John Hollenhorst

John Hollenhorst

It's nothing? BYU professor discovers 'dead zone' in Antarctica

It's nothing? BYU professor discovers 'dead zone' in Antarctica

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted Aug. 30 - 8:32 p.m.

A professor at Brigham Young University is gaining attention for literally discovering "nothing."
How 8,600 photos will allow anyone to walk through the world's largest living thing

How 8,600 photos will allow anyone to walk through the world's largest living thing

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted Aug. 17 - 7:31 p.m.

One of Utah's most surprising natural wonders is getting some unusual attention from a battalion of camera operators.
Cataract Canyon without Lake Powell: A monumental legacy of dried mud

Cataract Canyon without Lake Powell: A monumental legacy of dried mud

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 14 - 10:31 a.m.

Lake Powell has drastically shriveled during 20 years of drought, allowing dozens of miles of the Colorado River to become a river again in world-famous Cataract Canyon. But why have many of its legendary rapids failed to return?
Giant Utah missile contract generates lots of jobs, debate

Giant Utah missile contract generates lots of jobs, debate

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 8 - 8:07 a.m.

A huge chunk of money is coming to Utah — tens of billions of dollars and thousands of jobs — and it planted the state right in the middle of a great debate.
Love, hope, worry, fear as Lake Powell drops

Love, hope, worry, fear as Lake Powell drops

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 26 - 9:02 a.m.

Normally at this time of year, Lake Powell's water level would have risen substantially due to spring runoff, but not this year.
We drink it, we breathe it: Microplastics are 'everywhere we look,' Utah scientists say

We drink it, we breathe it: Microplastics are 'everywhere we look,' Utah scientists say

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 19 - 9:46 p.m.

The plastic we use everyday disintegrates over time, breaking down into tiny particles that can be found in the air, water and ground.
Will darts help tame wild horse controversy?

Will darts help tame wild horse controversy?

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 13 - 10:21 a.m.

Every Wednesday morning in Utah's West Desert, volunteers armed with rifles have ventured into a herd of wild horses and fire away at the mustangs.
USU geologist examines 'stunning' Cold War relic with ominous implications

USU geologist examines 'stunning' Cold War relic with ominous implications

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted March 16 - 7:57 p.m.

A relic of the Cold War dug up during a secret military operation a half-century ago under the Greenland ice sheet provided what scientists called "stunning" and potentially ominous insights into the future of a warming Earth.
Payday arrives Saturday for Utah businessman's 'rocket fever'

Payday arrives Saturday for Utah businessman's 'rocket fever'

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted Dec. 14 - 1:06 p.m.

Riley Meik’s fascination with rockets started early. This weekend, Meik’s rocket fever may start to pay off.
Pasta machine could be answer for sage grouse habitat restoration

Pasta machine could be answer for sage grouse habitat restoration

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted Nov. 8 - 8:02 a.m.

A pasta machine, of all things, might turn out to be the solution to a major environmental problem.
Scarred by grizzly bear, biologist turns the other cheek

Scarred by grizzly bear, biologist turns the other cheek

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted Oct. 25 - 8:45 a.m.

Four decades after surviving a grizzly bear attack, retired Utah State University professor Barrie Gilbert is advocating for better understanding and treatment for his attacker’s kind.
A secret trail to Utah’s protected paradise

A secret trail to Utah’s protected paradise

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted Oct. 24 - 10:52 p.m.

Although this destination is in the middle of world-famous scenery inside Canyonlands National Park, it’s actually illegal for hikers to go there.
Is desert varnish a pathway to detecting 'alien' life?

Is desert varnish a pathway to detecting 'alien' life?

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 26 - 7:42 a.m.

Scientists aren't sure what causes a widespread phenomenon in Utah known as "desert varnish." Is it made by something that's alive? A Colorado professor thinks an effort to explain the mystery could help NASA scientists in the search for alien life.
'Mammoth' discovery made at secret Utah location

'Mammoth' discovery made at secret Utah location

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 4 - 10:15 p.m.

There’s been a mammoth discovery near Lake Powell. At a secret location, bones from an elephant-like Columbian mammoth have been quietly excavated.
Power plant shutdown looms over Navajo Nation

Power plant shutdown looms over Navajo Nation

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 29 - 7:18 a.m.

A huge economic blow is beginning to descend on communities near Lake Powell on the Utah-Arizona border.
Astronaut landings in Utah? Very likely, and soon

Astronaut landings in Utah? Very likely, and soon

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 23 - 8:21 a.m.

Utah has always been on the sidelines when it comes to spacecraft landings. That’s about to change.
Colorado town disputes Utah’s transcontinental claim to fame

Colorado town disputes Utah’s transcontinental claim to fame

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 10 - 10:05 p.m.

When Utah celebrated the 150th anniversary of the driving of the golden spike, that marked the completion of the transcontinental railroad, the cheering section was pretty much statewide. But in a tiny Colorado town — not so much.
Model railroad enthusiasts are celebrating a big moment In Utah history on a tiny scale

Model railroad enthusiasts are celebrating a big moment In Utah history on a tiny scale

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 8 - 10:30 p.m.

As Utah celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike — the completion of the first transcontinental railroad — one group is taking it far more seriously than the rest of us.
Under its own steam, ‘Big Boy’ heading for Utah celebration

Under its own steam, ‘Big Boy’ heading for Utah celebration

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 6 - 8:19 a.m.

When Utah celebrates the upcoming 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, a star visitor will be something called “Big Boy.”
Ancient mystery or a hoax? Archaeologists investigate rare find at Lake Powell

Ancient mystery or a hoax? Archaeologists investigate rare find at Lake Powell

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 20 - 7:31 p.m.

A hiker in southern Utah has found what appear to be old Spanish coins possibly dating back to the time of the conquistadors and perhaps even earlier.
Utah crew lights up Navajo homes

Utah crew lights up Navajo homes

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted April 16 - 10:02 a.m.

After a recent snowstorm, thousands of Utahns faced the frustration of living without electricity for a few hours. But imagine living like that all the time, all your life.
Criollo cows could be savior for Utah ranchers

Criollo cows could be savior for Utah ranchers

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 25 - 8:41 p.m.

The cows are part of a breed called Criollo, which traces at least some of its ancestry all the way back to Christopher Columbus’s second voyage to the Americas. The cattle are now on duty in southeastern Utah, grazing their way across one of the most beautiful ranches in the West.
2019 to be typical year for Utah star gazers: 'dazzling' and 'beautiful'

2019 to be typical year for Utah star gazers: 'dazzling' and 'beautiful'

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 21 - 5:12 p.m.

For skywatchers, 2019 started off with a bang Sunday night as millions were able to observe a blood moon lunar eclipse. In other respects it will be a typical year in the night sky. But that doesn't mean there won't be lots of splendid sights.
Meet a Christmas 'conductor' in Utah who hates Christmas music

Meet a Christmas 'conductor' in Utah who hates Christmas music

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted Dec. 18 - 7:00 p.m.

You’ve probably seen a million Christmas displays over the years, but chances are you’ve never seen one quite like Lenza Wilson's concoction in Escalante. The "Christmas Train" is a one-man Christmas parade led by who hates Christmas music.
Utah man recounts fake death plot to escape the darknet

Utah man recounts fake death plot to escape the darknet

John Hollenhorst, KSL-TV  |  Posted Dec. 7 - 7:04 a.m.

A Utah man who once was persuaded by federal agents to undergo fake torture — and even his own fake death — is finally telling his amazing story.