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 Utah's first business incubator focused on IT and renewable energy opened its doors in mid-January near the campus of Dixie State College in St. George. A collaborative effort spearheaded by USTAR, the Southern Utah Information Technology and Renewable Energy Incubator (ITRE) helps Utah join several other states and cities investing in the start-up of new businesses focused on high technology, green technology and alternative energy.

The progress that Utah scientists are making on carbon sequestration is a key reason an international group of geological storage modeling experts met at the University of Utah February 15-18, 2010. The 2nd annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) conference of the International Energy Agency (IEA) attracted more than 60 practitioners from around the world.

Bacterial pneumonia, which has been raising havoc with bighorn sheep herds in other Western states, has found another set of victims on Goslin Mountain in northeastern Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY - Planned shipments of depleted uranium from the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Site will not be shipped to Utah under an agreement negotiated Monday by Governor Gary R. Herbert.

SALT LAKE CITY - After careful deliberation and thorough legal review, Governor Gary R. Herbert has signed SB11, "Utah State-Made Firearms Protection Act." In making his decision, the Governor weighed the constitutional aspects of the bill with its fiscal impact on Utah taxpayers.

Science Unwrapped is a free, monthly presentation series, open to the public, hosted by Utah State University's College of Science. 

A team of paleontologists from Dinosaur National Monument, Brigham Young University, and the University of Michigan has announced the discovery of a new, large, plant-eating dinosaur, Abydosaurus mcintoshi, (pronounced Ab-id-o-saurus mak-in-toshi). The discovery is described this week in the on-line first section of the science journal Naturwissenschaften.

A just-released map presents southwestern Utah?s geology in unprecedented detail. There is also an innovative 3-D version of the map and a virtual field trip for online viewing.

Launched in October 2009, the BioInnovations Gateway (BiG) blends Utah's 21st Century Workforce Initiative with technology economic development. Supporting up to seven start-up companies and student interns, BiG is an effective collaboration between GOED, Granite School District, Salt Lake Community College, and USTAR.

Members of Utah State University's Speech and Debate Team were honored Feb. 16 at the state capitol during sessions in both the Senate and House of Representatives. The activity was part of the legislature?s effort to acknowledge top programs and accomplishments, including first place rankings in the state.

"The 2010 Census is extremely important to Utah's future. A complete count of all Utahns impacts so many things, from our representation in Congress to the allocation of federal dollars for programs that benefit us in many ways. The responsibility of ensuring the most complete and accurate count in the 2010 Census lies with every Utahn." - -Governor Gary R. Herbert

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The conference is scheduled for June 16-17 at Westlake High School.  Call for Presenters due April 9, 2010.

The Utah Health Exchange announced the launch of a new pilot program designed to admit large employer groups into the Exchange earlier than originally anticipated. The Utah Health Exchange was not scheduled to admit large employer groups for testing until fall of 2011. However, Utah House Speaker David Clark included a provision in his most recent health system reform bill authorizing the Office of Consumer Health Services to initiate a pilot project for large employer groups.

Join the Park Naturalist from 10 a.m. to noon to learn more about the lives of local wildlife. Program is free and everyone is welcome. Plan on spending some time outdoors. Snowshoes are available for rent if needed. For more information call (435) 654-1791.

Even if you're not going to hunt big game in Utah this fall, you can increase the chance you'll be chasing big game in the future by applying for a bonus point or a preference point. You can apply for a point at wildlife.utah.gov until 11 p.m. on March 8.

As many at 10,000 snow geese congregate each year at Gunnison Bend Reservoir near Delta. The annual Delta Snow Goose Festival attracts hundreds of people each year to see these pure white geese with black wing tips. This year the DWR will set up a camera at the festival and feed live video of the birds over the Internet.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert will take action against an internal Interior Department document that indicates the federal agency is considering designating two areas in Utah as national monuments.

The University of Utah now is ranked first in the country along with MIT in creating new startup companies from research-based inventions. This puts the University of Utah in front of prestigious institutions such as Columbia, Michigan and Johns Hopkins. The accomplishment is based on the latest survey by the Association of University Technology Managers, which ranks over 150 public and private research institutions throughout the country.

Students in Mrs. Brenda Miller?s sixth grade class at Rock Canyon Elementary were reading a lesson called "Helping Others" a week after the earthquake in Haiti took place.

