Utah Education
2:17 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Gov. Herbert Takes Action On Education

Utah academic standards are under review.
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 Academic standards for public schools have been a contentious issue for some parents and teachers in Utah and the Attorney General’s Office was asked Thursday to review the adoption of federal recommendations known as the “Common Core."

This was just one step outlined by Gov. Herbert today during a conference on education.  During the conference, Herbert added that though many people in the state are divided on what standards to implement, there is actually a lot that the opposing sides agree upon, like local control of education.

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Access Utah
11:10 am
Thu July 17, 2014

The Lame God on Thursday's Access Utah

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M. B. McLatchey is recipient of the May Swenson Poetry Award for “The Lame God,” a collection of powerful poems on a very sensitive subject: the kidnap and murder of a young girl. Using the art of poetry she gives voice to a suffering—and a love—that might otherwise go unheard. Philip Brady says of this collection, “in magisterial cadences, this powerful poetic sequence gives voice to the unspeakable and transposes profound grief into immortal song. McLatchey's poems are talismans and spells--not against loss but against forgetting.

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Utah News
6:07 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Utah Condor Population Perched On Edge Of Comeback

The chick that hatched in Zion N.P. is the first to be born in the wild in Utah since reintroduction efforts began in the 1980s.
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High in the cliffs of Zion National Park, scientists and park officials have spotted a chick that may signal that there is hope for a species once on the brink of extinction.

“The California Condor is probably the most endangered bird in North America, mainly because the population had dwindled so low in the end of the 1980s that there were only 22 birds left in the wild,” said Fred Armstrong, division chief for resource management and research at Zion National Park. “It was a bird that was on its way to extinction.”

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Access Utah
11:45 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Trees In Paradise On Access Utah Wednesday

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On Wednesday’s AU we’ll revisit our conversation from January with Jared Farmer whose latest book is “Trees in Paradise: A California History.”  In addition to California, we’ll talk about Utah history, and Farmer will offer his list of iconic Utah trees as well. California now has more trees than at any time since the late Pleistocene. This green landscape, however, is not the work of nature. It's the work of history. In the years after the Gold Rush, American settlers remade the California landscape, harnessing nature to their vision of the good life.

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Utah Arts
12:11 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Paintings From “The Ten Commandments” Discovered To Have Utah Ties

 The epic motion picture The Ten Commandments was honored with an Academy Award for outstanding visual effects in 1957.  Before the parting of the Red Sea and the burning of the bush could be shown on screen, the images were first sketched and painted on canvas.  

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Utah Politics
4:43 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Charges Filed, Shurtleff And Swallow Arrested In Ongoing Investigation

Two formerly top-level state official were arrested Tuesday morning and charged with a combined 23 counts, ranging from accepting bribes and tampering with evidence to the misuse of public money.

Former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff were arrested at their homes and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Tuesday, with bail set at $250,000.

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Access Utah
11:16 am
Tue July 15, 2014

What's In Your Bookbag? Reading On Access Utah Tuesday

What’s on your nightstand or in your beach bag? Periodically we come together as a UPR community to build a reading list. And It’s time once again. We want to know what you’re reading, whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, classic literature, young adult or children’s books. You may have discovered a great read that we’d enjoy.  You can post your book list to upraccess@gmail.com or call 1-800-826-1495 during Access Utah Tuesday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

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7:21 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Murder-suicide Leaves Community Confused

Three people were left dead early Monday morning after what Police are calling a murder suicide.
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  A burst of shots were heard in the residential area at the bottom of Utah State University’s Old Main Hill on Monday at 12:15 a.m. Moments later, a vehicle was then seen fleeing the area. The incident raised suspicions and, as a result, police were dispatched.

“At about 16 minutes after midnight, our 911 communications center took a call and the report was possibly shots fired,” explained Logan City Chief of Police Gary Jensen.

The gun fire was confirmed when first responders arrived on the scene.

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Utah Health and Wellness
6:59 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Ancestry, Location, Outdoor Rec. Pushes Utah’s Skin Cancer Rate Higher

Utah has some of the highest skin cancer rates in the nation.
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Utah has officially entered the dog days of summer, and with the heat comes the risk of burns.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 40 males and 1 in 50 females in the state will develop melanoma, one of three common types of skin cancer. Utah has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the nation. Dr. Nate Hanson, a dermatologist at Logan Regional Hospital, said the primary factors are ancestry and location.

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Access Utah
11:01 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Designing America on Access Utah Monday

Frederick Law Olmsted made public parks an essential part of American life and forever changed our relationship with public open spaces. A new PBS documentary discusses how he shaped America.
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Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture, made public parks an essential part of American life and forever changed our relationship with public open spaces. He was co-designer of Central Park, head of the first Yosemite commission, leader of the campaign to protect Niagara Falls, designer of the U.S. Capitol Grounds, site planner for the Great White City of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, planner of Boston’s “Emerald Necklace” of green space, and of park systems in many other cities.

Olmsted’s design of the public parks and parkway systems in Buffalo, New York, is the oldest coordinated system in America and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To Olmsted, a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life. His efforts to preserve nature created an “environmental ethic” decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics. “Olmsted has a double legacy," says writer Adam Gopnik. "On the one hand, he’s a super pragmatist; he’s a problem solver. At the same time, he’s a dreamer. What his parks are all about is finding immensely practical solutions to the problem of building a dream in the middle of a city."

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