While the cost of obtaining a college degree in the United States continues to rise, Utah colleges and universities manage to keep college debt in check. NerdScholar, a website that helps college students make better decisions about higher education is calling Utah the 2nd best state in the nation for low student debt.
File photo of aerial seeding beginning soon on the Rockport Fire area. Summit County Public Works Director Kevin Callahan says residents have already been notified seeding efforts will be underway soon.
As fire crews deal with the aftermath of the Rockport wildfire, $500,000 dollars in federal Emergency Watershed Protection has been approved and is available. Mudslides are a common problem following this kind of wildfire devastation. The Summit County Public Works Director, Kevin Callahan, is also the County’s Emergency Manager. He says he talked last week with officials from U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Former Vermont Governor and presidential hopeful Howard Dean will be in Utah today hoping to motivate Democrats more than a year ahead of midterm elections. KUER’s Terry Gildea reports.
Dean served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009. His visit to Utah on Monday isn’t under the official banner of the party, but he does hope to get grassroots volunteers excited about recruiting more Democratic voters in a state many believe to be held strongly by Republicans.
The Draper TRAX extension will begin operating this Sunday. Utah Transit Authority officials today joined Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Utah Governor Gary Herbert and other state and local officials today in Draper to celebrate.
Red and Blue smoke billowed above the train at the new Draper Town Center TRAX Station, signaling the completion of the Utah Transit Authority’s FrontLines 2015 rail program.
Utah’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in July, and the number of jobs was expanding at an annual rate of 3.5 percent. That’s a strong employment picture compared to the rest of the country, but Jonathan Springmeyer with Bonneville Research says it’s not keeping pace with Utah’s population.
“While we are back to where we were before the recession, it doesn’t count all the people that have entered into the job market," Springmeyer tells KUER. "Jobs are improving, but we’re still not keeping up with growth.”
Environmental Activist Erin Brokovich turns her sights towards a North Salt Lake medical waste incinerator, the city of Moab lobbies to bring in SkyWest Airlines, and members of Salt Lake City’s Greek Orthodox community plan a meeting to address problems that have motivated a suspension of church services.
Moab residents are putting their support behind a bid by Skywest Airlines to establish regular flights between Salt Lake City and the popular south eastern Utah community. A recent presentation for Essential Air Service, or EAS, included the current contractor, Denver-based Great Lakes Aviation as well as Skywest and Boutique Air. Bill Groff is Chair of the Grand County Airport Board. He says the interest in making a change is high.
Environmental activist Erin Brockovich is turning her attention to North Salt Lake City. At the request of residents, Brockovich and her team have decided to conduct an independent investigation into air pollution violations by Stericycle and the company’s medical waste incinerator. Angry residents and activists are protesting in front of Stericycle Thursday evening demanding that Governor Gary Herbert shut it down.
The State responds to a challenge of Utah’s Amendment 3, the Salt Lake County Republican Party gets involved in an anti-Sim Gill Rally, and a group of economists looks at how much it will cost the state to take over federal public lands.
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.
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.
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.