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One environmental group is concerned stakeholders from outside Emery County did not get enough input during discussions about a federal bill to manage the county’s public lands. The legislation would impact the San Rafael Swell, Desolation Canyon and Labyrinth Canyon region.

Ogden police say an officer shot and injured a dog that allegedly attacked him while he was on a child welfare call.

According to a statement from the Ogden Police Department, the dog came out from behind a vehicle in a driveway and attacked the officer.

Ron Rockwell Hansen

Prosecutors say a former U.S. intelligence officer charged with trying to sell secrets to China told investigators that an FBI informant started a conversation about U.S. military information.

Prosecutors say in court documents filed Wednesday that 58-year-old Ron Rockwell Hansen of Syracuse briefly spoke with FBI agents after his arrest, but stopped talking after being confronted about whether he was telling the truth about who started the conversation.

Colorado City, Arizona

 A polygamous sect that has been losing control of a community on the Utah-Arizona border that it has long controlled is in line to hold on to seats on a town council after three member incumbents survived a primary election challenge from outsiders.

Vance Barlow, the town manager and town clerk in Colorado City, Arizona, says Donald Richter secured one of the four seats outright because he won more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary.

Chris Holmes

A new school of business has opened in Cedar City. Southern Utah University Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business was a $20 million project.  $5 million was donated by the Dixie and Anne Leavitt Foundation and more than half the cost of the building was paid for through private donations.

Isaiah and Jacob Kingston

Two Salt Lake City biodiesel executives linked to a polygamous group will stay in jail on federal charges in an alleged $500 million tax credit scheme.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells denied an effort Wednesday to immediately release defendant Isaiah Kingston. His lawyer Scott Williams says allegations that he would flee to Turkey if released ahead of trial are false and misleading.

Bonnie Foerster

A 74-year-old woman cried tears of joy when a Utah state judge took the rare step of declaring her and her longtime lesbian partner legally married just months after her wife died.

Judge Patrick Corum on Tuesday ruled that Bonnie Foerster is legally married to Beverly Grossaint, who died in May in Salt Lake City at age 82.

Foerster met Grossaint in January 1968 in New York City under unhappy circumstances: Foerster was escaping an abusive husband. When Grossaint first saw her, Foerster had broken ribs and was wearing dark glasses to hide black eyes.

Ashley Rohde

As a relatively water-rich portion of Utah, Cache County is a planned future resource for municipal and agricultural water for Davis, Weber and Salt Lake counties.  However, recent improvements in water conservation and education have reduced water use across the state.  

Intermountain Healthcare Logo

A Salt Lake City health care company says it eliminated 396 jobs and created 107 new positions as part of a structural overhaul it launched late last year.

Intermountain Healthcare announced Monday that 59 positions were already vacant, and a total of 67 people in jobs that were cut "left Intermountain because there was not another suitable position."

Molly Marcello

Between Friday and Saturday, Immigration and Custom Enforcement officers detained nine people in Moab. Several workers in the popular tourist area stayed home from fear of being arrested.

Murray, Utah

Murray City Council voted to continue its investment in exploring the country's first small modular nuclear reactor.

Murray, with its additional $15,000 investment approved Tuesday, has now committed $30,000 to the Carbon Free Power Project to explore the new technology

Mia Love

Republican Utah Congresswoman Mia Love is hosting a campaign rally with the state's beloved adopted son, Mitt Romney, as she gears up for the final months of a tight election race.

The rally at Friday night at Thanksgiving Point will also include more than 40 local elected officials.

Aggie Chocolate Factory Coming To Logan

Aug 23, 2018
Man making chocolate; The new Aggie Chocolate factory will let visitors see the bean to bar process of chocolate making.
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Logan has long been famous for Aggie Ice Cream. Visitors to the northern Utah town will soon be able to try a new local treat-- Aggie Chocolate. 

Affordable Housing Advocates: Utah Policymakers Can Do More

Aug 23, 2018
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The cost of buying or renting a home in Utah has been on the rise for years. Now, affordable-housing advocates say state government needs to take action before Utah reaches a crisis point.

University of Utah

A University of Utah graduate assistant was reassigned from teaching a class after she said bringing a concealed carry gun to class "is absurd, antisocial, and frightening behavior," and that any of her students — even if permitted — who do would be forced to stand in a "3x3 taped square."

University spokesman Chris Nelson says the "weapons policy" was removed from the online curriculum Tuesday and students were "alerted to the error."

Zion National Park entrance.

Zion National Park is planning to overhaul its main entrance to help ease long lines of cars that can stretch back for miles.

The National Park Service is proposing changes that include increasing the number of visitor-entry lanes and creating a short-term visitor pull-out area.

The Utah-based robotics company Sarcos is working to develop technologies to augment, instead of replacing humans working in the industrial, public safety and military sectors. The robotics company is receiving financial incentives from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

The Pickle Factory in Salt Lake's Granary District

Salt Lake City's redevelopment agency has chosen artists to create nearly a dozen murals in an increasingly popular downtown neighborhood.

Officials said Tuesday that 15 artists have been commissioned for the large-scale artwork on the exterior of privately owned buildings in the Granary District.

Man installs home solar panels.

  New rooftop solar installations are down 23 percent after Utah's main power company reached a deal to pay customers less for the power they generate.

Rocky Mountain Power in a deal that went into effect in November phased out the net-metering program, which paid solar customers the market rate for their excess energy sent to the grid.

Police in a Salt Lake City suburb say a man kicked open the door of his estranged wife's apartment and beat her and their 13-year-old daughter with a crowbar, killing the woman and critically injuring the girl.

A Unified Police Department spokeswoman says 54-year-old Walter Brantzeg was arrested Wednesday after he called at least one local television station to talk about the attack while driving away from the apartment in Millcreek.


Fire managers have rescinded fire restrictions on all unincorporated private lands, state lands and BLM lands in central Utah. This includes all of Sanpete, Juab, Millard, Sevier, Wayne and Piute Counties.

A portrait photo of Dean Craig Jessop: The founding dean of Utah State's Caine College of the Arts has announced his resignation.
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After serving for nearly 11 years, Craig Jessop, the first dean of the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, announced his resignation. Jessop said he’s grateful for the experience he’s had at USU.

Dixie State University

A crowd of demonstrators at Dixie State University has started the first day of school by protesting the treatment of a music professor.

The St. George News reports professor Ken Peterson said Monday that he appreciates the support from the group with signs like "Stop the Abuse of Power" and "Investigate Dixie State."

Frontrunner Train

A new federal ruling says the Utah Transit Authority illegally fired a transit planner for warning the agency that it was violating safety rules.

U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge Lee Romero Jr. issued the order Aug. 13, requiring the authority to reinstate J. Michael Clara to his former position and pay him back wages, as well as $10,000 in compensatory damages.

Utah will use the grant money completely replace the voter registration database.

The state of Utah will use $4.1 million in federal grant money to help buy new voting equipment, replace the state's voter registration database and to train county and state officials on new voter security measures.

A report released Tuesday shows states around the country are moving quickly to tap their shares of the $380 million program to strengthen voting systems.