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Sex offenders now take up 42 percent more beds than they did 10 years ago, making them the largest gr... Prison populations around the country have been in steady decline for the past 10 years. In Utah, it’s a different story. The number of men and women in the state’s prison system has continued to rise, with the highest drivers being nonviolent criminals and sex offenders, who are staying in longer and taking up more beds than ever before, according to data collected by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Sex offenders now take up 42 percent more beds than they did 10 years ago, making them the largest gr... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58406311@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:44:11 MDT Horse carriages gone from Salt Lake City, but debate might go on http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58407995-90/beckham-business-carriage-company.html.csp Downtown Salt Lake City horse-carriage rides are suddenly, quietly, a thing of the past. But the city’s policy on such businesses — whether they should be allowed to operate in the capital or not — may still be a topic for debate. “Now that there isn’t a carriage company that is working in the city, it makes it a little more palatable so that we’re not worried about livelihood and what’s going to happen with horses,” said Salt Lake City Council Chairman Charlie Luke. “We can just look at policy ... Downtown Salt Lake City horse-carriage rides are suddenly, quietly, a thing of the past. But the city’s policy on such businesses — whether they should be allowed to operate in the capital or not — may still be a topic for debate. “Now that there isn’t a carriage company that is working in the city, it makes it a little more palatable so that we’re not worried about livelihood and what’s going to happen with horses,” said Salt Lake City Council Chairman Charlie Luke. “We can just look at policy ... 58407995@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:17:35 MDT Family says police shot Utah man because he was black http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58409680-78/hunt-family-police-sword.html.csp Darrien Hunt’s family says it can figure only one reason that Saratoga Springs police would shoot to death a “timid” 22-year-old in the back, even if he had what they call a “toy” sword: He was black, and treated with extra suspicion because of it. “It’s difficult to make any sense out of the situation any other way,” said Cindy Moss, the aunt of Hunt and acting family spokeswoman, on Saturday. Saratoga Springs police issued a written statement saying claims that its officers’ actions were a re... Darrien Hunt’s family says it can figure only one reason that Saratoga Springs police would shoot to death a “timid” 22-year-old in the back, even if he had what they call a “toy” sword: He was black, and treated with extra suspicion because of it. “It’s difficult to make any sense out of the situation any other way,” said Cindy Moss, the aunt of Hunt and acting family spokeswoman, on Saturday. Saratoga Springs police issued a written statement saying claims that its officers’ actions were a re... 58409680@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:13:26 MDT Utah author James Dashner getting the Hollywood treatment with ‘The Maze Runner’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58375068-223/dashner-maze-movie-runner.html.csp For a film buff like James Dashner, receiving the Hollywood treatment for his best-selling action thriller “The Maze Runner” is another happy plot twist in a multiple-chaptered narrative journey. The movie adaptation of the Utah writer’s 2009 novel opens in wide release — including at Dashner’s neighborhood movie house, South Jordan’s The District — on Friday. Sharp-eyed viewers might catch the Utah writer’s cameo appearance at the end of the movie. “Basically, I’m sitting at a table. I’m on scr... For a film buff like James Dashner, receiving the Hollywood treatment for his best-selling action thriller “The Maze Runner” is another happy plot twist in a multiple-chaptered narrative journey. The movie adaptation of the Utah writer’s 2009 novel opens in wide release — including at Dashner’s neighborhood movie house, South Jordan’s The District — on Friday. Sharp-eyed viewers might catch the Utah writer’s cameo appearance at the end of the movie. “Basically, I’m sitting at a table. I’m on scr... 58375068@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:55:33 MDT Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Park due for face-lift http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58403695-78/park-pioneer-coalition-homeless.html.csp Imagine residents of downtown Salt Lake City strolling to Pioneer Park to toss a Frisbee or spread out a picnic and enjoy the day along with other folks, who happen to be homeless. For the nonprofit Pioneer Park Coalition, it’s not an impossible dream. Local funding for a federal-matching grant could change the face of Pioneer Park, although the proposed $1 million project appears more like a face-lift than a complete makeover. In its continuing effort to make the park a place for everyone, Salt... Imagine residents of downtown Salt Lake City strolling to Pioneer Park to toss a Frisbee or spread out a picnic and enjoy the day along with other folks, who happen to be homeless. For the nonprofit Pioneer Park Coalition, it’s not an impossible dream. Local funding for a federal-matching grant could change the face of Pioneer Park, although the proposed $1 million project appears more like a face-lift than a complete makeover. In its continuing effort to make the park a place for everyone, Salt... 58403695@www.sltrib.