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This is the fifth in an eight-part series about Bryant Jacobs, who chose to amputate his leg nine years after he was wounded in Iraq. …

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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Les Patterson, left, toasts Bryant Jacobs after getting a beer from the cooler Jacobs is resting his legs on during an all-day horseshoe tournament at Scott Generazo's home in Herriman, Saturday, March 1, 2014. The Last Leg: As amputation approaches, veteran’s resolve strengthens
    This is the fourth in an eight-part series about Bryant Jacobs, who chose to amputate his leg nine years after he was wounded in Iraq....
    Updated Dec 17 2014 06:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Bryant and Michele Jacobs and friends attend Armed Forces Day at the Gallivan Center where Bryant gave the keynote address, Saturday, May 17, 2014. The Last Leg: Grateful for life, veteran struggles with its new limits
    This is the third in an eight-part series about Bryant Jacobs, who chose to amputate his leg nine years after he was wounded in Iraq....
    Updated Dec 16 2014 02:16 pm   |     |   Share
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A roadside bomb much like the one that injured Bryant Jacobs is detonated in Iraq during Bryant Jacobs' deployment with the 65th Engineer Battalion, in 2004. Jacobs was badly injured in an IED blast that took the life of Spc. David Mahlenbrock who was sitting next to Jacobs. The Last Leg: Bombing in Iraq forces wrenching choice back home
    This is the second in an eight-part series about Bryant Jacobs, who chose to amputate his leg nine years after he was wounded in Iraq....
    Updated Dec 16 2014 02:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lee Davidson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   

A tour of legislators and staff look at overview near new Seep Ridge Road in Uintah County. Officials hope road could be part of highway directly connecting western national parks. Environmentalists say the parks-highway plan is a ruse to benefit the oil and gas industry. Vision for ‘national parks highway’ has Grand County hole
    For fellow legislators touring the remote Book Cliffs, Sen. Kevin Van Tassell, R-Vernal, draws an imaginary map on his hand to outline a dream that he...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 11:20 am   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Two bullet holes pierce a PacifiCorp sign announcing that the former Wilberg and Cottonwood coal mines are located behind this entrance fence. Even though 30 years have passed since 27 miners died in a fire in Wilberg, many of the mine's surface facilities (in the background) remain. Remembering Wilberg, the lives lost, the humanity found
    Huntington • Nothing in his first eight years as Emery County sheriff prepared Lamar Guymon for Wilberg. He had dealt with murders and senseless viole...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 04:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
22 month old Hudson Hawkins beams up at his grandfather, Chief William Erickson as he returned from a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan. Members of the Guard’s 65th Field Artillery Brigade were greeted by their loved ones at Salt Lake City International Airport, Saturday, May 31, 2014. Utah poised to complete 2014 with no soldiers killed
    Soldiers, sailors and airmen from Utah are still being deployed overseas. And that still leads to hugs and joyful tears during homecomings at airports...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 05:45 am   |     |   Share
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Bryant Jacobs in Iraq with the 65th Engineer Battalion, in 2004 near Kirkuk. The Last Leg: Wanting more, a soldier chooses a risky path
    This is the first in an eight-part series about Bryant Jacobs, who chose to amputate his leg nine years after he was wounded in Iraq....
    Updated Dec 16 2014 02:16 pm   |     |   Share
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ó Brett Prettyman Recreation: Holiday outdoors gift guide
    Searching for ideas for the outdoorsy folks on your Christmas list? Here’s a list of suggestions from Salt Lake Tribune staffers who contribute to the...
    Updated Dec 11 2014 01:00 pm   |     |   Share
Harvey Langi (No. 21, center) leads Bingham High School's football team in a pre-game haka dance, in a moment from the documentary Utah stories make a splash at Sundance Film Festival
    Some years, the only time movie watchers at the Sundance Film Festival see anything of life in Utah is when they go outside. Not this year. Three of t...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 11:43 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

