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Utah man with MS realizes marathon goal with help from younger brother

Utah man with MS realizes marathon goal with help from younger brother

Arianne Brown for KSL.com  |  Posted July 14 - 5:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

Brian Connolly was a sophomore at East High School when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis but on July 24, the now 53-year-old will complete his ninth marathon with the help of his older brother.
Baby found crawling along roadway, believed to have survived 2 days in stormy weather

Baby found crawling along roadway, believed to have survived 2 days in stormy weather

Kevin Mcgill, Associated Press  |  Posted July 10 - 8:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Louisiana sheriff says a 1-year-old boy survived two days of sometimes stormy weather before a truck driver spotted him crawling along a roadside. Sheriff "Stitch" Guillory is calling the child a "miracle baby."
'He will be missed.' Idaho man who died in fiery crash leaves behind wife and 5 kids

'He will be missed.' Idaho man who died in fiery crash leaves behind wife and 5 kids

Andrea Olson, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted July 7 - 10:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

An Idaho man died in a crash on June 25, leaving behind a wife and five children.
Mechanic who maintains rescue helicopter credited for saving people stopped on freeway

Mechanic who maintains rescue helicopter credited for saving people stopped on freeway

Alex Cabrero, KSL-TV  |  Posted July 7 - 10:14 a.m.  |  Save Story

A helicopter mechanic saw a problem while driving on I-215 last month. A car was stopped in the middle of afternoon rush hour traffic near 4100 South in Taylorsville. It was natural for him to want to help.
UVU grad creates software to give back to Native American communities

UVU grad creates software to give back to Native American communities

Grant Olsen for KSL.com  |  Posted July 4 - 6:58 p.m.  |  Save Story

Drawing upon his Native American heritage, Wyatt Redshield Gilmore runs a company that's helping the tourism industry and supporting charitable causes on reservation lands.
'Thankful for our freedoms': Utahns gather across Utah for Independence Day

'Thankful for our freedoms': Utahns gather across Utah for Independence Day

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted July 4 - 4:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utahns gathered in Layton, Provo and other locales across the state to mark Independence Day and give thanks for the freedoms enjoyed in the United States.
G.I. Joe enthusiasts say the small toy has made big impacts on their lives

G.I. Joe enthusiasts say the small toy has made big impacts on their lives

Bo Evans, KTVT  |  Updated June 30 - 8:31 a.m.  |  Save Story

Sixty years ago, a new toy was introduced to the world – G.I. Joe made his debut, and the term action figure was born. The rest, as they say, is history. Recently, a group of DFW G.I. Joe enthusiasts got together at their annual convention to discuss how this little toy has made big impacts on their lives.
A teenager fell off a Utah cliff to his death. His sister found a unique way to keep his memory alive

A teenager fell off a Utah cliff to his death. His sister found a unique way to keep his memory alive

Sydney Bishop, CNN  |  Posted June 29 - 7:43 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two days after Jonathan Fielding fell to his death while taking photos from a scenic overlook in southern Utah, his older sister Rebecca found herself sitting on the same ledge where he had lost his footing.
Local rap battle helps raise funds for victim of drive-by shooting

Local rap battle helps raise funds for victim of drive-by shooting

Brianna Chavez, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 24 - 9:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

The family of a teenager shot in a drive-by shooting in Murray last month is grateful for the support of a niche community.
'America is worth the sacrifice': Memorial dedication in France for Utahn killed during WWII

'America is worth the sacrifice': Memorial dedication in France for Utahn killed during WWII

Alex Cabrero, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 22 - 10:26 p.m.  |  Save Story

A small town in France dedicated a memorial Saturday to a crew of a B-17 bomber killed in WWII. One of the soldiers honored was Utah resident 2nd Lt. John "Jack" Lundberg.
Utah 5th grader receives special award for saving schoolmate's life

Utah 5th grader receives special award for saving schoolmate's life

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted June 19 - 9:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah student Hector Lara grabbed the girl by her backpack to pull her to safety. The 10-year-old was awarded the AAA School Safety Patrol Lifesaving Medal for his actions.
Church of Jesus Christ expands aid to women, children with $55.8M donation

