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Republican state House Speaker Greg Hughes opened the 2017 legislative session with calls to tackle homelessness and for President Donald Trump to stop the Bears Ears National Monument.


As the 2017 legislative session gets underway, some debate could be expected regarding the collection of internet sales tax. Gov. Gary Herbert claims that almost $200 million in internet sales tax is not being paid to the state.

Rep. Val Potter Hopes To Work On Utah's Air Quality

Jan 23, 2017
Utah State University/Utah Division of Air Quality


  Rep. Val Potter spoke with Access Utah host Tom Williams during the opening day of the Utah Legislature at the State Capital today.

Many lawmakers spoke today about their concern for public education. Potter says it’s one of his biggest priorities.



Utahns say education is their number one issue in the upcoming legislative session. According to a newly-released Dan Jones and Associates poll, education was identified as the highest priority by 50 percent of survey respondents, more than twice the number of those who identified lowering taxes as the most pressing policy need.


Marianne Sidwell made sure her children were vaccinated—protection from serious diseases like measles, mumps, and whooping cough was important—but when she heard about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, she wasn’t quite sure her kids needed THAT one.


Repealing the Affordable Care Act without an immediate replacement would throw the U.S. healthcare system into turmoil over the next three years, according to economists.

Utah's Agriculture Sector Continues Growth

Jan 12, 2017

Since 2008, over 13,000 jobs related to agriculture have been created. According to a new study released from the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, the agriculture production and processing sectors generate half a billion dollars in state and local tax revenue.

However, it is not just the state’s rural areas that are impacted by this growth. 

Aimee Cobabe

An avalanche covered the road in Logan Canyon Wednesday and officials have closed highway 89 leading to Beaver Mountain. The avalanche was just west of the Beaver Mountain turnoff. Traffic into the canyon has stopped and UDOT is telling drivers to use SR-30 to SR-16 to Wyoming 89 to I-84 at Evanston, Wyoming to travel to and from the area east of the avalanche.

Utah Wants ACA Repeal, Among Enrollment Leaders

Jan 10, 2017

According to a recent Dan Jones and Associates survey, almost two thirds of Utahns want to see the Affordable Care Act repealed. Despite the strong opposition among voters, plenty of Utahns have enrolled in the ACA marketplace. Utah, along with Idaho and Montana, has some of the highest enrollment numbers among states in the Intermountain West.

Chris Holmes


Tuesday afternoon, police identified the suspect 23-year-old Isaac Wall of Beaver Utah has been taken into custody. He is described by investigators as the ex-husband of one of the six victims. The other five cases of arson seem to have been randomly selected - perhaps to divert the attention of investigators.


Right now Northern Utah has the best snow pack it’s had in five years. The storm last week left behind large piles of snow . And now the warmer temperatures and rain could create flooding.


Fewer Utahns Dying At The Hands Of Police

Jan 6, 2017

The number of civilians dying at the hands of police in Utah has diminished several years in a row even as the Justice Department has increased its initial estimate of arrest-related deaths. 

National Weather Service

Because of the large amounts of snow received in Utah, and specifically in Cache Valley, residents are advised to "be aware that there is a very high possibility of flooding with the next storm system supposed to hit next weekend."


 A few days into January and those New Year's resolutions are still going strong, right? Well if you’re anything like me, you’ve already made adjustments to those ambitions goals. Well, there’s good news for those of us who need some extra encouragement.


Conservative state legislator Mike Noel is among several names being considered for the position of director of the Bureau of Land Management. But how likely is it the controversial appointment would become reality? 

Utah Still Struggling To Put Women In Office

Jan 4, 2017

Nearly a quarter of all statewide executive offices in the country are filled by women. However, in 2016, no political party in Utah featured female nominees in races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, or state auditor and treasurer.

Two Skiers Rescued From Logan Canyon Backcountry

Jan 4, 2017

After a six-and-a-half-hour search in Logan Canyon, two skiers were found late Tuesday night at 11:45 on the back side of Beaver Mountain Ski Resort. Members of the Cache County Ski Patrol found their tracks after sending out crews on snowmobiles. Rescue workers later found the two trying to climb back up the mountain. They became stranded and were not in a position to continue down or move back up the hillside.

What's Next For Bears Ears?

Jan 3, 2017


With the new designation of a Bears Ears National Monument, many are wondering what comes next?


  LaVell Edwards, who led BYU to prominence with his pass-happy offenses and ranks as one of the most successful coaches in college football history, has died. He was 86.

President Barack Obama has designated two new national monuments in Utah and Nevada at sites that have become key flashpoints over public land in the U.S. West.

The announcement Wednesday marks the administration's latest move to protect environmentally sensitive areas in its final days.

Sage Grouse On List Of Top Species Priorities

Dec 28, 2016



The Endangered Species Coalition has released "Removing the Walls to Recovery: Top 10 Species Priorities for a New Administration." The greater sage-grouse, the centerpiece of an ongoing federal effort to conserve more than 60 million acres of western lands, made the list. Hailey Hawkins with the coalition says the iconic bird's populations have declined by 97 percent because of clear-cutting, and oil and gas development.



 New numbers show alcohol sales in Utah continued a two-decade climb this year, with the state liquor department reporting record sales of nearly $406 million.

The annual report from Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control released Tuesday shows total sales for the 2016 budget year were 7.8 percent higher than the previous year.

How Prepared Is Utah For A Medical Threat?

Dec 21, 2016

A report from the Trust for America’s Health finds the nation is often caught off guard when a new medical threat--like Ebola or Zika virus--emerges.

The report analyzed 10 indicators of whether a state was prepared for an outbreak or bioterrorist threat. 26 states only had 6 of the needed indicators. Utah had 7 including public health accreditation, adequate food safety and public health laboratories.

Quick response by Cedar City Fire Department minimized damage to a Cedar City business Monday. 

GOP Voters Overwhelmingly Support Renewable Energy

Dec 19, 2016
Public Opinion Strategies

A post-election survey found nearly 90 percent of all voters support more government action to speed up the shift to clean energy. Mark Pischea with Conservative Energy Network said that includes two-to-one support by conservatives. He said the Republican Party shouldn't ignore these results.