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Utah Environment
6:27 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Research On Bird’s Use Of Great Salt Lake Leads To Migration Discovery

The Marbled Godwit uses the Great Salt Lake as a staging ground for migration to their northern breeding grounds and to the south for wintering.
Credit fishandgame.idaho.gov, Brian Currie

Though the Great Salt Lake is a known stopping point for many migratory birds, new research shows just how important it is for a long-beaked shorebird called the Marbled Godwit.

Three populations of the Marbled Godwit live in North America. The primary population lives in the middle of the continent. They call Saskatchewan, the Dakotas and Montana home. Two smaller populations are based out of Alaska and the eastern coast of Canada.

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Utah News
6:24 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Lawsuit Filed to Gain Rights For Same-Sex Couples During Stay

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah filed a preliminary injunction last week which would force the state, the attorney general and the governor to recognize the same-sex marriages that took place in Utah until the pending supreme court case has been decided. 

Since the stay on gay marriage was set in place, same-sex couples who were married in Utah do not have access marital rights that other heterosexual married couple’s receive.

John Mejia, the legal director for the ACLU, said the state currently recognizes gay marriages, but only for tax purposes.


Click to hear the full interview with Mejia from the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah.

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Utah News
4:40 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Spring Break Hits Utah; Students Head To Vegas, National Parks

Students here at Utah State and across Utah are on Spring Break this week. Some will stay home to catch up on studying. Others will travel to popular destinations including national parks and, you guessed it, Las Vegas.

“March is the busiest month of the entire year for Las Vegas,” said Courtney Fitzgerald, a spokeswoman for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

“In 2013 we saw more than 3.5 million people in the month of March alone.”

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Utah Legislature
5:52 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Bill Passes Allowing Third Party Access To Opiate Antidote

A bill allowing doctors to prescribe an opiate antidote to third party individuals so that they can help in the case of an overdose passed in Utah's legislature this week.
Credit Center for Disease Control and Prevention

A bill that would allow for the dispensing and administration of an opiate antidote has been given final approval and now goes to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.

Bill sponsor Sen. Brian Shiozawa said he hopes the bill will save a significant number of lives.

"There are so many narcotic slash opiate related deaths in this state—over 500 last year," said Shiozawa. "Most of these occur at home, most of them are accidental and as a result that’s the reason people need this very lifesaving antidote at their disposal."

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Utah News
5:36 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Land Exchange To Boost Utah Recreation and Energy Development

The Bureau of Land Management acquired world-class recreation sites such as Corona Arch and Morning Glory Arch in a 60-million-acre land exchange with the State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.
Credit Bureau of Land Management

A land exchange deal which would allow for a land trade between school lands and the Bureau of Land Management is close to finalization after nearly ten years of negotiations.

Under the exchange nearly 60 million acres of land, appraised at equal value, will be traded between the Utah School Institutional Trust Lands Administration and the BLM.

The BLM’s Megan Crandall said through the trade SITLA would receive 35,000 acres of land from the BLM in exchange for more than 25,000 acres in Uintah, Grand and San Juan counties.

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Utah Education
1:54 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Lars Hansen, Nobel Prize Winner to Lecture at USU

Utah State University alumnus and Cache Valley resident Lars Peter Hansen is one of three Americans to be the recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics.  He will be presenting a free lecture, “Consequences of Uncertainty,” Friday, March 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall on the Logan campus.

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Utah News
5:02 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Paradise Barn A "Total Loss" After Fire

A Paradise, Utah barn was engulfed in flames Tuesday night. Photos and video from Eleanor and Jim Wellings.

More than $195,000 in damage was caused Tuesday night after a barn in Paradise, Utah was engulfed in flames. Respondents were unable to quench the flames before the barn collapsed. Cache County Fire Marshall Jason Winn said the fire was noticed by an individual.

"Yesterday, roughly around 6:30, a passerby noticed smoke coming from the large barn at 9800 South 380 East. that passerby stopped, found that there was fire in the barn, called 9-1-1, tried to extinguish the fire, but the fire grew out of control," he said.

The fire destroyed 200 tons of hay, 150 tons of straw, a hay baler, and a trailer carrying three four-wheelers, a motorcycle, and a side-by-side utility vehicle.

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Utah News
2:55 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

New Ski Resort Will Be Utah's 15th

Ski runs were visible at the Cherry Peak Ski Resort construction site last November as developers carved slopes out of the mountain in anticipation of a grand opening for Thanksgiving 2014.
Credit Beth McEvoy

There will soon be one more place to ski in Cache Valley. UPR’s Beth McEvoy has details on the pending arrival of Utah’s 15th ski resort.

The construction site of Cherry Peak Ski Resort sits nestled in the foothills above the small town of Richmond just north of Logan. Developer John Chadwick shows me where ski lifts not yet installed will be as we scurry up the mountain in his loud all-terrain vehicle.

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Utah Health and Wellness
2:04 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Three Plans For Utah Medicaid Expansion Emerge

Utah is currently facing three proposals for health care reform. Here are the plans.
Credit Utah Healthy Policy Project

As state legislators try to decide what to do about the 60,000 Utahns who fall into the Medicaid gap, there remain plenty of unanswered questions regarding health care reform.

There are currently three proposed health care plans in Utah. The House, Senate and Governor all are presenting separate plans.

The House’s Plan:

The House plan is being presented by Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart as House Bill 401. The reform by only using state dollars to cover the Medicaid gap.


The Senate’s Plan:

Senate Bill 251, which is sponsored by Sen. Brian Shiozowa, is a partial expansion and private-option plan. This means it would subsidize health care coverage through employer-sponsored insurance, private insurance and Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations.

The proposed bill would cover anybody who is under the poverty level which means any individual making less than $11,500 per year. By 2020, it is estimated to cover 54,000 Utahns.

Under this plan, Utah would have to ask the federal government to help cover 90 percent of the cost, while the state would cover the rest. This is opposed to the current system in which the national government covers 70 percent of Medicaid.

However, the Utah Health Policy Project, which supports the governor’s bill, is fearful that the federal government would pull it's funding down the road.

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Utah Environment
6:15 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

New Software Promotes Urban Water Conservation

Utah State University Researchers are hoping to promote urban water conservation with new software.
Credit http://www.watermaps.usu.edu/

Interdisciplinary researchers at Utah State University have developed a landscape water management tool meant to enlighten individuals about the appropriateness of their water consumption. WaterMAPS assesses whether people, specifically in urban areas, are over-watering their landscapes.

Joanna Endter-Wada, associate professor in Utah State University’s Department of Environment and Society and the social scientist on the WaterMAPS development team, said urban landscapes use 60-70% of the water in Utah communities.

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