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.
On Tuesday the Better Business Bureau in Utah called out the Cancer Fund of America for reportedly using little more than eight percent of donations for their intended purpose, keeping over $410,000 in contributions.
The organization, which also uses the name Breast Cancer Financial Assistance Fund, solicited money under the pretense that the financial aid would be used to purchase prostheses, bras and other products for women battling breast disease.
Wyoming wildlife authorities said an electrocuted golden eagle found last month is the second-oldest of the species discovered in North America.
Wyoming Fish and Game Department Biologist Tim Thomas said the bird was banded — or given a special ID number — more than 30 years ago in the northeastern portion of the state.
“This particular bird was banded in the nest, so we know it was the young of that year in 1983,” Thomas said. “It was part of a study to look at the ability to move nests in the Powder River Basin ahead of coal mining.”
A Utah man broke two world records for fastest flight in the skies above Southern California over the weekend. Utah Valley pilot Mike Patey flew his kit-built plane in the 1,000- and 2,000-km courses and broke speed records in both.
Patey piloted his Lancair Legacy – a plane he built and modified himself, equipped with a 780-cubic-inch engine that propelled him to a top ground speed of 319 miles per hour.
With fire season quickly approaching, the Red Cross is advising Utahns to get prepared with their “Fire Hurts. Red Cross helps.” campaign. The project assisted 220 families displaced by fire last year and hopes to continue the legacy of the campaign by getting more members of the public prepared to handle potential fire situations.
"Most of the deaths that are in home fires are caused by faulty or missing smoke detectors, so it’s always a good idea to change your batteries every year," said Rich Woodruff with the Red Cross. "We always recommend when you change your clocks it’s a good time to switch out the batteries in your smoke detector, and if you have not changed it in over 10 years, you need to replace it completely.”
A 2-year-old gunshot victim has died after being flown to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City Friday.
Deputies and medical crews arrived around 7 p.m. to 3616 W. 2200 South in College Ward to find a 2-year-old boy shot in the stomach with a .22 caliber rifle.
After investigating, officers found that the boy's sister, 3, had grabbed a gun that had been left in the living room. According to officer reports, the gun was unloaded, but had rounds in the magazine.
The report from the Cache Valley Sheriff's Office reads: