Matilyn Mortensen

Matilyn Mortensen

Cache County residents and officials met for a public meeting on wheels Tuesday morning. The community bike ride was an opportunity to discuss ways to improve bike routes in the county.

Conservation Corps
By Bureau of Land Management

AmeriCorps members around the United States participate in community service efforts such as disaster relief, conservation projects and education programs. Utah is one of the top states for AmeriCorps participation.

Children playing; U of U professor discusses how to talk about race with children.
Pixino.com

A recent article published by the University of Utah features 10 tips for talking with children about race. UPR’s Matilyn Mortensen visited with author Karen Tao about her research and her recommendations for talking to children about differences.

Mom and twin girls; Affordable child care is one issue YWCA Utah will address in it's policy conference later this month.
Donnie Ray Jones / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

How women of color are treated in the justice system, resources for mothers facing depression, and access to affordable childcare are topics of concern for one Utah women’s organization. A YWCA Utah conference later this month will bring together community stakeholders to discuss policies for addressing these areas.

New Video Explores The Highlights Of Cache Valley Geology

Jul 31, 2018
Cache Valley; A new video teaches about the geology of Cache Valley.
Utah Sizzle, Wikimedia Commons

The topography of Cache Valley is greatly impacted by the ancient Lake Bonneville and the continual movement of tectonic plates. The Utah State University Geology Department released a video to teach people more about the history of the northern Utah landscape.

Auidence; Constituents can show support for the humanities by inviting their lawmakers to events.
Pixabay

Federal legislation to cut arts and humanities funding was recently blocked by a bipartisan effort. Utah Humanities board members say constituent involvement helped the effort succeed and is necessary for the humanities to receive needed funding.

Sprinkler; Farmington residents under strict water restrictions.
Anton, Wikemedia Commons

Some Utah residents are being fined for using irrigation water during restricted times. Drought conditions are forcing water agencies to charge fines and shut off access in hopes of encouraging residents to conserve.

Taste of Utah; The 2017 Taste of Utah Event in Washington D.C.
Associated Foods

Semi-trucks carrying a variety of Utah-made food products left Salt Lake City last week and headed to Washington D.C. for a Taste of Utah event. The event will be hosted for the second year by Senator Mike Lee and will give United State senators and representatives a chance to sample some of the many food items produced in Utah.

Woodmoore Point Re-Zone; An image of the area for the proposed re-zone in Logan city.
Loganutah.org

A potential rezone of property in southern Logan would allow for more lower-cost housing in the city. But some city council members are worried about safety issues the potential increase in traffic could cause.

What Qualifies A President For Impeachment?

Jul 19, 2018
President Donald Trump; USU professor explains what evidence would have to be available to impeach President Donald Trump.
whitehouse.gov

During the past 18 months of Donald Trump’s presidency, there have been national conversations about whether or not he should be impeached. There are organized efforts to move the idea forward, including the group Need to Impeach, which recently visited Utah.

Tour of Utah Race;The Tour of Utah Race will begin August 6th and bring racers from around the world.
Tony Webster / Wikemedia Commons

As teams from around the world participate in the Tour de France, Utah prepares for its own international bike race. Five international teams currently racing in France, and 17 teams in total, will come to Utah in August to compete in the Tour of Utah.

Logan City Visioning Meeting; Developers from Cowboy Partners stand in front of a list of ideas for future developments on Logan's central block.
Matilyn Mortensen

The Logan city council chambers were full of attendees during a visioning meeting Tuesday evening. Residents were invited to share what kind of a project they wanted to replace the currently empty Emporium property located across the street from the Tabernacle in downtown Logan.

Westminster College

Dale and Sheri Holt recently donated their home to Westminster College. The historic building will be used to host gatherings and to house future university presidents.

Bears Ears National Monument; Southern utah
Mark Stevens / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/

One environmental organization is challenging what it says is a "culture of secrecy" created under Secretary Ryan Zinke in the U.S. Department of the Interior. The organization, Earthjustice, has requested documents related to decisions about allowed uses in Utah’s Bear Ears and surrounding areas.

Crews Work To Contain Dollar Ridge Fire In Eastern Utah

Jul 3, 2018
Wildfire Flames; the Dollar Ridge Fire is burning in eastern Utah.
Kaibab National Forest / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Crews are working to reach containment status for the Dollar Ridge Fire burning on the border of Wasatch and Duchesne counties. The area burned is estimated to be around 30,000 acres.

Mike Lee; Senator Mike Lee is a potential nominee for the United State Supreme Court.
Gage Skidmore / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Utah Governor Gary Herbert supports the nomination of either current U.S. Senator Mike Lee or his brother Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee to the United State Supreme Court. Both are reportedly on the list. If Mike Lee is appointed, the governor would appoint someone to replace him.

Multiracial Family; Multiracial indviduals are likely to be categroized as non-white by observers.
Jennifer Borget / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

According to a new study, by 2050 one in five Americans will identify as multiracial. The study also reported that individuals of multiracial background are usually categorized by observers as non-white.

Cars Parked on Logan Main Street; Parking rquirements for mainstreet parking discussed
Wikimedia Commons

Logan city officials are considering details for a rezone allowing more residential units in downtown Logan. The proposed rezoning plan applies to properties on Logan Main Street between 200 South and 500 North.

Visitors Explore Timpanogos Cave; Timpanogos Cave is one of Utah's National Park sites experiencing increased visitation.
www.nps.gov / National Park Service

Total National Park site visitation saw a six percent increase from 2015 to 2016. Along with increased visitation, parks are facing rising costs of deferred maintenance projects, leading to financial resources being thinly stretched. 

Jehovah's Witnesses handing out phamplets; The Jehovah's Witnesses Convention "Be Courageous" will be held in Ogden this week.
Wikimedia Commons

For the past three weeks, Jehovah’s Witnesses around the state have been inviting friends and neighbors to join them at a convention in Ogden. The Bible-based convention entitled "Be Coureous" will be held this week.

History Of Women's Suffrage Highlighted In New Curriculum

Jun 14, 2018
Better Days 2020 is a Utah organization that created a curriculum about Utah women's path to suffrage.
Better Days 2020

Workshops this week are preparing 30 of Utah’s elementary and middle school teachers to teach their students a new curriculum about the history of women’s rights in the state. The curriculum focuses on women’s suffrage in Utah.

Logan Main Street; Logan city officials and other stakeholders are discussing ways to improve traffic flow on Logan's Main Street.
commons.wikimedia.org

A discussion on the future of Logan city’s main street was facilitated by Utah Department of Transportation representatives on Friday. Meeting attendees included Logan city officials, business owners and other stakeholders.

Young Children Ballroom Dance; Children from Davis County Ballroom preform a routine.
Davis County Ballroom

A Davis County dance instructor is working with Utah youth to provide them an opportunity to use ballroom dancing as a way of developing social skills. At the same time, students learn more about the art of ballroom dance.

Table set and decorated for Ramadan Dinner; Iftar
Matilyn Mortensen

Muslims around the world are in the midst of celebrating Ramadan, a month long Islamic holiday. One Muslim family in Cache Valley is opening their home and inviting their friends of all beliefs to join the celebrations.

Logan city is participating in plans to potentially build a small modular nuclear reactor in Idaho.
Nuclear Street

Logan City officials are weighing project risks as they decide whether or not to continue participating in a plan to build a small modular nuclear reactor in Idaho, just North of Idaho Falls. An expert says concerns about nuclear power are valid, but people often need to shift the focus of their concern.

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