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DEBUNKED Episode 1: Setting the Stage

Feb 12, 2020

This first episode introduces the Tribal and Rural Opioid Initiative, and the state of the opioid crisis in Utah. It features guest Heather Bush from Utah Department of Health, a Syringe Exchange Program Coordinator and Dr. Erin Fanning Madden, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology and biostatistics at University of New Mexico Health Science Center.   We review information about how the crisis began, and set the stage for debunking a myth in each of our episodes moving forward.

 

Earl Creech

Utah is one of the driest states, and citizens are accustomed to drought warnings and plans. Last October, Governor Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency when he put a drought emergency order into effect. Now, a year later, the order has been lifted and 2019 will now take its place as Utah’s 10th wettest year recorded.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 70,000 Americans died of an overdose in 2017, over 47,000 of which involved opioids.  The Utah Department of Health reported that Utah has been ranked in the top 10 states for overdose deaths for the last 10 years, and Carbon and Emery counties have opioid overdose mortality rates 2.5 times the national average.  In order to address these issues, a summit will be held this week at Utah State University Eastern in Price.

Gillian Allard, FAO of United Nations / Bugwood.org

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is warning Utahns not to transport firewood across state lines because the wood could be harboring invasive insects. 

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With housing costs along the Wasatch Front climbing 80% since 2005, you might expect the Bastian family, farmers in Salt Lake County, to cash in for a tidy paycheck. But instead they opted to donate 100 acres of prime farmland to Utah State University Extension, with the goal of building a center for increasing agricultural literacy.

Students pose for a photo in front of a step-and-repeat at the Latino Youth Leadership Boot Camp, a program of Latinos in Action and Utah State University Extension.
Chris Polansky

This week, Utah State University hosted 300 middle and high school students from across Utah and Idaho for the Latino Youth Leadership Boot Camp. 

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Brittain Family Farms

While most individuals are unaware of how food gets from farm to table, Dr. Kynda Curtis, a professor and extension specialist in applied economics at Utah State University, is all too familiar with the process.

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Now that we are truly in the winter as you look through your seed catalogs you might want to start planning next year’s garden with your past pest problems in mind.

Cougars in Green Canyon near North Logan have wildlife experts working to keep the area safe. Listen to what you should do if you see one.
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You can find hikers, bikers and sightseers in Green Canyon all day, year round. According to Utah State University wildlife specialist Terry Messmer, houses are moving closer to the mountains and to wild animals.

Students of Utah State University Latinos-In-Action Boot Camp
Vladimir Robles

In 2017, only 77 percent of Utah Latinos graduated high school. The percentage of those going to college is even lower.

Large brown bull moose standing in a wildflower field.
National Park Service

Wildlife experts are warning outdoor enthusiasts to be aware of potential encounters with moose, deer and other big game. 

The Number Of West Nile Cases In Horses Is On The Rise

Jul 23, 2018

Mosquito pools in Box Elder, Davis and Uintah counties have been tested positive for West Nile Virus. State health officials are warning people to take precautions. Veterinarians are warning people to take precautions for horses and other animals.

A Latino youth leadership boot camp is taking place for the first time at Utah State University. The university is joining Latinos-in-Action, a national organization working to encourage Latino youth to consider pursuing higher education.

Farmers use information and data used in safflower trials on their own operations
Bronson Teichert

Experimenting with new crop varieties adds to the many risks farmers already face, according to experts at Utah State University. USU research farms throughout the state are working with farmers to eliminate risks by creating a more efficient food system.

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Bronson Teichert

Utah State University researchers are studying and testing varieties of grass for beauty and efficiency. Lawns and golf courses have more than sprinklers and lawnmowers keeping them green in the hot summer months. 

Fresh produce stand
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According to the United States census, almost 15 percent of Utah senior citizens are facing hunger. With seniors making up 10 percent of Salt Lake County’s population, one program is providing fresh produce to fight hunger with over 3,800 pounds of fresh produce were distributed in 2017. All that fresh produce was enough to feed over 1,500 senior citizens. 

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The Food Fun and Reading course is designed to help children from preschool through second grade learn more about eating well through reading and activities.

Spring weather in Utah can be unpredictable, creating frustration for people looking forward to summer weather. But for farmers, the up and down weather could impact the health of fruit trees. Experts are trying to warn people before it’s too late.

Matilyn Mortensen

A yearlong program offered through Brigham Young University Pathway-Worldwide is designed to help students transition more successfully into a higher-education setting.

Utah State University Extension's Food $ense program

4-H And Google Reaching Beyond Agriculture

Sep 5, 2017
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Google and 4-H programs are now working together to teach useful technology skills to the public. Google donated $1.5 million for trainings, equipment and other useful supplies for 20 different states.

David Francis works in the Utah 4-H extension office and helps provide science, technology, engineering and math programs to the public.

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Niche markets, like gluten free and organic food, are becoming more popular - but experts are worried consumers aren’t “fact checking” claims about a new trend - antibiotic free meat. Animal scientists and producers are trying to regain lost ground on educating the public about their food.

The Logan River Task Force, a group of concerned citizens, hydrologist, and recreation specialists have formulated a plan to improve environmental and social ecosystem services along the Logan River. 

The storm that swept through Northern Utah Tuesday night had residents across the Wasatch Front scraping snow off their cars by the next morning -- and some of Northern Utah’s gardeners scraping snow and frost off their plants.

Avoid The Rake, Leave Your Leaves

Nov 17, 2016
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The National Wildlife Federation suggests leaving the leaves that fall on your yard in Autumn right where they are in an online article. They sight the benefits to everything from soil nutrition and landfill waste reduction, to a host of small and medium sized animals for whom the fallen leaves provide a habitat.

False Eyelashes Could Damage Your Eyes

Jun 10, 2016

Bree McCarver is a licensed cosmetologist with The Lash Studio in Logan. She said women come to her with false eyelash nightmares. For example, one client told McCarver someone who was not licensed through the state had actually plucked out the customer’s natural lashes.

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  With spring officially here, gardeners are preparing their orchards for summer crop. 


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