Utah – Upper Sevier http://uppersevier.net/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 03:54:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://uppersevier.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/upper-sevier-icon-150x150.png Utah – Upper Sevier http://uppersevier.net/ 32 32 UTAH STATE SAR CONFERENCE: SAND HOLLOW STATE PARK NEAR ST. GEORGES | The Bee – The Buzz in Bullhead City – Lake Havasu City – Kingman – Arizona – California https://uppersevier.net/utah-state-sar-conference-sand-hollow-state-park-near-st-georges-the-bee-the-buzz-in-bullhead-city-lake-havasu-city-kingman-arizona-california/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 03:24:03 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/utah-state-sar-conference-sand-hollow-state-park-near-st-georges-the-bee-the-buzz-in-bullhead-city-lake-havasu-city-kingman-arizona-california/

On the weekend of September 16-18, searchers from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team were invited to attend the Utah State SAR Conference at Utah Park. of Sand Hollow State near St George in Utah. The searchers were fortunate enough to participate in numerous courses, including training with the Utah DPS helicopter in a high-angle rappel rescue scenario. Several major medical scenarios were set up with actors playing the part of casualties, who were then treated and packaged for transport to a waiting medical helicopter for advanced medical attention. UTV and ATV driving skills were taught at various locations. Surface water rescue techniques were taught to recover subjects on land or waiting for a boat. Members of the dive team practiced underwater body recovery and investigation techniques, divers also practiced the use and rigging of lift bags. Water hazardous materials containment skills and equipment were presented. Classes for dealing with deceased subjects during a search were held daily with open discussions among class members. A basic class of SAR drone has also been proposed. Wilderness reduction techniques (dislocated joints) were explained by the medical staff during the lecture. A GPS/map reading course has been well taken by many new seekers. An Introduction to the K9 SAR Class discussed the uses of SAR-trained K9 teams. The conference ended with an invitation to follow the Washington County Sheriff on a 4×4 ride through Arizona to take in the beautiful scenery of the region. Researchers from all four Mohave County units attended the event. Many thanks to the Utah Search and Rescue Association for the invitation and the excellent training.

Courtesy of Mohave County Sheriff’s Office of Search and Rescue

Coaches Corner: Quinton Ganther and Lewis Powell https://uppersevier.net/coaches-corner-quinton-ganther-and-lewis-powell/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 03:26:59 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/coaches-corner-quinton-ganther-and-lewis-powell/


The weekly tour takes a look at Utah’s running backs and defensive end position groups

SALT LAKE CITY – Reunion week is upon us, and as such, it’s fitting that Coaches’ Corner spotlights a pair of Utah football alumni ahead of Saturday’s noon kickoff with the state from Oregon as we visit the running backs coach Quinton Ganther and defensive ends coach Lewis Powell.

The Utes are looking to build on the momentum of a Pac-12 opener win at Arizona State last weekend, as well as turn the tide of last year’s game at Oregon State – a 42 loss -34 in Corvallis.

“These guys got us last year,” the head coach said Kyle Whittingham tuesday. “They outplayed us. The offense played well [last year at Oregon State], but we didn’t do much in defense and not much in special teams. Hopefully we play better this year. They’re a great football team, playing USC all the way. They are well trained, they are tough, they are physical. There are a lot of similarities between the two programs.”

Whittingham was also excited about the kick-off time for Saturday’s game at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

“We love daytime games,” he said. “It’s a midday kick-off, we got another kick-off earlier… Exactly what we were hoping for, should be nice weather, 65 degrees, 70 degrees, perfect.”

Ganther and Powell this week shared a look at how their respective groups have progressed four games into the season.

Running backs coach Quinton Ganther
On Jaylon Glover’s Saturday show…

“It was good to see. [Jaylon’s] a young man who arrived and who has worked hard since he has been here. I am happy to see him carry the torch and guide us in the time when we needed it.”

Is Glover starting to show what he’s capable of? How many left?

“I don’t know how many are left, but I’ll milk him for everything in him.”

On Ja’ Quinden Jackson’s next steps for progression to running back…

“The kid is already naturally gifted. He just has to learn the nuances of the position. He had only had two days of practice. I commend him for taking it seriously with two days of work. C It’s hard to do, fire each other up and I’ve got two days of work I appreciate him for the work he’s done.

About the evaluation Micah Bernard

“What I see from him is responsibility. If you can rely on a guy, you can put him in any situation. He’s a smart kid. He can get us out of traffic when we need to. from him. It’s Steady Eddie. I love that kid.”

On challenges for Jackson returning to running back…

“The challenge is to get out of that quarterback mindset and into a running back mindset. Even with him playing [running back] in high school and earlier in his career, he looked at it with the lens that I try to get these guys to see it with. He begins to understand and understand. One of the most important aspects of the position is protection. He understood protection from an offensive line perspective and a quarterback perspective, but he didn’t understand where running backs go. That’s going to be the biggest challenge, mastering the footwork and everything. He used to give [handoffs], without taking them. We also need to put all of that together.”