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:16:03 MDT Feds give thumbs down to Sugar House Streetcar extension http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58407218-90/2100-council-drive-funding.html.csp The Sugar House Streetcar extension isn’t coming any time soon. The Salt Lake City Council scrum earlier this month that ended in a split 4-3 vote to fund a federal matching grant for the Sugar House Streetcar was apparently all for naught. City Hall confirmed Friday that its application for a federal transportation “TIGER” grant that would have extended the so-called S-Line to the intersection at 2100 South and Highland Drive failed to be approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The a... The Sugar House Streetcar extension isn’t coming any time soon. The Salt Lake City Council scrum earlier this month that ended in a split 4-3 vote to fund a federal matching grant for the Sugar House Streetcar was apparently all for naught. City Hall confirmed Friday that its application for a federal transportation “TIGER” grant that would have extended the so-called S-Line to the intersection at 2100 South and Highland Drive failed to be approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The a... 58407218@www.sltrib.com Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:50:13 MDT Gun instructor: Injured Utah teacher messed up http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58406775-90/gun-carry-teacher-concealed.html.csp A prominent Utah gun rights advocate said the elementary school teacher injured when her gun went off in a bathroom Thursday bears the blame for the accident. “It was a negligent discharge,” said Clark Aposhian, a concealed carry permit instructor. “We are no apologist for improper weapon handling and we never will be.” Aposhian said it’s highly unlikely the gun would have gone off if dropped, which means sixth-grade teacher Michelle Ferguson-Montgomery probably inadvertently pulled the trigger... A prominent Utah gun rights advocate said the elementary school teacher injured when her gun went off in a bathroom Thursday bears the blame for the accident. “It was a negligent discharge,” said Clark Aposhian, a concealed carry permit instructor. “We are no apologist for improper weapon handling and we never will be.” Aposhian said it’s highly unlikely the gun would have gone off if dropped, which means sixth-grade teacher Michelle Ferguson-Montgomery probably inadvertently pulled the trigger... 58406775@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:26:14 MDT Meet four champions of Canyonlands http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58364997-78/park-national-canyonlands-wilson.html.csp Canyonlands National Park • A park superintendent, a national politician, a local guide. Bates Wilson, Stewart Udall and Kent Frost played vital roles in the creation of Canyonlands National Park, overseen today by Superintendent Kate Cannon. The park received its official designation Sept. 12, 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson made it the 31st national park in the United States. To mark its 50th anniversary, meet these four champions of the rugged, remote park in southeastern Utah. Th... Canyonlands National Park • A park superintendent, a national politician, a local guide. Bates Wilson, Stewart Udall and Kent Frost played vital roles in the creation of Canyonlands National Park, overseen today by Superintendent Kate Cannon. The park received its official designation Sept. 12, 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson made it the 31st national park in the United States. To mark its 50th anniversary, meet these four champions of the rugged, remote park in southeastern Utah. Th... 58364997@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:00:19 MDT Utah Bucket List: Violinist in tune with Zion National Park http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58247716-78/zion-park-national-panitch.html.csp Zion National Park • As a violinist, Rachel Panitch never expected her name to be linked to those of Ansel Adams, William Henry Jackson, George Catlin, Henry Thoreau and Thomas Moran. But, thanks to a National Park Service program that lets artists live temporarily in parks across the country, the Boston resident can be grouped with the painters, photographers and writers who helped preserve and promote the nation’s most scenic locations. Panitch, who also composes music, spent the month of Apri... Zion National Park • As a violinist, Rachel Panitch never expected her name to be linked to those of Ansel Adams, William Henry Jackson, George Catlin, Henry Thoreau and Thomas Moran. But, thanks to a National Park Service program that lets artists live temporarily in parks across