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Off The Grid: Waterfalls In Red Rock Country

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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The Utah Senate received over 300 submissions from high school students for its annual Utah Senate Visual Art Contest. 28 students were recognized on the senate floor on February 5. The winning student won a $5000 scholarship toward their college fund, and the rest of the winners won other various scholarships.

Grid Not Ready For Increased Demand For Renewables

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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.

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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.

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

Jazzman Joe McQueen Plays In Brigham City

Feb 16, 2018

 

In 1945, an up-and-coming jazz tenor saxophonist named Joe McQueen made a stop in Ogden, to play a weeks worth of gigs. But after his band leader kept the band's earnings and abandoned the members, McQueen decided to stay and build up his reputation in the jazz scene. 

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One week after the deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people, lawmakers and a representative of the National Rifle Association faced tough questions from students, teachers and parents at a CNN town hall meeting to discuss how to prevent such tragedies in the future.

Florida Sens. Marco Rubio, a Republican, and Bill Nelson, a Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., started by answering parents and students at the event in Sunrise.

In the Balkan state of Montenegro, an unidentified man threw a hand grenade at the U.S. Embassy in the capital before then killing himself with another explosive, according to The Associated Press.

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The U.S. Supreme Court began churning out opinions Wednesday, producing four decisions — as many as the justices have produced over the past 4 1/2 months combined.

The topics were varied, touching on subjects ranging from gun control to whistleblower protection and terrorism.

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