Utah News

Utah Earthquake Country Examined

Signs of earthquakes are everywhere in the chaotically beautiful geology of southwest Utah and the region where the mile-high Colorado Plateau falls off into the corrugated Basin-and-Range landscape that dominates neighboring Nevada. The treeless desert lays bare the lines of …

Retrofitting in Utah, Nevada Spurred by Earthquake Report

A new report raising the likelihood of a destructive earthquake striking Salt Lake City, Utah in the next half century has underscored the urgency to retrofit more than 30,000 older brick homes and other unreinforced buildings at high risk of …

Rural Utah Fire Departments Grind to Keep Up Daytime Manpower

Fire chiefs in rural Cache Valley say when someone calls 911, they always manage to send a team to help, but the harsh reality is they don’t have enough volunteers to handle daytime calls. “It’s a tough time to scare …

$1M in Damage at University of Utah from Water Main Break

Fire officials say a water break has caused $1 million in damage to a University of Utah building. The new estimates from last week’s flooding show it impacted 70,000 square feet of offices and equipment. Officials say there were concerns …

Wal-Mart Settles Utah Suit Over Firing of Disarming Workers

A group of former Wal-Mart workers in Utah who said the company violated their right to self-defense by firing them for disarming suspected shoplifters has settled their lawsuit against the mega-chain. The workers argued that Wal-Mart’s policy barring workers from …

Utah Employers Must Accommodate Breast-Feeding Workers

Utah is joining more than a dozen states to require businesses to offer breast-feeding and pregnant employees accommodations such as extra breaks during work. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law this week that makes it a requirement for employers …

Utah Woman Files Suit Against Polygamy Reality TV Show for Trespassing

A Utah woman who is part of a polygamous group alleges that makers of a reality TV show barged into her house without permission and pressured her daughter into being in a series about people leaving polygamy. Susan Nelson alleges …

Utah Judge Limits Suit over Drunken Attack at Ski Resort’s Oktoberfest

A Utah judge this week tossed out part of a lawsuit filed by a family who says they were beaten by drunken revelers at a ski resort’s Oktoberfest celebration because the event has turned into a booze-fueled Rocky Mountain spring …

Utah Job Corps Wrongful Death Suit Draws Support, Criticism

A wrongful death lawsuit against Clearfield Job Corps Center in Utah has drawn support and criticism from former students. The Standard-Examiner reported 17-year-old Isela Huerta Carranza left the center and went without her insulin. She returned March 10 and died …

Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Plan Rejected by Utah Lawmakers

A proposal that would have made edible marijuana products legal in Utah for those with chronic pain has died, concluding a more than yearlong effort that was severely stunted after the Mormon church came out in opposition last month. The …