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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Governor Gary R. Herbert named Carlos Braceras the executive director of UDOT Monday, to replace reitred director John Njord.  Braceras is now responsible for UDOT’s 1,800 employees and the design, construction, and maintenance of Utah’s 6,000-mile system of roads and highways.


It's spring pledge drive, hand in hand with our 60th anniversary. We're celebrating what makes Utah Public Radio work- our members and listeners.

You are UPR- you provide the means for us to gather quality news and information. You provide the means for us to reach out in our community. You are the beneficiaries of our work, and we couldn't do it without you.

On Saturday, Utah Public Radio will be hosting an Earth Day celebration at our downtown studios from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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It's easy to think it will never happen to us or someone we know, but 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.Raising awareness and support for this issue can't just be done by women. That's why a group of male students from USU put on their best pair of heels Friday, to show their support for the women in their lives. UPR's Storee Powell reports on the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.

Boston Marathon

This story originally aired as three separate stories. They have been weaved together for a more complete picture of what happened in Boston. 

Two explosions rocked the finish line at the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon. While people panicked, police tried to make sense of what just happened and prevent any other explosions.

According to the Boston Marathon website, more than 350 runners registered for Monday's race were Utahns. One of these runners, Kristen Munson said she was one of the lucky ones.

In conjunction with the 2nd Friday Gallery Walk on April 12, you’re invited to join staff of Utah Public Radio at our downtown studio, 43 South Main Street in Logan, as we feature watercolor paintings of artist and retired educator Lester Lee in an exhibit entitled “Abandoned.”Lester Lee is a self-taught stage scenery artist and has painted over 50 sets and Rodger’s Memorial Theater and other theaters in Utah.  

To see some artwork and instruction from Lee's studio, visit his blog.

After a thorough review of garden show titles submitted by our listeners, we have picked the top eight.

Bryan would like to get public input before he makes his final decision, so we're once again asking for your help.

From now until Monday March 11 we would ask you to vote for your top two favorite titles for the garden show.

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The final design for our 60th anniversary mug have been chosen, and we're so excited for the final product.
We had more than 30 submissions, and after narrowing the submissions down to the top 5, we were overwhelmed with the public input. More than 350 people voted in the competition, and chose the design by Lucy Watkins.

UPR would like to thank the artists who submitted:

The 60th anniversary mug submissions are in, and the UPR staff and interns have chosen the top five contenders. Now it is up to you. Choose your one favorite design that you think should be on our limited edition anniversary mug.
We want your favorite design, which represents Utah as a state, Utah Public Radio as a station, and celebrates our 60th anniversary. You must vote by Tuesday evening, February 26.

APRIL ASHLAND / Utah Public Radio

Audience members at the annual Polar Plunge got a thrill as community members dressed from Elvis to Ninja Turtles, jumped into freezing water Saturday. The divers did the deed in the name of good clean fun and to raise money for Utah Special Olympics.

This weekend, a slow-moving winter storm will impact Utah beginning Friday afternoon and lasting through Sunday night.

The entire state will see accumulating snow through Sunday, but the mountains will reach the largest amounts of snow. The northern mountains are predicted to receive one to two feet of snow, while the southern mountains are predicted to receive 10 to 20 inches. Valleys North of 1-70 are expected to receive 4 to 8 inches of snow.

There were no injuries when a single-engine plane crashed near Wellsville Saturday afternoon.

Lynn Goodsell, pilot, and four others were aboard and were attempting to fly over the Wellsville Mountains when  the plane experienced problems with the fuel system according to a press release from the Cache County Sheriff's Office.

Cache County Sheriff's Office

No students or staff were significantly harmed when a Cache County School Bus slid off the road on 400 East in Trenton, Utah Wednesday evening.

There were two aides and three children, one of whom was in a wheelchair, aboard the vehicle as well as the bus driver according to a press release from the Cache County Sheriff's Office. The child in the wheelchair was unable to leave the bus, but was carried off when Sheriff's deputies and other responders arrived at the scene.

Submit Your Design for the UPR 60th Anniversary Mug!

Utah Public Radio is seeking submissions of artwork from our creative listeners for the station's first mug design contest. You make UPR possible and we want you to leave a lasting impression on UPR and our contributors with your winning design on a limited edition UPR coffee mug.

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Utah Political Capitol

The Utah Political Capitol (UPC) group is launching a new initiative to encourage Utahns to interact with their representatives, and make state politics more accessible to the average state resident. Eric Ethington is the Managing Editor of the UPC and said it's vital the community is involved.

Governor Gary Herbert and Lt. Governor Greg Bell will be sworn in as part of inauguration ceremonies Monday, January 7 at 11 a.m. Utah Public Radio will broadcast the event which will take place in the Rotunda of the Utah State Capitol.

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Students at Utah State University are packing up and heading out of Cache Valley this week. The fall semester has ended and students will leave for the holiday break. Some will return as students, and others, like UPR's April Ashland, will return as a graduate, moving forward in their lives. 

Earlier this month the National Association of Mental Illness held awareness events to help dispel myths and promote understanding. This week Utah Public Radio introduced you to three of our contributors -- April Ashland, Ryan Cunningham, and Storee Powell. Today, we continue their brave conversation in the hopes that listeners can feel better prepared and open to understanding mental illness.

Inspired by Mental Illness Awareness Week this month, a group of Utah Public Radio interns and reporters began sharing their personal experiences with mental illness. These were not stories about their observations of others who deal with mental illness; these were their stories.

During Part 2 of our series on Mental Illness Awareness series, we begin listening to a conversation between Storee Powell, Ryan Cunningham, and April Ashland as they work through some of the myths associated with mental illness.

Join us between 6 and 9 p.m. this Friday, April 13, as Utah Public Radio will be a part of the annual Gallery Walk, hosted by Cache Valley Center for the Arts. Stroll through our downtown studio at 43 S. Main Street, looking at artist Trent Gudmundsen's exhibit Women and Children, while listening to guitarist Robert Linton. Refreshments will be provided by Auntie Em's Cakes for All Occasions and Culligan Water. To learn more about the artists we will be showcasing at our stop on the Gallery Tour, you can visit their websites.