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Emotional Support Animal

Seven-year-old Skyrie Sacks has a backyard coop full of emotional support animals that — like their Pokémon namesakes — began their lives as a humble egg.

  And, according to her mom, Skyrie is out there with her eight chickens on most days that aren't freezing or snowing or pouring.

Snow on Road

Crews are clearing away a massive avalanche that closed a state highway in a Utah canyon.

  Authorities said the slide had been triggered on purpose to clear unstable snow, but it roared out of control and blanketed U.S. Highway 189 with more than 30 feet of snow in Provo Canyon.


While most anglers are likely furloughing their outdoor activities until the warmer months, utility managers at the popular northern Utah fishing destination Cutler Reservoir are working to get permission to maintain operations.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is sending businesses a reminder to register their hemp products
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The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is sending out letters to businesses selling hemp products. The state is requiring product registration to help protect consumers and pay for oversight.

St. George Utah

A committee of students, teachers and tribal members is recommending a southern Utah high school get rid of its "Redmen" mascot that is offensive to Native Americans and others.


  The committee voted 17-7 on Tuesday night to change Cedar High School's mascot. The decision by a committee formed by the district to study the matter came after several public hearings about the issue.

Lagoon Amusement Park

A state lawmaker plans to again propose legislation that would add oversight of amusement parks in Utah, one of only six states where an agency isn't assigned to keep tabs on the parks.

  Republican state Rep. Val Potter sponsored a bill last year that would have created an oversight commission, required mandatory inspections and created an avenue for the public to report dangerous situations.

Food Stamps

Families across Utah that rely on food stamps will be getting February's benefits weeks early.

  As the longest government shutdown in U.S. history continues, state officials who administer the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program said Wednesday that recipients can expect to receive their benefits over the next few days.

Small Private Plane

Authorities say a small plane crashed in West Jordan, but the pilot walked away with no injuries.

  The plane went down Tuesday morning near the West Jordan Soccer Complex.

Crime Scene

The South Salt Lake Police Department has identified the victim in a fatal stabbing as a 26-year-old Salt Lake City woman.

  Police previously said the killing of Ashley Vigil appeared to be a domestic incident.

Tractor Trailer

Authorities say a speeding tractor-trailer has crashed into a restaurant in a small Utah city, flattening the establishment and injuring 3 people.

  The Utah Highway Patrol says in a statement that the truck was traveling too fast for conditions in Wellington when it left a highway Wednesday morning and struck the Los Jilbertos restaurant, which was open.

Park City Ski Resort

Officials say snow levels in Utah remain below the state's typical average despite a wet winter.

  The National Resource Conservation Service says Utah's snowpack is near normal at 92 percent, compared to 51 percent in 2018.

Utah State Football

Prosecutors questioned the tactics used by a police detective when he investigated a rape allegation against a promising Utah State University football player as the handling of the allegations surfaced during trial.

  Defense attorneys for Torrey Green called Logan detective Kendall Olsen to the stand Monday, asking Olson about Green's willingness to be interviewed after a woman reported an allegation in 2015.

Crime Scene

The South Salt Lake Police Department says a 26-year-old woman is dead after being stabbed in what police say was a domestic incident.


  The victim died from a stab wound to the neck and that her grandfather found her.

U.S. Military personnel fill orders for charity food groups.

Ogden is home to thousands of IRS and US Forest Service workers. It is also the location of Catholic Community Services of northern Utah which is helping feed furloughed employees and their family members. 

SUU Strategic Communication

Friday, the Utah Board of Regents selected Dr. Bradley J. Cook to be the 17th president of Snow College, in Ephraim. Cook has served as Provost and a professor of history at Southern Utah University, since 2009. During that time, he worked to establish SUU as a national leader in student-centric, highly engaged learning environments.

Two 19-year-old men have been arrested in connection with a shooting that wounded two people outside a Utah shopping mall and scattered hundreds of terrified shoppers, police said Monday.

Authorities said it was a gang-related fight that involved about a dozen people and shots fired from both sides, but no bystanders were hit or injured.

Mid Utah Radio

Police finally have a conclusion to investigations into several thefts throughout central Utah in the past few months. The Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office has arrested six individuals after searches of a home north of Ephraim turned up stolen items.

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On the evening of January 20, as long as skies are clear, Utahns should be able to see a super blood wolf moon, but what exactly does that mean? 

The Utah Supreme Court has reinstated the armed robbery conviction of an Ogden 16-year-old who was tried as an adult and sent to prison.

The conviction had been thrown out by the Utah Court of Appeals after Cooper Van Huizen, now 21, served his sentence.

Utah State University

A former Utah State University student accused of sexually assaulting another student has been sentenced to six months in jail.


  Scott R. Simmons was sentenced to 180 days on Monday after pleading guilty to forcible sexual abuse. The woman told a judge she knew him for a few minutes but he altered her life forever.

The Utah State Legislature has allocated $300,000 to support business owner operating in rural Utah

State tax money is available for economic development expansion in rural Utah. The Targeted Business Tax Credit is used to encourage private investment and job creation in areas other than the Wasatch Front.

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Another member of the Navajo Nation is suing the Mormon church, saying he was abused in a now-defunct program that sent children into foster care for the school year.

Consumer confidence in the economy could decrease as Utahns become more reserved about future trends.

Confidence in the state and federal economy gave way to a strong holiday shopping season in 2018. Zion’s Bank has released the most recent Utah Consumer Attitude Index, which indicates those surveyed feeling more reserved about the future stability of the federal economy. Financial experts worry this could lead to a slow-down in spending.

Defense attorneys for a former Utah State football player accused of sexually assaulting six women said during opening statements Monday that the women reported they had been assaulted because they wanted attention.

Chris Holmes

The sound of a smoke alarm brought a premature end to the school day at Cedar High School, Monday.  Cedar City Fire Department responded and did locate a small electrical fire in the area of the counseling offices.