Utah News

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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Utah News
3:47 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Swallow Wins a "Long and Difficult" Battle for Nomination

Republican nominee for Utah Attorney General John Swallow

Chief Deputy Utah Attorney General John Swallow is one step closer to taking over his boss’s job. Tuesday, he became the Republican nominee for Attorney General by defeating Sean Reyes.

Swallow called the heated primary a long and difficult battle, but says the real fight still lies ahead:

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St. George
5:25 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Near Perfect-Storm Fire Conditions Force Campground Closure

Better safe than sorry says the U.S. Forest Service. The agency has temporarily closed the popular Oak Grove Campground north of St. George in the Dixie National Forest because of extreme fire danger. A major factor in the move is accessibility. There is only one road in and out of the area and a wildfire could easily cut off campers from their only escape.

Despite a statewide red flag alert, the service also reports that firefighters have extinguished several abandoned campfires in the area near the campground in the past week.

The Forest Service calls the move a "proactive approach to safeguard the public during these extremely dry conditions."

Utah News
4:29 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Lower Your Risk of Fire Danger by Being a "Fire Adapted Community"

Fire Adapted Communities

Nearly 70,000 US communities are at risk this wildfire season, and with an average of 6.5 million acres burned each year, it's important for people to be prepared.

Pam Leschak of the U.S. Forest Service talked to UPR's Mackinzie Hamilton about the Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Initiative, a national public service campaign that helps individuals, communities, and land managers to prepare for wildfire season.

60,000 acres burned in Utah last year and Leschak says, "This year's gonna be a lot more active than last year. It's early in the season and we're already seeing a lot of activity."

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