Monthly Archive:: March 2011

Huntsman’s Star Rises, Hatch Gets Mad

With former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman’s brother Peter Huntsman confirming the current Ambassador to China is indeed interested in running for president,

Lawmakers Repeal HB 477, Forward to Guv for Signature

After some back and forth between the two legislative bodies this afternoon, the Utah House and Senate have officially repealed House Bill

Politics Up Close: Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon

The spotlight has been on government transparency and open records this whole month after the legislature rapidly passed HB 477. Now, some

Politics Up Close: UEG Sues Lt. Governor

Ethics in the Utah Legislature became a major point of public conversation in 2008. Now, three years later, backer of an ethics

DABC Asks Guv to Veto Liquor Law Reforms

The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission is calling on the governor to veto the liquor law reform package that was

Chaffetz Becomes Loud Voice Against Libya Intervention

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s Facebook page has become a flurry of conversation about the Republican’s opposition to the U.S. intervention in Libya.

Herbert Explains Cuch Firing, Cuch Denies Guv’s Claim

Governor Gary Herbert opened up today about why he fired Division of Indian Affairs Director Forrest Cuch. Herbert said his service had

Herbert Confident HB 477 Will Be Repealed Friday

Despite some Republican opposition in the Senate, Utah Governor Gary Herbert is confident lawmakers will vote to repeal HB 477 when they

Watchdog Group Calls for Improved Oversight of Dugway Proving Ground

A local watchdog group is calling for both state and federal investigations of an incident at Dugway Proving Ground. In late January

Hatch, AG Blast Health Care Reform Law; Deli Owner Defends It

Senator Orrin Hatch and Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff claim to have business on their side when it comes to the federal

SL County Changes Breeding Ordinance

After some dog breeders vented their frustration with a new Salt Lake County ordinance aimed at irresponsible breeding, the county council voted

HB 477 Working Group Meets for the First Time

Lawmakers, community leaders and media representatives from across the state met for the first time Wednesday to discuss HB 477, the controversial

Fuel, Health Care Costs Going up for Salt Lake City

A preview of Salt Lake City's 2012 budget shows a slight increase in revenue, but the bright spots are being overshadowed by

Salt Lake City Envisions “Complete Streets”

Salt Lake City's “Complete Streets” efforts are coming into focus. The city council last night discussed some specific initiatives for making city

Not All Legislators Think Special Session is a Good Idea

With four days’ notice, the state legislature has been asked to reconvene at the state capitol this Friday for a special session

Group Sues Lt. Governor Over Ethics Initiative

Utahns for Ethical Government is suing the Lieutenant Governor for not releasing the signature count on an ethics initiative petition they submitted

Working Group Selected to Re-Visit Open Records

State lawmakers will be back to work this Friday. Last night, Governor Gary Herbert called the legislature into a special session to

Utah House Republicans Vote to Repeal HB 477

Less than two weeks after signing House Bill 477 into law, Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued a statement Monday calling for the

Salt Lake City to Consider Ban on E-Billboards

The Salt Lake City Planning Commission wants to ban electronic billboards in the city, as part of the city’s efforts to eventually

West Valley Transparency Standard Sharply Differs from HB 477

While a heated debate over access to public records rages on in the state legislature, Utah’s second-largest city wants you to know

Governor Herbert’s Energy Plan Raises Concern For Some

Governor Gary Herbert is trying to stay one step ahead of rising energy costs. Last week, he unveiled a 10-year energy plan

Wimmer: Repeal HB477 During Special Session

Republican Representative Carl Wimmer says lawmakers should repeal HB 477 when they meet for a special session this summer, instead of using

Union Carpenters Form Picket Line at City Creek

Construction ceased today on parts of the City Creek development in Downtown Salt Lake City as workers formed a picket line on

Politics Up Close: HB 477 and Open Records

The debate over HB 477 isn’t over, in fact, it has hardly begun. The controversial new law bars access to all text

Discontent Rampant Among SLC Library Employees, Board Told

A routine monthly board meeting turned into a spectacle yesterday afternoon at the Salt Lake City Main Library. The focus of the

Planning Division Pitches Parking Cap to Encourage Alternative Transportation

The Salt Lake City Planning Division is proposing to cap the number of parking spots at future developments as part of an

Chaffetz Leads TSA Grilling in Subcommittee

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz got the chance to put the Transportation Security Administration on the hot seat for its much-criticized full body

Hatch’s Campaign Manager Discusses Strategy, Criticism

The 2012 election is obviously more than a year away, but Dave Hansen isn’t taking anything for granted. The former chairman of

Grants & Loans Expand Use of Natural Gas

A number of businesses, Salt Lake City and the University of Utah have been awarded about $500,000 in grants and loans from

Jonathan Hoekstra Speaks About “Energy By Design”

Nature Conservancy Senior Scientist Jonathan Hoekstra, lead author of The Atlas of Global Conservation, took part in the 2011 Nature of Things