A recent assessment of Utah’s life sciences industry shows that it’s well ahead of the rest of the county. Suzanne Winters, Life Science Cluster Manager for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, says a consultant researched everything from workforce data to technical publications, and found that employment in Utah’s life sciences industry grew by nearly 26 percent from 2001 to 2010, compared to 8.4 percent nationally.
A group of community leaders from across the state will meet with stakeholders over the next several months to discuss the best methods of caring for the Jordan River. Laura Hanson, Executive Director of the Jordan River Commission, says the new partnership is important because such a large portion of the state has a stake in the future of the Jordan River.
Hanson says with so many cities connected to the river, issues like water quality and flooding are common. She says the meetings will provide government leaders with more guiding principles for best management practices:
New population projections released by Governor Gary Herbert’s office are showing slower growth than expected in Utah’s Washington County. The new growth projections for Washington County could mean a stop to planning for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline.
“It effectively means that the Lake Powell Pipeline is totally obsolete and unnecessary, and will save the tax payers billions of dollars over the long run for not building this project,” said Zachary Frankel, Utah Rivers Council Executive Director.
Salt Lake City is seeing a large number of Latino candidates running for seats in state legislative races. A total of 8 Latino candidates are running, and 6 of them are women. Charlotte Duren finds out what’s behind the push from the Latino community to get involved in local and statewide politics.
For the past year ‘PACE’ Latino, Salt Lake City’s Political Action and Civic Engagement for Latinos in Utah, has been working to get more Latinos involved in government and running for political positions.
Concerned with increasing levels of air pollution in the Uintah Basin, a coalition of public health and conservation groups is suing the Environmental Protection Agency.
Dr. Brian Munch, of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Climate and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, told UPR's Brianna Bodily that the complaint made asserts that for several years now dangerously high levels of ozone have been recorded in the Uintah Basin:
Last week the U.S. Departments of Interior and Energy announced 3 public land sites in Utah that could be used for large-scale solar energy projects, but that doesn't necessarily mean there will be any takers on development.
Milford Flats and the Escalante and Wah Wah Valleys have long been considered good potential areas for solar power, but Jim Byrne with the Western Grid Group says the lack of transmission capability and the uncertainty of whether customers would be willing to help pay to built it could be a problem for solar development in the state:
The bustle of the city, the roar of construction on the highway, and even your neighborhood can all become places of loud and annoying noises. For many, these loud sounds can be overwhelming. Sometimes, we just have to get away from it all. But many people are choosing to embrace the sound, or rather, the science of sound.
Thanksgiving Point recently opened up its newest exhibit, “The Science of Listening," which lets guests of all ages explore the physiological processes of hearing, speech and communication through fun and unique hands-on experiences.
During the early hours Monday morning members of the Iron County Sheriff's Office along with the DEA, Forest Service, and the Iron/Garfield County Narcotics Task Force, located and removed a number of marijuana plants located in a garden near Pinto, Utah, about 30 miles west of Cedar City.