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The Utah Legislature resolved in 2001 to place a statue of Eccles in the capitol building, and Tuesday’s ceremony ma... A statue of Marriner S. Eccles debuted at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, honoring the financial leadership of the native Utahn who once guided the Federal Reserve. Eccles is widely credited for ensuring the central bank remained independent from political whims and private interests, and for his policies that helped the country turn the corner from the Depression to prosperity. The Utah Legislature resolved in 2001 to place a statue of Eccles in the capitol building, and Tuesday’s ceremony ma... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58416531@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:03:02 MDT Utah ends budget year with $166M surplus http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58421811-90/166-budget-education-ends.html.csp Utah leaders got good news Tuesday — the state finished the 2014 budget year with a tidy $166 million surplus and will have a sizable chunk of that available to spend when they meet next year. After some required earmarks — money that is statutorily required to go to the Rainy Day Funds and the Disaster Recovery Fund, among others — $112 million is left, all but $7 million from higher-than-projected income tax collections that are constitutionally earmarked to be spent on public and higher educ... Utah leaders got good news Tuesday — the state finished the 2014 budget year with a tidy $166 million surplus and will have a sizable chunk of that available to spend when they meet next year. After some required earmarks — money that is statutorily required to go to the Rainy Day Funds and the Disaster Recovery Fund, among others — $112 million is left, all but $7 million from higher-than-projected income tax collections that are constitutionally earmarked to be spent on public and higher educ... 58421811@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:44:45 MDT UTA to cut top bonuses from $30,000 to $7,500 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58421047-90/30000-7500-allegra-audit.html.csp The Utah Transit Authority has decided to slash the top bonuses it will give to executives from the current $30,000 each per year to $7,500. The change comes after a brutal legislative audit last month attacked high bonuses and pay for UTA executives, among other problems. While agency officials testified then that they were changing the system to reduce bonuses, they gave few details. They still are providing few specifics, and denied a Salt Lake Tribune open-records law request for documents d... The Utah Transit Authority has decided to slash the top bonuses it will give to executives from the current $30,000 each per year to $7,500. The change comes after a brutal legislative audit last month attacked high bonuses and pay for UTA executives, among other problems. While agency officials testified then that they were changing the system to reduce bonuses, they gave few details. They still are providing few specifics, and denied a Salt Lake Tribune open-records law request for documents d... 58421047@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:44:37 MDT ZAP tax earns plaudits at Salt Lake County hearing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58421894-90/zap-county-tax-council.html.csp Steve Van Maren had only one question about Salt Lake County’s plan to hold a vote in November on extending the tax to support the zoo, arts and parks (ZAP) program. “Can we double it?” joked Van Maren, of Sandy — the only citizen who regularly attends Salt Lake County Council meetings — at a public hearing the council held Tuesday on the proposed 10-year extension of the ZAP tax. His unofficial motion was seconded by Juan Arce-Larreta, chairman of the Parley’s Rails, Trails and Tunnels Coalitio... Steve Van Maren had only one question about Salt Lake County’s plan to hold a vote in November on extending the tax to support the zoo, arts and parks (ZAP) program. “Can we double it?” joked Van Maren, of Sandy — the only citizen who regularly attends Salt Lake County Council meetings — at a public hearing the council held Tuesday on the proposed 10-year extension of the ZAP tax. His unofficial motion was seconded by Juan Arce-Larreta, chairman of the Parley’s Rails, Trails and Tunnels Coalitio... 58421894@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:41:57 MDT Myton police chief charged with stalking women http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58422110-78/myton-charged-chief-police.html.csp Myton’s new police chief has been charged with stalking three different women. Thomas Wade Butterfield was charged Tuesday in Duchesne County with three counts of stalking, one count of unlawful detention and one count of criminal trespass, all misdemeanors. Butterfield, 44, this year, became the first chief of Myton’s newly-formed police department. Charges did not detail what Butterfield is accused of except to say the alleged offenses occurred between June and September; three women are iden... Myton’s new police chief has been charged with stalking three different women. Thomas Wade Butterfield was charged Tuesday in Duchesne County with three counts of stalking, one count of unlawful detention and one count of criminal trespass, all misdemeanors. Butterfield, 44, this year, became the first chief of Myton’s newly-formed police department. Charges did not detail what Butterfield is accused of except to say the alleged offenses occurred between June and September; three women are iden... 58422110@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:37:02 MDT Council scrutinizes police investigations of rapes, shootings http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58422207-78/police-council-kits-lake.html.csp The Salt Lake City Police Department was conspicuous by its absence Tuesday evening as the City Council began chewing over in earnest its concerns with rape investigations and officer-involved shootings. Among other things, the