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According to FOX 13, for the first time in Utah’s history, Utah state employees are required to work from home Thursday due to poor air quality across the state. 

Memorial Day weekend is typically one of the busiest weekends of the year for Utah’s national parks. This year, the parks are remaining full days past the weekend, which hasn’t been a typical trend in the past.

Courts Hopeful For A Move To 'Yellow' Phase

Jun 3, 2021

In-person hearings and jury trials may resume soon as the Cache County courts are expected to move back to a “yellow” phase after around nine months in “red.”

Logan Mayor Running For Re-election Against One Opponent

Jun 3, 2021

Mayor Holly Daines is running for re-election against one opponent, Dee Jones.

Man Facing Allegations Of Child Sexual Abuse Denied Bail

Jun 3, 2021

A man facing charges for allegedly sexually assaulting children in the 1990s was denied bail on Wednesday.

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Utah’s unemployment rate is at 2.8%, the same as before the pandemic started. Despite the low rate, employers are struggling to fill vacant positions, especially in areas like restaurants and retail.  Mark Knold,  chief economist for the Utah Department of Workforce Services, said the Bureau of Labor Statistics surveyed over 60,000 households each month and found four probable causes for the labor shortage. “The first one is fearful workers,” Knold said. “Nearly 4 million people in this survey say that they are not looking for work because of the pandemic.


La fe católica fue la segunda religión en establecerse en Utah en el año 1863 después del arribo de los pioneros mormones al estado, pero no fue hasta diez años más tarde, en 1873, que el catolicismo se afianzó en Utah con la llegada del sacerdote Lawrence Scanlan, a quien le fue encomendado los 800 católicos que moraban en Utah. Desde entonces, la iglesia católica se ha convertido en la tercera religión cristiana más grande en el estado después de la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días y el protestantismo.


Ten years after the arrival of Mormon pioneers in 1863, Catholicism became the second established religion in Utah. Priest Lawrence Scanlan was entrusted with the 800 Utah Catholics upon his arrival. Since then, the Catholic church has become the third largest Christian religion in the state after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Protestantism. In the city of Logan, the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church welcomes up to 600 parishioners each mass - the majority of whom are Hispanics.

In honor of World Bicycle Day on Thursday, Lawnstarter released a report about the best cities to bike in across the United States, and Salt Lake City has been named as the eighth best city to bike in America.

Governor Spencer Cox issued a proclamation Tuesday, officially declaring June as LGBTQ+ Pride month. He is the first Utah governor to do so, according to FOX 13

Road to Tony Grove Lake closed through June

Jun 2, 2021

There is no destination in Logan Canyon more popular than Tony Grove, but people who count on the placid mountain lake for their summer getaways are going to have to wait until July this year to gain access.

Utah’s statewide drought — which has several executive orders issued by Gov. Spencer Cox working to combat it — is now becoming visible on the shorelines of the state’s reservoirs. 

Utah residents and state officials gathered at the state capitol Monday for a special Memorial Day event to honor Utahns who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Group Rallies To Counter Messages Aimed At UT Transgender Students

Jun 1, 2021
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As the issues surrounding transgender and LGBTQ students become increasingly politicized in Utah, one group is providing support for those who identify differently from their peers.

Local Financial Planning Company Files Federal Civil Suit Against Former Employees

Jun 1, 2021

Adams Wealth Management is pursuing a federal civil suit against former employees accused of computer fraud, “hacking,” and “plotting the demise” of the company and its managing director Steven Craig Adams.

Woman Stabbed In Eye During Nibley Dispute

Jun 1, 2021

The Cache County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a stabbing incident in Nibley after the victim notified law enforcement early Monday morning.

The Cache Valley Center for the Arts will be hosting a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the historic Ellen Eccles Theatre in Logan, 43 S. Main St.

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Governor Spencer Cox pleaded with Utahns to get vaccinated as soon as they can at his weekly COVID-19 briefing. 

As Utah continues to be one of the fastest-growing states in the nation, residential neighborhoods are being built throughout the state on what used to be farmland.

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A scientist at Utah State University is studying a new biochemical tool that is capable of editing the human genome and may be able to reverse aging. UPR’s Casey Taylor spoke with Dr. Ryan Jackson to learn more about his research.

Chad and Lori Daybell appeared in court on Wednesday in southeastern Idaho to answer charges related to the murder of Lori’s children, Joshua Vallow and Tylee Ryan, according to reports from the Deseret News. 

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Over the past year Farmers Feeding Utah has raised around 2.5 million dollars to buy food to donate to the community. The project was started by the Utah Farm Bureau at the beginning of the pandemic to support both farmers in the state and Utahns in need of food. UPR's Kailey Foster took some time to speak with Ron Gibson, the president of the bureau, to discuss the projects first year.

Estudiantes latinos representan el 5.9% de la demografía total estudiantil en la Universidad Estatal de Utah, convirtiéndolo en el grupo minoritario de estudiantes más grande en el campus universitario, y —de igual manera— el grupo estudiantil más propenso a no ingresar a una universidad después de graduarse de la secundaria, y el grupo más vulnerable a no culminar su licenciatura una vez ingresados. Una organización, con sede en Cache County, ofrece ayuda para mejorar estas estadísticas por medio de becas otorgadas a estudiantes latinos.

At 5.9% of the Utah State University body, Latinos are the largest minority group on campus. They are also the student group most likely not to attend a university after high school. If they do attend college, they are the group most likely to not complete a bachelor's degree. One community organization working to improve those numbers by supporting Latino students in Cache Valley.

Thanks to a resolution passed by the Utah PTA earlier this month, migraine and headache disease education will become standard across the state. The resolution included four points. 

First lady Abby Cox was joined by Utah’s Hogle Zoo, the Salt Lake Chamber and representatives from foster organizations to announce the launch of Utah’s “foster friendly” business app at a press conference on Tuesday, according to a press release from Cox’s office. 

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After 11 days of crisis, Israel and Hamas agreed to cease hostilities on Thursday, halting a flare-up of the 53-year-long conflict between Israel and Palestine. UPR’s Manuel Giron spoke with Motasem Abualqumboz, a former Utah State University graduate student born and raised in Palestine, to learn more about his experience.

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Sixth graders at Edith Bowen Laboratory School in Logan conducted an outdoor rally on the playground on Thursday. The topic of discussion: what should be done with the land of Bears Ears national monument.

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Ford’s full-size SUV sales are a third of what they were in the late 90s. For GM, they’re half that. Another brand’s big off-roader is facing the same decline but may be reinventing itself.

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As Utahns begin planning summer vacations, the USDA Forest Service is encouraging people to be safe and prepared in public lands.