The new Jesse Eccles Quinney Dance Centre, located next to the Capitol Theatre, offers a dramatic light show thanks to a metalic scrim on top of LED lighting.
Ballet West opens new world-class facility
    A cross-hatched metallic scrim decorating the boxy Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre offers a new downtown light show on busy 200 South. The contemp...
    Updated Dec 09 2014 02:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Mia Love greets supporters after defeating opponent Doug Owens in the race for Utah's 4th Congressional District, Tuesday November 4, 2014. A GOP star emerges to run for Utah’s new seat in Congress
    Editor’s note • This is the fifth in a series of excerpts from “Mia Love: The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star” by Tribune reporters ...
    Updated Dec 10 2014 05:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Haze lingers in the Salt Lake Valley, Monday, December 1, 2014. Much of Utah likely to violate proposed lower ozone standards
    Much of the Intermountain West is likely to blow past lower, more stringent limits on ground-level ozone proposed by the Obama Administration. The U.S...
    Updated Dec 07 2014 09:26 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Nov. 7, 2014 photo, a man holds Peruvian quinoa, part of 23 metric tons to be burned in Guaqui, Bolivia. International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that’s fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean “superfood.” As Peru boosts production of cheaper factory-farmed quinoa, the grain is increasingly being smuggled into landlocked Bolivia to be mixed with, and sometimes sold as, organic quinoa _ Bolivia’s specialty, growers and government officials say. (AP Photo/Juan Karita) Quinoa could feed the world, BYU researchers say — but will its spread hurt Andean countries?
    Provo • Behind an apartment complex across the street from Brigham Young University, there’s a small field that, come mid-July, explodes with green, r...
    Updated Dec 07 2014 09:31 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Phil Taylor, nurse practitioner for the Fourth Street Clinic checks a lump under the scalp of a homeless man on State Street in Salt Lake City Wednesday December 4.  The man claims it was from a spider bite.  Taylor operates the clinic's mobile medical van but much of his work is talking to homeless, earning their trust and explaining the medical services provided by the clinic.  He didn't have the correct antibiotic available in the van but he talked the man into coming to the Fourth Street Clinic the next day for the correct antibiotic. Nurse practitioner, assistant go where Utah’s homeless are: on the street, in dive motels
    Alex rests on her side, holding a cigarette in one hand and wincing as Leticia Vasquez and Phil Taylor examine the large abscess on her butt. She lies...
    Updated Dec 08 2014 09:38 am   |     |   Share
  • Melissa Rauch ( Sundance will be a ‘wild ride,’ film festival director says
    If there’s one thing John Cooper can promise about the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, it’s that the movies won’t be boring. “It’s going to be a wild rid...
    Updated Dec 18 2014 12:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Ray and Joan Cummings look from the balcony of their cabin on the mountainside overlooking Jordanelle Reservoir near. Much of the Cummings family's sprawling property has been lost in a dispute with the Jordanelle Special Service District. The family is among other landowners who blame the district for massive debt, high fees and foreclosures amid allegations of mismanagement and, possibly, corruption. On shores of idyllic Utah reservoir, a land war is being waged
    Heber City • For four generations, David Cummings' family has grazed sheep on the hillsides above Heber City, at one time owning vast sections of the ...
    Updated Dec 17 2014 06:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Doug Fay of Kearns stokes his homemade steel plate wood stove a friend built in 1977.  He has used it as his only heat source, but this year Breathe Utah covered the cost of replacing his broken gas furnace. Wood smoke plays a surprisingly large impact on the Wasatch Front's wintertime air quality so the state is encouraging residents to convert wood-burning devices to natural gas. Utah wood burn rules set to change, but it’s business as usual for restaurants
    Utah is sitting on $500,000 in grants to install free furnaces. But nearly six months after the Legislature made the money available, not a single hom...
    Updated Dec 01 2014 11:37 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Shalae Larsen and Mark Morris, of Work Hive co-working studio, in one of the company's office spaces  in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Business incubators are hatching high-tech outlets, transforming downtown Salt Lake City
    Toiling happily at several screens full of computer code, software engineer and business creator Wesley Smith is part of an emerging trend in downtown...
    Updated Dec 01 2014 11:30 am   |     |   Share
  • (Photo by Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)  
Mia Love speaks to her family and friends at the Avondale Academy on Nov. 3, 2009, during her campaign for Saratoga Springs Mayor. Mia Love discovers love and politics in Utah
    Editor’s note • This is the fourth in a series of occasional excerpts from “Mia Love: The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star” by Tribun...
    Updated Dec 01 2014 08:51 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Temple Square with Tabernacle,  Salt Lake Temple, LDS Conference Center, Jospeh Smith Buidling and LDS Church Office Building seen from high angle above South Temple and West Temple on March 22, 2011 Mormon populace picks up the pace in Utah
    Salt Lake County’s population became more Mormon in 2013, reversing a slow and steady decline observed since at least the mid-1990s. The state’s bigg...
    Updated Dec 02 2014 12:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Photo illustration by Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)  We’re over the rainbow for Jell-O haiku
    As Utah’s official state snack, Jell-O has become a Thanksgiving tradition — getting a revered spot on the holiday table right next to turkey and mash...
    Updated Nov 28 2014 09:45 am   |     |   Share
  • Rick Pollock  |  Courtesy 

The cast, playwright and director of Utah holiday arts preview: Stage shows for every holiday taste
    Utah’s theater world happily keeps giving every year, and we love knowing our local Scroogeapalooza is thriving with productions of holiday classics a...
    Updated Dec 08 2014 05:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • Police in riot gear move down the street past a burning police car, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Ferguson grand jury: no criminal charges filed against police officer in teen’s killing
    Ferguson, Mo. • A grand jury has decided not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shootin...
    Updated Nov 25 2014 08:06 am   |     |   Share
  • Mia Love took college prep classes at Norwalk High School and eventually attended the University of Hartford, a 90 minute drive from her hometown. Courtesy image. Mia Love: Searching for stardom; a Mormon conversion
    Editor’s note » This is the third in a series of occasional excerpts from “Mia Love: The Rise, Stumble and Resurgence of the Next GOP Star” by Tribune...
    Updated Nov 23 2014 11:31 am   |     |   Share
  • 1. Officer Bron Cruz' body camera shows him beginning to raise his gun toward Dillon Taylor as Taylor walks away. 
2. Taylor continues to face away from Cruz. Cruz can be heard ordering Taylor, Killings by Utah police outpacing gang, drug, child-abuse homicides
    In the past five years, more Utahns have been killed by police than by gang members. Or drug dealers. Or from child abuse. And so far this year, dead...
    Updated Nov 24 2014 09:30 am   |     |   Share
  • Murder victim Ethan Stacy, courtesy of the Facebook group 7 years after Shelby’s Law passes, no Utah death penalty trials for child-abuse deaths
    Farmington • Seven years ago, Utah lawmakers passed a law allowing prosecutors to seek the death penalty if a child dies during an act of abuse, sexua...
    Updated Nov 24 2014 06:13 pm   |     |   Share