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!

According to the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands, the quieter year for fireworks has paid off with fewer Fourth of July fires and better air quality over the holiday weekend.

Uplight Aerospace, a Utah company focused on lunar manufacturing and establishing a multiplanetary marketplace, moved to the public marketplace on Tuesday after acquiring another company called NPR Stone.

It appears Utahns heeded firework warnings and decided to skip on personal fireworks for this Fourth of July weekend. State officials reported no major wildfires over the long weekend and Governor Spencer Cox’s office says they are “grateful” for that.

A World War II Boeing B-17 bomber plane landed in Logan Tuesday to offer tour rides for the upcoming week. But it’s main purpose is to inspire future pilots to take to the skies.

No new coronavirus cases and vaccination numbers were released over the weekend due to the Independence Day holiday, but Utah remains front and center nationally as the delta variant continues to spread rapidly throughout the state.

This summer, Salt Lake City has already broken five summer heat records, which well outpaces previous averages. 

A group working to tackle homelessness at the state level has named four new members who have been appointed by Utah Governor Spencer Cox. The Utah Homelessness Council appointees will serve four-year terms.

More details are being shared about conversations between President Biden, Utah governor Spencer Cox and other western governors to discuss climate change, drought and resources on how to better fight wildfires.

State health officials and healthcare workers across the state have seen a recent surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the past week.

As Utah’s drought emergency continues, state officials are looking at the potential of water shortages that could lead to rationing.

Last week, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell appeared in a GQ Magazine story detailing how the NBA’s Social Justice Coalition has been working to start making an impact in Washington, D.C.

Brigham City fire officials are looking for a suspect they say used fireworks to purposely ignite a grass fire in Perry.

The death of an inmate at the Central Utah Correctional Facility is being treated as a possible homicide by investigators.

Firework stands all over Utah are opening up to their first customers as the Fourth of July and Pioneer Day holidays approach. Matt Shadle, a fireworks professional and the owner of Mad Matt’s, told FOX 13 that this year’s sales are on par with last year’s. Shadle says “things are about on track,” despite warnings from state officials to stay away from fireworks this year because of Utah’s extreme drought conditions.

Three members of the University of Utah’s gymnastics team, the Utah Red Rocks, are heading to Tokyo this summer to represent the United States.

It’s no doubt Thursday's sprinkling of water won’t help Utah’s extreme drought conditions. However, there is a way to use rain and snowmelt throughout the year to potentially help your lawns and gardens: rainwater harvesting.

The Utah Administrative Office of the Courts announced on Wednesday that former legislator and Utah Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Howe passed away on Saturday, June 19. He was 97 years old. 

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.