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Utah Environment
6:27 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Research On Bird’s Use Of Great Salt Lake Leads To Migration Discovery

The Marbled Godwit uses the Great Salt Lake as a staging ground for migration to their northern breeding grounds and to the south for wintering.
Credit, Brian Currie

Though the Great Salt Lake is a known stopping point for many migratory birds, new research shows just how important it is for a long-beaked shorebird called the Marbled Godwit.

Three populations of the Marbled Godwit live in North America. The primary population lives in the middle of the continent. They call Saskatchewan, the Dakotas and Montana home. Two smaller populations are based out of Alaska and the eastern coast of Canada.

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Utah News
6:24 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Lawsuit Filed to Gain Rights For Same-Sex Couples During Stay

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah filed a preliminary injunction last week which would force the state, the attorney general and the governor to recognize the same-sex marriages that took place in Utah until the pending supreme court case has been decided. 

Since the stay on gay marriage was set in place, same-sex couples who were married in Utah do not have access marital rights that other heterosexual married couple’s receive.

John Mejia, the legal director for the ACLU, said the state currently recognizes gay marriages, but only for tax purposes.


Click to hear the full interview with Mejia from the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah.

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Utah News
4:40 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Spring Break Hits Utah; Students Head To Vegas, National Parks

Students here at Utah State and across Utah are on Spring Break this week. Some will stay home to catch up on studying. Others will travel to popular destinations including national parks and, you guessed it, Las Vegas.

“March is the busiest month of the entire year for Las Vegas,” said Courtney Fitzgerald, a spokeswoman for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

“In 2013 we saw more than 3.5 million people in the month of March alone.”

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Access Utah
4:07 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Former Biker Helps Veterans Overcome Disabilities: Access Utah Monday

Medvetz looks back on his show "Going Wild."
Credit National Geographic

Tim Medvetz is a former member of the Hells Angels and host of the National Geographic Wild series “Going Wild.” After a horrible motorcycle accident and still not fully recovered from his extensive injuries (he was not expected to walk again) he decided to fly to Nepal, live with Sherpas, and summit Mt. Everest. He eventually created The Heroes Project, with the mission of taking veterans who suffered catastrophic injuries on climbs to the world’s seven tallest summits. Medvetz’ goal for these climbs is to mirror the mental, physical and emotional challenges it takes to overcome losing limbs in battle.

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Science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel's reports on physics, space, and all things nuclear can be heard across NPR News programs and on

Brumfiel has carried his microphone into ghost villages created by the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan. He's tracked the journey of highly enriched uranium as it was shipped out of Poland. For a story on how animals drink, he crouched for over an hour and tried to convince his neighbor's cat to lap a bowl of milk. He became a full-time correspondent in March of 2013.

Membership Drive
2:15 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Volunteer for Utah Public Radio Membership Drive

Utah Public Radio is looking for volunteers during our semi-annual membership drive! To volunteer, sign up in the appropriate time slot here. The drive runs from March 20-28, 2014.

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Utah Legislature
5:52 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Bill Passes Allowing Third Party Access To Opiate Antidote

A bill allowing doctors to prescribe an opiate antidote to third party individuals so that they can help in the case of an overdose passed in Utah's legislature this week.
Credit Center for Disease Control and Prevention

A bill that would allow for the dispensing and administration of an opiate antidote has been given final approval and now goes to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.

Bill sponsor Sen. Brian Shiozawa said he hopes the bill will save a significant number of lives.

"There are so many narcotic slash opiate related deaths in this state—over 500 last year," said Shiozawa. "Most of these occur at home, most of them are accidental and as a result that’s the reason people need this very lifesaving antidote at their disposal."

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Access Utah
10:01 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Fire History of Utah's Great Basin on Friday's Access Utah


Today on the program we explore the connection between fire, prehistory, and biodiversity with researchers in Nevada who reviewed anecdotal and anthropological data on the historical uses of fire in the Great Basin. Their literature review revealed how lessons learned from the uses of fire hundreds and thousands of years ago can improve modern land management practices. 

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The Zesty Garden
11:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Zesty Garden - March 6


Dan Drost, USU Extension Vegetable Specialist, has five gardening aphorisms. The first one, about planting depth, is heard in today's Zesty Garden. You'll also hear about Henry David Thoreau in Petals and Prose with Nancy Williams.

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