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Salt Lake officer killed in the line of duty nearly a century ago is honored with plaque

Salt Lake officer killed in the line of duty nearly a century ago is honored with plaque

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 14 - 7:02 p.m.

A plaque honoring a Salt Lake City police officer shot and killed in the line of duty nearly 100 years ago was unveiled on Thursday in the downtown area.
Restoration begins at site of the Bear River Massacre

Restoration begins at site of the Bear River Massacre

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Oct. 12 - 9:00 a.m.

A major project is getting underway to restore the site of the Bear River Massacre to what it once was.
Hearth site in Utah desert reveals human tobacco use 12,300 years ago

Hearth site in Utah desert reveals human tobacco use 12,300 years ago

Will Dunham, Reuters  |  Posted Oct. 11 - 4:39 p.m.

Scientists have unearthed evidence of a milestone in human culture - the earliest-known use of tobacco - in the remnants of a hearth built by early inhabitants of North America's interior about 12,300 years ago in Utah's Great Salt Lake Desert.
Then and now: Photos show Utah's obsession with fall colors dates far back in history

Then and now: Photos show Utah's obsession with fall colors dates far back in history

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 7 - 7:42 p.m.

Utahns have taken photos of the state's vibrant fall colors since the rise of color photography, but likely even beyond that.
How forces of nature, luck led to discovery of 163M-year-old 'fish-lizard' in Utah

How forces of nature, luck led to discovery of 163M-year-old 'fish-lizard' in Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 6 - 7:11 p.m.

A Utah boater discovered the fossil of a prehistoric fish-lizard combination while at Flaming Gorge earlier this year. Experts say it was a bit of a lucky find.
What is the Old Wagon Wheel? History of the 99-year-old BYU-Utah State series

What is the Old Wagon Wheel? History of the 99-year-old BYU-Utah State series

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 1 - 11:26 a.m.

The Old Wagon Wheel will be at stake Friday night at Maverik Stadium in Logan, with the winner earning the spoils and the chance to roll it home for at least one more year.
Documenting the pandemic: What Utah historians need from you to complete their collections

Documenting the pandemic: What Utah historians need from you to complete their collections

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 30 - 7:16 p.m.

More than a year into the COVID-19 era, two entities have compiled collections to ensure that the unique moments of the pandemic are documented and easy to access.
'It's not a new problem': Looking back at the 'untold' history of Utah air quality

'It's not a new problem': Looking back at the 'untold' history of Utah air quality

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 23 - 7:01 p.m.

Utah's concerns over air quality aren't new. They almost go as far back as the beginning of the pioneer settlement in the 1800s, and there's evidence that even predates that.
Utah ghost town reappears as a result of drought

Utah ghost town reappears as a result of drought

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 19 - 8:05 a.m.

As Rockport Reservoir has dropped in water volume, reminders of an old town that once existed between Park City and Coalville are visible again.
One of Main Street's longest-tenured tenants is moving — but not going away

One of Main Street's longest-tenured tenants is moving — but not going away

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 18 - 7:02 p.m.

McKay Diamonds & Jewelry has remained a staple on Main Street Salt Lake City for over 70 years. While it's moving, its owners — who took over in 2010 — ensured it wouldn't go far.
How a pandemic may have helped start the BYU-Utah football rivalry

How a pandemic may have helped start the BYU-Utah football rivalry

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 11 - 8:46 a.m.

While a pandemic put the big game on hold, here's how another pandemic may have fueled the BYU-Utah rivalry.
Kaysville council postpones decision on future of 77-year-old library

Kaysville council postpones decision on future of 77-year-old library

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 4 - 7:52 p.m.

The Kaysville City Council decided Thursday to wait and evaluate all options further before making a final decision on the future of the historic city hall and library building.
Submarine to be first Navy ship named after Utah since Pearl Harbor

Submarine to be first Navy ship named after Utah since Pearl Harbor

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 29 - 8:39 p.m.

