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April Ashland

Reporter / Web Manager

April worked first as an intern for UPR, before graduating from Utah State University with a B.S. in Journalism. Now she manages all things web and social, while reporting on current events from time to time.

April also trains new reporting interns in story production- from the idea to the final product on air and online.

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National Park Service
4:31 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Coming West: Work In The National Park Service

Credit STORYCORPS / UTAH PUBLIC RADIO

Greer Chesher and Barb Graves talk about their time as Park Rangers in Zion National Park.

Barb and Greer first met as park rangers in 1981. Barb Graves came from being a fire fighter from the forest service. She was one of the first female fire fighters to be hired and trained.

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StoryCorps
9:13 am
Thu August 8, 2013

A Family Story- Learning To Work And Love

Antone, Wayne and Luzon Bringhurst remember their parents and childhood.
Credit STORYCORPS

The children of Hilda and Leo Bringhurst share stories of growing up in Toquerville, Utah between 1930 and the 1950’s.  Luzon, Wayne, and Antone Bringhurst remember working on the family farm and reading with their mother.

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StoryCorps
7:34 am
Thu August 1, 2013

The story of love and coma: "Don't leave me"

Carl and Shari Berger talk about their love- and when it was tested in 1997.

Carl and Shari Berger have been married almost 55 years, and it's been a good run.

What Carl calls "one of the most exciting and most stressful and most interesting years, was that one year in 1997."

While returning from a trip to New Orleans, Carl started pacing in the airport. What started as a need to walk soon turned into something very different.

Listen to the Bergers' story.

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StoryCorps
12:57 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

A part of the beginning: Remembering the pioneers

Jeanine VanderBruggen and Teresa Orton are cousins, and gathered in St. George to tell their story of Pioneer heritage.

Teresa took on the presidency of the St. George chapter of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers at a time when she didn't have a job. Teresa said she'd always been interested in genealogy, but working with the museum gave her new eyes for what she did.

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Utah Education
3:47 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Students from around the world learn English together

Leonardo Arroyo Valerio plays foosball with friends he met in his stay in Logan.
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Logan plays host to people from around the country each summer, from church youth groups and cheer camps to the summer citizens, escaping the heat of the southwest and beyond for the relatively cool Logan summer. But on campus, there's another group with students from around the world.

Listen to the story.

There are  students from Japan,  China, Syria, the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Jordan, Yemen, Haiti, Tajikistan and the Congo. Why are these students here? To learn of course.

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StoryCorps
7:34 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Life on and off the compound: Leaving polygamy

This mother and her daughters lived in the Colorado City, Ariz. polygamous compound. They share their story.

Alisha Weigle was born into a family of 46 children, with three mothers, and a father, in the Colorado City polygamous compound in Arizona.

"I was one of the few that went away and went to college in Cedar City," Alisha said. "I got a degree in education, but I also got my eyes opened in a big way as to what the real world was."

Listen to the Weigles' story.

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StoryCorps
7:34 am
Thu July 11, 2013

'Fallout City': A Downwinder story

Martha and Michelle at the StoryCorps booth in May 2013

Martha Ham interviewed her friend Michelle Thomas in the StoryCorps booth in St. George in May, about her experiences during the nuclear bomb testing done at the Nevada test site, just over 100 miles from St. George during the Cold War.

Listen to Michelle Thomas's story.

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StoryCorps
1:29 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Southern Utah stories from StoryCorps begin July 11

In May and early June, Utah Public Radio was in St. George with the StoryCorps mobile bus. We've partnered with Dixie Regional Medical Center to bring you the stories from Southern Utah for your listening pleasure.

Beginning July 11 at 7:35 a.m. you can listen to the stories of Southern Utah: The National parks, the down-winders, the locals. Listen and learn, and join us on the journey of discovery.

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Utah News
1:40 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Herbert Chooses new Director of Utah Department Of Transportation

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.

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Pledge Drive
11:59 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Pledge Your Support to UPR

Credit PBS

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.

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