Utah News

Utah Families
5:56 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Group Fights Intergenerational Poverty With New Grant

Voices for Utah Children received a $50,000 dollar grant to combat poverty in Utah.
Credit http://www.utahchildren.org/

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.  

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Utah Environment
5:51 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

April Precipitation Bolsters Utah Watershed

April showers have resulted in a strengthened watershed for Utah.
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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.

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Utah Politics
5:04 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Utah Parties Choose 2014 Candidates

The Republican and Democratic parties held their annual conventions Saturday to prepare for primary state elections June 24.
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The 2014 Utah Republican and Democratic Nominating Conventions took place Saturday where delegates represented their precincts, choosing nominees for state elections later this year.

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Utah News
4:43 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

No Injuries After Chemical Spill At Logan Facility

A worker carries two hazmat suits in the parking lot of Schreiber Foods on April 28. A chemical spill at the facility was cleaned up with no injuries reported.
Credit Brian Champagne

There were no reported injuries after a chemical spill at Schreiber Foods at 885 N. 600 West in Logan on Monday morning.

The Logan Fire Department received a 911 call around 8:30 a.m. Crews arrived at the scene and assisted Schreiber’s on-site hazmat team in cleaning up the spill.

Logan City Fire Marshall Craig Humphreys said the Logan Fire Department played a support role in the cleanup.

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Utah News
5:38 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

New Record Label For LDS Music Scene

Eleven 17 is a new faith-based record label in Nashville.
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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."

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Utah News
5:25 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Utah Ranked Nerdiest State In America

A real estate website ranked the 50 states on their levels of nerdiness, and Utah came out as the nerdiest state in the nation.
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Based on the research of Facebook pages from around the country, real estate website Estately shows Utah as the nerdiest state in the nation.

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.

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Utah News
5:58 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Pioneer-Era Coins To Gross Half A Million Dollars

Coins made from California gold dust by Mormon pioneers will be auctioned off Thursday at the Salt Lake location of All About Coins.
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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."

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Utah News
5:46 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Herbert Sees 'Win-Win' Economic Union Between Utah, Mexico

Credit April Ashland/File Photo / Utah Public Radio

Business partnerships with Mexico, public land disputes and Healthy Utah were the topics of discussion at Gov. Gary Herbert’s monthly address Thursday morning. 

Herbert is hoping stability in the Mexican government will lead to economic cooperation between Utah and Mexico in the near future.

Forty-one Utah businesses accompanied Herbert on a recent trip to Mexico to make business connections, and three of those companies entered into contracts with Mexican businesses.

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Utah News
5:19 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Climate Researchers Link Climate Change, California Drought And Polar Vortex

Climate researchers from Utah State University have discovered a link between climate change, the California drought and the polar vortex.
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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.

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Utah News
5:48 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Shifting Ground Causes Alarm In Mesquite Neighborhood

A problem that has been brewing in a southern Nevada city for years may finally be addressed after residential outcry.

Residents of the Highland Hills neighborhood in Mesquite say their homes were built within a 200-foot buffer zone that supposedly surrounded a preexisting landfill.

Now, residents are sometimes able to hear their homes crack as the landfill settles and shifts beneath their feet.

Mesquite city manager Andy Barton said the city is aware of the issue and is currently investigating.

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