One in 47 Utah children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. That’s why many Utahns are paying close attention to what last week’s Supreme Court decision means for autism insurance coverage in Utah.
It now has a name. What locals were calling the Swains Creek Fire is now being called the Shingle Fire by Color Country Fire Management Authorities, after Shingle Mill Canyon where the human caused wildfire started on Sunday.
After receiving numerous requests for help from livestock owners, Governor Herbert and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food have announced a emergency program called "Feed the Animals."
Donations made to the program will be used to purchase food and other animals needs for livestock whose rangeland has been destroyed by the unprecedented string of wildfires burning in the state. UDAF Commissioner, Leonard Blackham, estimates that 20,000 head of sheep and cattle have lost their food source in the past week.
Logan resident Scott Bushman is a member of a Northern Utah Type-III Overhead Team, responsible for managing wildlife suppression operations. Kerry Bringhurst talked to Bushman about what it's like to wake up to a phone call and go fight a wildland fire.
Just north of Moab, along the Colorado River, are 130 acres of radioactive uranium tailings, which are being relocated by rail to a permanent disposal site near I-70. One thing the ambitious clean-up didn't count on was an unending string of severe weather events.
Last week, Governor Herbert announced a ban on fireworks in unincorporated areas of Utah and left it up to cities to regulate their communities.
In Cache Valley, authorities have declared restrictions on specific areas in the cities of Logan, Providence, North Logan, Hyde Park, River Heights, Smithfield, Richmond, Hyrum, Millville, Nibley, Wellsville, Paradise, and Lewiston. The boundaries of these restricted areas are described here.
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.
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.
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.
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.