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Last Updated Aug 28, 2016 04:05PM

The keynote speaker for Uintah County’s annual Uintah Basin Energy Summit is a controversial climate-change denier noted for right-wing propaganda and smear campaigns against scientists who warn about global warming. Marc Morano — who will join several prominent speakers at the Vernal conference, which runs Wednesday and Thursday — has been criticized for scolding on his blog scientists who warn of climate change and then releasing their personal emails, resulting in threatening messages. He once was chastised by former Wisconsin Republican Congressman Steve Gunderson for a column he wrote about …

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  • AP File Photo Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, warns that terrorists can exploit the refugee relocation program. Paul Rolly: With endorsement, Chaffetz enters Trump’s hornets’ nest
    Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz has generated a great deal of publicity for himself since he became chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Com...
    Updated Aug 26 2016 10:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, photo, the Wassataquoik Stream flows through land proposed for a national park in Township 3, Range 8, Maine. Proponents of the national park proposal say they see growing support, and they’re aiming for an aggressive timetable for making it a reality. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Rolly: Newest national monument a slap in the face to Rep. Rob Bishop
    President Barack Obama designated a new national monument Wednesday against the wishes of U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, who held hearings in an attempt to mus...
    Updated Aug 25 2016 09:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • Organizer of Utah’s troubled commemorative gun program is now target of consumer complaint
    The organizer of the 2015 legislative commemorative firearm program has been cited by the Utah Division of Consumer Protection for failing to register...
    Updated Aug 23 2016 06:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     After speaking at the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial following the “Ride for the Fallen”, Jack Barney the son of fallen officer Doug Barney, hugs UHP Colonel Michael Rapich, Sunday, August 21, 2016. Rolly: Ceremony for Utah’s fallen officers shows outreach to minority communities is paying off, thanks to Explorer program
    The Salt Lake City Police Department, like other law enforcement agencies, is struggling to attract suitable recruits, especially from minority commun...
    Updated Aug 23 2016 11:50 am   |     |   Share


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