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.
A new report released by the Beer Institute, the national beer industry representative, shows the growing economic impact beer brewing has on the state’s economy. According to the report, beer brings in a total of $179 million in local, state and federal taxes, with a total economic impact of over $1 billion.
UPR reporter Taylor Halversen visited the Cache Makers 4-H club. The following is a report of the club including interviews with the co-founders and participating students.
Within a historic building on Logan’s Main Street, I descend the last set of stairs into the Cache Makers club weekly meeting space. The basement room seems to be made of dry-erase boards, covered in the ideas and scribbles of students.
Kids ages 9-15 are engaging computers which line the walls, designing creations to print on the club’s new 3D printer or testing their video game designs and robotic creations. The whirr of a laser wood cutter hums in the background as excited students chatter and stare at it expectantly. The environment is an atmosphere for creation.
A rescue effort was underway Wednesday in Logan Canyon. Two women, who claim to have been stranded for multiple days in the canyon, contacted another hiker in the area around 10 a.m. who called for help.
Medical and search and rescue crews were dispatched to Logan Canyon where they assisted the 19- and 46-year-old women down the mountain. However, the case has taken a criminal turn since the rescue.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is changing the way the nation approaches conservation efforts.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced last week the creation of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which bridges the public and private sectors for conservation and will make available $1.2 billion for various conservation efforts across the country.
Vilsack spoke with UPR and said this new approach will focus on both local and regional conservation needs.
On Friday, the Bureau of Land Management and Utah State University signed an agreement to share research on air quality in the Uintah Basin. UPR’s Jennifer Pemberton traveled to Vernal to see how this agreement might make life easier for researchers trying to understand the mystery of wintertime ozone in the rural West.
Ozone is associated with summer air pollution in populated places. Today in northeastern Utah, even within the city limits of Vernal, the air is clean. But almost everything about air pollution here is backwards.