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Scientists from the University of Utah will be studying the Salt Flats in Utah for the next two years. The Bonneville Salt Flats have attracted racers who want to break a land speed record for years. The texture and thickness of the salt is perfect for going fast — really fast. But beyond just the racing, the area has one of the largest potash mines. Potash has a lot potassium and is sold as a fertilizer. The flats also offer a unique recreational area.

Utahns Divided On Minimum Wage Action

Sep 2, 2016

Despite Utah’s emergence from the recent recession as one of the strongest economies in the nation, many people remain worried over wages and the state’s cost of living.

At an open house on September 7, Utah State University and the Utah Assistive Technology Program will celebrate the opening of the new Uintah Basin Assistive Technology Lab. The lab, which opened in early July in Roosevelt, provides services for people with disabilities.


Wednesday, Southern Utah University observed Autumn Arbor Day, and in doing so, recognized the city’s namesake tree, and honors a former university president, who recently passed away.

Update On The Peterson Hollow Fire

Aug 31, 2016
U.S. Forest Service

Firefighters battling a forest fire about 23 miles northeast of Logan are preparing another complication in their efforts to contain the blaze. High winds are forecasted for the end of the week, while the fire has grown by 30 acres.


Campus Pride is an educational organization for LGBT students and college campus groups. In the past, the organization released a "shame list" of 57 colleges. According to Campus Pride, the colleges all discriminate against LGBT youth through Title IX exemptions. This year’s list includes 102 religious colleges. Campus Pride claims all colleges discriminate against LGBT youth in policies, programs and practices.


As public outrage over the influence of money in politics continues to grow - seen in both the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump campaigns - a new study provides compelling evidence that the U.S. political system is more "one dollar, one vote" than "one person, one vote."


Beaver Mountain, situated near the top of Logan Canyon in the Bear River Mountains, is no secret among residents of Cache Valley in Utah. Many spend their winters taking full advantage of the ski trails this treasured resort has to offer. But, what is Beaver Mountain in the summer?


On Tuesday, members of the Utah State Legislature heard from experts who examined the risk factors for veteran suicides. Dr. Steve Allen, who presented a new Veterans Affairs study on the connection between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and suicides, said that America’s struggle with opiate addiction is also claiming the lives of veterans.


Southern Utah University, the self-proclaimed "University of the Parks" marked the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service by canceling regular courses and organizing over one-hundred national park or outdoors-based educational field trips--from on-campus activities to a bussed excursion to the Grand Canyon.

Utah Named Worst State For Women's Equality

Aug 25, 2016

Utah ranks 48th in the nation for women’s work hours compared to men’s, 49th in women’s pay compared to men’s and 50th in the amount of women employed compared to men.


Thursday marks the 100-year anniversary of the establishment of the National Parks Service and Southern Utah University, the self-proclaimed University of the Parks is celebrating by taking the day off and heading out-of-doors.

Study: Renewable Industry Could Absorb Coal Layoffs

Aug 24, 2016

The growth of solar- and wind-related jobs could easily absorb coal-industry layoffs over the next 15 years and provide full-time careers, if investments are made to retrain workers. That's according to a new study by researchers at Oregon State University and the Michigan Technological University.

Interior Secretary: Parks Need More Relevance

Aug 23, 2016

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2016. Relevancy could be key to preserving the nation’s natural heritage.

A federal judge in Utah is considering whether or not to again release from jail, two men in the FLDS food stamps fraud case—this, after the pair were returned to jail after violating the agreement of the court upon their first release.


The most recent numbers from the Utah Department of Workforce Services show that Utah’s unemployment rate dropped last month to 3.9 percent. Although higher than the 3.5 to 3.7 percent range Utah has seen over the last year or two, the small unemployment spike could be because of more people entering the workforce.

The Utah County Fair, which runs until Saturday, will not feature pig wrestling this year, according to fair officials, though it's been part of the fair for years. It involves teams of four wrestling a pig into a barrel. But this year, teams will have to compete somewhere else.

Salt Lake County Fair Bear Show Draws Complaints

Aug 18, 2016

Wednesday was the first day of the Salt Lake County Fair. An animal rights organization has taken issue with a bear exhibit on display there.

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 (NH 3 ) from atmospheric Nitrogen ( N 2 ) 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.'"