council sought more transparency from the police department. “We need the chief [Chris Burbank] to be less tone deaf on this,” said Councilman Luke Garrott. Police Chief Chris Burbank was out of town and none of his top policy subordinates were available, according to Dav... The Salt Lake City Police Department was conspicuous by its absence Tuesday evening as the City Council began chewing over in earnest its concerns with rape investigations and officer-involved shootings. Among other things, the council sought more transparency from the police department. “We need the chief [Chris Burbank] to be less tone deaf on this,” said Councilman Luke Garrott. Police Chief Chris Burbank was out of town and none of his top policy subordinates were available, according to Dav... 58422207@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:34:25 MDT Utahn killed by bear was working alone http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58421525-78/stewart-bear-bears-rust.html.csp A Utah man likely killed by a bear in Wyoming was a seasonal employee working a new site alone for an Idaho business. While full details of Adam Thomas Stewart’s death have still not been revealed, his boss said the 31-year-old from Virgin, Utah, was an experienced backcountry visitor. “Adam was a very bright individual and talented in many ways,” said Steve Rust, owner of Boise-based Nature’s Capital. Rust reported Stewart missing Sept. 7. “We very saddened by this event,” he said. “Adam was ... A Utah man likely killed by a bear in Wyoming was a seasonal employee working a new site alone for an Idaho business. While full details of Adam Thomas Stewart’s death have still not been revealed, his boss said the 31-year-old from Virgin, Utah, was an experienced backcountry visitor. “Adam was a very bright individual and talented in many ways,” said Steve Rust, owner of Boise-based Nature’s Capital. Rust reported Stewart missing Sept. 7. “We very saddened by this event,” he said. “Adam was ... 58421525@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:50:01 MDT Utah Sen. Mike Lee to lead conservative Senate caucus next year http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58421256-90/conservative-lee-caucus-mike.html.csp Washington • Sen. Mike Lee will serve as chairman of a caucus of conservative senators in the next Congress, taking the lead in promoting conservative causes and proposed solutions. Lee, R-Utah, will take over in January from Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., who has led the Senate Steering Committee since 2012. A majority of Republican senators reportedly belong to the caucus, though the group doesn’t make its membership public. “Mike Lee is a knowledgeable and principled movement conservative,” Too... Washington • Sen. Mike Lee will serve as chairman of a caucus of conservative senators in the next Congress, taking the lead in promoting conservative causes and proposed solutions. Lee, R-Utah, will take over in January from Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., who has led the Senate Steering Committee since 2012. A majority of Republican senators reportedly belong to the caucus, though the group doesn’t make its membership public. “Mike Lee is a knowledgeable and principled movement conservative,” Too... 58421256@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:43:35 MDT Congress passes Hatch, Matheson bill to help EMS providers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58421312-90/ems-matheson-program-emergency.html.csp Washington • Congress has voted to reauthorize a program to help emergency responders with the unique needs of children and adolescents, a move pushed by Utah’s Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Jim Matheson. The House on Tuesday voted 410-4 to continue the 30-year-old grant program for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories that helps emergency medical services (EMS) crews stock limited doses of medicine and smaller equipment to help younger patients. The Senate approved the legis... Washington • Congress has voted to reauthorize a program to help emergency responders with the unique needs of children and adolescents, a move pushed by Utah’s Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Jim Matheson. The House on Tuesday voted 410-4 to continue the 30-year-old grant program for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories that helps emergency medical services (EMS) crews stock limited doses of medicine and smaller equipment to help younger patients. The Senate approved the legis... 58421312@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:04:40 MDT Utah attorney, sons accused of drug crimes are on path to trial http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58420495-78/robinson-drug-possession-degree.html.csp A former attorney for Salt Lake City government and his two sons were ordered to stand trial Tuesday on charges accusing them of running a drug operation out of their Sugar House home. James Wesley Robinson and his two adult sons — 21-year-old Alexander Jordan Robinson and 18-year-old Zachary Ryan Robinson — appeared in court Tuesday just long enough to decline a preliminary hearing where prosecutors would have been required to show there was enough evidence to proceed to trial. Often, defenda... A former attorney for Salt Lake City government and his two sons were ordered to stand trial Tuesday on charges accusing them of running a drug operation out of their Sugar House home. James Wesley Robinson and his two adult sons — 21-year-old Alexander Jordan Robinson and 18-year-old Zachary Ryan Robinson — appeared in court Tuesday just long enough to decline a preliminary hearing where prosecutors would have been required to show there was enough evidence to proceed to trial. Often, defenda... 