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5:04 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

The Morning Star Makes an Afternoon Appearance: See Venus During the Day on Monday

Photo of a lunar occulation of Venus from 2007. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap070620.html
Peter Heinzen Astronomy Picture of the Day from NASA

It's not unusual to sneak a peak of the planet Venus. Observers have been watching what appears to be a bright star shining in the east before sunrise for some time now, but on Monday, the moon and Venus will shine bright enough to be seen in daylight, but only if you know exactly where to look, says Patrick Wiggins, Utah's Solar System Ambassador for NASA.

On August 13, the moon will be easily spotted during the daytime and around 2:00 that afternoon you can look to the upper left of the moon, about 1/3 of the way up the western sky, to get a pretty good glimpse of Venus.

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Cedar City
4:21 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Lessons from the Utah Rural Summit

The Utah rural summit concludes today in Cedar City. UPR's Chris Holmes was there from opening to close and reports on highlights from the summit.

The keynote speaker on Thursday was Jack Shultz, author of the book The Seven and a Half Keys to Big Success in Small Towns. Key #1 according to Schultz is to have a "can do" attitude. In welcoming summit attendees, Southern Utah University President Dr. Michael T. Benson offered a local example: The Utah Shakespeare Festival.

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Utah News
3:53 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Is Utah's Drop in Foreclosure Rate Too Good to Be True?

The latest foreclosure numbers hitting Utah appear to be good news. The latest report by RealtyTrac shows the Beehive state dropped to 26th in the nation in filings, down 70 percent from one year ago. But as Jessica Gail reports, some experts worry the numbers may be short lived.

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Salt Lake City
4:50 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Salt Lake County D.A. Reflects on Impact of Sikh Temple Shooting

Sikh Temple in Salt Lake City

The impact of Sunday’s massacre at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin by a white supremacist hit especially hard for Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill. Gill says as an American citizen and a member of the Sikh faith himself, he is both outraged and saddened by the events that occurred. He says hate crimes not only affect the immediate victims but also those who belong to community.

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Cedar City
4:39 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

A Model City for the Utah Rural Summit

Today is the opening day of the 25th annual Utah Rural Summit, a 2-day seminar attended by leaders from Utah's non-Wasatch Front counties and cities. UPR's Chris Holmes sits down with Wes Curtis, Executive Director of Southern Utah University's Office of Regional Services, to talk about the summit his office is hosting and why Cedar City is a great place to hold this discussion.

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Logan
4:04 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Chinese Performance at Logan Tabernacle Culmination of a Summer of Cultural Exchange

Matteo

For the first time, a Chinese-themed concert will be performed as part of this summer's Logan Tabernacle Concert Series. In anticipation of their performance, some of the participants spoke with UPR's Kerry Bringhurst.

Eric Watterson is the Global Marketing Director at Icon Health & Fitness as well as a musician and composer. Eric Chipman is with the University of Utah's Confucius Institute and is a traditional Chinese instrumentalist. Both of these gentlemen became familiar with Chinese music while on a religious mission to Taiwain.

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Utah News
3:16 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Federal Rescue Efforts for Utah Ranchers Hurt by Drought

Coupled with the early and punishing fire season, this year's drought conditions have been especially hard on ranchers. Arthur Douglas, state director for USDA Farm Services, explains to UPR's Brianna Bodily how this drought is affecting the future of Utah's agriculture industries.
 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
3:00 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Think Obama Got the Message?

This message to President Obama in Western Colorado occupies an acre. Each letter is 30 feet from top to bottom and the entire message is about 360 feet long, equal to the height of a 36 story building.
http://protectflows.com/

When President Obama flew over Western Colorado yesterday on his way to Grand Junction in Air Force One, he was greeted by a giant message carved into a nearby field.

The message was designed by world-renowned crop artist Stan Herd and is a project of Protect the Flows, a coalition of more than 500 Western businesses that depend on the river. It occupies about one acre, each letter is 30 feet from top to bottom and the entire message is about 360 feet long, equal to the height of a 36 story building.

Utah News
6:02 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Giving Undocumented Immigrants a Fighting Chance through "Deferred Action"

More information on Deferred Action is at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Funded by a coalition of Utah interest groups, a series of free workshops will soon be offered for undocumented immigrants who qualify for deferred action.

Chris Keen, the Utah chapter chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, says the coalition aims to give undocumented immigrants a fighting chance to remain in the U.S.
 

Organizers aim to use the workshops to answer all questions about the forms and work out any difficulties.

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Richmond
5:26 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

50 Years After Northern Utah's Big Quake

Many of the town’s residences were damaged in the earthquake of 1962. This house lost several bricks, and must have received some interior damage, judging from the fact that many things have been moved out to the lawn.
Richmond Relic Hall, James and Drusilla Hendricks Camp, DUP

Later this month residents in the Northern Utah community of Richmond will gather to commemorate an earthquake that destroyed buildings and was felt in 6 states.

UPR's Kerry Bringhurst says residents who were alive at the time of the quake 50 years ago want those living in Richmond today to realize disasters can happen -- even in a small Utah town -- and to be prepared.

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