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A round table discussion will be held by the USDA and local leaders on April 11th

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a plan to combat the opioid epidemic in rural America. The USDA is seeing impacts on the quality of life and economic well-being in small towns.

Cache Valley Deer Take Helicopter Ride

Mar 7, 2018
Female mule deer were captured for testing to compare with data from last December
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Biologists from Division of Wildlife Resources are working with a helicopter crew to locate and capture female mule deer. The deer had tracking collars put on last December.

Young Local Composer Publishes Piano Solo Book

Mar 7, 2018
Emma Cardon plays the cello
Emma Cardon

  Emma Cardon has had music running through her veins since a very early age.


“Well I started playing piano when I was four, and I immediately was bored, so I started writing myself more interesting pieces. So arrangements of what I was doing, and then when I was six I really started composing pieces.” Cardon said.

She’s a freshman in college, and has already composed pieces for multiple groups, including the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Craig Jessop.



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, a solitary transgender person in Brigham City finds community in a coven of witches.

Environmental tax suggests we pay more for gas to offset environmental costs

The Cache Clean Air Consortium hosts regular events that enable residents to learn about and become involved with improving their local air. Their events include the annual high school Clean Air Poster contests, bike challenges and expert talks. 

Local lawmakers discuss funding for the homeless as they prepare for the final week of the session
Kerry Bringhurst / Utah Public Radio

When Logan City Mayor Holly Daines first learned about House Bill 462 for homeless services she began researching how an annual tax for low-income or homeless programs would impact her city.

“We are watching that bill,” Daines said.

Republican Representative Steve Eliason is sponsoring the bill that would give the state the ability to tax cities that don’t have programs for their homeless population.

Utah House Of Representatives Makes Viral Rap Video

Mar 5, 2018

Representative John Knotwell said House Majority Communications staff are always looking for ways to help Utah politicians seem more relatable to their constituents. He said that was probably the idea behind the rap.

USDA recalls ground beef and pork potentially contaminated with E. coli.

More than fourteen-thousand pounds of ground beef and pork products are being recalled.   U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the products may be contaminated with E. coli.

The Interstate Meat Distributors, Inc., of Clackamas, Oregon says the products subject to recall bear establishment number “965” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Oregon, Utah, and Washington state.

T. cristinae comes in three colors:  green, green-striped, and brown.
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If you spend enough time poking around bushes in California, Nevada or Arizona, you’ll find stick insects, long little guys that blend in with sticks or leaves. Sometimes you only notice them when they drop out of their camouflaged environment and onto your shirt. They’re funny looking, harmless and at the center of a recent high-impact study at Utah State University describing when and how you can predict evolution.

The Food is Medicine initiative in Idaho is expanding to help more families get fresh and healthy meals. The initiative's "screen and intervene" program helps doctors identify people experiencing food insecurity.


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