The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for portions of Washington County. Expected winds and low humidity could contribute to wildfire danger.
The alert is in effect Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for wind and low relative humidity. The area affected includes the southern half of Washington County including the areas around St. George. Nick Howell of the Bureau of Land Management suggests defensible space is a good place to start preparing for fire season.
An individual who vandalized a historic rock art formation this weekend in Nine Mile Canyon has been identified according to Jerry Spangler, the executive director of the Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance.
Local property owners visited the site Sunday and found the initials "JMN" etched into the rock near a petroglyph of a pregnant buffalo.
Spangler said land owners and the alliance were able to track down the license plate number of a vehicle seen in the area and a description of the people inside. He said that information was turned over to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and has led to the identification of an 18-year-old West Valley man who has confessed to the defacing.
A system-wide investigation of Veterans Affairs has been underway since Sunday due to allegations of fake appointments, unofficial logs kept on the sly and appointments made without telling their patients. It is estimated up to 40 veterans have died in Phoenix awaiting care.
Former Utah Director of Veterans Affairs, Terry Schow, spoke with UPR last week and addressed the issue.
“The general consensus is once you’re in the VA, the care is quite good," he said. "The challenge becomes the delays. That’s the heart of this issue that is going on in Phoenix.”
GeoMetWatch is a Las Vegas-based company that collects and delivers weather information to forecasters. They began working with Utah State's Advanced Weather Systems Foundation and Space Dynamic's Lab in 2010. The groups collaborated to build and finance a satellite-based weather system.
The company is now suing the university, stating USU conspired with a private investor Alan Hall to steal trade secrets and drive them out of business. Hall is now president and CEO of USU's new partner company, Tempus Global Data, which was announced as the new partner in April, about same time USU severed ties with GeoMetWatch.
Utahns will have to wait for a decision by the state legislature on their healthcare options, but one Utah official says that waiting is not an option.
Democratic state party chair Peter Corroon says a special session of the legislature needs to be held so a decision can be made about Medicaid.
He said Utahns are giving their money to other states while the legislature takes its time.
“People think that if we do not take the federal money than we are saving money in our own pocket book but that is not the case,” Corroon said. “Case is that the money is going to other states and Utah is losing out.”
The U.S. Forest Service is reminding Utah residents to be careful and have fun this holiday weekend. Spokeswoman Kathy-Jo Pollock with Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest says Memorial Day weekend is the kick-off for the summer season and traditionally a very busy weekend at campgrounds and picnic areas in the National Forests across Utah.
"Most campgrounds are now open throughout the state," she notes in a press statement. "Some higher-elevation campgrounds, roads, and trails will remain closed due to snow and extremely wet muddy conditions."
Infections from catheters are responsible for nearly 100,000 deaths every year worldwide. A team from the University of Utah is working to eradicate the problem by developing a catheter that uses light to eliminate bacteria.
A team of bio-engineering and medical students won first place and $75,000 at the International Business Model Competition on Wednesday for their plan to eliminate infections associated with catheters.
Earthlings may finally get a glimpse of a meteor shower hundreds of years in the making on Friday, that’s if the comet called 209P/LINEAR left enough space dust in its trail to be visible in Earth’s night sky.
“If, 200 years ago when nobody knew it existed, it was a really active comet that threw off a bunch of stuff, we’re in for a great show. If, however, it was not an active comet, we may be just standing out there watching the sky and not seeing much,” said Utah's NASA Ambassador Patrick Wiggins.