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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.

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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.

With its breathtaking views, the Mountain West has long been a destination for weddings. But now, some wedding industry workers are seeing fewer couples wanting to get hitched in late summer months because of an increasingly smoky backdrop.

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.

You may not have noticed, but a few months ago the Trump Administration stopped using a century-old law to fine industries when birds are accidentally killed by oil spills, power lines or wind farms.

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. 

If there's a fee for either a camping site or a day use area on Forest Service land, there's probably some kind of toilet there. But solving the problem of human waste in vaulted or backcountry toilets is not as easy as flushing it out of the system.

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.

The Interior Department is once again facing change in agency leadership. The acting head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has stepped down. 

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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.

This summer, the housing market was expected to be extremely competitive, with lots of buyers vying for a limited number of homes. But it turns out, the housing market, including in our region, may finally be cooling down.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist with the National Association of Realtors, says home prices have been rising too fast -- much faster than people’s incomes.

The head of Yellowstone National Park is leaving his post next month after the Trump administration forced him to either take a transfer to D.C. or retire early.

When our Mountain West News Bureau first broke that news in June, Superintendent Dan Wenk said he felt “abused” by the U.S. Interior Department.

But during a press conference Thursday, he mellowed his tone.

A new study shows air pollution like soot, dust and smoke is down around the country with one exception: wildfire prone areas like the Mountain West.  

Utah Fire Info

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox acknowledged Wednesday that climate change is playing a role Utah's devastating  fires this season, including a fast-moving blaze in drought-stricken Sanpete County.

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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.

The Denver Post wasn’t dying, says Larry Ryckman; it was being murdered.

“We were under attack by our own owners,” says Ryckman, who was until recently senior editor of news at the newspaper.

A new species of tick, the longhorned tick, has arrived in the U.S.

In other parts of the world it’s been known to carry diseases that can sicken people and livestock. In East Asia the tick can carry a nasty hemorrhagic fever called SFTS. A study in China looking at SFTS cases there found that 16 percent of people who were diagnosed with the disease died of it.

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.

Here's a telling statistic: Seven of the most destructive wildfires in California history have occurred just in the past 10 months.

In the West, wildfires are burning hotter and more intensely than ever because of climate change, and the situation is made worse by the explosion of development in fire-prone areas and past firefighting decisions. Here are three reasons the destructive fires you're seeing all over the news right now are unlikely to abate anytime soon.

1. It's nearly impossible to put out a modern megafire

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.

Record-breaking wildfires in California have prompted tweets from President Trump and U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. They blame the fires on “bad environmental laws,” too many dead or dying trees, and not enough logging.

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