Utah Environment
5:59 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Protestors Picket Moab BLM Over Oil And Gas Field

Protestors gather in Moab BLM parking lot.
Jon Kovash Utah Public Radio

A controversial oil and gas field along the approach to Dead Horse Point and Island in the Sky is getting more controversial. On Wednesday, about 30 protestors assembled with signs at the Moab’s BLM parking lot.

“We don’t want their oil and gas revenue money. And the only way we’re going to stop them is to continue that pressure is to be as vocal as we possibly can to anyone who is willing to listen,” one protestor said.

“And to go forth to the city council and the BLM and say wait a minute, what the hell’s going on?” another protestor said.

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Access Utah
10:23 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Vegan Lifestyle on Thursday's Access Utah

Credit vegan-for-fit.de

Are you Vegan? Vegetarian? Meat-eater? We’d love to hear from you on Thursday’s AU. We’re going to examine the vegan diet and lifestyle. 

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The Zesty Garden
12:20 am
Thu March 20, 2014

The Zesty Garden - March 20

Dawn Redwood - Adaptable to Utah

Whether you're looking for a different tree to plant than all your neighbors have, or you need to know how to take care of your trees and shrubs, Ben Harris from Branch to Bud Tree Care will help you in your quest.  And Nancy Williams explores the combination of  gardening and meditation as she reads from Gardening at the Dragon's Gate.


3 eggs

1 Cup oil

1 1/2 Cups sugar

3 Cups grated zucchini

1 Tbsp vanilla

3 Cups sifted flour

1 Tsp salt

1 Tsp baking soda

1 Tbsp cinnamon

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Utah Science
6:36 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

New Dino Species One Of Youngest On Record

Researchers say Anzu wyliei was five feet tall and eleven feet long.
Credit Matthew C. LamannaHans-Dieter SuesEmma R. SchachnerTyler R. Lyson

A feathered, beaked dinosaur discovered in the Northern Plains states has ties to Utah.

Emma Schachner is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Utah, and is part of the team that discovered the dinosaur in the mid-2000s.

The dinosaur, called Anzu wyliei, was announced in a PLOS ONE journal article Wednesday.

Schachner said the dinosaur would have lived in a warm, humid environment along the flood plains of a river around 65 million years ago.

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Utah Food
5:18 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Pork Prices Climb As Swine Virus Kills Hogs Across The Nation

The PEDv virus is most harmful to young pigs.
Credit www.ars.usda.gov

As UPR listeners who enjoy bacon or ham may have already noticed, the price of pork has been rising steadily for the last four weeks. The cause of the increase is a swine virus called Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea or PEDv that experts suspect made its way over from Asia in 2013. 

Livestock Marketing Information Center Director Jim Rob says the disease began spreading rapidly in pork producing states, including Utah, late 2013.

The virus causes cold-like symptoms in adult pigs but can be deadly for piglets.

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Utah Environment
5:10 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Biologists Still Searching For Answers In Bald Eagle Deaths

After a string of bald eagle deaths in the fall, the Division of Wildlife resources says there are still unanswered questions.
Credit Photo by Lynn Chamberlain / DIVISION OF WILDLIFE RESOURCES

Wildlife biologists say there are still unanswered questions about the recent die-off of dozens of bald eagles in Utah. A total of 72 bird carcasses have been turned into the state’s Division of Wildlife Resources where scientists are performing necropsies on the birds’ livers and brain tissue. And despite some controversy, when the tests are complete, the eagle remains are incinerated. Leslie McFarlane is the wildlife disease program coordinator with the DWR.

“There’s all kinds of opinion about what we should or shouldn’t do. In this case we choose to take human safety as our primary concern,” she said.

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Access Utah
10:07 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Revisiting "Boleto" on Wednesday's Access Utah

Credit characterblog.com

On Wednesday’s AU we revisit a conversation from December: Alyson Hagy’s novel "Boleto," explores the themes of men and horses, the American West, and the dream of a ticket out. The protagonist Will Testerman is a young Wyoming horse trainer determined to make something of himself. 

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Utah News
6:12 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Extermination Of Invasive Species Planned For Virgin River

Officials are scheduled to meet this week to discuss the extermination of Virgin River invader, the red shiner.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services

Wildlife authorities in Arizona and Utah are considering a plan to kill off an invasive fish species to protect another fish in the Virgin River. Officials plan to meet Wednesday in Mesquite, NV to discuss a plan that would involve using the chemical Rotenone to kill off the intrusive red shiner.

Virgin River Representative Steve Meismer said the invasive species was released into the river in the 1970’s and has threatened the survival of the Virgin chub and the rare woundfin, a 4-inch minnow found in no other part of the world.

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Utah News
5:52 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Utah's Gender Pay Gap One Of Nation's Worst

USA Today reports that two cities in Utah, the Ogden-Clearfield and Provo-Orem areas, are on the top 10 list nationally for worst-paying cities for women.
Credit Utah State University

A national comparison shows that Utah is one of the worst places nationally for gender pay gaps.

This week USA Today reported a list of top ten worst-paying cities for women based on figures published by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey for 2012. The research is conclusive: gender gaps in pay are still present.

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Utah Health and Wellness
5:01 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Utahn Leads National Project To Provide Information On Mental Health And Substance Abuse

Illicit Drug Use in the Past Month among Persons Aged 12 or Older, by State: Percentages, Annual Averages Based on 2010 and 2011.
Credit SAMHSA / Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality

Nationally, 18 percent of adults have a mental illness and seven percent have a substance abuse disorder. Now, a national project attempts to find solutions.

Listen to the discussion.

At a time when state and local budgets are tight in both cities and rural areas, it can be difficult to find and provide information giving a realistic picture of mental illness and substance abuse solutions to leaders. Enter Don Albrecht.

“The concern of this project is that nationwide there are lots of concerns about substance abuse and growing mental health issues. And a lot of times the people in decision making roles within the communities, number one, they're not aware of the extent of the problems in their communities compared to other communities, number 2, a lot of times they don't really know how to address these issues. And there are great differences in the extent of this problem from one community to another. It varies greatly from one city to another city."

The CAPE project combines the efforts of the four rural development centers, giving the project national reach. Albrecht is the director of the Western Rural Development Center.

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