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Utah Governor Gary Herbert received a Valentine of a sort on Tuesday. Executives representing more than 30 outdoor recreation companies have signed a letter calling on Utah Governor Gary Herbert to defend public lands in the state, or they will urge the Outdoor Retailer Show to leave Utah.


The home-sharing platform Airbnb released data this week showing just how much money its service adds to the pockets of Utahns. The company, which bills itself as a community-driven hospitality platform, says approximately 246,000 people stayed at airbnb rentals in Utah in 2016, providing $35.6 million dollars in supplemental income to local residents.

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The Senate has voted down a bill that would require couples to pay $20 more to get a marriage license unless they take a six-hour course of marriage skills or undergo three hours of premarital counseling.

Chaffetz: Conway Comments 'Wrong, Wrong, Wrong'

Feb 10, 2017

Attendees packed the auditorium at Brighton High School Thursday evening demanding that Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz explain himself on matters from public lands to a potential ethics investigation into President Donald Trump.

National Weather Service

Weather officials are warning of warm weather causing rapid snowmelt and flooding in some parts of Utah, including issuing a 1st-stage emergency at Hyrum Dam.

Looking Into A Space Junkyard

Feb 10, 2017
Aimee Cobabe

In July of 2016, parts of a rocket body launched by the Chinese came down and entered Earth’s atmosphere above Utah and other western states.

It burned up and created a fire show seen by many across the state, either in person or on the news.

But after 60 years of us sending all sorts of things into space, not all of it has come down.


Our Schools Now Reaches Out To Legislature

Feb 9, 2017

State legislators heard the case Thursday from education advocates who could put an income tax hike on the ballot in 2018.


The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is offering public tours of its next big wild horse roundup in western Utah.

The BLM says it intends to start gathering between 600 and 700 mustangs this weekend in the Cedar Mountains about 40 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.


A renewable energy group says that the state of Utah now has more than 4,400 jobs in the solar industry.

The Solar Foundation says that ranks 14th in the country and seventh nationwide on a per capita basis.


Rep. Jason Chaffetz met with President on Tuesday in part to discuss the future of the Bears Ears National Monument. Chaffetz is an opponent of the monument and had worked alongside fellow Utah Rep. Rob Bishop to try and pass the Public Lands Initiative in Congress, decreasing the land available for the monument.


The Utah Department of Transportation advises motorists that US-89 through Logan Canyon will be closed to all through travel until Wednesday morning.

“Rhesa, I have cancer,” he said. Although there were indications it could be cancer, I never really thought those words would come out my dad’s mouth. Or maybe I was just living in denial that my dad only 61 years old could actually have cancer. I held back the tears. Many have lived through similar moments—all of us victims in some form or another of the terrible “C” word.

UPDATE: Expect Avalanche Danger To Increase Again

Feb 6, 2017


In effect from noon today to 6 a.m. MST Wednesday. For the mountains of Northern Utah and SE Idaho including the Wasatch, Western Uinta, Bear River, and Wellsville Ranges. The avalanche danger is HIGH. Rain, heavy snowfall, and strong winds are creating unstable snow at all elevations. Very dangerous avalanche conditions exist. Natural avalanches are likely. Stay off of and out from under slopes steeper than 30 degrees.

Trump Proposes Repeal Of Johnson Amendment

Feb 3, 2017

President Donald Trump’s promise at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast to repeal the Johnson Amendment has stirred critics who worry about blurring the lines between religion and politics. 

Justin Prather

Thursday the Clean Air Caucus, composed of Republicans and Democrats from Utah’s House and Senate, met to discuss statewide air quality concerns and legislation proposed to address the issue. 

The Utah State University Fee Board is now hearing proposals for a student fee increase for next year. Utah State student advocate vice president, Matthew Clewett, is part of the board that makes the final decision about fee increases.



Officials south of Salt Lake City say efforts to tackle the contentious political issues of drugs and overcrowding at the capital's homeless shelter appear to be pushing more people in need to Provo. 

Will Gorsuch Pick Up Where Scalia Left Off?

Feb 2, 2017

President Donald Trump’s nomination of federal judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is but the latest in a series of ongoing battles to fill top government positions.

In the month of January 2017 Box Elder County Sheriff has been called to the west desert five times for individuals lost, stuck or overdue. All have turned out as rescues in one form or another; however basic rules are being broken. Some individuals are going alone and most of them are going into areas where there is extremely unreliable cell phone service. The majority of these individuals have not notified anyone exactly where they are going to be and when to expect them home.


West Jordan Republican Rep. Ken Ivory wants to improve and expand telemedicine services in Utah. Telemedicine refers to doctors’ visits done via video conference or through other online technologies - and has been heralded as a way for rural communities to access quality healthcare. 


State Mail and Distribution Services provides mail delivery for state agencies, cities, and Special Service Districts from Ogden to Spanish Fork. Director of State Purchasing and General Services Kent Beers said that an audit of the SMDS was called for after a noticeable decline in the volume of delivered mail over the past few years.

Volunteers Maintain Winter Trails In Northern Utah

Jan 31, 2017
Aimee Cobabe

Northern Utah has received several feet of snow recently. Piles of powdered and packed snow can cause headaches. But for many outdoor enthusiasts, winter weather provides the perfect recipe for fun.


 A report out from companies SafeWise and High Speed Internet ranks the safest and most dangerous states for online dating.

There’s been a growing popularity of apps and websites to help people meet online. Like Tinder, Plenty of Fish, eHarmony, okcupid, match.com, the list goes on. But how safe is it to use these websites?



As Utah faces large increases in its public school enrollment over the next few years, legislators and other elected representatives are hoping to find sources of education funding that don’t require a raise in taxes.


Republican state House Speaker Greg Hughes opened the 2017 legislative session with calls to tackle homelessness and for President Donald Trump to stop the Bears Ears National Monument.