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House officials, busy this week overseeing the installation of vintage wood cabinets, have said they need to upgrade the lounge to keep it on par with the Senate cloak room.

UTAH

Lease signed for industrial park

GREEN RIVER — Emery County has secured rights to more than 2,500 acres of state trust lands for an industrial park that is a possible site for Utah’s first nuclear power plant.

The lease was signed Monday by Kevin Carter, director of the Utah School Institutional Trust Lands Administration, which controls millions of acres of public land granted at statehood.

Transition Power Development chief executive Aaron Tilton said he’s looking at several possible sites for a nuclear power plant, including Emery County.

Emery County economic development director Mike McCandless said Mancos Resources Inc. of British Columbia is his strongest prospect for a tenant at the 2,547-acre industrial park. Mancos would build a uranium mill.

Mr. McCandless said the industrial park also could draw a power plant, an oil refinery and manufacturing plants.

WASHINGTON

Threat reported on state ferry

BREMERTON — The Washington State Patrol said Tuesday a terrorist threat forced a state ferry to turn around and return to Bremerton.

Trooper Krista Hedstrom said it happened about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, about five minutes after the ferry left Bremerton.

According to the Coast Guard, a threat was called in and the ferry turned around and was immediately off-loaded.

The patrol is responsible for security on state ferries. Trooper Hedstrom said she was advised of the situation in Bremerton, but the case was being handled by the Department of Homeland Security.

A state ferry spokeswoman, Susan Harris, said the Bremerton terminal was closed while the ferry Hyak was there. She told KIRO radio another ferry leaving Seattle for Bremerton was redirected to Bainbridge Island.

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