Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Fire crews work on the Watertower wildfire near Alpine on Sunday, July 16, 2017. The fire is 3% contained and spans 240 acres. 25 homes were evacuated.

Here’s a look at the news for July 17.

In 3rd Congressional District race, Curtis has the edge

Former Provo Mayor John Curtis might have a leg up on his 3rd Congressional District opponents.

As the Deseret News reported, Curtis touted his fundraising numbers over the weekend, saying that they’re higher than his GOP primary opponents, Chris Herrod and Tanner Ainge.

Indeed, Curtis raised $132,468 between April and June. He also took out a $100,000 loan, bringing his total to $232,000.

Meanwhile, Ainge sits with $130,833 funds and a $40,398 loan, while Herrod has a $79,446 campaign fundraising effort.

"I am honored to have the support of so many from across Utah," Curtis said in a prepared statement Sunday. "I am confident our campaign will have the resources to get our conservative message out across the 3rd Congressional District."

Read more at the Deseret News.

25 home evacuated in Alpine mountainside fire

Crews continue to battle a fire on the Alpine mountainside as 25 homes were evacuated on Sunday morning, the Deseret News reported.

Fire officials later ended those evacuations, giving close to 120 people a chance to return to their homes.

Crews said the fire spread to about 50 acres on Sunday, with about 3 percent containment.

"Our No. 1 priority right now is public safety," said Shayne Ward, spokesman for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. "We're making sure that the areas around the homes are safe and secure."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Health care vote delayed

Members of Congress said over the weekend that they will delay a vote on the Republicans’ health care bill until Arizona Sen. John McCain returns from surgery, CNN reported.

The Arizona senator “underwent surgery for a blood clot and announced he would not be able to return to Washington to vote on legislation to overhaul Obamacare,” CNN reported.

The delay offers Republicans more time to sway those who are on the fence about the bill.

But the delay will also keep “Washington at a standstill, as health care is the only pillar of President Donald Trump's agenda that has had any real momentum in Congress,” CNN reported.

Both sides of the political aisle have continually attacked the bill. It remains unclear whether it will pass.

Read more at CNN.

Utah father, son start a beef jerky business

Ted Martinez knew his son was a big beef jerky fan. But whenever he’d buy it in stores, he’d run out really quickly.

Tired of paying out of pocket, Martinez followed a different path — he decided to start making it himself, according to the Deseret News.

He then launched Bare Meat Snacks, a homemade jerky business that is made “without preservatives, without sugars, just salt-based spices.”

Martinez told the Deseret News he didn’t see his business being so successful.

"I didn’t really think my product that I would kick out would be as good as it is," Martinez said.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Young girl meets Shaggy from “Scooby-Doo”

Digg recently featured a video that shows a bunch of children racing each other on small bikes. One boy, as he nears the finish lines, makes a U-turn and decides not to cross the finish line.

"Maybe he's trying to tell us something, like it's more about the journey, rather than the destination," Digg wrote. "Or maybe he just really, really likes riding his bike."