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Wride family wants bulletproof glass Candi Higley

the law enforcement community, and to make sure that something good comes from their loss. SPANISH FORK — Just hours after The Wride family would like to laying their father and husband to rest see bulletproof glass in every patrol in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery, vehicle, preferably every window, but members of the Cory Wride family most importantly the windshield and was thinking of ways to give back to driver and passenger side windows. Daily Herald

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“We want to make sure that something good comes from this,” said Nathan Mohler, Wride’s son. “That our dad’s death isn’t just another simple cross on the road. To get things started, Mohler started a petition on whitehouse.gov on Wednesday evening around 11 p.m.

“I had heard that if you start a petition and get 100,000 signatures, then the Obama administration will address your cause,” Mohler said. “I figured this was just one more way to get awareness for what we want to do.” As of 4 p.m. on Thursday, there were 1,337 signatures on the petition.

“Stuff like what happened to our dad shouldn’t happen,” Mohler said. “We want people to get involved and share the page with their friends and family, so that they can sign the petition as well.”

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PROVO — A fire at an apartment building in Provo is one of several recent fires around Utah that have forced people out of their homes. According to the American Red Cross, four fires, not including the one in Provo, have displaced 37 people in Utah in the past several days. Since Sunday local Red Cross Disaster Teams have responded to fires in North Salt Lake, Springville, Taylorsville and Layton. According to the Red Cross, they have teams responding to a disaster every eight minutes, most of them home fires. The Red Cross theme for the month of February is Home Fire Prevention. “Home fires are a common and deadly threat because they happen so quickly,” said Logan Sisam, Utah Regional Director of Emergency Services, in a press release.

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Elizabeth Smart speaks at Heritage School in Provo on Thursday.

Elizabeth Smart ‘grateful’ for lessons learned Barbara Christiansen

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah Senate committee has approved legislation that is aimed to create a “try it before you buy it” hunting program within the state of Utah. The Senate Natural Resources Committee advanced the bill, S.B. 165, Thursday morning as the sponsor, Sen. Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe, explained the bill will make it possible to expose more Utahns to the sport of hunting. “The reason to do it is to allow people the opportunity to get out into the field and

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she was selected to deliver the keynote address at Heritage School Thursday night. Despite nine months of living Smart said Thursday she lived in captivity subjected to rape and the nine months in captivity, holdother horrors, Elizabeth Smart ing herself together by rememis grateful for the experience. bering things from her home and That’s what she told a full house at family. Heritage School in Provo Thursday As she tried to bring details to evening. her memory, she realized she had “I don’t want to be kidnapped heard that memories of voices again, and I didn’t even want it were among the first to go. So once,” she said. “But I am grateful she tried to remember her famfor what it has taught me, for what ily’s voices, especially that of her it has allowed me to do, to become mother. a voice for so many people who She even recalled prods to do her don’t have one.” homework and her saying that she Her abduction was one of the didn’t sell her car to buy Elizabeth most followed child abduction a harp that she wouldn’t practice. cases in recent years. She told When she was freed, she also her story in her book, “My Story, listened to her mom. Elizabeth Smart.” Because of her positive outlook, See Smart, A2 DAILY HERALD

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Elizabeth Smart receives a hug from an at-risk youth while visiting the Heritage School in Provo Thursday.

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Bill would speed process for voter referendums Billy Hesterman DAILY HERALD

SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, is looking to speed up the process for a referendum vote to take place when residents of a municipality attempt to overturn a taxing decision made by the city government. The bill comes in direct response to what the city of Orem faced in 2012 and 2013, with their property tax issue. Orem’s city council voted to increase the property tax in 2012 but the tax hike was put

on hold for nearly a year and half because residents had called for a referendum on the increase. State law called for the referendum election to be in the next municipal election, which put the city on hold, while it waited for the vote to take place. “The bill says to both the government and its residents that we want to have the vote in the year that the petition has been granted and had enough signatures on it,” Valentine said. “We don’t want to have to wait for two years, nor do we want to make the taxing

SB 134 Sponsored by: Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem What it does: Moves referendum elections in municipalities to the same year as when the petition is submitted to the local government.

