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  • Prescription drug prices can vary widely by store; here are some Utah examples

    SALT LAKE CITY — Have you ever shopped around to find out if you are getting the best possible price on prescription medications? “One of my prescriptions is $65. At another place its $23 and another it’s $27” said Judy Allister, who struggles to afford her medications on a fixed income. Just like any other business, pricing can be competitive, and it pays to shop around. “Different size pharmacies have different buying capabilities and that is going to adjust what […]

  • Uniquely Utah: Bank built from bricks sent by mail still standing 100 years later

    VERNAL, Utah – A century ago, a two-story bank in Vernal was built with bricks that were all mailed from Salt Lake City. It’s a curious tale that over the years has been featured in ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not’ and the National Enquirer. But the reason behind it all is pretty basic: finances. In 1917, the Bank of Vernal determined the U.S. Postal Service could deliver bricks for about half the cost of having them trucked to the small […]

  • Uniquely Utah: One-of-a-kind hybrid in Provo has roots dating back to 1927

    PROVO, Utah — A 90-year-old tree in Provo is so rare, it’s believed to be the only tree of its kind anywhere in the world. The sprawling plant stretches nearly 100-feet wide and can be found behind the Utah County Courthouse. The tree was planted in 1927 by an Ogden man who said he created the hybrid by mixing the buds of different trees. He called the result a “weeping elm.” Botanists have been unable to clone the tree, and […]

  • Uniquely Utah: Best Friends remembered at Angels Rest

    KANAB, Utah — The nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary, run by the Best Friends Animal Society, is located a few miles from Kanab. Many animals there are available for adoption, but due to individual circumstances, others live out their lives at the sanctuary. When an animal passes, its remains or cremains are typically interred in a pet cemetery known as Angels Rest. Watch the video to experience the sights and sounds of the quiet place tucked into the red rock […]

  • Uniquely Utah: Music brings people together in town with troubled past

    HILDALE, Utah — The first ever Colorado City Music Festival was held Saturday in Colorado City’s twin border town of Hildale, Utah. Organizer Tom Bennett, who also heads Sweet Salt Records, arranged for multiple regional musicians ranging from folk artists to punk rock bands to take the stage at Maxwell Park. Pulling the event together, he said, was fairly easy. “If you wanna pull something like this together, they’re unifying at the drop of a hat to make it happen,” […]

  • Utah Gov. honors Jazz legend Jerry Sloan with lifetime achievement award

    SALT LAKE CITY — The governor’s sixth annual State of Sport Awards ceremony was held this past week, and the top honor went to Jerry Sloan. Last Thursday, Vivint Smart Home Arena hosted an event where athletes from different sports came together to honor each other, and be honored by Gov. Gary Herbert. “Our slogan: ‘Utah the State of Sport’ is more than just a slogan, it’s a lifestyle, and we see that on exhibition here tonight with all these […]

  • ‘Forgotten Patient’ project aims to restore dignity to those who died at Utah insane asylum

    PROVO, Utah – The Utah State Hospital is launching an effort to restore dignity to patients who died at the facility decades ago. The hospital originally opened in 1885 as the Utah Territorial Insane Asylum. At the time it was common for patients with severe mental and physical ailments to live out the rest of their lives at the hospital. But unlike similar institutions across the country, in Utah there had never been a cemetery on hospital grounds. Current Utah […]

  • Uniquely Utah: Free hugs and the Cuddle Club

    SALT LAKE CITY — One Utah woman is on a mission to spread human connection one hug at a time. Mary Sorensen has been a presence at the Utah Arts Festival, the Salt Lake City Downtown Farmer’s Market, and occasionally pops up on Main Street in Salt Lake City giving out free hugs. She says about 40 percent of those she offers a hug to accepts one, and she says even when someone says no, they typically walk away with […]

  • About 20 residents displaced after fire in Salt Lake City

    SALT LAKE CITY — About 20 people are displaced as the result of a fire that broke out Friday morning in Salt Lake City at 1834 West Independence Blvd. The first 911 call came in around 11 a.m. “We were here in five minutes, and able to extinguish the fire in 30,” said Audra Sorensen of the Salt Lake City Fire Department. No one was injured in the blaze, which firefighters say caused about $200,000 in damage and was mostly […]

  • Uniquely Utah: Perspectives on Salt Lake City’s ‘Point of View’

    Last August, an art installation featuring more than 150 signs was installed in front of the Salt Palace Convention Center at the intersection of 100 South and West Temple in Salt Lake City. The piece is titled “Point of View” and was commissioned from Maine artist Aaron T. Stephan. It was paid for with funds from Salt Lake County’s Public Art Program, which was created by the Utah Legislature in 1985 to set aside 1 percent of the budget of […]

  • Uniquely Utah: Petroglyphs at Parowan Gap

    SOUTHERN UTAH – Just a short drive from Interstate 15 in Iron County (11 miles west of Parowan on the Minersville Highway) you can find easily accessible petroglyphs dating back to as early as 3000 B.C. The images are found at the base of an impossible to miss geological feature known as the Parowan Gap. The gap creates a natural, easy passageway through a mountain range. In the millennia before planes, trains, and automobiles, this likely created a popular route […]

  • Uniquely Utah: Exploring the lava tubes at Tabernacle Hill

    The lava tubes at Tabernacle Hill are located west of Fillmore at the end of a series of dirt roads, the last stretch being fairly rough. From I-15, take exit 158 (just south of Fillmore) going south on Main Street into the tiny town of Meadow. Turn right (west) on Center Street. You will see a sign for White Mountain, 6 miles ahead. Follow the (graded dirt) road 5.7 miles, going underneath I-15 out to White Mountain, which by Utah […]