Utah Lowers the Legal Blood Alcohol Content
by Mariah Tso '21
The number of people killed in alcohol-related crashes reached a 10-year high in 2014 when 45 people were killed in Utah, nearly double the 23 killed in 2013, according to Highway Safety Office statistics.
Alcohol-related traffic deaths jumped from 23 to 45, while drug-related traffic deaths dropped from 45 to 38 in the years 2013 to 2014, according to the 13th annual DUI report to the Utah Legislature. Drunk driving figured into nearly 18 percent of all fatal crashes in the state last year, also the highest in the past 10 years. In 2014 that number dropped to 67 percent, meaning drunk drivers cause more fatalities to people in other cars than themselves.
On March 9, 2017 Utah cut the legal DUI alcohol limit to lowest level in U.S, lowering the blood alcohol limit to .05 percent instead of .08 percent. Utah also restricts their supermarkets to selling only packaged beer. Liquor and wine can only be sold at state liquor stores.
Bears Ear Lawsuit
by Shawn McCraith '18
Many Navajo Nation constituents are commenting and speaking out against Donald Trump’s decision like the Navajo Nation Vice President Johnathan Nez, a council delegate Davis Filifred and an attorney general Ethel Branch. Nez is taken back by the proclamation and is willing to fight for the monument which is of great significance to the Navajo when the U.S. ordered the removal and relocation of the Navajo to Bosque Redondo known as The Long Walk. Not only is Bears Ears being reduced but also The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument will be reduced by at least 900,000 acres and ten environmental and wilderness groups will be suing Donald Trump.
The argument of the coalition filing the lawsuit is that President Trump does not have the power or authority to shrink the national monument. In the Antiquities Act that was passed in the year 1906 it enables presidents to specify and make locations national monuments for use like hiking or fishing. Legal scholars also argue that it gives the president the power to reduce the size of any national monument. Through the years there has been precedents of other presidents like Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt reducing the size of the Grand Canyon and the Mount Olympus National Monument which has never been challenged in its time. The willingness and defiance of the affected tribes will not go unnoticed for the battle of Bears Ears.
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush Poll takers what they would do if they were in Jamal Hinton's position: 100% of poll takers said that they would grub out.