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When coronavirus first led to business shutdowns Beehive Cheese didn’t know what to expect.

Utah Food Banks Adapt To Increasing Food Insecurity

Dec 2, 2020

As the pandemic drags on, many families continue to face food insecurity.

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The holiday season looks different this year. While some holiday traditions may not be possible because of the pandemic, new ones can be started. One Utah ranch is working to offer safe holiday activities.

Shopping Isn't Over: One Week Left to Compare Medicare Drug Plans

Nov 30, 2020
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Idahoans may have shopped until they dropped over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but Medicare enrollees have one last thing to shop for: a prescription drug plan.The open-enrollment period for Medicare Part D ends on Dec. 7, allowing folks to compare prices until then.

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On the lower portion of Cataract Canyon, river runner Pete Lefebvre navigates a boat through Rapid 29 aka ‘The Chute.’ This video, taken in 2015, shows a dynamic river, giant muddy waves are toppling over the boat and Lefebvre’s passengers are gripping its side.

A Look At The New Volvo And The Car's Future

Nov 27, 2020
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Brian Champagne

If you’re in your car right now, look around the inside. You might see leather and plastic, but how about crystal? There’s a car out now with some nice materials inside, and a future one that could get your eyes back on the road if you take too much time looking at them.

No solo se ha demostrado que el uso de tapabocas ayuda a desacelerar la propagación del COVID-19, sino que un informe publicado el lunes por la Escuela de Negocios Eccles de la Universidad de Utah muestra cómo las reglas de usar tapabocas pueden impactar positivamente la economía.

Celebración Del Día De Los Muertos Dn USU

Nov 25, 2020

Debido a la pandemia del coronavirus, el Día de los muertos se celebra de una manera diferente este año. Reporta Nefi Reyes de UPR.

Online Tool Helps Assess COVID Risk At Holiday Gatherings

Nov 25, 2020
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Public health officials continue to discourage large gatherings for this Thanksgiving, but it's hard to tell how big is too big.

Low Thanksgiving Travel Expected Due to COVID-19 Risks

Nov 24, 2020
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The number of travelers over the Thanksgiving holiday is expected to be the lowest since the Great Recession.

In less than 24-hours, many Utahns have come together virtually to raise tens of thousands of dollars for people in the state who are in need.

A woman dressed in blue PPE wearing a mask and a face shield takes a COVID-19 test from a person in a vehicle at a drive up testing site.

I’m Kerry Bringhurst welcoming Utah State University President Noelle Cockett for our conversation about what is happening with students regarding COVID-19.

Not only is mask-wearing shown to help slow the spread of COVID-19, but a report released by the University of Utah’s Eccles School of Business on Monday shows how mask mandates can positively impact the economy.

Conservation Groups Cry Foul Over Forest-Service Rule Change

Nov 23, 2020
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The U.S. Forest Service has issued a controversial rule green-lighting activities such as logging and road-building in national forests in Utah and elsewhere without a public comment period. The move is part of a flurry of regulatory rollbacks by the Trump administration that will diminish protections for migratory birds, and expand drilling and mining.

Wildlife managers across the West have a new tool when it comes to protecting iconic big game. A new report published by the U-S Geological Survey provides detailed maps of G-P-S tracked migration routes for mule deer, elk, pronghorn, moose and bison.


With Thanksgiving a week away, Governor Herbert provided updated guidelines for holiday gatherings this week

Ground Broken For New USU Building In Moab

Nov 20, 2020

Construction for a new Utah State University building in Moab broke ground on Thursday.

Harm reduction principles and practices aim to improve safety for people who engage in potentially risky behavior. For sex workers, a key factor in harm reduction is decriminalizing sex work.


La semana pasada, el gobernador Gary Herbert anunció que, como parte de los planes más recientes del estado para mitigar la propagación del COVID-19 y reducir la capacidad hospitalaria, todos los estudiantes universitarios del estado que asistan a clases presenciales deberán someterse a una prueba de COVID-19 cada semana.

Utah Trout Projects Funded By Coronavirus Fishing

Nov 19, 2020
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With COVID-19 pushing people to spend more time outdoors, a statewide fishing challenge saw record enrollment this year, and funds from this challenge are being used to help keep Utah trout healthy.


The COVID-19 vaccination may be available to healthcare workers as early as December.

Analysis: Reopening No Cure for ID Families' Financial Struggles

Nov 17, 2020
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Despite a largely reopened state, Idaho families are struggling and expect the financial pain will continue.

Kerry Bringhurst: This is Utah Public Radio. Joining me for our weekly conversation, Utah State University President Noelle Cockett. 

We're getting to the end of the semester.

A woman dressed in blue PPE wearing a mask and a face shield takes a COVID-19 test from a person in a vehicle at a drive up testing site.

COVID-19 weekly student testing at all Utah State University campuses continues this week. Last week, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert issued a state public health order requiring all college and university students attending in-person classes to be tested. 


Gov. Gary Herbert announced last week that as part of the state’s newest plans for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and reducing hospital capacity, all college and university students in the state attending in-person classes will need to be tested for COVID-19 each week.

Questions Remain About ID Nuclear Reactor Project

Nov 16, 2020
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Questions are being raised about the future of NuScale Power's Idaho project to bring nuclear energy to cities in the Mountain West.

Pesticide Protections Needed For ID Farmworkers, Advocates Say

Nov 13, 2020

Idaho farmworkers exposed to pesticides don't know what effects these chemicals will have on their health, and advocates are pushing for more safeguards for these laborers.


Due to the pandemic, use of sanitizer and disinfect has increased. With this increase, officials in the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food have found many improperly labeled or repackaged products. 


Utah State University Extension recently partnered with 13 states on the Western Region Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network Grant. The university received money to create pilot programs that focus on mental health for rural Utah. 


Louisiana has been hit by several severe storms this year and many people from around the country have flown there to help clean up damages, including the Utah State Center for Community Engagement.