Utah News
3:34 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Summer Solstice Observation Saturday Night

The summer solstice can be seen June 21 beginning at 7 p.m.
Credit http://scijinks.jpl.nasa.gov/

It represents one of the most concentrated repositories of ancient petroglyphs and astronomic observational features anywhere—an American Stonehenge.  The summer solstice will be observed at the Parowan Gap on Saturday.

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Utah News
3:22 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Suicide Prevention Program Benefits From Golf Tournament

An annual golf tournament happens Saturday in Carbon County. Each year, the proceeds are donated to a local charity.
Credit http://www.carboncountryclub.com/

For the fifth consecutive year, the Carbon Country Golf Course is hosting a public golf tournament Saturday to benefit Utah charities.

In 2009, Mike Ballard fatally slipped on ice. Now, The Carbon County Golf Course hosts an annual tournament in his honor, donating proceeds to local charities. The recipient this year is HOPE Squad, a suicide prevention program in Price.

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Commentary
11:52 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Oz And Suffrage: The Connection In New York

Matilda Gage was the mother-in-law of L. Frank Baum, Wizard of Oz author.
Credit The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation

Chittenango is a small village about 40 miles east of Syracuse, New York. We just got back from a trip to this little town because of Oz. Chittenango is where L. Frank Baum was born in 1856, and he is still its very favorite son. For the last 30 years, the town has held an OzFest, complete with Munchkins, musical entertainment, various guests associated with the MGM movie, an outdoor arts festival, and a great parade with floats, marching bands, and hand-waving-officials.

Thousands of people come to Chittenango every year for this celebration (last week there was an addition 20,000 souls lining the streets), and—this year— it's where the International Wizard of Oz Club decided to hold its annual meeting. Naturally, I dragged my husband across the United States to join hundreds of fellow travelers for not only a board meeting, a club convention, but also Chittenango's OzFest where, as Oz Club officials, we got to ride in the parade and were treated like royalty.

Seven miles to the west of Chittenango is another small burg: Fayetteville. It, too, is famous for its Oz connections. It is where L. Frank Baum's mother-in-law, Matilda Joslyn Gage, grew up. Like her son-in-law, Matilda would live to have a great impact on this country.


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StoryCorps
11:08 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Rekindling A Friendship: An Unexpected Conversation

River guides, Keith Boman and Peter Mills, at Gypsum Rapid on the Colorado River in Cataract Canyon in 1971. This area was flooded one year later by Lake Powell.

Keith Bowman came to St. George to support a friend competing in the IronMan competition. While in town he looked up his buddy from a much earlier chapter in his life.  The StoryCorps recording booth was located just a few hundred yards from the finish line of the IronMan competition.  Both men are public radio listeners and were familiar with StoryCorps but when they walked up to the recording Booth that day, neither were planning to participate in an interview.  One thing led to another and within minutes they impulsively jumped into the booth and had an unexpected conversation. 

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Utah News
7:34 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Future Olympians Discuss Values With Former Military Personnel

The majority of the USA’s winter Olympic team is meeting this weekend for a rookie training camp in Park City to learn about resilience from a former member of the military.

Jen Housholder said she is not really a skier or a snowboarder, but she is helping to mentor these athletes-in-training about core values through the Military Mentorship Program.

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Utah Science
7:19 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Buzz About Town: USU’s Bug Collection Grows By 1.2 Million

The expanded collection includes parasitic wasps that lay their eggs in arthropods.
Credit Waichert and Pitts

A collection of insects 80 years in the making is heading to Utah, and bringing over a million specimens with it. The American Entomological Institute is relocating from its long-time home of Florida to Utah State University.

Biology Professor James Pitts said the collection, which was started in 1934, will increase USU’s insect holdings by 50 percent.

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Utah Environment
7:19 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Goblin Valley State Park Ready For Expansion

Credit geology.utah.gov

A massive expansion of Goblin Valley State Park is in the works. The BLM, Utah State Park Service and Emery County are working together write a proposal to push the boundaries 40-fold.

After Gov. Gary Herbert proposed to expand a state park, officials from the state and park system chose Goblin Valley. With a recent surge in tourism, officials say the land needs more attention in order to maintain the natural beauty. 

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Utah Environment
7:14 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Grizzlies May Return To Utah

A petition seeking expansion for grizzly bear territory, including the Uintas, was released Thursday morning by the Center for Biological Diversity.

Noah Greenwald, the center’s endangered species director, discussed the basics of the petition.

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Utah News
5:19 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Plane Debris Located In La Sal Mountain Range

A plane that crashed in the La Sal Mountain Range Wednesday was located Thursday afternoon near La Sal Mountain Pass Road.
Credit http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/

A plane that went missing Wednesday has been located in San Juan County.

The debris of a 1958 single engine Cessna was found in the La Sal Mountains around 1 p.m. Thursday after nearby radar outposts lost signal with the craft Wednesday morning. The airplane had crashed into the mountainside killing the pilot on impact.

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Access Utah
10:21 am
Thu June 19, 2014

On Thursday's Access Utah: Mormons Facing Excommunication

Credit Jefferey Dale

Two members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were recently notified that they potentially faced disciplinary councils which could result in excommunication from the church for apostasy. Kate Kelly is a human rights lawyer who founded Ordain Women, a group seeking access to the LDS church’s all-male priesthood. 


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