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New Monticello Science Center Raises Overcrowding Concerns

Aug 18, 2016

A new science discovery center will open this weekend just outside of the southeastern Utah city of Monticello. Founders hope the $8 million center will bring tourists to Monticello without causing overcrowding.

Out of Thin Air: Making Fertilizer with Sunlight

Aug 18, 2016
Al Hicks / National Renewable Energy Laboratory

A new scientific discovery may change the way we make fertilizer. A team of researchers have found a new way to produce Ammonia (NH3) from atmospheric Nitrogen (N2) using sunlight instead of fossil fuels. The discovery may have profound effects on the sustainability of food production.

Utahns Volunteer In Louisiana Flood Relief

Aug 16, 2016
Red Cross

Flooding in south Louisiana has led to the evacuation of around 40,000 homes. Volunteers from Utah began arriving over the weekend. Rich Woodruff of the Red Cross said that the response has been one of the biggest in several years.


A new alternative teacher licensing program went into effect in Utah on Friday. The plan, which was approved back in June, requires that applicants have a bachelor's degree and eventually pass Utah’s teacher certification test.


Back-to-school jitters are in the air, but what about back-to-school critters that can make a home in your hair? Head lice--- a word particularly dreaded among parents of school-age children.

Libertarians See Gains In Poll Of Utah Voters

Aug 12, 2016

In an election year that has turned conventional political wisdom on its head, the Libertarian Party could see an unexpected boost at the polls. According to the results of a recent Dan Jones survey released by UtahPolicy.com, Libertarian candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is currently polling at 16 percent in Utah.


A few months ago, Cynthia Burrows and Aaron Fleming, professors at the University of Utah, had a simple question about the Zika virus.

“I stuck my head in the lab and said, ‘Are there any G-quadruplexes in the Zika genome? I wonder what it looks like,'" Burrows said. "And Aaron said, ‘I don’t know, I’ll go look.'"


On Monday, Attorney General Sean Reyes announced that Utah is among 43 states and the District of Columbia that have settled a lawsuit with Barclays Bank over charges that the British bank manipulated LIBOR interest rates.


The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is one of the over 550 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System. The sanctuary is open all year for visitors to witness migrating birds throughout the seasons.


The Perseids meteor shower will peak during Thursday night and early Friday morning. According to experts, this year’s shower could be one of the most spectacular because of an increased rate of meteors. 


Plants and animals living in the Rocky Mountain West could face bigger challenges than previously expected as global temperatures rise, according to a new study by the University of Montana.


According to a new study, minimum wage workers should be making nearly $19 an hour. The report from the Economic Policy Institute found that tying the minimum wage to productivity would raise pay to $18.67 per hour. That’s an increase of over $11 an hour from Utah’s current hourly rate of $7.25.

Utah Students Have Lowest Average Student Debt, Study Says

Aug 8, 2016

  When Utah students go back to college in the coming weeks, fewer will be concerned about student debt compared to students in other states.


Most people today wouldn’t even consider taking a caveman approach to gathering food, but harvesting wild resources is how our early ancestors nourished themselves. What then prompted the transition from hunting and gathering to farming? This question has been debated, but anthropologists at the University of Utah believe they have an answer.

How is Aggie Ice Cream Made?

Aug 5, 2016

 What makes one kind of ice cream better than another?

To answer that question, I visited the Utah State University Nutrition, Dairy and Food Sciences building, and met David Irish. He’s been the manager of Aggie Ice Cream for eight years. He gets a pleasant half smile on his face when I remind him that Aggie Ice Cream was voted best local ice cream shop in Utah this summer.

New Study Looks At E-Cigarettes And Quitting

Aug 5, 2016

According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control, which was released Thursday, people using electronic cigarettes had were less successful in giving up smoking and were less likely to have abstained for a six-month period. 

Bear Lake Drowning Victims Identified

Aug 5, 2016

The Bear Lake County Sheriff’s Office says an 11-year-old girl was reported missing Wednesday at the lake that is divided in half by the Idaho-Utah border. That girl, Brooklyn Lambourne, was found dead that same day.


  The Outdoor Retailers expo opened in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, with an endorsement of the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah.


  Governor Gary Herbert opened the Utah Rural Summit Thursday in Cedar City.  In its 29th year, the summit is hosted by Southern Utah University and each year, addresses the challenges of Utah’s rural economies.



Tom Cova is a geology professor at the University of Utah and director of the center for natural and technological hazards. He is part of a group of experts studying public warnings for hurricanes, wildfires or toxic chemical spills.

In July, the Salt Lake Tribune released an article about four Utah State University women who said they were raped by the same man, but Logan police and the university dropped the cases and the suspect was never prosecuted.

After-School Club Proposed By The Satanic Temple

Aug 3, 2016

An “After-School Satan” club is coming to an elementary school in Utah. The Satanic Temple is a nationwide religion that is starting an after-school club for elementary students all over the country, including Vista Elementary School in Taylorsville, Utah.

Lynn Chamberlain / Division of Wildlife Resources

In the Tushar Mountains of Utah, nearly 11,000 feet above sea level, state wildlife officials monitor the wellbeing of one of the many mountain goat herds in the state. The public is invited to explore Utah’s third highest mountain peak in search of these furry cliff climbers.

Aimee Cobabe

A construction project in Salt Lake County is utilizing an innovative new machine which uses water to demolish concrete.

Chris Holmes

  Monday morning, the stunning red rock vistas of Zion National Park served as a backdrop for the start of the Tour of Utah, which touts itself as America’s toughest stage, road cycling race.  After eighty-four grueling miles, stage one ended with a bang-bang finish in Cedar City.