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Jon Kovash

It’s a sunny Saturday morning in Moab, and in two new homes on Locust Lane, the city's mayor leads a large crowd in a conga line, spurred by Moab’s Fiery Furnace Marching Band. Among the dancers is Jason Provonost, the lead builder and teacher for an innovative housing program called Community Rebuilds.

Combating Hunger On Utah College Campuses

Apr 4, 2018

A growing number of college students in Utah and across the nation don't have enough money to buy food, according to a new national survey.

It says nearly one in 10 community college students went without food for 24 hours in the past month. Researchers found that nearly half of community college students struggle with hunger, and 36 percent of university students are food insecure.

A fiery crash in northern Utah involving a semi-tanker truck hauling crude oil has shut down part of U.S. Highway 40 near the Strawberry Reservoir about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Salt Lake City.

No one was injured but a HAZMAT team has been called to the scene.

Wayne County, Utah.

A moderate earthquake in southwest Utah rattled part of Wayne County but no damage or injuries were reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 3.5 temblor struck at 2:26 p.m. Tuesday about 30 miles south of Interstate 70 near Loa on the west edge of Capitol Reef National Park.

A judge has declined to toss charges against three men suspected of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old Vernal girl.

The Deseret News reports 3rd District Court Judge Randall Skanchy denied a motion to dismiss charges against 38-year-old Larson RonDeau, 28-year-old Randall Flatlip and 31-year-old Jerry Flatlip on Tuesday.


The Utah Medical Association is accusing the leaders of an effort to legalize medical marijuana in the state of misleading voters into supporting the measure.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the association says the "initiative is not about medicine." The group says supporters have used the images of suffering patients to disguise their true aim of opening another market for their products.

Health officials say two people in Salt Lake County have died after they were infected with hepatitis A from an outbreak that originally spread from San Diego.

The Salt Lake County Health Department said in a news release Tuesday that one person died at the end of March and the other in January. The department declined to release gender, age or names for the victims, citing health privacy laws.


New state data shows Utah's abortion rate fell to a historic low in 2016, continuing a downward trend that comes amid a national decline.

The new report from the Utah Department of Health shows there were 4.2 abortions performed for every 1,000 women ages 15 to 44. That's the lowest figure since 1975, the first full year Utah tracked abortions.

Southern Utah officials who want to build a highway across a picturesque national reserve say a proposed land deal would stave off major road congestion in the fast-growing area, but environmentalists worry it would hurt the threatened Mojave desert tortoise and other sensitive species.

The plans call for a "Northern Corridor" highway across the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. Washington County officials have proposed a land swap with the federal government that would give the county public lands needed to accommodate the road, The Spectrum reported last week.

1 in 5 Utah women experience domestic violence.

A new state health survey shows almost one in five Utah women have experienced violence at the hands of an intimate partner but few of the women sought help.

Utah Department of Health has released new data from a 2016 poll of 10,000 adults in the state.

The Mormon church has made history and injected diversity into a top leadership panel by selecting the first-ever Latin American apostle and the first-ever apostle of Asian ancestry.

The selections of Ulisses Soares of Brazil and Gerrit W. Gong, a Chinese-American, were announced Saturday morning at the start of a twice-annual conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Utah Lake.

A Utah man and a handful of others took matters into their own hands to protect the sight of multiple petroglyphs, ancient etchings into rocks made thousands of years ago.

The Daily Herald reports Utah Rock Art Research Association President Steve Acerson, along with a few association volunteers, sat at a popular shooting site during Easter weekend to protect the rock art on Lake Mountain on the west side of Utah Lake.

Utah Ranks No. 6 In The Nation For Eating Local

Mar 30, 2018
26,000 Independent Restaurant transactions were analyzed every day for a year. Utah stands out from the other 50 states in more ways than one.
Cache Valley Family Magazine

26,000 Independent Restaurant transactions were analyzed every day for a year. Utah stands out from the other 50 states in more ways than one.

Utah ranks No. 6 nationally for consumer spending at small, independent restaurants, with local eateries bringing in an average of $64,693 each month, according to new data analysis from Womply.

A former West Valley City police officer who fatally shot a 21-year-old woman in 2012 has agreed to settle his last claim against the city, but he plans to send some previously dismissed claims to a federal appeals court.

Shaun Cowley and the city on Tuesday filed a motion to request a federal judge to dismiss the claim that the city violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

The University of Utah.

Two people were burned in a chemical explosion that forced the evacuation of a laboratory at the University of Utah.

Salt Lake City firefighters responded to a Hazmat incident at the Emma Eccles Jones Medical Research Building at about 5 p.m. Tuesday.


Three Utah telemarketing companies and their owner have been ordered to pay approximately $500,000 for dialing phone numbers on the Do Not Call Registry nearly 100 million times and making more than 4 million additional calls that included misleading statements to induce the sale of DVDs.

U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby imposed the penalty Friday and also entered a permanent injunction that prohibits Forrest S. Baker III and his companies — Feature Films for Families Inc., Corporations for Character L.C. and Family Films of Utah Inc. — from engaging in deceptive and abusive telemarketing practices.

A 16-year-old is facing attempted murder and other charges after prosecutors say he tried to ignite an explosive device in a backpack at his southern Utah high school.

The teen also was charged Monday in juvenile court in St. George with misdemeanor graffiti and abuse of a flag for allegedly cutting up an American flag and spray-painting words including "ISIS" on a wall at a different high school in nearby Hurricane.


A Utah Highway Patrol trooper says he is lucky to be alive after being struck by a car during a snowstorm Sunday in Sardine Canyon near Wellsville.

A fire at a northern Utah automotive products plant has claimed the life of a Cache Valley man. Box Elder County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dale Ward tells Utah Public Radio the man has been identified as 64-year-old Ronald Larsen of Cache Valley.

Chris Holmes

In an age of vigilance, a Walmart shopper in Cedar City exercised just that on Monday.  While the situation turned out to be a false alarm, the circumstances were suspicious enough to merit an abundance of caution, insists law enforcement.

Sardine Canyon, Utah

A Utah Highway Patrol trooper is recovering after being struck by a car during a snowstorm in Sardine Canyon in northern Utah.

Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry says Sgt. Cade Brenchley suffered some broken bones during the Sunday incident but is expected to make a full recovery.

Utah authorities are working to clear a snowy highway where about 30 vehicles were involved in a fatal crash Monday morning.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Nick Bricker says authorities do not yet have details on the person who was killed in the crash on Interstate 80 near the junction with Interstate 84.

Houses for sale in Utah are so expensive that it could create a problem for the economy.

A recent study says Utah housing prices have risen faster than almost anywhere in the country for a generation and the trend seems likely to continue.

The University of Utah's Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute released a preliminary study Wednesday warning that rising interest rates on mortgages in the state will reduce the number of people who can afford to buy a home.

The Mormon church is investigating a former missionary training center president who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the 1980s.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement posted to its website Tuesday that the allegations are "deeply disturbing" and would lead to formal discipline if true.

Utah Republican congressman John Curtis is again defending his actions as Provo mayor over the hiring and handling of harassment complaints against a former police chief.

Curtis released a second statement Wednesday responding to a lawsuit that claims he and the city failed to protect five women from alleged sexual harassment and assault by former Chief John King.