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Cache Refugee and Immigrate Connection

2017 was a big year for the Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection, an organization dedicated to helping improve the lives of immigrants and refugees in Cache Valley. 

Speeding permits and shortening envrionmental reviews will allow infrastructure to be built significantly faster.

Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop is praising the Trump administration's plans and streamline environmental reviews to speed up permits for infrastructure projects.

Bishop told lawmakers in Utah's Senate in Salt Lake City on Monday that Trump's plan to shorten the environmental review process as part of the president's $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan will make it so "you can build things in a reasonable amount of time."

Cattle ranchers are in demand to share stories of branding for a new museum.

A nonprofit is seeking ranchers to share their stories for a new branding history exhibit.

The stories are for "Branding a Tradition: Cattle Ranchers of The Bear River Region," an exhibit debuting at the 2018 Block Film and Arts Festival in September.

Southern Utah residents will have the chance to weigh in on the future of transportation in Washington County at the annual Dixie Transit Expo.

The Dixie Metropolitan Planning Organization recently started working on an update to their Regional Transportation Plan. The plan will cover from 2019 to 2050 outlining which road and transit improvements are expected to become necessary within their boundaries, which encompass St. George, Washington City, Santa Clara City and Ivins City. 


Proposals for a class five landfill on Promontory Point would allow Utah to store more out-of-state waste. Advocacy groups are worried about the potential environmental and economic impacts on the Great Salt Lake.

Secretary Ryan Zinke to make conservation announcement Friday in Salt Lake City.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is scheduled to be in Utah Friday to make an announcement during a conservation and hunting expo in Salt Lake City.

Interior officials didn't provide details about the announcement in a news release Thursday, saying only he will make a "major conservation announcement."

Fraudulent activity by a man in Orem cost victims over $11,000.

The Utah Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of an ex-worker at a money management firm in Orem who was found guilty in 2015 of bilking more than a dozen disabled clients out of $11,000.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Jordan Jack used the money he diverted from the victims from 2012-14 to take a Las Vegas vacation, buy concert tickets, televisions, jewelry and expensive shoes.

Gramercy Elementary School in Ogden, Utah, which may be closed down.

A Utah school district is considering closing schools after voters turned down a $106 million bond.

Ogden School District is considering a lease revenue bond or asking voters to approve another bond to replace and rebuild schools after voters turned down the last bond last November.

The Provo-Orem area, according to Forbes, is one of the best places for housing investment.

Owning a home in Utah County is a good investment.

The Provo-Orem metro area — which includes much of Utah County — came in second on Forbes' 2018 list of the best places to invest in housing.

Angel's Landing trail at Zion, where a teen Utah girl died from a fall.

Zion National Park officials say a 13-year-old girl has fallen to her death from a popular narrow trail bordered by steep drops.

Zion park ranger John Marciano said Tuesday the Utah girl was hiking with family when she tumbled from the Angel's Landing Trail Monday evening.

Springville police officer aided by passer-by.

A passer-by carrying a concealed pistol is being credited with stopping an attack on a police officer in central Utah.

Derek Meyer said he was driving Friday afternoon in Springville when he saw a policeman scuffling with someone near a clothes donation bin.

The Murray Humane Society, where a man stole $140 in donations.

Police are looking for a man suspected of stealing $140 from a donation box in the lobby of The Humane Society of Utah in Murray.

The man believed to be in his late 20's entered the building on Wednesday evening with a woman.

Aeromexico, a Mexican airline that offers flights to Salt Lake City International.

One of Mexico's largest airlines has begun offering flights between Mexico and Salt Lake City.

Aeromexico will offer daily flights to Guadalajara, Mexico and a weekly service to Mexico City.

Ruth Watkins, new President of the University of Utah

Ruth Watkins who will become the first female president of the University of Utah has earned a reputation of being personable, collaborative and determined and is hoping to take advantage of being a relative newcomer to the state to improve the university.

Watkins is set to begin her first day as president on April 2 after she was selected by the Utah Board of Regents earlier this month.

City Creek Canyon, which was temporarily closed due to the wildfire in August.

Two Utah men are being accused of causing a wildfire that broke out at an illegal shooting range on national forest land on the edge of Bountiful last summer.

Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges in district court in Salt Lake City last week against 48-year-old Jayson Ross Orvis and 41-year-old James Troy Golden.


The Mormon church is calling on national leaders to support "Dreamer" immigrants who the religion says have earned the right to continue to "contribute positively" to society.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Friday in a statement that it respects the right of nations to establish immigration laws, but called on leaders to create polices that give "hope and opportunities" for "Dreamer" immigrants. That refers to young people brought to the country as children illegally and raised here through no fault of their own.


Authorities say a poacher killed a pregnant elk inside Zion National Park during the government shutdown.

The National Park Service and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are investigating the incident, which is estimated to have happened on or about Saturday.

Salt Lake City has the potential to host the 2030 Winter Olympics.

An exploratory committee studying a potential Salt Lake City bid to host the 2030 Winter Olympics estimates the city could pull it off without losing money.

Fraser Bullock, co-chairman of the committee, said the budget estimate presented at a meeting Monday is another indication that Salt Lake City is set up nicely to host another Olympics.

Zion National Park reported record number of visitors in 2017.

Both Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks have reported a record number of visitors for 2017.

Zion National Park saw more than 4.5 million visitors last year, which is up 5 percent from 2016. While Bryce Canyon National Park recorded 2.6 million visitors — a 9-percent increase.

Samuel Shaffer (left) and John Coltharp have been arrested on various charges after a raid on their compound.

A Utah man from an upstart group with beliefs in polygamy and doomsday has been charged with sodomy on a child and other counts.Prosecutors filed the charges Wednesday against 34-year-old Samuel Shaffer, one of two men accused of sexually abusing girls they considered wives. He was also charged with child lewdness and obstruction of justice.


Salt Lake City was ranked seventh in the nation for being the best metropolitan area for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professions, according to a WalletHub study. The report ranks 100 of the largest metro areas in the nation on their suitability for STEM professionals and includes over a dozen metrics which range from per-capita job openings for STEM graduates to annual median wage growth for STEM jobs.

Sexual assault evidence collection kit can now be tracked via website

Utah officials say a new federal grant will allow the state to offer more resources to victims waiting as their sexual assault kits are going through the testing process.

Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Coordinator Krystal Hazlett said Tuesday that Utah's Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice received $2.2 million grant in October.

Clyde Companies, teaming up with Blue Diamond Capital and Merrill Trust Group of Atlanta, have their eyes on a 3,300-acre community in St. George.

Developers in southern Utah have unveiled plans for a master-planned community along the Arizona line they say would be one of the largest ever built in the state.

The 3,350-acre Desert Color development would be made up of four main land-use districts with housing, shopping, schools, parks, hiking trails and artificial lakes on the southern edge of St. George just east of U.S. Interstate 15.

Information for the upcoming 2018 Silicon Slopes Tech Summit

Organizers of a Utah technology summit say former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has agreed to speak at next week's event in Salt Lake City.

The former presidential candidate who is expected to make a run for the U.S. Senate in Utah next year is scheduled to speak at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit next Friday.

Garfield County Sheriff

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 90-year-old female whose body was found on Wednesday buried under a large amount of coal in her home’s coal bin in Panguitch.