April Ashland

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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Congratulations to Kate Anderson of Logan, winner of UPR’s 2015 Mug Design Contest as voted by UPR listeners and friends. Her artwork, which looks west across Cache Valley with the Wellsville Mountains blanketed with snow, will be on the next UPR membership mug. To reserve your mug and support Utah Public Radio, Click Here.

The four finalists are here! Vote by Thursday, Feb. 5 for your favorite design. The design with the most votes (by facebook and email) will be on the next Utah Public Radio coffee mug, available during the Spring 2015 UPR Pledge Drive.

UPR staff and interns picked four mug design submissions. They're in no particular order. Now, it's your turn to make the final choice.

On Wednesday, Jan. 28 Gov. Gary Herbert gave the annual State of the State. Among the topics discussed were the economy, population growth, education and air quality.

You can listen to the address below, or read the full transcript here.


Eureka Utah mine
Don Winegar / Treasure House Relics project

I sat down with the owner and cultivator of Treasure House Relics project recently, to discuss mining in Utah. I wanted to know how he got interested in mining, what he knows about Utah's mining history, and for him to share some of the stories with me and us.

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Hector Tobar

Mining is part of Utah’s history and culture, and mining resources and safety are key themes in the West. The Morning Edition Book Club has selected for January: Hector Tobar’s “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free.” The book address faith, safety, economics, technology and the survival of humanity under difficult circumstances. Utah Public Radio is beginning a UPR Chapter of the Morning  Edition Book Club.

Utah State Historical Society

Utah has a long and widespread history of mining. As part of UPR's chapter of the Morning Edition book club, we have compiled a series of photographs from the Utah State Historical Society. Glance through the slideshow to catch a glimpse.

Most counties in Utah have some sort of mining ties. From the boom and bust mining towns to the still-present and new mining opportunities, we have ties to miners across the world.

Read more about this project here.

miner with dog
Utah State Historical Society

Utah has a long and widespread history of mining. As part of UPR's chapter of the Morning Edition book club, we have compiled a series of photographs from the Utah State Historical Society. Glance through the slideshow to catch a glimpse.

Most counties in Utah have some sort of mining ties. From the boom and bust mining towns to the still-present and new mining opportunities, we have ties to miners across the world.

Read more about this project here.

Lucy Watkins / Utah Public Radio

Submit your design for the third-annual UPR art mug contest!

Utah Public Radio is seeking submissions of artwork from our creative listeners for the station's third-annual mug design contest.

It is your support that makes what we do possible, and we want you to share your view of UPR and Utah with our members. The winning design will be showcased on a limited edition UPR coffee mug.

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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April Ashland / Utah Public Radio

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.

<<Click to Volunteer>>

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.

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