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June is a time when the LGBTQ+ community comes together to celebrate Pride Month. But the Salt Lake City Pride festival was postponed to September because of the coronavirus. The Utah Pride Center has already moved most support groups online and that may be where this year's festival is held as well.

Southern Utah University

Back in April, Todd Peterson, like everyone else in Utah, was spending a lot of time at home with his wife and three kids in Cedar City. So, he jumped at the chance to be a guest for an online program offered through Southern Utah University. 

GOP, Republican party primary candidates
Kat Webb

Utahns have started receiving their ballots for the June 30 primary, but who the frontrunners will be in the Republican race for governor may not match the polls.

Coronavirus, COVID-19 has hit minority populations with a fervor across the nation, and Utah is no exception. A grassroots community effort is growing to help the Latinx population in Northern Utah.
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Local advocates and nonprofits have been working for weeks, but now, community members are stepping up to help the disproportionately affected Latinx community in the wake of a spike in cases in northern Utah.  

COVID-19, Coronavirus meat packaging facility and others in Cache County put employees at risk throughout pandemic
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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Logan is the highest in the nation for a city its size. When rumors of a COVID-19 outbreak at the JBS meat-packaging facility in Hyrum started circling, the company responded by testing every employee. Of the 1,024 tests conducted between May 30 and June 2, nearly 300 came back positive.

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Monday night the four Republican candidates in Utah's gubernatorial race debated some of the most pressing issues for rural Utahns. 

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As Utah's energy sector continues to struggle in the new coronavirus pandemic, a new report outlines how policymakers can diversify states' revenue streams and begin phasing out reliance on fossil fuels.

Harley Barnes

On Saturday, protesters gathered outside of the Logan courthouse for a second protest this week to support the Black Lives Matter movement.



As dining restrictions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic closed restaurants across the county, many customers turned to online delivery platforms, such as grubhub, or doordash in order to continue eating from their favorites spots. As take-out became the new norm and safety precautions increased and restaurants were forced to adapt.



After almost two decades of service, Rob Bishop is not running for reelection to Utah’s First Congressional District.

Utah Coronavirus Task Force

Gov. Gary Herbert announced Friday that the current restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Utah will remain in place.

People hiking

As closures as part of the efforts to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic continue, Utahns are taking to the outdoors in full force. 

Logan Resident Organizes Vigil To Honor George Floyd

Jun 5, 2020
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Jessica Valle, 25, has never organized a demonstration before. But, after George Floyd was killed by police, and protests erupted all over the country, she felt she had to organize something in her own community in Logan.

A Rural Community Gets Creative With Summer Reading

Jun 4, 2020
Child reading a book and pointing at page
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“Summer slump” is a phrase used to describe the digression students may make while they are out of school if they don’t read or engage academically. Because students throughout the state have already been at home for months due to the pandemic, there is concern that this phenomena will be even worse this year. Community members in Vernal are working to keep the kids in their community reading and learning despite all those months at home. 

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Now that the weather is warming up, farmers markets around Utah are beginning to open up. However, they don’t look the same as past years. Some markets have been positively effected by pandemic mitigation efforts, while others, not so much.

Scott Kuehl-Shelby

One of the most popular hikes in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest remains closed due to the coronavirus, despite Utah’s strong push towards re-opening the state.

Today, Utah State Senate President J. Stuart Adams announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. In a statement, Adams said he did not experience any symptoms of the virus.

Leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the faith’s October general conference will be held digitally and follow the same format as the April General Conference. 

NEHMA Re-opens For The Public

Jun 4, 2020

Beginning Saturday, the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art on the USU Logan Campus will open to the public after closing because of the Coronavirus.

The director of the Uintah County Library is asking visitors to limit time spent at the community hub to thirty minutes. Sam Passey said the library in Vernal is open weekdays and Saturday after being closed to the public because of coronavirus restrictions.

Dr. Angela Dunn at press conference
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The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths is rising, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn in today’s press conference. Since yesterday, there are 295 new cases making it a total of 10,497 cases, and four new deaths, a total of 117, in the state. 



Following two car accidents in Logan Canyon that took place just a few days apart, the Utah Department of Transportation urges Utahns to stay alert while driving during the summer months.

Sparks Fly During Attorney General Primary Debate

Jun 3, 2020
Utah County Attorney David Leavitt and Attorney General Sean Reyes deabte
Utah Debate Commission

In the coming weeks Utahns will begin receiving their vote-by-mail ballots for the primary election. While most of the attention is focused on the gubernatorial race, the Attorney General’s race is heating up. Candidates traded barbs in Tuesday’s Republican primary debate at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

In Logan, more than 100 protesters gathered at the corner of Main Street and First North. Car horns were heard honking in support of demonstrators.