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The woman stops for breakfast at McDonald’s by Home Depot on 2100 South near I-15 in Salt Lake City. But she parks near a cluster of day laborers seeking work standing along the busy street’s sidewalk. They quickly surround her car holding up one finger — asking in Spanish and English if she wants one worker. Some hold her car-door handles, ready to hop in if she gives the signal, as they seek an edge in fierce competition for scarce work. The woman is now wide-eyed and panicky. A young securit... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57806652@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:01:02 MDT Washington Insight: The Sagebrush Rebellion lives on with Nevada dispute http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57832176-90/federal-blm-washington-bundy.html.csp Washington • The anger boiling over in the Nevada rancher dispute with federal authorities isn’t a newfound phenomenon. And it isn’t isolated. The Bureau of Land Management halted an effort this month to round up cattle that rancher Cliven Bundy had allowed to graze without a legal permit for the last two decades. He owes more than $1 million in grazing fees and penalties, according to the bureau, which, armed with a federal court order, seized some 300 cows to be sold at auction. That’s when e... Washington • The anger boiling over in the Nevada rancher dispute with federal authorities isn’t a newfound phenomenon. And it isn’t isolated. The Bureau of Land Management halted an effort this month to round up cattle that rancher Cliven Bundy had allowed to graze without a legal permit for the last two decades. He owes more than $1 million in grazing fees and penalties, according to the bureau, which, armed with a federal court order, seized some 300 cows to be sold at auction. That’s when e... 57832176@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:01:02 MDT Gun-rights activists celebrate Patriots’ Day at Utah Capitol http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57836893-90/rally-blm-government-artigas.html.csp American flags, AK-47s, camouflage and “Impeach Obama” signs dotted a small rally in honor of the 239th anniversary of “the shot heard round the world,” which launched the American Revolution. “If it wasn’t for that date, we wouldn’t be a country,” said organizer Robert Falin, affectionately dubbed “Militia Bob,” at the Saturday gathering on the steps of the Utah Capitol, which drew about 120 people. The Patriots’ Day rally focused heavily on supporting the Second Amendment right to own firear... American flags, AK-47s, camouflage and “Impeach Obama” signs dotted a small rally in honor of the 239th anniversary of “the shot heard round the world,” which launched the American Revolution. “If it wasn’t for that date, we wouldn’t be a country,” said organizer Robert Falin, affectionately dubbed “Militia Bob,” at the Saturday gathering on the steps of the Utah Capitol, which drew about 120 people. The Patriots’ Day rally focused heavily on supporting the Second Amendment right to own firear... 57836893@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:21:47 MDT Big shovel begins big I-15 project in south Davis County http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57836935-90/500-braceras-bridges-construction.html.csp Bountiful • The state’s largest highway construction project of the year began Friday with a much-bigger-than-usual ceremonial shovel — a heavy machinery excavator. That’s appropriate for the big $117 million project that will add express lanes to Interstate 15 through south Davis County and rebuild key interchanges and bridges there. Officials warn the construction could bring gridlock unless 20 percent of daily commuters use alternate routes or take the FrontRunner commuter train. Taking turn... Bountiful • The state’s largest highway construction project of the year began Friday with a much-bigger-than-usual ceremonial shovel — a heavy machinery excavator. That’s appropriate for the big $117 million project that will add express lanes to Interstate 15 through south Davis County and rebuild key interchanges and bridges there. Officials warn the construction could bring gridlock unless 20 percent of daily commuters use alternate routes or take the FrontRunner commuter train. Taking turn... 57836935@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:13:22 MDT Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57836973-90/utah-federal-lands-states.html.csp It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday. More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. “It’s simply time,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with M... It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday. More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. “It’s simply time,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with M... 57836973@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:13:22 MDT Study: Utah has second-fastest urban sprawl http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57836608-90/area-areas-growth-numbersusa.html.csp Utah has the nation’s second-fastest rate of urban sprawl gobbling up farmland and open space for new development, according to a new study. Fast population growth pushing cities outward is the primary reason, rather than people choosing more spacious lots, according to the study by the NumbersUSA Education and Research Foundation, a sometimes-controversial group that promotes reduced immigration and studies effects of immigration and growth. It said data from the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Na... Utah has the nation’s second-fastest rate of urban sprawl gobbling up farmland and open space for new development, according to a new study. Fast population growth pushing cities outward is the primary reason, rather than people choosing more spacious lots, according to the study by the NumbersUSA Education