Amanda Harris http://upr.org en Canadian Elder Joins Idle No More Round Dance at Capitol Rotunda to Fight Utah Tar Sands http://upr.org/post/canadian-elder-joins-idle-no-more-round-dance-capitol-rotunda-fight-utah-tar-sands <p>Wednesday people gathered for a flash mob round dance in the Utah capitol rotunda to support the idle no more movement and protest development of tar sands in Utah.</p><p>The round dance was in special honor of Canadian First Nations leader and former chief, Elder Francois Paulette, who has been defending his people’s land in Canada against tar sands for decades, and is a main leader of the Idle No More movement.</p><p>Kate Finneran, with Before it Starts, a Moab based organization, tells us a little bit about the round dance taking place.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:26:08 +0000 Amanda Harris 20710 at http://upr.org Canadian Elder Joins Idle No More Round Dance at Capitol Rotunda to Fight Utah Tar Sands Social Security Making the Transition to Paperless Benefits http://upr.org/post/social-security-making-transition-paperless-benefits <p>It's been at least two years in the making, and as of March 1, federal agencies such as Social Security officially make the transition to "paperless" benefits. But millions of people,&nbsp; including some in Utah,&nbsp; still haven't made the arrangements for the switch.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 21:33:31 +0000 Amanda Harris 20541 at http://upr.org Social Security Making the Transition to Paperless Benefits Dabakis Wants “Citizen Co-Sponsors” for Canyonlands Protection Bill http://upr.org/post/dabakis-wants-citizen-co-sponsors-canyonlands-protection-bill <p>A Utah state senator is putting Congress and President Obama on notice to protect a larger area of the Greater Canyonlands region. He’s asking the Utah Legislature to pass a joint resolution requesting the feds’ “immediate action” to keep the region underdeveloped and open for recreation. Comments from the resolution’s sponsor, Senator Jim Dabakis (D-Salt Lake City).</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 21:38:40 +0000 Amanda Harris 20013 at http://upr.org Dabakis Wants “Citizen Co-Sponsors” for Canyonlands Protection Bill Utah Bill Proposed to Help Veterans Earn College Credit for Time in Service http://upr.org/post/utah-bill-proposed-help-veterans-earn-college-credit-time-service <p>Utah Veterans are one step closer to securing college credit for their time spent in training and deployment.</p><p>The Utah House voted unanimously Monday to pass a measure requiring the state’s colleges and universities to award credit in exchange for military experience.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 21:28:42 +0000 Amanda Harris 19900 at http://upr.org Utah Bill Proposed to Help Veterans Earn College Credit for Time in Service Utah's Attorney General, John Swallow, Denies Bribe Allegations http://upr.org/post/utahs-attorney-general-john-swallow-denies-bribe-allegations <p>Utah’s new Attorney General sailed into office last November after vastly out-raising his opponent and earning almost 65 percent of the vote.</p><p>But after only one week in office, John Swallow was embroiled in controversy after he was accused of orchestrating a plan to bribe Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.</p><p>Swallow has denied the allegations and asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City to launch an investigation he says will clear his name.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:40:15 +0000 Amanda Harris 19677 at http://upr.org Utah's Attorney General, John Swallow, Denies Bribe Allegations Legislative Policy Summit Meets Wednesday in Salt Lake City http://upr.org/post/legislative-policy-summit-meets-wednesday-salt-lake-city <p>The annual Legislative Policy Summit meets this Wednesday and will focus on the challenges expected to be tackled by the Utah legislature during its general session.</p><p>More than 200 state and local elected officials, non-profit leaders, educators, lobbyists, policy makers, and department heads will attend the Legislative Policy Summit Wednesday.</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 23:48:35 +0000 Amanda Harris 19256 at http://upr.org UDOT Reminds Motorists to Obey Construction Zone Regulations http://upr.org/post/udot-reminds-motorists-obey-construction-zone-regulations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Utah Department Of Transportation is reminding Logan motorists to stay within the designated travel lanes while driving within the Tenth West reconstruction (State Road 252) Zone.</p><p>In recent weeks, crews on the Tenth West project have encountered motorists driving off of the designated roadway.</p><p>Both motorists and pedestrians are attempting to take unauthorized shortcuts between businesses on Tenth West (State Road 252), by driving between crews working and their stock piles of materials.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 22:57:09 +0000 Amanda Harris 19107 at http://upr.org UDOT Reminds Motorists to Obey Construction Zone Regulations Utah Republicans Seek to Overrule Federal Gun Laws http://upr.org/post/utah-republicans-seek-overrule-federal-gun-laws <p>Some Washington County Republicans are preparing state legislation to exempt Utah from federal gun laws and fine any federal agents who try to seize any guns.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The move comes as a President Barack Obama pushed Congress on Wednesday to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.</p><p>The Salt Lake Tribune reports that republicans in Utah’s Washington County will ask state lawmakers to enact a law that would levy a $5,000 fine on any federal agent who takes a gun away from a Utah resident.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:06:11 +0000 Amanda Harris 18999 at http://upr.org Flu Season Comes Early This Year http://upr.org/post/flu-season-comes-early-year <p>Utah officials say&nbsp; flu season has arrived early and remains active, but the strain doesn't appear dangerous.<br><br>The influenza has sent 233 people to Utah hospitals, about half the usual number for a full season.</p><p>No deaths have been reported.</p><p>Utah Department of Health epidemiologist, Valoree Vernon, says the flu season arrived about a month early this year.</p><p>Vernon says flu cases spiked last week, dropped slightly this week, and could spike again next week.</p><p>The flu season normally runs through February.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:19:29 +0000 Amanda Harris 18946 at http://upr.org Boeing Creates Jobs in Utah http://upr.org/post/boeing-creates-jobs-utah <p>Boeing is expanding manufacturing operations in Utah by opening a third factory in the Salt Lake City area to fabricate a tail piece for their 787 passenger jet.</p><p>The aircraft manufacturer is taking over a factory originally built for KraftMaid Cabinetry in the Salt Lake suburb of West Jordan.</p><p></p><p>Boeing has 575 employees in Utah and it said will add 100, paying factory wages that state officials said will average $65,000 a year.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:43:43 +0000 Amanda Harris 18806 at http://upr.org Boeing Creates Jobs in Utah