ICYMI: Elizabeth Smart movie premieres on Lifetime; Jordan River Parkway Trail finished


Actress Alana Boden (left) stands with Elizabeth Smart on the set of “I Am Elizabeth Smart.” Boden plays Smart in the Lifetime movie. (Photo by Sergei Bachlakov/Lifetime)

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.

Elizabeth Smart movie premieres on Lifetime

The Lifetime movie depicting Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapping premiered over the weekend. Smart narrated the film, “I Am Elizabeth Smart,” which covered her kidnapping, captivity and escape.

“I’m pretty proud of it and I’ve watched it and, no offense to Alana [Boden, who played Smart in the film], she was great, but I never want to watch it again,” Smart told People. “That’s how good it was.”

Along with the TV film, Lifetime premiered a documentary about Smart the weekend prior.

In 2002, Elizabeth Smart made headlines when she was kidnapped from her bedroom in Salt Lake City. Smart, only 14 at the time, spent nine months held captive. Since her rescue, Smart has become a advocate of sexual assault survivors. She travels the country giving speeches, created the Elizabeth Smart Foundation and joined her foundation with Operation Underground Railroad.

Read the entire story at people.com.

Jordan River Parkway Trail officially connects Provo to Farmington

After 18 years of construction, the Jordan River Parkway Trail is finally finished with the completion of a 120-foot arch bridge, the Deseret News reported. The bridge will allow runners, walkers, bikers and the like to travel from Provo to Farmington. In length, the trail runs about 45 miles. Read the entire story at deseretnews.com.

Homeless kept homeless without ID

Without a birth certificate,Social Security card or driver’s license, homeless have a hard time being hired for full-time work and receiving the help they need, the Daily Herald reported. A state-issued ID is one solution Utah is using to help individuals break the cycle of homelessness. Read the entire story at heraldextra.com.

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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