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Reflecting On The Utah State Fair During The Pandemic

Sep 23, 2020

Many fairs across the country were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in Utah the state fair continued. Ashely Moyes, who has been going to the state fair since she was a kid, attened this year and said she loves sharing the experence with her kids. 


Large gatherings and events have been increasing in Cache Valley over the past month, and with that comes the concern of increased coronavirus cases.

Before fall semester at Utah State University began on Monday, students in four on-campus housing residence halls were quarantined due to increased levels of SARS-CoV-2 in the wastewater. This testing is part of the university's plan to reduce the spread of the virus. 

Potential for New Nuclear Testing Brings Up Old Harms to Idahoans

Sep 1, 2020
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Restarting discussion about nuclear-weapons testing is on the table in Washington, D.C., even as Idaho still is waiting for recognition of the harms from testing in the 20th century.


Increased levels of SARS-CoV-2 have been detected in the waste water of four Utah State Universityresident halls—Rich, Jones Morgan and Davis. All 287 students who live in these halls will bequarantined while COVID-19 test are administered on Sunday and Monday.

For the first time since it’s 2017 inception, part of the Utah Cheese Awards competition was held in Logan. 


As Logan City and Cache County continue to grow, addressing transporation needs is an important part of master planning. City officials are launching two transportation studies to come up with solutions to meet current and future mobility needs.

The Truth Behind Cache Valley Canyon Closure Rumors

Aug 21, 2020

Online rumors claim multiple Cache Valley canyons will be closed after Labor Day weekend due to trash dumping, human and animal waste, and ammunition and needles being left behind. However, this is not the case.


Utah’s original state of emergency declaration for coronavirus expired this week. During his press conference on Thursday, Gov. Gary Herbert announced a new emergency declaration will be going into place.

USU Announces A Student Fee Reduction For Fall 2020

Aug 19, 2020

Utah State University President Noelle Cockett announced Tuesday that USU students at the Logan Main campus will see a $150 reduction in fall student fees while full time students at USU Statewide Campuses will see a $95 fee reduction.


When two Utah mink farms began experiencing unusually high mortality rates among their minks, animal samples were sent to the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab in Logan Utah. 

Forgotten Fruits: Once-Lost Apples Become Appealing Again

Aug 17, 2020
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Lost apple varieties of the Northwest are sprouting anew and in the spotlight at a conference this week.

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Conservation groups have sued a Utah state agency, claiming illegal use of public money to construct a private oil-and-gas rail line.

Despite the pandemic, the 2020 Cache County Fair continued on with the theme "Good and Plenty in 2020." One of the traditions this included was 4-H livestock shows. 

Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

News of mysterious seed packages from Asia arriving in Utah mailboxes began spreading last week. The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has been investigating the seeds and reporting their findings to the United States Department of Agriculture. 


A new study from the Utah Women & Leadership Project at Utah State University examines the women in leadership positions on the state government level. While there has been some progress in the number of women holding leadership positions in Utah, there is still room for improvement.


Wildlife managers in Wyoming are moving forward to combat chronic wasting disease in deer, elk, and moose herds, after the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approved a new statewide management plan.


Summer months are traditionally slow at the Fun Park in Logan when many Utah State students leave the valley and the people who are in town often opt for outdoor recreation. But with the coronavirus pandemic, business has hit a new low with impacts that could reach the University. 


The recent algae bloom in the Virgin River in Zion National park was discovered after a dog died in the river. The bloom is something Bradie Jill Jones with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food said is a result of a perfect storm of high temperatures and no rain.

Southern University and Best Friends Animal Society

After a partnership was announced last year between Best Friends Animal Society and Southern Utah University for an executive leadership certification program, hundreds of people emailed wanting to be apart of the program that were not at an executive level. This interest has caused Best Friends to come out with the Principles of Contemporary Animal Services Certificate for those planning to enter or who are already in animal services.


In the past, the United States Department of Agriculture, USDA, has allowed farmers and ranchers to choose what identification method they prefer to use to mark their cattle. Recently the USDA issued a formal notice requiring the use of Radio Frequency Identification -- or RFID.

As COVID-19 Rent Protections End, Some Utahns May Be Facing Evictions

Jul 7, 2020
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The COVID-19 crisis has led to thousands of Utahns losing their jobs or having their hours cut, but most have been able to stay in their homes, thanks to an eviction moratorium and assistance programs put in place by the state. 

Food Safety Tips For This Grilling Season

Jul 3, 2020

Millions of Americans celebrate the Fourth of July every year by having a backyard barbeque. While this year’s holiday weekend may not look like past years, its still just as important to keep food safety practices in mind to prevent foodborne illnesses. 

The primary  election voting process in Utah looks pretty different this year thanks to the coronavirus. During one of the special legislative sessions this year, a bill was passed saying there would be no in person voting, unless counties chose to offer drive-through sites. 

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Summertime usually means occupying children by sending them out to summer camps, however with COVID-19, this may not be a viable option. Some organizations have decided to shift their camps to an online platform to keep kids engaged. Weber County 4-H is one of those groups transitioning summer camps to remote learning opportunities.

The second Farmers Feeding Utah “miracle project” happened in Northern Utah on Tuesday. Food pantries in Cache, Box Elder, and Rich Counties all benefited from the project.


Multiple meat packing plants in Utah have been hit with recent influxes of coronavirus cases and some consumers are concerned about what this means for the products from these plants.  The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food released a statement saying they are confident in the quantity and quality of the meat that is produced in Utah. 

Details Utah Leads Together Volume Four Plan Announced

Jun 17, 2020

In the governor’s press conference on Wednesday, local leaders joined Gov. Gary Herbert to announce the details of the Utah Leads Together Plan Volume 4. According to Herbert, this version of the plan focuses on recovery, investment, and personal responsibility. To do this, the plan outlines benchmarks to achieve over the next 100, 250, and 500 days.  

Curds + Kindness is an initiative created by Dairy West redistribute surplus diary to people at risk of hunger across Utah and Idaho. As part of June, National Dairy Month, Dairy West is celebrating frontline workers by distributing grilled cheese sandwiches and cheese curds.  

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Now that the weather is warming up, farmers markets around Utah are beginning to open up. However, they don’t look the same as past years. Some markets have been positively effected by pandemic mitigation efforts, while others, not so much.