Utah News

Nephi
11:11 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Clay Springs Fire Communities to Hold Town Meetings

The Clay Springs fire in Millard County still burns, but had reached 48 percent containment  Sunday night.  The fire has destroyed one home and threatens 75 others, according to the Division of Natural Resources Press release. The fire is human caused, and under investigation, and has burned more than 93,000 acres.Monday evening there will be three Town Meetings to discuss fire safety in the communities near the fire. 
Town Meetings: 

  • Oak City 7 p.m.
  • Scipio: 7 p.m.
  • Holden 8:30 p.m.

 The Department of Natural Resources suggests people stay indoors in Nephi and other communities to avoid the smoke. Oak Canyon Road has been closed, and the communities currently affected by the Clay Springs Fire include: Mills/Levan, Scipio, Nephi, and Learnington.  

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Utah News
6:29 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Governor Leaves Fireworks Bans up to Cities

Utah Governor Gary Herbert says the state has done everything it can to ban fireworks in the most dangerous places. Now, he says it’s up to individual cities and citizens to take precautions to make sure this year’s fireworks season is a safe one.

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Logan
5:45 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Art in a Bag: A Safe Bet for Good Art & A Good Cause

Combining the talents of high school students, amateurs, and professional artists, Michael Bingham is spearheading a fundraiser in Northern Utah to send artists to school. UPR's Brianna Bodily sat down with Bingham to find out all about "Art in a Bag".

Michael Bingham, who is a local professional artist himself explains, "This event, Art in Bag, is a whole bunch of little paintings, they're 5 x 7 inches. You pay $10 for one bag or 3 for $25."

The value of many of the paintings is between $200 - $400.

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Utah News
4:42 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Strong Reactions to Supreme Court Ruling Heard Around the State

Reactions to the Supreme Court's decision regarding national health care reform vary. During UPR's Access Utah broadcast Thursday morning, guests were asked to give their reaction to the decision, less than an hour after the announcement, and by mid-day Utah's high-level politicians had released their statements.

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Utah News
4:04 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Disaster Distress Hotline Open for Those Affected by Utah Wildfires

Disaster Distress Hotline available for those affected by Utah wildfires
http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/

Besides dominating the news over the past 2 weeks, the wildfires that are consuming thousands of acres across the state are taking their toll on Utahns' mental health. When confronted with natural disaster and personal tragedy, a range of stress, anxiety, and depression are common.

The national Disaster Distress Helpline is available to provide counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the wildfires in Utah.

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Cedar City
3:37 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

New Harmony Fire Closes I-15, Forces Evacuation of People and Animals

A wildfire near New Harmony, south of Cedar City, has destroyed 1 home so far and 7 other structures, forced the evacuation of about 40 homes, numerous farm animals, and led to the closure of I-15 between Cedar City and St. George.

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Logan
6:12 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

How to be an Amazing Grandparent: Learn Some Magic

www.hatchacademy.com

Richard Hatch teaches magic classes during the  Cache Valley Summer Citizens program. UPR's Brianna Bodily sat in on one of Hatch's classes called "Magic 201: How to be an Amazing Audience."

At the beginning of the class, the students raise their right hands and pledge: "I promise not to expose the secrets of magic."

In addition to teaching magic tricks in his classes, Hatch also talks about the science of deception:

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Salt Lake City
5:02 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Utah Supreme Court to Decide if Move to Amend Gets on SLC Ballot

"America is not for sale" poster at Salt Lake City Move to Amend rally.
MovetoAmend.org

Organizers of the anti-corporate personhood Move to Amend initiative have taken their request to get on the ballot in Salt Lake City this year to the Utah Supreme Court.

Despite having more than enough signatures, the city recorder’s office rejected the initiative, because state law doesn’t allow for local initiatives that don’t create actual legislation to appear on the ballot. The city council had planned to circumvent that law by voting to place the initiative on the ballot directly, but Utah code apparently doesn’t allow that, either.

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Cedar City
4:46 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Extreme Fire Danger: When Things that Don't Normally Start Fires Start Fires

One can scarcely venture outdoors from one end of the state to another without detecting the haze and scent of wildfires. The latest fire break out is near New Harmony, just south of Cedar City.

Nick Howell, from the Interagency Fire Center in Cedar City insists that the extraordinary conditions call for extraordinary precautions:

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Utah News
4:31 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Remember the Livestock: Wildfire and Utah's Agricultural Industry

It's already apparent that the recent and ongoing consuming wildfires in Utah will have an impact on the state's economy. Kerry Bringhurst spoke with Kyle Stevens, Deputy Commissioner for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, about the impacts on the agricultural industry in Utah. Livestock producers in Sanpete County have reported the loss of lambs and ewes in wildfires. In other areas of the state, livestock has been evacuated. 

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