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Officials from Utah State University announced on Wednesday that after Thanksgiving break all university classes will be taught remotely and final exams will be administered remotely as well. In addition to that, fall break on Oct. 16 has been canceled. 

Following the pandemic, churches across the state adjusted to different ways of worship that complied with social distancing.

BRHD Confirms 30 Cases Of COVID-19 On Wednesday

Jun 18, 2020

The Bear River Health Department confirmed 30 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Eli Lucero/Herald Journal


The Logan Municipal Council unanimously approved budgets for fiscal year 2020-2021, including an overall 2.6% budget cut.

Logan Municipal Council Opens Door To Possibility Of More Bars

Jun 18, 2020

After a 40-minute debate on Tuesday, the Logan Municipal Council agreed to lower the code’s population requirement to allow for more liquor licensing opportunities in the city.


Tuesday night, Utah’s Republican Gubernatorial candidates, John Huntsman, Spencer Cox,  Greg Hughes, and Thomas Wright got into a feisty discussion about the state’s financial stability.

Details Utah Leads Together Volume Four Plan Announced

Jun 17, 2020

In the governor’s press conference on Wednesday, local leaders joined Gov. Gary Herbert to announce the details of the Utah Leads Together Plan Volume 4. According to Herbert, this version of the plan focuses on recovery, investment, and personal responsibility. To do this, the plan outlines benchmarks to achieve over the next 100, 250, and 500 days.  

Lisa Carricaburu / ARUP Laboratories

Three laboratories, two located in Utah, announced a collaborative effort to investigate the molecular evolution of the Sars_CoV-2 virus by analyzing the genetics of COVID-19. How are they doing it? Using specimens from Utah’s positive COVID-19 tests.

Curds + Kindness is an initiative created by Dairy West redistribute surplus diary to people at risk of hunger across Utah and Idaho. As part of June, National Dairy Month, Dairy West is celebrating frontline workers by distributing grilled cheese sandwiches and cheese curds.  

Meatpacking Industry A "Perfect Storm" For COVID-19

Jun 16, 2020
Three people on a Zoom call
Chris Peterson for Utah Governor

Utah meatpacking plants are deemed essential businesses, but the industry and its workers are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. Hundreds of workers at the Hyrum JBS plant in Logan were infected with COVID-19 in the last month. Monday night the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Peterson held a Facebook Live conversation on how the Utah meatpacking industry and its workers have been impacted. 


Utah Legislature Takes Step Towards Banning Knee-holds

Jun 16, 2020
Utah House Democrats

Democratic state Sen. Sandra Hollins introduced a bill Tuesday into that would ban the use of knee holds by Utah police officers.

Six people standing in a black and white photo from the 1900s
Austin History Center / Austin Public Library

Friday is Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. As part of the celebration in Utah, Robert Burch, the president of the state’s Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, is encouraging Black Utahns to research their family story. 

Design Of Endorsement Letters For Lt. Gov. Cox Causes Concern In Some Voters

Jun 16, 2020
Courtesy The Herlad Journal

The design of endorsement letters for gubernatorial candidate Spencer Cox are causing some Republicans to question campaign ethics.



Seven candidates are vying for the to represent Utah’s fourth congressional district, including incumbent Democrat, Ben McAdams.

Family at picnic
Nibley City Recreation

Imagine you’re a city recreation director. Your whole job is to connect the community with big fun events, and summer is the busiest season. But then a pandemic hits in spring and most of your hard work has to be scrapped. 

IHC Intermountain Healthcare worker, Draper Fire Inspector, nurse saves concrete worker.
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Aubrey Sessions is a pediatric nurse with Intermountain Healthcare. Her family was having the concrete for a pickleball court poured on June 4, when one of the workers collapsed.

Raining Plastics In The American West

Jun 13, 2020
Janice Brahney / Utah State University

A new study from researchers at Utah State University finds tiny pieces of plastic are being transported atmospherically and deposited on western public lands in astounding annual quantities.

Conservationists Ask Utah to Spare Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf

Jun 13, 2020

Utah officials have placed a trap-and-destroy order on an endangered Mexican gray wolf believed to have killed livestock in the state. Conservation groups are calling on state wildlife officials to humanely capture the rare predator, and release it into the wild. 



Reduced hours at work and job loss due to the pandemic mean food insecurity has increased throughout Utah. When it comes to making a donation to the Utah Food Bank, CEO Ginette Bott saids a dollar goes a lot further than you may expect. 

Cache County COVID-19 Spike Detected In Sewage Before Human Test Results

Jun 12, 2020
Eli Lucero/Herald Journal

The recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Cache County was detected in sewage at the Hyrum and Logan wastewater treatment plants before it showed up in human test results.


Gov. Herbert delivers press briefing on June 11, 2020
Office of the Governor

On Thursday Gov. Herbert gave his weekly COVID-19 update. He also used it as an opportunity to announce steps he is taking to address police brutality in Utah.

Can Elementary Students Fight Racism?

Jun 11, 2020
Black Lives Matter protest, Logan, Utah, George Floyd, Police Brutality, local 9-year-old wants racism to end with her generation
Kat Webb

People around the world watched as a Minneapolis police officer knelt on a man’s neck for nine minutes, ultimately killing George Floyd. The act sparked protests and even riots throughout the United States and abroad.


A Cache Valley choir that sings for people who are dying can’t provide in-person music because of social distancing, but said the worldwide organization they are a part of has made four downloadable songs available online.

A mural on a lawn
Lawn Mural Project

Twenthy-five murals are sprinkled throughout Ogden for the next two weeks. This weekend was supposed to be the Ogden Arts Festival, a huge fundraiser for an arts education non-profit, Nurture the Creative Mind or NCM. Like many local summer celebrations, the Ogden Art Festival was canceled due to the pandemic. When the event was cancelled, organizers decided to turn a negative into a positive.

Cache Valley dairy producers are joining other Utah producers to donate surplus dairy products.  This includes Gossner Foods and Creamies Premium Ice Cream Company, who are helping distribute grilled cheese sandwiches and cheese curds in June, during National Dairy Month.