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Davis County

In addition to featuring the top riders from the United States and Canada, the Olympic Command Performance Rodeo in Farmington will feature some of North America's top livestock.

The award-winning horses and bulls that will be at the Feb. 9-11 competition include Cool Alley, voted Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Bareback Horse of the Year and Wrangler NFR's top bareback horse, according to a PRCA news release.

Other featured animals include Order Up, Wild Card and Zippy Delivery, a 1,400-pound mare who has competed in the past six National Finals Rodeos. Salt Lake City's Bar T Rodeo will provide also provide bulls.


The City Council has elected its leadership for 2002.

Councilwoman Krista Dunn will serve as the City Council chairwoman. New Councilman Robbie Robertson will serve as vice chairman. Councilman Dick Stauffer was re-elected to another term as chairman of the budget and finance committee. Councilman John Christensen will serve as vice chairman of the budget and finance committee, and he will also represent Murray in the Salt Lake County Council of Governments.

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City's overflow shelter for the homeless — the first such shelter in Olympic history — opened Thursday.

Josh Ewing, spokesman for Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, said the plan had been to open the shelter when it was needed. About 30 people were housed at the shelter Thursday night.

The overflow shelter, in a warehouse near 300 South and 600 West, will be shut down in March. Preparing the facility cost about $200,000, with $75,000 coming from Salt Lake City, $75,000 from the state and $50,000 from Salt Lake County.

The temporary shelter's capacity is about 450 people.


Trees will now have to receive better care.

The City Council has approved the tree stewardship ordinance, which sets specific guidelines about caring for trees. It also establishes landscaping measures that should incorporate trees.

The tree stewardship ordinance is part of an ongoing effort by city leaders to improve water conservation measures within the city. This ordinance will improve shade and green space within the city, while reducing the amount of grass. Other water-conservation ordinances have included a revised rate structure that charges more for high amounts of water usage and a landscaping ordinance that requires more drought-tolerant plants.


Two new traffic lights will ease congestion at busy intersections.

The City Council has approved two agreements with the Utah Department of Transportation for traffic lights at 11000 S. Automall Drive and 9400 S. Expo Center.

Both areas have been noted as heavily congested and especially difficult for those trying to turn left.

South Salt Lake

Salt Lake County Youth Services Juvenile Receiving Center has geared up to assist youth picked up by law-enforcement agencies for nonholdable offenses during the Olympics.

The JRC, 177 W. Price Ave. (3610 South) operates 24 hours a day and will provide crisis counseling by trained staff and assist youth in locating and contacting parents or relatives who have accompanied them to Utah.

Local youth who are without adult supervision will be returned to their legal guardians. During the Games, several trained AmeriCorps Volunteers will augment the staff at the JRC.