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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.  

Dani Hayes

A welfare check by the Cache County Sheriff’s Office turned deadly Monday after officers were forced to use lethal force.

Snail Insulin Picks Up Speed For Diabetic Community

Sep 19, 2016
Baldomero Olivera

Snails are certainly sluggish and may seem unassuming, but some possess a powerful weapon: insulin. And this insulin may provide a sweet development for the diabetic community. Insulin is a component of some snail venoms, and scientists have discovered the insulin from these slow-moving creatures could provide a framework for developing a faster-acting treatment to help control blood sugar levels in the human body.

USU Scientists Built Cameras For NASA's Latest Mission

Sep 9, 2016
Kyle Todecheene, The Utah Statesman

NASA launched a rocket Thursday night carrying cameras built by scientists at Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory. SDL employees and their families gathered to watch a live stream of the launch and celebrate four years of hard work.

  Linzy Brown was once a student at Utah State University, but after struggling with depression and falling behind in her classes, she was kicked out of school in April 2015.

Utahns Join In Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

Sep 8, 2016


A federal judge will make a decision Friday concerning a preliminary injunction on the continuing construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline after a lawsuit was brought against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers back in August. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe claims that the path of the pipeline threatens places and areas that are considered sacred.

More Cougars Can Be Hunted This Year, DWR Says

Sep 8, 2016

Utah wildlife officials will allow more cougars to be hunted this season due to an increase in the animal’s population and increased attacks on farm animals.


Researchers have come out with a new ranking of the 50 best college towns in America and collegerank.net says three Utah cities belong on the list.

The analysis leaves out large urban metropolitan cities, ranking only towns with a population of 200,000 or less. Logan hits the list at number 35. Provo is at 28 and Cedar City is number 20.


  A 72-year-old Sevier County man is lucky to be alive after a harrowing 6-day ordeal in the Southern Utah outback.


The man was hiking alone—not very wise, but he did one thing right, said Lieutenant Del Schlosser of the Iron County Sheriff’s Department. He told a friend where he was going and when he expected to be back.


Soon you may see a new TV advertisement from the Center for Western Priorities, a conservation policy organization, that will only play in a few western states for a very specific reason.

Utah Education PAC To Push For Tax Increase

Sep 7, 2016


A state income tax hike for education could soon be on the ballot in Utah. The political action committee,Education First Utah, is expected to release a proposal calling for a 7/8 of one percent increase of state income taxes. Gov. Gary Herbert argued that his track record on education spending shows that an income tax increase is unnecessary.


Scientists from the University of Utah will be studying the Salt Flats in Utah for the next two years. 

The Bonneville Salt Flats have attracted racers who want to break a land speed record for years. The texture and thickness of the salt is perfect for going fast—really fast.

But beyond just the racing, the area has one of the largest potash mines. Potash has a lot potassium and is sold as a fertilizer. The flats also offer a unique recreational area.

Utahns Divided On Minimum Wage Action

Sep 2, 2016


Despite Utah’s emergence from the recent recession as one of the strongest economies in the nation, many people remain worried over wages and the state’s cost of living.

At an open house on September 7, Utah State University and the Utah Assistive Technology Program will celebrate the opening of the new Uintah Basin Assistive Technology Lab. The lab, which opened in early July in Roosevelt, provides services for people with disabilities.


Wednesday, Southern Utah University observed Autumn Arbor Day, and in doing so, recognized the city’s namesake tree, and honors a former university president, who recently passed away.

Update On The Peterson Hollow Fire

Aug 31, 2016
U.S. Forest Service

Firefighters battling a forest fire about 23 miles northeast of Logan are preparing another complication in their efforts to contain the blaze. High winds are forecasted for the end of the week, while the fire has grown by 30 acres.


Campus Pride is an educational organization for LGBT students and college campus groups. In the past, the organization released a "shame list" of 57 colleges. According to Campus Pride, the colleges all discriminate against LGBT youth through Title IX exemptions. This year’s list includes 102 religious colleges. Campus Pride claims all colleges discriminate against LGBT youth in policies, programs and practices.


As public outrage over the influence of money in politics continues to grow - seen in both the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump campaigns - a new study provides compelling evidence that the U.S. political system is more "one dollar, one vote" than "one person, one vote."


Beaver Mountain, situated near the top of Logan Canyon in the Bear River Mountains, is no secret among residents of Cache Valley in Utah. Many spend their winters taking full advantage of the ski trails this treasured resort has to offer. But, what is Beaver Mountain in the summer?


On Tuesday, members of the Utah State Legislature heard from experts who examined the risk factors for veteran suicides. Dr. Steve Allen, who presented a new Veterans Affairs study on the connection between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and suicides, said that America’s struggle with opiate addiction is also claiming the lives of veterans.