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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.

A three-year veteran of the Provo police force was shot and killed during a shootout while trying to apprehend a fugitive in neighboring Orem south of Salt Lake City, the police chief said Sunday.

Officer Joseph Shinners managed to return fire after he was shot and struck the suspect at least once in a parking lot outside a business in Orem Saturday night. Shinners later died at Utah Valley Medical Center, Provo Police Chief Richard Ferguson said.

Utah State University

The trial of a former Utah State football player accused of sexually assaulting seven women is set to begin. Jurors will hear opening statements Monday in Brigham City in the case against 25-year-old Torrey Green.

Building on fire
Brian Champagne

When crews arrived at the scene late Thursday night, they saw flames coming from the north end of the Premier Cabinet shop building off Main Street in Smithfield. 

Winter Fun In The Utah Sun

Jan 4, 2019

  Winter is upon us, Utah, and it is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of our state. I recently went backcountry skiing with Sara Goeking, a volunteer board member for Nordic United.


Utah’s 2019 legislative session opens the end of January and Utah State University will lobby for funding to increase employee compensation and build new buildings, among many other things. 

Endangered Species Act Revisions Near

Jan 2, 2019
National Parks Service

The Trump administration is expected to finalize new rules that critics argue would weaken the Endangered Species Act. 

Faced with biting public criticism from Republican Sen.-elect Mitt Romney, President Donald Trump pushed back Wednesday, reminding him that "I won big, and he didn't."

Days away from joining the Senate's Republican majority, Romney broadly criticized Trump's policies and character in a newspaper column, arguing that the president "has not risen to the mantle of the office."