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FanX operated those three days, which organizers said was attended by more than 100,000 people and s... The Utah Transit Authority received two bits of good news Wednesday — the Comic Con’s FanX convention last weekend helped it set a new three-day ridership record, and its somewhat worrisome credit rating has been upgraded. “In three days — Thursday, Friday, Saturday — we had a quarter million trips on TRAX and FrontRunner. That’s a record,” UTA General Manager Michael Allegra told the UTA board. FanX operated those three days, which organizers said was attended by more than 100,000 people and s... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57856975@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:03:40 MDT Western lands takeover: Former BLM chief, state lawmaker clash http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57855791-90/blm-debate-federal-former.html.csp A conservative state lawmaker and a liberal former director of the Bureau of Land Management argued the merits of a debate that’s sweeping the West — whether states should take control of federal lands and would they manage them better. Their exchange, which included a few pointed barbs, during Wednesday’s Trib Talk may just be round one. Former BLM Director Pat Shea challenged state Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, to a formal debate at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, and... A conservative state lawmaker and a liberal former director of the Bureau of Land Management argued the merits of a debate that’s sweeping the West — whether states should take control of federal lands and would they manage them better. Their exchange, which included a few pointed barbs, during Wednesday’s Trib Talk may just be round one. Former BLM Director Pat Shea challenged state Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, to a formal debate at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, and... 57855791@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:49:25 MDT Salt Lake City trims planned impact fees http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57855223-90/commercial-development-fee-fees.html.csp The Salt Lake City Council adjusted its impact fees Tuesday, resulting in lower fees than it had originally planned for housing as well as commercial and retail development by excusing those uses from the city’s road fee. But industrial development in the city’s west-side industrial area will continue to be assessed a road fee of $2.26 per square foot. Rather than raising its residential parks fee to $3,999, the council upped it to $2,875. But in 24 months, it will raise the residential parks-i... The Salt Lake City Council adjusted its impact fees Tuesday, resulting in lower fees than it had originally planned for housing as well as commercial and retail development by excusing those uses from the city’s road fee. But industrial development in the city’s west-side industrial area will continue to be assessed a road fee of $2.26 per square foot. Rather than raising its residential parks fee to $3,999, the council upped it to $2,875. But in 24 months, it will raise the residential parks-i... 57855223@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:48:56 MDT Council keeps Jordan River Par 3 open for the season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57849565-90/council-course-courses-fees.html.csp The Jordan River Par 3 Golf Course in Rose Park gets one last Mulligan. It will remain open through November but then will close permanently. That was the outcome of an unofficial straw poll by the Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday evening in a split 4-3 vote. Council members Lisa Adams, James Rogers, Luke Garrott and Charley Luke voted to keep the course open through the playing season. The vote went against the advice of public utilities director Rick Graham, who told the council that closing... The Jordan River Par 3 Golf Course in Rose Park gets one last Mulligan. It will remain open through November but then will close permanently. That was the outcome of an unofficial straw poll by the Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday evening in a split 4-3 vote. Council members Lisa Adams, James Rogers, Luke Garrott and Charley Luke voted to keep the course open through the playing season. The vote went against the advice of public utilities director Rick Graham, who told the council that closing... 57849565@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:04:43 MDT Former Becker aide appointed to Planning Commission http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57852499-78/becker-commission-council-former.html.csp With little fanfare, the Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday night voted 6-1 to approve Mayor Ralph Becker’s appointment of his former campaign manager, Matt Lyon, to the city’s Planning Commission. The lone dissenting vote was Councilman Luke Garrott, who in a council work session earlier this month, challenged Lyon’s appointment based on his close ties with Becker. Matt Lyon presently is the executive director of the Utah Democratic Party. He also worked in the mayor’s office before taking the ... With little fanfare, the Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday night voted 6-1 to approve Mayor Ralph Becker’s appointment of his former campaign manager, Matt Lyon, to the city’s Planning Commission. The lone dissenting vote was Councilman Luke Garrott, who in a council work session earlier this month, challenged Lyon’s appointment based on his close ties with Becker. Matt Lyon presently is the executive director of the Utah Democratic Party. He also worked in the mayor’s office before taking the ... 