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    Gov. Gary Herbert opens new front on lawlessness around Salt Lake City’s homeless shelter


    More cops, more jail beds, more treatment for addicts to mitigate lawlessness in the Rio Grande neighborhood surrounding Salt Lake City’s homeless shelter. And Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox — though not dubbed the “homeless czar” — will be Gov. Gary...

    More cops, more jail beds, more treatment for addicts to mitigate lawlessness in the Rio Grande neighborhood surrounding Salt Lake City’s homeless shelter. And Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox — though not dubbed the “homeless czar” — will be Gov. Gary Herbert’s “point person” in the state’s response to the crisis. Those are about the only details revealed after Herbert held a closed-door summit Wednesday morning with state, Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City officials in an effort to double down on what h...
    More reaction to Winston Blackmore polygamy verdict: Talk of sex abuse, polygamists staying underground and implications for Utah

    More reaction to Winston Blackmore polygamy verdict: Talk of sex abuse, polygamists staying underground and implications for Utah


    From Canada to Utah, people continue to weigh in on Monday’s conviction of Winston Blackmore and James Oler. The reaction spans disappointment, to satisfaction to foreboding about what’s to come. The two men, who used to be bishops in the...

    From Canada to Utah, people continue to weigh in on Monday’s conviction of Winston Blackmore and James Oler. The reaction spans disappointment, to satisfaction to foreboding about what’s to come. The two men, who used to be bishops in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, were convicted of polygamy. [Click here to read the verdicts.] They face up to five years in prison. First, however, they are expected to challenge their convictions. Sentencing dates have not been s...

    Riverton is working to take more control of its police protection. Will other cities follow suit?


    As Riverton City looks to take the next step toward creating its own service district area for police protection, it may trigger a bigger exodus from the taxing district set up to fund the Unified Police Department as a regional law-enforcement...

    As Riverton City looks to take the next step toward creating its own service district area for police protection, it may trigger a bigger exodus from the taxing district set up to fund the Unified Police Department as a regional law-enforcement agency. The Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area (SLVLESA) was formed a decade ago and includes unincorporated Salt Lake County and its various townships, along with the cities of Riverton, Herriman and Millcreek. The three cities are currently i...

    Frustrated Wayne County attorney resigns, publicly explains reasons to counter ‘outrageous rumors’


    There have been rumors in southern Utah that former Wayne County Attorney LeEllen McCartney wanted to put to rest. No, she didn’t resign her elected post after a fight with the sheriff on the side of the road. No, she didn’t quit in exchange for a...

    There have been rumors in southern Utah that former Wayne County Attorney LeEllen McCartney wanted to put to rest. No, she didn’t resign her elected post after a fight with the sheriff on the side of the road. No, she didn’t quit in exchange for a guilty plea from a defendant. And, no, she didn’t quit her job over a year before the end of her term because she wanted more money. McCartney instead said she left after tense relations with the Wayne County Commission, which she said failed to provid...

    A surprise — not a happy one — could be coming to your mailbox


    Property-valuation notices now arriving in mailboxes statewide are delivering expensive news: 64 local governments are proposing property tax hikes this year. Officials say they are needed for a range of things, from keeping up with inflation to allowing...

    Property-valuation notices now arriving in mailboxes statewide are delivering expensive news: 64 local governments are proposing property tax hikes this year. Officials say they are needed for a range of things, from keeping up with inflation to allowing school districts to compete in what has become “salary wars” to attract and retain teachers. A few local leaders are again using creative arguments to contend that they are not really raising taxes — even though definitions in state law say the...

    Orem candidate says city emails show mayor broke law playing politics with taxpayer resources


    Orem mayoral candidate Hans Andersen says he has documents that show incumbent Mayor Richard Brunst violated state law by ordering use of city resources to fight voter referendums and for other political purposes. Brunst says he broke no laws and that...

    Orem mayoral candidate Hans Andersen says he has documents that show incumbent Mayor Richard Brunst violated state law by ordering use of city resources to fight voter referendums and for other political purposes. Brunst says he broke no laws and that Andersen is misconstruing city emails that he obtained through an open-records request. “It took four months for them [city officials] to get me that information,” complains Andersen, a former City Council member, noting Utah records laws usually ...

