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It was fate that at 18 he was saddled with the day-to-day operation of the family motel in Green River... Green River • Twenty-one-year-old Kunal Sah raises the brows over his big, brown eyes, lets out a soft sigh and says, “It’s fate.” It’s fate that he was separated from his parents at age 13. It was fate that the straight-A student, who competed in the National Spelling Bee, ran afoul of the law at 16 and was unable to finish high school with his peers as his dream of medical school evaporated. It was fate that at 18 he was saddled with the day-to-day operation of the family motel in Green River... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58430157@www.sltrib.com Sun, 21 Sep 2014 01:01:02 MDT Name dropping: Harry Reid, Washington’s NFL team and Southern Utah University http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58433060-90/reid-harry-team-washington.html.csp Washington • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won’t attend another game of the Washington football team until the owner changes its “offensive” name. And it’s not likely Reid will be invited to a game of his Southern Utah University Thunderbirds until he changes his own name. It, too, apparently is offensive. Reid, like me, is an alum of the Cedar City university. In 2011, the school honored me as the young alumnus of the year and at about the same time named its Center for Outdoor Engagement... Washington • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won’t attend another game of the Washington football team until the owner changes its “offensive” name. And it’s not likely Reid will be invited to a game of his Southern Utah University Thunderbirds until he changes his own name. It, too, apparently is offensive. Reid, like me, is an alum of the Cedar City university. In 2011, the school honored me as the young alumnus of the year and at about the same time named its Center for Outdoor Engagement... 58433060@www.sltrib.com Sun, 21 Sep 2014 01:01:02 MDT Utah same-sex marriage supporters decry use of child photos http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58433698-90/marriage-sex-utah-photos.html.csp An organization that supports same-sex marriage said it was “a disgrace” for opponents to project photos of same-sex couples with children. Marina Gomberg, interim director of Equality Utah, a gay rights organization, objected to displaying the photos of the Utahns as “anti-marriage equality propaganda.” “It is a disgrace to use our families for a misguided and debunked view of what is best for children,” Gomberg said in a written statement on behalf of Utah Unites for Marriage, which supports ... An organization that supports same-sex marriage said it was “a disgrace” for opponents to project photos of same-sex couples with children. Marina Gomberg, interim director of Equality Utah, a gay rights organization, objected to displaying the photos of the Utahns as “anti-marriage equality propaganda.” “It is a disgrace to use our families for a misguided and debunked view of what is best for children,” Gomberg said in a written statement on behalf of Utah Unites for Marriage, which supports ... 58433698@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:58:28 MDT Utah vets honored in visit to WWII Memorial http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58432762-90/war-memorial-veterans-honor.html.csp Washington • Nearly 70 yearsand thousands of miles removed, Benny Benson of Murray sat beside a fountain at the World War II Memorial in Washington on Friday pondering the difference between the calm, inspiring monuments and the devastation he saw after America dropped an atomic bomb in Hiroshima. “I don’t want another war,” said Benson, 95, a former Air Force pilot who flew a B-17 bomber as part of the support team for the first atomic bombing. It was an honor, he said, to be among fellow WWII... Washington • Nearly 70 yearsand thousands of miles removed, Benny Benson of Murray sat beside a fountain at the World War II Memorial in Washington on Friday pondering the difference between the calm, inspiring monuments and the devastation he saw after America dropped an atomic bomb in Hiroshima. “I don’t want another war,” said Benson, 95, a former Air Force pilot who flew a B-17 bomber as part of the support team for the first atomic bombing. It was an honor, he said, to be among fellow WWII... 58432762@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:12:28 MDT Paul Rolly: State makes longtime resident of Utah prove it http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58429047-90/utah-building-state-employees.html.csp Noah North recently helped his mother make an appointment online to renew her Utah driver license. They gathered all the evidence she would need to prove she was a U.S. citizen and a lawful resident of the Beehive state and that the octogenarian had not illegally infiltrated the “Land of the Free.” They went to her appointment with a printed copy of her renewal form and a fist full of I.D. cards: bank cards, utility bills, her birth and marriage certificates issued by the state of Utah (it was ... Noah North recently helped his mother make an appointment online to renew her Utah driver license. They gathered all the evidence she would need to prove she was a U.S. citizen and a lawful resident of the Beehive state and that the octogenarian had not illegally infiltrated the “Land of the Free.” They went to her appointment with a printed copy of her renewal form and a fist full of I.D. cards: bank cards, utility bills, her birth and marriage certificates issued by the state of Utah (it was ... 