Fresh Folk
8:43 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

Fresh Folk- July 5

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On the show this week, I feature the contemporary bluegrass of Missy Werner, and the traditional harmony driven music of the band Red June. I’ll also play songs from new releases by the Seldom Scene, Bradford Lee Folk, and The Howlin’ Brothers, to name just a few. Tune in and listen this Saturday at 8pm, to Fresh Folk, on Utah Public Radio.

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Utah News
4:50 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Cedar City Wildflower Festival In Full Bloom

Annual Cedar Breaks National Monument Wildflower Festival is scheduled to be open from July 5-20.
Credit National Park Service

The ninth annual Wildflower Festival at Cedar Breaks National Monument will be in bloom this weekend through much of July.

From July 5-20, the sub-alpine meadows will be open to visitors, and wildflower walks showcasing the diverse flora will be offered daily.

Daphne Sewing representing the monument said the seeds of the festival were sewn as local botanists and city representatives wanted to share the beauty of the season with the public. She said the festival has grown over the years and added that the Fourth of July weekend will be especially busy.


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Utah Environment
4:18 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

STD Campaign Launched In Utah: The Story Of Invasive Species

Quagga mussels on a boat propeller at Lake Mead.
Credit Natalie Muth / DWR

Quagga mussels. They're calling them a skiff-transmitted disease. They start as a microscopic organism on boats, and then stage a hostile takeover of the environment.

Division of Wildlife Resources' Sarah Seegert says the invasive species is dangerous to waterways and society.

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Utah Politics
4:16 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Glenn Beck Comes To Logan's Independence Celebration

Glenn Beck, political pundit, will be speaking at Logan's Independence Day celebration Thursday night.
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The Independence Day celebration in Logan will have music, fireworks and an unexpected national political speaker. The schedule for Freedom Fire has been altered to make room for a 10 minute speech by political pundit Glenn Beck. The often controversial speaker was a last minute addition.

Logan City’s Debbie Harvey says Beck was originally invited to speak at the show but declined due to health issues. However, he has since changed his answer and decided to speak at Freedom Fire.

“It will be nothing political, he is going to talk about honoring veterans. He is going to talk about patriotism and about what a great country we live in. There will be nothing political in his speech,” Harvey said.

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Angie's Dinner
12:02 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Thank You Angie's And UPR Community!

UPR supporters and staff clean the sink at Angie's.
Credit Kerry Bringhurst / Utah Public Radio

Thank you to Angie's Restaurant for hosting and helping UPR raise $1,000! And thanks to each of you who attended the benefit dinner. It was lots of fun to share time together. We appreciate your support. Click "read more" to see UPR pictures from Angie's.

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Access Utah
11:32 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Nicholas Basbanes & The Two-Thousand Year History Of Paper On Thursday's Access Utah

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Nicholas Basbanes is author of a trilogy on all things book-related including “A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books,” In his latest, “On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand Year History,” he considers everything from paper’s invention in China two thousand years ago, which revolutionized human civilization, to its crucial role in the unfolding of historical events, political scandals, and sensational trials: from the American Revolution to the Pentagon Papers and Watergate. 

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Arts and Culture
10:24 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Layton Teen Sings His Way To Broadway Stage

There’s no business like show business, and after a week performing on stage in New York City, a Layton student plans on turning musical theater into a career.

Performing on a Broadway stage is the dream for many theater students, but recent graduate of Northridge High School, Matthew Richards, has already had that experience.

After winning Best Actor in Utah’s regional competition, Richards participated in the National High School Musical Theater Awards, or Jimmy Awards, in New York City this past week. He won third place, $2,500 and the chance to sing a solo on a Broadway stage.

"I was just really honored to be chosen as a finalist. It was so cool to just stand there and be all alone on stage and just sing my heart out," he said.

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Utah News
8:59 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Traffic Restrictions Will Lift In Preparation For Holiday Travelers

Motorists can expect heavy traffic through the Virgin River Gorge over the holiday weekend.
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The Arizona Department of Transportation will lift some of the traffic restrictions on Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge prior to the Independence Day holiday weekend, but is advising motorists to expect heavy traffic through the weekend.

Considerable progress has been made to date on ADOT’s multiple bridge projects along Arizona’s I-15 corridor. The highway is currently narrowed to one lane in each direction through the gorge until the project is completed in 2016.

ADOT spokesman Dustin Krugal:

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Air Quality
7:00 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Locally Roasted Coffee, Now with 95 Percent Less Air Pollution

The rocket ship shaped afterburner is really an exhaust scrubber that reduces pollution from Caffe Ibis's coffee roasters by 95 percent.
Credit Jennifer Pemberton

Utah Governor Gary Herbert was in Cache Valley this week to hand deliver a check to the owner of Logan’s Caffe Ibis Coffee Roasting Company. The money will partially cover the cost of a piece of equipment that reduces the roaster’s emissions by 95 percent. Despite a tragic setback, the company’s efforts to clean up the air are proceeding at full speed.

When we think of things that produce air pollution, we think of things like cars and oil refineries. We don’t necessarily think of the giant oven that bakes goldfish-shaped crackers or the small cabinet shop on the edge of town or the local organic coffee roaster. But anything that burns creates particulate pollution -- so any effort to reduce air pollution in a community has to address individual contributions from our homes and our vehicles and the contributions of factories big and small.

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Utah News
6:32 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Nut Lovers Mourn Ice Cream Drought

Nutty flavors such as maple nut could be in short supply at Aggie Ice Cream if the California drought continues.
Credit Aggie Ice Cream

Nut lovers may have a hard time getting ahold of their favorite ice cream flavors at Aggie Ice Cream this summer. The Logan based creamery announced some flavors may be in limited supply due to the ongoing drought in California that has been hurting nut growers in parts of the state.

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