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So he went back to Budget to rent two seven-passenger and two 12-passenger vans, letting the cler... Pastor Sheldon Bryan is preparing to take members of his two Salt Lake City Seventh-day Adventist congregations to Oshkosh, Wis., next week for the faith’s Pathfinder Camporee. When he took congregants to California for a churchwide event in March, he received a favorable rate from Budget Car Rentals in Salt Lake City in terms of tax breaks and a waiver of the extra fee for using multiple drivers. So he went back to Budget to rent two seven-passenger and two 12-passenger vans, letting the cler... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58245710@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:23:19 MDT France bestows honor upon World War II veteran in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58236778-90/larson-france-war-honor.html.csp Dean Larson saw the Statue of Liberty twice. He saw it the first time in 1944 as he was leaving New York City on a ship bound for England at the start of World War II, and again in 1945 when he returned at the end of the war. “I knew France gave us that Statute of Liberty,” Larson said during an honorary ceremony at the Utah State Capitol on Thursday, “and I have a lot of love for that statue.” France also has love for Larson. A representative of the French government on Thursday presented th... Dean Larson saw the Statue of Liberty twice. He saw it the first time in 1944 as he was leaving New York City on a ship bound for England at the start of World War II, and again in 1945 when he returned at the end of the war. “I knew France gave us that Statute of Liberty,” Larson said during an honorary ceremony at the Utah State Capitol on Thursday, “and I have a lot of love for that statue.” France also has love for Larson. A representative of the French government on Thursday presented th... 58236778@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:22:56 MDT UTA: Flat fare no longer fair? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58246336-90/agency-based-distance-fare.html.csp For 45 years, the Utah Transit Authority allowed riders to go almost anywhere on its bus and TRAX system for one flat fare. That may change next year as the agency looks at charging fares based on how far passengers travel. That could make those with longer commutes pay more, and those taking short trips pay less. UTA says such a system could be fairer, and the agency is beginning a final study to look at how to implement the change without losing ridership or revenue. “We are still looking at i... For 45 years, the Utah Transit Authority allowed riders to go almost anywhere on its bus and TRAX system for one flat fare. That may change next year as the agency looks at charging fares based on how far passengers travel. That could make those with longer commutes pay more, and those taking short trips pay less. UTA says such a system could be fairer, and the agency is beginning a final study to look at how to implement the change without losing ridership or revenue. “We are still looking at i... 58246336@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:22:41 MDT Mia Love’s campaign uses Owens poll for its own fundraising http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58246524-90/campaign-email-emergency-fundraising.html.csp Republican Mia Love’s campaign immediately dismissed a poll recently released by her rival, Democrat Doug Owens, showing him within 9 percentage points in their campaign for Utah’s open 4th Congressional District seat. Then, on Thursday, her campaign sent a fundraising email with the subject line: “Emergency Action Needed.” “I need your immediate help. On Monday, my opponent released a poll showing that he is only down by 9 points. Democrats have no plans to just hand this seat over, and they a... Republican Mia Love’s campaign immediately dismissed a poll recently released by her rival, Democrat Doug Owens, showing him within 9 percentage points in their campaign for Utah’s open 4th Congressional District seat. Then, on Thursday, her campaign sent a fundraising email with the subject line: “Emergency Action Needed.” “I need your immediate help. On Monday, my opponent released a poll showing that he is only down by 9 points. Democrats have no plans to just hand this seat over, and they a... 58246524@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:56:43 MDT Utah women twice as likely as men to get low wages http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58241148-90/http-jobs-likely-low.html.csp Utah women are more than twice as likely as men to work at low-wage jobs paying less than $10.10 per hour — even when they have superior educations, according to a study released Wednesday by the National Women’s Law Center. It says 17.2 percent of Utah women work at low-wage jobs, compared to 7.4 percent of men. That means women are 2.3 times more likely to be in such jobs, slightly higher than the national average (2.1). The study adds that women make up 44.4 percent of Utah’s workforce, but h... Utah women are more than twice as likely as men to work at low-wage jobs paying less than $10.10 per hour — even when they have superior educations, according to a study released Wednesday by the National Women’s Law Center. It says 17.2 percent of Utah women work at low-wage jobs, compared to 7.4 percent of men. That means women are 2.3 times more likely to be in such jobs, slightly higher than the national average (2.1). The study adds that women make up 44.4 percent of Utah’s workforce, but h... 