Mackinzie Hamilton

Reporter

Mackinzie Hamilton started her career in 2009 as a reporter for 610 AM KVNU and staff writer for Cache Valley Daily.com before joining UPR in 2011. A freshman at Utah State University, she is majoring in Journalism and communications with a minor in vocal performance.

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Utah News
3:34 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Logan High School Students Return From National Music Competition, Inauguration

Isabella Muffoletto and 132 other Logan High School students attended the Inauguration in Washington D.C. Muffoletto is a senior at LHS and the 1st Chair Flutist in high school's band.

The Logan High School band, two choirs and a percussion ensemble returned on Jan. 22 from a six day trip in Washington D.C. where they competed in a national music competition and attended Monday's  inauguration. We spoke with Isabella Muffoletto, a senior at Logan High School, about the experience. 

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Utah News
2:59 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Support for Federal Gun Laws Hard to Find in Utah

At a press conference on Jan. 16, President Barack Obama laid out his controversial gun control plan. He called for more stringent background checks and pushed Congress to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. But the President acknowledge for new laws to be passed, he’ll need support from a majority of states, and that may be tough to find in Utah.

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Features
4:03 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

"Mormon Sexologist" to Give Seminar in Salt Lake City

She calls herself the "Mormon Sexologist."

While Dr. Melissa Jones self-proclaimed title may seem like a paradox, Jones says her studies in sexology has strengthened her faith in the LDS religion.

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Utah News
2:49 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Glen Canyon Floods "A Scientific Success Story"

While Glen Canyon Dam produces exponential amounts of electrical power, it’s creation was bad news for the Colorado River’s ecosystem. In order to keep the river’s system healthy, scientists have implemented high flow experiments or a controlled flood to mimic the river’s natural processes. The latest water release ended Thanksgiving Weekend.

UPR's Mackinzie Hamilton talked with Jack Schmidt, Utah State University Professor and Chief of the USGS Monitoring and Research Center in Flagstaff, AZ. which oversees the floods.

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Utah News
2:51 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Walmart Employees Threaten Black Friday Walkouts

The nation’s largest retailer is trying to head off protests and promised walkouts by some employees.

Frustrated Walmart employees have formed groups like Our Walmart and Making Change at Walmart. They want better wages, benefits like affordable healthcare, and overall better working conditions and for these employees walking out on the busiest sales day of the year is their way of getting the message across.

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Logan
5:19 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Searching for the Supernatural

"Is there anybody in here with us? Jim are you still here?"

Sarah Argyle bends down to inspect a flickering flashlight on the concrete floor. It's the only light in the darkened room.

"Now set it down," Argyle says as she slowly backs away.

Argyle is the manager of Cache Valley Paranormal and tonight the group is investigating an old office building in Logan, H&A Palmer and Sons.

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Logan
5:23 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Apartment Complex Evacuated After Resident Commits Suicide by Carbon Monoxide

One man is dead and a Logan apartment complex has had to be evacuated as police respond to a reported suicide by carbon monoxide.

Logan Police arrived at The Riverwalk Apartment Complex near the Logan River at about noon on Tuesday after receiving a call that an apartment was filled with chemicals. Authorities began evacuating residents due to suspected high levels of carbon monoxide in the building. A hazmat team was called in and the body of a 26 year old male was recovered. Captain Curtis Hooley says authorities are calling the death a suicide.

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Driveway Moments
1:21 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Driveway Moment: Enhancing Personal Experience

There was an NPR feature during All Things Considered last month about Sweet Potatoes and how they are being used to feed villages in Africa. This was especially interesting to me because I had recently returned from Ethiopia where I witnessed villagers in Kerswa Ellala digging pits for their "food storage"— harvested rubber banana plants that can be eaten years after they are buried. Sweet potatoes was a crop I had never thought would work in Africa, but as I sat in my car outside my house listening, I was informed that yes, they do. 

UPR Feature Story
5:23 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Human Library Turns Reading into a Conversation

Visitors this week to the Merrill Cazier Library on Utah State University's campus have not only been able to borrow books, but people, too. Mackinzie Hamilton went to check out the Human Library for Utah Public Radio

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UPR Feature Story
7:33 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Porcupine Music Festival - Hairy, Friendly People in Northern Utah

Wade Evans messing around on the mandolin in preparation of the Porcupine Music Festival in Avon, UT.
Mackinzie Hamilton

15 miles south of Logan you’ll find a relatively unknown place called Avon, population 367. But this weekend the sleepy farming community will be a little more lively as visitors trickle in to attend the Porcupine Music Festival.

Tucked away in the Bear River Mountain Range, the town’s backdrop of sloping yellow fields and scattered red barns seems more suited for a period piece film. But to festival organizers Rich Macatee and Wade Evans the setting complement the event’s eclectic acts – reggae groups, funk bands with horn sections, folk, world music, singer/songwriters, a west African drum troupe, one year they even hosted a belly dancing troupe. In short, the festival is a celebration of music and community.

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