Utahns share success stories, need for organ donations during National Donate Life Month

As a high school senior, Heidi Baker lost both kidneys. Her mother and brother donated kidneys, but she lost those as well. After Baker had been on the list again for several years, her sister, who is eight years younger, was old enough and [...]

The race to nowhere: Should Utah kids specialize?

Children in Utah are specializing in just one sport earlier and more intensely than ever before because of increasingly competitive team politics, hands-on parents and the recent proliferation of year-round sport opportunities. But should children [...]

Two BYU friends reunite 63 years after graduating

Back in 1950, the clever friends of a student body president candidate put a litter of pigs inside the Joseph Smith Building on the BYU campus, accompanied by a sign that read, “We’re rootin’ for Elmo.” One of those friends [...]

Spooky stories and Halloween reads for all ages

Halloween isn’t just about costumes, trick-or-treating or horror movies. There are bookshelves full of spooky stories, twisted tales and fearsome fables to set the mood — often in ways more captivating and eerie than movies. Shauna Mundinger, [...]

12 classic autumn movies you need to watch

It’s officially fall. That means sweater weather, Saturdays filled with college football, boots, baking with pumpkin ingredients, flannel and hikes that are breathtaking — because of both the stunning foliage of Utah Valley and the [...]

Juicing gaining popularity in Utah Valley

This is not the orange juice your mom used to make while you watched cartoons on Saturday mornings. Mend Juicery’s “R2: Amped OJ” is made from raw, cold-pressed oranges, carrots, cucumbers and strawberries. It’s one of around 18 juices [...]

How to celebrate Pioneer Day in Utah Valley

You don’t have to don pioneer garb to celebrate Pioneer Day on the 24th — although, you wouldn’t be the only one dressed up. For those who aren’t native Utahns and are confused about this other holiday that pops up later in July, [...]

Top 5 busiest days in the emergency room

The 2013 ice storm is something 120 ER employees had never experienced before. “When you live through a day like that, you never forget it,” said Kelly Smith, a nurse for and the assistant manager of Utah Valley Regional Medical Center’s [...]

5 lessons your kids can learn during summer break

Even though summer is a break from school, it shouldn’t be a break from learning. Children should continue having educational experiences to reinforce what they’ve learned during school. A 2013 survey from the National Summer Learning Association [...]

Food Truck 101: An introduction to the Provo Roundup

Every Thursday about a dozen food trucks roll in to the paved lot next to the Startup Building in Provo, 560 S. 100 West. It’s one example of how the food truck scene is exploding in Utah County after arriving only a couple of years ago. (Interesting [...]

4 out-of-this-world day trips

In less than a day’s drive from Utah County, you could be in another world — one with aliens or dinosaurs or Vulcans. If you have ever wanted to see the settings for famous movies, here are some suggestions for quick but fun day trips from [...]

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BYU basketball pyramid: Haws leads Cougar redeem team

Basketball is back. Only five players are returning from last year’s squad, so the team’s got some bonding to do. BYU looked a little rusty during Cougar Tipoff, but that’s to be expected from a team made up of no seniors and a bunch of [...]

Half-marathoning women lead the second running boom

More women and half-marathoners are crossing finish lines than ever before and are fueling the second running boom — both across the country and here in Utah Valley. Perfectionism-driven inhabitants of Happy Valley, as well as folks who run [...]

A 6-foot-7 perspective

Long before she was shooting hoops and working on her jump serve, Jen Hamson was throwing dismounts. At 6-foot-3, Hamson towered over the other eighth-grader gymnasts. “There were definitely some problems, like one time we were at a meet [...]

5 BYU football breakout players

No matter what speculation or depth charts come out of spring ball and fall camp, a football season never goes exactly as predicted by coaches and players or by fans and journalists. Cornerbacks are injured and out before the season even starts, [...]

Out of the blue

Jared Combs says his favorite team is Utah — and whoever is playing BYU. Everyone in his neighborhood and family can tell he’s a die-hard Utah fan by seeing his man cave full of Utah memorabilia or the giant U that shines onto his house [...]