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6:08 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Eagle Killed By Power Line One Of Oldest In America

The golden eagle discovered in March was thought to be 30 years and 9 months old.
Credit usgs.gov

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.”

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Utah News
5:55 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Utah Pilot Sets New Speed Records

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.

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Utah News
5:38 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

The Red Cross Urges Public Fire Preparedness

The "Fire Hurts. Red Cross Helps." campaign is preparing to get underway by informing the public about fire safety.
Credit fcc.gov

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.”

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Utah News
5:36 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Utah's Population Is Set To Double By 2050

Utah's population is set to double by 2050.
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A study called Snapshot of 2050 projected Utah’s population to double in the next 35 years. The study was performed by a research group called Utah Foundation

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Utah Crime and Courts
11:13 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Cache Valley Child Dies From Gunshot Wound, Officers Caution Gun Owners

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:

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Utah Health and Wellness
6:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

River Heights Woman Waits For Life-saving Lung Transplant

Jerusha and Paul in the hospital in Salt Lake, holding silk flowers from Micheal's in Cache Valley.
Credit Bessie Wakefield

Jerusha Daines is a 43-year-old wife and mother. Three months ago, she got a cough that never got better. Now, she’s on the top of the donor list for a new set of lungs. After seeing doctors in Cache Valley, Jerusha and her husband, Paul, saw a specialist in Salt Lake, where she was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension.

“We don't know how it happened. The doctors say it's idiopathic, meaning the cause is unknown. When we first saw the doctor, he said she's the healthiest person she's seen with this,” Paul said.

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Utah Health and Wellness
6:36 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Utah's Little Sahara Gets New Helipads

A BLM medical buggy is seen at the Little Sahara Recreation Area. The agency says it will unveil two new helipads Saturday that will improve medical response at the remote site.
Credit BLM

One of the state’s most popular Easter weekend destinations is the Little Sahara Recreation Area – best known by residents as the Utah sand dunes.

The site is a Mecca for off-road vehicles and dune buggies but also a place where fun can lead to personal injury. Calls for help have become so common here, the Bureau of Land Management says it plans to unveil two brand new air ambulance landing pads this week that were built to improve medical response.

BLM spokeswoman Lisa Reid said the new installations will also improve safety.

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Utah News
6:14 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Atheist Conference Aims to Bring Sense of Community To Faithless

Hundreds will gather in Salt Lake City this weekend to learn more about atheism.
Credit American Atheists

This weekend, as thousands of Utahns celebrate Easter and Passover, hundreds of people will gather at the American Atheists national conference in Salt Lake City.

According to a recent study from the Pew Research Center, 16 percent of Americans identify as atheist, agnostic or “nothing.” 

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Utah News
5:17 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Humane Society Recommends Chocolate Or Stuffed Bunnies For Easter

The Humane Society of Utah is encouraging people to think through pet adoption before bringing animals home for Easter.
Credit Humane Society of Utah

With Easter around the corner, the temptation to bring home spring bunnies and chicks is high, but shelters are asking the public think twice about the decision to adopt. 

Each year animal shelters receive a surge of unwanted “Easter Pets” after the holiday, contributing to rabbits being ranked the third most frequent animal turned in to animal shelters. Many are also victims of unintentional abuse by uninformed caregivers or are released into the wild where they are unable to survive.

Though the shelters are not discouraging people from adopting pets, Carl Arky with the Humane Society of Utah said they are asking people to be prepared.

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Utah Money
4:16 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Utah Tops National Charts For Economic Prowess

The Annual Rich States, Poor States: ALEC- Laffer State Economic Competitive Index published by the American Legislative Exchange Council was released this week, ranking Utah as number one in the nation.
Credit http://www.alec.org/publications/rich-states-poor-states/

A national study released this week shows that for the seventh consecutive year, Utah ranks number one in the nation for economic outlook.

The 2014 Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index analyzes state economic policies and assesses which states are prepared for prosperity. The index bases state rankings on performance in 15 economic categories, taking into account taxation, salaries and state expenditures.  

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