Don Hutchings, of American Fork, has his makeup done by Laney Kinyon, of Lehi, at the Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in American Fork. Hutchings played the ticket-taker Thursday night, the first person visitors see as they enter the haunted house.
After an insanely-busy September, October felt "just
Sports coverage continued to wax, whereas
breaking news dramatically waned, seasonal features peppered the weeks, and
fall weather had its heyday in Utah. It was a nice mix of subject matter.
Sports were out in force. The Brigham Young
University football team (and myself) spent some time in LaVell Edwards
Stadium and mens collegiate basketball got into pre-season play. At the high
school level, girls soccer seasons held state tournaments, and football eased
into playoff games.
On the features and news side, things had a
nice mix. As election season gained momentum political candidates came and went
from the Daily Herald for interviews with our editorial board, and a quick stop
in the photo studio. It could be argued October is the apex of fall, so I also
(happily) spent some time at haunted houses, corn mazes, among zombies and
witnessed pumpkin being added to more than a few dishes. I had a Monday
Close-Up publish on the first day of the month (see photo seven), and I kept
plugging away at trying to keep another story going while keeping fresh back-up
I also saw some scheduling and policy changes
at the newspaper in October. For one, photographers will be doing Monday
Close-Ups less frequently. As photo coverage keeps expanding and resources
don't, we've had less opportunities to invest time in projects. While I'm sad
to not have as many opportunities to work on photo projects, I'm glad to hopefully have more time to keep the quality of stories more polished
and more consistent. Evan (my boss), was kind and switched shifts with me for a
week to allow me to go to my friends' annual dance party in the desert (ask me
about it sometime), and I'm glad to be visiting Ohio soon into November to see
one of my close friends from college get married. The leaves have mostly fallen
throughout Utah, and the chill of winter has begun to creep into the winds –
I'm excited to dive into the last two months of 2018.
Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson (11) and wide receiver Neil Pau'u (84) celebrate Wilson's touchdown during Brigham Young University's homecoming game against the University of Hawaii held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. Wilson, a freshman, made his starting-quarterback debut, replacing senior Tanner Mangum.
Brigham Young University students hold up "Y's" as a play unfolds during Brigham Young University's homecoming game against the University of Hawaii held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.
Brigham Young Cougars defensive lineman Khyiris Tonga (95) sacks Hawaii Rainbow Warriors quarterback Cole McDonald (13) during Brigham Young University's homecoming game against the University of Hawaii held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.
Brigham Young Cougars head coach Kalani Sitake celebrates with defensive back Austin Lee (11) after Lee picked off an interception and ran for several yards during Brigham Young University's homecoming game against the University of Hawaii held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. The Cougars defeated Hawaii 49-23.
London Masuisui, 9, of Farr West, peers out of her homemade cougar costume during pregame festivities before Brigham Young University's homecoming game against the University of Hawaii held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.
Nate and Tawnee DuBose play with their new dog, named Scout, for the first time just after Nate brought the dog home Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at the DuBose's tiny home in Eagle Mountain. To see more from this Monday Close-Up, look here: http://provodh.com/r9h9m.
Lexi Huckaby, of Payson, breaks bottles set atop a television in the Phat Smash It room as her husband, Cody Huckaby, and children, Ryker Ballantyne, 4, left, and Kingston Huckaby, 1, watch from behind safety glass Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, at Phat Axe in American Fork.
Alysse Lundgren gives her son, Castiel, 8, a dose of CBD oil at their home Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Lindon. Castiel has autism and takes CBD oil to treat symptoms of the disorder and help prevent seizures.
Scot Swan, of Mapleton, acts like a zombie as he dances with his wife, Edie, during the second-annual Zombie Prom for Juvenile Arthritis held Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at Mapleton Memorial Hall.
