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.


Utah Fire News
6:22 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Millville Fire 30 percent contained as of Friday

A firefighter works the Millville Fire in Cache County.
Credit Greg Fabricius / via Cache County Sheriff's Office

Four helicopters and dozens of firefighters continue to battle the Millville Fire burning in Cache County. As of Friday morning the wildfire had burned 2,800 acres between Millville and Blacksmith Fork canyons.

Approximately 190 firefighters and support staff have been working the blaze since it started early Sunday morning by lightning. Forest Service spokesman Fred Noack says the fire is 30 percent contained and says crews are working both ends of the blaze to prevent more spreading.

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Utah News
4:39 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Police make pot bust in Logan

Police say they discovered 51 marijuana plants growing inside an apartment in Logan on Friday.
Credit Logan Police

Police in Logan say they arrested two suspects Friday after finding 51 marijuana plants growing inside an apartment near 100 E. 300 North.

Police were in the area responding to an unrelated burglary case around 2:30 a.m. Friday. According to Assistant Police Chief Jeff Curtis, an officer had collected all the information for the case and was leaving when he detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from a window fan in a nearby apartment.

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Utah Environment
12:25 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Low levels at Lake Powell could trigger downstream cuts

The Glen Canyon Dam near Page, Ariz., supplies a total capacity of 27 million acre-feet of water in Lake Powell.
Credit Bureau of Reclamation

Sinking water lines at Lake Powell could force drastic cuts to outflow, meaning less water for downstream Lake Mead and impacts to agriculture and electricity production throughout the West.

The federal agency responsible for hundreds of dams in the Western U.S. – the Bureau of Reclamation – is expected to make an announcement in the near future saying the water level at Lake Powell will soon reach an all-time low.

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Utah Fire News
3:20 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Utah wildfire updates

Credit Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

Here's a look at the latest updates for three major wildfires burning in Utah as of Tuesday afternoon:

Millville Fire: Cache County; 2,200 acres burned; 10 percent contained

U.S. Forest Service public information officer Larry Lucas says fire crews successfully completed a burnout east of Hyrum on Monday evening, reducing the threat to the nearby Chokecherry subdivision.

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Utah Transportation
2:23 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Aggie Blue Bikes Gets Air Quality Improvement Grant

Aggie Blue Bikes 'wrench lady' Katie Harker works on a bicycle at the campus shop on Friday.
Credit Matt Jensen

Utah State University’s community cycling program got some good news earlier this summer season. The bike rental, repair and education hub will receive a major grant to update facilities and equipment. UPR's Matt Jensen has the story.

USU's Aggie Blue Bikes program will receive $89,660 in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program Funding.

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Utah Fire News
12:23 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Millville Fire five percent contained

Wildland firefighters continue to battle the Millville Fire that has already burned around 2,000 acres of land in Cache County.

Crews will spend the day constructing a fire line around the blaze, located between Blacksmith Fork and Millville canyons. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Charity Parks says the fire was five percent contained as of Monday morning. She says two lightning strikes sparked the blaze early Sunday morning.

Around 150 personnel are working on the fire, including five hand crews, five engines, two helicopters, and two air tankers.

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USU News
3:56 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Grants help fund USU spider silk research

The USU Synthetic Spider Silk Lab was recently awarded $1.15M in Navy and National Science Foundation grants.
Credit Utah State University

Researchers at Utah State University received a pair of grants totaling more than a million dollars to further explore advancements in spider silk technology.

The USU Synthetic Spider Silk Lab was recently awarded $1.15 million in U.S. Navy and National Science Foundation grants.

USTAR professor Randy Lewis and his team are working with a grant from the Office of Naval Research to synthesize a type of glue similar to an adhesive silk produced by orb-weaving spiders.

“The spiders we use actually make six different kinds of silk," he said.

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Arts and Culture
3:09 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Cache County Fair kicks off Thursday


It’s time for carnivals, clowns and cotton candy in Logan where the 134th Cache County Fair gets underway Thursday and runs through Saturday.

Organizers say they’re expecting big crowds through the three-day event. Everything from fine art to blue ribbon dairy cows will be on display. Fair manager and spokeswoman Jill Zollinger says there’s something for everyone.

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Utah News
12:22 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Freedom Fire revenue falls short

Crew members prepare the stage inside Romney Stadium for the 2013 Freedom Fire event last month.
Credit Matt Jensen

Producers for Logan’s Freedom Fire event at Romney Stadium say last month’s show was a success with the crowd, but for the third straight year, the show fell short of covering production costs.

The concert and fireworks spectacular is a co-production of the city and Utah State University’s Caine College of the Arts. This year’s show, featuring the ABBA tribute band, Arrival from Sweden, cost $240,000 to produce.

Logan’s parks and recreation director Russ Akina is part of the committee that produces the event each year.

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Utah Transportation
3:43 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Vernal air service growing

A Great Lakes Airlines Beech 1900D aircraft taxis at an airport. The company also flies a fleet of Embraer 120 "Brasilia" aircraft.
Credit Great Lakes Airlines

The only airline with scheduled service into Vernal is reporting a significant increase in passenger traffic in the past three years. UPR’s Matt Jensen Reports.

Great Lakes Airlines, based in Cheyenne, Wyo., offers daily flights From Vernal to Denver and back. The company says passenger enplanements are on a steady incline. Last month, traffic was up 30 percent from a year before. Company spokeswoman Monica Taylor-Lee:

“We’re just very happy with the results we’ve seen over the last few years,” she said.

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