Mental Illness in Utah Jails: How Wait Times For Treatment Harm Inmates

In Utah, wait times for mental health services for inmates are significantly longer than in any of the six neighboring states. These inmates have yet to face trial, because they’ve been ruled mentally unable to do so. In order to be tried, they first need rehabilitation at the Utah State Hospital, the only institution in the state that can treat them. The hospital has a months-long waiting list.

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Utah business and education leaders launched a new ballot initiative for the 2018 mid-term elections on Tuesday.

Revamping their effort following the 2017 General Session, Our Schools Now seeks to increase taxes to fund public education.

Conserving Water on Wild About Utah

Jun 9, 2017

Liquid water is essential to life as we know it on planet Earth.  With rising temperatures ahead, our water resources are critical to us all.  Whether nations contain hot-desert areas or not, the appropriate management of water is essential.  In fact, life-sustaining water is literally far more important and valuable than oil.  

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is under review by the Interior Department, and now members of the public are expressing their views about Craters and other monuments. More than 85,000 comments have poured in since the public comment period began less than two weeks ago. 

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The Bureau of Land Management is reconsidering travel routes for off-road vehicles on more than  6 million acres of Utah land.  BLM-Utah will revisit plans for lands surrounding Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and Dinosaur National Monument

Utah Works: Small Dairy Goes Organic

Jun 7, 2017

Gene Hiibner describes the small organic dairy in Mendon, Utah, which he operates with his partner Darren Wold.

***Fun Fact: Gene Hiibner's name really does have two "i"s - it used to be a German umlauted ü, which got miswritten at immigration.

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Charging documents state a Utah woman who is already facing charges of trying to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband now faces additional charges for asking a fellow inmate to kill the hit man.

Linda Tracy Gillman is charged with two counts of first-degree felony criminal solicitation for the first case. But the 69-year-old is now accused of trying to persuade a fellow jail inmate to kill the hit man she tried to hire, who is a primary witness against her.

Police have identified a Utah man found dead after authorities say he killed a woman and her son in a shooting that injured two other children.

Band Uses Roots to Create Alternative Western Rock

Jun 6, 2017
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A new alternative western rock band recently played at the Provo’s Rooftop Concert Series and Logan City Limits. The band has close ties with Utah’s thriving network of musicians.

On the top floor of the student center at Utah State University, two doctoral students are spending the summer interning. This gives them an opportunity to work at CAPS, the schools counseling and psychological service center.

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The Unified State Laboratory including laboratories for the crime department, the medical examiner and the Department of Food and Agriculture is now open. The idea to build the facility started twelve years ago.

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