58420495@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:59:35 MDT Morgan County owners envision resort on sage grouse turf http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58407399-78/grouse-sage-county-property.html.csp Morgan County officials are weighing a request to rezone an undeveloped piece of the Wasatch Back to allow a resort on critical sage grouse lek, or habitat. The development proposal could damage the state’s most popular lek, where birders flock every April to observe the grouse’s peculiar mating ritual. Property owners’ plans for their 2,800 acres of land have sparked an outcry from conservationists as well as locals who fear high-density development would degrade the rural character and quiet o... Morgan County officials are weighing a request to rezone an undeveloped piece of the Wasatch Back to allow a resort on critical sage grouse lek, or habitat. The development proposal could damage the state’s most popular lek, where birders flock every April to observe the grouse’s peculiar mating ritual. Property owners’ plans for their 2,800 acres of land have sparked an outcry from conservationists as well as locals who fear high-density development would degrade the rural character and quiet o... 58407399@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:47:17 MDT BLM energy leases panned in Utah’s Uinta Basin http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58416172-78/blm-parcels-suwa-leasing.html.csp Once again, opposing camps in Utah’s energy-development debate say the Bureau of Land Management got a proposed lease sale wrong. Wilderness advocates contend at least 27 federal parcels of the 69 authorized for agency’s Nov. 18 sale should not be leased because they encroach on scenic lands that are vital to both wildlife conservation and recreation. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) also argues rampant oil and gas drilling is degrading air quality in the Uinta Basin. Meanwhile, Uin... Once again, opposing camps in Utah’s energy-development debate say the Bureau of Land Management got a proposed lease sale wrong. Wilderness advocates contend at least 27 federal parcels of the 69 authorized for agency’s Nov. 18 sale should not be leased because they encroach on scenic lands that are vital to both wildlife conservation and recreation. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) also argues rampant oil and gas drilling is degrading air quality in the Uinta Basin. Meanwhile, Uin... 58416172@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:34:45 MDT Ex-LDS presiding bishop is favorite to head UTA board http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58417206-90/become-bishop-board-burton.html.csp Former LDS Presiding Bishop H. David Burton was nominated Monday to become the new chairman of the Utah Transit Authority and is expected to take over next week as top shepherd of that sometimes tempest-tossed agency. The UTA Board’s executive committee nominated Burton, and the full board is scheduled to vote Sept. 24. The board almost always follows the executive committee’s recommendations on elections. In fact, the only time in memory that it did not was when it selected Burton as the board’... Former LDS Presiding Bishop H. David Burton was nominated Monday to become the new chairman of the Utah Transit Authority and is expected to take over next week as top shepherd of that sometimes tempest-tossed agency. The UTA Board’s executive committee nominated Burton, and the full board is scheduled to vote Sept. 24. The board almost always follows the executive committee’s recommendations on elections. In fact, the only time in memory that it did not was when it selected Burton as the board’... 58417206@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:12:19 MDT Box Elder County official in counseling after DUI http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58421060-78/tingey-arrest-police-guilty.html.csp Brigham City • A Box Elder County commissioner who pleaded guilty to drunk driving last month said this week that he was going through a difficult time and made poor choices. Commissioner Ryan Tingey, 47, said that he’s somewhat relieved the news of his April arrest is now public after spending months waiting for media to report it. “It’s been like waiting for the other shoe to drop,” Tingey told The Standard-Examiner on Monday. Tingey was arrested in April after running a red light in Riverdal... Brigham City • A Box Elder County commissioner who pleaded guilty to drunk driving last month said this week that he was going through a difficult time and made poor choices. Commissioner Ryan Tingey, 47, said that he’s somewhat relieved the news of his April arrest is now public after spending months waiting for media to report it. “It’s been like waiting for the other shoe to drop,” Tingey told The Standard-Examiner on Monday. Tingey was arrested in April after running a red light in Riverdal... 58421060@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:02:08 MDT Appeals court: Hateful poem sent to professor a form of free speech http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58417752-78/court-heineman-email-poem.html.csp Aaron Michael Heineman wrote a University of Utah professor a poem filled with threats and hate. On Monday, a federal appeals court found that he was well within his rights to do so, and that merely threatening to kill someone isn’t necessarily a crime. “The district court found that [Heineman] knowingly sent an email that caused the recipient to reasonably fear bodily harm,” the court wrote. “[Heineman] argues that his conviction violated the First Amendment because the court did not also find... Aaron Michael Heineman wrote a University of Utah professor a poem filled with threats and hate. On Monday, a federal appeals court found that he was well within his rights to do so, and that merely threatening to kill someone isn’t necessarily a crime. “The district court found that [Heineman] knowingly sent an email that caused the recipient to reasonably fear bodily harm,” the court wrote. “[Heineman] argues that his conviction violated the First Amendment because the court did not also find... 58417752@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:38:48 MDT Photos: Salt Lake City students get lesson on farm life