June 2012 was the 4th warmest on record for the globe according to an analysis by the NOAA National Climatic Data Center. Warmer than normal temperatures were especially prevalent across the Northern Hemisphere, which, when analyzed separately, were the warmest June since records began in 1880.
UPR's Mackenzie Hamilton sat down with State Climatologist Dr. Robert Gillies to try to understand exactly what these June records say about the state of the climate here in Utah and around the world, starting by asking the obvious...
The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah says Utah schools aren’t doing enough to protect students’ privacy. Legal Director John Mejia says students who take the American Services Vocational Aptitude Battery or ASVAB exam are having their information released to the military without their parents’ knowledge:
“Currently the system is that the schools are the ones that elect how the information is given to the military, and we’re concerned that the parents don’t have the final say in that.”
This summer's unusually hot and dry weather means that fire is a disaster Utahns are becoming well acquainted with. Todd Crowl, a professor in Utah State University's Department of Watershed Sciences, says the changing climate combined with Utah's rapid increase in water consumption points to the immediate need for new water practices.
"All of that says we're going to have real serious issues and challenges in Utah as well as most of the West and event the Midwest in terms of future water, water availability, and water sustainability."
With the upcoming election less than 4 months away, candidates are going all out to raise as much money as they can. The sprint for monetary support is most prevalent in the race for Utah's new 4th congressional district.
Salt Lake City leaders got an update on jail overcrowding yesterday. Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder says for the first time in years the jail is not being faced with a population crisis. Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder will be the first to admit that Utah has seen its fair share of jail overcrowding.
“I used to see routinely editorial cartoons of police taking prisoners in the police car and walking out the other side. it was true.”
True until recently. Tuesday, Winder met with the Salt Lake City Council telling them for the first time since he took office in 2007, the Salt Lake County jail is not overcrowded.
“We have essentially eliminated our overcrowding problems through the opening of Oxbow and our other diversion programs.”
The FBI out of Denver confirms that Brian Joseph Heglin is a murder suspect out of Colorado Springs. Tuesday morning he was on the run and desperate. Around 3 a.m. the suspect jumped the fence at the St. George airport and attempted to commandeer an empty SkyWest airlines regional jet.
Brian Joseph Hedglin, 40, was on the run and suspected in the murder of his former girlfriend. Hedglin was a pilot for SkyWest airlines, on administrative leave after his arrest last week for stalking and harassing 39-year-old Christina Cornejo. Cornejo was found stabbed to death in her Colorado Springs apartment on Friday.
Hundreds of volunteers will form a human chain to move another 100,000 books to the new Uintah County library in Vernal. Money from mineral leases for oil and natural gas development in Utah paid for the new library. But Uintah County commissioner Darlene Burns said getting the books moved is requiring a different energy. About 300 volunteers handed book after book down the line Saturday to move the first 50,000. Burns said twice that many books will be moved in the next few weeks to complete the project.