Is there a benefit to having that knowledge as a quarterback?

“It’s always an advantage if you can see the game from a different angle and bring it to the group. It’s always a great thing.”

Defensive Ends Coach Lewis Powell
The team has now been adjusting for four weeks into the season…

“I think we are adapting well. The youngsters have learned a lot in the first four games. They understand that the task is quite physical [this week]…probably one of the best teams in our conference. We are delighted to take up the challenge.”

On the number of bags and a possible correlation with physicality…

“We always try to stop the run first and then after the quarterback. We’re probably doing a good job stopping the run to get five sacks [at Arizona State]. But obviously we want as many sacks as possible after stopping the race.”

On what changed in the stoppage of the race between Florida and Arizona State…

“A lot of things have changed between those games. The guys in our defense just understand their role, how they fit into our scheme, what they have to do. It was exciting for them to improve every week We have been from Florida to Southern Utah to San Diego State now Arizona State Hope we continue to progress and see good improvement our fundamentals, our technique and our understanding of our pattern.”


Utah will return to Rice-Eccles Stadium for its annual homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 1 when it takes on the Oregon State Beavers. The game will air on Pac-12 Networks at 12 p.m. MT.


For an overview of Utah’s football program, follow the Utes on social media (Twitter: @Utah_Football | Instagram: @UtahFootball | Facebook: Search Utah Football), and visit www.UtahUtes.com for news, calendar and list updates. throughout the season.

Utah women pursuing higher education face challenges https://uppersevier.net/utah-women-pursuing-higher-education-face-challenges/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 11:10:16 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/utah-women-pursuing-higher-education-face-challenges/

By Julene Reese

Recent data from the US Census Bureau shows that slightly more Utah women earn a bachelor’s degree than Utah men (23.4% versus 22.6%). However, Utah has the largest educational attainment gap among college graduates in the United States. Nationally, 13% of women and 12.4% of men have a graduate degree, but in Utah only 9.3% of women have a graduate degree, compared to 14.1 . % of males.

To better understand this disparity, a research team from Utah State University, led by Sojung Lim, associate professor of sociology, in partnership with the USU Utah Woman & Leadership Project collected quantitative and qualitative data examining the resources and the challenges of women pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees. This report is the first of two and summarizes the results of the quantitative data.

“The purpose of this study was to examine the challenges women in Utah face when pursuing higher education,” said Susan Madsen, founding director of UWLP. “Understanding this will help us learn how to better support women in achieving higher education, which in turn will help with other areas of inequality, including the gender pay gap.”

The study results come from a survey of Utah women aged 18 or older enrolled in colleges/universities pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies. Participants were recruited by the Registrar’s and Graduate Offices of Utah universities and through social media platforms and professional networks. In June 2022, 907 women responded to the survey.

The demographics of the participants showed characteristics unique to Utah that may affect women’s educational attainment. For example, more than one in four undergraduate students and almost half of graduate students were married, and one in five women had children. More than one in five women worked full time and almost half part time. Additionally, female students in graduate programs were more racially and religiously diverse than female students in undergraduate programs.

When asked why they went to college, about 30% said they wanted to learn the skills needed for the job they wanted. One in four respondents said they felt an undergraduate degree was necessary regardless of their career or life goals, and about 17% chose college to increase their earning potential.

To better understand the educational aspirations and goals of women in Utah, they were asked if they planned to go to college. Almost half said they were considering it.

“This result is somewhat surprising, given that Utah is the state with the largest gender gap in higher education of any state,” Lim said. “This suggests that challenges and circumstances, not ambition and desire, influence the gap.”

The study showed that women in graduate programs were older and more diverse in terms of race/ethnicity and religious affiliation than those in undergraduate programs. In addition, women enrolled in higher education programs were more likely to be married or cohabiting and to have at least one child. Graduate students worked at higher rates and were more likely to hold regular full-time jobs than undergraduate students. Additionally, the percentage of women who rated their health as “good, very good, or excellent” was slightly higher among graduate students than undergraduate students.

Women enrolled in undergraduate programs with clear career goals seem to be aware of the benefits of graduate degrees and how they can advance their careers and economic prospects. Conversely, those with unclear career goals and strong family orientations are less interested in higher education. In addition, financial and time constraints associated with graduate programs are significant barriers.

Half of Utah women in higher education have considered leaving school due to financial hardship. Many undergraduate women did not consider attending graduate school because of the cost and time involved. These concerns could be alleviated if women understood that many graduate students receive financial support from their programs through assistantships and scholarships.

Another challenge for Utah women is learning to manage family responsibilities and education. This could be addressed by raising student awareness of child care services and offering mentoring programs that target students with children.

A final challenge was that women did not fully understand their career goals and the paths leading to them. Undergraduate students who were less inclined to attend graduate school often lacked knowledge about it, i.e. what graduate school entails, the resources available, the potential benefits, and the return on investment.