58429047@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:10:11 MDT Study: Utah roads good, but administrative costs high http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58432936-90/administrative-condition-costs-highway.html.csp A new study says Utah’s highway conditions are among the nation’s best, but the state pays a whopping four times the national average for administration per mile. Utah ranked fifth-highest for administrative costs: $47,471 per mile in 2012, compared to a national average of $10,579. That is according to a study by the Reason Foundation, a California-based nonprofit group that promotes libertarian and free-market principles. “High administrative costs in some states could be siphoning away money ... A new study says Utah’s highway conditions are among the nation’s best, but the state pays a whopping four times the national average for administration per mile. Utah ranked fifth-highest for administrative costs: $47,471 per mile in 2012, compared to a national average of $10,579. That is according to a study by the Reason Foundation, a California-based nonprofit group that promotes libertarian and free-market principles. “High administrative costs in some states could be siphoning away money ... 58432936@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:51:06 MDT Utah rally: Same-sex marriage would hurt children http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58428978-90/sex-marriage-utah-case.html.csp They were there for the children. Their own, others’, those who haven’t been born yet — even the children of gay couples. Supporters of man-woman marriage holding signs declaring “biology is not bigotry” and “two moms don’t equal a dad” cheered long and loud as conservative activist Mary Summerhays projected on a screen images of same-sex couples and their children. “This child has a mother,” she said, as an image of Matthew Baraza and Tony Milner filled the screen. In it, the two men were hold... They were there for the children. Their own, others’, those who haven’t been born yet — even the children of gay couples. Supporters of man-woman marriage holding signs declaring “biology is not bigotry” and “two moms don’t equal a dad” cheered long and loud as conservative activist Mary Summerhays projected on a screen images of same-sex couples and their children. “This child has a mother,” she said, as an image of Matthew Baraza and Tony Milner filled the screen. In it, the two men were hold... 58428978@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:10:56 MDT Salt Lake sheriff’s race tight on fundraising front http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58430613-90/campaign-county-democrat-fundraising.html.csp Of all the Salt Lake County races on the Nov. 4 ballot, none has generated more news coverage so far than the effort of Republican Jake Petersen, a Unified Police Department (UPD) lieutenant, to dislodge his boss, incumbent Democratic Sheriff Jim Winder. The two are going nose-to-nose in fundraising as well, according to financial disclosures filed this week. Less than $4,000 separates the campaign contribution totals of the two sheriff’s candidates, who are locked in a rancorous dispute over ... Of all the Salt Lake County races on the Nov. 4 ballot, none has generated more news coverage so far than the effort of Republican Jake Petersen, a Unified Police Department (UPD) lieutenant, to dislodge his boss, incumbent Democratic Sheriff Jim Winder. The two are going nose-to-nose in fundraising as well, according to financial disclosures filed this week. Less than $4,000 separates the campaign contribution totals of the two sheriff’s candidates, who are locked in a rancorous dispute over ... 58430613@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:14:11 MDT Time’s up for state school board ballots http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58425764-90/ballot-wright-process-candidates.html.csp With at least one candidate still arguing more people should be added to the ballot for state school board seats, the clock appears to have run out. U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups ruled two weeks ago that the state’s candidate selection process was unconstitutional, and last week he ordered the names of previously-rejected candidates Pat Rusk and Breck England be placed on the ballot. On Wednesday, Waddoups added Utah County candidate Joel D. Wright, who had petitioned the court. ... With at least one candidate still arguing more people should be added to the ballot for state school board seats, the clock appears to have run out. U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups ruled two weeks ago that the state’s candidate selection process was unconstitutional, and last week he ordered the names of previously-rejected candidates Pat Rusk and Breck England be placed on the ballot. On Wednesday, Waddoups added Utah County candidate Joel D. Wright, who had petitioned the court. ... 58425764@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:50:36 MDT Obama nominates Jill Parrish for federal court judge http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58430210-90/court-federal-parrish-judge.html.csp Washington • President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Utah Supreme Court Justice Jill Parrish to the federal district court for the state to replace Judge Dee Benson, who took senior status in January. Parrish, who has served on Utah’s high court since 2003, would be only the second female judge on the Utah federal court, joining Judge Tena Campbell if confirmed. When she joined the state Supreme Court, it was the first time in history that two women served on the panel. Justice Christine D... Washington • President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Utah Supreme Court Justice Jill Parrish to the federal district court for the state to replace Judge Dee Benson, who took senior status in January. Parrish, who has served on Utah’s high court since 2003, would be only the second female judge on the Utah federal court, joining Judge Tena Campbell if confirmed. When she joined the state Supreme Court, it was the first time in history that two women served on the panel. Justice Christine D... 58430210@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:48:08 MDT Utah officials to feds: Pay up for public lands http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58429743-90/congress-counties-county-federal.html.csp