Utah News

Election 2012
2:09 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Debate: Ed Redd vs. Doug Thompson - Utah House

Wednesday night on UPR, we featured a debate between Republican Ed Redd and Democrat Doug Thompson. They’re vying for the Utah State House of Representatives' Fourth District, which serves a large portion of Logan. Moderator Mike Lyons put a lot of focus on education during Wednesday’s debate, which both candidates seem to agree is a major concern for voters. The two candidates, who are good friends, had similar views on issues such as emissions testing and school vouchers. But perhaps the candidates differed the most on the issue of public lands. 

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Utah Politics
4:04 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Romney Bus Tours Logan

Cheers erupted as one of the five official Mitt Romney campaign busses rolled into a Logan parking lot on Tuesday night.

Dozens of supporters ("We're here to support Romney and his campaign and what he stands for.") and a couple detractors ("Well, he's outsourcing. Maybe they should just outsource him.") were on-hand to get a glimpse inside the mobile campaign headquarters.

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Utah News
11:07 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Hyde Park Considering Beer Sales

On a typical day at the Hyde Park Maverick gas station, drivers are able to fuel up as other customers head for a fountain drink or a snack—but they can't buy beer. Why not? Well, that's a question Maverick is asking Hyde Park officials.

The Hyde Park Maverick, like most gas stations, would like to sell beer. The problem is, there's currently no city ordinance under which Maverick can be granted a license—meaning Maverick can't sell beer.

But that might soon change. A new alcohol ordinance has been proposed and is currently in the draft stages. Maverick is the lone licensee.

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5:39 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

General and Scholarly Interest in Mormons Growing in America

A national society focused on the philosophy and theology of Mormons will meet in Logan this weekend. Kerry Bringhurst speaks with Philip Barlow, Utah State University's Director of Religious Studies, about the increased interest in the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Utah Environment
2:49 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Prescribed Fires Planned for National Parks

Officials announced on Monday that five prescribed burns are planned this fall at the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. Public access to the monument may be restricted and smoke may be present, but no roads are expected to close. Those fires could start as soon as Saturday.

A separate series of prescribed fires was announced Tuesday for the Hells Hollow area, fourteen miles east of Logan. Those fires may occur anytime in October or November, depending on weather. No major road delays are expected.

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Grand Canyon
5:01 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

A Safer Year in Grand Canyon National Park

Jennifer Pemberton

The number of deaths at Grand Canyon National Park are down sharply in 2012. As the summer season wraps up, 8 people have died this year, compared with 21 last year - the highest figure in a decade.

The 10-year average is 13 deaths per year. Although the park sees some suicides each year, most deaths are accidental including falls, drownings, and heatstroke.

Dr. Tom Myers worked full time at the Grand Canyon clinic for 22 years. He says 90% of the deaths result from people "who overestimate their own ability and underestimate the canyon."

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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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