COUNTIES - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/COUNTIES News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Garfield County jumps in Utah health rankings http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57740321-78/health-county-garfield-counties.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57740321-78/health-county-garfield-counties.html.csp">Garfield County jumps in Utah health rankings</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Erin Alberty</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-28T21:15:44.07-06:00">Updated Mar 28, 2014 09:15PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Garfield County has joined the ranks of Utah’s healthiest counties — a distinction that may show how modest improvements to medical resources can make a difference in the health of rural Utahns. Despite being one of Utah’s most remote counties, with the second-highest unemployment rate, third-lowest median household income and relatively low access to doctors, Garfield cracked the top five counties in Utah for health outcomes, bonking Davis and Summit counties farther down the list in the fifth...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57740321@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:15:44 MDT Oil boom leads to huge growth for Duchesne County http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57729610-90/growth-utah-vernal-boom.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57729610-90/growth-utah-vernal-boom.html.csp">Oil boom leads to huge growth for Duchesne County</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-27T10:02:14.752-06:00">Updated Mar 27, 2014 10:02AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Uinta Basin oil boom has made Duchesne County the nation’s second fastest-growing (for counties with at least 10,000 people), and Vernal the nation’s sixth fastest-growing “micropolitan area” of 10,000 to 50,000 people. That mirrors a national trend in which most of the fastest-growing places are in oil and gas boom areas, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. “Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction industries were the most rapidly growing part of our nat...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57729610@www.sltrib.com Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:02:14 MDT Report says tourism significant in rural Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57677810-79/tourism-county-utah-national.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57677810-79/tourism-county-utah-national.html.csp">Report says tourism significant in rural Utah</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TOM WHARTON</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-19T08:01:55.464-06:00">Updated Mar 19, 2014 08:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A senior economist for the Utah Department of Workforce Services said that while tourism isn’t a make -or-break industry statewide and actually lags behind the national average, it is the foundation of the economies of 13 of the state’s 29 counties. “Tourism is often cited as an important part of the economy,” wrote economist Mark Knold in a report issued in March. “Yet, surprisingly for the state as a whole, tourism is not a make-or-break industry. Nationally, leisure and hospitality accounts ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57677810@www.sltrib.com Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:01:55 MDT Election Day voter registration in Utah advances http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57659393-90/allow-bill-counties-election.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57659393-90/allow-bill-counties-election.html.csp">Election Day voter registration in Utah advances</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-10T20:11:16.582-06:00">Updated Mar 10, 2014 08:11PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The House on Monday endorsed creating a pilot project through the 2016 elections to allow voters to register on Election Day in those counties or cities that choose to participate. The House voted 42-26 to endorse HB156, and sent it to the Senate. “Instead of requiring clerks to do this statewide, it would allow counties and municipalities who are interested in test driving this particular project to see what it would be like to count provisional ballots” and handle same-day registration, said ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57659393@www.sltrib.com Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:11:16 MDT House OKs optional air-cleanup tax http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57649684-90/anderson-bill-cities-counties.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57649684-90/anderson-bill-cities-counties.html.csp">House OKs optional air-cleanup tax</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-07T20:49:46.439-06:00">Updated Mar 7, 2014 08:49PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The House easily approved legislation Friday that would grant cities and counties the authority to raise their sales tax to bolster public-transit routes and improve air quality. “I believe the people in our local communities are ready to make this stretch,” said Rep. Johnny Anderson, R-Taylorsville, the sponsor of HB388. “They’re ready to make this stretch with their tax dollars and they’re ready to make the stretch with their lifestyles.” Anderson’s bill would allow cities and counties to rais...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57649684@www.sltrib.com Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:49:46 MDT Mormon populations, like Utah, get the cheapest Obamacare http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsinternet/57626552-226/costs-plans-american-communities.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsinternet/57626552-226/costs-plans-american-communities.html.csp">Mormon populations, like Utah, get the cheapest Obamacare</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jim Dalrymple II</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-03T14:20:01.879-06:00">Updated Mar 3, 2014 02:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">If you’re looking for cheap healthcare, look no further than Utah. The American Communities Project crunched the numbers last month and discovered that counties they classify as “LDS enclaves” have the cheapest Affordable Care Act plans. The study looked at “silver plans” for 21-year-olds, finding that the average lowest premium was $174. Regions classified as LDS enclaves include all of Utah as well as significant portions of neighboring states. By contrast, the counties with the highest costs...