and Research Foundation, a sometimes-controversial group that promotes reduced immigration and studies effects of immigration and growth. It said data from the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Na... 57836608@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:00:38 MDT Big, pricey future Utah highway projects unveiled http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57837285-90/bangerter-commission-cost-county.html.csp The Utah Transportation Commission on Friday unveiled the next highway projects it plans to fund — including rebuilding a key stretch of Interstate 215 in Salt Lake County, improving the “spaghetti bowl” interchange, and converting more stretches of Bangerter Highway into true freeway. Sen. Wayne Harper, R-Taylorsville, also made a surprise announcement to the commission that legislators may push a major road bill soon to issue bonds to finish even more big projects — such as the Mountain View C... The Utah Transportation Commission on Friday unveiled the next highway projects it plans to fund — including rebuilding a key stretch of Interstate 215 in Salt Lake County, improving the “spaghetti bowl” interchange, and converting more stretches of Bangerter Highway into true freeway. Sen. Wayne Harper, R-Taylorsville, also made a surprise announcement to the commission that legislators may push a major road bill soon to issue bonds to finish even more big projects — such as the Mountain View C... 57837285@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:00:38 MDT Study: Utah to nearly double population by 2050 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57833427-90/2050-counties-county-front.html.csp By 2050, Utah is expected to nearly double its population — adding 2.5 million people to its current 2.9 million, with two-thirds coming from “natural growth” through its high birth rate and a third from immigration. A new study by the Utah Foundation predicts the booming growth, and a separate panel discussion Thursday by the League of Women Voters addressed planning needed to handle it. “That means we need to generate over a million new jobs and provide better housing and transportation — and... By 2050, Utah is expected to nearly double its population — adding 2.5 million people to its current 2.9 million, with two-thirds coming from “natural growth” through its high birth rate and a third from immigration. A new study by the Utah Foundation predicts the booming growth, and a separate panel discussion Thursday by the League of Women Voters addressed planning needed to handle it. “That means we need to generate over a million new jobs and provide better housing and transportation — and... 57833427@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:35:26 MDT Utah County shoo-in says mistakes help him be ‘more suited’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57833526-90/bankruptcy-car-case-commission.html.csp A Springville Republican appears headed for a spot on the Utah County Commission, despite having several bankruptcies and a theft conviction on his record, which he says stemmed from a pair of auto accidents, a divorce and a misunderstanding with a former employer. “We all have experiences we learn from and help us understand and help us to be more suited for things as we encounter them in the future,” Greg Graves, the GOP nominee to the commission seat, said in an interview Thursday. “It’s neve... A Springville Republican appears headed for a spot on the Utah County Commission, despite having several bankruptcies and a theft conviction on his record, which he says stemmed from a pair of auto accidents, a divorce and a misunderstanding with a former employer. “We all have experiences we learn from and help us understand and help us to be more suited for things as we encounter them in the future,” Greg Graves, the GOP nominee to the commission seat, said in an interview Thursday. “It’s neve... 57833526@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:55:20 MDT SLC’s Coach Mike holds serve, thanks to home crowd’s support http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57833309-90/coach-dee-glen-lake.html.csp Salt Lake City tennis icon Mike Martines is still serving up tennis. Coach Mike, as he is known, was recently awarded tennis concession contracts at Salt Lake City’s Dee Glen Smith Tennis Park and Liberty Park. The contract brings to a close a contentious process that initially had eliminated Martines’ affiliation with Dee Glen Smith, where for 17 years he operated Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy. Salt Lake City officials determined in 2013 to issue a request for proposal for Dee Glen Smith and Lib... Salt Lake City tennis icon Mike Martines is still serving up tennis. Coach Mike, as he is known, was recently awarded tennis concession contracts at Salt Lake City’s Dee Glen Smith Tennis Park and Liberty Park. The contract brings to a close a contentious process that initially had eliminated Martines’ affiliation with Dee Glen Smith, where for 17 years he operated Coach Mike’s Tennis Academy. Salt Lake City officials determined in 2013 to issue a request for proposal for Dee Glen Smith and Lib... 57833309@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:37:55 MDT Paul Rolly: Taking Utah County’s wackiness to a new level http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57823475-90/letter-utah-foundation-delegates.html.csp I’ve always maintained Utah County is a wacky place for politics. It just got wackier. As reported last week, Republican delegates in northern Utah County’s House District 57 received a letter earlier this month purportedly from the Utah chapter of the Foundation for Government Accountability that assessed the three GOP candidates for that seat. It had high praise for the incumbent, Rep. Brian Greene, R-Pleasant Grove, and deep criticism for the two Republican challengers, former Rep. Holly Ric... I’ve always maintained Utah County is a wacky place