Matilyn Mortensen

News Director| Web Manager

matilyn.mortensen@usu.edu

A Utah native, Matilyn graduated from Utah State University in 2019 with a B.S. in journalism and communication. During her undergraduate degree, Matilyn worked at Utah Public Radio as a general reporting intern. After graduation, she covered city and county government at the Logan Herald Journal for a year before returning to UPR. 

When not working to bring you accurate, timely, local news, Matilyn enjoys reading, painting, traveling, and trying new food. 

 

Gov. Spencer Cox released his “One Utah Roadmap” on Wednesday which outlines his plan for his administration’s first 500 days in office. The plan includes six strategic priorities, which are: economic advancement, education innovation and investment, rural matters, health security, equality and opportunity, and streamlining and modernizing state government. 

According to a poll conducted by the Deseret News and the Hinckley Institute of Politics, 41% of Utahns believe voter fraud was prevalent in the 2020 presidential election. 

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The late Representative LaWanna Shurtliff was remembered by her colleagues in the state House and Senate on Tuesday for her many contributions to the state, including those as a lawmaker and an educator. 

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As the annual legislative session began on Tuesday amid the COVID-19 pandemic and on-going threats of violence and civil unrest across the nation, lawmakers are preparing for a packed 45-days of legislating. 

Utah State University officials announced Tuesday that as of the end of the year, they have distributed over $7.8 million in federal and institutional-donated funds to students experiencing hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

At 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday the bells at the Utah State Capitol will ring 15 times in honor of the 1,500 Utahns who have reportedly died so far of COVID-19 since March.

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The Utah Board of Higher Education expressed unanimous support for Utah State University President Noelle Cockett on Friday after results were released from the external investigation into comments made by the president during a Dec. 8 meeting with university football players.

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In anticipation of potential protests at the Utah State Capitol this weekend, Gov. Spencer Cox has declared a state of emergency. 

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As health departments across the state prepare to offer the COVID vaccine to all residents over age 70, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox announced Thursday that in the past week, the state has doubled the total number of doses of the vaccine that have been distributed.

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The report from the investigation into comments made by Utah State University President Noelle Cockett about interim football coach Frank Maile is expected to be released Friday, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. 

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880 people have been placed on Delta’s no-fly list for refusing to wear masks and for rowdy behavior, including passengers who heckled Senator Mitt Romeny on a flight from Salt Lake City to Washington D.C. last week, according to a report by Reuters. 

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The Utah Division of State History is asking residents of the state to submit their 2020 experiences as part of an effort to “capture this time.”

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Thanks to extra doses of the COVID-19 vaccine provided by Logan Regional Hospital, the Bear River Health Department will begin vaccinating residents over age 70 on Thursday—four days before vaccinations for this group of Utahns were expected to be available. Registration for the clinic is full, but information about future clinics will be available on the health department’s website. 

The numbers of animals illegally killed in Utah was slightly down in 2020 from 2019, but the number of citations for these incidents is up by almost 275 incidents.

Flags flew half-mast across the state Utah on Monday at the request of Gov. Spencer Cox in honor of the U.S. capitol police officer Brian D. Sicknick who died as a result of the riots in D.C. on Wednesday. 

In response to an executive order issued by Utah’s Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson, all state agencies will be required over the next six months to evaluate all jobs within their agencies with the goal of expanding remote work opportunities. 

Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson announced their priorities on Monday for the fiscal year 2022 budget ahead of the upcoming legislative session. According to Cox, the $27.1 billion budget was made with the goals of enhancing opportunities for all, looking for long term solutions and improving the efficiency of government services. 

Following the announcement on Friday that the vaccinating of K-12 staff and teachers will begin on Monday, Utah Senate President Stuart Adams issued a statement urging Salt Lake City School District Schools to open immediately. 

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In an effort to speed up Utah’s COVID-19 vaccination process, and hopefully led to the state receiving more doses of the vaccine, Gov. Spencer Cox issued an executive order regarding vaccine distribution on Friday. 

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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is a part of an association that reportedly helped organize the rally on behalf of President Donald Trump that ended with a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol earlier this week, according to Documented, a left-leaning watchdog group.

As spring semester approaches, Utah State University President Noelle Cockett urged university faculty and staff to get vaccinated as the vaccine becomes available to them. 

Starting Thursday, the healthcare company Nomi Health is launching no-cost, PCR saliva testing. In a press release from Nomi, the group stated they worked with the state to launch this testing, which will allow Utahns to receive these tests without a doctor’s order at 15 test sites in the state. PCR tests are considered by the FDA to typically be highly accurate do not usually require a second test to verify results.

The left-leaning policy group Alliance for a Better Utah is calling for the resignations of Utah Congressman Christ Stewart and Burgess Owens after the two men objected to counting the electoral votes from Pennsylvania on Wednesday. 

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State Epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn received her first dose of the COVID vaccine this week. In a video on Twitter, Dunn said she needed to be vaccinated so she can be a part of vaccinating others in the state. 

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As protesters stormed the capitol in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, pro-Trump crowds also gathered at the Utah State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City. 

Filing is open for candidates who are interested in replacing Cache County Executive Craig Buttars who was appointed last month as the commissioner of the state Department of Agriculture and Food.

A special election will be held later this month to replace Rep. Lawanna Shurtliff who passed away in December.

Congress will vote to count the results of the presidential election this week and two of Utah’s Congressmen have said they intend to object to the votes in several of the swing states where President Donal Trump lost. 

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