Mark Witton

Digging Up Our Prehistoric Past: New Horned Dinosaur Discovered In Southern Utah

A new horned dinosaur species was unearthed in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The dinosaur lived around 77 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period. The finding was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal, PLOS One. Eric Lund, lead author, said the dinosaur has some unique characteristics not seen in other horned species. In fact, the dinosaur’s name, Machairoceratops cronusi, is in reference to what many find to be its most distinguishing feature- bent ‘sword-like’ spikes.
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Utah is one of eleven states that joined a lawsuit against the Obama Administration in response to a federal mandate that allows school kids to enter the bathroom they associate with based on their gender identity.

Permaculture on Wild About Utah

May 27, 2016

  Have you ever looked at a healthy forest and wondered “how do those trees, shrubs, and smaller plants thrive without fertilizer inputs, pest control, consistent watering, tilling, thinning, and being overtaken by unwanted species?” Many in Utah, in striving for alternative ways to grow food and landscapes in general, are turning away from conventional practices and experimenting in a relatively new design process called “permaculture.”


Author Kitson Jazynka is trying to make the odd more appealing. She recently wrote a book for National Geographic Kids called, “125 Wacky Roadside Attractions.” 

It includes things like a giant eyeball sculpture, a tunnel of love and museum of Pez memorabilia.

Utah Considering Death Penalty by Firing Squad

May 26, 2016

With the drugs most commonly used for lethal injections no longer available, Utah may revert to carrying out death sentences with a firing squad. 

Nick Herrmann

For thirty years, volunteers from businesses, schools and church groups have been taking children with disabilities fishing. UPR’s Nick Herrmann spent the day at Salem Pond watching and recording as state wildlife workers taught more than a thousand youth with special needs the art of baiting and catching fish.

Matheson To Lead Diplomacy Committee

May 26, 2016

  Former Utah Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson joins former Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr., on the Utah Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. He said that the group’s aims of fostering diplomacy and encouraging economic cooperation helped convince him to sign on.

According to the Bureau of Land Management, there are over sixty-seven thousand wild horses on public land in the west, and the BLM estimates that the number will double in just four more years. Wednesday, Utah Representative Chris Stewart insisted, the crisis requires a bi-partisan solution, and right away.

Utah Makes Deeper Cuts to Medicaid Expansion

May 25, 2016

Utah health officials are getting criticism for a proposal to widen the state's health-care coverage gap beyond what the Legislature recently passed.

Conservation Group Introduces Pro-Public Land Billboard Campaign

May 25, 2016
Aaron Weiss


A conservation group has announced billboards are being placed in several states to highlight the consequences of state efforts to seize public lands. Organizers claim a Utah Office of Tourism campaign touts the state’s public lands without mentioning what could happen to those lands without federal funding.  

UPIN Asks: What is Utah culture?

May 24, 2016

What is Utah culture? Is it still primarily associated with our religious beginnings? Or has our culture evolved to include diverse outdoor recreation - snow-capped mountains and red rock canyons? Or is it defined by an entirely different variable? We want to hear from all past, present or future Utahns (or is it Utahans? Tell us!) within the sight or sound of our words - what is contemporary Utah to you?

Click here to tell UPR about your Utah culture.


Behind The Headlines

Utah Joins 11 States In Suing The Obama Administration & More On Behind The Headlines

Utah is suing the federal government over the Obama Administration's transgender bathroom directive. Arizona business owners push for more air pollution controls as Utah's haze spills into the Grand Canyon. UTA re-opens committee meetings after negative feedback from from different groups, including the Salt Lake County Council. And gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson receives an endorsement from a national tea party group.
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UPIN Asks: What is Utah culture?

We want to hear from all past, present or future Utahns, what is contemporary Utah to you?

UPR's Kitchen Sisters Storytelling Project

UPR recently spent 2 days training with award-winning audio producers the Kitchen Sisters. The workshop resulted in a series of uniquely styled storytelling.

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Utah is a state endowed with many natural wonders. Hear about it on this weekly nature series. Check out the latest episodes.

Utah Public Radio’s original programming series celebrating the National Park Centennial.