Utah News
5:58 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Partial Solar Eclipse To Darken Utah Sky

Three solar eclipses will happen in Utah this year.
T. Ruen

A partial solar eclipse is headed our way Thursday afternoon. NASA Ambassador Patrick Wiggins said the moon will move in front of the sun starting at 3 p.m. and continue until just after 5 p.m.

“Now it won’t cover it up completely, at maximum it will be a little less than half covered, but still that’s a nice taste for the total eclipse of the sun that we’ve got coming up in 2017 up in Idaho,” Wiggins said.

The number of eclipses varies from year to year; this year the state will see three.

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Utah News
5:11 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

New Homeless Shelter To Bring More To Utah's Homeless

A drawing of the new center.
switchpointrc.org

The SwitchPoint Community Resource Center will host its grand opening this Friday in St. George. The center was established two months ago to meet the needs of Washington County’s chronically poor and homeless. Getting people back on their feet often requires addressing many needs, from job training to transportation. Those needs can be met quicker by combining resources into one facility, said Hollowell, the center’s Executive Director.

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Utah News
3:25 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Moab's Pumpkin Chuckin' Throws A Curve

Moab's Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival
Youth Garden Project

Moab’s Youth Garden Project, a non-profit organization that serves the city’s children, is kicking off their 9th Annual Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival on the October 25.

Kristin Thomas, the program manager for the project, said there are various categories for competitors to enter. One entrant - from Lindon, UT - has people especially excited.

“The slingshot from Lindon, UT is going to be 10,000 pounds," Thomas said. "It’s a big machine. Supposedly they can shoot it up to 500 feet, potentially farther.

The team Thomas is referring to calls themselves the Smashing Heads but, in actuality, they are the employees of Universal Industrial Sales, Inc.


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Access Utah
11:04 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Undercover Child Slavery Rescue On Access Utah Wednesday

Credit voicesofyouth.org

Dallas Hyland, a photojournalist and resident of St. George, recently traveled to Colombia with a privately-funded organization, Operation Underground Railroad, to execute what they called Clear Hope; a mission they say proved to be the biggest child trafficking rescue operation in history.

Hyland says that there are approximately 23-million people worldwide in some form of subjugation, including forced labor, and sex labor. And two million of those are children. He adds that “...at the height of the Trans-Atlantic trade, the slave trade, I believe the numbers were around 17 million. This is alarming because that means we’re not progressing, we’re digressing. ...slavery did not end with the Civil War...It’s getting worse. It’s just underground and nobody talks about it.” 


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Utah Environment
10:32 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Clean Air Battle Begins In DC Courtroom

The Uintah Basin is well-known for oil and gas development.
http://www.uintahbasintah.org/

Utah found itself in the middle of a struggle between states, environmental advocates, energy companies and a federal regulatory agency on Tuesday  

Oral arguments were heard in the District of Columbia’s Circuit Court of Appeals, where environmentalists and clean-air advocates challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s ozone classification of Utah’s Uintah Basin.

The environmentalist advocates contend it is no coincidence that Uintah Basin is also home to oil and gas development and some of the worst air quality in the state, and the EPA’s designation is incorrect.

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Utah News
6:00 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Roy Shooting Thought To Be Suicide By Cop

Around 4 a.m. Tuesday, Roy City officers were dispatched to a home after a man threatening suicide called a help hotline, which contacted police.

Police engaged in a seven-hour standoff with the 35-year-old, according to Detective Matthew Gwynn with Roy City Police.

“After several hours of negotiation, the negotiation with our subject failed. There were shots fired and the subject is now deceased,” Gwynn said.

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Commentary
12:04 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Ur Not My Bro: Steve's Adventure In Texting

I don’t understand texting. Email is better. You do email on a computer. When you sit in front of a computer, you don’t walk out into traffic while communicating with someone.

Maybe it just bothers me that those who text seem to do it so fast and effortlessly. I feel like I have gorilla fingers and I’m trying to poke away at a dollhouse phone when I text. For every correct letter I type, I type two incorrect letters.

And yet, I am texting more and more these days because many of my friends in business and real life prefer it. In some cases, it is the only way to effectively communicate with someone who is not standing in front of you.

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Access Utah
11:20 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Clash Of Amendments: Feminism, Free Speech, And Gun Control On Tuesday's Access Utah

Rally for feminism and free speech at Utah State University

It’s been THE topic of conversation at Utah State University for several days now as well as making the pages of the New York Times and the airwaves of NPR: After learning that USU was legally forbidden from restricting firearms at a Wednesday lecture over which she received a death threat, nationally-known feminist writer and video game critic, Anita Sarkeesian, canceled her appearance. (SLTrib) She says she won’t appear at a Utah school until guns are barred from the state’s campuses.

Rep. Curt Oda says she’s overreacting and says that he wants to further strengthen gun rights by reinforcing Utah law allowing open carrying of guns on Utah’s college campuses. Students and faculty gathered Wednesday at USU to promote free speech and condemn threats against Sarkeesian.


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Utah News
7:48 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Meteors Illuminate Monday Night's Dark Skies

If you’re on the hunt for entertainment or a romantic evening Monday night look no further than our own Utah night sky. The Orionid meteor shower is due to arrive late into the night through the early morning hours of Tuesday.

Meteors are space debris that upon entering our earth’s atmosphere begin to incinerate as they plummet, and often leave brilliant trails. In the case of the Orionid shower, the meteors are remnant debris of Halley’s Comet, which last visited our solar system in 1986.

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Utah Environment
6:20 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

On Patrol: Small Force Watches Over Deer Hunt

Each hunter in Utah is permitted one buck per hunting season.
nps.org

Saturday saw the opening of rifle deer hunting season in Utah. The hunt has been a tradition for many families who take to the woods during the nine-day season with the goal of bringing home a prize buck.

Chris Schulze is a part of a force of conservation officers who have the responsibility to make sure hunting laws are obeyed. He is one of about two dozen who monitor the hunt for the entire state, in every county and corner of Utah. Often times, individual officers will patrol an area of many miles every day. Schulze, a second generation wildlife officer, is no exception.

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