Utah News

Southern Utah
2:43 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Almost a Year After Landslide, State Route 14 Construction Complete

Nearly a year after a massive landslide closed SR-14 east of Cedar City, construction on the Restore 14 Project is complete. State Route 14 will continue to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

UDOT announced that that Wednesday, September 26, would mark the final day of construction, although workers are still clearing equipment from the area and mopping up the operation.

On October 8 of last year a major landslide wiped out a 1,000-foot plus section of the critical connector between Interstate 15 and US Highway 89.

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Utah Women
2:10 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

USU Environmental Engineer Finalist for Women Tech Award

The Women Tech Award recognizes technology-focused women who are driving innovation, leading technology companies and are key contributors to the community.

Utah State University environmental engineering Ph.D student, Margie Borecki, is a finalist for the Women Tech Awards for academic excellence. Her goal to provide clean drinking water for the world along with her stellar GPA earned her spot among four other students. The Women Tech Awards are meant to create visibility and networking for women working or studying in the technology field. Thursday, 20 women from across the country will be awarded at the Fifth Annual Women Tech Awards.

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12:04 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Matheson Attacks Love’s Tax Record, Saratoga Springs Rallies In Support

The attacks between Utah Congressman Jim Matheson and opponent Mia Love continued Monday, with the incumbent holding a news conference to criticize the Saratoga Springs Mayor’s previous votes to raise taxes. But as Charlotte Duren reports, Love’s supporters held a rally the same day to blast what they call lies being generated by Matheson’s campaign about their city.

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11:56 am
Wed September 26, 2012

City of Parowan Sued by Former Chief of Police

A former Parowan police chief intends to sue the city claiming he was forced into retirement in 2011.

Preston Griffiths served as Parowan's chief of police for over 20 years. His sudden retirement came when Griffiths was charged with obstruction of justice and official misconduct after he shot and killed a Parowan resident's dog.

Griffiths initially denied shooting the dog, but later admitted to it.

In the notice of the claim, Griffiths says he shot the dog only after the dog attacked him. He does not give a reason for initially lying about the incident.

Utah News
11:31 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Cache Valley Food Pantry Nearing Completion of New Facility

When the new Cache Valley Food Pantry is completed, it will store a lot of food. Actually, it will store more than twice the amount of food the old Cache Valley Food Pantry could. Director Matt Whitaker says the extra space is desperately needed. 

"The facility we had was just too small. It didn't meet the needs of the clientele or the donors. And we couldn't properly store anything in the right place. We couldn't see what we had. We had no shelving whatsoever."

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Voter Information
3:42 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Get Out and (Register to) Vote! Tuesday is Voter Registration in Utah

Maryann Martindale is with the Alliance for a Better Utah. She says it's a challenge in any state where one political party has dominated the action for so long that no one is convinced their vote is needed. But she tells people a vote still plays an important role, even if their candidate isn't the one who prevails.

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Utah County
3:18 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Rescued Raptors Fly Free in Utah County

This past Saturday people gathered on the Squaw Peak Trail overlook high above Utah Valley to watch birds take flight. After counting to three, hawks and turkey vultures took off as members and volunteers of the Great Basin Wildlife Rescue threw once injured birds into the fresh fall air. 

The Great Basin Wildlife Rescue is a group of volunteers and licensed animal rescuers who rehabilitate and release injured birds back into the wild. 

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3:06 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Uintah County Prison Escapees Captured

Two state inmates who escaped from the Uintah County Jail last week using nothing more than a plastic butterknife, are back in custody this morning  in Nebraska.

According to Uintah County Undersheriff John Laursen, 31-year-old Dallas Derrick and 21-year-old Jason Braham were arrested Sunday morning after they were found walking away from a broken down car along the highway near Lancaster, Nebraska. Local law enforcement separated the pair and after hearing conflicting stories, Derrick admitted to being wanted for escape.

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3:45 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

150-Year Celebration of Union Pacific Railroad Comes to Utah

Union Pacific 844 at Painted Rocks, Nevada, on a run from Elko to Sparks, Nevada, September 15, 2009.
Wikimedia Commons

It was on July 1, 1862 that Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act, creating the original Union Pacific Railway Company. Today Union Pacific Railroad is part of a corporation, linking 23  states in the western 2/3 of the country with cars carrying freight including automobiles and fruits and vegetables.

To mark the 150 year celebration, Union Pacific is traveling a steam engine throughout the country. The next stop is Ogden, Utah, for a day-long display and train-town presentation.

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Utah News
2:54 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Utah Nabs Unlicensed Contractors in Multi-State Sting

This month, investigators posing as homeowners in Utah and seven other states got bids for construction and handyman services from people they found on the Internet as part of a sting to catch unlicensed contractors.

In just one week, 21 were cited in two Utah counties. Mark Steinagel, who heads the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, says it's a new approach for his agency, which typically stays busy responding to complaints about contractors.

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