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10:19 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Volunteers Essential to Monitoring Water Quality in Utah

Utah State Extension and the Utah Division of Water Quality are teaming up to monitor the waterways of Utah for pathogens. This research program has trained volunteers wading in streams taking samples as a part of a new program: Utah Water Watch

It's a warm summer, and many families, including Heather DeWitt's are traveling to watery destinations in the state. DeWitt is from Eagle Mountain and took her family to Bear Lake to enjoy the water. On the way, they stopped to wade in First Dam in Logan Canyon.  

"This is one of the areas we have our volunteers monitor," said Brian Green, program coordinator for the new state-wide volunteer project. "We were out here last week checking this area for e-coli and water temperature and p-H and such."

 The river passed on all accounts, and is safe for families. 

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11:52 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Man Arrested in Mesquite Burglaries

Mesquite, Nev. police officers have arrested a local man after months of investigation, gathering evidence, and talking with victims and witnesses in a string of burglaries that were committed throughout the city since the beginning of the year.

Wesley McClain, 24, of Mesquite was arrested on 10 counts of burglary and four counts of attempted burglary after detectives obtained and executed search warrants for his residence and vehicle.

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11:39 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Baboon Fire Explodes, Specialized Hog Farm Evacuated


The lightning caused Baboon fire quickly more than doubled in size to over 17,000 acres, prompting the evacuation of personnel from a portion of Utah's largest livestock complex. 

Thunderstorms sparked the blaze around noon Thursday. Another squall in the afternoon aided firefighters with higher humidity and spotty showers, but not before authorities called for the human evacuation of a portion of the expansive Circle 4 Hog Farm south of Milford. 

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Salt Lake City
10:48 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Sightseeing Bus Not Seeing Much Business

Salt Lake City has something in common with New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. As of this summer, it now has a tour bus to different sites around Utah's captiol city. Unfortunately, the engine for this idea isn't revving up very quickly. Last year Jerry Dolejs came to Utah for the first time. He brought with him a new idea: big bus. 

Sightseeing tour bus goes around the city in about 90 minutes, people can hop-on, hop-off.

Hop-on or hop-off at 19 stops like Temple Square, Hogle Zoo and City Creek all while learning the history of each location on the open-air bus. Dolejs operates a similar company in Victoria British Columbia but it was a woman from Midvale who gave him the idea to bring Big Bus to Salt Lake City. 

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Utah News
6:50 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

New Website is One-Stop-Shop for Living with Wildfires in Utah

The new website from USU extension is

Carolyn Washburn is a family educator with Utah State University Extension. She talked to Kerry Bringhurst the extension service's new website devoted to living with wildfires.

"Utah State University has always been concerned with helping families be prepared for all aspects of their lives. As the wildfire season hit so strongly this summer, we thought we wanted to put some materials together that could provide families and individuals with resources on how to prevent wildfires and ways to clean up after it."

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6:24 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

What the 4 H's Stand For and Why Utah has a Proud 4-H History: Interview ith Ross Jacobsen

Utah 4-H is holding a centennial celebration this week in Logan. Kerry Bringhurst speaks with Ross Jacobsen, who has dedicated 32 years of his career working with Utah State University as part of what has become the nation's largest youth development organization, 4-H.

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5:49 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Deadly Explosion at Utah's Adonis Bronze Foundry

A bronze statue of a fireman cast at Adonis Bronze by Ron Pekar. There was a deadly explosion at the foundry.
Adonis Bronze

One man is dead after an explosion at an Art Center in Alpine. Police say a door blew off its hinges after a worker used a steaming machine to melt wax off a bronze statue.

Emergency workers believe the steaming machine malfunctioned and caused the explosion that blew the door off its hinges. The door then hit the man in the head at Adonis Bronze.  Once emergency workers arrived, the man was pronounced dead on the scene. 

Three other workers were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.  Police are now investigating why the steaming machine blew up.

Cedar City
5:41 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Monsoon Puts Out Some Fires, While Accompanying Lightning Causes Others

Monsoonal flows helped firefighters in southern Utah gain the upper hand on wildfires last week, but the same summer weather phenomenon also brings lightning. It was only a matter of time before southern Utah felt the monsoon's double-edged sword.

There are a dozen or so small fires burning in the Arizona strip caused by lightning. the most threatening appears to be the Baboon Fire burning between Cedar City and Minersville.

The fire has burned 1,500 acres and is 0% contained.

Utah News
5:32 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

A Democrat Who Wants to Repeal the Health Care Reform Bill? Congressman Matheson Says Why

When Utah Congressman Jim Matheson cast his vote in favor of repealing the 2010 health care reform law Wednesday, he was one of only five Democrats in the House of Representatives to do so. The 6-term lawmaker opposed the bill when it passed out of Congress, but had also previously voted against repealing it once it became law. Jeff Robinson asked Matheson why he voted the way he did.

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Salt Lake City
6:13 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Second Lady Jill Biden Speaks from Experience to Utah Military Families

Second Lady Jill Biden at the Utah National Guard Air Base in Salt Lake City.

Several Utah military families were paid a visit last night from Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden.  Dr. Biden, a military mom herself, spent more than an hour speaking to a small crowd at the Utah National Guard Air Base in Salt Lake City.

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