As numbers of LDS missionaries have increased from approximately 58,000 to close to 75,000 this year, so have opportunities for innovative missionary exercise.
To structure and optimize missionary service, many guidelines are provided including the instruction to exercise at least 30 minutes a day before performing proselytizing duties.
"Every morning they want us to do at least 20 minutes of cardiovascular exercise to get our heart going and 10 minutes of strength on three days of the week and 10 minutes of stretching the other three days of the week," said Austin Wheelwright, a recently returned LDS missionary.
The Wounded Warrior 5K takes place this Saturday on the Utah State University campus. Maj. Ammon Campbell from USU’s Army ROTC said the Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization that assists soldiers who have been injured during their military service.
“Our run is simply a way that we have found that students and the community can get involved in participating and supporting that organization,” Campbell said.
The 5K is an opportunity for people to support the estimated 42,000 wounded American soldiers nationwide, he said.
The water cycle in communities across Utah is pretty straightforward. Water comes out of creeks and reservoirs, serves some purpose, and is put back into the chain further downstream. But as Matt Jensen explains, as the state’s population continues to rise, what we put back into the chain often comes with more than just water.
Utah’s blood-alcohol level laws may become stricter with the support of a conservative nonprofit organization.
Wednesday, the Sutherland Institute will support an address by alcohol policy and safety researcher James Fell to Utah’s congress as he proposes changing Utah’s legal blood-alcohol level from .08 to .05 percent.
"Once you hit this .05 level there is significant impairments on driving abilities," said Derek Monson, director of Public Policy at the Sutherland Institute. "We'd like to have them have an ability to process information quickly, to have their reflexes respond as quickly as possible when something crazy happens like if they get cut off in traffic or somebody quickly hits their brakes."
A Cache Valley native and Utah State University alumnus learned Monday he is one of three recipients of the Nobel Prize in economics for his work in financial market research.
Lars Peter Hansen and his colleague, Eugene Fama, are professors at the University of Chicago. The third recipient is Robert Shiller of Yale University. Hansen graduated from Utah State in 1974 with undergraduate degrees in math and political science. Here’s Hansen in an interview with University of Chicago press earlier today:
Utah State University bikers have taken first place in a competition that pitted universities and workplaces across the nation against one another.
USU registered over 200 cyclists for the National Bike Challenge, which began in May and concluded at the end of September. The challenge is a wellness initiative that awards bikers points for the miles they ride during daily commutes and exercise.
USU sustainability coordinator Alexi Lamm said the university decided to get involved for health and environmental reasons.
Despite the federal shutdown, the Utah Conservation corps has managed to keep its members busy with projects around the state.
"We're doing a lot of work with nonprofit organizations and state organizations which is a little bit different than the traditional partnerships with federal land management agencies," said Sean Damitz of the Center for Civic engagement and Service Learning at Utah State University. "So that's given us a lot of security in the face of the federal shutdown."
Governor Gary Herbert asked President Obama on Tuesday to authorize the use of state and private funds to reopen Utah’s five national parks. Today, the federal government had an answer.
Utah has been given the go-ahead to work out a plan to reopen the parks during the government shutdown.
"Sally Jewell, who is the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, and the governor spoke this morning, and Secretary Jewell indicated that Utah can proceed to develop a plan for the reopening of the parks," said Ally Isom, Herbert's deputy for communications.
Due to recent flooding, the Utah Amtrak line was closed. However the line is set to reopen this Saturday.
Amtrak service will resume in western Colorado and Utah this weekend now that tracks damaged by last month’s flooding have been repaired.
Amtrak said Thursday that the California Zephyr train, which runs between Chicago to the San Francisco Bay area, will start making stops in cities including Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Green River and Provo on Saturday.