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


4:47 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Controversial Canal Rebuild in Cache County Has "Many Tentacles"

Residents living near Lundstrom Park in Logan concerned with a proposed plan to pipe a nearby canal will meet with members of the Logan City and Cache County Councils. About a dozen citizens and members from both councils requested the meeting with engineers to discuss the canal rebuild design. They say the original piping plans included the use of a concrete box culvert to move water through the canal. Now, engineers say they will request a permit from the Logan Planning Commission for a plan that calls for the water to flow through an underground pipe.

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UPR Feature Story
6:26 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Kids with Williams Syndrome are Pretty Tight, According to Friends and Researchers

It’s a hot summer day in Salt Lake City and Amanda Baldwin is looking for some shade. The 21 year old and dozens of others have endured the noon day sun to walk around the track at Valley View State Park. They’re all participants in the Williams Syndrome Walk, an event designed to raise money for the Williams Syndrome Association, but most importantly it gives people like Amanda and their families a chance to connect.

Amanda's friend explains, "I think Amanda is the best, and kids with Williams syndrome are always generous and loving. Yeah, Williams syndrome is pretty tight."

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5:39 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Hot June Explained by State Climatologist Robert Gillies

NOAA: June 2012 was 4th Warmest on Record for the Globe

June 2012 was the 4th warmest on record for the globe according to an analysis by the NOAA National Climatic Data Center. Warmer than normal temperatures were especially prevalent across the Northern Hemisphere, which, when analyzed separately, were the warmest June since records began in 1880.

UPR's Mackenzie Hamilton sat down with State Climatologist Dr. Robert Gillies to try to understand exactly what these June records say about the state of the climate here in Utah and around the world, starting by asking the obvious...

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West Jordan
4:56 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Suspect Arrested for Murder of West Jordan Girl, Sierra Newbold

Terry Lee Black was arrested today and charged with the murder and rape of Sierra Newbold, a 6-year-old West Jordan girl.

Authorities have charged a man in the murder investigation of a 6-year-old girl whose body was found in a canal near her West Jordan home. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill announced today at a press conference that 41-year-old Terry Lee Black has been arrested and charged with the June 26 homicide, child abduction, and rape of Sierra Newbold.

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Utah News
4:29 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Lower Your Risk of Fire Danger by Being a "Fire Adapted Community"

Fire Adapted Communities

Nearly 70,000 US communities are at risk this wildfire season, and with an average of 6.5 million acres burned each year, it's important for people to be prepared.

Pam Leschak of the U.S. Forest Service talked to UPR's Mackinzie Hamilton about the Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Initiative, a national public service campaign that helps individuals, communities, and land managers to prepare for wildfire season.

60,000 acres burned in Utah last year and Leschak says, "This year's gonna be a lot more active than last year. It's early in the season and we're already seeing a lot of activity."

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Salt Lake City
3:05 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

What It Takes to Win an Olympic-Level Piano Competition

13-year-old Ryota Yamazaki won the Gina Bachauer Junior Piano Competition on Saturday.
Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation

This is the second week of competition in the Gina Bachauer International Young Artist Piano Competition in Salt Lake City. This week's competitors are 14 - 18 years old.

Last week the 11 - 13 year old pianists competed in the Junior Competition. Ryota Yamazaki, a Japanese 13-year-old who lives and studies in Utah, was named the winner for his performance of Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3 in C Major.

UPR's Mackinzie Hamilton spoke to Gary Billings, the director of the competition, and learned more about the high caliber of these performers.

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Dump Fire
5:22 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

2,000+ Homes Evacuated for Dump Fire in Utah County

The "Dump Fire" that started this week near Saratoga Springs was only 20% contained before today's high temperatures and winds forced more than 2,000 homes to be evacuated in Saratoga Springs and nearby Eagle Mountain.

Early on Friday, FEMA authorized funds through a Fire Management Assistance Grant to help fight the fire.


  • An evacuation center has been set up at Westlake High School, 99 North Thunder Blvd., Saratoga Springs
  • Eagle Mountain residents should call 801-789-6000 for emergency info
  • Saratoga Springs residents should call 801-766-6503 for emergency info
  • For pet evacuation assistance call Steve Weber at Cedar Pass Ranch: 801-735-6646
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Access Utah
4:26 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Blast from the Fat Past

In an interview with Mackinzie Hamilton last November, personal trainer Drew Manning talked about his life after gaining 70 pounds and shared doubts that he could shed the weight. It's just a little reminder of the Fat part of his Fit to Fat to Fit journey he shared with UPR on Access Utah this week.


Utah News
4:14 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Scott Howell Responds to the Hatch vs. Lilenquist Debate and Shares His "3 E's"

Scott Howell (D) for U.S. Senate.

While Dan Lilenquist tries to unseat incumbent Senator Orrin Hatch for the Republican nod in this November’s senate election, the Utah Democratic Party has already picked their nominee. Scott Howell responds to the June 15 debate between the Republican candidates on the Doug Wright Show as well as addresses his "3 E's" -- Education, Economy, Energy -- with UPR's Mackinzie Hamilton.

5:30 News
6:34 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Utah News for Thursday, April 5

  • 3 of the Fastest Growing Towns in America are in Utah
  • Suicide Prevention Bill Signed Into Law
  • Which Candidate is the Most Attractive to Utah Voters?

These stories and the rest of the day's headlines on our 5:30 Utah News broadcast.