Monthly Archive:: January 2011

First Female House Speaker Takes Over

The Utah legislature made history when it convened this morning as Republican Representative Rebecca Lockhart became the first female Speaker of the

Budget Rises to Top of Senate Priority List

The budget is at the top of the Utah Senate’s priorities. That’s what Senate Majority Leader said today in a

Bill Emerges to Re-Draw Legislative Boundaries

Cedar Hills residents who elected former State Representative Craig Frank before he discovered he lived in the wrong legislative district gathered at

Lawmakers’ Hands Full this Session with Immigration, State Budget

State lawmakers are up to their knees in immigration-related bills to sift through as the legislative session kicks off today. But with

Dogs Expand Outdoor Retailer Market

Downtown Salt Lake City was clearing out Monday after this weekend’s largest ever Outdoor Retailer Winter Market at the Salt Palace. 18,000

Frank Resigns, But Warns of Voter Lawsuit if Boundaries Aren’t Re-drawn

Former State Representative Craig Frank won’t attempt to force the state legislature to give him his job back, after learning he lives

Politics Up Close: Hinckley Forum on Affirmative Action in Utah

Several experts came together at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute on Wednesday for a forum on "“Reaffirming Equal Opportunity -- Should

Dangerous Passions: Legacies of America’s Hostage Crisis with Iran

Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian, visiting scholar at the University of Utah's Middle East Center, presented Dangerous Passions: Legacies of America's Hostage Crisis with

Examining Local Impact of Wal-Mart Initiative

Wal-Mart has promised to sell healthier food and cheaper produce by 2015 in a new initiative. But will the change have a

Chief, Library Director Differ on Police Presence at Library

Two local leaders are butting heads over the right to privacy. Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank and Salt Lake City

Huntsman’s Plans, Bipartisan Seating, & Hatch/Chaffetz Rivalry

Former Utah Governor and now-Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman earned some ribbing from President Obama this week, when the president joked that

Conflict Over Right to Privacy in City Libraries

Two local leaders are butting heads over the right to privacy. Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank and Salt Lake City

Humane Society Criticizes Bill to Legalize Killing Feral Animals

A state lawmaker is sponsoring legislation that would make it legal for anyone to kill a feral animal. Currently, shooting them

Study Puts Monetary Value on Utah’s Quality of Life

A new report puts a dollar value on the factors that affect quality of life in Utah, and how they’ve changed over

Police Department Shuffle Puts More Bike Squads on the Streets

A Salt Lake City Police Department shuffle means more bike squads on the streets looking for trouble. Some worry they might be

Legacy of Hostage Crisis Continues

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the Iran hostage crisis that ensnared 53 Americans. But although three decades have

Sheldon Killpack Pleads Guilty to DUI

A year after former Utah Senate Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, he pleaded guilty

Lawmakers Working Cuts Into the Budget Equation

Utah lawmakers are spending several hours today in budget meetings as they prepare for the legislative session, which begins Monday. Republicans foresee

Advocates Hope Discrimination Survey Influences Legislature

A new study released by the Williams Institute at UCLA quantifies the impact of discrimination on LGBT Utah residents. Using data from

Some Want Free Public Transportation on Bad Air Days

Clean air advocates say Utahns should be able to use public transportation for free on days when the air quality is unhealthy,

Small Business Owners, Democrats Urge Congress to Rethink Repeal

Small business owners joined Utah Democratic Party leaders yesterday in Salt Lake City to make one last appeal to the lawmakers who

Program Discourages C-sections, Drives Down Cost and Risk

Intermountain Healthcare says the rising number of premature, elective C-sections is costing the nation billions in medical expenses and putting mothers and

Frank Makes Argument to Keep Seat, But Fails for Now

Former State Representative Craig Frank made his case to fellow lawmakers this afternoon that he is still a Utah legislator. He was

Frustrated Condo Owners Look to Legislature for Help

A bill likely to be debated during this year’s legislative session could change the way condos and housing co-ops do business in

Utah’s Disabled Say State is Limiting Their Rights

Some Utahns say they are being denied the right to live independently. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Utah’s Division

Politics Up Close: SLC Councilman Luke Garrott

Downtown Salt Lake City Councilman Luke Garrott is not afraid to be the lone voice of opposition on the council. When others

Politics Up Close: Common Core Standards Controversy

The State Board of Education has apparently earned the wrath of some Republican state lawmakers by adopting the Common Core Standards. It’s

Politics Up Close: Justice Dept. Investigates Utah’s Disability Services

The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into Utah’s Division of Services for People with Disabilities. It stems from a complaint

Homeless Advocates Worried About Funding

Several homeless advocates across the state are playing the waiting game, trying to remain optimistic about what the legislature could do to

Law Enforcement Takes New Approach at Parley’s Park

A long-term controversy is getting rigorous law enforcement attention beginning tomorrow. Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder says there’s a lot of