Utah News

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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UPR Feature Story
5:49 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Backpacks of School Supplies Help Logan's Refugees Go Back to School Prepared

A Burmese refugee inspects his new backpack filled with supplies just in time for school to start.

The giggles and shrills of thrill could not be contained as the 3 friends gathered under a tree trying to ward off the heat of the day. Wearing head coverings bedazzled by the bling of rhinestones in patterns of flowers and traditional designs.

Girl: "We're from Burma and our religion is Muslim."

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Salt Lake City
5:01 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

SLC's Vehicle Idling Ordinance One Year Later

It’s been almost a year since Salt Lake City passed an ordinance banning vehicle idling over 2 minutes. After some revisions were made to the plan during the last legislative session, the city’s parking enforcement personnel began implementing the new rule in the spring. But as Jessica Gail reports, only a half dozen citations have been written since then.

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Utah Religion
3:52 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Church Sues Brigham City over Free Speech Zones

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah filed a complaint on Tuesday with Brigham City on behalf of the Main Street Church, a non-denominational Christian church, claiming that their First Amendment rights have been illegally restricted.

The church, located in Brigham City, complains the city’s free speech zone ordinance places undue restrictions on their right to distribute religious literature outside the new LDS temple in Brigham.

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Salt Lake City
2:21 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Odyssey House Teams with Momentum Recycling

Salt Lake City’s Momentum Recycling has teamed up with the Odyssey House, a local nonprofit that helps people recover from substance abuse, to help staff its new glass recycling facility near the airport. The partnership will offer Odyssey’s clients a chance to get workforce training and build a resume. John Lair, President and CEO of Momentum Recycling says working at his plant can be dirty, hot, loud and sometimes smelly, but it’s a great opportunity for people trying to rebuild their lives. 

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