I was sitting in my psychology class at Utah State University on Wednesday, scrolling through Facebook, when I saw an odd status from a friend.

“Stay safe out there friends, and avoid Waterman.”

I know every square inch of that street. I grew up not far from there.

I took to Google, assuming it was a stolen car, a police pursuit, or maybe a robbery — unfortunately standard stuff for San Bernardino.

I wish that is all it had been.

Utah Youth Media Program Recognized

Nov 30, 2015

In November First Lady Michelle Obama recognized several after school arts and humanities programs with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Award, including one from Utah.

Speaking at the award ceremony in Washington D.C.  Mrs. Obama told program organizers to keep shining a light on youth, saying these kids are the next generation of fabulous.


An increasing number of residents and public interest groups say Utah has essentially hijacked funds meant to alleviate the local impacts of oil and gas drilling.

Mature Americans Take To Tech

Nov 10, 2015

The Association of Mature American Citizens AMAC has released information to organization members showing older Americans are embracing all things digital faster than we think. The group is referring to a recent report from a content delivery network service provider Limelight that indicates among those spending time online 51 percent are between the ages of 51 to 69 years old.

The fifty-three million dollar loan was authorized by the Utah Permanent Community Impact Board or CIB. Aaron Paul is the staff attorney for the Grand Canyon Trust and he said that the CIB is acting outside of its jurisdiction by approving the loan. Paul said the board, under law, is supposed to use the funding for community improvement.

Senators Urge FTC Investigation of Saline Shortage

Nov 3, 2015

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators, recently wrote a letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging them to investigate a potential breach of antitrust law over the production of saline, which has been identified by the Food and Drug Administration on the nation’s drug shortage list since 2013.

Utah Schools Fight Chronic Absenteeism

Nov 2, 2015

Ron Tolman, Superintendent at Box Elder County is one of four Utah Superintendents to sign a “Call to Action” Pledge. Tolman believes being present in class is a top priority.

“There’s a direct correlation between student attendance and their performance and success in school. Those who are chronically absent, are those that we struggle helping succeed. Those that are here on a regular basis seem to do much better.”

Salt Lake Tribune

A non-profit organization has completed a study to help design how Utah should prepare for the future.  Envision Utah surveyed 53,000 residents about education, transportation, air quality, and urban development.

The survey asked residents to share opinions on 11 topics that should be addressed by the year 2050 to help create public policy as the state prepares for an estimated population increase.  Right now there are 3 million resident living here.  Within 35 years the number of people living here could nearly double.

Meet the Creative Minds Behind the "STD of the Sea"

Oct 27, 2015

UPR’s Jennifer Pemberton has been focused on invasive species for this month’s episode of The Source. Today, she brings us this story about the creative minds behind this summer’s most memorable public service announcement.

UDOT Continues Message Monday Campaign

Oct 26, 2015

  If you’re driving on the freeway on a Monday, you might catch a glimpse of a few distinct variable message signs (VMS) that have been comically altered to capture the attention of drivers.

Utah lawmakers are hoping to find a way to adjust federal law to allow for Utah’s institutions of higher education to research the health and economic aspects of cannabis or hemp products. 

Republican representative Gage Froerer told members of the health and human services committee this week that he is working with Utah’s Congressional delegation to encourage a change in Federal Drug Administration policy  that would allow researchers to move forward in determining the possible agricultural, medical, and economic uses of hemp and cannabis products.

If you drive down Hollow Road in Nibley, Utah, you will be hard-pressed to find a yard without a sign that reads “certified wildlife habitat.” That is because Nibley City is in the process of becoming Utah’s first certified wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation.


The announcement Friday by U.S. House Speaker John Boehner that he will retire in October could mean a delay in a possible shut down of the federal government. Predictions are that Congress will pass a CR [continuing resolution] as a stop-gap solution to keep funding the government into October.

Utahns Donate Milk During Hunger Action Month

Sep 23, 2015

It is estimated 1 in 6 children rely on food banks every year and at those food banks, milk is one of the most requested and least donated items, according to The Great American Milk Drive.

