Monthly Archive:: January 2011

Chaffetz Against Gun Ban Near Federal Officials

Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz is against a proposal to make it illegal to carry a gun within 1,000 feet of a federal

Lawmaker Says Bill Would Stop Taxation Without Representation

A mistake in legislative boundaries could lead to a tax break for some Utah County residents. State Representative John Dougall’s district includes

Rare Book Seller Fears Onerous Regulations

A local rare book seller says he has been “put on notice” that state lawmakers intend to drastically increase the regulations that

Herbert to Meet with BLM Leader

After venting his frustration over a new federal wilderness policy, Governor Gary Herbert will hold a public meeting with Bureau of Land

Special Session Gets Little Support from Either Party

With less than two weeks until the legislative session starts, the future of House District 57 in Utah County remains uncertain. Republican

African American Theatre Company Makes Debut with “The Meeting”

Civil rights advocates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X only met once during their lives, and even then, barely had

Ashbrook Calls Out Intolerant, Violent Rhetoric

We are at the river’s edge. That’s what Tom Ashbrook, the host of NPR’s On Point, writes following the Arizona tragedy

Babka’s Attorney Says Client Did Not Commit Felony

Salt Lake County prosecutors have charged Cottonwood Heights police officer Beau Babka, a former candidate for sheriff, with two third-degree felony counts

Employee Shakeup Making Waves in Library System

New management changes go into effect this week at the Salt Lake City Public Library system but not everyone is seeing eye-to-eye

“Pride Empathy Line” to Help Utahns Questioning Sexuality

A new, 24-hour hotline is being created to help Utahns who are questioning their sexuality. Melanie Squire, who’s putting the Pride Empathy

Rep. Finds He Doesn’t Live in Own District, But That Could Change

A Republican state lawmaker has abruptly found himself out of a job, after learning he doesn’t actually live in the legislative district

Utah County Loses Lawmaker For Not Living In District

Some voters who live in Utah County now have no lawmaker representing them in the State House of Representatives.

After Arizona Tragedy, Bennett Recalls Direct Threat from Talk Show Host

Former Utah Senator Bob Bennett says everyone should remember that the alleged shooter of an Arizona congresswoman is probably deranged, and shouldn’t

Utah Senator Proposes School Grading System

A state lawmaker is calling for greater accountability in public schools. Republican Senator Wayne Niederhauser is proposing a bill that would

Bishop Wary of Defense Cuts

Utah Congressman Rob Bishop says the Pentagon should reconsider slashing the defense budget. Speaking on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, the Republican said he

Matheson: Giffords is Bright, Articulate, & Passionate

Utah Congressman Jim Matheson called Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords a good friend of his, following a shooting Saturday that left her in

Bill Frees Up Liquor Licenses to Stimulate the Economy

A Republican state lawmaker will, once again, try to convince the legislature to increase the availability of liquor licenses to restaurants in

Politics Up Close: Wilderness Debate

A new federal wilderness policy has stirred passionate debate in Utah. We heard opposing arguments from Peter Metcalf from Black Diamond

Politics Up Close: Expectations for New Congress

We spoke with Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz about his expectations for the new GOP-controlled House.

Politics Up Close: Constitutional Convention?

State Representative David Clark is calling for a constitutional convention, which hasn’t happened since the very first one in 1787. We asked

Ground Broken on New Cyber Security Center

A massive federal project is coming to the Wasatch Front bringing with it many jobs. Construction is underway on a one-of -a

Chamber of Commerce Business Leaders Deliver Plan to Create Jobs

Utah business leaders say the economy is recovering, but more than 100,000 Utahns who are still out of work might not buy

Bell and Becker Team Up to Promote Civility

Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker are calling on Utah’s political officials and citizens to practice civility.

Chaffetz Looks to Fire Warning Shot On Pension Fund Bailout

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz introduced a House Resolution today opposing a federal bailout for state pension funds. Chaffetz says among all

HHS Warns of Consequences for Utahns if Health Reform Repealed

While Republicans in the House of Representatives announce their plans to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Obama Administration

Utah Food Bank Discusses Impact of $1 Million Donation

How far will a million dollars go to help hungry families? The Utah Food Bank and other charitable organizations in Salt Lake

Domestic Violence Deaths Decline, but More Brutal

An annual report shows domestic violence deaths in Utah are down, but the deaths that did occur may be more violent than

Salt Lake City Police Department Awarded $2 Million in Grants

The Salt Lake City Police Department received more than $2 million in federal grants to work on projects that are high on

Poor Air Quality to Last Until Weekend

The first winter inversion of the new year has settled in along the Wasatch Front, bringing with it red air quality conditions

Man Braves Surgery with the Help of Hypnosis

A Salt Lake City hypnotherapist celebrated World Hypnotism Day by sitting through a two-hour operation on his leg Tuesday morning with just