LDS Church releases statement about two LDS victims of Florida high school shooting

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement following the Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead and at least 14 more injured on Wednesday. “Once again we find ourselves as a nation and as communities faced with a tragic loss of life and incomprehensible sorrow following the shooting at Marjory […]

Shops at Riverwoods hits stride as it celebrates 20 years

It’s been 20 years since the Shops at Riverwoods opened its complex at the base of Provo Canyon — 20 years that have helped develop the shopping center into the community space it is today. “There’s been so much change over the past 20 years because it’s evolved so much that we feel like we […]

Covering the BYU fireside that turned into a frightening ordeal

It was a quiet Sunday evening in the newsroom of the Daily Universe on BYU’s campus. As the assistant sports editor, I was putting together the sports pages for Monday’s paper while other fellow editors were working on their own pages on Feb. 7, 1993. On the television screens, the BYU devotional, featuring President Howard […]

UVU asks Legislature for money for new business building

For the second year, Utah Valley University is asking the state for money for a new building for the Woodbury School of Business. But unlike last year, the school only is asking for funding for design and programming, not construction. The construction project is ranked third on the state Board of Regents’s capital facilities priorities […]

Forbes names Provo-Orem No. 2 best city to invest in housing

Forbes named Provo-Orem the No. 2 best city to invest in housing. The business magazine teamed up with Local Market Monitor, which tracks more than 300 U.S. housing markets, to evaluate where people are most likely to receive a return on their housing investment. In order to make the list, the city’s population size needed to match or […]

Get a first look at Utah Valley Hospital’s Sorenson Legacy Tower

Utah Valley Hospital is opening its doors to the public on Saturday to get a first look at the Sorenson Legacy Tower, the first completed phase of its $430 million hospital replacement project. The nine-story building was the hospital’s biggest philanthropic effort to date. For the Sorenson Legacy Tower, the hospital raised $35, 754,000 from the community […]

Good Samaritan bill gives civil immunity to people who rescue kids from hot cars

A bill that would give Good Samaritans civil immunity if they rescue children locked in cars quickly passed through a House committee on Tuesday afternoon. House Bill 152, sponsored by Rep. Tim Quinn, R-Heber City, would protect people who rescue children locked in cars. Members of the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee unanimously […]

Utah County development projects to look forward to in 2018

At this point it’s not a secret that Utah County is growing. Utah County is expected to double in size over the next 20 years, which will bring the population size to more than 1 million people. This has Utah County’s economic developers singing the same tune — growth means growing pains. “Our biggest challenge […]

Sundance documentary highlights Imagine Dragons singer’s mission to protect LDS LGBTQ teens

How do you stop rising suicide rates among Latter-day Saint lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth? For Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds, the answers are love and listening. Reynolds’ crusade is the focus of “Believer,” a Live Nation Productions documentary released at Sundance Film Festival this week. “Believer” follows Reynolds as he wrestles […]

BRT won’t have big impact on property values, rents in Provo

A new study shows that the Bus Rapid Transit system through Orem and Provo probably won’t make a big economic impact. Zions Public Finance conducted the study in partnership with Provo, Orem, the Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Transit Authority and Mountainland Association of Governments. The Provo council got a preview of the report on […]

Sorenson Legacy Tower: New Utah Valley Clinic gets lofty home

Sponsored Story Starting in February 2018, Intermountain will open the Utah Valley Clinic — an all-in-one-place, state-of-the-art group of clinics located in the new Sorenson Legacy Tower on the campus of Utah Valley Hospital in Provo. The nine-story building is located just north of the main hospital and was made possible through a significant donation […]

Snow — finally! — expected this weekend

Winter is making at least a short-term comeback in Utah this weekend, with a storm expected to hit Friday and more snow next week. “Basically we’ll see accumulating snow along the entire I-15 corridor” with rain in the St. George area, said Eric Schoening, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City. […]

What to expect from BRT construction in 2018

There is road construction everywhere, or at least that is how it has seemed while the Utah Transit Authority has worked to complete the Bus Rapid Transit system. A project that will bring a quicker method of public transportation to Utah County, BRT construction has caused Provo and Orem’s busiest roads — University Parkway and […]

