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To give that agreement more political weight, local-government councils are being asked to pass resolutions of support for h... Salt Lake County is closer to having a single computer-aided dispatch system for all of its public-safety agencies. An interlocal agreement has been reached between Salt Lake City, which operates off one dispatch platform, and the trustees of Valley Emergency Communications Center (VECC), which has a different dispatch system for many of the county’s other police agencies. To give that agreement more political weight, local-government councils are being asked to pass resolutions of support for h... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58314652@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:03:05 MDT Utah cities purge gun-control laws at demand of national group http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58309720-90/gun-state-utah-laws.html.csp The small Davis County community of West Point was poised Tuesday night to drop a law banning guns in the city cemetery and replace it with one outlawing brandishing or firing a gun in the graveyard, described in code as a sacred place. Two weeks earlier, Draper repealed a ban on firearms in its city amphitheater, in parks and on trails, amending its ordinance to say no one may fire a gun in those locales. Sandy, meantime, is preparing to throw out a law barring guns in or around city-owned day-... The small Davis County community of West Point was poised Tuesday night to drop a law banning guns in the city cemetery and replace it with one outlawing brandishing or firing a gun in the graveyard, described in code as a sacred place. Two weeks earlier, Draper repealed a ban on firearms in its city amphitheater, in parks and on trails, amending its ordinance to say no one may fire a gun in those locales. Sandy, meantime, is preparing to throw out a law barring guns in or around city-owned day-... 58309720@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:01:02 MDT Paul Rolly: Are you married? In Utah, it’s a multiple-choice question http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58312567-90/married-utah-according-beer.html.csp Sue Geary legally married Michele Page in Napa, Calif., last July. They also married Dec. 20 in Salt Lake City after Judge Robert Shelby deemed Utah’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Now, it’s unclear what their status is, so Geary has devised a new marital-status questionnaire for all government agencies to use on their forms. Marital status (check all that apply): • Single. • Divorced. • Widowed. • Married all of the time and everywhere. • Married all of the time somewhere else, but n... Sue Geary legally married Michele Page in Napa, Calif., last July. They also married Dec. 20 in Salt Lake City after Judge Robert Shelby deemed Utah’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Now, it’s unclear what their status is, so Geary has devised a new marital-status questionnaire for all government agencies to use on their forms. Marital status (check all that apply): • Single. • Divorced. • Widowed. • Married all of the time and everywhere. • Married all of the time somewhere else, but n... 58312567@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:07:02 MDT South Jordan considers hiring Mulligans P.R. consultant http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58314165-90/mulligans-council-public-residents.html.csp The South Jordan City Council is considering a proposal to hire a consultant for public relations and public-opinion research to gauge residents’ taste for developing or preserving the 67-acre Mulligans Golf and Games complex. LaVarr Webb, a political consultant and lobbyist, was scheduled Tuesday night to present the council with a plan, including a market-research campaign from Y2 Analytics. Total estimated cost of the contract is $90,000. “That $90,000 figure is if you purchase all of the p... The South Jordan City Council is considering a proposal to hire a consultant for public relations and public-opinion research to gauge residents’ taste for developing or preserving the 67-acre Mulligans Golf and Games complex. LaVarr Webb, a political consultant and lobbyist, was scheduled Tuesday night to present the council with a plan, including a market-research campaign from Y2 Analytics. Total estimated cost of the contract is $90,000. “That $90,000 figure is if you purchase all of the p... 58314165@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:27:01 MDT Future Utah transportation revolution: biking, walking? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58313206-90/active-bike-biking-health.html.csp As they looked out picture windows at the Salt Lake Valley below to imagine how growth may change it, officials held a summit Tuesday to discuss a possible revolution in transportation to reduce congestion and improve health. What is that novel change? Encouraging more walking and bicycle riding, what officials like to call “active transportation.” “Active transportation can really yield significant economic, environmental and health benefits,” Michael Allegra, president and CEO of the Utah Tran... As they looked out picture windows at the Salt Lake Valley below to imagine how growth may change it, officials held a summit Tuesday to discuss a possible revolution in transportation to reduce congestion and improve health. What is that novel change? Encouraging more walking and bicycle riding, what officials like to call “active transportation.” “Active transportation can really yield significant economic, environmental and health benefits,” Michael Allegra, president and CEO of the Utah Tran... 58313206@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:43:25 MDT How drowsy driving affects your brain waves http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58313781-90/1100-2006-636-activity.html.csp As part of “Drowsy Driving Awareness Week,” Ogden Clinic neurologist Chris Hammond and volunteers showed news media Tuesday how lack of sleep affects brain wave activity and makes it dangerous to drive. Drowsy driving is one of the top five reasons behind deaths on Utah roads. Since 2006, Utah has averaged 1,100 crashes and more than 20 deaths each year from drowsy driving. So far this year, Utah has had 636 drowsy driving related crashes, including three fatalities. More information is availab... As part of “Drowsy Driving Awareness Week,” Ogden Clinic neurologist Chris Hammond and volunteers showed news media Tuesday how lack of sleep affects brain wave activity and makes it dangerous to drive. Drowsy driving is one of the top five reasons behind deaths on Utah roads. Since 2006, Utah has averaged 1,100 crashes and more than 20 deaths each year from drowsy driving. So far this year, Utah has had 636 drowsy driving related crashes, including three fatalities. More information is availab... 