for politics. It just got wackier. As reported last week, Republican delegates in northern Utah County’s House District 57 received a letter earlier this month purportedly from the Utah chapter of the Foundation for Government Accountability that assessed the three GOP candidates for that seat. It had high praise for the incumbent, Rep. Brian Greene, R-Pleasant Grove, and deep criticism for the two Republican challengers, former Rep. Holly Ric... 57823475@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:45:31 MDT Winter farmers market ends Saturday http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57833119-90/downtown-eggs-einerson-farmer.html.csp Salt Lake City’s winter Downtown Farmers Market will draw to a close Saturday and looks to be ending its first season on a high note. “It went tremendously well,” said director Alison Einerson. “It exceeded our expectations. The market, which has been open since November at the Rio Grande Depot, drew about 2,000 to 2,500 people every other Saturday. Sixty vendors sold produce, meat and eggs, honey, jam, bread and cheese, among other things. Einerson said the expectation is that the Winter Market... Salt Lake City’s winter Downtown Farmers Market will draw to a close Saturday and looks to be ending its first season on a high note. “It went tremendously well,” said director Alison Einerson. “It exceeded our expectations. The market, which has been open since November at the Rio Grande Depot, drew about 2,000 to 2,500 people every other Saturday. Sixty vendors sold produce, meat and eggs, honey, jam, bread and cheese, among other things. Einerson said the expectation is that the Winter Market... 57833119@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:06:01 MDT Utah has among nation’s highest payday loan rates, study shows http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57828069-90/interest-lenders-limit-limits.html.csp Utahns pay among the nation’s highest interest rates for payday loans — mainly because it is one of seven states that impose no legal limits on them. Competition among lenders doesn’t tend to lower rates much without limits, according to research released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts. “Utah is one of the seven states that allows payday loans but does not limit their costs,” Nick Bourke, project director for Pew, told The Salt Lake Tribune. “That tends to drive the prices up, so Utah ha... Utahns pay among the nation’s highest interest rates for payday loans — mainly because it is one of seven states that impose no legal limits on them. Competition among lenders doesn’t tend to lower rates much without limits, according to research released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts. “Utah is one of the seven states that allows payday loans but does not limit their costs,” Nick Bourke, project director for Pew, told The Salt Lake Tribune. “That tends to drive the prices up, so Utah ha... 57828069@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:23:59 MDT Police chief: Rape data to go online http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57828323-90/approach-burbank-cases-chief.html.csp Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank ripped into City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa on Wednesday for impugning detectives who investigate rape allegations — and then he outlined a groundbreaking initiative that would make such inquiries transparent. Burbank put forward his “Code R Kit Project,” which would post online information on 625 rape cases but would protect the identity of victims. It would allow the public to see if forensic rape kits were forwarded to the state crime lab for processing,... Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank ripped into City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa on Wednesday for impugning detectives who investigate rape allegations — and then he outlined a groundbreaking initiative that would make such inquiries transparent. Burbank put forward his “Code R Kit Project,” which would post online information on 625 rape cases but would protect the identity of victims. It would allow the public to see if forensic rape kits were forwarded to the state crime lab for processing,... 57828323@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:49:38 MDT So. Jordan OKs controversial apartment complex plan http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57822970-90/apartment-apartments-commercial-council.html.csp South Jordan • Over the concerns of the mayor and many who attended a lengthy, contentious public meeting, the South Jordan City Council voted late Tuesday to approve an apartment complex near the FrontRunner station on a bluff overlooking the Jordan River. The council voted 4-1 to OK a transit-oriented development that mixed housing and businesses on 5.6 acres once slated for only commercial use. City council members also approved two four-story L shaped luxury apartment buildings. Residents pa... South Jordan • Over the concerns of the mayor and many who attended a lengthy, contentious public meeting, the South Jordan City Council voted late Tuesday to approve an apartment complex near the FrontRunner station on a bluff overlooking the Jordan River. The council voted 4-1 to OK a transit-oriented development that mixed housing and businesses on 5.6 acres once slated for only commercial use. City council members also approved two four-story L shaped luxury apartment buildings. Residents pa... 57822970@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:29:13 MDT Four Utah cities take aim at improving arts programs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57827142-90/arts-cities-councils-county.html.csp Four cities in Salt Lake County are starting a three-year program to increase their ability to put on arts and cultural programs — and to obtain the Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) tax revenue to help them do it. Arts