A timeline of all of the monolith appearances and disappearances in Utah, Romania, and California

According to a statement from the Utah Department of Public Safety, the crew of a Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau helicopter spotted the first monolith on November 18 in southeastern Utah while helping The Department of Wildlife Resources count bighorn sheep. 

Per the statement, the crew landed after spotting the object to investigate, finding the nearly 12-foot-tall monolith “installed in the ground in a remote area of red rock” with no clear indication of its origin.

At the time, the Utah Department of Public Safety did not publicly disclose the location of the monolith given that it was in a remote area, stating that “there is a significant possibility [those who attempt to visit] may become stranded and require rescue.”

The structure was installed illegally on public land, according to a United States Bureau of Land Management statement.

On November 24, the Bureau of Land Management joked about the monolith’s speculated extraterrestrial origins in a statement posted to Twitter.

“Using, occupying, or developing the public lands or their resources without a required authorization is illegal, no matter what planet you are from.”

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University of Utah launches crowdfunding campaign to support COVID-19 long-hauler research

As the number of Utahns experiencing long-term effects from the coronavirus continues to grow, there are still more questions than answers about why some people become “long-haulers,” how long they’ll be sick or how to treat their symptoms.



a woman standing in front of a brick building: (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Lisa O'Brien is the creator of the Utah COVID-19 Long Haulers group, a support group for people who say they have experienced long-term impacts as a result of the coronavirus. O'Brien began experiencing COVID-19 symptoms after a trip to Hawaii in early March but never got tested because she didn't have the usual symptoms required for testing at that time. While doctors consider people who have survived for three weeks following a diagnosis as "recovered," O'Brien says she continues to experience excessive fatigue as well as blood clots and tachycardia months later.


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(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Lisa O’Brien is the creator of the Utah COVID-19 Long Haulers group, a support group for people who say they have experienced long-term impacts as a result of the coronavirus. O’Brien began experiencing COVID-19 symptoms after a trip to Hawaii in early March but never got tested because she didn’t have the usual symptoms required for testing at that time. While doctors consider people who have survived for three weeks following a diagnosis as “recovered,” O’Brien says she continues to experience excessive fatigue as well as blood clots and tachycardia months later.

In an effort to resolve some of those questions, the University of Utah launched a crowdfunding campaign this week to raise $25,000 for research “to better understand the effects and evaluate best treatment options” for people with prolonged coronavirus symptoms.

“Many people experience long-term effects after having COVID-19,” the organization notes on its online donation portal. “For some, these effects may be worse than original symptoms with no end in sight. Little is known about COVID-19 long-hauler symptoms, the impact on health, or how best to treat. University of Utah Health is working hard to provide answers.”

Donors had chipped in just over $1,000 to the Giving Tuesday campaign as of Tuesday afternoon.

Nicole Frank, associate director of the University of Utah’s Immunology, Inflammation, & Infectious Disease Initiative (3i), said conversations about how to treat the state’s long-haulers have been ongoing since earlier this summer. But the effort to create a crowdfunding campaign kicked into gear after the organization received an anonymous $50,000 donation to support research on the long-term effects of COVID-19.

Frank said the U. hopes to raise an additional $25,000 to $50,000 through this donation push to fund a full-time research coordinator who would be dedicated to the long-hauler study.

And with research showing that a “significant portion” of the population could face long-term effects from the coronavirus, she said, “it’s in all of our best interest to figure out why that happens and how we can treat their symptoms.”

Utah’s best-known long-hauler is Lt. Gov.-elect Deidre Henderson, who tested positive for the coronavirus in August and has documented her uphill battle to recovery on Twitter.

The promise of a deep dive into the challenges long-haulers face gives “a lot of hope” to the Utahns who are experiencing symptoms that can range from extreme fatigue and shortness of breath to

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Utah vs. Washington odds, line: 2020 college football picks, Week 13 predictions from proven computer model

The Utah Utes and the Washington Huskies will square off in a Pac-12 clash at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Washington is 2-0 overall and 2-0 at home, while the Utes are 0-1 overall and making their first road appearance of the season. Utah is 4-1 in its last five games played in November, while Washington 18-2 in its last 20 home games. 

The Huskies are favored by seven-points in the latest Utah vs. Washington odds from William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 48.5. Before entering any Washington vs. Utah picks, you’ll want to see the college football predictions from the advanced computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $3,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is also a sizzling 44-23 on all top-rated picks through 12 weeks of the 2020 college football schedule, returning over $1,200 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Washington vs. Utah. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college football odds for Utah vs. Washington:

  • Utah vs. Washington spread: Washington -7
  • Utah vs. Washington over-under: 48.5 points
  • Utah vs. Washington money line: Washington -280, Utah +230

What you need to know about Washington

Washington is coming off a dominant 44-27 victory over the Arizona Wildcats in its last outing. Quarterback Dylan Morris had a strong showing in Washington’s win, completing 15-of-25 pass attempts for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Richard Newton also had a big day, rushing for 81 yards and two scores against Arizona. 

