Tonight at the Republican National Convention, it will be Utah’s turn in the sun, even if there’s not much sun to be had in Tampa, Florida, with a storm making its way through the region. And it’s an especially meaningful year for the Utah GOP, as Mitt Romney, a longtime popular figure in the Beehive State and representative of the state’s dominant religion, will accept the party’s nomination for president. Jeff Robinson spoke with Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright, who joined him from the convention.
A new school year just got underway, but higher education experts say high school students should already be planning for next year. For the next six weeks, the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority will be traveling to high schools across the state, talking to students and parents about planning and paying for college.
If you or your children are in high school, Pamela Silberman, Director of Communications at the Utah System of Higher Education says it’s time to plan.
It’s a hot summer day in Salt Lake City and Amanda Baldwin is looking for some shade. The 21 year old and dozens of others have endured the noon day sun to walk around the track at Valley View State Park. They’re all participants in the Williams Syndrome Walk, an event designed to raise money for the Williams Syndrome Association, but most importantly it gives people like Amanda and their families a chance to connect.
Amanda's friend explains, "I think Amanda is the best, and kids with Williams syndrome are always generous and loving. Yeah, Williams syndrome is pretty tight."
Groups working to stop SkiLink, a proposed gondola from Canyons Resort in Park City to Solitude in Big Cottonwood Canyon are hoping to educate the public on what it could mean for Utah’s backcountry. Saturday, opponents invited the public on a hike to the site of the controversial project.
At 9:30 on Saturday morning a group of hikers is meeting at a trailhead just below the Solitude parking lot.
All but a handful of the nation's Fortune 500 companies now voluntarily include protections against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. That makes most major companies more inclusive than Utah. Here in the Beehive State a person can still lose his/her job for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered.
An average of 20 Utahns are hospitalized because of asthma attacks each week. Still, Kellie Baxter, spokeswoman for the Utah Department of Health’s asthma program, says the state is doing well compared to the rest of the country.
“Our adult asthma prevalence is similar to the U.S. asthma prevalence and our child is significantly lower.”
Utah fire officials say there is still plenty of time left this fire season for major wildfires. Jason Curry, spokesman for the Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands, says just this month, crews have been fighting fires started by lightning on a daily basis.
“We still have a few weeks here where conditions are still ripe. We have dry grasses and potential for dry lightning still exists and once you get dry lightning igniting a fire and then winds combined with that we have potential for some large fires.”
In mid August, Jessica Richards of Sandy made Utah History, at least in the world of pageantry. She represented Utah in Orlando at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, the little sister program to the Miss America Pageant.
"I felt so comfortable. It wasn't really a competition, it was just friendship."
Richards came home with $3,500 in scholarship money after winning the Talent and Evening Gown Preliminary Awards, and the Glenn S. Harmon Instrumentalist award.
Becky Pringle is the Secretary-Treasurer of the National Education Association, the largest education union in the country. She was also a classroom teacher for over 30 years. She talks with UPR's Kerry Bringhurst about the NEA & Parenting Magazine survey released just in time for back-to-school anxiety and excitement. Pringle has ideas about how parents can help children succeed during the school year.
From the West Desert to the Uinta Mountains, Utah is known for its diverse landscape as well as its extreme weather conditions. Some believe the weather will continue to see more and more variation, noting the severe fires seen across the West this summer. A new report released last week by the Utah Department of Health examines Utah’s changing climate and how it may be affecting those living in different parts of state.
“We are not really here to get involved in the scientific or political debate in regards to climate change," says Melanie Spencer, an Analyst for the Health Department’s Environmental Epidemiology program and one of the authors of the new report. She says the goal of the report is to be a preventative tool for the public.