UDOT Continues Message Monday Campaign

Oct 26, 2015

  If you’re driving on the freeway on a Monday, you might catch a glimpse of a few distinct variable message signs (VMS) that have been comically altered to capture the attention of drivers.

Utah lawmakers are hoping to find a way to adjust federal law to allow for Utah’s institutions of higher education to research the health and economic aspects of cannabis or hemp products. 

Republican representative Gage Froerer told members of the health and human services committee this week that he is working with Utah’s Congressional delegation to encourage a change in Federal Drug Administration policy  that would allow researchers to move forward in determining the possible agricultural, medical, and economic uses of hemp and cannabis products.

If you drive down Hollow Road in Nibley, Utah, you will be hard-pressed to find a yard without a sign that reads “certified wildlife habitat.” That is because Nibley City is in the process of becoming Utah’s first certified wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation.


The announcement Friday by U.S. House Speaker John Boehner that he will retire in October could mean a delay in a possible shut down of the federal government. Predictions are that Congress will pass a CR [continuing resolution] as a stop-gap solution to keep funding the government into October.

Utahns Donate Milk During Hunger Action Month

Sep 23, 2015

It is estimated 1 in 6 children rely on food banks every year and at those food banks, milk is one of the most requested and least donated items, according to The Great American Milk Drive.

Bishop: F-35 Aircraft Good For Utah And Nation

Sep 18, 2015

 A Pentagon report released this week finds the latest F-35B aircraft may not be ready to replace outdated Marine Corps Aircraft.  Findings that the aircraft testing fell short comes just as air force officials in Utah are preparing for additional aircraft to arrive.

Rescue Efforts Resume to Locate Utah Flood Victims

Sep 16, 2015

  Rescue workers continue their search today for four people still missing after Monday evening's flash flooding along the Utah-Arizona border. Powerful flood waters washed away two vehicles carrying 16 women and children, killing 12 and leaving one missing. Three survived. And some 20 miles to the north at Zion National Park, a group of hikers got caught up in flooding caused by the same storm system. Four bodies have been found and three people are still missing.

New Money For Sage Grouse Conservation Announced

Sep 1, 2015

  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced a program on Thursday called Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0, in which he allocated $211 million for conservation efforts throughout the West. The initiative provides ranchers with resources to make conservation efforts on their own private land economically viable. The initiative is expected to conserve 8 million acres of land by 2018.

Terry Messmer, the director of the community-based conservation program, has been involved with Sage-Grouse conservation for over 20 years.  


Cache County Sheriff's Office

The owners of a Northern Utah bank robbed in July are offering a reward for information leading to the ultimate conviction of those involved.

The Cache County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the robbery that happened on July 28  at the Hyrum Wells Fargo Bank.


Investigators are still following up on numerous leads since the incident occurred.  Photos taken from bank surveillance cameras of the robbery suspect are being circulated.

Efforts under way in Montana to restore and protect habitat for sage grouse, a bird that faces a possible endangered species listing, could benefit Utah and other western states.

Jason Weller, chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, met with state officials and private landowners in Montana on Monday to announce a new agreement involving his agency, the state and other entities. Weller said it's aimed at expanding on already extensive conservation efforts on private lands.

  Educators from throughout the United States gathered last week in Utah for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year conference. Utahn, Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the National Education Association, was the keynote speaker during the “Transformers: Innovating Education” conference in Salt Lake City.

The water level at Lake Mead reached a record low on Wednesday, forcing federal water managers to guide the level back above a crucial drought trigger point. Special interest groups are asking political leaders to work together to find ways to better manage water challenges in the West.

Two Wildfires Near St. George Not Uncommon

Jun 18, 2015
Bureau of Land Management

Fire managers for the Bureau of Land Management in the Arizona Strip District, just south of St. George, are managing two wildfires. Residents can see and smell smoke but officials say the public is not in any danger. 

Both fires were started by lightning. The Wolf Hole fire is 10 miles south of St. George near Hodgets Canyon. The Sand Cove fire is 30 miles southwest of St. George in the Paiute Wilderness.

According to Rachel Carnahan, public affairs specialist for the BLM, it is not uncommon for lighting to be the cause of fires in remote areas of the west.