the country, the Boston resident can be grouped with the painters, photographers and writers who helped preserve and promote the nation’s most scenic locations. Panitch, who also composes music, spent the month of Apri... 58247716@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:00:18 MDT Fall concert preview: Big acts keep on coming to Utah this fall http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58389389-223/band-complex-court-indie.html.csp The fall concert lineup doesn’t have as many big arena shows as summertime, but there’s still plenty to hear for fans of any musical taste, including pop superstar Katy Perry, set to play EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Sept. 29 Here’s a schedule of the major national touring acts playing in Salt Lake City this fall through the Christmas season. (Dates and venues are subject to change.)&lt;freeform&gt; Friday, Sept. 12 Coheed and Cambria, prog-rock, The Complex Great White, classic ha... The fall concert lineup doesn’t have as many big arena shows as summertime, but there’s still plenty to hear for fans of any musical taste, including pop superstar Katy Perry, set to play EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Sept. 29 Here’s a schedule of the major national touring acts playing in Salt Lake City this fall through the Christmas season. (Dates and venues are subject to change.)&lt;freeform&gt; Friday, Sept. 12 Coheed and Cambria, prog-rock, The Complex Great White, classic ha... 58389389@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:14:08 MDT Prison ends wild horse program; BLM must remove 1,100 animals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58379405-90/program-blm-utah-wild.html.csp The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has 30 days to move more than 1,100 wild horses out of state after the Utah Department of Corrections terminated its Wild Horse & Burro Program, ending a seven-year partnership with the federal agency. Corrections officials said the program was burning a hole in their budget, that what was meant to be self-sustaining had become a financially unfeasible enterprise. But BLM insisted Friday that not only had it done its part to support the program at the Gunnis... The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has 30 days to move more than 1,100 wild horses out of state after the Utah Department of Corrections terminated its Wild Horse & Burro Program, ending a seven-year partnership with the federal agency. Corrections officials said the program was burning a hole in their budget, that what was meant to be self-sustaining had become a financially unfeasible enterprise. But BLM insisted Friday that not only had it done its part to support the program at the Gunnis... 58379405@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:07:31 MDT Two fatal officer-involved shootings in 2 days in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58399196-78/shooting-police-officers-taylor.html.csp Saratoga Springs • A 22-year-old man — who earlier was seen wielding a samurai sword at a convenience store — was shot and killed by police in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday morning. It was the second officer-involved shooting on the Wasatch Front in 24 hours, and comes just a month after 20-year-old Dillon Taylor was killed by police outside a outside a Salt Lake City convenience store. On Tuesday afternoon, Ogden police fatally shot an armed suspect who was wanted in an earlier attempted homi... Saratoga Springs • A 22-year-old man — who earlier was seen wielding a samurai sword at a convenience store — was shot and killed by police in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday morning. It was the second officer-involved shooting on the Wasatch Front in 24 hours, and comes just a month after 20-year-old Dillon Taylor was killed by police outside a outside a Salt Lake City convenience store. On Tuesday afternoon, Ogden police fatally shot an armed suspect who was wanted in an earlier attempted homi... 58399196@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:55:07 MDT Few Utahns are moving to different homes post-recession http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58398117-90/counties-county-data-davis.html.csp Utahns are not moving to different cities or homes nearly as much these days, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates. “This data show just a very minimal flow of people, nothing like the rip-roaring ’90s” and other times before the recession hit in 2007, said Pam Perlich, senior research economist at the University of Utah. The Census Bureau recently released survey data collected from 2008-2012 that estimate annual county-to-county moves by Americans. After reviewing it, Perlich said, “m... Utahns are not moving to different cities or homes nearly as much these days, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates. “This data show just a very minimal flow of people, nothing like the rip-roaring ’90s” and other times before the recession hit in 2007, said Pam Perlich, senior research economist at the University of Utah. The Census Bureau recently released survey data collected from 2008-2012 that estimate annual county-to-county moves by Americans. After