authority wait two years. Representative democracy works best when you can have the vote timely, at the time the is-

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Home fires, however, are mostly preventable. To help avoid a fire in the home the Red Continued from A1 Cross recommends keeping flam“We urge everyone to become mable items at least three feet aware of what they should do to away from any heat source, nevprevent a fire in their home.” er smoking in bed and turning The fire in Provo happened off portable heaters when leaving Wednesday night just after 11 the room or going to sleep. p.m. at 1415 W. Arthur Drive The Red Cross also recomin Provo. Lynn Schofield of the mends installing smoke alarms Provo Fire Department said most on every level of the home and of the damage in the apartment outside each sleeping area and in building was smoke damage and every bedroom. Smoke alarms only one family of three was should be placed high on the wall displaced for more than a few or ceiling since smoke rises and hours. Schofield said the family, new batteries should be installed whose apartment the fire started every year and smoke alarms in, should be able to return home replaced every 10 years. in the next few days. Schofield The Red Cross also recomalso said the fire was started by mends each family develop a an electrical malfunction but was fire escape plan and practice it quickly put out and damage is es- at least twice a year. The plan timated at less than $10,000. should include two ways to According to the U.S. Fire Ad- escape from every room and a ministration (USFA), there are al- designated place to meet outside most 365,000 residential fires re- the home in case of a fire. ported in the U.S. every year, killPeople can visit www.reding more than 2,400 Americans cross.org for more steps they can and causing more than $6 billion take to lessen the chance of a fire in property loss every year. in their home.

Hunting Continued from A1 see if they like it without going through the two-week course that is out there and try to get a few more hunters,” Okerlund said. The bill would create a permit that could be obtained by someone who has never received a hunter training course. That permit then could be used as a hunting permit if the person the permit holder is hunting with is someone who has taken the hunter education course and has a valid hunting permit in the state. Okerlund said he anticipated the permits would mostly be used by youth who want to give hunting a try but said it could be used by someone who is older and never gone hunting before. He anticipated the hunts would focus mostly around upland game and fowl hunts. The legislation has the support of Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources. A representative with the DWR said 35 other

states have similar programs to this and said the program has proven to be safe as it pushes more people to take a hunter education course after they go on their trial run. “It really is proving to get people to buy licenses and get outdoors and participate,” said Robin Cahoon, the government affairs specialist for the DWR. Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, brought up the concern that the program will add more hunters in Utah. He worried the increase in participation could make it harder for him to get deer tags each year. Cahoon calmed his fears as she explained it was possible the permit may only allow for upland game or fowl hunting. She also stated without new hunters being put into the system, the sport of hunting would die in Utah. “If we don’t ensure that there are more people hunting in the future, the sport will not continue to exist,” Cahoon said. The bill now moves forward to be considered by the full body of the Senate.

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general to get more involved in national affairs,” Mohler said. “We don’t have to sit by Continued from A1 the wayside, we can actually Mohler said that signing make a difference.” the petition is as easy as creatLieutenant Eric McDowell ing an account by providing with the Utah County Sheriff’s your email address, first and Office, and Sergeant Wride’s last name and zip code. You lieutenant in Eagle Mountain, then must verify your account said the petition is a noble through email. From there you thing. can click the box to sign the “I think that any time you petition. have something as tragic as Those interested in signthis and you can get help from ing the petition can go to the feds or the state level, it is Nate Mohler, Chance Wride a great thing,” McDowell said. or Nannette Wride’s Face“Our guys out there patrolling book pages and click on the never know what they are link or this link: http://1.usa. stopping and if they had somegov/1b6MXFT. thing that would help them so The petition has until March we don’t end up with another 7 to acquire 100,000 signatragedy in the Utah County tures. Sheriff’s Office that would be “Creating an account on awesome. I don’t know how whitehouse.gov not only helps much something like this will our cause, but will help us in cost, but I personally think it

