Monthly Archive:: June 2011

Politics Up Close: State GOP Chairman Thomas Wright

Many in the Utah Republican Party are unhappy with the state’s current leadership, with several GOP delegates letting Governor Gary Herbert know

Politics Up Close: City Council Candidate Charlie Luke

Charlie Luke has many years of experience managing campaigns for political candidates. Now, he’s a candidate himself, challenging J.T. Martin for his

Missing Police Firearm Is Returned

A Salt Lake City Police officer’s missing gun has been found. After a training exercise yesterday, an officer left the gun on

ITT to Expand Operations in Salt Lake County, Create Jobs

Manufacturing giant ITT will expand its operations in Utah, creating thousands of jobs in the state over the next 15 years. As

Dysfunction in Utah’s Delegation

When you think of a dysfunctional family, the Bundys from the television show "Married with Children" might be the first thing that

Do It Yourself Redistricting Software Released

The new mapping software for Utahns to draw and submit their own political boundaries during the redistricting process is now available to

Salt Lake City Looks to Increase Parking Tickets

If you’ve been getting fewer parking tickets lately, chances are you aren’t alone. During a recent audit, Salt Lake City leaders learned

265-Acre Preserve Dedicated in Salt Lake County

Salt Lake County residents now have a lot more open land to call their own. At a dedication ceremony on Wednesday the

Outdoor Retailer Sponsor Feels Slighted by State Leadership

The Outdoor Industry Association isn’t happy about Governor Gary Herbert’s pushback on wild lands preservation. The association sponsors the Outdoor Retailer Market,

National Governors Conference to be Held in Salt Lake City

Governor Gary Herbert will host the 2011 National Governors Association Annual Conference in Salt Lake City next month. He says the

New Book from U. Professor Takes on Evolution Skepticism

A new book by a University of Utah anthropologist lays out the scientific evidence for evolution that wasn’t known when Charles Darwin

White House Official Engages with Utah’s Minority Communities

Utah’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Human Rights Commission welcomed an Obama Administration official tasked with reaching out to minority-owned businesses to Salt

County Could Put Parks Bond on 2011 Ballot

Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon wants voters to decide on a bonding measure for the upkeep and creation of parks in

Summer Jobs Hard to Find for High School Students

School is out for the summer, which means the hunt has begun for summer jobs. With unemployment rates up during the economic

New State Office Takes a Broad Look at Health Disparities

The Utah Department of Health is putting a spotlight on health disparities in geography and income, in addition to its current focus

Public Hookah Smoking Could Come to an End in Utah

Utah’s tobacco laws could be getting stricter. The Utah Department of Health is changing the Indoor Clean Air Act to clarify which

“The List” Suspects Sentenced

Two former Department of Workforce Services employees who took part in circulating the names and information of people living in the state

Mayor Hopes to Find Support for Parks, Trails Bond

Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon is hoping you’ll support a new bond measure for the county’s parks and trails this fall,

Estimated 30,000 Attend Salt Lake City’s Pride Festival

LGBT Utahns celebrated their diversity at the Utah Pride Festival over the weekend, which was hailed as the largest in the state’s

D.A. Agrees War on Drugs is Costly, Hasn’t Worked

Salt Lake County’s District Attorney isn’t surprised by a new report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy that says the War

Deseret News Changes Contribution Policy

The Deseret News has announced that elected officials and political candidates will no longer be permitted to contribute news stories to Deseret

Utah Pride Festival to be the Largest in State History

This weekend’s Utah Pride Festival will be the largest in state history. Festival organizers say for the first time, the festival

Criminal Record Expunged? Think Again

Some Utahns who have committed crimes are finding their past is coming back to haunt them – even though their records were

Politics Up Close: Future of Air Quality in Utah

With summer finally arriving, ozone will contribute to Utah’s air quality problems. But there are also ongoing concerns about fine particle pollution,

Politics Up Close: Dem. Party Chair Candidate Robert Comstock

With chairman Wayne Holland stepping down, a middle school teacher is one of two candidates vying to be the next head of

Salt Lake City Mission About to Be Homeless Itself

One of Salt Lake City’s largest providers of housing outreach for the homeless is on the verge of being homeless itself. The

Chaffetz Staying Mum on 2012 Plans

The potential Election 2012 battle between Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz has just been taken to the next

Local Government Clearing Waterways of Flood-Causing Debris

Salt Lake County is trying to keep waterways clear of potential flood-causing debris as temperatures rise and snowpack melts. Many areas of

Construction Underway on Public Safety Building

Construction begun on the new public safety building in downtown Salt Lake City on Wednesday morning. Fire Chief Kurt Cook says he’s

Scrapping of Wild Lands Initiative Both Celebrated and Lamented

Governor Gary Herbert’s Senior Adviser on Environmental Affairs says the Interior Department's decision to drop an initiative to designate “wild lands” is