Through the efforts of Utah veterans and others, a U.S. Navy vessel will soon carry the name of the state of Utah for the second time in history.
Gun that killed Billy the Kid sells for $6 million

Gun that killed Billy the Kid sells for $6 million

Reuters  |  Posted Aug. 27 - 9:45 p.m.

The gun that killed American Wild West outlaw Billy the Kid sold for more than $6 million at auction on Friday in Los Angeles, more than double the pre-sale estimate.
Utah's massive history collection to temporarily move as Rio Grande building gets retrofitted

Utah's massive history collection to temporarily move as Rio Grande building gets retrofitted

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 26 - 7:17 p.m.

Utah's most prized possessions are getting a new home later this year — at least temporarily — before they are slated to move into their new permanent home in the not-so-distant future.
700-year-old petroglyph vandalized in southern Utah

700-year-old petroglyph vandalized in southern Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 25 - 7:04 p.m.

Federal land officials are asking for the public's help as they try and identify those responsible for vandalizing an at least 700-year-old petroglyph near Moab earlier this month.
Prehistoric comb jelly fossil found in Utah at least 500M years old, researchers say

Prehistoric comb jelly fossil found in Utah at least 500M years old, researchers say

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 24 - 11:29 a.m.

A set of comb jelly fossils discovered in central Utah may help provide an understanding of prehistoric nervous system evolution, according to researchers.
Once slated to be demolished, 82-year-old old BYU 'treasure' gets new life

Once slated to be demolished, 82-year-old old BYU 'treasure' gets new life

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 22 - 11:25 a.m.

Amanda Knight Hall, BYU's first all-girls dormitory, was considered "threatened" for decades. Here's a look into it's unique story and the effort that went into saving it.
'Critical' piece of Salt Lake Temple's original roof gets replaced as renovation project continues

'Critical' piece of Salt Lake Temple's original roof gets replaced as renovation project continues

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 18 - 8:11 p.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offered an update Wednesday to the ongoing Salt Lake Temple renovation project, including a focus on parts of the original 1800s construction that were recently replaced.
Massive 152M-year-old log fossil recovered from Utah site

Massive 152M-year-old log fossil recovered from Utah site

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 14 - 12:20 p.m.

Measuring at 12 feet in length and an impressive 8 tons in weight, paleontologists say they've unearthed a 152 million-year-old log from a site in eastern Utah.
The discovery of the 'Nephite Coin': A pioneer mystery

The discovery of the 'Nephite Coin': A pioneer mystery

Ryan Boyce, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted July 29 - 9:01 p.m.

A "Nephite Coin" was discovered in the mid-1800s by Mormon pioneer Issac Chase. While it may be small, its story is global in scope.
Hobby Lobby ordered to forfeit ancient artifact bought for $1.6 million in 2014

Hobby Lobby ordered to forfeit ancient artifact bought for $1.6 million in 2014

Paul Leblanc, CNN  |  Posted July 29 - 3:37 p.m.

A New York federal court has ordered US craft store Hobby Lobby to forfeit an ancient artifact purchased at a 2014 auction that "originated in the area of modern-day Iraq and entered the United States contrary to federal law," the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
At 40, Lee Kay Public Shooting Range stands as monument to hunting safety in Utah

At 40, Lee Kay Public Shooting Range stands as monument to hunting safety in Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 22 - 8:57 p.m.

Here's how the Salt Lake City facility went from an ammunition plant to the state-managed gun range that continued the legacy of its namesake.
Is this the worst drought in Utah's history? Here's what the science and data say

Is this the worst drought in Utah's history? Here's what the science and data say

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 11 - 7:49 p.m.

Whether or not this is the worst drought in Utah's history is complicated; the answer may depend on what you consider drought and how far back you go.
What is Iosepa? New Warriors' rugby jersey pays homage to ghost town with major role in Utah history

What is Iosepa? New Warriors' rugby jersey pays homage to ghost town with major role in Utah history

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted July 9 - 9:32 a.m.

