Lawmakers shuffle funds, OK road closing for homeless effort

Legislature Session Utah-14

Utah lawmakers have passed several bills related to the state’s effort to curb violence and...


$9.1M project to deliver more water to Navajo communities

GREASEWOOD, Ariz. (AP) — Work has started on a $9.1 million project to improve access to water in several Navajo communities. Navajo President Russell Begaye signed legislation last year to fund dozens of water and sanitation projects across the reservation. Officials gathered in Greasewood on...


Fate of Utah event with redface Native American portrayal handed to committee

Sham Battle

Both sides say they need to take a hard look at event that puts white re-enactors in redface for a war with Mormon pioneers and U.S. soldiers.


US rig count drops by 1 this week to 935

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by one this week to 935. That’s still up from the 511 rigs that were active a year ago. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 744 rigs sought oil and 190 explored for natural gas this week....


Bennett to participate in televised debate for Chaffetz seat

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Third-party candidate Jim Bennett has earned a place in a televised debate for candidates running to replace Republican Jason Chaffetz in Congress. The Utah Debate Commission announced Friday that Bennett, the son of former Sen. Bob Bennett, met the group’s polling threshold...


Cliven Bundy firing lawyer with trial approaching in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cliven Bundy’s defense attorney says the Nevada cattleman and state’s rights figure is firing him, less than three weeks before trial stemming from a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents. Attorney Bret Whipple filed documents Thursday asking Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria...


Forest Service, Idaho work to boost logging on federal land

Good Neighbor Timber Sales

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service and Idaho have forged 10 agreements for logging and restoration projects on federal land in what officials say could become a template for other Western states to create jobs and reduce the severity of wildfires. Under the deals, Idaho foresters will...


Utah pumpkin growing champion tries to beat his own record

Great Pumpkin Grower

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man who’s loved giant pumpkins since childhood is trying to set a state record for the second time with a nearly 2,000-pound (907-kilogram) gourd he’s been tending with scientific precision. Matt McConkie, 29, said the pumpkin he’s growing for Saturday’s 12th Annual...


Female fans form near half of Salt Lake Comic Con's base

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Salt Lake’s homegrown geek and pop culture convention comes to town, one thing is clear looking at the bustling convention floor, the lines of fans flooding through the doors and the staffers working behind the scenes. They may not have superpowers, but female fans form...


Pedaling ahead: Cedar City teen launches pedicab company

CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — There’s a new small business owner in town. Caleb Nelson can’t drive a car just yet, but the 14-year-old is already the owner of Romeo’s Rickshaws, a burgeoning pedicab service. The Cedar High School freshman spent his summer vacation pedaling guests, meeting with...


Excitement bubbles up at BYU as caffeinated soda now on sale

Brigham Young University Caffeine-3

Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University has ended a six-decade ban on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks on campus, surprising students by posting a picture of a can of Coca-Cola on Twitter and just two words: "It's happening."

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