After 32 years working for Uintah County, Western Heritage Museum director Evan Baker has been dismissed from his position. Baker has served as director of the museum for the last eight years, and said he unexpectedly received a letter telling him his position had been eliminated under county budget changes.
“This is my last day. I’m through at 5 [p.m.]…Personally, I’m upset. It totally blindsided me,” Baker said.
A historic American Fork Presbyterian church is hosting a quilt sale to raise money to help restore its 136-year-old building, particularly its windows.
The church was built in 1877 making it one of the oldest churches in Utah County and has been used as a school, a preschool and a place of worship. The church was also used as a movie set for the film “Footloose.”
Ella Lung is in charge of the fundraiser to restore the 136-year-old building.
National Park Service employees in Grand County are winterizing park campgrounds and trails after an unusual 2013 fall season. The financial costs of the unexpected partial shutdown of the Federal Government in October are still being felt by communities that cater to tourists.
It is estimated Utah suffered a loss of $30 million in tourism money. The impact of the closure is still being felt by employees of the state's national parks who are trying to catch up on work that piled up during the shutdown.
For millions of fans, the 1985 Chicago Bears were more than a football team. They were the greatest football team ever—a gang of colorful nuts dancing and pounding their way to victory. This was the first NFL team to really cross over, to become pop stars. Their ascent marks the beginning of the modern game.
With the upcoming Logan mayoral election fast-approaching, the candidates are rallying their forces for the final push to victory.
As part of this final effort, a mayoral debate was held on the Utah State University campus Wednesday. Both candidates had 90 seconds to respond to questions revolving around their candidacy and the city of Logan, UT, then 30 seconds to present a rebuttal.
The election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5 at voting locations around the Logan area.
On Friday, the Governor’s Mansion was buzzing with Medicaid expansion supporters as the Coalition for a Compassionate Utah kicked off its first official meeting. The coalition is a diverse collection of nonprofit organizations throughout Utah urging Gov. Gary Herbert to expand Medicaid to over 123,000 Utahns who currently go without health care.
"We got together and decided that it was important for us to take a stand in addition to or in support of all the groups that actually work on lower income issues," said Maryann Martindale, Executive Director of Alliance for a Better Utah. "We feel like even though this isn't our mission, it's everybody's mission."
In January, Gov. Gary Herbert advocated in his State of the State address for the relocation of the Utah State Prison away from Draper, arguing the move would produce long-term economic benefits for the state. State lawmakers shortly after formed the Prison Relocation and Development Authority to consider locations where the new prison could be built.
Now, Alliance for a Better Utah is calling for reformed prison policy to be a part of the process of building a new state prison.