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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.


The 55th season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival has begun in Cedar City, but the works of the Bard in the American West did not begin with the vision of Fred Adams in 1962. A new exhibit at Southern Utah University’s Sherratt Library titled “Willy the Kid: Shakespeare in the American West” documents the prolific presence of the man from Stratford-upon-Avon in even the tiniest of American frontier towns.

'Pokemon Go' Lets Adults Live Their Childhood Dreams

Jul 12, 2016

A new phone application called “Pokemon Go” was released Friday, and now almost as many people use the app daily as Twitter.

The game uses GPS to track where players are located and scatters Pokemon, which means “pocket monsters” in Japanese, around the country. The game encourages players to "catch em’ all" by traveling around their cities searching for the Pokemon with their smart phones.


‘Sustainability’ is not just a buzzword. The resources on our planet are finite. To meet present needs and those of the future, implementing strategies with preservation and viability in mind is critical. But, how do we instill a mindset of sustainability in our culture and relay the interconnectedness between the environment, society and economy? Faculty across the country, including those at Utah State University, believe one way is through classroom education.

Cache Chamber of Commerce

Community branding experts from Roger Brooks International are in Logan this week. Julie Hollist-Terrill of the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau said Brooks representatives are secretly shopping downtown businesses.

Invoices Lead To Federal Lands Lawsuit Audit

Jul 11, 2016

Government watchdogs have called for an audit of money Utah officials spent to explore a potential lawsuit to take control of Federal lands.

Young Adults Bike To S. Utah To Promote Affordable Housing

Jul 8, 2016

  A team of cyclists pedaled into St. George Thursday as part of a journey across the United States to promote affordable housing and do a service project on Friday.



After receiving criticism for a study comparing state versus federal management of recreation lands, the Sutherland Institute corrected the data that critics said was inaccurate.

Dani Hayes

Traffic on Logan’s Main Street was diverted for several hours Friday morning. Local fire crews and emergency vehicles blocked traffic while battling a blaze on the south end of Main Street.

The fire department was called at 6:19 a.m. Friday. Craig Humphreys, fire marshal for the Logan City Fire Department, said when crews arrived at the location, smoke and flames were showing from the structure.


It began with a herald of trumpets and marks the culmination of years of fundraising, planning and construction.  Thursday was the dedication of the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts at Southern Utah University.

Who's Responsible For The Letter Carrier's Safety?

Jul 7, 2016

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs annually. Half of those attacks involve children. And according to the U.S. Postal Service, Salt Lake City is listed as one of the top 30 cities in the United States for the most people bitten by dogs.

Utah: Lowest Income Inequality In Nation

Jul 7, 2016
http://www.utahvacations.org/ / Utah Vacations

Utah has one of the lowest ratios of income inequality in the country, meaning the disparity between the rich and the poor is low.

Public Land Study Draws Criticism Over Metrics

Jul 7, 2016

A recent Sutherland Institute report is in hot water after critics claim that inaccurate data was used to inflate Utah’s state park visitor numbers.


Quick response by a good neighbor, and a near-by construction crew kept a brush fire away from homes on the south end of cedar City Wednesday.  It is yet another lesson in firework safety, that fortunately, did not prove too costly to a group of Cedar City teens.

When Brooke Lambert became the USU LGBT program coordinator four years ago, she said many people in Cache County didn’t know what LGBT meant.



After the recent attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, lighting designers began discussing online ideas on how lighting could save lives and possibly slow down shooters.

U.S. Geological Survey / water.usgs.gov

$47 million was invested in 76 projects from 11 states by U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior to conserve water in the West.

Valley View Highway Is Unsafe, UDOT Says

Jun 29, 2016

  The Utah Department of Transportation says Valley View Highway, which runs between Logan and Riverside, doesn’t meet current requirements for safety standards. As a result, the road has an above-average number of crashes.

Getting Fired Up For The Next Wave Of Space Exploration

Jun 29, 2016

My heart pounded and my legs shook as I stood watching the world's largest solid rocket booster fire at the Orbital ATK facility in Promontory, Utah on Tuesday. These motors will be used to launch the most powerful rocket in the world, SLS, NASA’s acronym for Space Launch System. 


Thumbtack, a professional project provider website, released a survey discussing small business friendliness. 

The state of Utah ranked second in the nation as a great place to start a business. The report considered how easy it is for owners to start a small business and follow business regulations.

Kyle Strayer

A food truck, called Urban Greens Market, opened in Salt Lake City last week that provides fresh produce to residents who live in urban food deserts. Parts of Glendale and Poplar Grove in Salt Lake City are considered a food desert.

Concerns Raised Over Late Vote-By-Mail Ballots

Jun 27, 2016

Vince Wickwar, Chair of the Cache County Democratic Party, began having questions after hearing that some voters had yet to receive ballots. Only a few days remained until the Democratic Senate primary election.

Cowboys From Around The World Ride Bulls In Tuacahn

Jun 27, 2016
Diamond G Rodeos

There’s going to be a lot of dirt kicked around at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Ivins, Utah Friday and Saturday, but it won’t be because of any dancing—just a lot of bull riding.

“So you get people right on the front row with dirt down their shirts," said Cyndi W. Gilbert, vice president of Diamond G Rodeos. "So you get all of these people who are used to seeing opera and all of these high-end plays and they end up with bull riding.”

Memorials Matter: The Impressions History Leaves Behind

Jun 27, 2016

Let’s travel back to a day that will always be part of our national memory - May 10, 1869. It was a dream come true: a railroad connecting the East and West coasts. The horns and bells of the Jupiter and No. 119 locomotives bellowed as they chugged along the rickety tracks and came face-to-face at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. The crowd waited in anticipation for the last spike to be driven into the railroad tie, symbolizing completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad. Cheers filled the air as the maul hit the golden spike.

Groups Ask Feds To Investigate Utah-Funded Port

Jun 23, 2016

Several groups are calling on the federal government to investigate legal concerns surrounding SB 246, a Utah law that authorizes funding for a coal export terminal in Oakland, California. In a letter sent to the U.S. Department of Justice, environmental advocates claim that there are legal and ethical red-flags in the way the coal port was financed.