Washington enters Saturday’s Pac-12 battle averaging 440.0 yards per game on offense this season. The Huskies have also fared well against the Utes over the years. In fact, Washington is 6-2 in its last eight meetings against Utah. 

What you need to know about Utah

Meanwhile, Utah suffered a setback in its season opener against the USC Trojans, losing 33-17. South Carolina transfer Jake Bentley struggled in his first start for the Utes, throwing for just 171 yards and two interceptions against the Trojans. Bentley will need a better performance on Saturday against a stingy Washington secondary that’s giving up 172.0 passing yards per game this season, which ranks seventh in the country. 

Despite their most recent setback, the Utes will enter Saturday’s contest confident they can keep it close. That’s because Utah is 4-2 against the spread in its last six meetings against Washington. In addition, the Utes are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against an opponent from the Pac-12. 

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Mysterious Metal Monolith In Utah Desert Suddenly Vanishes

A mysterious metallic monolith discovered deep in a Utah desert has suddenly vanished just days after it was first spotted by biologists from the air.

The 12-foot-tall structure apparently disappeared Friday night, according to “credible reports,” the Utah Bureau of Land Management said in a statement.

The “illegally installed structure” was removed by an “unknown party,” and not by department personnel, according to the BLM. There will be no investigation into its disappearance by the BLM because it’s “private property” and not part of the public lands, the statement added.

In the missing monolith’s place were some red rocks and a metallic triangle.

The monolith, which eerily resembled a mini version of the structure featured in the classic science fiction movie “2001: A Space Odyssey,” was installed in the remote red rock country of southeast Utah. 

Biologists from the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources spotted it from a helicopter Nov. 18 as they were counting bighorn sheep in the area.

But internet sleuths, using historical images with the help of Google Earth, discovered that the monolith appeared between August 2015 and October 2016, CNET reported. The futuristic TV series”Westworld” was being filmed nearby at the time, noted CNET, which could be a clue to its origins.

State officials quickly debunked the idea that the monolith was placed by space aliens. But they conceded it would have been difficult to place in such a remote locations far from roads. Some speculated it was an elaborate art project by artists unknown.

Hundreds of tourists flocked to the site in recent days to view the structure. 

The Utah Department of Heritage and Arts has called the structure “vandalism” — even though it had “better craftsmanship than graffiti,” the department said in a statement.

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University of Utah researchers discover genes linked to suicide

SALT LAKE CITY – Researchers at University of Utah Health’s Huntsman Mental Health Institute have detected more than 20 genes that may play a role in suicide.

The research is the first of its kind, and a Utah mother who is still grieving doesn’t find the results surprising.

Michelle Nelson stands in the bright kitchen of her 101-year-old house in Salt Lake City.

“Amethyst, opalite and crystal,” she said, picking up the small stones from a dish on the counter.

She collects them to help her heal because picking up the pieces after loss is daunting.

“I take Roan everywhere I go,” she said.

Nelson collects heart rocks — stones that naturally form into a heart shape which she finds outside.

“It’s like a gift from nature that reminds me of him,” Nelson said.

Two years ago, her 16-year-old son, Roan McClain, died by suicide.

“It was the biggest shock of my life,” she said. “You think your kids are always going to be okay.”

Her family has a history of suicide.

In a new study, researchers at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute discovered 22 genes that could have a role in suicide deaths. It establishes that suicide is partially heritable independent of a shared environment.

“We looked at over 3,400 samples from individuals who had lost their lives to suicide in Utah,” said Dr. Anna Docherty with the Huntsman Mental Health Institute.

The study, among the first comprehensive genome-wide analyses of suicide death, also found significant genetic cross-connections to psychiatric diseases and behaviors associated with suicide, researchers said.

“Understanding that there is a strong genetic component will destigmatize the subject of suicide,” Docherty said.

Michelle Nelson collects heart rocks to remind her of her son, Roan, who died by suicide. She says new research is giving her hope. (Photo: KSL TV)

The goal of the research is to inspire discussions among families and with their healthcare providers to know when to get support, Docherty said.

“If you have a family history of suicide, it really pays to learn about all of the myriad risk factors and ways that you can really promote health in your family.”

For Nelson, it inspires hope.

“Maybe, if we could look at our kids and say, ‘Hey, you really are at risk. What can we do to get ahead of this?'” she said.

Scientists hope identifying these genes could lead to better predicting who’s at risk and finding better ways to help them.

In the meantime, Nelson continues to find comfort in nature, and her collection of heart rocks.

“When you lose someone close to you, your whole life changes,” she said. “You have to notice the little things. You have to go back to those small things, like the rocks.”