The club will debut the Iosepa jersey Saturday against Rugby ATL, a strong deviation from the traditional red-and-black design that has been present in the Warriors' branding since they launched in MLR four years ago.
In fossilized dinosaur poop, scientists find hidden treasure

In fossilized dinosaur poop, scientists find hidden treasure

Kristen Rogers, CNN  |  Posted July 4 - 6:42 p.m.

You might think fossilized feces are only full of crap, but new research on one specimen has turned up a hidden treasure: a 230-million-year-old, previously undiscovered beetle species.
Building that played 'key' role in saving the University of Utah in 1940s comes down

Building that played 'key' role in saving the University of Utah in 1940s comes down

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 2 - 1:31 p.m.

A building that played a pivotal role in keeping the University of Utah afloat amid an enrollment "crisis" seven decades ago is coming down.
Board grants $25K to digitize pieces of Utah history. Here's what is getting preserved

Board grants $25K to digitize pieces of Utah history. Here's what is getting preserved

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 22 - 4:33 p.m.

The Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board recently approved a little more than $25,000 in grants to digitize pieces of Utah history and make it more accessible. Here's what those pieces include.
17th century European paintings found in roadside dumpster

17th century European paintings found in roadside dumpster

Sheena McKenzie, CNN  |  Posted June 19 - 1:46 p.m.

Police are appealing for information on how two original paintings from 17th century European artists, ended up in a roadside dumpster in southeast Germany.
Dino wars: Australia's 2-story-tall beast has nothing on Utah

Dino wars: Australia's 2-story-tall beast has nothing on Utah

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted June 12 - 7:47 p.m.

Australian researchers are giddy over the confirmation of the largest dinosaur that ever roamed their country. But a couple of Utah's top paleontologists say, game on.
Man ends hunger strike, but not fight to save old Salt Lake theater

Man ends hunger strike, but not fight to save old Salt Lake theater

Andrew Adams, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 11 - 7:23 a.m.

A man went to new "heights" this week in his attempt to spare an old theater property from demolition.
Future of historic Fort Union monument in question years after '90s development battle

Future of historic Fort Union monument in question years after '90s development battle

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated June 10 - 6:16 p.m.

Owners of a Fort Union shopping center want to build apartments at the site of a closed Babies R Us. But they also want Salt Lake County land that contains a pioneer monument.
Century-old San Juan County trading post named 1 of 11 'endangered' US historic sites in 2021

Century-old San Juan County trading post named 1 of 11 'endangered' US historic sites in 2021

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 3 - 9:03 a.m.

A "significant" Navajo Nation trading post in southeast Utah received major recognition Thursday as efforts begin to save it before it's possibly lost forever.
As Tulsa commemorates massacre, African Americans hope for justice amid shifting tide

As Tulsa commemorates massacre, African Americans hope for justice amid shifting tide

Makini Brice, Reuters  |  Posted May 29 - 4:00 p.m.

As Tulsans prepare to mark the centennial of the massacre, they have heard broader conversations about reparations for Black Americans at the federal level and locally in communities such as Evanston, Illinois. Some Tulsans say the national conversation has been encouraging.
Building off CCC's legacy, Utah Conservation Corps finds itself soaring in popularity after 20 years

Building off CCC's legacy, Utah Conservation Corps finds itself soaring in popularity after 20 years

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 21 - 2:07 p.m.

The Utah Conservation Corps began 20 years ago as a way to carry the torch of the Civilian Conservation Corps. It's now got a waiting list of people wanting to help preserve public lands.
Could University of Utah's enrollment 'crisis' 75 years ago offer a lesson on population growth today?

Could University of Utah's enrollment 'crisis' 75 years ago offer a lesson on population growth today?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 14 - 12:32 p.m.

