Local Utah Headlines – Wednesday Morning November 24, 2021

Wednesday morning November 24, 2021

State

US sees improvement as second Thanksgiving pandemic arrives

The United States is in better shape as its second Thanksgiving pandemic approaches, thanks to the vaccine. But some cold regions are reporting outbreaks of COVID-19 cases. These could worsen in the days to come as families roam the country. Unvaccinated people in Utah are almost 10 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than those who received the vaccine. So far, 55% of all Utahns are fully vaccinated. State health officials reported more than 1,100 new cases on Tuesday. School-aged children represent around 230 of them. – Associated Press & Elaine Clark

State of Utah receives grant to help Native American refugees and farmers

Utah State University Extension has received a new grant to help refugee and Native American farmers. It comes from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The money will support the expansion of three incubation farms in Utah, which will provide new farmers with access to affordable plots of land so they can learn the skills needed to start their own businesses. He will also create two new farms. USU will also offer workshops and technical assistance as part of the grant program. – Elaine clark

Northern Utah

Utah farmers forced to raise prices

Farmers in Utah have raised the prices of meat and produce as the cost of feeding livestock has become higher. Julie Clifford has a small family farm in Provo. She sells eggs, meat and vegetables to local Wasatch Front restaurants. She said this has been a difficult year as they have had to cut production due to the pandemic, Utah’s labor shortage and drought. Clifford usually grows his own hay, but that was not possible this year because there was not enough water. As a result, its prices have increased by around 20-25%. Read the full story.Ivana martinez

Region / Nation

Maintain the expansion of telehealth

Telehealth has grown dramatically over the past two years as people wanted to access healthcare professionals remotely. Today, the federal and state governments are still grappling with changes to telehealth. A federal declaration of emergency is expected to expire at the end of this year, along with telehealth provisions like Medicare reimbursement for doctor’s visits by phone. States are divided on whether or not Medicaid should reimburse audio tours. – Madelyn Beck, Mountain West Press Office

Exploration gold drilling resumes near Yellowstone

Canadian mining company may resume gold exploration drilling in eastern Idaho. Excellon Idaho Gold hopes to build a surface mine west of Yellowstone National Park. The US Forest Service announced last week that it had approved the project in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Clark County. He had been arrested by Federal Court rulings in 2019 and 2020, over concerns about potential damage to Yellowstone cutthroat trout in a creek. The new drilling plan draws water from another stream that officials say does not contain the fish. The company says the area contains approximately 825,000 ounces of gold. – Associated press

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