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Tests on California sea gull carcasses sent to the National Wildlife Health Laboratory in Madison, Wis., show no signs of disease, U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Bruce Waddell said Thursday.

The hundreds of juvenile birds found dead near the Bay View Landfill last week were suspected of dying of dehydration. Thousands of gulls nest behind the landfill. The tests showed no sign of toxic chemicals, Waddell said, however routine evaluations for disease will continue. The findings don't "add to what we already know," he said.


A public hearing to see what residents would like in the city's new general plan lasted only 30 seconds on Wednesday, the town clerk-recorder said.

Only three residents showed up to hear the town council discuss a proposed light industrial zone for the rural community, Tracy Wright said, but they had nothing to say. Where the new zone will go if approved hasn't been decided, she said. The town on the south end of Utah Lake currently has only three zones — an agricultural zone, a commercial zone and a new residential zone. Until the 2.5-acre residential zone was created, the smallest lots were 5 acres.

The Planning Commission is reworking the community's general plan.


From now until Saturday, Aug. 18, guests visiting Thanksgiving Point's Farm Country Animal Park can enter to win a Shetland pony. The 3-month-old pony will grow to be about 550 pounds and be about 42 inches tall.

Entrants must be 18 years of age or have a parent/guardian signature. Winners will be announced Aug. 18. Participants in the drawing will also be eligible for other prizes such as a pony punch pass and Farm Country admission punch pass.

Parents are invited to tour Farm Country with their children free-of-charge on Monday nights. Grandparents are admitted free of charge with grandchildren on Wednesday evenings.

For more information call 801-768-4929.


Utah Valley State College will offer a class this fall to train students for security posts during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

Completion of the criminal-justice course — CJ4900-Olympics 2002: Security and Protective Services — will meet the training requirements for certifications to work at a venue, according to Bobbi Gren, adviser for UVSC's legal studies department.

Weber State University and Salt Lake Community College will offer similar courses.

Students will learn the processes related to security at various Olympic venues, Johnson said. They will specifically focus on prevention of thefts and access control.

The three-credit course will be offered twice during fall semester. Interested students should call 222-8489.