Utahns today are accustomed to stories about handling growth in the state. The University of Utah had its own growth "crisis" that emerged 75 years ago this year.
Study: 58M-year-old tracks found by U. geologist earliest documentation of seashore mammals

Study: 58M-year-old tracks found by U. geologist earliest documentation of seashore mammals

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 13 - 9:02 a.m.

Fossilized tracks discovered by a University of Utah geologist in Wyoming two years ago are believed to be 58 million years old. The tracks' discovery happened by chance.
Original 45-star US flag made after Utah statehood finds 'home' at Utah Capitol

Original 45-star US flag made after Utah statehood finds 'home' at Utah Capitol

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated May 11 - 6:40 p.m.

A Utah family that ended up with the original 45-star flag made after Utah became a state 125 years ago gifted Utah leaders the flag Tuesday. Here's the wild story of how they got it.
Historians revise book on transcontinental railroad in Utah for 1st time in 27 years. Here's what they added

Historians revise book on transcontinental railroad in Utah for 1st time in 27 years. Here's what they added

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 10 - 7:11 p.m.

The official story of the transcontinental railroad's history in Utah got a revision, and it includes plenty of new information since its last update in 1994.
Renovation begins on new history center near Zion

Renovation begins on new history center near Zion

K. Sophie Will, Associated Press  |  Posted May 9 - 10:10 p.m.

The small crowd cheered as local leaders smashed gold-tipped sledgehammers into the old wood door of a home on Zion Park Boulevard Thursday.
Crews recover original nails used to build Salt Lake Temple; work on new tunnel underway

Crews recover original nails used to build Salt Lake Temple; work on new tunnel underway

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 6 - 12:17 p.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published an update to its Temple Square renovation project, sharing discoveries of old construction and updates to new construction.
Photos: Revisiting the solar ruins in Delta

Photos: Revisiting the solar ruins in Delta

Grant Olsen, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted May 5 - 5:10 p.m.

It was hailed as revolutionary technology. Then a judge dubbed it a "massive fraud." Check out what has become of the controversial solar lenses in Millard County.
Group seeking to preserve historic Salt Lake theaters sues city after ballot initiatives denied

Group seeking to preserve historic Salt Lake theaters sues city after ballot initiatives denied

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 4 - 9:04 a.m.

The fight over having residents vote on the historic status of two Salt Lake City landmarks, including the fate of one, is now headed to the courts.
Work to repair ancient Moab petroglyph underway, but officials say it'll 'never be the same'

Work to repair ancient Moab petroglyph underway, but officials say it'll 'never be the same'

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 3 - 7:03 p.m.

People will still be able to view the "Birthing Rock" once the cleanup of recent vandalism to it is complete but officials said it will never be like it once was.
Downtown exhibit features photos of Salt Lake temple construction

Downtown exhibit features photos of Salt Lake temple construction

Carole Mikita, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 2 - 9:19 p.m.

As we watch the progress of the Salt Lake Temple renovation, one company has an exhibit of art and artifacts that takes us back in time to the original construction and dedication.
Why exactly does the US Supreme Court have 9 justices?

Why exactly does the US Supreme Court have 9 justices?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 29 - 12:16 p.m.

Amid a call for a review of the U.S. Supreme Court, here's a look at the history of Supreme Court justice numbers — and what happened the last time a president challenged nine.
'This is not an accident': $10K reward offered after well-known Moab petroglyph found vandalized

'This is not an accident': $10K reward offered after well-known Moab petroglyph found vandalized

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated April 27 - 7:07 p.m.

Federal officials said Tuesday that they are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone who was responsible for damaging a famous petroglyph in Grand County.
Award-winning, pioneering Utah architect William Wing Louie dead at 98

Award-winning, pioneering Utah architect William Wing Louie dead at 98

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 26 - 9:47 p.m.

