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Utah News
3:57 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Fishing And Hunting Programs Receive $20 Million In Federal Funding

Utah will receive $19.6 million in an annual payout of taxes from the federal government to be used for fish and wildlife conservation projects.The allocated money is part of $1.1 billion in taxes collected on sporting and boating equipment each year.

Mark Hadley from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says many Utahns don’t realize hunters and anglers pay for much of the wildlife conservation efforts in the state.

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Utah News
3:00 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Oil Spills Matter: Even In Landlocked Utah

On Saturday, a collision between a barge and a ship on the Houston Ship Channel resulted in nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilling into the water. The difficult to disperse sludge had reached 12 miles off the Gulf of Mexico by Sunday.

Media reports that now is the peak of the shorebird migration season, and that 10 oiled birds had been found and sent to a wildlife rehabilitation center as of Sunday afternoon.

Dr. Joseph Tainter, a professor of environment and society at Utah State University, calls the spill a reminder of the price of society's dependence on oil.

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Utah Health and Wellness
2:29 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Secretary Of Agriculture Encourages Farmers And Rural Americans To Get Health Insurance By March 31

U.S. Agriculture Secretary is encouraging farmers and rural Utahns to get insured under the ACA.

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, is campaigning to have more rural Americans sign up for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act before the enrollment deadline ends on Monday, March 31st. Vilsack says changes to health insurance coverage helps protect rural Americans who may have lost their insurance before the ACA was implemented.


“It is a population in which farmers and ranchers are exposed to the dangers of farming with all of the equipment that they have to deal with,” Vilsack said. “They could be faced with some serious illnesses or injuries that could result, in the past, in losing their coverage.”

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Utah Transportation
2:16 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Wednesday Open House Gives Cache Valley Residents Chance To Discuss Traffic Flow

A small part of the map depicting the proposed changes in Cache Valley. The public's input is sought in an open house Wednesday, and an online comment forum.
Credit Cache Metropolitan Planning Organization

Residents in Logan, North Logan, Hyde Park, and Smithfield will have an opportunity to discuss ways to improve traffic flow along Highway 91 in Northern Utah.

The Cache Metropolitan Planning Organization will join representatives from UDOT during an open house Wednesday at the Hyde Park City Hall beginning at 4:30 p.m.   

The two hour meeting is being held to gather input on proposed changes to property access on Highway 91 from 1400 North in Logan to 600 South in Smithfield.

Beginning Thursday, public comment about proposed changes will be accepted online at until Friday, April 11.

Utah Money
6:32 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

New Jobs Report: Steady, Moderate Growth

Job gains in Feb. were highest in the trade and transportation industry as well as in leisure and hospitality services.

The Department of Workforce Services released a new jobs report for Feb. on Friday.

The unemployment rate remains at 3.9 percent, the same as it was Jan. and a five year low for the state. 32,000 jobs have been added to Utah’s economy since Feb. of 2013.

Nic Dunn with DWS said the state has seen growth in nearly all sectors.

“What we’re seeing in Utah is a lot of diverse growth. Were actually the fourth most diverse economy in the nation and a hallmark of a strong economy is a diverse economy,” Dunn said.

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Utah Outdoors
6:01 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Risky Sport's Popularity Grows, As Do Fatalities

BASE jumping has grown in popularity since the 1970s, and so have the fatalities associated with the sport.

Two BASE jumpers were killed over the weekend in separate incidents in Zion National Park and Mineral Canyon, west of Moab. These mark the second and third BASE related deaths in the last two months in Utah.

BASE, or “Building, Antenna, Span, Earth” jumping evolved out of sky diving in the late 1970s. The sport only started to gain a more mainstream following 15 years ago, as more legal areas to jump were discovered and advances to BASE gear made jumps less risky.

Tom Aiello is the chief BASE instructor at Snake River BASE Academy, he says the increased number of fatalities is to be expected.

“As the number of participants increases, the total number of incidents will increase, even if the incident rate itself—the incidents per jump—is decreasing. Although from the outside you may look at it and say it seems like incidents have climbed a lot, incidents per participant haven’t actually and in fact may have decreased in the last 10 years,” Aiello said.

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Utah News
2:12 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Caucuses Cause Confusion Thursday Night

Registered Republicans gathered at Mount Logan Middle School in Logan on Thursday night to organize their precincts.

One of the things attendees of the caucus discussed was the Count My Vote initiative which would have gotten rid of the caucus system in Utah completely. Though the issue was resolved by Gov. Gary Herbert on March 10, many in attendance didn’t realize this was the case.

Darla Yeates, precinct chair, said the attempts from Count My Vote to eliminate the caucus system were unsettling.

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Utah Environment
5:59 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Protestors Picket Moab BLM Over Oil And Gas Field

Protestors gather in Moab BLM parking lot.
Jon Kovash Utah Public Radio

A controversial oil and gas field along the approach to Dead Horse Point and Island in the Sky is getting more controversial. On Wednesday, about 30 protestors assembled with signs at the Moab’s BLM parking lot.

“We don’t want their oil and gas revenue money. And the only way we’re going to stop them is to continue that pressure is to be as vocal as we possibly can to anyone who is willing to listen,” one protestor said.

“And to go forth to the city council and the BLM and say wait a minute, what the hell’s going on?” another protestor said.

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Utah Science
6:36 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

New Dino Species One Of Youngest On Record

Researchers say Anzu wyliei was five feet tall and eleven feet long.
Credit Matthew C. LamannaHans-Dieter SuesEmma R. SchachnerTyler R. Lyson

A feathered, beaked dinosaur discovered in the Northern Plains states has ties to Utah.

Emma Schachner is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Utah, and is part of the team that discovered the dinosaur in the mid-2000s.

The dinosaur, called Anzu wyliei, was announced in a PLOS ONE journal article Wednesday.

Schachner said the dinosaur would have lived in a warm, humid environment along the flood plains of a river around 65 million years ago.

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Utah Food
5:18 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Pork Prices Climb As Swine Virus Kills Hogs Across The Nation

The PEDv virus is most harmful to young pigs.

As UPR listeners who enjoy bacon or ham may have already noticed, the price of pork has been rising steadily for the last four weeks. The cause of the increase is a swine virus called Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea or PEDv that experts suspect made its way over from Asia in 2013. 

Livestock Marketing Information Center Director Jim Rob says the disease began spreading rapidly in pork producing states, including Utah, late 2013.

The virus causes cold-like symptoms in adult pigs but can be deadly for piglets.

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