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Utah Environment
6:22 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Drought Disaster Declared Statewide

91 percent of the state is experiencing dry or drought conditions.
Credit drought.gov

All 29 Utah Counties are now included on the disaster declaration list from the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to ongoing drought across the West.

In a letter to Gov. Gary Herbert earlier this week, U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack informed state officials that Uintah and Duchesne counties were added to the list. They were the only two counties not included before the change.

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Utah Science
12:55 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Marine Toxin Found In Flatworms By USU Grad

A toxin most commonly found in puffer fish was discovered in terrestrial flatworms.
Credit nasa.gov

Sushi eaters may be used to the tingling sensation eating puffer fish produces. But now, the toxin that causes the buzz has been found on land by a USU Grad.

Amber Stokes graduated in 2013, but her dissertation was just published. After a colleague and somewhat worm-expert Peter Ducey noticed a strange behavior between his laboratory flatworms, Stokes dove into research to find out what was going on.


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Utah Outdoors
9:38 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Search And Rescues In Logan Canyon Double This Summer

Officials remind hikers to be smart and prepared when entering Logan Canyon
Credit wildlife.utah.gov

The number of rescues performed in Logan Canyon have doubled this season from previous summers.
Officials say inexperienced and unprepared hikers hitting the trails with a little too much confidence could be behind the spike.

Lt.  Doyle Peck from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office says the search and rescue team, made of volunteers, has been called weekly. He said while they’re not entirely sure why there has been a dramatic surge in rescues, they want to raise safety awareness, particularly on social media.

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Utah News
7:05 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Former Employee Pleads Guilty To Stealing From USU

Noell Hansen of Hyrum, Utah plead guilty to theft and forgery charges in a 1st District Court Monday.
Credit ice.gov

A former Utah State University employee pled guilty Monday to theft and forgery, both felony charges.

44-year-old Noell Hansen was accused of stealing over $38,000 from USU from 2011 to 2013 after working for the university for over 20 years.

  Media reports Hansen was able to embezzle the funds by keeping deposits until she had accrued multiple checks. After, she would take cash in the amount of a particular check to cover the missing money, then would submit the check instead of cash for that day’s deposit.

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Utah Politics
6:17 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Utah's Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down By Circuit Court

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an earlier decision by Judge Shelby striking down Utah's gay marriage ban.
Credit seattle.gov

On Wednesday, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision from a Utah judge striking down the state’s gay marriage ban. 

Six months after the state appealed Judge Shelby’s ruling, which found Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, a three-judge panel from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court's decision in a 2-1 ruling. However, with the ruling, the court put an immediate stay on the decision.

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Utah Politics
3:40 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Cache County Primary Election Results

Primary elections were held across Utah on Tuesday. To view the full results, click here.

Cache County results are below.

County Executive / Surveyor:
Boyd R. Pugmire:     2132
Craig W. Buttars:     3025*

County Recorder
Bradley P. White:     2080
Michael L. Gleed:     2985*

County Tresurer:
Craig McAllister:     2653*
Denise Lindsay    2529
  

*Winner of the election.

Utah News
6:56 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Sen. Thatcher: There Is No Rape Kit Backlog

Senator Daniel Thatcher says there is no rape kit backlog in controversy surrounding kit processing in Utah.
Credit https://doj.mt.gov

Updated June 25, 2014. 

Controversy has arisen this week over proposed amendments to the processing of rape kits in Utah.

During a Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee meeting last week, Rep. Jennifer Seelig (D- Salt Lake) pushed for additional processing of backlogged rape kits. Sen. Daniel Thatcher (R- Salt Lake, Tooele) questioned the wisdom of the proposed resource allocation.

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Utah Science
6:21 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Research Shines Light On Gardening Question

The efficiency of lights used for growing home gardens and crops has changed in recent years, leaving many to wonder which lamps to use.
Credit epa.org

Though the sun is still the primary source of light for most gardeners, many rely on electric lights some of the time. But varying claims on the efficiency of these lights from different manufacturers has left many growers confused about which products to use, according to Bruce Bugbee.

Bugbee, a professor in Utah State University’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, along with graduate student Jacob Nelson decided to look into these claims, publishing an article on the topic in the journal PLOS ONE.

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Utah News
4:39 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Founder Of Ordain Women Excommunicated

Kate Kelly, the founder of Ordain Women, was excommunicated on Monday after being charged with "apostasy” by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Credit Ordain Women

Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly has been excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Kelly said in a prepared statement, “The decision to force me outside my congregation and my community is exceptionally painful. Today is tragic day for my family and me as we process the many ways this will impact us, both in this life and in the eternities. I love the gospel and the courage of its people. Don’t leave. Stay, and make things better.”

Debra Jenson, the spokeswoman for the organization, spoke with UPR last week.

“We are deeply disappointed that the church has decided to take this action against a woman who simply asking questions publicly that women have been silently asking for years,” Jenson said.

In an e-mail to Kelly Monday, her Bishop from Virginia, Mark Harrison, said the following: “…our determination is that you be excommunicated for conduct contrary to the laws and order of the church.”

A disciplinary hearing was held in Virginia about Kelly's case, which she was invited to join in person or via video, according to the letter from Kelly's former Bishop. Also in the letter was a list of times Kelly had been met with by her local leaders.

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Utah Science
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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