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6:37 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Dino Goes Digital, Scientists Map Wall Of Bones

Dan Chure and Brooks Britt on the wall of bones.
Credit Dinosaur National Monument

Scientists from Brigham Young University and Dinosaur National Monument have teamed up to map the famous “wall of bones,” a sandstone slab containing more than a thousand dinosaur fossils.

Using a laser scanner and photogrammetry, Brooks Britt, a BYU professor and paleontologist, is working to put together the most accurate model of the wall since 1936.

Over the years, fossils of dinosaurs dating back 150 million years to the late Jurassic have been removed from the 5,000 square foot wall.

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Utah News
5:52 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Dogs Take The Day Off To Join The Workforce

Dog owners all across the nation brought their dog to work today.
Credit Twitter.com

Canine furry friends from around the country are escaping the dog-life and joining the work force during Friday’s national Take Your Dog to Work Day.

The annual event was originally was held in 1999 by Pet Sitters International, a professional pet sitting company, and has grown since then. Participants from around the U.S. have taken pictures throughout the day of their dogs at work and uploaded them to Twitter with the #TakeYourDog.

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Utah News
3:34 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Summer Solstice Observation Saturday Night

The summer solstice can be seen June 21 beginning at 7 p.m.
Credit http://scijinks.jpl.nasa.gov/

It represents one of the most concentrated repositories of ancient petroglyphs and astronomic observational features anywhere—an American Stonehenge.  The summer solstice will be observed at the Parowan Gap on Saturday.

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Utah News
3:22 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Suicide Prevention Program Benefits From Golf Tournament

An annual golf tournament happens Saturday in Carbon County. Each year, the proceeds are donated to a local charity.
Credit http://www.carboncountryclub.com/

For the fifth consecutive year, the Carbon Country Golf Course is hosting a public golf tournament Saturday to benefit Utah charities.

In 2009, Mike Ballard fatally slipped on ice. Now, The Carbon County Golf Course hosts an annual tournament in his honor, donating proceeds to local charities. The recipient this year is HOPE Squad, a suicide prevention program in Price.

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Utah News
7:34 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Future Olympians Discuss Values With Former Military Personnel

The majority of the USA’s winter Olympic team is meeting this weekend for a rookie training camp in Park City to learn about resilience from a former member of the military.

Jen Housholder said she is not really a skier or a snowboarder, but she is helping to mentor these athletes-in-training about core values through the Military Mentorship Program.

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Utah Science
7:19 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Buzz About Town: USU’s Bug Collection Grows By 1.2 Million

The expanded collection includes parasitic wasps that lay their eggs in arthropods.
Credit Waichert and Pitts

A collection of insects 80 years in the making is heading to Utah, and bringing over a million specimens with it. The American Entomological Institute is relocating from its long-time home of Florida to Utah State University.

Biology Professor James Pitts said the collection, which was started in 1934, will increase USU’s insect holdings by 50 percent.

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Utah Environment
7:19 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Goblin Valley State Park Ready For Expansion

Credit geology.utah.gov

A massive expansion of Goblin Valley State Park is in the works. The BLM, Utah State Park Service and Emery County are working together write a proposal to push the boundaries 40-fold.

After Gov. Gary Herbert proposed to expand a state park, officials from the state and park system chose Goblin Valley. With a recent surge in tourism, officials say the land needs more attention in order to maintain the natural beauty. 

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Utah Environment
7:14 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Grizzlies May Return To Utah

A petition seeking expansion for grizzly bear territory, including the Uintas, was released Thursday morning by the Center for Biological Diversity.

Noah Greenwald, the center’s endangered species director, discussed the basics of the petition.

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Utah News
5:19 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Plane Debris Located In La Sal Mountain Range

A plane that crashed in the La Sal Mountain Range Wednesday was located Thursday afternoon near La Sal Mountain Pass Road.
Credit http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/

A plane that went missing Wednesday has been located in San Juan County.

The debris of a 1958 single engine Cessna was found in the La Sal Mountains around 1 p.m. Thursday after nearby radar outposts lost signal with the craft Wednesday morning. The airplane had crashed into the mountainside killing the pilot on impact.

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Utah News
5:54 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Fresh Start For Animal Shelter Dogged By Abuse Allegations

The St. George Animal Shelter is holding a grand re-opening a year after allegations of mismanagement, animal abuse and neglect.
Credit St. George Animal Shelter

A year after allegations of mismanagement, animal abuse and neglect, the St. George Animal Shelter is holding a re-opening celebration to showcase the changes that have been made to the facility.

The shelter is re-opening with a new director, Sgt. Ivor Fuller, and new facilities including kennels that give animals access to the outdoors and dog runs.

Fuller said one of the biggest changes is the no-kill policy.

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