Sponsoring representative Patrick Painter of Nephi warns that the day will come with Utah will wish it did otherwise. Notwithstanding, fellow lawmakers shot down Painter's proposal to help fund a Lake Powell to St. George water pipeline by earmarking a portion of state sales taxes.
Under Painter's proposal, the state would set aside a portion of state sales tax to help pay for the $1 billion project. Water users would then repay the state for the loan.
For the first time scientists are measuring the expansion of the universe 3 billion years after what is called the big bang. Kyle Dawson, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah and co-author of the study, says the universe’s rate of expansion is speeding up and can be seen by measured clumps of hydrogen gas.
A lot gets lost in natural disasters: belongings, homes, even lives. But what’s too often lost in the despair are the beacons of hope, like a 94-year-old New Yorker named Lawrence. Relief volunteer Dave Rosner says Lawrence was very optimistic about his only source of light, a three-wick candle.
The sounds of bikes zipping by are heard all around Provo. People are giving up driving their gas guzzling cars for a more healthy and efficient way to get around. Bicycles are seen everywhere around Provo these days, and thanks to new improvements and community outreach programs, Provo received one of biking's highest honors. It was recently named a "Bicycle Friendly Community" by the League of American Bicyclists.
Utah State is currently sitting on an 8-2 record for the year. The last time the Aggies won eight games in a season was 1974, almost four decades ago.
So it goes without saying that Aggie fans have been waiting a long time for a season like this. Fourth-year coach Gary Andersen already has the Aggies on their way to a bowl game for the second year in a row—something they haven’t done in over half a century.
Republican Senator Wayne Niederhauser has been elected the next president of the Utah Senate. On Friday night the Sandy Senator beat Senate Majority Leader Scott Jenkins in a vote to replace Michael Waddoups, who is retiring at the end of his term.
"We’re all very excited to serve and to be the go to people in the Senate and to work the Governor and the House to bring back good policy for our state now and in the future," says Niederhauser.
2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. Thousands of Utah men and women joined forces with more than two million Americans from across the country to help fight the war which lasted more than a decade. On Sunday a service was held to honor Utah’s service men and women at the State Capitol. Over one hundred Vietnam veterans were personally thanked for their service over the weekend at the Utah State Capitol.
Bob Fillmore of West Valley attended the ceremony with of his two friends who also served, and he says it’s nice to be recognized.
For National Guard and Reserve service members, combining military service with civilian responsibilities can be an overlooked challenge. It’s about more than volunteering their time to our nation’s military. It’s also about sacrificing family, friends, relationships, and careers.
While not all of that sacrifice can be mitigated, an organization like Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, or ESGR, can help support service members and their employers with employment stability.
Thanks to a ruptured Chevron oil pipeline, more than 33,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into Salt Lake City's Red Butte Creek in June 2010. The spill not only killed wildlife, including waterfowl, fish, and the invertebrates they eat, but also caused park closures and many residents along the creek to become ill. Now, more than two years later and with a comment period on the spill's closure document set to open, the Utah Division of Water Quality says the creek is clean. Environmentalists disagree.
Women's roller derby has had a resurgence since the early 2000s. What once had the reputation as a spectacle akin to professional wrestling is now seen as a respectable competitive sport. But it's not for everyone. Jennifer Pemberton sends us this report from team try-outs for the Junction City Roller Dolls in Ogden.