A new report released by the Beer Institute, the national beer industry representative, shows the growing economic impact beer brewing has on the state’s economy. According to the report, beer brings in a total of $179 million in local, state and federal taxes, with a total economic impact of over $1 billion.
UPR reporter Taylor Halversen visited the Cache Makers 4-H club. The following is a report of the club including interviews with the co-founders and participating students.
Within a historic building on Logan’s Main Street, I descend the last set of stairs into the Cache Makers club weekly meeting space. The basement room seems to be made of dry-erase boards, covered in the ideas and scribbles of students.
Kids ages 9-15 are engaging computers which line the walls, designing creations to print on the club’s new 3D printer or testing their video game designs and robotic creations. The whirr of a laser wood cutter hums in the background as excited students chatter and stare at it expectantly. The environment is an atmosphere for creation.
A rescue effort was underway Wednesday in Logan Canyon. Two women, who claim to have been stranded for multiple days in the canyon, contacted another hiker in the area around 10 a.m. who called for help.
Medical and search and rescue crews were dispatched to Logan Canyon where they assisted the 19- and 46-year-old women down the mountain. However, the case has taken a criminal turn since the rescue.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is changing the way the nation approaches conservation efforts.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced last week the creation of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which bridges the public and private sectors for conservation and will make available $1.2 billion for various conservation efforts across the country.
Vilsack spoke with UPR and said this new approach will focus on both local and regional conservation needs.
On Friday, the Bureau of Land Management and Utah State University signed an agreement to share research on air quality in the Uintah Basin. UPR’s Jennifer Pemberton traveled to Vernal to see how this agreement might make life easier for researchers trying to understand the mystery of wintertime ozone in the rural West.
Ozone is associated with summer air pollution in populated places. Today in northeastern Utah, even within the city limits of Vernal, the air is clean. But almost everything about air pollution here is backwards.
Big voices in Washington have spoken out recently against members of Congress who wish to step back from changes made to school meal standards. Supporters of the new school lunch measures believe this criticism comes at a critical juncture, just as experts are beginning see the successes of the law.
At the time the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 passed, 1/3 of children in the United States were obese or at risk of being obese and 17 million were in food-insecure homes. As children consume 1/3 to 1/2 of daily calories at school, these meals were targeted as an opportunity to produce significant change in childhood health.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack spoke with UPR and said major strides have been taken over the last four years to make calories from school meals a healthy diet addition.
281 Competitors representing all 50 states, U.S. districts and seven other countries including the Bahamas, China, Jamaica and Japan traveled to the nation’s capital this week to compete in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Three of the almost 300 spellers represent Utah at the bee. Mikayla J. Hall from Rocky Mountain Middle School in Heber City, Grange Monaco Simpson from Albert R. Lyman Middle School in Blanding, and Michael T. Jones representing Indian Hills Middle School in Sandy are competing in the 87th annual bee.
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for portions of Washington County. Expected winds and low humidity could contribute to wildfire danger.
The alert is in effect Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for wind and low relative humidity. The area affected includes the southern half of Washington County including the areas around St. George. Nick Howell of the Bureau of Land Management suggests defensible space is a good place to start preparing for fire season.