reviewing it, Perlich said, “m... 58398117@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:53:14 MDT Controversial Ski Link eliminated from refined plan to link 7 Utah resorts http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58389385-90/ski-lift-canyons-plan.html.csp Ski Utah is offering a few more details about where lifts would be needed to make One Wasatch, its plan for interconnecting the seven Wasatch Mountain ski resorts, a reality. Two sets of lifts are envisioned in a conceptual plan to be released Tuesday, said Nathan Rafferty, president and CEO of Ski Utah, marketing arm for the state’s ski industry. The first set, connecting Little Cottonwood and Big Cottonwood canyons, would require Alta Ski Area to install a lift up Grizzly Gulch to the ridgeli... Ski Utah is offering a few more details about where lifts would be needed to make One Wasatch, its plan for interconnecting the seven Wasatch Mountain ski resorts, a reality. Two sets of lifts are envisioned in a conceptual plan to be released Tuesday, said Nathan Rafferty, president and CEO of Ski Utah, marketing arm for the state’s ski industry. The first set, connecting Little Cottonwood and Big Cottonwood canyons, would require Alta Ski Area to install a lift up Grizzly Gulch to the ridgeli... 58389385@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:54:35 MDT Park City Mountain Resort to pay $17.5 million to open this season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58393711-78/pcmr-park-ski-resort.html.csp There were nothing but smiles Tuesday in western Summit County as Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) announced it would post a $17.5 million bond to keep the resort operating through the upcoming ski season. The bond was set by 3rd District Judge Ryan Harris in the midst of a three-year legal dispute between PCMR and its landlord, Talisker Land Holdings Inc., which also leases the nearby Canyons Resort to Vail Resorts Inc. “Our goal has always been to keep PCMR open for the upcoming 2014-15 seaso... There were nothing but smiles Tuesday in western Summit County as Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) announced it would post a $17.5 million bond to keep the resort operating through the upcoming ski season. The bond was set by 3rd District Judge Ryan Harris in the midst of a three-year legal dispute between PCMR and its landlord, Talisker Land Holdings Inc., which also leases the nearby Canyons Resort to Vail Resorts Inc. “Our goal has always been to keep PCMR open for the upcoming 2014-15 seaso... 58393711@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:29:57 MDT Utah ranchers ask trust not to sell land for prairie dogs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58378064-78/prairie-sitla-dog-dogs.html.csp A proposal to expand a prairie dog sanctuary on state trust lands in Wayne County could ensure survival of the rodent and increase Utah’s permanent school fund by $1 million dollars, according to its proponents. But ranchers and Wayne County leaders want the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) board to reject the proposed sale of 800 acres to The Nature Conservancy, claiming it would increase federal influence in a county already saddled with public lands. And settin... A proposal to expand a prairie dog sanctuary on state trust lands in Wayne County could ensure survival of the rodent and increase Utah’s permanent school fund by $1 million dollars, according to its proponents. But ranchers and Wayne County leaders want the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) board to reject the proposed sale of 800 acres to The Nature Conservancy, claiming it would increase federal influence in a county already saddled with public lands. And settin... 58378064@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:36:35 MDT Canyonlands: An unfinished conservation struggle http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58369553-78/canyonlands-park-national-monument.html.csp The journey from the Upheaval Dome trailhead to the Green River passes through 100 million years of the Earth’s history, beginning with Jurassic-era Navajo Sandstone and winding down to the 250 million-year-old White Rim that forms the ledge over the park’s inner canyons. The intriguing geological puzzle — did a meteor impact from above create the crater, or a gradual uplift from below? — is inside Canyonlands National Park, created 50 years ago this week. But the view across the Green River, li... The journey from the Upheaval Dome trailhead to the Green River passes through 100 million years of the Earth’s history, beginning with Jurassic-era Navajo Sandstone and winding down to the 250 million-year-old White Rim that forms the ledge over the park’s inner canyons. The intriguing geological puzzle — did a meteor impact from above create the crater, or a gradual uplift from below? — is inside Canyonlands National Park, created 50 years ago this week. But the view across the Green River, li... 58369553@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:10:24 MDT Sugar House Streetcar ignites broader transportation debate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58374037-90/council-lake-plan-salt.html.csp This streetcar