Ryan Cunningham

Ryan began reporting for UPR in the fall of 2012. He is a graduate of Utah State University with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Ryan is originally from Indiana, but he now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Utah News
11:42 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Avalanche Season hits Utah: preparation is key

With winter and snowy weather approaching, avalanches are once again a concern for outdoor sports enthusiasts. UPR’s Ryan Cunningham sat down with Paige and Toby Weed of the Utah Avalanche Center to talk about avalanche preparedness, as well as some upcoming events.

For more information on avalanches and avalanche danger in Utah, visit the Utah Avalanche Center website or call their advisory hotline at (888) 999-4019.

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Utah Environment
2:54 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

New Protections in Place for Colorado River

A landmark agreement between the United States and Mexico sets up clear guidelines for how the Colorado River will be managed and protected through 2017.

The agreement was just signed and goes into effect immediately. The Bureau of Reclamation says the agreement is designed to make sure that the seven states the river flows through in the U.S., as well as Mexico, will have adequate access to river water.

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Utah Environment
1:40 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Air Pollution: The Next Alternative Fuel Source?

Researchers at Utah State University have recently earned the praise of scientists around the world.

USU chemistry and biochemistry professor Lance Seefeldt, along with USU graduate student Zhiyong Yang and collaborator Dennis Dean from Virginia Tech, were recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The three published their findings on how it may be possible to turn pollution into fuel.

UPR’s Ryan Cunningham sat down with Dr. Seefeldt to discuss his big breakthrough.

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Utah Environment
12:26 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Glen Canyon Dam Releases Good for Ecosystem—And for Business

For the first time in four years, the Department of the Interior has initiated a high-flow experimental release at Glen Canyon Dam.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar opened the river outlet tubes at noon Monday. The peak flow was supposed to last into Tuesday, and the river will run high for five days. The goal is to wash millions of tons of sediment downstream to create beaches and improve habitat for plants and animals.

For the local recreation industry, the experimental high flows are seen as a boon.

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Utah News
1:47 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Ogden Rated Most Affordable for Homebuying

Where is the most affordable place in America to buy a home? According to CNN Money, it’s Ogden.

 On Friday, the business website named the Weber County city as the most affordable metro area to buy a home in the U.S.  Mayor Mike Caldwell says because most of Ogden was built out by the 1950s, prices have remained affordable. 

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Utah Environment
1:33 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

New Wireless-Charging Bus Could Be 'WAVE' of the Future

The WAVE Technologies electric bus sits in its garage waiting to recharge.
Credit Ryan Cunningham

Utah State University spinoff company WAVE Technologies showcased a first-of-its-kind technology in North Logan on Thursday. A fully-electric bus was shown backing into a very special parking spot, and once parked, the bus's battery was recharged wirelessly from a charging pad embedded in the ground below.

WAVE CEO Wesley Smith says this innovation will allow buses to become more feasible.

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Utah News
11:12 am
Mon November 12, 2012

National Guard Affiliate Helping Utah Reservists Find Work

For National Guard and Reserve service members, combining military service with civilian responsibilities can be an overlooked challenge. It’s about more than volunteering their time to our nation’s military. It’s also about sacrificing family, friends, relationships, and careers.

While not all of that sacrifice can be mitigated, an organization like Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve,  or ESGR, can help support service members and their employers with employment stability.

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Utah Education
10:55 am
Thu November 8, 2012

University Research Funding on the Decline in Utah

Credit FDA

In September, the National Science Foundation released a sobering report on research funding for public universities. Nearly every state in the nation faces declines in per-student research funding, and Utah is no exception.

UPR’s Ryan Cunningham spoke with Provost Raymond Coward of Utah State University to hear how his university is dealing with this nation-wide trend.

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Sports
11:41 am
Tue November 6, 2012

USU Women's Soccer to Face BYU in NCAA Tournament

The Utah State women’s soccer team captured the WAC championship for a second consecutive year on Sunday. After yet another gutsy defensive slog, the Aggies defeated No. 19 Denver to earn an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.

Aggies head coach Heather Cairns gives a lot of credit for the victory to the raucous home crowd in Logan.

"We were able to host on Sunday. We had over a thousand fans there. And the fans were just amazing. They really gave our girls that extra step."

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Utah Politics
3:02 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

RAPZ a Hot-Button Issue for Cache Voters

One penny for every ten dollars spent. That’s what Cache County needs from voters in order to continue the Recreation, Arts, Parks, and Zoos tax—better known as the RAPZ tax. The tax, which excludes food purchases, was approved by voters in 2002 and is now up for renewal.

Many officials and beneficiaries have argued for the tax, saying it has been a boon for the local economy. North Logan recreation coordinator Brett Daniels supports RAPZ funding.

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