UPR News

Utah Company Gives Boost To NASA’s Artemis I Mission

Jul 6, 2020
Train carrying rocket boosters leaving Corinne Utah
NASA/Northrop Grumman


The cargo aboard a train that pulled into Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Florida on June 15, travelled over 2,000 miles. Inside were two rocket boosters made by the Utah-based company, Northrop Grumman.   

Wallpaper Flare

For the Fourth of July this year, Utah veterans shared insights on what they believe honoring the country and celebrating looks like, especially amidst the current challenges the United States faces. 

Jeffrey M. Vinocur

It seems like SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests should be pretty simple. Tests consist of SARS-CoV-2 antigens on a plate. If a person has antibodies for SARS-CoV-2, their antibodies bind to the antigens, and the test reads as positive. However, it is possible to get a false positive if some other antibody can bind by coincidence to the antigen.

Food Safety Tips For This Grilling Season

Jul 3, 2020

Millions of Americans celebrate the Fourth of July every year by having a backyard barbeque. While this year’s holiday weekend may not look like past years, its still just as important to keep food safety practices in mind to prevent foodborne illnesses. 

Hillyard Concedes State Senate Race to Wilson After 40 Years In Office

Jul 2, 2020
Man puts a ballot in a mailbox
Eli Lucero / Herald Journal

Polling results for the June Primary are pouring in, and in Cache County, early data shows a newcomer upsetting an incumbent with concession already.

“He’s won,” said Senator Lyle Hillyard of Logan. “There's no way I'll win, so he's won, and I’m not even worrying about it anymore.” 

Online Event Discusses Racism In Ballet

Jul 2, 2020


As conversations about addressing racism in the United States continue, the arts are not exempt. An online panel discussion held by Ballet West on Wednesday focused on this issue.


It is estimated  around 416,000 American soldiers lost their lives fighting in World War II. Around 2,000 of these soldiers were Utahn’s. Milne’s Stories Behind The Stars project is recovering these lost stories.


The artistic team for Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Theater Company has been using their costuming talents to make masks. Throughout the pandemic, they have donated masks to various places and are now selling them to keep staff employed.


Tuesday’s Republican primary had some big surprises and some races were too close to call, with a significant number of vote-by-mail ballots outstanding.


Over nearly four decades, the Cache Valley Cruise-In has grown to be one of the largest car shows in the state. This year, almost all of the event has been canceled because of coronavirus, except for the parade down Logan’s Main Street.


All across the nation prisons and jails have become high risks for coronavirus outbreaks.  The lack of space makes it harder to create social distancing between inmates. Despite this, Utah’s prisons have been able to keep their numbers low. 

The results for the Society of Professional Journalism 2020 Utah Headliners journalism contest are in and Utah Public Radio reporters, producers, hosts and volunteers took home 13 awards.

Possible Plea Deal For Man Accused On Burglary, Knife Threats

Jul 1, 2020

A Providence man accused of entering an apartment and threatening inhabitants with a knife provisionally waived his preliminary hearing on Monday to consider a potential plea bargain.

Obten Lather, 18, appeared in 1st District Court via video conference from the Cache County Jail on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing slated earlier this month. 

USU Mum On Last Of Music Department Investigations

Jul 1, 2020

Nearly two years after Utah State University’s president announced an outside investigation into sexual assault allegations against professor — one that was expected to last only a few weeks — officials remain silent on exactly where the case involving Dennis Hirst stands.

Cache Valley Businesses Sponsor Four-City Fireworks Spectacular On Friday Night

Jul 1, 2020

Cache Valley has never experienced more fireworks in one evening than will fill the sky this Friday, complements of a large group of local businesses that stepped up to fill a void created by cancellation of Logan’s traditional July 3 Freedom Fire celebration.

The first round of results from this year’s primary election are in and as expected, many of the races are too close to call, including the four-way Republican primary for the Governor’s seat.

The primary  election voting process in Utah looks pretty different this year thanks to the coronavirus. During one of the special legislative sessions this year, a bill was passed saying there would be no in person voting, unless counties chose to offer drive-through sites. 

Wildfire on mountain landscape
Scott Liebenson

Firefighters are continuing to contain the multiple wildfires raging in Utah. While much of these fires are now at least semi contained, the fires burned through utility poles causing power outages for many Utahns. 

Tim Noonan at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, UT.
Tim Noonan


Back in late March, Tim Noonan tested positive for COVID-19, it started off with a low-grade fever. But, just a few days later his fever spiked and he was having trouble breathing. After going to the Instacare in Park City, the active 61-year-old was rushed to the emergency room. His oxygen levels were dropping. 

COVID-19 Lockdown Leads 92-Year-Old To Honorary High School Diploma

Jun 29, 2020
Eli Lucero/Herald Journal

After decades of waiting, a Cache Valley man accomplished a dream by receiving his honorary high school diploma at the age of 92.

Finding Love From A Safe, Social Distance

Jun 29, 2020

Since March, multiple dating apps have reported significant increases in use. Cooper Boice is the owner of the dating app Mutual, which is targeted to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


“This would have been our 36th year I believe. And a lot of artists make their living going to all these summer festivals. And so these artists are not bringing in any income. They're suffering because of the inability to reach their audiences,” said Elanie Thatcher, the executive director of Logan’s Summerfest. 

Garkane Energy

Torrey, Utah, the Gateway community to Capitol Reef National Park, has a new solar-powered pavilion. Members of a rural electric cooperative anticipate this will be part of the long-term shift away from coal.

BRHD: 31 New Coronavirus Cases Reported Thursday

Jun 26, 2020

Thirty-one new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the Bear River Health District on Thursday.

Ali Teuscher


Summertime usually means occupying children by sending them out to summer camps, however with COVID-19, this may not be a viable option. Some organizations have decided to shift their camps to an online platform to keep kids engaged. Weber County 4-H is one of those groups transitioning summer camps to remote learning opportunities.