Bear River Celebration Teaches About Nature

Jun 12, 2015
Christopher Campbell

On Saturday, children painted fish with rubber stencils, made beavers out of rocks, and held a recycling basketball game where participants learned about recycling at the 14th annual Bear River Celebration — which highlights all the things that a healthy watershed provides.

Sam Saltern, who played the basketball game, stated why recycling is important.

“Because if you don’t recycle, the whole world would be garbage,” Saltern said.

Semi Full Of Ice Cream Crashes In Logan Canyon

Jun 10, 2015
Christopher Campbell

Workers for DD Towing and Recovery unloaded boxes of ice cream sandwiches from a semi truck lying upside down in the river just off the road in Logan canyon.

“If you don’t unload the truck, when you stand it up, the roof will cave in, and it will all go down the river,” said David Grange, co-owner of the towing company.

Though cars were stopped for one or two minutes at a time, State Highway Patrol trooper Phil Rawlinson moved them along without much congestion. He said when the accident happened, traffic was more backed up.

A movie that was made by Utah filmmakers comes out this Friday called “The Cokeville Miracle.” It’s about a bombing that occurred in an elementary school in 1986.

David and Doris Young carried several guns and a homemade bomb into an elementary school in Cokeville, Wyoming. They gathered all the children and teachers into one room and threatened to blow them up.

After the bomb exploded, the only people who died were the man and wife who brought it in. All the children and teachers escaped.

Water Source Facts: Watersheds

Jun 3, 2015

   A watershed is an area of land where all the water -- both under it and that drains off of it -- ends up in the same place. An example is the Bear River Watershed or “Basin,” which straddles the Intermountain states of Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. In all, the mountain-enclosed basin comprises 7,500 square miles.

Last week reports came out which said the Dugway Proving Ground in Tooele County shipped live anthrax samples to nine different states and a military base in South Korea. One scientist at Utah State University said while this was a mistake on the Department of Defense’s part, it is nothing that should cause panic.

“It is definitely an oversight, in fact a major, major oversight,” said Bret Tarbet, research professor in the Department of Animal Dairy and Vet Sciences at USU. “This is larger than a small mistake.”

The Golden Spike National Historic Site is hosting a get outdoors day on June 13, where visitors can follow a ranger on an eight-mile bike tour.

The purpose is to encourage people to get outdoors and explore. David Kilton, the ranger leading the tour, said this is important in a world filled with technology, where people experience nature through computers and tablets.

May's Short-Term Energy Outlook Forecasts Lower Prices

May 26, 2015

This month the U.S. Energy Information Administration, or EIA released a forecast that outlines energy production and predicts lower prices for both gasoline and natural gas.

According to the Short-Term Energy Outlook, or STEO, a combination of record production and reduced heating demand over the winter have increased the amount of natural gas in reserves.

Utah's Ski Numbers Down — But Not By Much

May 21, 2015

With less than half the average snowfall this winter, ski attendance has been the lowest in nine years. But the state’s winter sports marketing group, Ski Utah says this isn’t as bad as it sounds.

Between all 14 resorts in Utah, ski attendance hit 3.95 million skier days — which is measured by when a person buys a lift ticket for either the day or night and uses it — this winter.

Department of Workforce Services representatives visited with locals Tuesday morning to discuss the resources available at the Logan Employment Center.

“Considering a rainy morning, we got a good turnout,” said Jon Pierpont, executive director of the department. “And that makes us happy as we plan for a good event today.”

Pierpont, said while people generally know there’s an employment center, they may not know about all the resources they can use.

Richmond Celebrates 100th Annual Black and White Days

May 15, 2015

Cattle owners washed and trimmed their cows in preparation for the annual Black and White Days cattle show on Friday, where the cows will be judged on their physical features. 

Cattle owner John Conrad from Eskdale, Utah, said winning these shows increases the value of the cows and their offspring.

“At really good shows, cows that win can be worth an excess of a hundred thousand dollars,” Conrad said.

Three Dixie State students were forbidden from posting satirical cartoons on campus that made fun of Cuban leader Che Guevara and U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. Later, when they wanted to set up a “Free Speech Wall” made of blank paper for students to write on, they were told to put it in a designated zone, where students rarely visit.

A hospital closure can send tremors through a city or town, leaving residents fearful about how they will be cared for in emergencies and serious illnesses.

A study released Monday offers some comfort, finding that when hospitals shut down, death rates and other markers of quality generally don't worsen.