Utah News

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COVID-19 and the drought has brought about many uncertainties in the agriculture community. Lower yields and raising feed prices have farmers working to make ends meet. I had the opportunity to speak with Governor Spencer Cox about farmers here in northern Utah. While my conversation focused on northern Utah, the message he shares is universal throughout the state. 


Beginning in spring 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture allowed public schools to serve all of their students’ free meals to ensure access to nutritious food during the pandemic. In May, a bill was proposed in Congress to permanently provide free meals for all students across the country, regardless of income.

'Imagine Cache' Asks For Feedback On County's Next General Plan

Sep 7, 2021

Cache County is working on its first update to its General Plan after 22 years.

It's Redistricting Time — What You Can Expect For Cache Valley

Sep 7, 2021

Another 10 years has passed, meaning it is time to redraw district boundaries — and this time around there’s a way for residents to get involved.

A man was booked in the Cache County Jail on Sunday after deputies say he struck another man with a vehicle after a dispute in Trenton.

Compared to many other universities in Utah, Dixie State University is not yet mandating the COVID-19 vaccination for students, faculty, and staff. 

Staff from the university say they are working with the local health department and government officials to monitor and assess the COVID-19 situation in Southern Utah.

As of today, The University of Utah, Utah State University, Weber State University, Davis Technical College, and Utah Valley University have confirmed vaccine requirements.

High levels of E. coli have been found in Hyrum Reservoir in Cache County and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality recommends recreators not swim or boat in water that appears to have a harmful algal bloom. 

The Bear River Health Department issued a warning after samples were taken on Thursday Aug. 26 that found levels of E. coli in the reservoir to be over levels recommended by the Utah Department of Health. 

Rick Bolin


 As land in Sardine Canyon is being considered for a housing development, a husband and wife have ideas to use the land for non-profit organizations. Small business owner, Rob Boudrero shared his ideas for use of the land and how it would benefit the community.

A missing hiker has been found alive following an active search and rescue operation that closed The Narrows in Zion National Park. Officials say the hiker was found with no serious injuries. 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints revealed the new name and location of the new Eugene, Oregon temple. Officials announced the official name will be Willamette Valley Oregon Temple. 

Utah State University Today

 To help minimize the risk of COVID-19 to students and employees, Utah State University has implemented a color-coded classroom containment system. Frank Galey, USU Executive Vice President and Provost spoke about the main goals of the new system. 

Low Water Exposes Corroded Cars In Hyrum

Sep 3, 2021

Some visitors to Hyrum Reservoir during this season's megadrought have been surprised to find a "graveyard" containing the corroded remains of several old cars exposed by low water levels.


After many students at Utah State University were faced with housing problems, the university had to prepare for the current semester.

A man has been charged with three counts of arson after allegedly setting fire to three meetinghouses of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in St. George. On Tuesday morning, firefighters responded to reports of fires at multiple churches. Police pursued a suspect from the scene through Hurricane and Springdale before eventually crashing his vehicle at the entrance of Zion National Park.

Nearly 100 percent of students in Salt Lake City school districts have been wearing masks in class according to school officials.  In August, Mayor Erin Mendenhall issued a mask mandate for students in grades K through 12 and principals were advised on how to enforce the mandate while respecting the dignity and autonomy of students.  Anyone not wearing a mask has been offered one and advised of the benefits of wearing a mask.  Students have not been prohibited from accessing in-person learning or activities if they declined to wear a mask.  As of today (Wednesday), 58 students out of a tota

Residents of southern Utah are looking at several days to weeks of cleanup after heavy rains on Wednesday caused flash flooding.

The Utah Department of Transportation reminded drivers to plan ahead as many look to take to the roads during the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

WhySound Hosts Classical Musician On A Mission

Sep 2, 2021

While strains of USU’s big annual outdoor concert drift across Logan on Thursday night, a more intimate music experience will be occurring inside a small building on Federal Avenue, where classical pianist Miki Sawada is making a stop on her unique “Gather Hear Tour.”

A Man Accused Of Shooting, Killing Co-Worker In Millville To Face Additional Charges

Sep 2, 2021

A man charged with first-degree murder last month for the shooting of a co-worker now faces a slew of additional felonies.

Western Governors University recently conducted a study about the outstanding barriers adult learners in Utah face as nontraditional students.

Matt Jensen

Yu Huang, an assistant professor in biological engineering at Utah State University, and his team received a $1.8 million grant to conduct research that will potentially answer questions that have been asked in the biological engineering field for decades. They were the only researchers in Utah awarded the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award in 2021.


El gobernador de Utah, Spencer Cox, visitó el condado de Cache el lunes para reunirse con una variedad de fabricantes, empresas y organizaciones de la zona. Entre esas visitas, Cox se detuvo en el centro de refugiados e inmigrantes del condado. 

Governor Spencer Cox says Utah has hit a “breaking point” when it comes to COVID-19, with rising cases and fewer hospital beds to treat people. 

An out-of-state visitor at Zion National Park died after complaining about heat exhaustion. Medics and emergency medical technicians were dispatched to his location on Monday and found him unresponsive.

Logan Regional Hospital's ICU Beds Are Full — And So Are Many Others In Utah

Sep 1, 2021

Logan Regional Hospital's ICU beds are full due to an influx of COVID-19 patients, and the hospital's options to transfer serious patients elsewhere are limited due to similar situations throughout the state.

Visit The USA

Utah is a unique place. That is the message Governor Spencer Cox focused on when visiting the Cache Valley Chamber of Commerce on Monday. 

Project Resilience: Family Healing After Border Separation

Aug 31, 2021

People who immigrate to The United States from Mexico and Central America face a long journey that is difficult and often traumatic. For families who are separated at the southern border of the U.S., this added trauma is not simply overcome with reunification. As part of UPR’s Project Resilience, we learn the story of one Cache Valley woman and the resources that helped her and her grandson to heal after separation. 

Support systems and community resources can help immigrants who are navigating the challenges of making a new home in a new country. 

And while those who provide that support usually do it because they care about others, they often experience second hand trauma. As part of Project Resilience, we meet a few of the home visitors from the Family Place in Logan.

Project Resilience: Reflections On Making A New Place Home

Aug 31, 2021

No matter what brings a family or an individual to a new country,  it can be difficult to make a new place home. New languages, traditions, and foods can be hard to adjust to. Missing loved ones and familiar places is painful. 

For this segment of Project Resilience, we meet a Logan family who has made the valley their home for more than a decade about how they adjusted to life in the United States.


Utah Gov. Spencer Cox visited Cache County on Monday to meet with a variety of manufacturers, businesses, and organizations in the area. Among those visits, Cox stopped at the county’s refugee and immigrant center.