Utah News
6:23 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Ban Lifted: Same-Sex Couples Can Now Adopt

The director of Equality Utah calls the decision a victory.
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Utah’s Supreme Court lifted its hold on adoptions by same-sex couples Thursday. The adoptions had been put on hold in May following the state’s decision to appeal a 10th Circuit Court ruling which struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. However, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month to not hear appeals from states seeking to keep their bans in place legalized same-sex marriage in Utah and opened the door for adoptions to begin.

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Utah Environment
6:15 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Daggett County Reaches Landmark Conservation Deal

Daggett County is the first county to reach consensus with conservation groups and Utah's government.

In a press conference on Thursday, Utah government officials and conservation groups announced a new agreement concerning public lands in Daggett County. The deal will protect over 110,000 new acres around the Green River. According to Tim Peterson of the Grand Canyon Trust, in drafting the agreement, wildlife advocates and local government officials worked out a deal that took into account a host of possible economic and political roadblocks.

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Access Utah
11:14 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Bad Air On Access Utah And Nuclear Testing On Science Questions Friday

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Logan has some of the worst air in the nation several days many years.  On Friday’s AU, USU Professor of Toxicology, Roger Coulombe, talks to host Sheri Quinn about Cache Valley air and what is being done to help clean it up so we can all breathe a little easier.   

At 9:30 Science Questions explores the downwind effects of nuclear testing in Nevada and Utah in the 1950s and the science of nuclear bombs with one of the nation's first female chemists.   

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Utah News
9:21 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Utah Officials Foresee Future Legislation On Gay Marriage

Gov. Herbert at his monthly press conference Thursday.
Governor's Office

The  legalization of gay marriage in the Beehive State has opened up a lively dialogue amongst Utah's politicians about how it will affect Utah's legislators and the laws they craft. In his monthly address on Thursday, Gov. Gary Herbert said he did not foresee legislators attempting to undermine the recently won right of same-sex couples to marry.

Herbert did add that he was concerned about strengthening religious freedom, referring to proposed laws protecting clergy and churches from performing marriages they oppose.

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Utah Politics
9:10 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Voter ID Laws: Where Utah Stands

Voter identification laws have made national news recently with various courts striking down laws in Wisconsin, Arkansas and Pennsylvania. Utah State University political science Professor Roger Tew said the fight over voter ID laws is complicated and often partisan.

“The argument is that voter IDs are relatively simple. We have to provide IDs for all kinds of things, it should be no different,” Tew said.  “Those who tend to be opposed to it on the other hand, the argument is there are people living in cities and older people who don’t have a need for a driver’s license, or a need to obtain normal IDs that often other people use.”

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Utah News
6:20 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Salt Lake City Produce Redistribution Program Fruitful In 2014

Fruit Share provides produce for needy in Salt Lake area.

An in-state collaboration is meeting the need of hungry individuals with nutritious, home-grown foods.

More than 25,000 pounds of fruit was donated to local food assistance programs this year through Salt Lake City's Fruit Share program. The initiative allows people to register their fruit trees, then directs volunteers to help harvest fruit that would otherwise go to waste, matching need with abundance.

The collected produce is split between homeowners, harvest volunteers, and efforts to help the needy.

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Utah News
6:17 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Vandal Defiles National Parks Across The West

The Park Service is investigating vandalism in parks across the West.
Casey Nocket Modern Hiker

The National Park Service is investigating a string of vandalism incidents across the West, and they’re using social media to find the perpetrator.

The vandalism was first reported on the blog Modern Hiker. The blog claims the vandalism, which features paintings of people, was perpetrated by the New York based artist Casey Nocket. Nocket allegedly recorded the paintings on her Instagram account, which has now been deleted.

National Park Service Spokesperson Alexandria Picavet would not confirm that the artist listed in the blog post was responsible, however she did say that social media did help bring the problem to light.

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Utah News
5:59 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Auction Set For Former Olympian's Memorabilia

Gardner made his Olympic debut in 2000.

Memorabilia and other personal items belonging to former Olympic wrestler Rulon Gardner will go to auction in Salt Lake City on Saturday. The list of items includes autographed jerseys from other sporting heroes like Karl Malone and John Elway. Also up for auction are some of the medals Gardner won while competing in Greco-Roman wrestling. However, according to David Olson of Erkelens and Olsen auctioneers, Gardner’s 2000 Olympic gold medal will not be up for sale.

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The Zesty Garden
3:10 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

The Zesty Garden - October 23

Charisma Amaryllis

Mark Anderson from Anderson Seed and Garden helps you finish up your fall yard task listm  Adrie Roberts from USU Extension has tips for using a large pressure canner, and Nancy Williams reads a favorite essay on Petals and Prose. There's also a recipe below for Wensley Cake.

See Recipes for Wensley Cake and Acorn-Pumpkin Bread Below

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UPR Awards
2:37 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

UPR Wins Six Awards From Utah Broadcasters Association

Utah Public Radio took home six awards at the Utah Broadcasters Association annual awards event this week.

  • GOLD: Best News Reporting in a Series: Five Billion Gallons by Jennifer Pemberton & Matt Jensen
  • SILVER: Best News Reporting in a Series: My Address Is... by April Ashland, Eric Jungblut, Matt Jensen, Taylor Halversen, Morgan Pratt, Elaine Taylor
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