Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
A chairlift at Alta ski resort is pictured on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. A new restaurant addition, reconfigured parking and a tram designed to modernize avalanche control are under consideration by the U.S. Forest Service in a proposal for the area.

Here’s a look at the news for Oct. 24.

Will upgrades come to Alta resort?

The U.S. forest service is considering a proposal to make improvements to the Alta Ski Area, according to the Deseret News.

Proposed changes include a new restaurant, a redesigned tram and reconfigured parking, the Deseret News reported.

The federal agency recently released an assessment that called for improvement projects of the ski area. All of these proposed changes would be added over the next few years as a part of the agency’s master development plan.

Adding a new parking lot would help cut down on congestion, Carl Fisher, the executive director of Save Our Canyons, told the Deseret News.

"We can't park our way out of the canyon's transportation issues. Converting vegetated places into paved parking spaces such as Alta is doing leads to more congestion, not less," he said. "As recommended by both the Forest Plan and the Mountain Accord, transit, not more parking, will be the solution to transportation in the canyons."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Teens disciplined for racial slur video

District officials told the Deseret News on Monday that five teens who yelled a racial slur on a social media video last week have been disciplined.

But the district could not provide specifics of their discipline because of federal student privacy laws, the Deseret News reported.

One spokesman, Lane Findlay, said that the punishments varied “depending on their involvement in extracurriculars,” according to the Deseret News.

Findlay said the students violated the school’s honor code when they took turns shouting a racial slur in an Instagram video. The girls repeated “a gibberish phrase” that “resulted in the expletive and racial slur toward African-Americans when played backward using an app,” according to the Deseret News.

"Although the students reported they were just playing around and it wasn’t directed at any particular person, it doesn’t excuse the fact they knew what the words sounded like when they recorded it and played it backward," Findlay said in a statement.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Cedar City LDS Temple open for public tours

The newly built Cedar City LDS Temple will open its doors to the public this Friday until Nov. 18, according to the Deseret News.

The temple spans over 8 acres of land. It will be the 159th temple for The Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the 17th overall in the Beehive State.

The temple will serve close to 45,000 members in southern Utah, the Deseret News reported.

"That dream has now been realized," Elder Larry Y. Wilson, General Authority Seventy and executive director of the LDS Church's Temple Department, said Monday. "Cedar City and the surrounding area, of course, has a rich pioneer heritage, and the temple is really a tribute in many ways to previous generations and their faithful sacrifice, as well as to those who continue to pioneer in this area today."

The temple’s dedication will be Dec 10.

Read more at the Deseret News.

World Series opens with record temperatures

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros will compete in Game 1 of the World Series in near-100 degree weather at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

An October heat wave hit Southern California this week, pushing temperatures to 104 degrees Monday.

However, most baseball players compete in these records temps throughout the summer months, so it’s unlikely to bother them, the AP reported.

"Love it," Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, a Southern California native, told the AP. "I'd rather be playing in the heat than in the snow, so it's great."

Read more at The Associated Press.

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