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tainly approach it with every intention of making a difference.” Continued from A1 What made a difference “The next morning, Mom for her during her trials was gave me the best advice,” knowing the constancy of the Smart said. love and support of her family. “What this man has done to She was initially concerned you is terrible,” she said her that they would think she had mom told her. “Words can’t run away or that she was mad describe how wicked and evil at them. he is. The best punishment you That waned, however, and could ever give him is to be she felt supported by her famhappy and to go on with your ily’s love and that of her God. life.” “I can always turn to Him. Smart said it was up to I can find solace,” she said. individuals to determine how “That still plays a pretty huge they act. role in my life today.” She had “We do have a choice,” she to lean on memories of her said. “We can work through family, as she was as uncertain whatever we are faced with about them as they were about until we move forward and her. When her captor, who we can be happy again.” She she did not mention by name, echoed what her mother told held a knife to her throat and her. said, “I have a knife to your “Everything that you have neck. Don’t make a sound. Get lost will be made up to you,” up and come with me,” Smart she said. “There is no reason to saw her younger sister asleep hold onto the past.” in the room. She had no idea if Smart said she plans on con- the rest of her family was still tinuing to look to the future. alive. She’s not sure what that will “I couldn’t help but worry hold, but she said she plans on about my family,” she said. continuing speaking to others. “Had they not wakened be“I can explore the different cause they couldn’t, because ways I can make a difference,” they were killed?” she said. “Whatever it is I cerWhen she took stock and

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Utah Weather History Feb. 6: In 1986, strong easterly canyon winds along the Wasatch Front toppled 2 semi-trucks, blew a small jet off the runway at Brigham City, and downed power lines in Kaysville.  Farmington had a gust to 87 mph. In 1989, it was minus 54 degrees in Logan Canyon.  In 1999, a snowshoer was killed by an avalanche below Lone Peak. 

Court dealing with that issue. He said he wanted to make sure the voters’ role in the referendum process was preserved as much as possible in his bill so to ensure the rights he fought for in the court case were protected. The legislation was supported by Utah County Chief Deputy Clerk Auditor Scott Hogenson as he said the time restraints put on the cities or counties to verify the petitions quicker would not be a major strain on election officials. He said the signature verification process in Orem’s case only

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sue is being considered.” Along with the sped up time frame for the vote, the bill, S.B. 134, also calls for the amount of time cities would have to prepare packets and verify the signatures gathered to be condensed from 50 days to 12 days. It also calls for signature gatherers to have 30 guaranteed days to obtain signatures, current law allows for as few as 25 days. Valentine noted that it was very important to him that the time to gather signatures was preserved in his legislation as he once defended and won a case in the Utah Supreme

“There are something like a billion people on Facebook,” Mohler said. “You never know who will see this petition and how far-reaching it can get.” With the Wride’s beliefs and their membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mohler said that the family feels their dad is prompting them to help make a difference. “I think if he were here, he would be helping spearhead this effort,” Mohler said. “We believe that the Lord has a plan and that he will stand in and bless and help our family as much as he can. Our dad would be proud of what we are doing. This is our dad’s legacy. He loved everybody he worked with and we want there to be a change so that this never happens again.”

realized her family still loved her, no matter what, she made a choice. “I decided I would do whatever it took to get back home because my mother’s love was worth surviving for.” That didn’t make everything easy, however. “There were a lot of lows,” she said. “If I could have given up, I probably would have. Eventually a month would pass. Then nine months later I remember walking down State Street in Salt Lake. All of a sudden we were surrounded by policemen. They started asking questions.” During that nine months she had never seen her captors fail at anything and was afraid they would not in this instance. “I felt if I said something wrong they would kill my family,” she said. She was then separated from the captors and was then able to tell police who she was. She was surprised by what happened next. “They handcuffed me and put me in the back of the car,” she said. “That is not what I thought a rescue would be.” That ended quickly, however, and she was taken to the

police station, where authorities called her family to come get her. “My dad came in,” she said. “I knew never again would I feel that same pain I had felt the last nine months. I would be OK because my dad was there.” “Elizabeth Smart’s story resonated with the young women at Heritage School,” McKaye Treanor, development director at Heritage School said. “Because of the extreme circumstances she endured and the choices she made afterwards, she has become an advocate and champion of hope.” She told her personal story and related it to overcoming adversity, the importance and process of recovery and not allowing your past to dictate your life’s future. Heritage School is a nonprofit residential treatment center for at-risk teens who are struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, mood and thought disorders and diagnosis on the autistic spectrum. During the past 30 years the school has helped thousands of struggling teens find hope and overcome the difficult challenges they face.

