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The Utah Climate Center has created a model to predict inversion in northern Utah up to 30 days in the future.

“The model outputs not precisely how strong the inversion will be, but how likely,” said Simon Wang, assistant director of the Utah Climate Center.

Salt Lake City 5th Best In Job Analysis

Jan 5, 2016

The personal finance website, WalletHub, released an analysis of 2016’s best and worst cities to find a job, and Salt Lake City finished in the top 5. 

The Preservation Of A Utah Legacy

Jan 4, 2016
Evan Hall

On Monday, Governor Gary Herbert and other state leaders celebrated the centennial of Utah’s capitol building. Over 150,000 people visit the Utah capitol building each year. The nearly 10,000 pieces of art and other historical artifacts on display there have been maintained through the Capital Preservation Board since 1998. The board also organizes the thousands of events that happen at the capitol each year. 

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Deseret News columnist Steve Eaton believes 2016 will be winning year.

Will Ending The Oil Export Ban Help Utah?

Dec 30, 2015

When the U.S. House and Senate passed the omnibus spending bill two weeks ago, they did more than just approve a five percent federal spending increase for 2016. Included in the legislation Congress passed was a provision that lifted a decades-old ban on exporting crude oil from the United States. Just how much that measure will help Utah’s oil drilling industry has yet to be seen.

New Changes For College Savings

Dec 30, 2015

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, student loan debt across the country is more than $1 trillion. The 529 Savings Plan is changing and could make college expenses more manageable.

Texting Drivers Pulled Over More In 2015

Dec 28, 2015

State data shows more people were stopped for texting, emailing or checking Facebook on their cellphones while behind the wheel on Utah’s highways. The data comes from a six-month snapshot of 2015.


Many of the problems about owning an electric vehicle deals with charging-station locations and the charge time. Utah isn’t leading the country in EV ownership, but it is growing. There’s approximately 2,100 registered EV’s in Utah.  

UDOT Launches New Technology on Snow Plows

Dec 23, 2015

The Utah Department of Transportation hopes to keep the public informed about snow removal through new GPS technology embedded in its smartphone app and online.


Christmas came early this year for participants of a non-profit outdoor adventures organization that provides persons with disabilities with adaptive equipment. 

Utah Gets Low Marks For Animal Protection

Dec 21, 2015

Last January, House Bill 97 banned Utah cities from creating a legislation that would outlaw certain breads of dogs. According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, there are still a lot of ways Utah can improve in protecting animals.

A report done by the ALDF shows Utah has some of the weakest animal-protection laws in the country. Utah ranks 47 out of 50 states.

Humanized Customer Service Tool Launched

Dec 18, 2015

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services launched a new customer service tool, and her name is Emma

Public Lands Commission Reviving Familiar Debate

Dec 17, 2015

The Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands immediately received criticism when it released a study a week ago detailing Utah’s legal basis for gaining control of local federal lands. Critics of the Commission’s recommendations made their doubts heard concerning the $14 million price tag if the state pursued the issue in federal court.

Persons With Disabilities Get a Second Life

Dec 17, 2015
Melissa Allison

It’s not every day that you get invited to go sailing on a yacht so when Evie Wolf, an avid sailor from Utah invited me out, I couldn’t resist.


The Trust for Americas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation held a health-briefing conference in South Korea Thursday morning. 

The report card for how well individual states scored on health priority was released.  The score is based on 10 indicators, which include vaccinations, syringe exchange programs, disease surveillance and food safety.

Utah did not fare very well according to the report, as given by Jeffery Levi, Executive Director for the TFAH.

Holiday Season Brings More Than Wanted

Dec 16, 2015

Viruses are in full throat as the holiday season approaches. Many wonder what to look for when that cough comes. So what spreads here in Utah?

“What you need to worry about are the seasonal strains of influenza.”

Dale Barnard, Research Associate Professor at the Veterinary Science of Bacteriology at Utah State University, says that influenza viruses are readily transmissible

Genetically Pure Bison Found In Utah

Dec 16, 2015

Researchers have confirmed that the Henry Mountains of southern Utah are home to a rare, genetically pure bison herd. The team included Utah State University scientists who analyzed tissue samples from the bison.

Dr. Johan du Toit, professor of ecology and large mammal conservation at USU, took part in the research. He said that the herd is even more unique than other populations of bison that have not interbred with cattle.

Traffic Accident Leads to Open-Fire in Lewiston

Dec 15, 2015
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There was an hour-long standoff Tuesday afternoon that resulted in open fire in Lewiston, Utah.

Officials say the incident began when a man barricaded himself in his car with a .40-caliber handgun after being in a car accident at milepost 44 on U.S. Highway 91 at 11 a.m.

Democrats Respond To Herbert's Education Plan

Dec 15, 2015

When Republican Gov. Gary Herbert rolled out his proposed state budget for the 2016 general legislative session, he made it clear that education was his top priority. One of the proposals is to put $422 million into the state’s public and higher education. State Democrats have issued their response to the Governor’s proposals.

Peter Corroon, Chair of the Utah Democratic Party, said that while the increased funding is a step in the right direction, problems still confront any attempt to spend more on education.

First Avalanche Warning This Season In Effect

Dec 14, 2015

An avalanche watch has been lifted for the Logan and Bear River Range in northern Utah. But the watch is still in effect for the Ogden, Salt Lake, Provo and the Manti Plateau areas.

Toby Weed, the Logan area avalanche forecaster for the Forest Service said the Logan area picked up a lot less snow than the rest of the state.  

Ogden Canyon Irrigation Pipeline to be Replaced

Dec 14, 2015

At the mouth of Ogden Canyon, on State Road 39, hangs a water siphon that serves 10,000 customers in the Ogden area. After years of providing water irrigation, the US. Bureau of Reclamation have determined that it’s time for an upgrade.  ​



Crews will be using cables to help with the installation of the new irrigation pipeline. It will replace the old pipeline, which has been operating since 1937.

“We actually have a 31-inch siphon that is suspended over the mouth of Ogden Canyon.”

Stand-Together Vigil at Logan Islamic Center

Dec 11, 2015

An estimated 150 people gathered at the Logan Islamic Center today to show their love and support for the Muslim Community on Friday in Logan.


Dr. Bonnie Glass-Coffin, who is the Interfaith Initiative director at USU, said the vigil was about uniting as a community.


Environmental groups want the federal government to require Utah to complete a plan to clean up dirty winter air by the summer of 2017, and not 18 months later as being proposed. 


Utah State University researcher, Melissa Haeffner will be joining 77 other women next  December in a research trip to Antarctica. The trip will be funded partially by the public through crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding is a way of getting money for a project via the internet by raising small amounts of money from lots of people.


Income tax revenues in the state of Utah are up. While that is an indicator more Utahns are participating in the job market, it may not reflect completely where and how they spend their money. The collection of sales tax is reported to be less than what was previously expected.

When it comes to sales tax, Gov. Gary Herbert said that online shopping has made collection more difficult. He said that Utah could be missing out on 75 percent of potential sales tax money.