Thursday morning, Gov. Gary Herbert addressed issues currently facing Utah.
In regards to the problematic Utah Transit Authority audit that came out earlier this week, Herbert said that it is for transparency and accountability that audits take place within the government.
“I’m just in the process of having my people review the audit. Our general councils review not only the audit on UTA, but also the 50-page response from UTA, and with a cursory view, it appears that a lot of these issues are old issues going back to 2009 and maybe even before that,” Herbert said. “I believe that the new leadership there in place now, has taken steps to correct those problems.”
The Great Salt Lake is only 2 1/2 feet from its all-time record low water level, which media reports was set over 50 years ago.
Low snow packs over the last few years are reported to have majorly contributed to water shortage in the area.
Wayne Wurtsbaugh, professor of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University said another factor creating the low levels in the lake is the diversion of water for agricultural, industrial and municipal use.
Tuesday a federal appeals court granted the state of Utah an extra month to file its appeal of a federal order that would require the state to recognize the nearly 1,300 same-sex couples married between December and January.
The new deadline for the state’s appeal to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is Oct. 22.
Iceland is known for its volcanic activity; however, it wasn’t until 2010, when an Icelandic eruption shut down air travel in Europe, that the whole world took notice. Now, another volcano is on the brink of eruption, but what may happen is still unclear. UPR spoke with Mary Hubbard, a Utah State University geologist who recently returned from Iceland, about the most recent volcano to make the news.
Southeastern Utah’s Horseshoe Canyon contains one of the most iconic rock art panels in the West. Now, new research from scientists at Utah State University suggests the life-size figures in the Great Gallery may be younger than previously thought.
Wild horse maintenance has been an inciting topic in Utah over the summer months. However, the issue extends beyond state borders with the role of state and federal governments in roundup efforts being debated nationally.
The Bureau of Land Management currently plans to roundup over 800 wild horses from federal lands in Wyoming.
With students returning to school this week and a subsequent increase in pedestrian traffic, Utah officials and safety organizations are urging drivers to be especially vigilant while on the road.
AAA Utah issued a statement this week encouraging people behind the wheel to particularly keep an eye out for child pedestrians and individuals riding bicycles. Spokeswoman Rolayne Fairclough with AAA said there is an increased threat on the road as children are traveling to and from school.
Listeners planning on driving though the Ogden area this weekend may want to give themselves a few extra minutes.
The ongoing Riverdale Road Project near Roy has reached its final stage of construction, and sections of I-15 will be closed to accommodate the installation of girders for the new interchange. Utah Department of Transportation’s Vic Saunders suggests planning ahead for your weekend travels.
A study released this week by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network claims three-quarters of all states are falling short in the fight against cancer.
How Do You Measure Up: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality looks at 12 state policy areas to see how focused states are in addressing cancer-related issues.