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As Utah’s rolling average continues to drop, Utah’s governor urges residents to work even harder to help with the decrease.

Utah Skies: News Mars Rover

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While Jupiter and Saturn dominate the summer evening skies, the fourth planet from the Sun, Mars, rises in the eastern skies a little after midnight in the constellation Pisces the Fish. By mid-August Mars will rise about 10 pm. Its tiny disk will grow in size as the distance between Mars and Earth decreases.

Mars has been the focus of decades of robotic exploration looking for evidence of past life on Mars.

North Logan Performer Makes It To America's Got Talent Live Shows

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She didn’t get much air time last week on America’s Got Talent, but that is just fine with 15-year-old Kenadi Dodds.

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law with the intention to prevent further neglect and degradation of National Parks and public lands.

LHS Student Donates 1,000 Masks, Has More To Give

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HJ News

A local teenager has donated more than 1,000 homemade masks to local community organizations and has about 500 more she’d like to give to people in need.

Utah State University

In response to the current pandemic, Utah State University is following suit with many higher education institutions across the nation and making standardized admissions tests optional for the upcoming 2021 admissions cycle. This decision will apply to admission for the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 semesters. 

Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

News of mysterious seed packages from Asia arriving in Utah mailboxes began spreading last week. The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has been investigating the seeds and reporting their findings to the United States Department of Agriculture. 

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Pandemic related stress can have a negative impact on mental health and many are worried this could lead to more suicides.

Kelden Peterson / Space Dynamics Laboratory

Making phone calls from deep space is a challenge even from large spacecraft, but from small satellites it is exceptionally hard. The communications devices for small spacecraft that will be used in an upcoming NASA mission will be provided by the Space Dynamics Lab at Utah State University.

Land officials say a fire burning along the Utah-Arizona border grew over the weekend, burning more than 11,000 acres of grass, brush and woodland habitat. The Spectrum reported that the Bureau of Land Management offices in Utah and Arizona reported that one house and four outbuildings were threatened by the fire, burning about 20 miles east of Kanab. Officials say the fire burned more than 8,000 acres near the stateline campground as of Friday and grew to about 11,400 acres by Monday.

Groups of dueling protesters that included police supporters carrying rifles and flags in favor of President Donald Trump faced off outside a suburban Salt Lake City police department Monday night. The protests were in response to use of force by officers at a protest the night before that resulted in the arrest of eight people. Cottonwood Heights police said Monday that officers used pepper spray, stun guns and batons during the arrests made Sunday after some protesters refused orders to keep the rally on sidewalks.


School is beginning and while many students will be attending in-person classes, online education will still play a large role in their learning this fall. Some educators and parents worry about how this could increase inequity between students.


A new study from the Utah Women & Leadership Project at Utah State University examines the women in leadership positions on the state government level. While there has been some progress in the number of women holding leadership positions in Utah, there is still room for improvement.


Many Latter-day Saint missionaries from around the world have returned home and others are adapting to virtual missionary work as the pandemic has led to major changes in the missionary program for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Suburban Salt Lake City police defended their actions during a clash with protesters that saw the arrest of eight people, including the father of a man who was fatally shot by police two years ago in an incident that inspired the rally.   Cottonwood Heights police said Monday that officers used pepper spray, stun guns and batons during the arrests made Sunday after some protesters refused orders to keep the rally on sidewalks in the suburban neighborhood.

The Salt Lake City School District condemned a student’s yearbook quote after a social media post about it went viral. A student at Highland High School posted on Facebook a photo of another student’s yearbook statement that read, “There are two genders and a lot of mental illnesses.” The school district confirmed the incident in a statement. The post was shared more than 3,000 times. The school district’s Interim Superintendent Larry Madden apologized to those felt attacked.

Two men are dead after a small plane crash in southern Utah. The Deseret News reports the single-engine North American Navion plane went down Sunday morning after hitting a communications tower near a regional airport close to Cedar City. Officials did not immediately release the names of the pilot and passenger, but said they were aged 52 and 63. Investigators are probing why the plane hit the tower.

Chris Holmes

A Collision with a 300-foot tall communication tower brought down a single-engine airplane killing two men near Cedar City on Sunday.

Governor Tom Wolf / flickr

Hemp researchers once grew cannabis for rope at Utah State University and had no way to test the THC content in crops other than smoking it and monitoring the effects. Research halted in 1970, but The Herald Journal reports that bow that it’s legal to grow once more USU researchers are back at it — only this time, they’re using technology and testing to determine the optimal ways to grow the plant for high yield and cannabinoid content, and what that means for Utah growers.

A Utah protest over the death of a man who was fatally shot by police has resulted in skirmishes with officers and several people being taken into custody. KSTU-TV reports that Cottonwood Heights Police say officers took eight people into custody and impounded three vehicles during the demonstration Sunday. Police say there were several fights and officers were hit and sprayed with pepper spray. The demonstration focused on the 2018 death of Zane James, who was killed by a Cottonwood Heights officer.

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 A Utah Department of Health report of a coronavirus death Sunday brought the state’s number of deaths for a seven-day period to the highest mark since the pandemic outbreak began in March. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the latest fatality related to the coronavirus was one of 37 in a week. The second highest number of deaths occurred in the previous week, when the deaths of 32 people were attributed to the virus. The most recent victim was a Davis County woman in a long-term care facility.

 A lawsuit filed in federal court accuses Utah State University of unlawfully discriminating against and expelling a student with Down syndrome. The Deseret News reports Emily Arthur was in the Aggies Elevated program which offers students a mix of career exploration and independent living leading to a certificate. The lawsuit filed in Utah’s U.S. District Court seeks unspecified damages and injunctive relief.

Utah’s Housing Market Is Strong Despite Pandemic

Jul 31, 2020



Nationwide, anywhere between a quarter to a half million homeowners could face foreclosure by the end of 2021 as a result of the pandemic, according to new projections from Attom Data Solutions

Thursday was Human Trafficking Awareness day and the Utah Coalition Against Secual Assualt held an online community education event to mark the occasion.

Oil rig
US Bureau of Land Management

As the mineral lease money that comes from the oilfields shrinks, Uintah County officials are making tough decisions about how to fund services like the fire department and animal control.