by Bill Boyle
Sergeant Sanford Randall, of the Utah Highway Patrol, is one of 40 UHP officers who helped provide security services at the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama. The inauguration took place on January 21 in Washington, D.C.
Randall was involved in security along the Inaugural Parade route near the Library of Congress and adjacent to the ABC Good Morning America booth. He was on his feet for 14 hours during the day.
Randall said that both Obama and Vice President Joe Biden left their vehicles to greet the crowd when they were at his location. While both were within 50 feet of Randall, he was focused on the crowd and couldn’t turn around and gawk.
Randall said he was surprised by the passion of the crowd. Many San Juan County residents have an emotional response to the president’s politics, but while the local response is generally negative and the crowd response at the Inaugural Parade was very positive.
He said that thousands of people stood in the cold for hours for a chance to see the President.
The UHP officers were a hit with the crowd. Randall said that the Utah Beehive logo on the UHP uniforms are unlike other law enforcement logos. The Beehive is also popular with law enforcement officers from other states. Randall reports that they were eager to trade patches.
It is the second time that the UHP has provided security services for an inauguration.
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A young male mountain lion was recently captured and killed near Monticello after it killed a goat and a beloved family pet.
Division of Wildlife Resource officers helped track the lion near the home of Reed Young. It had previously killed a goat, terrorized a calf and killed the Young’s golden retriever.
A woman was walking with the dog one morning near the home when the dog headed into some thick foliage. After hearing animals fighting, the woman ran home. They found the body of the dog later in the day.
DWR officials remind residents that mountain lions may be found near mule deer populations.
Kim Young admits that after the incident, she and her family, including two sons, have been a little nervous.
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Speaking of DWR, J Shirley is the new Lieutenant for the Southeast region of the state division. He replaces Carl Gramlich, who recently retired after a successful career. Shirley began work on his new assignment in the past week.
J will coordinate DWR law enforcement efforts in southeast Utah. The new job necessitates a move to Price for the Shirley family. Shirley has been the DWR sergeant for the past seven years, working out of an office in Monticello.