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After taking a break last summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic, plans are underway for this year’s Logan Summerfest. The arts faire will be held at the Cache County Fairgrounds in June, rather than the grounds of the Logan Tabernacle due to renovations at the tabernacle this summer. 

A legislative committee shut down briefly on Monday, due to a small group of anti-mask demonstrators at the Utah State Capitol. 

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While the Utah State Capitol Complex re-opened to the public on Monday, there are still many virtual options for participating in the legislative session from the comfort of your home.

Logan's Loss Is North Logan's Gain: C-A-L Ranch Moving From Mall To Former Kmart Building

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The Cache Valley Mall is losing another anchor store, and North Logan is gaining one.

Man Sentenced To Jail, Probation In Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor Case

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A man who pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor charges was sentenced to jail and probation on Tuesday.

Republican state and federal leaders, as well as some tribal leaders in Utah, issued statements opposing the Biden administration’s 60-day leasing and permitting ban on oil and gas drilling on federal lands. 

Unemployment in Utah was at 3.6% in December, according to data released on Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor. This is the first time unemployment in the state has dropped below 4% since the pandemic reached Utah in March of 2020, according to a press release from Gov. Spencer Cox. Nationally the December unemployment rate was 6.7%.

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You’re listening to Utah Public Radio. I'm Kerry Bringhurst. Utah State University students statewide have returned to campus learning this week. Joining me is USU President Noelle Cockett. 

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On Thursday night, Governor Spencer Cox delivered his first State of the State address from the capitol building.  

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More vaccination updates came from Gov. Spencer Cox during a press conference on Thursday.

A new license plate featuring artwork by a Utah student in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. will be available to drivers in the state this summer. 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday that the church’s upcoming April General Conference will be virtual only.

Utah’s Congressional Delegation and many state leaders, including Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson, issued a statement Wednesday opposing President Joe Biden’s executive order directing the Department of the Interior to review the boundaries and conditions of the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments.

On Wednesday, the Business, Economic Development and Labor Appropriations committee heard testimony to further expand a statewide student apprenticeship program that seeks to give high school students credit for workforce experience. 

Conservationists Expand Utah Preserve To Save Mojave Desert Tortoise

Jan 21, 2021
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A public-private partnership has obtained a parcel of Utah wilderness to protect the critical habitat of the threatened Mojave Desert tortoise.

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Increasingly bleak forecasts for the Colorado River have for the first time put into action elements of the 2019 upper basin drought contingency plan. 

Seventeen years after a Great Pyrenees sheepdog was rescued after faithfully guarding three stranded sheep in Logan Canyon, the man who brought the public’s attention to the plight is telling his full story.

Four locals have thrown their names in the hat to fill the open seat of Cache County executive.

Man Pleads Guilty In Hatchet Attack Case, Attempted Murder Charge Reduced

Jan 21, 2021

A Cache Valley man initially accused of attempting to kill a man with a hatchet pleaded guilty to reduced charges in 1st District Court on Wednesday.

Gov. Spencer Cox released his “One Utah Roadmap” on Wednesday which outlines his plan for his administration’s first 500 days in office. The plan includes six strategic priorities, which are: economic advancement, education innovation and investment, rural matters, health security, equality and opportunity, and streamlining and modernizing state government. 

According to a poll conducted by the Deseret News and the Hinckley Institute of Politics, 41% of Utahns believe voter fraud was prevalent in the 2020 presidential election. 

Groups Form To Care For Native Elders During Pandemic

Jan 20, 2021
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As Native Americans are killed by the coronavirus at a rate nearly twice that of Caucasian people, groups are forming to care for and deliver supplies to Native elders.

Teenager Rescued After Green Canyon Knife Accident

Jan 20, 2021

A teenager is stable after receiving a “significant impalement” during an accident in Green Canyon on Monday, according to authorities.

Man Pleads Guilty In Counterfeit Currency, Forgery Cases

Jan 20, 2021

A man accused of taking part in a criminal conspiracy to produce counterfeit currency pleaded guilty in 1st District Court on Tuesday.

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The late Representative LaWanna Shurtliff was remembered by her colleagues in the state House and Senate on Tuesday for her many contributions to the state, including those as a lawmaker and an educator. 

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As the annual legislative session began on Tuesday amid the COVID-19 pandemic and on-going threats of violence and civil unrest across the nation, lawmakers are preparing for a packed 45-days of legislating. 

Utah State University officials announced Tuesday that as of the end of the year, they have distributed over $7.8 million in federal and institutional-donated funds to students experiencing hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

At 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday the bells at the Utah State Capitol will ring 15 times in honor of the 1,500 Utahns who have reportedly died so far of COVID-19 since March.

Utah Legislature Urged To Prioritize Affordable Housing

Jan 19, 2021
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Religious leaders, local nonprofits and lawmakers are urging the Utah Legislature to restore funding for affordable housing to pre-pandemic levels or higher, in an effort to end homelessness among children.

A case against the city of Hyde Park stemming from a firearm incident in 2018 will not move forward in federal court.

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