58241148@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:54:33 MDT Utah’s first crow hunts approved again http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58237668-90/board-utah-wildlife-crows.html.csp Researchers say crows have the capacity to recognize people and scold humans they don’t like. Chances are those opposed to Utah’s first crow hunt will remember John Bair’s face. With vociferous boos echoing in the room and calls for changes to the Utah Wildlife Board, its members narrowly voted Tuesday to uphold a decision they made in June to allow the first sport and depredation crow hunts in the state. Bair made the successful motions in June and again Tuesday to allow the hunts. He said he... Researchers say crows have the capacity to recognize people and scold humans they don’t like. Chances are those opposed to Utah’s first crow hunt will remember John Bair’s face. With vociferous boos echoing in the room and calls for changes to the Utah Wildlife Board, its members narrowly voted Tuesday to uphold a decision they made in June to allow the first sport and depredation crow hunts in the state. Bair made the successful motions in June and again Tuesday to allow the hunts. He said he... 58237668@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:24:31 MDT 14 senators want Obama to create national monument in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58242954-90/bishop-canyonlands-create-greater.html.csp Fourteen liberal senators sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Wednesday urging him to create a new national monument in southeastern Utah forever protecting redrock mesas, ancient cliff dwellings and a hunting site that’s 12,000 years old. The letter is sure to irritate Utah’s members of Congress, who have attempted to curtail the president’s power to set aside such land and oppose a new Greater Canyonlands National Monument, which would block oil and gas drilling and other uses on 1.8 mi... Fourteen liberal senators sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Wednesday urging him to create a new national monument in southeastern Utah forever protecting redrock mesas, ancient cliff dwellings and a hunting site that’s 12,000 years old. The letter is sure to irritate Utah’s members of Congress, who have attempted to curtail the president’s power to set aside such land and oppose a new Greater Canyonlands National Monument, which would block oil and gas drilling and other uses on 1.8 mi... 58242954@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:59:58 MDT Salt Lake program’s goal is to shed light on kestrels http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58224182-90/boxes-county-hawkwatch-http.html.csp Millcreek • What a homestead this could be, Hawkwatch International scientist Dave Oleyar said while installing a bird nesting box recently in a sturdy tree in Tanner Park. About 10 feet up, the wooden box offered just about everything an American kestrel needs to thrive in an urban setting. “It’s a great looking spot,” said Oleyar, pointing to the protection provided by tree limbs and the elevation that allows these relatively small raptors to look down on a field of grassy weeds between the pa... Millcreek • What a homestead this could be, Hawkwatch International scientist Dave Oleyar said while installing a bird nesting box recently in a sturdy tree in Tanner Park. About 10 feet up, the wooden box offered just about everything an American kestrel needs to thrive in an urban setting. “It’s a great looking spot,” said Oleyar, pointing to the protection provided by tree limbs and the elevation that allows these relatively small raptors to look down on a field of grassy weeds between the pa... 58224182@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:20:39 MDT Riverton faces lawsuit over rejection of plasma-donation clinic http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58242627-90/according-behind-biolife-clinic.html.csp Behind closed doors Tuesday night, Riverton city officials discussed strategies for dealing with a lawsuit brought by a company denied its request to locate a plasma donation clinic in the southwest Salt Lake Valley municipality. Developers behind the plan filed the complaint last week in 3rd District Court claiming rejection of the application to build a plasma-collection clinic was illegal and politically motivated. The lawsuit was spurred by the City Council’s 3-1 vote earlier this month to r... Behind closed doors Tuesday night, Riverton city officials discussed strategies for dealing with a lawsuit brought by a company denied its request to locate a plasma donation clinic in the southwest Salt Lake Valley municipality. Developers behind the plan filed the complaint last week in 3rd District Court claiming rejection of the application to build a plasma-collection clinic was illegal and politically motivated. The lawsuit was spurred by the City Council’s 3-1 vote earlier this month to r... 58242627@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:50:33 MDT Utility experts say solar customers pose a burden http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58233423-90/solar-customers-fee-utility.html.csp Solar power generated on the roofs of utility customers doesn’t do much to reduce the need to produce electricity at centralized generating stations or ease pressure on Rocky Mountain Power’s (RMP) electrical grid, according to testimony Monday before the Utah Public Service Commission (PSC). Experts for the major Utah utility made these claims to support its proposal to impose a $4.65 monthly “facilities charge” on net metered customers, the small but quickly growing number who generate their ... Solar power generated on the roofs of utility customers doesn’t do much to reduce the need to produce electricity at centralized generating stations or ease pressure on Rocky Mountain Power’s (RMP) electrical grid, according to testimony Monday before the Utah Public Service Commission (PSC). Experts for the major Utah utility made these claims to support its proposal to impose a $4.65 monthly “facilities charge” on net metered customers, the small but quickly growing number who generate their ... 