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COVID-19 rates in Utah are continuing to go up. Utah Governor Gary Herbert and health experts continue to urge people to take action.

National Park Service

What if I purchase an early season ski pass– will it pay off with good snow this winter? Yoshimitsu Chikamoto, a climate scientist at Utah State University Utah had an idea to use climate modeling to help him decide.

Zion National Park Sets Record September Visitation

Oct 26, 2020
Haley Hedricks

As St. George, Utah remains sunny and warm this fall, Zion National Park set a record high number in visitors during the month of September.

NASA Mission Achieves Astounding Goal

Oct 26, 2020
NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

Thursday, October 22, NASA received inmages confirming a spacecraft the size of a school bus grabbed a sample from an asteroid over 200 million miles from earth. The cameras and electronics used in this mission were made in Cache Valley.

As intensive care units deal with overflow from a spike in COVID-19 patients statewide, Intermountain Healthcare is asking people to observe antiviral precautions.

When the Logan Municipal Council first approved the “Less Than 10: Flatten the Curve’’ education initiative to replace Mayor Holly Daines’s state of emergency and mask mandate on Aug. 31, there was a seven-day rolling average of about 10 cases a day.

Utah, Cache County On Track For Record Voter Turnout

Oct 22, 2020

Utah is on its way to break voter turnout records, and the same is true for Cache County.

Utah Senator: Public Can Stay Home To Avoid Police Dog Bites

Oct 22, 2020

A Utah senator has made clear he has little patience for complaints about police dogs during a meeting of the state Legislature’s law enforcement and criminal justice committee. 

zimmytws/Adobe Stock

If a lawsuit before the Supreme Court to repeal the Affordable Care Act succeeds, some 260,000 Utahns would lose their health coverage. A new report from the nonpartisan Urban Institute estimates that would almost double the proportion of Utahns who are uninsured.

New App Lets Users Design COVID-19 Treatments

Oct 21, 2020
Dr. Thanh Truong

Researchers at The University of Utah created a new smartphone app that allows users to design new drugs to fight against COVID-19.



For the first time in the state’s history, both of Utah’s candidates for Lieutenant Governor are women. On Monday during an online forum, Democratic candidate Karina Brown shared her views on education during the pandemic, civic involvement and access to healthcare.

Idaho Man Sentenced To Utah Prison In Extortion, Stalking Case

Oct 21, 2020

An Idaho man convicted of stalking and extorting a Cache Valley resident was sentenced to prison on Tuesday.

Leaders In US, Europe Divided On Response To Surging Virus

Oct 21, 2020

Virus cases are surging across Europe and many U.S. states but responses by leaders are miles apart. 

Utah Rivals In Governor's Race Unite In Call For Decency

Oct 21, 2020

Rival candidates vying to become Utah’s next governor joined together in new ads Tuesday urging people to accept the results of the November elections and maintain decency with one another despite political differences. 

Utah Committee Approves Bill Changing Steps To Rename Places

Oct 21, 2020

A legislative committee in Utah has approved legislation that seeks to streamline the federal process for changing geographic names statewide that contain language derogatory to Native Americans. 

On Tuesday new campaign ads for Utah’s gubernatorial race began circulating online. The ads—paid for in part by Republican candidate Spencer Cox’s campaign—feature both Cox and Democratic candidate Chris Peterson speaking about shared values and urging Utahns to choose civility.

Cache Valley Hosptial Hosting Opioid Take Back Event

Oct 20, 2020

Cache Valley Hospital is hosting a “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day in an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid misuse and proper disposal of medications.

How COVID-19 Has Affected Building, Not Just Buying, Cars

Oct 20, 2020
Lilly Champagne

You probably know that COVID-19 pushed new vehicle sales down 25% for most carmakers over the summer.Some of that was from worries about the buying process, some from job insecurity. But there were also buyers out there who couldn’t get the car built they wanted.

USU Expande Las Pruebas De COVID-19, Y Mucho Más

Oct 20, 2020

Kat Webb y el Herald Journal reportaron que por primera vez en más de 20 años, el Condado de Cache está planeando una actualización de su plan general. 

Officials Weigh Risks, Benefits Of Indoor Sports This Winter

Oct 20, 2020

Fall sports are starting to wind down, and now schools and recreational sports are looking into how to move indoors once winter hits.

Third-Generation Owner Of Anderson's Seed Remembers Late Father

Oct 20, 2020

When Mark Anderson remembers his late father, two smells come to mind first: potatoes and Christmas trees.

Man Facing Exploitation Felonies Makes First Appearance, Case May Go Federal

Oct 20, 2020

A Hyde Park man accused of possessing child sexual abuse material and concealing cameras in multiple places in his home made his initial appearance in 1st District Court on Monday.

Woman Missing For 2 Weeks found Safe In Zion National Park

Oct 20, 2020

A California woman who was missing for about two weeks in Zion National Park in Utah has been found. 

School Absences Linked To Air Pollution Have A High Cost

Oct 19, 2020
Harriet Cornachione / Utah State University

A midday Trax trip to downtown Salt Lake City during a severe dust storm a few years ago, led research assistant professor at the University of Utah Daniel Mendozato to consider the impact of air quality on school children at recess.

Mayor Holly Daines of Logan signed Utah’s first Climate and Clean Air Compact on Oct. 7, and local advocates say it’s just the first step to address the issues.

County Planners Seek Input For General Plan

Oct 19, 2020

For the first time in more than 20 years, Cache County is planning an update to its general plan.

Air Force 'Candy Bomber' Glides Into Milestone Birthday

Oct 19, 2020

Gail S. Halvorsen may have changed the course of history with just two pieces of gum. 

21 Members Of White Supremacist Orgs Charged For Guns, Drugs

Oct 19, 2020

Twenty-one members and associates of white supremacy organizations in Utah are facing charges after court records say they distributed guns and drugs. 

Police Say Idaho Woman Bit Officer During Arrest

Oct 19, 2020

A Twin Falls, Idaho, woman is behind bars after a traffic stop turned violent. Amanda Yarbrough was charged with third-degree felony assault by a prisoner and misdemeanor assault on a police officer. 

Hospital Over Capacity In 'Unsustainable' Coronavirus Spike

Oct 19, 2020

One of Utah’s largest hospitals had no beds left Friday in its regular intensive-care unit as the governor declared the state’s weekslong spike in coronavirus cases unsustainable.