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The show featured the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, historical aircraft and a World War II battle reenactment. <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58224245@www.sltrib.com Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:02:02 MDT Utah’s Hatch longs for Senate’s good ol’ days http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58224778-90/senate-hatch-senators-washington.html.csp Washington • Underneath the desks of the Senate majority and minority leaders are spittoons. I’m fairly sure that no sitting senators dip and spit these days — I haven’t seen a member of the world’s most deliberative body chewing tobacco recently — but the spittoons are still there. The Senate is all about tradition. When a senator dies, aides mask his desk with a black robe and lay white roses. The most junior senator must supply candy to his or her colleagues. Departing senators etch their na... Washington • Underneath the desks of the Senate majority and minority leaders are spittoons. I’m fairly sure that no sitting senators dip and spit these days — I haven’t seen a member of the world’s most deliberative body chewing tobacco recently — but the spittoons are still there. The Senate is all about tradition. When a senator dies, aides mask his desk with a black robe and lay white roses. The most junior senator must supply candy to his or her colleagues. Departing senators etch their na... 58224778@www.sltrib.com Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:33:21 MDT Gallery: Blue Angels fly in Thunder Over Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58224231-90/amet-angels-blue-comnietur.html.csp 58224231@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:53:02 MDT Oil company sues Utah county over pipeline restrictions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58224082-90/county-pipeline-summit-ordinances.html.csp Tesoro Corp. is suing Summit County, claiming that the county’s new ordinances restricting proposed underground pipelines are an attempt to trump federal law. Tesoro wants to build the Uinta Express Pipeline to carry waxy crude oil from the Uinta Basin to Salt Lake City area refineries. The U.S. Forest Service is preparing a federal environmental impact statement on the proposed 135-mile pipeline, which would traverse six Utah counties. But Summit County in late June passed three ordinances desi... Tesoro Corp. is suing Summit County, claiming that the county’s new ordinances restricting proposed underground pipelines are an attempt to trump federal law. Tesoro wants to build the Uinta Express Pipeline to carry waxy crude oil from the Uinta Basin to Salt Lake City area refineries. The U.S. Forest Service is preparing a federal environmental impact statement on the proposed 135-mile pipeline, which would traverse six Utah counties. But Summit County in late June passed three ordinances desi... 58224082@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:31:56 MDT Is your city, county raising property taxes? 40 are http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58223976-90/tax-215000-county-increase.html.csp Property valuation notices arriving this week contain some pricey news for many Utahns: 40 local governments are seeking tax hikes. That is slightly less than the 42 that raised them last year, but double the number that had boosted them in 2012. During the Great Recession and its aftermath, many governments tried to hold down tax increases. That may be over now, judging from the past two years. Utahns with the worst news are the 250 residents in tiny Rockville, Washington County, near Zion Nat... Property valuation notices arriving this week contain some pricey news for many Utahns: 40 local governments are seeking tax hikes. That is slightly less than the 42 that raised them last year, but double the number that had boosted them in 2012. During the Great Recession and its aftermath, many governments tried to hold down tax increases. That may be over now, judging from the past two years. Utahns with the worst news are the 250 residents in tiny Rockville, Washington County, near Zion Nat... 58223976@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:13:41 MDT Obama signs two Utah-related bills http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58224545-90/canal-provo-utah-obama.html.csp President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a land exchange between Utah and the Ute tribes, along with a correction to a Provo water deal. These were two of 14 bills Obama signed, with others naming buildings, creating memorials and swapping lands. Two weeks ago, the Senate agreed to an exchange of 20,000 acres controlled by Utah to the Hill Creek Extension of the Unitah and Ouray Indian Reservation for the mineral rights to other parcels on the reservation. The deal approved by the Ute Trib... President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a land exchange between Utah and the Ute tribes, along with a correction to a Provo water deal. These were two of 14 bills Obama signed, with others naming buildings, creating memorials and swapping lands. Two weeks ago, the Senate agreed to an exchange of 20,000 acres controlled by Utah to the Hill Creek Extension of the Unitah and Ouray Indian Reservation for the mineral rights to other parcels on the reservation. The deal approved by the Ute Trib... 58224545@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:45:17 MDT Paul Rolly: The good, the bad and the ‘silly’ at Utah’s DMV http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58214764-90/county-husband-wife-dmv.html.csp A Salt Lake County woman, whose husband died April 9, noticed the registration on his 2004 Camry was scheduled