Church of Jesus Christ expands aid to women, children with $55.8M donation

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Posted June 12 - 7:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

The General Relief Society Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is expanding efforts to help women and young children around the world.
Southern Utah mom finds new ways to 'bring a little more peace' to foster families

Southern Utah mom finds new ways to 'bring a little more peace' to foster families

Jessi Bang, St. George News  |  Posted June 10 - 9:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

When a foster care volunteer dared to shatter the limits of ordinary assistance, she discovered new ways to help Utah families.
2 Utah moms compete in rugged, 100-mile contest in New Zealand

2 Utah moms compete in rugged, 100-mile contest in New Zealand

Arianne Brown for KSL.com  |  Posted June 10 - 5:08 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two Utah moms are among those competing in USA Network's "Race to Survive: New Zealand," traversing 100 rugged miles on the hunt for food and a cash prize.
Sanpete County Jail employee reduces recidivism with health program

Sanpete County Jail employee reduces recidivism with health program

Emma Everett Johnson, KSL.com  |  Posted June 10 - 10:30 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Sanpete County Jail in Manti hired a new community health worker two years ago. She has helped reduce recidivism there by 61%.
Utah mail carrier considered a hero after helping a woman who fell

Utah mail carrier considered a hero after helping a woman who fell

Jessica Lowell, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted June 9 - 10:28 p.m.  |  Save Story

A mail carrier in Roy is being considered for a Postmasters General Heroes' Award after he helped a woman who had fallen and couldn't get up.
The Nixon Strong Baseball tournament brings youth teams together to battle cancer

The Nixon Strong Baseball tournament brings youth teams together to battle cancer

Karah Brackin, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 8 - 7:43 p.m.  |  Save Story

In South Jordan, the Nixon Strong Baseball tournament is bringing teams together for something bigger than the game.
Orem resident turns 105, has some advice for young people

Orem resident turns 105, has some advice for young people

Emma Everett Johnson, KSL.com  |  Posted June 7 - 9:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

Georgia Burt Presnell was born June 7, 1919. She's lived through the Great Depression, four wars, 19 presidents and one pandemic. She's older than Mickey Mouse, the internet and the ballpoint pen.
These Utahns are performing in Normandy for the 80th anniversary of D-Day

These Utahns are performing in Normandy for the 80th anniversary of D-Day

Collin Leonard, KSL.com and Alex Cabrero, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 6 - 7:12 a.m.  |  Save Story

Three separate Utah groups are traveling to France to take part in D-Day memorial ceremonies to honor those who gave their lives to liberate France during World War II.
Princess power: 'Tuacahn's Tiara Takeover' breaks world record, official says

Princess power: 'Tuacahn's Tiara Takeover' breaks world record, official says

Bridger Palmer, St. George News  |  Posted June 3 - 4:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

Hundreds gathered in southern Utah in hopes of breaking the record for the largest gathering of people dressed as princesses during "Tuacahn's Tiara Takeover" on Saturday.
73-year-old survives five days in the wilderness after raft flips on Idaho river

73-year-old survives five days in the wilderness after raft flips on Idaho river

Kaitlyn Hart, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted May 27 - 7:30 a.m.  |  Save Story

A 73-year-old man endured five days in the wilderness after his raft fell apart on the Salmon River in Idaho.
They're healing the blind, the lame and the maimed … and seeking more aid to further the cause

They're healing the blind, the lame and the maimed … and seeking more aid to further the cause

Lee Benson, Deseret News  |  Posted May 26 - 4:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utahns Michael Nebeker, Doug Jackson and Hugh West are leaders of charities that perform life-changing essential surgeries.
Elite sheepdogs compete happily in pouring rain at Midway herding championship

Elite sheepdogs compete happily in pouring rain at Midway herding championship

Collin Leonard, KSL.com  |  Posted May 25 - 9:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

"Perhaps the largest attended sheepdog trial in the world," is underway at Soldier Hollow, and bordie collies from around the world competed Saturday.
Utah junior high student diagnosed with brain cancer finds joy in track and field

Utah junior high student diagnosed with brain cancer finds joy in track and field

