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State report: Utah liquor sales continue to climb

A new report from the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control shows the state's annual liquor sales increased for the seventh consecutive year. Read more »

Published Sept. 7, 2013


Wildfire coordination centers in NV, UT to merge

Wildfire coordination centers in Reno and Salt Lake City will merge and operate out of a new facility in Utah. Read more »

Published Sept. 7, 2013


Former Provo police chief fighting Ohio workers' comp fraud

A veteran police officer has been hired to lead anti-fraud efforts at the $28 billion state insurance fund for injured workers. Read more »

Published Sept. 2, 2013

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Though built in 1933, Wyoming cabin is still the 'oldest building in the world'

The Fossil Cabin near the dinosaur graveyard at Como Bluff is billed as the "Oldest Building in the World." Read more »

Published Sept. 2, 2013


Storms cause flash flooding in Las Vegas area

Officials say heavy rains caused flash flooding that stranded some residents and drivers, while damaging homes in the Las Vegas area. Read more »

Published Sept. 2, 2013


Man clinging to Utah quarry cliff near Salt Lake City safely rescued

Authorities say a 23-year-old man clung precariously to a rocky cliff 200-feet above ground for two hours before somebody finally heard his cries for help early Friday. Read more »

Published Aug. 30, 2013

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First fire, then floods in besieged Western Colorado forest

Drenching rain in the wildfire-blackened hills below Colorado's Pikes Peak sent a torrent of rock and mud into the tourist town of Manitou Springs this month, killing a 53-year-old man and smashing... Read more »

Published Aug. 26, 2013


Wine advocates give Utah lowest marks

Utah ranks dead-last on a list of wine-friendly states for its government controls and Byzantine liquor laws. Read more »

Published Aug. 24, 2013


Firefighters facing another tough day in Idaho; fires burn on in Utah

Fire crews on Saturday faced another challenging day battling a rapidly growing wildfire burning closer to two posh, central Idaho resort communities, while other fires raged on in the West. Read more »

Published Aug. 17, 2013


US Rep. Labrador, Mormon from Idaho, plans 2014 run for Congress

Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador said Wednesday he'll seek a third term in Congress in 2014, ending speculation he'd mount a challenge to GOP Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter in next May's primary election. Read more »

Published Aug. 14, 2013


Bail $320K for Utah mom in Vegas-area hit-run case

A judge set bail at $320,000 for an 18-year-old mother from Utah accused of trying to flee the scene hitting eight pedestrians outside a North Las Vegas church. Read more »

Published Aug. 12, 2013


Utah newlywed among 4 stabbed near Vegas Strip

A newlywed was back home in Salt Lake City on Monday and facing more medical tests, her mother said Monday, after being stabbed in the back in what authorities called a random attack on four people... Read more »

Published Aug. 12, 2013


16-year-old girl, alleged abductor stood out in Idaho wilderness

The horseback riders who encountered a missing California teen and her abductor said Sunday that "red flags" went up for them because the pair seemed out of place and ill-equipped for the Idaho... Read more »

Published Aug. 12, 2013


Safety fears spur regulations for Utah trampoline gyms

Stephen Merrill was finishing his freshman year of college two years ago when he and a group of friends went to an indoor trampoline park in Utah for a day of flipping, jumping and bouncing. Read more »

Published Aug. 12, 2013


Utah lets feds, groups promote insurance marketplace

Utah isn't spending money to promote the new health insurance marketplace for individuals. But as implementation of the federal health law approaches, community and advocacy groups are gearing up... Read more »

Published July 24, 2013


Pew survey: 3 out of 4 American Mormons live in West

New figures from the Pew Research Center show nearly three out of four U.S. Mormons live in the West. Read more »

Published July 24, 2013


Wildfire forces evacuation of Idaho campers

Idaho wildfire managers are bringing in more personnel and equipment to battle a fire south of Stanley that forced the evacuation of Redfish Lake campers and guests at the historic lodge. Read more »

Published July 23, 2013


BLM to remove 1,300 mustangs in West this summer

U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say they plan to remove only 1,300 wild horses and burros from the range across the West this summer because of budget constraints and overflowing holding... Read more »

Published July 21, 2013


Mia Love raises $475K in 3 months for Jim Matheson rematch in 2014

Saratoga Springs Republican Mayor Mia Love collected more than $475,000 in campaign contributions in the past three months to fuel her rematch against Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson. Read more »

Published July 15, 2013


Service honors 19 Hotshots killed in Arizona fire

Thousands of firefighters and law enforcement officers from New York to California filed into a northern Arizona arena Tuesday to mourn 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire and to support the... Read more »

Published July 9, 2013

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Man involved in '88 standoff at Utah polygamous compound set to be released

After 25 years, the man who triggered a 13-day standoff at a Utah polygamous compound that ended with the death of a corrections officer will be released from prison Tuesday. Read more »

Published July 7, 2013


Idaho parents sue for answers from Air Force about death of 19-year-old daughter

The grieving parents of a 19-year-old Idaho woman who died serving her country thousands of miles from home say the U.S. Air Force won't give them information about the circumstances of her death. Read more »

Published July 4, 2013

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States like Colorado and Utah pressed for limits on gray wolf protections

Wildlife officials from western states lobbied for strict limits on federal protections for gray wolves before the Obama administration proposed to take the animals off the endangered list across... Read more »

Published June 27, 2013

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4 men sue Boy Scouts, LDS church in Idaho

Four men are suing the Mormon church and Boy Scouts of America in federal court, saying they were sexually abused while attending scouting functions in Idaho. Read more »

Published June 24, 2013


Nik Wallenda once walked over Niagara Falls on a tightrope, tackles Grand Canyon Sunday (+videos)

Nik Wallenda, the Florida-based daredevil, acrobat and heir to the famed Flying Wallendas circus family, had no fear of walking across Niagara Falls on a tightrope, riding a bike on a high wire 260... Read more »

Published June 23, 2013