Scientists from the Southwestern United States, including Utah, spent the weekend studying volcanoes and how best to prepare for future activity. Steve Bowman, with the Utah Geological Survey, says even though volcanic activity is rare in Utah, it has happened.
"There are three main volcanic fields and each of the fields has a variety of these volcanic centers, like cinder cones and other features that have erupted in the past and they are all in southwest Utah."
As a public service to Utah voters, Vote Utah 2012 has compiled a series of three-minute messages from twenty-one candidates for office. Messages include candidates from all four U.S. House districts, the U.S. Senate, and the Governorship.
Dr. Julie Young is a wildlife biologist at the National Wildlife Research Center's field station in Millville, Utah. As one might guess from the yipping and howling frequently heard at the 165-acre site, Young studies coyotes.
One has to wonder why coyotes howl in the first place. What are they saying to each other, if anything? As it turns out, Young and her team of researchers has pondered the same question and are still vexed by the mystery.
During the Great Recession Utah's institutions of higher learning generally saw significant increases as out-of-work individuals flocked to college campuses, and as students, unable to secure employment, decided to remain in school.
Southern Utah University was the exception, where enrollment dropped during the economic downturn, presumably as parents elected to save housing expenses by sending their students to commuter schools closer to home.
Latino leaders gathered last week in Yuma, Arizona, to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month—and to stress the importance of the Colorado River.
Two years ago, the Colorado's water use – by Utah, six other states and Mexico – officially outstripped its total annual flow. Experts say the river is slowly drying up, with a combination of over-consumption, drought and climate change. Sal Rivera of the group Nuestro Rio says the Colorado has been used for centuries by Latinos for farming and recreation, but they can no longer assume it will be around forever.
The Utah roads will soon be icy and snowy, and it may be time to reevaluate your driving habits before you have to navigate them. AARP Utah offers a four-hour driver safety course for anyone who sits behind the wheel. Paulette Welch, the driver safety coordinator, says most older adults haven't received any driving instruction since they were teenagers – and a lot has changed since then.
Using fingerprints and photos taken by motion activated wildlife cameras, authorities identified Troy James Knapp, a 45-year-old burglary fugitive from California, as the man responsible for a string of mountain cabin burglaries in southern Utah.
Kane County filed charges against Knapp earlier this year. Now Iron County has issued charges of its own, including four felony counts of burglary.
After 20 years on the job, one federal employee decided to draw more attention to the way the Bureau of Land Management is run while on his way out. Stan Olmstead retired from the BLM’s Vernal Field Office last month, but before he did, he sent a memo out to his colleagues across the state, hoping to draw attention to what he calls a broken agency.
Bagpipes began the services as the United States Border Patrol brought Nicholas Ivie's casket into the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University. Hundreds of law enforcement officials from Utah and Arizona, along with local government leaders, family and friends gathered to pay their respects.
Ivie's brother and fellow border patrol agent Joel Ivie told stories about when they were both teenagers growing up in Provo. He held back tears as he said goodbye one more time: "The death of Nick is painful for all of us, but he is in a good place."