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is great that the Wride family is taking up this cause. It is a great thing for them to put their effort into. Cory was a humble guy and I know that he would never want any of his guys to be hurt. If he lost his life and others could be safer, his death doesn’t have to be in vain.” Mohler also said that when everything in the Wride family settles, they will be speaking with Gov. Gary Herbert, Congressman Jason Chaffetz and other politicians to hopefully begin making a difference. “My mom is also working with the founder of the 1033 Foundation and the wives of other fallen officers in the state to make sure something good comes from this,” said Mohler. Mohler said he hopes that those that sign the petition also share the link as well.

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took a day and half to accomplish. The bill was also supported by Utah’s League of Cities and Towns. Valentine’s proposal was approved by the Senate’s Revenue and Taxation Committee on Thursday with a unanimous recommendation. It now will move forward to be considered by the full body of the Senate.

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Sochi’s opening show: Let Putin’s games begin Angela Charlton

They’re pinning especially high hopes on their athletes, once a force to be reckoned SOCHI, Russia — They’re with and the pride of the nadesigned to celebrate a millen- tion. They were an national nium of Russian might and this embarrassment at the Vancoucountry’s modern rebound, ver Games in 2010, with just and kick off two weeks of ex- three gold medals and a string traordinary human endeavors of doping busts. and planetary sportsmanship. “This ceremony can only But the ceremony opening help motivate our guys,” said the Sochi Olympics on Friday, Russian bobsled coach Oleg more than anything, will be Sokolov. “You have to visit this about one man: Vladimir Putin. kind of event, especially when He charmed and strongthe whole stadium is cheering armed his way to hosting the for you.” games at a summer beach This year, Russia has resort that he envisioned as cleaned up its game and is prea winter paradise. He stared senting hundreds of skaters, down terrorist threats and skiers and other champions in worldwide wrath at a scarcely the arenas on Sochi’s seashore veiled campaign against gays. and in the nearby Caucasus He has shrugged off critiques Mountains slopes of Krasnaya that construction of the most Polyana. costly games in Olympic hisWhile the United States, tory was both shoddy and Norway and Germany are seen corrupt. as leading medal contenders, Ballet, man-made snow and Russia will be pushing hard to avant-garde art will make an bring home a bundle for the appearance at Sochi’s opening home crowd. Putin put on the ceremonies, though as with all pressure even as he tried to past opening ceremonies, the motivate them this week: “We details are under wraps. They are all counting on you.” can’t really compete with the The world will be watching cinematic splendor of the Lon- the entire Olympic machine in don Olympics or the pyrotech- Sochi, and using what it sees nic extravaganza of Beijing, to sit in judgment of Putin’s but then again, the Winter Russia, where he has suffoGames are usually more lowcated political opposition and key. ruled overtly or covertly for 15 No matter. All Putin needs years. is an event that tells the world Is it a has-been superpower “Russia is back.” that can’t keep the electricity It’s a message meant for on during a hockey game? Or millions around the world who a driver of the 21st century will watch the show — and one global economy? A diplomatic for his countrymen, too. middleweight with ties to Russians will form the bulk despots that wields influence of the spectators in Sochi for only via its veto at the United the Olympics, a people whose Nations? Or a fairy tale of forebears endured centuries of prosperous resurrection from oppression, a revolution that the communist collapse and its changed the world, a Soviet ex- brutal aftermath? periment that built rockets and Who sits next to Putin on the nuclear missiles but struggled VIP balcony may provide some to feed its people. Russians clue. President Barack Obama who sometimes embrace Puand some other Western leadtin’s heavy hand because they ers are staying away, upset at fear uncertainty more than a law that he championed barthey crave freedom, and who, ring homosexual “propaganda” despite inhabiting the largest aimed at minors that has been country in the world, feel inse- used to more widely discrimicure about their place in it. nate against gays. The Associated Press

