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Utah News
6:20 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Snowpack Numbers Re-Spark Debate Over Pipeline

The Virgin River Basin is estimated to be at just 45 percent of normal snowpack for the year.
Credit ut.water.usgs.gov

Continued drought in southern Utah has once again sparked a debate over the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline.

Current numbers show the statewide snowpack to be 105 percent of normal in the northern portion of the state and 80 percent in the south, with the Virgin River Basin totaling just 45 percent of normal.

The proposed pipeline would carry water from Lake Powell to the more populated southwestern corner of the state via a 140 mile pipeline. The cost of the pipeline is estimated at over $1 billion. It would essentially double the water available to the region.

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Utah Money
6:31 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Crowdsourcing: The Future Of Small Businesses?

Preston Parker stands on the future deck of Morty's Cafe.
Credit Elaine Taylor

Crowdfunding for music and artistic projects has become common practice in recent years, but using an online crowdsourcing platform to fund small businesses has only recently started to gain traction.

Utah State University Professor and Director of the Clark Center for Entrepreneurship Mike Glauser said using crowdsourcing platforms like Kickstarter lets business owners bypass traditional industry mechanisms.

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Utah News
3:42 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Vehicle Collision Leaves Cache Valley Man in Critical Condition

A three-vehicle collision in Millville on Thursday evening sent one person to the hospital and prompted an investigation into whether one of the drivers was under the influence of alcohol.

Cache County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Peterson issued a news statement Friday, saying the driver of a pickup truck traveling eastbound on 200 South in Millville was driving erratically when he crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a passenger vehicle near 140 W. 200 South around 7:30 p.m.

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Utah News
5:15 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

2009 Explosion Caused By Uninspected Pipe

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board released a report, Thursday indicated a 2009 explosion at the Silver Eagle Refinery was the result of a corroded pipe.
Credit csb.gov

On Thursday, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board released findings concerning a massive explosion that occurred at Silver Eagle Refinery in Woods Cross on Nov. 4, 2009.

The new report reveals that a ten-inch reactor pipe at the paraffin wax facility tore and ignited after it began spouting hydrogen, launching a fireball toward a nearby neighborhood.

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Utah Environment
4:32 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Utah County Helps Residents With Spring Cleaning

Residents of Utah County will be able to dispose of hazardous waste at a special event this weekend.
Credit Logan City

If you’re planning on doing a bit of spring cleaning this weekend, make sure you know which products are safe to throw away and which need proper hazardous waste disposal.

Utah County is trying to make the sorting process easier by offering a special collection of hazardous items this Saturday. Utah County Health Department spokesman Lance Madigan said items including old gasoline, paint, light bulbs, and electronics will be collected at the event.

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Utah News
5:48 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Season Of The Snowbird: Senior Citizens Migrating North

Many senior citizens travel northward from Southern Utah during the summer months, taking advantage of cooler weather and educational opportunities.
Credit Utah State University

Warm weather and blue skies across the state this week mark the time of year when a mass migration gets underway—that of the snowbird. These senior citizens live part time in the warm southern parts of the U.S. and spend summers in the North.

Many Utahns travel between the St. George region and the Wasatch Front each year. Assistant St. George City Manager Marc Mortensen said citizens arrive in October and leave around Easter Weekend.

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Utah News
5:40 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Governor's Mexico Trip To Strengthen Utah’s International Presence

Governor Gary Herbert is in Mexico until April 10 on a mission to strengthen Utah’s international economic presence.
Credit utah.gov

Governor Herbert embarked on a four-day trip to Mexico, Monday with the goal to increase Utah's exports and strengthen relationships with potential economic partners.

Spokesman for Governor Herbert’s Office, Marty Carpenter said this trip is going the “final three feet” in making Utah a strong economic competitor.

“It’s that final three feet—shaking a hand, making a personal acquaintance—that sometimes makes a big difference in doing business with an international partner,” said Carpenter. 

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Utah News
7:07 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Utah New Home For Group Teaching Families How To Support LGBT Youth

The Family Acceptance Project seeks to provide families with research-tested information about how to relationally support LGBT youth.
Credit Family Acceptance Project

Research shows that family support plays a key role in the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender individuals, particularly youth who “come out.” Dr. Caitlin Ryan, a clinical social worker on LGBT health and mental health issues for over 40 years and founder of the Family Acceptance Project, and Marian Edmonds Allen, the new National Program Director for the Family Acceptance Project talk about the importance of supportive family environments in the health of LGBT youth.

UPR story about the Family Acceptance Project.

Extended-length interview with Dr. Caitlin Ryan about her research and the Family Acceptance Project.

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Utah Environment
6:11 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Wolf Management Techniques Working, Report Says

Wolf populations remained steady during 2013.
Credit fws.org

Wolf populations in the Northern Rocky Mountains remain stable, that’s according to a new report out Friday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with state agencies compiled the yearly report that looks at the status of wolf population since the species’ delisting from the endangered species list three years ago.

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Utah News
5:47 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Iron County Officials Claim BLM Response Unacceptable

The Bureau of Land management responded to a letter from Iron County this week which requested the removal of a surplus population of feral horses in the area.
Credit Bureau of Land Management

A long-standing controversy over the management of wild horses in Utah came to a head this week when Iron County issued a letter to the Bureau of Land Management demanding the immediate removal of feral horses from county lands.

Iron County Commissioner Dave Miller says there have been ongoing requests for action, but county officials decided to take matters into their own hands when they heard of a case where the BLM was using $2 million to confiscate privately owned cattle in Clark County, NV.

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