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Renee Bright / KUER

The June 30 primary election will be conducted entirely by mail under a new state law. Seven counties will give their residents the option to pick up a ballot in their car on election day if they don’t get one in the mail. 

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Kate Groetzinger / KUER

The Town of Bluff will remain under the red, high risk category in the Governor’s pandemic reopening plan. The state gave the town permission to continue implementing strict guidelines for businesses, as the rest of Utah moves from high to moderate risk. 

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Brian Albers / KUER

Utah’s eviction moratorium for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic ends May 15, after which landlords can begin serving notices to tenants who haven’t paid April or May rent. 

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Minority communities are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus, according to demographic data from the Utah Department of Health. Early efforts to spread information about the virus failed to reach non-English speaking communities, but now several initiatives are underway to target hotspots in vulnerable communities, including one launching this weekend.

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Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance courtesy photo

The Bureau of Land Management is considering leasing over 100,000 acres of public land around Moab to energy companies, raising concerns about effects on both tourism and conservation efforts. 

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Sonja Hutson / KUER

The four Republican candidates for governor shared their plans — and criticized current approaches — to help Utah’s economy recover from the downturn spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. The candidates laid out their views Thursday, during a forum hosted by the Salt Lake Chamber and EDCUtah. 

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Andrew Becker / KUER

The pharmacy that Utah contracted with to buy controversial malaria medications to treat COVID-19 has a history of problems identified by state investigators and inspectors, according to interviews and records obtained by KUER. 

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Brian Albers / KUER

The Utah Inland Port Authority met with environmental, business and other stakeholders Wednesday to discuss its strategy moving forward.

Utah's Gig Economy Hit Hard By Coronavirus

May 7, 2020
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More than 14,000 gig workers and self-employed people have applied for unemployment in Utah over the past two weeks, including people working for ridesharing apps and Airbnb. 

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David Fuchs / KUER

ST. GEORGE — When Bryce Canyon National Park opened Wednesday morning, there were cars waiting outside the gate.

Illustration of a blue donkey wearing a red elephant mask.
Renee Bright / KUER

25-year-old Jess Esplin is an unaffiliated voter who describes herself as “progressive” and usually votes for Democrats. But she has a plan as she sits down at her computer.

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Arianna Pickard / KUER

The Census Bureau will resume counting homes across Utah in person this month, after pausing field operations in mid-March due to COVID-19. The Bureau originally planned to restart the count in June, but it deemed Utah one of 13 states where it’s safe to begin early. 

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Courtesy of Hanifa Dhedhy

Nights during the month of Ramadan are usually busy, with hundreds of people gathering at the Utah Islamic Center to pray and eat together.

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Rocio Hernandez / KUER

As of Monday, 124 clients at the Men’s Resource Center in South Salt Lake have tested positive for coronavirus. A handful of cases have also been confirmed at other homeless resource centers throughout Salt Lake County. 

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Pool photo

It’s been nearly two months since Utah’s first confirmed case of COVID-19. Since then, life has changed dramatically with extensive social distancing, school closures and more than 5,000 cases. Friday though, the state shifted from its “red” or high risk response phase to “orange,” or moderate. 

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Brian Albers / KUER

As Utah and several other states begin to reopen sections of their economies, the U.S. Travel Association released guidelines Monday for how to safely bring the nation’s tourism industry back to life. 

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Courtesy of Neal Murphy

As the spread of coronavirus in Utah appears to be slowing, state hospitals are still treating a small, but steady stream of patients with severe cases. 

A young Navajo girl works on a laptop in a living room decorated with Native American weavings
Courtesy of Celia Black

Briana Lee is a junior at Monument Valley High School. She received her hotspot last week, and said it’s already helping her get more work done. But after three or four hours, she usually maxes out her daily data allotment. 

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Courtesy of Bethany Teeples

Some non-essential businesses, like gyms and restaurants, have gotten the green light to open Friday. But resuming operations isn’t as simple as just opening the doors.

Science In Utah: A Community Effort

May 1, 2020
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Scientists face some challenges when it comes to data collection — equipment is expensive and funding isn’t always available. But museums, government agencies and other institutions are working with their communities to solve these problems across the world and right here in Utah. Citizen science uses volunteers of all ages — from school kids to retirees — to collect data.

Photo of three people and a dog sitting on a front porch
Courtesy of David Sullivan

Throughout Utah, communities have been finding creative ways to cheer each other up through the pandemic. There have been dog parades, bear hunts and sunny sidewalk chalk messages. One neighborhood is documenting the experience through photos.

A vista looking out over a dirt road, rows of pine trees and white canyon walls.
David Fuchs / KUER

ST. GEORGE — Best Friends Animal Society is the new owner of roughly 1,600 acres of former state trust lands outside of Kanab.

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Andrew Becker / KUER

Pedro Viera had one thing on his mind: getting to Las Vegas. And he needed the judge to know it.

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Screengrab from the virtual debate

Utah’s population is expected to nearly double over the next four decades, according to the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. 

A young child removes a bottle of a cleaning product from below a sink.
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The Utah Poison Control Center has seen a rise in the number of calls coming in about cleaning products, hand sanitizers and disinfectants.

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Courtesy of Howard Trenholm

It's been more than a month since Red Rocky Bakery owner Howard Trenholm closed his business in Moab because he wasn't making enough money. But now that tourists will be allowed to visit again, he's getting ready to reopen — reluctantly. 

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A progressive advocacy group has alleged Draper-based pharmacy Meds in Motion charged the state too much for 20,000 doses of a controversial anti-malaria drug used to treat COVID-19.

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Utah’s hospitals have seen a sharp reduction in patient admissions over the last two months. Across the Intermountain Healthcare system, for example — the largest in Utah — 50% fewer patients are going to the emergency room, according to Dr. Adam Balls, emergency department chair at Intermountain Medical Center.

Photo of the Utah state capitol building.
Brian Grimmett / KUER

If Republican candidate for governor Jan Garbett collected at least 19,040 signatures — instead of the usually required 28,000 — by April 13, she would qualify for the GOP primary ballot under a federal court ruling announced Monday evening. 

A view of the desert, seen from a mountain top
David Fuchs / KUER

ST. GEORGE — Washington County will tiptoe towards some kind of normalcy on May 1.