Friday, July 31, 2015

Headlines you might want to know about today

Joseph Trustey and his daughter, Anna

LOCAL BUSINESS: Well known businessman, daughter die in plane crash during college trip in Wisconsin

LEHI -- Vivint Solar today expressed condolences to the family of Joe Trustey, a member of the company's board of directors. Trustey died July 29, in a plane crash that also claimed the life of his daughter.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Joe Trustey and his lovely daughter," said Greg Butterfield, CEO of Vivint Solar. "Joe was an inspiring leader and friend. He brought great value and warmth to our company and he will be greatly missed."

Mr. Trustey, a managing director and chief operating officer of Summit Partners, has served on Vivint Solar's board of directors. He was also serving on the board of directors for APX Group Holdings Inc. READ MORE HERE

LOCAL SPORTS: BYU Basketball adds talent to possible roster

Connor Harding
PROVO – BYU signed two big names in two days that could be a major boost to Coach Dave Rose’s basketball program. Elijah Bryant said he plans to transfer to BYU from Elon University and Connor Harding announced via Twitter that he plans to play for BYU. READ MORE HERE




BYU says tailgating rules unchanged from 2014 season

PROVO — BYU said tailgating plans for the 2015  home football season will be the same as 2014 and won't be changed as earlier reported. In an effort to improve the tailgating experience at BYU, the new plan combines the RV lot with the regular tailgate parking (Lot 20) located directly north of the BYU Broadcasting Building.
“The goal is to create a centralized location that gives Cougar Nation more space to enjoy the pregame tailgating experience with friends and family,” said BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe. “It’s part of our continued effort to improve the game-day experience at BYU.” READ MORE HERE

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

News you'll want to know about ...

WEATHER: What about Girls Camp?

The National Weather Service is calling for a high near 79 degrees today with the low around 50. Girls headed to LDS Girls Camp above Heber will see temperatures about 10 degrees cooler. Mia Shalom campers will see highs around 63 today and lows in the mid 40s, according to forecasts. No rain is expected for the rest of the week. Highs for the rest of the week in Utah County are expected rise to the low 90s by the end of the week, overnight lows in the low 50s.

LOCAL NEWS: Church reconsiders relationship with Boy Scouts

SALT LAKE CITY —  The official statement of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released Monday after a vote on a policy change by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board to admit openly gay leaders:
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is deeply troubled by today’s vote by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board. In spite of a request to delay the vote, it was scheduled at a time in July when members of the Church’s governing councils are out of their offices and do not meet. When the leadership of the Church resumes its regular schedule of meetings in August, the century-long association with Scouting will need to be examined. The Church has always welcomed all boys to its Scouting units regardless of sexual orientation. However, the admission of openly gay leaders is inconsistent with the doctrines of the Church and what have traditionally been the values of the Boy Scouts of America.
As a global organization with members in 170 countries, the Church has long been evaluating the limitations that fully one-half of its youth face where Scouting is not available. Those worldwide needs combined with this vote by the BSA National Executive Board will be carefully reviewed by the leaders of the Church in the weeks ahead.” READ MORE HERE

STATE NEWS: Expanded Medicaid proposal ready for special legislative session

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said expanded coverage of Medicaid is ready for lawmakers to consider when they meet in special session next month.
"We're getting closer all the time, and I hope in the next three or four weeks we'll have this thing resolved," the governor said in a press conference on Monday. Although details of the governor’s plan have not yet been revealed, it is expected that it will use federal funding as he proposed late last year leading up to the 2015 Legislative Session. The sticking point among local lawmakers has in the past been the uncertainty of funding for expanded Medicaid once states – including Utah – are weaned of federal funds in years to come. READ MORE HERE

