Utah lawmaker looks to ban smoking at state Capitol

In this Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 photo, Rep. Bruce R. Cutler, R-Murray, smiles as the Utah State Legislature meets in Salt Lake City. Cutler is pushing state officials to consider banning smoking on the grounds of the Utah State Capitol. Cutler told the Capitol Preservation Board Monday, Nov. 6 that his idea was inspired by a similar move by the University of Utah in August that prohibits tobacco and the use of e-cigarettes on the campus, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker is pushing state officials to consider banning smoking on the grounds of the Utah State Capitol.

Kalispell retiree makes artistic debut at age 90

In this Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 photo, Bob Martens paints during a class at the Hobby Lobby in Kalispell, Mont. You’re never too old to learn a new skill, or so the saying goes. And it’s certainly proven true for 90-year-old Kalispell resident Robert “Bob” Martens, who is celebrating his first public art display in the Black Bear Bistro inside Montana Marie in downtown Kalispell. (Aaric Bryan/The Daily Inter Lake via AP)

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — You’re never too old to learn a new skill, or so the saying goes. And it’s certainly proven true for 90-year-old Kalispell resident Robert “Bob” Martens, who is celebrating his first public art display in the Black Bear Bistro inside Montana Marie in downtown Kalispell.

Artists create jewelry from beach plastic

Pooka Rice, outreach coordinator with the Haystack Rock Awareness Program, shows off jewelry Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, made with pieces of plastic debris removed from local beaches near Cannon Beach, Ore. (Colin Murphey/Daily Astorian via AP)

CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) — As far as trash is concerned, the microplastics speckling the beaches of the Oregon Coast are some of the prettiest around.

Corvallis animal rescuer enjoys protecting bats

An Oct. 30, 2017 photo shows one of three bat houses outside Jill Jackson's Alsea, Oregon upholstery shop. Jackson, who calls herself "the bat lady," says the nocturnal flying mammals are valuable members of the ecosystem and should be treated with care, not fear, by humans. (Andy Cripe/The Corvallis Gazette-Times via AP)

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Jill Jackson likes to have a lot of animals around.

Fairbanks sobering center gets dedicated, to open soon

In this Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 photo, a group of attendees take a tour of the sobering center facility during the Tanana Chiefs Conference Sobering Center open house in Fairbanks, Alaska. The center will move to a 24-hour per day, seven day per week operation when more equipment and staff arrive. (Eric Engman /Fairbanks Daily News-Miner via AP)

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Tanana Chiefs Conference Sobering Center was dedicated Monday afternoon and will have a soft opening “very soon,” said Shirley Lee, a TCC employee who took the lead on bringing the sobering center to Fairbanks.

Lifetime to premiere movie on Smart’s kidnapping

This image released by Lifetime shows Alana Boden, left, with Elizabeth Smart on the set of "I Am Elizabeth Smart," premiering Saturday, Nov. 18 at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime. (Sergei Bachlakov/Lifetime via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart is pleased with how a Lifetime movie and documentary she helped produce about her harrowing ordeal turned out. But she said her visit to the movie set brought back terrible memories when she saw actor Skeet Ulrich looking so similar to the man who abducted her.

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