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Last Updated Apr 27, 2015 11:22AM

A once-notorious Salt Lake City back street appears destined for some artistic respectability. Right next to construction of the new performing-arts center on Main Street, the city is launching a $12.8 million face-lift for Regent Street, Orpheum Avenue and a …

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  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Crews move coal at the Levan transfer facility along Interstate 15 south of Nephi where a steady flow of trucks unload it before it is transferred to train cars. Utah's Community Impact Board has awarded a $53 million loan to four coal-producing counties to invest in a deep-water port in Oakland, Calif. hoping to connect central Utah commodities with export markets. Bowie Resource Partners already exports about 1 to 3 million tons of coal from its Utah mines. Utah coal: California, here it comes — and not everyone is happy
    Utah wants to get into the coal-exporting business. To do that, the state intends to invest $53 million in a new deep-water port in Oakland, Calif., i...
    Updated Apr 26 2015 09:25 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Moudi Sbeity, Derek Kitchen, Kate Call, (Karen Archer did not attend), Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, (left to right)  who were plaintiffs in the original suit versus Utah, attend a press conference with their attorney Peggy Tomsic to comment on the 10th circuit court's ruling on their lawsuit in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Q&A: Could high court legalize gay marriage nationally? Could it end the practice in Utah?
    When the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a landmark case that many expect will legalize same-sex marriage for the nation, Utah attorney ...
    Updated Apr 26 2015 06:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2013, file photo, Mormon missionaries walk through the halls at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. A record number of young Mormons signed up for missions after church leaders lowered the minimum age in 2012, but new figures show the onslaught of proselytizing Latter-day Saints didn't lead to an equally dramatic spike in converts. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) What challenges will the Mormon church face in its 3rd century?
    As Mormonism enters its third century, it faces a Goldilocks dilemma: Too much tension with the surrounding culture invites scorn; too little threaten...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 10:47 am   |     |   Share
  • Where is it?  Utah State Road 261 heading north across Cedar Mesa towards the Utah’s Indian tribes restaking a claim to their homeland with proposed Bears Ears conservation area
    Bluff • Even some Native Americans don’t know about the archaeological riches their ancestors left in Cedar Mesa. A week ago, on a tour of the area, a...
    Updated Apr 20 2015 12:39 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Jacqueline Medina takes a practice exam to prepare for the SAGE test with her third-grade class at Elk Run Elementary school, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. School districts say number of Utah students opting out of SAGE test holding steady
    The debut of Utah’s Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) testing system last year produced a bump in the number of public school student...
    Updated Apr 23 2015 08:56 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
First Counselor Ben Edwards, right, speaks in March prior to services at the Salt Lake Valley 1st Ward. The ward caters to hearing-impaired and visually impaired Mormons and conducts services in American Sign Language. Close-knit Mormon ward members worship in their language: ASL
    The sheer beauty of Sunday worship at the Salt Lake Valley LDS First Ward reflects an elemental fact: Church members hear the gospel with their eyes....
    Updated Apr 18 2015 09:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Barbara Jones Brown, Debra Jenson, Mica McGriggs, and Andrea Radke-Moss, at the Trib Talk live event, What Mormon Women Want, at the Salt Lake City Main Library, Wednesday April 15, 2015. Full video: What do Mormon women want? Views vary.
    Priesthood ordination, patriarchy and benevolent sexism were discussed by a panel of Mormon women Wednesday at a town hall hosted by The Salt Lake Tri...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 10:14 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Teens from the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning accompany teacher Markell McCubbin of the adolescent program on a shopping trip to Ream's Food Store in Salt Lake City Tuesday April 14, 2015. She helps Carson find items on the shopping list of school needs, while Same waits. The students buy, sort and distribute food items with the help of teachers. It's part of a curriculum designed to prepare the students for adulthood. Utah school helps teenagers with autism gain independence
    It’s Tuesday, and that means teens from the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning are shopping at Reams Food Store on State Street. The three cr...
    Updated Apr 20 2015 08:45 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune)  

A wildfire burns out of control near Camp Williams and Eagle Mountain, Utah Monday August 6, 2012. Utah official: ‘We’re expecting a bad fire season’
    After a warm, dry winter and a mostly mild spring thus far, an active summer for Utah firefighters seems hard to avoid at this point. “There aren’t a ...
    Updated Apr 19 2015 09:02 am   |     |   Share
  • (Tribune file photo)  
Former Utah Gov. Norm Bangerter Former Utah Gov. Norm Bangerter, who was in politics ‘for the right reasons,’ dies after stroke
    Norm Bangerter, who served two terms as Utah’s 13th governor and guided the state through floods and a sinking economy while buoying up public schools...
    Updated Apr 18 2015 03:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • 9 women you didn’t know changed Utah history
    Tuesday marks 2015’s Equal Pay Day — the day of the year that symbolizes how far into the year women have to work to make the equivalent of wages made...
    Updated Apr 14 2015 02:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City