councils in Cottonwood Heights, Holladay, Midvale and South Salt Lake will receive a ZAP grant of $10,000 a year, plus training expenses of up to $4,000, to promote the arts in their communities. Their cities agreed to match the grant, with the overall funding going toward hiring or deve... Four cities in Salt Lake County are starting a three-year program to increase their ability to put on arts and cultural programs — and to obtain the Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) tax revenue to help them do it. Arts councils in Cottonwood Heights, Holladay, Midvale and South Salt Lake will receive a ZAP grant of $10,000 a year, plus training expenses of up to $4,000, to promote the arts in their communities. Their cities agreed to match the grant, with the overall funding going toward hiring or deve... 57827142@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:46:56 MDT Blame game under way in lack of rape prosecutions, lab testing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57822873-90/assault-dna-evidence-kits.html.csp Experts say that only a small fraction of rapes are reported and that the prosecution rate in those cases is dismally small — in Salt Lake County it’s 6 percent. In many instances of alleged sex assault, forensic evidence gathered from the victim is not even analyzed. Such evidence — including semen and saliva that can provide DNA — is collected by specially trained nurses in what is called a Code R kit, or rape kit. The evidence could be key to a conviction. But of 1,001 sex assault investigati... Experts say that only a small fraction of rapes are reported and that the prosecution rate in those cases is dismally small — in Salt Lake County it’s 6 percent. In many instances of alleged sex assault, forensic evidence gathered from the victim is not even analyzed. Such evidence — including semen and saliva that can provide DNA — is collected by specially trained nurses in what is called a Code R kit, or rape kit. The evidence could be key to a conviction. But of 1,001 sex assault investigati... 57822873@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:55:06 MDT Herbert: Feds say ‘no deal breaker’ in Utah health-care expansion plan http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57823606-90/care-expanding-health-herbert.html.csp Washington • Gov. Gary Herbert said the White House and outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are inching closer to approving his alternative plan for expanding health-care for low-income Utahns through a block grant to the state, and the governor added that he’s hopeful for a resolution this summer. “The encouraging comment [Sebelius] made to me was, ‘I see nothing here that would be a deal breaker,’” Herbert told The Salt Lake Tribune after leaving the White House on ... Washington • Gov. Gary Herbert said the White House and outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are inching closer to approving his alternative plan for expanding health-care for low-income Utahns through a block grant to the state, and the governor added that he’s hopeful for a resolution this summer. “The encouraging comment [Sebelius] made to me was, ‘I see nothing here that would be a deal breaker,’” Herbert told The Salt Lake Tribune after leaving the White House on ... 57823606@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:23:32 MDT LDS leader, Obama meet to push for immigration reform http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57822496-90/church-citizenship-common-immigrants.html.csp Washington • A top LDS Church official joined fellow faith leaders to meet with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, urging action on immigration reform that has so far stalled in Congress. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor to Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Thomas S. Monson, said outside the White House that he’s hopeful for a break in the partisan logjam preventing meaningful reform. “There are many programs and actions that the president or the administration is standin... Washington • A top LDS Church official joined fellow faith leaders to meet with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, urging action on immigration reform that has so far stalled in Congress. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor to Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Thomas S. Monson, said outside the White House that he’s hopeful for a break in the partisan logjam preventing meaningful reform. “There are many programs and actions that the president or the administration is standin... 57822496@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:49:06 MDT Rolly: Cast-out candidate says convention eviction was Love’s doing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57822404-90/county-aalders-party-republican.html.csp A congressional candidate who was kicked out of Saturday’s Salt Lake County Republican Convention says he was asked to leave after paying $300 for a booth because the Mia Love campaign insisted he go. Tim Aalders is a conservative talk-radio commentator who is running in the 4th District as an Independent American Party candidate. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012 as a Republican, so he is known in the GOP, but he said he was surprised to be invited to Saturday’s convention because he now repr... A congressional candidate who was kicked out of Saturday’s Salt Lake County Republican Convention says he was asked to leave after paying $300 for a booth because the Mia Love campaign insisted he go. Tim Aalders is a conservative talk-radio commentator who is running in the 4th District as an Independent American Party candidate. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012 as a Republican, so he is known in the GOP, but he said he was surprised to be invited to Saturday’s convention because he now repr... 57822404@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:56:15 MDT