Fashion designer Kenneth Boggs, CEO and founder of Kenneth Boggs Suits, poses for a portrait at his business Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Provo. Boggs’ suits can be found on Dwight Howard of the Washington Wizards, Ziggy Ansah of the Detroit Lions, Raul Neto of the Utah Jazz and James Harden of the Houston Rockets.
Rosie Farias, 5, of Vineyard, places a smaller cone on a larger cone as Tyler Pritchett, 8, of Lehi, gathers himself as he stands atop a horse during equestrian therapy sessions Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at Summerhill Equestrian and Event Center in Saratoga Springs. Placing the cones on other cones from horseback helps strengthens the core of riders.
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, conducted by music director Mack Wilberg, performs during the morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at the church's Conference Center in Salt Lake City. The choir recently changed its name from the long-standing Mormon Tabernacle Choir as part of a church-wide rebranding to remove the word "Mormon" from the faith.
Lisa Rentfro, a retired beautician from Saratoga Springs, jokes with Misty Kennedy, of Pleasant Grove, as Rentfro cuts the hair of Kennedy's son, Kayden, 7, during an event giving free haircuts to single mothers and their children at U.G.L.Y.'s Closet on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Pleasant Grove. The secondhand boutique holds the Single Mommy's Project - No Cost Haircuts event the first and third Thursday of each month.
U.S. Senate Republican candidate Mitt Romney poses for a portrait Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at the Daily Herald in Provo.
Burned trees and benches stand along Loop A of the Blackhawk Campground near Mount Nebo Scenic Byway on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in southern Utah County. Roughly 120,000 acres were burned by the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain wildfires.
Lone Peak forward Nicole Ray (16) slides to block a kick from Layton's Abby Fotheringham (5) during the 6A girl's soccer state championship match between the Lone Peak Knights and the Layton Lancers held Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy.
Lone Peak players gather around the championship trophy to kiss it as they celebrate their victory over the Layton Lancers in the 6A girls soccer state championship match Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy.
Utah Valley Wolverines center Baylee Steele (44) dunks the ball as Dixie State Trailblazers guard Andre Wilson (20) reacts during an exhibition game between Utah Valley University and Dixie State University held Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, at the UCCU Center in Orem.
Timpanogos defensive tackle Tj Sa'u (69) stands on the sidelines before a game between the Timpanogos Timberwolves and the Springville Red Devils held Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Timpanogos High School in Orem.
Lone Peak defensive back Chase Tucker (20) knocks the ball away on a pass intended for Pleasant Grove running back Dayne Christiansen (20) during a game between the Lone Peak Knights and the Pleasant Grove Vikings held Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at Lone Peak High School in Highland.
Lone Peak defensive back coach Colton Owens raises up defensive back Nate Ritchie (6) as he hugs him after Ritchie ran a pass he intercepted back for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter during a game between the Lone Peak Knights and the Pleasant Grove Vikings held Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at Lone Peak High School in Highland.
Timpview's Alaina Pestana (1) and Tanya Rivera (16) embrace as they share tears with their teammates after being defeated in a 5A state semifinals match by the Murray Spartans held Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper.
Springville cornerback Austin Mortensen (2) rests with his teammates before a game between the Timpanogos Timberwolves and the Springville Red Devils held Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Timpanogos High School in Orem.
Skyridge running back Ma'a Notoa poses for a portrait Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, at Skyridge High School. A senior, Notoa has been selected by the Daily Herald as the Utah Valley Player of the Year.
Hot spots flare up near a rock formation as the Pole Creek Fire burns Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, near Nebo Loop Road in northern Juab County. Started by a lightning strike on Sept. 6, the Pole Creek Fire had burned an estimated 400 acres by Sept. 12, and grew to approximately 20,000 acres by the end of the following day.
September may have been the most hectic month
I've experienced while at the Daily Herald.
