7:29 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Royden Card: "God You Have Made The World Too Beautiful"

Credit StoryCorps/Utah Public Radio

60-year-old Royden Card, artist and poet, explores with his wife Sandee whether he chose art or art chose him.  Royden's art has been acquired by many museums including the Smithsonian Institute Library in Washington D.C. His portrayal of Zion National Park can be viewed on the 2011 UPR coffee mug.

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Utah Environment
6:08 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Swans Stop In Utah On Long Journey Home

Tundra swans migrate through Utah each spring.
Credit FWS

Warm temperatures and melting ice mean many swans will soon be arriving in Northern Utah. Tundra Swans nest in Alaska, but spend their winters in the warmer waters of California and Texas. Kathy Stoffer from the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge says the swans pause in Utah each spring to fill their stomachs on the long journey home.

“They come down from Alaska, they follow the water opening up following the food source, which in this case, is sago pondweed that grows in the deeper water on the refuge,” Stoffer said.

The swans are motivated to get home to their nesting grounds, so the length of their stay in Utah generally depends on the weather to the north and the availability of food in the state.

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Utah Environment
4:55 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Utah Wildlife Officials Propose Plan For Bighorn Sheep In Zion And Ask For Public Comment

Bighorn sheep rest on a rock ridge.
Credit Zion National Park

Wildlife officials from Zion National Park and the Division of Wildlife Resources have proposed a plan to help insure the health of the bighorn sheep population within the park.

The bighorn sheep were reintroduced into the park in 1973 after their mid-century disappearance. Initially, the herd population grew slowly, however a recent count shows the population to be over 500 sheep. This growth is of concern to scientists, like Zion National Park Division Chief Fred Armstrong, who fears contact with domesticated animals will lead to disease in the bighorn population.

“It has been shown that time and time again, when these native wild sheep come into contact with domesticated animals they inevitably contract one of the respiratory ailments that leads to phenomena and basically leads to devastating die-offs.”

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Utah Careers
3:55 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Huntsman School Study Says Signs Of Quitting Are Surprising

Long lunch breaks and vacations don't always point to an employee readying themselves to quit. A new study by the Huntsman School of Business at USU finds 18 predictors someone is ready to leave.

Though we may think we know how to predict that a coworker or employee is thinking of quitting their job, a new study from Utah State University shows actions assumed to be telltale signs of quitting, such as taking long lunches or vacation time, may not be all that predictive after all.

Tim Gardner, an associate professor of management in the Huntsman School of Business used manager and employee feedback to create a list of things they thought to be predictors of quitting. After multiple studies and experimental field research, Gardner narrowed down the list from over 900 to 18.
“All of these 18 cues that we identified really have a common thread of a form of disengagement, in that the person is not engaged with the business, with their boss, with their workforce and their overall job,” Gardner said.

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Access Utah
11:08 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Count My Vote on Wednesday's Access Utah


What’s the best way to involve people in the political process? Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in favor of the Count My Vote initiative, which would mandate a change to direct primaries to determine party nominees. He says that the current caucus and convention system excludes many people and rarely reflects how rank-and-file party members feel. 

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Access Utah
10:43 am
Tue February 25, 2014

"Evening in Brazil" on Tuesday's Access Utah


It’s a tradition that every year about this time “Evening in Brazil” presents a concert or two in northern Utah. And each year, we gather group members in UPR’s studio C to enjoy some great Bossa Nova and Samba on Access Utah. Linda Ferreira Linford, Christopher Neale, Eric Nelson and Mike Christiansen will join us with their music on Tuesday. We hope you will too, beginning at 9:00 a.m. 

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Access Utah
10:30 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Digital Security on Monday's Access Utah


We’re putting more and more of our lives in the cloud. More and more our transactions are electronic. Which is convenient and fast. But is it safe? How secure is all that stuff in the cloud or moving around electronically, like your credit card information or your bank records? 

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8:39 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

Fresh Folk- Feb 22

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  Hi, this is Blair Larsen, host of Fresh Folk. On the show this week, I feature the lush harmonies of the Stray Birds, and the down-home songs from Irene Kelley. I’ll also play tracks from new albums by Robin and Linda Williams, Si Kahn, and Vi Wickam, to name just a few. Join me this Saturday for Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.

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Utah Environment
6:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Population Threatened By Beetle Resurgence

The grizzly bear population at Yellowstone National Park is being considered for removal from the endangered species list, but a threat to one of their food sources could hurt the species’ survival.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services

After years of work from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to secure the future of the grizzly bear population in the greater Yellowstone area, the species is under consideration for removal from the endangered species list. However, some experts believe the change of status may be premature because of a great threat to the bears’ environment.

The 22 million acres are experiencing a resurgence of the mountain pine beetle as a threat to one of the grizzly’s main food sources, the whitebark pine.

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Utah News
5:29 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Google Fiber Looks At Metro Areas, Including Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker announced Feb. 19 that Google was looking into the installation of its Google Fiber internet service in the city. Google will work with the city for the next six to nine months to determine if Salt Lake's infrastructure is ready for the service.
Credit Salt Lake City Mayor's Office


Provo joined an exclusive list in 2013 when it agreed to install Google’s high-speed internet service across the city. Now, Google Fiber is eyeing several other U.S. cities, and Salt Lake is one of them. 

"Today, Google Fiber will announce its interest in expanding into nine metro areas across the United States, and I am thrilled to announce that Salt Lake City is on that list," said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker at a press conference on Feb. 19.

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