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. 

 

Uintah Basin Teen Reporter Corps

Sep 21, 2020

The Basin Uintah Basin Teen Reporter Corps is open to students in grades 7-12. During this eight-week program, students will produce a three to five-minute audio news piece. Students will receive support from the Utah Public Radio team as well as one-on-one support from a mentor as they develop a story idea, interview sources for the story, write the story, and produce the final audio piece. Completed stories will air on Utah Public Radio.

At 911 confirmed cases of COVID-19, Utah saw it’s largest single-day increase in coronavirus numbers today. A new outbreak of the virus in Utah county among 15-24-year-olds was also reported to now be spreading among all age categories. 

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“With everything going on in today's political world and in the world in general with our pandemic, what would she think? What would she tell me to do? What kind of actions would she be taking and what kind of actions should I be taking and am I taking? I need to carry on her legacy. It's almost like, I don't want her to haunt me.”  

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Another special session of the Utah Legislature begins on Thursday, marking the fourth time the legislature has met since finishing the 2020 legislative session in March.

Utahns whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for short-term training programs at Utah colleges and universities.

Thanks to CARES Act funding, Summit County is launching two grant programs to help organizations impacted by the coronavirus.

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Logan is a small city that is thriving in the United States, despite the pandemic, according to a recent article on governing.com.

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Communities like Bryce Canyon City, just outside of Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah, rely heavily on tourism. With the coronavirus putting a pause on international tourism, community leaders and business owners are looking for ways to bring more Utahns to town. 

Five mink infected with SARS-CoV-2, the animal virus linked to COVID-19 in humans, were identified at two Utah mink farms. This is the first confirmed case of the virus in mink in the United States.

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After cancelling the 2020 season due to the coronavirus, officials from the Utah Shakespeare Festival announced the shows for the 2021 festival on Monday. The event will mark the festival’s 60th Anniversary and celebrate founder Fred C. Adams who passed away earlier this year. 

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Last month a bull moose was illegally killed in Rich County and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is asking for the public’s help in gathering information. 

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Laurens Smith was named vice president for Utah State University Statewide Campuses by USU President Noelle Cockett on Friday. 

Fire restrictions in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest to reduce the risk of man-made wildfires began on Thursday.

Thanks to emergency changes to daily fishing limits at two Utah reservoirs and one Utah lake, anglers will be able to catch and keep a significantly higher number of fish in the coming months. 

On Tuesday, the Logan Municipal Council will hold a public hearing as part of the discussion on extending the city’s mask mandate. The public is encouraged to email questions or comments in advance so council members can gather information for their deliberations. These can be sent to teresa.harris@loganutah.org.

Utah State University

In response to the current pandemic, Utah State University is following suit with many higher education institutions across the nation and making standardized admissions tests optional for the upcoming 2021 admissions cycle. This decision will apply to admission for the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 semesters. 

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Logan is the second city in Utah to institute a mask mandate. The mandate was approved by Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday and will go into effect on Saturday at 12:01 a.m.

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As Logan prepares to welcome Utah State University students back next month, officials in the northern Utah college town are requesting permission from the governor to implement a mask mandate for their city.

While there are still more votes to be counted from Utah's primary election, shortly after 4 p.m. on Monday the Associated Press called Utah's Republican gubernatorial race in favor of Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and his running mate Deidre Henderson.

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“All of the things together, like being pregnant in a foreign country while mourning the loss of my brother, felt like the hardest thing I've ever done. And I've done hard things before as we all have. But for me, these were the hardest together and the timing of them and I felt so alone.”

The first round of results from this year’s primary election are in and as expected, many of the races are too close to call, including the four-way Republican primary for the Governor’s seat.

Utah State University

Officials from Utah State University announced on Wednesday that after Thanksgiving break all university classes will be taught remotely and final exams will be administered remotely as well. In addition to that, fall break on Oct. 16 has been canceled. 

Muslims use Zoom app, virtual meetings to gather, celebrate during Ramadan
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When Gonca Soyer and her family moved to Cache Valley a few years ago, they decided to invite their friends and neighbors to join them in celebrating for each night of Ramadan — a holy month where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and then gather with family, friends and community members to eat and pray and spend time together in the evening. 

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Social distancing guidelines have made accessing healthcare challenging and in some cases impossible for people who have a disability or a chronic illness. And even when people could in theory access that care, the risks of infection leaving home creates may make them reluctant to venture out. One of these people struggling to access care is Lou McKee of Salt Lake City. 

Six new coronavirus related deaths were reported on Tuesday. As of 1 p.m., there are 5,499 newly confirmed cases of the virus and 15 new hospitalizations. In total, 126,715 people have been tested for the virus in Utah. 

 


Social distancing guidelines mean the services Utah drug courts provide have been drastically cut back and altered. Earlier this week, we looked at how staff at the Bear River Health Department are adapting to meet safety guidelines. Now, we share with you the experience of one drug court participant. 

 

Utah drug courts play an important role in addressing the state’s opioid epidemic, especially in rural communities. Now that efforts to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic are limiting face-to-face interactions many of these services are being moved to virtual platforms. 

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As concerns about shortages of personal protective equipment and hospital overcrowding during the coronavirus pandemic grew, Utah’s governor issued an executive order last month stopping all elective surgeries in the state. For one Cedar City family, this means their five-month-old baby is awaiting a postponed cleft lip and palate surgery.

Uintah County Library

After being closed for over a month, the Uintah County Library began a “soft opening” this week. The library staff is continuing to work to provide community resources, while social distancing.

 After a few days of confirmed coronavirus cases in Utah increasing at a rate of 4.5%, cases increased by 5% on Thursday. As of 1 p.m. on Thursday, there are 3,612 cases of the virus in the state-- 167 new ones since Wednesday.

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