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As plans are announced for how school will look this fall, local teachers worry about keeping their students safe and connecting with their students.

Tammy Rittenour / Utah State University - Geosciences

Across the country, cities and towns are struggling to survive during the COVID-19 outbreak.  It has been particularly stressful for gateway communities-- towns or cities that border publicly owned lands such as national parks.  An initiative through USU's Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism is looking at ways to help those communities.

Mask Mandate Request Is Met With Differing Opinions In Cache Valley

Jul 22, 2020


After Logan Mayor Holly Daines announced she plans to request a mask mandate for Logan, residents, along with city council members are expressing differing opinions.

Matilyn Mortensen

As Logan prepares to welcome Utah State University students back next month, officials in the northern Utah college town are requesting permission from the governor to implement a mask mandate for their city.



Theaters all across the nation have had to shut their doors due to pandemic. The Utah Shakespeare Festival has created a virtual seminar which helps maintain some connection between artists and audience members during this time.

Egan Cornachione


Thanks to funding from the National Park Service, the team at USU’s Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism will be working on a series of projects to improve national parks in the intermountain west.

Costly Choices: Public Safety Urged After 'Exploding Target' Ignites Local Blaze

Jul 21, 2020

Fire departments are asking Cache County residents to abide by fire restrictions and be cautious approaching Pioneer Day after weekend fires — one caused by a resident shooting at exploding targets — burned nearly 100 acres.


Elias Falla

Wedding photographers in the state of Utah are making many adjustments to their businesses as the pandemic continues.

Latino Conservation Week Kicks Off In Utah

Jul 20, 2020
Latino Outdoors Salt Lake City



Latino Conservation Week was founded in 2014 by the Hispanic Access Foundation as a national initiative to encourage Latinos to get outdoors and help protect it. The week of events began on Saturday.

The Cottonwood Trail Fire burned an estimated 3,000 acres in Washington County on Sunday evening. Evacuations were ordered and later lifted for Harrisburg; homes in the Angel Heights subdivision west of I-15 in Leeds remained evacuated as of 10:15 p.m. and the Silver Reef subdivision was threatened.

School Districts Submit plans To Boards Of Education For Approval

Jul 20, 2020

Both Logan and Cache County school districts have submitted tentative plans for the 2020-2021 school year to their respective boards of education for approval on July 21, with Logan sending parents an outline and CCSD planning to make its plan public on Wednesday following the board’s vote.

Cache Mountain Goat Transplant Planned For Fall; Not Everyone Happy About It

Jul 20, 2020
Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Plans by the Utah Division of Wildlife to transplant mountain goats to Cache County are drawing opposition from local environmentalists as the start date for the operation approaches.

Hyde Park Utah
Hermann Luyken

Roughly six years ago Hyde Park embarked on a journey to acquire a small slice of land on the city’s east side to build a new water tank. 

A homeless man sits next to a wall with two bags next to him
Garry Knight / Flickr

A new report from public policy researchers finds that over 50% of homeless service providers are facing a variety of challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Southern University and Best Friends Animal Society

After a partnership was announced last year between Best Friends Animal Society and Southern Utah University for an executive leadership certification program, hundreds of people emailed wanting to be apart of the program that were not at an executive level. This interest has caused Best Friends to come out with the Principles of Contemporary Animal Services Certificate for those planning to enter or who are already in animal services.

How The Color Of Your Car's Paint Can Impact Safety

Jul 17, 2020

Lexus loaned us an LC500H, a sports coupe you don’t see around much, which could be because it costs $104,000.

Police Support Rally Set For Friday In Cache County

Jul 17, 2020

A “Support Our Police” rally is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. Friday in front of the Logan Tabernacle to show solidarity with law enforcement officers amid ongoing protests over racial discrimination in policing.



Since coronavirus restrictions began in March, Janice Boes, the owner of Pierpont Place & Premier Events in Salt Lake has been doing a lot of canceling. 

CA Corrections / Wikipedia Commons

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon announced he will consider a moratorium for the death penalty as the state struggles with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and a downturn in the energy sector.



In a Thursday press conference, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert re-emphasised the importance of the role mask wearing will play as Utah school’s reopen.

Update: Fire Does Significant Damage To Home In Logan's Island Neighborhood

Jul 16, 2020
Courtesy of Samuel McCollum for The Herald Journal

A house fire on Riverside Drive caused significant damage on Tuesday afternoon before being successfully extinguished.


Courtesy of Darrin Smith

A local woman’s lost family jewelry went from tragic misfortune to happy reunion thanks to another local’s metal detecting hobby.

Proposed Emergency Plan Exemption for New Nuclear Designs Raises Concerns

Jul 15, 2020
A nuclear laboratory
Idaho National Laboratory / Flickr

A proposal from the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission exempting emergency planning for new nuclear plant designs is raising alarms.

Space Dynamics Labratory

The telescope that first observed the NEOWISE comet now seen soaring and sizzling above the earth was built at the Space Dynamics Laboratory in Logan back in 2009. It was made for NASA’s mission originally called WISE to survey deep space from low earth orbit.


All across the country theaters have been forced to shut their doors due to the pandemic. In Perry, the Heritage Theatre is holding a yard sale on Friday and Saturday as part of an effort to offset the loss of ticket sales and pay for building expenses.