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The Alpine School District says the Lehi High School teacher who made controversial political statements to her students is no longer an employee. 

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  The U.S. Forest Service has released its draft management plan for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison, also known as 'G-MUG' national forests. The plan includes a significant increase in the amount of land that would be available for logging, and groups that advocate for public lands are raising concerns that it recommends only 34,000 acres of new wilderness across the forest.

Darcy Ritchie

The new Cache Valley Humanitarian Center, along with the two rotary clubs of Cache Valley, met on Thursday to put together school kits for children in need.  

A bystander at the petting zoo in West Valley City came to the rescue on Saturday after an alligator bit down on its trainer’s hand. 

After battling breast cancer and receiving a double mastectomy, Debra Grant received a diagnosis for heart failure that crushed her dreams of a full recovery.

Ground has been broken at the site of a future home for a fallen Utah soldier’s family. The Taylor family will be receiving a new home through the ‘Have a Heart Home’ effort.

Utah stands ready to welcome Afghan refugees, according to the state’s officials. 

Officials in Salt Lake and Summit counties have lifted all evacuation orders following a soaking rain storm that weakened the Parleys Canyon fire.

FEMA has provided the city of West Jordan more than $160,000 for repairs to a water storage tank. The funds are provided from the agency’s Public Assistance program as part of a major disaster declaration issued in 2020.

Aimee Van Tatenhove

Hummingbirds are tiny and vibrant visitors to bird feeders, but considering they’re so small, researchers must rely on special means to study them.


Last month, gymnast Simone Biles dropped out of the Olympic individual all-around competition to prioritize her mental health. Since then, the mental health of athletes has been widely discussed.

On Monday evening, Governor Spencer Cox tweeted a photo showing boxes containing over a million masks in a warehouse before they are shipped out to Utah schools. 

Summit County officials issued a declaration of local emergency Monday night due to the ongoing Parleys Canyon fire that continues to burn. The declaration allows the county to extend evacuation orders in Summit Park, Timberline and Upper Pinebrook. 

Summerfest Director Retires After 7 Years

Aug 17, 2021

Elaine Thatcher, the executive director for Logan’s annual Summerfest, has retired after almost seven years.

Cache Valley People: Meet The Smithfield Pie Lady, Amber Bingham

Aug 17, 2021

In the year 2000 on the outskirts of Versaille, France, Amber Bingham was purchasing a pains au chocolat pastry. It is a cube shaped croissant with one or two pieces of the finest French dark chocolate melted in the center. As she was enjoying her treat in the expat city of Le Chesnay, she envisioned herself learning how to bake one day like the French pastry chefs. She also enjoyed the way the French serve a piece of chocolate at the end of each meal.

Man Charged After ‘Violent Fight’ In Logan Faces Additional Felonies, Denied Bail

Aug 17, 2021

A man charged in the 1st District Court earlier this month after what Logan City Police officers described as a “violent fight” outside of a local business now faces an additional felonies.

USU Eastern

  The Utah State University Eastern welding fabrications team won the national title for collegiate teams in the StillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. This is the third consecutive win for USU Eastern, as they took first place in 2018, 2019, and now 2021. The contest was not held in 2020 due to COVID-19. 

Three people have died following a Sunday evening plane crash in east Davis County.

Firefighters continued fighting the Parley’s Canyon fire through Sunday. Recon mapping that reported at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday showed the fire to be 619 acres. The blaze is expected to be around 10 percent contained. 

West Nile Virus Detected In Cache Valley Mosquito Trap

Aug 16, 2021

West Nile virus has been detected in Cache Valley.

Evolving Malouf Gains Tax Credits For Major Nibley HQ Expansion

Aug 16, 2021

Cache Valley-based Malouf Companies could receive up to $56 million in Utah tax credits as part of an expansion plan that projects as many as 4,200 new jobs at Malouf’s headquarters in Nibley over the next 20 years.

Due to increased popularity at Zion National Park’s Angels Landing hiking trail, the park is proposing a day-use permit lottery system for hikers in 2022.  The permit would cover the chained section of the trail. Hikers would still be able to walk the West Rim Trail up to Scout Lookout without a permit.

Utah Officials Urged To Approve K-12 Mask Mandates

Aug 13, 2021
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  As the Delta variant drives a growing number COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in Utah, particularly among young adults and children, officials are being asked to reinstate a mask requirement for all K-12 schools.

Back in the spring of 2020, people across the country stress-bought baby chickens. Now that fair season is upon us, youth can show these chickens at their county fairs . 

Utah is the nation’s fastest growing state and, thanks to that, remained its youngest over the last decade even as the rest of the country got older, according to new data released by the Census Bureau on Thursday. 

Neuroscientists from the University of Utah have recently found that certain video games can improve the mental health of some older adults.

Man Arrested After Millville Shooting Suspected Of Murder

Aug 13, 2021

Details have emerged regarding a man suspected of murdering another in Millville.

Natasha Hadden

This weekend, August 14, at Dinosaur National Monument, people can watch monarch tagging. As monarch butterflies migrate through Utah, scientists are tagging the butterflies to better track their movements and estimate their populations.

Nearly 1-in-4 Utahns is a racial or ethnic minority according to the 2020 census data released on Thursday. The data reveals that about 74% of Utah’s population is Caucasian, compared to 80% from the 2010 data. Utah’s score on the diversity index rose from nearly 33% in 2010 to about 41% in a decade—an indication that the population is becoming less homogenous. 

The Salt Lake County Council voted 6-3 Thursday to overturn a school mask order issued earlier this week by the Department of Health Executive Director Doctor Angela Dunn.