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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According to a recent Dan Jones and Associates survey, almost two thirds of Utahns want to see the Affordable Care Act repealed.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.

Chris Holmes


Tuesday afternoon, police identified the suspect 23-year-old Isaac Wall of Beaver Utah has been taken into custody. He is described by investigators as the ex-husband of one of the six victims. The other five cases of arson seem to have been randomly selected - perhaps to divert the attention of investigators.


Right now Northern Utah has the best snow pack it’s had in five years. The storm last week left behind large piles of snow . And now the warmer temperatures and rain could create flooding.


Fewer Utahns Dying At The Hands Of Police

Jan 6, 2017

The number of civilians dying at the hands of police in Utah has diminished several years in a row even as the Justice Department has increased its initial estimate of arrest-related deaths. 

National Weather Service

Because of the large amounts of snow received in Utah, and specifically in Cache Valley, residents are advised to "be aware that there is a very high possibility of flooding with the next storm system supposed to hit next weekend."


 A few days into January and those New Year's resolutions are still going strong, right? Well if you’re anything like me, you’ve already made adjustments to those ambitions goals. Well, there’s good news for those of us who need some extra encouragement.


Conservative state legislator Mike Noel is among several names being considered for the position of director of the Bureau of Land Management. But how likely is it the controversial appointment would become reality? 

Utah Still Struggling To Put Women In Office

Jan 4, 2017

Nearly a quarter of all statewide executive offices in the country are filled by women. However, in 2016, no political party in Utah featured female nominees in races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, or state auditor and treasurer.

Two Skiers Rescued From Logan Canyon Backcountry

Jan 4, 2017

After a six-and-a-half-hour search in Logan Canyon, two skiers were found late Tuesday night at 11:45 on the back side of Beaver Mountain Ski Resort. Members of the Cache County Ski Patrol found their tracks after sending out crews on snowmobiles. Rescue workers later found the two trying to climb back up the mountain. They became stranded and were not in a position to continue down or move back up the hillside.

What's Next For Bears Ears?

Jan 3, 2017


With the new designation of a Bears Ears National Monument, many are wondering what comes next?


  LaVell Edwards, who led BYU to prominence with his pass-happy offenses and ranks as one of the most successful coaches in college football history, has died. He was 86.

President Barack Obama has designated two new national monuments in Utah and Nevada at sites that have become key flashpoints over public land in the U.S. West.

The announcement Wednesday marks the administration's latest move to protect environmentally sensitive areas in its final days.

Sage Grouse On List Of Top Species Priorities

Dec 28, 2016



The Endangered Species Coalition has released "Removing the Walls to Recovery: Top 10 Species Priorities for a New Administration." The greater sage-grouse, the centerpiece of an ongoing federal effort to conserve more than 60 million acres of western lands, made the list. Hailey Hawkins with the coalition says the iconic bird's populations have declined by 97 percent because of clear-cutting, and oil and gas development.



 New numbers show alcohol sales in Utah continued a two-decade climb this year, with the state liquor department reporting record sales of nearly $406 million.

The annual report from Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control released Tuesday shows total sales for the 2016 budget year were 7.8 percent higher than the previous year.

How Prepared Is Utah For A Medical Threat?

Dec 21, 2016

A report from the Trust for America’s Health finds the nation is often caught off guard when a new medical threat--like Ebola or Zika virus--emerges.

The report analyzed 10 indicators of whether a state was prepared for an outbreak or bioterrorist threat. 26 states only had 6 of the needed indicators. Utah had 7 including public health accreditation, adequate food safety and public health laboratories.

Quick response by Cedar City Fire Department minimized damage to a Cedar City business Monday. 

GOP Voters Overwhelmingly Support Renewable Energy

Dec 19, 2016
Public Opinion Strategies

A post-election survey found nearly 90 percent of all voters support more government action to speed up the shift to clean energy. Mark Pischea with Conservative Energy Network said that includes two-to-one support by conservatives. He said the Republican Party shouldn't ignore these results.


Final exams at Southern Utah University wrapped up last week. Students are now out for the break. But today, faculty and staff also got an unexpected day off.

According to a recent survey, Utahns are in favor of keeping the Electoral College. The poll, which was conducted by Dan Jones and Associates, found that 60 percent of Utahns are against abolishing the Electoral College while 37 percent are in favor.

'High Noon' At Bears Ears

Dec 15, 2016

As the nation enters the final month of President Barack Obama’s administration, Utah’s political leaders await the fate of the proposed Bears Ears national monument.

Studying Utah's Air Using TRAX

Dec 15, 2016


Logan Mitchell, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Utah, has been studying Salt Lake’s urban air, particularly levels of carbon dioxide, methane, ozone and particulate matter.

Juvenile Court Vacancy Short-List Announced

Dec 14, 2016

The Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice has released a list of finalists to fill a vacancy on the First District Juvenile Court. 

Heidi Snyder

A new plan is in the works for National Forests in Southeast Utah. It's been 31 years since the Forest Plans were last updated, and one of the bigger issues so far is grazing on public lands. 

John Glenn Remembered By Utah Astronomy Professor

Dec 12, 2016


John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth and was one of the stars of space exploration. Years later he served as a U.S. senator, but he still spoke at events regularly about physics and astronomy.


University of Utah Associate Professor Zheng Zheng saw Glenn speak when he was a doctoral student. He laughs as he tells the story of how he wasn’t sure who he was at first.


Senior Field Trips is inviting Utah seniors to attend the Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast of the Music and the Spoken Word this Sunday at the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City.