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Orphaned bear cubs are getting a better chance at life, thanks to the combined efforts of Utah State University, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) and the USDA National Wildlife Research Center Predator Research Facility.

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Recently, Angela Zhan, a Logan High School freshman, was named one of the top STEM students in the nation.

John Freeman Colt, 42, a "dangerous sex offender" who escaped from a Kansas mental hospital, may be in Utah. U.S. Marshals say they are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

Moab City Police Chief Bret Edge went out on Family Medical Leave on Monday, the city’s mayor’s office confirmed. Officials provided no information on how long he will be on leave or any other details.

What's Up With That? Shoulder Lines On Major Logan Streets Explained

Sep 28, 2021
The Herald Journal

Road markings known as “shoulder lines” have caused some confusion in Logan, particularly in two high-traffic sections of roadway.

Lewiston Elementary School Recognized As Nat'l Blue Ribbon School

Sep 28, 2021
The Herald Journal

Lewiston Elementary School was recently recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2021. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in achievement gaps in student subgroups.

Man Accused Of Stealing ‘Sizable Quantity’ Of Hemp Pleads Guilty

Sep 28, 2021

A man charged in 1st District Court for his role in the theft of “hemp product” from a storage unit pleaded guilty on Monday.

On Sunday, the Navajo Nation reported 36 more cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths.

According to Utah Fraternal Order of Police Executive Director Ian Adams, the Salt Lake City Police Department is understaffed. He says the community “deserves better leadership from the mayor and police chief.” Adams says if Salt Lake police had responded sooner to a noise complaint call from the party where University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe was shot, Lowe could possibly still be alive today.

The Herald Journal

As of July, Logan city has the lowest unemployment rate by metro area in the nation, recorded by The United State Bureau of Labor Statistics. Low unemployment rates can cause issues for the economy and business growth — especially for Cache Valley.

Mountain Crest's 'Test-To-Stay' Detects 42 More COVID-19 Cases Among Students

Sep 27, 2021

Mountain Crest High School’s “test-to-stay” event turned up more than 40 additional COVID-19 cases, according to school and health officials.

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.