    One person dead after high-speed chase crash near Sardine Canyon


    One person was dead after a high-speed chase ended with a pickup truck crashing into a semitrailer near the mouth of Sardine Canyon in Cache County on Wednesday. Utah Highway Patrol had started chasing the pickup driver at 1:30 p.m., and the truck...

    One person was dead after a high-speed chase ended with a pickup truck crashing into a semitrailer near the mouth of Sardine Canyon in Cache County on Wednesday. Utah Highway Patrol had started chasing the pickup driver at 1:30 p.m., and the truck crashed one minute later, at 6200 South on U.S. Route 89 in Wellsville, according to Logan police Chief Gary Jensen, whose department was investigating the crash. Jensen said he did not immediately know why UHP was chasing the pickup driver. The pickup...
    Trump calls for release of Utahn Josh Holt during talks on Venezuela sanctions

    Trump calls for release of Utahn Josh Holt during talks on Venezuela sanctions


    While discussing new Venezuela sanctions in a conference call Wednesday, President Donald Trump called for the release of Utah native Josh Holt, who has been held in a Venezuelan prison for more than a year. Venezuelan officials accused Holt of...

    While discussing new Venezuela sanctions in a conference call Wednesday, President Donald Trump called for the release of Utah native Josh Holt, who has been held in a Venezuelan prison for more than a year. Venezuelan officials accused Holt of possessing illegal weapons, but his mother and others say he is innocent and has been targeted by a corrupt judicial system. Trump said the United States is “very concerned about the situation of Joshua Holt, a young American being detained illegally by t...

    Hatch breaks with Trump, says transgender people should be able to serve in the military


    Washington • Sen. Orrin Hatch broke with President Donald Trump on Wednesday, disagreeing with the commander in chief’s new directive to bar transgender people from military service. “I don’t think we should be discriminating against anyone,”...

    Washington • Sen. Orrin Hatch broke with President Donald Trump on Wednesday, disagreeing with the commander in chief’s new directive to bar transgender people from military service. “I don’t think we should be discriminating against anyone,” Hatch, a Utah Republican, said in a statement on Twitter. “Transgender people are people, and deserve the best we can do for them.” Hatch added that he wanted more information and “clarity” from military leaders about Trump’s decision. The president tweeted...
    Senate Republicans fail in latest effort to kill Obamacare, look to try again

    Senate Republicans fail in latest effort to kill Obamacare, look to try again


    Washington • Senate Republicans lost round two of their efforts to gut Obamacare on Wednesday and now may look to what Washington is calling a “skinny repeal” that would toss out mandates that Americans buy health insurance and that businesses with...

    Washington • Senate Republicans lost round two of their efforts to gut Obamacare on Wednesday and now may look to what Washington is calling a “skinny repeal” that would toss out mandates that Americans buy health insurance and that businesses with more than 50 employees provide insurance plans. The legislation would leave intact most of the remaining provisions of Obamacare, formally called the Affordable Care Act. Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch of Utah both voted Wednesday to repeal Obamacare ...

    Utahns like idea of a ‘homeless czar’ but oppose using National Guard to police shelter area, poll shows


    Most Utahns say they would embrace the naming of a “homeless czar” to clean up Salt Lake City’s Rio Grande area, known for homelessness, drug trafficking and violence. Of 614 registered voters questioned for a Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute...

    Most Utahns say they would embrace the naming of a “homeless czar” to clean up Salt Lake City’s Rio Grande area, known for homelessness, drug trafficking and violence. Of 614 registered voters questioned for a Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll, 68 percent said they were “definitely” or “probably” in favor of creating an independently appointed official to coordinate efforts to mitigate the stress and chaos around The Road Home. Respondents, however, were not so keen on having...

    Another homicide in downtown Salt Lake City homeless district the day after deadly rock rampage


    Police on Wednesday were investigating yet another homicide in downtown Salt Lake City’s homeless district, just a day after a transient allegedly went on a rampage that left one dead and three others seriously injured. Salt Lake City police Detective...

    Police on Wednesday were investigating yet another homicide in downtown Salt Lake City’s homeless district, just a day after a transient allegedly went on a rampage that left one dead and three others seriously injured. Salt Lake City police Detective Robert Ungricht said 1:39 a.m. reports of gunfire brought officers to a sidewalk at 350 S. 400 West, where they found Shawn J. Manymules, 26, dead from at least one gunshot wound to the chest. That area, just across the street from Pioneer Park and...

