Brianna Bodily

Brianna’s passion for journalism comes from a love of learning and a desire to know everything.  She studies Broadcast Journalism and Political Science at Utah State University and hopes one day to travel the world reporting hard news. She also works as the Aggie Radio news director and a reporter for USU TV.

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Real estate housing prices have dropped but what is the market price for a whole town?

The listing reads like a wild west exhibit: old gold mine, a geyser, and a supposed hideout of famed outlaws. And it's all for sale in a middle-of-nowhere ghost town of Woodside 3 hours southeast of Salt Lake City.

Listing Price? $3.9 million.

Concerned with increasing levels of air pollution in the Uintah Basin, a coalition of public health and conservation groups is suing the Environmental Protection Agency.

Dr. Brian Munch, of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Climate and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, told UPR's Brianna Bodily that the complaint made asserts that for several years now dangerously high levels of ozone have been recorded in the Uintah Basin:

Next week is the Miss Wheelchair America Pageant. One of the contestants is the current Miss Wheelchair Utah, Brittany Cox of Logan. Brianna Bodily talked to Cox about her year serving Utah and her anticipation of the week-long national pageant

As Miss Wheelchair Utah Brittany Cox has had the opportunity to give talks on disability awareness. Her platform is "You Can":

Thursday marks the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Gordon Richins, the Consumer Liaison at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University, tells UPR's Brianna Bodily about what the Act has accomplished so far and what still needs to change.

Governor Herbert has issued a warning reminding citizens to use caution and follow fire restrictions closely while celebrating Pioneer Day this year.

Although each city is responsible for its own fireworks restrictions and safety, all areas outside of incorporated areas are still under a full ban on fireworks. The only exceptions include 1 or 2 areas inside Salt Lake County.

Judge Stephanie Rhoades of the Anchorage District Court is a pioneer of mental health courts. She was the featured speaker at the second annual Intermountain Health Court Conference at Utah State University in Logan this week.

UPR's Brianna Bodily talked to Judge Rhoades about the role of mental health courts, starting with an explanation of what a mental health court is and does:

This summer's unusually hot and dry weather means that fire is a disaster Utahns are becoming well acquainted with. Todd Crowl, a professor in Utah State University's Department of Watershed Sciences, says the changing climate combined with Utah's rapid increase in water consumption points to the immediate need for new water practices.

"All of that says we're going to have real serious issues and challenges in Utah as well as most of the West and event the Midwest in terms of future water, water availability, and water sustainability."

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Richard Hatch teaches magic classes during the  Cache Valley Summer Citizens program. UPR's Brianna Bodily sat in on one of Hatch's classes called "Magic 201: How to be an Amazing Audience."

At the beginning of the class, the students raise their right hands and pledge: "I promise not to expose the secrets of magic."

In addition to teaching magic tricks in his classes, Hatch also talks about the science of deception:

Logan's annual Summerfest begins at noon Thursday at the downtown historic tabernacle. UPR's Brianna Bodily brings us a preview of what we will see from one Cache Valley artist whose works incorporate quilting, painting, and photography.

Lucy Peterson Watkins is this year's featured artist, who describes her unique work to UPR this way:

Kanab-based Healing Heart Sanctuary is one of only 2 Utah non-profit organizations that has been selected this year as a finalist in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program, a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving 100 cars to 100 non-profit charities over the course of 100 days. Healing Heart Sanctuary was selected as a finalist from more than 4,000 applications nationwide.