Matilyn Mortensen

Project Resilience: Family Healing After Border Separation

Aug 31, 2021

People who immigrate to The United States from Mexico and Central America face a long journey that is difficult and often traumatic. For families who are separated at the southern border of the U.S., this added trauma is not simply overcome with reunification. As part of UPR’s Project Resilience, we learn the story of one Cache Valley woman and the resources that helped her and her grandson to heal after separation. 

Support systems and community resources can help immigrants who are navigating the challenges of making a new home in a new country. 

And while those who provide that support usually do it because they care about others, they often experience second hand trauma. As part of Project Resilience, we meet a few of the home visitors from the Family Place in Logan.

Project Resilience: Reflections On Making A New Place Home

Aug 31, 2021

No matter what brings a family or an individual to a new country,  it can be difficult to make a new place home. New languages, traditions, and foods can be hard to adjust to. Missing loved ones and familiar places is painful. 

For this segment of Project Resilience, we meet a Logan family who has made the valley their home for more than a decade about how they adjusted to life in the United States.

To show support for healthcare workers, teachers and students from school districts in Northern Utah created a collaborative art project they called “The Guardian Project.”

In addition to largely non-refundable pet deposits and additional monthly fees that many landlords charge for animals, some Utah renters are being required to provide their pet’s DNA, according to a report from the Salt Lake Tribune

A West Valley man who prosecutors say was playing with the hammer on his gun when it went off, striking and killing a man, now faces criminal charges, according to a report from KSL. 

Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Diedre Henderson declared that Sunday as Nell Stevenson Bright Recognition day, in honor of Bright’s contributions during World War II as a member of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP. 

Thanks to extreme drought conditions, most of Utah is under watering restrictions which has left some Southern Utah residents wondering why public spaces like parks, golf courses and cemeteries are being watered during the day.

According to a report from Deseret News, a recent Instagram post from Global Map Posts suggests Utah might be one of the youngest states in the country and one of the youngest places in the Western world.

Saturday evening sessions of General Conference for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be discontinued beginning in October. Previously, the Utah-based faith held a session for women during their October general conference and a session for priesthood holders during their April conference. 

Daybells Appear In Court To Face Murder Charges

May 26, 2021

Chad and Lori Daybell appeared in court on Wednesday in southeastern Idaho to answer charges related to the murder of Lori’s children, Joshua Vallow and Tylee Ryan, according to reports from the Deseret News. 

First Lady Abby Cox Launches 'Foster Friendly' App

May 25, 2021

First lady Abby Cox was joined by Utah’s Hogle Zoo, the Salt Lake Chamber and representatives from foster organizations to announce the launch of Utah’s “foster friendly” business app at a press conference on Tuesday, according to a press release from Cox’s office. 

Gov. Cox Calls For Special Session On Wednesday

May 17, 2021

The Utah Legislature will gather on Wednesday for a special session. Gov. Spencer Cox issued the call for the special session on Monday and approved 22 topics for discussion, including budget issues related to funds from the American Rescue Plan and technical changes to bills passed earlier this year. The press release announcing the session stated that several bills were added to the list at the request of lawmakers, including the prohibition on face mask requirements in schools and changes to electronic cigarettes. 

On Thursday afternoon the Center for Disease Control announced fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask indoors. 

Utah lawmakers passed a bill earlier this year that prohibited government agencies from mandating COVID-19 vaccines, however, it didn’t say the government couldn’t provide incentives for getting a shot. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, that is exactly what Gov. Spencer Cox wants to do. 

Gov. Cox announced on Tuesday that federal unemployment programs tied to the pandemic will end in Utah next month. This includes the $300 weekly stimulus payment and other federal unemployment programs. 

According to a study from Public Religion Research Institute, three-fourths of U.S. members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints trust their church leaders and two-thirds say vaccinations are a way to love your neighbor but half don't want a COVID-19 vaccine

First Lady Jill Biden Visits Utah

May 6, 2021

First lady Jill Biden visited Utah on Wednesday as part of a multi-state trip. During her visit, she stopped at a middle school and a vaccine clinic in one of the State’s most diverse neighborhoods, according to reports from KSL.

LDS Lawyers Urge Court To Toss Huntsman Lawsuit

May 6, 2021

Federal judges are being asked by lawyers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to toss out a lawsuit made by James Huntsman in March accusing the faith’s leaders of fraud and demanding the return of millions of dollars in tithing, according to reports from the Salt Lake Tribune. 

Transgender Utahns can now list the sex they identify with on state government records, such as their driver’s license, thanks to a ruling from the Utah Supreme Court on Thursday. 

In response to ongoing concerns about extremely dry conditions, Gov. Spencer J. Cox issued an executive on Monday order forbidding irrigation at state facilities between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., requiring that sprinklers are shut off during rainstorms and making sure landscape watering systems are operating efficiently, according to a press release sent from the governor’s office. The executive order goes into effect immediately.

Utah Woman Gives Birth On Flight To Hawaii

May 3, 2021

A woman flying from Salt Lake City to Hawaii unexpectedly gave birth over the Pacific Ocean, according to a report from KUTV

First Lady To Visit Utah This Week

May 3, 2021

As part of a multi-state trip, first lady Jill Biden is scheduled to visit Utah on Wednesday, according to the Deseret News

Courtesy of Intermountain Healthcare

As vaccine availability continues to outpace demand in Utah, organizations like churches or businesses will now be able to sign up to host mobile vaccine clinics. 

The Utah Democratic Party Chair, Jeff Merchant issued an apology today on behalf of the state party to “several women who came forward years ago with (sexual harassment) allegations (that) were not treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

Lt. Gov. Announces Returnship Program

Apr 1, 2021

In an effort to help Utahns, especially women, who want to return to the workforce, Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson announced a new returnship program on Thursday. 

Derek Brown, the chair of the Utah GOP, announced on Tuesday that he will not seek reelection. In a statement, Brown wrote that while he had been encouraged by many people to run for another term, he and his wife Emilie decided the best way to meet their family’s needs was for him to conclude his service. 

Cox Urges Mutual Respect As Mask Mandate Is Set To Expire

Mar 11, 2021

During a press conference on Thursday, Gov. Spencer Cox said all Utahns should be able to sign up for a vaccine by April 1. He also urged residents to remain cautious and respectful of one another.

In an effort to help people get vaccinated, UTA announced on Wednesday that through June 30, any of their forms of transportations will be free to users on the day of their confirmed COVID-19 vaccine appointment. 

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