For one Utah man what sounds like science fiction could soon be reality. Ken Sullivan of Farmington is one of about 1,000 finalists for the Mars-One expedition - part of an ambitious project to colonize the red planet by 2025. Matt Jensen reports:
Ken Sullivan is a helicopter pilot, licensed aircraft mechanic, Dixie State University graduate, a former EMT, and someone who has experience on the farm. The 38 year old said he’s wanted to travel to space since he was a kid.
A climate change lobbying group with chapters in the United States and Canada is hoping to expand into Northern Utah. Citizens Climate Lobby engages non-partisan lobbying for a federal tax on carbon-based fuels.
“We think this market-based, revenue neutral approach stands the best chance of appealing to both liberals and conservatives in making its way through Congress and into law,” said Ben Mates, a member of the CCL group in Salt Lake City.
Parents of students attending schools in Cache County can participate in a new communication system. The Alert Solutions Power Announcement system is a way for district administrators, teachers and staff to inform parents about events and happenings at their students' school.
Cache County School District personnel said the announcement system will alert parents of school closures, attendance records, general announcements and possible emergency situations.
Parents can also access information about grades and school forms by using a protected password.
Temperatures across much of the eastern U.S. are hitting record lows this week, but meteorologists say the arctic air won’t be reaching Utah.
Air flow at the poles creates year-round vortices, also known as an arctic cyclone. A weakening of the North American winter jet stream can lead to distortions in the shape of the polar air mass and allow for cold air to push southward, like what’s happening now.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Larry Dunn explained it’s not the vortex itself that’s reaching much of the eastern U.S.
The slew of recent same-sex marriages in Utah have come to a halt this week after the Supreme Court placed the decision to lift the state’s gay marriage ban on hold Monday.
The Supreme Court put Utah’s ability to grant same-sex marriage certificates on hold while the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit comes to a decision on the matter. The Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage cannot continue during the appeals process. The ruling was issued after Utah filed an emergency appeal of U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby’s Dec. 20 lift on Utah’s gay marriage ban.
Saturday is the day the Earth will be closest to the sun this year, but don’t expect a heat wave. NASA Ambassador Patrick Wiggins said the change is such a small percentage of the total distance to the sun that mere earthlings like us won’t notice any difference.
“At closest, like now, we’re about 147 million kilometers out. At the furthest, it’s about 152 million,” he said. What does make a difference to Earth’s temperatures and seasons, Wiggins said, is the 23.4 percent tilt of our planet on its axis.
“This time of year we here in the northern hemisphere are tilted away from the sun which means the sun is lower in the sky, it hits us at a much lower angle and it’s also in the sky for much less time than it is when we’re tilted toward the sun, so all of that works together to make it cold,” Wiggins said.
A new report shows there were 22 domestic violence related deaths in 2013, down from 30 the year before. Utah Domestic Violence Coalition Director Peg Coleman said the number is still too high, but does show that progress has been made.
“The good news is that the number of fatalities did go down and I think it is because more systems this past year really have started to work together more closely and understand the intersections of domestic violence with other issues,” Coleman said.
Domestic violence is often paired with factors such as substance abuse, mental health issues, and suicide. Coleman said one of the coalition’s objectives is to bring together domestic violence fighting non-profits with service providers in these areas.
The Arizona Department of Transportation is warning drivers of Interstate-15 between St. George and Mesquite to be aware of possible delays caused by reconstruction of I-15 bridges in the Virgin River Gorge.
On Jan. 6, 2014 ADOT will begin a $2.8 million project to upgrade three bridges that cross the Virgin River. Work is expected to be completed by summer.
An even more ambitious $27 million project is scheduled to launch later this spring, to be completed in 2015. Ultimately, ADOT will need to rehabilitate all eight of the I-15 Virgin River Bridges.