For good reason - so much happened
last month. Two wildfires threatened to burned over 120,000 acres and
threatened to destroy two cities in southern Utah County, Brigham Young
University football started up (and the team rose to No. 25 then No. 20 nationally), high school sports have been well underway and FanX (which is
essentially Utah's Comic Con) came through Salt Lake City, among other things.
My boss Evan sent me out
to photograph the then slowly-growing Pole Creek Fire on a Wednesday when it
had burned 400 acres on the edge of southern Utah County. The wildfire had
hovered around 75 acres for a few days and only began to pick up slowly the day
I ventured along the Mount Nebo Scenic Byway. I had recently finished
photographing another wildfire – the Cole Hollow Fire (for a Monday Close-Up I
did on ranchers rescuing cattle from that fire, look here: provodh.com/qmsqm )
– and we had no idea if this new fire would amount to anything.
Things began to dramatically
change fast the next morning. The fire jumped from 400 acres to more than 4,000
acres by 9 a.m. and exploded to roughly 20,000 acres by the end of the day. Two
cities were evacuated on Sept. 13 along with rural communities as the wildfire
(which joined with another, smaller wildfire) came within half a mile of homes
at one point. The Pole Creek and Bald Mountain wildfires were listed as the No. 1 priority wildfires in the country at one point. Strong winds and dry weather caused the wildfire to eventually
burn 120,500 acres - and the fires are still burning today (although the blazes
are 76% and 65% contained). Residents of the two evacuated cities were able to return home on Sept. 22,
however were warned that they could be re-evacuated if the wildfires once again
endanger homes. The image above and the 12 following below are an edit from my time covering the wildfires. To see a timeline of the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires, look here: https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/south/timeline-a-look-at-the-progression-of-the-pole-creek/article_8429dd2c-41f1-5952-9df4-ea1d60776522.html.
For the nine days the
wildfires spread throughout southern Utah County, myself and my boss, Evan,
were essentially doing around-the-clock coverage of the fire. Whenever we had a
free moment, we were down near the fires. We both still had to find time to
cover other stories, but thankfully the Daily Herald threw itself into covering
the fires in a big way. Practically everyone on the staff contributed to
coverage, and many hours of overtime were incurred. However, the most rewarding
part of the coverage for me personally was hearing from several different
locals about how happy they were the Daily Herald was providing numerous
updates on the wildfires. It was truly an amazing feeling – among the best I've
felt in my time working as a photojournalist – to provide coverage that
genuinely helped keep people informed at a time of crisis. Throughout the
newspaper's coverage I felt a deep sense of pride to work for a local
newspaper, and I'm damn proud of the service the entire Daily Herald provided
the people of Utah County.
Brandon Morgan, center, 17, loads items into a truck as his friend, Carter Wilkey, 16, of Payson, helps Morgan evacuate from his Elk Ridge home during a mandatory evacuation as the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires move toward homes Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Residents from rural homes and the neighboring city of Woodland Hills were also mandated to evacuate, causing roughly 5,305 people to be displaced from their homes.
Vehicles evacuate from Elk Ridge as the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires move toward homes Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. The next day, the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires were listed as the No. 1 priority wildfires nationwide, according to Jason Curry, public information officer for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.
Dale Woolsey, of Salem, hugs one of his horses evacuated due to the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds has opened its doors as a place to house livestock for those that have been evacuated from the wildfires.
A community member passes in front of a projected map of the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires during a community meeting Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at Salem Hills High School. For several days, officials held two community meetings per day to brief residents with wildfire updates.
Smoke rises from the mountainside behind homes in Elk Ridge as the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires burn Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. The two blazes came within half a mile of homes.
Lillie Jones, an evacuee from Woodland Hills, points out items as Zane Zobell, second from right, of Salem Hills High School student council, and other volunteers from the school's student government and football team help pick up the items at a donation center set up at 161 E. 400 N. in response to the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Salem.
