Brigham Young University’s students will see another raise in tuition next academic year.
The Provo university will increase its tuition by 3.1% for undergraduate students for the 2020-21 academic year. The raise will increase tuition by $90 a semester, bringing undergraduate tuition to $2,985, according to information released by the university Wednesday.
Tuition for graduate students will be raised by 3%, increasing by $110 and bringing it to $3,755 a semester. Law and graduate Marriott School of Management students will see an increase of $205 a semester, bringing tuition to $6,930.
Tuition for spring and summer terms will increase by $45 to $1,493 for undergraduate students and by $55 to $1,878 for graduate students.
The increase will cover increases in the cost of supplies, library and laboratory materials and for travel, according to the university’s announcement.
Students who do not belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pay twice the tuition of members of the church.
BYU announced in both 2018 and 2017 that it would be raising tuition by 3% the following academic years for undergraduate and graduate students.
Utah Valley University students also saw an increase in tuition this year. The university raised tuition by 1.7% for the 2019-20 academic year, leading to an increase of $86 to $2,561 a semester for an in-state, undergraduate student taking 15 credits.
Tuition at UVU increased by 1.5% for the 2018-19 academic year and by 2.5% for the 2017-18 academic year.
When Naomi Lou Smith was just a little girl, her mother wanted to help Smith and her twin sister connect to their Irish heritage. She decided to do so through dance.
Now, a journey that Smith started in her childhood has finally come to fruition as she recently opened up her own Irish dance studio in Pleasant Grove.
Initially, Smith’s journey began when her mom ordered some VHS tapes from Ireland that had an instructor teaching a few traditional steps, which she then taught to Smith and her sister before signing them up for dance classes with Maurenn McTeggart Hall, who immigrated to Los Angeles in the 1950s and started Irish dance schools throughout the western and central parts of the United States.
According to Smith, Hall told Smith’s mom her girls ought to compete — but at the time, there were no competitions in Utah. After a while, Hall herself relocated, leaving Smith and her family to fend for themselves when it came to dancing.
Climbing the G hike to G Mountain in Pleasant Grove is a favorite pastime of many locals and visitors.
The trail is now safer and easier to use, thanks to about 200 volunteers who came out on Wednesday to help improve the trail. The service was part of an Eagle Scout project of 13-year-old Garrett Robinson.
Volunteers included Pleasant Grove High School’s baseball, wrestling and women’s basketball teams with their coaches, a local scout group, youth group and many community members.
Some volunteers worked the trail while others manned the pavilion, handing out snacks, keeping volunteers organized and providing first aid when needed.
“I feel relief that we’re finished because I’m tired,” Garrett said when the project was completed. “I’m grateful that all of these people came.”
Different groups of volunteers worked at various times throughout the day clearing overgrown weeds blocking portions of the trail, removing large rocks that were tripping hazards, trimming trees and cutting and hammering down pieces of rebar that had been placed there to keep rocks from sliding onto the trail. They also cleaned out culverts that were clogged with dirt, rocks and debris.
According to Ryan Robinson, Garrett’s father, some hikers came up the trail while volunteers were working. Later, when they came back down, they commented that they could tell that there was a difference and an improvement on the trail.
“It turned into a really cool community effort,” he said.
In addition to the many hours of work volunteers put into the project, many other community members and businesses donated to the effort. Food for volunteers, water, first aid kits, safety vests and other needed items were donated. Pleasant Grove city’s parks and recreation department loaned some tools for volunteers to use.
Garrett said he wanted to do this project because he lives near and uses the trail often and he wanted it to be usable to others.
“This is my mountain and I wanted to do it because I want to make it clean, so whoever comes up will think, ‘This is cleaner than it was last time,’” he said.
Garrett began planning the project months ago. Originally, he wanted to help upgrade the letter G that sits on the mountain. However, after meeting with Deon Giles, parks and recreation director, it was determined that that project would not be safe for community members to participate. However, there are tentative plans to upgrade the G in the future.
“We are working with the high school and engineers on a concept for improvements for the G,” Giles said. “Once a plan has been prepared, we will submit the proposal to the Forest Service for approval.”
According to Giles, Pleasant Grove city holds the special-use permit with the Forest Service for the G Trail and the G on the mountain.
According to Giles, the G was originally placed on the mountain decades ago by Pleasant Grove High School’s Class of 1921. The area was cleared and a G was framed, filled with rocks and whitewashed. In the spring of 1927, the G was lit up for the first time with torches. In 1978, the perimeter was poured with concrete. In 1986, the G was covered in aluminum slats, which are still there today.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health has confirmed this year’s first human death from West Nile virus.
Authorities said Saturday that a central Utah resident at least 65 years old died from the disease carried by mosquitoes sometime between Sept. 21 and 28.
Information about the victim including name and gender have not been released.
Utah health officials have confirmed 19 human cases West Nile virus this year.
The total is higher than last year, when 11 residents contracted the virus and one person died.
State health officials have said the wet spring Utah experienced this year created more standing water habitats for mosquitoes, attracting species that can transmit West Nile virus to Utah.
Symptoms include headaches, joint pains and a high fever.
SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has accepted a $600,000 settlement from the state to pay for legal fees accrued when he defended himself against bribery charges that were dropped before trial, officials said.
Shurtleff, a Republican, sought $1.1 million in legal fees when he sued the state of Utah in 2017 but told the Deseret News on Wednesday it’s time to move on.
“I get substantially less than what I ended up paying,” Shurtleff said.
The agreement is pending formal approval from a legislative committee later this month.
Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s spokeswoman, Anna Lehnardt, said the governor had signed off on the agreement with Shurtleff but declined to comment further. Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson, a Republican, said in a statement that the settlement was negotiated by the office of current Attorney General Sean Reyes, and will be reviewed at an Oct. 16 meeting.
Reyes, a Republican, had no comment on the settlement.
Shurtleff, a three-term attorney general, was arrested in 2014 and charged with obstructing justice and accepting improper gifts such as beach vacations from businessmen in trouble with regulators. His successor, John Swallow, was also accused in the pay-to-play scheme.
Shurtleff pleaded not guilty to the charges and denied any wrongdoing.
Charges against Shurtleff were surprisingly dropped in 2016. Prosecutors at the time pointed to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell that they said narrowed the scope of charges in influence-peddling cases.
Swallow’s case went to trial, where a jury acquitted him of bribery. Earlier this month, the Utah Legislature approved a $1.5 million settlement for Swallow.
The settlement does not end a separate, multimillion-dollar civil rights lawsuit filed against law enforcement by Shurtleff last year, in which he accused authorities of causing him emotional distress and humiliation for their role in the investigation that led to his 2014 arrest.
The law enforcement agencies being sued have defended their actions. The case is pending.
Shurtleff said he would keep about $60,000 and use the rest of the settlement, $540,000, to pay off his remaining legal bills.