could be named Discord. Set against a landscape of numerous transportation challenges, a proposal to spend another $15 million on the Sugar House Streetcar boiled over in frustration last week at the Salt Lake City Council. The $37 million S-Line that opened to fanfare last December in Salt Lake City has been an under-performer, garnering about one-third the projected ridership. It runs from the TRAX Central Pointe Station at 200 West and 2100 South to 2250 S. McClelland St. (105... This streetcar could be named Discord. Set against a landscape of numerous transportation challenges, a proposal to spend another $15 million on the Sugar House Streetcar boiled over in frustration last week at the Salt Lake City Council. The $37 million S-Line that opened to fanfare last December in Salt Lake City has been an under-performer, garnering about one-third the projected ridership. It runs from the TRAX Central Pointe Station at 200 West and 2100 South to 2250 S. McClelland St. (105... 58374037@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:52:54 MDT Fall movie preview: Lights! Camera! Action! And more Action! http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58344244-223/drama-iframe-comedy-director.html.csp It makes sense that in Hollywood, a place where people don’t really experience seasons, the differences between the movie seasons slowly are crumbling.&lt;freeform&gt; Once upon a time, it was very clear: Summer was the time Hollywood rolled out its blockbuster action movies, spring was for romantic comedies and lower-budget thrillers, while fall and winter were when the studios rolled out prestige dramas and (around the holidays) family films. To some degree, this is still true — and this fall... It makes sense that in Hollywood, a place where people don’t really experience seasons, the differences between the movie seasons slowly are crumbling.&lt;freeform&gt; Once upon a time, it was very clear: Summer was the time Hollywood rolled out its blockbuster action movies, spring was for romantic comedies and lower-budget thrillers, while fall and winter were when the studios rolled out prestige dramas and (around the holidays) family films. To some degree, this is still true — and this fall... 58344244@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:00:18 MDT Max Hall’s fall leaves friends, teammates stunned http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58379287-77/hall-max-byu-former.html.csp Provo • A little less than four years ago, Max Hall seemed to have it all. The winningest quarterback in Brigham Young University history wasn’t just living the dream, as the players say, he was living his very own dream. If Hall wasn’t on top of the world, he could see it from his perch as the starting quarterback of not just any NFL team, but his hometown Arizona Cardinals. After going undrafted, despite leading BYU to a school-record 32 wins in a three-year starting career in Provo, the grand... Provo • A little less than four years ago, Max Hall seemed to have it all. The winningest quarterback in Brigham Young University history wasn’t just living the dream, as the players say, he was living his very own dream. If Hall wasn’t on top of the world, he could see it from his perch as the starting quarterback of not just any NFL team, but his hometown Arizona Cardinals. After going undrafted, despite leading BYU to a school-record 32 wins in a three-year starting career in Provo, the grand... 58379287@www.sltrib.com Sun, 07 Sep 2014 09:40:24 MDT For many black Mormons, racism is a bigger issue than sexism http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58361569-78/women-says-black-church.html.csp Black Mormon women may have powerful voices, but few are ready to join the white LDS feminist chorus, pushing for gender equity in the Utah-based faith. And their reasons are as varied as the women involved. To many, no conversation about equality is complete without confronting race and its role in Mormon history. After all, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prohibited men and boys of African descent from being ordained to the priesthood until 1978. It barred black women from tem... Black Mormon women may have powerful voices, but few are ready to join the white LDS feminist chorus, pushing for gender equity in the Utah-based faith. And their reasons are as varied as the women involved. To many, no conversation about equality is complete without confronting race and its role in Mormon history. After all, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prohibited men and boys of African descent from being ordained to the priesthood until 1978. It barred black women from tem... 58361569@www.sltrib.com Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:25:45 MDT Salt Lake Comic Con delivers fans, but does it deliver dollars? