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Mark is a nomad at heart, having moved more than 20 times in his 26 years. Before becoming a Web Content Producer at Fox 13 he worked as a writer on Senator Orrin Hatch's reelection campaign, a surgical assistant, a legal aide, a door-to-door salesman and the fastest hands a movie theater's concession stand had ever seen.

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    Portion of trail at Mount OIympus to close this weekend

    MOUNT OLYMPUS, Utah – Officials will close the upper portion of the hiking trail at Mount Olympus this weekend in order to make improvements. Forest Service personnel said the section of trail will be closed Saturday and Sunday as their crews work with volunteers to improve the safety of the trail, which is designated as Forest Service Trail #455. Cathy Kahlow, Salt Lake City District Ranger, said they will work to better define the route from the area of the […]

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    Report: Judge rules Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

    DENVER – A federal judge reportedly struck down Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday. FOX 13 News sister station KDVR FOX 31 in Denver reports U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore ruled the state’s ban was unconstitutional but immediately put the order on hold pending the outcome of appeals to a higher court. FOX 31 reports the ruling is in response to a lawsuit filed by six gay couples on July 1. Click here for more on this story from FOX […]

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    Couple traveling with grandson crashes on I-15; 1 dead, 2 injured

    SCIPIO, Utah – A man was killed and his wife critically injured after a rollover accident on I-15 near Scipio Tuesday evening, and a young boy in the vehicle suffered minor injuries. The crash occurred at about 4:57 p.m. near mile post 185 on I-15 when a northbound pickup truck pulling a camp trailer began to sway back and forth and the driver lost control. According to information from the Utah Department of Public Safety, the Chevrolet extended-cab truck moved […]

  • Update: Family confirms 2 Utah teen brothers killed in Arizona plane crash

    UPDATE: Family members have confirmed two Utah brothers were killed when a plane they were in crashed on the Arizona-Utah border Sunday. The two brothers, 19-year-old Daulton Whatcott and 16-year-old Jaxon Whatcott, are from Clinton, Utah, and were on the way to a basketball tournament. Relatives said Jaxon played for Syracuse High School. LITTLEFIELD, Ariz. – Authorities are releasing more information after a plane crashed at the Virgin River Gorge near the Utah-Arizona border which killed two people Sunday night. Ian […]

  • Man shocked by more than 12,000 volts after accidental contact with power line

    MURRAY, Utah – Officials said a man is lucky to be alive after he was shocked by more than 12,000 volts of electricity during an accident in his own backyard. The man is currently in a hospital in stable condition, but he wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse when paramedics arrived on scene Saturday around 7:30 p.m. Clinton Gaipher, 62, was putting netting over an apple tree to keep birds away when the aluminum pole he was using to […]

  • Ross Bros. Feed and Seed in Myton, Utah. Image courtesy David S. Chapoose.

    Photos show feed and seed plant in Myton engulfed in fire

    MYTON, Utah – A feed and seed plant caught fire in Duchesne County Sunday, and officials said residents have been allowed to return to their homes after they were evacuated due to the intensity of the fire. Dispatch officials in Duchesne County said the Ross Bros. Feed and Seed plant caught fire Sunday evening, and photos from the scene submitted by FOX 13 News viewers showed the structure engulfed in flames. Chief Wade Butterfield, Myton Police Department, spoke to FOX […]

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    Video highlights sights, sounds of lunar landing on 45th anniversary

    On July 20, 1969, NASA’s Apollo 11–crewed by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin–successfully carried out the first lunar landing. The video above, courtesy CNN, offers a montage of the sights and sounds from the historic mission, including the famous pronouncement Neil Armstrong made upon touching down. However, that famous line was reportedly uttered with an error. Numerous sources, including the LA Times, report Armstrong intended to say, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap […]

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    Man in critical condition after 2-vehicle crash

    MIDVALE, Utah — Officials responded to a 2-vehicle crash Saturday night, and a man was taken to a hospital in critical condition after crews worked for about 20 minutes to extricate him using Jaws of Life. The crash was in the area of 7200 South and 900 East, and officials said the driver of the burgundy car pictured above attempted to make a U-turn and wound up in the wrong lane. Lt. Steve Shreeve, Unified Police Department, described the crash. […]

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    Car stolen, destroyed by fire; blaze threatens nearby apartments

    SALT LAKE CITY – Firefighters responded Sunday morning to a car fire that was threatening nearby structures, and authorities later determined the vehicle destroyed in the blaze had been stolen. Crews responded around 8 a.m. after receiving reports of a car burning just outside of an apartment building located at 1468 S. Pacific Ave. Dispatch officials said early Sunday morning the fire was threatening the nearby structure. Resident Jasmyne Sheppard said the fire gave her family cause for alarm. “My […]

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    Ogden police seek suspect after man wounded in shooting

    OGDEN, Utah – Police are searching for a suspect after a man was wounded in a shooting at a hotel Saturday night. Ogden Police Department officials confirmed to FOX 13 News there was a shooting at a Days Inn located at 3306 Washington Blvd. Lt. Steve Zaccardi of the Ogden Police Department said a male at the scene had been shot twice, and officials said the man’s wounds are not life-threatening. A press release from police stated the victim is […]

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    Officials search for suspects after 4 horses shot, killed; animal’s owner speaks

    SYRACUSE, Utah — The Davis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of four horses found shot in Syracuse, and the Humane Society of Utah is offering a $5,000 reward in the case. The owners last saw their horses on July 12 before leaving town, said spokeswoman Susan Poulsen with the Davis County Sheriff’s Office. When they returned on July 15, the owners found the animals dead. “There is no one more eager for anything more than I am right […]

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    Lanes reopen after portion of I-15 buckles due to heat

    DRAPER, Utah — Traffic was slowed Saturday as crews worked to repair a stretch of I-15 that buckled due to heat, but by about 9 p.m. it appeared that lanes had been reopened in the area. Utah Highway Patrol officials confirmed to FOX 13 News that the freeway had buckled near 14600 South and southbound I-15, and Utah Department of Transportation cameras at the scene showed that two lanes had been blocked off as crews worked. The lanes were closed […]