LOCAL NEWS: Two cool events you won’t want to miss

PROVO – A huge dance party will take place Friday night between University Avenue and 100 West in downtown Provo. Five bands headlined by Ricky Miami and featuring special performances by Mimi Knowles, Ashley Hess, Na-G and RAP GAME will entertain the hundreds of people expected to fill the streets around Zeek’s Pieshake Parlour, which is sponsoring the event. Admission is free.
The next morning, volunteers will gather along the lower Provo River for a massive cleanup project. The effort will begin at 8 a.m. at Lakeshore Bridge Trailhead – Corner of Lakeshore Drive and Boat Harbor. A light lunch will be provided to volunteers, many of whom will bring canoes, kayaks and paddleboards to remove trash from final stretch of the river before it enters Utah Lake. READ MORE HERE

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Headlines that caught my attention today

BYU corrects spelling of ‘education’ on parade float

BYU float builders got an education in the power of social media and spelling at the same time, when a photo posted on Twitter went viral Tuesday. The picture, which mispelled the word education as educaton was fixed and earlier today a new picture was posted on Twitter with the following caption: “After a whirlwind 24 hours, our support of "educaton" has come to an end. It was fun while it lasted.” Read more:


















Provo Police clarify they they are seeking brats not brats

Police will serve bratwurst to anyone who stops by around the noon hour today. They are not providing bratty behavior, according to a facebook post.

National News: Ohio Gov. Kasich joins GOP race with message of conservatism, compassion

John Kasich
And then there were 16, but who’s counting? Ohio Governor John Kasich entered the race for the White House Tuesday. I am here to ask you for your prayers, for your support, for your efforts, because I have decided to run for president of the United States,” the two-term governor told a cheering crowd at a rally at the Ohio State University. READ MORE HERE:




North Carolina couple removed from beach with home-made shark cages

A couple visiting a North Carolina beach during the weekend was asked to leave the beach by lifeguards who saw them fitting themselves with home-made shark cages. North Carolina has seen several shark attacks this summer. READ MORE HERE:

Friday, July 10, 2015

Headlines you may want to know about today

Photo by BYU Photo/Mark Philbrick












LOCAL SPORTS: Outland Trophy Watch List includes BYU’s Mathews and Tuiloma

DALLAS - Two more players received preseason honors with offensive lineman Ryker Mathews and defensive lineman Travis Tuiloma earning spots on the 2015 Outland Trophy Watch List announced Friday, honoring the nation's top interior lineman. Mathews, the 6-foot-6, 320-pound America Fork product heads into his senior year with 33 games played. In 2014 he was part of a BYU offensive line that set up the highest-scoring Cougar team at 37.1 points per game since 2001. BYU's average was good for No. 15 nationally. Tuiloma was also named to the Nagurski Trophy Watch List Friday after accounting for 27 tackles and six tackles for loss in 2014. Both Mathews and Tuiloma earned 2015 Preseason Phil Steele All-Independent Second Team honors. READ MORE HERE.

LOCAL NEWS: LDS Church promotes charitable outreach

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is touting its efforts to train physicians around the world to provide neonatal resuscitation and maternal care training through its LDS Charities program. READ MORE HERE.

LOCAL NEWS: Lindon man arrested in abuse of teen

LINDON – A 21-year-old Lindon man faces 21 charges of sexually abusing a teen over several months. Albert Paonessa, 21, was booked into the Utah County Jail on Thursday. READ MORE HERE.

UVU Photo

LOCAL NEWS: UVU marks first approved drone flight

After 16 months of preparation, Utah Valley University’s School of Aviation Sciences has achieved its first flight of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Russ Hopkinson, Aviation Sciences director of safety, and the mission commander of the flight, worked for more than a year to get approval from the FAA for this flight to take place under a Certificate of Approval (COA). This COA will allow UVU to operate the drone in distinct public airspace. “Each flight must be planned just like a real aircraft carrying passengers,” Hopkinson said. READ MORE HERE.

LOCAL BUSINESS: Black Diamond recalling JetForce Avalanche Airbag Packs due to risk of injury

SALT LAKE CITY -- Black Diamond, Pieps and POC Brand JetForce Avalanche Airbag Packs
Hazard: The motor can malfunction and prevent the airbag from deploying, increasing the risk of injury or death in the event of a snow avalanche. READ MORE HERE.

