Utah News - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/News Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) State ends budget year with $166M surplus http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58421811-90/budget-million-state-surplus.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 — a total of $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 h... 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 — a total of $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 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=""/> 58421811@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:03:02 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,” Toome... 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,” Toome... 58421256@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:43:35 MDT UTA to cut top bonuses from $30,000 to $7,500 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58421047-90/uta-bonuses-bonus-7500.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 17:42:39 MDT Congress passes Hatch, Matheson bill to help EMS providers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58421312-90/matheson-program-emergency-ems.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 crews stock limited doses of medicine and smaller equipment to help with younger patients. The Senate approved the legisl... 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 crews stock limited doses of medicine and smaller equipment to help with younger patients. The Senate approved the legisl... 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/drug-possession-robinson-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-wilderness-suwa.html.csp Once again opposing camps in Utah’s energy-development debate say the BLM got a proposed lease sale wrong. Wilderness advocates contend at least 27 federal parcels of the 69 authorized for the agency’s Nov. 18 sale should not be leased because they encroach on scenic lands that are vital to both wildlife conservation and recreation. Furthermore rampant oil and gas drilling is degrading air quality in the Uinta Basin, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance argues in a protest filed Monday. Meanwh... Once again opposing camps in Utah’s energy-development debate say the BLM got a proposed lease sale wrong. Wilderness advocates contend at least 27 federal parcels of the 69 authorized for the agency’s Nov. 18 sale should not be leased because they encroach on scenic lands that are vital to both wildlife conservation and recreation. Furthermore rampant oil and gas drilling is degrading air quality in the Uinta Basin, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance argues in a protest filed Monday. Meanwh... 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 Riverdale... 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 Riverdale... 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 took a trip to Black Island Farm in Syracuse on Tuesday, Sept. 16, to learn where their food comes from. The students picked vegetables, took a hay ride, visited with farm animals — many for the for the first time — and negotiated through the farm’s popular corn maze. More than 50 fourth-grade students from Backman Elementary School in Salt Lake City took a trip to Black Island Farm in Syracuse on Tuesday, Sept. 16, to learn where their food comes from. The students picked vegetables, took a hay ride, visited with farm animals — many for the for the first time — and negotiated through the farm’s popular corn maze. 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-charges.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 cha... 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 cha... 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 Salt Lake City man killed in crash in Hawaii http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58420319-78/amp-hawaii-kohala-north.html.csp Police in Hawaii have identified a man killed in a single-vehicle crash last week as Christopher A. Sprecher, 60, of Salt Lake City. The Hawaii Police Department said Sprecher was driving an SUV on a road in the Kohala Ranch gated subdivision in North Kohala on Sept. 10 when he lost control of the vehicle, ran off the right shoulder and hit a tree. Sprecher was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to police. pmanson@s... Police in Hawaii have identified a man killed in a single-vehicle crash last week as Christopher A. Sprecher, 60, of Salt Lake City. The Hawaii Police Department said Sprecher was driving an SUV on a road in the Kohala Ranch gated subdivision in North Kohala on Sept. 10 when he lost control of the vehicle, ran off the right shoulder and hit a tree. Sprecher was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to police. pmanson@s... 58420319@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:37:20 MDT Paul Rolly: Getting Utah’s homeless kids to school is a tough job http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58419784-90/education-rock-shelter-kids.html.csp While Utah politicians wring their hands about Common Core and other education initiatives they didn’t think up themselves, and while legislators continue to micromanage education for their own special interests, heroic efforts by educators go unnoticed. Those who scream that Common Core is a federal socialist plot seem to be the last to worry about homeless children getting an education. After all, they often are the same folks who want to deport little kids whose only home has been in the U.S... While Utah politicians wring their hands about Common Core and other education initiatives they didn’t think up themselves, and while legislators continue to micromanage education for their own special interests, heroic efforts by educators go unnoticed. Those who scream that Common Core is a federal socialist plot seem to be the last to worry about homeless children getting an education. After all, they often are the same folks who want to deport little kids whose only home has been in the U.S... 58419784@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:18:02 MDT Evidence disputed in Saratoga Springs shooting http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58417540-78/police-hunt-shooting-family.html.csp While national attention is now focusing on whether two Saratoga Springs police officers shot and killed a young black man because of his race, the various sides sparred Monday over which version of what happened is supported by emerging evidence. Randall Edwards, attorney for the family of Darrien Hunt, said more witnesses came forward to support the family’s version that the 22-year-old was trying to flee police Wednesday when he was shot in the back. He said no witnesses — nor independent aut... While national attention is now focusing on whether two Saratoga Springs police officers shot and killed a young black man because of his race, the various sides sparred Monday over which version of what happened is supported by emerging evidence. Randall Edwards, attorney for the family of Darrien Hunt, said more witnesses came forward to support the family’s version that the 22-year-old was trying to flee police Wednesday when he was shot in the back. He said no witnesses — nor independent aut... 58417540@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:15:20 MDT Salt Lake City Council to weigh mandatory rape-kit testing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58415791-90/assault-burbank-code-council.html.csp The Salt Lake City Council is preparing to mandate that the administration of Mayor Ralph Becker and his police department change the way they handle sex-assault investigations by testing the forensic evidence from every reported case. The unusual move is the next phase of a continuing and heated discussion that began last spring. During a tense April 15 work session, Councilman Kyle LaMalfa asked police Chief Chris Burbank why his department had not analyzed 788 of 1,001 Code R kits — or rape ... The Salt Lake City Council is preparing to mandate that the administration of Mayor Ralph Becker and his police department change the way they handle sex-assault investigations by testing the forensic evidence from every reported case. The unusual move is the next phase of a continuing and heated discussion that began last spring. During a tense April 15 work session, Councilman Kyle LaMalfa asked police Chief Chris Burbank why his department had not analyzed 788 of 1,001 Code R kits — or rape ... 58415791@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:58:39 MDT County council candidates to debate Tuesday http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58416332-90/candidates-council-county-debate.html.csp Salt Lake County Council candidates Micah Bruner and Jenny Wilson will square off from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday in a debate at The Leonardo, 209 E. 500 South, in Salt Lake City. Democrat Wilson and Republican Bruner are vying for the six-year, at-large council seat being vacated by longtime county official Randy Horiuchi. This is the first of three political debates organized by the Alliance for a Better Utah, the University of Utah’s John R. Park Debate Society and community radio station KCPW. Other ... Salt Lake County Council candidates Micah Bruner and Jenny Wilson will square off from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday in a debate at The Leonardo, 209 E. 500 South, in Salt Lake City. Democrat Wilson and Republican Bruner are vying for the six-year, at-large council seat being vacated by longtime county official Randy Horiuchi. This is the first of three political debates organized by the Alliance for a Better Utah, the University of Utah’s John R. Park Debate Society and community radio station KCPW. Other ... 58416332@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:58:39 MDT