Matilyn Mortensen

Tour of Utah Race;The Tour of Utah Race will begin August 6th and bring racers from around the world.
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As teams from around the world participate in the Tour de France, Utah prepares for its own international bike race. Five international teams currently racing in France, and 17 teams in total, will come to Utah in August to compete in the Tour of Utah.

Logan City Visioning Meeting; Developers from Cowboy Partners stand in front of a list of ideas for future developments on Logan's central block.
Matilyn Mortensen

The Logan city council chambers were full of attendees during a visioning meeting Tuesday evening. Residents were invited to share what kind of a project they wanted to replace the currently empty Emporium property located across the street from the Tabernacle in downtown Logan.

Westminster College

Dale and Sheri Holt recently donated their home to Westminster College. The historic building will be used to host gatherings and to house future university presidents.

Bears Ears National Monument; Southern utah
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One environmental organization is challenging what it says is a "culture of secrecy" created under Secretary Ryan Zinke in the U.S. Department of the Interior. The organization, Earthjustice, has requested documents related to decisions about allowed uses in Utah’s Bear Ears and surrounding areas.

Crews Work To Contain Dollar Ridge Fire In Eastern Utah

Jul 3, 2018
Wildfire Flames; the Dollar Ridge Fire is burning in eastern Utah.
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Crews are working to reach containment status for the Dollar Ridge Fire burning on the border of Wasatch and Duchesne counties. The area burned is estimated to be around 30,000 acres.

Mike Lee; Senator Mike Lee is a potential nominee for the United State Supreme Court.
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Utah Governor Gary Herbert supports the nomination of either current U.S. Senator Mike Lee or his brother Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee to the United State Supreme Court. Both are reportedly on the list. If Mike Lee is appointed, the governor would appoint someone to replace him.

Multiracial Family; Multiracial indviduals are likely to be categroized as non-white by observers.
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According to a new study, by 2050 one in five Americans will identify as multiracial. The study also reported that individuals of multiracial background are usually categorized by observers as non-white.

Cars Parked on Logan Main Street; Parking rquirements for mainstreet parking discussed
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Logan city officials are considering details for a rezone allowing more residential units in downtown Logan. The proposed rezoning plan applies to properties on Logan Main Street between 200 South and 500 North.

Visitors Explore Timpanogos Cave; Timpanogos Cave is one of Utah's National Park sites experiencing increased visitation.
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Total National Park site visitation saw a six percent increase from 2015 to 2016. Along with increased visitation, parks are facing rising costs of deferred maintenance projects, leading to financial resources being thinly stretched. 

Jehovah's Witnesses handing out phamplets; The Jehovah's Witnesses Convention "Be Courageous" will be held in Ogden this week.
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For the past three weeks, Jehovah’s Witnesses around the state have been inviting friends and neighbors to join them at a convention in Ogden. The Bible-based convention entitled "Be Coureous" will be held this week.

History Of Women's Suffrage Highlighted In New Curriculum

Jun 14, 2018
Better Days 2020 is a Utah organization that created a curriculum about Utah women's path to suffrage.
Better Days 2020

Workshops this week are preparing 30 of Utah’s elementary and middle school teachers to teach their students a new curriculum about the history of women’s rights in the state. The curriculum focuses on women’s suffrage in Utah.

Logan Main Street; Logan city officials and other stakeholders are discussing ways to improve traffic flow on Logan's Main Street.
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A discussion on the future of Logan city’s main street was facilitated by Utah Department of Transportation representatives on Friday. Meeting attendees included Logan city officials, business owners and other stakeholders.

Young Children Ballroom Dance; Children from Davis County Ballroom preform a routine.
Davis County Ballroom

A Davis County dance instructor is working with Utah youth to provide them an opportunity to use ballroom dancing as a way of developing social skills. At the same time, students learn more about the art of ballroom dance.

Table set and decorated for Ramadan Dinner; Iftar
Matilyn Mortensen

Muslims around the world are in the midst of celebrating Ramadan, a month long Islamic holiday. One Muslim family in Cache Valley is opening their home and inviting their friends of all beliefs to join the celebrations.

Logan city is participating in plans to potentially build a small modular nuclear reactor in Idaho.
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Logan City officials are weighing project risks as they decide whether or not to continue participating in a plan to build a small modular nuclear reactor in Idaho, just North of Idaho Falls. An expert says concerns about nuclear power are valid, but people often need to shift the focus of their concern.

Clark Davis and Scott Sandall, Republican Candidates for Utah State Senate District 17, shake hands after Tuesday's debate.
Matilyn Mortensen

Republican primary election candidates for the Utah state senate seat representing Tooele, Box Elder and Cache counties met Tuesday in Wellsville.  The candidates discussed school safety, education funding and Utah tax policy.

A man is taken to prison; Between 2015 and 2017, the Utah's prison population has dropped by 9 percent.
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A few years ago, Utah's prison population was growing at a faster rate than the national average. Data shows after policy changes in 2015, both the state's prison population and crime rate have declined.

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act; The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Committee assists in returning ancestral remains and funerary objects to tribal communities.
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A member of a Utah-based organization dedicated to protecting the sacred lands of indigenous people has recently been appointed to a national committee. This committee assists in returning Native American ancestral remains and funerary objects to tribal communities.

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Libraries around the state are beginning children’s summer reading programs to help prevent children’s literacy skills from regressing during the school break.  

Utah State Capitol

During the monthly news conference on Thursday, Governor Gary Herbert spoke about improving mental health resources and anti-bullying efforts in Utah.

Suicide Prevention Summit For Faith Leaders Held This Week

May 23, 2018
Kimberly Myers

“One of the things we wanted to do was really help clarify what is the role of faith leaders?" said Kimberly Myers, the state suicide prevention coordinator. "What are the resources that faith leaders can use when the problem is beyond their scope? And then, what are some core considerations for when there is a death in their community, how they can play that vital role in promoting healing and promoting support?" 

Ron Mortensen

“I didn’t have to compare before to after and make one better than the other. I just could make what I had the best it could be. And it wasn’t comparing to life before Gaylynn passed away and life after and one’s better and one’s worse, it’s while she was here we made the best of what we had and had a lot of fun, and while she’s not here, I can make the best of that time. And they’re separate. You don’t have to compare them.”

Utah-based Company Creates Free Escape Room Download Kit

May 17, 2018
Getout Games

When Dallin Henrie was asked to create an escape room for a Mormon youth activity, he thought the challenge sounded fun. As the owner of Getout Games in Provo and Salt Lake City, Henrie has experience designing these types of rooms.

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Major cuts in news room jobs at both the Ogden Standard-Examiner last week and Salt Lake Tribune on Monday have prompted many conversations about the future of Utah journalism.

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In the next week or so, Logan city will start spraying for adult mosquitos. Residents who don’t want their property treated can contact the city to opt out.

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