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Past articles by Sam:

Springville police highlight recovering addicts to give others hope

On the Springville Police Department’s Instagram account, there’s a new post titled "Addict of the Month." Officers see it as a positive step to create a dialogue about a serious problem by highlighting someone who lives in the community and has struggled with addiction. → Read More


Family pharmacy in Ephraim closing after 109 years

A family-owned pharmacy will close its doors Saturday after 109 years of operations, bringing an end to what may be the state’s longest-owned family pharmacy. → Read More


1 year after the Dollar Ridge wildfire, biologists are optimistic about the future

The Dollar Ridge Fire burned nearly 70,000 acres near Strawberry Reservoir last summer. Scientists say the area is well on its way to recovery. → Read More


Fireworks up for sale, but don’t ignite until July 2

It’s beginning to look a lot like the Independence Day, with fireworks stands popping up everywhere you go. Fire officials have a few reminders before folks light the fuse. → Read More

Daughter gives dad her kidney as Father's Day present

A daughter gave her dad a Father's Day gift that might extend his life: a kidney. → Read More


Timpanogos Cave to reopen June 19 following visitor center construction

Mud — and a lot of it — is making it difficult to finish a new parking lot for the Timpanogos Cave Visitor Center. But the progress of this project, which began in the fall, is very visible. → Read More


Utah fruit growers worried about foreign imports of tart cherries

The fruit trees are in full bloom right now, and in addition to the weather, fruit growers are watching closely the imports of tart cherries coming from overseas countries. → Read More


Provo police targeting drivers distracted by cellphones

Officers with the Provo Police Department are watching and issuing citations for drivers distracted by their phones. → Read More

Grinch helps students cross a busy street in Layton safely

The Grinch may not be the most likable character, but for kids crossing Layton Parkway, the Grinch is a lifesaver. → Read More

Utahn arrested in woman's death released from jail as deputies await evidence

A man believed to have been involved in the death of a Sandy woman last month, is out of jail as the investigation into the woman’s death continues. → Read More


Animal activists plead guilty in turkey theft; alleged ringleaders to face trial

Three animal activists from California pleaded guilty Wednesday to reduced misdemeanor charges involving a break-in at a Sanpete County turkey farm last year. → Read More


What Utah’s 3.1 percent unemployment rate really means

Wherever you look, nearly all of Utah’s 98,000 businesses are hiring. Unemployment is just 3.1 percent, and that’s putting pressure on many businesses. → Read More

Utah County residents watch the skies, fearing debris flow from fire-scarred mountainside

Less than two weeks ago, residents of Elk Ridge and Woodland Hills were worried about a wildfire approaching their homes. Now, with heavy rain in the forecast, their big fear is flooding and mudslides. → Read More


2 rural counties get grant money to fight opioid addiction

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s office of Rural Development in Utah is providing nearly $400,000 in grant money, specifically to help curb the struggles in two Utah counties. → Read More


Man robbed at gunpoint in Provo, after pulling over to make call

A man’s attempt to safely make a cellphone call by pulling over to the side of the road may have made him an easy target for two robbers who police say held a gun to his head. → Read More


Vineyard one of the fastest growing cities in America

It’s one of the fastest growing cities in America and it’s right here in Utah. What used to be the town of Vineyard in Utah County is now thriving as a city, mostly on the property of the old Geneva Steel Mill. → Read More

Cameras on Alpine School District buses help police crack down on illegal passing

Kids are back in school, and drivers are seeing school buses again on the roads. School bus drivers say too many drivers don’t stop when they are required to by law, but a new tool may reduce the number of stop-arm violators. → Read More


Bus-mounted cameras help police catch school bus stop violators

A warning has been issued for drivers in Utah County after new cameras have been installed on school buses. → Read More


Items stolen from murdered Eureka teens’ makeshift memorial

At an abandoned mineshaft in Utah County, a small makeshift memorial has helped to give family and friends of Breezy Otteson and Riley Powell some peace. Items placed at the spot where it is believed they were killed in late December and where their bodies were found in March, have been stolen. → Read More

Body of Provo woman missing for 3 years found in canyon

Authorities in Utah County confirmed Wednesday that they have found the body of missing Provo student Elizabeth Elena Laguna Salgado. → Read More