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Carbon County News Briefs

Fatal traffic accident on U.S. 6 claims life of Grand Junction driver on Jan. 25

On Jan. 25, a fatal accident occurred about 10 miles north of Green River on U.S. Highway 6 at approximately 5 p.m.

Jennifer Marie Daugherty, age 20, of Grand Junction, Colo. was traveling westbound when the motorist's Ford sports utility vehicle reportedly attempted to pass and collided head-on with a semi-truck at milepost 283, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. The collision claimed the life of the SUV's driver. Trooper Clarence Smith was the investigating officer at the scene. Smith indicated that the victim did not appear to have been seat belted at the time of the collision.

Price mayor slates Feb. 7 conference to highlight city's status, accomplishments

On Feb. 7, Price Mayor Joe Piccolo will conduct a community conference to present the 2007 state of the city report.

The conference will start at noon in the Price Civic Auditorium, located at 185 East Main Street.

Piccolo will discuss the current status of Price city's departments and highlight the accomplishments from last year.

The mayor will also set an agenda for the coming year and present a charge (to take action) to the community.

Conference attendees will become better informed about the activities of local government, explained Piccolo.

Matheson supports passage of federal legislation increasing minimum wage

Congressman Jim Matheson voted last Wednesday for legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour during a two-year period.

Referring to a recent study by the University of Utah's center for public policy and administration, Matheson pointed out on Jan. 10 that passage of the Fair Minimum Wage Act would mean a raise for about 170,000 Utahns or 17 percent of the state's workforce. A minimum wage worker earns, on average, $893 per month. If the federal legislation becomes law, the worker's earnings would climb to $1,213 per month.

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