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5:52 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Organic Food Trend Grows In Rural Areas

An organic-only store opened in Logan on Tuesday. Elaine Taylor explores why organic food has become more popular.
Credit Elaine Taylor / Utah Public Radio

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.

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Utah News
5:33 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

University of Utah And Ute Tribe Renew Agreement Regarding Name Usage


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.

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Utah Environment
2:15 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

USU Students Turning Old House Into Center Of Activity

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.
Credit Eric Jungblut / Utah Public Radio

Students are busy at work turning an old house near the Utah State University campus into a hub of activity for the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department.

This project was designed by students in the fall of 2012, said Phil Waite, associate LAEP professor. He said the department has taken on the build as a service project.

"There's a variety of students: sophomores, juniors, seniors, grad students, two or three professors, adjuncts, instructors, everybody's out here working together to complete the project," Waite said.

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Utah News
6:20 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Snowpack Numbers Re-Spark Debate Over Pipeline

The Virgin River Basin is estimated to be at just 45 percent of normal snowpack for the year.

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.

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Utah Money
6:31 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Crowdsourcing: The Future Of Small Businesses?

Preston Parker stands on the future deck of Morty's Cafe.
Credit Elaine Taylor

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.

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Utah News
3:42 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Vehicle Collision Leaves Cache Valley Man in Critical Condition

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.

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Utah News
5:15 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

2009 Explosion Caused By Uninspected Pipe

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board released a report, Thursday indicated a 2009 explosion at the Silver Eagle Refinery was the result of a corroded pipe.

On Thursday, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board released findings concerning a massive explosion that occurred at Silver Eagle Refinery in Woods Cross on Nov. 4, 2009.

The new report reveals that a ten-inch reactor pipe at the paraffin wax facility tore and ignited after it began spouting hydrogen, launching a fireball toward a nearby neighborhood.

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Utah Environment
4:32 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Utah County Helps Residents With Spring Cleaning

Residents of Utah County will be able to dispose of hazardous waste at a special event this weekend.
Credit Logan City

If you’re planning on doing a bit of spring cleaning this weekend, make sure you know which products are safe to throw away and which need proper hazardous waste disposal.

Utah County is trying to make the sorting process easier by offering a special collection of hazardous items this Saturday. Utah County Health Department spokesman Lance Madigan said items including old gasoline, paint, light bulbs, and electronics will be collected at the event.

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Utah News
5:48 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Season Of The Snowbird: Senior Citizens Migrating North

Many senior citizens travel northward from Southern Utah during the summer months, taking advantage of cooler weather and educational opportunities.
Credit Utah State University

Warm weather and blue skies across the state this week mark the time of year when a mass migration gets underway—that of the snowbird. These senior citizens live part time in the warm southern parts of the U.S. and spend summers in the North.

Many Utahns travel between the St. George region and the Wasatch Front each year. Assistant St. George City Manager Marc Mortensen said citizens arrive in October and leave around Easter Weekend.

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Utah News
5:40 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Governor's Mexico Trip To Strengthen Utah’s International Presence

Governor Gary Herbert is in Mexico until April 10 on a mission to strengthen Utah’s international economic presence.

Governor Herbert embarked on a four-day trip to Mexico, Monday with the goal to increase Utah's exports and strengthen relationships with potential economic partners.

Spokesman for Governor Herbert’s Office, Marty Carpenter said this trip is going the “final three feet” in making Utah a strong economic competitor.

“It’s that final three feet—shaking a hand, making a personal acquaintance—that sometimes makes a big difference in doing business with an international partner,” said Carpenter. 

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