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Carbon County news briefs

DWR urges public to call with information about shooting of golden eagle near Price

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is asking for the public's help in finding the individual responsible for killing a golden eagle at a location northwest of the county airport during the last month.

Golden eagles are year-round residents of the Price area, pointed out the DWR. The birds frequently perch on power poles, making golden eagles easy targets for irresponsible shooters.

Residents with information about the incident are encouraged to contact Lt. Carl Gramlich at 435-820-6011. The identities of people providing information will remain strictly confidential.

Callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $500.

Labor commissioner appoints local man to act as state coal mine safety office director

Utah Labor Commissioner Sherrie Hayashi has appointed Garth Nielsen of Helper to serve as director of the state's office of coal mine safety, effective July 14.

OCMS was established at the recommendation of the Utah Mine Safety Commission, appointed by Gov. Jon Huntsman following the Crandall Canyon disaster in 2007. OCMS exists to maximize coal mine safety, prevent accidents and provide for effective wmergency response.

Nielsen has been employed in the mining industry for more than 35 years and he has had vast experience in ground control and underground construction.

As OCMS director, Nielsen will be responsible for monitoring mine safety and act as Utah liaison with MSHA.

Jupiter moves in direct opposition to sun, making planet visible to the naked eye

Jupiter is currently directly opposite the sun in Earth's skies, making the giant planet bright and easily viewed with the naked eye.

Because it is at opposition, Jupiter rises over the mountains to the southeast as it's getting dark at approximately 10 p.m. The planet is high in the southern sky around midnight and does not set in the southwest until after 5 a.m.

The nearly full moon will pass fairly close to Jupiter the night of July 16, indicated Patrick Wiggins, NASA's solar system ambassador to Utah.

Jupiter will remain nearly as bright and easy to see throughout the summer, rising and setting a few minutes earlier every day.

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