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The Utah Department of Public  Safety Commissioner Jess Anderson expressed his appreciation to peaceful protesters Tuesday. For the third time in four nights, hundreds gathered in downtown Salt Lake City to protest police brutality and the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police last week.  


With few exceptions, United States citizens living abroad are not counted in the census-- including missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Because so many missionaries call Utah home, this can cause controversy, because the state does not receive funding for these individuals for the next ten years. 

Because of COVID-19, coronavirus, the republican primary in Utah will be done exclusively via mail-in ballots.
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It’s been four years since Republican Val Potter was elected to the Utah House of Representatives. For the first time since then, he is facing a Republican opponent in a primary race for Utah’s third house seat — Mike Petersen


Monday night’s Republican gubernatorial debate took place at the same time as the second round of protests that took place in Salt Lake City demanding justice for George Floyd of Minnesota.

Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency due to civil unrest. This order will temporarily close the State Capitol Complex to the public. The order is effective immediately, and the capitol campus will remain closed until Saturday, June 6 at 11:59 p.m.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Salt Lake City and County Building Monday evening.

At least one man who said he helped flip over a Salt Lake police police patrol car on Saturday has turned himself in.

One person has died after being critically injured in a car crash in Logan Canyon on Monday. Utah Highway Patrol officials said the crash involving a Ford Escort and semi truck happened 12 miles northeast of Logan. Canyon travel was closed on U.S. 89 through Logan Canyon and Garden City for several hours, reopening at 10 p.m.

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The Bear River Health District released a new chart on Monday showing the results of the 6,669 COVID-19 tests performed in the district since March. According to a public information officer for the Bear River Health District, the chart suggests that the rate of positive COVID-19 cases has been up since approximately May 28.

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As the death of George Floyd has led to many protests in cities across the county, especially Minnesota.

Uninsured Utahns Now Eligible For Free COVID-19 Tests

Jun 1, 2020
CDC laboratory test kit for the novel coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control

The state’s Department of Health announced Monday that many uninsured Utahns will now be able to get free COVID-19 tests. Antibody tests are also included in the coverage and Utahns can apply for the program online.

Karina Andelin Brown, Montezuma Creek, Navajo Nation, Coronavirus donations
Devin Thorpe

In response to the high need in the underserved area of Navajo Nation, Rotary Clubs and nonprofits across the state gathered thousands of pounds of food, personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies to deliver to Montezuma Creek over Memorial Day weekend. 

Family Of Five Rescued From Logan River Crash

May 31, 2020
Logan City Fire Department, Cache County Search and Rescue and numerous bystanders worked together to rescue a family trapped in their car in the middle of the Logan River on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
Brian Champagne

As protests were escalating and becoming violent in Salt Lake City, a different type of emergency was unfolding in Northern Utah. At approximately 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, emergency services were called to rescue a mother and her four children after she lost control of her car and ended up in the Logan River.

Better Days 2020 Launches New Video

May 29, 2020



May of 1895 was a big step forward in the fight of Utah women for suffrage. It was then that the state constitution, which included voting rights for female citizens, was approved by the territorial legislature. In commemoration of this event, a new Youtube video launched on Friday,


Coronavirus shining light on lack of public health infrastructure, according to Dr. Donald Warne, director of the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) program in North Dakota and member of the Oglala Lakota tribe. "American Indians are dying of neglect."
University of Washington School of Public Health

“I'm sure all of you have seen data from Navajo Nation and they have among the highest rates of infection nationally, and among the highest rates of death as well," said Dr. Donald Warne, director of the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) program in North Dakota and member of the Oglala Lakota tribe. Warne is also one of the 0.3% of physicians in the United States who are Native American. He said there are numerous reasons why the sovereign nations are being hit so hard by the coronavirus, but most stem from a lack of infrastructure.

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The Utah System of Higher Education’s new coronavirus mitigation plan was released Wednesday and cleared the way for Utah State University to resume in-person instruction for Fall 2020. On Wednesday USU announced that it planned to transition back to in-person instruction for the Fall 2020 semester. According to USU officials, the re-opening plan is flexible and includes multiple contingency plans.

In a press conference this morning, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox announced new funding projects for Northern Utah and Utah non-profits. 

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While most Utahns seem to have weathered the coronavirus pandemic with less illness and death than has been seen elsewhere, they have not been unaffected by the crisis. Public health officials say the stress and uncertainty of living under a stay-at-home order has caused an increase in anxiety and depression. In response, Utah officials and private groups have launched the Live On campaign: a 3-year drive to promote education, provide resources and change the culture around suicide and mental health. Taryn Hiatt, Utah director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said those who are struggling need to know where to find help.

Brody Hatt and Colt Black

Horses and trainers all over Utah have worked toward competing this spring, but with the coronavirus pandemic resulting in numerous cancelled events, people were unsure whether or not competitions would still be held.

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Last summer, St. George in Washington County suffered 155 days of drought, the longest since records have been kept. St. George uses a lot of water thanks to its growing population and high per-capita usage. Water managers have been hoping the Lake Powell Pipeline will slake southern Utah’s thirst, but at around 140-miles long and well over a billion dollars, this is an extremely controversial project for a fiscally-conservative state. In April of this year, Kane County opted out, or at least partially.

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At the gateway to both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, it’s been unusually quiet this spring. Moab shut the door to visitors for six long weeks during what is usually the busiest time of year. The town is still not fully open, and many locals are dealing with continued unemployment and financial insecurity. All around tensions are high.  


Many missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been sent home early or relocated due to the coronavirus. With 2020 being a census year, these missionaries and their families may have confusion about where their location should be reported as.

Shifting Habitats: Bird Migration And Climate Change

May 26, 2020
Frank Retes, Southern Arizona

The North American Breeding Bird Survey, a large-scale citizen science project started in 1966, is the basis of a newly-released study on migratory bird habitats and climate change.