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It's not unusual to find a deer fawn or an elk calf in the woods?or even in town?this time of the year.  If you find a deer fawn or an elk calf, the best thing to do is keep your distance and leave the animal right where you found it.

Strong job growth in the Basin is driven by oil and gas, but unemployment continues to climb.

The well known Mountain and Lake courses at Wasatch Mountain State Park are consistently ranked among the most popular, affordable and scenic in Utah. Nationally, Golf Digest rated Wasatch Mountain as one of Utah's Best Places to Play, giving the facility 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Deer permits sell out

Tue, 23 Jun 2009

Permits to hunt buck deer in Utah this fall sold out on June 13.  All of the state's deer permits are gone, but plenty of general bull elk permits are still available.  This should be a great year to hunt elk.

The Utah State Office of Education has convened a Mathematics Steering Committee to develop a Master Plan to facilitate opportunity by which all Utah?s students might reach their academic and career potential.

On June 16, 2009, UDOT released the Request for Proposal (RFP) for I-15 CORE to the three pre-approved design-build teams, who will continue in the bidding process for I-15 CORE.  I-15 CORE will add two additional northbound and southbound lanes from American Fork to Provo, rebuild or reconfigure interchanges, replace or modify bridges and extend the express lane from Orem to Provo.

Utah and Japan Now Linked Daily by Air New non-stop will begin a closer economic relationship Salt Lake City - Japan is the world?s second largest economy with a gross domestic product of $4.9 trillion according to the International Monetary Fund. In 2008, Japan was Utah?s fourth largest export destination in Asia and seventh largest overall export destination with $376 million in product shipped.

During your visit to Fremont Indian State Park, kids can play in the Kid's Discovery Zone. Kids can pretend to be a Fremont Indian and play in the pithouse, weave on a loom, and make their own rock art on the rock art wall. Kids can also pretend to be an archeologist, put on a lab coat, study real artifacts, and learn about Native American culture in the Archeology Lab.

Many golfers agree that Palisade State Park Golf Course is one of Utah's best-kept golf secrets. Hidden in the geographic center of Utah, Palisade is a beautiful 18-hole mountain course with towering trees, stunning vistas of the surrounding Sanpete County, and breathtaking views of Palisade Reservoir.

Catching tiger trout

Wed, 17 Jun 2009

Anglers are spreading the word: tiger trout are a beautiful fish that put up a big fight. And they taste great on the table! If you want to hook one of these fighters, you need to toss aside some of the techniques you've used to catch rainbow trout.

Utah Education Network

Wed, 17 Jun 2009

UEN provides a robust, reliable network connecting every public school, college, university and library in the state. The Network enriches the lives of thousands of students, educators and citizens by bridging obstacles of time and distance.  Learn more about UEN's efforts to connect Utah schools.

Principals' Data Institute

Wed, 17 Jun 2009

Schools from across the state are being invited to send teams to the 2009 Principals' Data Institute.  The 3-day program is designed to help schools use data to improve instruction and increase student achievement.

The State Tax Commission has redesigned a convenient tool to help find the tax form or publication you are looking for. 

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff will testify before Congress on Thursday that the current plan for disposing of pharmaceutical drugs is a prescription for danger to our health and water supply. Shurtleff will be speaking before the House Judiciary Committee's Sub-Committee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security about H.R. 1359-the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act.

The Granite School District has a new way to reach out to students and parents.  The school district's YouTube channel provides video on a many different topics such as safety and diversity.

June 20 is the day the Division of Wildlife Resources will host its annual Osprey Watch. The free wildlife viewing event will be held on the peninsula that's opposite the Flaming Gorge Dam visitor center in northeastern Utah.

Camp under the night sky in your favorite state park (June 27). We have more than 1,000 campsites throughout Utah - tell stories and toast marshmallows around a cozy campfire. For reservations, call 800-322-3770.

In the new building, named after Utah?s great innovator James L. Sorenson, there will be a confluence of research spaces, common-use labs, and supporting facilities, includingnanofabrication facility, vivarium, imaging, and brain science facilities. The 200,000-square-foot building targets Gold LEED certification and will support 25 new senior faculty researchers, plus teams of new junior faculty, scientists, and engineers.

