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Utah News
5:23 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Critter Collision Bill Would Reduce Deadly Wildlife-Motorist Incidents

Even the fastest animal in North America is no match for motorists. Pronghorn antelope often fall victim to traffic accidents.

Weekend work by Congress moved a federal transportation bill to the President's desk, just in time to avert the shutdown of funding. The bill contains provisions that, for the first time, will allow Utah and federal agencies to retrofit roads to help prevent wildlife-traffic collisions.

Rob Ament of the Western Transportation Institute says there are several solutions to pursue including wildlife underpasses, animal detection systems, and pipes or tubes under roadways to protect small mammals or reptiles.

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Utah News
5:05 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Will Affordable Health Care Mean Coverage for Utahns with Autism?

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.

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Utah News
4:50 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Human-Caused Shingle Fire Shows No Sign of Stopping

The recently christened Shingle Fire is 0% contained.
U.S. Forest Service

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.

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Utah News
4:27 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

"Feed the Animals" by Donating to Livestock Affected by Burned Rangeland

The extensive rangeland that has been destroyed by Utah wildfires this summer has prompted the creation of the "Feed the Animals" fund.
www.uearc.org

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.

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Logan
6:03 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

What It Means to Be Responsible for Wildfire Suppression

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.

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Moab
4:40 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Severe Weather Presents Extreme Challenges for Moab Uranium Clean-Up

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.

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Logan
4:09 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Cache County Firework Restrictions for Incorporated Areas

Firework restriction map from loganutah.org

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.

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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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