Utah News

Utah News
5:55 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Public Survey To Help Shape Future Of Utah Water

A new survey with iUTAH seeks to capture public perspective on water issues and usage throughout the state of Utah.
Credit http://blog.cstx.gov/category/water-services/

A new survey in conjunction with the iUTAH water preservation project is under way this week to study household water use and resident perspectives on water policies and resource issues in Utah.

Researchers from Utah State University will collect information from 180 randomly selected households in 21 neighborhoods across the Cache, Salt Lake, and Heber-Midway valleys.  

Courtney Flint, Associate Professor of Natural Resource Sociology at USU said the five-year iUTAH project is a collaborative effort pulling from many areas of study, from ecology to hydrology, sociology to climate science, in a statewide effort to maintain and improve water sustainability.

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Utah News
6:39 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Idaho Judge Refuses To Stay Gay Marriage

Same-sex couples in Idaho will be able to begin marrying Friday after a federal judge refused to put gay marriages on hold.
Credit www.seattle.gov

A federal judge has refused to put gay marriages on hold in Idaho pending an appeal from the state’s governor.

U.S. District Magistrate Judy Candy Dale wrote Wednesday morning that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s appeal isn’t likely to succeed, so there’s no reason to keep same-sex couples from seeking marriage licenses or marrying.

Same-sex couples in Idaho will be able to begin marrying at 9 a.m. Friday.

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Utah News
5:54 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Southern Utah Cleanup Continues After Damaging Storm

A powerful spring storm broke off many tree branches and caused over 6,000 homes to lose power in Cedar City over the weekend.
Credit http://www.cedarcity.org/

Cleanup efforts have been undertaken this week to clear southern Utah cities of debris caused by a massive weekend storm. Cedar City was especially impacted by the powerful weather, which knocked out power for over 6,000 people in the city and broke off many tree branches with the weight of the fallen snow.

Mayor of Cedar City Maile Wilson said the community has been in constant cleanup mode since the storm.

“It’s a huge mess and disaster," said Wilson. "The city alone it would take weeks probably even months to get through each and every street."

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Utah Education
4:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

New Athletics Facility To Provide Training Space, Help Recruit Athletes

Utah State University athletics unveiled the Wayne Estes Center, a new athletics training and competition facility Wednesday. 

A crowd of alumni, donors, athletes and coaches gathered in the $9.7 million building to celebrate the future of USU athletics and to recognize the legacy of Aggie All-American Wayne Estes.

The school prepares for its second season in the Mountain West Conference this fall. Utah State University President Stan Albrecht says, “This is the type of facility that will help USU continue to climb to the top.”

Men’s basketball coach Stew Morrill says this kind of facility will make the Aggies more competitive in recruiting.

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Utah News
8:11 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Utah 4-H And Fidelity Investments Partner To Fight Low Financial Literacy

On May 10, Utah 4-H students from across the state received financial management training preparing them to teach peers in their own communities.
Credit Taylor Halversen

A global financial services corporation is providing Utah teens with the opportunity to learn financial management skill and engage in statewide community service.

Last year, Fidelity Investments sent out a grant request aimed at engaging teens with financial planning and combating low financial literacy rates for high school students and other school-age kids.

There were 73 applicants for the grant nationally, but Utah 4-H, an extension project of Utah State University, received the grant as a result of their Teens Reaching Youth program, which reaches both urban and rural communities throughout the state.

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Utah Environment
7:00 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Aspen's Features Create Uniquely Biodiverse Environment

The aspen tree grows in complex underground root systems that link clone trees together.
Credit United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service

Utah’s new official tree, the aspen, may possibly be the largest of all state trees if you look at it like scientists do—as a clone colony, which can grow to weigh 13 million pounds.

The aspen trees you see above the ground are better thought of as stems of a much larger underground organism, according to Utah State University extension agent Jody Gale.

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Utah News
5:57 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Salt Lake City Ranks Second Best In The Nation For Small Businesses

In honor of national business week, WalletHub.com came out with a study that reports Salt Lake City is the second best city in the nation to establish a small business. 

Debi Jensen, a small business owner in the South Jordan who owns a cupcake shop. She said, from her experience, it takes a couple of years to establish a small business.

“It takes about 3-5 years to kick it off for people to know who you are," Jensen said. "So, you have to be patient and get your community support, but once you have that, you’re good.”

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Utah Education
3:59 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

New Building Will Complete Equine Education Center, Give Hands-On Learning Opportunities

USU officials broke ground for classrooms Tuesday morning. The building completes a set of three buildings aimed to help students apply their learning.
April Ashland Utah Public Radio

Amidst a cluster of buildings off highway 89 in Wellsville is an open space of ground surrounded by wooden stakes. This area will soon be classroom space for students in Utah State University's College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. This space and the two buildings closest to it were given a name Tuesday morning- the Sam Skaggs Family Equine Education Center.

USU provost Noelle Cockett, formerly the dean of the College of Ag, helped plan the project in 2007. The building of the center began in 2009, and Cockett spoke at the groundbreaking about the completion of the project.

"So now we have the groundbreaking for the classroom. And I noticed on the invitation it said the 'final phase' of the Equine Education Center. I don't know if that's actually true about horses, isn't there always something more you can buy for horses? But really I think this will be the last jewel in what is an amazing center," Cockett said.

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Utah Food
5:52 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Utah Orchards Have Survived Freezing Season... Almost

Orchards in Utah have almost survived the freeze season.
Credit http://www.mass.gov/agr/massgrown/cider_juice_difference.htm

As the weather begins to warm, fruit farmers are breathing a sigh of relief as their orchards have made it through the worst of the freezing season that could wipe out their entire crop and livelihood. 

Utah State University Extension fruit tree expert, Mike Pace, said the orchards in Utah will most likely be fine as the freeze season ends in the next seven to 10 days.

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Utah Transportation
4:15 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Texting And Driving Law Broadened: Don't Touch Your Cell Phone

New bill allows some activities on cell phones while driving, limits others.
Credit State of Wisconsin

Senate Bill 253 goes into effect Tuesday and will change what Utah drivers are allowed to do on their cellphones. The bill says that a driver could be given a $100 fine if they are caught looking away from the road to use their phone. 

 Sen. Stephen Urquhart (R-St. George) says you will still be able to talk on the phone while driving but if you need to punch information into your device then you will need to find another way.

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