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As wildfires rage in southern California, Thomas Cova, director of the Center for Natural and Technological Disasters at the University of Utah, said he finds the low number of fire related fatalities to be impressive.

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Trust lands make up about 6 percent of Utah’s land. One important distinction to make is that trust lands aren’t public lands. They don’t fall under the same usage guidelines. Instead, they’re managed to make money for Utah public institutions. Utah’s public school system holds 96 percent of all Utah trust lands. 

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Students and staff gathered around the new Life Science Building on Tuesday and signed their names on the last steel beam. It's located on Utah State University campus behind the Merrill-Cazier Library and next to the Biology and Natural Resources building.

January’s Utah legislative session will be the last for one northern Utah lawmaker. Republican Representative Ed Redd of Logan has announced he will not be seeking a fourth term.

Redd began serving in the Utah House of Representatives in 2013 and represents the fourth district. He is a member of the Health Reform Task Force and of the House Health and Human Services Committee. His assignments as a lawmaker also include serving on the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee.

Mining Companies Won't Be Required to Pay to Clean Up

Dec 13, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it's scrapping rules drafted during the Obama administration that require hard-rock mining companies to clean up their own messes. 

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Across the globe, women spend more time on average doing unpaid care work than men. This includes activities such as childcare, eldercare and house work. In the United States, the average of unpaid care work is nearly five hours a day for women and just more than three hours for men. In the state of Utah, the gap increases as women spend nearly six hours a day doing unpaid care work, compared to an average of three hours for Utah men.

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The National Chicken Council has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to grant increased line speeds to poultry processors. The current limit is 140 birds per minute, but the industry prefers 175 birds per minute, or about three per second. 

SITLA To Harvest Timber In Logan Canyon

Dec 11, 2017
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The Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration manages 2,964 acres of land in Logan Canyon. Recently, they’ve come under fire for their decision to harvest timber on just under 300 of those acres. That’s about half of a square mile.

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When plant ecologists are out for a walk, they see a puzzle. For almost 100 years, they’ve been trying to understand what governs the presence and abundance of a plant species in a community.  

Don't let the holiday cheer turn into misery. Experts say people should follow some safety tips to make sure their information stays secure. 

Leopold Conservation Award Winner Goes To Morgan Rancher

Dec 7, 2017
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The Leopold Conservation Award was given to a rancher from Morgan, Utah. The award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. Conservationist Aldo Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.”

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On Monday, President Donald Trump removed about two million acres from the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. While Utah politicians were happy with his decision, many environmental groups are pushing back. 

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On Monday, President Donald Trump removed about two million acres from the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. While environmental activists were angry about the decision, many local politicians are pleased.

GOP Tax Bill Lifts Burden From Farmers And Ranchers

Dec 6, 2017
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The GOP tax reform bill passed last week, continuing the debate among Democrats and Republicans on the feasibility of the tax overhaul. For a small population in America, the tax bill is beneficial.

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Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah is lashing out at former White House adviser Steve Bannon for his attack on Mitt Romney and the Mormon Church.

At a rally Tuesday for GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, Bannon called the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee a draft dodger who "hid behind" his religion. Romney received a draft deferment for missionary work in France during Vietnam.

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“Well, as we feared, Trump has cut out over two million acres,” said Scott Groene, the executive director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

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An amber alert has been issued in Utah for two girls whose father was arrested last week, more than two months after he disappeared with his four children.

The alert was issued Monday after sheriff's deputies in Utah's southwest Iron County raided a compound of a polygamist sect and found the girls' two brothers.

Behind The Scenes Of Logan's Parade Of Gingerbread Homes

Dec 1, 2017

When I decided my boyfriend Kenny and I should enter Logan’s Parade of Gingerbread Homes, neither of us had ever built a gingerbread house before. We had also never attended the Parade of Gingerbread homes. 

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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in Utah according to Utah’s Public Health Data Resource. Symptoms often do not appear until the disease is advanced and early detection of this cancer is difficult.

Representatives from 11 Utah counties calling for state control of federal lands are not sure what to expect when President Donald Trump visits Utah on Monday. County commissioners who are members of FIRM, the Foundation for Integrated Resource Management, say at the very least Trump’s planned visit to the state demonstrates his support of residents living in rural Utah.

$5 Million Donated To Hospital In Logan

Nov 29, 2017

Like many others, Richard and Jane Spillman have had loved ones diagnosed with cancer. They have seen the emotional and physical toll it takes on families and decided they wanted to help where they could. They decided to make a $5 million donation to the Intermountain Logan Regional Hospital to fund a caregiving team for cancer patients.

The cause of an early morning fire at a Logan home decorating store is being investigated. 

USDA To Spend $16.6 Million In Rural Utah

Nov 29, 2017
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing close to $17 million dollars for broadband infrastructure in rural Utah. Only nine percent of Utah’s population live outside of urban areas, but according to Randy Parker, the state Director of USDA rural development, that small number of people still need to be connected to the state and the rest of the world.

Utah Declared The Most Charitable State In The Nation

Nov 28, 2017
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Wallet Hub has published a data analysis that confirms Utah is the most charitable state in the U.S. To reach this conclusion the organization pulled data from a variety of sources including the U.S. Census Bureau and National Center for Charitable Statistics. 

Matika Wilbur is the photographer behind Project 562. When she came to Utah State University on Nov. 15, it was the 37th university she had spoken at that month. The project, named for the 562 federally recognized U.S. tribes she initially planned to visit, is dedicated to changing the way we see Native America.

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