Whittney Evans http://upr.org en Utah Charter School Nurtures Entrepreneurial Spirit http://upr.org/post/utah-charter-school-nurtures-entrepreneurial-spirit A new charter school in Utah wants to equip students in kindergarten through ninth grade with a solid foundation in business.<p>Students' daily lessons are peppered with concepts like sales and marketing, finance and entrepreneurship, says first-grade teacher Tammy Hill. "And that plays into leadership and improved math skills. And finance plays into every part of their lives."<p>About 580 students attend Highmark Charter School in a suburb just north of Salt Lake City. They earn play money by turning in homework on time and performing chores. Wed, 15 May 2013 07:35:00 +0000 Whittney Evans 24507 at http://upr.org Utah Charter School Nurtures Entrepreneurial Spirit Governor Decrees No More Vehicle Idling on State Dime http://upr.org/post/governor-decrees-no-more-vehicle-idling-state-dime <p>Governor Gary Herbert has issued a new executive order for state employees to turn off the ignition when they&rsquo;re not driving.</p><p>The order requires more than 7,300 state vehicles to be turned off when drivers expect to be idling more than 30 seconds. Sam Lee, Director of the Utah Division of Fleet Operations, says the move will curb vehicle emissions, thus helping clear the valley&rsquo;s notorious smog. And it&rsquo;s good for the bottom line.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 22:50:24 +0000 Whittney Evans 8232 at http://upr.org Hatching More of Utah's State Fish without a Hatchery http://upr.org/post/hatching-more-utahs-state-fish-without-hatchery <p>A new experiment could expand the population of Utah&rsquo;s state fish, the Bonneville cutthroat trout.</p><p>Paul Thompson, Division of Wildlife Resources aquatics manager for the Northern Region, says they&rsquo;re collecting eggs and sperm from the trout out of Logan River&rsquo;s Temple Fork, spawning them on site and transporting them to experimental streamside incubation boxes on the river&rsquo;s Right-Hand Fork, where water will be pumped into them.</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 22:42:55 +0000 Whittney Evans 8126 at http://upr.org Hatching More of Utah's State Fish without a Hatchery EPA Pitches in to Revitalize Contaminated Areas of Utah http://upr.org/post/epa-pitches-revitalize-contaminated-areas-utah <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded local governments along the Wasatch Front more than a million dollars to help clean up and revitalize blighted property. Here&#39;s how Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County and Ogden plan to use the EPA Brownfields grants given to 245 communities nationwide.</p><p>With major development underway along North Temple in Salt Lake City, including construction of the Airport TRAX line, Mayor Ralph Becker says this money is a huge leg up for the process.</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 23:59:30 +0000 Whittney Evans 8059 at http://upr.org Crapo and Hatch from Senate Finance Committee Listen to Utah Business Leaders http://upr.org/post/crapo-and-hatch-senate-finance-committee-listen-utah-business-leaders <p>Small business leaders in Utah had the opportunity yesterday to let two Western federal lawmakers know what economic issues impact them the most. Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho joined Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah at Zions Bank Tower in downtown Salt Lake City to hear from local business leaders about what&rsquo;s impeding job growth and profits. Crapo says the number one obstacle is the U.S. tax code:</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 15:55:34 +0000 Whittney Evans 7961 at http://upr.org Nuclear Power Conference Held in Salt Lake City http://upr.org/post/nuclear-power-conference-held-salt-lake-city <p>International regulators and experts on nuclear power plant safety converged in Salt Lake City last week to discuss nuclear power and design. Representatives from 37 countries came to discuss increased safety expectations following last year&rsquo;s meltdown in Japan after the earthquake. The International Conference on Nuclear Power Plant Life Management began 10 years ago in Budapest, when industry professionals and governments began asking how to continue to operate nuclear plants around the world safely and economically. Tue, 22 May 2012 17:49:09 +0000 Whittney Evans 7601 at http://upr.org Nuclear Power Conference Held in Salt Lake City Improving Economy Means Fewer Food Stamps for Low-Income Utahns http://upr.org/post/improving-economy-means-fewer-food-stamps-low-income-utahns <p>Low-income adults in Utah without children will soon find their food stamp benefits being cut short as the state moves back to pre-recession policies.</p><p>Bill Tibbits, Associate Director of Crossroads Urban Center, says it&#39;s disappointing that the Department of Workforce Services, which works closely with low-income Utahns is penalizing food-stamp recipients for not being able to find work.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It&#39;s hard for ordinary people to find work. For people who are at the bottom of the employability scale it&#39;s as bad as it&#39;s ever been.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 01:26:48 +0000 Whittney Evans 7565 at http://upr.org Engineering Students Show Off Manpower in Human-Powered Vehicle Challenge http://upr.org/post/engineering-students-show-manpower-human-powered-vehicle-challenge <p>Engineering students from colleges and universities throughout the West gathered in Tooele over the weekend to compete in the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge, using models they&#39;ve designed and built themselves.</p><p>These races are probably the quietest ever to take place at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, but the crowd is no less enthusiastic. Jonathan Sanders from Missouri University of Science and Technology won Saturday&#39;s drag race. His ride, Chronos, looks a bit like a black kidney bean with a bicycle wheel:</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 00:07:48 +0000 Whittney Evans 6844 at http://upr.org Engineering Students Show Off Manpower in Human-Powered Vehicle Challenge New Energy Advisor Has Big Oil and Gas Background http://upr.org/post/new-energy-advisor-has-big-oil-and-gas-background <p>Utah Governor Gary Herbert has a new energy advisor and at least one environmental group is already calling foul. Herbert announced today that Cody Stewart, who&rsquo;s currently serving as Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell&rsquo;s Chief of Staff, will help the governor increase energy development in the state. But as Whittney Evans reports, HEAL Utah says his interests are with big oil and gas.</p><p>Cody Stewart says his number one priority as energy advisor to the governor will be to increase the development of energy in the state of Utah.</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 22:47:47 +0000 Whittney Evans 6734 at http://upr.org Homelessness Down in Utah, But Still a Problem http://upr.org/post/homelessness-down-utah-still-problem <p>This year, chronic homelessness is down 9%.</p><p>Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell says this can be directly attributed to low cost housing options that have been made available over the last few years as part of the state&rsquo;s &ldquo;Housing First&rdquo; initiative:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Those are not all the same kind of facilities but the real success has been the intermingling, not just of housing and lodging, but creating a spectrum of housing for transitional up to permanent and integrating that with social and human and health services.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 15:41:11 +0000 Whittney Evans 6575 at http://upr.org Homelessness Down in Utah, But Still a Problem