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6:33 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Universities Look Outside the State to Fill the Enrollment Gap Left by LDS Missionaries.

Jasilyn Brinkerhoff, a USU sophomore, displaying her call to an LDS mission. She is one of many that will be taking an 18 month leave of absence from the University.
Credit Brinkerhoffs

With more students leaving for religious missions than ever before, Universities across the state are facing major enrollment dips.

Utah State University President, Stan Albrecht, said the school is still having difficulty estimating the fiscal consequences of this lower enrollment.

“We’re budgeting in a fog right now because we don’t really understand all of the impacts yet.”

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Utah News
4:23 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Provo, Ogden Air Traffic Control Towers To Close

Both of the Utah air traffic control towers facing possible closure due to federal budget cuts received bad news today. The Provo and Ogden towers were not spared the cuts handed down by the FAA and are now scheduled to shut down on April 7.

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Utah News
4:12 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Teams Gather for Mini-Indy Race in St. George

Heather Hallman, Kami Ellsworth, Sara Mansgold, Anilee Bundy and Debra Scarbrough gather at the St. George Mini-Indy 2013 go-kart race.

National and international representatives from the airline industry are gathering in St. George Friday and Saturday for a racing event that will mix fun and fundraising.  

UPR’s Kerry Bringhurst is in Southern Utah.  She spoke with St. George City Administrator Marc Mortensen about the Mini-Indy 2013 go-kart race being held to help “Turbo Boost” fund raising efforts to benefit United Way Dixie and the SkyWest Scholarship fund.

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Education
1:08 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

High Schools Students Gather in West Valley for Robotics Competition

Hundreds of high school students participated in a regional sporting event at the Maverick Center in West Valley City last weekend. But in this competition, the players were robots. Kim Schuske from Explore Utah Science has the story.

“Lets’ go, alright drivers take control…”

And with that, the robots were off, trying to fling Frisbees into four goals at each end of the field.

Forty-four teams from 10 states built robots that competed in the challenge, 19 of those teams were from Utah. The hard work of designing, building, and testing the robots took more than six weeks of intensive collaboration between team members, says Sheyne Anderson of the DaVinci Dragons of Ogden.   

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Utah News
6:21 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Church Fire Sparked By Old Computer Monitor

Firefighters try to save the Clearfield Community Church
Credit Salt Lake Tribune

Investigators are blaming a 1980’s-era computer monitor for a fire that ravaged a Clearfield church this week.

“I was getting ready to yell out, ‘Did anyone call 911 yet?’ and the police came up the street.”

Jamie Monson lives right across the street from where an old monitor overheated and sparked the Tuesday afternoon blaze in the Clearfield Community Church library.

North Davis District Interim Fire Chief Mark Becraft estimated the damages at between $750,000 and $1 million.  Monson says that damage is apparent.

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Education
6:09 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Ogden School District Looks for Alternative Resources for Pool Funding

Dane Held looks at a light that is falling out of its socket Thursday, March 21, 2013, at the swimming pool at Ogden High School.
Credit Standard Examiner

Ogden School district officials want to unload two old pools that are costing them a quarter of a million dollars in classroom money every year.  UPR’s Brianna Bodily has more.

The pools at Ogden and Ben Lomond high schools were built in the 1970’s.  Donna Corby, who handles the district’s community relations, says they both need about a half million dollars in renovation and updates.

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Utah News
1:10 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Arizona Looks for Alternatives to US 89

Transportation officials in Arizona are scrambling to find alternatives after US 89 was closed due to a landslide in February.

The Arizona State Transportation Board is considering whether to temporarily designate a 45 mile long Navajo tribal road as a state highway and improve it so it can be used as an alternate to a closed stretch of US 89 south of Page.

The design phase of the project would cost $1 million.

US 89 has been closed north of Bitter Springs and south of Page since February 20 because of a landslide that buckled part of the highway on a hillside.

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Utah News
12:44 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

SUU gifted $6 Million for Center for the Arts

Southern Utah University has received a $6 million gift from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation to create a multi-million dollar arts center on the campus of SUU.

In partnership with the Utah Shakespeare festival, the new center will further establish SUU as a regional center for the arts.

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Utah News
2:10 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Girl Scout Money Thief Turns Himself In

The man accused of stealing cookie money from a Girl Scout troop has turned himself into the police.  UPR’s Brianna Bodily has more on the details and possible motivation behind the crime.

Unified Police Detective Ken Hansen says 24-year-old Steven Andrew Kvenvold turned himself into police around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

Police say members of Troop 2532 were selling cookies at a stand outside a Taylorsville Wal-Mart last Saturday when a man and woman, working together, stole their cash box.

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Utah News
12:59 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

SUU President is a Finalist for Eastern Kentucky University Presidency

Southern Utah University President, Dr. Michael T. Benson, is one of three finalists to become the next president of Eastern Kentucky University.

Michael Benson has been president of SUU since 2006.  Benson has made a name for himself in the Utah higher education system for his personable approach and his proven ability to fund raise.

“The future is rising,” is a comprehensive campaign to raise 100 million dollars at SUU.  Now in its third year, the campaign has already raised 85 million.

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