KDXU Sunrise Stories for October 24, 2023: Human Trafficking Awareness Fundraiser, Fossil Discovered at Zion, and the Orem Temple Open House
KDXU Sunrise Stories: Volume 79
Statewide News – 10/24/23
New Orem Temple Open House Tours
The Orem Temple from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will start hosting open house tours on October 27.
The new temple based in Northern Utah began construction in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic, and it spans 70,000 square feet.
Tours will be offered every day except for Sundays and Thanksgiving, and the dedication for the Orem Temple is set for January 2024.
BYU Professor Shares Findings to Prevent Drowning Cases
Rollin Hotchkiss, a civil engineering professor at Brigham Young University, has shared research to help prevent cases of drownings across the country.
His study includes more than 13,000 dangerous low head dam locations across the United States, where drownings can often occur. Low head dams can be difficult to see and have deceptively strong currents.
25% of drownings occur when attempting to rescue someone who is drowning. Hotchkiss said this research is a great step to preventing future tragedies by cataloging all low head dams in the country.
Southern Utah/St. George News – 10/24/23
Human Trafficking Awareness Fundraiser in November
The Draper-based organization Holding Out Help, short for helping, encouraging, and loving polygamists, will hold its fall fundraiser for the first time in St. George on November 17.
The topic of the fundraiser will be about raising awareness of the ongoing issue of human trafficking, and the cases trafficking in polygamist communities.
Money raised at the event will go toward housing, therapy, and educational support for those transitioning out of polygamist environments.
The fundraiser will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the South Mountain Community Church (3158 E. 2000 S.) with a $25 admission.
G.O. Bond Up for Renewal in November Election
We’re now less than a month away from the November 21 election, and a $29 million dollar bond will be another item on the ballot to vote on.
The Trails, Parks & Recreation General Obligation Bond was originally voted on in 1996, and the last payment of the bond was made in August 2023.
This renewal of the bond would continue the trend of connecting trails, upgrading parks, and improving community recreation facilities in St. George for the next 25 years.
200-Million-Year-Old Fossil Found in Zion
Local paleontologists are showing off a prehistoric fish fossil that was recently discovered at Zion National Park.
The local experts include scientists from St. George and National Park Service officials. The prehistoric fish is similar to a fish that lives in the Indian Ocean, but this 200-million-year-old fish swam in fresh water instead of salt water.
This fish fossil is reportedly the most significant body fossil of this particular species to be found in Zion.
St. George Fall Home Expo This Weekend
Home improvement buffs may enjoy the St. George Fall Home Expo on October 27 and 28 at the Dixie Convention Center.
Those who attend will find the latest home trends along with local and national vendors specialized in home improvement.
The free event runs from noon to 8 p.m. on October 27, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on October 28.
Fun fact about Stockton Myers, the writer of Sunrise Stories.
Stockton is not much of a home improvement guy, but he does know how to get down and dirty when he absolutely needs to. Stockton shudders at the memories of living in a crappy apartment in Cedar City ($425 a month) and having to fix the things the landlords refused to fix. He also once took apart his car door to fix a window...but he doesn’t remember how to do it now.