ICYMI: Salt Lake bids for 2026 Winter Olympic Games; fossils airlifted to Utah museum

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After recovering from her broken leg, Noelle Pikus-Pace competed in the 2006-2007 skeleton season. (Photo by NBC/USOC)

In case you took a break from the news this weekend, here are a few local stories from the weekend to help you catch up on the know.

Salt Lake bids for 2026 Winter Olympic Games

Now that voters didn’t back a referendum to back a 2026 Winter Games bid, Innsburck, Austria is pulling itself as a location option for the Winter Olympics, the Deseret News reported. Salt Lake City is throwing its hat in the rink, hoping to win the bid for another Winter Olympic Games. In 2002, Utah hosted the Winter Games. Read the full story here.

Paleontologists airlift fossils from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Paleontologists from the Natural History Museum of Utah airlifted fossils of a teratophoneus — a relative of T. rex — from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, reported The Salt Lake Tribune. The paleontologists found the remains of the nearly complete dinosaur nearly two years ago. They plan to study the bones at the Natural History Museum of Utah and possibly display the bones there. Read the full story here.

BRT project is $14 million short to complete project

The bus rapid transit line being built through Provo and Orem is going to cost another $14 million, KSL.com reported. Originally a $190 million project, the UTA committee may need to come up with another $10 million — it has $4 of its budget contingency remaining — to complete the 10.5-mile route. Read the full story here.

Campus climate survey reveals why UVU students don’t report sexual misconduct

A recent campus climate survey revealed why Utah Valley University students don’t report sexual misconduct after another survey revealed that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men at the Orem university have experienced sexual misconduct, the Daily Herald reported. The survey, which was sent to 6,000 students last winter, reported that students didn’t report cases because they didn’t consider the misconduct serious enough (57.1 percent of men marked that as their reason while 42.9 percent of women accredited severity for the reason). Another 22.9 percent of women said they didn’t report sexual misconduct because they assumed nothing would be done about it while another 21.4 percent didn’t report misconduct to UVU because the incident wasn’t associated with UVU. Read all the reasons here.

 

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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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