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Thousands gathered Monday in West Valley to remember Draper firefighter Matthew Burchett, who died last week while battling the massive Mendocino Complex Fire in California. He was 42.

Erik Neumann / KUER


Measles is making a comeback in the U.S. as more parents choose not to vaccinate their children. The childhood disease is a major killer in much of the developing world, but now the public health community is trying to re-educate families about the importance of childhood vaccinations. That includes a new program in Utah.

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A controversial bill to manage public land in Emery County has its first Senate hearing on Wednesday.

child runs through water at splash pad.
Kelsie Moore / KUER


  


Some might recall the summer of 2007 for its top billboard song or action-hero movie, but for Utah's public pool-goers that summer stood out for unhappy reasons.

Salt Lake City Temple
Lee Hale / KUER

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is asking media organizations to stop using the terms "LDS Church," "Mormon Church" or even "Mormons" when referring to the faith or its members.

Howard Berkes / NPR

The Bureau of Land Management has issued draft proposals outlining the uses the federal government wants to allow in the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments in southern Utah.

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Updated 8/16/18 4:22 pm

An anti-marijuana group said it is not party to a lawsuit filed this week to stop a medical marijuana ballot initiative. A spokesperson for Drug Safe Utah said they didn't agree to be named plaintiffs in the suit.

Ben McAdams headshot.
Kelsie Moore / KUER


The last in KUER's series on the Democratic candidates challenging Utah's Republican incumbents in this year's congressional midterm races.

UNIFIED FIRE AUTHORITY

The Draper City Fire Battalion Chief who was killed this week battling California wildfires will receive a full honor guard escort from Ukiah, California to Salt Lake City on Wednesday.

Singer headshot.
Kelsie Moore / KUER

 

The third in a series on the Democratic candidates challenging Utah's Republican incumbents in this year's congressional midterm races.

James Courage Singer may be the first Native American to run for Congress in Utah, and the 35-year-old progressive Democrat thinks his candidacy could inspire others in this underrepresented community.

A Look At Operation Rio Grande, One Year Later

Aug 14, 2018
A woman on the sidewalk is helped by an officer and paramedic.
Whittney Evans / KUER

Tuesday morning, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy McKenzie is making his rounds through the Rio Grande neighborhood. He surveys the streets for criminal activity and people who need help. Last year it was a lot easier to spot someone smoking spice or injecting heroin on the sidewalk. It's still a rough neighborhood, he says, but it's much safer now.

The second in a series on the Democratic candidates challenging Utah's Republican incumbents in this year's congressional midterm races.


On a hot July evening, Shireen Ghorbani walked a neighborhood on Salt Lake's west side as she campaigned to represent Utah's 2nd Congressional District. Not many people answered their doors, but eventually, someone did: Brandon Jensen, who works in finance.

Headshot of Matt Burchett in Uniform.
Unified Fire Authority

Utah officials are praising a Draper firefighter who was killed while battling California's biggest wildfire, the first fatality of the massive Mendocino Complex Fire. 

Yazzie stands with arms folded in a framing warehouse.
Whittney Evans / KUER

Every weekday, 49-year-old Fabian Yazzie wakes up at 3:30 a.m., hops on his bicycle, boards a train traveling to the opposite end of the valley and clocks into work at exactly 5:20 a.m. It's a long haul, but the formerly homeless Yazzie says it doesn't bother him.

Denson speaks at a podium alongside her lawyer.
Lee Hale / KUER

A federal judge in Utah has dismissed a sexual assault lawsuit against a former Missionary Training Center president due to the statute of limitations.

Kelsie Moore / KUER

The first in a series on the Democratic candidates challenging Utah’s Republican incumbents in this year’s congressional midterm races.  


All four of Utah’s Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives are up for re-election this November. In a deeply red state, Democrats face a daunting task of trying to unseat them.

Julia Ritchey / KUER

Sen. Orrin Hatch told Salt Lake business leaders on Friday that President Trump’s escalating use of tariffs could threaten to undermine the state and country’s recent economic gains.

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Lee Hale / KUER

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has quietly doubled down on a controversial policy toward gay members by including it in a recently updated manual for missionaries.

Red rocks with the word Dixie written in white paint.
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A music professor who was fired from Dixie State University this year has been offered a chance to return to the school with some stipulations. The professor, Ken Peterson, said agreeing to those terms would mean giving up what he has trained his whole life to do.

Google Maps, Moroni, Utah

Central Utah’s Sanpete County is an agricultural hub, home to hundreds of thousands of turkeys that are sent for processing to a nearby facility. "The turkey plant," as it’s locally referred to in Moroni, has been one of the area’s largest employers since the 1970s. But as Eyal Press, a freelance reporter writing for The Intercept, finds people at the plant are getting sick.  Two whistleblowers who were USDA inspectors working at the plant recently shared their story with Press.

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Judy Fahys / KUER

A Navajo man will be put back on the ballot for a Utah county commission seat after a judge sided with him Tuesday in his lawsuit against a county that disqualified him in the first election since a judge ruled local voting districts were illegally drawn based on race.

Utah Fire Info / Twitter

Update 8/8/18 3 p.m.

The National Interagency Fire Center is keeping tabs on seven wildfires in Utah, including the Hilltop Fire in drought-stricken Sanpete County. Officials say the fire is 12 percent contained, and flames have burned nearly 3 square miles so far. Nearly 170 personnel are working the Hill Top Fire. That’s about twice as many as Tuesday.

A fast-burning fire in central Utah has scorched 1.5 square miles and threatened 500 people in communities around Sanpete County.

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President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration has federal agencies scrambling to create thousands of new beds to hold potentially deportable immigrants, including in the Mountain West region.  

Kelsie Moore/KUER

Coming soon to the Salt Lake real estate market: 83 affordable studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, like new, used once or twice, imported from China. Previous tenant: dry goods.

Former plaintiffs Ivy Fox (left) and Leah Farrell celebrate the 20th anniversary of a legal victory
Claire Jones/KUER

Ivy Fox was still in eighth grade when, in 1996, the Salt Lake City Board of Education banned all extra-curricular clubs, 46 in total, rather than approve an application for a Gay/Straight Alliance club.

 

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The Trump administration’s move this week to to scale back an Obama-era goal to boost fuel efficiency standards for automobiles is drawing criticism from environmental groups as being costly to consumers.

File photo / Nicole Nixon / KUER

Rep. Chris Stewart says he still supports Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election, but hopes he’ll remain focused on the inquiry’s original purpose.

TC-40 Utah State Tax Commission

More than 2,000 Utahns looking to support clean air programs dug into their pockets and contributed to a new fund on their 2017 state income tax returns.

To date, 2,352 Utahns have donated $39,504 into the new Clean Air Fund, the State Tax Commission said. More contributions are expected before the Oct. 15 deadline for filing late returns.

E.T. Technology Soils Regeneration Site.
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Something reeks in West Valley City. City officials there are poking their noses into who is making that stink.

Herd of wild horses on BLM land.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Republican Congressman Chris Stewart brought together ranchers, animal-protection advocates and others on Wednesday to brainstorm solutions for protecting wild horses.

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