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.
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.
Dinah is Utah’s pinkest dinosaur, and she may soon become the state’s prettiest now that the city of Vernal has approved a makeover for her. Dinah the dinosaur is a 40-foot-tall Brontosaurus (scientifically known as “Apatosaurus”) that sits on the east end of Vernal City. Originally built in 1958 as part of the Dine-A-Ville Motel, Dinah was given to the city in the 1990s.
Organic foods used to be reserved for Chaco-wearing granola types, but these days the industry is growing quickly. New organic grocery stores have opened across the state in the past year. Logan saw the grand opening of Natural Grocers on Tuesday, a chain store that has seen success in less urban areas.
Utah State University professor Tamara Steinitz says people are becoming more interested in knowing their food’s history.
“It’s one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the food industry. People are more interested in knowing where their food comes from, how it’s grown, what’s put into it or not put into it, care of the animals, use of pesticides, hormones, things like that,” Steinitz said.
The new store was busy Tuesday afternoon, with many families and college students wandering the aisles. Many shoppers said they were excited to have a wider organic selection available. A few, like Evan, a shopper who we caught up with outside of the store are still a bit skeptical of organics.
The University of Utah and the Ute Indian Tribe signed a memorandum of understanding in Fort Duchesne Tuesday morning. The agreement allows the university to continue use of the Ute name for its sports teams, which it has done with support from the tribe since 1972.
As laid out in the memorandum, the Ute tribe has two goals in its relationship with the U: to build “respect and understanding of the Tribe’s history, culture and contributions to the state,” and to “have the University assist tribal members in helping their children lead healthy lives and be prepared to pursue a college education” through scholarship opportunities.
Pergolas are under construction at the LAEP House near the Utah State University campus. Students in the landscape architecture and environmental planning department are working on the house to gain experience in their field.
Continued drought in southern Utah has once again sparked a debate over the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline.
Current numbers show the statewide snowpack to be 105 percent of normal in the northern portion of the state and 80 percent in the south, with the Virgin River Basin totaling just 45 percent of normal.
The proposed pipeline would carry water from Lake Powell to the more populated southwestern corner of the state via a 140 mile pipeline. The cost of the pipeline is estimated at over $1 billion. It would essentially double the water available to the region.
Crowdfunding for music and artistic projects has become common practice in recent years, but using an online crowdsourcing platform to fund small businesses has only recently started to gain traction.
Utah State University Professor and Director of the Clark Center for Entrepreneurship Mike Glauser said using crowdsourcing platforms like Kickstarter lets business owners bypass traditional industry mechanisms.
A three-vehicle collision in Millville on Thursday evening sent one person to the hospital and prompted an investigation into whether one of the drivers was under the influence of alcohol.
Cache County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Peterson issued a news statement Friday, saying the driver of a pickup truck traveling eastbound on 200 South in Millville was driving erratically when he crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a passenger vehicle near 140 W. 200 South around 7:30 p.m.