to expire at month’s end, so she went to a Division of Motor Vehicles office and renewed it, paying the $105 tax. While there, she asked what she needed to do to change the title into her name and was told she needed to bring in her husband’s death certificate and proof that she was his widow. She applied for and received the death certificate, then dutifully took it back to the DMV. W... A Salt Lake County woman, whose husband died April 9, noticed the registration on his 2004 Camry was scheduled to expire at month’s end, so she went to a Division of Motor Vehicles office and renewed it, paying the $105 tax. While there, she asked what she needed to do to change the title into her name and was told she needed to bring in her husband’s death certificate and proof that she was his widow. She applied for and received the death certificate, then dutifully took it back to the DMV. W... 58214764@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:54:25 MDT Utahn in Navy gets his first flight with Blue Angels http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58197712-90/hernandez-navy-angels-blue.html.csp The U.S. Navy is filled with history for Petty Officer 1st Class Ben Hernandez. Hernandez is was born and raised in Murray and his grandfather, great uncle, uncle and two older brothers all served in Navy. Hernandez has been in the Navy for almost 12 years as a hospital corpsman. He has spent the last three years living in Pensacola , Fla., with one of the most famous outfits in the U.S. military — the Blue Angels. “Just the chance to do something with such historical significance in the Nav... The U.S. Navy is filled with history for Petty Officer 1st Class Ben Hernandez. Hernandez is was born and raised in Murray and his grandfather, great uncle, uncle and two older brothers all served in Navy. Hernandez has been in the Navy for almost 12 years as a hospital corpsman. He has spent the last three years living in Pensacola , Fla., with one of the most famous outfits in the U.S. military — the Blue Angels. “Just the chance to do something with such historical significance in the Nav... 58197712@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:02:14 MDT ‘Gestapo’ BLM officers decried in House hearing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58221221-90/blm-county-federal-law.html.csp Washington • The armed standoff between Cliven Bundy supporters and the Bureau of Land Management grew out of continued concern about heavy-handed actions by the federal agency’s law enforcement officials, a Utah county commissioner told a House committee on Thursday. “You may not be aware that much of the support for the rancher by everyday citizens may have resulted from a growing frustration from the way they are treated by local BLM officers,” Garfield County Commissioner Leland Pollock told... Washington • The armed standoff between Cliven Bundy supporters and the Bureau of Land Management grew out of continued concern about heavy-handed actions by the federal agency’s law enforcement officials, a Utah county commissioner told a House committee on Thursday. “You may not be aware that much of the support for the rancher by everyday citizens may have resulted from a growing frustration from the way they are treated by local BLM officers,” Garfield County Commissioner Leland Pollock told... 58221221@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:00:54 MDT Marines investigate Utah corporal who vanished in Iraq http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58221398-90/hassoun-military-marine-camp.html.csp Camp Lejeune, N.C. • Marine Corps officers have launched a formal investigation into whether a Marine from Utah deserted his unit in Iraq or months later after returning to the United States, a military spokesman said Thursday. Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, of West Jordan, was being investigated for alleged desertion, destruction of government property and larceny, said Lt. Col. Cliff W. Gilmore, a spokesman for the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune. Hassoun faced those charges a decade... Camp Lejeune, N.C. • Marine Corps officers have launched a formal investigation into whether a Marine from Utah deserted his unit in Iraq or months later after returning to the United States, a military spokesman said Thursday. Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, of West Jordan, was being investigated for alleged desertion, destruction of government property and larceny, said Lt. Col. Cliff W. Gilmore, a spokesman for the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune. Hassoun faced those charges a decade... 58221398@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:23:49 MDT Paul Rolly: Pet lovers rally behind generous Utah firefighter http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58210951-90/petersen-rolly-johnson-lake.html.csp I wrote two weeks ago about Brigham City firefighter Tyler Petersen, who responded to a car crash on Interstate 15 and, after helping the badly injured driver get the emergency care she needed and ensuring her safe transfer to the nearest hospital, went to the Canyon View Animal Health Care Center and paid out of his own pocket the medical expenses for the motorist’s three injured dogs. I got the story from Karol Johnson, who volunteers for Brigham City Animal Shelter and had been asked to go t... I wrote two weeks ago about Brigham City firefighter Tyler Petersen, who responded to a car crash on Interstate 15 and, after helping the badly injured driver get the emergency care she needed and ensuring her safe transfer to the nearest hospital, went to the Canyon View Animal Health Care Center and paid out of his own pocket the medical expenses for the motorist’s three injured