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USDA is closing 43 offices throughout US that helps rural Americans get affordable mortgages. 

This is a great concern in Utah, although no offices in Utah will be closed.  The program in Utah that deals with self help housing is called Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Association. 

"We don't have many offices in Utah, and the ones we do have cover a wide area," said Kim Datwyler, executive director

Utah offices for NNHA cover from Provo and Vernal north, she said.

The latest news on the winter storm sweeping across the Rockies and bringing significant snowfall and flooding to Utah.

Utah faces a shortage of affordable housing for low-income households, but the Olene Walker Housing Fund has managed to help keep thousands of Utahns from being homeless. The Fund has also managed to keep off the federal housing cuts chopping block. Gordon Walker, State Director Housing and Community Development discussed the Olene Walker Fund at an affordable housing press conference yesterday.

Serious State Discussions for Sage Grouse Habitat

Jan 19, 2012

A scoping meeting to discuss preserving, conserving and restoring sagebrush habitat for the greater sage grouse was held Wednesday in Vernal. UPR's Ranae Bangerter tells us there will be 26 meetings to discuss the bird's habitat during the next two weeks.

A bill that would not only improve public notice of Utah’s neighborhood caucus meetings, but block any other public meetings from being held the same day, will go before lawmakers during the upcoming legislative session.   Republican Representative Kraig Powell, the bill’s sponsor, calls the neighborhood caucuses Utah’s “real election day.”

Avalanche Warning in Effect

Jan 19, 2012

Avalanche risk is high in the mountains of Northern and Central Utah due to heavy snow and strong winds.

Toby Weed of the Utah Avalanche Center explains to UPR why conditions are particularly dangerous right now.

The warning doesn't apply to ski areas where crews conduct avalanche control, but skiing or traveling in the backcountry is not recommended.

The Utah Avalanche Center is a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and other state and local agencies.

Teen Crashes Car After Huffing Air Duster

Jan 19, 2012

An 18-year-old from Syracuse is facing charges after police say he crashed his car while huffing a computer-cleaning air duster. He's being cited for driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a psychotoxic chemical, failure to wear a seatbelt, and failure to stop at a stop sign.

Syracuse detective Heath Rogers says that there has been a rise in abuse of air dusters, which consist of compressed gas usually used to clean debris from keyboards and other electronics.

Even though northern Utah is forecasted to face avalanche danger this week, the lack of snow this winter has forced Ogden to cancel its Winterfest. Kerry talks to Dave Greiling about these and other developing stories.

Read the full stories at the Standard-Examiner's website.

Court papers show Teresa Freeman was charged with one count of custodial sexual relations for having sexual relations  with a parolee she supervised at a Salt Lake City halfway house. The 37-year-old faces a prison term of up to five years if convicted. 

A court-appointed attorney will represent the interests of nine children who are at the heart of a custody battle between an exiled former polygamist, and his three former wives.

Lorin Holm was kicked out of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by church leader Warren Jeffs.  His three wives were then assigned to other men.  

BYU to uncover little-known tabernacle

Jan 17, 2012

Archaeologists from BYU are planning to unearth the foundations of a little-known Provo tabernacle building, torn down nearly a century ago. 

The Federal Aviation Committee has thrown up a roadblock to the plan announced last fall to introduce a 50-seat regional jet to replace the twice daily turbo-prop service in and out of the city.

Utah wildlife officials have confirmed that a known poison killed hundreds of European starlings last month. Officials still don't know who used the poison called Starlicide.

Government agencies routinely kill starlings when flocks become a nuisance, but officials say they aren't responsible for the starlings that have been turning up dead around northern Utah.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources say that tests showed that Starlicide was used to kill about 400 starlings found dead at a Clearfield park.

The body of a yet unidentified man has been recovered in Grand Canyon National Park. According to park spokesperson Shannan Marcak the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report of a deceased person near the South Kaibab Trail.

Upon arriving at the scene, rangers found the body of an unidentified male about one-third mile from the trailhead, near Yaki Point. Rangers made their initial investigations, then carried the body to the rim. The body was first taken to the park's emergency operations center and then on to the Coconino County medical examiner.

Area Uranium Mill Workers Entitled to Compensation

Jan 13, 2012

Former uranium-mill workers and their survivors are now eligible for government compensation due to radiation exposure. A U.S. Energy Department ruling has increased a list from 3 to 20 mill tailings plants where workers may have suffered illness from the job.
 
Newly entitled workers from four uranium mill tailings plants in the Four Corners area can now apply for compensation and medical benefits. According to a news release, the U.S. Department of Labor is notifying newly eligible workers at seventeen plants nationwide about potential benefits.

A federal judge in Salt Lake City has ruled that wrongful death lawsuit against Hurricane City, and two members of its police department may proceed to trial.

In 2009, Brian Cardall and family were traveling through Washington County returning to their home in Flagstaff, when Cardall experienced a manic episode related to bipolar disorder. He left his vehicle and began removing his clothing. His wife Anna dialed 911. Within minutes Chief Lynn Excell and Officer Kenneth Thompson of the Hurricane Police Department arrived.

Funeral services today for Jared Francom tops the news from the Ogden Standard Examiner. Dave Greiling reports on the city's memorial plans and also talks about why FEMA representatives are visiting  city officials in Davis County this week.

Read the full stories at the Standard-Examiner's website.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are meeting with city officials throughout Davis County to Assess damage from a December windstorm. Reaching 102 mph, the windstorm damaged public buildings, toppeling a church steeple and breaking school bus windows.

Prime Excavating of St. George replaced a critical water line in a forbidding area of the Arizona strip. The 60-year-old pipeline serves forest service and BLM grazing sites, as well as wildlife in the Houserock Valley area.

Forest managers praised the contractor for its work on very steep terrain and thanked local ranchers who secured the funding for the project.

A group of independent business owners and Utah Senate and House Minority leaders will hold a public panel-discussion Tuesday on state liquor laws. Ashley Tolman reports.

Federal officials detonated explosive material they found inside a Utah home where a narcotics officer was shot dead and five others were wounded. Mackinzie Hamilton reports.

The U.S. Department of Interior has moved forward with a plan to ban new mining claims on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon.  Congressional Republicans tried to block efforts to limit mining operations in an area known for high-grade uranium ore.  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar finalized the 20-year ban on new mining claims on public land surrounding the Grand Canyon on Monday.

At least one constituent is demanding that the mayor of Helper resign as he faces a drunken driving charge.

The demand was made Thursday during a crowded Helper City Council meeting. Mayor Dean Armstrong was told his conduct is putting town residents in peril and that resigning would give him the chance to get his personal matters in order. Armstrong says he will not resign.

Should Cherry Creek be Zoned for a Ski Resort?

Jan 6, 2012

A request for permits to locate a ski resort in Northern Utah's Cherry Creek area is under review. UPR's Ashley Tolman tells us county planning and zoning officials have postponed making a decision whether or not to allow the conditional use permit.

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