News Clips for March 3, 2020

How a Potato Is Fueling the Fight to Protect a National Monument

ON DECEMBER 28, 2016, PRESIDENT Barack Obama designated Utah’s Bears Ears as a national monument. Named for its twin buttes rising from the Colorado Plateau, Bears Ears is a sacred landscape for five tribes: the Ute Mountain Ute, Uintah Ouray Ute, Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni. But less than a year later, President Donald Trump ordered an 85 percent reduction in the protected lands.

University of Utah celebrates 170 years

On a cold February day in 1850 Brigham Young a few others started the University of Utah. Our Craig Wirth missed that day, but he has been part of the U faculty for 25 years and this week he took the time to reflect on the 170 years of the University. The Charter was signed on Feb 28, 1850, and the fancy document hereby created The University of Utah.

Poll says Utahns support closing coal-fired plants early

New polling suggests that Utahns support by a wide margin early retirements for Rocky Mountain Power’s coal-fired power plants in favor of using renewable energy sources like wind and solar.

Coronavirus may have spread undetected for weeks in Washington state, which reported first two deaths in U.S.

The coronavirus has been circulating undetected and has possibly infected scores of people over the past six weeks in Washington state, according to a genetic analysis of virus samples that has sobering implications for the entire country amid heightening anxiety about the likely spread of the disease.

Republican-Led Utah Makes Plans for Climate Change

Utah lawmakers have been working together on a bipartisan solution to climate change in the state. The state will act on a seven-point plan mapped out by a University of Utah think tank.

Utah leaders announce preparations for coronavirus

Utah officials are not going to wait for an outbreak caused by a coronavirus to wreak havoc on Utah communities before they make decisions about how they’d handle issues like closing schools, shutting down public transit, forbidding large public gatherings or recommending people stay home from church.

What does Utah’s changing demographic mean for the state’s political landscape?

Utah’s population is expected to nearly double within the next 50 years and political experts believe this will impact and possibly shift Utah’s political landscape.