Tyler Hewitt

Web/Social Media Assistant

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!

Utah lawmakers are planning to take another look at the state’s fireworks law as some cities complain it's not clear enough.

Utah Governor Spencer Cox appeared on FOX 13 Live Wednesday night to discuss how Utah is handling the current drought conditions, and he says Utah has “to conserve water better.”

Personal fireworks and open fireworks will not be allowed within Salt Lake City limits until further notice, Mayor Erin Mendenhall announced Tuesday.

In an effort to remind shareholders and consumers to conserve water during Utah’s exceptional drought, a small water company is drastically raising rates for the biggest users. Eden Water Works implemented a 400% rate hike for shareholders who use more than 20,000 gallons of water.

Thousands of state employees will work from home through Wednesday in an effort to help clean up Utah’s air. 

According to Gabriela Murza, who leads Utah State University Extension’s HEART Initiative in Utah County, increased opioid abuse has been a prominent trend throughout Utah during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to KUTV, officials confirmed Monday that the start of the new Morgan Canyon fire in Tooele County is the result of a fatal plane crash, which occurred late Thursday night. Reports of the fire began during the overnight hours into Friday morning.

Firework restrictions are already happening all around the state, and more could be coming, according to a report from KUTV.

With hot temperatures comes high ozone levels, which tend to present breathing problems, according to doctors from Intermountain Healthcare. Coming out of a pandemic, this is especially concerning for those who have or who are currently battling COVID-19.

The heat wave forecast has already shown its true colors in Utah this week. Just after 4 p.m. on Monday, the National Weather Service said the temperature hit a record-breaking 102 degrees near the Salt Lake City International Airport. The previous day’s record was 101 degrees back in 1974.

Out of 10 candidates, the governing body of the Utah Republican Party has selected three finalists in the race to become Utah’s next state treasurer. The finalist’s names — Tawnee McCay, Marlo Oaks and Seth Sunderland — will now be sent to Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, who will appoint one of them to fill the position vacated by David Damschen.

Starting Monday, heat warnings are being issued for the majority of Utah as a heat wave that’s expected to bring dangerous heat and record-high temperature moves into the state.

A website created by the Utah Division of Water Resources to take complaints about water wasters is getting flooded with complaints.

According to a report from Deseret News, the state of Utah spent more than $6.7 billion in federal funds in the year of the COVID-19 pandemic. This number has State Auditor John Dougall concerned about the future reliance Utah could have on federal subsidies. 

Several Utah communities are stepping up to support the family whose food truck, World Famous Yum Yum Food Truck, was covered in racist vandalism earlier this week in Northern Utah. Among the top supporters is Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson who is helping pay for the truck’s new paint job.

If you'd like to catch a fish Utah’s outdoors but you don’t have a fishing license, this is the weekend to do it. Free Fishing Day will be held on Saturday, June 12 and anyone can fish at any public water body in Utah without a license.

Utah Governor Spencer Cox is asking residents to limit their water usage while also banning fireworks on state and unincorporated lands with a new executive order.

The Logan-based Malouf Foundation, which aims at fighting child sexual exploitation, announced Tuesday it is working to help survivors by opening an aftercare facility for victims. The announcement was made in Park City, where the foundation held a golf fundraiser event, which raised over $200,000. Every dollar will go directly toward the development of the new facility, according to a press release.

According to brand new data that was just released, Utah’s housing market has reached record-breaking levels— again.

According to a report from FOX 13, sixty-two percent of Utah is being classified as “exceptionally dry,” which is the highest category of drought used by meteorologists today.

Over the weekend, the World Famous Yum Yum food truck was vandalized in northern Utah. The owners of the Filipino truck are asking for the public’s support as Utah’s Philippines Independence Day nears.

Tens of thousands of Utahns gathered and marched through downtown Salt Lake City on Sunday to close out Utah’s Pride Week.

On Thursday, the Utah Department announced Dr. Leisha Nolen as its newest state epidemiologist. According to a press release, Nolen will become Utah’s top infectious disease expert when she officially joins the health department on July 6. 

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox posted a video to his Twitter Thursday, inviting all Utahns — regardless of religious affiliation — to join in a collective prayer for rain as the state’s extreme drought persists.

According to FOX 13, for the first time in Utah’s history, Utah state employees are required to work from home Thursday due to poor air quality across the state. 

Memorial Day weekend is typically one of the busiest weekends of the year for Utah’s national parks. This year, the parks are remaining full days past the weekend, which hasn’t been a typical trend in the past.

In honor of World Bicycle Day on Thursday, Lawnstarter released a report about the best cities to bike in across the United States, and Salt Lake City has been named as the eighth best city to bike in America.

Governor Spencer Cox issued a proclamation Tuesday, officially declaring June as LGBTQ+ Pride month. He is the first Utah governor to do so, according to FOX 13

Utah’s statewide drought — which has several executive orders issued by Gov. Spencer Cox working to combat it — is now becoming visible on the shorelines of the state’s reservoirs. 

Utah residents and state officials gathered at the state capitol Monday for a special Memorial Day event to honor Utahns who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.