Utah News

Utah Education
3:48 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Post-Recession Enrollment Back Up at Southern Utah University

During the Great Recession Utah's institutions of higher learning generally saw significant increases as out-of-work individuals flocked to college campuses, and as students, unable to secure employment, decided to remain in school.

Southern Utah University was the exception, where enrollment dropped during the economic downturn, presumably as parents elected to save housing expenses by sending their students to commuter schools closer to home.

Utah Environment
2:16 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Concern and Celebration on the Colorado River

Latino leaders gathered last week in Yuma, Arizona, to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month—and to stress the importance of the Colorado River.

Two years ago, the Colorado's water use – by Utah, six other states and Mexico – officially outstripped its total annual flow. Experts say the river is slowly drying up, with a combination of over-consumption, drought and climate change. Sal Rivera of the group Nuestro Rio says the Colorado has been used for centuries by Latinos for farming and recreation, but they can no longer assume it will be around forever.

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Utah Transportation
12:49 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Before Winter, Brush Up on Those Driving Skills

The Utah roads will soon be icy and snowy, and it may be time to reevaluate your driving habits before you have to navigate them. AARP Utah offers a four-hour driver safety course for anyone who sits behind the wheel. Paulette Welch, the driver safety coordinator, says most older adults haven't received any driving instruction since they were teenagers – and a lot has changed since then.

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Southern Utah
3:07 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

More Charges Filed Against Fugitive Mountain Man in So. Utah

One of several photos taken by motion activated wildlife cameras capturing images of Troy James Knapp.
Iron County Sheriffs Office

Using fingerprints and photos taken by motion activated wildlife cameras, authorities identified Troy James Knapp, a 45-year-old burglary fugitive from California, as the man responsible for a string of mountain cabin burglaries in southern Utah.

Kane County filed charges against Knapp earlier this year. Now Iron County has issued charges of its own, including four felony counts of burglary.

Environment
2:51 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Retired Government Agent Stan Olmstead Calls BLM "Broken Agency"

After 20 years on the job, one federal employee decided to draw more attention to the way the Bureau of Land Management is run while on his way out. Stan Olmstead retired from the BLM’s Vernal Field Office last month, but before he did, he sent a memo out to his colleagues across the state, hoping to draw attention to what he calls a broken agency.

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Orem
2:39 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Fallen U.S. Border Patrol Agent Honored in Home State of Utah

Bagpipes began the services as the United States Border Patrol brought Nicholas Ivie's casket into the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University. Hundreds of law enforcement officials from Utah and Arizona, along with local government leaders, family and friends gathered to pay their respects.

Ivie's brother and fellow border patrol agent Joel Ivie told stories about when they were both teenagers growing up in Provo. He held back tears as he said goodbye one more time: "The death of Nick is painful for all of us, but he is in a good place."

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Arizona
3:15 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Japanese Tourist Missing in Grand Canyon

Authorities are still searching for Yoshikazu Yamada, last seen in Grand Canyon National Park on October 6.
NPS

Rangers in Grand Canyon National Park are searching for 76-year-old Yoshikazu Yamada, a Japanese national who was last seen waiting to get on a commercial tour bus near Bright Angel Lodge nearly a week ago.

Yamada had been traveling with a companion and failed to board the bus Saturday afternoon. His companion reported him missing.

Mr. Yamada is 5'6" tall, weights 150 lbs, and has grey hair, brown eyes and wears glasses. He was last seen wearing a grey short sleeve button down short, light brown photography vest, black tennis shoes, and a brown sun hat.

Election 2012
2:33 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Utah Gubernatorial Debate

Utah Public Radio and the state's public broadcasters bring you a debate between Utah's gubernatorial candidates, Gary Herbert (R) and Peter Cooke (D), from the KUED 7 studios, October 11, 2012.

UPR's broadcast of the debate is sponsored by AARP of Utah and the Department of Political Science at Utah State University.

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Election 2012
11:20 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Representative Rob Bishop Visits Utah State Campus

Rep. Rob Bishop speaks at Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State University on Oct. 11.
Credit RYAN CUNNINGHAM

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop visited the Utah State campus on Thursday. In an event sponsored by the USU College Republicans called "Pizza and Politics," Bishop spoke on several topics and took questions from the audience at Merrill-Cazier Library.

Bishop opened by bemoaning the lack of bipartisanship in Washington, but the tone turned contentious when one audience member questioned Bishop’s stance on the public lands debate.

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Sports
3:24 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Utah Valley University Moves to Western Athletic Conference for 2013

In 2009, Utah Valley University became a full member of Division I NCAA athletics. Now, just four years later, the Wolverines will be joining a new athletic conference.

UVU announced on Tuesday that the Orem, Utah, school will formally join the Western Athletic Conference in July of next year. UVU is currently a member of the Great West Conference, but with rival schools scattered across the country, traveling to more regional WAC schools promises to cut down on travel costs.

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