Arianne Brown for KSL.com  |  Posted May 25 - 7:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Alden Peterson was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain cancer that left parts of his body paralyzed. Now a ninth grader at Snowcrest Jr. High, in Eden, Alden is in remission, and has found success in track and field.
Utah 7th grader helps friend cross the finish line of school race

Utah 7th grader helps friend cross the finish line of school race

Eliza Pace, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 25 - 8:21 a.m.  |  Save Story

A seventh grader is being praised for helping his friend cross the finish line at their school race on Thursday.
Nonprofit helps veterans get their lives back with K-9 help

Nonprofit helps veterans get their lives back with K-9 help

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 23 - 9:11 a.m.  |  Save Story

A veteran is crediting his dog for making it possible for him over come his post-traumatic stress disorder, making it possible for him to graduate from Utah State University.
BYU student donates bone marrow to potentially save stranger's life

BYU student donates bone marrow to potentially save stranger's life

Emma Everett Johnson, KSL.com  |  Posted May 19 - 4:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Jane Pearson was river rafting in Moab last summer when she got an unexpected phone call.
Woman in Eagle Mountain aims to connect, uplift through virtual community center

Woman in Eagle Mountain aims to connect, uplift through virtual community center

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted May 19 - 9:07 a.m.  |  Save Story

Social worker Carissa Thurman is aiming to connect Eagle Mountain residents to small businesses while uplifting people through community classes.
The 'Barefoot Dutchman' and his remarkable trek for men's mental health

The 'Barefoot Dutchman' and his remarkable trek for men's mental health

Ken Fall, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 18 - 11:58 a.m.  |  Save Story

A determined, upbeat man is on a journey, walking from LA to Times Square barefoot to raise awareness about men's health. It will also break the Guinness World Record for walking barefoot.
Long-standing Tremonton restaurant has to rebuild after fire

Long-standing Tremonton restaurant has to rebuild after fire

Mike Anderson and Michael Houck, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 15 - 8:15 a.m.  |  Save Story

After nearly 60 years in business, a Tremonton restaurant is gaining community support after being severely damaged by a fire.
Cat tossed from vehicle gets second chance thanks to good Samaritan

Cat tossed from vehicle gets second chance thanks to good Samaritan

Jessica Guay, KDKA via CNN  |  Posted May 13 - 6:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Frankie's Friends animal rescue needs help after a good Samaritan brought in a cat who'd been thrown from a vehicle.
Baby born deaf hears after unique gene therapy

Baby born deaf hears after unique gene therapy

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News  |  Posted May 12 - 11:33 a.m.  |  Save Story

Opal Sandy, now 18 months old, was completely deaf at birth due to a rare genetic condition called auditory neuropathy. But within four weeks of receiving a gene therapy infusion in her right ear as part of an international clinical trial, she responded to sound.
Utah veterans from every war recognized for attending thousands of funerals

Utah veterans from every war recognized for attending thousands of funerals

Collin Leonard, KSL.com  |  Posted May 11 - 12:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

Honor guards across the state spend thousands of hours and travel hundreds of miles to perform military rites at the funerals of fallen Utah veterans, asking nothing in return.
How a Utah barbershop is helping support fallen officer's family and community

How a Utah barbershop is helping support fallen officer's family and community

Dan Rascon, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 9 - 8:25 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Spanish Fork barbershop is offering law enforcement free haircuts to show solidarity with the community.
High schoolers unveil finished class project: An affordable Sandy home

High schoolers unveil finished class project: An affordable Sandy home

Emma Everett Johnson, KSL.com  |  Posted May 8 - 7:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Marie Willson and her Canyons Technical Education Center classmates spent 10 to 12 hours a week constructing a 1,900-square-foot house at 142 Cottage Avenue, in Sandy.
Inside the 'extremely difficult' Air Force broadcast of a historic space mission

Inside the 'extremely difficult' Air Force broadcast of a historic space mission

Collin Leonard, KSL.com  |  Posted May 7 - 7:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