Joshua Rohrbaugh, 12, of Payson, wears a bandanna to prevent smoke inhalation as he waits to help others at a donation center set up at 161 E. 400 N. in response to the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Salem. The Utah County Health Department issued an indefinite wildlife smoke advisory the previous day.
Wind turbines remain stationary as smoke from the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires clouds the air Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon. The rural community in the Covered Bridge area of Spanish Fork that resides within the canyon was also evacuated on Sept. 13.
Tara Tuckett, a member of Salem Hills High School student government, is joined by fellow student leaders Isaac Barnum, right, and Zane Zobell as they set up supportive signs for those fighting the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at the roundabout in Woodland Hills. Wildfire officials set up a checkpoint at the roundabout.
Firefighters and other first responders stand for the national anthem as smoke from the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires rises on the mountainside before a game between the Spanish Fork Dons and the Salem Hills Skyhawks held Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Spanish Fork High School. Those fighting the wildfires were invited to be recognized by the community during the game.
David Whittekiend, of the U.S. Forest Service, addresses community members along with other officials after a public meeting concerning the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at Salem Hills High School.
Lucas Anderson hands a box to his son, Matheus, 2, as their family moves some items back into their home Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Elk Ridge, Utah. Saturday morning, nine days after residents of Elk Ridge and Woodland Hills were mandated to evacuate their homes, the mandatory evacuation order was lifted and people began to return to their homes. However, both cities are still on pre-evacuation status. No homes were reported as destroyed.
Finn Bardsley, 4, of Provo, looks to high-five the team as they make their way into LaVell Edwards Stadium during the Cougar Walk as part of pregame festivities before Brigham Young University's football home opener against the University of California, Berkeley, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Provo.
Brigham Young Cougars defensive lineman Corbin Kaufusi (90) blocks a field goal attempt, which was then recovered by the Cougars and run for several yards during a game between Brigham Young University and McNeese State University held Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.
BYU fans unfurl a flag during Brigham Young University's home opener against the University of California, Berkeley, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.
Brigham Young Cougars head coach Kalani Sitake talks with an official after officials ruled illegal touching on the Cougars on a punt return during Brigham Young University's home opener against the University of California, Berkeley, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.
Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver Dylan Collie (3) can't quite reel in a catch during Brigham Young University's home opener against the University of California, Berkeley, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.
BYU fans watch as officials deliberate after a play during Brigham Young University's home opener against the University of California, Berkeley, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.
Brigham Young Cougars running back Lopini Katoa (4) stiff arms McNeese State Cowboys defensive back Darion Dunn (1) as Katoa runs the ball upfield during a game between Brigham Young University and McNeese State University held Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.
Brigham Young Cougars Kaufusi brothers, from left, defensive lineman Corbin (90), linebacker Isaiah (53) and defensive lineman Devin (92) celebrate their win over McNeese State University on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. The win was the first of the season for the Cougars at home, and improved their season record to 3-1 as well as earning them the No. 20 spot in the FBS.
Ben Gates, of Bountiful and dressed as Josuke from "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure", checks his hair after exiting a car before the opening day of FanX: Salt Lake Comic Convention held Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.
The "Morty Town Locos" including, from left, Tondra Robinson, Cozette Stoddard and her husband Luke, all of Murray and dressed as Morty from the "Rick and Morty" series, walk around the convention hall floor during the opening day of FanX: Salt Lake Comic Convention held Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.
Sarah Lilly, of Houston,Texas, and dressed as the Joker from the "Batman" series, poses for a portrait during the opening day of FanX: Salt Lake Comic Convention held Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.
Will King, of Springville and dressed as Bob Ross, prepares paints as he invites attendees to help paint a canvas during the opening day of FanX: Salt Lake Comic Convention held Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.
A micro hydro turbine and generator is pictured Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at the new Olmsted Hydroelectric Plant near the mouth of Provo Canyon in Orem.
