Eight hawks have been found killed in Cache Valley over the course of the last two weeks.
The raptors were shot with small-caliber firearms near 400 West in Smithfield and officials believe it is the same individual or individuals behind the killings.
Chris Schulze, conservation officer with the Division of Wildlife Resources, and conservation sites director at Hawkwatch International Dr. Steve Slater discuss the situation and the issues surrounding Hawk killings in Utah.
Verizon Wirelesses’ philanthropy project HopeLine recently donated a $6,000 grant to the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, a 25-year-old nonprofit organization that provides assistance for domestic abuse survivors.
Despite controversial policies during his tenure as mayor and criminal charges leading to his resignation, former mayor of Virgin, Utah Jay Lee is back in public office, and the town is split over the decision.
As mayor, Lee made headlines passing an ordinance requiring every homeowner in Virgin to possess a firearm, adopting a resolution against the United Nations in the community and charging residents $25 to speak at town council meetings. His divisive term ended abruptly in 2003 as he resigned after being accused of approving $18,600 in unearned pay to the former town clerk, Stacey Higbee.
With winter fast approaching, children around the state are making their holiday wish lists. Still, many families are continuing to struggle with the implications of the Great Recession and high poverty levels, making the holidays an especially stressful time of year.
One Cache County organization is looking to ease some of that stress by donating refurbished bicycles. Utah State University’s Aggie Blue Bikes will continue its tradition of donating fixed up bicycles to Sub for Santa.
The group has donated nearly 90 bikes over the past eight years and expects to help even more families than average this holiday season.
Correction: In some instances in the below story, the EPA was credited by the author to be the agency overseeing the Endangered Species designation of the Greater-Sage Grouse. This has been changed, and corrected.
A lobbyist for Utah energy interests has recommended that the state defend itself from the Greater Sage-Grouse.
The Greater Sage-Grouse, a bird species native to Utah and much of the West, has often been characterized by conservationists as a species in danger. A century ago, millions of these ornate birds roamed America’s sagebrush. Today, it’s estimated that there are only a few hundred thousand left.
The Sage-Grouse’s dwindling numbers have provoked the question of species protection in recent years. To date, the bird is not an endangered species, but that could change in 2015, when the federal government plans to reassess the well-being of the species.
But according to Utah energy lobbyist Jeff Hartley, the state should be prepared to fight a legal battle with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the Greater Sage-Grouse. What’s Hartley’s suggestion to the Utah legislature? Speaking to the Executive Appropriations Committee last week, he told members to brace themselves for the coming battle with the federal government.
America’s last active uranium mill, near Blanding in San Juan County, announced plans to shut down for at least a year, beginning August 2014. It’s going to have a devastating effect on a would-be revival of uranium mining in the Four Corners.
The White Mesa Mill directly employs about 200 people in Blanding. Many more people, including suppliers and miners all across the region, depend on the mill.
Since Typhoon Yolanda swept through the Philippines on Nov. 8, charities have been surfacing asking for donations to assist with typhoon relief. While these donations may seem trustworthy, many of the charities are scams. Bill Brunson, a spokesman for the International Revenue Service, said the IRS has advice for people who want to donate to a reputable charity.
The Utah State Board of Regents selected Snow College's President Scott Wyatt to move to Southern Utah University as president on Friday.
At Wyatt's first press conference, reporters questioned Wyatt about his number one priority, on the first day of his new assignment. Wyatt in turn offered a one-word response.
"Listen," he said. "I need to meet all the members of the community and the university and the faculty and the staff and the students. My number one priority over the next weeks and months is going to be to listen."
Wyatt was an instructor for Utah State University and Bridgerland Applied Technology College in Logan, as well as a counselor for the student legal services at USU.
Biking to work is up in Utah according to a new study released by the League of American Bicyclists. The study, based on data collected in 2012, shows that Utah is ranked number 9 in the nation for growth in commuters getting to work by bike. Nearly 1 percent of Utahns biked to work in 2012, that’s compared .6 percent in 2005—an increase of 59.8 percent in 7 years.