UPR News

Congress has approved $150 million annual for type 1 diabetes research through the Special Diabetes Program.
JDRF

Advocates of research to treat and cure Type 1 Diabetes are meeting with members of Congress this week. A Utah mother from Riverton is in Washington, D.C. to share her 13-year-old son's story. While there, Stacey Warnick will encourage continued federal funding for programs that she hopes will lead to a cure of the metabolic disease.

Utah County Republican Party

 


Making caucus meetings more accessible to voters has been a high priority for Rob Craig since he became chair of the Utah County Republican Party last May.

The rate of spring runoff is prompted by dust deposition in addition to warming temperatures
Wikimedia

According to a recent study, increasing temperatures are not the only factors contributing to spring snowmelt.  

Last week, researchers with the Utah Women and Leadership Project released a summary of recent research entitled “Sexual Harassment: What Utahns Need to Know.”
bls.gov

“Sexual Harassment: What Utahns Need to Know” is a summary of research published by Utah Valley University’s Utah Women and Leadership Project. Dr. Susan Madsen is one of the authors of the research. 

Utah Watershed Restoration Initiative

Life’s good right now if you’re a juniper tree. The climate has been drier and warmer. Fire happens only once in a while. This has caused junipers and pinyon pines to start growing out into sagebrush steppe. But more pinyon and juniper cover means the sagebrush is being choked out, causing sage grouse to leave.

$50 million dollars has been allocated by the Utah State Legislature for public transportation.
UTA

The Utah Transit Authority will receive an estimated $50 million makeover, as it transitions to the newly named Transit District of Utah under Senate Bill 136.

Women Unite at Utah State Capitol

Mar 9, 2018
On the final day of the 2018 Utah State Legislative Session a group gathered in the rotunda so support Internal Women's Day.
KUTV

Joining in solidarity with women across the world, around 200 Utahns celebrated International Women’s Day by rallying at the State Capitol on Thursday, the last day of the 2018 legislative session.

The Utah Farm Bureau is focusing on farm safety. This week has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. The bureau identified safety risks while focusing on the theme, “No One Can Take Your Place.”

Researchers at the state’s agricultural university, Utah State University, are researching a robotics system that could be used to milk cows. Glen Mickelson is an assistant herdsman at the USU Caine Research Dairy. The dairy is in the process of replacing their hand milking program. Instead of using employees to do the milking two robotic machines have been installed.

Art created in the Art Therapy for Survivors of Sexual Assault workshop
Kat Smith

A Utah organization is using art as a form of therapy for victims of sexual assault or abuse. Art Access's five-week art therapy program has a history of helping clients express themselves.

Opioid Issue Roundtables Being Set Up In Rural Areas

Mar 8, 2018
A round table discussion will be held by the USDA and local leaders on April 11th
USDA.gov

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a plan to combat the opioid epidemic in rural America. The USDA is seeing impacts on the quality of life and economic well-being in small towns.

Cache Valley Deer Take Helicopter Ride

Mar 7, 2018
Female mule deer were captured for testing to compare with data from last December
Bronson Teichert

Biologists from Division of Wildlife Resources are working with a helicopter crew to locate and capture female mule deer. The deer had tracking collars put on last December.

Young Local Composer Publishes Piano Solo Book

Mar 7, 2018
Emma Cardon plays the cello
Emma Cardon

  Emma Cardon has had music running through her veins since a very early age.

 

“Well I started playing piano when I was four, and I immediately was bored, so I started writing myself more interesting pieces. So arrangements of what I was doing, and then when I was six I really started composing pieces.” Cardon said.

She’s a freshman in college, and has already composed pieces for multiple groups, including the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Craig Jessop.

 

Environmental tax suggests we pay more for gas to offset environmental costs
Jennings

The Cache Clean Air Consortium hosts regular events that enable residents to learn about and become involved with improving their local air. Their events include the annual high school Clean Air Poster contests, bike challenges and expert talks. 

Local lawmakers discuss funding for the homeless as they prepare for the final week of the session
Kerry Bringhurst / Utah Public Radio

When Logan City Mayor Holly Daines first learned about House Bill 462 for homeless services she began researching how an annual tax for low-income or homeless programs would impact her city.

“We are watching that bill,” Daines said.

Republican Representative Steve Eliason is sponsoring the bill that would give the state the ability to tax cities that don’t have programs for their homeless population.

Utah House Of Representatives Makes Viral Rap Video

Mar 5, 2018

Representative John Knotwell said House Majority Communications staff are always looking for ways to help Utah politicians seem more relatable to their constituents. He said that was probably the idea behind the rap.

USDA recalls ground beef and pork potentially contaminated with E. coli.
kansasbeef.org

More than fourteen-thousand pounds of ground beef and pork products are being recalled.   U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the products may be contaminated with E. coli.

The Interstate Meat Distributors, Inc., of Clackamas, Oregon says the products subject to recall bear establishment number “965” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Oregon, Utah, and Washington state.

T. cristinae comes in three colors:  green, green-striped, and brown.
Aaron Comeault / University of North Carolina

If you spend enough time poking around bushes in California, Nevada or Arizona, you’ll find stick insects, long little guys that blend in with sticks or leaves. Sometimes you only notice them when they drop out of their camouflaged environment and onto your shirt. They’re funny looking, harmless and at the center of a recent high-impact study at Utah State University describing when and how you can predict evolution.

The Food is Medicine initiative in Idaho is expanding to help more families get fresh and healthy meals. The initiative's "screen and intervene" program helps doctors identify people experiencing food insecurity.

Yekwon Sunwoo performing
Ralph Lauer/Cliburn Competition

The Wasserman Festival is an international musical celebration on Utah State University campus. The festival features various performers throughout the spring, including Yekwon Sunwoo.

National Parks Service

Even back in 2013 it was controversial, when Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources helicoptered 35 mountain goats, from the Tusher Mountains to the LaSal Mountains above Moab.

Pixabay

Winter arrived late in Utah, and resorts have struggled to make and keep enough snow to attract skiers and snowboarders and the money they bring to the state. 

USU pre-med student researches concussion reporting behaviors.
usu.edu

Almost half a million student athletes compete in 24 different sports at a collegiate level. Many of these athletes will suffer concussions. 

At a February legislative town hall in Logan, Wes Carter and Kai Torrens were two of the youngest people in the room. They’re both Logan High School students and members of the Logan Environmental Action Force, or LEAF club.

Washington Secretary of State

The Weber County  District Attorney's office filed charges of forgery and violations of petition procedures against two contractors for a company called Gather.  Gather is working to collect signatures to get the Utah Medical Cannabis Act and the Direct Primary Election initiatives on the ballot this November. 

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