Lehi officials consider demolishing century-old bridge where teen died

LEHI — City officials in Lehi are considering how to make a century-old bridge safer after a teenager died jumping from it July 7 — once they find out who owns it.

Lehi Mayor Mark Johnson asked city officials earlier this week to look into tearing down the bridge, which has been unused since the mid-1990s, according to Cameron Boyle, Lehi assistant city administrator.

“We’re exploring some options of what we can do to make it safer,” Boyle said. “That is one option that we’ve discussed, but we haven’t made any decisions at this point.”

Boyle said the city is also considering installing more fencing to stop trespassers from jumping off the bridge, which has been a summer tradition in the city for decades.

James Wooldridge, Deseret News

“No Trespassing” signs are pictured on a century-old bridge across the Jordan River in Lehi on Friday, July 13, 2018. City officials are considering demolishing the old bridge after a teenager died jumping from it on July 7.

The bridge, located near 3333 W. 1500 North, currently has “No Trespassing” signs, vehicle barricades and receives regular patrols from police to enforce its closure, according to Lehi Police Lt. Jeff Swenson.

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LDS Church, NAACP to launch joint education, employment initiative

SAN ANTONIO — Two months after a joint press conference that signaled a historic new partnership between the NAACP and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the budding collaboration took a practical turn on Sunday night.

The two organizations plan to launch a joint education and employment initiative on the East Coast this fall, according to an announcement made at the 109th NAACP Annual Convention by Elder Jack N. Gerard, a General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Public Affairs Committee of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Our unified vision is not only equality of education and income,” Elder Gerard told the Deseret News, “but, perhaps more importantly, equality of influence.”

He made the announcement during the convention’s opening mass meeting at San Antonio’s Henry B. González Convention Center, where an LDS gospel choir earned a standing ovation, winning over many in a large crowd that included some who vocalized surprise and skepticism over the new partnership.

Edward A. Ornelas, For the Deseret News

Leon W. Russell, chairman of NAACP national board of directors, speaks during the 109th NAACP Annual Convention at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio on Sunday, July …read more

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Flames sign Morgan Klimchuk to one-year, two-way deal

The Calgary Flames have signed Morgan Klimchuk to a one-year deal, the club announced Sunday.

.@CortexBusiness Transaction Alert: The #Flames have signed forward Morgan Klimchuk to a one-year deal. https://t.co/RFXVWlOOky

— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) July 15, 2018

Klimchuk’s two-way deal comes with a cap hit of $700,000, according to the club’s release.

Originally joining the Flames organization as the 28th-overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, the winger is coming off of two strong seasons in the AHL, posting 38 goals and 83 combined points over those two campaigns.

The 23-year-old has appeared in one game at the NHL level, posting zero points in that debut.

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