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Video selfies by a tough trio of Utah natives on Animal Planet

No one needs to be reminded of our selfie epidemic, and certainly not when traveling. (Hey, you people mugging for your GoPros — anybody notice the Grand Canyon out there?) Read more »

Published April 9, 2015


Utah guardsman meets President Obama in surprise clean energy roundtable

Last week, 26-year-old Lance Futch donned a white polo and drove to Hill Air Force Base for what he believed was a chance to be in the audience during a press conference with a "senior White House... Read more »

Published April 8, 2015


With shuttered dealership, Tesla looking for options in Utah

Tesla Motors has built a new showroom in Salt Lake City to sell its sleek electric cars, but no one can buy, drive or discuss prices there after Utah officials ruled it violates state laws about... Read more »

Published April 7, 2015


Devastated by winter fire, Wyoming town looks to rebuild

A western Wyoming town knocked back on its heels by a fire last winter is dusting itself off for tourist season and could begin rebuilding this summer. Read more »

Published April 6, 2015


Rocky Mountain snow offers scant encouragement to California

Drought-weary Californians can't expect much encouragement from mountains elsewhere in the West: Snow that fills the Colorado River is lagging, too, officials said Friday. Read more »

Published April 3, 2015


Utah is 49th state for Obama. South Dakota still waits

Utah, check. One more state to go for President Barack Obama: South Dakota. Read more »

Published April 3, 2015


Idaho wolf numbers increase 13 percent after drop in hunting

The Idaho Fish and Game Department says the number of wolves in the state has reached its highest level since 2010, following a corresponding decline in wolves killed by hunters and trappers. Read more »

Published April 3, 2015


Obama delays departure due to Iran talks, but trip to Kentucky, Utah will go ahead

President Barack Obama is scheduled to make his first visit to Utah as president when he arrives in the state late Thursday afternoon. Read more »

Published April 2, 2015


Police: Man damages headstones in Payson so dead can be resurrected

A Utah man was arrested this week after police say he acknowledged damaging more than 30 cemetery headstones because he wanted to help the deceased be brought back to life. Read more »

Published March 31, 2015


Cliven Bundy, supporters rally before Nevada lawmakers

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who garnered national attention a year ago when he and armed supporters engaged in a showdown with federal authorities, came to Carson City Tuesday with scores of... Read more »

Published March 31, 2015


From the Statue of Liberty to Utah's 'Mighty 5,' NPS calls on Americans to 'Find Your Park'

After nearly 100 years, the National Park Service holds some of the country's most beautiful and historic places, but it suffers from an $11 billion backlog of unfunded maintenance and a visitor... Read more »

Published March 30, 2015


Federal funding in short supply for rural water projects

A pipeline project intended to bring billions of gallons of water a year to a drought-stricken section of eastern New Mexico represents a lifeline to parched communities that are quickly running... Read more »

Published March 30, 2015

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Colorado drilling plan has safeguards for Dinosaur Monument

A federal government plan for drilling in energy-rich northwestern Colorado released Friday includes stepped-up protections for public land near Dinosaur National Monument. Read more »

Published March 27, 2015


Critics worry firing squad law will tarnish Utah's image

Utah lawmakers say they took a pragmatic approach in approving the firing squad as a form of execution if lethal-injection drugs aren't available. Read more »

Published March 25, 2015


Federal government under fire for mass killings of starlings in Nevada

Land owners surprised to discover tens of thousands of dead birds across the high desert are criticizing the federal government over a mass killing of starlings in northern Nevada. Read more »

Published March 23, 2015


Gold mine plan in central Idaho wilderness draws objections

A coalition of conservation groups and the Nez Perce Tribe are challenging the U.S. Forest Service's approval of a gold mining company's plan to reopen a 4-mile road in a central Idaho wilderness... Read more »

Published March 22, 2015

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Utah Attorney General asks for takeover of polygamous towns' water utility

The Utah Attorney General filed a lawsuit this week asking a judge to take over a water company serving polygamous towns along the Utah-Arizona border and alleging water managers loyal to... Read more »

Published March 21, 2015

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Bills that would restrict access to body camera footage

Lawmakers in nearly a third of the states have introduced bills to restrict public access to recordings from police officer-worn body cameras. Some of the proposals: Read more »

Published March 19, 2015


Jordan High students use cookies to combat gender inequality, pay gaps

A group of teenagers in a Salt Lake City suburb is trying to combat gender inequality one cookie at a time. Read more »

Published March 18, 2015


Richfield man charged in fatal New Zealand car crash

A Richfield man has been charged in connection with a fatal car crash in New Zealand that resulted in the death of his wife and two friends, but he will be allowed to return home after paying a fine. Read more »

Published March 18, 2015


Actor Emile Hirsch appears in Utah court on assault charge

Actor Emile Hirsch made his first court appearance Monday on allegations that he put a studio executive in a chokehold and dragged her across a nightclub table while in Utah for the Sundance Film... Read more »

Published March 16, 2015


16 ski resorts worth hundreds of millions, including Utah's Brighton, could be sold

A real estate investment trust that's considering getting out of the snow business could sell more than dozen ski resorts from Maine to California that are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Read more »

Published March 14, 2015

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Most Idaho irrigation areas predicted to have enough water

Much of Idaho has a lower-than-normal snowpack due to sparse precipitation so far this winter combined with above average temperatures in the last month. Read more »

Published March 14, 2015


Victim's widow supports efforts to bring back firing squads

The widow of a bailiff who was injured during a courthouse shooting three decades ago that led to the assailant being executed by gunfire says she supports Utah's efforts to bring back the firing... Read more »

Published March 13, 2015

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Obama speaks at National League of Cities gathering, calls for effort to boost high-tech training, hiring

President Barack Obama is calling for a home-grown, high-technology workforce to will help boost higher-wage employment at a time of stagnant incomes. Read more »

Published March 9, 2015