58313781@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:04:01 MDT UTA fails to report $14.26M in retirement benefits http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58310329-90/benefits-compensation-corrected-difference.html.csp Earlier this year, the Utah Transit Authority officially reported that General Manager Michael Allegra’s total 2013 compensation was $346,249. It turns out that was about $52,000 too low — because UTA had failed to include some retirement-pension benefits. His compensation really was $397,900, including all salary, bonuses, benefits and leave. Allegra was not alone. The UTA erroneously omitted reporting a combined total of $14.26 million in retirement benefits for all its employees — about a thi... Earlier this year, the Utah Transit Authority officially reported that General Manager Michael Allegra’s total 2013 compensation was $346,249. It turns out that was about $52,000 too low — because UTA had failed to include some retirement-pension benefits. His compensation really was $397,900, including all salary, bonuses, benefits and leave. Allegra was not alone. The UTA erroneously omitted reporting a combined total of $14.26 million in retirement benefits for all its employees — about a thi... 58310329@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:11:05 MDT Utah poll: Most oppose gay marriage, think Supreme Court will legalize it http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58310176-90/com-court-gay-marriage.html.csp A new poll shows a majority of Utahns oppose gay marriage and believe the fight over the state’s ban deserves to be heard by the Supreme Court. At the same time, a majority believe the high court will reject the state’s arguments and legalize gay unions. Those are the contradictory findings of a statewide survey sponsored by Zions Bank and UtahPolicy.com, which comes after a string of court rulings have challenged gay marriage bans throughout the nation. The first of these rulings took place in... A new poll shows a majority of Utahns oppose gay marriage and believe the fight over the state’s ban deserves to be heard by the Supreme Court. At the same time, a majority believe the high court will reject the state’s arguments and legalize gay unions. Those are the contradictory findings of a statewide survey sponsored by Zions Bank and UtahPolicy.com, which comes after a string of court rulings have challenged gay marriage bans throughout the nation. The first of these rulings took place in... 58310176@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:50:47 MDT Sugar House Streetcar drawing business, not riders http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58289003-90/streetcar-says-minutes-bus.html.csp The new Sugar House Streetcar is only slightly faster than a nearby parallel bus route, and even pedestrians can sometimes outrace it. Far fewer people than expected are riding the fresh two-mile line that cost $37 million to build. But Salt Lake City and Utah Transit Authority officials still view the streetcar as a success and well worth the price for one main reason: It delivers economic development up and down the line. “The amount of community investment that has occurred will make this st... The new Sugar House Streetcar is only slightly faster than a nearby parallel bus route, and even pedestrians can sometimes outrace it. Far fewer people than expected are riding the fresh two-mile line that cost $37 million to build. But Salt Lake City and Utah Transit Authority officials still view the streetcar as a success and well worth the price for one main reason: It delivers economic development up and down the line. “The amount of community investment that has occurred will make this st... 58289003@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:02:12 MDT Salt Lake County film center idea picking up interest http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58297856-90/architectural-arts-center-county.html.csp The notion of developing a digital and film center in Salt Lake County has gotten more complex. Part of it has to do with an architectural study, released last week, that attached a hefty price tag to fixing the beloved-but-dilapidated Utah Theatre on downtown Salt Lake City’s Main Street and building the multi-purpose film center around it. Theater restoration alone would cost $36 million to $42 million, depending on whether repairs are basic or extensive. Adding the proposed film center’s hal... The notion of developing a digital and film center in Salt Lake County has gotten more complex. Part of it has to do with an architectural study, released last week, that attached a hefty price tag to fixing the beloved-but-dilapidated Utah Theatre on downtown Salt Lake City’s Main Street and building the multi-purpose film center around it. Theater restoration alone would cost $36 million to $42 million, depending on whether repairs are basic or extensive. Adding the proposed film center’s hal... 58297856@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:37:08 MDT Rolly: Animal chasing halted in Bluffdale, but Utah County pigs not so lucky http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58300093-90/event-county-pig-fair.html.csp Animal-rights activists complained so loudly that they were able to get canceled a Bluffdale rodeo event intended for children to chase and catch small animals, but their voices were not powerful enough to save the pigs in Utah County. I wrote two weeks ago of the protests about the Barnyard Bonanza planned for Bluffdale’s Family Fun Rodeo in early August. The event, as advertised, invited “little cowboys and cowgirls” to “come and chase around chickens, kittens, goats, rabbits and more! Whate... Animal-rights activists complained so loudly that they were able to get canceled a Bluffdale rodeo event intended for children to chase and catch small animals, but their voices were not powerful enough to save the pigs in Utah County. I wrote two weeks ago of the protests about the Barnyard Bonanza planned for Bluffdale’s Family Fun Rodeo in early August. The event, as advertised, invited “little cowboys and cowgirls” to “come and chase around chickens, kittens, goats, rabbits and more! Whate... 