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!

Governor Spencer Cox says Utah has hit a “breaking point” when it comes to COVID-19, with rising cases and fewer hospital beds to treat people. 

An out-of-state visitor at Zion National Park died after complaining about heat exhaustion. Medics and emergency medical technicians were dispatched to his location on Monday and found him unresponsive.

Utah Valley University is joining other colleges in Utah in requiring students to get the COVID-19 vaccine. UVU officials announced Monday the mandate will take effect for the spring semester.

First responders and paramedics are feeling the strain of the delta COVID-19 variant. In Ogden, the number of COVID-19 related calls is up substantially, and medical professionals are feeling burnt out.

Navajo Nation Tribal President Jonathan Nez says all executive branch employees will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of September or agree to submit regular negative tests.

Family members and friends of fallen Marine Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover arrived in Utah Sunday for a memorial vigil. Hundreds of Utahns, many carrying American flags, greeted them by chanting “U-S-A.”

Officials in Salt Lake and Summit counties have lifted all evacuation orders following a soaking rain storm that weakened the Parleys Canyon fire.

FEMA has provided the city of West Jordan more than $160,000 for repairs to a water storage tank. The funds are provided from the agency’s Public Assistance program as part of a major disaster declaration issued in 2020.

On Monday evening, Governor Spencer Cox tweeted a photo showing boxes containing over a million masks in a warehouse before they are shipped out to Utah schools. 

Summit County officials issued a declaration of local emergency Monday night due to the ongoing Parleys Canyon fire that continues to burn. The declaration allows the county to extend evacuation orders in Summit Park, Timberline and Upper Pinebrook. 

Three people have died following a Sunday evening plane crash in east Davis County.

Firefighters continued fighting the Parley’s Canyon fire through Sunday. Recon mapping that reported at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday showed the fire to be 619 acres. The blaze is expected to be around 10 percent contained. 

Utah is the nation’s fastest growing state and, thanks to that, remained its youngest over the last decade even as the rest of the country got older, according to new data released by the Census Bureau on Thursday. 

Neuroscientists from the University of Utah have recently found that certain video games can improve the mental health of some older adults.

As the first day of school approaches, many county health departments still aren’t sure if they’ll be issuing a mask order for schools. Even if masking is recommended by a health director, the order would need to be approved by the county’s governing body. 

Unvaccinated workers in long-term care facilities are posing a threat to Utah’s most vulnerable population. Cases are once again rising inside nursing homes and assisted living facilities. 

The Utah National Guard is preparing to deploy about 50 service members to the U.S.-Mexico border later this year.

Oktoberfest will be returning to Snowbird after taking a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If current trends continue, such as the drought and warm temperatures, Utah researchers say the state will likely have to get used to dealing with thick smoke more often. 

Several Utah fire departments have deployed crews to assist in the Dixie Fire currently burning in California. It is the largest fire in the state’s history and the primary reason for the thick smoke in Utah and other western states.

The Utah’s Department of National Resources reports that most of Utah is in either the extreme or exceptional drought category. According to the Utah Division of Water Resources, one way Utahns can help reduce their water usage by investing in smart sprinkler systems.

On Sunday, the Navajo Nation reported 18 more COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the eighth consecutive day.

Recent storms have helped improve the soil, but haven't made a significant difference in Utah’s reservoirs. 

The number of COVID-19 cases surged back above 1,000 Wednesday, which is more than six times higher than one month ago when there were only 161 new cases. In addition, the rolling seven-day average is now 907, the highest since mid-February.

July was the hottest month in Salt Lake City since the National Signal Service, the early precursor to the National Weather Service in Salt Lake, started keeping track in 1974.

Primary Children’s Hospital is preparing to see more COVID-19 cases as young students return to school. The hospital usually has surge plans in place for the flu and RSV, but now COVID-19 must be planned and prepared for as well.

Two more Utahns, a man and a woman, have been arrested in connection with the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. 

Executive director of the Salt Lake County Health Department Dr. Angela Dunn told county commissioners Tuesday she’s expecting a child to be hospitalized every other day during the upcoming school year unless serious measures are put into place to prevent COVID-19 transmission in schools.

Utah state director of elections Justin Lee recently announced he’s resigning for a new career opportunity. Lee leaves his post in a couple weeks.

As Utah students head back to school, only the few children under 12 who are in the COVID-19 vaccine trial will return with protection from the shot. It is still unknown when the vaccine will be approved for children.