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Social Distancing Outdoors? Beware Of Avalanches

Mar 24, 2020
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As efforts to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic limit public gatherings and lead to closures, many Utahns have headed to the mountains for a break. But, as spring arrives and temperatures increase, so does avalanche danger.  

Father of Television Statue Comes Home

Mar 16, 2020
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"His inventions can be said to have started us down the path to where we are now with computers and with iPhones and all of that, because without the first invention of the television, who knows where we would have been?" said Erin Wynn, executive director of the Martha Hughes Cannon Oversight Committee, on the legacy of Philo T. Farnsworth, who invented the tubes that made early television possible.

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The business insurance advisor company AdvisorSmith recently completed a three-year survey examining job growth in cities across the United States, and coming in at fourth place is Logan, Utah.

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A new monthly economic report has shown that for the past few months Utahns have been extremely optimistic, but in August that optimism seems to have wavered. 


A new school season starts soon, and with new experiences come new risks for children, particularly incidents of cyber bullying. Recently the online non-profit A Secure Life, using data from Pew Research studies on cyberbullying from the last few years, put together a survey designed around being aware of cyberbullying and how to prevent or stop it.

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In his monthly address, Governor Herbert answered various questions ranging from medical marijuana to Planned Parenthood to the U.S.-China trade war.

Capacity Issue Burgeoning In Utah Foster Care

Aug 14, 2019
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The disparity between Utah's foster families and foster children is in the hundreds to thousands.  Currently, there are 2,700 children in the foster system, but only ever around 1,400 households available to house them. One of the biggest issues with recruitment is finding volunteers willing and qualified to go through the training. 


The group Utah Women & Leadership Project, based out of Utah Valley University, publishes studies on how Utah women and girls are doing in academics, politics and workplaces. Recently they did a follow up on a 2013 study called Utah Women in STEM on how Utah women are doing in STEM fields, namely how many are graduating with certificates in those areas and how many express interests in them. 

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In its 17th Annual How-Do-You-Measure-Up Report, which sets eight policy benchmarks for state legislatures to meet and ranks them on how they do, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network says Utah only succeeded in meeting one benchmark while many others placed firmly in the red. 

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The group Cache Refugee and Immigration Connections, or CRIC, is currently holding its annual back-to-school drive asking for donations from community members. 

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The group Better Days 2020 is planning an awareness and fundraising campaign to last the upcoming election year. Unlike other groups supporting women in politics, however, Better Days 2020 isn’t actively promoting female candidates for office. Neylan McBaine, its founder and CEO, explains how the organization is different from other women’s advocacy groups.

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Most people think the construction at the Salt Lake International Airport is just an expansion, but airport officials have been planning this overhaul since the late 90s. 

Litter Problem Burgeoning At Utah's National Parks

Jul 17, 2019
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Utah’s national parks are having more visitors, but unfortunately, they are leaving more trash. 

Utah's Skin Cancer Rates Highest Across The Nation

Jul 11, 2019

Using newly released 2016 Center for Disease Control data, the insurance comparison company QuoteWizard surveyed which states had the highest skin cancer rates and Utah was number one for the most new cases. Adam Johnson was the survey’s research analyst.

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The Clean the Darn Air Initiative is civilian-proposed legislation aimed at providing resources to state facilities to clean Utah’s air pollution. Yoram Bauman holds a PhD in economics and is a co-founder of the initiative.

Utah County-based group Charity Vision is expanding operations in Haiti, supplying local doctors with resources to grow their practices. But working with Haitian local practices has an unusual struggle, as Doug Jackson, CharityVision's CEO and the son of its founder, explained.

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CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, are volunteers who work with children that are in the legal system maintain a sense of normalcy, often when their parent or guardians are facing legal issues. More often than not, these issues are drug related creating an unsatisfactory situation in the home. CASA volunteers act as a stable adult figure in the children’s lives but also keep legal officials aware of their needs.

Utah's Not Very Pet Friendly, Says Study

Jun 18, 2019
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Safewise recently surveyed which states nationwide were the best and worst for pets to live in, and Utah ranked sixth as the least pet friendly. Katie McEntire worked on the survey and told us what the study looked at.

Bear Confrontations: How To Handle And Avoid Them

Jun 11, 2019
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It goes without saying, bears are dangerous, especially if you don’t know what to do if you meet one in the wild. The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources has issued an annual caution with some pointers on what to do in such a situation.

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Recent reports show that elder abuse is on the rise in Utah, with some sources saying cases are up 40% over the past five years. But there’s also some question as to what elder abuse actually is. 

The statewide Consumer Attitude Index for May says Utahns are very optimistic about the state's economy. Chad Berbert, one of the CAI’s publishers, said Utah is experiencing historic economic growth.

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The recent wet season, with its high mountain snowfall and heavy rains, has been especially beneficial for Utah farmers, said Doctor Matt Yost, a water and agriculture specialist at Utah State University.