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Man standing in front of a meatpacking plant holding a sign say "We are animals, go vegan."
Johnny Nuñez / UARC

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak at a meatpacking plant in Hyrum, animal rights activists have used the situation as an opportunity to protest. 

Boy wearing a mask

Over the past month, hundreds of workers in the JBS meatpacking plant in Hyrum were infected with the coronavirus. Activists and JBS employees are concerned not enough is being done to protect workers from further spread.

Green Waste Fee Considered By County Council

Jun 25, 2020

A potential fee to maintain Cache Valley’s green waste drop sites is being considered by the Cache County Council. The change would be a $0.50 to $1.50 increase in residents’ monthly garbage bill.

Cache Valley-Based Bedding Company Malouf Acquires Retailer Downeast

Jun 25, 2020
Eli Lucero/Herald Journal


Malouf, the Nibley-based bedding company, has acquired Downeast, the regional clothing and furniture retail chain that has a presence in Cache Valley.

BRHD Finds 15 New Cases Of COVID-19 On Wednesday

Jun 25, 2020

The Bear River Health Department reported 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the seven-day rolling average of new daily cases to 39.

Utah Ranks Fourth In Nation For Children's Well-Being

Jun 25, 2020
Monkey Business/Adobe Stock

Utah is among the best states in the nation for children's overall well-being, according to a new national report. The 2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book released this week shows that Utah improved in almost all of the ranked categories, including the number of children in poverty, fourth-grade reading proficiency, and the number of uninsured children.

The second Farmers Feeding Utah “miracle project” happened in Northern Utah on Tuesday. Food pantries in Cache, Box Elder, and Rich Counties all benefited from the project.

Shane Graham holding his book
Courtesy of Christy Fox

There are a number of book lists circulating social media to give audiences a better view of what it looks like to be Black in the United States. But according to one Utah State University professor, the idea of connecting audiences to Black culture reaches back nearly a century to American poet and author Langston Hughes’ international efforts. 

The water has made development possible and is used for farms, homes and businesses. Meanwhile, recreation has risen to over 4 million annual visitors in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, with tourists bringing in over $420 million to local communities

Utah Lawmakers Increase Funding to Reopen Schools in Fall

Jun 24, 2020
Image by Wokandapix from Pixabay


Utah educators, initially concerned about possible cuts in next year's school budget, got a surprise last week from the normally stingy state Legislature: a funding increase.

A Smithfield man was sentenced to probation on Tuesday for breaking into the Logan Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last Christmas Eve.

Image of coronavirus
US Department of State

Ten years ago, Michael Leavitt managed pandemic preparedness when he was former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.  At the time, Leavitt played a big role in putting together a plan for handling the H1N1 Swine Flu. 

Republican gubernatorial candidates on face-off at a debate on June 1.
Utah Debate Commission



It’s been 35 years since a Democrat was governor of Utah. So, the winner of next Tuesday’s Republican primary will likely be the state’s next governor. 

When the Glen Canyon Dam was completed in 1966, it was a major development for water management in the arid west. It would also transform Glen Canyon, sometimes described as America's “lost national park,” into the second largest man-made reservoir in the country. 

A quilt of a woman sitting
Margaret Abramshe / Studio Art Quilt Associates CO/UT/WY Region

When you think of quilting, the image that comes to mind may be a patchwork blanket or hanging fabrics passed down through generations. The “Evolving Perceptions” exhibit at the Brigham City Museum of Art & History is an attempt to shake up quilting’s old fashioned reputation in the art world.

Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs

To celebrate Junteenth, the holiday commemorating the emancipation of American slaves, the Utah Juneteenth Commission held a town hall on Friday and addressed "The State of Black Utah.” The town hall’s primary topic was mental health care and resources for Black Utahns. 

CAPSA Sees Record Number Of Calls, Clients

Jun 22, 2020

Citizens Against Physical and Sexual Abuse in Logan just experienced its highest capacity week in 40 years.


In a typical week, the nonprofit shelters 20 individuals. Last week, it housed 47.



Multiple meat packing plants in Utah have been hit with recent influxes of coronavirus cases and some consumers are concerned about what this means for the products from these plants.  The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food released a statement saying they are confident in the quantity and quality of the meat that is produced in Utah. 

Friday marks the fourth year that Utah has officially recognized Juneteenth as a state holiday. It dates back to 1865, when the last enslaved people were freed in Texas. African-Americans celebrate it as their Independence Day. But this year’s celebration comes as the nation and the state are gripped by protests against racial injustice and police brutality.

A child and a woman sit at a table
Friends Against Family Violence

As part of a larger effort to better serve the community, The Women’s Crisis Center in Uintah County changed its name last year. 

Andrew Smith


On Thursday, lawmakers voted on significant cuts to the state’s budget, after a shortfall of funds due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Charges Filed Against West Haven Woman Accused Of Stealing Rancher's Dog

Jun 19, 2020

Charges were filed with the 1st District Court on Thursday against a West Haven woman accused of stealing a herd dog from Cache County ranchers.

Grid-Zine Fest

Today, news and entertainment media outlets continue to focus their content around the digital medium especially as more and more people are consuming their news and entertainment through social media. But there is a movement to keep print alive through the free-form publications called zines.

Utah House, Senate Pass Bill To Ban Knee-Holds By Police

Jun 19, 2020
Utah House of Representatives

On Thursday morning, the Legislature convened for its fifth special session this year. In fact, it’s the longest list of bills in Utah’s history, that lawmakers have considered during a special session.

Labyrinth Canyon, nominated for an oil and gas drilling lease.
Ray Bioxham/SUWA

If you find yourself at Islands in the Sky at Canyonlands National Park, your evening view might be interrupted by oil and gas drilling.