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Utah Clown Panic Spreads on Social Media

Oct 6, 2016

What started as two people dressed as clowns trying to lure children into the woods of South Carolina has turned into a national phenomenon. Nationwide, people are choosing to imitate these clowns and taunt children and adults alike.

Jon Kovash

It’s been called “cryptogamic” or “microbiotic” or cryptobiotic.”  It’s that thin crust of lichens, fungus and moss that grows where nothing else will grow. In the last decade, a growing group of scientists have concluded that this crust is a critical element in the survival of the planet.

Cache Valley Lacking Options At The Ballot

Oct 5, 2016
Aimee Cobabe

Of all the state legislature races in Cache Valley in 2016, all but one of the incumbents is running unopposed.


Smithfield, Utah is the safest city in the state according to a report released from SafeWise, a home security company. Santa Clara, Highland and Pleasant Grove were next on the list of the top 20 safest cities in Utah.

Homelessness Looms In 2016 Gubernatorial Race

Sep 30, 2016

Salt Lake City police arrested 49 people Thursday in an effort to weed out drug dealers hidden in crowds of homeless people. Police Chief Mike Brown told the media that drug dealers were mingling among the nearly 2,000 homeless people in the Rio Grande area of the city, which has seen serious incidents of violence in recent months.



It has a long name, the Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative or IIC. This month, the program received the National Parks Service Director’s Award for Partnerships.

According to Teri Saa, management assistant at Cedar Breaks National Monument and administrator of the internship program, this program is the first of its kind.


How Early Intervention Programs Give Kids a Head Start

Sep 29, 2016


Heather Humphreys is a university academic adviser. In her Logan office, pictures of her four daughters are thumb tacked to a colorful bulletin board above her desk. From the way she talks about them, you can tell they are the brightest part of her world.


Existing fossil fuel production is enough to blow the world's entire remaining carbon budget for keeping global temperatures below limits set at last year's Paris climate summit, according to a new report from Oil Change International.


Southern Utah University and SkyWest Airlines have announced a partnership to make the way easier for aspiring commercial pilots through SUU’s ever-expanding professional pilot aviation program.

Should Schools Be Used As Voting Locations?

Sep 28, 2016

Residents of Salt Lake County will no longer be able to vote at local schools on Election Day.


A Utah educator has morphed part of her classroom into a monarch habitat for student learning, but is not just teaching the scientific principles. The act of raising these beautiful creatures is instilling much more that just knowledge in her students, it’s sparking curiosity, and imparting a sense of stewardship.


Several people have received a phone call where the caller identifies himself and Lt. Frank Rogers from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office. According to Sheriff’s Office, Frank Roger is not a real employee. 

Can Utah's Pacific Islander Community Influence Elections?

Sep 26, 2016

Utah’s Pacific Islander community has historically had fairly low voter turnouts, but members of Utah Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Coalition, also known as UPI-CEC, hope to change that. The group held its first-ever Civic Engagement Town Hall event at the Salt Lake City Library on Saturday to encourage members of the demographic to vote.


  Stan Albrecht has been Utah State University’s president for more than 11 years and announced his retirement in February. The USU Presidential Search Committee will wrap up its search for the university president in the coming weeks. Albrecht said he still has much to do before he officially retires.


Clean up continues in Panguitch. For the second time in less than two months, a rare tornado has touched down in Garfield County—the latest one, damaging businesses and homes in the heart of the county seat.

One-Year Anniversary For Sage Grouse Conservation

Sep 22, 2016

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's landmark decision not to list the greater sage grouse as an endangered species. The bird, known for its colorful mating dance, once numbered as many as 16 million, but has dropped to between 200,000 and 500,000.


This report is part of NPR and UPR’s A Nation Engagement project focusing on the upcoming elections as it relates to economics.


Rob Pyne is now a legal resident of the U.S. But, for him and his wife Tammy Pyne, the job of obtaining legal status was a frustrating one to say the least.


Utah's Attorney General Sean Reyes, in lieu of a debate as his opponent Jon Harper dropped out of the race for the AG office (see story here), had the opportunity to answer questions from an audience at Dixie State University in St. George. 

Poll: Lee Leads Senate Race By 37 Percent

Sep 21, 2016

According to a Dan Jones and Associates poll released by UtahPolicy.com, Republican incumbent Sen. Mike Lee leads his Democratic Party challenger Misty Snow by 37 percent. The remaining 17 percent who were polled were split between those who are undecided and third party supporters.

Hatch Enlists VP Biden On Holt Imprisonment Case

Sep 21, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly agreed to petition Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to free Utahn Josh Holt from a prison after a June incarceration. Holt went to Venezuela to get married. His wife, Thamara Caleno, has also been locked up.


State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson is on what she calls a “listening tour” throughout Utah to hear from parents and educators. After making a stop on Friday in Logan, she said that many teachers have expressed concern over school infrastructure wearing thin.


Jon Harper says he will not be able to continue his Utah Attorney General campaign due to health reasons.

In a statement, Harper encouraged incumbent candidate Republican Sean Reyes to shut down what Harper called "the money mill" in the AG office that answers to the Republican Party and large donors. 

Aimee Cobabe



On a test track in Mendon, Utah, cars drive in a circle, stop at a crosswalk and start again. It’s not a very sexy scene, except for the fact that no one is driving the cars - they’re moving autonomously.


Ryan Wayne Milley went from perfect health to a painful death in fewer than 14 hours when he was 18 years old. The culprit was meningitis.


Protecting wetlands facing the dual threat of water scarcity and invasive species is a challenging task for land managers.