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Aimee Cobabe

Solar Power Is Growing In Popularity Throughout The State

Residents in Utah have joined programs aimed at lowering the cost of solar installations. “Solar has grown very quickly especially in the last three to five years,” said Kate Bowman, Solar Project Coordinator for Utah Clean Energy, a public interest organization. “Looking back to 2009, on average Utah’s cumulative solar capacity—so the total amount of solar in the state—has increased by 82 percent each year. So that’s almost doubling each year since 2009.” Bowman said solar power costs have...
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Ballroom In Utah Dances To Its Own Rhythm

Jul 28, 2015
Melissa Allison

Utah’s youth have drawn attention over the years in reality shows like “So You Think You Can Dance,” and “Dancing with the Stars.” They have shown up each season and demonstrated to millions of viewers that when it comes to dance, Utahns don’t mess around.

Wildfire Spreads Near St. George

Jul 28, 2015

A wildfire just 55 miles south of St. George spread from 640 acres on Monday to 820 on Tuesday.

A lightning storm started the High Meadow fire on the Bureau of Land Management Arizona Strip near Mt. Trumbull and Potato Valley on July 14.

“Crews have been managing it since that time,” said Rachel Carnahan, Arizona Strip District public affairs officer for the BLM. “And heavy winds on Saturday did cause the fire to become quite active again.”

Carnahan said the fire is difficult to maintain in the area it is in.

Study: Medicaid Benefits Children As They Grow Up

Jul 28, 2015

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation that established Medicare and Medicaid. This week's report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows that adults who benefited from Medicaid as children have lower rates of emergency room visits, hospitalizations and lower blood pressure.

According to Lincoln Nehring, president and CEO of Voices for Utah Children, healthy kids go on to have successful lives.

Should Spanking Children Be Forbidden in the U.S.? Renowned criminologist Christian Pfeiffer from University of Hannover, Germany recently presented the European experience as a of the USU Provost’s Series on Instructional Excellence, and he joined us for AU. We’ll revisit that conversation today.

Dr. Pfeiffer’s research interests include the role of religion and child rearing practices in the production of violence; the role of media in the lives of children and in the perception of crime and criminal policy; media consumption and violence; the implications of corporal punishment in politics; and extrajudicial dispute resolution.


Wildfire Near Jordanelle Reservoir Is Contained

Jul 27, 2015

About 100 residents at Fox Bay Condominiums left their homes on Monday after a fire broke out by the Jordanelle Reservoir, which has now been contained.

Mike Eriksson, an area manager for the Utah Division of Forestry, said the evacuation has been lifted, and residents should be back home by now.

“It turned out to be only one acre after they GPS’d it,” Eriksson said. “So it was pretty tiny.”

Eriksson said a possible reason the fire did not spread is the summer has been wetter than average, and moisture in the plants made them difficult to burn.

Researchers Work Together On Red Butte Creek

Jul 27, 2015

Last week, researchers from multiple Utah colleges and universities worked together to gather data from the Red Butte Creek in Salt Lake City.

According to Paul Brooks, professor of hydrology and biochemistry at the University of Utah, this effort is the first of its kind, with diverse types of observations, including hydrology sampling, water chemistry sampling and biological sampling. Some researchers studied drought stress and interviewed local residents on water use.

Herbert To Lead National Governors' Association

Jul 27, 2015

On Saturday, Republican Gov. Gary Herbert was named chairman of the National Governor’s Association. Almost immediately, the governor laid out an initiative entitled “States: Finding Solutions, Improving Lives.” The initiative calls for more state-federal partnerships while highlighting state solutions to political issues.

State Rep. Jon Cox said that Herbert’s new appointment will allow Utah to learn from what other states are accomplishing. He said that the NGA is an invaluable platform to share ideas.

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On Tuesday’s AU we’ll look at the problem of homelessness with author Elaine Taylor, who writes in her new book "Karma Deception and a Pair of Red Ferraris" of how she came to find her self dedicated to helping the homeless. Previously Taylor wrote on her blog, “the best of my life is behind me. I’m entering the period of throat wattles and colonoscopies every five years … and uselessness. Irrelevance.”

A comment which her daughter replied, “Ya know, someone who feels as sorry for herself as you do ought to go out and do something for someone who’s got real problems.” That was the beginning of Elaine Taylor's work with Raphael House, a shelter for the homeless San Francisco families. We'll also speak with Lloyd Pendelton, former director of the Utah Homeless Task Force.



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What’s red, can be found in your kitchen and are beneficial as they munch through your leftovers and create a wonderfully rich compost? I’m talking about the worms of vermicomposting.  Also on the program is a discussion with Dan Drost about harvesting onions. In Going Native! you’ll hear all about including the wonderful, native Fire Chalice. Then in The Green Room it's Pathos. In our latest Insect Bites, we look at the science of Mellisopolynology (huh?). Then in Petals and Prose, it's pests as guests.

August Race To Support Autism Program

Jul 23, 2015

A charity organization, Race 4 a Cause, will hold the second annual First Dam Pancake Run on Aug. 15  in Logan to raise funds for a preschool program at Utah State University called Autism Support Services: Education, Research and Training, or ASSERT.


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