Canceling all student loan debt could create more than half of all the jobs created after the Great Recession
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Dropping Student Loan Debt Would Stimulate Economy, Report Says

Student loan debt in the U.S. has reached $1.4 trillion. That's greater than all credit card debt and also eclipses all motor vehicle loans.
Researchers at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College say canceling that debt would be a major boost to the economy.

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Grid Not Ready For Increased Demand For Renewables

Feb 21, 2018

A number of large companies are driving the demand for renewable energy, and those same companies are calling for a major upgrade to the country's energy transmission lines, including Utah.

Governor Gary Herbert’s Wednesday press conference included a discussion of mass shootings and how to prevent them. The exchange started with a question from Bob Bernick of Utah Policy.

Off The Grid: Waterfalls In Red Rock Country

Feb 21, 2018
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Our series LGBTQ Off The Grid, explores the far corners of Utah where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, and those questioning their sexuality are often isolated and unseen. In this story, Randy Thomson, a formerly homeless man, is trying to help young people in southern Utah.

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In the wake of the #MeToo movement, and in light of harassment allegations on Utah’s Capitol Hill, lawmakers are considering implementing anti-harassment training for lobbyists, much like the one legislators are already required to take.

Our Winterless Winter on Wild About Utah

Feb 20, 2018
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Our winterless winter. I’ve been in this lovely valley over 30 years and have never experienced such a balmy January, and now February. The thaw began January first and never ended. As an avid cross country skier, I fear my days of low elevation skiing have ended over a month early.

Winter bird sightings in Utah
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The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place every February. One of the key differences between this event and the Christmas Bird Count, is that the Great Backyard Bird Count is global and may capture some of those early migrants returning for the Spring.

Mark Grodkowski is a pastry chef. He immigrated from Poland when he was 17, crossing the borders of country and language, creating his American dream. He currently owns and operates Sweetly Divine, a pastry shop and cafe in Logan. 

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A measure asking Congress to exempt Utah from the 1906 Antiquities Act passed through the Utah House Friday.

 

Lawmakers voted 59-13 to progress Rep. Carl Albrecht’s House Joint Resolution 1, which calls on Utah’s congressional delegation to draft legislation excluding Utah from future national monument designations by a president.

Jenny Eberlein / National Park Service

If you see one, especially up close, you always remember it.  They have featherless orange-pink faces and their massive wings span nine feet.  Iconic and intimidating, there is no forgetting the critically endangered California Condor.

People in Cache Valley working against food waste
Bronson Teichert

Next time you find yourself scraping your plate into the garbage, you might consider how much you’re throwing away.  

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