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A new study from the Utah Women & Leadership Project at Utah State University examines the women in leadership positions on the state government level. While there has been some progress in the number of women holding leadership positions in Utah, there is still room for improvement.


Wildlife managers in Wyoming are moving forward to combat chronic wasting disease in deer, elk, and moose herds, after the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission approved a new statewide management plan.


Many Latter-day Saint missionaries from around the world have returned home and others are adapting to virtual missionary work as the pandemic has led to major changes in the missionary program for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Chris Holmes

A Collision with a 300-foot tall communication tower brought down a single-engine airplane killing two men near Cedar City on Sunday.

Utah’s Housing Market Is Strong Despite Pandemic

Jul 31, 2020



Nationwide, anywhere between a quarter to a half million homeowners could face foreclosure by the end of 2021 as a result of the pandemic, according to new projections from Attom Data Solutions

Thursday was Human Trafficking Awareness day and the Utah Coalition Against Secual Assualt held an online community education event to mark the occasion.

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As the mineral lease money that comes from the oilfields shrinks, Uintah County officials are making tough decisions about how to fund services like the fire department and animal control. 

State Epidemiologist Angela Dunn speaks at a COVID-19 press briefing on July 30, 2020.
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On Thursday Utah’s Department of Health unveiled its much anticipated school re-opening guidelines. The 102-page document provides schools and the public with a roadmap on how schools should go about resuming in the fall.

DEBUNKED: A Look At How Harm Reduction Has Evolved In Utah

Jul 30, 2020


Mindy Vincent started Utah’s first syringe exchange program in 2016. 

That was right after the state legalized it. 


“People were appalled,” said Vincent, founder of the non-profit Utah Harm Reduction Coalition. “People were like, ‘oh my gosh, you’re gonna do what? You’re gonna enable drug use. What kind of craziness is this?’” 


It’s almost back to school time and with the pandemic, people have lots of safety concerns.

Matilyn Mortensen

Logan is the second city in Utah to institute a mask mandate. The mandate was approved by Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday and will go into effect on Saturday at 12:01 a.m.

Marcel Salathe and Nicky Case

With COVID-19 cases continuing to grow in Utah, contact tracing is a priority for health departments around the state. But what exactly can you expect if a contact tracer calls you?

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As Congress debates a new coronavirus stimulus bill, more people in Utah are facing food insecurity as the economy struggles with the effects of the pandemic. Groups that offer social services say some families who were previously able to provide healthy meals will see a double whammy at the end of this week.



As Utah school districts continue to make plans about holding school during the pandemic, teachers are preparing to implement safety precautions.


Summer months are traditionally slow at the Fun Park in Logan when many Utah State students leave the valley and the people who are in town often opt for outdoor recreation. But with the coronavirus pandemic, business has hit a new low with impacts that could reach the University. 

BRAG Worries COVID Evictions Could Overwhelm Already-Strained Services In Area

Jul 28, 2020

Officials with the Bear River Association of Governments are worried that evictions could overwhelm already-strained housing assistance programs as the coronavirus pandemic stretches on.

Sarah Thomas



For the first time, alternative routes to the controversial proposed northern corridor in Southern Utah are being discussed, and agencies want to hear the public’s opinion on the matter. 

Wanted: Poll Workers In Idaho for November's Unprecedented Election

Jul 27, 2020
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With the highest turnout for primaries in 40 years, Idaho's unique all-absentee election in May presented a challenge for the state. 

Utah School Workers: Safety Measures Needed To Reopen

Jul 27, 2020
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As Utah school districts work to meet an August 1st deadline to develop plans to reopen this fall, teachers and support staff say safety measures must be in place to protect them from COVID-19.


Friday is Pioneer Day in Utah and in honor of the celebration, Donald Trump Jr. spoke with members of the Utah media on behalf of his father’s presidential campaign on Thursday.

Remembering Utah's Black Pioneers On July 24th

Jul 23, 2020
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When Robert Burch was a kid, he didn’t idealize the cowboys on TV.



The Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection launched a new housing advocacy program for refugee, immigrant, and Latino communities who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


The recent algae bloom in the Virgin River in Zion National park was discovered after a dog died in the river. The bloom is something Bradie Jill Jones with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food said is a result of a perfect storm of high temperatures and no rain.

Logan City Pioneer Day Cancellation Reminders

Jul 23, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Logan has canceled the Logan Pioneer Day Parade and Celebration scheduled for Friday, July 24 at Willow Park.

Get-Away Gone Wild? Bear Lake Tourism Booming During Pandemic

Jul 23, 2020
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Is Bear Lake dangerously overcrowded this summer?

Some people think so. And while many locals would beg to differ — especially business owners — one thing is clear: The COVID-19 pandemic has done nothing to hurt tourism at the popular lake straddling the Utah-Idaho border and might even be boosting it. Beaches are busy throughout the week, campsites are full, boats are out in force and seasonal workers are handing the area’s iconic raspberry shakes through walk-up windows as fast as they can whip them up.