57852499@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:42:28 MDT So. Jordan exploring development options for Mulligans golf course http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57851043-90/alvord-april-area-development.html.csp At its April 15 meeting, the South Jordan City Council told residents no decisions had been made on whether to develop the city owned Mulligans Golf and Games facility adjacent to the Jordan River. The following day resident Stephen Kaufman took photos of a crew drilling soil samples on the property. Questions about the future of the golf course and possible commercial development of the 67-acre property stem from a consultant’s report commissioned by the city, which favored development into a ... At its April 15 meeting, the South Jordan City Council told residents no decisions had been made on whether to develop the city owned Mulligans Golf and Games facility adjacent to the Jordan River. The following day resident Stephen Kaufman took photos of a crew drilling soil samples on the property. Questions about the future of the golf course and possible commercial development of the 67-acre property stem from a consultant’s report commissioned by the city, which favored development into a ... 57851043@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:28:33 MDT SLC makes list in bid for Democratic Convention http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57851634-90/2012-bid-convention-democratic.html.csp The Democratic National Committee has asked the capital city in perhaps the reddest state in the nation to submit a bid to host the 2016 presidential nominating convention — one of 15 cities in the running. “This quadrennial convention is not just the place where we will nominate the leaders of our party and our country, but it is also an opportunity to provide our host city with a chance to showcase its community on a world stage,” wrote DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a letter to t... The Democratic National Committee has asked the capital city in perhaps the reddest state in the nation to submit a bid to host the 2016 presidential nominating convention — one of 15 cities in the running. “This quadrennial convention is not just the place where we will nominate the leaders of our party and our country, but it is also an opportunity to provide our host city with a chance to showcase its community on a world stage,” wrote DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a letter to t... 57851634@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:17 MDT Rolly: Count My Vote foes give movement an unintended endorsement http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57845651-90/sltrib-com-utah-http.html.csp Former legislator and popular conservative blogger Holly (Holly on the Hill) Richardson was a call-in guest Saturday to the weekly Red Meat Radio program on 860 AM hosted by Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper. Both are strong advocates of keeping the current caucus-convention system of nominating candidates and have been vocal opponents of the Count My Vote movement that would replace the system with direct primaries. Unwittingly, they gave a rousing endorsement to those wanting to dump the caucus/conv... Former legislator and popular conservative blogger Holly (Holly on the Hill) Richardson was a call-in guest Saturday to the weekly Red Meat Radio program on 860 AM hosted by Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper. Both are strong advocates of keeping the current caucus-convention system of nominating candidates and have been vocal opponents of the Count My Vote movement that would replace the system with direct primaries. Unwittingly, they gave a rousing endorsement to those wanting to dump the caucus/conv... 57845651@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:20:32 MDT County holds off on dropping annexation protest http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57851554-90/annexation-county-holladay-council.html.csp Supporters of annexing Olympus Hills neighborhood into Holladay will have to wait a little longer to see the move take place. The Salt Lake County Council rejected proponent John Bradshaw’s request Tuesday for the council to immediately drop its formal objection to the annexation, which involves 3,600 residents living between 3900 South and 4500 South from 2700 East to Interstate 215. Bradshaw based his appeal for quick action on a Zions Bank study that showed the annexation would have minimal f... Supporters of annexing Olympus Hills neighborhood into Holladay will have to wait a little longer to see the move take place. The Salt Lake County Council rejected proponent John Bradshaw’s request Tuesday for the council to immediately drop its formal objection to the annexation, which involves 3,600 residents living between 3900 South and 4500 South from 2700 East to Interstate 215. Bradshaw based his appeal for quick action on a Zions Bank study that showed the annexation would have minimal f... 57851554@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:58:02 MDT Last Democrat elected in Utah County dies at 95 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57849990-90/county-democrat-democratic-fork.html.csp Twenty years after earning distinction as the last Democrat elected from Utah County, Tim Moran died Friday at age 95. The Spanish Fork native served in the Utah House for 12 years until 1996, when he retired and the seat was won by Republican Glenn Way. Moran and his Senate counterpart, Eldon Money, were the last two Democrats serving from Utah County — both from Spanish Fork. Moran won his final two-year term in 1994, while Money won his final four-year term in 1992. Before his election to the... Twenty years after earning distinction as the last Democrat elected from Utah County, Tim Moran died Friday at age 95. The Spanish Fork native served in the Utah House for 12 years until 1996, when he retired and the seat was won by Republican Glenn Way. Moran and his Senate counterpart, Eldon Money, were