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Many college students in Utah will be heading back to class later this month. Because of the traditional low-paying jobs held by college students, there is growing concern nationwide that students won’t have enough to eat with their limited financial resources.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement center.
globaldetentionproject.org

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has received three proposals for a new detention facility for its operations in Salt Lake City, but none of the proposals would be built in Utah.

The federal agency began its search last year for a new detention facility somewhere in the Salt Lake City area or at least within 180 miles (290 kilometers) from its local field office and immigration court.

"Dang You To Heck" is a card game similar to Cards Against Humanity
dangyoutoheck.com

A Provo woman has developed a card game that pokes fun at unique Mormon culture in a similar mold as the intentionally offensive party game Cards Against Humanity.

Jerilyn Pool began producing her Dang You to Heck game in January, hiring a Provo printer to make the cards and packaging the game at home to then sell online.

Greater Sage-Grouse
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Some Western governors say a new Trump administration directive threatens to undermine a hard-won compromise aimed at saving a beleaguered bird scattered across their region.

The directive, issued in late July, severely limits a type of land swap involving federal property. Critics say that eliminates an important tool for saving habitat for the shrinking population of greater sage grouse.

U.S Rep. Rob Bishop is scheduled to hold a series of town hall meetings this week. The meetings will be held Tuesday in Vernal, Wednesday in North Logan and Thursday in both Morgan and South Weber.

Cache County Sheriff Dept.

A K-9 partner with the Cache County Sheriff’s Office has died. This is the second local K-9 officer to have died in less than a year. The officer’s name was Storm, a 2-year-old Malinois who joined the sheriffs’ K-9 team last year, around the time another K-9 team member, Endy, passed away.

West Valley, Utah neighborhood.
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A Utah code enforcement officer is dead after being shot by a 64-year-old man who police say also set blaze to a neighbor's house and the officer's car.

West Valley City Police Roxeanne Vainuku said the unarmed, female code enforcement officer was fatally shot Thursday morning in the man's driveway a neighborhood near a golf course in the Salt Lake City suburb.

Senator Orrin Hatch
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Republican Orrin Hatch is going before a hometown crowd to tout his party's second Supreme Court nominee in as many years as he prepares to finish a four-decade career in the U.S. Senate.

In a speech at a conservative think tank in Salt Lake City Thursday, Hatch described judge Brett Kavanaugh as a "decent, honorable person" caught in bitter partisan wrangling. He has said he'll do everything in his power to see Kavanaugh confirmed to the high court.

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.

Utah County Jail
upr.org

Authorities say a Salt Lake County Metro Jail inmate has died after being injured in a fist fight with another inmate.

County Sheriff's officials say 38-year-old Daniel Lamont Davis died Saturday at a hospital.

Mitt Romney
uselectionatlas.org

Mitt Romney is calling for a high-tech early detection system and more logging to prevent wildfires ravaging the U.S. West.

The U.S. Senate candidate in Utah said in an essay Tuesday the government can do more to prevent fires there and other places like California, which is fighting its largest wildfire in state history.

F-35A Lightning II Aircraft flying by Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
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Hill Air Force Base officials say northern Utah residents can expect increased flight activity at the base near Ogden into late August as aircraft from units based at Hill and elsewhere participate in two training exercises.

Aircraft participating in the exercises include F35s from Hill, F-15s from Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho and F-16s from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida.

Logan citizens show support for Cache Valley animals after the Cache Humane Society ended their contract with Logan city
Brianne Johnson

Logan city residents hoped to address animal care in Cache Valley at a city council meeting Wednesday but Logan’s mayor suggested a separate meeting to discuss community concerns. The date of the meeting will be announced at a later date.

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

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development has approved a $365,000 grant for geothermal energy research in Beaver County. The project is also receiving $140 million from the Federal Department of Energy. Experts from the University of Utah will be cond
geology.utah.gov

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development has approved a $365,000 grant for geothermal energy research in Beaver County. 

San Juan Power Plant
sanjuancitizens.org

GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce says if he is elected he will work to prevent the closure of coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners area.

The Hobbs Republican told an audience last week he would seek to find potential buyers for the San Juan Generating Station and other coal-fired power plants.

Leonard Gorman is put back on Utah ballot.
apnews.com

A Navajo man will be put back on the ballot for a Utah county commission after a judge sided with him in his lawsuit against a county that disqualified him in the first election since a judge ruled local voting districts were illegally drawn based on race.

Leonard Gorman of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission said U.S. District Judge David Nuffer ordered San Juan County to put Willie Grayeyes back on the ballot during a hearing Tuesday in Moab that Gorman attended.

Mia Love Holding Open Office Hours

Aug 8, 2018
Mia Love to hold open office hours.
unitedliberty.org

U.S. Rep. Mia Love will hold open office hours to hear from people in her district for up to 10 minutes at a time on Wednesday.

Her office says in a statement she will meet with small groups at her West Jordan office to hear about the issues they care about.

Aron Ralston's hand was rescued from Blue John Canyon after he amputated his hand
The Telegraph

Utah’s public lands welcome tourists from around the globe to play, explore and adventure - sometimes to a fault. In the last four years, Utah has seen a 68 percent increase in search and rescue missions in our national parks. Just last year, there were 324 rescues statewide, costing Utah nearly $300,000 in equipment, training and manpower.

Mom and twin girls; Affordable child care is one issue YWCA Utah will address in it's policy conference later this month.
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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.

Zion Bighorn Sheep Herd Infected With Pneumonia

Aug 7, 2018
Bighorn Sheep: Some Zion National Park sheep have contracted pneumonia.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

 


 

A few bighorn sheep in the Zions National Park herd have been diagnosed with a sheep-specific strain of pneumonia. While the number of infected sheep is currently less than 10, that number could change every day and two sheep have already been euthanized for testing.

Navajo Mountain High School Robotics Team
sanjuanunitedutah.org

A team of Navajo high school students from a remote town in southern Utah is building a robot to represent North America in an international robotics competition.

The group from Navajo Mountain High School will travel to Mexico City for the event beginning Aug. 14. They were invited to compete in the First Global Challenge, which will draw teams from 190 countries to create robots capable of feeding power plants and building environmentally efficient transmission networks.

Sanpete County Wildfire.
sanpetecounty.com

Authorities in central Utah say a wildfire in Sanpete County has burned an estimated 1.5 square miles (4 sq. kilometers), destroyed at least two structures and forced the evacuation of approximately 350 people while threatening 150 homes.

It isn't yet known what caused the fire near Milburn, Fairview and Indianola to start Monday and there's no report on a containment percentage.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
earthjustice.org

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government doesn't have to turn over documents to an environmental law firm involving legal arguments behind President Donald Trump's decision to shrink national monuments.

U.S. District Court Judge David Nye on Monday ruled the records are protected presidential communications, making them exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests.

Albion Basin
utahbirds.org

Professional photographers are upset to learn they will be charged $125 for a special permit fee and $50 per shoot to be able to take pictures in a picturesque northern Utah area full of vivid summer wildflowers.

The Forest Service officials recently began being tough on permits and fees since large crowds at Little Cottonwood Canyon's Albion Basin are taking a toll on resources.

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