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58313984-78/comic-con-salt-lake.html.csp How much impact does Salt Lake Comic Con have on downtown’s economy? That’s what co-founder Dan Farr would like to find out. During the second annual Comic Con, scheduled for Sept. 4-6, the convention will conduct a survey with Visit Salt Lake to measure how much money con-goers spend outside of the Salt Palace Convention Center. Before now, no one was tracking it. Technically, the Salt Lake Chamber doesn’t consider Comic Con a convention trade show. In its eyes, it’s a consumer show, and the i... How much impact does Salt Lake Comic Con have on downtown’s economy? That’s what co-founder Dan Farr would like to find out. During the second annual Comic Con, scheduled for Sept. 4-6, the convention will conduct a survey with Visit Salt Lake to measure how much money con-goers spend outside of the Salt Palace Convention Center. Before now, no one was tracking it. Technically, the Salt Lake Chamber doesn’t consider Comic Con a convention trade show. In its eyes, it’s a consumer show, and the i... 58313984@www.sltrib.com Wed, 03 Sep 2014 09:22:12 MDT Former special ed student now leads Utah school district http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58339659-78/hughes-tintic-evans-district.html.csp Eureka • As a boy, Kodey Hughes didn’t think much about his future because it didn’t seem very promising. He grew up the son of a single father in tiny Mammoth in western Utah. He had a learning disability that made reading difficult. Hughes didn’t read his first full book until seventh grade. “I wasn’t the kid in the class that was supposed to go to college,” Hughes said. But he did go to college, and much further. The former special-education student now leads the 250-student Tintic School Dis... Eureka • As a boy, Kodey Hughes didn’t think much about his future because it didn’t seem very promising. He grew up the son of a single father in tiny Mammoth in western Utah. He had a learning disability that made reading difficult. Hughes didn’t read his first full book until seventh grade. “I wasn’t the kid in the class that was supposed to go to college,” Hughes said. But he did go to college, and much further. The former special-education student now leads the 250-student Tintic School Dis... 58339659@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:25:31 MDT Salt Lake City in no rush to scrap its gun laws http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58348435-90/gun-lake-salt-becker.html.csp Mayor Ralph Becker is no Michael Bloomberg when it comes to gun control. Becker, mayor of Salt Lake City and soon to be president of the National League of Cities, has no intention of leading a crusade against what he sees as too-lax firearms laws. The Democrat supports what he considers common-sense gun control and, in the days after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., he signed onto the U.S. Conference of Mayors letter advocating a ban on assault weapons and h... Mayor Ralph Becker is no Michael Bloomberg when it comes to gun control. Becker, mayor of Salt Lake City and soon to be president of the National League of Cities, has no intention of leading a crusade against what he sees as too-lax firearms laws. The Democrat supports what he considers common-sense gun control and, in the days after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., he signed onto the U.S. Conference of Mayors letter advocating a ban on assault weapons and h... 58348435@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:03:45 MDT Utah utility boss who failed to prevent alleged fraud gets $238,005 severance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58338926-78/stewart-company-heber-franco.html.csp The public utility general manager who failed to prevent his subordinate from carrying out an alleged financial fraud is leaving the company with a retirement package worth almost a quarter-million dollars. Blaine Stewart, whose tenure as Heber Light and Power’s general manager began in 2008, was relieved of all day-to-day responsibilities Aug. 8 and will officially retire Nov. 26. “I’m 71, and I’ve put in a lot of years with the electric service,” Stewart said. “It’s time for me to pursue my o... The public utility general manager who failed to prevent his subordinate from carrying out an alleged financial fraud is leaving the company with a retirement package worth almost a quarter-million dollars. Blaine Stewart, whose tenure as Heber Light and Power’s general manager began in 2008, was relieved of all day-to-day responsibilities Aug. 8 and will officially retire Nov. 26. “I’m 71, and I’ve put in a lot of years with the electric service,” Stewart said. “It’s time for me to pursue my o... 58338926@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:57:40 MDT The vibe is back in downtown Salt Lake City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58334365-78/downtown-lake-salt-utah.html.csp They are young, diverse, mobile, socially aware and part of a long-sought transformation in Utah’s urban core. Twenty-somethings are driving a residential boom in the heart of Salt Lake City, with thousands of new apartments, condominiums and town homes being built to cater to the living needs of these so-called millennials. Utah’s younger demographics, its sturdy job market and a blossoming tech sector have combined with a light-rail system and premier outdoor and cultural attractions to lure a... They are young, diverse, mobile, socially aware and part of a long-sought transformation in Utah’s urban core. Twenty-somethings are driving a residential boom in the heart of Salt Lake City, with thousands