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A renewable energy group says that the state of Utah now has more than 4,400 jobs in the solar industry.

The Solar Foundation says that ranks 14th in the country and seventh nationwide on a per capita basis.


Rep. Jason Chaffetz met with President on Tuesday in part to discuss the future of the Bears Ears National Monument. Chaffetz is an opponent of the monument and had worked alongside fellow Utah Rep. Rob Bishop to try and pass the Public Lands Initiative in Congress, decreasing the land available for the monument.


The Utah Department of Transportation advises motorists that US-89 through Logan Canyon will be closed to all through travel until Wednesday morning.

“Rhesa, I have cancer,” he said. Although there were indications it could be cancer, I never really thought those words would come out my dad’s mouth. Or maybe I was just living in denial that my dad only 61 years old could actually have cancer. I held back the tears. Many have lived through similar moments—all of us victims in some form or another of the terrible “C” word.

UPDATE: Expect Avalanche Danger To Increase Again

Feb 6, 2017


In effect from noon today to 6 a.m. MST Wednesday. For the mountains of Northern Utah and SE Idaho including the Wasatch, Western Uinta, Bear River, and Wellsville Ranges. The avalanche danger is HIGH. Rain, heavy snowfall, and strong winds are creating unstable snow at all elevations. Very dangerous avalanche conditions exist. Natural avalanches are likely. Stay off of and out from under slopes steeper than 30 degrees.

Trump Proposes Repeal Of Johnson Amendment

Feb 3, 2017

President Donald Trump’s promise at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast to repeal the Johnson Amendment has stirred critics who worry about blurring the lines between religion and politics. 

Justin Prather

Thursday the Clean Air Caucus, composed of Republicans and Democrats from Utah’s House and Senate, met to discuss statewide air quality concerns and legislation proposed to address the issue. 

The Utah State University Fee Board is now hearing proposals for a student fee increase for next year. Utah State student advocate vice president, Matthew Clewett, is part of the board that makes the final decision about fee increases.



Officials south of Salt Lake City say efforts to tackle the contentious political issues of drugs and overcrowding at the capital's homeless shelter appear to be pushing more people in need to Provo. 

Will Gorsuch Pick Up Where Scalia Left Off?

Feb 2, 2017

President Donald Trump’s nomination of federal judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is but the latest in a series of ongoing battles to fill top government positions.

In the month of January 2017 Box Elder County Sheriff has been called to the west desert five times for individuals lost, stuck or overdue. All have turned out as rescues in one form or another; however basic rules are being broken. Some individuals are going alone and most of them are going into areas where there is extremely unreliable cell phone service. The majority of these individuals have not notified anyone exactly where they are going to be and when to expect them home.


West Jordan Republican Rep. Ken Ivory wants to improve and expand telemedicine services in Utah. Telemedicine refers to doctors’ visits done via video conference or through other online technologies - and has been heralded as a way for rural communities to access quality healthcare. 


State Mail and Distribution Services provides mail delivery for state agencies, cities, and Special Service Districts from Ogden to Spanish Fork. Director of State Purchasing and General Services Kent Beers said that an audit of the SMDS was called for after a noticeable decline in the volume of delivered mail over the past few years.

Volunteers Maintain Winter Trails In Northern Utah

Jan 31, 2017
Aimee Cobabe

Northern Utah has received several feet of snow recently. Piles of powdered and packed snow can cause headaches. But for many outdoor enthusiasts, winter weather provides the perfect recipe for fun.


 A report out from companies SafeWise and High Speed Internet ranks the safest and most dangerous states for online dating.

There’s been a growing popularity of apps and websites to help people meet online. Like Tinder, Plenty of Fish, eHarmony, okcupid, match.com, the list goes on. But how safe is it to use these websites?



As Utah faces large increases in its public school enrollment over the next few years, legislators and other elected representatives are hoping to find sources of education funding that don’t require a raise in taxes.


Republican state House Speaker Greg Hughes opened the 2017 legislative session with calls to tackle homelessness and for President Donald Trump to stop the Bears Ears National Monument.


As the 2017 legislative session gets underway, some debate could be expected regarding the collection of internet sales tax. Gov. Gary Herbert claims that almost $200 million in internet sales tax is not being paid to the state.

Rep. Val Potter Hopes To Work On Utah's Air Quality

Jan 23, 2017
Utah State University/Utah Division of Air Quality


  Rep. Val Potter spoke with Access Utah host Tom Williams during the opening day of the Utah Legislature at the State Capital today.

Many lawmakers spoke today about their concern for public education. Potter says it’s one of his biggest priorities.



Utahns say education is their number one issue in the upcoming legislative session. According to a newly-released Dan Jones and Associates poll, education was identified as the highest priority by 50 percent of survey respondents, more than twice the number of those who identified lowering taxes as the most pressing policy need.


Marianne Sidwell made sure her children were vaccinated—protection from serious diseases like measles, mumps, and whooping cough was important—but when she heard about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, she wasn’t quite sure her kids needed THAT one.


Repealing the Affordable Care Act without an immediate replacement would throw the U.S. healthcare system into turmoil over the next three years, according to economists.

Utah's Agriculture Sector Continues Growth

Jan 12, 2017

Since 2008, over 13,000 jobs related to agriculture have been created. According to a new study released from the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, the agriculture production and processing sectors generate half a billion dollars in state and local tax revenue.

However, it is not just the state’s rural areas that are impacted by this growth. 

Aimee Cobabe

An avalanche covered the road in Logan Canyon Wednesday and officials have closed highway 89 leading to Beaver Mountain. The avalanche was just west of the Beaver Mountain turnoff. Traffic into the canyon has stopped and UDOT is telling drivers to use SR-30 to SR-16 to Wyoming 89 to I-84 at Evanston, Wyoming to travel to and from the area east of the avalanche.

Utah Wants ACA Repeal, Among Enrollment Leaders

Jan 10, 2017

According to a recent Dan Jones and Associates survey, almost two thirds of Utahns want to see the Affordable Care Act repealed. Despite the strong opposition among voters, plenty of Utahns have enrolled in the ACA marketplace. Utah, along with Idaho and Montana, has some of the highest enrollment numbers among states in the Intermountain West.