the last two Democrats serving from Utah County — both from Spanish Fork. Moran won his final two-year term in 1994, while Money won his final four-year term in 1992. Before his election to the... 57849990@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:51:16 MDT In Utah races, there are haves, have-nots http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57846371-90/former-gop-legislative-money.html.csp State Republican and Democratic conventions on Saturday could narrow races for a dozen multicounty legislative seats. But new disclosure forms Monday showed the “money race” for donations is truly close in only one of them — and the rest are runaways. Most legislative incumbents are easily out-raising opponents. But in one race, a newcomer is far surpassing both an incumbent and a former legislator he faces. Meanwhile in an open-seat race, former Weber State University President Ann Millner has ... State Republican and Democratic conventions on Saturday could narrow races for a dozen multicounty legislative seats. But new disclosure forms Monday showed the “money race” for donations is truly close in only one of them — and the rest are runaways. Most legislative incumbents are easily out-raising opponents. But in one race, a newcomer is far surpassing both an incumbent and a former legislator he faces. Meanwhile in an open-seat race, former Weber State University President Ann Millner has ... 57846371@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:55:38 MDT Will work for pay: Utah day laborers lining up at Home Depot http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57806652-90/contractors-customers-depot-guards.html.csp 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... 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... 57806652@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:22:47 MDT Doorway to hope: A transition home for homeless young men http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57845240-90/clients-diachun-homeless-money.html.csp It’s a home for homeless young men that prepares them for a life off the streets. The Volunteers of America, in conjunction with a number of public and private partners, will officially open its new “Transition Youth Home” Wednesday in Salt Lake City. Young men aged 18 through 23 will be housed in the 14-bedroom facility in central city and offer a “supportive path from the street to self-sufficiency,” said Zach Bale, chief development officer for VOA. Those accepted as residents must be referre... It’s a home for homeless young men that prepares them for a life off the streets. The Volunteers of America, in conjunction with a number of public and private partners, will officially open its new “Transition Youth Home” Wednesday in Salt Lake City. Young men aged 18 through 23 will be housed in the 14-bedroom facility in central city and offer a “supportive path from the street to self-sufficiency,” said Zach Bale, chief development officer for VOA. Those accepted as residents must be referre... 57845240@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:25:31 MDT Paul Rolly: Yet another way to get a parking ticket in Salt Lake City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57836072-90/parking-salt-lake-meter.html.csp With Salt Lake City officials wondering why they have experienced a $1.5 million shortfall in parking revenue, I have written about a number of inventive ways the city has found to enhance that revenue through parking tickets. First, there was the case of the fading registration sticker. Salt Lake City was the only jurisdiction in the county that issued tickets for vehicles that had faded stickers due to an inferior dye. Then parking enforcers patrolled the Avenues, where many homes have no off... With Salt Lake City officials wondering why they have experienced a $1.5 million shortfall in parking revenue, I have written about a number of inventive ways the city has found to enhance that revenue through parking tickets. First, there was the case of the fading registration sticker. Salt Lake City was the only jurisdiction in the county that issued tickets for vehicles that had faded stickers due to an inferior dye. Then parking enforcers patrolled the Avenues, where many homes have no off... 57836072@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:33:40 MDT Coalition to hear what legislature did to business http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57836396-90/coalition-business-http-lake.html.csp Impacts of the 2014 legislative session on Utah business owners will be analyzed Wednesday at a Vest Pocket Business Coalition meeting. The coalition, which works to strengthen Utah’s independent entrepreneurial culture through advocacy, education and social connections, will convene at 7:30 a.m. at the Salt Lake Chamber offices, 175 E. 400 South, 6th Floor. Evaluating the session will be former legislator Frank Pignanelli, a Democrat who is now an attorney, lobbyist and political consultant; La... Impacts of the 2014 legislative session on Utah business owners will be analyzed Wednesday at a Vest Pocket Business Coalition meeting. The coalition, which works to strengthen Utah’s independent entrepreneurial culture through advocacy, education and social connections, will convene at 7:30 a.m. at the Salt Lake Chamber offices, 175 E. 400 South, 6th Floor. Evaluating the session will be former legislator Frank Pignanelli, a Democrat who is now an attorney, lobbyist and political consultant; La... 57836396@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:53:01 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 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:38:21 MDT Washington Insight: The Sagebrush Rebellion lives on with Bundy 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 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:19:17 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