Nick Herrmann

  With spring officially here, gardeners are preparing their orchards for summer crop. 

4-H Healthy Living Field Trips Held at Utah State

Mar 15, 2016

Nearly 1,000 middle school students from the Cache County School District are taking part in Healthy Living field trips on the Utah State University Logan Campus.

A new National Park app is available for Apple and Android mobile devices that includes some of Utah’s national parks. 

Herbert Discusses California Coal Port Plan

Mar 9, 2016

A Utah lawmaker wants to invest $51 million in taxpayer money to build a coal shipping port in California. 

Death Penalty Bill Passes Senate, Moves To House

Mar 7, 2016

Utah Senators discussed Senate Bill 189, Death Penalty Amendments on Monday morning.

House Bill 440 - Suicide Prevention and Gun Data Study - passed unanimously in the Utah House Law Enforcement Committee, Tuesday. 

"Gain Lane" I-15 Construction Project Underway

Mar 2, 2016

Construction preparations began Sunday night on I-15 to add an inside lane between 2700 North in Farr West and 1100 South in Brigham City due to high amounts of travel in the area. 

Immunization Exemption Bill Passes in House Committee

Feb 25, 2016

House Bill 221, sponsored by Democratic Representative Carol Spackman Moss, preserves parents’ rights to exempt their children from immunizations.

Utah Lawmakers have killed a legislative amendment that would have changed sex education programs in Utah’s schools. The majority of the House education committee members, made up of mostly male Republicans, voted against further discussion of what has been one of the more controversial topics this session.

The Chair of the National Governor’s Association, Utah’s Gary Herbert, joined governors from throughout the country Monday, for a question and answer session with President Barack Obama. 

Youth Group Takes on Tobacco at State Legislature

Feb 17, 2016

Around 250 members of a statewide youth anti-tobacco advocacy group had an educational course for state legislators Wednesday morning.

  The Lethality Assessment Protocol, along with law enforcement, held a domestic violence press conference at the State Capitol Wednesday afternoon.

The 2016 Dixie Regional Transportation Expo begins next Tuesday, February 9th, at The Dixie Convention Center.

  The Utah State football team officially signed Rayshad Lewis, son of Ray Lewis. He signed a letter of intent, according to head coach Matt Wells.

Disability Law Center Releases Legislative Agenda

Feb 1, 2016

  The Utah Legislature is underway and many activists and support groups have released their legislative agendas, including The Disability Law Center. 

Senate Leaders Discuss Public Lands Lawsuit

Jan 26, 2016
Nick Herrmann

State Senate Leaders meet at the Capitol Building, Monday afternoon, for the opening of the State Legislature.

During the conversation,  Utah Senate President Wayne Neiderhauser made mention of a recently announced Public Lands Trade agreement drafted by Utah Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chafetz. Throughout the day several lawmakers said opposition to the plan by environmental groups and tribal leaders is another reason why it is time for a court to settle the question of whether Utah has the right to own public lands.

"The brain can change itself. It is a plastic, living organ that can actually change its own structure and function, even into old age. Arguably the most important breakthrough in neuroscience since scientists first sketched out the brain's basic anatomy, this revolutionary discovery, called neuroplasticity, promises to overthrow the centuries-old notion that the brain is fixed and unchanging." So says psychiatrist and researcher Norman Doidge, MD.

In his book "The Brain That Changes Itself" Dr. Doidge examines the cases of a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, a woman labeled retarded who cured her deficits with brain exercises and now cures those of others, blind people learning to see, learning disorders cured, IQs raised, aging brains rejuvenated, painful phantom limbs erased, stroke patients recovering their faculties, children with cerebral palsy learning to move more gracefully, entrenched depression and anxiety disappearing, and lifelong character traits altered. 

ABC's and All of Me

"Alphabet knowledge, or the knowledge of letters names, sounds, and their symbols are absolutely essential for children to read and write," said Dr. Cindy Jones, an Assistant Professor at Utah State University's Emma Eccles Jones College of Education.

“It’s been identified by the National Early Literacy Panel as among the strongest, most durable predictor of later literacy success,” she said.

There are a number of programs being developed to help children learn to read, she says, including one created by a Northern Utah mother and public school educator.

USU's Michael Morgan Says Speed Week A 'Go'

Aug 11, 2014

Update 8/11/14: Speed Week 2014 at the Bonneville Salt Flats was canceled do to the race track conditions after severe rainstorms. The Southern California Timing Association board, which planned the event, issued a statement that there is a possibility of extending the World Finals event (Sep. 30-Oct. 3) into a full-week event to make up for the loss of the Speed Week races. 

Utah State alumni Mike Morgan said that the race is on despite threats of bad weather.

Utah State University is assisting Utahns in their efforts to develop healthy communication skills.

A $2.4 million contract was recently secured by Brian Higginbotham, USU Extension’s associate vice president, will now bring relationship and communicative courses to 11 Utah counties.

“These are classes that we’ve already been teaching as part of our family area in Extension,” Higginbotham said. “This particular contract will allow us to expand those services into communities and into DWS offices around the state.”

students doing science
M. Muffoletto / USU

Utah State University’s Biotechnology Summer Academy is currently underway. 31 teens from Utah, and the surrounding Western States are working side-by-side with USU scientists and engineers on a variety of research projects Tuesday to Thursday, July 8-10th.

This year’s Summer Academy exposes high school students to numerous career opportunities available in the Biotechnology field.

“It’s a program where students come to Utah State University, for a week. Students listen to talks about working in biotechnology,” said Aaron Thomas, director of the Academy.

Grizzlies May Return To Utah

Jun 19, 2014

A petition seeking expansion for grizzly bear territory, including the Uintas, was released Thursday morning by the Center for Biological Diversity.

Noah Greenwald, the center’s endangered species director, discussed the basics of the petition.