Utah News

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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Utah News
12:10 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Allegiant Air Announces New Flights From Provo During Uncertain Times for Small Airport

Allegiant Airlines announced a new route from Provo to Oakland, Calif. amidst uncertainty of the future of the air traffic control tower.

Provo city and Allegiant Air announced a second flight route from the Provo Airport.  But as UPR’s Stephen Tanner tells us, federal budget cuts might make flying from Provo a little harder.

In front of a model of the Golden Gate Bridge, Allegiant Air representative Jessica Wheeler announced the  news.

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Utah News
5:44 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

USU Professor receives $200,000 grant.

Receiving a landmark international grant of nearly $200,000 , USU Assistant Professor Of Music, Christopher Scheer, will be working with faculty from six other universities to research theosophy's influence on the arts in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

UPR's Brianna Bodily spoke with him about what his research will entail and why theosophy has been overlooked for so long.

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Utah News
5:33 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Giant Clams Found in Utah

Dr. Ken Carpenter at clam dig site south of of Price.

USU Eastern is buzzing about a disappointing dinosaur hunt that turned into a major fossil find.  UPR's Brianna Bodily spoke with the scientist who made the find, about his discovery and where the public can see it.

Brianna’s passion for journalism comes from a love of learning and a desire to know everything.  She studies Broadcast Journalism and Political Science at Utah State University and hopes one day to travel the world reporting hard news. She also works as the Aggie Radio news director and a reporter for USU TV.

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Utah News
3:53 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Provo and Ogden Air Traffic Control Towers at Risk of Closing

The Federal Aviation Administration is considering closing more than 200 air traffic control towers to cut costs because of sequestration.

Update: Friday March 22, the FAA announced Provo and Ogden airports are among the nationwide air traffic control towers to close. Read the story here.

In response to the across-the-board federal budget cuts due to sequestration, the Federal Aviation Administration has said it will cut $600 million by closing air traffic control towers at some of the nation’s smaller airports, including two in Utah. UPR’s Matt Jensen speaks with Utah airport officials and the US Contract Tower Association to see how the closures could affect the national airspace and air safety

Air traffic control towers at two Utah airports are among the more than 200 nation wide that could close on April 7 due to sequestration.

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Education
2:49 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Utah Valley University Announces Expansion Plan

Utah Valley University was granted the funds to build a new facility by the Utah Legislature. If Governor Herbert signs the bill, the project will move forward in the summer.

On Monday, Utah Valley University announced plans of an expansion to its campus in Orem.  UPR’s Stephen Tanner tells us why the new expansion is much needed for a crowded UVU campus. 

The Utah State Legislature recently approved 54 million dollars for UVU to build a 240 thousand square foot building.   The classroom building was approved by the House and Senate at the close of the Legislature’s 2013 session. Now all it needs is Governor Gary Herbert’s signature. 

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Utah News
1:20 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Milford Man in Custody After 2-Hour Standoff

A man is in custody in Beaver County after a two-hour standoff with a Beaver County swat team on Sunday.

Beaver County sheriff deputies were dispatched to an apartment in Milford by witness reports that 24-year-old Samuel Weiss assaulted another man, threatened to kill him, and brandished a gun. 

When deputies arrived and attempted to talk to Weiss, he ran inside his own apartment and refused to respond to officers.

After two-hours of negotiations, a Beaver County swat team used tear gas and made entry into the apartment.

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