06252017
7-Day Forecast | Currently in Provo

Provo aims to make Rock Canyon even better

Rock Canyon is already a jewel in Provo, with awe-inspiring beauty, wildlife, plants, scenic cliffs and trails. But now the city wants to improve it even more. A fire pit area, interpretive plaza, more parking, new trail loops focused on geology, [...]

Free lunches available for kids in south Utah County

This summer, if your kids are out at the Springville Splash Pad, Payson Community Pool, Spanish Fork City Center Library Park, Taylor Elementary in Payson or Santaquin’s Centennial Park at lunch time on weekdays, they’re in for [...]

Ten candidates or one, Utah County cities gear up for mayoral election

The next mayors of several cities, including Lindon, Genola and Woodland Hills, are pretty much a given after Wednesday night’s filing deadline — only one candidate applied for the position in each city. But in other cities, the non-partisan [...]

Why Trader Joe’s chose Orem for its Utah Valley location opening in 2018

It’s official: Trader Joe’s will open at University Place in Orem in early 2018. The city announced the news late Wednesday. And the reason the grocer — known for low prices and harder-to-find items — is coming to Orem? Social [...]

Orem’s 2017 CARE grants include library auditorium, SCERA Shell studies

Orem’s library auditorium addition, once called the Center for Story, may be getting closer to reality. This week, the Orem City Council voted to give the project nearly $35,000 in CARE tax funds to move the plan along. The city will [...]

Flood warning for Provo River continues; people should steer clear of the water

On Tuesday night, the Provo River peaked at 2,100 cubic feet per second. As of Wednesday morning it was running at about 1,900 cfs. Normal is 150 cfs. So what does that mean? “Stay away from the water!” said Provo Deputy Mayor Corey [...]

How to deal with Utah Valley’s returning residents — bats

Bats eat mosquitoes and other insects. Fruit-eating bats are seed-spreaders that are vital to regenerating cut-down forests. And like bees, they’re pollinators. So bats are good for humans, but having one fly into your house or come home [...]

Provo dealing with affordable housing shortage, rise in homeless population

Dennis spent years on the streets. He had a shopping cart, wore layers of clothes, and frequented Provo’s Center Street. You’d usually see him from morning to night sitting on a bench somewhere between Los Hermanos and the city [...]

New bridge will connect FrontRunner station to UVU

Crews will start building a bridge next spring — if everything goes as planned — to connect the Orem FrontRunner station to Utah Valley University. The bridge, about a half mile long, will pass over the Union Pacific and FrontRunner tracks, [...]

January snowfall drives Provo $48k over snow budget

Provo spent more than $48,000 over its budget for snow plowing and salt this fiscal year, after more than average snowfall. “This past winter we had a pretty significant snowfall, particularly in the month of January,” said city [...]

Provo mulling fate of Peaks Ice Arena

Utah County and Provo together have owned and operated the Peaks Ice Arena — built for the 2002 Olympics — since 2008, when they took over operation from a private company. Since then, the annual subsidy has consistently gone down while [...]

Provo restaurateur: We can do better for veterans

April 25 isn’t Veterans Day. It’s not Memorial Day. It’s not an anniversary of the end of a war, attack or a military event. So that’s exactly why Chad Pritchard is hosting a dinner for veterans that night. “Honestly, [...]

Ross, Petco, Ulta and more headed to Spanish Fork

In 2007, Target and Home Depot were slated to build in Spanish Fork, just off I-15 along Highway 6. Then the economy fell apart, target pulled out and Home Depot sold its property back to the developer. The land remained empty for a while, [...]

Hot spot for ghost hunters and vandals to be torn down

Since it was abandoned in the 1990s, the old Utah County Jail has been a magnet for ghost hunters, with some claiming to capture ghosts talking on audio recordings. It’s also a popular place for graffiti and other illegal activity.  [...]

Provo adjusts parking rules, more changes likely coming

At Start-up Crossing on Freedom Boulevard in Provo, residents park everywhere they can — in the parking lot, on the surrounding streets, even across people’s driveways. That’s because the city allowed the developer to build only [...]

Utah State Hospital fundraising to honor 100s buried in unmarked graves

In 1931, doctors diagnosed 18-month-old Phyllis Joan with hydrocephalus. Because of her illness, her adopted parents didn’t want her anymore. So she ended up at the Utah State Hospital in Provo, where she would spend the last two months [...]

2017 Utah Legislature roundup: Food tax stays the same, schools and roads get more money

Some years, Utah lawmakers pass major tax changes or make sweeping changes that get national attention. Remember when Utah considered opting out of No Child Left Behind? Some years are more quiet. But either way, every legislative session ends [...]

Flippin Traffic: Group wants state to move up Lehi I-15 project

If you’ve driven through Lehi on I-15 during the morning or evening commute — and even other times of the day — you know there’s a problem between Main Street and State Road 92, aka the Thanksgiving Point exit. Thousands of [...]

Provo eyeing changes to parking ratios for new developments

When The Village was built south of BYU, the city allowed the developer to build .62 parking spaces per bed. There are 936 beds in that complex. The idea was that because it was so close to BYU, and was student housing, that residents wouldn’t [...]

Celebrate Women’s Day in Provo with lectures, yoga, dance and more

After last year’s celebration of Women’s Day in Provo, more women got involved in the city. Some signed up to be on city boards and commissions. The city sponsored a few women to learn how to run for office. And city officials got [...]