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Social isolation has increased the number of residents spending time in Utah wildlife areas.
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The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is reminding people to adhere to posted signs after 17 people were cited for trespassing at closed wildlife management areas in northern Utah over weekend. 

DWR’s Faith Jolley said each of the closed wildlife management areas provide critical winter range habitat for mule deer. And, she said, each one is clearly marked with signs indicating it is currently closed.




Logan City officials have asked residents to send in written comments about a dog-friendly park pilot program that is coming to an end after it’s yearlong-trial. 

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As the coronavirus pandemic grows, missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are adjusting to coming home and living in quarantine. 

Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah increased by almost 50 between Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  There are 346 positive tests in the state right out of the 6,837 tests that have reportedly been completed. Fourteen people who have tested positive for the virus in Utah are visitors to the state.

Grocery stores unstocked due to panic-buying over the coronavirus.
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As the global coronavirus pandemic continues, more and more people are relying on the services of non-profits. UPR’s Kat Webb has been visiting with different non-profit leaders in Cache County and today, our news director, Matilyn Mortensen, had a conversation with her about what she’s been hearing.  

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A plan drafted by public and private leaders on addressing both health and economic reovery in Utah in response to the coronavirus pandemic was released on Wednesday afternoon. 

Social Distancing Outdoors? Beware Of Avalanches

Mar 24, 2020
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As efforts to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic limit public gatherings and lead to closures, many Utahns have headed to the mountains for a break. But, as spring arrives and temperatures increase, so does avalanche danger.  

Last week, Utah State University was among the eight state schools in Utah that announced it would not be holding commencement in the spring in an effort to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. University officials announced on Monday that commencement has been rescheduled for the end of August. 


With blood drives being canceled all over the country, The American Red Cross is beginning to experience a “crisis within a crisis” -- a dangerously low blood supply. People throughout Utah have been wondering how they can help during this pandemic. One way is by taking the time to donate blood. 

Shelters are already full as Utah prepares for increasing cases of COVID-19.
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“The reality is, our shelters are full,” said Joe Vazquez, the co-executive director of the Salt Lake City Mission. He said in the 23 years he’s worked with rescue missions to help the homeless, he’s been involved with disasters before, but never one so massive as this one surrounding the coronavirus pandemic — especially since it’s been compounded by the aftermath of last week’s earthquake.

Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Utah are now at 257 people and over 5,000 have been reportedly tested. 

A state lawmaker who tested positive for the coronoavirus has said she is continuing to work from home to make sure Utah’s most vulnerable communities are not overlooked during this crisis. 

On Sunday, a Utah man over the age of 60 passed away due to complications related to the coronavirus. According to the Utah Department of Health announcement in relation to his death, the man was from Davis County, had underlying medical conditions and had been hospitalized for two days prior to his death. 

In an effort to combat hand sanitizer shortages, the FDA has allowed businesses holding distilled spirits plant permits to make and sell sanitizer. Ogden’s Own Distillery, the maker of Five Wives Vodka and Porter’s Whiskey, began selling a sanitizer product on Friday. 


Efforts to eliminate large gatherings continue across the state in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and on Wednesday all eight public universities in Utah announced their commencement ceremonies will be rescheduled or canceled. 

Shaking In The Valley?

Mar 20, 2020
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Residents throughout Utah were shaken out of their sleep by a magnitude 5.7 earthquake near Magna earlier this week. Feeling the shake in Cache Valley surprised and alarmed many northern Utah residents. Is northern Utah susceptible to a similar earthquake? 

COVID-19, coronavirus, social distancing, theaters and ballets cancelling performances and hope to transition to online-streaming services.
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“We're seeing a huge amount of loss of gigs,” said Crystal Young-Otterstrom, the executive director of the Utah Cultural Alliance.

The Utah State Board of Education has waived the requirement for 180 school days and 990 educational hours and is suspending statewide assessments because of both the state and national state of emergency declarations regarding the coronavirus pandemic. 


Utah Governor Gary Herbert is telling Utah County officials to repeal an order making it illegal to hold public gatherings with more than 10 people. Salt Lake County issued a similar health order Wednesday.

Information about the severity of the illness caused by the recent COVID-19 outbreak, and what to do if you think you have it, has been, at times conflicting. We’ve all been getting a lot of advice on how to avoid getting COVID-19, but what should you do if you think you might already be infected?





Utah’s food banks, which already feed thousands of hungry people a day, are facing high demand and major challenges in the COVID-19 pandemic. Some reports in recent days say mobile pantries operated by the Utah Food Bank have run out before serving everyone in line, and many volunteers have been scared away by the coronavirus crisis. 

Several county commissioners representing rural Utah communities are accusing Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox of overreacting to the threat posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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No one can predict when, where, and how big the next earthquake might be, but earthquake-prone places like California and Japan have installed systems that can warn of ground-shaking a few seconds in advance.  These systems, known as “earthquake early warning systems,” exploit the different waves produced by earthquakes.