The beer police • Just what form of grievous harm were Utahns being protected from when stormtroopers acting on behalf of the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control lowered the boom on a Salt Lake City neighborhood bar called The Spot? Apparently, someone at that small watering hole had dared to sell to customers and to undercover agents a couple of brands of beer that aren't handled by the state's liquor monopoly and are, thus, verboten in the Beehive. OK, rules are rules, and a citation and small fine might be in order. But the state apparently considers the sale of bottles of unapproved beer not toxic rotgut homebrew, but bottled beer from major brewers a "grave" violation that could result in a revoked license and/or fines of up to $25,000. The place was, the other day, padlocked awaiting more legal proceedings. Once again, when it comes to sane liquor regulations, Utah has gone dry.
Not the place for animals • This Is the Place Heritage Park officials say they have remedied poor conditions for animals at the park after receiving warnings from USDA inspectors last spring. We hope that is the case. Park managers admitted they let things get out of hand, leaving animals without proper veterinary care and in poor living conditions. That is not acceptable for a place that invites young children to participate in its activities, many involving young lambs, goats, rabbits and cows. The federal Animal and Plant Heath Inspection Service (APHIS) reported a long list of violations in April and May. The park will be inspected again, and if violations continue, it could lose its license. We hope that doesn't happen.