58233423@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:08:22 MDT Paul Rolly: Blogger fired from language school over ‘homophonia’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58236366-90/says-english-homophones-language.html.csp Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings — such as be and bee, through and threw, which and witch, their and there. This concept is taught early on to foreign students learning English because it can be confusing to someone whose native language does not have that feature. But when the social-media specialist for a private Provo-based English language learning center wrote a blog explaining homoph... Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings — such as be and bee, through and threw, which and witch, their and there. This concept is taught early on to foreign students learning English because it can be confusing to someone whose native language does not have that feature. But when the social-media specialist for a private Provo-based English language learning center wrote a blog explaining homoph... 58236366@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:08:12 MDT UTA examining electric bus that recharges in 10 minutes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58233647-90/bus-electric-uta-buses.html.csp The Utah Transit Authority took a close look Monday at a possible way to help clean Wasatch Front air: a zero-emissions electric bus with fast-charging technology that can operate 24/7 without conventional refueling. Proterra brought its new second-generation electric bus for inspection by officials of UTA, Park City Transit and the media. UTA says while it is examining the bus for possible future use, it has not made any purchase commitments. The price tag for the bus is $825,000, compared to a... The Utah Transit Authority took a close look Monday at a possible way to help clean Wasatch Front air: a zero-emissions electric bus with fast-charging technology that can operate 24/7 without conventional refueling. Proterra brought its new second-generation electric bus for inspection by officials of UTA, Park City Transit and the media. UTA says while it is examining the bus for possible future use, it has not made any purchase commitments. The price tag for the bus is $825,000, compared to a... 58233647@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:25:30 MDT Doug Owens says a poll shows he can beat Mia Love http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58233068-90/campaign-candidate-democratic-district.html.csp Mia Love has a strong lead in Utah’s 4th Congressional District race, but a poll commissioned by Doug Owens has given the Democratic challenger renewed hope that he can close the gap. Owens’ poll, released to reporters Monday, shows that Love is ahead 50 percent to 41 percent in the open-seat contest, and some respondents were inclined to switch their support to the Democrat when short positive bios were read. This is the first survey of this race to be released to the public. “There is a path t... Mia Love has a strong lead in Utah’s 4th Congressional District race, but a poll commissioned by Doug Owens has given the Democratic challenger renewed hope that he can close the gap. Owens’ poll, released to reporters Monday, shows that Love is ahead 50 percent to 41 percent in the open-seat contest, and some respondents were inclined to switch their support to the Democrat when short positive bios were read. This is the first survey of this race to be released to the public. “There is a path t... 58233068@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:12:08 MDT Downtown Salt Lake streetcar coming later, but what about now? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58224425-78/bus-circulator-council-downtown.html.csp Although the Salt Lake City Council has been wishing for a downtown transit circulator for years, it remains just that — an unfulfilled dream. But on Tuesday, the council will consider a proposal by Mayor Ralph Becker’s administration for a streetcar in the central business district. The plan is to run a streetcar line from the University of Utah west on 100 South or 200 South to 400 West, where it would turn south and continue to 900 South. The cost is estimated at $100 million to $200 million.... Although the Salt Lake City Council has been wishing for a downtown transit circulator for years, it remains just that — an unfulfilled dream. But on Tuesday, the council will consider a proposal by Mayor Ralph Becker’s administration for a streetcar in the central business district. The plan is to run a streetcar line from the University of Utah west on 100 South or 200 South to 400 West, where it would turn south and continue to 900 South. The cost is estimated at $100 million to $200 million.... 58224425@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:16:01 MDT Is your city, county raising property taxes? 