What I learned when I had lunch with President Nelson

On the first Tuesday of this year, President Thomas S. Monson passed away. On Tuesday, Jan. 16, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced President Russell M. Nelson as its new president. And on a Tuesday afternoon in January eight years ago, my husband and I sat down to have lunch with President Russell M. […]

Looking back and looking forward as University Place continues to grow in 2018

University Mall is nothing but a distant memory. Nearly three years into the multi-phase project that has transformed the former University Mall into University Place, 2017 proved a productive year for the 1.77 million square-foot regional shopping center. Woodbury says the company is currently in the beginning of the second phase of the project and […]

Provo closer to getting medical school

Unless Wasatch Educational and Provo can’t meet the deal points they’ve already discussed, Provo likely will be getting a medical school on part of what’s now the East Bay Golf Course. The city council on Tuesday cleared the way for the mayor to start negotiating a contract with the school to sell about 21 acres […]

Utah’s most interesting top seller at Walmart in 2017

The No. 1 item on Utahns’ list when they shop at Walmart is a personal travel care kit. The study conducted by Walmart evaluated purchases made at to determine what was the top selling item in each state at Walmart. However, the top seller may not be the true top seller, but it is […]

Provo rental contract law won’t be enforced until March 1

A new Provo ordinance requiring landlords to have signed contracts with all adult tenants became law in mid-December. It had an effective date of Jan. 1. But it’s not being enforced and likely won’t be until March 1, and it may be amended before then. The law, passed in a 5-2 vote, requires landlords and […]

President Thomas S. Monson Dies at 90

President Thomas S. Monson, 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died on Jan. 2 at 10:01 p.m. in his home in Salt Lake City surrounded by his family. At the age of 90, he died of causes incident to age. Funeral arrangements will be announced later this week. The Church’s […]

Sen. Orrin Hatch announces retirement on Twitter

Sen. Orrin Hatch will retire at the end of the term in January 2019, he announced on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. “When the president visited last month, he said I was a fighter,” Hatch said in the announcement. “I’ve always been a fighter. I was an amateur boxer in my youth and I brought that fighting […]

UVU President Matthew Holland announces LDS mission call to North Carolina

Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland will serve as the mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Raleigh, North Carolina, Holland announced on Twitter Friday. So we got a little news over the holidays. . . Come July 1, it’s the North Carolina, Raleigh Mission for us! #calledtoserve #sothrilled […]

Shops at Riverwoods provides s’mores in exchange for PCD Foundation donations

The Shops at the Riverwoods is providing s’more fun this holiday season by partnering with the Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Foundation. Together the groups are selling s’more supplies on Friday and Saturday night to raise awareness and raise funds for the rare disease. Primary ciliary dyskinesia is a disease that affects the cilia that lines the […]

UTA offering free rides on Friday for Free Fare Friday

The Utah Transit Authority is encouraging Utah residents to try public transit by offering free rides across all its transportation platforms on Friday, Dec. 22. As part of Free Fare Friday, there will be no cost to ride any of UTA’s transit, including regular and express bus, TRAX, FrontRunner, the S-Line, Ski service, the Park City-SLC […]

More than 70 families need Sub for Santa sponsors

With less than a week before Christmas, there still are 78 Sub for Santa families who need sponsors. “It seems like a lot, but we’ve already helped more than a thousand families,” said Michaelann Bradley, communications manager for United Way of Utah County. For more than 35 years, United Way of Utah County has connected […]

BYU, UVU partner with UTA for free 10-year premium transportation pass

Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University and the Utah Transit Authority are partnering to provide the universities’ students, faculty, staff and dependents free premium UTA passes for the next 10 years, the organizations announced Thursday afternoon. “UTA is grateful to BYU and UVU for making these benefits more accessible to more people and for making […]

Volunteers wrapping for a good cause at University Place

For the last 10 years, Habitat for Humanity of Utah County has been raising money every Christmas season by wrapping gifts at Provo Towne Centre. They’re back on duty starting Saturday, but in a new place. This year Habitat wrappers will be at University Place in Orem. And instead of being in the middle of […]

Spanish Fork Cinemark to open Thursday with XD auditorium

After being without a movie theater for a year, Spanish Fork residents are receiving an early Christmas gift — the Cinemark is opening on Thursday. And it turns out the force is strong with this movie theater. Cinemark’s goal was to open the south Utah County theater — located in the area near Interstate 15 and […]