Washington County
6:19 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Southern Utah

Emery County, Utah

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department reports that mosquitoes taken in a random survey in Washington County have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

This is the first positive West Nile result in Utah this year. Southern Utah's last human case of West Nile Virus was in Kane County in 2010.

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Ogden
6:05 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Historic Steam Railcar, Labor of Love with $3 Million Price Tag

The Denver and Rio Grande Western 223, a narrow gauge steam locomotive listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places, is in the process of restoration from very poor condition.

An all-volunteer crew at the Ogden Railyard has almost finished building the coal car, or tender, that will carry fuel for the Denver and Rio Grande RR engine #223.

The Golden Spike chapter of the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society is 17 years into its locomotive restoration project.

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Utah News
5:52 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

If We Build It: Feds Say Solar Development Potential Huge in Utah

Last week the U.S. Departments of Interior and Energy announced 3 public land sites in Utah that could be used for large-scale solar energy projects, but that doesn't necessarily mean there will be any takers on development.

Milford Flats and the Escalante and Wah Wah Valleys have long been considered good potential areas for solar power, but Jim Byrne with the Western Grid Group says the lack of transmission capability and the uncertainty of whether customers would be willing to help pay to built it could be a problem for solar development in the state:

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Lehi
5:26 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Send Your Kids to Summer School: The Science of Listening at Thanksgiving Point

The bustle of the city, the roar of construction on the highway, and even your neighborhood can all become places of loud and annoying noises. For many, these loud sounds can be overwhelming.  Sometimes, we just have to get away from it all.  But many people are choosing to embrace the  sound, or rather, the science of sound.

Thanksgiving Point recently opened up its newest exhibit, “The Science of Listening," which lets guests of all ages explore the physiological processes of hearing, speech and communication through fun and unique hands-on experiences.

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It's All Politics
5:23 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Romney's Foreign Trip Hits Right Note For Some, Potholes For Others

Mitt Romney, right, meets Monday with former Polish President Lech Walesa in Gdansk.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 12:01 pm

As Mitt Romney nears the end of his seven-day trip abroad, it's safe to call the results mixed at best.

The trip to Great Britain, Israel and Poland had several goals. It was meant to show that Romney has the gravitas and acumen to be this country's top foreign affairs policymaker; to remind U.S. voters of his success running the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics; to appeal to certain voters in battleground states, especially Jewish and Catholic voters of Polish heritage, and to raise campaign cash.

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Iron County
4:42 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

What Not to Grow: Marijuana Garden Bust in Iron County

The Iron/Garfield Task force has information on how to recognize marijuana gardens and how to report them.

During the early hours Monday morning members of the Iron County Sheriff's Office along with the DEA, Forest Service, and the Iron/Garfield County Narcotics Task Force, located and removed a number of marijuana plants located in a garden near Pinto, Utah, about 30 miles west of Cedar City.

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Poetry Games
4:25 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

'Olimpicamente': In Praise Of Feistiness And Big Feet

Ron Tanovitz

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 8:14 am

A poet and editor of BOMB magazine living in Brooklyn, Monica de la Torre was born in Mexico City. Her poem "Olimpicamente" is told in the voice of the Mexican taekwondo champion Maria del Rosario Espinoza, who was born in the village of La Brecha, in the state of Sinaloa, where her father was a fisherman. Though of limited means, her parents supported her passion for taekwondo, and in 2008 Espinoza fought her way to a gold medal in the Beijing Olympics. "I am," says the poet, "dumbfounded and positively moved by Maria del Rosario's improbable story."

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It's All Politics
4:03 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Texas GOP Senate Runoff Gives Tea Party An Opportunity To Flex Its Muscles

Ted Cruz, left, and David Dewhurst shake hands before their Republican Senate debate in Dallas on June 22.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 7:45 am

The Republican race to succeed retiring Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison wasn't supposed to be tough. But it's become one of the hardest-fought and most expensive intraparty races in the country.

Early this year, the race was expected to be a coronation for Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, 66.

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The Two-Way
3:56 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Poll: After Aurora Shooting, Opinions On Gun Control Are Unchanged

The Century 16 movie theatre is seen from a memorial setup across the street on July 28, in Aurora, Colorado.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

A new poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press finds that American views on gun control have pretty much remained unchanged since the Aurora, Colo. theater mass shooting.

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Summer Nights: Funtown After Sundown
3:46 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Fishin' In The Dark Draws Rods and Reels To Park

A pond in Charlotte, N.C.'s Freedom Park is a popular spot for evening fishing. The city keeps the pond well-stocked with catfish.
Julie Rose for NPR

In the middle of Charlotte, N.C.'s toniest historic neighborhood, a pond in a local park has become the city's unlikely fishing hole.

Many residents consider Freedom Park one of the city's prettiest, and when summer arrives the fishermen come out, hoping to catch "the big one."

A tiny bream wriggles on the end of 11-year-old Ciarra Carella's line. She's fishing with a piece of hotdog, her line dangling off the edge of a lovely stone bridge. It's a popular spot for wedding photos and for bringing your kids to feed the ducks.

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