dogs. I got the story from Karol Johnson, who volunteers for Brigham City Animal Shelter and had been asked to go t... 58210951@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:35:21 MDT Robles’ strategy for defeating Stewart: more voting by mail http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58207428-90/raised-cash-district-robles.html.csp In her bid to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, state Sen. Luz Robles will focus almost exclusively on registering new voters and encouraging people to vote by mail. Her strategy is fueled by a desire to enfranchise Utahns who have become disengaged with government. It also may be her only hope of winning in Utah’s 2nd Congressional District, a sprawling, heavily Republican area that stretches from Bountiful through Salt Lake City and all the way to St. George. “The only way we are goin... In her bid to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, state Sen. Luz Robles will focus almost exclusively on registering new voters and encouraging people to vote by mail. Her strategy is fueled by a desire to enfranchise Utahns who have become disengaged with government. It also may be her only hope of winning in Utah’s 2nd Congressional District, a sprawling, heavily Republican area that stretches from Bountiful through Salt Lake City and all the way to St. George. “The only way we are goin... 58207428@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:05:18 MDT What Utahns need to know about today’s Obamacare rulings http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58211182-90/subsidies-federal-state-health.html.csp The latest legal fight over the Affordable Care Act takes aim at federal subsidies given to residents of Utah and 35 other states that didn’t set up their own health care marketplaces. A panel of D.C. Circuit judges ruled Tuesday the law allows federal subsidies to flow only through state-created marketplaces and not to people who bought coverage through Healthcare.gov. But on the same day, a 4th Circuit ruling in a separate, but similar, case allows the federal government to give subsidies to... The latest legal fight over the Affordable Care Act takes aim at federal subsidies given to residents of Utah and 35 other states that didn’t set up their own health care marketplaces. A panel of D.C. Circuit judges ruled Tuesday the law allows federal subsidies to flow only through state-created marketplaces and not to people who bought coverage through Healthcare.gov. But on the same day, a 4th Circuit ruling in a separate, but similar, case allows the federal government to give subsidies to... 58211182@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:08:19 MDT Herbert, GOP governors scold Obama over border crisis http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58211943-90/governors-states-gov-herbert.html.csp Utah Gov. Gary Herbert joined five other Republican governors Tuesday in calling on President Barack Obama to fix serious problems with the handling of unaccompanied children trying to immigrate into the United States without papers. “More than 57,000 children have crossed the border since October last year. Reports are that 90,000 children could make the journey by this fall,” the governors wrote to Obama. “With no end in sight, we need to have a plan to deal with the crisis in a humanitarian a... Utah Gov. Gary Herbert joined five other Republican governors Tuesday in calling on President Barack Obama to fix serious problems with the handling of unaccompanied children trying to immigrate into the United States without papers. “More than 57,000 children have crossed the border since October last year. Reports are that 90,000 children could make the journey by this fall,” the governors wrote to Obama. “With no end in sight, we need to have a plan to deal with the crisis in a humanitarian a... 58211943@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:31:25 MDT Utah to study expansion of e-voting http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58211029-90/voting-committee-expansion-utah.html.csp Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox formed a committee Tuesday to study the possible expansion of voting via the Internet. Utah was among the first states to introduce electronic voting for a few voters. Since 1998, it has allowed overseas citizens and members of the military to vote electronically. This year, the Legislature also made it an option for disabled voters. The new 14-member iVote Advisory Committee includes Cox, legislators, county clerks and technology and security specialists. It will explore, a... Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox formed a committee Tuesday to study the possible expansion of voting via the Internet. Utah was among the first states to introduce electronic voting for a few voters. Since 1998, it has allowed overseas citizens and members of the military to vote electronically. This year, the Legislature also made it an option for disabled voters. The new 14-member iVote Advisory Committee includes Cox, legislators, county clerks and technology and security specialists. It will explore, a... 58211029@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:59:20 MDT Polygamist prophet Jeffs writes to Utah lawmakers — a lot http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58207068-90/jeffs-says-lawmakers-leader.html.csp Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs frequently sends revelations — and calls to repentance — from his Texan prison cell to a special group of people: the Utah Legislature. “We’ve seen a few more of late,” after a bit of a lull, says Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy. “But two years ago, it was like I was receiving one a day.” Niederhauser says that while he read some of the early letters in the stream of correspondence, he hasn’t bothered with the most recent ones because “there seems... Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs frequently sends revelations — and calls to repentance — from his Texan prison cell to a special group of people: the Utah Legislature. “We’ve seen a few more of late,” after a bit of a lull, says Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy. “But two years ago, it was like I was receiving one a day.” Niederhauser says that while he read some of the early letters in the stream of correspondence, he hasn’t bothered with the most recent ones because “there seems... 58207068@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:06:48 MDT Obama’s order protects gay workers; Hatch wants religious exemption http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58206916-90/exemption-obama-order-federal.html.csp With the stroke of a pen Monday, President Barack Obama barred federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers. Gay-rights groups heralded the executive order as a historic advancement, but others, including Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, criticized Obama for not carving out contractors tied to a religion. Obama signed the order, in part, because a nondiscrimination bill has been stymied in Congress. “I’m going to do what I can, with the authority I have, to act,” Obama said moments bef... With the stroke of a pen Monday, President Barack Obama barred federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers. Gay-rights groups heralded the executive order as a historic advancement, but others, including Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, criticized Obama for not carving out contractors tied to a religion. Obama signed the order, in part, because a nondiscrimination bill has been stymied in Congress. “I’m going to do what I can, with the authority I have, to act,” Obama said moments bef... 58206916@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:41:35 MDT Two-term councilman may take on Becker, if he runs again http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/58207175-200/becker-garrott-mayor-term.html.csp If Mayor Ralph Becker seeks a third term next year, he may face stiff competition from within Salt Lake City Hall. Two-term Salt Lake City Councilman Luke Garrott has filed papers that would be the first step in a run for mayor. “This is an exploratory phase,” the 46-year- old University of Utah political science professor said Monday. Becker, who encountered only token opposition three years ago from a 79-year-old political novice, has yet to state his political plans. His spokesman said the ma... If Mayor Ralph Becker seeks a third term next year, he may face stiff competition from within Salt Lake City Hall. Two-term Salt Lake City Councilman Luke Garrott has filed papers that would be the first step in a run for mayor. “This is an exploratory phase,” the 46-year- old University of Utah political science professor said Monday. Becker, who encountered only token opposition three years ago from a 79-year-old political novice, has yet to state his political plans. His spokesman said the ma... 58207175@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:34:21 MDT Road projects may delay Pioneer Day traveling http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58207407-90/udot-delays-lane-lanes.html.csp Some road work that has narrowed key freeways around the state could lead to delays over the upcoming July 24 holiday weekend. While actual road work will be suspended over the long weekend, the Utah Department of Transportation is urging travelers to allow extra travel time for expected heavy traffic on Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon. Following is a list of some key restrictions: Interstate 80 in Summit County • It has been reduced to one lane in each direction between Wanship and... Some road work that has narrowed key freeways around the state could lead to delays over the upcoming July 24 holiday weekend. While actual road work will be suspended over the long weekend, the Utah Department of Transportation is urging travelers to allow extra travel time for expected heavy traffic on Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon. Following is a list of some key restrictions: Interstate 80 in Summit County • It has been reduced to one lane in each direction between Wanship and... 58207407@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:32:01 MDT Owens changes campaign bosses in race against Mia Love http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58206715-90/owens-campaign-district-love.html.csp Democratic congressional candidate Doug Owens swapped campaign managers recently, a move he says was long planned, but his former aide asserts was made because they disagreed on direction. Casey Frary moved from Washington, D.C., to lead Owens’ race for the 4th District, replacing Emily Hollingshead, who is now assisting four Democratic candidates for legislative and county offices. “Doug and I just didn’t see eye to eye on how things should go,” Hollingshead said Monday. “It was a kind of mutua... Democratic congressional candidate Doug Owens swapped campaign managers recently, a move he says was long planned, but his former aide asserts was made because they disagreed on direction. Casey Frary moved from Washington, D.C., to lead Owens’ race for the 4th District, replacing Emily Hollingshead, who is now assisting four Democratic candidates for legislative and county offices. “Doug and I just didn’t see eye to eye on how things should go,” Hollingshead said Monday. “It was a kind of mutua... 58206715@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:11:14 MDT