For the past 11 years, ATK Space Systems has been working on its contribution to an advanced space telescope system. Its carbon fiber composite structure is shipping out next week for further testing – and it’ll eventually wind up a million miles out in space.
The James Webb Space Telescope is meant to replace the venerable Hubble Space Telescope as the most advanced astronomical system available to science.
The Utah Attorney General’s office responded to a complaint this week challenging Amendment Three in the state’s constitution that defines marriage as union between a man and a woman.
Three couples filed the Utah complaint in federal court just before the U-S Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. Utah Attorney General John Swallow and his office responded with an answer to the complaint this week. Swallow says that the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA reinforces state’s rights to define marriage.
Rules that target unsafe use of human-powered vehicles at the University of Utah have been approved by the U’s Board of Trustees following months of debate. Sidewalks and bike lanes are now the only places to ride on campus and speeds are limited to 10 miles per hour. Skaters or riders who break the rules get a probationary warning that lasts for two years.
Ogden School District tries to calm concerns about how they’re managing the district, robotic legs have arrived in Utah that could help paralyzed patients walk, and we share the results of the statewide primary elections.
Summit County officials have removed the evacuation orders for the communities of Bridge Hollow and Promontory. Evacuation orders are still in effect for the communites of Rockport Estates and Rockport Ranches. Officials say those evacuations will remain at least through Monday.
Fire officials released an updated count of the number of homes destroyed, decreasing the original number of 14 to eight. It has also claimed several cars, boats and ATVs near the Rockport State Park.
A University of Utah Rehabilitation Center now has the ability to help paralyzed patients walk again. A clinic in Sugar House is the first in the Intermountain West to obtain a robotic exoskeleton known as ReWalk.
He’s not exactly Iron Man, but when you see Stephen Wilson moving around in a ReWalk exoskeleton, it does feel like you’re watching something out of a sci-fi movie.
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball tour is coming to Salt Lake City this weekend for the first time. Participants kicked off the events today by joining forces with a local asphalt and paving company to donate more than 1,800 tons of tournament quality sand to refurbish existing courts at Liberty Park.
Seven candidates for Mayor of West Valley City are now running campaigns. That long list may be a good sign the city is set to put an equa lly long list of struggles behind it. From where I’m standing near the new Fairbourne TRAX station in West Valley City, on the water stairs in the park next to the TRAX station, facing east I see the newly restored Valley Fair Mall bustling with shoppers, right in front of me the City Offices and the beautiful new Embassy Suites Hotel is to my left just beyond the TRAX line.
Last week Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill determined that two West Valley City detectives were not justified in their shooting of an unarmed woman. In response, the County’s GOP Chairman Chad Bennion offered some harsh criticism of Gill that isn’t sitting well with some.
KUER’s Whittney Evans talks to several outgoing Salt Lake City Council members about where they see the city going, Dan Bammes explores the unusually heated municipal races in the town of Mt. Pleasant, and Governor Herbert calls on the Utah National Guard to help fight several wildfires in the state.
Cities and towns across Utah, from Big Water to Smithfield, are holding primary elections August 13th, narrowing the field of candidates for mayor and city council positions. There’s one town in Sanpete County where the mayoral primary has drawn intense interest this year.
About a hundred people gathered in the Wasatch Academy gymnasium in Mount Pleasant for a ‘Meet the Candidates’ night on July 31st. It was another indication of the intense interest in this year’s municipal election – something this town of 28-hundred hasn’t always shown in the past.
Several Salt Lake City Council seats are up for grabs this year and three council members are retiring. Primary election day is this Tuesday.
Councilman Carlton Christensen has represented much of Salt Lake City’s northwest quadrant for 16 years. District one includes areas like Rose Park, Jordan Meadows and the Salt Lake International airport. Six candidates are vying for Christensen’s seat. That’s more than any other district.
Governor Gary Herbert’s Senior Environmental Advisor, Alan Matheson, is adding the duties of the State Planning Coordinator to his job in the governor’s office. The governor’s communications deputy Ally Isom says demand for Matheson’s experience in balanced resource management will be important in his added role.
A group of school teachers in Utah are testing out some new math software today that they’ll be using in the classroom this year. It’s part of a new pilot program state lawmakers set in motion aimed at helping students master topics in science, technology, engineering and math or STEM.
The Salt Lake County District Attorney rules the police shooting of Danielle Willard was not justified, The University of Utah partners with TruClinic to bring online healthcare to patients, and Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox churches suspend religious services.
There will be no religious services at Salt Lake City’s two Greek Orthodox churches until a dispute between parish members and the church hierarchy can be worked out. Prophet Elias church in Holladay and the Holy Trinity cathedral in downtown Salt Lake are both part of the same parish. Lay leaders looking at a budget shortfall informed the parish’s three priests last week that their salaries would be cut by 40-percent. Metropolitan Isaiah, the regional leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Denver, responded by saying t
Frustration rises for neighbors of a medical waste incinerator in North Salt Lake, Jordan School district asks for a $495 million dollar bond, and the Utah Public Service Commission is trying to find ways to improve air quality.
Utah’s Public Service Commission is meeting at the Capitol this week to discuss options for improving air quality along the Wasatch Front through the use of alternative-energy vehicles.
Earlier this year, the state Legislature tasked the Public Service Commission to investigate how alternative-energy vehicles can improve air quality along the Wasatch Front. Kevin Emerson of Utah Clean Energy was at the first of this week’s hearings. He says electric vehicles are the best way to reduce emissions.
Jordan School District is bursting at the seams. Schools there are growing at the rate of nearly two elementary schools a year. They’re growing so fast, that the Jordan School Board voted unanimously Tuesday for a bond measure that will make way for the construction of 11 new schools.
Activist groups and North Salt Lake residents are planning another protest of Stericycle, a medical waste incinerator accused of violating pollution limits and falsifying emissions tests. The event on August 15th is being planned after state regulators gave the company a second extension to decide if it will challenge the allegations against them.
A controversial development near Big Cottonwood Canyon gets shot down by the Salt Lake County Council, the House Special Investigative Committee of Utah Attorney General John Swallow holds their first meeting, and Salt Lake County comes to an agreement with Valley Mental Health.