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Over the last decade or so, states in the Mountain West region have used less and less coal to make electricity. Wind is one of the energy sources replacing it.

Colorado’s biggest wind farm is set to be completed by this fall — and it might even help keep a piece of state history intact.

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A new Facebook data center is coming to Eagle Mountain in western Utah County, but not everyone is excited about the plan.

Springtime in the Mountain West means newborn animals. And with that comes opportunities for some very adorable wildlife viewing and photography. But officials want to remind visitors and locals alike to hold back from interacting with young wildlife.

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Mitt Romney, the Republican frontrunner for U.S. Senate, and his primary opponent Mike Kennedy debated on Tuesday at Brigham Young University in what sounded, at times, like an echo chamber.

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Congressman John Curtis went toe-to-toe with challenger Chris Herrod during Tuesday’s Republican primary debate for the 3rd Congressional District — rehashing many of their disagreements from last year's special election.

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Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox on Tuesday announced the qualifying statewide ballot initiatives for the November election, with half of the original six petitions getting enough signatures to appear on the ticket.

President Trump has overturned a rule requiring outfitters to pay river and backcountry guides on public lands a minimum wage.


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The Utah Debate Commission is holding debates Tuesday for all three of Utah’s contested primary races.

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Willow Pond is like a lot of community fishing holes. It’s in a suburban park beyond the soccer fields and a baseball diamond.

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Family and friends of Josh Holt gathered Monday night at the Salt Lake International Airport to welcome home the Riverton, Utah resident. Holt arrived to the United States on Saturday, the same day he was released from a Venezuelan prison where he spent two years without a trial.

 

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A recent discovery of a 130-million-year-old fossilized skull in eastern Utah is shaking up what researchers know about evolutionary history.

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Drought has spread across the state, but conditions in southeastern Utah are dire and deepening.

Fire experts say this season could be big for wildfires in our region. Our Mountain West New Bureau takes you behind the scenes with stories about the people who protect our communities, land and wildlife during wildlfire season. 

This story is about the people who rush into the smoke not to save people or structures, but … animals.  

Currently the sage grouse is not listed under the Endangered Species Act. And a bill before Congress  would prevent that from happening anytime in the next decade.

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Josh Holt landed in the United States on Saturday afternoon after nearly two years behind bars in Venezuela. Holt was arrested on illegal weapon charges and his release is the result of nearly nonstop diplomatic efforts.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Utah man jailed in Venezuela on weapons charges nearly two years ago was released Saturday after U.S. officials and his family pressed for his freedom from the South American country.

 

"We are grateful to all who participated in this miracle," Joshua Holt's family said in a statement.

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Here’s a telling stat: In Utah, there are more registered unaffiliated voters than there are Democrats. Roughly 600,000 including both active and inactive voters. Inactive just means the person hasn’t voted in a couple of general election cycles.

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President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated an anti-illegal immigration activist from Utah for a top job in the State Department.

The Interior Department wants to open up a quarter-million acres at national wildlife refuges for hunting and fishing.

The move would impact 21 states. In our region, it would expand hunting at a refuge in Utah  and another in Montana. It would also open Montana’s Swan River refuge to big game hunting for the first time.

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Spurred by questions from KUER News, the Idaho State Tax Commission expects to introduce legislation next year that would prevent public agencies from collecting sales tax on documents and other records released by officials, KUER has learned.

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After the latest school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, everything is on the table when it comes to reducing gun violence in Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday.

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Bikes are off limits in the nation's 100 million acres of wilderness. But a few members of Congress want that to change.

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Weber County officials on Thursday announced they're joining a growing number of municipalities around the state that are suing drug manufacturers over the opioid crisis.

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The Utah Legislature passed a law this year letting residents grow hemp and sell byproducts from the plant. Now some eager Utahns are lining up to take advantage of the budding industry. 

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Kennedy is clarifying an apology he gave to a Texas pastor who has made inflammatory comments about Mormonism and other religions.

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Conservationists from around the country are opposing congressional legislation to allow a four-lane highway through a desert tortoise preserve in fast-growing southwestern Utah.

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A federal judge in New York ruled on Wednesday that’s it’s unconstitutional for President Trump to block critics from his Twitter feed. The case could have implications for local elected officials, too.

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In the Hive Mind, KUER reporters take questions from our listeners and try to help find the answer. This week KUER spoke to a woman with a life or death question about mental health. 

Twenty-eight great plains tribes are demanding two different sites in Yellowstone National Park be renamed. The request says Hayden Valley and Mount Doane are offensive because they memorialize a racist and a murderer. But with local government officials opposing the change, it seems unlikely to happen.

The National Park Service has released a report on how sea level rise could impact its sites. The publication was delayed by about a year, and as we’ve reported, there were concerns over possible censorship in earlier drafts.

Maria Caffrey worked for years with the National Park Service researching and writing the report, only to wait for months for its actual release.

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