“Through this research, we realized the importance of raising awareness and removing barriers at the start of secondary and undergraduate education so that more women consider and consider pursuing higher education,” Lim said. “Higher education institutions, government agencies, businesses and individuals can innovate to support women in higher education, both financially and emotionally, so that more women obtain higher degrees. Taking action will not only lessen the gender disparity in higher education in Utah, but also move the needle in other areas of gender inequality in the state, including the gender pay gap.

The other authors of the report are Claudia Wright, USU Ph.D. candidate, and Emily S. Darowski, associate director, Utah Women & Leadership Project. To see the full report, including references, click here. For more information on UWLP programs and projects, visit utwomen.org.

Nevada Soccer drops Mountain West opener at Utah State https://uppersevier.net/nevada-soccer-drops-mountain-west-opener-at-utah-state/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 06:18:00 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/nevada-soccer-drops-mountain-west-opener-at-utah-state/

RENO, Nev. (Nevada Athletics) — Nevada Women’s Soccer lost to Utah State 1-0 in their Mountain West season opener at Mackay Stadium on Thursday.

The Aggies fired 21 shots, with the Utah State defense holding the Pack to just four. Fifth-year goaltender Kendal Stovall tied a season-high seven saves.

The Utah State offense attacked in the first 18 seconds, getting a shot on the frame that was saved by Stovall.

Stovall had three more saves in the first 35 minutes, with the Nevada defense preventing any more Utah State offensive chances in the final 10 minutes of the first half to keep the score at zero.

After a Nevada corner with less than 20 minutes left, Utah State gave the go-ahead.

Nicole Hadlock scored an assist from Tenzi Knowles that put the Aggies into a 1-0 lead.

Nevada had a shot in the 84th minute, but it moved to the right and Utah State completed the shutout by not allowing another shot for the final six minutes.

Nevada kicks off a three-game road streak in Mountain West on Sunday, taking on Boise State at 12 p.m. PST.

Post-game notes

  • Senior defenseman Alexis Friesen got her first start of the season.
  • Senior midfielder Luz Arreaga played a season-high 78 minutes on Thursday.
  • Fifth-year goaltender Kendal Stovall tied a season-high seven saves.


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Puerto Ricans in Utah collect supplies for Hurricane Fiona relief efforts https://uppersevier.net/puerto-ricans-in-utah-collect-supplies-for-hurricane-fiona-relief-efforts/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 04:36:29 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/puerto-ricans-in-utah-collect-supplies-for-hurricane-fiona-relief-efforts/

Residents clean up mud brought by Hurricane Fiona to the Los Sotos neighborhood of Higuey, Dominican Republic on Tuesday. Puerto Ricans in Utah unite to support Puerto Rico after another disaster hits the island. (Ricardo Hernández, Associated Press)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Puerto Ricans in Utah are coming together to support Puerto Rico after yet another disaster hits the island.

Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico on Sunday, knocking out power and water to most of the island and leaving hundreds of people stranded amid rapidly rising floodwaters. The hurricane also left about 1 million people without running water in the Dominican Republic on Monday and made landfall in the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday.

Fiona comes five years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Much of the island has yet to recover from Maria, which killed nearly 3,000 people and knocked out the power grid in 2017. The island also suffered a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in 2020 which damaged two of the largest power stations on the island.

“It’s truly heartbreaking to see the Puerto Rican people continue to be hit time and time again by another hurricane, another earthquake, another political government that doesn’t really take care of people the way they should,” Miriam said. Padilla, member of the Puerto Rico group in Utah. “In Puerto Rico, we always help each other. The community is one that lifts each other up – and that’s what we’re going to do again this time around.”

Puerto Rico in Utah, which Padilla and Liliana Rodríguez founded in 2019, collects supplies to send to Puerto Rico. Donations can be dropped off at a community bombazo hosted by the Bomba Marilé group (of which Rodríguez and Padilla are members) on September 25 from 3-7 p.m. at the University of Utah’s Black Cultural Center. Below are some examples of what is needed. A full list is available on the Puerto Rico Utah Facebook page.

  • First aid supplies and over-the-counter medications for inflammation, pain relief, joint pain, gastrointestinal issues, allergies and colds
  • Vitamin supplements and infant formula
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Nutritional support items, such as medicine coolers, glucose tablets, and protein bars
  • Emergency preparedness items like tents, solar powered chargers and radios, flashlights, water filtration tablets and tarps
  • School supplies

Puerto Rico in Utah is working with two organizations, Brigada Solidaria del Oeste and Catacumbas 7, to get supplies to individuals in Puerto Rico.

“We’re starting to work with these two people who we know work directly with people,” Rodríguez said in Spanish. “I’ve had personal contact with them and I know they’re moving supplies to people. It’s not like Hurricane Maria where the government received and gave nothing.”

Protests in Puerto Rico became widespread after a warehouse full of 2020 disaster supplies was discovered. Some of the supplies dated back to Hurricane Maria three years prior. Rodríguez, who was living in Puerto Rico during Maria, said she received no government assistance until six months after the hurricane.

