Max Roberts

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations organization for evaluating and presenting the science related to climate change, released a comprehensive report last week for public officials around the world on the relationship between the land and climate.  The organization provides the world’s governments with scientific assessments to develop climate policies.

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On Tuesday, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. resigned from his post as United States Ambassador to Russia and is predicted to run for governor again in 2020.  Recent polling for the gubernatorial election provides early insight on the preferences of Utah voters, specifically for candidates Huntsman and Spencer Cox.

Utah Cultural Alliance

The Utah Cultural Alliance (UCA), a statewide advocacy group for the humanities and the arts, recently released its municipal candidate grades and endorsements.  With the 2019 Utah primaries coming up this month, voters across the state are considering the differing views of all the candidates, including their support of the arts.

Utah Senate

The Utah Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force completed its eight-part public listening tour around the state Tuesday night in Utah County.  From Brigham City to St. George, hundreds of Utahns voiced their opinions over the last five weeks on potential tax reform in the state.

Daily Herald

State lawmakers from Utah County are proposing legislation requiring counties with large populations to adopt some form of government with separation of powers to allow for more regional representation. 

USU Extension

According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 70,000 Americans died of an overdose in 2017, over 47,000 of which involved opioids.  The Utah Department of Health reported that Utah has been ranked in the top 10 states for overdose deaths for the last 10 years, and Carbon and Emery counties have opioid overdose mortality rates 2.5 times the national average.  In order to address these issues, a summit will be held this week at Utah State University Eastern in Price.

Utah House of Representatives

The Utah State Legislature Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force began the first step of a massive tax restructuring process with a town hall in Brigham City on Tuesday. 

Jordan River Commission

The access and sustainability of the Jordan River Parkway are threatened by a large set of issues affecting the state as a whole.  Salt Lake County and the Jordan River Foundation invited design teams to submit their ideas for a segment of the parkway to attract creative solutions to conserve and promote river and spark public conversation.  Organizers are now inviting the public to share their voice on these ideas.

Utah Conservation Corps

The frequency and intensity of natural disasters are on the rise, according to the US Geological Survey, and disaster response teams are preparing to provide increased aid throughout the US.