Most Popular - The Salt Lake Tribune http:/// Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us (Webmaster) Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover <p>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.</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> “It’s simply time,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:21:40 MDT Magnitude 3.2 earthquake jolts western Utah, USGS says <p>A 3.2-magnitude earthquake shook the west side of the Salt Lake Valley on Saturday night.</p> <p> Salt Lake County dispatchers confirmed the earthquake — they should know, they felt it. A dispatcher said the moderate quake lasted few seconds at their West Valley City office, and that they fielded calls about the shake, too. There were no immediate reports of damage connected to the 9:23 p.m. quake.</p> <p>The epicenter o... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:23:21 MDT Why all the hate for Salt Lake City’s new federal courthouse? <p>&lt;freeform&gt;</p> <p> Imagine being an award-winning chef tasked with creating a spectacular meal. You work hard. You do everything right. And in the end, you succeed: the food you prepare is truly ground-breaking. </p> <p>Now imagine that the people you cooked for can’t actually stomach the meal you prepared. Maybe they’re lactose intolerant and you used a lot of cheese. Or maybe it’s a matter of choice; they could b... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:53:16 MDT Salt Lake Comic Con FanX: In ‘cosplay,’ everybody can be anybody <p>By day, John Robinson is an IT guy from West Valley City.</p> <p>But at FanX, the offshoot event of Salt Lake Comic Con happening through Saturday at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Robinson becomes a hulking, hammer-swinging Space Marine.</p> <p>The costume, a maroon-and-white get-up depicting a character from the video game “Warhammer 40,000,” took Robinson 300 hours of work, gluing and shaping EVA foam playmats into the s... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:55:15 MDT Provo police investigating two discovered skeletons <p>Provo police are investigating two unrelated skeletons found near Provo Canyon.</p> <p>A man was hiking Squaw Peak Trail on Saturday afternoon when he went off the trail into rugged terrain and found the first skeleton, at the base of a 1,000-foot cliff, said Provo Police Lt. Mathew Siufanua. Detectives arrived and found the second skeleton about 50 feet away.</p> <p>One set of bones belongs to a 41-year-old man who went missin... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:00:02 MDT Hallelujah! Mormon Tabernacle Choir celebrates Easter with a powerful ‘Messiah’ <p>The Mormon Tabernacle Choir served a musical feast on Easter weekend: Handel’s “Messiah” in all its unabridged glory.</p> <p>Music director Mack Wilberg prepared a new edition of the venerable oratorio for the occasion. This was necessary to allow his 360-voice choir and large orchestra of mostly strings to sound more light and nimble, in keeping with current performance trends.</p> <p>It’s quite a feat for such a formidable en... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:15:16 MDT Utah realtors give ‘murder homes’ another life <p class="NormalParagraphStyle"/> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:25:22 MDT Nathan Fillion delights 'Firefly' fans at Salt Lake Comic Con FanX <p>He’s played a novelist who helps solve weird crimes. A musically inclined superhero trying to stop Dr. Horrible. A constable in a retelling of a Shakespearean classic. But for the legions of adoring fans who crammed into a Salt Palace ballroom early Saturday, Nathan Fillion will always be the big-talking but soft-hearted Captain Malcolm Reynolds from the cult classic “Firefly.” </p> <p> If you are really familiar with him, you can call him Mal.</p> ... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:27:30 MDT Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face <p>Katmandu, Nepal • The rescuers moved quickly, minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear.</p> <p>But they couldn’t get there quickly enough. No one can move that fast. Not even the people who have spent their lives in Everest’s shadow, and who have spent years working on the world’s highest peak.</p> <p>B... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:44:07 MDT Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom <p>Pittsburgh • After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they’re now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.</p> <p>That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit the drilling process known as fracking.</p> <p>“The shale beca... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:04:10 MDT