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Thumbtack, a professional project provider website, released a survey discussing small business friendliness. 

The state of Utah ranked second in the nation as a great place to start a business. The report considered how easy it is for owners to start a small business and follow business regulations.

Kyle Strayer

A food truck, called Urban Greens Market, opened in Salt Lake City last week that provides fresh produce to residents who live in urban food deserts. Parts of Glendale and Poplar Grove in Salt Lake City are considered a food desert.

Concerns Raised Over Late Vote-By-Mail Ballots

Jun 27, 2016

Vince Wickwar, Chair of the Cache County Democratic Party, began having questions after hearing that some voters had yet to receive ballots. Only a few days remained until the Democratic Senate primary election.

Cowboys From Around The World Ride Bulls In Tuacahn

Jun 27, 2016
Diamond G Rodeos

There’s going to be a lot of dirt kicked around at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Ivins, Utah Friday and Saturday, but it won’t be because of any dancing—just a lot of bull riding.

“So you get people right on the front row with dirt down their shirts," said Cyndi W. Gilbert, vice president of Diamond G Rodeos. "So you get all of these people who are used to seeing opera and all of these high-end plays and they end up with bull riding.”

Memorials Matter: The Impressions History Leaves Behind

Jun 27, 2016

Let’s travel back to a day that will always be part of our national memory - May 10, 1869. It was a dream come true: a railroad connecting the East and West coasts. The horns and bells of the Jupiter and No. 119 locomotives bellowed as they chugged along the rickety tracks and came face-to-face at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. The crowd waited in anticipation for the last spike to be driven into the railroad tie, symbolizing completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad. Cheers filled the air as the maul hit the golden spike.

Groups Ask Feds To Investigate Utah-Funded Port

Jun 23, 2016

Several groups are calling on the federal government to investigate legal concerns surrounding SB 246, a Utah law that authorizes funding for a coal export terminal in Oakland, California. In a letter sent to the U.S. Department of Justice, environmental advocates claim that there are legal and ethical red-flags in the way the coal port was financed.

Justin Prather / Utah Public Radio


With little cloud cover, the afternoon heat warps the horizon at Willard Bay State Park. It’s 3 p.m. on a weekday, the south marina is busy with boaters.

Utah's 2nd Medical School Expected To Open In 2017

Jun 22, 2016
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nearly 80 percent of Utah's counties are facing a medical-professional shortage, making the state the third worst in the country for the doctor-to-patient ratio. The state’s second medical school will open in August 2017 in Ivins, Utah, with the hope to address the statistic.

About 100 Washington County homes were evacuated Tuesday night as the Saddle Wildfire burned threateningly close to the private properties. The federal government has recognized the fire as an emergency situation and is authorizing funds to help pay for firefighting efforts.

The Dalai Lama Comes To Utah For The First Time in 15 Years

Jun 22, 2016
Aimee Cobabe


The Dalai Lama shared a message of peace and compassion at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday.


Pitbull Owners Order Dog to Attack SLC Police Officer

Jun 21, 2016


Two men, ages 18 and 19, ordered their large Pitbull dog to attack a police officer Monday afternoon. The dog bit the officer, whose identity has not yet been released, when he investigated the threat.

Campaign Donation Questions Persist In GOP Race

Jun 21, 2016

With one week left in the race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, candidates Jonathan Johnson and incumbent Gov. Gary Herbert are once again both asking questions about the other’s fundraising strategies.


Polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs has fled home confinement in Salt Lake City after he was let out of jail pending trial on Charges in a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud scheme.

Herbert, Johnson Spar Over Campaign Donors

Jun 20, 2016

With the Republican Party gubernatorial primary approaching on June 28, incumbent Gov. Gary Herbert and challenger Jonathan Johnson have taken aim at each other’s campaign donation sources.

Herbert has come under criticism after a leaked recording featured the incumbent making promises to lobbyists who gave to his campaign, calling himself ‘Available Jones.’ 

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The number of visitors at Zion National Park has increased since 2012. The spike in visitors has led to overcrowding, said Alyssa Baltrus, Zion National Park chief of interpretation and visitor services.

Drone Danger Halts Three Utah Wildfire Extinguishing Operations

Jun 20, 2016


Aerial firefighting operations were grounded for several hours on Sunday at three of Utah’s wildfire locations due to a drone sighting. Drones have become such a problem in Utah that the Utah Legislature has passed a bill prohibiting unmanned aerial vehicles in active wildfire areas.


His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be in Utah on Tuesday to speak at the University of Utah and to meet with local leaders. UPR’s Aimee Cobabe speaks with one of the Dalai Lama’s U.S. doctors and host of Public Radio International’s medical program “Zorba on your Health,” Dr. Zorba Paster, about his personal experiences serving with the spiritual leader. 

Utah Legislature Mulling End-Of-Life Options

Jun 17, 2016

State legislators on Wednesday heard testimony from Dan Diaz on proposed legislation that would add taking lethal doses of medication to the end-of-life options for terminally-ill patients. Diaz was the husband of the late Brittany Maynard, who gained national recognition for moving to Oregon in 2014 in order to end her life after suffering from cancer.

Archaeologists Urge Obama to Protect Bears Ears

Jun 16, 2016

More than 700 archaeologists have signed a letter urging President Obama to protect the Bears Ears region in southeastern Utah.

Tour of Utah Meets in Zion National Park

Jun 15, 2016
Jonathan Devich / epicimages.us

The 2016 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah announced earlier this week the routes and stages of the 704-mile race that will take place August 1-7. This year is the centennial of the National Park Service and to celebrate, Zion National Park is teaming up with the Tour of Utah to show off the state’s iconic scenery.


Wildfire season in the west is in full swing, and Southern Utah’s latest blaze erupted in forest service land west of Cedar City, driven by stiff winds, and with more wind in the forecast, the fire is only expected to grow.

Herbert Responds To Orlando Shooting

Jun 15, 2016

Gov. Gary Herbert made a stop in Logan on Tuesday as part of his re-election campaign. The two-term Republican held an event at a local restaurant meet and speak with constituents on a variety of issues and had the chance to respond to the Sunday shooting at a night club in Orlando, Florida.


Alexander Vincent spent last summer biking with the nation’s first pedal-powered bike crew. The Utah Conservation Corps bike crew traveled on cargo bikes packed with everything they would need for eight days of camping.


On Friday, the Cache Employment Training Center held its sixth annual Bike with Brent, an event that raises money to support job and life-skills training for people with disabilities in Cache Valley.

Fighting Rural Brain Drain With Economic Growth

Jun 13, 2016

In May, eight businesses were approved for grant money as part of Utah’s Rural Fast Track grant program designed to grow businesses outside of urban areas. Linda Gillmor, the director of rural development at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, said that part of the reason for the grant program is to help local economies diversify as a way to help stop rural population drain.