Utah ( YOO-tah, (listen) YOO-taw) is a state in the western United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the U.S. on January 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th-largest by area, 30th-most-populous, and 11th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States. Utah has a population of more than 3 million according to the Census estimate for July 1, 2016...

Utah ( YOO-tah, (listen) YOO-taw) is a state in the western United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the U.S. on January 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th-largest by area, 30th-most-populous, and 11th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States. Utah has a population of more than 3 million according to the Census estimate for July 1, 2016. Urban development is mostly concentrated in two areas: the Wasatch Front in the north-central part of the state, which contains approximately 2.5 million people; and Washington County in Southern Utah, with over 160,000 residents. Utah is bordered by Colorado to the east, Wyoming to the northeast, Idaho to the north, Arizona to the south, and Nevada to the west. It also touches a corner of New Mexico in the southeast. Approximately 62% of Utahns are reported to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), making Utah the only state with a majority population belonging to a single church. This greatly influences Utahn culture and daily life. The LDS Church's world headquarters is located in Salt Lake City.The state is a center of transportation, education, information technology and research, government services, mining, and a major tourist destination for outdoor recreation. In 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that Utah had the second fastest-growing population of any state. St. George was the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States from 2000 to 2005. Utah also has the 14th highest median average income and the least income inequality of any U.S. state. A 2012 Gallup national survey found Utah overall to be the "best state to live in" based on 13 forward-looking measurements including various economic, lifestyle, and health-related outlook metrics.




