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An armored vehicle with pro-gun marchers alongside.
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From behind the wheel of a black Bearcat armored truck, speaking through a PA system, Bryan Melchior had a message for the people of St. Petersburg, Fla.: "Arm yourself!"

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Updated 5:12 p.m. MST, 7/12/18

 

Activists from a high school in Parkland, Florida have found a new venue to hold an event this Saturday after their original plans fell through. As part of a March For Our Lives national tour, a town hall discussing school safety will take place at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy.

Hundreds of veterans are calling on Congress to scrap a seemingly unrelated attachment to this year’s defense spending bill.

Jose Alvarez, a supervisor at R. H. Dupper Landscaping, stood up from changing a sprinkler nozzle on a large grassy field at a homeowner’s association in Chandler, Arizona. He surveyed the turf, a patchwork of green and brown.

A house subcommittee is focusing on grazing on public lands on Thursday. Republican leaders want to discuss what they call the regulatory burdens on the industry.


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Jen Dailey-Provost faced a tough four-way Democratic primary in the state Legislature’s 24th House District, beating her closest opponent by only 55 votes after results were finalized Tuesday.

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As President Donald Trump threatens another round of tariffs on Chinese goods, Utah’s business and elected leaders are sounding the alarm over the growing trade war and its effect on parts of the state. The tariffs are even invoking comparisons to an earlier era when a Utah Senator named Reed Smoot became synonymous with the negative consequences of protectionism.

Dozens of young children were reunited with their parents yesterday after being separated at the border under the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. The government is still working to reunite many more children with their parents, some of whom are being held at a detention center in Aurora, Colorado.

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Final results from last month’s primary showed leading legislative candidates held on to victory.

Record-breaking temperatures are scorching the United States with parts of our region seeing all-time highs. A number of heat-related deaths are already being reported in the U.S.

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A Utahn who joined a 2016 standoff at a wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon is relieved by President Trump’s decision to pardon two ranchers whose case sparked anti-government protests.

Senator Mike Lee speaks into a microphone in front of american flag and balloons.
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Utah's senators embraced President Trump's choice of Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Throughout the Western U.S., water conservation is in the toilet.

And that’s a good thing.

One of the world’s biggest firefighting aircraft is based in Colorado Springs. But it's fighting fires in California right now, rather than in the Mountain West.

Jenny Wilson speaks in studio behind a microphone.
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Democrat Jenny Wilson faces perhaps the highest hurdle of anyone running for office in Utah this year: she wants to defeat Republican Mitt Romney and flip Utah’s open Senate seat.

Vicky Chavez sits in a rocking chair holding her infant.
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A Honduran mother who sought sanctuary in a Utah church has been denied her most recent appeal for asylum. Vicky Chavez has been living at the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City since January with her two small children.

US Supreme Court building.
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The president is revealing his choice to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Watch the announcement LIVE at 7:00 P.M. MST.

Aerial view of St. George, Utahl.
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Brooks Kelly stopped at a display of smart sprinkler-system controllers.

"This 6-station timer — it's got a rebate," said Kelly, who works the plumbing aisle at the St. George Home Depot. "You buy it [and the] Washington County water district gives a $99 credit to your water bill. So, this is free."

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s Scott Pruitt may have resigned but the controversies continue. A recently disclosed collection of emails between the EPA, an oil and gas lobbyist and at least one elected official in Utah are causing concern.

Sen. Mike Lee and reporters at a capitol press room.
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President Trump has reportedly narrowed his list of Supreme Court nominees to three conservative judges, but supporters of Sen. Mike Lee are not yet writing off the Utah Republican as a long-shot candidate.

A screen shot from the EPA's AirNow web page showing elevated levels of pollution in much of Utah.
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Smoke from the Dollar Ridge wildfire in eastern Utah spread throughout northern and central Utah on Friday and raised particulate pollution.

 

Wildfire near the Strawberry Reservoir has so far burned 74 square miles.  A change in weather patterns carried the smoke to places as far away as Brigham City and Tooele. Air-quality monitors measured elevated pollution throughout northern and central areas of the state.

When is the last time you’ve had a clear view of the Milky Way? Chances are you’re among the 99 percent of Americans who can’t see all that much of the night sky from where you live.

 


Smoke plumes from wildfires in front of clouds.
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So far around 60 wildfires are burning on 700,000 acres of land nationwide. Here’s a look at the 2018 fire season in our region and the forecast for the summer.

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This post was updated at 6:45 a.m. 7/10/18

 

Fifty-five large wildfires are burning nationwide, and they've scorched more than 1,766 square miles of forest and range in a dozen states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

 

 

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is nothing fancy when you first drive in. No towering cliffs or dramatic canyons. It’s a calm, sunny valley – 6,000 acres all totaled -- of meadow and ponderosa pine forest.

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Utah’s House members spend less than the average congressperson on staffing and day-to-day operations, according to data obtained by ProPublica.

A year and a half into the Trump presidency and several federal land agencies do not have directors—

including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Former land managers say the lack of leadership has grave consequences for the future of public lands.


 


6:30 a.m. is one of the best times to watch wildlife in Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley.

Everything smells like sage. It’s really cold and there are a bunch of retirees staring through hire-powered telescopes at a lush, verdant hill.

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Provo's yearly Fourth of July parade, the Freedom Festival, will feature LGBT groups for the first time this year but the path to get there has not been easy.

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Drought has settled Sanpete County, and last week conditions in central Utah reached the worst official category possible: "exceptional drought."

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