American Fork woman to compete on the new season of ‘The Bachelor’

American Fork’s Maquel Cooper will compete on Season 22 of “The Bachelor.” The popular reality TV show has 29 contestants race to win the heart of one man. In Season 22, the women will compete to win the love of Arie Luyendyk Jr., a former Indy 500 racer who now works as a real estate broker in […]

Michelle Kaufusi becomes Provo’s first female mayor

Provo has its third mayor in a month, but this time the office-holder should stay for at least four years. On Tuesday night, Mayor-elect Michelle Kaufusi became Interim Mayor Kaufusi, after the city council unanimously approved her. Her interim term ends Jan. 1, 2018, when she’ll officially become mayor. She is the first woman to […]

Encircle hosts free IGNITE summit to help LGBTQ youth find community in Utah

In just nine months, Encircle has created a community in the heart of Provo, Utah. The youth and family resource center — which opened on Valentine’s Day earlier this year — helps LGBTQ youth and their families get the support they need and build relationships. Now the center is reaching out its arms to encircle […]

Utah named the most charitable state in time for #GivingTuesday

November 28 marks #GivingTuesday, a day amidst the frenzy of holiday shopping dedicated to donating money, time and goods to nonprofit organizations — something Utahns are good at. WalletHub ranked Utah the most charitable state. Using 14 key indicators, WalletHub explored monetary donations and volunteer rates. Utah ranked No. 1 in many subcategories, including: Highest […]

Pleasant Grove offers course for fathers who want to be better dads

If you’re a dad looking to be an even better dad, there’s a class for you. This month, Pleasant Grove Recreation started offering a course called 24/7 Dad. It teaches the five characteristics of the 24/7 father: self-awareness, caring for self, fathering skills, parenting skills and relationship skills. “It’s a whole-man approach,” said Dalin Belt, […]

Olive Garden opens at Canyon Creek in Spanish Fork

Just in time for the holidays, Olive Garden cut the ribbon to officially open its restaurant in Spanish Fork on Monday morning. “Thank you to everybody in Spanish Fork and everybody in the surrounding areas for welcoming us here to be part of the neighborhood,” said Darren Lindo, general manager at Olive Garden in Spanish Fork. […]

Provo approves rental contract law in 5-2 vote

After a few months of discussion and taking public comment — much of which was against the proposal — the Provo council voted 5–2 to require landlords to have signed contracts with all adult tenants. Councilmen Dave Harding and David Sewell voted against the measure. The new law goes into effect Jan. 1. It will […]

Utah County updates 2017 election results

In Utah’s first year using primarily mail-in ballots, the next round of results are in. Utah County clerk/auditor Bryan Thompson released a new batch of tallied votes on Tuesday afternoon. The update includes nearly all ballots mailed and postmarked by Nov. 6. These updated results also include provisional ballots. The next election update will be […]

Lindsey Stirling advances to finals on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Violinist Lindsey Stirling is one of four celebrity competitors advancing to the finals of “Dancing With the Stars.” Stirling along with singer Jordan Fisher, HGTV’s Drew Scott and actor Frankie Muniz claimed their spots in the reality TV show’s finals on Monday night. Paralympic swimmer Victoria Arlen and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy were sent home a […]

Curtis headed to Congress, results in many other races uncertain

Though results won’t be final for weeks, Republican John Curtis is headed to Washington to replace Jason Chaffetz, who left office in June. As of Tuesday night, Curtis led Democrat Kathie Allen 57 percent to 27 percent. Allen conceded the Third Congressional District race not long after results started rolling in. However, the vote tallies […]

Trailtalk® fights therapy stigma with walk and talk sessions

Sponsored Story Trailtalk® is painting a new picture of what therapy can look like. Instead of the stereotypical image of a client lying on the couch and talking to the ceiling, therapy can happen on the move, on the trail, in a courtyard during a lunch break or elsewhere out of the office. When Allison […]

UVU President Matthew Holland leaving UVU to serve as LDS mission president

Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland will leave the university in June to serve as a mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, UVU announced Monday morning. Holland will continue to serve as UVU’s president through June 2018 before beginning his mission president duties in July. While the LDS Church announced […]