William "Will" Wing Louie, an award-winning and groundbreaking Utah architect behind some of the state's more recognizable churches, libraries, schools, businesses and even a portion of Salt Lake City's International Peace Gardens, died last week. He was 98.
Utah and the Antiquities Act: So what's the deal?

Utah and the Antiquities Act: So what's the deal?

Mike Godfrey, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted April 23 - 12:14 p.m.

With President Joe Biden expected to make an announcement regarding federal lands in southern Utah, learn just how deep Utah's connection to presidential land proclamations goes.
What it was like the last time the US admitted new states

What it was like the last time the US admitted new states

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 22 - 9:26 p.m.

A measure to make the District of Columbia the U.S.'s 51st state passed the House Thursday. Here's what the debates looked like the last time Congress approved adding new states.
How a mass fossil site in southern Utah may have proved emerging theory about tyrannosaurs

How a mass fossil site in southern Utah may have proved emerging theory about tyrannosaurs

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Updated April 19 - 4:27 p.m.

New research from fossils located at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument seems to support a theory that tyrannosaurs hunted in packs more like wolves than loners.
Climbing bolts found on 1,000-year-old petroglyphs in Utah

Climbing bolts found on 1,000-year-old petroglyphs in Utah

The Associated Press  |  Posted April 18 - 12:33 p.m.

Federal public lands officials are investigating after climbing bolts damaged an ancient petroglyph site near Moab.
The vaccine passport debate isn't new. It started in 1897 during a plague pandemic

The vaccine passport debate isn't new. It started in 1897 during a plague pandemic

Scottie Andrew, CNN  |  Posted April 15 - 7:26 p.m.

Vaccine passports have been touted by some as our ticket to normalcy -- easily accessible proof of immunization and a reward for those who got their shots. They've also been called invasive and ineffective.
Postcard from Titanic's radio operator being sold at auction

Postcard from Titanic's radio operator being sold at auction

Mark Pratt, Associated Press  |  Posted April 12 - 8:29 p.m.

A postcard written by the Titanic's senior radio operator just weeks before the ocean liner sank in the North Atlantic in 1912 has been put up for auction.
Church members call for stricter preservation efforts on Manti Temple renovations

Church members call for stricter preservation efforts on Manti Temple renovations

Lauren Bennett, KSL.com  |  Updated April 7 - 4:21 p.m.

The Manti Temple holds the only murals from the pioneer period from several artists including C.C.A. Christensen, Minerva Teichert, John Hafen, J.B. Fairbanks and Dan Weggeland.
The Great Depression led to many of the hobbies we enjoy now. The pandemic created a whole host of new ones

The Great Depression led to many of the hobbies we enjoy now. The pandemic created a whole host of new ones

Saba Hamedy, CNN  |  Posted April 4 - 3:50 p.m.

In the 1930s, it was the game of Bridge that kept people busy during the Great Depression.
White property owners only? Racist covenants remain on books in Utah, but now there's a path to fix them

White property owners only? Racist covenants remain on books in Utah, but now there's a path to fix them

Annie Knox, KSL.com  |  Posted April 3 - 10:22 a.m.

Before building a new home in Holladay, Steve Tachiki glanced over his property records to make sure the changes wouldn't get him into trouble.
Ancient coins may solve mystery of murderous 1600s pirate, 'first worldwide manhunt'

Ancient coins may solve mystery of murderous 1600s pirate, 'first worldwide manhunt'

William J. Kole, Associated Press  |  Posted April 1 - 10:41 p.m.

A handful of coins unearthed from a pick-your-own-fruit orchard in rural Rhode Island and other random corners of New England may help solve one of the planet's oldest cold cases.
Former state-of-the-art Dee Events Center marquee comes tumbling down

Former state-of-the-art Dee Events Center marquee comes tumbling down

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted April 1 - 7:26 p.m.

Crews this week tore down the Dee Events Center marquee, which became a relic of past state-of-the-art technology.