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In July, the Salt Lake Tribune released an article about four Utah State University women who said they were raped by the same man, but Logan police and the university dropped the cases and the suspect was never prosecuted.

After-School Club Proposed By The Satanic Temple

Aug 3, 2016

An “After-School Satan” club is coming to an elementary school in Utah. The Satanic Temple is a nationwide religion that is starting an after-school club for elementary students all over the country, including Vista Elementary School in Taylorsville, Utah.

Lynn Chamberlain / Division of Wildlife Resources

In the Tushar Mountains of Utah, nearly 11,000 feet above sea level, state wildlife officials monitor the wellbeing of one of the many mountain goat herds in the state. The public is invited to explore Utah’s third highest mountain peak in search of these furry cliff climbers.

Aimee Cobabe

A construction project in Salt Lake County is utilizing an innovative new machine which uses water to demolish concrete.

Chris Holmes

  Monday morning, the stunning red rock vistas of Zion National Park served as a backdrop for the start of the Tour of Utah, which touts itself as America’s toughest stage, road cycling race.  After eighty-four grueling miles, stage one ended with a bang-bang finish in Cedar City.


Humans may be the best "space invaders" on the planet. We cut down forests, build roadways, produce crops, and mine for minerals. These activities result in habitat loss for plants, animals, and other organisms and also pose a threat to biodiversity.

It was Christmas in July as the Logan City Police Department received a tactile police robot on Friday.



 It looked a little like something out of a Syfy movie, or maybe a children’s story.

“Well, we could quote Chicken Little, if you remember that. 'The sky is falling!' Uh, not really," said Patrick Wiggins, Utah's NASA Ambassador.




The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on Wednesday in Utah to discuss the pros and cons of the Public Lands Initiative, legislation that some say could balance the conservation and economic development in the state.


For the second year in a row, three Utah cities made it onto a list of the top 25 best cities for career opportunities. Two of them are in the top 10.


Tourism Could Save a Uintah Basin Town

Jul 27, 2016

According to the Utah Department of Work Force Services, the unemployment rate in Uintah County is at 8.4 percent. That's more than double the state average of 3.5 percent.

The University of Utah recently received a donation of 13 hand-colored prints created by John James Audubon, a French-American naturalist and artist. Audubon prints are some of the first detailed, artistic representations of animals from across America.

  Early Sunday morning, police were called to a Cedar City trailer park on a report of shots fired.  They found 34-year-old Justin Hanna dead from an apparent gunshot wound.  The fugitive wanted in case has been apprehended, and so have 3 others for allegedly assisting his flight from justice.

Democrats in Utah Eager to Balance Utah Politics

Jul 26, 2016

Kevin Rhodes is the Democratic Candidate for the Cache County Council North Seat.  He said he decided to run for office because no one else would run as a Democrat.



A potentially toxic algae bloom at Utah Lake has forced the closure of the Jordan River in Utah County. Utah’s Poison Control Center has been taking a number of calls about possible risks. The center has had over 500 people call with concerns about the algae forming in Utah Lake.

Final Draft Of The Moab Master Leasing Plan

Jul 21, 2016
Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management released the latest draft of the Moab Master Leasing Plan on Wednesday for an area that spans from Moab to Monticello.

Many Utahns are planning on taking their boats out to Utah’s lakes this Pioneer Day weekend. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officials hope boaters stop to get their boats checked for invasive mussels, which are often called the “STD of the Sea.”

Will Utah's Data Center Investment Pay Off?

Jul 20, 2016

As a way to bolster a growing IT industry, Gov. Gary Herbert signed a new package of tax incentives on Monday designed to convince companies like Facebook and Google to build data centers in Utah. 


As part of the Utah Public Radio Kitchen Sister Project—Reporter Aimee Cobabe gathered a story of one man who, after he recovered from throat cancer, chose to cycle on what is called the loneliest road in America. 

Ashley National Forest Forest Revision Plan

Jul 19, 2016
Ashley National Forest

Public input is being sought this week for a plan to update forest management in northeastern Utah.

  On Monday afternoon, a Utah State University aviation student, Frank De Leon Compres, was killed after he crashed a plane near Hyrum, Utah.

Attempted Suicide in North Logan

Jul 18, 2016
Dani Hayes / Utah Public Radio

Main Street in Logan was closed Monday afternoon after a man attempted suicide in front of the North Logan Walmart Supercenter.

Student Pilot Dies In Plane Crash In Cache Valley

Jul 18, 2016

Cache County Sheriff's Office have confirmed the death of a Utah State University student in a plane crash Monday afternoon. 21-year-old Frank M. de Leon Compres was from the Dominican Republic and was in the pilot training program at USU. The crash site was located near the Mt. Sterling area near Paradise, Utah.


Salt Lake City Democratic State Sen. Jim Dabakis is calling on Gov. Gary Herbert to call a special legislative session to deal with child suicide in Utah. 


“I could never do science.” That’s what high school student Mitzy Ocampo thought before participating in iUTAH’s Summer Research Institute. The institute, an educational outreach element of a statewide research and training program, brings together a number of Utah high school and undergraduate students as well as teachers to conduct water-related research with scientists.