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Last Updated May 24, 2015 10:06AM

The Paiute Indians of Utah have always existed somewhere between silvery green and fiery orange, between the bright sagebrush plains and darkened conifer slopes of central Utah and the vibrant desolation of the redrock south. With the seasons, they shifted …

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  • (Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
An oil tanker uses US-40 near Daniel's Summit to travel from the oil fields in the Uinta Basin to the refineries in North Salt Lake on May 18, 2012.  More tankers are expected to be using US-40 in coming years, increasing wear and tear and creating some safety concerns. Uinta Basin’s waxy crude a boon and a boondoggle
    The Uinta Basin’s famous waxy crude set off an industry in northeastern Utah. Since crews first discovered oil in 1951 at the Altamont field, daily pr...
    Updated May 24 2015 01:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • Aza Ray Vidinhar, then 16, appears in juvenile court in June 2014, in connection with the stabbing deaths of his two younger brothers at their West Point home in 2013.
Vidinhar was ultimately sentenced in adult court to 15 years to life in prison. Less shackling, sentencing changes coming for Utah’s youth offenders
    The boy’s hands are cuffed together in front of him, attached to a heavy belly chain that rests on his hips. His feet are shackled, causing him to shu...
    Updated May 24 2015 01:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Jerry Gardner, also known as Lama Thupten Dorje Gyaltsen, during service at the Urgyen Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple, Sunday, April 25, 2015. A spiritual teacher’s long and winding road from Baptist to Buddhist, New York to Utah
    The first thing people want to know about the handsome black man, with the deep bass voice, shaved head and one shoulder poking out from saffron-and-m...
    Updated May 18 2015 08:31 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Reverse osmosis filter cartridges for Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District's Southwest Groundwater Treatment Plant. It's reaching its final phase to clean up a plume contaminated by historic mining activities at Bingham Canyon. The Southwest Groundwater Treatment Plant uses reverse osmosis to produce 4,500 acre feet of clean drinking water a year. Now the district is seeking final permission to pipe 1.5 million gallons of selenium-laced byproduct water in the Great Salt Lake. Not for the birds: Wastewater threatens Great Salt Lake
    For decades, Great Salt Lake shorebirds have been harbingers of the chemicals contaminating Utah’s inland sea. And soon, mallards — and more specifica...
    Updated May 17 2015 09:25 am   |     |   Share

  • FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2015 file photo, singer Taylor Swift attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza, in New York. Swift has owned the Billboard charts for the last year and she’s the top nominee at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) Summer music preview: Get out your calendar for these acts coming to Utah
    Get out your calendars: Here’s a quick look at some of the concerts and performances scheduled for Salt Lake City music venues and beyond this summer,...
    Updated May 18 2015 12:46 pm   |     |   Share
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Elizabeth Elena Laguna-Salgado Utah woman still missing 1 month after disappearance
    A month after Elizabeth Elena Laguna-Salgado disappeared while walking from school in downtown Provo to her apartment, her family is getting increasin...
    Updated May 19 2015 02:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
TRAX train zips past apartment construction along 400 South and 500 East on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Why Utah needs more apartments, smaller housing lots
    Without more favorable rules from Utah cities for higher-density housing such as apartments, town houses and single-family homes on smaller lots, futu...
    Updated May 14 2015 07:56 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Mike Brock, an assistant special agent in charge with IRS Criminal Investigation, talks about how Al Capone was put away because of tax evasion, at the IRS office, Friday, April 10, 2015. IRS Criminal Investigation: A unit that targets financial crimes in Utah
    The Internal Revenue Service’s intelligence unit honed its reputation by providing the evidence to convict Public Enemy No. 1 Al Capone of tax evasion...
    Updated May 12 2015 03:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Sisters l-r Katie Marler and Mindee Heaps capture a quick selfie on the skybridge of City Creek. Unveiled in 2012, City Creek combines more than 100 stores, offices and high-end residences into what developers and planners call City Creek Center: a mall built to last and to lead, but will it?
    Ten years ago, LDS Church leaders reportedly wanted the shopping center they were about to build in their own front yard to be both world class and en...
    Updated May 11 2015 03:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Gov. Gary Herbert gives L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles his ceremonial pen used to sign SB296 at the Utah State Capitol Thursday March 12, 2015. In Republican Utah, big laws taking effect Tuesday have liberal bent
    Something a bit strange is happening Tuesday in heavily Republican Utah. Major new laws take effect that may seem more likely in a liberal, blue state...
    Updated May 11 2015 03:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Greater sage grouse during mating season on a lek near Bear Lake March 25, 2015. Threat of listing the sage grouse as endangered may be enough to protect the bird
    Greater sage grouse feathers stick in the craws of Utah politicians. U. S. Rep. Rob Bishop is raising the specter that efforts to protect the lowly,...
    Updated May 11 2015 12:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)  
Homeless men and women congregate outside the Bishop Weigand Homeless Day Center Tuesday December 23, 2014. Wrangling continues over what to do with Utah’s other 14,000 homeless
    As news travels across the country that Utah has all but eliminated “chronic” homelessness, the scrum continues in Salt Lake City over what to do with...
    Updated May 11 2015 02:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
l-r True, 8, Savannah, 15, with Jude, 7, and Shelby, 17 holding Rowan, 6, were adopted by Chrissy Watson and her husband, who cared for them in foster care. Watson and her husband Eli (not shown), have fostered more than 100 children in 8 years and they emphasize the need for foster homes for teenagers and young people, who age out of foster care. A Utah mother takes on the hardest cases: teenage foster children
    Cynthia Nieves is far from home, living with her Army husband in Texas, caring for her toddler daughter and expecting a baby son to be born any day. S...
    Updated May 10 2015 09:35 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  Tribune file photo)                
The FrontRunner commuter train has the best on-time track record of all the modes of mass transit, according to the Utah Transit Authority -- approaching 95 percent. UTA pushes on-time rate for buses, trains to 92%, up from 62% in 2006
    Michael Howe began commuting daily on TRAX about six years ago when he was a University of Utah student. He’s observed something that the Utah Transit...
    Updated May 10 2015 08:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Workers use forklifts as they grab boxes of liquor, at the picking warehouse at the DABC liquor warehouse, Thursday, April 30, 2015. New Utah liquor ordering system divides DABC leader, employees
    Boxes no longer block the aisles at some Utah state liquor stores, and there often are empty racks where bottles of chardonnay, merlot and sherry once...
    Updated May 04 2015 10:53 am   |     |   Share
  • (Nate Carlisle  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Helaman Barlow stands besides motorcycles April 29, 2015, in his workshop in Colorado City, Ariz. Barlow used to be a marshal policing the polygamous towns of Colorado City and Hildale, Utah. He has since been confessing his misdeeds and those of others to the U.S. Department of Justice. A polygamous community’s cop is spilling its secrets
    Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. • What’s the worst thing Helaman Barlow did as a marshal of the polygamous towns here on the Utah-Arizona bord...
    Updated May 04 2015 09:41 am   |     |   Share
  • This photo released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Hardy as Max in a scene from the film, Summer movie preview: Hanging with Hollywood’s high rollers
    For Hollywood, summer is the time to break the bank. The biggest and most expensive blockbusters come out in the time between the first of May and Lab...
    Updated May 19 2015 09:40 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Dr. Brett Parkinson, director of the Breast Care Center at Intermountain Medical Center reviews patients' mammograms in real time, moments after screening. According to the revised guidelines set forth by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the timing and spacing of medical exams for women has changed, affecting mammograms and pap smears, Friday, May 1, 2015. Changing medical recommendations keep Utah women guessing
    Murray • Debbie Campbell has never had breast cancer, but she has been faithful about getting a mammogram every year since she was 35. Now 48, Campbel...
    Updated May 03 2015 09:38 am   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy image 2BAD4U: Here are all the personalized license plates (so far) you cannot have in Utah
    There are at least 6,549 license plates in Utah that no one can have. Every year, the state processes more than 10,000 applications from people who wa...
    Updated May 03 2015 10:14 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
City Creek Center Wednesday April 29, 2015. City Creek Center: Boon for downtown or one of SLC’s ‘biggest mistakes’?
    As City Creek Center accepts yet another award, a debate continues over how well the Salt Lake City mall connects with the surrounding downtown. Unvei...
    Updated May 11 2015 12:49 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 28 2015 07:01 pm   |     |   Share
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