A lot gets lost in natural disasters: belongings, homes, even lives. But what’s too often lost in the despair are the beacons of hope, like a 94-year-old New Yorker named Lawrence. Relief volunteer Dave Rosner says Lawrence was very optimistic about his only source of light, a three-wick candle.
The sounds of bikes zipping by are heard all around Provo. People are giving up driving their gas guzzling cars for a more healthy and efficient way to get around. Bicycles are seen everywhere around Provo these days, and thanks to new improvements and community outreach programs, Provo received one of biking's highest honors. It was recently named a "Bicycle Friendly Community" by the League of American Bicyclists.
Utah State is currently sitting on an 8-2 record for the year. The last time the Aggies won eight games in a season was 1974, almost four decades ago.
So it goes without saying that Aggie fans have been waiting a long time for a season like this. Fourth-year coach Gary Andersen already has the Aggies on their way to a bowl game for the second year in a row—something they haven’t done in over half a century.
Republican Senator Wayne Niederhauser has been elected the next president of the Utah Senate. On Friday night the Sandy Senator beat Senate Majority Leader Scott Jenkins in a vote to replace Michael Waddoups, who is retiring at the end of his term.
"We’re all very excited to serve and to be the go to people in the Senate and to work the Governor and the House to bring back good policy for our state now and in the future," says Niederhauser.
2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. Thousands of Utah men and women joined forces with more than two million Americans from across the country to help fight the war which lasted more than a decade. On Sunday a service was held to honor Utah’s service men and women at the State Capitol. Over one hundred Vietnam veterans were personally thanked for their service over the weekend at the Utah State Capitol.
Bob Fillmore of West Valley attended the ceremony with of his two friends who also served, and he says it’s nice to be recognized.
For National Guard and Reserve service members, combining military service with civilian responsibilities can be an overlooked challenge. It’s about more than volunteering their time to our nation’s military. It’s also about sacrificing family, friends, relationships, and careers.
While not all of that sacrifice can be mitigated, an organization like Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, or ESGR, can help support service members and their employers with employment stability.
Thanks to a ruptured Chevron oil pipeline, more than 33,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into Salt Lake City's Red Butte Creek in June 2010. The spill not only killed wildlife, including waterfowl, fish, and the invertebrates they eat, but also caused park closures and many residents along the creek to become ill. Now, more than two years later and with a comment period on the spill's closure document set to open, the Utah Division of Water Quality says the creek is clean. Environmentalists disagree.
Women's roller derby has had a resurgence since the early 2000s. What once had the reputation as a spectacle akin to professional wrestling is now seen as a respectable competitive sport. But it's not for everyone. Jennifer Pemberton sends us this report from team try-outs for the Junction City Roller Dolls in Ogden.
After eighteen years, a Cache Valley organization that has served the area's Latino population has closed. The non-profit Multicultural Center of Cache Valley reports to have served more than 18,000 individuals and families over the years, providing translation services, financial counseling, education, as well as immigration and legal assistance.
By the end of the month, offices in Logan's Whittier Center will be cleared and doors closed.
In September, the National Science Foundation released a sobering report on research funding for public universities. Nearly every state in the nation faces declines in per-student research funding, and Utah is no exception.
UPR’s Ryan Cunningham spoke with Provost Raymond Coward of Utah State University to hear how his university is dealing with this nation-wide trend.