Benjamin Zack

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PHOTOS: Owls on the move in Northern Utah

On an icy Friday morning, Darin Day left his home in Wyoming’s Star Valley and made the three hour drive back to Northern Utah, where he grew up. Along for the ride were not only Day’s family, but also four cat carriers filled with squawking and hissing baby barn owls. This was just the most recent of the countless volunteer projects Day has done with the large, white, moon-faced birds. On this particular road trip, Day relocated eight orphan chicks into active nests in Northern Utah as a volunteer with the Teton Raptor Center. However, his history with the birds goes back four decades. As young teenager, Day says he struggled in school until a teacher at Roy Middle School talked him into entering the school science fair. His project, which looked at the diets of barn owls, took first place and started a lifelong interest in the raptors. Since that first project, Day has built more than 100 nesting boxes around the country, taught classes about the birds and led conservation projects.


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4 Kaysville officers injured trying to save man at gas station

First responders examine the scene where four police officers and one man were injured when the man set himself on fire at a Kaysville gas station on Thursday, April 5, 2018. No fatalities were reported, but all five people were taken to hospitals according to Kaysville Police Chief Sol Oberg.


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Ogden library reopens after more than a year

Hundreds of library patrons, staff and supporters gathered for the reopening of the main branch of the Weber County Library on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Ogden. The library closed in late 2016 for a $17 million renovation.


Environment

New aerial video shows Riverdale landslide’s alarming progress

RIVERDALE — A new aerial video helps show the extent of the Spring Creek Road Landslide, which has prompted evacuations and continues to grow as spring runoff increases.


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Best photos from March 2018: Sports, spring and student protests

The past month in Northern Utah was busy with spring sports, family activities and a wave of student-led protests. Take a look at some of the best images from March, 2018 by the Standard-Examiner photographers.


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Riverdale landslide continues to grow

The Spring Creek Road Landslide started on Nov. 19, 2017. For more than four months, the Riverdale landslide has been growing. Several homes have been evacuated, tons of mud and debris have been washed away and geologists from the Utah Geological Survey expect the slide to continue expanding.


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Ta'u Pupu'a: The Utahn, Tongan, football playing opera tenor

When opera singer Ta’u Pupu’a performed at Peery’s Egyptian Theatre in Ogden, he was singing less than an hour from the house he grew up in. But the trip to that stage involved countless miles with many twists and turns. Pupu’a moved from Tonga to Utah as a child — the youngest of nine siblings. Growing up, his life was filled with two things: football and music. “My parents would always take us to church, and they would always sing in the choir,” Pupu’a said. “Music was always around the house and always around me.” As a teenager, football took on a larger role. Pupu’a went to Weber State University on a football scholarship. After two years in Ogden, he was drafted to the NFL, but after playing for two teams and suffering multiple injuries, Pupu’a left football behind and moved to New York to pursue opera. At first, this meant working as a restaurant host across the street from the Metropolitan Opera, but later it lead into studying at the prestigious Juilliard Opera Center. Today, Pupu’a travels full time and performs from Iowa to San Francisco to Beijing. In March 2018, Pupu’a returned to Utah for a one-night performances with Chamber Orchestra Ogden.


Education

PHOTOS: Students and sheep: Fremont High students go to the farm

PHOTOS: Students and sheep: Fremont High students go to the farm


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PHOTOS: Students and sheep: Fremont High students go to the farm

Once a month, hundreds of students from Fremont High School get to take their schoolwork to the farm as students in the animal science and agriculture biology classes move to the district’s agriculture education facility. In early March, students practiced ultrasound scanning sheep, examining eggs and learning about chicken breeding.


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Civil Rights icon Ernest Green visits Davis High

Civil rights icon Ernest Green spoke with students at Davis High School on Thursday, March 22, 2018. In 1957, Green was one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who attended the previously all-white Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas. The Little Rock Nine dealt with attacks, harassment and death threats and eventually needed the assistance of the US Army to attend school. Green spoke with students at Davis about facing their fears.


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