Timpanogos middle blocker Laura Vance (6) makes a block beside outside hitter Rachel Bingham (7) during a game between the Skyridge Falcons and the Timpanogos Timberwolves held Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at Skyridge High School in Lehi.
Provo wide receiver Matthew Tubbs (34) listens to coaches speak before a game between the Provo Bulldogs and the Timpview Thunderbirds held Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at Provo High School.
Spanish Fork wide receiver Dallas Eyere (22) holds the ball up after completing a touchdown reception while guarded by Salem Hills free safety Reed Johnson (1) during a game between the Spanish Fork Dons and the Salem Hills Skyhawks held Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Spanish Fork High School.
Skyridge outside hitter Naomi Pulu (27) and outside hitter Julina Tusieseina (12) talk to each other on the bench during a game between the Skyridge Falcons and the Timpanogos Timberwolves held Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at Skyridge High School in Lehi.
Timpanogos' Jaislyn Branin (21) hugs Megan Unbedacht (8) after Branin's goal tied the game between the Timpanogos Timberwolves and the Maple Mountain Golden Eagles held Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at Timpanogos High School. The Timberwolves defeated the Golden Eagles 4-3.
Logan Greer, of Lehi, holds a yoga pose as a goat stands on him during a goat-yoga session Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, held by Goga near the Summerhill Event Center in Saratoga Springs. “There’s two main reasons why people do yoga: the exercise factor of it, and for therapeutic purposes," explained co-owner of Goga and full-time college student, Benson Richardson. "We find the goats enhance both of those reasonings.” Sessions last 60 minutes: 40 minutes of yoga and 20 minutes to interact with the baby goats.
Summertime is beginning to wind down, school's back in session and things are getting more busy around Utah County.
August was chock-full of things. A wildfire was sparked, burned 30,000 acres and is still active as of now, the Utah County Fair rolled back through town, football and other high school fall sports kicked off, and several stand-alone assignments kept me busy writing when I wasn't shooting pictures. More than recent months, the hectic schedule of the past month has made it more difficult to slow down and evaluate my pictures as I pump out assignments. However, these monthly blogs are always a good way of looking back and seeing what direction I've been heading lately, and trying to think of new approaches to take while on assignment.
Besides daily assignments, I am currently finishing up a short Monday Close-Up on a family effected by the Coal Hollow Fire (the fire mentioned above), getting things together for my next Monday Close-Up and finding time here and there to continue shooting my longer-term rodeo project that I began a few months ago. Now begins my favorite time of the year (both seasonally and work-wise). August is over, and there's only 22 more days until fall. However, I'm a sucker for fall. I'm already eagerly awaiting days spent driving around the mountains with the windows down enjoying the fall colors, crisp evenings, haunted houses and indulging in apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes. (Could my love for fall be more cookie-cutter? haha)
Skyridge tight end Ioholani Raass (31) shouts to pump up his teammates before a game between the Skyridge Falcons and the Lone Peak Knights held Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, at Skyridge High School in Lehi.
Orem running back Trevor Rockey (14) completes a catch and runs for several more yards before being downed during a game between the Orem Golden Tigers and the Bingham Miners held Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at Orem High School.
Orem defensive back Brody Monson (83) sports a state championship ring as he listens to coaches talk before a game between the Orem Golden Tigers and the Bingham Miners held Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at Orem High School. Orem won the 4A football state championship last year.
Pleasant Grove setter Abigail Miller (15) sets the ball during a game between the Skyridge Falcons and the Pleasant Grove Vikings held Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at Skyridge High School in Lehi.
Spectators enjoy suckers on the sidelines during a game between the Orem Golden Tigers and the Bingham Miners held Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at Orem High School.
Orem head coach Jeremy Hill walks along the sidelines shortly after Bingham scored the first touchdown during a game between the Orem Golden Tigers and the Bingham Miners held Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at Orem High School.
