Behind the Headlines

Oath Keepers, COVID surge, medical cannabis and port bonds

(Ranger Peterson) Friends and family pay tribute to Aaron Navarro at a fundraiser softball tournament on Sept. 10, 2021, less than a week after Navarro died from COVID-19 in St. George. Navarro and Nathan Spendlove, left, have long been instrumental in addiction recovery support groups and sports leagues in southwest Utah. Navarro’s daughters, Dallas and Saleena Navarro, center and right, wear their father’s jersey in his honor. The dates on the shirts signify a sobriety “birthday,” or the date when recovery began.


Medical cannabis pharmacies in Utah sell products containing Delta-8 THC — despite federal warnings of serious health risks. The Utah Inland Port Authority creates a new entity to issue bonds — over objections from two of its own board members. Southwest Utah sees a surge in COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations as vaccination rates remain low. And the names of hundreds of Utahns, including some police officers and public officials, are disclosed in a leak of apparent membership rolls of the anti-government Oath Keepers militia.

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