Utah News

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Cabin-crashing Mountain Man Still at Large

Feb 17, 2012

A mountain man who roams the woods of Southern Utah and breaks into vacant cabins to steal provisions continues to elude law enforcement, who consider him a ticking time bomb. Chris Holmes tells the story.

The Utah Attorney General's office says it will pay nearly $400,000 to resolve a lawsuit over roadside crosses honoring Utah troopers killed in the line of duty.

UPR Newsline with Dave Greiling

Feb 15, 2012

Dave Greiling joins Lee Austin to discuss this week's headlines from the Standard-Examiner including the unanimous passage of HB 88, which prohibits discrimination in custody cases, and the body found buried in a Roy backyard.

Read the full stories and more at the Standard-Examiner's website.

Sex and how to teach kids about it was the topic of discussion on Utah’s Capitol Hill Thursday. House Bill 363 initially proposed banning any discussion on contraceptives, premarital sex and homosexuality in Utah schools. As KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports, the bill passed out of committee after a heated debate, but not before significant changes were made.

Rep. Brad Last, sponsor of House Bill 245 says something must be done to control public use of electronic cigarettes and hookah pipes.

This bill would amend the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act, and cleared the House Governmental Operations Committee on Thursday. KCPW's Eric Ray has the story. 

Native American Tribes to Receive Housing Funding

Feb 13, 2012

US Department of Housing and URban development announced more than $4 million will go to creating housing for four Native American tribes in Utah.  About $1.7 million will go to the Paiutes in Cedar City. 

Chris Holmes has the story. 

A 75-year-old Vernal woman, Evelyn Johnson,  has been sentenced to 1 - 15 years in a Utah state prison for shooting and killing her husband in 2004. Ranae Bangerter has the story from Vernal.

A survey to study state-wide transportation trends is being sponsored by a metropolitan planning organization in Cache county. Kerry Bringhurst reports.

Group to Inform Public Policy on Resource Management

Feb 10, 2012

The Kane and Two Mile Research partnership has been created to bolster the science-guided resource management of public lands in Northern Arizona, specifically along the 

north rim of the Grand Canyon. The group was created to help inform public policy, and is composed of private ranchers, scientists, and government officials. Chris Holmes has the story. 

Tax Payer Association Appeals Kane County Coal Plant

Feb 10, 2012

A California company wants to build an experimental coal-gasification plant in Kanab, UT

Members of the Cache Valley community will gather Friday to participate in a vigil to honor the memory of 7-year-old Charlie Powell and his 5-year-old brother Braden.

UPR's Kerry Bringhurst tells us the brutal murder of the boys at their father's hand has prompted law enforcement and the Child & Family support Center to ask for the community's support in taking a stand against child abuse.

All members of the public are invited:
4:00 p.m. Friday, February 10
Cache Valley Courthouse (199 N Main Street in Logan)
Bring a helium filled balloon

Utah Transit Authority's Debt Dillema

Feb 9, 2012

State lawmakers are looking for a silver lining in the Utah Transit Authority's mounting debt dilemma. A legislative audit revealed in January that it's uncertain whether the agency can afford to operate its costly new projects. UTA officials say they're confident they can rein in the debt, but as KCPW's Whittney Evans reports, some lawmakers want to know how.

Ten years after Salt Lake City hosted the Olympic Winter Games, Governor Gary Herbert and other Utah leaders are looking to do it again. He joined the mayor of Utah’s capital city this week to announce an exploratory committee has been formed to look at bidding for another Olympics. KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports on when they’re hoping the games might be coming to Utah.

Flying J Donates Millions to Utah Business Schools

Feb 9, 2012

The business schools at Utah State University and the University of Utah are getting 3.5 million dollars from the Ogden based Flying-J energy company. Ashley Tolman has details.

Kerry Bringhurst talks to Dave Greiling about this week's breaking news in Utah.

For these full stories and more, go to the Standard-Examiner's website.

