You're probably not thinking about the Arctic now that spring is here, but March is the month when the sea ice is at its maximum. UPR's Jennifer Pemberton flew over the Arctic this month and has this reflection on the season's melt and the more serious melt.
Jim Dabakis resigned from the state chair of the Democratic Party on March 24 due to health problems. The Democratic Party is now looking for a new candidate to fill the position.
Anna Thompson is the communications director for the Utah Democratic Party and said Dabakis’s health problems developed quickly but refused to comment further regarding his well-being.
She said while Dabakis has resigned from the chair, he will seek re-election for his Utah Senate seat.
“As it stands now, the party staff will stay on and keep things moving forward,” Thompson said. “Jose Valadez, our intrepid vice chair, will serve as acting chair.”
Thompson said the party will vote for a new chair on April 26 at the state convention in Salt Lake City.
The chair has the responsibility of being the face and the voice of Democrats across the state.
“In an election year, you are working with a lot of candidates, you are traveling the state, you are going to county conventions and you are kind of acting as that most prominent voice on the behalf of the party,” Thompson said.
Hi, this is Blair Larsen, host of Fresh Folk. Get ready for a night of new releases in blues this week, as I feature the very talented Brooks Williams, and the master Texas guitarist Steve Howell. I’ll also play songs from new releases by Lowell Levinger, Guy Davis, and Damon Fowler, to name just a few. Tune in and listen this Saturday at 8pm to Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.
Earlier this week a Salt Lake City homeowner attempting to put in a backyard pond uncovered human remains. The Salt Lake City Police Department determined the bones were ancient. Now, specialists from the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts are investigating. The department’s Geoffrey Fattah explained.
Thirty-three percent of Utahns think the state’s "exceptional workforce" is responsible for its economic growth, according to numbers from a poll by the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and Dan Jones & Associates.
Another 26 percent think the state’s quality of life is the main factor while 19 percent think incentives that encourage businesses to relocate and expand to Utah are the cause of growth.
Kerry Bringhurst is the interim station manager and news director at Utah Public Radio.
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On Science Questions, producers Sheri Quinn and Suzi Montgomery explore marijuana policies and the long-term effects they have had on the U.S prison system...through the lens of theology from writer Reverend Dr. Susan Thistlewaite.
It is Natural Resources Week at Utah State University and the theme is "Go Wild, It's All Around you." Nature writer Emma Marris was a featured speaker during this week's celebration and she joins us today on the program to talk about the latest wave in conservation and her new book, The Rambunctious Garden, that is changing and challenging our traditional views of conservation.