Utah News
5:01 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

A New Marriage Equality Education Campaign

A statewide public education campaign called Utah Unites For Marriage was launched March 18 during a press conference.

U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah Brett Tolman, Mayor of Salt Lake Ralph Becker and a former TV news anchor Terry Wood have joined together to fight for gay marriage in response to the Kitchen v. Herbert court case.

Wood said the campaign has been formed to raise awareness about marriage equality through social media, press conferences and the internet.

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Access Utah
10:34 am
Tue March 18, 2014

"Wild Rides and Wildflowers: Philosophy and Botany with Bikes" on Tuesday's Access Utah

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Two Utah Valley University professors who describe themselves as similar to hosts Click and Clack from NPR’s "Car Talk," set out to repeatedly bike the Great Western Trail, observing and writing about its variations with every season. The accounts of their adventures, however, refuse to be limited to flora and fauna. 

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Utah Weather
6:02 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Winds Whip Utah's Ski Resorts

High speed winds closed multiple ski resorts on Monday.
Credit business.utah.gov

A handful of ski resorts across northern Utah were forced to close Monday due to unusually high winds. Gusts reached 118 mph at Snowbird’s Hidden Peak. The resort closed all of its lifts Monday afternoon, reopening only half of them later in the day.

Snowbasin halted operation for all of its lifts. The resort's Jason Dryer explained the conditions worsened with elevation.

“We were seeing anything down low at the bottom of 50 to 60 mph, but up at the top of Mt. Ogden we got a recording as high as 91 mph,” Dryer said. Such sustained winds are unusual, he said.

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Utah Politics
5:42 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

What The Caucus? Utah Election Process Begins This Week

This week, the November voting process begins with the caucus system. Tuesday and Thursday Democrats and Republicans will hold neighborhood caucus meetings at local schools, and other meeting places. Utah director of elections Mark Thomas says caucuses are just the beginning of the election cycle.

"Well, the caucus system is how political parties in Utah begin the process of selecting the candidates they ultimately nominate for the ballot,” he said.  

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Science Questions
10:59 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Utah's Geology and Biodynamic Farms on Science Questions

Today on the program, we talk to former oil industry geologist Marc Deshowitch about the geology of Utah's national parks and the ancient history of oil.  Deshowitch, who is based in St. George, now gives guided tours of Utah's parks and presentations on light pollution and the benefits of preserving our night skies.

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Access Utah
10:44 am
Mon March 17, 2014

The Return of the Undead on Monday's Access Utah

A couple of years ago we took a fascinating look at zombies with Kyle Bishop, author of “American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture.” Bishop says that zombie movies reflect our cultural anxieties.

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7:45 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Fresh Folk- March 15

Hi, this is Blair Larsen, host of Fresh Folk. On the show this week, I feature the distinctive voice of Will Kimbrough, and the debut release from the 20 year old Parker Millsap. I’ll also play tracks from new albums by David Crosby, the John Butler Trio, and Patty Griffin, among other talented artists. Join me this Saturday at 8pm for Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.

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Utah News
6:16 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Bear-Resistant Containers Required in Areas of Canyonlands

The National Park Service announced this week that visitors to areas of Canyonlands National Park will need to store food and other scented items in hard-sided bear resistant containers.
Credit www.nature.nps.gov

Beginning May 1, visitors to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park will need to bring some extra equipment. The National Park Service announced this week that bear-resistant food containers  approved by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee will now be required in the area.

Kevin Moore, Acting Chief Ranger for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks said finite resources in the area combined with the region’s popularity brings potential for trouble.

"We do not want a bear to become habituated to humans because then we could have a problem," said Moore. 

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Utah News
5:50 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Legislators Not Seeking Re-Election

Patricia Jones is not seeking re-election.
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As Utah’s legislative session ended late last night, some legislators -- including Pat Jones -- have announced they are not seeking re-election. 

“What the...you mean my 14 years are up?? My last legislative session came too fast, but not fast enough," Jones posted on her Facebook wall. "Thanks family and friends for the opportunity of a lifetime!!!”

This past session, she served as the Assistant Minority Whip in the Utah State Senate.

Jones has served in the Senate since 2007, and prior to that she served in the House of Representatives since 2001.

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Utah Crime and Courts
3:15 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Govorner Appoints New Second District Judge

Governor Gary Herbert appointed Joseph Bean to be a Second District Judge.
Credit garyherbert.com

Governor Gary Herbert has appointed Joseph M. Bean fill Judge Michael Lyon’s spot in the Second District Court. Lyons retired in September.

Herbert said choosing judges is the most important aspect of his job, and that he has appointed 37 since being governor.

"I go through an extensive review process and interview process where I have a face-to-face conversation," Herbert said. "I tell you, I pick the person that I think is best suited for the batch."

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