Neighbors work to recover their belongings after flooding caused by Hurricane Fiona in the Los Sotos neighborhood of Higüey, Dominican Republic on Tuesday.  Puerto Ricans in Utah unite to support Puerto Rico after another disaster hits the island.
Neighbors work to recover their belongings after flooding caused by Hurricane Fiona in the Los Sotos neighborhood of Higüey, Dominican Republic on Tuesday. Puerto Ricans in Utah unite to support Puerto Rico after another disaster hits the island. (Photo: Ricardo Hernández, Associated Press)

“Don’t donate to the local Puerto Rican government because people don’t see it,” Padilla said. “We try to really focus on the organizations that have been around Hurricane Maria with the earthquakes that are now present and that we know are trustworthy and have really worked in the community and those are the ones that we recommend.”

Puerto Rico in Utah plans to wait until couriers are back up and running to send supplies. Puerto Rico in Utah organized a similar donation drive after the 2020 earthquake and worked with a Puerto Rican airline employee to secure donated cargo space to transport supplies to the island. Rodríguez and his family then flew to Puerto Rico and collected the items and distributed them to tent cities on the island.

Padilla and Rodríguez hope they can find something similar this time around. They have set up a GoFundMe* account to help defray costs associated with bringing items to Puerto Rico and to donate to organizations in Puerto Rico.

Rodríguez and Padilla say their families are physically fine despite the damage to their properties. However, the mental impact of hurricanes Maria and Fiona, as well as a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in 2020, are taking their toll.

“Mentally that’s what people are really hurting for because we don’t know how long the lights are going to be off, we don’t know how long the water is going to be off. And they have Maria’s PTSD knowing that they went six months (without electricity), some people a year, some people longer,” Padilla said. “It’s the uncertainty that really scares people.

Rodríguez added that with so many natural and other disasters happening around the world right now, it’s important to be ready to help others.

“Today it’s happening there, but at any time it could happen here,” Rodríguez said.

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Utah receivers ‘prove a lot of people wrong’ after better performance against San Diego State https://uppersevier.net/utah-receivers-prove-a-lot-of-people-wrong-after-better-performance-against-san-diego-state/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 15:28:20 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/utah-receivers-prove-a-lot-of-people-wrong-after-better-performance-against-san-diego-state/

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SALT LAKE CITY — It was no secret to Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham that San Diego State had given up a lot of yards in the passing game to opposing teams this season.

In the first two weeks of the season, the Aztecs gave up a total of 557 passing yards to opposing teams, or an average of 278.5 yards per game. And while a currently surging Arizona team racked up 299 yards on San Diego State, it was Idaho State – an FCS team – that managed to nearly replicate the success. with 258 yards in a 38-7 loss.

Conversely, Utah had given up just 210 total passing yards all season before Saturday (that number only jumped to 270 after a 35-7 win over San Diego State). Saturday).

That’s why Whittingham spoke freely last Monday about his side needing to test the Aztecs’ defense in the passing game to see if they’ve made any adjustments.

“You try to look at what other people have been successful at and implement some of the same patterns and philosophies and see if they’ve fixed it,” Whittingham said. “It’s common in football, you see a weakness that someone has exploited, you go and test that and see if they’ve managed to fix that or if it’s still a weakness for them.”

That’s exactly what Utah tried to do on Saturday when the first play of the game was a full pass from quarterback Cam Rising to receiver Jaylon Dixon for a 13-yard pickup. From there, Utah continued with their plan to attack San Diego State’s defense from the air, hoping for another big night in the passing game.

The problem was that Utah got icy on offense.

Rising missed passes as his targets failed to separate from the San Diego State defense, and there was no consistency or flow to the offense. It all led to stalled drives and a first-quarter shutout for the first time this season.

Maybe San Diego State figured out its defense in the passing game — or Utah was playing so badly.

Whittingham said the offense “could never get into a rhythm” as the Aztecs were “leaning and moving” to confuse Utah’s offense. It worked loud and clear.

“We just didn’t get the move that well in the first quarter and a half and just found ways to kill drives,” Whittingham said.

But that all changed on a 15-yard draw as he rode the seam to veteran receiver Solomon Enis with 11 minutes left in the second quarter. It was the momentum play Utah needed, and the one that proved to be the panacea to offensive woes.

The surge and offense notched three touchdowns – a 30-yard pass to an open Brant Kuithe, a 13-yard pass in the end zone to Enis on a vital third-and-4 in the red zone and a 15-yard pass to Devaughn Vele at the end zone sideline for a trailing catch and score – in the second quarter and quickly took control of what had previously been slow and boring play, offensively.

Devaughn Vele (17) of the Utah Utes misses a catch as he takes on the San Diego State Aztecs in Salt Lake City on Saturday, September 17, 2022.
Utah Utes’ Devaughn Vele (17) misses a catch while playing against the San Diego State Aztecs in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (Photo: Ben B. Braun, Deseret News)

Before that capture of Enis early in the second quarter, Rising was just 5 of 14 assists and struggling to make records. After that, the junior quarterback had just three misses and ended his night early throwing for a career-high 224 yards and four touchdowns on 18 of 30 passes.

