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Salt Lake City Ranks Fourth Best City For Staycations

Jun 7, 2016

Although many Utahns leave the state for vacations during the summer, many choose to stay home for financial reasons, work obligation or simply not wanting the hassle of planning a trip. But staying home doesn’t necessarily mean summer will be boring, especially in Salt Lake City.

Democratic Senate Hopefuls Debate In Logan

Jun 6, 2016
Evan Hall

Democratic Party candidates seeking to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Lee met in Logan on Saturday to debate issues and strategies for giving the state its first Democratic Senator since 1977.


Intergenerational poverty is poverty which has been passed on from one generation to the next. In 2012, the Utah State Legislature passed the Intergenerational Poverty Mitigation Act. The act was passed to help children in the cycle of poverty and welfare dependency overcome barriers preventing stability and opportunity.

ARUP Laboratories

Everyone has battled an infection. The culprits are pathogenic microbes such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. These pathogens can give us illnesses ranging from a nagging cold to a life-threating Staph infection. Infectious diseases claim many lives, but are often treatable if a rapid and accurate diagnosis is made.

health.utah.gov/MedicaidExpansion/ / Utah Department of Health

The answer is probably no, unless you are one of the 40 Utahns who have officially weighed in on the expansion proposal, even though Utah’s Medicaid expansion comment period ends on Wednesday.

Herbert, Hatch Visit Bears Ears

Jun 3, 2016

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Sen. Orin Hatch made a visit to the Bears Ears area in southeastern Utah on Thursday.

The City of Logan has 29 registered parks and according to the Logan Parks and Recreation Department only two are accessible to dogs.



A Utah law, called the proximity to a community location provision, states businesses can’t sell liquor within 600 walking feet of any community location whether that’s a park, a school or a church. The only way a business can serve liquor within the area is if they get written permission from that governing authority, like the school board, city or the church involved.

Salt Lake City Ranks Best City To Find a Career

Jun 1, 2016

With college graduation season underway, a finance organization released a report listing the best and worst cities to start a career. 

Utah Dems Urge DNC To Eliminate Superdelegates

Jun 1, 2016

On Tuesday, the Utah Democratic Party’s Central Committee passed a resolution that calls on the national party to do away with superdelegates entirely. By a vote of 91 to 47 in favor, the state party sent a clear message that it was time to end the use of unpledged convention voters.

Aimee Cobabe

“Five Finger long boards, I started this… oh… probably about 4 years ago," Andy Giles said.

Giles’s garage is his workshop where he builds custom longboards.

FDA's New Labels Declaring Added Sugars Could Confuse Consumers

May 31, 2016


  The Food and Drug Administration has announced new rules for food labeling that will require companies to declare added sugars. Some nutritionists say this change could confuse consumers who are not educated about the differences between added sugars and natural sugars.

Mark Witton

A new horned dinosaur species was unearthed in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The dinosaur lived around 77 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period. The finding was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal, PLOS One. Eric Lund, lead author, said the dinosaur has some unique characteristics not seen in other horned species. In fact, the dinosaur’s name, Machairoceratops cronusi, is in reference to what many find to be its most distinguishing feature- bent ‘sword-like’ spikes.

LDS Church Involved in Liquor License DABC Decision

May 27, 2016
evenstevens.com / Even Stevens


Two businesses, one in Saint George and one in Logan, are applying for a permit to serve alcohol. Both have been told by state governing authorities that officials from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints must provide written approval before the licenses can be issued.


Utah is one of 11 states that joined a lawsuit against the Obama Administration in response to a federal mandate that allows school kids to enter the bathroom they associate with based on their gender identity.

Permaculture on Wild About Utah

May 27, 2016

  Have you ever looked at a healthy forest and wondered “how do those trees, shrubs, and smaller plants thrive without fertilizer inputs, pest control, consistent watering, tilling, thinning, and being overtaken by unwanted species?” Many in Utah, in striving for alternative ways to grow food and landscapes in general, are turning away from conventional practices and experimenting in a relatively new design process called “permaculture.”

Katie Peikes / UPR

For the last two years, several groups worked on making the Highline Trail — a trail at the mouth of the north side of Logan Canyon — available for public use. They saw the completion of their efforts as the trail officially opened on Thursday.  


Author Kitson Jazynka is trying to make the odd more appealing. She recently wrote a book for National Geographic Kids called, “125 Wacky Roadside Attractions.” 

It includes things like a giant eyeball sculpture, a tunnel of love and museum of Pez memorabilia.

Nick Herrmann

For thirty years, volunteers from businesses, schools and church groups have been taking children with disabilities fishing. UPR’s Nick Herrmann spent the day at Salem Pond watching and recording as state wildlife workers taught more than a thousand youth with special needs the art of baiting and catching fish.

Matheson To Lead Diplomacy Committee

May 26, 2016

  Former Utah Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson joins former Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr., on the Utah Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. He said that the group’s aims of fostering diplomacy and encouraging economic cooperation helped convince him to sign on.


According to the Bureau of Land Management, there are over sixty-seven thousand wild horses on public land in the west, and the BLM estimates that the number will double in just four more years. Wednesday, Utah Representative Chris Stewart insisted, the crisis requires a bi-partisan solution, and right away.

Utah Makes Deeper Cuts to Medicaid Expansion

May 25, 2016

Utah health officials are getting criticism for a proposal to widen the state's health-care coverage gap beyond what the Legislature recently passed.

Conservation Group Introduces Pro-Public Land Billboard Campaign

May 25, 2016
Aaron Weiss


A conservation group has announced billboards are being placed in several states to highlight the consequences of state efforts to seize public lands. Organizers claim a Utah Office of Tourism campaign touts the state’s public lands without mentioning what could happen to those lands without federal funding.  

UPIN Asks: What is Utah culture?

May 24, 2016

What is Utah culture? Is it still primarily associated with our religious beginnings? Or has our culture evolved to include diverse outdoor recreation - snow-capped mountains and red rock canyons? Or is it defined by an entirely different variable? We want to hear from all past, present or future Utahns (or is it Utahans? Tell us!) within the sight or sound of our words - what is contemporary Utah to you?

Click here to tell UPR about your Utah culture.

St. George Public Transit Seeks Public Opinion

May 24, 2016
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Officials at the Saint George public transit system, called SunTran, are considering changing up their bus routes.