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The Bureau of Land Management closed Utah's Recapture Canyon to motorized vehicles in 2007 when ATV riders built a trail through the canyon, which is home to Puebloan burials and artifacts. (The Turducken / Flickr)
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ATV Protest Ride Organizers Fined $96,000

A federal judge ordered Utah’s San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman and Monticello City Council Member Monte Wells $96,000 total for promoting and participating in an ATV protest ride into Utah’s Recapture Canyon last year, the Salt Lake Tribune reported on Wednesday. The Bureau of Land Management closed the area to motorized vehicles in 2007 when ATV riders built a trail through the canyon, which is home to Puebloan burials and artifacts. The 2014 protest against the motorized-vehicle ban caused no harm to the artifacts or burials, but the fine is based on an estimated amount of potential damage to artifacts from the ride. “The person who lights a fire is responsible for the consequences of the fire,” said U.S. District Judge David Nuffer, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Price of San Francisco Triathlon Raised by 67 Percent

IMG Worldwide, the company that organizes the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon in San Francisco, raised the race’s entry fee from $450 to $750, beginning in June 2016, NBC reported on Tuesday. Race organizers said the price increase is the result of high demand and the need to maintain safety for the participants. Many triathletes oppose the 67 percent cost increase. “I didn’t believe it,” Sam Gager, president of the Golden Gate Triathlon Club, told NBC. “Mixed feelings between shock, disbelief, and feeling super discouraged.”

Surfer Alec “Ace Cool” Cooke Reported Missing

Alec “Ace Cool” Cooke, a big-wave surfer known for being one of the first to ride the “outer reefs” of Oahu in 1985, was reported missing in Hawaii on Tuesday, according to Reuters. Cooke, 59 and a Hawaii native, did not return from a surfing trip on Oahu’s North Shore. Police found his dog and truck near the beach after his girlfriend notified authorities on Wednesday.

Doping May Be Considered a Criminal Offense in the UK

British sports minister Tracey Crouch said she asked officials in the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport to consider making doping a criminal offense, the BBC reported on Tuesday. Right now, British dopers are penalized by missing at least one Olympic Games, according to the world anti-doping code that was put into place at the beginning of this year. Crouch told the BBC that her department will make a decision “in the near future.”

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