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Many believed Dixie State finally had earned a place on the national stage when it became a university two years ago. But that bigger role has come at a price, drawing scrutiny to Confederate connotations of its name — a …

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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Water management intern Joseph Hawkins checks and adjusts sprinkler heads at Albion Middle School in 
Sandy Tuesday July 21.  The internships are payed through the Central Utah Water Conservency District to help make watering grounds at 15 schools in the Canyons School District more efficient and the grass healthier. Salt Lake County schools trying to cut water use, bills
    Sandy • Alta High School senior Joseph Hawkins stood with a clipboard in hand at Albion Middle School. From his vantage point on the soccer field Tue...
    Updated Jul 27 2015 10:19 am   |     |   Share
  • Back to school to-do list: meningitis shot
    Utah parents can add one more item to their children’s back-to-school checklists. Following a health department policy change in December, seventh-gra...
    Updated Jul 27 2015 10:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy of Madeleine Choir School
Parents and managers of The Madeleine Choir School broke ground Thursday for a $5 million renovation. The project is part of a long-term initiative to double the school's enrollment. Plans include seismic and electrical updates, more classrooms and rehearsal space. Madeleine Choir School breaks ground on $5M renovation
    Construction kicked off at The Madeleine Choir School on Thursday after parents and school leaders broke ground for a $5 million renovation. Plans for...
    Updated Jul 24 2015 10:27 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah gets its fourth exemption from No Child Left Behind
    As federal lawmakers work to replace the No Child Left Behind Act, Utah has again gotten a waiver from the controversial education law. The state Off...
    Updated Jul 23 2015 08:52 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Alex Hyer, left, helps University of Utah Assistant Biology professor Bill Brazelton collect microbes for DNA identity sequencing from Red Butte Creek in Miller Park to understand the watershed like never before. Researchers gathered to begin studying the creek and its surrounding watershed in a collaborative, four-day venture. The study of 40 sites along the river began at 1100 East and will end at the source at the top of Red Butte Canyon. Examination of Salt Lake City’s Red Butte Creek is part of $20 million water project
    Salt Lake City’s Red Butte Creek this week is swarming with researchers gathering hundreds of water and soil samples, surveying plants and gauging str...
    Updated Jul 21 2015 08:04 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    
Math teacher Rebecca Wells, works with students Jace Barrett, Eryn Warburton and Yeva Karakashyan, from left, as the Bingham High students earn high school credits during the summer months to get a head-start on graduation requirements. School’s out for the summer? Not for thousands of ambitious or catching-up Utah students
    While his classmates were enjoying the summer sun, 10th-grader Jace Barrett was at Bingham High School, making his way through a worksheet on complex ...
    Updated Jul 19 2015 08:00 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)  

Marriage when older not wiser? Utah researcher sees divorce uptick in those who wed after age 32
    High school sweethearts, take note. To avoid divorce, it’s best to wait a few years before getting hitched. But holding out for too long isn’t a good...
    Updated Jul 17 2015 10:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Country musician Hank Williams, Jr., better known as Bocephus, entertains the crowd at Red Butte Gardens, July 14, 2015. After Hank Williams Jr. Confederate flag fallout, Red Butte wants to be able to say no to ‘divisive’ performers, merch
    It’s a fine line between sensitivity and censorship. Red Butte Garden hopes to find a reasonable balance. Controversial acts and merchandise may no ...
    Updated Jul 17 2015 10:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Senator Alvin Jackson, R-Highland applauds along with other members of the Senate after a singing group of Native American singers sang School-board proposal takes catch-all approach to the selection process
    Like hungry diners unable to make their selections, Utah’s lawmakers are taking a little from menu A, a little from menu B and a little from menu C. A...
    Updated Jul 15 2015 10:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Stan Lockhart was approved by a 19-0 Senate vote to fill a position on the state school board. Senate committee OKs Stan Lockhart for open school board seat
    Utah’s newest state school board member easily cleared his legislative hurdles on Wednesday, receiving a unanimous vote of the Senate along with sever...
    Updated Jul 15 2015 07:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah lawmaker: Solve charter funding issues by ending charter schools
    If charter school students were counted the same as district school students, charters would lose roughly $6 million in state per-pupil funding. And...
    Updated Jul 17 2015 04:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah plucks former anthropology professor for new higher ed post
    The agency overseeing Utah’s colleges has a new manager. Julie Hartley, who previously oversaw a number of Utah State University branches, joined the...
    Updated Jul 12 2015 10:24 am   |     |   Share
  • (4 column) School safety trends from 2003 to 2013
Fights, drugs and alcohol are becoming less common at Utah's public high school, according to a new report, but safety concerns like bullying and weapons remain an issue on campuses. Utah kids fighting less, smoking pot at school more
    The number of fistfights breaking out in Utah’s high school hallways seems to be declining. Students reported fewer physical altercations in 2013 than...
    Updated Jul 10 2015 02:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Brian Maffly | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Dixie State College Dixie professor, with eye on Carolinas, asks Utah to reconsider university’s name
    If South Carolina can distance itself from the Confederacy, a Dixie State University professor says, Utah should reconsider its connection to the slav...
    Updated Jul 28 2015 11:14 am   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

