Voices for Utah Children was accepted as a member of the Ascend Network on Tuesday. They also received a $50,000 grant from the Aspen Institute, which is a nationwide organization that is working to eliminate poverty.
Karen Crompton, president and CEO of Voices for Utah Children, said the organization is a multi-issue child advocacy group for kids living below the poverty line in Utah.
April showers are said to bring May flowers, but they also increase watershed levels. It has been a rainy month of April and Deputy Director of the Division of Water Resources Todd Adams said the watershed is benefiting from recent statewide weather conditions.
"The rain and the snow helps the watershed because we're augmenting a little bit to what we have and as well as with the temperatures cooling down, those of us that live in the valleys whether in the municipal or the agricultural side can delay watering that much longer," said Adams.
Brandon Metcalf is the founder and producer of a new record label called Eleven 17 which will produce music for the LDS music niche.
"It will be working with other song writers and artists, and singers and musicians who are working on music that is of a faith-based or of an inspirational nature," Metcalf said. "I myself am LDS, but it is not limited to just that. I think the message can potentially appeal to a larger audience."
Utah beat out Alaska, Wyoming and Idaho for the top spot. According to the study, Utah and much of the Western U.S. comprises “Nerd-topia,” an area of nerdly acceptance, while the South makes up “Wedgie-Land,” where nerd culture is not really the norm.
A group of prized gold coins from the Mormon pioneer era are being auctioned off at a coin shop in Salt Lake Thursday, some expected to gross more than $500,000.
Tyson Emery with All About Coins said as pioneers moved West, there was not enough coinage to facilitate trade and they had to come up with their own way of dealing.
"The way the Mormons did it is they had some of the gold dust from the original gold strike in California," said Emery. "They had some of the members there they brought here it to the valley and made these gold coins."
A new study set to be published in Geophysical Research Letters has linked climate change, the California drought and the polar vortex. The study was performed to better predict when the next extreme winter weather event such as the polar vortex should be expected.
Assistant-professor of climate at Utah State University Simon Wang said he performed the study with other climate professors at USU and in part with the Utah Climate Center.