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Curtis (likely) wins 3rd Congressional primary; 1000s of ballots left to count

It’s (almost) official — Provo Mayor John Curtis won the Republican nomination for the 3rd Congressional District race to replace Jason Chaffetz. Almost, because there are still tens of thousands of ballots left to count in Utah County. Curtis’s [...]

Duncan Aviation on track for Provo Airport expansion

Last year, Duncan Aviation announced plans to expand its facility at the Provo Airport. Though it’s hit a bump, the company is moving ahead. David Walter, director of the Provo Redevelopment Agency, told the city council and Provo School [...]

What to do with Utah County’s mail-in ballots or if you didn’t receive a ballot

Voters in Utah County won’t have to make time to get to a polling place on Primary Election Day — or on Election Day in November. That’s Utah County is delivering their ballots via the mail this year. Elections officials mailed [...]

Downtown Provo getting better with popular restaurants, shops and more

Downtown Provo has come a long way in the last decade or so, now filled with popular restaurants, businesses and retail. It wasn’t that long ago that Sensuous Sandwich was the only food establishment on the south side of Center Street, [...]

What Spanish Fork’s pool had to do when someone pooped in the water

On June 28, someone pooped in the water at the Spanish Fork Water Park. And it wasn’t just any poop — it was diarrhea. As soon as pool operators noticed, they closed the pool and started the process of cleaning the water, to make it [...]

As Utah Valley’s fire season heats up, fire and firework restrictions heighten

Utah had an above average snowfall in the winter, followed by a wet spring. The mountains are green. So fire danger should be low, right? Wrong, and the fire season is shaping up to be a bad one — and we haven’t even hit fireworks [...]

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.  [...]