Fighting to Bring Utah's Building Codes Up-to-Date

Feb 8, 2012

One state lawmaker’s attempt to bring Utah's residential building codes up to date hasn’t been assigned a committee hearing, despite widespread support from local governments, businesses and residents. Republican Representative Fred Cox says adopting the latest building codes for new homes is important for public safety and energy cost savings, but as KCPW's Whittney Evans reports, at least one organization is fighting the change, saying it would cost homeowners too much.

A vote by a Senate committee Tuesday may be a sign that looser restrictions are coming for Utah’s billboard companies. One senator wants cities and counties to have less control over billboard regulations, including electronic billboards. KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports on what this means for Salt Lake City, which is looking to pass billboard restrictions of its own.

Clean air is important, and Republican Rep. Wayne Harper wants to overturn Salt Lake City's idiling ordinance, originally passed last year. The ordinance prohibits idiling for more than two minutes. 

Harper said the ordinance has too many loopholes. Jessica Gail reports. 

Utilities Extended to More Families on Reservation

Feb 7, 2012

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority announced Monday it will extend power to 62 families over the next three years. The General Manager said families living near the generating station have waited for years for this opportunity. 

The project will cost $3.1 million, and 17 homes will have power by the end of this year. UPR's Vicki Barker reports.   

I-15 Reopens After Hostage Situation

Feb 7, 2012

I-15 is open again after being closed for most of yesterday, while police dealt with a delicate stand-off situation. 

Laverken police tried to make a traffic stop at about 11 a.m. Monday, and the man driving  sped off onto I-15. Inside his car he had a gun and two children. For over eight hours I-15 was closed as authorities tried to negotiate with the man.  Chris Holmes has the story.  

New Bill Will Get Some Sex Offenders Off the List

Feb 7, 2012

The Utah House of Representatives passed a measure Tuesday to allow some sex offenders to petition their way off the list. Ashley Tolman covers the story for Utah Public Radio.

Teen Driving & Talking Ban Still in the Works

Feb 7, 2012

The Utah Senate gave final approval to a bill today that bans drivers under 18 years old from talking on a cell phone while driving. However, Senate Minority Leader Ross Romero explained his legislation was amended to clarify exactly what type of cell phone use would be banned.

Authorities say they have no doubt Josh Powell, husband of missing Susan Powell, is at fault for the explosion that killed him and his two children. 

Kerry Bringhurst has the story. 


Donation to Help Make Museum Possible

Feb 7, 2012

A $1 million donation was received at Southern Utah University from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation. This money will go toward building an accredited state-of-the-art fine arts museum on the SUU campus.

Chris Holmes has the story. 

Authorities have no doubt the husband of missing Utah woman Susan Powell is responsible for the explosive fire Sunday that killed their two children and himself yesterday in Washington State. The investigation is in full swing in Pierce County as the Sheriff's Department begins to fill holes in the case.

More than two years after the disappearance of West Valley City resident Susan Powell, her husband and the only person of interest ever named in the case killed himself and their two boys yesterday. Police in Washington say Josh Powell used accelerants to set his home on fire when his children were brought there for a supervised visit. KCPW’s Jessica Gail spoke with Josh Powell’s brother-in-law after the tragedy, and reports on how the family is reacting.

UPR Superbowl Recipe

Feb 4, 2012

What is our Chief Engineer, Friend Weller, whipping up for the big game?

Our friends at the Hard News Cafe found out.

SUU Sustainability Coordinator in Police Custody

Feb 3, 2012

Cedar City police responded to a home on a domestic disturbance there. Outside on the steps they found 30-year-old Denise Tomer with a bloodied face and a handgun. 

Chris Holmes reports on what happened next.  

No one was arrested, but Tuesday morning officers raided three smoke shops in Provo, one in American Fork, and one in Lehi, looking for Spice. 

Officers were part of the Utah County Major Crimes task force. Kerry Bringhurst has the story. 

The State of Utah's Farms 2012

Feb 3, 2012

The Utah Farm Bureau has released its list of "Issues to Watch for in 2012." Ashley Tolman spoke with the president of the Utah Farm Bureau for details.