‘American Idol’ auditions coming to Provo in August

Utah County better start warming up because “American Idol” auditions are coming to Provo on Aug. 23. On May 9, “American Idol” announced it will make a comeback and return for its 16th season. In 2015, the Fox TV show announced its final season before being cancelled after 15 seasons, but earlier this year it […]

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, said Provo deputy mayor Dixon Holmes. Now there’s a whole list of eateries on […]

One day, two companies, lots of free food

This Tuesday will host two of the greatest free food offers this year. On Tuesday, July 11, customers can not only enjoy a free small Slurpee for 7-Eleven Day, but they can also get a free entrée by dressing up as a cow for Chick-fil-A’s annual Cow Appreciation Day. 7-Eleven is celebrating with free Slurpees where customers can […]

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 safe again. Swimming in a poopy pool is not only […]

Alex Boye replaces ‘Hamilton’ star for Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Pioneer Day Concert

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir announced today Alex Boye will be replacing Christopher Jackson as the guest artist for the Pioneer Day Concert. The switch came after Jackson’s unavoidable conflict with filming for his TV series. According to choir officials, Jackson is disappointed in his scheduling conflict and looks forward to working with the orchestra in the future. […]

A photographic look at the 2017 Freedom Festival Grand Parade

PROVO, UTAH – Crowds lined the streets on University Ave. and Center St. in Provo Tuesday for the parade hosted by America’s Freedom Festival. But the parade didn’t just start on the Fourth of July for many spectators. Because of the popularity of the parade, many parade-goers camped overnight in order to get a good view. […]

Stadium of Fire heats up Provo with Human Fuse, fireworks and country music

PROVO, UTAH – The 37th Annual Stadium of Fire set LaVell Edward Stadium — and at one point one of the people in it — on fire Saturday night. With a nearly three hour show, the 2017 America’s Freedom Festival in Provo included country stars, a comedian, a daredevil, local talent and, of course, fireworks. Headliner Little […]

Tucanos ‘meats’ University Place with tradition of community and celebration

Sponsored Story Tucanos may have moved to University Place on May 15 — but the myriad of flavors and festive traditions will continue at its new location. In 2000, Tucanos opened its first location in Provo, Utah, bringing the taste of Rio de Janeiro to Utah County for the first time. Since opening the first store, […]

Cover design, sports reporting and more: Utah Valley publications recognized with SPJ awards

Utah Valley Magazine and Utah Valley Bride took first and second place for best cover design in the Utah chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists competition.  In total, Bennett Communications received eight awards from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2017. “We love being a part of this community,” said Jeanette Bennett, editor and co-owner […]

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, botany and zoology all are part of the city’s vision for an improved Rock […]

Utah ranked 2nd best state for road trips

  Utah ranked as the second best state for summer road trips in a report released by WalletHub this week. Oregon placed as the best state for a summer road trip with a score of 59.68, which narrowly beat Utah’s score of 58.35. Washington took third place with a score of 57.89. WalletHub evaluated the 50 states’ road […]

‘Hamilton’ actor will perform with Mormon Tabernacle Choir at Pioneer Day concert

Broadway star Christopher Jackson will perform with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square as part of the Pioneer Day celebration on Temple Square. Jackson — who won a Grammy Award for his performance as George Washington in the Broadway play “Hamilton” — is the guest artist at the “Music for a Summer Evening” […]

ICYMI: BYU senior crowned as Miss Utah; Lehi man dies after falling in Bell Canyon

In case you took a break from the news this weekend, here are the weekend’s top local news stories. JessiKate Riley wins Miss Utah 2017 JessiKate Riley, a violin performance major at BYU, was crowned Miss Utah 2017 at the Miss Utah Pageant Saturday. Riley received at $10,000 scholarship and new car. She will compete in the […]

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 a free meal. For the second year in a row, the Utah Food Bank is offering free lunches […]

What LDS Girls Camp is like around the world

When Young Women Camp began, a small group of young women from Salt Lake City went into the mountains near their homes for a weeklong excursion. Since then, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has grown to millions of members from all around the world. Today most church members are not within hiking distance of […]

VidAngel is back, offering new subscription-based streaming service

VidAngel is back, but different. CEO Neal Harmon took to Facebook Tuesday night to update filtering fans about where they are in the legal battle and announce the new subscription-based service available immediately. VidAngel will now be offering a streaming service that allows viewers to edit content through Netflix, Amazon and HBO. Services with Hulu, Apple TV, Vudu, […]

Utah universities place in Top 100 Safest Colleges in 2017

The results are in and the National Council for Home Safety and Security announced its Top 100 Safest Colleges for 2017, which includes multiple Utah colleges. Two Utah County universities made the list with Brigham Young University ranking at No. 25 and Utah Valley University sitting at No. 32, the last of the Utah universities to make the […]

Springville receives $2 million donation for new recreation center

Springville City received a $2 million donation from Orem-based Clyde Companies to help build the new Springville recreation center. “We are honored to continue the Clyde mission of ‘Building a Better Community,’ and feel confident that this donation will leave a lasting impact in our community for many years,” said Wilford Clyde, Chairman and CEO of Clyde […]

John Curtis delivers more than double the amount of signatures needed to the state capitol

Final number: 15,525 signatures!#curtisforcongress pic.twitter.com/fUnCZHqyuj — John Curtis (@Curtisut) June 12, 2017 John Curtis delivered 15,525 total signatures — more than double the amount of signatures needed — to the Utah State Capitol Monday morning to secure a spot on the GOP congressional primary ballot. “Every professional I spoke with two and a half weeks ago […]

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 mayoral candidates are facing a tough race to a primary election on Aug. 15. Provo, where […]

Sony offering ‘clean versions’ of some of its movies

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is offering edited versions of some of its films, the company announced Tuesday. The censored movies are called “Clean Version” and has adopted the tagline “adapted versions for a wider audience.” Editing for Clean Version films follows guidelines set by “broadcast standards and practices for television and airline guidelines for inflight entertainment,” […]

Senator Hatch talks Trump and tech with local entrepreneurs

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch spoke to about 25 entrepreneurs and tech executives at Silicon Slopes headquarters in Lehi, Utah, Thursday afternoon. During the hourlong discussion held before lunch, the group discussed a myriad of topics from technology and its involvement in Utah’s growth to politics and transportation concerns. Here are seven insightful takeaways from Senator […]

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 media, online requests and the competition between Orem and Provo over who could land the […]

Cedar Hills Mayor won’t seek re-election; close to accomplishing goals

Cedar Hills Mayor Gary Gygi will not seek re-election this fall. It’s not that he’s tired of the job. It’s not that he doesn’t enjoy it. It’s not because of health reasons. “I’m close to accomplishing most of the goals I’ve had,” Gygi explained. “Some elected officials stay on the stage too long. You need […]