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Is Draper part of Utah County?

Fact. You can change counties without changing cities as you approach Point of the Mountain.

From the Alpine/Highland area to the peak of Traverse Mountain is Draper and Utah County. Go a few feet farther, and you'll still be in Draper but on Salt Lake County turf.

It sounds confusing because it is. Especially for a handful of residents who live in the SunCrest development, which straddles the county line.

Though all SunCrest residents are Draper residents, not all receive equal treatment. Those on the Utah County side of the development must vote by absentee ballot for Utah County candidates, as well as Draper city officials. And getting a loan can be a real headache since most maps only identify Draper as part of Salt Lake County.

But the county confusion is only going to increase with the newly opened stretch of SunCrest Road, which connects Salt Lake's share of Draper to Utah County's slice.

The $20 million, four-lane, five-mile road will pave the way for 4,000 additional homes planned for the Utah County side of the SunCrest development.

Which begs the question, who's going to pay for essential services?

For now, the counties are going dutch on emergency services and sewage treatment.

Are there tunnels underneath Brigham Young's University sidewalks?

Fact. Rumors about "secret passageways" that transport BYU officials from building to building without being seen are far-fetched fiction spread by creative Cougar minds.

Talk that the tunnels hold an ancient treasure, bomb shelter or answers to an "econ" test is also false, as is gossip that the subterranean corridors are home to necking lovers at night.

Not that student haven't sneaked down into the tunnels. In fact, the columns lining the maze of underground hallways are marked with graffiti from students who managed to slip past security.

What they found probably wasn't as satisfying as their trespass, however.

The tunnels merely provide access to cables and pipes that keep the university running.

But there is one well-known perk to the steamy hallways. On a cold winter's day students near the school's Kimball Tower can stop atop a large grate and enjoy the warm air wafting up from the mysterious world underneath.