Utah Health and Wellness
3:36 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

USU Chemical Spill Forces Lab Evacuation

A chemical spill was reported on the Utah State University campus Friday morning. The building was evacuated and two employees were transported to a local hospital.

According to officials, an employee at the Laboratory Animal Research Center was using a chemical incorrectly which released hazardous fumes. Tim Vitale, Director of PR and Marketing at USU said the woman and another male employee were taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

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Felix Contreras is co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's web-based program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture. It features music as well as interviews with many of the most well-known Latino musicians, actors, film makers and writers.

Previously, Contreras was a producer and reporter for NPR's Arts Desk and covered, among other stories and projects: a series reported from Mexico introducing the then-new musical movement called Latin Alternative; a series of stories on the financial challenges facing aging jazz musicians; and helped produce NPR's award winning series 50 Great Voices.

Utah News
6:47 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Utah Best Environment For Small Businesses

Utah ranks number one in the nation for a small-business-friendly environment, according to a recent study.
Credit thumbtack.com

According to a recent survey, Utah excels as the most small-business-friendly state in the nation. The third annual study from thumbtack.com, an online marketplace for local services, and the Kaufmann Foundation surveyed more than 12,000 entrepreneurs nationwide.

John Lieber, chief economist of thumbtack.com, said the study looked at environmental aspects that create a helpful working partnership with state and local governments.

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Utah News
6:36 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Study Suggests Human Skull Evolved From Fighting

A new study from the University of Utah suggests Homo sapien skull configurations evolved with fighting.
Credit Biological Reviews journal

A new study from researchers at the University of Utah suggests Homo sapiens’ ancestors evolved to take a punch to the face.

The research suggests that violence stemming from male competition for access to mates millions of years ago has influenced the shape of the hominin skull, making it robust in areas it wouldn’t need to be if it had evolved only for eating.

“The face and the head are the most commonly struck targets and those areas of the face that are hit the most are the areas that show the most increase in robustness throughout our evolution,” said author Michael Morgan, an emergency medicine resident at the University of Utah.

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Utah News
6:11 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Construction At Arches To Cause Summertime Congestion

Congestion is expected as Arches National Park renovates the Devil's Garden parking lot in June.
Credit National Park Service

After years of growing visitation numbers, Arches National Park near Moab will be expanding one of its largest parking lots.

The Devils Garden parking lot will be closed for construction for 10 days in June. Between the 16th and the 26th visitors to the park won’t be able to access one of the most popular trails that features land marks such as Landscape Arch, Double O arch and the Primitive Loop Trail.

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Arts and Culture
4:48 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

"Flippin' Sweet!" Napoleon Dynamite Turns 10

Napoleon Dynamite was shot in Idaho during the summer of 2003. It premiered in theaters the following June.
Credit Fox Searchlight

Ten years ago this week the film "Napoleon Dynamite" hit the silver screen and became an almost instant success. Social media is abuzz with talk of the 10-year anniversary. UPR's Matt Jensen went back to Preston, Idaho where the film was shot to see where it all happened.

It’s the last day of classes at Preston High School where much of "Napoleon Dynamite" was shot during the summer of 2003. The independent film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival the following January and made its debut in theaters later that summer.

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The Zesty Garden
12:55 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

The Zesty Garden - June 12

St. Paulia African Violet

The plants they are a growin' but so are the insects that eat'em. USU Extension Entomologist Diane Alston is the featured guest on The Zesty Garden. African Violets are also discussed in The Green Room, and Shakespeare seems to have a love affair with plants.

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Access Utah
9:30 am
Thu June 12, 2014

The Bergdahl Exchange and National Security on Thursday's Access Utah

Credit United States Army

U. S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was recently freed in Afghanistan in exchange for five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo. Some say that the United States should not negotiate with extremists and that this deal places American troops under increased danger, to say nothing of the harm the freed inmates could possibly do.


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Utah News
5:22 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Centuries-Old Tree Key To Understanding Climate Variation

350-year-old juniper tree discovered in Utah's Indian Creek last fall may hold answers to climate variability in the region.
Credit Barry Baker / The Nature Conservancy

Director of Canyonlands Research Center Dr. Barry Baker was walking in Cottonwood Creek with his wife last fall when he spotted something out of the ordinary—a tree hovering above the creek bed, buried in a deep layer of sediment. 

“I figured it had been there a while and was hoping that we could study the tree to get some insight into past climatic regimes and sedimentation regimes in the area,” said Baker.

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Utah News
4:03 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Storytelling Festival Captivates Cache Valley Community

The entrance to the Cachevalley Storytelling Festival.
Taylor Halversen Utah Public Radio

Storytellers mesmerized audience members June 7 as part of Cache Valley’s inaugural storytelling festival in North Logan. The event began as one man’s dream to bring stories to his home after watching storytelling festivals enhance and unite communities around the state.

Years ago Wayne McKay was introduced to the acclaimed Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and was entranced as he listened to the tellers and observed people of all ages laughing and connecting with the stories. He returned year after year taking note of the storytellers, the audience and the community.

“So I came away and I thought, 'Boy, that would really be cool if we had something like that up in Cache Valley',” said McKay.


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