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Utah continues to be the fastest-growing state in the nation and state leaders are shedding light on what's being done to address growth and sustainability.


Some Utah colleges are starting to launch esports programs. These are competitive leagues for video gaming at the collegiate level that give students opportunities to win scholarships, find a career and more.

COVID cases have been on the rise in Utah for several weeks now. But according to new modeling data, the number of cases could decline soon. 

Search teams have found no signs of Gabby Petito’s boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, in a Florida wilderness park where they have spent days searching. Laundrie is officially a person of interest in the case, and he may be the only person who’s able to give answers on what happened to Petito. 

Fire On Providence Porch Appears More Than Teen Prank

Sep 23, 2021
The Herald Journal

Jeanette Norton says she was roused from sleep on her couch just after midnight Monday when she heard a noise on the front porch of her Providence home.

Third Man Charged For Role In Logan Altercation That Resulted In Shooting

Sep 23, 2021

Charges have been filed against 20-year-old man for his role in an altercation where a man was shot.

Cache Humane Society, City Of Logan Continue To Clash Over Handling Of Strays

Sep 23, 2021
The Herald Journal

Cache Humane Society, a local nonprofit once contracted by Logan to impound stray animals, now says the city isn't fulfilling its responsibilities.

Davis School District is saying no to certain flags being allowed in classrooms, including Black Lives Matter, rainbow and Make America Great Again flags. 


The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square held a live rehearsal Tuesday for the first time in 19 months. The 19-month gap is the longest in the choir's 174-year history.


The Utah Inland Port Authority delayed a critical vote on whether to create a new infrastructure district and spend more than $150 million in bonds or not. The delay gives the environmentalists who are protesting the project a temporary win. 

The autopsy of the body believed to be Gabby Petito that was found near Jackson, Wyoming is scheduled for Tuesday, and investigators say it could answer a lot of questions. 

Man Sentenced To 120 Days In Cache County Jail, Probation In Child Abuse Case

Sep 21, 2021

A 44-year-old man who pleaded guilty to amended assault and child abuse charges was sentenced to jail and probation on Monday.

Ground Cleared For Large FedEx Shipping Center In Logan

Sep 21, 2021
The Herald Journal

Some residents have mistaken a large dirt-moving operation at 10th North and 10th West as the beginning of construction for the planned Costco wholesale outlet in Logan, but the site is actually targeted for a new FedEx Ground distribution center recently approved by the Logan Planning and Zoning Commission.

Local 18-Year-Old Charged For Role In June Shooting

Sep 21, 2021

An 18-year-old accused of being involved in a fight that resulted in a shooting in June made his initial appearance in 1st District Court on Monday.

The Navajo Nation has reported 63 more COVID-19 cases and one additional death.

Officials in Jackson, Wyoming stated a body that is “consistent” with the descriptions of Gabby Petito has been found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, where she was last known to be. 

League Of Women Voters To Restart Cache Chapter

Sep 20, 2021

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan civic-engagement organization, will be taking the first step toward restarting its Cache Valley chapter later this month.

Utah confirmed 1,749 COVID-19 cases on Friday, and one doctor at Intermountain Healthcare said that Utah leaders fear the state will reach “crisis standards of care.” Dr. Todd Vento said hospitals are overwhelmed and there aren’t enough staff to keep up.


Miranda Baker, a TikTok user, has claimed in a series of videos to have picked up Brian Laundrie, boyfriend of missing woman Gabby Petito, while he was hiking in Grand Teton National Park.

The Food and Drug Administration has voted to reject a plan to approve the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots. The panel voted 16-2, with most members frustrated at the lack of evidence Pfizer provided to show the safety of the booster. 

Each fall thousands of salmon feel their internal clocks tick, and begin a perilous journey upstream to spawn. Spawning salmon look nothing like the silvery, trout-shaped fish you would catch when fishing for salmon in a reservoir.

Finding Gabby Petito, who was reported missing on Sept. 11, without her boyfriend Brian Laundrie's cooperation will be extremely difficult, according to law enforcement experts in Utah. 

Nicole Giampietro

The first Wild Miles virtual race began as a way for people to have something to do during the pandemic, when so many other events were being cancelled. The race enabled participants to feel like part of the Logan community while enjoying our outdoor areas, safely. 


A crowd of small business owners and anti-vaccine mandate activists gathered at the House Office Building on the Capitol grounds on Wednesday. They were urging lawmakers to do something and not allow COVID-19 vaccine requirements for employees.

The Herald Journal

The Bear River Health Department has issued a public health order that would enable a “classroom test-to-stay program” in elementary schools across the Bear River region.


This week, Catholic Community Services launched the St. Vincent’s Kitchen Academy - a new program that provides individuals who are homeless and unemployed culinary training. After completing the course, staff will help place them into jobs. They will also receive assistance with housing, transportation and clothing.

Emma Feuz

Even rain couldn’t stop volunteers from coming to Pack It Out Utah, a statewide effort to clean up as much trash as possible. This event will last through September 19th and includes any effort people make to pick up trash along trails, streets, or just by their homes.

In the wake of President Biden’s vaccine mandates, many Utahns are voicing their resistance. A group calling themselves “Utah Open for Business” spoke to lawmakers at Capitol Hill, warning that mandates could drive those who are ideologically opposed to vaccination to quit or be fired, with detrimental impacts to the economy. They also feared that this mandate could foreshadow increased government interference in business.

USU Statewide Campuses

Fewer students are attending classes in person at the Utah State University Blanding Campus. Listen to Kerry Bringhurst's weekly interview with USU President Noelle Cockett to hear why.


With help from its primary insurer, The Hartford, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Boy Scouts of America reached a tentative agreement to pay out more than $1 billion in claims to men who were molested in the organization.