April Ashland

Webmaster | Social Media Manager | Reporter

April worked first as an intern for UPR, before graduating from Utah State University with a B.S. in Print Journalism. Now she manages all things web and social, while reporting on current events from time to time. She's a crochet, warm tea and books kind of gal, and her current obsession is with NPR's Serial.

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You can still get tickets to see Paula Poundstone in Logan on Jan. 17. Find out how: click here.

Below is a partial list of bookstores across Utah that may be able to acquire or sell books from NPR Morning Edition's Book Club to those who want to follow along with the "UPR Chapter."

If you are a bookseller with the current book and would like to be included on this list, please email April Ashland.

Salt Lake City:

This season, give the gift that lasts year-round -- public radio programming. Make a contribution or surprise a friend or loved one with a membership this holiday season starting at $35. Your financial pledge in any amount supports the future of UPR.

Election results are in. Below, you'll find statewide results and links for other races.

US Congressional District 1:

  • Rob Bishop: 64.2%
  • Donna McAleer: 28.9%
  • Craig Bowden: 3.6 %
  • Dwayne Vance: 3.23%

Joe Palca
NPR

Thanks to tremendous response, seating is full for the benefit dinner featuring NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca. We are keeping a waiting list by date and time of request. Please complete the Reservation Waiting List if you would still like to purchase tickets. As reservations are released, you will be notified when your name is next.

Dinner at Herm's Inn, 1435 Canyon Road in Logan, Thursday, November 13 at 6pm.

Tickets are $50/ person. A special menu will be released at a later date and include a vegetarian option.

Utah Public Radio took home six awards at the Utah Broadcasters Association annual awards event this week.

  • GOLD: Best News Reporting in a Series: Five Billion Gallons by Jennifer Pemberton & Matt Jensen
  • SILVER: Best News Reporting in a Series: My Address Is... by April Ashland, Eric Jungblut, Matt Jensen, Taylor Halversen, Morgan Pratt, Elaine Taylor
Joe Palca
NPR

Thanks to tremendous response, seating is almost full for the benefit dinner featuring NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca. To make sure you have reserved your seats, make your reservation here.

Dinner at Herm's Inn, 1435 Canyon Road in Logan, Thursday, November 13 at 6pm.

Tickets are $50/ person. A special menu will be released at a later date and include a vegetarian option.

>>Click Here to Reserve Dinner Tickets<<

Monday morning, the Supreme Court of the United States announced it will not hear Utah's gay-marriage case this year during its session. The 10th Circuit District Court has issued an order stating Utah is to move forward allowing gay-marriage.

Wednesday night UPR and the Herald Journal team up with the Logan Library to host two debates between local candidates.

Utah House of Representatives candidates Curt Webb and Jeffrey Turley debate at 7 p.m. (Listen below)

Cache County Attorney candidates James Swink and Chris Daines debate at 8 p.m.

You can listen to the debates live on the Herald Journal's Website, and we will post the audio Thursday morning, and tweet out the link. You can also attend the debate at the Logan Library for one or both races.  

The first Tuesday in November is notorious for long lines to tap a few buttons, cast a vote, and possibly change the future course of our state. Depending on where you live, you may not be waiting in line to cast your vote in November.

Several counties across Utah are doing it: mail-in ballots- for everyone, not just the absentee voters. This isn't new, but several counties are trying it for the first time this year.

Hey Cache County! Utah Public Radio, The Herald Journal and Logan Library are teaming up on Wednesday to bring two debates to you:

House of Representatives candidates Curt Webb and Jeffrey Turley @ 7 p.m.

Cache County Attorney Candidates James Swink and Chris Daines @8 p.m.

We're collecting questions... so ask away!

Tuesday night, Donna McAleer (D) and Rob Bishop (R Incumbent) debated at Weber State University. Topics ranged from gun control to social security. Listen to the full debate below:


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Utah Public Radio will be broadcasting five debates live this election season, in cooperation with the VoteUtah initative. The newly-formed Utah Debate Commission will be producing the state-wide debates. 

Each debate listed below will air live on UPR at 6 p.m. and be re-broadcasted the following morning at 11 a.m.

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Across the world Friday, people are reserving parking spaces not for their cars, but to re-imagine the possibilities of the urban landscape.

Navigating into a parking spot is not the easiest thing to do. The SUV next to you is over the line... again, and the sports car on the other side is taking up two spots. And in front of you... are a bunch of people among some bushes that were not there yesterday.