Even during a recession, there are plenty of job opportunities.  This article explains.

While all good stories have a beginning, middle and end, the story of Jordan School District is still being written.  As the next chapter unfolds, founding principles of providing a quality education and promoting lifelong learning will guide the district's future.

Real Salt Lake will be hosting the Toronto FC on Saturday, June 27, 2009.  Discount tickets are available.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) is seeking proposals for the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture).

The Mountain Spirit Heritage Festival is Summit County's annual celebration of its history. Come celebrate with dancing, live music, and food vendors. Friday's events take place at the Coalville, Utah fairgrounds. Music starts at 4:00 PM and free "Pig" dinner starts at 6:30 PM.

The 48th season of the Utah Shakespearean Festival will be packed with love, romance, jealously, intrigue, and all things Shakespearean.

Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., has authorized state agencies to lower the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah in honor of George E. Wahlen, 84, who died on June 5, 2009, in Salt Lake City.  The flags shall be flown at half-staff on all state-owned facilities from sunrise until sunset on the day of interment.

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman issued the following statement today about the death of Medal of Honor recipient George E. Wahlen:

State of Utah Continues to Attract Companies that are Growing Governor?s Office of Economic Development offers incentives to two leading companies Salt Lake City ? The Governor?s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Board has offered post performance incentives to Verisys Corporation and eBay Inc., both leaders in the information technology economic cluster on which the State is concentrating.

Two men plead guilty to charges stemming from search warrants served over the Memorial Day weekend. During the search of a home and shed in Panguitch, officers from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Garfield County Sheriffs office found evidence that implicated the two Panguitch residents in the illegal killing of nine buck deer, two doe deer, and two buck pronghorn.

The Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) was ranked as one of the top five 529 college savings plans in the country. Morningstar, an investment research firm, stated that ?Utah?s 529 plan has long been a favorite of ours and remains a strong choice for its low costs, flexibility, and tried-and-true Vanguard index funds.

The Utah State Board of Education today named Larry Shumway as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Shumway will assume his new job on July 1 following the retirement of Patti Harrington.

It is never too early to start saving for the college education of your children or grandchildren. Now is an ideal time to start. The Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) is a simple, sound plan to stretch your child's educational dollars and provide some wonderful tax incentives.

The United States of America faces five interdependent challenges that threaten the prosperity and quality of life of its citizens.  This report offers some suggestions.

The deadline for pre-registration for the WGA Annual meeting is Wednesday, June 3, 2009. You may register online and find additional information about the meeting by going to www.westgov.org. There is no charge for media to attend meeting sessions, which will be held at the Stein Ericksen Lodge.

Running through Utah

Wed, 27 May 2009

The St. George Marathon is one of the many great running events happening in Utah this year.  Learn more about it.

Utah is getting a boost in its efforts to make the streets safer for pedestrians. A team from the Utah Departments of Health (UDOH), Public Safety, and Transportation (UDOT), along with the Salt Lake Valley Health Department and Salt Lake City Division of Transportation, will attend a pedestrian safety workshop in the nation?s capitol June 2-3, 2009.

Lt. Governor Gary Herbert will launch a new energy efficiency partnership campaign on May 27, 2009. The event will announce the 2009 State Energy Champion Awards for energy savings excellence and a new state employee annual campaign.

Former Sevier County Assessor Pam Hendrickson received the ?Excellence in Public Service? award from the Utah Taxpayers Association earlier this month.Hendrickson, who has served as a Utah State Tax Commissioner for the past 12 years, was presented the award at the Taxpayers Association annual conference on May 8. She has served as Commission chair since 2000.

Fish for Free on June 6th

Tue, 26 May 2009

If you're looking for a fun activity that's close to home and doesn't cost much, mark June 6 on your calendar.  June 6 is Free Fishing Day in Utah. You won't need a fishing license to fish in the state that day.

Whether you venture to streams in the High Uintas or just toss a line into the community pond, be sure you know the rules for the water you plan to visit.Regulations and limits have changed at a few popular fisheries.

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