    See photos: Bigger, brighter Missionary Training Center offers young Mormons fresh spaces to learn, ponder, pray


    Provo • To hear some veterans of the old Mormon Missionary Training Center tell it, their stints there were a bit like being in prison — little free time, a punishing schedule and lessons taught in cramped, windowless classrooms. They might still...

    Provo • To hear some veterans of the old Mormon Missionary Training Center tell it, their stints there were a bit like being in prison — little free time, a punishing schedule and lessons taught in cramped, windowless classrooms. They might still remember the experience as transformative, even if the living spaces weren’t. Now come two newly constructed buildings that give an entirely different feel to the MTC look. The six-story halls on the southern edge include 200 spacious classrooms along w...

    Utah woman dies after domestic dispute on Alaskan cruise


    A 39-year-old Utah woman is dead as the result of a domestic dispute that occurred on an Alaskan cruise ship, according to a news release from Princess Cruises on Wednesday. The company did not identify the woman, specify how she died or say whether any...

    A 39-year-old Utah woman is dead as the result of a domestic dispute that occurred on an Alaskan cruise ship, according to a news release from Princess Cruises on Wednesday. The company did not identify the woman, specify how she died or say whether any arrests had been made. The dispute occurred Tuesday about 9 p.m. on the Emerald Princess, which had departed from Seattle on Sunday and was in the water near Alaska, according to the release. The company’s fleet security team was coordinating wi...
    Lawmaker: Utah’s veteran educators may need to ‘die off’ before technology fills classrooms

    Lawmaker: Utah’s veteran educators may need to ‘die off’ before technology fills classrooms


    Public school teachers are too slow to embrace classroom technology purchased by the state, according to some Utah lawmakers. They voiced that concern Wednesday as members of the state Legislature’s Public Education Appropriations Committee met to...

    Public school teachers are too slow to embrace classroom technology purchased by the state, according to some Utah lawmakers. They voiced that concern Wednesday as members of the state Legislature’s Public Education Appropriations Committee met to discuss software “fidelity,” or the rate of students achieving a minimum number of hours using software programs. Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, said too many teachers are unwilling to abandon their traditional lesson plans in favor of computer-enha...

    Utah home-birth rate is double the U.S. average, report says


    Utah women are choosing home birth at a rate double the national average, and mothers who do so tend to be older and have more education than women who decide to give birth in hospitals, according to a state health department report released this...

    Utah women are choosing home birth at a rate double the national average, and mothers who do so tend to be older and have more education than women who decide to give birth in hospitals, according to a state health department report released this month. Planned home births made up 2.12 percent of all births in Utah in 2013, according to the report from the Utah Department of Health. The U.S. national rate is less than 1 percent. Utah has one of the highest overall birth rates in the country, inf...

    ‘Torrential’ thunderstorms flood East High School, SLC’s Sprague Branch, Wasatch Front intersections


    Heavy rain overwhelmed storm drains along the Wasatch Front early Wednesday, flooding homes, damaging schools — including East High School — and closing down numerous low-lying intersections and reducing much of the morning commute into a crawl. Also...

    Heavy rain overwhelmed storm drains along the Wasatch Front early Wednesday, flooding homes, damaging schools — including East High School — and closing down numerous low-lying intersections and reducing much of the morning commute into a crawl. Also damaged by flooding was the Salt Lake City Library’s Sprague Branch, where several feet of water in the basement damaged books and computers and will cause a closure of several months. “The sudden occurrence and intensity of this storm is a 200-year...

    Sentencing delayed for Roy day care worker convicted of child abuse homicide


    A Tuesday sentencing for a Roy day care worker convicted of child abuse homicide for the 2014 death of an 8-month-old boy was delayed after the woman’s lawyers asked a judge to set aside her conviction. In May, a jury convicted 36-year-old Tisha Lynn...

    A Tuesday sentencing for a Roy day care worker convicted of child abuse homicide for the 2014 death of an 8-month-old boy was delayed after the woman’s lawyers asked a judge to set aside her conviction. In May, a jury convicted 36-year-old Tisha Lynn Morley of first-degree felony child abuse homicide for the February 2014 death of Lincoln Penland, who was fatally injured while at Morley’s in-home day care. She was scheduled to be sentenced this week in 2nd District Court, but the hearing was pos...

