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Missing plane found in Idaho; 5 aboard dead

The wreckage of a small plane carrying five people, including a Silicon Valley executive, was found Friday after vanishing in the central Idaho mountains on Dec. 1, the Valley County sheriff's... Read more »

Published Jan. 10, 2014

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Online portal displaying Utah lawmaker emails launches

A new online portal that launched Wednesday allows Utah legislators to publicly share their emails. Read more »

Published Jan. 1, 2014


Idaho group pushes measure to hike minimum wage

As neighboring states lift minimum wages, a group aiming to hike the lowest legal pay in Idaho to $9.80 an hour by 2017 said Tuesday it has collected one-ninth of the signatures necessary to get... Read more »

Published Dec. 31, 2013


Mormon-centric Utah epicenter for food storage

Towering grain silos overlook the main highway in Salt Lake City at the Mormon church's Welfare Square. At grocery stores, there's a whole section with large plastic tubs with labels that read,... Read more »

Published Dec. 24, 2013


4 bald eagles die in Utah from similar symptoms

Four bald eagles have died from similar symptoms in northern Utah in the past two weeks, raising alarms among state wildlife officials who are working to determine what happened. Read more »

Published Dec. 15, 2013


Western governors unveil project, aim to balance economic development and environmental treasures

Governors in 16 states are unveiling a high-tech wildlife habitat mapping project they hope will encourage economic development across the West while protecting the region's environmental treasures... Read more »

Published Dec. 12, 2013

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Gov. Herbert, other Western governors gather in Vegas to talk land use, fires

Leaders from around the West convened a two-day meeting on Wednesday in Las Vegas to discuss land use, wildfires and environmental conservation. Read more »

Published Dec. 11, 2013


1 child dead in Idaho elementary school bus crash

Authorities say one child has died and four others were injured when a dump truck collided with a school bus carrying elementary school students in a small southwestern Idaho city. Read more »

Published Dec. 5, 2013


Challenge to Utah's same-sex marriage ban

A challenge to Utah's same-sex marriage ban by three gay couples is scheduled to be back in court Wednesday as a federal court judge hears arguments in a case being closely watched around the country. Read more »

Published Dec. 4, 2013


Cold snap felt across West, Midwest

Temperatures across the western half of the nation are plunging as much as 40 degrees below normal as an Arctic cold-air mass moves south. Read more »

Published Dec. 3, 2013


Federal health care website working better in Utah

When she first tried several weeks ago to sign up for health insurance on the federal government's online marketplace, Pam Sheridan was repeatedly kicked off by the glitch-plagued website. Read more »

Published Dec. 3, 2013


Teaching young skiers: Keep the focus on fun

A hard wind pelted exposed areas of our faces with tiny pellets of sleet and drove the 16-degree air through any chink in the ski gear covering my 4-year-old son Alex and me. He'd just fallen... Read more »

Published Dec. 3, 2013


Ski season off to strong, early start in Utah

Utah's ski industry is getting an early-season intravenous shot. Ski-pass sales and lodging reservations are up as resorts reap the benefit of an improving economy. Even the weather is cooperating,... Read more »

Published Nov. 25, 2013


Killer dinosaur found in Utah; preceded T. rex

Scientists have discovered a killer dinosaur that roamed in what is now Utah some 100 million years ago. Experts say the discovery provides insight into the top predators in North America before T.... Read more »

Published Nov. 22, 2013


Wild winter this year? Not likely, NOAA forecasts

The weather forecast for this winter is mostly a shrug of the shoulders. Read more »

Published Nov. 21, 2013


Nobody home: Utah town forgets to hold election

A tiny Utah town had to skip an election earlier this month because part-time officials forgot to advertise or prepare for it — and it wasn't their first election flub. Read more »

Published Nov. 20, 2013


Federal judge grants stay of execution to white supremacist serial killer; victims include 2 in Utah

A federal judge in Missouri has given a stay of execution to white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin just hours before his scheduled death. Read more »

Published Nov. 19, 2013


White supremacist killer set to die in Missouri; victims include 2 in Utah

Options for a white supremacist serial killer set to die in Missouri were running out as the state moved toward its first execution in nearly three years. Read more »

Published Nov. 19, 2013


Missouri gov. denies clemency for serial killer; victims include 2 in Utah

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday denied a clemency request for white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, calling his crime a "cowardly and calculated shooting." Read more »

Published Nov. 18, 2013


GOP infighting fierce even in Western strongholds like Utah and Idaho

Republicans have made the Mountain West a stronghold, which is why brewing party brawls in Wyoming, Idaho and Utah are bedeviling loyalists who yearn for GOP unity. Read more »

Published Nov. 17, 2013


Army scrapping 4 US chemical weapons incinerators, including one in Tooele

The Pentagon spent $10.2 billion over three decades burning tons of deadly nerve gas and other chemical weapons stored in four states — some of the agents so deadly even a few drops can kill. Read more »

Published Nov. 16, 2013


Idaho man convicted of vehicular manslaughter appeals lifetime driving ban

A man who was convicted of vehicular manslaughter after he ran over a child who had been sitting on his front bumper will get a chance to argue that a lifetime suspension of his driver's license is excessive. Read more »

Published Nov. 11, 2013


Feds to flood Grand Canyon to distribute sediment

An abundance of sand in the Colorado River is giving federal officials an opportunity to flood the waterway through the Grand Canyon. Read more »

Published Nov. 10, 2013


Man in custody after reports of Idaho highway shootings

A 28-year-old California man who police say shot at two other vehicles on Interstate 84 in southwest Idaho has been taken into custody in Wendell. Read more »

Published Nov. 1, 2013


Jewell: Congress must fight for more national park, public lands funding

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says Congress needs to do more than talk when it comes to national parks, forests and other public lands. Read more »

Published Oct. 31, 2013