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A return to normalcy — not social distancing — may be key to overcoming COVID-19

A return to normalcy — not social distancing — may be key to overcoming COVID-19

Filed under:The data clearly indicate that a major transition in managing coronavirus is warranted — including an end to broad economic lockdown and social distancing.Balancing economic and health realities has made navigating the coronavirus pandemic challenging. Early in the crisis, a lack of information was combined with potentially dire consequences that justified quarantine responses. As information and facts have come into focus, what is the right approach going forward?Economic lockdown has been successful in preventing undue stress on health care systems, though many regions of the...

May 2, 2020
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A conservation success story: Protecting Utah farmland, wildlife and Camp Williams

A conservation success story: Protecting Utah farmland, wildlife and Camp Williams

Filed under:4-way partnership will save 400 acres from developmentSALT LAKE CITY — The tradition of farming, ranching and sport shooting will continue in perpetuity in a swath of roughly 400 acres of land adjacent to the Army National Guard’s training site at Camp Williams, helping to ensure military readiness exercises won’t come in conflict with encroaching development.The conservation easement deal was announced last week by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which worked with Camp Williams, the Conservation Fund and landowner Jim Smith to protect the farmland and expand the...

April 28, 2020
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Utah breaks daily record with 586 new COVID-19 cases

Utah breaks daily record with 586 new COVID-19 cases

Filed under:Epidemiologist warns it will likely be broken again as spike continuesSALT LAKE CITY — The same day nine rural counties in Utah moved to the green phase in the pandemic and entered the “new normal,” the state saw its largest daily rise of COVID-19 cases.A total of 586 new confirmed cases were reported.Just under 4,700 people were tested since Thursday’s report, of which there was a 12.5% positive rate, according to the Utah Department of Health.“Utah’s case counts concern me. We are monitoring hospital capacity in our densely populated counties. Their risk status has not...

June 19, 2020
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Arches, Canyonlands close due to coronavirus

Arches, Canyonlands close due to coronavirus

Filed under:SALT LAKE CITY — Arches and Canyonlands national parks are shutting down Saturday after pleas from health agencies, the regional hospital and leaders in local government said it was an urgent move to prevent the spread of coronavirus.The closure also affects Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments.Also on Friday, Gov. Gary Herbert said state park camping is restricted to residents who live in those counties, stressing the need for self-distancing and further spread of the virus.In the case of the national parks, five letters were sent Thursday to the superintendent in...

March 27, 2020
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NASA, SpaceX prep for first astronaut launch by a private company

NASA, SpaceX prep for first astronaut launch by a private company

Filed under:CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — For the first time in nearly a decade, U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil. And for the first time in the history of human spaceflight, a private company is running the show.Elon Musk’s SpaceX is the conductor and NASA the customer as businesses begin chauffeuring astronauts to the International Space Station.The curtain rises next Wednesday with the scheduled liftoff of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule with two NASA astronauts, a test flight years in the making.The drama unfolds from the...

May 21, 2020
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Central Wasatch Commission approves funding for 6 projects in Cottonwood canyons

Central Wasatch Commission approves funding for 6 projects in Cottonwood canyons

Filed under:SALT LAKE CITY — Hikers in the Cottonwood canyons will see some improvements this summer after the Central Wasatch Commission approved roughly $60,000 in funding for six new projects.Two new bridges for the Dog Lake Trail in Big Cottonwood Canyon, continued maintenance of Forest Service bathrooms and a kiosk for “wag-bags” — essentially a portable toilet — at the Jacob’s Ladder trailhead to Lone Peak are among the improvements people looking to to recreate in the Wasatch Mountains can expect to see.About $20,000 was aimed at supporting the Utah Open Lands Trust and its efforts...

May 13, 2020
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Utah doctors expect rapid DNA testing of ill newborns will revolutionize care

Utah doctors expect rapid DNA testing of ill newborns will revolutionize care

Filed under:SALT LAKE CITY — A new study using rapid genome sequencing to diagnose infants in the NICU at the University of Utah and Primary Children’s hospitals has the potential to revolutionize the way newborns are cared for, according to doctors.“The use of this rapid genome sequencing technology, it’s really hard to overstate how transformational it is. So basically, up until recently, we’ve been kind of like flying an airplane in the fog in the dark, trying to get someplace. And now, with whole genome sequencing, you’ve gotten rid of the fog and you’ve got the lights on, so you can...

March 7, 2020
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Declaration moves from rags to riches

Declaration moves from rags to riches

Filed under:Utah firm pays record price for thrift store findTennessean Michael Sparks strolled into the Music City Thrift Store in Nashville last year, a normal part of his weekly agenda. He picked up a candelabra, a set of salt and pepper shakers and an old copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. He paid $2.48 for the latter item, a "standard price" according to store manager Kay Boner.The "standard price" was altered significantly a year later when Sparks sold the document to a Utah investment firm for $477,650, causing a national stir.The copy happened to be one that John Quincy...

June 22, 2007
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Lagoon denies connection to Joe Exotic, ‘Tiger King’ documentary

Lagoon denies connection to Joe Exotic, ‘Tiger King’ documentary

Filed under:Lagoon denies connection to the Greater Wynne Wood Exotic Animal ParkLagoon has denied any connection between its park and Joe Exotic from the documentary.is a viral documentary detailing the life and times of Joe Exotic, a big game breeder. In one scene, a map shows a number of areas where big cat owners and exhibitors live. There is a pin at Salt Lake City.So, is that a reference to Lagoon?The park has a number of exotic animals at the , including Siberian tigers, a golden eagle, zebras, camels, and African lions.“No, none of Lagoon’s cats came from the location you are...

April 1, 2020
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Milgro Nursery gives thousands of flowers to community after COVID-19 cancellations

Milgro Nursery gives thousands of flowers to community after COVID-19 cancellations

Filed under:SALT LAKE CITY — UPS drivers and other volunteers took to the streets to deliver something other than packages at various doorsteps across the state this week — flowers. Thousands and thousands of them, all courtesy of one of the largest greenhouses in the nation.Amid a slew of cancellations because of COVID-19, Milgro Nursery was left with hundreds of thousands of flowers with nowhere to go. Rather than let them die in the greenhouses, the family-owned company has been spooling out thousands of colorful flowers to the community in various forms.“These flowers have been growing...

April 11, 2020
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