Utah News

Utah News and UPR Newsline are productions of Utah Public Radio. 

Timothy Lutes fatally shot Thomas Stanfield after an altercation.

  A security guard who police say fatally shot a man in the back after an altercation has been charged with murder. He and his employer are also being sued by the victim's family.

Prosecutors say in charging documents that surveillance video shows 26-year-old Timothy Lutes shooting 54-year-old Thomas Stanfield in the back after Stanfield tried to walk away from a fight that started after Lutes asked him to leave the area.

Shaffer (right) will serve 26 years in prison after pleading guilty.

  A self-styled Utah prophet who led a doomsday cult and secretly married young girls was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison.

35-year-old Samuel Shaffer was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to one felony count of child sodomy.

Multiracial Family; Multiracial indviduals are likely to be categroized as non-white by observers.
Jennifer Borget / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

According to a new study, by 2050 one in five Americans will identify as multiracial. The study also reported that individuals of multiracial background are usually categorized by observers as non-white.

Unified Police of Greater Salt Lake

Police say two people were injured after a THC extraction lab explosion inside a home in the Salt Lake City metro area.

The explosion was reported at the Millcreek home Tuesday afternoon.

Police arrest suspect in double killing.

Police in suburban Salt Lake City have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of man and woman in West Valley City.

Police say the two victims lived in a shed in West Valley City on the same property as the man accused of killing them owns a home.

Tours Of Nibley Firefly Colony Offered This Week

Jun 26, 2018
Firefly park; At night, fireflies can be seen in this area of Nibley, Utah.
Lauren Bennett

Utah is not known for its fireflies, but there is a dense population in Cache Valley’s city of Nibley. The Stokes Nature Center hosts tours of the area to provide education about the unique group of fireflies.

Ultimately the National Park Service built a trail to the desired vantage point.
Clément Bardot

My family hosted Japanese exchange students when I was in high school. As a result, I have a bunch of Japanese sisters, one of which is a mountaineer, gear-tester, and all-around outdoorswoman. She loves hot springs and wanted to know which natural hot springs in Utah were good to visit. So I set off to find out. 

Seated attendees listen to speakers at the vigil holding unlit candles.
Tamsen Maloy

In response to the separation of migrant families crossing the U.S./Mexico border, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement in support of keeping families together. A non-partisan group of Mormon women held a vigil in Salt Lake City last weekend for families affected by the separations.

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump is not on the ballot, but he has invested time and energy in a slate of primary contests across America that will again test his clout within his own party.

Voters are weighing in on candidates in seven states.

John Curtis and Chris Herrod square off in the Utah Republican Primary Tuesday.

  The Utah Republican primary Tuesday offers a rematch between U.S. Rep. John Curtis and conservative businessman Chris Herrod.

Curtis needs to prevail if he wants to earn his first full term in Congress.

Men in thier 20s are most likely to need search and rescue in Utah National Parks.

 Rescues at Utah's national parks are up 68 percent from 2014 — and men in their 20s are the ones most likely to need help.

Recently released statistics from the National Park Service show that most of the search and rescues from last year involved male hikers in their 20s.

Mitt Romney makes final bid for Senate seat this week.

  Mitt Romney is flashing his familiar smile at city parks and backyards in Utah's mountains and suburbs this week, making his final pitch after being forced into a Republican primary against a conservative state lawmaker.

At stake is the party's nomination to vie for the Senate seat long held by retiring Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch.

A Utah man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay full restitution after defrauding his insurance clients.

  A Utah man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay full restitution after defrauding his insurance clients.

41-year-old Brian Smart of Lehi took more than $1,800 from his clients between May 2005 and March 2006.

Utah Native Americans At The 2016 Summer Gathering
Tim Peterson

A Utah indigenous grassroots organization will host its fourth annual summer gathering at Bears Ears National Monument at the end of July. Utah Diné Bikéyah is involved in ongoing battles to conserve cultural lands.

Diseases Carried By Insects Closing In On Utah

Jun 22, 2018
This summer mosquitoes and ticks are out in full force according to experts. Those experts are also out in full force working with the public to prevent disease and illness caused by insects.

This summer mosquitoes and ticks are out in full force, according to experts. Those experts are also out in full force working with the public to prevent disease and illness caused by insects.

Group of migrant children together on mats with silver shock blankets.
US Customs and Border Control

After intense pushback against separating migrant children from their parents at the United States southern border, President Trump signed an executive order ending these separations. 

Cars Parked on Logan Main Street; Parking rquirements for mainstreet parking discussed
Wikimedia Commons

Logan city officials are considering details for a rezone allowing more residential units in downtown Logan. The proposed rezoning plan applies to properties on Logan Main Street between 200 South and 500 North.

LDS leaders release questions asked during youth interviews.

  The Mormon church is for the first time posting the list of questions lay leaders are supposed to ask youth during closed door, one-on-one interviews that have come under scrutiny for sexual questions that sometimes arise.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday posted the 13 questions that were previously only sent to local leaders. A letter from church President Russell M. Nelson encourages the leaders to share them with children and parents before the interviews.

Utah Commission releases safety recommendations following school shootings.

A coalition of Utah officials are recommending the state create a waiting period for people wanting to buy guns, require background checks on all firearm sales and make it easier to take guns away from people believed to be a threat.

The 11 recommendations released by the Utah Safe Schools Safety Commission Wednesday were developed in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Alterra Mountain Company has purchased Solitude Mountain Resort.

  A fast-growing ski resort company is buying another Utah property less than a year after it acquired a ski resort east of Salt Lake City.

The Denver-based Alterra Mountain Company announced Tuesday the purchase of Solitude Mountain Resort, a 1,200-acre (486-hectare) property in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Solitude has been owned by Park City's Deer Valley Resort since 2014. The company acquired Deer Valley Resort in August 2017 but its owners had retained the Solitude resort.

The company called the new acquisition a "tremendous addition to our family of destinations."

Black American family, smiling together; Black households tend to fare worse economically despite overall prosperity in Utah
Army Medicine, flickr.com / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The nonprofit organization Prosperity Now recently released its yearly economic “scorecard”—a report detailing the economic wellbeing of populations across the U.S. The report said there is a racial divide when it comes to economic security and in areas like Utah, minority groups tend to fare worse than white populations.

Sign that says Voting with an arrow hanging on blue brick wall
Justgrimes/flickr / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Cache County mail-in voting is delayed because primary election ballots didn’t arrive on time. As of Tuesday, 90 percent of the ballots are either at the post office or out for delivery.

A registered sex offender has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three young Utah girls.

33-year-old Johnathon Nixon pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of aggravated child sexual abuse and child sodomy.

Body of missing man found in Newton Dam.
Brian Champagne

Authorities say the body of a man who disappeared while swimming in a reservoir at Newton Dam has been found.

The Cache County Sheriff's Office says 35-year-old Austin Nsegiyumva's body was found about 50 feet from shore under 8 feet of water.

Teen attempts to blow up a homemade explosive device at school in St. George, Utah.

  Authorities say a Utah teenager told police he tried to blow up a homemade explosive device in his backpack at school because he'd been looking at Islamic State propaganda and wanted to cause fear.

Prosecutors showed video Monday of the 16-year-old talking to police after the smoking but inert backpack was found at the school in March.