Black Canyon of the Bear Whitewater Festival;

According to the Outdoor Industry Association, recreation generates over 120,000 jobs in Utah. It brings in $12 billion in consumer spending each year and nearly $1 billion additional in related taxes. 82% of Utahns participate in the outdoor recreation economy each year and that doesn’t include hunting or fishing.

In this program, we look at how to value recreation in the hierarchy of water uses. Whether it’s skiing, boating or fishing, a lot of us recreate on the water, but do those activities trump uses like irrigation, power generation, or drinking water? We’ll look at three specific cases where recreation comes into conflict with other uses of water and some of the ways groups have resolved those conflicts.

It’s contentious. It’s litigious. It’s fun! It’s recreation and water on The Source.

Photo of red raspberries

What kind of berries are grown in our climate? We know about raspberries, strawberries and blackberries…Wouldn’t it make sense that you could grow logan berries in Logan? Marion berries make a great pie. Then there are ligon berries, thimble berries, salmon berries…What can you really grow, and expect a harvest from, in our intermountain soils? Brent Black, USU Extension Fruit Specialist is in studio for today on the Zesty Garden. He’ll talk about how some berries are worth a try, but others are best left to either the bears or those living in more hospitable berry climes. Lindsay Bench, media spokesperson for the Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers, talks about how well her pumpkin is coming along. It’s already six feet in length! She’ll give you some tips on how to grow large pumpkins, and least once it quits raining and you’re able to get into your garden. Then Nancy Williams reads another essay from Terry Tempest William’s Refuge.

The Golden Spike National Historic Site is hosting a get outdoors day on June 13, where visitors can follow a ranger on an eight-mile bike tour.

The purpose is to encourage people to get outdoors and explore. David Kilton, the ranger leading the tour, said this is important in a world filled with technology, where people experience nature through computers and tablets.

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On Thursday's AU we revisit our conversation with Jennifer Jacquet, author of "Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an Old Tool."

Robert Sapolsky (author of Monkeyluv) says: "In the age of Anthony Weiner and Miley Cyrus, shame seems an antiquated concept-a quaint tool of conformity-obsessed collectivist societies, replete with scarlet letters and loss of face ..." Jacquet says that in recent years, we as consumers have sought to assuage our guilt about flawed social and environmental practices and policies by, for example, buying organic foods or fair-trade products. Unless nearly everyone participates, however, the impact of individual consumer consciousness is ineffective. 

A folklorist interviews two refugees around a table.

Many would be surprised to hear that Cache Valley is home to several refugee populations. In partnership with the Library of Congress, the project called “Voices: Refugees in Cache Valley” has been collecting the stories of this largely unknown population.

When developer Brooks Pace saw the site of an ancient Puebloan pit house in the midst of a future housing development, he decided to donate the site to the Archaeological Conservancy rather than see it destroyed.

Greg Woodall is a consulting archaeologist who helped in the research of the house. He said that Pace’s choice to preserve the site is distinctive in his particular field.

At Georgia's Fort Benning, female soldiers are fighting a two-month battle. Their enemies? Hunger, fatigue, even hallucination. They're fighting their way through the Army's notoriously hard Ranger School, trying to make history by becoming the first women to graduate from it.

It's one of several Pentagon experiments to see how best to move women into ground combat roles. And it's a test that thousands of men before them have failed.

Underneath railway arches on a nondescript street in North London, you'll find an old warehouse that's the epicenter of the Ottolenghi food empire.

Jerusalem-born food impresario Yotam Ottolenghi and his business partner, Sami Tamimi, started out over a decade ago with one restaurant in London selling fresh, Middle East-inspired food. The business now encompasses several restaurants, an expanding online food business and some cookbooks that have been wildly successful on their home turf and here in the U.S.

Court Rules in BLM Off-Road Vehicle Case

May 27, 2015

The U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City ruled Friday in a case involving the Off-Road Vehicle management plan of the Bureau of Land Management’s Richfield field office. Heidi McIntosh, an attorney with the environmentalist group Earthjustice, said that the BLM failed to follow rules first put in place over 40 years ago.

“It has been a long time coming, not only the decision but the BLM hasn’t gotten the work done despite the fact that the rules that it was supposed to be following…were put into effect during the Nixon administration,” McIntosh said.

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Republican Scott Walker dismissed any controversy over a law he signed in Wisconsin requiring women seeking abortions to get an ultrasound, referring to ultrasounds in an interview on a conservative radio show as "just a cool thing out there."


Friday, May 29

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

UPR Angie's Dinner

Come Meet The UPR Staff

Enjoy dinner and meet the people behind your favorite programs. June 9, 6-8 p.m.