The 2nd Audiovisual squadron recently won a Webby People's Voice Award for their live broadcast of the OSIRIS-REx capsule landing at the Utah Test and Training Range last year.
Idaho woman whose son died fighting in Ukraine travels to nation, shares healing experience

Idaho woman whose son died fighting in Ukraine travels to nation, shares healing experience

Andrea Olson, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted May 3 - 8:05 a.m.  |  Save Story

An Idaho mother who lost her son in 2022 after he fought in Ukraine recently returned from a trip to Ukraine and said it was healing to walk the streets her son did and serve the people.
Almost a decade in the making, new bicycle hub aims to close Utah transportation gaps

Almost a decade in the making, new bicycle hub aims to close Utah transportation gaps

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 2 - 8:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

A nonprofit that aims to reduce transportation gaps one bicycle at a time celebrated the opening of its new flagship location.
Utah veteran finds a piece of 'genuine American history'

Utah veteran finds a piece of 'genuine American history'

Sky Mundell, KSL.com  |  Posted April 27 - 7:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Utah veteran using a metal detector as a way to battle his own PTSD found and returned a historical family treasure to its rightful owners.
Utah man, 63, set to break skiing world record

Utah man, 63, set to break skiing world record

Karah Brackin, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 27 - 5:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Utah man is on his way to setting a world record for vertical feet skied in one season on the slopes of Snowbasin.
Utah teacher in running for 'America's Favorite Teacher'

Utah teacher in running for 'America's Favorite Teacher'

Arianne Brown for KSL.com  |  Posted April 25 - 10:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

A Utah man is steps away from becoming "America's Favorite Teacher," as the nationwide contest narrows down its top five this week. Cole Wilkes, of Foxboro Elementary, is in first place for the Reader's Digest contest that will award him $25,000 and a trip to Hawaii should he win.
An honest day's work: Teens at Springdale Subway find purse full of cash, turn it in to authorities

An honest day's work: Teens at Springdale Subway find purse full of cash, turn it in to authorities

Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News  |  Posted April 24 - 12:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

Three teenagers working at the Subway sandwich shop in Springdale discovered a purse left behind bursting with money Monday evening.
'Wheelchair Dad' reveals completed bedroom remodel on birthday

'Wheelchair Dad' reveals completed bedroom remodel on birthday

Arianne Brown for KSL.com  |  Posted April 22 - 8:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

A paralyzed father of six has taken it upon himself to design and remodel his daughters' bedroom. On his 47th birthday Sunday, he revealed the finished project.
After 40 years, 'Footloose' star Kevin Bacon returns to Payson

After 40 years, 'Footloose' star Kevin Bacon returns to Payson

Collin Leonard, KSL.com  |  Posted April 20 - 4:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

Ahead of the Payson High prom Saturday night, actor Kevin Bacon and a swarm of volunteers worked to fill 5,000 care packages for charities. This was part of the students' yearlong campaign to get the "Footloose" star back to Utah before the old school building was torn down.
A Utah crime lab linked a jawbone found in a boy's rock collection to a Marine's tragic death

A Utah crime lab linked a jawbone found in a boy's rock collection to a Marine's tragic death

Collin Leonard, KSL.com  |  Posted April 19 - 7:38 a.m.  |  Save Story

New "game-changing" DNA techniques by a Salt Lake lab helped repatriate the remains of a Marine who died in a 1951 training accident over 200 miles from where the bone was found.
Herriman teen blazing her way through barbecue competitions

Herriman teen blazing her way through barbecue competitions

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted April 15 - 5:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Herriman teen is on her way to earning the title of "grill master" as she blazes her way through national grilling competitions.
Utah husband, father who died in snowmachine accident in Island Park, lived a life dedicated to helping others

Utah husband, father who died in snowmachine accident in Island Park, lived a life dedicated to helping others

Brittni Johnson, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted April 15 - 3:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

A husband and father who lived a life full of service is also being remembered for the love he showed others.
After finding something within 'worth saving,' this Utah artist shares message of hope

After finding something within 'worth saving,' this Utah artist shares message of hope

Jessi Bang, St. George News  |  Posted April 13 - 2:58 p.m.  |  Save Story

From the shadows of childhood trauma emerged a man on a mission — to transform pain into purpose with art.
How people who are blind are designing ways to explore space, the final frontier

