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Southern Utah is known for its scenic byways, but a Tucson, Arizona man was not taking in the vistas when he led authorities on a multi-county high-speed chase that skirted though portions of Zion National Park Tuesday night.

The chase began in Kane County. Federal, state and local agencies assisted in the apprehension, including rangers from Zion National Park and a Utah Highway Patrol helicopter.

Healthcare Delays Impact Student Veterans

Apr 22, 2015

Recently released statistics show that the number of long-delayed medical appointments at Utah Veterans Affairs facilities has not changed. Since last summer, around 6,500 appointments at George E. Wahlen Medical Center in Salt Lake City alone failed to meet VA time goals. Veterans who are also students may find even more obstacles to receiving care.

Tony Flores, Program Coordinator at Utah State University’s Veterans Resource Office, said that college-related demands can often inhibit veterans from making appointments.

Woman looking stressed with piles of books, crumpled papers, and cups of coffee.
Doctor Tipster

A new study released by the mental health and wellness organization Lantern reveals that women in senior positions, such as CEO’s and board presidents, are 11 percent more stressed and 16 percent more anxious than their male counterparts.

Nibley City

6:25 update: Surrounding cities have made water available for Nibley residents. A full list can be found here.

4:45 p.m. update: Nibley City officials say they do not know when water will be safe for consumption. Officials earlier in the day had predicted the water would be ready to drink by Wednesday evening.

Original Content: Nibley City residents were ordered to stop using culinary water Wednesday afternoon. City officials said diesel fuel was discovered in the city’s spring after a resident reported the smell of fuel in the water. The water should not be used for any purpose, including eating, bathing, cooking or cleaning. Boiling the water will not remove the contaminants. Workers are currently flushing the system.

Lineup Announced For 2015 Twilight Concert Series

Apr 21, 2015
Twilight Concert Series

The 2015 Twilight Concert Series lineup was announced on Tuesday. The Salt Lake City summer series kicks off on Thursday, July 16 with alternative rock heavyweight Death Cab for Cutie, who released their eighth studio album “Kintsugi” earlier this year.

Utah's Population Growth Sparks Water Concerns

Apr 21, 2015

On Wednesday, Utah State University’s Quinney College of Natural Resources and Utah environmental groups will host a public meeting on water conservation in Cache Valley. The event will center on the Bear River Development Project which seeks to address Utah’s water supply concerns.

The Utah Division of Water Resources has already begun investigating potential reservoir sites. Marisa Egbert, project manager with the UDWR, said that keeping up with Utah’s growing water needs is about more than creating reservoirs.

cattle in field

Utah’s junior Congressman Chris Stewart and senior Senator Orrin Hatch have introduced legislation that could transform the way some cattle grazing allotments are managed, giving more autonomy to states.

The pilot program would allow states to enter into 20-year cooperative agreements with the Secretary of the Interior, granting them the ability to manage up to two federal grazing allotments or more.

Grazing levels on federally owned public lands in the West have been in decline over the last 50 years, and are now at the lowest levels ever seen.

Utah's Own Creating Member Chapters In Northern Utah

Apr 20, 2015

Utah's Own is an organization that helps producers of local goods markets their vegetables, preserves and even skin care products to consumers. Right now, Salt Lake City is the only chapter of the organization, but the program is hoping to expand.

Educators with The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food’s Utah’s Own program provide training to state producers who want to connect with consumers. They are targeting northern Utah food producers who want to market and sell their goods to independent retailers and at gardeners markets. On Friday they will be in Brigham City.

Man is hip-deep in snow, attempting to traverse a mountain with his horse.
International Movie Trailer Festival

Southern Utah University will premiere the original film "Back Up The Mountain" on Thursday, April 23. This docu-drama depicts the heroic story of the university's founding.

In 1897 the University of Utah chose Cedar City as the location for a branch campus in southern Utah. The citizens were overjoyed because they understood the impact of having a college campus in the community. They began classes that fall and, in the meantime, met in a church until the school building could be completed. However, when the school’s principal returned from a meeting in Salt Lake City on January 1, 1889 where he had spoken with the attorney general and school administrators, he had some bad news.


On March 27, a Utah State University fraternity voluntarily suspended itself and ceased operations in light of the arrest of a former chapter president on suspicion of sex abuse. Now, three weeks later, the chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha has resumed activities.

Current chapter president Alex Souvall talks about the steps the fraternity took during that three-week period.

NPR Founder Don Quayle Dies

Apr 17, 2015

Don Quayle, the first president of National Public Radio, passed away Friday at the age of 84. Quayle, an alumnus of Utah State University, helped establish NPR in 1970 and served as its president until 1973. He was also instrumental in building up KUSU, which would later become Utah Public Radio after affiliating with NPR.

In 2013, Quayle spoke to UPR about his beginnings in radio.

Queer Prom Marks Its 10th Year In Utah

Apr 17, 2015
Utah Pride Center

It’s prom season, and while many students are shopping for prom dresses or picking out tuxes for their school’s prom, others are getting ready for a dance geared especially toward LGBT youth.