58300093@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:20:47 MDT Gay activist to headline Utah congressional candidate’s fundraiser http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58297021-90/mcaleer-cammermeyer-congressional-district.html.csp It’s a sign of changing times in Utah: A congressional candidate in a conservative district is holding a fundraiser that features a lesbian famous for fighting the military’s now-discarded “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. “If it hurt me, I wouldn’t be doing it,” said Democrat Donna McAleer, who faces Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, in a rematch of their race two years ago. Bishop won then by nearly a 3-to-1 margin. McAleer is bringing in retired Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer of the Washington State Natio... It’s a sign of changing times in Utah: A congressional candidate in a conservative district is holding a fundraiser that features a lesbian famous for fighting the military’s now-discarded “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. “If it hurt me, I wouldn’t be doing it,” said Democrat Donna McAleer, who faces Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, in a rematch of their race two years ago. Bishop won then by nearly a 3-to-1 margin. McAleer is bringing in retired Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer of the Washington State Natio... 58297021@www.sltrib.com Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:31:14 MDT Judge orders do-over in Millard GOP commission race http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58301478-90/election-county-dyer-commission.html.csp A state judge has tossed out an election for the Millard County Commission and ordered a new Republican primary for the seat after finding enough examples of illegal votes in the June faceoff to cast doubt on the outcome of the incumbent’s five-vote win. Fourth District Judge Claudia Laycock’s ruling — the first of its kind in recent memory — has left officials scratching their heads, however, since it appears state law does not give the judge the authority to order a new election. Jim Dyer app... A state judge has tossed out an election for the Millard County Commission and ordered a new Republican primary for the seat after finding enough examples of illegal votes in the June faceoff to cast doubt on the outcome of the incumbent’s five-vote win. Fourth District Judge Claudia Laycock’s ruling — the first of its kind in recent memory — has left officials scratching their heads, however, since it appears state law does not give the judge the authority to order a new election. Jim Dyer app... 58301478@www.sltrib.com Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:42:21 MDT Utah County officials: We need more freeways http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58301039-90/transportation-utah-county-mountain.html.csp Lehi • As the Utah Transportation Commission rotates its monthly meetings around the state, it usually takes a few minutes to hear concerns from local officials. That stretched to two hours Friday as a parade of worried northern Utah County officials begged for new freeways and other road projects to handle exploding growth there. “Lehi’s not sick because of our roads. We’re in cardiac arrest,” said Mayor Bert Wilson. His city’s population swelled from 19,000 in 2000 to 55,000 now, attracting ma... Lehi • As the Utah Transportation Commission rotates its monthly meetings around the state, it usually takes a few minutes to hear concerns from local officials. That stretched to two hours Friday as a parade of worried northern Utah County officials begged for new freeways and other road projects to handle exploding growth there. “Lehi’s not sick because of our roads. We’re in cardiac arrest,” said Mayor Bert Wilson. His city’s population swelled from 19,000 in 2000 to 55,000 now, attracting ma... 58301039@www.sltrib.com Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:06:51 MDT SLC Council looks to require analysis of all rape kits http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58301121-78/kits-rape-council-police.html.csp The heated debate between the Salt Lake City Council and the police department on whether and when to analyze forensic evidence in alleged sex assault cases is about to take a sharp turn. The council is preparing an ordinance that would require city investigators to submit for analysis all so-called Code R kits, also known as rape kits, gathered from victims by specially trained nurses after a reported sexual assault. Momentum for such action has been building since April 15, when Councilman Kyl... The heated debate between the Salt Lake City Council and the police department on whether and when to analyze forensic evidence in alleged sex assault cases is about to take a sharp turn. The council is preparing an ordinance that would require city investigators to submit for analysis all so-called Code R kits, also known as rape kits, gathered from victims by specially trained nurses after a reported sexual assault. Momentum for such action has been building since April 15, when Councilman Kyl... 58301121@www.sltrib.com Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:26:37 MDT