Provo middle linebacker Mason Cobb (8) celebrates after intercepting a Cedar City pass that was blocked by outside linebacker Drason Havea (33) during a game between the Provo Bulldogs and the Cedar City Redmen held Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at Provo High School.
Skyridge running back Ma'a Notoa (32) jumps over Lone Peak defensive back Nate Ritchie (6) as he drives the ball upfield during a game between the Skyridge Falcons and the Lone Peak Knights held Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, at Skyridge High School in Lehi.
Skyridge middle hitter Alice Ellsworth (14) reacts after Pleasant Grove scored a point during a game between the Skyridge Falcons and the Pleasant Grove Vikings held Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at Skyridge High School in Lehi.
The shadow of Curtis Wolthuis is cast on his horse, named Cowboy, as Wolthuis talks with fellow volunteer Ron Brailsford before taking part in training for the Utah County Sheriff's Mounted Posse held Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in Provo Canyon.
Brylee Horsley, 8, of Eagle Mountain, looks toward a goat as it too takes a bite of her award after a goat-yoga session Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, held by Goga near the Summerhill Event Center in Saratoga Springs. Attendees are dubbed Gogis, and one or more receive a special award after each session.
Hailey Bollar, of Santaquin, spits a cherry pit during the annual Orchard Days Cherry Pit Spit held Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at Rowley’s Red Barn in Santaquin.
U.S. Army Sgt. Ben Bills kisses his four-month-old son, James, in front of his home after a welcome-home celebration Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in American Fork. Bills was most recently deployed for ten months and one week, serving in the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan.
Madi Graham, 13, left, and Katie Maag, 12, carry their boat, named El Gato, out of the water after sinking before finishing the race during Salem Days' Cardboard Duct Tape Regatta held Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Knoll Park in Salem.
Jack Hetzel, 3, of Spanish Fork, walks through a shark-encounter cage after the Shark Encounters show during the Utah County Fair held Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds.
Fans watch Sam Smith perform as they sport shirts displaying various faces of the singer during his "The Thrill of It All Tour" held Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.
Aubrie Christensen, 11, of Lindon, holds a chicken just after catching it as other children chase chickens during the Lindon Days Junior Rodeo held Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at the Lindon Arena. “The chicken chase and this whole event has been a staple in Lindon since the beginning of Lindon Days," explained Shylee Sweeten, coordinator of the Lindon Days Junior Rodeo. “Once they catch the chicken, they get to keep the chicken. That’s their prize,” said Sweeten. Explaining that families aren't informed of the chase's prize, she said with a laugh, “It’s a surprise for everyone at the end." However, if the chicken-receiving family doesn't want the bird, the rodeo is happy to relocate the chicken to a suitable family.
Aaron Haveron, of Elk Ridge, finishes pitching during the men's division of the Orchard Days Home Run Derby held Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, at Callaway Field in Santaquin.
Dylan Idleman, of Madill, Oklahoma, evades a bull during the American Bullfighting competition as part of the Utah County Fair held Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds.
Krew Woodland, 5, hugs his mother, Haylee Haveron, after she read him a book Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at their home in Payson. Woodland recently returned home from an extended stay at the hospital.
Vaughn Jaten, 9, of Alpine, left in glasses, and Sean Groll, 9, of Highland, right in glasses, react as they catch trout while other kids scramble to catch fish with their hands during the Alpine Days Fish Grab held Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at Creekside Park in Alpine.
Lynde Mott, a muralist, poses for a portrait in her living room of her home, which features a mural she painted that depicts the stages of settling Nauvoo by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Pleasant Grove.
Merlin Allen and his wife, Laree, both of Spanish Fork, watch from Sheep Creek Road as helicopters fill their buckets with water in an effort to contain and extinguish the Coal Hollow Fire as the wildfire burns south of U.S. Highway 6 on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Spanish Fork Canyon. Brandon Jensen, a spokesperson for the Manti-La Sal National Forest, stated that portions of the fire are within 100 yards of U.S. 6 as of Thursday.