Utah News

Utah Wildlife
4:09 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Non-Lead Bullets Effective at Killing the Right Animals, Sparing the Wrong Ones

A Californian Condor in flight, photographed in Zion National Park
Phil Armitage

State wildlife officials will continue their efforts to get hunters in southern Utah to switch to non-lead ammunition with a demonstration Saturday in Kanab. The goal is to reduce lead poisoning in the endangered California Condor, which feeds on animal carcasses.

But Conservation Outreach Manager Lynn Chamberlain notes there have been challenges:

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Vernal
3:25 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Texting While Driving Proves Deadly in Uintah County

Texting while driving is being blamed for a crash that killed a 15-year-old boy over the weekend. Vernal Assistant Police Chief Keith Campbell says the accident happened Sunday night when a 28-year-old man drifted off the road, hitting the teen and his friend:

“There were some comments made by witnesses as well as the individual operating the vehicle that he was texting when he struck the boy. As a follow up to that we have his phone and it will be processed by the Rocky Mountain Computer Forensics lab.”

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Utah Education
2:59 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

New Group to Help Women Earn College Degrees

Students at a graduation ceremony.

The Utah Women and Education Initiative was founded last week in a continuing effort by the state to help more women complete a college education.

The initiative was started to implement the ten key recommendations from the Utah Women’s College Task Force convened by Governor Gary Herbert last year.

Initiative director Mary Ann Holladay says many women in Utah have had difficulty finishing college. 

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Brigham City
3:02 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Brigham City Temple Opens Doors to Reveal No Secrets

The Celestial Room inside the new Brigham City Temple.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Correction: On August 31, 2012, we erroneously reported that the Brigham City temple would help take some of the pressure off the nearby Logan and Pocatello temples. There is no LDS temple currently in Pocatello. The corrected version of the story is below:

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Environment
1:27 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Utah Youth Work to Protect State's Natural Resources

Utah Conservation Corps workers hard at work.

This summer has been a busy one for young people working on public lands projects in Utah. Hundreds of them get jobs with the Youth Conservation Corps, headquartered at Utah State University. They maintain trails, restore wildlife habitat, rip out invasive species - and keep at it as long as weather permits. For some, says director Sean Damitz, it's their first outdoor experience and their first job - and there are lessons just as important as the hard work. 

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Utah Crime and Courts
4:49 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Roberto Roman Acquitted of Murder Charges

Earlier in August Roberto Roman was acquitted of the murder of Sheriff's Deputy Josie Greathouse Fox. Fox was shot to death during a traffic stop in 2010. Roman claims that Fox’s brother, Ryan Greathouse, was in fact the shooter. Greathouse died four months after the murder of a drug overdose. The acquittal has sparked controversy over the jurors’ deliberations, particularly after comments made by jurors to the media. Thursday on Access Utah, Salt Lake Tribune reporter Aaron Falk said several jurors were impressed by Roman’s testimony. 

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Orem
4:46 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Everyone Loves to Hear a Good Story, Especially at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

Everyone loves to hear a good story, so it's no wonder why the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival has been a huge success for the past 23 years.

What started with humble beginnings of a handful of people in an Orem home, the festival now finds itself nestled in Provo Canyon at Mount Timpanogos Park, attracting 26,000 visitors from Utah and around the world. 

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Utah Politics
4:29 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Governor Herbert on Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney

As a proclaimed member of the same religion practiced by the Republican candidate for president, Mitt Romney, Utah Governor Gary Herbert has had ample opportunity to answer questions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints during this week's National GOP Convention.

Herbert was a councilman in Salt Lake City when Romney was there for the Olympics, and during his time in Tampa, the Governor has worked to persuade delegates to focus on Romney's ability to manage -- a message he says is more important than Romney's ability to socialize.

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Utah News
3:50 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Utah's Legal War on Happy Hour Over for Now

A group representing Utah bar owners has agreed to have its lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on “happy hour” dismissed. Ken Wynn, a board member for the Utah Hospitality Association, says it was no longer needed because the attorney general’s office clarified that liquor licensees can still change their drink prices every day.

“And with that acknowledgement, they stipulated to it, we said fine, we’ll withdraw the lawsuit. That’s what the basis of the whole lawsuit was about in the first place.”

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Utah Politics
10:27 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Matheson and Love Spar for College Votes

With the November election 10 weeks away, the criticism going back and forth between six-term Congressman Jim Matheson and Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love is heating up.  On Tuesday, Utah’s only Democrat in Congress held a press conference to address what he says is a key difference in between the two: access to financial aid for college students.

“College costs have grown at a very fast rate and quite frankly the student aide hasn’t kept up. This is not the time to make it even harder for kids to go to college.”

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