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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.


Humans may be the best "space invaders" on the planet. We cut down forests, build roadways, produce crops, and mine for minerals. These activities result in habitat loss for plants, animals, and other organisms and also pose a threat to biodiversity.

It was Christmas in July as the Logan City Police Department received a tactile police robot on Friday.



 It looked a little like something out of a Syfy movie, or maybe a children’s story.

“Well, we could quote Chicken Little, if you remember that. 'The sky is falling!' Uh, not really," said Patrick Wiggins, Utah's NASA Ambassador.




The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on Wednesday in Utah to discuss the pros and cons of the Public Lands Initiative, legislation that some say could balance the conservation and economic development in the state.


For the second year in a row, three Utah cities made it onto a list of the top 25 best cities for career opportunities. Two of them are in the top 10.


Tourism Could Save a Uintah Basin Town

Jul 27, 2016

According to the Utah Department of Work Force Services, the unemployment rate in Uintah County is at 8.4 percent. That's more than double the state average of 3.5 percent.

The University of Utah recently received a donation of 13 hand-colored prints created by John James Audubon, a French-American naturalist and artist. Audubon prints are some of the first detailed, artistic representations of animals from across America.

  Early Sunday morning, police were called to a Cedar City trailer park on a report of shots fired.  They found 34-year-old Justin Hanna dead from an apparent gunshot wound.  The fugitive wanted in case has been apprehended, and so have 3 others for allegedly assisting his flight from justice.

Democrats in Utah Eager to Balance Utah Politics

Jul 26, 2016

Kevin Rhodes is the Democratic Candidate for the Cache County Council North Seat.  He said he decided to run for office because no one else would run as a Democrat.



A potentially toxic algae bloom at Utah Lake has forced the closure of the Jordan River in Utah County. Utah’s Poison Control Center has been taking a number of calls about possible risks. The center has had over 500 people call with concerns about the algae forming in Utah Lake.

Final Draft Of The Moab Master Leasing Plan

Jul 21, 2016
Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management released the latest draft of the Moab Master Leasing Plan on Wednesday for an area that spans from Moab to Monticello.

Many Utahns are planning on taking their boats out to Utah’s lakes this Pioneer Day weekend. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officials hope boaters stop to get their boats checked for invasive mussels, which are often called the “STD of the Sea.”

Will Utah's Data Center Investment Pay Off?

Jul 20, 2016

As a way to bolster a growing IT industry, Gov. Gary Herbert signed a new package of tax incentives on Monday designed to convince companies like Facebook and Google to build data centers in Utah. 


As part of the Utah Public Radio Kitchen Sister Project—Reporter Aimee Cobabe gathered a story of one man who, after he recovered from throat cancer, chose to cycle on what is called the loneliest road in America. 

Ashley National Forest Forest Revision Plan

Jul 19, 2016
Ashley National Forest

Public input is being sought this week for a plan to update forest management in northeastern Utah.

  On Monday afternoon, a Utah State University aviation student, Frank De Leon Compres, was killed after he crashed a plane near Hyrum, Utah.

Attempted Suicide in North Logan

Jul 18, 2016
Dani Hayes / Utah Public Radio

Main Street in Logan was closed Monday afternoon after a man attempted suicide in front of the North Logan Walmart Supercenter.

Student Pilot Dies In Plane Crash In Cache Valley

Jul 18, 2016

Cache County Sheriff's Office have confirmed the death of a Utah State University student in a plane crash Monday afternoon. 21-year-old Frank M. de Leon Compres was from the Dominican Republic and was in the pilot training program at USU. The crash site was located near the Mt. Sterling area near Paradise, Utah.


Salt Lake City Democratic State Sen. Jim Dabakis is calling on Gov. Gary Herbert to call a special legislative session to deal with child suicide in Utah. 


“I could never do science.” That’s what high school student Mitzy Ocampo thought before participating in iUTAH’s Summer Research Institute. The institute, an educational outreach element of a statewide research and training program, brings together a number of Utah high school and undergraduate students as well as teachers to conduct water-related research with scientists.


On Thursday, Utah’s First Congressional District Republican Rep. Rob Bishop unveiled changes to his Public Lands Initiative. The updated plan would grant protected status to over a million acres of the Bears Ears region. The PLI also seeks to add limitations to the Antiquities Act, the federal law that allows the President to unilaterally declare national monuments.

State Forester Sets Fire Restrictions in Cache County

Jul 15, 2016

Until further notice, the Utah State Forester has prohibited lighting fireworks or cutting metal in unincorporated areas, meaning areas that aren’t governed by local cities. Smoking in areas with dry vegetation and lighting campfires in undesignated areas is also prohibited.

Students Build Homes In the Navajo Nation

Jul 14, 2016

Each spring, a group of graduate students studying architecture at the University of Utah move to Bluff, Utah. Before the move, they prepare plans for homes and other structures they plan to build. For this year’s project, students designed and built a gateway to the Bluff community educational campus.