Photo courtesy Mark Lewis

As the White House announces a program to address a surge of heroin abuse in recent years, a family from Sandy has organized a town hall to tell their story, and to raise awareness about Utah’s growing problem with opiate addiction.

Utah Division of Water Quality

Life’s getting back to normal in southeastern Utah after the dramatic Gold King Mine spill, and the San Juan River has been declared safe for irrigation and livestock watering.

Now attention’s shifting toward preventing another toxic mine spill in Utah and elsewhere.

Utah’s 2016 Primary elections will be different than they’ve been in the past, and the Lt. Governor’s office is beginning their campaign to tell parties, voters, and candidates what they need to know. 

Whittney Evans

Utah Lawmakers will vote Wednesday to confirm the Prison Relocation Commission’s recommendation to build a new state prison near the Salt Lake International airport. But elected officials on the city’s west side aren’t giving up efforts stop the move.


Marriage and family therapist Dr. Jonathan Swinton announced his run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. He filed with the Federal Elections Commission Monday as a Democrat.

Utah Republican delegates met on Saturday to elect new officers and hear from their elected representatives. But they also took on the difficult task of approving changes to the party constitution in order for candidates to appear on the 2016 ballot.

Terry Gildea/KUER

Former CEO Jonathon Johnson announced his candidacy for Governor at the Utah Republican Party organizing convention on Saturday.

Utah Department of Transportation

The Utah Department of Transportation has just released its 25-year plan. It focuses mainly on the needs of rural travelers.

Ron Reiring / Flickr Creative Commons

The waters downstream from the Gold King Mine waste spill are clearing up, but new hazards still lie ahead for the agency responsible for the accident.

Salt Lake City officials are exploring options for how to fight back on the decision to relocate the state prison to the city’s west side, but a lawsuit may be the only option.

Chesley Chen / Wikimedia Commons

State environmental officials have been checking the safety of water downstream of the Gold King Mine spill in Colorado.

Photo courtesy John Loveless

Kaysville residents who want to install rooftop solar panels will once again be able to get credit for the power they produce. City leaders have reversed course on their decision to impose a moratorium on their net metering policy.

Brian Grimmett

Salt Lake City officials are reviewing the city’s official policy on political activity with employees after the mayor’s spokesperson was demoted for posting political comments to the Salt Lake Tribune’s website from a city computer.

Ron Cogswell / Flickr Creative Commons

Utah officials have been on the lookout out for impacts from last week’s Gold King Mine wastewater spill. On Wednesday, they received more information from downstream, although the answers aren’t conclusive. 

The rate of blood transfusions administered to mothers in Utah delivery rooms is twice the national average. That’s according to a new report from the state Department of Health.

Whittney Evans

Salt Lake City Councilman Luke Garrott has filed a complaint against Mayor Ralph Becker’s reelection team for allegedly violating election laws. Becker’s camp denies the accusations.

Derek Kitchen for City Council via Facebook

The race for Salt Lake City Council district 4 has a clear frontrunner after Tuesday’s primary election, but who the second candidate will be on the general election ballot is still undecided. 

Whittney Evans

Jackie Biskupski will take on Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker in this year’s general election. At last check, the former state legislator captured 46 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary.

Courtesy of the Navajo Nation

Navajo President Russell Begaye is concerned the plume of mine waste is contaminating the water his people depend on. Begaye says Navajo land sits on two thirds on the river banks affected by the spill and he says ranchers and farmers fear their livelihood is at stake.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

After years of debate, Utah officials recommended Tuesday that a new state prison should be built near the airport in Salt Lake City.

Brian Grimmett

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says the county is pulling out of negotiations with Omni Hotels & Resorts for a new convention center hotel after a year and a half of talks.

Utah Division of Water Quality

State environmental officials said Tuesday they’re still monitoring water in Utah section of the San Juan River, but so far they haven’t detected contamination from last week’s Gold King Mine waste spill.

Judy Fahys/KUER

State leaders are following through with their recent promise to back up San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman.

Photo courtesy Peaceful Uprising

Four protestors have been arrested after disrupting construction of a tar sands mine in the Book Cliffs of Utah Monday. Environmental activists say they’re hoping that the recent spill of wastewater from a Colorado mine will bring attention to the threats posed by mining.

Whittney Evans

Salt Lake City has already surpassed 30 percent voter turnout for this year’s August 11th primary election, which includes a hotly contested mayor’s race and one city council race. The deadline to postmark mail-in ballots is today.

Judy Fahys/KUER

Utah regulators have been preparing more than a year for the Environmental Protection Agency’s new regulations to cut greenhouse gases from power plants. But the state’s top attorney is demanding that EPA put those new controls on hold.

Dick Sijtsma via Creative Commons

The Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind has cut ties with Utah State University’s early education program for children with hearing loss. And parents of students who attend the program say the split is a huge setback for their children.

US Environmental Protection Agency

About three* million gallons of wastewater laden with heavy metals is making its way towards the San Juan River in southeast Utah. The wastewater was accidentally released by the US Environmental Protection Agency from an abandoned Colorado mine. Utah officials don’t know exactly when it will arrive or what damage it may cause, but they’re warning people to take precautions.

Judy Fahys/KUER

Ads in Salt Lake City’s daily newspapers Thursday urge people to transform their support for public lands into political action. It’s part of the outdoor industry’s new counteroffensive against efforts to put federal lands under state control.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

Dentistry students at University of Utah are about to start seeing some new patients. The U has received a 1.5 million dollar grant to treat people with substance abuse disorders.