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Tadd Truscott

Mosses thrive in some of the most extreme environments. Take, Syntrichia caninervis, a small desert moss found around the world from the Great Basin in the western United States to the Gobi Desert in China. Getting water is no easy task in these arid environments, but this moss’ efficient water collection system has those that discovered it in awe.

Eating Local: Convenience Of Community Gardens

Jun 13, 2016
Katie Peikes / UPR

Just like the Homer Dale Community Farm in southern Utah, many other Utah communities are establishing community gardens, but they're not living in a "food desert" like the Navajo Nation. Some cities are initiating these gardens simply because of the health benefits and togetherness it brings to a community. 

False Eyelashes Could Damage Your Eyes

Jun 10, 2016

Bree McCarver is a licensed cosmetologist with The Lash Studio in Logan. She said women come to her with false eyelash nightmares. For example, one client told McCarver someone who was not licensed through the state had actually plucked out the customer’s natural lashes.

Ground Squirrels in Boise Test Positive For Plague

Jun 10, 2016

For the second year in a row, Idaho health officials say tests on dead ground squirrels south of Boise have come back positive for plague.



There is a circular area where ground squirrels are infected. It's 45 miles south of Boise and the boundary extends over Interstate 48.

Morgan Pratt

A group of junior high and high school students participated in a flight camp this week through Utah State University's Aviation Technology Program at the Logan-Cache Airport. The participants had the chance to fly a plane even before some will be allowed to drive a car.


Next month, Utah’s latest Medicaid expansion plan will be submitted to the federal government for approval. The plan would cover between 9,000 to 11,000 people at the cost of $30 million to the state. A new report from Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute paints a concerning picture for the 19 states, including Utah, that have not expanded Medicaid.

18-Year-Old Millville Man Drowns in Cutler Dam Canal

Jun 8, 2016

 A Millville man drowned in Cutler Dam canal northwest of Logan Tuesday evening. Box Elder County Officials have identified him as 18-year-old Francisco Isreal Hilera. 


Cache County Sheriff's Office

The Logan City Police Department asked for the public’s help on Wednesday to identify a man who sent five packages to a high school student. The packages contained adult-oriented material and sexually explicit letters.

With the public’s help, police were able to identify Thomas Thackeray living at 690 South Riverwalk Parkway #206, Logan as the suspect. Police Chief Gary Jensen said he is appreciative to those who helped identify Thackeray, ultimately leading to his arrest and incarceration.

State of Utah Launches App to Address Teen Suicide

Jun 7, 2016


Utah is fifth in the nation for having the highest rate of teen suicide.

Pastor Carol Loftin’s of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Copperton, Utah, became involved in the crusade against teen suicide when she lost two youth from her own congregation to, as she calls it, death by suicide.

Salt Lake City Ranks Fourth Best City For Staycations

Jun 7, 2016

Although many Utahns leave the state for vacations during the summer, many choose to stay home for financial reasons, work obligation or simply not wanting the hassle of planning a trip. But staying home doesn’t necessarily mean summer will be boring, especially in Salt Lake City.

Democratic Senate Hopefuls Debate In Logan

Jun 6, 2016
Evan Hall

Democratic Party candidates seeking to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Lee met in Logan on Saturday to debate issues and strategies for giving the state its first Democratic Senator since 1977.


Intergenerational poverty is poverty which has been passed on from one generation to the next. In 2012, the Utah State Legislature passed the Intergenerational Poverty Mitigation Act. The act was passed to help children in the cycle of poverty and welfare dependency overcome barriers preventing stability and opportunity.

ARUP Laboratories

Everyone has battled an infection. The culprits are pathogenic microbes such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. These pathogens can give us illnesses ranging from a nagging cold to a life-threating Staph infection. Infectious diseases claim many lives, but are often treatable if a rapid and accurate diagnosis is made.

health.utah.gov/MedicaidExpansion/ / Utah Department of Health

The answer is probably no, unless you are one of the 40 Utahns who have officially weighed in on the expansion proposal, even though Utah’s Medicaid expansion comment period ends on Wednesday.

Herbert, Hatch Visit Bears Ears

Jun 3, 2016

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Sen. Orin Hatch made a visit to the Bears Ears area in southeastern Utah on Thursday.

The City of Logan has 29 registered parks and according to the Logan Parks and Recreation Department only two are accessible to dogs.



A Utah law, called the proximity to a community location provision, states businesses can’t sell liquor within 600 walking feet of any community location whether that’s a park, a school or a church. The only way a business can serve liquor within the area is if they get written permission from that governing authority, like the school board, city or the church involved.

Salt Lake City Ranks Best City To Find a Career

Jun 1, 2016

With college graduation season underway, a finance organization released a report listing the best and worst cities to start a career. 

Utah Dems Urge DNC To Eliminate Superdelegates

Jun 1, 2016

On Tuesday, the Utah Democratic Party’s Central Committee passed a resolution that calls on the national party to do away with superdelegates entirely. By a vote of 91 to 47 in favor, the state party sent a clear message that it was time to end the use of unpledged convention voters.

Aimee Cobabe

“Five Finger long boards, I started this… oh… probably about 4 years ago," Andy Giles said.

Giles’s garage is his workshop where he builds custom longboards.

FDA's New Labels Declaring Added Sugars Could Confuse Consumers

May 31, 2016


  The Food and Drug Administration has announced new rules for food labeling that will require companies to declare added sugars. Some nutritionists say this change could confuse consumers who are not educated about the differences between added sugars and natural sugars.

Mark Witton

A new horned dinosaur species was unearthed in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The dinosaur lived around 77 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period. The finding was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal, PLOS One. Eric Lund, lead author, said the dinosaur has some unique characteristics not seen in other horned species. In fact, the dinosaur’s name, Machairoceratops cronusi, is in reference to what many find to be its most distinguishing feature- bent ‘sword-like’ spikes.

LDS Church Involved in Liquor License DABC Decision

May 27, 2016
evenstevens.com / Even Stevens


Two businesses, one in Saint George and one in Logan, are applying for a permit to serve alcohol. Both have been told by state governing authorities that officials from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints must provide written approval before the licenses can be issued.


Utah is one of 11 states that joined a lawsuit against the Obama Administration in response to a federal mandate that allows school kids to enter the bathroom they associate with based on their gender identity.

Permaculture on Wild About Utah

May 27, 2016

  Have you ever looked at a healthy forest and wondered “how do those trees, shrubs, and smaller plants thrive without fertilizer inputs, pest control, consistent watering, tilling, thinning, and being overtaken by unwanted species?” Many in Utah, in striving for alternative ways to grow food and landscapes in general, are turning away from conventional practices and experimenting in a relatively new design process called “permaculture.”