http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58393937-78/farm-lake-salt-students.html.csp More than 50 fourth-grade students from Backman Elementary School in Salt Lake City picked pumpkins, above, rode on a wagon, learned about farm animals and ventured into a corn maze Tuesday on a field trip to Black Island Farm in Syracuse., The smell of freshly picked corn, right, garnered interest from one of the fourth graders. The purpose of the field was to learn where food comes from. Tuesday’s exposure to farm life was a first for many of the elementary school students. More than 50 fourth-grade students from Backman Elementary School in Salt Lake City picked pumpkins, above, rode on a wagon, learned about farm animals and ventured into a corn maze Tuesday on a field trip to Black Island Farm in Syracuse., The smell of freshly picked corn, right, garnered interest from one of the fourth graders. The purpose of the field was to learn where food comes from. Tuesday’s exposure to farm life was a first for many of the elementary school students. 58393937@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:28:52 MDT In Utah contests, Mia Love leads out with TV ads http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58416463-90/ads-campaign-candidates-com.html.csp TV viewers saw the first Utah campaign ads of the midterm elections Monday morning — 30 second spots touting Mia Love’s run in the 4th Congressional District. What is starting as a trickle is expected to turn into a strong and steady stream in coming weeks. But at this point, it seems unlikely Utah will see a repeat of the deluge of campaign ads it endured during the 2012 contest, because no national political groups or congressional campaign committees have gotten involved in any of the races... TV viewers saw the first Utah campaign ads of the midterm elections Monday morning — 30 second spots touting Mia Love’s run in the 4th Congressional District. What is starting as a trickle is expected to turn into a strong and steady stream in coming weeks. But at this point, it seems unlikely Utah will see a repeat of the deluge of campaign ads it endured during the 2012 contest, because no national political groups or congressional campaign committees have gotten involved in any of the races... 58416463@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:20:42 MDT Utah poll troubling for Democrats, third-party candidates http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58417604-90/commission-congressional-debate-district.html.csp The new Utah Debate Commission said a third-party candidate had to reach 10 percent in its poll to earn a spot in one of its televised debates. None made the cut. And a few Democrats came surprisingly close to missing out as well. The commission released the survey conducted by Lighthouse Research on Monday, and it is devastating to every political party in the state except for Republicans. The state’s dominant party has massive advantages in each of the four congressional campaigns as well as t... The new Utah Debate Commission said a third-party candidate had to reach 10 percent in its poll to earn a spot in one of its televised debates. None made the cut. And a few Democrats came surprisingly close to missing out as well. The commission released the survey conducted by Lighthouse Research on Monday, and it is devastating to every political party in the state except for Republicans. The state’s dominant party has massive advantages in each of the four congressional campaigns as well as t... 58417604@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:20:42 MDT Appeal likely to slow case against man accused of killing Utah deputy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58420709-78/roman-court-federal-fox.html.csp A likely appeal is expected to slow the prosecution of federal charges against the man who was acquitted in state court of the murder of Millard County Sheriff’s deputy Josie Greathouse Fox. Attorneys for Roberto Miramontes Roman have argued that the federal charges are based on the same crimes for which he was tried in state court and amount to violation of constitutional protections against double jeopardy. A 4th District Court jury acquitted Roman in August of 2012 of an aggravated murder ch... A likely appeal is expected to slow the prosecution of federal charges against the man who was acquitted in state court of the murder of Millard County Sheriff’s deputy Josie Greathouse Fox. Attorneys for Roberto Miramontes Roman have argued that the federal charges are based on the same crimes for which he was tried in state court and amount to violation of constitutional protections against double jeopardy. A 4th District Court jury acquitted Roman in August of 2012 of an aggravated murder ch... 58420709@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:11:02 MDT West Valley City cops seek suspects in Wal-Mart slashing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58420261-78/suspects-valley-victim-west.html.csp West Valley City police are looking for suspects in an attempted parking lot robbery that left a 52-year-old man with a slashed face. WVCPD spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said police were called late Tuesday night by staff at Pioneer Valley Hospital after the man showed up in their emergency room. Investigating officers learned that the victim, who suffered a knife wound to his left jaw, had just finished shopping at the Wal-Mart store, 3180 S. 5600 West, and had gotten into his car when two men ... West Valley City police are looking for suspects in an attempted parking lot robbery that left a 52-year-old man with a slashed face. WVCPD spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said police were called late Tuesday night by staff at Pioneer Valley Hospital after the man showed up in their emergency room. Investigating officers learned that the victim, who suffered a knife wound to his left jaw, had just finished shopping at the Wal-Mart store, 3180 S. 5600 West, and had gotten into his car when two men ... 58420261@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:48:02 MDT