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Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall sent a letter to city council on Monday, asking for an extension on the city’s mask mandate as coronavirus cases continue to rise across the state.

Utah fire crews that were preparing to go to California to help fight wildfires have been told to stand down for now. The Utah Department of Emergency Management confirmed that California cancelled requests for help under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

Upkeep Fines Against Owner Of Former Municipool Upheld

Sep 14, 2021

Logan Municipal Court on Monday upheld $2,000 in fines against recent Logan mayoral candidate Lowell Huber for property upkeep violations at the former Municipool building at 125 E. 1000 North.

Logan High school endured a short lockdown on Monday after police say a man held two teenage females at gunpoint over a bicycle he believed had been stolen.

Utah Task Force 2 returned home Saturday to reunite with their families. 

A group of protesters gathered Sunday at the Utah State Capitol to speak out against the current Taliban control in Afghanistan. 


Las escuelas de todo el condado de Cache apoyan a estudiantes entrantes cuyo idioma materno no es el inglés a través del programa de inglés como segundo idioma. De igual manera, algunas escuelas primarias del condado fomentan el programa de inmersión dual de lenguaje que apoya a estudiantes angloparlantes a aprender un segundo idioma mediante la impartición de clases bilingües.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Quagga mussels are an invasive aquatic mollusk that have spread across the United States, and are one of the most economically damaging invasive species in the country.

Frozen In Time: Cache Residents Recall 9/11 Terrorist Attack

Sep 13, 2021

Like the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001, was seared upon the minds and memories of nearly all people exposed to the news that day.

Thirteen Utah hospitals, including Logan Regional, will postpone many non-emergency surgeries starting next week as health care workers are overwhelmed by another surge in COVID-19 cases from the faster-spreading delta variant, a major health care company said Friday.

Key Issues To Keep An Eye Out For This Logan Mayoral Election

Sep 13, 2021

Now that the primaries for the Logan mayoral race have ended, the race for the general election is in full swing.

Thirteen Intermountain Healthcare hospitals are suspending all non-urgent surgeries and procedures requiring hospital admission. This policy will take effect on September 15th and will last several weeks.

Emma Feuz

Cache County planners are in the final stages of updating the General Plan, and they are asking citizens for their input on what they want to see happen in the valley in the next twenty years. 

Aimee Van Tatenhove

As the Great Salt Lake continues to decline, not only is wildlife is being impacted around the lake, but across the region.

Employees and local health officials are trying to figure out exactly how to coordinate President Biden’s new vaccine mandate. 

Sen. Kirk Cullimore (R-Sandy) says businesses should have some accountability and responsibility if they decide to mandate the coronavirus vaccines and an employee or customer has an adverse reaction to it. 

Urvish Prajapati


The water levels of the Great Salt Lake have dipped to troublingly low levels this August – lower than any in recorded history. But what does this mean for the people and wildlife that call Utah home? (Part 1 of 2)

Phil Dufrene

Although the Great Salt Lake has been shrinking for years, with the current drought conditions, the lake is at an all time low. How do low water levels impact hunting in the area? (Part 2 of 2)

A 35-year-old Newton man is dead after being run over by farm equipment, according to a press release from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office.

USUPD Becomes One Of Two Accredited University Police Departments In The State

Sep 10, 2021

The Utah State University Police Department received its accreditation from the Utah Chiefs of Police Association on Wednesday.

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 Since the end of the federal eviction moratorium in August, renters in Utah who are behind on their payments may be forced to juggle competing priorities in dealing with their landlord.

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An organization has rated Idaho lawmakers on how they voted for measures that affect children in the 2021 session. 

Cooler weather may increase your chance for an encounter with a bat. There are several reasons for this, including bat and human behavior. Entomologist with USU Extension Zach Schumm told his story of coming face-to-face with a bat in his laboratory.

Utah County Attorney David Leavitt announced that he will no longer seek the death penalty. After initially planning to seek the death penalty in the case of Jerrod William Baum, a man accused of murdering two teens in December 2017, Leavitt has withdrawn the motion.

West Nile Virus Death In Utah

Sep 9, 2021

One person in Utah has died from West Nile Virus this year. This comes after the Utah Department of Health reported the highest percentage yet of surveyed mosquitos testing positive for West Nile Virus.

The Utah Department of Health says at least 11 Utah residents in Salt Lake, Davis and Weber counties have been diagnosed with West Nile virus this season. One person has died so far in the Weber/Morgan Health district.

It’s been over a year since the disastrous windstorm that toppled 1,300 trees and damaged another 4,000 trees in Salt Lake City. Efforts to replant all of those trees will continue through the fall.

Man Sentenced To Prison In Sexual Assault Case

Sep 9, 2021

A Providence man charged in a sexual assault case last year was sentenced to prison on Wednesday.

Logan Raises Another $200K for Center Block Plaza

Sep 9, 2021

The city announced a new donation for Logan’s Center Block Plaza project on Tuesday.

Officials Share Stats From Cache Valley's Worsening Homelessness Crisis

Sep 9, 2021

Homelessness continues to rise in Cache Valley as housing becomes difficult to find and more people are entering the assistance system with nowhere else to go.