Utah News

Utah News
3:25 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Moab's Pumpkin Chuckin' Throws A Curve

Moab's Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival
Youth Garden Project

Moab’s Youth Garden Project, a non-profit organization that serves the city’s children, is kicking off their 9th Annual Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival on the October 25.

Kristin Thomas, the program manager for the project, said there are various categories for competitors to enter. One entrant - from Lindon, UT - has people especially excited.

“The slingshot from Lindon, UT is going to be 10,000 pounds," Thomas said. "It’s a big machine. Supposedly they can shoot it up to 500 feet, potentially farther.

The team Thomas is referring to calls themselves the Smashing Heads but, in actuality, they are the employees of Universal Industrial Sales, Inc.

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Utah Environment
10:32 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Clean Air Battle Begins In DC Courtroom

The Uintah Basin is well-known for oil and gas development.

Utah found itself in the middle of a struggle between states, environmental advocates, energy companies and a federal regulatory agency on Tuesday  

Oral arguments were heard in the District of Columbia’s Circuit Court of Appeals, where environmentalists and clean-air advocates challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s ozone classification of Utah’s Uintah Basin.

The environmentalist advocates contend it is no coincidence that Uintah Basin is also home to oil and gas development and some of the worst air quality in the state, and the EPA’s designation is incorrect.

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Utah News
6:00 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Roy Shooting Thought To Be Suicide By Cop

Around 4 a.m. Tuesday, Roy City officers were dispatched to a home after a man threatening suicide called a help hotline, which contacted police.

Police engaged in a seven-hour standoff with the 35-year-old, according to Detective Matthew Gwynn with Roy City Police.

“After several hours of negotiation, the negotiation with our subject failed. There were shots fired and the subject is now deceased,” Gwynn said.

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Utah News
7:48 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Meteors Illuminate Monday Night's Dark Skies

If you’re on the hunt for entertainment or a romantic evening Monday night look no further than our own Utah night sky. The Orionid meteor shower is due to arrive late into the night through the early morning hours of Tuesday.

Meteors are space debris that upon entering our earth’s atmosphere begin to incinerate as they plummet, and often leave brilliant trails. In the case of the Orionid shower, the meteors are remnant debris of Halley’s Comet, which last visited our solar system in 1986.

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Utah Environment
6:20 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

On Patrol: Small Force Watches Over Deer Hunt

Each hunter in Utah is permitted one buck per hunting season.

Saturday saw the opening of rifle deer hunting season in Utah. The hunt has been a tradition for many families who take to the woods during the nine-day season with the goal of bringing home a prize buck.

Chris Schulze is a part of a force of conservation officers who have the responsibility to make sure hunting laws are obeyed. He is one of about two dozen who monitor the hunt for the entire state, in every county and corner of Utah. Often times, individual officers will patrol an area of many miles every day. Schulze, a second generation wildlife officer, is no exception.

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Utah News
6:12 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Climber Takes Fatal Fall In Zion National Park

A man died Sunday after falling from the Iron Messiah in Zion National Park.
Credit Bryan Bird, SuperTopo

A 47-year-old man died Sunday from injuries sustained after a fall in Zion National Park. Park officials say the man was from California. His identity is being withheld until his family is notified of his death.

The man was climbing the Iron Messiah, a technical climb, when he fell. According to park officials, the man’s climbing partner, a native of France, witnessed the fall.

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Utah Transportation
5:40 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Teens Miraculously Survive Canyon Crash Unscathed

Two teenagers survived plunging over 100 feet off a canyon road Sunday.

Two teenagers survived after their vehicle plunged 100-150 feet down a steep ravine in Salt Lake County this weekend.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said the 16-year-old boy driving the car took a curve too fast, and the vehicle plunged off the road around 10 p.m. on Sunday.

“They came around a corner just too quick, lost control, veered across the oncoming traffic lane, and then off the edge and down the embankment,” said Hoyal. “In the process of going down off the edge, they rolled several times then ultimately came to rest at the bottom of the ravine.”

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Utah News
6:58 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Gluten Intolerance Debunked, Gluten-Free Marketing Thrives

The 2014 National Gluten Free Expo was held in Salt Lake on Oct. 11.
Taylor Halversen

Peter Gibson, a professor of gastroenterology at Monash University in Australia, published research in 2011 that gave credence to the condition of non-celiac gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance. Gibson later conducted a more in-depth study on the effects of gluten on the digestive system. This study found no specific response to gluten in participants. In other words, there was no evidence to support gluten intolerance as a condition.

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Utah News
5:47 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

IT Industry Helping Utah's Declining Unemployment Numbers

Newly released figures show an encouraging picture for the unemployed in Utah. Officials have reported that the unemployment rate for the state is now at 3.5 percent. The amount of Utahns out of work experienced a slight decrease from August, and the state is tied for second lowest unemployment rate across the nation. Much of that growth in hiring has come from Utah’s Information Technology industry.

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Utah Crime and Courts
6:05 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Teen Boy Arrested In 2012 Murder Case

17-year-old boy arrested on murder charges in case of Anna Kasprzak's death.

An arrest has been made in conjunction with the murder of a 15-year old Utah girl that occurred over two years ago.

A teenage boy, whose name has not been released, was arrested in Grand Junction, Co. Thursday morning; however, authorities say the 17-year-old was a resident of Utah at the time of the murder.

Representatives of the District Attorney’s Office told media in a press conference Thursday afternoon that they have filed criminal charges against the juvenile.

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