Guadalupe Cafe Whatever happened to...La Morena Cafe (aka Guadalupe Center Cafe)
    Editor's note • In this regular series, The Salt Lake Tribune explores the once-favorite places of Utahns, from restaurants to recreation to retail. I...
    Updated Apr 14 2015 09:05 am   |     |   Share
  • U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, speaks during the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Mike Lee could be a lock for re-election to Senate
    On paper, Sen. Mike Lee sure appears vulnerable. His unfavorable rating among Utahns is above 50 percent. Many establishment Republicans consider him ...
    Updated Apr 12 2015 09:24 am   |     |   Share
  • Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow arrives at court for his initial court appearance on bribery charges, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Swallow and former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff made their first appearance as criminal defendants Wednesday, vowing to beat bribery charges and other counts. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Swallow likely to get his state pension whatever happens in criminal case
    It appears former Attorney General John Swallow will get to collect his state pension when he reaches retirement age — whether or not he is convicted ...
    Updated Apr 15 2015 11:46 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
David Squires, general manager of Clive Operations for EnergySolutions, stands next to an area ready to accept large quantities of depleted uranium.   The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is finalizing its regulation for how this waste will be processed. Utah stepping closer to taking 250,000 tons of radioactive waste — forever
    Clive • The barrels look harmless enough. Tucked away in a sterile metal shed in the middle of Utah’s West Desert, the 55-gallon plastic drums show n...
    Updated Apr 12 2015 01:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Tribune file photo)  
In this 2008 photo, Ron Harris, former manager of Salt Lake City Metro Wine Store on 255 S. 300 East, shares a laugh with a customer. No Utah employment violations cited, but DABC employees say problems remain
    Placing Ron Harris — the retiring manager of Salt Lake City’s Metro Wine Store — on paid administrative leave may have been a harsh move by the Utah D...
    Updated Apr 12 2015 09:26 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
l-r Navy veteran Lance Farmer discusses his health with doctors Venessa Lee and Michael Battistone in the Blue Clinic. In order to better serve and meet the needs of veterans, The George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake has plans to expand its Veteran care in Utah slower than national average, but changes on way
    Andrew Wilson is a veteran of the Vietnam War and a diabetic. On March 13, he received a notice that it was time for an annual exam to determine how ...
    Updated Apr 09 2015 09:11 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Neal Briggs, a 5th generation farmer in Syracuse, pulls up dry dirt where oat waits for rain in order to take hold and allow alfalfa to grow in with it. With 300 acres of primarily alfalfa to grow and some wheat, the low snowpack winter and lack of rain signals a tough season ahead. Drought leaves Utah’s farmers wondering what they can grow this summer
    Neal Briggs hasn’t seen a drier spring. The Syracuse alfalfa and wheat farmer has cause for his concern. As water shortages around the state grow with...
    Updated Apr 11 2015 05:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
President Barack Obama participates in a roundtable discussion on renewable energy deployment, at Hill Air Force Base on Friday. After NOT seeing Obama, Utahns may wonder: Is there a secret to scoring a glimpse of the president? Yes — and no
    Barack Obama swung into the Beehive State for some 15 hours last week as part of a push for more clean-energy jobs, but only small numbers of Utahns a...
    Updated Apr 09 2015 07:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)  
Salt Lake City residents will once again have the ability to puchase a deeply discounted all-transit pass. There are some changes to the new program, including elimination of commuter-rail access and a monthly pass option. Top UTA execs took big pay cuts in 2014
    After criticism for high pay and bonuses, top Utah Transit Authority executives took big pay cuts last year. That public-relations step comes as UTA i...
    Updated Apr 06 2015 11:21 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Robert Breaslin walks between rows of television and computer monitors that Stone Castle Recycling left on the lot he owns in Clearfield. Friday, March 20, 2015. Utah TV dumps turning into an e-waste nightmare, liability for taxpayers
    Clearfield • In September 2013, Anthony Stoddard presented the owners of an underused lot an easy way to make $1,400 a month. Within weeks, Robert Be...
    Updated Apr 14 2015 03:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Grayson Moore, who is transgender, in his Syracuse, Utah home. Transgender Mormons struggle to feel at home in their bodies and their religion
    Sixteen-year-old Grayson Moore had no label, only metaphors, to describe the disconnect he felt between his body and soul. It was like car sickness, h...
    Updated Mar 31 2015 09:43 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Bison graze in the Malad River Valley just North of the Nucor Steel plant. One possible reservoir site to provide water to the long-planned and highly criticized Bear River Project is the Malad River Valley, just south of the Idaho border that is a tributary to the Bear River. Former federal water manager proposes tearing down Glen Canyon Dam
    Former U.S. Bureau of Reclamation commissioner Daniel Beard says Congress has a soft spot for water projects. For proof, the author looks no farther t...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 04:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Conner Nelson (left) and Lucas Bolster, of Sunrise Elementary, launch a marshmallow with a catapult they made at the engineering fair at the University of Utah Student Union ballroom, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Too early yet to tell if Utah’s STEM campaign and cash are working
    This spring, Annie Marsden will graduate from the University of Chicago after completing a dual major in math and chemistry. She will then skip acros...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 04:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Valley University head basketball coach Dick Hunsaker in the Wolverines locker room, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Hunsaker will be stepping down at the end of the season. Utah Valley basketball: After 13 years of tough love, Dick Hunsaker, UVU part ways
    Orem • If he cursed even once, or if he raised his voice other than to be heard above the din at the UCCU Center, it happened while his team huddled o...
    Updated Mar 29 2015 08:21 am   |     |   Share
  • (Northbound 1-15 traffic is backed up for miles July 8, 2007, near Beaver, Utah, due to the Milford Flat wildfire.   Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune)    Travelers stopped in Utah for gas, were scared into buying tires, state found
    The Division of Consumer Protection last month fined a company owning rural Utah gas stations and repair shops $10,000 for what documents describe as ...
    Updated Mar 29 2015 01:54 pm   |     |   Share