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3 great rock climbing areas in Utah

3 great rock climbing areas in Utah

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Aug. 6 - 7:37 p.m.

As fall approaches and temperatures cool, the best time of year for outdoor rock climbing draws closer. Here are some of the best rock climbing destinations near Salt Lake City to explore this fall.
Hate crimes, immigration raids prompt anxiety among Salt Lake County’s immigrant communities

Hate crimes, immigration raids prompt anxiety among Salt Lake County’s immigrant communities

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted July 13 - 8:10 a.m.

Recent hate crimes and upcoming immigration raids have prompted anxiety among Salt Lake County’s Hispanic and immigrant communities.
Cedar Highlands mayor suddenly resigns, cites 'foolish' town council as reason for leaving

Cedar Highlands mayor suddenly resigns, cites 'foolish' town council as reason for leaving

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted July 12 - 11:45 a.m.

Cedar Highlands Mayor Steven C. Swann announced his sudden formal resignation in late June, citing the recently emerged town council being “rogue” and “foolish” as his primary reason for leaving.
KSL investigates Ayoola Ajayi’s changing immigration status, life in Utah

KSL investigates Ayoola Ajayi’s changing immigration status, life in Utah

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted July 11 - 10:15 p.m.

Ayoola Ajayi, the man accused of killing 23-year-old University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck, has been confirmed as a legal resident of the United States by the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office.
Crews fight new fire at Leamington Pass, extinguish 2 brush fires

Crews fight new fire at Leamington Pass, extinguish 2 brush fires

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted July 11 - 9:09 p.m.

Crews extinguished a small brush fire that broke out on Antelope Island late Thursday morning, officials said. Later in the day, crews contained another brush fire in Pleasant Grove and began fighting a large blaze near Leamington Pass.
Wildfire updates: Fire causes delays on I-80 near Tooele

Wildfire updates: Fire causes delays on I-80 near Tooele

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted July 7 - 7:41 p.m.

The Skull Flat Fire kept burning on Sunday, having grown somewhat since Saturday. Meanwhile, firefighters around the state worked to put out other smaller blazes.
Got only 24 hours in St. George? Here's how to spend it

Got only 24 hours in St. George? Here's how to spend it

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted July 7 - 7:11 a.m.

St. George is a highlight of Southern Utah. The biggest city south of Provo, it offers a wealth of incredible outdoor recreation opportunities providing a unique way to experience red rock and western desert.
Wildfire updates: Skull Flat Fire burns on, Big Hollow Fire grows

Wildfire updates: Skull Flat Fire burns on, Big Hollow Fire grows

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted July 6 - 7:09 p.m.

Fire crews continue to battle fires after Fourth of July ignites multiple blazes, officials say.
U researchers make tiny change in metabolism of mice, successfully reverse prediabetes

U researchers make tiny change in metabolism of mice, successfully reverse prediabetes

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted July 6 - 12:46 p.m.

University of Utah scientists published a study this week which may revolutionize the treatment and prevention of diabetes and heart disease.
Man wanted by law enforcement in California shot in West Jordan police altercation

Man wanted by law enforcement in California shot in West Jordan police altercation

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted July 6 - 12:01 p.m.

A man wanted by law enforcement in California was shot during an altercation with police in West Jordan on Friday night, officers say.
Smelly outdoor gear? Neutralize odors with these 4 strategies

Smelly outdoor gear? Neutralize odors with these 4 strategies

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted July 6 - 7:10 a.m.

We’ve all experienced it: well-worn climbing shoes stinking up every location you take them to, smelly ski boots that haven’t been properly dried, or just generally stinky gear from outdoor recreation adventures.
This gear disrupting the outdoor industry was designed by Utah State students

This gear disrupting the outdoor industry was designed by Utah State students

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted July 5 - 12:16 p.m.

The Utah State University Outdoor Product Design and Development program had its first graduating class this past May — and with that, their first batch of final projects.
Applications open for bird hunting permits for 4 species

Applications open for bird hunting permits for 4 species

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted July 3 - 8:21 p.m.

July 3 is opening day for bird hunting permits for four different bird species, providing opportunities for a unique experience in Utah’s outdoors.
Cyclist critically injured after UTV collided with group of bikers

Cyclist critically injured after UTV collided with group of bikers

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted June 30 - 3:53 p.m.

A cyclist suffered significant injuries Saturday after a UTV collided with their group while on the Alpine Loop.
Couple who found albums full of photos at the DI successfully returns them to owner

Couple who found albums full of photos at the DI successfully returns them to owner

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted June 30 - 12:55 p.m.

Abby and Bill Jergins discovered that photo albums they purchased at the DI were filled with family pictures and treasures and set off on a quest to get them back to their rightful owner.
Drowsy driving results in 4-vehicle accident in Provo Canyon Saturday, police say

Drowsy driving results in 4-vehicle accident in Provo Canyon Saturday, police say

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted June 30 - 11:08 a.m.

An accident involving four cars and temporarily closing Provo Canyon on Saturday afternoon resulted from a drowsy driver falling asleep at the wheel, officials say.
Utah's substance abuse resources by county

Utah's substance abuse resources by county

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted June 29 - 7:21 p.m.

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, the following Utah resources may provide the type of assistance you need.
Circumstances revealed surrounding the death of a Corinne teenager

Circumstances revealed surrounding the death of a Corinne teenager

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted June 29 - 12:12 p.m.

The circumstances surrounding the death of Marcus Elkins in Corinne, who was last seen alive on Wednesday night, have been determined by Box Elder County Sheriff detectives.
Hike of the week: Cooling off at Desolation Lake

Hike of the week: Cooling off at Desolation Lake

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted June 29 - 10:35 a.m.

Looking for a stunning hike in the mountains, yielding unique views without eating up your entire day?
BLM cautions firework users to be aware of wildfire danger

BLM cautions firework users to be aware of wildfire danger

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted June 29 - 8:55 a.m.

Independence Day looms less than a week away, and Bureau of Land Management officials are hoping that Utahns will take extra precautions to avoid setting wildfires this year.
BYU to provide NASA with critical research for future human missions to Mars

BYU to provide NASA with critical research for future human missions to Mars

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted June 29 - 7:13 a.m.

BYU researchers have been funded by NASA to create a device helping space scientists understand dust on Mars and how it could impact human missions to the planet.
Zion National Park prepares for high temperatures and congestion during July 4 weekend

Zion National Park prepares for high temperatures and congestion during July 4 weekend

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted June 28 - 2:15 p.m.

Zion National Park is expecting high temperatures and scores of visitors throughout the park during the upcoming Independence Day weekend.
Snowbird to celebrate July 4 with final day of skiing and flapjacks

Snowbird to celebrate July 4 with final day of skiing and flapjacks

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted June 28 - 1:40 p.m.

Snowbird will be celebrating the Fourth of July with a pancake breakfast, skiing, live music and other summer festivities during its last day open for the season.
Unauthorized bike trails on Timpanogos Wildlife Management Area to be removed this weekend

Unauthorized bike trails on Timpanogos Wildlife Management Area to be removed this weekend

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted June 28 - 12:11 p.m.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will be removing and restoring unauthorized bike trails in the Timpanogos Wildlife Management Area this weekend, as the trails are causing damage to the wildlife habitats.
Couple finds photo albums full of pictures, hopes they can find the rightful owner

Couple finds photo albums full of pictures, hopes they can find the rightful owner

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted June 28 - 7:21 a.m.

Abby and Bill Jergins were perusing a St. George Deseret Industries thrift store when they discovered three photo albums full of personal photos of someone’s family and friends.