West Jordan OKs $200,000 severance for resigned city manager http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58298420-90/davis-jordan-west-council.html.csp West Jordan city on Thursday released details of a generous severance package for Richard Davis, the city manager who abruptly resigned this week without explanation. Although his last day in office was Wednesday, Davis will officially be on “administrative leave” and available for “consulting” through next June, with full salary and benefits. He’ll also be paid for already accrued and calculated leave time through the period. The deal also grants Davis continued payments equal to his $430 mont... West Jordan city on Thursday released details of a generous severance package for Richard Davis, the city manager who abruptly resigned this week without explanation. Although his last day in office was Wednesday, Davis will officially be on “administrative leave” and available for “consulting” through next June, with full salary and benefits. He’ll also be paid for already accrued and calculated leave time through the period. The deal also grants Davis continued payments equal to his $430 mont... 58298420@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:52:30 MDT Paul Rolly: Deputy’s departure signals rift in Utah education http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58292733-90/board-sltrib-education-members.html.csp Those speaking on the record about the abrupt resignation of state Deputy Superintendent Brenda Hales have painted a picture of normalcy, no major controversy or disgruntlement that caused her to leave earlier than she had anticipated. Hales herself told The Salt Lake Tribune that she had planned to retire this fall or winter. When she surprisingly gave her notice last Friday, she said she planned to use vacation and other leave until her retirement becomes official at the end of December. But ... Those speaking on the record about the abrupt resignation of state Deputy Superintendent Brenda Hales have painted a picture of normalcy, no major controversy or disgruntlement that caused her to leave earlier than she had anticipated. Hales herself told The Salt Lake Tribune that she had planned to retire this fall or winter. When she surprisingly gave her notice last Friday, she said she planned to use vacation and other leave until her retirement becomes official at the end of December. But ... 58292733@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:32:20 MDT Utah National Guard fights ‘unfriendly government’ in Ephraim http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58297564-90/national-utah-ephraim-guard.html.csp Troops from the Utah National Guard parachuted into central Utah on Thursday for training. The three-week exercise in and around the Manti La-Sal National Forest pretends an “unfriendly government” has occupied Sanpete County, according to Ephraim City Council minutes. The exercise began Aug. 2. About 40 soldiers from the Utah National Guard’s 19th Special Forces jumped Thursday near the Ephraim airport. ncarlisle@sltrib.com Twitter: @natecarlisle Troops from the Utah National Guard parachuted into central Utah on Thursday for training. The three-week exercise in and around the Manti La-Sal National Forest pretends an “unfriendly government” has occupied Sanpete County, according to Ephraim City Council minutes. The exercise began Aug. 2. About 40 soldiers from the Utah National Guard’s 19th Special Forces jumped Thursday near the Ephraim airport. ncarlisle@sltrib.com Twitter: @natecarlisle 58297564@www.sltrib.com Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:22:50 MDT Head of government employees union leaving after 25 years http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58297953-90/employees-public-wood-leaving.html.csp After a dozen years leading the Utah Public Employees Association, Audry Wood is leaving the organization that represents nearly 10,000 government workers. “Things for public employees have not always been easy and I truly hope and believe over the past years that we’ve been able to give them a voice and they’ve been able to feel represented before the Legislature,” said Wood. “They may not have always got what they wanted or what they deserved, but they were always represented.” Wood got her st... After a dozen years leading the Utah Public Employees Association, Audry Wood is leaving the organization that represents nearly 10,000 government workers. “Things for public employees have not always been easy and I truly hope and believe over the past years that we’ve been able to give them a voice and they’ve been able to feel represented before the Legislature,” said Wood. “They may not have always got what they wanted or what they deserved, but they were always represented.” Wood got her st... 58297953@www.sltrib.com Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:27:10 MDT County signs off on Olympus Hills annexation http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58297858-90/annexation-area-com-council.html.csp The 3,600 people living in Olympus Hills subdivision are now well on their way to becoming Holladay residents. Without a dissenting vote, the Salt Lake County Council on Wednesday approved the annexation of the neighborhood — running from 3900 South to 4500 South between 2700 East and Interstate 215 — into Holladay City. “We’re eager to get in and be part of your community,” annexation advocate John Bradshaw said to Holladay officials attending the County Council’s public hearing at Skyline Hig... The 3,600 people living in Olympus Hills subdivision are now well on their way to becoming Holladay residents. Without a dissenting vote, the Salt Lake County Council on Wednesday approved the annexation of the neighborhood — running from 3900 South to 4500 South between 2700 East and Interstate 215 — into Holladay City. “We’re eager to get in and be part of your community,” annexation advocate John Bradshaw said to Holladay officials attending the County Council’s public hearing at Skyline Hig... 58297858@www.sltrib.com Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:03:01 MDT