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Wikimedia Commons

Ski resorts in Utah that depend on seasonal foreign workers might have problems finding the labor they need this winter season, due to the recent suspension of certain work visas.

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Emily Means / KUER

Thursday morning, June 25, 2020

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Joe Shlabotnik via Creative Commons

The City of Moab is asking the Bureau of Land Management to cancel plans to lease large swaths of public land around Moab to oil and gas developers.

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Pool photo

Following weeks of high rates of COVID-19 cases in Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert announced Wednesday he will not be making a statewide mandate on mask wearing. He did say he would be signing an executive order requiring face coverings in all state facilities, including institutions of higher education and state run liquor stores. 

Photo of a face mask that says don't tread on me
Courtesy of Christine Passey-Spencer

Wednesday evening, June 24, 2020

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Rachel Slawson's Instagram account

Pageants have a reputation of being a traditional bastion of who and what a woman should be — but a winner this year is breaking the mold. In January, Rachel Slawson was crowned Miss Utah USA. She is the first ever openly queer state titleholder for the Miss USA pageant. KUER’s Caroline Ballard caught up with her this Pride Month to talk about what the last few months have been like.

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Elaine Clark / KUER

Amid calls for Democrats and unaffiliated voters to register as Republicans ahead of Utah’s June 30 primary election, GOP registration has soared. 

The University of Utah sign in front a tree-filled quad.
Brian Albers / KUER

Beyond the increasing cost of attendance, college students face a barrage of other mandatory fees, ranging from textbooks to administrative taxes. And at at least two Utah public colleges, those additional fees have been on the rise over the past decade. Some are also getting tacked on unfairly, according to a state audit released Tuesday. 

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Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday morning, June 24, 2020


Protesting racism and police brutality is nothing new. But large, sustained turnouts, especially in small, mostly white towns, is something we've not seen before. For many of these protesters, it's their first time demonstrating - ever.

Updated at 4:29 p.m. ET

Justice Department witnesses told House lawmakers on Wednesday they've observed political interference in big cases, including those involving a friend of President Trump's.

Two currently serving lawyers appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to detail their concerns, which were revealed Tuesday in written testimony they prepared ahead of time.

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Headshots courtesy of campaigns

After nearly two decades in office, Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, is stepping down from his seat in Utah’s 1st Congressional District. 

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istock / Wolterk

Tuesday evening, June 23, 2020

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Pool photo

The coronavirus pandemic has been a politically divisive issue across the country, and in Utah it’s become a wedge issue in the Republican race for governor. 

A decorative road sign reads “Welcome to Moab, Grand County, Utah.”
Kate Groetzinger / KUER

Tuesday morning, June 23, 2020

Four people stand in front of a sign that says Diné Pride.
Screengrab via 24th Navajo Nation Council Facebook

Same sex marriage is not recognized as legal on the Navajo — or Diné — Nation, nor are LGBTQ people protected from gender-based discrimination by law.

Updated at 2:50 p.m. ET

At a hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health and other federal officials said that no one had told them — including President Trump — to slow down testing for the coronavirus. The statements came after Trump has repeatedly said that more testing would lead to more infections being revealed.

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Republican Utah voters have a complicated relationship with President Donald Trump. Utah’s GOP candidates for governor all say they support him but are navigating that differently. 

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Wikimedia Commons

Monday evening, June 22, 2020

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Courtesy of the National Park Service

The water has made development possible and is used for farms, homes and businesses. Meanwhile, recreation has risen to over 4 million annual visitors in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, with tourists bringing in over $420 million to local communities

Photo of four people standing behind a table holding medical equipment.
Courtesy of Nate Edwards / Brigham Young University

A team of recent graduates from Brigham Young University have designed a low-cost, portable ventilator. Originally intended to help newborns in developing countries, the design just received a fast-tracked approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and can now be used in the fight against COVID-19. 

Photo of Glen Canyon filled with water.
Pikist.com

When the Glen Canyon Dam was completed in 1966, it was a major development for water management in the arid west. It would also transform Glen Canyon, sometimes described as America's “lost national park,” into the second largest man-made reservoir in the country. 

Photo of glass doors covered in posters that say things like “Justice for Bernardo” and Palacio-Carbajal’s reported last words.
Emily Means/KUER

Salt Lake City Police killed 22-year-old Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal a few days before the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. So, Palacios-Carbajal’s name has become part of the rallying cry of Utah protests against racial injustice and police brutality. 

Photo of Juneteenth event attendees and organizers.
Emily Means / KUER

Salt Lake County raised the red, white and blue Juneteenth flag at a ceremony Friday morning, where Mayor Jenny Wilson proclaimed the county’s support of the holiday. Juneteenth — a mashup of the words June and nineteenth — commemorates the day when the last enslaved people were freed in 1865. 

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Elaine Clark / KUER

Friday morning, June 19, 2020

Graphic illustration of a man speaking from a smartphone screen
Renee Bright

June is Pride month, but Utah’s annual parade and festival have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Photo of a large crowd of protesters in Salt Lake City
Kelsie Moore for KUER

Friday marks the fourth year that Utah has officially recognized Juneteenth as a state holiday. It dates back to 1865, when the last enslaved people were freed in Texas. African-Americans celebrate it as their Independence Day. But this year’s celebration comes as the nation and the state are gripped by protests against racial injustice and police brutality.

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Rocio Hernandez / KUER

Thursday evening, June 18, 2020

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Brian Albers / KUER

Updated 7:23 p.m. MDT 6/18/2020

Utah’s governor would have to inform the Legislature of some major emergency purchases under a bill passed by the Utah Legislature Thursday. 

SCOTUS
KUER File Photo

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Trump Administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, won’t stand. The program defers deportations of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and gives them a legal work permit.

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