Utah News

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Democratic lawmakers from the House and Senate have introduced an initiative they say will improved public education in Utah. Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck talks to Kerry Bringhurst about the "Best Schools" initiative.

Living with Fracking

Jan 20, 2012

Science Questions takes you into the lives of Pennsylvania residents who are personally being impacted by drilling for highly profitable natural gas and what scientists are saying about the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, gaining attention across the nation.

Poet remembers growing up in internment camp

Jan 20, 2012

Over 100,000 people were placed in  ten remote internment camps during WW2.

They were not charged, and not convicted and yet many served time in prison camps with barbed wire and armed guards.

Lawson Inada, Oregon Poet Laureate (2006-2010) was 4 years old when his family was relocated to a camp in Arkansas.

Inada is coming to speak this weekend about his experience in internment camps.

The U.S. Army has destroyed about 90 percent of its aging chemical weapons, from the desert chemical depot.

Wednesday just after 2 p.m. the last of the hard weapons were burned in a 1,500 degree furnace. A tray of 23 projectiles came out of the furnace at 2:11 p.m.

At its peak, the desert chemical depot held some 13,600 tons of chemical agents, making it the world's largest.

The entire project will be complete by the weekend when the depot will incinerate bulk supplies of Lewisite, a powerful skin, eye and lung irritant.

Bike, pedestrian trail system in the works in Moab

Jan 20, 2012

The federal government this week awarded 2.5-million dollars for recreational development in north Moab.

UPR’s Moab correspondent Vicki Barker reports:

The old Lions Club Park at the Colorado River bridge can now develop into a sophisticated recreational use area.

With a grant announced this week from the Federal Transit Aministration, a multi-agency committee in Moab will proceed with a bike-and-pedestrian trail system. It will link parks, recreation areas and the river, to Moab.

 

USDA is closing 43 offices throughout US that helps rural Americans get affordable mortgages. 

This is a great concern in Utah, although no offices in Utah will be closed.  The program in Utah that deals with self help housing is called Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Association. 

"We don't have many offices in Utah, and the ones we do have cover a wide area," said Kim Datwyler, executive director

Utah offices for NNHA cover from Provo and Vernal north, she said.

The latest news on the winter storm sweeping across the Rockies and bringing significant snowfall and flooding to Utah.

Utah faces a shortage of affordable housing for low-income households, but the Olene Walker Housing Fund has managed to help keep thousands of Utahns from being homeless. The Fund has also managed to keep off the federal housing cuts chopping block. Gordon Walker, State Director Housing and Community Development discussed the Olene Walker Fund at an affordable housing press conference yesterday.

Serious State Discussions for Sage Grouse Habitat

Jan 19, 2012

A scoping meeting to discuss preserving, conserving and restoring sagebrush habitat for the greater sage grouse was held Wednesday in Vernal. UPR's Ranae Bangerter tells us there will be 26 meetings to discuss the bird's habitat during the next two weeks.

A bill that would not only improve public notice of Utah’s neighborhood caucus meetings, but block any other public meetings from being held the same day, will go before lawmakers during the upcoming legislative session.   Republican Representative Kraig Powell, the bill’s sponsor, calls the neighborhood caucuses Utah’s “real election day.”

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