of new apartments, condominiums and town homes being built to cater to the living needs of these so-called millennials. Utah’s younger demographics, its sturdy job market and a blossoming tech sector have combined with a light-rail system and premier outdoor and cultural attractions to lure a... 58334365@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:16:28 MDT Photos: Celebrating 50 years of Utah wilderness http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58322161-78/wilderness-utah-places-feel.html.csp Bill Rau likes to visit a spot in Utah’s Book Cliffs. He doesn’t want you to know where it is, but he sure wants you to know how beautiful and wild it is. The place north of Interstate 70 is the subject of his black and white photograph “Storm’s Light,” which is among 50 images selected for a juried exhibit to open Wednesday at the Natural History Museum of Utah. The show, Utah Wilderness 50, commemorates the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Wilderness Act into law. ... Bill Rau likes to visit a spot in Utah’s Book Cliffs. He doesn’t want you to know where it is, but he sure wants you to know how beautiful and wild it is. The place north of Interstate 70 is the subject of his black and white photograph “Storm’s Light,” which is among 50 images selected for a juried exhibit to open Wednesday at the Natural History Museum of Utah. The show, Utah Wilderness 50, commemorates the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Wilderness Act into law. ... 58322161@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:54:56 MDT Is Ordain Women an apostate group? Mormon leaders won’t say http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58353062-78/women-church-ordain-lds.html.csp Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly is an “apostate,” the LDS Church’s top spokesman declared in a recent radio interview. So does that make the organization she founded to push for women’s inclusion in the all-male Mormon priesthood an apostate group? It is no idle question. The Utah-based faith asks members seeking entrance to any Mormon temple to assert that they do not “support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or oppose those acc... Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly is an “apostate,” the LDS Church’s top spokesman declared in a recent radio interview. So does that make the organization she founded to push for women’s inclusion in the all-male Mormon priesthood an apostate group? It is no idle question. The Utah-based faith asks members seeking entrance to any Mormon temple to assert that they do not “support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or oppose those acc... 58353062@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:00:34 MDT Audit blasts UTA, says it gave millions in sweetheart deals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58338545-90/audit-auditors-board-compensation.html.csp The Utah Transit Authority “prepaid” a developer $10 million to construct a parking garage — which it turns out he never built — just after he made a multimillion-dollar deal benefiting a UTA board member. The agency never got all the money back from that advance. The troublesome incident is one of many described in a blistering, yearlong legislative audit into UTA operations that was released Tuesday. It complains about other sweetheart deals, extravagant pay and bonuses, failure to plan well... The Utah Transit Authority “prepaid” a developer $10 million to construct a parking garage — which it turns out he never built — just after he made a multimillion-dollar deal benefiting a UTA board member. The agency never got all the money back from that advance. The troublesome incident is one of many described in a blistering, yearlong legislative audit into UTA operations that was released Tuesday. It complains about other sweetheart deals, extravagant pay and bonuses, failure to plan well... 58338545@www.sltrib.com Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:40:08 MDT ‘Utah Fan’ not a fan favorite in debut of new fight song lyrics (video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58349583-89/utah-fan-fight-song.html.csp As “Utah Man” echoed around Rice Eccles Stadium, it was clear that old habits and traditions die hard. Despite a more politically correct push in the offseason, altering lyrics from “Utah Man” to “Utah Fan,” among other changes, fans largely stuck to the version written in 1904. Standing next to the Utah student section, students clad in both white and red belted out “man” following the team’s opening touchdown of the night, just as they’d always done. Deanna Collins, an English teaching majo... As “Utah Man” echoed around Rice Eccles Stadium, it was clear that old habits and traditions die hard. Despite a more politically correct push in the offseason, altering lyrics from “Utah Man” to “Utah Fan,” among other changes, fans largely stuck to the version written in 1904. Standing next to the Utah student section, students clad in both white and red belted out “man” following the team’s opening touchdown of the night, just as they’d always done. Deanna Collins, an English teaching majo... 58349583@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:44:11 MDT