Utah News

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A group from the University of Utah is raising concerns about a $10 million donation from the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.

They say in a letter released Tuesday that Koch donations are aimed at supporting academic work in line with their views, so accepting the money could make the university into a vehicle for political goals like climate change skepticism.


A panel of Utah lawmakers is recommending the Mormon church's top lobbyist take a new job overseeing the Legislature's office that drafts laws, gives legal advice and staffs committees.

A bipartisan group of a dozen lawmakers unanimously approved John Q. Cannon to take over the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel in September.


Candidates running for public office in Logan City will participate in a debate from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Logan Library in advance of the Aug. 15 primary election, where voters will narrow down the field of candidates for a new mayor and two new municipal council members.

The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio will host Thursday’s debate. UPR News Director and Morning Edition Host will moderate the debate. All four mayoral candidates and nine of the 10 city council candidates are expected to attend.

'Tour of Utah' Promoting Cycling Safety For Kids

Aug 2, 2017


Every morning Travis Hayes wakes up and goes to work. He works for United Healthcare, a company working to improve people’s lives and the health system. He also travels the country as a volunteer helping to promote healthy living.

Nicole Heaps

The Daughters of Utah Pioneers museum, located on Logan's Main Street, has showcased pioneer artifacts and portraits since 1928. It's currently working on digitizing their portrait collection, making it accessible online making it easier for people to find their ancestors.


Recently Jim Winder, Salt Lake County’s long-time sheriff, stepped down to become police chief in Moab. He talked to UPR's Jon Kovash about the tribulations of the department, which still has numerous vacancies to fill.


Utah's auditor says in a report that it appears the embattled former Salt Lake County recorder has not overseen his office's finances since 2014.

The report backs up an investigation last year that found Gary Ott had little overnight or involvement in his office's activities.


A ballot initiative campaign asking Utah voters in 2018 to raise income and sales taxes for schools has scaled back the proposal after state officials said it would generate more tax revenue than expected.

Our Schools Now originally proposed raising Utah's income tax and sales tax half a percentage point each.


A transgender patient is suing a Utah doctor who they say removed both of their ovaries after the two had discussed only removing one.

Lesley Ann Shaw filed a lawsuit July 21 in the 3rd District Court against Dr. Rixt Luikenaar for malpractice. The 37-year-old, who does not identify as male or female, went to the doctor after experiencing menstruation problems and pain for several weeks.


Following the recent shooting death of a Utah K-9, a woman donated $4,000 to the West Jordan Police Department to equip its police dogs with body armor.

84-year-old Alexandra Eframo says she was moved to make the donation after the July 6 death of Dingo, who was killed in the line of duty helping U.S. Marshals Service take a violent fugitive into custody.

Hailey Hendricks

In the suburbs of Lehi lies the Eisenhart residence where family and friends gather, but most importantly, where 23-year-old professional cyclist TJ Eisenhart’s childhood dreams became a reality.

Tour of Utah To Create Large Crowds In Towns Across Utah

Jul 28, 2017

The streets of Brigham City are lined with majestic sycamore trees, an arch proclaiming “Gateway to the World’s Greatest Wild Bird Refuge” and a historic downtown Main Street that visitors say is quite charming. Travelers passing through with the Tour of Utah will find restaurants and shops unique to the city.


One of the first buildings constructed in Logan was a performance hall, a place where people could gather after work and chores to enjoy family style entertainment and boost the economy.  According to the director of The Cache Valley Center of Arts, Wendi Hassan, that tradition continues today.  

And she has the numbers to prove it.


Friends say a Utah pilot killed with three others when a plane crashed on a highway also lost a brother to an aviation accident more than a decade ago.

Mormon bishop Steve Cottle says the family is experiencing a tragic rerun of Corry Clarke's 2002 death in a gyroplane.


Flooding in the Salt Lake Valley has closed a number of roads and shut down part of a commuter rail line.

The National Weather Service issued an urban and small stream flood advisory Wednesday for most of central Salt Lake County, including Salt Lake City, Sugarhouse, Murray, Millcreek, Holladay, Cottonwood West, Mount Olympus and Canyon Rim.

You may have heard or seen our announcement of an upcoming garden party and home tour to benefit UPR. Some of you have had questions about the location of the event, and why it is so special. Reporter Rhesa Ledbetter wondered as well, so she made a visit to meet the hosts of the party, Bruce Bugbee and his wife Diana West. 


U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is planning to headline a campaign rally to support a former Utah state legislator who is vying to replace Jason Chaffetz in Congress.

Chris Herrod's campaign announced Monday that Cruz will appear alongside Herrod at a rally Saturday in Lehi. Herrod was selected by about 800 members of Utah's GOP last month as their preferred candidate during a state convention.


Ute leaders say they're frustrated with Utah's treatment of their tribe and are demanding state officials deal with their government as a fellow sovereign nation.

Tribal leaders outline their concerns in a letter pulling out of Gov. Gary Hebert's annual Native American Summit.

Every year Utahns celebrate Pioneer Day with rodeos, parades and barbeques. This year, there’s an extra celebration in downtown St. George where the city is celebrating the reopening of a historic pioneer building, which used to be the Washington County’s Courthouse.

Celebrating Pioneers Day In An Artistic Way

Jul 21, 2017
Nicole Heaps

Little Bloomsbury Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Logan, Utah which focuses on providing hope for people in trying times through music, literature, magic and storytelling. 


In response to the Salt Lake County Recorder’s declining mental health, Utah state lawmakers are considering new procedures to remove local officials from office.


A report predicts an area between Salt Lake City and Provo could face major highway congestion, a lack of affordable housing options and an increase in poor air quality by 2050.

A planning group warned the Point of the Mountain Development Commission on Thursday that the area surrounding Utah's aging state prison would not draw in high-tech businesses and jobs if current trends, population growth and practices continue.


The sweeping red-rock vistas at Utah's Zion National Park are increasingly filled with a bumper crop of visitors.

Now park managers are weighing an unusual step to manage the tide: Requiring tourists to make RSVPs to get in.

The selection of food and drink served at Logan Regional Hospital is pretty typical—entrees, chips, yogurt, granola, chocolate milk and juice. But some things are gradually disappearing.

Utah is on its way to becoming the second state in the nation to be granted no-kill status in regards to how shelters handle their cat and dog population. The Best Friends Animal Society has organized a coalition, made up of more than 50 shelters in the state, to reach this goal by 2019.