Washington • If a resident doesn’t pay property taxes for five years, the government can seize that person’s home. So if the federal government doesn’t pay its due for large tracts of public lands, local elected officials reason, counties should be able to take it over. That’s the argument from Sevier County Commission Chairman Gordon Topham, who joined fellow local officials in Washington this week to lobby Congress to fully fund a program that has doled out hundreds of millions of dollars sin... Washington • If a resident doesn’t pay property taxes for five years, the government can seize that person’s home. So if the federal government doesn’t pay its due for large tracts of public lands, local elected officials reason, counties should be able to take it over. That’s the argument from Sevier County Commission Chairman Gordon Topham, who joined fellow local officials in Washington this week to lobby Congress to fully fund a program that has doled out hundreds of millions of dollars sin... 58429743@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:00:42 MDT Mitt Romney to hold Utah rally for Mia Love http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58430044-90/campaign-com-html-http.html.csp Mitt Romney will headline a private fundraiser and a public rally in support of Utah congressional candidate Mia Love on Oct. 8 at Thanksgiving Point. He’s the first national political figure to get involved in the state’s 4th Congressional District contest, pitting Love against Democrat Doug Owens. The event will begin with a closed fundraising event followed by a public rally that is expected to start at 7 p.m. This is Love’s second congressional campaign. She came less than 800 votes shy of ... Mitt Romney will headline a private fundraiser and a public rally in support of Utah congressional candidate Mia Love on Oct. 8 at Thanksgiving Point. He’s the first national political figure to get involved in the state’s 4th Congressional District contest, pitting Love against Democrat Doug Owens. The event will begin with a closed fundraising event followed by a public rally that is expected to start at 7 p.m. This is Love’s second congressional campaign. She came less than 800 votes shy of ... 58430044@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:38:57 MDT Study: Denser development boosts transit ridership http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58429564-90/denser-development-likely-national.html.csp A new national study supports a path Wasatch Front leaders are following to push for denser development around transit stops to help handle a projected 60 percent population growth by 2040. About 58 percent of people nationally now view such neighborhoods as ideal, and will use transit more if they live in them because of the convenience, according to the study by the TransitCenter, a non-profit group dedicated to improving public transit. “In many ways, we’re the poster child for many of the fi... A new national study supports a path Wasatch Front leaders are following to push for denser development around transit stops to help handle a projected 60 percent population growth by 2040. About 58 percent of people nationally now view such neighborhoods as ideal, and will use transit more if they live in them because of the convenience, according to the study by the TransitCenter, a non-profit group dedicated to improving public transit. “In many ways, we’re the poster child for many of the fi... 58429564@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:46:30 MDT Paul Rolly: Preschoolers are a threat to serenity in Bountiful http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58428530-90/billboard-bountiful-parents-rolly.html.csp Perhaps a new class of people should be considered for anti-discrimination protection, at least in Bountiful. That would be preschool-age children. Carrie Harris has complained to the Davis School District that the principal at Boulton Elementary School in Bountiful will not let parents take their tots in the preschool program to the school’s lobby to register each day. Instead, as parents were told at school orientation, they are to wait with their children on the school playground and a staff... Perhaps a new class of people should be considered for anti-discrimination protection, at least in Bountiful. That would be preschool-age children. Carrie Harris has complained to the Davis School District that the principal at Boulton Elementary School in Bountiful will not let parents take their tots in the preschool program to the school’s lobby to register each day. Instead, as parents were told at school orientation, they are to wait with their children on the school playground and a staff... 58428530@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:36:19 MDT After twisted road, Millard GOP chooses incumbent http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58429011-90/ballot-candidate-county-court.html.csp After a dispute that saw a narrow election victory tossed by a judge, only to be overturned by the Utah Supreme Court, the Millard County Republican Central Committee has chosen incumbent County Commissioner James Withers as the party’s candidate to be on the November ballot. Withers beat challenger Jim Dyer by a narrow five-vote margin in the Republican primary in June, but Dyer challenged the outcome in court, arguing seven votes shouldn’t have been counted and one voter was wrongly turned awa... After a dispute that saw a narrow election victory tossed by a judge, only to be overturned by the Utah Supreme Court, the Millard County Republican Central Committee has chosen incumbent County Commissioner James Withers as the party’s candidate to be on the November ballot. Withers beat challenger Jim Dyer by a narrow five-vote margin in the Republican primary in June, but Dyer challenged the outcome in court, arguing seven votes shouldn’t have been counted and one voter was wrongly turned awa... 58429011@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:23:02 