The University of Utah's RedThread aggregates blogs and other social media types from the University of Utah to help build a sense of community.  The site invites participation from around campus to help explore the many happenings associated with the University.

It's a sight you have to see to believe: thousands of pure white snow and Ross' geese lifting off Gunnison Bend Reservoir amid honks and the beating of wings.

Leading researchers and industry will utilize two state of-the-art interdisciplinary research facilities coming to Utah as a result of the USTAR initiative.

To make sure this activity is done safely, the Division of Wildlife Resources is proposing several changes to the state law that governs it.

Deseret News reports that Forbes has ranked Utah #1 among states in management of debt. According to Governor Gary Herbert, "From the Legislature's continued fiscally conservative nature to our state agencies' prudent management of their budgets, our mutual efforts continue to benefit all citizens of the state of Utah."

The State of Utah has created a new Facebook aggregation site that will help the thousands of Utah citizens who use that service to find and interact with state and local government agencies.  The site provides a single gateway into over 100 state and local agencies, state universities, and public schools that can be found on Facebook.

"We are very concerned about chlamydia and gonorrhea rates for Utah's Hispanic population," says Edwin Espinel, Prevention Contract Manager. "That's why we are launching a new campaign designed to educate young Hispanic people and their parents."

Upheaval Dome in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, is a colorful circular "belly button," unique among the broad mesas and deep canyons of the Colorado Plateau. The rim of Upheaval Dome is 3 miles across and over 1000 feet above the core floor. The central peak in the core is 3000 feet in diameter and rises 750 feet from the floor.

SALT LAKE CITY - State law does not permit the use of electronic signature gathering in the state initiative process, according to a legal opinion from the Utah Attorney General's Office.

To ensure that proposed school building sites are investigated for potential geologic hazards, the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) recommends a preliminary site screening evaluation by the Utah Geological Survey (UGS), the preparation of detailed geologic-hazard reports by professional consultants (employing Utah licensed geologists) retained by the school district, and subsequent review of those geologic-hazard reports by the UGS.

In an ongoing effort to increase health care transparency and give Utahns valuable information to make health care decisions, the Utah Department of Health's (UDOH) Health Data Committee and the Division of Health Care Financing have published the 2010 Health Plan Quality of Care Report. The report evaluates the quality of performance for selected Utah health plans covering more than 900,000 members across the state-roughly 40.0% of the insured.

Governor Herbert will be joined by Rep. Daw and leaders from Utah's BSA Councils to recognize the association's 100th anniversary this afternoon at the Utah State Capitol.

The University of Utah, Google and Universal Studios Creative will host a free workshopand tutorial on the SketchUp software for parents and teachers of children with autistic characteristics. The SketchUp workshop will take place on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon

A newly-published report describes the discovery of two new prehistoric rodents in Utah. The report also identifies two fossil rodents and a rabbit previously known from other states. All are from a site near Sevier in central Utah.

Each year in Utah, there is an overwhelming amount of money spent on medical bills to treat bicyclists and pedestrians who have been involved in a crash involving a motor vehicle. In 2007, hospital and emergency charges totaled more than $8.4 million to treat bicycle injuries and nearly $7.5 million to treatpedestrian injuries. All highway safety issues are covered in the 53-page 2009 Highway Safety Report. 

Applications are now being accepted for a vacancy on the Utah Supreme Court bench. The position will replace Justice Michael J. Wilkins who will retire effective May 15, 2010. To be considered for the position, candidates must be at least 30 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a resident of Utah for at least five years, and admitted to practice law in Utah.

Growing a vegetable garden can be fun and rewarding and is a great family activity. There is nothing like a ripe vine tomato or other fresh produce. Learn from experts how to prepare and take care of your garden and fruit trees in Utah.

Weber State Storytelling Festival will be on February 22, 23, 2010 at the Eccles Conference Center. National, State and local storytellers perform. The public is invited to attend. February 24, 2010 the activities will be held at the Davis Conference Center. Over 20 students and student groups from Weber District Elementary and Secondary Schools will present stories at the festival. Schools are invited to bring students to the three day festival.

Agriculture in Utah carries roughly half the relative economic weight that it does nationwide. In 2008, farming accounted for just 0.25 percent of total personal income ($218 million) in Utah and 0.47 percent of gross state product ($511 million).

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert joined Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and mayors from across the Wasatch Front this morning to urge Utahns to participate in the "Clean Air Challenge."

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