A new report finds Western states grew more jobs at nearly double the rate of the rest of the nation over the last four decades—and the access to high-quality outdoor opportunities on public lands is a factor driving that growth. Ben Alexander with Headwaters Economics says their new “West is Best” report finds almost all of the job growth in Western States has been in the high-wage service industry, and he says Utah is leading the pack.
Whooping cough is on the rise again in Utah. There have been more than 1,100 reported cases of pertussis or ‘whooping cough’ statewide so far this year, five times the national rate. Nicholas Rupp of the Salt Lake Valley Health Department says the state has seen twice as many cases as last year.
Consumer confidence in Utah took a big dive this month according to the Zions Bank Consumer Attitude Index report on consumer spending. Randy Shumway, CEO of the Cicero Group, says the consumer attitude index fell more than 11 points, which he attributes to Utah favorite Mitt Romney losing the Presidential election.
Imagine a spacecraft as light as your laptop and small enough to fit in your hand. Small satellites, ranging in size from a smart phone to a loaf of bread, are making access to space cheaper and faster. They typically cost 100 times less than traditional satellites that are as large as a school bus.
Researchers at the Huntsman Cancer Institute have discovered a possible new treatment for a rare childhood cancer. Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah, Dr. Stephen Lessnick, says the drug has a high likelihood of treating Ewing sarcoma, a deadly cancer found in children and young adults.
A Utah lawmaker wants to free up dozens of liquor licenses using the state’s hotels. Republican Senator John Valentine is drafting a bill that would create a master license for hotels, which would free up licenses currently required to run the bars, restaurants and catering services inside hotels.
With winter and snowy weather approaching, avalanches are once again a concern for outdoor sports enthusiasts. UPR’s Ryan Cunningham sat down with Paige and Toby Weed of the Utah Avalanche Center to talk about avalanche preparedness, as well as some upcoming events.
For more information on avalanches and avalanche danger in Utah, visit the Utah Avalanche Center website or call their advisory hotline at (888) 999-4019.
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is implementing new rules for all solid fuel and coal burning devices as a way to predict red and yellow air-quality conditions sooner during the winter inversion season. Air Quality Division Director Bryce Bird says the state will now rate its air quality based on the national air quality index.
A landmark agreement between the United States and Mexico sets up clear guidelines for how the Colorado River will be managed and protected through 2017.
The agreement was just signed and goes into effect immediately. The Bureau of Reclamation says the agreement is designed to make sure that the seven states the river flows through in the U.S., as well as Mexico, will have adequate access to river water.
While Glen Canyon Dam produces exponential amounts of electrical power, it’s creation was bad news for the Colorado River’s ecosystem. In order to keep the river’s system healthy, scientists have implemented high flow experiments or a controlled flood to mimic the river’s natural processes. The latest water release ended Thanksgiving Weekend.
UPR's Mackinzie Hamilton talked with Jack Schmidt, Utah State University Professor and Chief of the USGS Monitoring and Research Center in Flagstaff, AZ. which oversees the floods.