But more importantly for Utah, it was kind of a night out for the wide receivers who had been tasked with being more involved in the game plan this season after failing to get many goals — most of them. passing attempts were previously directed at Utah’s dynamic tight ends or at its stable of running backs. It was time for wide receivers to get more involved.

Kuithe has always led the team in receiving yards with 64 yards on five catches, but Vele, Enis and Dixon were more in the action (11 targets) and were factors in the team’s score – Vele finished with two touchdowns and 38 yards on three catches. .

It was a small step in the right direction, and one that showed Utah receivers can be more of an asset in the game, Vele said.

“It’s good to start getting the recognition that we’ve worked so hard for,” Vele said. “A lot of guys in the room – it was tough at first trying to stick with that, but we’ve got a good group of guys. We’re a lot of selfless guys; we understand that the team always comes first, so we just kept our heads down and we were just waiting for the opportunity, and we are grateful to have had this opportunity.

“But it proves a lot of people wrong. We’ve heard a lot about them saying the host corps is lacking and we can’t trust them outside. But once we get that opportunity , we always make sure to capitalize on that.”

The difference Saturday, compared to the first two weeks, Whittingham said, is that the receivers “opened up, Cam gave them the ball and they made plays.”

“You see Solo Enis made some good plays and had a great run after catching a critical third down in that second quarter,” Whittingham added. “Devaughn Vele, I talked about him all through fall camp, and you saw glimpses of his abilities tonight; he’s a great player.”

It’s as simple as that, right? Not so fast.

Utah doesn’t suddenly switch to an Air Raid attack after Saturday’s performance. Whittingham maintains that the team’s ‘base package’, personnel on the pitch on most games, will continue to include two tight ends – Kuithe and Dalton Kincaid – and Vele and Enis on the outside for ‘90% representatives” for recipients.

“We’re not going to take those tight ends off the field; they’re too valuable,” Whittingham said.

Still, having more of an outside threat makes Utah’s offense more diverse and versatile, and Rising says it makes their job easier on the field.

“Just makes it a lot more versatile,” Rising said. “You can hit the guys inside in the middle or you can go outside, and that just gives you a lot more options. “Team has to do no matter what the situation – and just props for them. I’m glad we’re in and out, it makes my life a lot easier.”

So while receivers have had their moment — at least a bigger moment — they will always be just an option under the care of offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and his plan to get the ball to his best players on the field. ground.

It will likely continue to be with tight ends and running backs, but there is also room for receivers to carve out a place on offense. And Saturday was just one example of what it could look like this season.

“It’s not just us; it takes a whole team to win in the game,” Vele said. “It starts at the O line, starts with the quarterback, the tight ends, everyone has a role in something, so we don’t want to overdo it on ourselves. But it’s really good to start. to have the ball and get a bit more involved in the attack, because we understand that we have guys in the team, but we can also be those guys, on the attacking side.”

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Utah desert farms thrive on water from the shrinking Colorado River https://uppersevier.net/utah-desert-farms-thrive-on-water-from-the-shrinking-colorado-river/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 14:13:20 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/utah-desert-farms-thrive-on-water-from-the-shrinking-colorado-river/

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — The nation’s second-driest state, Utah, doesn’t supply much water to the Colorado River as it flows from the headwaters of the Rocky Mountains through Canyonlands National Park to the lake. Powell.

Utah has a unique position in the middle of the river basin, geographically and politically, and it wields less influence than thirstier, more populous states like Colorado, California, and Arizona.

Its sprawling urban centers along the Wasatch Front, home to 80% of the state’s population, lie outside the Colorado River Basin and rely less on the river than cities like Phoenix or Las Vegas. Only 27% of the water used in Utah comes from the Colorado River, with the majority of the state’s water supply coming from other rivers that feed into the Great Salt Lake.


EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a collaborative series on the Colorado River as we approach the 100th anniversary of the historic Colorado River Compact. The Associated Press, Colorado Sun, Albuquerque Journal, Salt Lake Tribune, Arizona Daily Star and Nevada Independent are working together to explore pressures on the river in 2022.


Under a 1948 agreement, Utah is entitled to 23% of the water used by the four states in the upper Colorado River basin – receiving less water than Colorado but more than Wyoming or New -Mexico – and it typically uses about 1 million acre-feet of Colorado water every year.

For decades, Utah has sought to develop diversions of the river by pursuing projects like the controversial Lake Powell Pipeline, which would transport 86,000 acre-feet of water from the reservoir to St. George and surrounding areas. But the state’s use has remained relatively stable since 1994 despite its rapidly growing population.

However, twenty-two years of drought in the basin prompted the Bureau of Reclamation to exert more pressure on Utah and the other six Colorado River states to reduce their use and abandon development plans, and States are preparing to renegotiate water use guidelines. which expire in 2026.

Utah’s designated representative in the talks, Utah’s Colorado River Commissioner Gene Shawcroft, said the drought has made planning difficult.

