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President Barack Obama has designated two new national monuments in Utah and Nevada at sites that have become key flashpoints over public land in the U.S. West.

The announcement Wednesday marks the administration's latest move to protect environmentally sensitive areas in its final days.

Sage Grouse On List Of Top Species Priorities

Dec 28, 2016



The Endangered Species Coalition has released "Removing the Walls to Recovery: Top 10 Species Priorities for a New Administration." The greater sage-grouse, the centerpiece of an ongoing federal effort to conserve more than 60 million acres of western lands, made the list. Hailey Hawkins with the coalition says the iconic bird's populations have declined by 97 percent because of clear-cutting, and oil and gas development.



 New numbers show alcohol sales in Utah continued a two-decade climb this year, with the state liquor department reporting record sales of nearly $406 million.

The annual report from Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control released Tuesday shows total sales for the 2016 budget year were 7.8 percent higher than the previous year.

How Prepared Is Utah For A Medical Threat?

Dec 21, 2016

A report from the Trust for America’s Health finds the nation is often caught off guard when a new medical threat--like Ebola or Zika virus--emerges.

The report analyzed 10 indicators of whether a state was prepared for an outbreak or bioterrorist threat. 26 states only had 6 of the needed indicators. Utah had 7 including public health accreditation, adequate food safety and public health laboratories.

Quick response by Cedar City Fire Department minimized damage to a Cedar City business Monday. 

GOP Voters Overwhelmingly Support Renewable Energy

Dec 19, 2016
Public Opinion Strategies

A post-election survey found nearly 90 percent of all voters support more government action to speed up the shift to clean energy. Mark Pischea with Conservative Energy Network said that includes two-to-one support by conservatives. He said the Republican Party shouldn't ignore these results.


Final exams at Southern Utah University wrapped up last week. Students are now out for the break. But today, faculty and staff also got an unexpected day off.

According to a recent survey, Utahns are in favor of keeping the Electoral College. The poll, which was conducted by Dan Jones and Associates, found that 60 percent of Utahns are against abolishing the Electoral College while 37 percent are in favor.

'High Noon' At Bears Ears

Dec 15, 2016

As the nation enters the final month of President Barack Obama’s administration, Utah’s political leaders await the fate of the proposed Bears Ears national monument.

Studying Utah's Air Using TRAX

Dec 15, 2016


Logan Mitchell, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Utah, has been studying Salt Lake’s urban air, particularly levels of carbon dioxide, methane, ozone and particulate matter.

Juvenile Court Vacancy Short-List Announced

Dec 14, 2016

The Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice has released a list of finalists to fill a vacancy on the First District Juvenile Court. 

Heidi Snyder

A new plan is in the works for National Forests in Southeast Utah. It's been 31 years since the Forest Plans were last updated, and one of the bigger issues so far is grazing on public lands. 

John Glenn Remembered By Utah Astronomy Professor

Dec 12, 2016


John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth and was one of the stars of space exploration. Years later he served as a U.S. senator, but he still spoke at events regularly about physics and astronomy.


University of Utah Associate Professor Zheng Zheng saw Glenn speak when he was a doctoral student. He laughs as he tells the story of how he wasn’t sure who he was at first.


Senior Field Trips is inviting Utah seniors to attend the Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast of the Music and the Spoken Word this Sunday at the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City.


Garfield County prosecutors have named the suspect in the murder of a rehabilitation center employee on Tuesday, at the Turn-About Ranch, a facility for troubled teens near Escalante, Utah


Gov. Gary Herbert released his proposal for the 2018 fiscal year budget on Wednesday, dedicating most new revenue to public and higher education. The plan includes $260 million for public and higher education. Utah’s K-12 public education system is expected to take in over 10,000 new students in the near future. Herbert said that education remains the top priority of his administration.

Some details have emerged in the case of the murder of a rehabilitation center staff worker Tuesday in Garfield County.

Jeffrey Anderson, University of Utah

What does it mean to “feel the spirit?” To some, it may be in the form of physical sensations and emotions—perhaps, a sense of warmth, the presence of peace, tingling reminiscent of small jolts of electricity, or a state of euphoria. But, beyond the feelings, what is actually happening inside the body? A team of scientists wanted to know more, so they peered into the body’s “control center”—the brain.


With less than 50 days until the Utah State Legislature opens, Democratic state Rep. Joel Briscoe is preparing to unveil a plan that would introduce a state carbon tax.

A final version of the proposal has not been officially released as some of the details are still being worked out. Briscoe, who is a co-founder of the legislature’s Clean Air Caucus, said that, given the eventual rise in energy costs, it will be important to ensure that low-income Utahns won’t be burdened.


What happens in Salt Lake County when a big winter storm comes through? That’s the basic question Richard Medina, assistant geography professor at the University of Utah, is asking.

Making Sense Of White House Transitions

Dec 2, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump will have to fill 4,000 federal positions. The process can take up to a year. Planning the transition into the White House begins in May or June of an election year. With around 1,000 appointments requiring the approval of the Senate, the Trump White House might not be complete for weeks after Inauguration.


Three months after the Utah State University Student Association declared a “mental health crisis” at the university, Utah’s higher education governing board announced the formation of a working group on student mental health.


A Utah junior high student says an armed 15-year-old boy entered a science classroom and fired a shot into the ceiling before a woman grabbed the shotgun he held, threw it down and pulled him into a hallway.


The Utah Department of Commerce announced Wednesday that it has received reports about an online gifting scam that is tricking people into paying into a PayPal account. The scheme, going by the name of Blessing Loom, asks unsuspecting social media users to contribute money and then recruit two friends with the promise of receiving a large profit.

Aimee Cobabe

Utah state officials say final election results show this year's voter turnout was the highest in nearly three decades.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox said Monday at the canvass that 82 percent of active registered voters cast ballots in the November election.