Research shows that family support plays a key role in the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender individuals, particularly youth who “come out.” Dr. Caitlin Ryan, a clinical social worker on LGBT health and mental health issues for over 40 years and founder of the Family Acceptance Project, and Marian Edmonds Allen, the new National Program Director for the Family Acceptance Project talk about the importance of supportive family environments in the health of LGBT youth.
Wolf populations in the Northern Rocky Mountains remain stable, that’s according to a new report out Friday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with state agencies compiled the yearly report that looks at the status of wolf population since the species’ delisting from the endangered species list three years ago.
A long-standing controversy over the management of wild horses in Utah came to a head this week when Iron County issued a letter to the Bureau of Land Management demanding the immediate removal of feral horses from county lands.
Iron County Commissioner Dave Miller says there have been ongoing requests for action, but county officials decided to take matters into their own hands when they heard of a case where the BLM was using $2 million to confiscate privately owned cattle in Clark County, NV.
A video showing bison running down the road has gone viral. The clip has sparked speculation on the internet that the animals were fleeing from potentially deadly seismic activity.
However, some geologists disagree.
Paul Morgan, a senior geologist with the Colorado Geological Survey, said animals are sensitive to seismic activity; however, because earthquakes happen tens of times a day in Yellowstone, the animals are most likely used to the small earthquakes.
A new study conducted by Utah researchers shows the benefits of living in urban areas instead of suburban neighborhoods. The study, led by University of Utah Metropolitan Research Center Director Reid Ewing, shows people who live in urban areas spend less on housing and transportation costs, tend to be healthier, and have greater economic opportunity.
A national study looking at the welfare of children shows that children of color tend to fall behind their white peers in measurements of milestones of success. The Annie E. Casey study compared children in 12 measures of success, including birth weight, attendance of pre-k programs, and the completion of a secondary degree by the age of 29.
Results in Utah tend to reflect the rest of the nation. Terry Haven with Voices for Utah Children, a group involved in study, says children of color are over-represented in negative outcomes.
Landlocked Utah is now home to the ninth-largest aquarium in the nation. After years of planning and preparation, the Draper location of the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium opened its doors to the public this week.
Utah’s kill rate for animals in shelters has dropped by nearly 30 percent in the last 15 years, and a new coalition of animal welfare groups is hoping to push that number even lower.
A new campaign titled No-Kill Utah was launched Sunday by the Best Friends Animal Society and a coalition of 36 other animal welfare groups. Best Friends’ CEO Gregory Castle explained the goal is for the state to reach no-kill status, which means finding homes for at least 90 percent of the animals taken in by shelters.