Next, researchers plan to dig into the molecular genetics of suicides to understand the links, and to find drug therapies.

If you or someone you love needs help, call the Utah Crisis Line at 801-587-3000.

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Jones lifts S. Utah over NAIA Saint Katherine College 95-47

CEDAR CITY, Utah — Tevian Jones made 9 of 10 shots for a career-high 22 points as Southern Utah rolled past Saint Katherine College 95-47 on Saturday. Jones has scored 39 points in two games.

Dre Marin added 15 points for Southern Utah (1-1). John Knight III added 12 points and six assists. Harrison Butler had 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots.

Kamron Fleming scored 11 points for the Firebirds, who compete at the NAIA level. Saint Katherine was forced into 20 turnovers, resulting in 28 points for Southern Utah, and were outscored 48-16 in the paint.

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Mysterious Utah monolith’s location no longer a secret

The location of the mysterious monolith discovered last week among the red rocks of eastern Utah was destined not to remain a secret for long.

Monday’s revelation set off a frenzy of internet sleuthing, and by Wednesday intrepid hikers were posting selfies with the gleaming 10-foot-tall sculpture.

Utah wildlife officials spotted the object during an aerial count of bighorn sheep on Nov. 18 — and it was the record of their helicopter’s flight path that revealed the coordinates posted by Reddit user Tim Slane.

Slane told BBC reporters that he found a point in the flight record that indicated the helicopter might have landed, and then he examined satellite images of that area, about 20 miles southwest of Moab. One image revealed a shadow apparently cast by a tall, slender object.

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Among the Reddit readers intrigued by Slane’s posting of the coordinates was David Surber, a 33-year-old Utah man who drove six hours through the night and then hiked to the site, on Bureau of Land Management property about 3 miles east of Canyonlands National Park. He may have been the first hiker there, but he wasn’t alone for long.

A spokesperson from the Utah Department of Public Safety told the BBC that the agency wants to warn hikers that the trek could be dangerous, but it is public land and open to anyone who wants to attempt the trip.

Though BLM restrictions prohibit such unauthorized art installations, no decision has been made to remove the monolith, the spokesperson said.

Speculation about the artist has focused on John McCracken, a Berkeley-born sculptor who died in 2011. If it is indeed his work, he never mentioned it to family, friends or the gallerist who represents his work, the New York Times said.

Slane told the BBC that the satellite images he studied suggest it was installed in 2016, well after McCracken’s death.

The David Zwirner Gallery initially identified the monolith as McCracken’s work, but then retracted that statement.

McCracken’s son, San Francisco photographer Patrick McCracken, told the Times that after the discovery he remembered a 2002 conversation in which his father “said something to the effect of that he would like to leave his artwork in remote places to be discovered later.”

The monolith is in Lockhart Basin, within the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument as proclaimed by President Obama in 2016. President Trump’s controversial order greatly reducing the monument’s size is being contested in court.

 

 

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With Apple Cup called off, University of Washington football team shifts sights to Utah

After COVID-19 concerns within the Washington State football program eventually led to the cancellation of the 113th Apple Cup, the Huskies needed a new opponent.



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At one point in the week’s game prep, Washington football head coach Jimmy Lake had four depth charts on his desk.

“This week, leading up to the Apple Cup, we heard whispers that game was going to be canceled,” Lake said at his Wednesday news conference. “There was definitely some potential games that we were trying to get ahead of that we felt would replace the Apple Cup this weekend.”

Though the Huskies (2-0) were rumored to have considered out-of-conference opponents like BYU and San Diego State, a conference opponent was preferred, Lake said.

Washington moved swiftly to lock in a game against conference foe Utah, and is slated to kickoff  at 4:30 p.m. at Husky Stadium on ABC. The Pac-12 canceled Utah’s originally scheduled matchup against Arizona State this weekend as the latter has struggled with a coronavirus outbreak the last few weeks. Luckily for Lake and the Huskies, that was the team they suspected they would play.

“We played the odds a little bit, we tried to get some intel where we could,” Lake said. “Thankfully we did practice against Utah yesterday, Tuesday’s practice, and then of course we practiced today against Utah, so our guess was right.”

Utah (0-1) was not afforded the same luxury. Arizona State hasn’t played since its opening loss to USC on Nov. 7, and though Utah suspected the Sun Devils would be unable to play, head coach Kyle Whittingham and company were forced to at least partially gameplan for ASU until Tuesday’s decision.

Per Whittingham, Utah allocated roughly 60% of its game prep to Arizona State, and 40% to Washington before the announcement late Tuesday night.

But now, with a team, time, and place locked in, the uncertainty, at least in the interim, is gone.

