Utah News

Utah News
7:15 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Despite Positive Economic Effects, Utah Last In Beer Consumption

Utah is last in the nation for beer consumption, despite positive economic effects of the industry.
Credit http://www.beerinstitute.org/

A new report released by the Beer Institute, the national beer industry representative, shows the growing economic impact beer brewing has on the state’s economy. According to the report, beer brings in a total of $179 million in local, state and federal taxes, with a total economic impact of over $1 billion.

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Utah News
7:07 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Cache Makers Club Sparks Student Creativity And Ingenuity

Students participating in the Cache Maker club's weekly activities.
Taylor Halversen

UPR reporter Taylor Halversen visited the Cache Makers 4-H club. The following is a report of the club including interviews with the co-founders and participating students.

Within a historic building on Logan’s Main Street, I descend the last set of stairs into the Cache Makers club weekly meeting space. The basement room seems to be made of dry-erase boards, covered in the ideas and scribbles of students.

Kids ages 9-15 are engaging computers which line the walls, designing creations to print on the club’s new 3D printer or testing their video game designs and robotic creations. The whirr of a laser wood cutter hums in the background as excited students chatter and stare at it expectantly. The environment is an atmosphere for creation.

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Utah News
7:05 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Logan Canyon Rescue Takes Criminal Turn

Rescue efforts in Logan Canyon took an unexpected turn Wednesday.
Credit www.fhwa.dot.gov

A rescue effort was underway Wednesday in Logan Canyon. Two women, who claim to have been stranded for multiple days in the canyon, contacted another hiker in the area around 10 a.m. who called for help.

Medical and search and rescue crews were dispatched to Logan Canyon where they assisted the 19- and 46-year-old women down the mountain. However, the case has taken a criminal turn since the rescue.

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Utah Environment
6:16 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

USDA Program Ushers In "New Era of Conservation"

Critical Conservation Areas designated with the Regional Conservation Partnership Program will result in more targeted conservation in areas of greater need.
Credit U.S. Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is changing the way the nation approaches conservation efforts.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced last week the creation of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which bridges the public and private sectors for conservation and will make available $1.2 billion for various conservation efforts across the country.

Vilsack spoke with UPR and said this new approach will focus on both local and regional conservation needs.

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Air Quality
9:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

BLM And USU Put Heads Together For Uintah Basin Ozone Problem

Air quality expert Seth Lyman explains how ozone forms in cold weather in the Uintah Basin.
Credit Jennifer Pemberton

On Friday, the Bureau of Land Management and Utah State University signed an agreement to share research on air quality in the Uintah Basin. UPR’s Jennifer Pemberton traveled to Vernal to see how this agreement might make life easier for researchers trying to understand the mystery of wintertime ozone in the rural West. 

Ozone is associated with summer air pollution in populated places. Today in northeastern Utah, even within the city limits of Vernal, the air is clean. But almost everything about air pollution here is backwards.

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Utah Health and Wellness
7:27 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

School Lunch Standard Supporters Refute Congressional Naysayers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack refutes members of congress who wish to do away with new school lunch standards.
Credit www.fns.usda.gov

Big voices in Washington have spoken out recently against members of Congress who wish to step back from changes made to school meal standards. Supporters of the new school lunch measures believe this criticism comes at a critical juncture, just as experts are beginning see the successes of the law.

At the time the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 passed, 1/3 of children in the United States were obese or at risk of being obese and 17 million were in food-insecure homes. As children consume 1/3 to 1/2 of daily calories at school, these meals were targeted as an opportunity to produce significant change in childhood health.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack spoke with UPR and said major strides have been taken over the last four years to make calories from school meals a healthy diet addition.  

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Utah News
6:29 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Minority Entrepreneurs Hit Marketplace Roadblocks

A new study shows that minority entrepreneurs have a more difficult time securing financing than their Caucasian counterparts.
Credit omwbe.wa.gov

Minority entrepreneurs in the U.S. who believe their road to success is more difficult than those of the racial majority may be right, according to new research.

A recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Research examines how racial minority entrepreneurs maneuver the marketplace and approach financial situations where there are restrictions.

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Utah News
6:02 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Utah Students Compete In National Spelling Bee

Three Utah students competed in the 87th annual national spelling bee this week.
Credit http://www.spellingbee.com/

281 Competitors representing all 50 states, U.S. districts and seven other countries including the Bahamas, China, Jamaica and Japan traveled to the nation’s capital this week to compete in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Three of the almost 300 spellers represent Utah at the bee. Mikayla J. Hall from Rocky Mountain Middle School in Heber City, Grange Monaco Simpson from Albert R. Lyman Middle School in Blanding, and Michael T. Jones representing Indian Hills Middle School in Sandy are competing in the 87th annual bee.

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Utah News
6:14 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

$25K Awarded To Local Education Program

A Cache Valley group was awarded 25,000 dollars which will go toward a tutoring program for underserved high school and elementary students.
Credit http://cachevolunteercenter.org/

A $25,000 grant was awarded to the Cache Valley Volunteer Center’s student academic mentoring program by State Farm Insurance on Wednesday in Logan.

Tyson Luthi, a local State Farm agent, presented the award.

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Utah Fire
10:31 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Red Flag Fire Warning Issued Wednesday For Southern Utah

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for portions of Washington County. Expected winds and low humidity could contribute to wildfire danger.

The alert is in effect Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for wind and low relative humidity. The area affected includes the southern half of Washington County including the areas around St. George. Nick Howell of the Bureau of Land Management suggests defensible space is a good place to start preparing for fire season.

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