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After filing government paperwork and months of waiting, Southern Utah University has officially trademarked itself as the University of the Parks.

Jon Kovash


For the past six years, a Moab Restaurant owner has been running a mobile kitchen to feed wildlife firefighters in Utah and New Mexico. This week, he will be in Texas serving hot meals to flood victims. 


Immigrant advocates in Utah are vowing to fight back against President Donald Trump's push to rescind a government program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.

About 50 people gathered Tuesday on the steps of the state Capitol to protest the phasing out of President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that includes about 10,000 young immigrants in Utah.


Salt Lake City police have apologized after an officer handcuffed a hospital nurse for refusing a blood draw from an unconscious patient.


Utah air quality regulators have approved plans from a medical waste burning plant cited for toxic emissions in a neighborhood to relocate to a more rural part of the state.

Utah's Division of Air Quality on Friday approved a plan from Illinois-based Stericycle, Inc. to relocate its incinerator from North Salt Lake City to Tooele County and burn two and half times more medical waste each year.


Figures released by the state show 46 people were likely saved during the first six months of the year by police officers who gave them a drug called Naloxone, which reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

The overdose victims were saved as part of a state-funded pilot program aimed at reducing high rates of opioid death in Utah.

Music: 'The Prosthetic For The Brain'

Aug 31, 2017

Geezerfest is a summer music festival in Orem that reunites local bands. Alan Breese is the director of the event.


A new electric bus has been added to Zion National Park's transportation fleet as part of a three-month pilot program to determine the feasibility of electric shuttle buses.

The bus was added this month, with officials eyeing a looming overhaul of the park's busing system.


Water samples show an area of Utah Lake is contaminated with E.coli, adding to the lake's ongoing health concerns stemming from a harmful algal bloom.

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality said on Tuesday that elevated levels of E.coli were found in the Lindon Drain area and Sandy Beach. Representatives from the Utah County Health Department posted "caution" signs in the areas.


U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop says his 2018 re-election bid will be his last.

Bishop made the pledge not to seek another two-year term in the U.S. House on Friday while he held a town hall meeting in Layton.


A recent study conducted by the University of Utah offers new insights into what goes on when a romantic relationship is being questioned.

Nicole Heaps

The English Language Center in Logan has recently seen a 20% increase of students, mainly refugees, and its resources are growing thin.

My Discovery Destination

My Discovery Destination is a Cache Valley program that launched locally this summer, and, because of its success, will extend statewide this fall. The program lets families participate in activities in the community and to help encourage children discover who they are and what they can do.

Use Of Opioids Is A Growing Trend Among Young Teens

Aug 17, 2017

A new study found the death rate from drug overdoses among older U.S. teens has jumped 19 percent in one year and health officials are seeing a growing trend for opioid addiction in this age group.

Utah Public Radio’s Morning Edition host Kerry Bringhurst shared with me an experience she had as a mother of a son with special needs. She unexpectedly met another mother with a daughter who has the same rare developmental disorder known as Williams syndrome. As Kerry told her story, I couldn’t help but want to learn more about the syndrome and get to know the children their parents describe as being “built on love.”

STD Risks Growing Among Young Utah Adults

Aug 16, 2017

According to public health officials, Gonorrhea rates are increasing among young, sexually active Utahns.

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According to a study on Indeed.com, the annual income for artists in Utah is  $34,000, which is 40% less than the national average. But for Chuck Landvatter, an art teacher at Utah State University, pursuing art is something worth the limited income.


Summer poses a problem for school-aged children in regards to their food. Many school districts in Utah take part in a federally funded program that offers meals to kids struggling with summer hunger. 

Taking Over The World, One Ukulele At A Time

Aug 9, 2017
Nicole Heaps

The ukulele is an instrument with a sound recognizable in a lot of today's music.

Water Conservation: It All Starts With You

Aug 9, 2017

If you live in Utah, the Utah Division of Water Resources estimates you will use 240 gallons of water today.

Chris Holmes

SR-143 through Parowan Canyon is again closed to travel due to damage caused by flooding.  It’s the same stretch of road closed by the Brian Head fire earlier this summer.

Chris Holmes

Governor Gary Herbert and others used the 30th Annual Utah Rural Summit as a back drop to continue his 25,000 Jobs in Rural Utah Initiative.

Four suspects are in custody in Texas in the case of an armed robbery at a cash advance business on south Main Street in Cedar City back in mid-July.

Professional Cycling Team Shares Their Secret To Success

Aug 4, 2017
Tour of Utah

With love, laughter and plenty of jokes, one American-based cycling team said they have found the recipe for success by creating a family, rather than a team, atmosphere.

National Watermelon Day: What Makes It Unique?

Aug 3, 2017

Utah temperatures are to thank for the high-quality watermelon growth this year in Utah, according to Luke Petersen, a farmer for Petersen Family Farm.