In 2005, a San Francisco-based art and design studio created "PARKing Day" to make people think about the way streets and urban areas are used. The company has since closed its doors, but that hasn't stopped fellow enthusiasts around the country- or around town from continuing the mission.

And today is Parking day.

Utah Public Radio is looking for volunteers to help us as we continue our fund drive Sept. 30- Oct. 1, or until we raise $22,000 more.  To volunteer, sign up in the appropriate time slot here.

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Fill out the online form today, and be entered into the drawing for a 3-day, 2-night stay at Green Valley Boutique Hotel & Spa in St. George. Included in the package are spa treatments and all meals. This package is valued at $1,600.

This week, we'd like you to come home to UPR - whether you travel far or stay close to home, you just have to turn on the radio, click a mouse, or listen on your phone.

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Your membership sustains local commentaries, Wild About Utah and Beehive Archive. When you find yourself on the road, traveling abroad or needing a community connection, there's no place like home. You're home, Utah Public Radio.

Elsha Stocksetch

Saturday morning, runners of the Southern Utah half marathon will cover the Virgin River Trail as hundreds of people rush by, clothed in neon and black, feet slapping the pavement, and numbers pinned to their backs. It's a typical race- with less than typical contestants.

In the past three years Elsha Stocksetch has crossed the finish line in 31 races, the most recent being a marathon just last weekend. Her next race is Saturday, along with friend Walter Brown.

“Elsha's amazing. You know she, has overcome obstacles like I have, where we shouldn't be alive, she's done it,” Brown said.

Brown will be Stocksetch’s partner in the race- because instead of pounding the pavement in the latest neon shoe, Stocksetch will be treading the course in a three-wheeled jogging stroller, Walter behind her, every inch of the 13-mile course.

quagga mussels
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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.

Utah’s close proximity to nature means roadkill is common along the highways around the state. Daniel Olson came to Utah in 2008 to study how roads are affecting deer, and how many deer were being killed in Utah. 

Tracking roadkill locations around the state was done on paper by many people, making the gathering and analyzation of the data overwhelming. Olson says he recognized then that smartphones have enough functions to be data collection tools, so he teamed up with others to create an app to help the process. The information from this is used by the Utah Department of Transportation and Division of Wildlife Resources.

"This information shows them areas where we have hotspots, where high numbers of wildlife-vehicle collisions occur. Then they can go in and start doing mitigation measures such as installing exclusionary fencing, which is typically eight-feet-tall, so that will prevent animals such as deer from being able to access the roads," Olson said.

kids in studio
April Ashland / Utah Public Radio

Sound Beginnings at Utah State University is an early education program that provides home and center-based services to children with hearing loss whose families want their children to learn to listen and talk.

About 80 children signed up this year, and they came to the UPR studios. You can listen to their team chants below:

Utah Public Radio must raise $25,000 to replace two essential pieces of equipment before we wrap up the fiscal year on June 30th: KUSR’s transmitter and an equipment cooling unit. Make a special gift in support of our Technology Fund Drive today! Make a gift right now by clicking here.

In 1998, UPR installed the KUSR transmitter, which now needs to be updated. Much like phones, computers, and boomboxes (sorry, walkmans...er...CD players... mp3 players) needed to be updated, so does our technology. We need a new transmitter to stay up-to-date and on-air. The cost is $19,000. The one we have is on its last leg.

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GeoMetWatch is a Las Vegas-based company that collects and delivers weather information to forecasters. They began working with Utah State's Advanced Weather Systems Foundation and Space Dynamic's Lab in 2010. The groups collaborated to build and finance a satellite-based weather system.

The company is now suing the university, stating USU conspired with a private investor Alan Hall to steal trade secrets and drive them out of business. Hall is now president and CEO of USU's new partner company, Tempus Global Data, which was announced as the new partner in April, about same time USU severed ties with GeoMetWatch.

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Amidst a cluster of buildings off highway 89 in Wellsville is an open space of ground surrounded by wooden stakes. This area will soon be classroom space for students in Utah State University's College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. This space and the two buildings closest to it were given a name Tuesday morning- the Sam Skaggs Family Equine Education Center.

USU provost Noelle Cockett, formerly the dean of the College of Ag, helped plan the project in 2007. The building of the center began in 2009, and Cockett spoke at the groundbreaking about the completion of the project.

"So now we have the groundbreaking for the classroom. And I noticed on the invitation it said the 'final phase' of the Equine Education Center. I don't know if that's actually true about horses, isn't there always something more you can buy for horses? But really I think this will be the last jewel in what is an amazing center," Cockett said.

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