How people who are blind are designing ways to explore space, the final frontier

Sky Mundell, KSL.com  |  Posted April 10 - 8:52 p.m.  |  Save Story

A blind NASA advisor showed students at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind school how innovations will make it possible for those who are visually impaired to explore the stars.
Utah mother of 4, special educator realizes dream of joining Army National Guard

Utah mother of 4, special educator realizes dream of joining Army National Guard

Arianne Brown for KSL.com  |  Posted April 9 - 6:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

Jennifer Hughes recently joined the Utah Army National Guard, after years of thinking her time had passed.
Utah Valley Refugees is on a mission

Utah Valley Refugees is on a mission

Tyler Nelson, Deseret News  |  Posted April 7 - 10:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah Valley Refugees is a small nonprofit in Provo dedicated to helping refugees adjust to their lives in Utah. But the group doesn't just want refugees to simply survive here.
'A civic duty': Firefighters, nonprofits urge Utahns to become organ donors

'A civic duty': Firefighters, nonprofits urge Utahns to become organ donors

Sky Mundell, KSL.com  |  Posted April 1 - 9:13 p.m.  |  Save Story

In recognition of National Donate Life Month, which raises awareness about organ donation and thanks those who have donated, Donate Life America and DonorConnect teamed up with local firefighters to hold a flag-raising ceremony.
Utah man with cerebral palsy wants all-terrain wheelchair option at state, national parks

Utah man with cerebral palsy wants all-terrain wheelchair option at state, national parks

Arianne Brown for KSL.com  |  Posted April 1 - 8:07 a.m.  |  Save Story

Sam Durst has cerebral palsy and was introduced to the Extreme Motus all-terrain wheelchair, making it possible for him to hike Arches National Park with his family.
 'Visual poetry': Dozens of doxins race for title of Millcreek's fastest wiener dog

'Visual poetry': Dozens of doxins race for title of Millcreek's fastest wiener dog

Collin Leonard, KSL.com  |  Posted March 31 - 10:29 a.m.  |  Save Story

What might be the largest wiener dog racing series ever held in Utah brought hundreds of competitors and spectators out to Millcreek Common, despite the rain.
Work hard, play hard: Utah family goes on a multi-month bike tour across Europe

Work hard, play hard: Utah family goes on a multi-month bike tour across Europe

Karah Brackin, KSL-TV  |  Posted March 31 - 8:42 a.m.  |  Save Story

Dale Majors, his wife and their six kids logged some 1,850 miles across Europe and the Alps during a multi-month family bike tour. Majors wanted to show his family it is important to work hard and play hard.
US less happy in annual list, decline driven by young adults

US less happy in annual list, decline driven by young adults

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News  |  Posted March 22 - 6:51 a.m.  |  Save Story

Finland has the happiest people in the world — for the seventh year in a row. And the United States has fallen out of the joyous top 20 for the first time since the World Happiness Report was first released in 2012.
Utah Food Bank receives 35,000 pounds of pork

Utah Food Bank receives 35,000 pounds of pork

Sky Mundell, KSL.com  |  Posted March 21 - 8:29 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah Pork Producers Association teamed up with Daily's Premium Meats and athletic departments at BYU and Utah State University, to successfully donate 35,000 pounds of pork to Utah Food Bank.
Teen with Down syndrome gets adopted, meets Utah girl who helped make it possible

Teen with Down syndrome gets adopted, meets Utah girl who helped make it possible

Arianne Brown for KSL.com  |  Posted March 21 - 12:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

Ten years ago, Utahn Brooklyn McKenzie donated her Disneyland money to help a boy with Down syndrome in South America get adopted. They recently met after the boy was finally adopted.
'Collective impact': Groups join together to give kids the things they need to succeed

'Collective impact': Groups join together to give kids the things they need to succeed

Sky Mundell, KSL.com  |  Posted March 19 - 10:25 p.m.  |  Save Story

Operation Warm partnered with Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership and Mountain America Credit Union in Ogden on Tuesday to give away shoes and coats to families who may not be able to afford them.