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57626552@www.sltrib.com Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:20:01 MDT Letter: Make vehicle emission compliance mandatory in all counties http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57608072-82/compliance-emission-counties-mandatory.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57608072-82/compliance-emission-counties-mandatory.html.csp">Letter: Make vehicle emission compliance mandatory in all counties</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-05T11:11:07.491-06:00">Updated Mar 5, 2014 11:11AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">This is amazing. The governor is running ads about the pollution in the valley that say 50 percent of it is caused by tailpipes. But, guess what? He still won’t support making vehicle emission compliance mandatory for all counties. Instead, he is hawking UTA ridership. Compliance for all should be a no brainer! It sure would clean up the air. Then, if people decide to use UTA more, that would make it even better. Just a thought. James Sim Taylorsville</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57608072@www.sltrib.com Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:11:07 MDT Lightning is more likely to kill you in Salt Lake than in other counties http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsinternet/57615005-226/lightning-lake-salt-county.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsinternet/57615005-226/lightning-lake-salt-county.html.csp">Lightning is more likely to kill you in Salt Lake than in other counties</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jim Dalrymple II</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-01T21:41:48.287-06:00">Updated Mar 1, 2014 09:41PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">&lt;freeform&gt; Astraphobes take note: you’re more likely to be hit, and killed, by lightning in Salt Lake County than anywhere else along the Wasatch Front. That revelation comes from Google’s lightning hazard map, which breaks down lightning strikes that caused injuries, deaths and property damage in all of the counties in the U.S. (Zoom in to see details and the heat map.) &lt;iframe src=”http://mapsengine.google.com/gallery/mapviewer?id=z4f-ZuCLmiKg.k5QgnA8lQKYM&hl=en&ui=e” width=”500” he...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57615005@www.sltrib.com Sat, 01 Mar 2014 21:41:48 MDT Graphic: Same-sex marriage in Utah by county http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57613655-90/param-value-sex-counties.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57613655-90/param-value-sex-counties.html.csp">Graphic: Same-sex marriage in Utah by county</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matthew piper</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-28T11:59:26.428-06:00">Updated Feb 28, 2014 11:59AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah issued marriage licenses to 1,243 same-sex couples in the 17-day window between U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby’s ruling that Amendment 3 was invalid on Dec. 30 and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s Jan. 6 stay on the ruling. Above you can see where those licenses were issued: Green counties indicate only a few same-sex marriages. Yellow counties indicate more marriages and the red counties had the most. Seven Utah counties did not issue marriage licenses to any same-sex coupl...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57613655@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:59:26 MDT Lawmakers advance raft of bills to further state control over lands http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57603105-90/2014-bills-counties-federal.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57603105-90/2014-bills-counties-federal.html.csp">Lawmakers advance raft of bills to further state control over lands</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brian Maffly</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-26T22:37:26.815-06:00">Updated Feb 26, 2014 10:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A House panel on Wednesday advanced a suite of bills aimed at asserting state dominion over public lands, a policy goal that reflects Utah’s impatience with federal agencies that manage most of the state’s land base. HB67 seeks to empower local law enforcement, while another, HB149, would limit federal officers’ ability to enforce state laws on public lands. A third, HB151, would set up the Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands whose charge would be to advance the state’s takeover of ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57603105@www.sltrib.com Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:37:26 MDT Utah’s Sen. Lee says he voted against PILT to save it http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57568238-90/pilt-bill-lee-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57568238-90/pilt-bill-lee-utah.html.csp">Utah’s Sen. Lee says he voted against PILT to save it</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Topher Webb</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and Lee Davidson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-19T22:50:45.213-06:00">Updated Feb 19, 2014 10:50PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">U.S. Sen. Mike Lee told Utah legislators Wednesday that he voted against the farm bill that funds federal payments in lieu of taxes (PILT) to counties in order to try to save it and make its funding more secure. “We cannot allow PILT to become a game piece in a political game,” he told the House — which had asked him to explain his vote in his annual visit to the Legislature. He said the threat of not funding PILT is used to push Westerners to pass the farm bill. Lee said that bill is only 20 p...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57568238@www.sltrib.com Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:50:45 MDT