MDT Traverse Ridge residents have right to vote on taxes, Utah Supreme Court says http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58425067-90/believe-case-district-officials.html.csp Residents in the southeastern part of Draper City will get to vote on a first-of-its-kind referendum that has the potential to dramatically impact their local property taxes. City officials had pulled the plug on a months-long referendum effort earlier this month when, just two minutes before the 5 p.m. Sept. 2 deadline to certify petition signatures, they informed organizers they had determined the ballot question wasn’t allowed by state law. The Utah Supreme Court ruled otherwise Wednesday, ... Residents in the southeastern part of Draper City will get to vote on a first-of-its-kind referendum that has the potential to dramatically impact their local property taxes. City officials had pulled the plug on a months-long referendum effort earlier this month when, just two minutes before the 5 p.m. Sept. 2 deadline to certify petition signatures, they informed organizers they had determined the ballot question wasn’t allowed by state law. The Utah Supreme Court ruled otherwise Wednesday, ... 58425067@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:17:27 MDT Utah ranks third in household income growth http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58425553-90/utah-income-percent-household.html.csp Feel richer? Utah enjoyed the third-highest increase in median-household income among the states between 2012 and 2013, according to census estimates released Thursday. It rose 3.3 percent — behind only Wyoming’s 5.7 percent and Alaska’s 5.3 percent. Nationally, the increase was a mere 0.6 percent. Utah’s median-household income rose from $57,841 to $59,770 and is now ninth highest overall in the country. Economists say that is not only because of a relatively stronger economy here, but also pe... Feel richer? Utah enjoyed the third-highest increase in median-household income among the states between 2012 and 2013, according to census estimates released Thursday. It rose 3.3 percent — behind only Wyoming’s 5.7 percent and Alaska’s 5.3 percent. Nationally, the increase was a mere 0.6 percent. Utah’s median-household income rose from $57,841 to $59,770 and is now ninth highest overall in the country. Economists say that is not only because of a relatively stronger economy here, but also pe... 58425553@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:17:27 MDT Senate confirms Valentine to chair Tax Commission http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58426299-90/tax-valentine-commission-senate.html.csp Utah Senators unanimously confirmed one of their own Wednesday, Sen. John Valentine, to be the next chairman of the Utah Tax Commission. “We will miss him in this body. We will miss his input and institutional knowledge, his wisdom,” said Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, “but we do recognize that he is very qualified for this job and he will greatly benefit the Tax Commission and the taxpayers of Utah.” The Orem senator, who is a tax attorney, was nominated by Gov. Gary Herbert last month... Utah Senators unanimously confirmed one of their own Wednesday, Sen. John Valentine, to be the next chairman of the Utah Tax Commission. “We will miss him in this body. We will miss his input and institutional knowledge, his wisdom,” said Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, “but we do recognize that he is very qualified for this job and he will greatly benefit the Tax Commission and the taxpayers of Utah.” The Orem senator, who is a tax attorney, was nominated by Gov. Gary Herbert last month... 58426299@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:17:27 MDT Veteran town hall scheduled in Salt Lake City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58428624-90/lake-meeting-questions-salt.html.csp Veterans and their families can ask questions or express concerns during a town hall meeting scheduled for Friday. The meeting will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wahlen Medical Center, 500 Foothill Drive in Salt Lake City. Wahlen director Steven Young will take questions as will personnel from Veterans Affairs benefit programs. ncarlisle@sltrib.com Twitter: @natecarlisle Veterans and their families can ask questions or express concerns during a town hall meeting scheduled for Friday. The meeting will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wahlen Medical Center, 500 Foothill Drive in Salt Lake City. Wahlen director Steven Young will take questions as will personnel from Veterans Affairs benefit programs. ncarlisle@sltrib.com Twitter: @natecarlisle 58428624@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:32:02 MDT Utah governor: No surprises, no monument — for now http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58424668-90/area-bishop-herbert-http.html.csp Gov. Gary Herbert said he has been assured by the top levels of the Obama administration that the White House won’t designate a new national monument in southeastern Utah as long as a more comprehensive public-lands effort is making headway. Herbert met with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell during a trip to Washington last week and told her that Utah didn’t want any “surprises” with the designation of the Greater Canyonlands National Monument, a proposed 1.8 million-acre area that environmental ... Gov. Gary Herbert said he has been assured by the top levels of the Obama administration that the White House won’t designate a new national monument in southeastern Utah as long as a more comprehensive public-lands effort is making headway. Herbert met with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell during a trip to Washington last week and told her that Utah didn’t want any “surprises” with the designation of the Greater Canyonlands National Monument, a proposed 1.8 million-acre area that environmental ... 58424668@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:14:13 MDT