State Treasurer Richard Ellis watches as Gov. Gary Herbert signs three bills involving the Utah Navajo community, as children from the Granite School District Title VII American Indian Education program wait to perform a song in the Gold Room at the Utah State Capitol, Monday, March 30, 2015. School trust fund managers seek legislative changes for flexibility, stability
    Administrators of a $2 billion public school trust fund want state and federal lawmakers to loosen the reins for distributing the cash. The board of ...
    Updated Jul 08 2015 09:30 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)  
Students file out of the J. Willard Marriott Library on the University of Utah campus in November 2013. Should Utah colleges give ‘trigger warnings’ before teaching sensitive content?
    Opting out has its place. But college might not be the right place to shy away from the uncomfortable. A new nationwide poll of university instructor...
    Updated Jul 07 2015 10:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • BOULDER, CO - MAY 22: Erik Fellenstein looks around as he waits to walk in with his fellow graduates before Arvada West High Schools graduation ceremony at the Coors Events Center on the Campus of the University of Colorado on May 22, 2013 in Boulder, Colorado. Arvada West High School celebrated it's 50th graduating class this year. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post) Utah Foundation report: Colorado’s early childhood education focus bumps student test scores ahead of Utah’s
    Utah could learn a lesson or two from Colorado’s public school system, according to a new report. Researchers with the Utah Foundation looked at perfo...
    Updated Jul 07 2015 02:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kaye Coleman, Utah champion for working women and host to Maya Angelou, dies
    Kaye Coleman, who co-founded the University of Utah’s Women’s Resource Center and brought Maya Angelou and Gloria Steinem to the campus in the era of ...
    Updated Jul 06 2015 09:04 am   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy of SUU
Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed Southern Utah University student Bailey Bowthorpe on June 30 to serve as the 2015-2016 student representative for the Utah State Board of Regents. SUU grad wants to help fellow Utah college students graduate faster
    A new appointee to the Utah Board of Regents has a little less experience than the rest of the group. Even so, board newcomer Bailey Bowthorpe has big...
    Updated Jul 03 2015 10:33 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Stan Lockhart smiles at a press conference where Governor Gary Herbert and Prosperity 2020 (business and education partners) announced a partnership to make Salt Lake a top ten location for technology jobs and businesses. The press conference was held at the World Trade Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, Thursday, September 6, 2012. Utah guv picks tech lobbyist Stan Lockhart, widower of Becky, to fill vacancy on state school board
    Stan Lockhart, a lobbyist for the Utah-based memory-chip manufacturer IM Flash, will fill the state School Board seat left vacant with the death of Ma...
    Updated Jul 02 2015 10:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Tchaikovsky and fireworks coming to Weber State July 12
    An annual outdoor concert and fireworks show is returning to Ogden next week. It’s the 37th year of the Lindquist Family Symphony Pops and Fireworks ...
    Updated Jul 03 2015 08:01 pm   |     |   Share