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The Source: The Far Reaches of Utah Water Research

Utah has some unique water problems but they’re not that unique. Studying water in Utah can tell us a lot about similar places that also rely on high mountain snowpack for their yearly allotment. But a lot of the research involving water in Utah has implications way beyond that.In this hour, four stories about local research with global legs. From feeding people in the Nile Delta to informing policy in Pakistan. From negotiating the shifting watery border between the U.S. and Mexico to...camping on Mars, we’re going far out on The Source.
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Logan Hospital Adds Physical Therapy Pools

Aug 28, 2015

On Monday, Logan Regional Hospital announced the addition of several physical therapy pools to the medical center’s occupational therapy wing.

Many older patients use the pools in order to take pressure off of joints. Rich Hall, Director of Sports Medicine and Rehab with Logan Regional Hospital, said that patients of all ages have benefited from physical therapy pools.

ACLU Utah Launches New Public Defense Campaign

Aug 27, 2015
acslaw.org

  August 27 marks the four year anniversary of the ACLU of Utah’s report entitled Failing Gideon. ACLU communications director Anna Brower says the report found Utah’s public defense system was failing on all ten of the principles set forward by the American Bar Association.

Study: Federal Drug Sentences Increasing

Aug 27, 2015
justicepolicycenter.org

According to a study released Thursday by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the average sentence for federal drug offenders has risen 36 percent since 1980. According to Adam Gelb, Director of Pew’s Public Safety Performance Project, that’s indicative of a broken justice system. 

The number of federal prisoners with drug-related offenses has risen from 5,000 in 1980 to 95,000 today. That’s 49 percent of the prison population. Gelb said that the policies enacted over thirty years ago have not proven to be the best approach.

Photo of the book: The Triumph of Seeds
Basic Books

A Seed is a Seed is a Seed? Not all are created equal. Some won’t last a day without staying moist while most keep out moisture as they remain in stasis for days, months or even years. A seed can be thought of as a baby plant inside a box, with its lunch. Some have not touched a bit of their lunch while others have consumed everything, including the thermos! On Petals and Prose today, Helen Cannon reads about how seeds germinate, especially the avocado. But first we’ll have a conversation with USU Extension Fruit Specialist Brent Black. Have you ever considered using a container to grow fruit? Then we’ll hear from Grant Cardon on the state of our soils. Why are they the way they are? He’ll have some important information on the use of chelated iron.


Joe Hill was a Swedish immigrant, a songwriter, a worker and a member of the Industrial Workers of the World, the Wobblies. He was a prolific songwriter for his union, which contributed to the IWW’s growth in the early 20th century AS a singing union. While working in Utah, he was accused of a double homicide, which he likely did not commit. Despite an international campaign to save him, which included the Swedish ambassador, Helen Keller and President Wilson, he was executed for those murders. The State of Utah easily condemned Joe Hill and his union as troublemakers.


Murray Man Becomes Balloonist After Fifty

Aug 27, 2015
Josh Lewis

People gathered in Eden, Utah recently to enjoy music, art, and the main attraction, hot air balloons.

“I like seeing when the balloons go off and when they light up," said Rebecca Spinelli - an attendee at the Ogden Valley Balloon & Artist Festival. "​It makes me feel really cool. I want to ride in one but it’s kind of scary.”


Image of Crane Fly
http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/crane_fly.htm

The cultured landscapes that surround our homes are, for the most part, not native. While many of the plants in these landscapes look beautiful, they usually require a LOT of extra water, and they don’t attract the insects that are needed by native bird species to survive. In the Petals and Prose segment of Zesty Garden, learn what can happen with just a little bit of change. Native birds come back! But first…  When is a giant mosquito not a giant mosquito? USU Extension Entomologist Diane Alston is in studio today to discuss the Crane Fly.
 


Photo of Atlantic Giant Pumpkin
Lindsay Bench

What’s orange, is watered about every 10 minutes, and has a baby-cam posted so parents can see how it’s doing. It’s a giant pumpkin! Today we check in with Lindsay Bench from the Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers to see how her pumpkin is doing. Then Dan Drost will give some tips on how to pick a ripe melon.  He’ll also help you get over the loss of your tomatoes to curly top. In Petals and Prose, Janett Warner recommends the Blue Grama Grass. Then on Petals and Prose, Nancy Williams re-visits the San Francisco Zen Center of Green Gulch Farm with a reading from Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate.


Scouts for Equality

 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Wednesday they will continue their relationship with the Boy Scouts of America despite a recent decision to allow gay individuals to serve in leadership positions.

A statement read:

“At this time, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will go forward as a chartering organization of the Boy Scouts of America, and as in the past, will appoint the Scout leaders and volunteers who uphold and exemplify Church doctrine, values, and standards.”

business.utah.gov

Utah’s business climate is one of the best in the country according to a CNBC ranking. Utah is ranked as one of the countries three top states for business and last year, Forbes ranked Utah as the best state for business.

“Utah’s really setting the standard here,” said Jon Lieber, Chief Economist at thumbtack.com. “And they’re the ones who are kind of setting the curve for the rest of the country.”

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