Bishop: F-35 Aircraft Good For Utah And Nation

Sep 18, 2015

 A Pentagon report released this week finds the latest F-35B aircraft may not be ready to replace outdated Marine Corps Aircraft.  Findings that the aircraft testing fell short comes just as air force officials in Utah are preparing for additional aircraft to arrive.

Rescue Efforts Resume to Locate Utah Flood Victims

Sep 16, 2015

  Rescue workers continue their search today for four people still missing after Monday evening's flash flooding along the Utah-Arizona border. Powerful flood waters washed away two vehicles carrying 16 women and children, killing 12 and leaving one missing. Three survived. And some 20 miles to the north at Zion National Park, a group of hikers got caught up in flooding caused by the same storm system. Four bodies have been found and three people are still missing.

New Money For Sage Grouse Conservation Announced

Sep 1, 2015

  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced a program on Thursday called Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0, in which he allocated $211 million for conservation efforts throughout the West. The initiative provides ranchers with resources to make conservation efforts on their own private land economically viable. The initiative is expected to conserve 8 million acres of land by 2018.

Terry Messmer, the director of the community-based conservation program, has been involved with Sage-Grouse conservation for over 20 years.  


Cache County Sheriff's Office

The owners of a Northern Utah bank robbed in July are offering a reward for information leading to the ultimate conviction of those involved.

The Cache County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the robbery that happened on July 28  at the Hyrum Wells Fargo Bank.


Investigators are still following up on numerous leads since the incident occurred.  Photos taken from bank surveillance cameras of the robbery suspect are being circulated.

Efforts under way in Montana to restore and protect habitat for sage grouse, a bird that faces a possible endangered species listing, could benefit Utah and other western states.

Jason Weller, chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, met with state officials and private landowners in Montana on Monday to announce a new agreement involving his agency, the state and other entities. Weller said it's aimed at expanding on already extensive conservation efforts on private lands.

  Educators from throughout the United States gathered last week in Utah for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year conference. Utahn, Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the National Education Association, was the keynote speaker during the “Transformers: Innovating Education” conference in Salt Lake City.

The water level at Lake Mead reached a record low on Wednesday, forcing federal water managers to guide the level back above a crucial drought trigger point. Special interest groups are asking political leaders to work together to find ways to better manage water challenges in the West.

Two Wildfires Near St. George Not Uncommon

Jun 18, 2015
Bureau of Land Management

Fire managers for the Bureau of Land Management in the Arizona Strip District, just south of St. George, are managing two wildfires. Residents can see and smell smoke but officials say the public is not in any danger. 

Both fires were started by lightning. The Wolf Hole fire is 10 miles south of St. George near Hodgets Canyon. The Sand Cove fire is 30 miles southwest of St. George in the Paiute Wilderness.

According to Rachel Carnahan, public affairs specialist for the BLM, it is not uncommon for lighting to be the cause of fires in remote areas of the west.

Bear River Celebration Teaches About Nature

Jun 12, 2015
Christopher Campbell

On Saturday, children painted fish with rubber stencils, made beavers out of rocks, and held a recycling basketball game where participants learned about recycling at the 14th annual Bear River Celebration — which highlights all the things that a healthy watershed provides.

Sam Saltern, who played the basketball game, stated why recycling is important.

“Because if you don’t recycle, the whole world would be garbage,” Saltern said.

Semi Full Of Ice Cream Crashes In Logan Canyon

Jun 10, 2015
Christopher Campbell

Workers for DD Towing and Recovery unloaded boxes of ice cream sandwiches from a semi truck lying upside down in the river just off the road in Logan canyon.

“If you don’t unload the truck, when you stand it up, the roof will cave in, and it will all go down the river,” said David Grange, co-owner of the towing company.

Though cars were stopped for one or two minutes at a time, State Highway Patrol trooper Phil Rawlinson moved them along without much congestion. He said when the accident happened, traffic was more backed up.

A movie that was made by Utah filmmakers comes out this Friday called “The Cokeville Miracle.” It’s about a bombing that occurred in an elementary school in 1986.

David and Doris Young carried several guns and a homemade bomb into an elementary school in Cokeville, Wyoming. They gathered all the children and teachers into one room and threatened to blow them up.

After the bomb exploded, the only people who died were the man and wife who brought it in. All the children and teachers escaped.