LOCAL BUSINESS: Chex Mix filming commercials in Utah

MINNEAPOLIS -- Chex Mix will be filming a series of commercials in Park City and Zion National Park in the next few months as part of a new "deliciously unpredictable" advertising campaign. "Life is full of deliciously unpredictable moments, whether that's finding yourself kayaking near Yellowstone National Park or grabbing your perfect handful of Chex Mix," said Rachel Lukoff, associate marketing manager, General Mills. "The new campaign celebrates those surprises, both big and small, and reminds us that unpredictability can be full of fun." READ MORE HERE.

WEATHER: Warm, dry days expected through the weekend

National Weather Service Forecasters are calling for a 20 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms today, otherwise it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 86 and a low around 58 tonight. High temperatures will rise to about 90 through the weekend in Utah Valley with lows at night around 60. If you are headed up into the mountains you can expect isolated afternoon thunderstorms with highs in the 60s and lows at nights dropping into the 40s.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Headlines I stumbles upon today

LOCAL NEWS: Teen given chance for parole in sentence for killing Sergeant Wride

PROVO -- Meagan Grunwald was sentenced to 30 years to life in the shooting death of Utah County Sheriff Sgt. Cory Wride. Wride’s family publicly expressed forgiveness Wednesday during the sentencing. READ MORE HERE.

LOCAL BUSINESS: American Biotech Labs earns top honors in Utah - again

ALPINE -- For the fourth time in nine years, the Best of State program's independent judges have recognized American Biotech Labs as Utah's top company in the Medical Innovation category. American Biotech Labs LLC (ABL), developer of a new class of products based on the company's patented nano-catalytic SilverSol Technology, today announced that the company has won the 2015 Utah Best of State award. It is the company's fourth Best of State award in the past nine years. READ MORE HERE.







LOCAL NEWS: Provo property taxes get help from Provo City Schools refinancing debt

PROVO -- The Provo City School District expects to save about $3.4 million in interest payments after refinancing two bonds. Provo School property taxes include a levy for its bonded debt, which is adjusted each year. Due to the issuance of new bonds, which were voted on in 2014, the overall GO debt levy will increase for tax year 2015. However, the increase will be offset by the reduced payments resulting from the refinancing. READ MORE HERE.

LOCAL NEWS: Provo bans open fires in foothills

PROVO -- Effective immediately, Provo Fire & Rescue has issued an open fire restriction for the foothills on the east bench and all areas of the Provo City watershed including South Fork. These restrictions are implemented due to the high fuel levels in the foothills and the decreasing fuel moisture content, according to a statement from local officials. READ MORE HERE.

LOCAL SPORTS: Golfers to compete at Utah State Amateur tournament

MIDWAY -- Former Utah Valley University golfer Nick Nelson and All-American Robbie Fillmore from BYU will meet today at Soldier Hollow in Midway for the Utah State Amateur tournament. READ MORE HERE.

LOCAL WEATHER: More rain likely through Friday

PROVO -- Forecasters are calling for a 20 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon today under otherwise mostly sunny skies. The high will be near 86. The chance of thunderstorms continues tonight. Friday is expected bring about the same kind of weather, according to the National Weather Service. Highs in most areas around the Utah Valley will be in the mid-80s with lows falling to the high 50s at night. Watch for sunny skies on Saturday with the high near 89 and the low at night around 60 degrees.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Headlines you may want to read today

LOCAL NEWS: Woman convicted of killing Sergeant Cory Wride to be sentenced today

PROVO -- Megan Grunwald, convicted in May for the shooting death of Utah County sergeant Cory Wride will learn her fate today.
Grunwald, 18, was found guilty of 11 charges, including aggravated murder in a crime spree that began with the shooting of Wride, who had stopped to help what he thought was a stranded motorist. READ MORE HERE.