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Guardian staff and agencies
February 6, 2020
the Guardian
Bears Ears national monument in Utah has been slashed by 85% under the Trump administration. Photograph: Francisco Kjolseth/Associated Press
February 5, 2020
Note: Plenty of cursing. This is a video from Salt Lake City, Utah of a Scion xA owner (you should have gotten an xB bro) who loaded the top of his car with drywall because renting a truck is...
Reuters Editorial
February 4, 2020
The executive committee of the state attorneys general investigating Alphabet's Google wrapped up a meeting on Tuesday afternoon with U.S. Justice Department officials to coordinate efforts, officials told Reuters.
Sarah Buhr
February 3, 2020
Those looking outside of Silicon Valley as a potential hub for their startup might want to take a gander at Utah, at least that's the kind of trend the new Silicon Slopes Venture Fund hopes to create. The newly formed fund, put together by Qualtrics co-founder Ryan Smith, Omniture and Domo founder Josh James and [...]
By Stacy Liberatore For
January 30, 2020
Mail Online
The most complete Brachiosaurus upper arm bone in history was discovered at the Morrison Formation in Utah. The bone is more than six-feet tall and is about 150 million years old.
James Rogers
January 27, 2020
Fox News
Paleontologists have announced the discovery of a new species of meat-eating dinosaur in Utah.
By Jonathan Chadwick For Mailonline
January 24, 2020
Mail Online
A brutal 4,000-pound dinosaur the size of a bus that slashed and ripped its prey to death has been described as a new species after first being dug up 30 years ago in Utah.
Christopher Carbone
January 17, 2020
Fox News
Mounds of a rare crystalline mineral emerged above the surface of Utah's Great Salt Lake.
January 10, 2020
Houston Chronicle
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Rare salt formations have been documented for the first time on the shores of the Great Salt Lake, and they could yield insights about salt structures found on Mars before they disappear for good. They're showing up now in part because water levels at the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi have been lowered by drought and water diversion, exposing more shoreline. It's a story that's playing out throughout the American West as a growing population puts more demand on scarce water resources. Along the high-salinity waters Great Salt Lake, the expanded shoreline means there are more places where water can bubble up to the surface from warm, sulfate-rich springs. When it hits the cold air, a mineral called Glauber's salt, or mirabilite, separates out. "It has to be exposed to just the right conditions," said park ranger Allison Thompson, who first saw them in October. The tiny crystals have built up over the last several months, eventually creating flat terraces stacked atop one another like the travertine rimstone and dam terraces at Yellowstone's Mammoth Hot Springs. From far away, the mounds can blend into the snowy landscape along the flat blue of the lake edged by distant mountains. From above, though, the cascading terraces are like an enormous piece of lace laid over the sandy earth. An up-close look reveals long, spire-like crystals clustered jaggedly together like something out of science fiction. There are now four mounds at the Great Salt Lake beach, growing up to 3 feet (1 meter) tall and several yards wide. Mirabilite mounds are seen more often in places such as the Antarctic, bolstered by the constantly cold temperatures. There are also indications of similar structures on Mars, so study of the mounds in Utah...
Alex Wilhelm
December 27, 2019
Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. This morning we're dialing into some late-stage venture activity in Utah. Why? Because Utah has become a hotbed of startup activity, yielding both IPOs and huge acquisitions. And as Utah isn't a media hub in [...]
Lee Mathews
December 18, 2019
In a tragic scene last week, thousands of perfectly drinkable beers were unceremoniously dumped by authorities in Utah. Instead of being enjoyed at holiday office parties or family get-togethers they were poured into ...
Michelle Mark
December 18, 2019
Business Insider
Investigators said they found a notorized letter, apparently from the woman's husband, declaring that his wife was not responsible for his death.
Andy Greenberg
December 5, 2019
This animal liberation group actually wants to be put on trial. Their goal: force jurors to wear VR headsets and immerse them in the suffering of animals bound for slaughter.
By Ryan Morrison For Mailonline
December 2, 2019
Mail Online
The Mars Desert Research Station is a experiment in the Utah desert allowing scientists to study how humans will live on the Red Planet in future. IKEA created a new minimalist layout.
By Michael Thomsen For
December 2, 2019
Mail Online
Researchers have classified a new kind of flying dinosaur after analyzing fossils collected in Lebanon. Researchers believe pterosaurs could have been as diverse as birds.
By BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press
November 27, 2019
Houston Chronicle
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah is on its way to becoming the 19th state to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy in January after state officials formed a proposal that has the support of the influential Church of a Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert announced Tuesday night that church leaders back a regulatory rule his office helped craft after legislative efforts for a ban on the therapy failed earlier this year. The faith known widely as the Mormon church opposed a previous version of the rule because it wanted assurances that church leaders and members who are therapists would be allowed to provide spiritual counseling for parishioners or families - which were included in the latest conversion therapy ban plan. The faith opposes gay marriage and teaches that intimidate same-sex relationships are a sin. The religion has stuck to that belief while urging members to be kind and compassionate to LGBTQ people. Conversion therapy is a practice used to try to change peoples' sexual orientation or gender identity. The rule would ban Utah therapists from subjecting LGBTQ minors to the practice that the American Psychological Association has said is not based in science and is harmful to mental health. The Utah rule proposal is set to go to a 30-day public comment period beginning Dec. 15 and take effect as soon as Jan. 22, Herbert said. The success in getting the church's crucial support for the regulatory rule generated praise from LGBTQ advocates and conversion therapy survivors who had expressed frustration with the yearslong battle in Utah to ban conversion therapy. The rule uses language from a state legislative proposal that failed this year despite church leaders saying they would not oppose it. "It means youth will...
Darcy Schild
November 22, 2019
Business Insider
Jaydee Dolinar told Glamour that a DMV worker handed her hand sanitizer and said she wouldn't be granted a new photo ID unless she removed her makeup.
Paul Stenquist
November 21, 2019
The Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah have hosted speed chasers for decades, but the course is distressed. An advocacy group has a plan, but not the money.
By Ryan Morrison For Mailonline
November 15, 2019
Mail Online
The species was found under the soil in the Salt Lake City home. It is similar to other ant species found in the tropics or hte deciduous forests of the eastern United States.
Melissa Breyer
November 8, 2019
Our photo of the day comes from Brigham City, Utah.


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