Kailey Foster


Monday night’s Republican gubernatorial debate took place at the same time as the second round of protests that took place in Salt Lake City demanding justice for George Floyd of Minnesota.

Brody Hatt and Colt Black

Horses and trainers all over Utah have worked toward competing this spring, but with the coronavirus pandemic resulting in numerous cancelled events, people were unsure whether or not competitions would still be held.

Utah Coronavirus Update- Friday, May 22

May 22, 2020

On Friday, May 22, the Utah Department of Health announced the number positive coronavirus cases was 8,057, up 183 cases from Thursday. During this time, the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 rose by 13 to a new total of 660.  There was one death in this time, bringing the total number to 93. 

Utah Coronavirus Update, Thursday, May 21

May 21, 2020

On Thursday, May 21, the Utah Department of Health announced the number of positive coronavirus cases in Utah has increased by 164 cases since Wednesday, bringing the new total to 7,874. Of the 7,874 cases, there have been 647 hospitalizations. Two people died in this time, bringing the total deaths due to COVID-19 to 92. One of these deaths occurred in a long- term care facility, making 40 resident deaths due to the coronavirus.

Utah Coronavirus Update- Wednesday, May 20

May 20, 2020

As of 1 p.m., the Utah Department of Health announced a total of 7,710 cases of the coronavirus in the state — an increase of 192 from Tuesday. Two people have died in this time, bringing the total deaths due to COVID-19 to 90 people. Of these deaths, 39 come from residents in long-term care facilities.

'Heroes Act' Could Help Feed Hungry Utahns

May 19, 2020

The newest COVID-19 relief bill, the “Heroes Act”, that just passed in the U.S. House of Representatives would — if passed by the U.S. Senate and signed into law by President Trump — provide low-income Utah families and individuals with nearly $45 million extra over the next 16 months to purchase groceries or food at farmers markets. 

Does Utah Have A Meat Shortage?

May 15, 2020

All over the country, states have been impacted by meat shortages due to processing plants being shut down and the change in the supply and demand chain. 

Gov. Herbert Moves Most Of Utah To 'Yellow' Risk

May 14, 2020

At 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, most areas of Utah will be making the transition to the low-risk, "yellow" category of coronavirus mitigation efforts. However, Grand County, Summit County, Wasatch County, Salt Lake City, and West Valley City will continue to be in the moderate "orange" risk category.

Utah Coronavirus Update, Wednesday, May 13

May 13, 2020

As of 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the Utah Department of Health announced the total coronavirus cases was 6,626, an increase of 188 from yesterday. Of the 6,626 confirmed cases, an estimated 3,406 people have recovered. The number of hospitalizations increased 18 people from Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 553. Two more Utahns have died due to the virus, bringing the state total to 75. 

Since Gov. Gary Herbert announced the state's transition to "orange," or moderate risk, according to the Utah Leads Together 2.0 plan on May 1, counties in rural Utah have asked to move directly into the "yellow" risk category. However, according to the state epidemiologist Angela Dunn, it is more difficult to determine a case trend for rural counties when determining whether they can make this transition.

To help Utahns who fall into the high-risk category for contracting diseases associated with the coronavirus—or those who care for high-risk individuals — Dr. Angela Dunn, the state epidemiologist, introduced a hotline to offer assistance. The hotline has been put into place to help people get meals, groceries, and medications dropped off at the houses of high-risk individuals. 

Utah Coronavirus Update, May 11th

May 11, 2020

As of 1 P.M. on Monday, the Utah Department of Health announced the total coronavirus cases was 6,362.  This is an increase of 111 cases from Sunday. Of the 6,362 cases, an estimated 3,181 people have recovered, and 517 hospitalizations have occurred. The death toll in Utah has increased by one from yesterday — bringing Utah’s total to 68.  


On Thursday, Utah Farm Bureau Federation announced it was launching its Farmers Feeding Utah program to help both farmers and people in financial need throughout the community. Through this program, people in the community can donate money to buy food from farmers and distribute it to families in need.

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All around the country, county fairs are being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that won’t stop 4-Hers from continuing to learn and compete. While some counties have already cancelled their fairs, efforts are still being made to still hold livestock shows.

USU Extention

With schools being closed for the rest of the year, some students are taking that extra time to give back to the community. 4-H members throughout the state have taken this opportunity to help local hospitals by printing face shield and mask connectors. 

Utah Oil and Gas Regulators Fail to Issue Fines to Polluters

May 4, 2020
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Regulatory agencies in most western states have improved their oversight of the oil and gas industry in recent years. A recent analysis, however, shows that one state -- Utah -- stands out as the worst over the past two decades at dealing with violations.

Utah Coronavirus Update, Thursday, April 30

May 1, 2020

On Thursday at 1 p.m., The Utah Department of Health announced an increase of 177 COVID-19 cases since Wednesday. The number of hospitalizations due to the virus increased by 7 bringing the total number of people hospitalized to 390. There has been one new death bringing the state’s total death number to 46.

Strike Teams Will Help Utah Reopen Safely

May 1, 2020

When the clock strikes midnight on May 1, Utah will begin to transform as it moves from the “red” risk category to the “orange” category of the coronavirus response plan.

Restaurant Focusing On Consumer Contact Surfaces

Apr 23, 2020

On Wednesday, Utah State University’s Dr. Brian Nummer and other food science professors across the country gave a webinar on Food Safety and COVID-19.


A new rule proposed by the United States Department of Agriculture would allow schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program to serve less fruit, fewer whole grains, fewer varieties of vegetables and more starchy vegetables. Advocates of healthy eating said this  proposal would weaken the nutrition standards and could hurt more than 300 thousand students in Utah. 


COVID-19 has caused many students to face both acute and significant financial hardships. Many students have been asking if they could be refunded their student fees for the semester. Although Morales said this is not possible, USU is working to help students.

USU Updates On Fall 2020 Semester

Apr 17, 2020

When USU President Noelle Cockett addressed the university community Friday in a virtual town hall, a topic of concern was how the upcoming fall semester will be held. 

Will Utah Online Legislative Session Limit Transparency?

Apr 15, 2020
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Utah lawmakers open their special session this week, but there's a wrinkle: All their meetings will be in cyberspace.

With the rules constantly changing around small business loans, it can be hard to know who is eligible for these loans. There are support organizations such as Small Business Development Center that can help peope figure their financials out during this time of need.

How Hospitals Have Adapted Communications To COVID-19

Apr 13, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic, we are constantly being told new information. Hospitals have been constantly evolving as new information on the virus. 

Herbert Implements Travel Declaration Requirements

Apr 8, 2020

Governor Gary Herbert announced a travel declaration that is to go into place this week.

Utah Dairy Farmers Adapting To A Shift In Demand

Apr 8, 2020

All over the country, dairy farmers are being told they need to start dumping their milk despite milk flying off the shelves at the supermarkets.With more people staying at home, retail sales have spiked while food service has gone down. 

Baby Animal Days Becomes A Drive Through Event

Apr 3, 2020

Rather than canceling their annual Baby Animal Days fundraiser, staff at the American West Heritage Center in Wellsville came up with some creative solutions to adhere to social distancing guidelines. 


As part of the State of Utah’s COVID-19 response, The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) in conjunction with Gov. Gary Herbert’s Office will allow restaurants to repackage and resell raw and prepackaged foods in their inventories to the public for the next 30 days.

Small Business Loan Program Begins On Tuesday

Mar 31, 2020

Businesses in Utah are under stress because of the uncertainty the coronavirus pandemic has caused.Over the past two weeks the Department of Workforce Services has been working on a project to help businesses here in Utah.