“It’s hard to forecast four or five years if you can’t see past next spring,” Shawcroft said. “Part of our challenge from the start has been to really focus on the renegotiations when faced with such a critical day-to-day situation.”

Shawcroft said Utah is committed to planning for 2026 while participating in more immediate water negotiations, such as the Bureau of Reclamation’s call on basin water users to reduce their use until to 30% next year to stabilize rapid depletion levels in Lakes Powell and Hydromel.

Utah is aggressively pursuing conservation measures through an extensive series of state laws passed this year, Shawcroft added, including a law that allows farmers to opt out of irrigation without losing their water rights. ‘water. But he said restoring the system to balance will likely require the biggest reductions to come from the largest water users in downstream states.

Jack Schmidt, director of the Center for Colorado River Studies at Utah State University, said that since 2001 agriculture has used more than two-thirds of the water in Utah’s Colorado River. Another 15% is pumped out of the basin, mainly to feed the Wasatch Front.

More than 300,000 acres of land in the state is irrigated with water from the Colorado River, primarily to grow forage crops to feed livestock like alfalfa.

“Given the fact that 70 percent of the Colorado River’s total water is used by (agriculture),” Schmidt said, “it’s hard to imagine that agriculture won’t suffer the most significant cuts. “

But reductions in water use don’t have to hurt farmers’ bank accounts. “Farming could very well be fairly compensated for setting aside their fields,” he said.

Environmental groups like the Utah Rivers Council have pointed to Utah’s residential water usage – the highest in the basin, per capita – and low water rates as evidence that greater conservation in this area is possible and necessary.

The potential decommissioning of coal-fired power plants in Utah over the next decade, which use 6% of the Colorado River’s water, could also free up some of the supply for conservation or other uses.

Another consideration is tribal water rights in Utah, which must be satisfied by the state’s share of Colorado River water.

A court decree recognized the Ute Indian tribe’s right to 144,000 acre-feet of water, but the tribe can receive significantly more water if it settles its water rights claims with the state and government federal.

The Utah portion of the Navajo Nation settled its water rights in May and has a recognized right to 81,500 acre-feet.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said his administration’s priority is to supply the thousands of Navajo homes in Utah that still lack running water, but he said the tribe may consider renting the rest of its water to other users.

“If we’re going to sit on paper water, as they say,” Nez said, “and we’re not able to use it, we might as well rent it to those who need it.”

All of these factors will likely have a role to play as basin states renegotiate guidelines ahead of 2026.

Utah’s goals in future discussions, according to Shawcroft, will be to push for greater adaptability while ensuring that states share water surpluses or reductions equitably as availability changes.

“I think we have to be resilient across a wide range of flows,” he said, “whether lower…or higher.”

A town listed on the National Register of Historic Places https://uppersevier.net/a-town-listed-on-the-national-register-of-historic-places/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 15:25:51 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/a-town-listed-on-the-national-register-of-historic-places/

Located along Highway 6 in Juab County is a small town where you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Eureka is a historic town west of Santaquin where approximately 700 people live. So what makes this city unique? Why is it worth the detour? Well, the whole town is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Have you ever visited Eureka, Utah? Did you know that the entire city has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places? Let us know in the comments! And, for more information about the city, including access to the self-guided walking tour brochure, visit the city’s website.

Do you like history? Then you’ll want to look at these historic photos that show what life was like in Utah in the early 1900s.

Address: Eureka, UT 84628, USA

150 million year old vomit found in Utah offers ‘rare glimpse’ of prehistoric ecosystems https://uppersevier.net/150-million-year-old-vomit-found-in-utah-offers-rare-glimpse-of-prehistoric-ecosystems/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 23:17:15 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/150-million-year-old-vomit-found-in-utah-offers-rare-glimpse-of-prehistoric-ecosystems/

An artist’s rendering of a rainbowfish attempting to sneak up on a frog floating on the surface of a pond while another rainbowfish regurgitates part of a recent meal of frogs and of a salamander. The bowfish is the suspected predator of a 150-million-year-old vomit fossil discovered in southeastern Utah. (Brian Engh via Utah State Parks Division)

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VERNAL – A fossil recently discovered in southeastern Utah appears to show the type of prey that predators feasted on in the days of the dinosaurs and when the area wasn’t quite the desert it is today today.

Utah paleontologists have discovered a pile of amphibian bones that they say appear to have been vomited up by some sort of predator. This prehistoric vomit is believed to be 150 million years old, according to paleontologists from the Utah Geological Survey, the Utah Division of State Parks and the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum in Washington.

Their findings were published in the journal Palaios last month.

“This fossil gives us rare insight into animal interactions in ancient ecosystems,” John Foster, curator of the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum and one of the study’s co-authors, said in a statement. tuesday.

The team discovered the fossil while scouring the Morrison Formation, a famous paleontological site known for its Late Jurassic fossils, which spans from around 148 million years ago to 155 million years ago. It’s best known for its dinosaur bones, but it’s also where scientists have found all sorts of other animals, like fish, salamanders and frogs.

