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Low Thanksgiving Travel Expected Due to COVID-19 Risks

Nov 24, 2020
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The number of travelers over the Thanksgiving holiday is expected to be the lowest since the Great Recession.

How Artificial Intelligence Will Impact The Future Of Tech Jobs

Nov 24, 2020

Artificial intelligence may seem like something out of a science fiction movie, but it’s used in everything from ride-sharing apps to personalized online shopping suggestions.

In less than 24-hours, many Utahns have come together virtually to raise tens of thousands of dollars for people in the state who are in need.

Two sisters, ages 77 and 95, watched as people — including plenty of grandkids — drove by Cache Valley Assisted Living on Monday morning to celebrate their newly earned high school diplomas.

In light of the coming holiday and rising case counts, local physicians are urging the public to adhere to the same five guidelines of mitigating COVID-19 spread as they have throughout the pandemic.

Dixie State Lacks Testing Capacity To Enforce State Order

Nov 24, 2020

A university in southern Utah has said testing will be encouraged but not mandatory despite state health orders mandating college students get tested weekly for the coronavirus.

Utah Relaxes Gathering Restrictions Ahead Of Thanksgiving

Nov 24, 2020

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert will relax restrictions on social gatherings ahead of Thanksgiving weekend.

A woman dressed in blue PPE wearing a mask and a face shield takes a COVID-19 test from a person in a vehicle at a drive up testing site.

I’m Kerry Bringhurst welcoming Utah State University President Noelle Cockett for our conversation about what is happening with students regarding COVID-19.

Not only is mask-wearing shown to help slow the spread of COVID-19, but a report released by the University of Utah’s Eccles School of Business on Monday shows how mask mandates can positively impact the economy.

Conservation Groups Cry Foul Over Forest-Service Rule Change

Nov 23, 2020
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The U.S. Forest Service has issued a controversial rule green-lighting activities such as logging and road-building in national forests in Utah and elsewhere without a public comment period. The move is part of a flurry of regulatory rollbacks by the Trump administration that will diminish protections for migratory birds, and expand drilling and mining.

Estimated active cases of COVID-19 were still going up in the Bear River Health District as Gov. Gary Herbert's restriction on social gatherings is set to expire.

Logan Baby-Needs Retailer Stork Landing To Close After 18 Years

Nov 23, 2020

Though Jenilyn Needham has four children, she often calls Stork Landing, the business she owns, “my first baby.”

Police: Teen Accidentally Shot To Death Near Salt Lake City

Nov 23, 2020

An 18-year-old has been arrested in suburban Salt Lake City for allegedly shooting a fellow teen to death while pretending to arrest him.

Cog Rail Line, Gondola Considered To Ease Canyon Congestion

Nov 23, 2020

Because of public feedback, two additional alternatives will now be studied as possible solutions to traffic congestion in Little Cottonwood Canyon: a new cog rail line plus a longer version of a proposed gondola that would begin in the valley below the mouth of the canyon.

Utah Lawmakers Weigh Tightening Rules For Officer Hiring

Nov 23, 2020

A legislative committee this week approved a bill designed to prevent police officers under disciplinary investigation from jumping to another agency without a paper trail.


With Thanksgiving a week away, Governor Herbert provided updated guidelines for holiday gatherings this week

Ground Broken For New USU Building In Moab

Nov 20, 2020

Construction for a new Utah State University building in Moab broke ground on Thursday.

The Bear River Health Department reported 259 new cases Thursday, bringing the 7-day rolling average up to about 191 new cases a day.

Heading Home For The Holiday? Get A Virus Test, Colleges Say

Nov 20, 2020

As college students prepare to go home for the holidays, some schools are quickly ramping up COVID-19 testing to try to keep infections from spreading further as the coronavirus surges across the U.S.

Utah Governor To Lift Requirement Limiting Social Gatherings

Nov 20, 2020

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said a new order coming next week will lift the requirement to limit social gatherings to people in an immediate household.

Harm reduction principles and practices aim to improve safety for people who engage in potentially risky behavior. For sex workers, a key factor in harm reduction is decriminalizing sex work.


La semana pasada, el gobernador Gary Herbert anunció que, como parte de los planes más recientes del estado para mitigar la propagación del COVID-19 y reducir la capacidad hospitalaria, todos los estudiantes universitarios del estado que asistan a clases presenciales deberán someterse a una prueba de COVID-19 cada semana.

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As part of the latest executive order to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic in Utah, most highschool sports were put on hold for two weeks.

Utah Trout Projects Funded By Coronavirus Fishing

Nov 19, 2020
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With COVID-19 pushing people to spend more time outdoors, a statewide fishing challenge saw record enrollment this year, and funds from this challenge are being used to help keep Utah trout healthy.


The COVID-19 vaccination may be available to healthcare workers as early as December.

On Tuesday, Cache County Sheriff and Utah Sheriffs Association President Chad Jensen spoke in support of a bill that would hold a person arrested on suspicion of rioting in jail until they appeared before a magistrate.

The rate of new COVID-19 infections dipped slightly in the Bear River Health District on Wednesday.

Utah Bill May Exonerate Some Who Injure Protesters

Nov 19, 2020

A Utah state representative has proposed a bill that may exonerate drivers who accidentally kill or injure protesters while fleeing in fear for his or her life.

Investigation Accuses Former Utah Agency Head Of Wrongdoing

Nov 19, 2020

A Utah investigation into the state Department of Agriculture and Food under former Commissioner Kerry Gibson has identified issues with the agency’s former practices.

Utah Could Receive Virus Vaccine As Early As Mid-December

Nov 19, 2020

Health officials say Utah could receive its first round of a coronavirus vaccine as early as mid-December.