevator to be open to the public.

At 14-years-old, Kerry began working as a reporter for KVEL “The Hot One” in Vernal, Utah. Her radio news interests led her to Logan where she became news director for KBLQ while attending Utah State University. She graduated USU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and spent the next few years working for Utah Public Radio. Leaving UPR in 1993 she spent the next 14 years as the full time mother of four boys before returning in 2007. Kerry and her husband Boyd reside in Nibley.
Duck is a general reporter and weekend announcer at UPR, and is studying broadcast journalism and disability studies at USU. They grew up in northern Colorado before moving to Logan in 2018, so the Rocky Mountain life is all they know. Free time is generally spent with their dog, Monty, listening to podcasts, reading or wishing they could be outside more.