Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) hands the ball off too Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) as Utah and Washington State play a College football game at Rice Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

Here’s a look at the news for Dec. 27.

Utes win the Heart of Dallas Bowl

The University of Utah waited one day for its Christmas gift.

The Utes slammed West Virginia 30-14 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Monday afternoon, the Deseret News reported.

Sophomore cornerback Julian Blackmon won the game’s Most Valuable Player award after picking off two passes.

“I think it started with the size of physicality up front,” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. “I felt like we controlled the line of scrimmage. I felt like the line of scrimmage was ours, and that was the starting point.”

The Utes finish 7-6 overall on the season.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Utah deputy recounts diving into frozen pond to save boy

Washington County Sherriff Sgt. Aaron Thompson recounted the events of Christmas Day when he dove into a pond to save a boy who had fallen through the ice, according to the Deseret News.

Thompson said he made his decision in a split second.

"I just made the decision I was going to go get him,” Thompson said. "I knew what I was getting into. I knew how cold that ice would be. I’ve dove under the water before. I knew about how much time I had in there … I knew exactly what I was getting into when I got into that water."

Thompson said he used his hands and arms to pound through the ice. He pulled the boy out of the water and onto the shore afterwards.

The incident occurred at 5 p.m. on Christmas.

Read more at the Deseret News.

State parks set for facelift

Utah State Parks plans to honor its 60th anniversary by adding a facelift to many of the parks, according to the Deseret News.

Gov. Gary Herbert proposed in the 2018 budget to help fix many of the “pressing ailments” that Utah State Parks face, the Deseret News reported. Herbert recommended spending $10.3 user-generated fees for the improvements.

The plan also calls to beef up Echo Reservoir, the newest park in the state.

Fred Hayes, director of the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, told the Deseret News this would be the biggest investment in the 43 parks.

"It's so exciting," he said. "We've been so focused on building that account up. Now it is time to start pulling from it and putting it on the ground."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Erie experiences record snowfall

Erie, Pennsylvania, received nearly five feet of snow over the weekend that buried the city, according to CNN.

About 34 inches of snow fell on Christmas Day alone, which broke the city’s single-day record of 8.1 inches. That snowfall also broke the city’s overall single-day record of 20 inches.

An additional 24.5 inches fell on Tuesday, raising the city’s total tally to 58.5 inches, just short of five feet.

Comment on this story

"Roads are dangerous and impassable," Erie Police posted on Facebook. "This is an incredible amount of snow that we're trying to move and (we) appreciate resident cooperation. Residents should stay off of City of Erie streets until it stops snowing, and we can get the roads open."

Read more at CNN.


Israel minister plans Trump train station at Western Wall [CBS News]

U.S. announces sanctions on 2 individuals over North Korean weapons program [NPR]

China defends sanctions work after report of NK oil transfer [The Washington Post]

North Korean defectors show signs of possible radiation exposure [The New York Times]

Golf-ball-size meteor stuns New England [Boston Herald]