The southeast Utah section of the formation features mostly prehistoric plants like ginkgos, ferns, and conifers; however, paleontologists have also found amphibians and bowfish there. These finds explain why they believe the area once housed a pond or small lake.

But during a recent investigation, the team discovered a strangely arranged fossil. It was a group of bones that included “elements” of at least one small frog or tadpole and would be the “smallest salamander specimen reported from the formation,” the researchers wrote in the study. Some of these bones were only 0.12 inches long, which is among the smallest sets of bones in the formation.

They added that the chemical and bone structure of the fossil indicated that it was regurgitation, which is a fossilized form of vomit. The team noted that this is the first such find in the Morrison Formation and also in the Jurassic period of North America.

What is still unclear 150 million years later is what killed the species in regurgitation. Foster points out that previous research places bowfish in the area at the time, which he considers the “current best match” for the predator behind the fossil. Scientists have discovered species of fish, salamanders and frogs in the Morrison Formation for over a century.

“While we can’t rule out other predators, an arc fin is our current suspect, so to speak,” he said, explaining that fish – and other animals – sometimes regurgitate their meals. recent when they are pursued or want to distract a potential predator.

“There were three animals that we still have today, interacting in ways also known today between these animals – prey eaten by predators and predators possibly hunted by other predators,” he said. he adds. “That in itself shows how similar some ancient ecosystems were to places on Earth today.”

The discovery is the team’s most recent in the area. Two of the study’s three co-authors also help uncover a huge 151 million-year-old water bug, which led to a paper published in 2020.

James Kirkland, the state paleontologist who co-authored both studies, said paleontologists plan to continue to search for the site where the prehistoric vomit was discovered to see if they can find more evidence of the ecosystem. past of the region.

“I was so excited to have found this site because Late Jurassic plant localities are so rare,” he said in a statement. “We must now carefully dissect the site in search of smaller wonders among the foliage.”


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Carter Williams is an award-winning journalist who covers general news, the outdoors, history and sports for KSL.com. He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a transplant from Utah via Rochester, New York.

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Utah Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2022 inducted Friday night https://uppersevier.net/utah-athletics-hall-of-fame-class-of-2022-inducted-friday-night/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 04:46:31 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/utah-athletics-hall-of-fame-class-of-2022-inducted-friday-night/

Utah Athletics entered its final Hall of Fame class Friday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium and Tower. The Utah Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2022 is made up of eight former athletes.

Friday night, Christl Hager (skiing), Heidi Hausknecht (women’s swimming), Chris Kemoeatu (soccer), Carla Pittelkow (cross country/athletics), Mitch Smith (men’s basketball), Shona Thorburn (women’s basketball), Melissa Vituj (gymnastics) and Eric Weddle (soccer). The class will also be recognized during the Utah-Southern Utah football game on Saturday afternoon.

“Tonight is always one of the highlights of the year for us,” the Utah athletic director said. Mark Harlan. “It’s a night to connect with our past and to celebrate the start of a new year. To all of our inductees, congratulations. You are among the best there has ever been and the best there will ever be in the world. Utah Athletics history. A special salute to all of our female inductees. It’s the 50th anniversary of Title IX. I think we understand it was a little different back then, but you kept on fighting .So many amazing women have come here and thrived, and we’re proud to have some of them inducted into the Hall of Fame tonight.”

Christl Hager – Skiing
One of the most dominant downhills in NCAA history, Christl Hager became Utah’s only three-time national champion skier in the mid-1990s and led the Utes to a pair of national titles.

Hager joined Team USA at age 14, but after a series of injuries she was forced to give up her dream of competing in the Olympics and focus on collegiate skiing.

Hager joined the Utes in 1994, winning the first of his three giant slalom titles as a rookie. The following year, Hager won another gold medal in giant slalom and earned the first of his three runner-up finishes in slalom at the NCAA championships. She also placed third in the GS at the 1995 U.S. Nationals. Hager capped her career by winning another NCAA giant slalom title in 1997. She won or shared the Toril Forland Women’s Outstanding Skier Award from the Utah for the four years of his career.

Heidi Hausknecht – Swimming Women
A two-time Mountain West Conference champion and Utah’s first All-American in women’s swimming, Heidi Hausknecht left an indelible mark during her career with the Utes.

She began her college career in Hawaii and competed in three NCAA championship events as a rookie. Hausknecht then decided to return home and finished second in the 100 butterfly, fourth in the 50 freestyle and ninth in the 100 freestyle at the 1999 WAC Championships. She placed eighth in the 100 butterfly at the NCAA Championships to become an All- American.

Hausknecht won two Mountain West Conference titles in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. She qualified for the NCAA for the second straight year, placing 22nd in the 100m butterfly. During his career at Utah, Hausknecht set seven school records, including individual marks in the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 butterfly, as well as the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and the 200 and 400 medley relays.