“So many kids felt like they couldn’t go to their junior prom or their senior prom because they were gay or felt awkward, or didn’t really know where they fit in. And because of that, no one went and they felt left out,” said Sheila Raboy, director of operations at the Utah Pride Center. “This way, you’re giving the kids who would have stayed home from their prom the opportunity to go to one.”

You Mailed Them In, Now Where Is Your Tax Money Going?

Apr 17, 2015

Take a deep breath, because tax season is officially over. But it is also a good time to reflect on how your money was spent by our federal government, and why it doesn’t seem to change much from year to year.

If the taxpayers in Utah gave the federal government one dollar, a quarter of that dollar would go to national defense and healthcare respectively. Then another dime and a nickel would go to paying the interest on the national debt.


The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to hear arguments concerning President Obama’s immigration program this Friday. The multistate legal challenge, which includes Utah, could allow several million undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. temporarily. John Mejia, legal director with the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, said his organization believes President Obama is acting in the nation's best interest.

Concert Welcomes Music Lovers Of All Abilities

Apr 16, 2015
A child with a walker dressed in a Batman costume on a blue background with stars.
Kelly Smith

Thomas Jones is 22 years old, a budding composer and an opera connoisseur. His parents, Sean and Joanne, said he has listened to opera on Saturdays since he was old enough to turn the dial on the radio.

“You can sing him three or four measures of an aria and he can probably tell you what the aria is and which opera it was from and who wrote the opera. He knows his opera,” Joanne Jones said.

Nuclear Waste Public Comment Period Postponed

Apr 16, 2015

Gov. Gary Herbert and state environmental officials agreed Thursday to postpone public comment on a proposal to dispose nuclear waste in western Utah. EnergySolutions, who proposed to dispose of the waste, are asking for more time to respond to concerns after a report came out Monday highlighting areas that regulators say the company has not done enough to address.

Mark Walker, Vice President of Media Relations at EnergySolutions, said that a response from the company will help improve the public comment period once it resumes.


Law enforcement in Colorado have their counterparts in Utah to thank for bringing in two female fugitives from the Centennial State, but not before a short high-speed chase and crash in Iron County.


While the employment numbers for most of the state remain positive, the latest data from the Department of Workforce Services shows that lower oil prices are still having an economic impact on the Uintah Basin.

The Department’s Regional Economist Tyson Smith talked about unemployment claims in the region.

Bountiful: 400 North Bridge Closure Alt. Route

Apr 15, 2015

From the Utah Department of Transportation: The Utah Department of Transportation advises motorists that the I-15 South Davis improvements Project will begin reconstruction of the 400 North Bridge over I-15 in Bountiful this coming weekend. Work will begin with bridge demolition the night of April 18, with southbound I-15 closed at Legacy Parkway in Farmington, and northbound I-15 closed at the 400 North (exit 317) in Bountiful, at 11 p.m. On Sunday, April 19, at 11 a.m.


Kevin Worlton was recently fired as chief of police of Escalante City, and has been charged by the Utah State Attorney General’s Office with two felony and one misdemeanor counts of falsifying police reports.

Worlton was also served with a subpoena to appear as a prosecution witness in 10 pending felony drug cases in which he was the arresting officer. Worlton has filed an objection to the subpoena citing his rights and privileges against self-incrimination. The Situation leaves the prosecution of the cases virtually impossible.

The man who used to head the nation’s dam-building agency is now advocating for tearing them down. The Source’s Jennifer Pemberton talked to Dan Beard, author of Deadbeat Dams: Why We Should Abolish the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Tear Down Glen Canyon Dam.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has left an indelible mark on the West, helping homesteaders use the desert river systems to not only make themselves at home but also to create opportunity for their economic viability.


Law enforcement has confirmed that three people have been found dead inside a home that was destroyed by a fire late Monday night in Enoch.

The call came in just after 10 p.m. By the time fire crews reached the scene, the home was fully engulfed in flames. Authorities describe the victims as one male and two females. Identities have not been released.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway. Investigators did tell media that it was thought the fire began in the garage.

Many more questions remain as investigators sift through the ashes.

Jon Kovash

Moab’s Youth Rock Camp has more than doubled in size this year. Thirty students, aged 8 to 14, signed up; enough to form six bands. The rock camp was launched and is directed by Amy Stocks, a local musician and staffer at the teen center.

“The volunteers have really stepped up and really helped us out,” Stocks said. “We’ve got some amazing roadies. I think roadies are the answer to life’s problems.”

Once again, some of the best musicians in Moab have given a week of their time to coach promising young rock stars. They included guitarist Lisa Hathaway.


Speaking Monday to faculty and staff in the university’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Utah State University President Stan Albrecht and Provost Noelle Cockett encouraged college and department faculty to promote and market themselves and their product as professors to students, the public and lawmakers now in preparation for next year’s legislative session.

Nanocrystals May Change The Future Of Solar Power

Apr 13, 2015
Brigham Young University

New research from Brigham Young University could make solar panels more efficient in the future. To understand how this could happen, we’ll first need to understand how current solar panels work.

Solar panels absorb sunlight and convert it into electricity, but not all light carries the same amount of energy. Blues and greens, for example, have a higher energy wavelength than red.