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The Utah Avalanche Center has issued a high avalanche warning for the mountains of norther and central Utah, including the Bear River Range, the Western Uintas, the Wasatch Range, the Manti-Skyline plateau, and the mountains of southeast Idaho. 

The center says that natural and human triggered avalanches are now occurring on many steep slopes at the mid and upper elevations. Avalanches may be triggered by the flats below, and for this reason, the center recommends people to avoid being on or beneath steep mountain slopes.

The long-awaited first draft of the proposed Utah Public Lands Initiative, authored by congressional members Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz, is set for public release. The draft is already under fire from Utah’s tribal and green groups.


Supreme Court To Rule On Public Employee Unions

Jan 19, 2016

A Supreme Court case currently under consideration has renewed the debate surrounding collective bargaining rights of public employees. Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association will decide whether mandatory dues to public employee unions constitutes a violation of the First Amendment. 

3 Out Of 4 Suicides In Utah Are From Men

Jan 19, 2016


A study released from the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciencesindicates there has been a significant increase in the number of suicides among middle-aged, less-educated white Americans since 2000. That trend has unfortunately been consistent in Utah.



  Iron County deputies were summoned to Midvalley Estates, west of Enoch on a domestic disturbance call.  Additional calls to Iron County 9-1-1 indicated that the male suspect was outside the home threatening family members and brandishing a firearm.


Statewide positive reaction to the Utah Department of Transportation's Message Monday campaign has caused them to reach out to the public for more ideas. 

Rising Concerns For Rural Health Care

Jan 15, 2016

Rural hospital closures are on the rise in the U.S. Utah is in better standing than the rest of the country, but since it has a large rural population, this trend raises a flag of caution. 



Ammon Bundy is a rancher, a business owner, a father, the leader of the Oregon militia standoff and he’s a Mormon.

What About Sage Grouse Habitat Protection?

Jan 14, 2016

The Department of Interior announced a proposal in May to convert mining claims to protect the sage grouse population in the West. Already there are 165 million acres of sage grouse habitat set aside nationwide. The latest proposal would set aside an additional 10 million acres.


Critics of the armed takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon are contending that political rhetoric coming from Congress has worsened the situation.

Jen Rokala, executive director of the Center for Western Priorities, called on officials from all levels of government to condemn the armed occupation. She said that actions by certain politicians have only emboldened the occupiers.

Mining Companies Frustrated With BLM Proposal

Jan 12, 2016

The Department of Interior, along with the Bureau of Land Management, has proposed that 10 million acres of federal mining land be withdrawn in order to protect sage grouse populations. Critics allege that the measure is unnecessary and will not benefit the bird species.


Ammon Bundy, the leader of the Oregon militia standoff, said he was acting on an unofficial Mormon calling from God when he lead the allegedly illegal seizure of grazing land in Oregon.


On Tuesday, the Johnson for Governor campaign announced that it would not seek to gain access to the Republican Party ballot in 2016 through signature gathering. A press release from the campaign made it clear that the candidate, Jonathan Johnson, will focus his energies on securing GOP convention delegates.

Jennifer Pemberton

The end of 2015 saw the north arm of the Great Salt Lake dip down to its lowest recorded level. UPR’s Jennifer Pemberton tells us that depending on what happens this winter, the rest of the lake might get down there too.


The Utah Climate Center has created a model to predict inversion in northern Utah up to 30 days in the future.

“The model outputs not precisely how strong the inversion will be, but how likely,” said Simon Wang, assistant director of the Utah Climate Center.

Salt Lake City 5th Best In Job Analysis

Jan 5, 2016

The personal finance website, WalletHub, released an analysis of 2016’s best and worst cities to find a job, and Salt Lake City finished in the top 5. 

The Preservation Of A Utah Legacy

Jan 4, 2016
Evan Hall

On Monday, Governor Gary Herbert and other state leaders celebrated the centennial of Utah’s capitol building. Over 150,000 people visit the Utah capitol building each year. The nearly 10,000 pieces of art and other historical artifacts on display there have been maintained through the Capital Preservation Board since 1998. The board also organizes the thousands of events that happen at the capitol each year. 

Deseret News

Deseret News columnist Steve Eaton believes 2016 will be winning year.

Will Ending The Oil Export Ban Help Utah?

Dec 30, 2015

When the U.S. House and Senate passed the omnibus spending bill two weeks ago, they did more than just approve a five percent federal spending increase for 2016. Included in the legislation Congress passed was a provision that lifted a decades-old ban on exporting crude oil from the United States. Just how much that measure will help Utah’s oil drilling industry has yet to be seen.

New Changes For College Savings

Dec 30, 2015

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, student loan debt across the country is more than $1 trillion. The 529 Savings Plan is changing and could make college expenses more manageable.

Texting Drivers Pulled Over More In 2015

Dec 28, 2015

State data shows more people were stopped for texting, emailing or checking Facebook on their cellphones while behind the wheel on Utah’s highways. The data comes from a six-month snapshot of 2015.


Many of the problems about owning an electric vehicle deals with charging-station locations and the charge time. Utah isn’t leading the country in EV ownership, but it is growing. There’s approximately 2,100 registered EV’s in Utah.  

UDOT Launches New Technology on Snow Plows

Dec 23, 2015

The Utah Department of Transportation hopes to keep the public informed about snow removal through new GPS technology embedded in its smartphone app and online.


Christmas came early this year for participants of a non-profit outdoor adventures organization that provides persons with disabilities with adaptive equipment. 

Utah Gets Low Marks For Animal Protection

Dec 21, 2015

Last January, House Bill 97 banned Utah cities from creating a legislation that would outlaw certain breads of dogs. According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, there are still a lot of ways Utah can improve in protecting animals.

A report done by the ALDF shows Utah has some of the weakest animal-protection laws in the country. Utah ranks 47 out of 50 states.