Memorials Matter: The Impressions History Leaves Behind

Let’s travel back to a day that will always be part of our national memory - May 10, 1869. It was a dream come true: a railroad connecting the East and West coasts. The horns and bells of the Jupiter and No. 119 locomotives bellowed as they chugged along the rickety tracks and came face-to-face at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. The crowd waited in anticipation for the last spike to be driven into the railroad tie, symbolizing completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad. Cheers filled the air as the maul hit the golden spike.
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The Rufous Hummingbird on Wild About Utah

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  Who doesn’t love hummingbirds! I’m always amazed how a tiny life form with a brain smaller than a pea is capable of such amazing intelligence and behaviors. In fact, a hummingbird’s brain is proportionally larger in size to their body than that of any other bird. And like the corvid family (jays, magpies, and crows), research has found that hummers have an amazing memory.

Groups Ask Feds To Investigate Utah-Funded Port

Jun 23, 2016

Several groups are calling on the federal government to investigate legal concerns surrounding SB 246, a Utah law that authorizes funding for a coal export terminal in Oakland, California. In a letter sent to the U.S. Department of Justice, environmental advocates claim that there are legal and ethical red-flags in the way the coal port was financed.

Justin Prather / Utah Public Radio


With little cloud cover, the afternoon heat warps the horizon at Willard Bay State Park. It’s 3 p.m. on a weekday, the south marina is busy with boaters.

The documentary, The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb, gives a history of one of the architects of the atomic bomb. The film will be screened in Southern Utah Friday, June 24, 2016. Many Utah residents were exposed to the radiation fallout of testing in Nevada. 

Short-Eared Owl Tracking on Wild About Utah

Jun 22, 2016

My name is Neil Paprocki. I’m the conservation biologist with HawkWatch International, which is a raptor conservation and education non-profit based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

My name’s Evan Buechley. I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Utah.

Join A BioBlitz This Year on Wild About Utah

Jun 22, 2016

“So what is a BioBlitz anyway”, by far the most common question we get from the public who visit our parks and other venues offering the event.

A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. 

Utah's 2nd Medical School Expected To Open In 2017

Jun 22, 2016
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nearly 80 percent of Utah's counties are facing a medical-professional shortage, making the state the third worst in the country for the doctor-to-patient ratio. The state’s second medical school will open in August 2017 in Ivins, Utah, with the hope to address the statistic.

About 100 Washington County homes were evacuated Tuesday night as the Saddle Wildfire burned threateningly close to the private properties. The federal government has recognized the fire as an emergency situation and is authorizing funds to help pay for firefighting efforts.

The Dalai Lama Comes To Utah For The First Time in 15 Years

Jun 22, 2016
Aimee Cobabe


The Dalai Lama shared a message of peace and compassion at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday.


Pitbull Owners Order Dog to Attack SLC Police Officer

Jun 21, 2016


Two men, ages 18 and 19, ordered their large Pitbull dog to attack a police officer Monday afternoon. The dog bit the officer, whose identity has not yet been released, when he investigated the threat.


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"The Latter Days: A Memoir" on Tuesday's Access Utah

At twenty-two, Judith Freeman was working in the LDS Church-owned department store in the Utah town where she'd grown up. In the process of divorcing the man she had married at seventeen, she was living in her parents' house with her four-year old son, who had already endured two heart surgeries. She had abandoned Mormonism, the faith into which she had been born, and she was having an affair with her son's surgeon, a married man with three children of his own. It was at this fraught moment...
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