Photo by BYU Photo

BYU’s Tejan Koroma named to 2015 Rimington Trophy Watch List

NEW YORK - The Rimington Trophy Committee has named BYU center Tejan Koroma to its 2015 fall watch list released today, which includes 63 centers in Division I football.
The 6-foot, 280-pound Koroma is just one of only two true sophomores on the 2015 list. READ MORE HERE.

LOCAL BUSINESS: Women to be honored for work in technology industry

The Women Tech Council (WTC) will recognize 16 women in the technology industry during its Women Tech Awards Luncheon in September.

The Women Tech Award finalists, listed alphabetically, are as follows:
- Kathy Allman, Orbital ATK
- Joy Driscoll Durling,  Adobe Systems
- Jana Francis,
- Megan Herrick, Pluralsight
- Helen Knaggs, NuSkin Inc
- Jill Layfield,
- Denise Leleux, eBay
- Amanda Peeler, SpinGo
- Tricia Schumann, Arches Health Plan
- Stormy Simon,
- Mary Sinnott, Surgical Frontiers
- Archana Thiagarajan, Adobe Systems
- Victoria Marie Thomas, Lucid Software
- Mary Ann White, Orbital ATK
- JaeLynn Williams, 3M
- Catherine Wong, Domo
Addtionally WTC will recognize the following three university student finalists:
- Jessica Harris, Utah Valley University
- JoCee Porter, University of Utah
- Ioana Schirirnet, Brigham Young University

WEATHER: Afternoon thunderstorms possible for next few days

Forecasters are calling for scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon today. The high will be near 86. More rain could fall tonight. National Weather Service forecasters are calling for a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Thursday will bring a slight chance of thunderstorms after noon, otherwise it will be near 88 and mostly clear. The low Thursday night will be around 59.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Headlines I found interesting today

WEATHER: Afternoon thunderstorms likely

The next few days will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon through Friday, according to National Weather Service forecasters. Today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 86 and a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows for the next few days will be in the low 60s and high 50s.

LOCAL BUSINESS: Ultra-thin solar panel coming to Utah in August

SALT LAKE CITY -- A Seoul, South Korea company is bringing its Solar Paper product to the Outdoor Retail Show in Salt Lake City in August. The eco-friendly, ultra-thin solar panel is also seeking support on Kickstarter beginning today. Solar Paper is designed to accumulate electricity via a solar panel for use with smartphones and other mobile applications. The product is produced by YOLK out of South Korea. Solar Paper produces 5 watts using two ultra-thin solar panels. It can charge an iPhone 6 in about 2.5 hours in full sun. READ MORE HERE.

The Missionary Department is no longer requiring missionaries
serving in specified hot climates to purchase or wear suit coats.

LOCAL NEWS: Some missionaries leaving the jacket at home

PROVO -- The LDS Church is relaxing the dress standard for some Mormon missionaries by not requiring suit jackets in some missions. Elders called to missions in extremely hot regions of the world, such as some missions in Central America, Africa, the Philippines and others will no longer need to pack a suit jacket. Missionaries called to serve in these missions will be notified in their call packets, according to a statement by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. READ MORE HERE.

LOCAL NEWS: Wildlife officials receive praise for mountain lion release

PLEASANT GROVE: A mountain lion released last week has received an outpouring of thanks from wildlife lovers around the globe, according to a story in the Daily Herald. The mountain lion was discovered in a tree on Friday along the Murdock Canal Trail, but was tranquilized, relocated and released unharmed by Pleasant Grove Police and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. READ MORE HERE.












LOCAL SPORTS: BYU football signee OK after shooting

A BYU football hopeful has been released from a Texas hospital after he was shot in the arm during a pickup game of basketball on Sunday. According to news reports a suspect in the shooting has been arrested. Charles West, 18, has signed with BYU, but his future remains uncertain. He still faces charges after he was accused of raping a woman at knifepoint in February. READ MORE HERE.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Headlines you might want to read today

LOCAL WEATHER: Highs in the 90s, thunderstorms possible Sunday

The National Weather Service says high temperatures will be near 100 through the weekend, with the next chance of precipitation coming on Sunday when there is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows for the next few days will remain in  the mid-60s at night.