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Members of a Russian honor guard raise an Olympic flag during a welcoming ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday. The opening ceremonies will gloss over the ugly bits as they hand over the games to the men and women who will spend the next two weeks challenging records and the limits of human ability. Princess Anne of Britain, who competed in equestrian at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, says the ceremonies should remind the world the athletes “are committing themselves to the Olympic ideal” — not just be a big party. Some 6,000 athletes and team members, a record for the Winter Olympics, will come for 98 events, including the new slopestyle extreme skiing competition that began Thursday. More women will

compete than ever before. Among Americans, Shaun White is skipping slopestyle to focus on winning a thirdstraight snowboarding gold in halfpipe. Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner will try to out-skate South Korea’s Yuna Kim. The pros of the NHL won’t arrive until Monday, taking a special break in their season to hop on charter flights to Sochi and splitting off to compete against each other on behalf of their homelands. The last thing anyone wants to think about as Sochi opens the Olympics is terrorism, but it won’t be far from anyone’s mind. A few hundred miles away lies Chechnya, the site of two wars in the past two decades. And Dagestan, childhood home to the two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings and where militants regularly mount attacks. And Volgograd, where two suicide bombs killed 34 people in December. A decade ago, extremists hid a bomb in a stadium in Chechnya during construction. At its grand opening, the bomb exploded, killing the Kremlinbacked Chechen president. Fear of an attack on the Sochi Games has fueled Putin’s strict security agenda and brought U.S. warships to the region. About Russian 40,000 security forces are on guard, standing watch in all corners of Sochi and its Olympic Park on the sea and built-from-scratch mountain ski resort. Legions of small business owners, political leaders and residents of this region are also hoping things stay safe — and hoping that Putin wins his gamble the games will turn Sochi into a year-round resort zone. Glitches with notquite-ready hotels and a run of last-minute construction have already seeded doubts. While London’s Olympics celebrated little-known young athletes chosen to light the Olympic torch, the Sochi Games may celebrate experience instead.

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IOC President Thomas Bach, right, hands over the Olympic torch to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the torch relay arrives in Sochi, ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday.

Toothpaste making it to Russia despite warnings

Yet six Associated Press employees arriving in Moscow from across the world or beginning their journey there passed through security without having to remove toothpaste, hand lotion or water bottles from SOCHI, Russia — Despite their carry-on luggage. a temporary Russian ban on liquids in carry-on lugOther air travelers heading gage, some air travelers to Sochi also said their exheading to the Sochi Olym- perience of Russian airport pics through Moscow have security was surprisingly brought toothpaste and hassle-free. other toiletries past security “It was pretty chill. I had an checkpoints without any empty 1-1/2 liter water bottle problems. because I was hoping to fill Security concerns ahead of it up on the plane but no the Sochi Games were reone checked it,” said Matt newed after the U.S. Home- Segal, an Australian tourist land Security Department who traveled from Moscow to warned airlines flying to Rus- Sochi on Thursday. “No one sia that terrorists may try to has pulled it out and asked smuggle explosives into the about it.” country in toothpaste tubes.

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SAN FRANCISCO — With the Winter Games underway in Sochi, Google Inc. quietly but vibrantly added its voice Thursday to the chorus of U.S. companies speaking out against Russia’s law restricting gay-rights activities by updating its iconic search page logo to depict illustrations of athletes skiing, sledding, curling and skating against a rainbow-colored backdrop. The company declined to comment on the new Google Doodle that appeared on its home pages worldwide, saying it wanted the illustration to speak for itself. But the logo clearly was meant as a show of support for gay rights and a rebuke of the law that bans pro-gay “propaganda” that could be accessible to minors: below the updated logo appears a two-sentence section of the Olympic charter that reads, in part, “The practice of sport is a human right.

Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind.” “Google has made a clear and unequivocal statement that Russia’s anti-LGBT discrimination is indefensible,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, whose Washington-based group has been lobbying American corporations, especially those sponsoring the Games in Sochi, to condemn the law signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in July. “Now it’s time for each and every remaining Olympic sponsor to follow their lead. The clock is ticking, and the world is watching.” Although Google is not an Olympics sponsor, its action came a day after three sponsors of the U.S. Olympic Committee — AT&T, DeVry University and yogurt maker Chobani — issued statements explicitly speaking out against the Russian law.

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