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Matt Jensen

Host, All Things Considered / 5:30 News Anchor

Matt started at UPR in 2007 as a student announcer for the Sunday evening shift. A year later he graduated from Utah State University with a degree in broadcast journalism. He spent five years at The Herald Journal covering crime, courts and public safety news. He rejoined the UPR staff in 2013 as a news coordinator and host for All Things Considered.


Utah News
6:04 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Mormon Facing Excommunication Speaks Out

John Dehlin is a husband, father of four and creator of the blog and podcast Mormon Stories. He has learned in recent days that local church leaders disagree with his ideas and that his membership in the Mormon faith is in jeopardy.

A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who was among the first in the world to use online forums to discuss Mormon culture and doctrine has learned in recent days that he faces a disciplinary council for his ongoing discussions about doubts he and many of his supporters share about the faith.

John Dehlin is the founder of the popular blog and podcast Mormon Stories. He spoke with Utah Public Radio on Friday about being notified by church leaders that he faced a pending disciplinary action - the outcome of which could ultimately lead to his dismissal from the LDS faith and ostracize him from his community.

Listen to our full interview with Dehlin here:

Interview with John Dehlin

Read the full transcript below:

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Arts and Culture
4:48 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

"Flippin' Sweet!" Napoleon Dynamite Turns 10

Napoleon Dynamite was shot in Idaho during the summer of 2003. It premiered in theaters the following June.
Credit Fox Searchlight

Ten years ago this week the film "Napoleon Dynamite" hit the silver screen and became an almost instant success. Social media is abuzz with talk of the 10-year anniversary. UPR's Matt Jensen went back to Preston, Idaho where the film was shot to see where it all happened.

It’s the last day of classes at Preston High School where much of "Napoleon Dynamite" was shot during the summer of 2003. The independent film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival the following January and made its debut in theaters later that summer.

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Utah Crime and Courts
5:04 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Family Of Student Killed In Slackline Incident Sue USU, Students

Credit Matt Jensen

The family of a former Utah State University student who was killed after riding his bicycle into a tensioned slackline on campus is suing the university and several students.

Eric Anderson was a 24-year-old music student. On August 26, he was riding his bicycle down Old Main Hill when he struck the line suspended between two trees, suffering fatal trauma.

Plaintiffs Carvel and Gayle Anderson are the student's parents, and filed the wrongful death suit in 3rd District Court on Wednesday. The family's attorney declined to comment.

University spokesman Tim Vitale says the school's legal counsel is reviewing the details about the suit.

"This was an extremely tragic accident and our hearts still go out to Eric Anderson's family and friends and everyone involved in this very sad accident," he said. "At this point we haven't even been served with the lawsuit yet so we'll need to take some time to look at the details once we are officially served."

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Utah Transportation
4:14 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

I-15 To Close in Brigham City for Bridge Demolition

A diverging diamond interchange is seen in this file photo courtesy Utah Department of Transportation.
Credit UDOT

If you’re traveling to the Wasatch Front on Thursday night via the Brigham City 1100 South on-ramp, be ready for some delays.

UDOT will close Interstate 15 at 7 p.m. Thursday to demolish the bridge at exit 362. UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders says it’s all part of building a new diverging diamond interchange at the location.

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My Address Is
8:10 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Part 3: From Mansion To Yurt

Steve Hatch is seen on the front porch of his yurt in Portage, Utah.
Credit Matt Jensen

"My Address Is" is a Utah Public Radio series exploring Utah issues associated with how and where we live. This is part 3 of 6.

When you walk into Steve Hatch’s home your eyes are immediately drawn to the ceiling where a four-foot clear dome collects the light like a magnifying glass. Hatch lives in a small yurt he built in this tiny town near the Idaho border.

Portage resident Steve Hatch says simpler living inside his 731-square-foot yurt has changed his outlook on life.

His new living space is a drastic shift from what he was used to. Just a few years ago he owned a $350,000 home and earned a comfortable living. But all that changed when he lost his job in the aerospace industry where he had worked for 36 years. On top of that he divorced and the value of his hillside home plunged when the housing bubble popped.

Unemployed and armed with what was left of his retirement, he moved into an apartment in Brigham City and quickly decided he needed to find a cheaper solution.

“I only had $60,000 to spend total on this project so I had to figure out a low cost way," he said. "I explored mobile homes but their cost would run me nearly $100,000 by the time I finished up."

He decided on a yurt — a sort of semi-permanent rounded structure with latticed walls and a domed roof held in place by a compression ring at the center.

“As you see a yurt from the outside and you walk in, I think you’re immediately impressed by how much space there is,” he said. “Living in the round is kind of a unique experience. It kind of changes the way you view a structure. It’s just a nice feeling inside. Most people that come into yurts feel that feeling.”

Hatch says his new 731-square-foot space is plenty big and it’s changed the way he thinks about a home and what goes inside it.

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Utah News
5:55 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Utah Pilot Sets New Speed Records

A Utah man broke two world records for fastest flight in the skies above Southern California over the weekend. Utah Valley pilot Mike Patey flew his kit-built plane in the 1,000- and 2,000-km courses and broke speed records in both.

Patey piloted his Lancair Legacy – a plane he built and modified himself, equipped with a 780-cubic-inch engine that propelled him to a top ground speed of 319 miles per hour.

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Utah Health and Wellness
6:36 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Utah's Little Sahara Gets New Helipads

A BLM medical buggy is seen at the Little Sahara Recreation Area. The agency says it will unveil two new helipads Saturday that will improve medical response at the remote site.
Credit BLM

One of the state’s most popular Easter weekend destinations is the Little Sahara Recreation Area – best known by residents as the Utah sand dunes.

The site is a Mecca for off-road vehicles and dune buggies but also a place where fun can lead to personal injury. Calls for help have become so common here, the Bureau of Land Management says it plans to unveil two brand new air ambulance landing pads this week that were built to improve medical response.

BLM spokeswoman Lisa Reid said the new installations will also improve safety.

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Utah News
3:42 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Vehicle Collision Leaves Cache Valley Man in Critical Condition

A three-vehicle collision in Millville on Thursday evening sent one person to the hospital and prompted an investigation into whether one of the drivers was under the influence of alcohol.

Cache County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Peterson issued a news statement Friday, saying the driver of a pickup truck traveling eastbound on 200 South in Millville was driving erratically when he crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a passenger vehicle near 140 W. 200 South around 7:30 p.m.

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Utah Environment
5:10 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Biologists Still Searching For Answers In Bald Eagle Deaths

After a string of bald eagle deaths in the fall, the Division of Wildlife resources says there are still unanswered questions.
Credit Photo by Lynn Chamberlain / DIVISION OF WILDLIFE RESOURCES

Wildlife biologists say there are still unanswered questions about the recent die-off of dozens of bald eagles in Utah. A total of 72 bird carcasses have been turned into the state’s Division of Wildlife Resources where scientists are performing necropsies on the birds’ livers and brain tissue. And despite some controversy, when the tests are complete, the eagle remains are incinerated. Leslie McFarlane is the wildlife disease program coordinator with the DWR.

“There’s all kinds of opinion about what we should or shouldn’t do. In this case we choose to take human safety as our primary concern,” she said.

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Utah News
4:40 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Spring Break Hits Utah; Students Head To Vegas, National Parks

Students here at Utah State and across Utah are on Spring Break this week. Some will stay home to catch up on studying. Others will travel to popular destinations including national parks and, you guessed it, Las Vegas.

“March is the busiest month of the entire year for Las Vegas,” said Courtney Fitzgerald, a spokeswoman for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

“In 2013 we saw more than 3.5 million people in the month of March alone.”

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