(Beaver County, UT)  –  Police in Beaver County say they’ve made an arrest in connection to the poaching of a buck deer.  Police arrested the man late last week after he allegedly confessed to shooting and killing the buck just one day before the general rifle season deer hunt began.  He’s facing a possible charge of wanton destruction of protected wildlife.

ST. GEORGE – Dixie State University formally inaugurated its 18th president, Richard “Biff” Williams, Thursday. Williams was hired in July by the Utah Board of Regents from among more than 40 potential candidates to succeed President Emeritus Stephen Nadauld, who retired following the 2013-2014 school year after presiding over landmark increases in student enrollment and faculty, building projects and Dixie State’s advancement to university status.

(Salt Lake City, UT)  –  Same-sex couples in Utah are now free to adopt.  The Utah Supreme Court lifted a stay on same-sex adoptions yesterday.  The state Attorney General’s Office requested the stay in May after three judges issued a ruling that allowed adoptions for same-sex couples who married last winter.

(Salt Lake City, UT)  –  A New York artist is accused of defacing ten national parks, including three in Utah.  Casey Nocket is under fire for allegedly painting rocks and posting the creations online.  Similar vandalism has been reported in several areas including Bryce, Zion, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon.  Her social media accounts were quickly deleted, after a hiking website brought her alleged crimes to light.  She is facing six months behind bars, if convicted.