ICYMI: Utahns sent to help Hurricane Irma victims; BYU cougar statue vandalized


In case you were too mixed up in the BYU-Utah rivalry this weekend that you didn’t hear about anything else happening in Utah Valley, here are four stories to catch you up.

Utahns sent to help Hurricane Irma victims

As Florida was assaulted by Hurricane Irma on Sunday, many Utah organizations were already sending people to help. The American Red Cross has sent 85 members to the southeast to help with relief, according to the Deseret News. Then Rocky Mountain Power send a crew of 30 journymen, nine managers, a equipment mechanic and 12 contract journeymen to help Georgia Power with outages.

BYU cougar statue vandalized before BYU-Utah football game

Before BYU football lost to Utah 19–13 on Saturday night, four vandals were caught red-handed vandalizing the cougar statue outside of LaVell Edwards Stadium. The vandals were caught around 4:50 a.m. Saturday morning painting the cougar, the Deseret News reported. BYU grounds crew personnel finished cleaning the cougar around 11:30 a.m.

Provo High student speaks out for Suicide Prevention Week

In a KSL story series for Suicide Prevention Week, Provo High student Elijah Dean is speaking out about having suicidal thoughts and overcoming them. Data from the Utah Department of Health reports that two Utahns die by suicide every day, and 12 more are treated for attempts. Read Dean’s story here.

Elder Bednar invites young adults to be strong “links” in their families

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a responsibility to connect generations through righteous living, LDS apostle Elder David A. Bednar said in a Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults Sunday night. Accompanied by his wife, Susan, Elder Bednar addressed a congregation of young single adults in Raleigh, North Carolina as well as singles around the world via satellite broadcast. Read “4 ‘linking’ takeaways from Elder Bednar’s Worldwide Devotional address” here.

And, in case you did need to catch up on BYU sports, here are summaries of BYU’s three biggest games this past weekend.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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