Matt Jensen

News Coordinator, Host All Things Considered

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.

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Utah Transportation
4:49 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Cache County Sheriff's Office Urges Drivers To Be Aware Of Weather And School Buses

Credit UTAH DIVISION OF PUBLIC SAFETY

In less than a week, police in Cache County have responded to five traffic collisions involving school buses. In four of the crashes, authorities say other drivers failed to yield or stop for the buses.

Police say weather was a contributing factor in one crash, and in three others, drivers were issued citations for failure to yield. Law enforcement is reminding drivers to be extra cautious in fog and on slick roads. Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson said being aware of the weather is vital.

“The biggest thing we're concerned with is the weather," he said. "I think we need to be conscious of the weather here in Cache Valley - the fog we get and slick road conditions. If we can do that it'll help out a lot."
Visibility in parts of Cache Valley can dip to less than a quarter of a mile in freezing fog. Peterson encourages drivers to watch carefully for the stop sign and lights that extend from school buses.

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Utah People
6:26 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Utah Native Is Army's Soldier Of The Year

Christensen
Credit US Army Alaska-North Public Affairs

A Utah native is the latest recipient of the U.S. Army’s prestigious ‘Soldier of the Year’ award. Army Spc. Adam Christensen of Smithfield received the award last month after competing against 23 fellow soldiers at Fort Lee, Virginia.

“It was an honor to be singled out among so many of the best soldiers I’ve met in my life," he said. "At the Department of the Army competition, they were the best of the best; so to be recognized among them was just incredible.”

Christensen is part of the 472nd Military Police Company at his base just outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. The 29-year-old graduated from Sky View High School and says growing up in Cache Valley helped prepare him for his service and leadership roles.

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Utah Outdoors
3:48 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Utah Avalanche Center Gearing Up For Season

Credit Bruce Tremper

Utah is known for its world-class scenery, winter sports and, according to the Utah Avalanche Center, some of the highest avalanche danger in the world. But safety experts say it's easy to mitigate risk by arming yourself with the right information.

Paige Pagnucco, who represents the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, sat down with Utah Public Radio to talk about ways to stay on top of the best snow on Earth.

Excerpts from an interview with Paige Pagnucco with the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center.

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StoryCorps

Each week, from July 2013 to June 2014, Utah Public Radio will be playing segments from the Southern Utah recordings.

In May 2013, StoryCorps came to St. George and the surrounding areas to gather their stories. Now, you can listen to the stories on-air and online.

Want to learn more about StoryCorps? Check out their website.

Want to see the pictures from our trip in St. George? Check out our Facebook page.

Utah Environment
6:26 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

BLM Downsizes San Rafael Swell Auction

In a last-minute change, the Bureau of Land Management announced Friday it is pulling nearly 100,000 acres of federal land from an oil and gas lease auction scheduled for next week.

The agency says the public has raised concerns about impacts to sensitive species and cultural resources within some of the parcels slated for auction in Emery County near the San Rafael Swell.

BLM spokeswoman Megan Crandall says deferring the lands will give her agency more time to assess the area for natural and cultural resources.

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Utah News
10:10 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

LDS Affiliate Announces Florida Land Deal

A Utah-based corporation affiliated with the Mormon Church announced this week it's finalizing a major real estate deal on the Florida panhandle.

AgReserves, Inc., a tax-paying corporate affiliate of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints based in Salt Lake City, will acquire more than 382,000 acres of rural and timber-rich land in nine Florida counties for a price of $565 million, according to a Florida real estate firm.

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Five Billion Gallons
9:29 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Episode 6: The Changing Face of Water Management

There were over 300 attendees to the Utah Water Summit, where Governor Herbert announced the creation of his Water Strategy Advisory Team.
Credit Jennifer Pemberton

At the 20th Annual Utah Water Summit in Provo last month, Governor Herbert introduced his “gang of six” water experts, who spent the summer gathering ideas from the public at a series of Town Hall meetings about water.

One of those gang of six experts, Warren Peterson, spoke about the future of agriculture in Utah. He quoted Tom Bingham, who was the Farm Bureau Lobbyist for 25 years:

“He said, ‘I used to just go and count boots under the table, and I knew how the vote was going to come out,’ and now there aren’t any boots under the table.

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Cache Valley
4:40 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Mayoral Candidates Square Off In Logan Debate

Logan mayoral candidate Craig Petersen, left, and incumbent Mayor Randy Watts debate on the Utah State University campus Wednesday morning.
Credit Matt Jensen

Incumbent Randy Watts and candidate Craig Petersen met on the Utah State University Logan campus Wednesday morning for an hour-long debate on issues ranging from government transparency to police quotas.

Listen to the full debate.

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Five Billion Gallons
1:15 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Episode 5: The Technology of Water - Learning More to Use Less

Municipal water lines are stacked up near a construction project in Logan. From the Four Corners to Cache Valley, Utah's water network is in need of constant repair and replacement.
Credit Matt Jensen

Across Utah, utility crews are an in an uphill battle to maintain and modernize water delivery systems. From the desert community of St. George, to verdant Cache Valley, Utah’s water infrastructure is a complex network of old and new piping. Matt Jensen and Jennifer Pemberton report:

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Utah State University Events
3:53 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Kids and Costumes Welcome at Family Pops Concert

The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra performs at an event at the Kent Concert Hall in Logan.
Credit Weston Lee Allen

The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra in Logan will present a first-of-its-kind show this weekend that producers say will entertain patrons young and old. Matt Jensen reports.

American Festival Chorus and Orchestra Music Director Craig Jessop discusses the upcoming Family Pops Concert on Oct. 26.

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