Utah News

St. George
4:41 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

St. George Hosts Memory Loss Awareness Conference for World Alzheimer's Action Day

Dr. Dustin Hammers is the keynote speaker at the Memory Loss Awareness Conference.
University of Utah

Saturday is World Alzheimer's Action Day. In Utah, caregivers will hear from experts at a free Memory Loss Awareness Conference and town hall meeting in St. George. They'll discuss research and therapy techniques for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

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Cedar City
4:24 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

SUU Science Center Honored by LEED for Sustainable Design

The Science Center at Southern Utah University, which opened last fall, was recently identified by LEED (the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Program) as one of superior design, construction, and performance with respect to green and environmentally-conscious objectives.

A unique feature of the center is its green roof where a greenhouse hosts many different kinds of plants. These capture rain water, reducing wasteful water runoff and help to keep the building cool.

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Utah Fire
1:38 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Target Shooters Involved in Fire on West Mountain

Firefighters are battling a wildfire on West Mountain started by target shooters over the weekend.  Officials say the 350-acre blaze  started Saturday evening on the west side of the mountain.

Spokesperson Cami Lee from the Bureau of Land Management says an observatory on top of the mountain was evacuated as a precaution, but no structures are threatened.

"As of last night, they had the fire 25% contained, and they're hoping to have it 100% contained this evening."

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Brigham City
6:35 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Brigham City in Free Speech Battle with Demonstrators

Signs along the sidewalks outside the Brigham City LDS temple indicate where protesting is allowed.
Ryan Cunningham

The newest LDS temple in Brigham City has drawn a lot of attention. It can be seen from afar as you enter the city in northern Utah. Its alabaster appearance draws your eye directly to a structure considered sacred by members of the LDS faith. Each day as many as 18,000 guests enter the doors during a public open house that concludes Saturday, giving those interested a rare opportunity to peek inside before the official dedication on September 23. At that time the doors will close to general entrants.

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5:43 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Poll Shows Bipartisan Support for Renewable Energy in Western States

There's strong support in Utah and 10 other western states for developing renewable energy on public lands - and ensuring at least some of the rents or royalties from developers are used locally for conservation and recreation purposes. That's according to a new bipartisan poll commissioned by the Wilderness Society.

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5:14 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

My Farm House: 12-year-old Girl Discusses Fracking at Her Front Door

Deborah Partin shares how fracking has affected her life on her farm.

12-year-old Deborah Partin lives in a historic farm house along route 260 in Monroe County bordering the Ohio River in southeastern Ohio. She lives there with her parents, Ruth and Mike, a few horses, chickens, goats, cats, and dogs. They grow berries and other crops on 205 acres of land.

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Southern Utah
5:48 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Missile Testing in Distant New Mexico Lights Up Southern Utah Skies

Southern Utah residents woke to an odd sighting in the eastern sky, but the source was actually over New Mexico and was visible throughout the American southwest.

To many southern Utah residents the odd, meteor-like flash, which left a corkscrew-shaped contrail, appeared to have contacted the ground very nearby, but according to Army Public Affairs it was actually a Pac-3 missile test at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

There have been 14 such tests at the New Mexico site since the early 1990s.

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Santa Clara
5:23 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Relief for Southern Utah Flood Victims

The weather forecast in Southern Utah calls for clearing skies. That's good news for folks in a community west of St. George.

About 30 homes and over a dozen businesses are cleaning up water, mud, and debris after the breach of a dike for retention pond in Santa Clara on Tuesday.

The pond was already filled to its brim with recent rainfall, softening the earthen structure. On Tuesday another downpour proved too much for the dike, sending a wall of water down Canyon View Drive.

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4:14 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Hear We Glow: The Race for Hearing is On

Poking your head inside the lily white building on the campus of Utah State University, you might hear something like this:

[beeps and tones]

--"Say the word fail"
--"Say the word south"
--"Say the word white"

No, you haven't stumbled upon an alien invasion or experimental mind control. What you just heard are two types of hearing tests conducted through USU's student academy of audiology.

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3:25 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Fracking Near Moab's Water Supply

February 2013 BLM oil and gas lease sale - parcels near Moab.
Canyonlands Watershed Council

The Bureau of Land Management is preparing for an auction of new oil and gas leases on 80,000 acres of BLM land in Southeast Utah. The leases have sparked concern about Moab’s sole source of drinking water.

Kiley Miller lives in a rural area south of Moab. When she looked at the BLM map of proposed leases, she realized that one of the parcels was right next door.

"My first thought was, well, if they’re going to be drilling for oil and gas up there, then our potential well could become contaminated, and then where would we be? And then I started thinking, well, if it’s on top of my watershed, then maybe it’s on top of Moab’s watershed."

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