Do wolves kill more often when grizzlies are around to steal their food? Research says no.

Just like a lunchroom bully, brown bears (or grizzly bears, as Americans are more likely to refer to them) regularly steal food killed by other carnivores. As such, those carnivores usually have to kill more often to get enough food when brown bears are present. But research conducted in both Yellowstone and in Scandinavia suggests that this may not be the case for wolves. “What we expected to find was that bears would increase wolf kill rate. And what we were kind of thinking was that well,...

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Helmet laws in Utah for motorcycles, require anyone under 18 years old to wear a helmet. But one Utah Lawmaker is trying to expand that law.

As an emergency room doctor, Utah Senator Brian Shiozawa, who serves District 8 in Salt Lake City, says he’s seen multiple motorcycle accident victims.



On January 18, experts in mental health, suicide prevention and social media met with military officials at the Pentagon to discuss how social media can find individuals at risk for suicide and offer them help and resources. 

Herbert: Tax Law Changes Likely In 2018

Feb 16, 2017

Education advocates and others who want to see reform of Utah’s tax policy will most likely have to wait until 2018 to see any changes.

A bill aiming to give survivors of sexual assault an assurance of confidentiality when speaking with campus advocates was met with questions by members of the House Judiciary Committee this week.

Utah Dams And Reservoirs Working Fine Amid Flooding

Feb 15, 2017

The recent rising temperatures brought a surge of flood warnings to northern Utah. Amid concerns about the integrity of Utah’s dams, David Marble, assistant state engineer for the Utah Dam Safety program, says the dams and reservoirs in Utah are working fine. / Sutherland Institute

Utah Governor Gary Herbert received a Valentine of a sort on Tuesday. Executives representing more than 30 outdoor recreation companies have signed a letter calling on Utah Governor Gary Herbert to defend public lands in the state, or they will urge the Outdoor Retailer Show to leave Utah.

Nearly 325 organizations signed a letter pressing new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make sure the Justice Department does its job when it looks at a proposal for three potential mergers.  The companies include Dow Chemical and DuPont, Monsanto and Bayer, and Syngenta and ChemChina. Tiffany Finck-Haynes, with Friends of the Earth, said her group and others want Congress to provide oversight, because President Donald Trump met with the CEOs of Monsanto just before he was inaugurated.

Democratic state Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck introduced legislation on Tuesday that would bring Ranked Choice Voting to elections in Utah.

The home-sharing platform Airbnb released data this week showing just how much money its service adds to the pockets of Utahns. The company, which bills itself as a community-driven hospitality platform, says approximately 246,000 people stayed at airbnb rentals in Utah in 2016, providing $35.6 million dollars in supplemental income to local residents.

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Utah lawmakers have passed House Concurrent Resolution 12 calling for a reduction in the size of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. 


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Thomas Jefferson wrote the famous words "all men are created equal," but he also owned more than 600 slaves over the course of his life.

His Virginia plantation called Monticello is being renovated to shed more light on the enslaved people who lived and worked there.

One of the most notable of those slaves was Sally Hemings. Jefferson is widely believed to have fathered her six children. The museum is working to restore a restroom believed to be Hemings' living quarters.

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In June 2010, 15-year-old Sergio Hernandez and his friends were playing chicken at the U.S.-Mexico border, daring each other to run up and touch the tall border fence separating Juarez, Mexico, from El Paso, Texas.

At some point during their game, U.S. border patrol agent Jesus Mesa arrived on a bicycle. He detained one of the kids on the U.S. side while the others ran away. Hernandez hid behind a pillar beneath a bridge on the Mexican side of the border. A cellphone video shows the boy peeking out from behind the column, before Mesa shoots and kills him.

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