Katherine Taylor

Twelfth Edition Of Popular Utah Geology Calendar Released

Nov 13, 2017
John Good/ Utah Geological Survey

Every year since 2007, the Utah Geological Survey has released a calendar featuring photos of Utah’s unique geologic wonders. Each image is captioned with an explanation of how the geologic phenomenon in the photo was formed.

“I am the third of four generations in my family to go into the Marine Corps. I am the first woman, first and only woman, to have served out of those four generations."

Dinosaur Zoo Comes To Cache Valley

Oct 30, 2017

Imagine having the chance to see a dinosaur in real life. A triceratops, let’s say. Six feet tall and 14 feet long with scaly skin and huge, blinking brown eyes looking right at you. Exactly as it would have looked millions of years ago, except that it’s a 100-pound puppet, and there’s a man inside.

In a special Halloween dataset, Google released a list of their most common costume-related searches, sorted by location. With help from two small humans wearing the top costumes of the year, UPR’s Katherine Taylor tells us which costumes we're all searching for.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Logan City Council announced their decision to give the Utah Festival Opera the $150,000 the opera has requested. However, the donation comes with strings attached. 

Utah Help For Puerto Rico

Carlos Nuñez was born and raised in Puerto Rico. In the days after Hurricane Maria, he received calls and messages telling him about the devastation of his home island.

On Sept. 27, officials from the United States and Mexico finalized Minute No. 323, an addition to the treaty that outlines how the two nations share water from the Colorado River.

On Tuesday, the the Salt Lake City Council unanimously decided to observe Indigenous Peoples Day in Salt Lake City on the second Monday of October. 

On Friday, Salt Lake City will hold its first Project Homeless Connect. Standing in the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced what the city plans to make an annual event.

During last week’s Logan City council meeting, Mayor Craig Petersen proposed a resolution to provide $150,000 in additional funding assistance to The Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre.

For 35 people arrested as part of Operation Rio Grande, a new specialty drug court is providing an alternative to the traditional court process.

As the issue of free speech on university campuses makes headlines in various forms, a northern Utah university is trying to start a conversation with its students.

The Utah-based health care provider Intermountain Healthcare announced last week that they plan to reduce opioid prescription by 40 percent by the end of 2018.

According to the Light Pollution Science and Technology Institute, about 80 percent of Americans can’t see the Milky Way from their homes anymore.

Elijah West was a big baby.

“I like to say it was twelve, but I think it was really 11.5, right?” he asked, turning to his mother Diana for confirmation.

Utah Shooting Ranges Offer Free Day With Firearm Purchase

Aug 14, 2017
Katherine Taylor

It’s August, and you know what that means: it’s National Crayon Collection Month. It’s also National Catfish Month, National Eye Exam Month, and National Golf Month.

Logan Mayoral Candidates Weigh In On Future For Downtown

Aug 7, 2017
Katherine Taylor

There are four candidates for mayor of Logan: Hayden Nielson, Holly Daines, Brian Seamons and Kyle Barney.

The candidates span a wide variety of ages and backgrounds.

Katherine Taylor

After protests from residents, plans to build a controversial 120-unit apartment complex in downtown Logan were ultimately canceled. 

Though the controversy surrounding the apartments has ended, the questions it raised remain: What exactly is in the plans for downtown Logan, and how will it be interpreted in the future? How will preservation and growth be balanced?

Utah Study Finds Mental Ways To Ease Physical Pain

Jul 26, 2017

A Utah-based study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine this month shows that mental treatment for physical pain may be more effective than we believe. Conducted by the University of Utah’s Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development, the study found significant reductions in pain using mindfulness or hypnotic interventions.

Utah Department of Human Services

When HB 239 passed in March, legislators understood that the sweeping changes to the juvenile justice system mandated by the bill wouldn’t take place overnight. As officials work toward implementation, public hearings explaining the changes have taken place throughout Utah.

Drag In Utah: A Portrait of Salt Lake City Drag Queens

Jul 13, 2017

In Salt Lake City, there's an active drag community. For local queens, watch parties for the cult classic television show "RuPaul's Drag Race" can be a first chance to perform — a sort of drag open mic night. For Salt Lake City queens Kay Bye and The Whore of '94, drag is self expression, defiance, and performance art, all wrapped up together in a pair of high heels and a wig. UPR's Katherine Taylor interviewed them as they put on their makeup before their performance that night. 

FBI.gov

In April of 2014, the Salt Lake City Police Department announced their “Code R Kit Project,” an effort to test the city’s more than 700 backlogged sexual assault kits.

Katherine Taylor

Logan Economic Development Director Kirk Jensen said he knows some downtown residents are opposed to the building of Garden Park Apartments.

Katherine Taylor / Utah State University

Heidi Rutchey, a northern Utah woman who was arrested in connection with the death of her two-year-old son more than three years ago, has pleaded guilty, but mentally ill to the charge of child abuse homicide. 

During her case, the defense said Rutchey7 was never returned to the Utah State Hospital, and was rather held in the Cache County Jail, where there's currently a shortage of nursing staff.

 

More than three years after her two-year-old son was found dead in her River Heights apartment, Heidi Rutchey has not yet been sentenced. 

Cache County Sheriff's Office

Nearly four years after being arrested in connection with her two-year-old son’s death, Heidi Rutchey’s mental state at the time of the incident remains undetermined; while attorneys work toward resolution, she will stay at the Utah State Hospital.

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