    Utah man, a former West High basketball coach, is charged with igniting 71,000-acre Brian Head Fire


    A 61-year-old Taylorsville man was charged Tuesday with starting the 71,000-acre Brian Head Fire that destroyed 13 residences and cost about $34 million to fight. Robert Ray Lyman was charged in 5th District Court with a count of reckless burning, a...

    A 61-year-old Taylorsville man was charged Tuesday with starting the 71,000-acre Brian Head Fire that destroyed 13 residences and cost about $34 million to fight. Robert Ray Lyman was charged in 5th District Court with a count of reckless burning, a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. He also faces a class B misdemeanor charge of failing to notify authorities or failing to obtain a permit before burning, which carries a penalty of up to six months in jail an...

    Kirby: Take this test — I did — and see if you’re smarter than me and virtually everyone else


    I’m a damn genius. Not about everything, of course. Just history. I know this because I recently passed a test that only 1 in 50 people are capable of completing correctly. I’d feel better about it if I wasn’t so scared. The test was administered...

    I’m a damn genius. Not about everything, of course. Just history. I know this because I recently passed a test that only 1 in 50 people are capable of completing correctly. I’d feel better about it if I wasn’t so scared. The test was administered online by Topix.com, which examines respondents on a variety of subjects, including technology, anatomy, health, celebrities and pets. You can’t get more sophisticated than being tested by computer. In the “offbeat” section is the following challenge:...

    Person shocked by power line near Murray apartment complex


    Murray police and paramedics rushed to the scene of a electrial shock injury late Wednesday morning. Public safety dispatchers reported the incident was called in at 10:13 a.m. from the Lost Creek Apartments complex, 3950 S. State Street. Murray police...

    Murray police and paramedics rushed to the scene of a electrial shock injury late Wednesday morning. Public safety dispatchers reported the incident was called in at 10:13 a.m. from the Lost Creek Apartments complex, 3950 S. State Street. Murray police spokesman Kenny Bass confirmed emergency personnel were on the scene, but he did not immediately have details on the victim or circumstances of what was initially called an industrial accident involving a power line. The victim, who was not identi...

    Gehrke: Billionaire Kochs may be getting a deal if they buy the U.’s reputation for $10M


    I am a Utah man, sir, so it was troubling to see my alma mater, the University of Utah, becoming the latest American university climbing into bed with the Koch Empire. The Charles Koch Foundation joined the Eccles family last week to announce a...

    I am a Utah man, sir, so it was troubling to see my alma mater, the University of Utah, becoming the latest American university climbing into bed with the Koch Empire. The Charles Koch Foundation joined the Eccles family last week to announce a combined $20 million donation to establish the Marriner S. Eccles Institute for Economics and Quantitative Analysis. It was hailed by U. President David Pershing as a means to produce data-driven research and enhance opportunities for Utah students. But...

    House OKs Rep. Love’s plan to use public money for Congress members’ home security


    Washington • The House passed an amendment Wednesday proposed by Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, that would allow members of Congress to use their office funds to provide security at their personal homes. Love’s move comes after the shooting of House Majority...

    Washington • The House passed an amendment Wednesday proposed by Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, that would allow members of Congress to use their office funds to provide security at their personal homes. Love’s move comes after the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and threats against members, including Love. The Utah Republican also noted on the House floor that someone had posted her address on social media with the statement, “We’ve signed your death certificate. You won’t see us coming.”...
    Utah’s transgender military vets stunned by Trump’s reinstatement of service ban

    Utah’s transgender military vets stunned by Trump’s reinstatement of service ban


    For 20 years, Sue Robbins and Angie Rice served their country in silence. Robbins was a tank gunner and satellite communications specialist in the U.S. Army; Rice a Navy pilot. Neither was able to live or serve openly as a transgender woman, as both do...

    For 20 years, Sue Robbins and Angie Rice served their country in silence. Robbins was a tank gunner and satellite communications specialist in the U.S. Army; Rice a Navy pilot. Neither was able to live or serve openly as a transgender woman, as both do now. On Wednesday, the two women said they were left stunned by the news that President Donald Trump had ordered the reinstatement of policies that had barred transgender people from serving openly in all branches of the military. “I am in mourni...
    Utah colleges not among top U.S. education work sites

    Utah colleges not among top U.S. education work sites


    For the second time in recent years, the University of Utah was not ranked among the top 79 U.S. colleges and universities considered great to work for by employees, but school officials say they do not find the omission too concerning. The Chronicle of...