Kirby Heyborne’s career as audio book narrator flourishing

You’ve seen him on television in an array of national commercials for companies like AT&T, La Quinta, Target, Best Buy, Jack In the Box, Wendy’s, Honda, Volkswagen, Liberty Mutual, Verizon and CarMax, to name a few. You’ve seen him on the big screen in movies like “The Best Two Years,” “Saints and Soldiers” and “The […]

East Bay Golf Course could have med school as neighbor

If everything goes as planned, Provo could have a new medical school and an improved golf course in the next several years. Wasatch Educational is proposing to build the school on 24 acres on the northwest side of the East Bay Golf Course. It would take about 11 percent of the total golf course acreage, […]

10 takeaways from 10th annual Women Tech Awards

Oracle CEO Safra Catz, Sen. Orrin Hatch and Women Tech Council Founder Cydni Tetro packed the house with attendees and quotables at today’s 10th annual Women Tech Awards held at the Grand America. Seventeen finalists and three student finalists were narrowed to seven award recipients, including Rachel Hofstetter of Provo’s Chatbooks, who was given the […]

Spanish Fork celebrates opening of first shops at Canyon Creek

Multiple businesses in Spanish Fork’s Canyon Creek development are officially open for business — and city officials are ecstatic. Ace Hardware, Famous Footwear, Petco, Maurices, TJ Maxx and Ulta have all opened their doors to customers. Downeast Home and Clothing will open on Friday, Nov. 3 with other businesses scheduled for opening later this year […]

UVU trustees approve three new engineering degrees for fall 2018

Utah Valley University Board of Trustees approved three new engineering degrees on Thursday. The new engineering programs are set to begin in fall 2018 pending approval of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The trustees anticipate the new Bachelor of Science degrees — Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering — will not only be […]

Provo-Orem seniors and disabled people have a new way to get around

If you’re at least 70 or disabled and have trouble getting around Provo and Orem, there’s a new ride service for you. Launched Oct. 13, Utah Valley Rides will take seniors age 70 and older and people with disabilities to doctor’s offices, grocery stores, the mall — basically anywhere they need to go within the […]

Orem ranked as No. 2 best city for trick-or-treating in 2017

Orem’s treat came early once again this year. For the second year in a row, Orem City was ranked as the No. 2 best city for trick-or-treating by SmartAsset. “Another concern during Halloween, and being out late trick-or-treating, is safety,” SmartAsset wrote as an explanation for the ranking. “Orem has the lowest violent crime rate in […]

Lindsey Stirling is out of this world with perfect score on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Lindsey Stirling took a step out of this world with her science fiction film-themed dance on “Dancing With the Stars” Monday night. Earning a perfect 40 out of 40, Stirling and professional dancer partner Mark Ballas performed a mad scientist Argentine Tengo to “Human” by Sevdaliza. The four judges — which included guest judge and singer Shania […]

University Place announces addition of four locally-owned, Asian restaurants

  University Place is adding four new locally-owned restaurants to its complex — and its good news for those who love Asian cuisine. Ahi Muse, Itto Sushi, Tepanyaki Japanese Steakhouse and Teriyaki Stix now join Seasons Food Court and more than 25 other food and beverage options at University Place. “What’s unique about all four of […]

Lifetime releases trailer for Elizabeth Smart movie

Lifetime released a trailer for the movie depicting Elizabeth Smart’s nine months of captivity on Thursday. The trailer shows the scene where Smart (played by Alana Boden) is kidnapped by Brian David Mitchell (played by Skeet Ulrich) from her bedroom in Salt Lake City. Smart calls the movie — which she narrates — “the best […]

LDS missionary changes: Smartphones, mission consolidation and more

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced changes to the missionary program on Friday morning. These changes include missionaries using smartphones, new prospective missionary interview questions and consolidating missions. “We have really been focused on looking at absolutely every element of missionary operations, starting from when a missionary is thinking about preparing, through the […]