LOCAL BUSINESS: in Park City sells to TSG

TSG Consumer Partners LLC, a leading strategic equity investor in high-growth consumer brands, and, LLC, one of the largest online specialty retailers of outdoor gear and apparel, announced today that TSG has acquired Backcountry from Liberty Interactive Corporation. Backcountry founder Jim Holland will continue to own a stake in the Company following the transaction, the terms of which were not disclosed. “Backcountry has performed nicely over the past eight years, and its Goat logo has come to symbolize authenticity and excellence in the outdoor industry. We wish Jill Layfield and the team continued success and will remain loyal customers” READ MORE HERE.

LOCAL NEWS: Former Provo teacher pleads guilty in sexual assault

Donald Bills, 56, faces life in prison after pleading Thursday to sexual assault charges involving a high school student in 2013. Bills was arrested in January 2014 after text messages were discovered between him and a female student. READ MORE HERE.

















LOCAL NEWS: Freedom Festival Parade to close streets Saturday


The Grand Parade will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, but University and Center streets in downtown Provo will be closed periodically beginning sometime after midnight tonight. READ MORE HERE.

LOCAL SPORTS: Owlz win Thursday; Fireworks to follow tonight

The Orem Owlz improved to 11-4 season Thursday night after beating the Grand Junction Rockies (8-7) for the second night in a row. All five of Grand Junction’s points came in the last two innings, but it wasn’t enough. Orem won 6-5. The two meet again at 7:15 p.m. tonight followed by a fireworks show. READ MORE HERE.

LOCAL SPORTS: Report: Cougar defense still needs work

The Daily Herald is reporting that BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall wants to see more from the Cougar defense. Mendenhall said he’s waiting to see at least the level of performance from last year, but has not seen that yet, according to the news reports. READ MORE HERE.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Headlines you may care about for Wednesday

WEATHER: Hot, sunny, repeat

Sun, sun, sun. That’s the forecast for the next few days according to the National Weather Service. There is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight, otherwise we can expect the highs to be near near 100 and the lows at night to be in the low to mid-60s. The Fourth of July is expected to reach 100 during the day and 68 at night, so make sure sunscreen and water are included in your holiday plans.

LOCAL NEWS: Snowbird draw attention of Utah County Commissioners

PROVO -- The July 14 vote by the Mountain Accord has caught the attention of Utah County commissioners, who discovered only a month ago about the group’s intentions in American Fork Canyon. Snowbird Resort, one member of the accord, owns several thousand acres in American Fork Canyon. It is seeking the support of the Mountain Accord for a land trade that would give it contiguous property -- and the ability to develop the resort -- in Utah County.
The resorts hopes to trade 416 acres of National Forest Service property in Utah County for 1,400 acres owned by Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon. READ MORE HERE.

NATIONAL NEWS: Justice Department says gender identity determines restroom use

The Associated Press is reporting that The U.S. Justice Department has released a court filing saying that transgender students must be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity. READ MORE HERE











LOCAL SPORTS: BYU runner sets school record in 800-meters

EUGENE, Ore. – BYU’s Shaquille Walker set another school record in the 800-meter semifinals at the USATF Championships last weekend and placed sixth overall a day later in the finals, according to information from BYU Athletic Communications. "It was an amazing experience and a great way to start bringing this year's season to a close," Walker said. "I'm beyond grateful for the coaches, friends, family and staff that I had supporting me and I am excited for the future." READ MORE HERE.

LOCAL BUSINESS: Utah in top 10 for clean energy jobs

In the first quarter of 2015, nearly 40 clean energy or clean transportation projects were announced in 19 states. Together, these projects are expected to create more than 9,800 jobs, according to an analysis by Environmental Entrepreneurs, a national non-partisan group. Utah ranked as No. 8 in hiring for clean energy jobs, largely due to a spike in solar projects. Georgia, California, and Texas led the nation in job announcements. READ MORE HERE.