StoryCorps
5:04 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Southern Utah University: Battles and Triumphs

Credit StoryCorps/Utah Public Radio

Former Utah State senator Dixie Leavitt and his wife Anne reminisce about their battles and triumphs in making Cedar City's Branch Agriculture School into today's Southern Utah University.  SUU's origins began in 1897 with the formation of the Branch Formal School which later became a branch of Utah State Agricultural College (USU) in 1913.  After several transitions the institution was granted university status in 1991 and was named Southern Utah University. 

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UPR Station News
2:43 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Join UPR In Spelling The Way To Literacy With Bridgerland Scrabble Competition

UPR will join other media organizations to compete in this year’s Bridgerland Literacy "Scrabble Scramble." Join us as we compete to raise money for literacy on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Logan Copper Mill Restaurant. Teams, including UPR, will be competing in a Scrabble competition. A team consists of two players and one scorekeeper. Online Registration is now available. Fee is $90 and $100 at the door for a team of three. Regular Scrabble matches as well as "Lightning" Scrabble rounds and a silent auction are all part of the evening activities. Come and join Bridgerland Literacy and Utah Public Radio for an evening of fun!

Register here: http://www.bridgerlandliteracy.org/

Utah Education
1:54 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Lars Hansen, Nobel Prize Winner to Lecture at USU

Utah State University alumnus and Cache Valley resident Lars Peter Hansen is one of three Americans to be the recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics.  He will be presenting a free lecture, “Consequences of Uncertainty,” Friday, March 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall on the Logan campus.


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Access Utah
10:51 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Federal Funding for Medicaid Expansion On Thursday's Access Utah

Should Utah take federal money and expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act? Governor Herbert is pushing for expansion using $258 million in federal dollars. 


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Utah News
5:02 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Paradise Barn A "Total Loss" After Fire

A Paradise, Utah barn was engulfed in flames Tuesday night. Photos and video from Eleanor and Jim Wellings.

More than $195,000 in damage was caused Tuesday night after a barn in Paradise, Utah was engulfed in flames. Respondents were unable to quench the flames before the barn collapsed. Cache County Fire Marshall Jason Winn said the fire was noticed by an individual.

"Yesterday, roughly around 6:30, a passerby noticed smoke coming from the large barn at 9800 South 380 East. that passerby stopped, found that there was fire in the barn, called 9-1-1, tried to extinguish the fire, but the fire grew out of control," he said.

The fire destroyed 200 tons of hay, 150 tons of straw, a hay baler, and a trailer carrying three four-wheelers, a motorcycle, and a side-by-side utility vehicle.

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Utah News
2:55 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

New Ski Resort Will Be Utah's 15th

Ski runs were visible at the Cherry Peak Ski Resort construction site last November as developers carved slopes out of the mountain in anticipation of a grand opening for Thanksgiving 2014.
Credit Beth McEvoy

There will soon be one more place to ski in Cache Valley. UPR’s Beth McEvoy has details on the pending arrival of Utah’s 15th ski resort.

The construction site of Cherry Peak Ski Resort sits nestled in the foothills above the small town of Richmond just north of Logan. Developer John Chadwick shows me where ski lifts not yet installed will be as we scurry up the mountain in his loud all-terrain vehicle.

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Utah Health and Wellness
2:04 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Three Plans For Utah Medicaid Expansion Emerge

Utah is currently facing three proposals for health care reform. Here are the plans.
Credit Utah Healthy Policy Project

As state legislators try to decide what to do about the 60,000 Utahns who fall into the Medicaid gap, there remain plenty of unanswered questions regarding health care reform.

There are currently three proposed health care plans in Utah. The House, Senate and Governor all are presenting separate plans.

The House’s Plan:

The House plan is being presented by Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart as House Bill 401. The reform by only using state dollars to cover the Medicaid gap.

 

The Senate’s Plan:

Senate Bill 251, which is sponsored by Sen. Brian Shiozowa, is a partial expansion and private-option plan. This means it would subsidize health care coverage through employer-sponsored insurance, private insurance and Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations.

The proposed bill would cover anybody who is under the poverty level which means any individual making less than $11,500 per year. By 2020, it is estimated to cover 54,000 Utahns.

Under this plan, Utah would have to ask the federal government to help cover 90 percent of the cost, while the state would cover the rest. This is opposed to the current system in which the national government covers 70 percent of Medicaid.

However, the Utah Health Policy Project, which supports the governor’s bill, is fearful that the federal government would pull it's funding down the road.

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Access Utah
12:31 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

The Legacy of Ed Abbey on Wednesday's Access Utah

A still of Ed Abbey from "Wrenched"
Credit utahfilmcenter.org

Wednesday on AU we remember Ed Abbey, author of “The Monkey Wrench Gang” and “Desert Solitaire,” and consider his legacy. What is Abbey's relevance today? What is the status of the environmental movement today? 


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Utah Environment
6:15 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

New Software Promotes Urban Water Conservation

Utah State University Researchers are hoping to promote urban water conservation with new software.
Credit http://www.watermaps.usu.edu/

Interdisciplinary researchers at Utah State University have developed a landscape water management tool meant to enlighten individuals about the appropriateness of their water consumption. WaterMAPS assesses whether people, specifically in urban areas, are over-watering their landscapes.

Joanna Endter-Wada, associate professor in Utah State University’s Department of Environment and Society and the social scientist on the WaterMAPS development team, said urban landscapes use 60-70% of the water in Utah communities.

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