40 are http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58223976-90/tax-215000-county-increase.html.csp Property valuation notices arriving this week contain some pricey news for many Utahns: 40 local governments are seeking tax hikes. That is slightly less than the 42 that raised them last year, but double the number that had boosted them in 2012. During the Great Recession and its aftermath, many governments tried to hold down tax increases. That may be over now, judging from the past two years. Utahns with the worst news are the 250 residents in tiny Rockville, Washington County, near Zion Nat... Property valuation notices arriving this week contain some pricey news for many Utahns: 40 local governments are seeking tax hikes. That is slightly less than the 42 that raised them last year, but double the number that had boosted them in 2012. During the Great Recession and its aftermath, many governments tried to hold down tax increases. That may be over now, judging from the past two years. Utahns with the worst news are the 250 residents in tiny Rockville, Washington County, near Zion Nat... 58223976@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:20:55 MDT Gallery: Blue Angels fly their finale above Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58224245-90/angels-blue-amet-dolor.html.csp The Thunder Over Utah air show finished Sunday in St. George. The show featured the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, historical aircraft and a World War II battle reenactment. The Thunder Over Utah air show finished Sunday in St. George. The show featured the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, historical aircraft and a World War II battle reenactment. 58224245@www.sltrib.com Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:02:02 MDT Utah’s Hatch longs for Senate’s good ol’ days http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58224778-90/senate-hatch-senators-washington.html.csp Washington • Underneath the desks of the Senate majority and minority leaders are spittoons. I’m fairly sure that no sitting senators dip and spit these days — I haven’t seen a member of the world’s most deliberative body chewing tobacco recently — but the spittoons are still there. The Senate is all about tradition. When a senator dies, aides mask his desk with a black robe and lay white roses. The most junior senator must supply candy to his or her colleagues. Departing senators etch their na... Washington • Underneath the desks of the Senate majority and minority leaders are spittoons. I’m fairly sure that no sitting senators dip and spit these days — I haven’t seen a member of the world’s most deliberative body chewing tobacco recently — but the spittoons are still there. The Senate is all about tradition. When a senator dies, aides mask his desk with a black robe and lay white roses. The most junior senator must supply candy to his or her colleagues. Departing senators etch their na... 58224778@www.sltrib.com Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:33:21 MDT Gallery: Blue Angels fly in Thunder Over Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58224231-90/amet-angels-blue-comnietur.html.csp 58224231@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:53:02 MDT Oil company sues Utah county over pipeline restrictions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58224082-90/county-pipeline-summit-ordinances.html.csp Tesoro Corp. is suing Summit County, claiming that the county’s new ordinances restricting proposed underground pipelines are an attempt to trump federal law. Tesoro wants to build the Uinta Express Pipeline to carry waxy crude oil from the Uinta Basin to Salt Lake City area refineries. The U.S. Forest Service is preparing a federal environmental impact statement on the proposed 135-mile pipeline, which would traverse six Utah counties. But Summit County in late June passed three ordinances desi... Tesoro Corp. is suing Summit County, claiming that the county’s new ordinances restricting proposed underground pipelines are an attempt to trump federal law. Tesoro wants to build the Uinta Express Pipeline to carry waxy crude oil from the Uinta Basin to Salt Lake City area refineries. The U.S. Forest Service is preparing a federal environmental impact statement on the proposed 135-mile pipeline, which would traverse six Utah counties. But Summit County in late June passed three ordinances desi... 58224082@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:31:56 MDT Obama signs two Utah-related bills http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58224545-90/canal-provo-utah-obama.html.csp President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a land exchange between Utah and the Ute tribes, along with a correction to a Provo water deal. These were two of 14 bills Obama signed, with others naming buildings, creating memorials and swapping lands. Two weeks ago, the Senate agreed to an exchange of 20,000 acres controlled by Utah to the Hill Creek Extension of the Unitah and Ouray Indian Reservation for the mineral rights to other parcels on the reservation. The deal approved by the Ute Trib... President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a land exchange between Utah and the Ute tribes, along with a correction to a Provo water deal. These were two of 14 bills Obama signed, with others naming buildings, creating memorials and swapping lands. Two weeks ago, the Senate agreed to an exchange of 20,000 acres controlled by Utah to the Hill Creek Extension of the Unitah and Ouray Indian Reservation for the mineral rights to other parcels on the reservation. The deal approved by the Ute Trib... 58224545@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:45:17 MDT