Google Trends reveals most misspelled word in each state

On the eve of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Google Trends revealed the most misspelled words in each state according to “how to spell” Google searches. Utah’s most misspelled word? Disease. Utah falls into the same word length category as the majority of states falling in the 6 to 10 letters category. There are only […]

Provo City Cemetery unveils new statue honoring the fallen for Memorial Day

Provo City Veterans Council and America’s Freedom Festival unveiled a new veterans memorial at the Provo City Cemetery during its Memorial Day Service Monday morning. The eagle statue, which was organized by Aaron Rittmanic as part of his Eagle project for Boys Scouts of America, sits atop the Veterans Memorial that already existed on the […]

‘Engaged, experienced and effective’: John Curtis makes move for Congress

It’s official — Provo Mayor John Curtis has announced he will run for the 3rd Congressional District seat. After a week of teasing his announcement about running for the seat left vacant by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Curtis joins 10 other candidates running for the soon-to-be-vacant 3rd Congressional District seat: Brigham Rhead Cottam, Rep. Brad Daw (R-Orem), Christopher Niles Herrod […]

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 use the money to update plans with engineers and architects, and to look at […]

Lifetime announces actress who will play Elizabeth Smart in movie

Lifetime announced actress Alana Boden will play Elizabeth Smart in the forthcoming film, “I Am Elizabeth Smart,” according to Deadline. Boden stars in “Ride,” a TV series on Nickelodeon series about an equestrian boarding school. Skeet Ulrich, known for “Riverdale” and “Jericho,” will portray Brian David Mitchell, the man who kidnapped Smart. Deirdre Lovejoy, from “The Blacklist” and “The Wire,” […]

LDS Church leader expresses condolences following Manchester explosion

Elder Patrick Kearon, the Europe area president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, expressed condolences to the victims of the Manchester explosion on Tuesday morning. “Our hearts are filled with sorrow as we hear of the devastating violence in Manchester, where young people and their parents had gathered to enjoy an evening of […]

Kristin Chenoweth will return to BYU for 2017 BYU Homecoming Spectacular!

Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth will return to BYU in the fall to headline the 2017 BYU Homecoming Spectacular!, BYU announced over the weekend. Chenoweth finished off BYU’s 2016–17 Bravo! season with two sold-out performances on Friday and Saturday night. Chenoweth has a coveted spot on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, and […]

Jason Chaffetz releases letter announcing resignation from Congress

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) announced his resignation on his website Thursday afternoon. Chaffetz will officially resign from Congress on June 30, 2017. “Serving you in the U.S. House of Representatives for nearly nine years has been a rare honor and privilege,” Chaffetz opened his letter to the 3rd District constituents. “When I first ran for Congress in […]

What I learned when the Spirit took me on a detour

As a writer, I’ve learned that some stories must be told. I’ve also learned that some stories are maddeningly difficult to tell. The story of Katherine Love Paxman was, for me, both. I’d spent the better part of a day in the Church History Library reading room shuffling through archives in an effort to root […]

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 Norman. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the […]

Safest cities in Utah according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security

Six Utah County cities ranked in the top 10 safest cities in Utah, according to a study by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. Using the FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics as well as some of its own research, the organization ranked Utah’s 50 safest cities. All Utah cities were included unless they didn’t provide a […]

3 reasons you need a FREE car wash at Quick Quack’s new Highland location

Sponsored Story It’s hard to keep your car clean. Everyone and everything works against a clean car: children dump crackers in the back, windstorms glue dirt to the car’s exterior and even birds leave gifts on your windows. Whether your car has seen better days or the appearance needs a slight tune up, Quick Quack Car […]

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 in your dog’s mouth is a pretty scary event for most people, and possibly dangerous. Provo police […]

10 things to do for Young Men activities now that Scouting is over

When The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints cut ties with the Boy Scouts of America for young men ages 14–18 on May 11, 2017, a new era in the Church began. For a century, young men activities and Scouting activities have been almost synonymous in the United States. In a press release, the LDS Church said the […]

