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The Logan Municipal Council unanimously approved budgets for fiscal year 2020-2021, including an overall 2.6% budget cut.

Logan Municipal Council Opens Door To Possibility Of More Bars

Jun 18, 2020

After a 40-minute debate on Tuesday, the Logan Municipal Council agreed to lower the code’s population requirement to allow for more liquor licensing opportunities in the city.

Design Of Endorsement Letters For Lt. Gov. Cox Causes Concern In Some Voters

Jun 16, 2020
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The design of endorsement letters for gubernatorial candidate Spencer Cox are causing some Republicans to question campaign ethics.

IHC Intermountain Healthcare worker, Draper Fire Inspector, nurse saves concrete worker.
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Aubrey Sessions is a pediatric nurse with Intermountain Healthcare. Her family was having the concrete for a pickleball court poured on June 4, when one of the workers collapsed.

Can Elementary Students Fight Racism?

Jun 11, 2020
Black Lives Matter protest, Logan, Utah, George Floyd, Police Brutality, local 9-year-old wants racism to end with her generation
Kat Webb

People around the world watched as a Minneapolis police officer knelt on a man’s neck for nine minutes, ultimately killing George Floyd. The act sparked protests and even riots throughout the United States and abroad.

GOP, Republican party primary candidates
Kat Webb

Utahns have started receiving their ballots for the June 30 primary, but who the frontrunners will be in the Republican race for governor may not match the polls.

Coronavirus, COVID-19 has hit minority populations with a fervor across the nation, and Utah is no exception. A grassroots community effort is growing to help the Latinx population in Northern Utah.
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Local advocates and nonprofits have been working for weeks, but now, community members are stepping up to help the disproportionately affected Latinx community in the wake of a spike in cases in northern Utah.  

COVID-19, Coronavirus meat packaging facility and others in Cache County put employees at risk throughout pandemic
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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Logan is the highest in the nation for a city its size. When rumors of a COVID-19 outbreak at the JBS meat-packaging facility in Hyrum started circling, the company responded by testing every employee. Of the 1,024 tests conducted between May 30 and June 2, nearly 300 came back positive.

Because of COVID-19, coronavirus, the republican primary in Utah will be done exclusively via mail-in ballots.
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It’s been four years since Republican Val Potter was elected to the Utah House of Representatives. For the first time since then, he is facing a Republican opponent in a primary race for Utah’s third house seat — Mike Petersen

Karina Andelin Brown, Montezuma Creek, Navajo Nation, Coronavirus donations
Devin Thorpe

In response to the high need in the underserved area of Navajo Nation, Rotary Clubs and nonprofits across the state gathered thousands of pounds of food, personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies to deliver to Montezuma Creek over Memorial Day weekend. 

Family Of Five Rescued From Logan River Crash

May 31, 2020
Logan City Fire Department, Cache County Search and Rescue and numerous bystanders worked together to rescue a family trapped in their car in the middle of the Logan River on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
Brian Champagne

As protests were escalating and becoming violent in Salt Lake City, a different type of emergency was unfolding in Northern Utah. At approximately 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, emergency services were called to rescue a mother and her four children after she lost control of her car and ended up in the Logan River.

Coronavirus shining light on lack of public health infrastructure, according to Dr. Donald Warne, director of the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) program in North Dakota and member of the Oglala Lakota tribe. "American Indians are dying of neglect."
University of Washington School of Public Health

“I'm sure all of you have seen data from Navajo Nation and they have among the highest rates of infection nationally, and among the highest rates of death as well," said Dr. Donald Warne, director of the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) program in North Dakota and member of the Oglala Lakota tribe. Warne is also one of the 0.3% of physicians in the United States who are Native American. He said there are numerous reasons why the sovereign nations are being hit so hard by the coronavirus, but most stem from a lack of infrastructure.

In a press conference this morning, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox announced new funding projects for Northern Utah and Utah non-profits. 

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While most Utahns seem to have weathered the coronavirus pandemic with less illness and death than has been seen elsewhere, they have not been unaffected by the crisis. Public health officials say the stress and uncertainty of living under a stay-at-home order has caused an increase in anxiety and depression. In response, Utah officials and private groups have launched the Live On campaign: a 3-year drive to promote education, provide resources and change the culture around suicide and mental health. Taryn Hiatt, Utah director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said those who are struggling need to know where to find help.

CAPSA reports high volume of calls, clients through pandemic, and numbers rising as coronavirus mitigation efforts ease, meaning fewer victims trapped at home with their abusers.
Rusty Frank / U. S. Air Force

According to Lt. Troy Thurston, the Logan City Police Department has responded to 265 incidents related to domestic violence since Jan. 1, and 104 of those occurred after March 15 — right around the time Utah started issuing “stay at home” initiatives. 

Officer Miguel Deras is a former University of Utah police officer who worked on Lauren McCluskey’s sextortion case prior to her October 22, 2018 murder. Deras is once again under fire, this time for allegations that he downloaded images McCluskey provided as evidence to his personal cell phone. 

COVID-19, Coronavirus measures, including stay home directives, have lead to many people cleaning and organizing their homes — and bags and bags of items to be donated.
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Spring cleaning came with an added punch this year: people were told to stay home as much as possible during the outbreak of the coronavirus, so many took the time to clean out closets and garages. And that’s resulted in a massive amount of items to be donated.

Muslims use Zoom app, virtual meetings to gather, celebrate during Ramadan
Gonca Soyer

When Gonca Soyer and her family moved to Cache Valley a few years ago, they decided to invite their friends and neighbors to join them in celebrating for each night of Ramadan — a holy month where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and then gather with family, friends and community members to eat and pray and spend time together in the evening. 

Utah State University, Robert Wagner, coronavirus pandemic aid for students under CARES act
Utah State University

Under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, nearly $14 billion was allocated to higher education institutions across the United States, including more than $17 million for Utah State University.

Women's Suffrage, COVID-19, coronavirus lead to cancelling events celebrating women's voting rights anniversaries in Utah, but Better Days 2020 has switched to online projects to preserve and cultivate the ways women influenced the history of the state.
Kat Webb / UPR

2020 is a big anniversary year for women’s voting rights in history. Though many in-person events have been cancelled, the preservation of women’s contributions to history has not been put on hold for the non-profit Better Days 2020, according to Katherine Kitterman, the historical director for the organization.

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