Despite the 300 arrests they made, Juab County law enforcement officials rated the Easter holiday weekend as one of the most peaceable in years.
An estimated 20,000, mostly well-behaved vacationers spent the weekend at Little Sahara Sand Dunes, Yuba Lake and Topaz Mountain recreation areas in Juab County. Over the years, those areas have become a traditional Easter weekend destination."We had no real bad problems," Sheriff Dave Carter said Sunday night. "This is the quietest Easter weekend we've had in a long time."
He said there were 90 arrests on Friday, 115 on Saturday and about 100 on Sunday. Most of the arrests involved alcohol, drug and driving offenses, but two were on felony charges of distribution of narcotics.
"And we broke up one party where some people got pretty aggressive, but it wasn't too serious," Carter added.
He said problems at the recreation areas have decreased steadily since 1976-77, when as many as 60,000 people descended upon the dunes for the Easter holiday. "It was a like a war zone, totally out of control, in those years."
Now, more families and fewer rabble-rousers use the popular recreation spots, Carter said, attributing the change to more law enforcement efforts.
This year, there were almost as many people at Yuba Lake as at Little Sahara, forcing the sheriff to split his forces between the two areas. Search and rescue personnel helped out and officers worked 18 to 20 hours per day, Carter said.