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Utah Wildlife
4:37 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

DWR unveils plan for mountain goats in the La Sal Mountains

A controversial state plan to introduce mountain goats to the La Sal Mountains, near Moab, could be approved soon. UPR's Jon Kovash reports.

Tuesday night at an open house in Moab, biologists from the Division of Wildlife Resources office in Price unveiled their plans to the public. Among them was wildlife biologist Justin Shannon.

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Air Quality
9:04 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Watching Disease Happen: the Pathology of Air Pollution

In the shiny new Agricultural Sciences building on the campus of Utah State University, toxicology professor Roger Coulombe studies the interaction between PM2.5 and human lung cells.

For Air Quality Awareness Week, Jennifer Pemberton has been asking local experts to help explain Cache Valley’s air pollution problem to residents. In today’s report, she tours a lab on the campus of Utah State University, where the effects of particulate pollution on human health are easy to see -- with the right equipment.

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Planet Tee
12:00 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

NPR Program Follows the Creation of a T-Shirt

Update May 1: The Planet Money Tee has been fully funded in less than a day- but you still have time to get your shirt if you want one.

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Air Quality
9:22 am
Tue April 30, 2013

The Cleanest and the Dirtiest: C. Arden Pope on Why Utah is the Best and Worst Place to Study Air

C. Arden Pope was the keynote speaker at the Cache Valley Air Quality Summit in Logan on April 25, 2013.
Credit Creative Commons

This week is Air Quality Awareness Week. Today Jennifer Pemberton  takes us on a summarized visit to the Cache Valley Air Quality Summit in Logan to hear air pollution epidemiologist, Dr. C. Arden Pope tell the story of how we’ve cleaned up the air in the U.S. in the past 50 years and how much further we still have to go.

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Crime and Courts
3:00 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Police Dog on the Mend after Injury at Work

Cedar City K-9 officer Pajko received his injuries during a physical confrontation with suicidal and uncooperative suspect.  The animal was taken to a specialist in Las Vegas. It was determined that Pajko suffered from a herniated disk in his neck.

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Crime and Courts
2:46 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Man Caught with 65 Pounds of Marijuana in Motor Home

The Utah Highway Patrol has arrested a New York man they say was carrying about 65 pounds of marijuana inside his motor home in eastern Utah.

Troopers pulled over the driver of a motor home for traffic and tinted window violations. Troopers say they became suspicious of the driver, 57-year-old Warren Debiew of New York.

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Cache Valley
9:19 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Voices from the Bad Air Story Booth

UPR's Jennifer Pemberton and Mackinzie Hamilton recorded festival attendees for the Bad Air Story Booth at Logan's Earth Day Downtown Street Festival.
Credit April Ashland

These are some of the voices from our Bad Air Story booth at Logan’s Earth Day Downtown Street Festival. With a background of various local musicians and speakers, we set up a table and microphone to ask Cache Valley residents to tell us their Bad Air stories. Have you ever had a bad air day? How do you know when it’s a bad air day? What do you do about it? 

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Utah News
3:13 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Bomb scare locks down Ogden school

More than 500 students were evacuated from Shadow Valley Elementary School in Ogden on Tuesday after administrators learned of a bomb scare.
Credit Ogden School District

A bomb scare forced educators to evacuate and lock down an elementary school in Ogden on Tuesday. Ogden Police Lt. Danielle Croyle says there was no explosion or injuries of any kind after more than 500 students were evacuated from Shadow Valley Elementary at 4911 S. 1500 East at around noon Tuesday.

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Air Quality
8:38 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Community Engagement Project Update: Keep Those Bad Air Stories Coming

Utah Public Radio has partnered with the Public Insight Network to report on public health effects of air pollution in Cache Valley. Listeners and other members of the community here have been telling us their experiences with air pollution through an online form. Jennifer Pemberton has been listening to these stories and has this update on public concerns:

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Utah News
2:10 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Hazmat Crew Snuffs Out Chemical Spill In Provo

Provo Fire Department

Several blocks were closed off around a chemical company in Provo while firefighters and a Hazmat crew responded to a chemical spill.

Neighbors spotted smoke coming through the roof at Wiltec on West Street about 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Provo Fire Battalion Chief Tom Augustus told the Provo Daily Herald that the company that studies chemical reactions was testing sulfur trioxide when a research tube failed.  He said the failure caused an unexpected chemical reaction that involved a significant amount of smoke.

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