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Navajo Nation lawmakers are considering a plan Tuesday to build an aerial tram to carry visitors to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

The special session in Window Rock, Arizona, will be the first time the full Tribal Council takes up the bill. It needs 16 votes to pass.


Police say an alert librarian called Salt Lake City police after spotting a man sought in the carjacking death of a University of Utah student and a homicide in Colorado.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said Tuesday that 24-year-old Austin Boutain surrendered quietly after the librarian called security guards.


Next month's municipal election in Hildale, Utah, could give the town its first mayor and City Council members who don't claim affiliation with a polygamous sect.

Donia Jessop is running for mayor after being nominated at an unofficial convention attended by mostly people who don't follow Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.


Utah's craft brewers are looking to hire someone to lead their guild and help lobby state regulators and legislators as they are expected to consider allowing beer with higher alcohol content to be sold in grocery stores.

The Utah Brewers Guild, which represents more than a dozen small breweries in the state, posted for a part-time executive director earlier this week. The brewers plan for the person in this position to look after their interests that often differ from those of the large brewers and retailers.


A Utah man has been charged with aggravated murder in the deaths of his girlfriend and her 3-year-old son two years after they disappeared.

Charging documents unsealed Monday say the bodies of 23-year-old Emily and Gabriel Almiron have never been found. Authorities believe her boyfriend killed them, wrapped their bodies in sheets and hid them somewhere.

USU Library Hosts Monthly Concert Series

Oct 30, 2017
Matilyn Mortensen / 1996

As flute and harp music begins to play in the Utah State University library, a small group of onlookers gather.

Dani Hayes


Utah Senator Orrin Hatch said President Donald Trump called on Friday to say he will approve a recommendation from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.


The NCAA and Brigham Young University say they're investigating whether a booster paid for Cougars guard Nick Emery to travel to concerts and an amusement park and gave him a new car to use.

BYU has released few details but said in statements Thursday that it contacted the NCAA after receiving some kind of information.


District Attorney Sim Gill has decided a Salt Lake City police officer was justified when he shot and killed a man at a gas station in September.

Gill on Wednesday released video of 39-year-old Michael Bruce Peterson attacking Officer Gregory Lovell, prompting Lt. Andrew Oblad to shoot Peterson.

Proposed Land Swap For Logan Library Cancelled

Oct 25, 2017

On Tuesday, Logan Mayor Craig Petersen announced the cancellation of the land swap proposed in last week’s city council meeting.

Utah's Birthrate Among Highest In Nation

Oct 24, 2017

A new report released this month focuses on how the drop of birth rates and the increase of retiring seniors is affecting the United States. Although the national birth rate is on a decline, Utah is maintaining a significantly higher birth rate than most other states.


Utah Jazz swingman Joe Ingles has been fined $15,000 for hitting Oklahoma City's Steven Adams in the groin.

Ingles appeared to strike the center from the side with his left hand while Adams was guarding Rudy Gobert in the third quarter. The Jazz defeated the Thunder 96-87 on Saturday.


A Utah man accused of encouraging a high school friend to hang herself and filming the act has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.

Court records show 18-year-old Tyerell Przybycien (pro-BISH-ian) entered the plea Tuesday.


A Utah mom powering through her final days of pregnancy gave her baby an eviction notice and made it official with a judge's signature. Incredibly, the baby obeyed.

Kaylee Bays was pregnant with her third child, a girl, and thought she was going into labor last Monday, but it stopped. She went back to work Tuesday to her job as a judicial assistant at the Fourth District Court in Provo, and jokingly asked Judge Lynn Davis to serve an eviction notice on her baby.


Authorities say two Utah wildfires are still burning south of Salt Lake City, but a favorable weather forecast should help firefighters get the upper hand.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Kathy Jo Pollock said Monday that evacuation orders remain in place for deer hunters and cabin owners near Strawberry Reservoir, about 80 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.


BYU Broadcasting is giving up its PBS television affiliation and abandoning its classical music format on radio.

A major overhaul is underway at the Provo company, one that will scrap two Utah brands to focus the organization on national aspirations.


Authorities say a Utah man carved an obscenity into a woman's stomach with broken glass.

Court documents show 22-year-old Brandon Lee Wall was charged with felony aggravated assault Tuesday.


Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is describing President Donald Trump's tenure so far as erratic and lamenting that he seems to focus on too many issues rather than honing in on the most important ones.

The Republican governor made his comments Thursday in Salt Lake City while responding to a question during his monthly news conference on KUED-TV.


Four-time Olympic medalist Shani Davis leads an experienced U.S. speedskating team that will compete on the World Cup circuit leading up to the 2018 Winter Games.

The 15-member squad was selected after a four-day qualifying meet last week at the Utah Olympic Oval. Over four World Cup meets, beginning Nov. 10 in Heerenveen, Netherlands, the team's performance will determine how many spots the U.S. gets for each event at the Pyeongchang Olympics.


The Utah National Guard has broken ground on a new facility.

The ceremony for the $37-million-dollar Special Forces Readiness Center took place Tuesday at Camp Williams.

Civilian Reader

Speculative fiction author Sarah Gailey traveled throughout Utah last week presenting a series of talks and readings aimed to empower female writers and activists. 

Noah Berger/AP

Wildfires burning throughout the west are forcing homeowners, community leaders and wildfire experts to consider how these blazes are destroying not only personal property, but larger landscapes as well.  To help communities rethink current wildfire management strategies, a presentation entitled “Era of Megafires” is touring Utah this week. 


School officials in Utah are investigating a video that appears to show five teenagers shouting a racial slur and expletive.

Officials said Tuesday the 10-second cellphone video was made by Weber High School students as they sat in a car. Three of them are cheerleaders. They all appear to be white.


Republican John Curtis has not surpassed Democrat Kathryn Allen's fundraising in the race for Utah's vacant U.S. House seat despite raising nearly three times more over the last three months.

Allen made waves in state when she raised more than half a million dollars earlier this year to challenge then-Congressman Jason Chaffetz. But with the Republican's resignation this summer, her fundraising has slowed as her challenger's has gained momentum.

National Parks Service

An elderly couple visiting from Texas left their hotel room in Kanab on Monday October 2 on what they hoped would be a day trip to see Lake Powell.  Nearly a week later a rancher, checking his cattle spotted the 78-year-old woman laying beside a dirt road, severely dehydrated and confused.