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State officials say a new state prison is expected to be done by the end of 2020 as scheduled, but that inmates won't be moved there until the following year.

Officials said Friday during a Prison Development Commission hearing that it will take about six months to transition prisoners from the current facility in Draper to the new one about 25 miles north near the Salt Lake City International Airport.


Officials say they are temporarily closing the area surrounding Bridal Veil Falls in northern Utah to work on renovations.

Utah County Public Works Director Richard Nielson says the area will be closed for about eight weeks while workers remove two old tram structures located at the top and bottom of the waterfall and a burned-down restaurant.

The waterfall is a popular attraction at the Provo Canyon that draws in thousands of tourists. The project costs $1 million.


Brigham Young University officials say they've named a new dinosaur that they found hidden in Utah.

BYU professors have created a full picture of the sauropod from thousands of fossilized bones and published a paper Tuesday in the University of Michigan's Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology.


A representative from Rocky Mountain Power insists that rates for solar users must change and that the company is not antagonistic toward green energy providers.


A company with ties to a polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona border has agreed to pay $200,000 for pay back wages to children who picked pecans for long hours in the cold.


Western Democrats are pressuring President Donald Trump not to rescind land protections put in place by President Barack Obama, including for Utah's Bears Ears National Monument.

Outdoor Clothing Company Patagonia Visits USU Campus

Apr 12, 2017


If you’re walking around the campus of Utah State University Wednesday you may have noticed a funny looking vehicle parked on the Quad and lots of signs for the clothing company Patagonia. This promotional event comes on the heels of Patagonia’s recent withdrawal from the Outdoor Retailer Show typically hosted in Salt Lake City.


Officials say a timber harvesting operation has begun at Beaver Mountain in northern Utah.

On Monday, Kamas-based Thompson Logging Inc. began the estimated 36-month operation to harvest 320 acres (129.5 hectares) of timber. The company has a contract with the State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration that runs through 2019.


Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch has raised about $1.3 million in campaign donations in recent months as he prepares for a possible re-election run, something the long-serving Republican has opened the door to after pledging years ago that his current term would be his last.


Two Utah brothers who want Rep. Jason Chaffetz to investigate President Donald Trump's alleged conflicts of interest and ties to Russia are putting their request on a large billboard near the congressman's Utah office.


Prospective home-buyers in northern Utah are struggling amid a shortage of affordable housing in a situation that mirrors a nationwide trend.

Utah Joins Battle Against Seniors' Food Insecurity

Apr 11, 2017

More than 10 million Americans age 60 and older are at risk of hunger every day, according to the National Council on Aging.

Ginette Bott, chief development officer with the Utah Food Bank, said there are simple steps anyone can take to help people living on fixed incomes or with limited transportation options.

She notes it's important to put a spotlight on food insecurity among seniors.


After months of discourse surrounding mental health at Utah State University, the school will offer free mental health first aid training to Utah community leaders. 


Net metering allows Rocky Mountain Power to redistribute the unused kilowatt hours generated by homes that use solar panels to other customers. Owners of homes with solar panels receive a credit per kilowatt-hour of extra power.


Critics of President Donald Trump’s executive order repealing the Clean Power Plan are warning that the move will have terrible consequences for workers as well as Utah’s growing green energy sector.

With All This Rain, What's Next For Utah's Drought?

Apr 6, 2017
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  Utah has experienced a wet winter and now a wet spring. And all that water is contributing to pulling the state out of drought.

2011 was a record snowpack year in Utah. That was the last time we saw something like what we’re seeing now--a lot of snow that can sustain the state for years into the future.


Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order rolling back former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan. The CPP halted construction on new coal-fired power plants while closing hundreds of plants already in existence.



The chairman of Utah's Republican Party says attendees who booed Rep. Chris Stewart at the congressman's town hall last week are "thugs" who hijacked the meeting.

Evan Hall

Air Force ROTC students from Utah State University, the University of Utah, and Brigham Young University met in Logan on Saturday for the 10th annual Tri-Det competition.

Healthcare Rights Coalition

Thursday was the seventh anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. Patients and healthcare activists marked the occasion at the Utah State Capitol Rotunda protesting current efforts by Congressional Republicans to repeal and replace the law known as Obamacare.


On Tuesday, Gov. Gary Herbert announced the creation of a new grant program to help provide work-based learning programs for adults and students.

Travis Olds

Travis Olds grew up in a small mining town on the upper peninsula of Michigan.

Johnson Laments Tax Increases In Times Of Surplus

Mar 21, 2017

With the Utah legislative session in the books, the state is boasting an $88 million surplus and a rainy day fund of nearly a half a billion dollars. But in his op-ed piece in the Salt Lake Tribune, Jonathan Johnson, chairman of overstock.com, laments that the legislature still came up with at least 5 new ways to separate Utahans from more of their money.


Education advocates are raising concerns over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s judicial record on students with disabilities.


So far, Governor Herbert has signed 136 of the 535 total passed bills during the 2017 legislative session. One of those bills signed will gradually wind down the $2,000 tax credit that homeowners can receive when they install rooftop solar panels.