Harley Barnes

Compared to many other universities in Utah, Dixie State University is not yet mandating the COVID-19 vaccination for students, faculty, and staff. 

Staff from the university say they are working with the local health department and government officials to monitor and assess the COVID-19 situation in Southern Utah.

As of today, The University of Utah, Utah State University, Weber State University, Davis Technical College, and Utah Valley University have confirmed vaccine requirements.

High levels of E. coli have been found in Hyrum Reservoir in Cache County and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality recommends recreators not swim or boat in water that appears to have a harmful algal bloom. 

The Bear River Health Department issued a warning after samples were taken on Thursday Aug. 26 that found levels of E. coli in the reservoir to be over levels recommended by the Utah Department of Health. 

Rick Bolin


 As land in Sardine Canyon is being considered for a housing development, a husband and wife have ideas to use the land for non-profit organizations. Small business owner, Rob Boudrero shared his ideas for use of the land and how it would benefit the community.

Utah State University Today

 To help minimize the risk of COVID-19 to students and employees, Utah State University has implemented a color-coded classroom containment system. Frank Galey, USU Executive Vice President and Provost spoke about the main goals of the new system. 


For one man, the Invisible Heroes Initiative is a way to honor his son, and others like him, who died after being honorably discharged from the military.


According to a recent report, Utah is tied with Colorado as the 12th least-prepared state for hospital capacity following rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. 

On Thursday, criminal charges were filed against a man who drove over 100 miles per hour to cross the state line into Arizona after refusing to pull over for law enforcement.

Utah State University College Of Agriculture And Applied Sciences

The National Institutes of Health is supplying the Utah State research team with a grant of over $1.5 million, as the team looks at the less understood role of fathers' nutrition in the health of infants.

A social media post about LGBTQA+ youth is being investigated by the Utah State School Board. 

On Wednesday Gov. Spencer Cox gave updates about Afghani refugees coming to Utah. 

Despite heavy storms, Northern Utah is still blanketed in smoke from fires in Northern California. 

The Alpine School District says the Lehi High School teacher who made controversial political statements to her students is no longer an employee. 

P Owens/usda.gov


  The U.S. Forest Service has released its draft management plan for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison, also known as 'G-MUG' national forests. The plan includes a significant increase in the amount of land that would be available for logging, and groups that advocate for public lands are raising concerns that it recommends only 34,000 acres of new wilderness across the forest.

Ground has been broken at the site of a future home for a fallen Utah soldier’s family. The Taylor family will be receiving a new home through the ‘Have a Heart Home’ effort.

Utah stands ready to welcome Afghan refugees, according to the state’s officials. 


Last month, gymnast Simone Biles dropped out of the Olympic individual all-around competition to prioritize her mental health. Since then, the mental health of athletes has been widely discussed.

The boreal top snail has been seen in places like Japan, Scandinavia and the Swiss Alps, and now it’s been discovered to also live in Utah. 

So far, eight of the snails have been discovered under fallen logs in Dry Fork Canyon and Big Brush Canyon in the Uinta Mountains. Also known as the zoogenetes harpa snail, wildlife officials say the tiny snail measures 4 millimeters in length and their shell is unique from other land snails in Utah.

The new snail species is noninvasive, and good for the environment.


Free bus fare will be provided on all Utah Transit Authority buses on August 12 and 13. 

The UTA, along with Utah State Legislature and other state air and health organizations, announced the ‘Free Fare for Clean Air’ initiative which is meant to encourage Utahns to take public transportation to help improve air quality along the Wasatch Front. 

The free fare days were made possible by House Bill 353 sponsored by Representative Joel Briscoe during the 2019 Legislative Session, according to officials.


Utah Conservation Corps


The Disaster Services Unit of AmeriCorps has requested the Utah Conservation Corps deploy from July 27 to August 19 to assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency in distributing information materials about the COVID vaccination in Clark County, Nevada. 


 A new research snapshot released by the Utah Women and Leadership Project found Utah girls fall behind their male peers when it comes to levels of physical activity.


A project to build small modular nuclear reactors in southern Idaho has been downsized from 12 modules to six. 


After having their graduation ceremony postponed twice, Utah State University’s class of 2020 finally has an option for an in-person celebration. 

Officials from Utah’s Division of Water Resources say although the state has been getting monsoonal moisture, the state’s reservoirs have not been significantly impacted.

For some of Utah’s secondary students, COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be available when they attend school registration. One of the districts that will be providing vaccines is the Ogden School District. 

Recent updates to the handbook for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints include guidance to welcome refugees and keep church environments free of politics. 

Phil Roeder https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise in Utah. On Tuesday, Gov. Spencer Cox held a press conference to address those numbers. 

City officials in Enoch said the city received 2.5 inches of rain on Sunday which led to widespread flooding. 

Utah State Office Of The Governor

Gov. Spencer Cox said efforts to conserve water during what may be Utah’s driest year have been successful so far. But, he said more changes need to be made looking to the future.


Utah’s ninth annual Pacific Island Heritage month kicks off on Saturday with celebrations in Salt Lake City. 

On Wednesday the Utah Division of Wildlife updated Utah's fishing regulations to allow anglers to catch and keep more fish in bodies of water across the state.