Take luck, Brian Regan joins 2017 Stadium of Fire lineup

Take luck, Utah, comedian Brian Regan has joined the 2017 Stadium of Fire lineup the Freedom Festival announced Monday. “This year’s Stadium of Fire is unlike any we’ve had in the past,” said Paul Warner, the festival’s executive director,  in a press release. “If you’re a fan of great comedy, a fan of great music, a […]

The Tee Team: Tony Finau and Greg Bodine

As his third straight birdie sunk into the 18th hole, Lehi’s Tony Finau claimed his first PGA Tour title at the Puerto Rico Open in March 2016. By his side was his caddy, Greg Bodine, who had just rejoined Tony’s team after giving up the game temporarily to heal a broken leg. Tony is at […]

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 building. He was considered chronically homeless, and was severely mentally ill. He wasn’t out panhandling, and […]

Local printing shop holding Christmas-themed food drive in May

Here comes Santa Claus … in May. Alexander’s Print Advantage in Lindon is bringing the spirit of the season at an odd time of year with a food drive in conjunction with its Christmas-themed customer appreciation party. The collected food will benefit the Food and Care Coalition in Provo. “This time of year there aren’t very many […]

10 lessons I wish I’d learned in Young Women

It’s been more than a decade since I graduated from Young Women into Relief Society. I remember fondly the pre-“Come Follow Me” lessons that referenced dance halls and that mostly quoted apostles and prophets from the 1970s. I also remember the foundational doctrinal teachings I learned during that formative time in my life about the […]

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, Interstate 15, some private property, 1200 West and end at the L14 parking lot, […]

Al’s Sporting Goods coming to University Place in fall 2017

Al’s Sporting Goods anticipates it will open its second store location at University Place in fall 2017, University Place announced on Wednesday. The full-line sporting goods retailer will occupy a 40,000-square-feet retail space in the Orem mall. It opened its first location in Logan, Utah in 1921 and it was originally a cycling shop. The shop has expanded […]

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 Public Works Director David Decker. On Tuesday, the Provo Municipal Council moved $48,089 into the public works […]

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 revenue and usage has increased. But last month Utah County decided it wanted out. […]

The Utah Jazz you may not know (or remember)

The zenith of the Utah Jazz franchise occurred 20 years ago, when it played in the first of two consecutive NBA championship series against the Chicago Bulls during the summers of 1997 and 1998. As great as those moments were for the state of Utah and Jazz fans everywhere, I remember simpler, and tougher, times. […]

Easter Basket Auction ‘champions’ Provo School District’s after-school programs

Early in his business career, a mentor warned Brent Brown that he would receive a lot of requests from charitable organizations asking for money. Realistically, Brown knew he couldn’t support all of the organizations that would contact him about donations, so he took this advice from his mentor: “Choose a category and then champion it.” And now Brown […]

The Gail S. Halvorsen Aviation Education Foundation plans new home in Spanish Fork

Gail S. Halvorsen, known internationally as the “Candy Bomber,” has dedicated his life to aviation education, to mentoring youth and responding to the emergency needs of those around him. Now, the foundation dedicated to his legacy — The Gail S. Halvorsen Aviation Education Foundation — continues his work. The retired colonel lends his name and […]

Beyond email: New service helps parents listen to their LDS missionary’s experiences

The idea is simple: On P-days, a missionary calls a toll-free number, talks to a machine for five minutes, then hangs up. A link to the recording is then emailed to the missionary’s friends and family. The implications are exciting: Families can hear their missionary’s voice, the missionary doesn’t have to spend as much time on email, […]

President Monson released from hospital, will resume responsibilities

President Thomas S. Monson was released from the hospital Wednesday evening, according to LDS Church Spokesman Eric Hawkins. “President Monson was released from the hospital last evening, and plans to resume his normal schedule and duties today,” Hawkins said. The 89-year-old leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was hospitalized Monday evening […]

Utah makes list of best states for millennials to live

Utah is the sixth best state for millennials to live, according to a new study by WalletHub. Millennials — which includes anyone born between 1981 to 1997 — are typically associated with negative characteristics such as entitled, parentally dependent, deludedly invincible individuals. However, millennials are also known for being tech savvy and for making up 21 percent […]