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Several people have received a phone call where the caller identifies himself and Lt. Frank Rogers from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office. According to Sheriff’s Office, Frank Roger is not a real employee. 

Can Utah's Pacific Islander Community Influence Elections?

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Utah’s Pacific Islander community has historically had fairly low voter turnouts, but members of Utah Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Coalition, also known as UPI-CEC, hope to change that. The group held its first-ever Civic Engagement Town Hall event at the Salt Lake City Library on Saturday to encourage members of the demographic to vote.


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  Stan Albrecht has been Utah State University’s president for more than 11 years and announced his retirement in February. The USU Presidential Search Committee will wrap up its search for the university president in the coming weeks. Albrecht said he still has much to do before he officially retires.


Clean up continues in Panguitch. For the second time in less than two months, a rare tornado has touched down in Garfield County—the latest one, damaging businesses and homes in the heart of the county seat.

One-Year Anniversary For Sage Grouse Conservation

Sep 22, 2016

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's landmark decision not to list the greater sage grouse as an endangered species. The bird, known for its colorful mating dance, once numbered as many as 16 million, but has dropped to between 200,000 and 500,000.


This report is part of NPR and UPR’s National Engagement project focusing on the upcoming elections as it relates to economics.


Rob Pyne is now a legal resident of the U.S. But, for him and his wife Tammy Pyne, the job of obtaining legal status was a frustrating one to say the least.


Utah's Attorney General Sean Reyes, in lieu of a debate as his opponent Jon Harper dropped out of the race for the AG office (see story here), had the opportunity to answer questions from an audience at Dixie State University in St. George. 

Poll: Lee Leads Senate Race By 37 Percent

Sep 21, 2016

According to a Dan Jones and Associates poll released by UtahPolicy.com, Republican incumbent Sen. Mike Lee leads his Democratic Party challenger Misty Snow by 37 percent. The remaining 17 percent who were polled were split between those who are undecided and third party supporters.

Hatch Enlists VP Biden On Holt Imprisonment Case

Sep 21, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly agreed to petition Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to free Utahn Josh Holt from a prison after a June incarceration. Holt went to Venezuela to get married. His wife, Thamara Caleno, has also been locked up.


State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson is on what she calls a “listening tour” throughout Utah to hear from parents and educators. After making a stop on Friday in Logan, she said that many teachers have expressed concern over school infrastructure wearing thin.


Jon Harper says he will not be able to continue his Utah Attorney General campaign due to health reasons.

In a statement, Harper encouraged incumbent candidate Republican Sean Reyes to shut down what Harper called "the money mill" in the AG office that answers to the Republican Party and large donors. 

Aimee Cobabe



On a test track in Mendon, Utah, cars drive in a circle, stop at a crosswalk and start again. It’s not a very sexy scene, except for the fact that no one is driving the cars - they’re moving autonomously.


Ryan Wayne Milley went from perfect health to a painful death in fewer than 14 hours when he was 18 years old. The culprit was meningitis.


Protecting wetlands facing the dual threat of water scarcity and invasive species is a challenging task for land managers.  

Dani Hayes

A welfare check by the Cache County Sheriff’s Office turned deadly Monday after officers were forced to use lethal force.

Snail Insulin Picks Up Speed For Diabetic Community

Sep 19, 2016
Baldomero Olivera

Snails are certainly sluggish and may seem unassuming, but some possess a powerful weapon: insulin. And this insulin may provide a sweet development for the diabetic community. Insulin is a component of some snail venoms, and scientists have discovered the insulin from these slow-moving creatures could provide a framework for developing a faster-acting treatment to help control blood sugar levels in the human body.

USU Scientists Built Cameras For NASA's Latest Mission

Sep 9, 2016
Kyle Todecheene, The Utah Statesman

NASA launched a rocket Thursday night carrying cameras built by scientists at Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory. SDL employees and their families gathered to watch a live stream of the launch and celebrate four years of hard work.

  Linzy Brown was once a student at Utah State University, but after struggling with depression and falling behind in her classes, she was kicked out of school in April 2015.

Utahns Join In Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

Sep 8, 2016


A federal judge will make a decision Friday concerning a preliminary injunction on the continuing construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline after a lawsuit was brought against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers back in August. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe claims that the path of the pipeline threatens places and areas that are considered sacred.

More Cougars Can Be Hunted This Year, DWR Says

Sep 8, 2016

Utah wildlife officials will allow more cougars to be hunted this season due to an increase in the animal’s population and increased attacks on farm animals.


Researchers have come out with a new ranking of the 50 best college towns in America and collegerank.net says three Utah cities belong on the list.

The analysis leaves out large urban metropolitan cities, ranking only towns with a population of 200,000 or less. Logan hits the list at number 35. Provo is at 28 and Cedar City is number 20.


  A 72-year-old Sevier County man is lucky to be alive after a harrowing 6-day ordeal in the Southern Utah outback.


The man was hiking alone—not very wise, but he did one thing right, said Lieutenant Del Schlosser of the Iron County Sheriff’s Department. He told a friend where he was going and when he expected to be back.


Soon you may see a new TV advertisement from the Center for Western Priorities, a conservation policy organization, that will only play in a few western states for a very specific reason.

Utah Education PAC To Push For Tax Increase

Sep 7, 2016


A state income tax hike for education could soon be on the ballot in Utah. The political action committee,Education First Utah, is expected to release a proposal calling for a 7/8 of one percent increase of state income taxes. Gov. Gary Herbert argued that his track record on education spending shows that an income tax increase is unnecessary.


Scientists from the University of Utah will be studying the Salt Flats in Utah for the next two years. 

The Bonneville Salt Flats have attracted racers who want to break a land speed record for years. The texture and thickness of the salt is perfect for going fast—really fast.

But beyond just the racing, the area has one of the largest potash mines. Potash has a lot potassium and is sold as a fertilizer. The flats also offer a unique recreational area.