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Utah Outdoors
12:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

LOTOJA Classic celebrates three decade anniversary

The LOTOJA starting line moments after being erected.

Preparations are underway for the famously strenuous cycling race known as LOTOJA as it celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend. Over one thousand cyclists are expected to participate.

LOTOJA, the 206-mile race (the longest one-day race in the nation) from Logan, Utah, to Jackson, Wyoming, is in its 30th year, but co-founder Jeff Keller says the race had humble beginnings.

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UPR Feature Story
7:33 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Porcupine Music Festival - Hairy, Friendly People in Northern Utah

Wade Evans messing around on the mandolin in preparation of the Porcupine Music Festival in Avon, UT.
Mackinzie Hamilton

15 miles south of Logan you’ll find a relatively unknown place called Avon, population 367. But this weekend the sleepy farming community will be a little more lively as visitors trickle in to attend the Porcupine Music Festival.

Tucked away in the Bear River Mountain Range, the town’s backdrop of sloping yellow fields and scattered red barns seems more suited for a period piece film. But to festival organizers Rich Macatee and Wade Evans the setting complement the event’s eclectic acts – reggae groups, funk bands with horn sections, folk, world music, singer/songwriters, a west African drum troupe, one year they even hosted a belly dancing troupe. In short, the festival is a celebration of music and community.

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Utah News
2:44 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Paul Ryan Makes Quick Stopover in Utah

Paul Ryan was in Provo on Wednesday during a brief trip to Utah.
Jessica Gail KCPW

Utah County is where Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan spent his afternoon Wednesday. The Wisconsin Congressman was in Utah to fundraise for the GOP ticket and although his time in the Beehive state was short, he still had time to squeeze in some time for a chat with some local boy scouts.

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Utah Politics
2:44 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Paul Ryan Makes Quick Stopover in Utah

Paul Ryan was in Provo on Wednesday during a brief trip to Utah.
Credit JESSICA GAIL / KCPW

Utah County is where Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan spent his afternoon Wednesday. The Wisconsin Congressman was in Utah to fundraise for the GOP ticket and although his time in the Beehive state was short, he still had time to squeeze in some time for a chat with some local boy scouts.

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Cedar City
11:18 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Homemade Instrument Causes Bomb Scare at Cedar City School

Cedar High School in Cedar City was on lock down for the better part of Wednesday after school officials found a suspicious item near the school’s entrance.

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Utah Politics
3:55 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Swallow Has Financial Edge in Attorney General Race

John Swallow

In the race for Utah Attorney General, John Swallow has jumped way ahead of Democratic rival Dee Smith in fundraising.

Swallow, the current Deputy Attorney General, has raised $1.23 million since shortly before he won the GOP nomination in June. In contrast, Weber County attorney Dee Smith has raised about $47,000 since mid-June.

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Voter Information
10:06 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Voter Registration in Utah - Everything You Need to Know

Utah finds itself near the bottom of the list when it comes to the proportion of citizens who register to vote and the proportion of registered voters who take the opportunity to cast their ballot. A few decades ago, the state was near the top when it came to voter registration and participation in elections. While experts consider why this change has occurred, the obvious remedy is to take action. 

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Utah News
4:15 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

It's Honey Month in the Beehive State

September is National Honey Month - and Utah beekeepers say it's been a year full of challenges, both for professionals and hobbyists.

The hot, dry weather has meant fewer and less healthy crops and flowers in some areas, which are necessary for the pollination process and as food the bees use to make honey. Steve Stoddard of Delta transports his bee colonies from California to South Dakota to pollinate crops. He says almost everywhere they went was drier than normal, and his home turf of west central Utah was the exception.

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Utah Wildlife
4:09 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Non-Lead Bullets Effective at Killing the Right Animals, Sparing the Wrong Ones

A Californian Condor in flight, photographed in Zion National Park
Phil Armitage

State wildlife officials will continue their efforts to get hunters in southern Utah to switch to non-lead ammunition with a demonstration Saturday in Kanab. The goal is to reduce lead poisoning in the endangered California Condor, which feeds on animal carcasses.

But Conservation Outreach Manager Lynn Chamberlain notes there have been challenges:

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Vernal
3:25 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Texting While Driving Proves Deadly in Uintah County

Texting while driving is being blamed for a crash that killed a 15-year-old boy over the weekend. Vernal Assistant Police Chief Keith Campbell says the accident happened Sunday night when a 28-year-old man drifted off the road, hitting the teen and his friend:

“There were some comments made by witnesses as well as the individual operating the vehicle that he was texting when he struck the boy. As a follow up to that we have his phone and it will be processed by the Rocky Mountain Computer Forensics lab.”

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