According to a recent survey, Utah excels as the most small-business-friendly state in the nation. The third annual study from thumbtack.com, an online marketplace for local services, and the Kaufmann Foundation surveyed more than 12,000 entrepreneurs nationwide.
John Lieber, chief economist of thumbtack.com, said the study looked at environmental aspects that create a helpful working partnership with state and local governments.
A new study from researchers at the University of Utah suggests Homo sapiens’ ancestors evolved to take a punch to the face.
The research suggests that violence stemming from male competition for access to mates millions of years ago has influenced the shape of the hominin skull, making it robust in areas it wouldn’t need to be if it had evolved only for eating.
“The face and the head are the most commonly struck targets and those areas of the face that are hit the most are the areas that show the most increase in robustness throughout our evolution,” said author Michael Morgan, an emergency medicine resident at the University of Utah.
After years of growing visitation numbers, Arches National Park near Moab will be expanding one of its largest parking lots.
The Devils Garden parking lot will be closed for construction for 10 days in June. Between the 16th and the 26th visitors to the park won’t be able to access one of the most popular trails that features land marks such as Landscape Arch, Double O arch and the Primitive Loop Trail.
Director of Canyonlands Research Center Dr. Barry Baker was walking in Cottonwood Creek with his wife last fall when he spotted something out of the ordinary—a tree hovering above the creek bed, buried in a deep layer of sediment.
“I figured it had been there a while and was hoping that we could study the tree to get some insight into past climatic regimes and sedimentation regimes in the area,” said Baker.
Storytellers mesmerized audience members June 7 as part of Cache Valley’s inaugural storytelling festival in North Logan. The event began as one man’s dream to bring stories to his home after watching storytelling festivals enhance and unite communities around the state.
Years ago Wayne McKay was introduced to the acclaimed Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and was entranced as he listened to the tellers and observed people of all ages laughing and connecting with the stories. He returned year after year taking note of the storytellers, the audience and the community.
“So I came away and I thought, 'Boy, that would really be cool if we had something like that up in Cache Valley',” said McKay.
The number of cases of measles in the United States in 2014 has already doubled compared to the total number of cases seen during 2013. On Tuesday, Utah’s first case of the respiratory illness was confirmed by the Utah Department of Health, adding to the growing number of cases seen since the illness was eliminated from the U.S. 14 years ago.
Women entering college tend to face an increased risk of eating disorders, especially those who are Caucasian, religious and achievement orientated. Though these risk factors describe many students at Brigham Young University, new research from the school shows women there are bucking the national trend.
Researchers from BYU conducted a longitudinal study, tracking hundreds of women’s responses to eating disorder questionnaires over three years.
A month ago, parade organizers refused entry of a float from Mormons Building Bridges, an LDS LGBT-support group, to the annual Days of ‘47 Parade, claiming that it would cause too much political commotion.
Story and interview with Salt Lake City Council Chair Charlie Luke
This sparked a discussion within the Salt Lake City Council to intervene by sending a letter to parade organizers to reconsider. This action brought attention and disapproval from the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. Legal director for the organization, John Mejia, stated that sending the letter would be clear violation of the parade organizers First Amendment rights, because as a government entity the city council is not authorized to influence the contents of a publicly organized parade.
However, the city council opted to send the letter anyway, appealing to the sense of community that the Days of ’47 parade usually brings. In defense of the Salt Lake City Council’s actions, Chair of the City Council Charlie Luke said, “I think that elected officials have a responsibility to speak out on issues that are relevant to the communities in which they serve.”
A growing number of crows are flying above the state of Utah, according to the Division of Wildlife Resources' newest survey, bringing the population to an all-time high at more than 2,400 crows statewide.
While Utah stood against crow hunting in the past, hunters will be able to shoot in the fall, according to DWR's spokesman Mark Hadley.
While the dense crow habitation is not a state-wide issue, the birds have hindered farmers in rural areas in addition to homeowners in rural landscapes.
Utah’s close proximity to nature means roadkill is common along the highways around the state. Daniel Olson came to Utah in 2008 to study how roads are affecting deer, and how many deer were being killed in Utah.
Tracking roadkill locations around the state was done on paper by many people, making the gathering and analyzation of the data overwhelming. Olson says he recognized then that smartphones have enough functions to be data collection tools, so he teamed up with others to create an app to help the process. The information from this is used by the Utah Department of Transportation and Division of Wildlife Resources.
"This information shows them areas where we have hotspots, where high numbers of wildlife-vehicle collisions occur. Then they can go in and start doing mitigation measures such as installing exclusionary fencing, which is typically eight-feet-tall, so that will prevent animals such as deer from being able to access the roads," Olson said.