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Utah Environment
1:40 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Air Pollution: The Next Alternative Fuel Source?

Researchers at Utah State University have recently earned the praise of scientists around the world.

USU chemistry and biochemistry professor Lance Seefeldt, along with USU graduate student Zhiyong Yang and collaborator Dennis Dean from Virginia Tech, were recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The three published their findings on how it may be possible to turn pollution into fuel.

UPR’s Ryan Cunningham sat down with Dr. Seefeldt to discuss his big breakthrough.

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Moab
10:40 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

Utah Tourism Businesses Want More Protection for Canyonlands

The Outdoor Industry Association wants new national monument protection for 1.4 million acres surrounding Canyonlands, and industry giants like Patagonia are helping lead the push. But last week’s letter to president Obama was also signed by a long list of Utah and Moab businesses.

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Utah News
2:51 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Walmart Employees Threaten Black Friday Walkouts

The nation’s largest retailer is trying to head off protests and promised walkouts by some employees.

Frustrated Walmart employees have formed groups like Our Walmart and Making Change at Walmart. They want better wages, benefits like affordable healthcare, and overall better working conditions and for these employees walking out on the busiest sales day of the year is their way of getting the message across.

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Environment
12:26 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Glen Canyon Dam Releases Good for Ecosystem—And for Business

For the first time in four years, the Department of the Interior has initiated a high-flow experimental release at Glen Canyon Dam.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar opened the river outlet tubes at noon Monday. The peak flow was supposed to last into Tuesday, and the river will run high for five days. The goal is to wash millions of tons of sediment downstream to create beaches and improve habitat for plants and animals.

For the local recreation industry, the experimental high flows are seen as a boon.

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Utah Environment
12:26 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Glen Canyon Dam Releases Good for Ecosystem—And for Business

For the first time in four years, the Department of the Interior has initiated a high-flow experimental release at Glen Canyon Dam.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar opened the river outlet tubes at noon Monday. The peak flow was supposed to last into Tuesday, and the river will run high for five days. The goal is to wash millions of tons of sediment downstream to create beaches and improve habitat for plants and animals.

For the local recreation industry, the experimental high flows are seen as a boon.

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Environment
2:21 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Demonstrators Protest Tar Sand Development in Utah

Protesters gathered outside the Bureau of Land Management Office in downtown Salt Lake City on Monday, angry over the agency’s recent decision to approve thousands of acres of Utah land for tar sands development.

A group of thirty concerned Utah residents started with a short protest outside the BLM building, but they later moved inside, with demonstrators attempting to deliver “The People’s Environmental Impact Statement” on tar sands.

The group was met by six security guards, but eventually two protesters were allowed upstairs to deliver the three-page statement.

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Utah Environment
2:21 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Demonstrators Protest Tar Sand Development in Utah

Protesters gathered outside the Bureau of Land Management Office in downtown Salt Lake City on Monday, angry over the agency’s recent decision to approve thousands of acres of Utah land for tar sands development.

A group of thirty concerned Utah residents started with a short protest outside the BLM building, but they later moved inside, with demonstrators attempting to deliver “The People’s Environmental Impact Statement” on tar sands.

The group was met by six security guards, but eventually two protesters were allowed upstairs to deliver the three-page statement.

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St. George
12:51 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

St. George Police Asking for Help in Suspected Counterfeiting Case

St. George police responded last week on a report of counterfeit money. The victim sold a motorcycle to the suspect and was paid with counterfeit $100 bills.

The suspect is described as a white male, 5' 7" tall, slender build, dark hair, and between the ages of 25 - 35 years old. He was driving an 80s model full-size blue van with a spare tire mounted on the back door. The name "Rambo" is written in red lettering across the front hood.

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Environment
3:29 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Four Colorado River Fish on 'Top 10 Endangered' List

  The declining quality and availability of fresh water in the Colorado River are putting wildlife at risk, according to a new report. The study released this week by the Endangered Species Coalition highlights 10 species that are endangered as a result of water mismanagement. In Utah, that includes four fish species in the Colorado River. Leda Huta, executive director of the coalition, says they aren't what most people fish for, but the report says their numbers and health are indicators of water health. 

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Utah News
1:47 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Ogden Rated Most Affordable for Homebuying

Where is the most affordable place in America to buy a home? According to CNN Money, it’s Ogden.

 On Friday, the business website named the Weber County city as the most affordable metro area to buy a home in the U.S.  Mayor Mike Caldwell says because most of Ogden was built out by the 1950s, prices have remained affordable. 

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