Rick Aaron, ABC4 Utah

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ABC4 Utah

Cheyenne, WY, United States

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Past articles by Rick:

‘My heart breaks for them’: Ogden woodworker crafts gifts for the families of fallen Marines

OGDEN (ABC4 News) – It’s been two weeks since a suicide bomber killed 13 U.S. service members outside of the Kabul Airport including Marine Staff Sergeant Taylor Hoover of Midvale and Lance Corporal Rylee McCollum of Jackson, Wyoming. Now their families are about to receive a special gift from a craftsman in Ogden. Soon after […] → Read More

6 more people die in crashes as Utah closes out the ‘100 Deadliest Days’

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – In a tragic ending to the so-called “100 Deadliest Days” on Utah roads, six people died in five separate crashes Labor Day weekend, including two Monday morning in Washington County. According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the driver of a Toyota lost control and spun into the path of an […] → Read More

Utah’s first Afghan refugee arrives alone with an amazing escape story

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – The first Afghan refugee to arrive in Utah after the fall of Afghanistan barely escaped Kabul with his life. On his first day here, he told ABC4 that his family had an even closer call. 34-year-old air traffic controller Azim Kakaie was working in the tower at Kabul Airport last week […] → Read More

Headed for disaster: Utah women volunteer to help Hurricane Ida victims

MURRAY, Utah (ABC4) – As with every natural disaster, Utahns are stepping up to help the victims in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. On Tuesday, two volunteers from the American Red Cross loaded up to head to south Louisiana. Shelley Smedley and Kay Stevens don’t know each other but they were about to embark on […] → Read More

‘Neither one deserved this’: Homicide investigation causing concern, heartache in Moab

MOAB, Utah (ABC4) – The discovery of two women’s bodies in the La Sal mountains Wednesday has the community of Moab on edge. Now family and friends are wondering what happened to the recently married couple. Friends say 24-year-old Kylen Schulte and 38-year-old Crystal Turner were married on April 20 of this year and often […] → Read More

‘A wet bonfire’: Rain doesn’t help clear Utah’s smoky air

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Despite recent rainstorms, air quality along the Wasatch Front remained in the unhealthy range Thursday, leaving many wondering why all that rain didn’t do anything to clear out the wildfire smoke from California and Oregon. For the past three days, the smoke met the soak. “It’s kind of like you’re entering […] → Read More

‘Amazing’: Girl on mission to hug police officers in all 50 states visits Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – A young girl from Louisiana embraced law enforcement in Salt Lake City…literally. 11-year-old Rosalyn Baldwin is on a mission to hug police officers in all 50 states. On Wednesday afternoon, Chief Mike Brown and dozens of SLCPD personnel lined up to meet Rosalyn and her family. They exchanged plenty of hugs, […] → Read More

‘Please please please’: Gov. Cox urges Utahns to forego personal fireworks on the 4th

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Governor Spencer Cox has a plea to all Utahns: with our state a virtual powder keg right now, don’t light the fuse. “Please, please, please celebrate without personal fireworks,” he said Wednesday. With a group of city leaders, firefighters, and fire engines as a backdrop, Cox stated that almost 58,000 […] → Read More

‘So delicious’: Yelp reviewers share their favorite spots to get frozen treats in Utah

SOUTH OGDEN, Utah (ABC4) – With the temperatures soaring, many Utahns are seeking out frozen treats. According to Yelp, the best cool down bites in Utah are scooped up at Bow Tie Creamery, a true mom and pop shop in South Ogden inspired by a spoonful Catherine Diamond had 30 years ago. “I tasted this […] → Read More

Justified: District Attorney says Unified Police Officers did everything right in Holladay shootout

HOLLADAY, Utah (ABC4) – Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has ruled a police shooting at a busy intersection in Holladay was justified. Numerous witnesses including a school bus full of kids were watching as a Unified Police Officer literally dodged a bullet and returned fire to save his own life and the life of […] → Read More

‘Divine intervention’: Complete stranger helps save BYU football player from over 2,000 miles away

PROVO, Utah (ABC4) – BYU linebacker and strong safety Chaz Ah You is getting ready for the upcoming season, but one year ago he almost gave up not only on football, but on life. Chaz said he was suicidal and might have gone through with it if not for a stranger, who lives more than […] → Read More

‘Struggling’: Young athletes at risk for mental health issues

MURRAY, Utah (ABC4) – Tennis star Naomi Osaka’s recent withdrawal from two tournaments has put the spotlight on athlete mental health. Osaka, the world’s second-ranked player, pulled out of the French Open and recently announced she’s skipping a tournament in Berlin. In an Instagram post, the 23-year-old stated that she has social anxiety and has […] → Read More

Treasure App: Your phone’s GPS could lead you to a $50,000 buried prize

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – If you live along the Wasatch Front, there’s a chance you’ve walked right over $50,000 and not even known it. That’s because it’s buried treasure, and on Friday, ABC4 spoke to the men who hid it. A pair of Utah County women recently dug up a box in Provo’s South […] → Read More

New airline aims to take ‘Utah nice’ to new heights

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS (ABC4 News) – A new Utah-based airline is set to launch next week, serving 16 cities in the Southern and Eastern U.S. It’s the latest venture from the man who started JetBlue 20 years ago. Get Utah’s latest news sent to your inbox! Click here to subscribe to the free ABC4 daily newsletter. “Welcome […] → Read More

“Plateau”: Utah’s Covid-19 cases remain low despite worries of a potential spike

MURRAY (ABC4) – Utah has not seen the recent spike in Covid-19 cases other states have. Our numbers have stayed level, and now medical and political leaders are trying to keep it that way. “We’re in a plateau right now,” Governor Spencer Cox said Thursday at his weekly Covid briefing. Doctors credit the vaccines for taking […] → Read More

“Biologic poison:” Utah doctors call for an end to aerial mosquito spraying

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Salt Lake City recently scrapped a plan to use Air Force tanker planes to spray for mosquitos this summer. Now a group of local doctors wants to end all aerial spraying, claiming it does more harm than good. As demonstrated in an informational YouTube video, Salt Lake City has […] → Read More

Gender Pay Gap: Utah women earn an average of 30 percent less than men, 2nd worst in the nation

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Monday, March 8, was International Women’s Day, an occasion for celebrating female achievement and equality, but when it comes to paychecks, Utah women still lag far behind. It’s called the Gender Pay Gap and Utah’s is the second worst in the nation. During an International Women’s Day webinar, Lieutenant Governor Deidre […] → Read More

Utah tied for 28th in vaccination percentage but Governor says that’s misleading

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control lists Utah in the middle of the pack when it comes to the percentage of a state’s population that has gotten the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the CDC, Alaska leads the way with 13.4 percent of residents having received at […] → Read More

Utah’s Republican representatives vote against impeachment despite President’s ‘reckless’ and ‘wrong’ actions

WASHINGTON D.C. (ABC4 News) – Utah’s four representatives all voted the same way on impeachment Wednesday but they had different reasons why. Republican Representatives Blake Moore, Chris Stewart, John Curtis and Burgess Owens all voted “no” on the Article of Impeachment. 1st District Rep. Moore, on the job for just ten days, spoke on the […] → Read More

‘Keep them alive’: Teachers, seniors will be the first Utahns in the general public to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Governor Spencer Cox announced Friday that Utah’s general public will begin receiving Covid-19 vaccines next week, starting with teachers and residents of long-term care facilities with Utahns over 70 soon to follow. Five days into his term, Governor Cox sounded frustrated in the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. “This […] → Read More