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The primary election in June did not go too well for many Cache County voters who didn’t receive their mail-in ballots in time. But Danny Beus, secretary for the Cache Democrats, said he is hopeful for a high voter turnout because of the mail-in ballots.

Jon Kovash

Moab recently concluded it’s sixth annual Pride Festival, and this year’s guest of honor was noted slam poetry pioneer Regie Cabico, who conducted poetry readings, workshops and slams. 


Incumbent candidate Mia Love and challenger Doug Owens takes to the debate floor Monday night for Utah’s 4th congressional district race.

Love took the lead over Owens with just 5 additional points in 2014. And this year's race started off just as tight.

Entrepreneur Steven Richards employs about 100 workers at Better Body Foods. So employee benefits are always on his mind.

“We provided health care before Obamacare," he said, "and we continue to provide healthcare to our employees.”

Utah Is Third Worst State For Voter Representation

Oct 10, 2016

During the 2012 presidential election, Utah was the third worst state for voter representation, according to an analysis by the financial company WalletHub.

University of Vermont

Scientists, a small group of them, sit in a circle—it's reminiscent of a campfire gathering despite the fact they're in a drab classroom. Everyone is listening intently to the scientist holding up what looks like a 5x7  photograph, but in reality, is just a blank piece of paper. You wouldn’t know it was an imageless page by the number of eyes staring at it. A scientist is sharing a special memory, distinctly describing the details of the “photograph” that means so much. People laugh, cry, feel, and relate in some way to every story told through the simple piece of paper that makes its way to each person around the circle.  


While 2016 could see Utah’s Electoral College votes go to a Democratic Party nominee for the first time in over 50 years, indications are that Congressional and state legislature races remain as Republican-dominated as ever. However, state Democrats see reason for hope in some contests.

Utah Clown Panic Spreads on Social Media

Oct 6, 2016

What started as two people dressed as clowns trying to lure children into the woods of South Carolina has turned into a national phenomenon. Nationwide, people are choosing to imitate these clowns and taunt children and adults alike.

Jon Kovash

It’s been called “cryptogamic” or “microbiotic” or cryptobiotic.”  It’s that thin crust of lichens, fungus and moss that grows where nothing else will grow. In the last decade, a growing group of scientists have concluded that this crust is a critical element in the survival of the planet.

Cache Valley Lacking Options At The Ballot

Oct 5, 2016
Aimee Cobabe

Of all the state legislature races in Cache Valley in 2016, all but one of the incumbents is running unopposed.


Smithfield, Utah is the safest city in the state according to a report released from SafeWise, a home security company. Santa Clara, Highland and Pleasant Grove were next on the list of the top 20 safest cities in Utah.

Homelessness Looms In 2016 Gubernatorial Race

Sep 30, 2016

Salt Lake City police arrested 49 people Thursday in an effort to weed out drug dealers hidden in crowds of homeless people. Police Chief Mike Brown told the media that drug dealers were mingling among the nearly 2,000 homeless people in the Rio Grande area of the city, which has seen serious incidents of violence in recent months.



It has a long name, the Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative or IIC. This month, the program received the National Parks Service Director’s Award for Partnerships.

According to Teri Saa, management assistant at Cedar Breaks National Monument and administrator of the internship program, this program is the first of its kind.


How Early Intervention Programs Give Kids a Head Start

Sep 29, 2016


Heather Humphreys is a university academic adviser. In her Logan office, pictures of her four daughters are thumb tacked to a colorful bulletin board above her desk. From the way she talks about them, you can tell they are the brightest part of her world.


Existing fossil fuel production is enough to blow the world's entire remaining carbon budget for keeping global temperatures below limits set at last year's Paris climate summit, according to a new report from Oil Change International.


Southern Utah University and SkyWest Airlines have announced a partnership to make the way easier for aspiring commercial pilots through SUU’s ever-expanding professional pilot aviation program.

Should Schools Be Used As Voting Locations?

Sep 28, 2016

Residents of Salt Lake County will no longer be able to vote at local schools on Election Day.


A Utah educator has morphed part of her classroom into a monarch habitat for student learning, but is not just teaching the scientific principles. The act of raising these beautiful creatures is instilling much more that just knowledge in her students, it’s sparking curiosity, and imparting a sense of stewardship.


Several people have received a phone call where the caller identifies himself and Lt. Frank Rogers from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office. According to Sheriff’s Office, Frank Roger is not a real employee. 

Can Utah's Pacific Islander Community Influence Elections?

Sep 26, 2016

Utah’s Pacific Islander community has historically had fairly low voter turnouts, but members of Utah Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Coalition, also known as UPI-CEC, hope to change that. The group held its first-ever Civic Engagement Town Hall event at the Salt Lake City Library on Saturday to encourage members of the demographic to vote.


  Stan Albrecht has been Utah State University’s president for more than 11 years and announced his retirement in February. The USU Presidential Search Committee will wrap up its search for the university president in the coming weeks. Albrecht said he still has much to do before he officially retires.


Clean up continues in Panguitch. For the second time in less than two months, a rare tornado has touched down in Garfield County—the latest one, damaging businesses and homes in the heart of the county seat.

One-Year Anniversary For Sage Grouse Conservation

Sep 22, 2016

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's landmark decision not to list the greater sage grouse as an endangered species. The bird, known for its colorful mating dance, once numbered as many as 16 million, but has dropped to between 200,000 and 500,000.


This report is part of NPR and UPR’s A Nation Engagement project focusing on the upcoming elections as it relates to economics.


Rob Pyne is now a legal resident of the U.S. But, for him and his wife Tammy Pyne, the job of obtaining legal status was a frustrating one to say the least.


Utah's Attorney General Sean Reyes, in lieu of a debate as his opponent Jon Harper dropped out of the race for the AG office (see story here), had the opportunity to answer questions from an audience at Dixie State University in St. George.