“They have always been one of the toughest teams to go against, year in and year out,” Lake said. “We know that they will be coached up on offense, defense, and special teams. They will be tough to defend, they are going to be really tough on defense, historically every single year it’s either us or them as the best defense in the Pac-12. And the film that we’ve watched, they’ve replaced all that talent that went to the NFL with players that are just as good if not better.”

Utah lost its first matchup of the season to USC last Saturday, 33-17, after a COVID-19 outbreak forced two cancellations to start its season. After losing starting quarterback Cameron Rising due to a shoulder injury just 14 plays into his season, backup transfer Jake Bentley struggled, throwing for 171 yards, just one touchdown, and two interceptions.

The Huskies, meanwhile, have had a strong start to their season, beating Oregon State 27-21 in their opener, and thumping Arizona 44-27 last Saturday.

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Visitors track down mystery desert monolith in Utah

Some intrepid visitors have been flocking to a remote part of southern Utah in a bid to be among the first to see the mystery metal monolith.



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The structure in the Red Rock desert was first discovered last week from the air by a helicopter pilot and wildlife officers who were carrying out an annual count of bighorn sheep.

They did not share its coordinates, hoping to put people off trying to make their own pilgrimages in case they got lost in the remote area. But for some, the intrigue was overwhelming.

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Around 48 hours after news of their finding was made public, pictures appeared on Instagram of people who had managed to find it.

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Among them was David Surber, 33, a former US army infantry officer, who drove for six hours through the night to find it after spotting a Reddit post purporting to have found its coordinates.



a person wearing a hat: David Surber with the monolith in Red Rock Desert, Utah, in this still image obtained from a social media video.


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David Surber with the monolith in Red Rock Desert, Utah, in this still image obtained from a social media video.

“Awesome journey out to the monolith today,” he wrote on Instagram, where he also shared its location. “Regardless of who built it or where it came from. It was a positive escape from today’s world. Some for many people to rally behind and enjoy together.”

He said he was alone with the structure, which he described as formed of aluminium and formed of “three pieces riveted together”, for about 10 minutes before others arrived.

“Overall not too crowded you all want to make the journey,” he wrote.

Tim Slane, who shared the coordinates on Reddit, said he worked them out by tracking the flight path of the helicopter.

It is not known what the origins of the object, estimated by Bret Hutchings, the helicopter pilot who discovered it, to be between 10ft and 12ft high (about three metres), are.

But it has been compared to the work of several minimalist sculptors, including the late John McCracken.

A spokesperson for his gallerist, David Zwirner, told the Guardian earlier this week it was not one of McCracken’s works, saying they believed it could be “a work by a fellow artist paying homage to McCracken”. But Zwirner later told the New York Times it could in fact be by the artist.

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Theories abound over mystery metal monolith found in Utah

A giant, metal mystery slab has captured the attention of millions, as people speculate over how such a structure came to be in a remote part of southern Utah.



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The object was first spotted last week by a helicopter pilot and wildlife officers who were flying above the rugged area to conduct an annual count of bighorn sheep for the state. It immediately drew comparisons to the monolith featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey as well as inviting suggestions it could be the work of extraterrestrials.



a close up of a rock wall: The metal monolith found in a remote part of Utah.


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The metal monolith found in a remote part of Utah.

The helicopter pilot, Bret Hutchings, had the opportunity to see the big metal slab up close and guessed it was probably the work of an artist and between 10ft and 12ft high (about 3 metres).

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“I’m assuming it’s some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big 2001: A Space Odyssey fan,” Hutchings told local news station, KSLTV, which first reported on the slab.

The work was compared to those of many minimalist sculptors, including artist John McCracken, who died in 2011. His gallerist, David Zwirner, told the Guardian the mystery object was not one of his works.

“While this is not a work by the late American artist John McCracken, we suspect it is a work by a fellow artist paying homage to McCracken,” a David Zwirner spokesperson said.

One thing that is known is that without authorization, it is illegal to install structures or art on federally managed public lands, according to Utah’s department of public safety (DPS). This is true, “no matter what planet you’re from”, the agency said in a statement.

The agency said it does not plan to reveal is the exact location of the object. “It is in a very remote area and if individuals were to attempt to visit the area, there is a significant possibility they may become stranded and require rescue,” DPS said.

That did not stop Reddit users from identifying its likely whereabouts, as well as discussing theories about the ways the object could have got there and why.

In zoomed in photos of the structure, Reddit users noted there were lines by its base which suggested a rock saw had been used to put it in the ground and that it appeared to be held together with screws, dispelling the theory it could be one large hunk of metal.

The structure also caused controversy in the geography world, which took issue with Utah’s government using the word “monolith” to describe the object.

A monolith is technically a geographic feature made of stone, while this slab appears to be made of metal. Merriam Webster’s dictionary, however, allows for a looser interpretation of monolith as “a massive structure” and it is the word used to describe the structure director Stanley Kubrick made famous in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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