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Utah (/ˈjuːtɔː/ YOO-taw, /-tɑː/ -⁠tah listen) is a state in the western United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the U.S. on January 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th-largest by area, 31st-most-populous, and 10th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States. Utah has a population of more than 3 million according to the Census estimate for July 1, 2016. Urban development is mostly concentrated in two areas: the Wasatch Front in the north-central part of the state, which contains approximately 2.5 million people; and Washington County in Southern Utah, with over 160,000 residents. Utah is bordered by Colorado to the east, Wyoming to the northeast, Idaho to the north, Arizona to the south, and Nevada to the west. It also touches a corner of New Mexico in the southeast.

Approximately 62% of Utahns are reported to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), making Utah the only state with a majority population belonging to a single church. This greatly influences Utahn culture and daily life. The LDS Church's world headquarters is located in Salt Lake City.

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Bryce Canyon Amphitheater
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Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

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Great Salt Lake, is the largest salt lake in the Western Hemisphere, the fourth largest terminal lake in the world, and the 33rd largest lake on Earth. In an average year the lake covers an area of around 1,700 square miles (4,400 km²), but the lake's size fluctuates substantially due to its shallowness. For instance, in 1963 it reached its lowest recorded level at 950 square miles (1,529 km²), but in 1987 the surface area was at the historic high of 3,300 square miles(5,311 km²).

The lake is the largest remnant of Lake Bonneville, a pluvial lake which covered much of western Utah in prehistoric times. Great Salt Lake is endorheic (has no outlet besides evaporation), and thus has very high salinity, far saltier than sea water. The Jordan, Weber, and Bear rivers (the three major tributaries) deposit around 1.1 million tons of minerals in the lake each year, and the balance of evaporated water is mineral-free, concentrating the lake further. Because of its unusually high salt concentration, most people can easily float in the lake as a result of the higher density of the water, particularly in the saltier north arm of the lake, Gunnison Bay. The lake's shallow, warm waters cause frequent, sometimes heavy lake-effect snows during late fall, early winter, and spring.

Although it has been called "America's Dead Sea", the lake provides habitat for millions of shorebirds and waterfowl, including the largest staging population of Wilson's Phalarope in the world. In addition to native birds and brine shrimp, the lake is also home, oddly enough, to a Chilean flamingo named Pink Floyd.

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Brandon Flowers of The Killers

Brandon Flowers (born June 21, 1981) is the vocalist and keyboardist in the American alternative rock band The Killers.

Flowers was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and later raised in Nephi, Utah. In Nephi, he claims he was the only Smiths fan. Since Nephi was a little farm town of just 2,000 people, football was everything as Brandon played golf and listened to Elton John and The Cars. He grew up a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with four older sisters and an older brother. He begged his parents to return to Las Vegas and finally did at the age of fifteen to live with his aunt and attend Chaparral High School.

While listening to the radio in his car after his very first college class, Flowers heard the song "Changes" by David Bowie. He fell in love with the piece and realized he wanted to be part of the music industry. Teaching himself keyboards, he passed on college to take a job as a caddy at a private golf course, where he encountered a fellow music fan who is also a keyboard player. Together they formed the first workings of the band that would become Blush Response. Brandon began writing and recording original tunes with his band. The endeavor was short-lived, however, when the band booted Flowers in 2001 because he refused to move with the rest of them to Los Angeles, California.

After being dumped by Blush Response, Brandon worked as a bellhop at Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The bellhop job paid enough for him to buy CDs, a keyboard, and a 4-track recorder. After answering a "Musicians Wanted" ad in the Las Vegas Weekly with a guitarist looking for a vocalist in order to form a band, he hit it off with his new bandmate, Dave Keuning, in late 2001. The Killers were spawned shortly thereafter. By 2002, Ronnie Vannucci became the drummer and Mark Stoermer had become the bassist.

They played some of their early gigs at a gay drag club, called Tramps, in Las Vegas. The name "The Killers" came about when the band was watching New Order's music video for "Crystal," in which New Order was a fictitious band of perfecto called "The Killers." Flowers was inspired and felt the desire to be as perfect as (and ultimately becoming) "The Killers."

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Rice-Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah

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  • April 14, 1983 - a landslide leads to the destruction of Thistle, Utah.
  • April 15, 1948 - Utah's first television station, W6SIX, begins broadcasting.

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