Utah News

Salt Lake City
3:05 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

What It Takes to Win an Olympic-Level Piano Competition

13-year-old Ryota Yamazaki won the Gina Bachauer Junior Piano Competition on Saturday.
Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation

This is the second week of competition in the Gina Bachauer International Young Artist Piano Competition in Salt Lake City. This week's competitors are 14 - 18 years old.

Last week the 11 - 13 year old pianists competed in the Junior Competition. Ryota Yamazaki, a Japanese 13-year-old who lives and studies in Utah, was named the winner for his performance of Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3 in C Major.

UPR's Mackinzie Hamilton spoke to Gary Billings, the director of the competition, and learned more about the high caliber of these performers.

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Utah News
5:30 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Utah Responds to Supreme Court's Ruling on AZ Immigration Law

Creative Commons

Utah’s top law enforcement official says Monday’s Supreme Court ruling striking down much of Arizona’s illegal immigration enforcement law is mostly a win for Utah’s HB 497, a similar law currently tied up in federal court. But as Jeff Robinson reports, immigration advocates still think it will be struck down.

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Utah News
4:55 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Do You Want the Governor to Do Something About Firearms and Fireworks in Light of this Year's Fires?

Does the state need to do more to prevent wildfires? Governor Gary Herbert says in light of this year’s extreme fire season, he’s asked the legislature and other state leaders to review target shooting.

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4:18 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Shuttle Bus System Announced for Arches National Park

The Parks Service announced plan for a shuttle bus system in Arches NP to ease congestion from private vehicles.
National Parks Service

Last year over 1 million people visited Arches National Park, putting unprecedented strain on parking lots and 18 miles of park roads. At some spots, long lines of RVs blocked a good part of the scenery. But the Park Service is adamant that, unlike Zion or Bryce Canyon National Parks, traffic at Arches should not be restricted.

The plan just unveiled calls instead for a free bus system to compete with private cars.

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Washington County
3:52 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Washington County's Quail Fire Contained

The Quail Fire near Leeds, 20 miles NE of St. George, was 100% contained on Monday after burning 1700 acres over the weekend.

The Quail Fire that burned over 1700 acres of Washington County near Leeds was fully contained Monday after burning throughout the weekend. The fire was human caused and started on Saturday afternoon.

Residents of the 60 homes evacuated have been allowed to return, I-15 flows uninterrupted again in both directions, and power has been reestablished to the 600 homes affected at the height of the crisis over the weekend.

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Utah News
3:34 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Evacuated Residents Return Home, More Fires Start Around the State Over the Weekend

Friday night, Westlake High school in Saratoga Springs became a refuge for thousands of residents forced to evacuate their homes. 24 hours later that evacuation order was lifted; and so were the spirits of everyone around.

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3:18 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

UDOT Fixing Dangerous Curve in Logan Canyon

Cable barrier installed on dangerous Logan Canyon curve.

Transportation officials have finished installing a barrier along a Logan Canyon curve where several vehicles have slid off the road and plunged into the river below. It's the first step in the Utah Department of Transportation's plan to reduce the number of accidents on this particular curve.

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Dump Fire
5:22 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

2,000+ Homes Evacuated for Dump Fire in Utah County

The "Dump Fire" that started this week near Saratoga Springs was only 20% contained before today's high temperatures and winds forced more than 2,000 homes to be evacuated in Saratoga Springs and nearby Eagle Mountain.

Early on Friday, FEMA authorized funds through a Fire Management Assistance Grant to help fight the fire.


  • An evacuation center has been set up at Westlake High School, 99 North Thunder Blvd., Saratoga Springs
  • Eagle Mountain residents should call 801-789-6000 for emergency info
  • Saratoga Springs residents should call 801-766-6503 for emergency info
  • For pet evacuation assistance call Steve Weber at Cedar Pass Ranch: 801-735-6646
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Utah News
4:14 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Scott Howell Responds to the Hatch vs. Lilenquist Debate and Shares His "3 E's"

Scott Howell (D) for U.S. Senate.

While Dan Lilenquist tries to unseat incumbent Senator Orrin Hatch for the Republican nod in this November’s senate election, the Utah Democratic Party has already picked their nominee. Scott Howell responds to the June 15 debate between the Republican candidates on the Doug Wright Show as well as addresses his "3 E's" -- Education, Economy, Energy -- with UPR's Mackinzie Hamilton.

St. George
3:54 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

16-Year-Old Boy Scout Drowned in Grand Canyon

Mooney Falls is on the Havasupai Indian Reservation in the Grand Canyon.

KJ Harrison attended Snow Canyon High School in St. George and was on a trip with other area scouts to Mooney Falls in the Havasupai Indian Reservation inside the Grand Canyon.

According to a press release by the Coconino County Sheriffs' Office, the boy was swimming in an area under the falls when he was pulled beneath the surface by an undercurrent.

It took some time for fellow swimmers to bring him to the surface. CPR was administered for an extended period of time, but proved unsuccessful in resuscitating the boy.