Utah News

1:19 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Sagebrush Coalition Pushes Back on Expanding Canyonlands

After a well-attended public meeting, the Moab Sagebrush Coalition has mounted a petition drive, and a boycott of businesses signed the letter asking President Obama to create a Greater Canyonlands. Among those actively involved is San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lynam.

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Cedar City
11:07 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Utah Death Penalty Case Goes to Federal Appeal

A Utah prison inmate facing death in the 1988 torture slaying of a southern Utah state college theater student is appealing to the federal courts to spare him from execution.

Michael Anthony Archuleta's attorneys cite 16 grounds for appeal in a document filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City.

Archuleta won a reprieve just days before facing a firing squad in April.

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St. George
5:27 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Rhetoric Heats Up in Dixie State Rebrand

It's only a matter of time before the state legislature grants university status to Dixie State College of Utah -- perhaps as soon as the next legislative session in January.

College administrators, along with a St. George public relations firm are putting out feelers as to how the new institution should be branded, including whether or not to keep "Dixie" in the school's name.

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3:42 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

New FrontRunner Line to Provo a 'Bargain' at $850 Million, Says Herbert

Governor Herbert addresses crowd gathered at the new Provo station after the first official trip of the new FrontRunner line.
Credit Stephen Tanner

The FrontRunner train pulled into the new train station in Provo, marking the final stop in its first official trip.

Provo Mayor John Curtis welcomed hundreds of people who rode the inaugural train ride to Provo. 

“Welcome FrontRunner! Congratulations!”

The FrontRunner Provo to Salt Lake commuter rail project is a 45-mile commuter rail line that will offer high-capacity mass transit service between downtown Provo in Utah County and downtown Salt Lake City.

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Utah Education
1:27 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

USU Aviation soars to new (simulated) heights

The aviation program at Utah State University is getting a big upgrade to their training facilities.

USU Aviation Technology has acquired a new jet flight simulator. The simulator is a replica of the Bombardier CRJ 700 cockpit, and it will be used to prepare pilots for commercial jet flying.

According to its website, manufacturer Paradigm Shift Solutions says the simulator includes over 24,000 airports and the ability to “create and save very realistic training scenarios that can be performed time after time.”

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5:31 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Airline Offers Commercial Flights from Utah County to Arizona

UPR's Stephen Tanner reports on a new commercial airline flying out of Provo.

Provo Mayor John Curtis announced the exciting news: "Wahoo! Right? So Allegiant is coming to Provo! Yahoo!"

The Mayor of Provo made the announcement at the Provo Airport about Allegiant Air agreement to begin commercial flights from Provo to Mesa, Arizona. 

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Utah Wildlife
5:12 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Protection Threatened for Threatened Utah Beetle

The Coral Pink Sand Dunes Tiger Beetle is found only in Kane County, Utah.
Credit Christine Breton / ARKive

A request by Utah's Senator Mike Lee and his Republican congressional colleagues for more time to review whether a beetle found only in Utah should receive federal protection has been denied.

The beetle, found only in Kane County near Kanab, is being considered for the designation of threatened. UPR's Kerry Bringhurst spoke with Paul Abate of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about why the request to extend the public comment period for the Coral Pink Sand Dunes Tiger Beetle was denied.

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4:46 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Bicycle Brent a Logan Favorite

A blurting bike horn: the first sign bicycle Brent is just around the corner. Across Utah State campus, down neighborhood streets, and even occasionally up hills too steep to ride. Brent travels the valley saying, "hi" to everyone he meets.  

Linda Carpenter, Brent's older sister, said she didn't fully understand what an icon Brent is in the valley until she saw with her own eyes the people who would gather on sidewalks just to wave when he passed. 


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9:34 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Students Rally Around Collapsed USU Basketball Player

An on-court emergency last night landed a Utah State University basketball player in the hospital. UPR's Brianna Bodily reports on how students reacted and rallied around the player during the incident.

Students are still reeling after basketball player Danny Berger collapsed Tuesday night on the court. USU officials say after his collapse Berger wasn't breathing and medical units had to use a defibrillator to revive him. The news quickly traveled from student to student.

University officials say Burger was flown to Murray, where he is now in critical but stable condition.

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Utah News
4:17 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Hill AFB Dedicates Street to Fallen Officer

Hill Air Force Base held a ceremony on Tuesday morning to dedicate the newly-named Solesbee Street on the installation’s south side. The street, which was originally 12th Street, was renamed in honor of Tech Sgt. Kristoffer M. Solesbee, who died in 2011 in Afghanistan.

Andrea Mason of the public affairs office at the base says Tech Sgt. Solesbee had one of the most dangerous jobs in the Air Force, detonating explosives such as roadside bombs.

"It's just a way to commemorate his bravery, his courage, and I think to give some closure to his family as well."

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