Chris Kemoeatu – Soccer
A first-team All-American in 2004, lineman Chris Kemoeatu paved the way for a Ute-record offense during the undefeated Fiesta Bowl season before playing in a pair of Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He became a starter at left guard in 2002, earning an All-Mountain West Conference honorable mention. Kemoeatu had an all-conference caliber first season as a team in 2003 before missing four games. But he came back in 2004 to have a dominant senior year.

As a starter at right guard, Kemoeatu averaged 68 snaps per game and had a team-high 81 knockdowns. Kemoeatu was named First Team All-Mountain West Conference and First Team All-America by two outlets. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Kemoeatu in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He started on the 2008 Steelers team that won the Super Bowl. He made another Super Bowl appearance with Pittsburgh two years later.

Carla Pittelkow – Cross Country/Athletics
A four-time All-American distance runner in the early days of women’s track and field, Carla Pittelkow helped lead the Utah cross country team to the AIAW Division II National Championship in 1981.

Pittelkow got off to a flying start in his college career in 1980, taking third place at the regional cross country championships and earning All-America honors at the national championships. The following year, she finished seventh in national competition, helping Utah win the AIAW Division II championship in 1981.

She had a stellar track and field season in 1982. She placed sixth at the national indoor championships and won the regional outdoor title in the 800 meters. At the AIAW National Championships, she earned All-America honors in two events, placing third in the 1,500 meters and second in the 3,000 meters. A series of injuries limited the final years of her college career, but she still managed to place seventh at the 1984 NCAA Cross Country Regional Championships.

Mitch Smith – Men’s Basketball
A three-time All-Western Athletic Conference forward for the Runnin’ Utes in the late 1980s, Mitch Smith was Utah’s top rebounder and shot blocker in his four-year college career, and has led the team to scoring the past three years.

Smith averaged 7.6 rebounds per game in his freshman season as Utah tied for the 1986 WAC title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. As a sophomore, he had his best offensive year averaging 16.8 points per game. As a senior in 1988-89, Smith recorded 55 blocked shots, the seventh in a season in school history.

In career standings, Smith remains 10th with 1,628 points, fourth with 1,026 rebounds, third with 157 blocked shots, seventh with 134 steals and eighth with 418 free throws made. He is one of four all-time Ute players to reach 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. After his college career ended, Smith embarked on a ten-year professional career in Spain, Turkey and Belgium.

Shona Thorburn – Women’s Basketball
Shona Thorburn, a two-time All-American and all-conference first-team point guard, was the rushing general in Utah’s run to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2006.

Thorburn earned second-team All-Mountain West Conference honors as a rookie and redshirt sophomore. As a junior. She averaged 14.9 points and ranked sixth in the nation with 6.5 assists per game that season. Full Court Press placed her on its third All-America team and she shared Mountain West Conference Player of the Year honors. In his senior year in 2006, Thorburn ranked second in the nation with 7.1 assists per game, earned an All-America honorable mention, and was a first-team All-Mountain West for the second consecutive year. .

She finished her career sixth in Utah history with 1,735 points, first with 689 assists, and fourth with 203 steals. She was seventh overall in the 2006 WNBA draft, spending two years in the league. She continued to play professionally overseas and was a member of the Canadian national team.

Melissa Vituj – Gymnastics
An 11-time American gymnast, Melissa Vituj has four top-10 finishes at the NCAA championships and led the Red Rocks to the Super Six in her four-year career.

Vituj had a stellar first season in 2001, placing third on balance beam and eighth on floor at the NCAA championships. She was also a second-team All-American on vault. After completing 14e on floor and a second-team All-American winner on balance beam and vault as a sophomore, she placed ninth on floor as a junior and was named North Central Gymnast of the Year.

As a senior, she won the South Region all-around and beam titles. At the NCAA Championships, she placed third on floor, seventh all-around, and earned second-team All-America honors on balance beam at the NCAA Championships. She was also one of four nominees for the Honda Broderick Award, honoring the nation’s top female gymnast, and earned third-team Academic All-America honors.

Eric Weddle – Football
One of the most versatile college football players of all time, Eric Weddle was honored as a Consensus All-American in 2006 before becoming an All-Pro safety and Super Bowl champion in the NFL.

Weddle earned first-team Freshman All-America honors in 2003 and played a key role in Utah’s undefeated Fiesta Bowl team in 2004. In each of the next two seasons, Weddle was voted player Mountain West Conference Defensive of the Year. He led the league with seven interceptions as a senior, returning two of those picks for touchdowns. Weddle scored eight touchdowns during the 2006 season, including five as a running back. He also passed for a score. Weddle was named a first-team All-America defensive back by the AFCA and The Sporting News, and was a second-team All-American by other media outlets. He finished his career with 18 interceptions, ranking second in school history.

Weddle was selected in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, as the 37th overall pick. During his 14-year NFL career, Weddle was a six-time Pro Bowl selection. After initially retiring after the 2019 season, Weddle returned to join a shorthanded Los Angeles Rams team for their January 2022 playoff run and led them to a Super Bowl victory.