    For the second time in recent years, the University of Utah was not ranked among the top 79 U.S. colleges and universities considered great to work for by employees, but school officials say they do not find the omission too concerning. The Chronicle of Higher Education released the results last week of its 10th annual Great Colleges to Work For study, which is based on employee surveys conducted at 232 higher education institutions across the country. The survey, administered this spring, asks ...
    Senate votes down Cruz’s health care amendment, Lee among the ‘no’ votes

    Senate votes down Cruz’s health care amendment, Lee among the ‘no’ votes


    Washington • Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch joined fellow Republicans Tuesday in voting to proceed to debate a health care overhaul, though the two Utah Republicans disagree on a replacement for Obamacare. And they’re not alone. With Vice President...

    Washington • Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch joined fellow Republicans Tuesday in voting to proceed to debate a health care overhaul, though the two Utah Republicans disagree on a replacement for Obamacare. And they’re not alone. With Vice President Mike Pence breaking a tie in favor of debating health care, the Senate will now take up several options to jettison Obamacare — formally known as the Affordable Care Act — and possibly replacing it now with a new GOP-written law or postponing any repl...
    Two dead, girl seriously hurt in eastern Utah head-on crash

    Two dead, girl seriously hurt in eastern Utah head-on crash


    Two people died and a girl was seriously injured in a head-on collision near the eastern Utah town of Ioka. The Utah Highway Patrol said 18-year-old Devin Kirk, of Heber City, was driving east on State Route 87 at 4:36 p.m. Sunday when his Chrysler...

    Two people died and a girl was seriously injured in a head-on collision near the eastern Utah town of Ioka. The Utah Highway Patrol said 18-year-old Devin Kirk, of Heber City, was driving east on State Route 87 at 4:36 p.m. Sunday when his Chrysler drifted across the center line. It collided head-on with a Hyundai near mile marker 30. Both Kirk and a woman in the second car, Shauna Allen, 46, of Wales, died in the crash. A 12-year-old girl, also in the Hyundai, was transported to an area hospita...

    Two married couples from Weber County dead after small plane crashes on Interstate 15 near Riverdale Road


    Two married couples from Weber County died Wednesday afternoon when a small plane crashed on Interstate 15 near Riverdale Road, the Utah Department of Public Safety said. The victims were Layne Clarke, 48, and Diana Clarke, 46, of Taylor, an...

    Two married couples from Weber County died Wednesday afternoon when a small plane crashed on Interstate 15 near Riverdale Road, the Utah Department of Public Safety said. The victims were Layne Clarke, 48, and Diana Clarke, 46, of Taylor, an unincorporated area south of Marriott-Slaterville; and Perry Huffaker, 45, and Sarah Huffaker, 42, of West Haven, according to the DPS. The plane — a single-engine Beech A36 Bonanza — took off from the Ogden-Hinckley Airport, then crashed about a half-mil...
    Car fire slows traffic on I-15 near 2300 South in Salt Lake City

    Car fire slows traffic on I-15 near 2300 South in Salt Lake City


    Northbound lanes on Interstate 15 near 2300 South were affected Wednesday afternoon due to a vehicle fire, according to the Utah Department of Transportation reported. The fire occurred at about 2:35 p.m. Four northbound lanes were closed. Traffic was...

    Northbound lanes on Interstate 15 near 2300 South were affected Wednesday afternoon due to a vehicle fire, according to the Utah Department of Transportation reported. The fire occurred at about 2:35 p.m. Four northbound lanes were closed. Traffic was expected to be impacted for about an hour, UDOT reported.

    Russian court rules in favor of 2 Mormon ‘missionaries,’ says they shouldn’t have been deported


    The LDS Church secured a small legal victory in Russia recently, when that nation’s Constitutional Court ruled that two Mormon volunteers — formerly known as missionaries — were wrongly deported. In 2015, Nathaniel Joseph Worden and Parker Drake...

    The LDS Church secured a small legal victory in Russia recently, when that nation’s Constitutional Court ruled that two Mormon volunteers — formerly known as missionaries — were wrongly deported. In 2015, Nathaniel Joseph Worden and Parker Drake Oldham, both U.S. citizens, arrived in Samara as volunteers to provide “spiritual support to Samara members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” according to a release on the faith’s Russian news website, “and received a migration registr...