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Carbon County News Briefs

Sun Advocate clarifies criteria for subscribing to Virtual Paperboy service

Due to overriding problems, the Feb. 6 article launching the Sun Advocate's Internet newspaper subscription campaign contained several inadvertently misleading statements.

The Sun Advocate specifically designed Virtual Paperboy to provide service comparable to printed products for readers outside the Castle Valley region. Comparable service includes special sections.

For additional information regarding Internet subscriptions, interested readers residing at locations outside the Carbon-Emery area may contact the Sun Advocate at 637-0732.

Governor nominates candidate to fill judgeship position on 7th District Court

Gov. Jon Huntsman has nominated Douglas B. Thomas to serve on the 7th District Court.

Upon confirmation by the Utah Senate, Thomas will replace retiring Judge Bruce K. Halliday. The nominee currently serves as a 2nd District Court commissioner. He earned a juris doctorate degree from University of Utah.

"I'm grateful to Gov. Huntsman for this appointment, humbled at his trust and excited about the prospects of living with and serving the good people in the 7th District," commented Thomas.

Land board sides with SUWA on land issue concerning oil and gas development

The Interior Board of Land Appeals ruled in favor of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance on 14,000 acres of land that had been previously approved for lease by the Bureau of Land Management in Utah's back country.

The board agreed with SUWA that the BLM had not made a real effort to identify fragile archaeological sites such as rock art and cliff dwellings prior to selling the contested leases.

Altogether there are 16 parcels of land involved in the ruling, including 11 that are located just north of Nine Mile Canyon. Five other parcels are in the Bookcliffs and Uintah County.

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