UTAHNS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/UTAHNS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Op-ed: Hatch, Lee forsake vulnerable Utahns http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57828158-82/hatch-lee-utah-utahns.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57828158-82/hatch-lee-utah-utahns.html.csp">Op-ed: Hatch, Lee forsake vulnerable Utahns</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Isaac Holyoak</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-18T17:47:01.801-06:00">Updated Apr 18, 2014 05:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">With a combined 42 years in Washington, D.C., Senators Hatch and Lee are proving that what binds them is neither ideology nor their Utah heritage, but the degree to which Utah’s distance from the capital city has made it easier for them to ignore the Utahns who need them most. Recent votes by Hatch and Lee suggest that the two senators are actively engaged in harming Utahns in matters related to employment opportunities. In the first instance, Hatch and Lee voted against extending benefits to l...</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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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> 57828158@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:47:01 MDT Utahns really, really trust their state government http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsinternet/57776431-226/trust-state-utahns-government.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsinternet/57776431-226/trust-state-utahns-government.html.csp">Utahns really, really trust their state government</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="2014-04-04T19:09:18.795-06:00">Updated Apr 4, 2014 07:09PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utahns trust their state government more than the residents of almost any other state. In a recent Gallup poll, Utah ranked third for having the highest trust in the state government, behind only much-less-populous North Dakota and Wyoming. The poll found that 75 percent of Utahns have either a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust. By contrast, 62 percent of Americans nationwide trust their state governments. Gallup analyzed the data and found that trust in state governments tends to be high...</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> 57776431@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:09:18 MDT What should Utah change by 2050? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57728053-78/utah-future-housing-percent.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57728053-78/utah-future-housing-percent.html.csp">What should Utah change by 2050?</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-25T22:52:31.567-06:00">Updated Mar 25, 2014 10:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">By 2050, Utah will be home to 2.5 million more residents — who will need jobs, education, roads and transit and affordable housing. They’ll add to the demand for clean water, clean air and the state’s recreation areas. To develop strategies to manage and thrive in a more crowded future, eight task forces convened by Envision Utah are getting underway and will be reaching out to Utahns for ideas and feedback as part of the “Your Utah, Your Future” campaign. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced the pl...</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> 57728053@www.sltrib.com Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:52:31 MDT Utahns honor teen who died after being injured in Turkey protests http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57720028-78/lake-salt-died-protests.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57720028-78/lake-salt-died-protests.html.csp">Utahns honor teen who died after being injured in Turkey protests</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-23T21:10:12.744-06:00">Updated Mar 23, 2014 09:10PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Members of the Salt Lake Turkish community on Sunday commemorated last week’s death of a 15-year-old boy in Turkey. Berkin Elvan was buying bread for his family when he was struck by a tear gas capsule shot by Turkish police in 2013 during anti-government protests; he died after months in a coma. Turkish Utahns honored the boy by placing flowers at the Christmas Box Angel in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.</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> 57720028@www.sltrib.com Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:10:12 MDT Utahns: Sign up for health coverage now, before it’s too late http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57694070-200/health-insurance-utah-enrollment.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57694070-200/health-insurance-utah-enrollment.html.csp">Utahns: Sign up for health coverage now, before it’s too late</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By kirsten stewart</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-19T22:44:51.243-06:00">Updated Mar 19, 2014 10:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It’s another day and another enrollment fair for Arches Health Plan, which has crisscrossed Utah imploring the uninsured to get covered for the past six months, since the Oct. 1 opening of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace. Nearly 40,000 Utahns have found health plans on www.HealthCare.Gov — 86 percent receiving a subsidy to help cover the costs. But with just 13 days until the March 31 enrollment deadline, thousands more remain eligible. Miss the sign-up window and you could pay...</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> 57694070@www.sltrib.com Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:44:51 MDT Utahns receive a pot of golden sunshine at St. Patrick’s Day Parade http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57686211-78/parade-patrick-saturday-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57686211-78/parade-patrick-saturday-utah.html.csp">Utahns receive a pot of golden sunshine at St. Patrick’s Day Parade</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="2014-03-15T09:30:01.553-06:00">Updated Mar 15, 2014 09:30AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It’s the best of both worlds for Utahns on Saturday: The luck of the Irish, with decidedly un-Irish weather. As scores of green-clad merrymakers descended on The Gateway mall in Salt Lake City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday brought blue skies and windbreaker-worthy temps that — with a minor interruption Monday — Utahns can expect to stick around for a while. The National Weather Service pegs Saturday’s high at 57 for Salt Lake City, with an overnight low of 37. That’s fairly typical...</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> 57686211@www.sltrib.com Sat, 15 Mar 2014 09:30:01 MDT Letter: Too many Utahns not represented in Legislature http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57670895-82/legislature-utah-utahns-members.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57670895-82/legislature-utah-utahns-members.html.csp">Letter: Too many Utahns not represented in Legislature</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-15T01:01:05.396-06:00">Updated Mar 15, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Four thousand Utahns gathered at the Capitol in January to plea for a meaningful and effective response from our Legislature to the toxic air pollution issue. The response from legislators has been anemic and mostly symbolic at best. Four thousand Utahns did not clamber for electronic widgets for our students nor to move the state prison. Utah is No. 1 in the country for air pollution, autism, anti-depressant consumption and right-wing hyperbole. For 150 years the Utah Legislature has been cont...</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> 57670895@www.sltrib.com Sat, 15 Mar 2014 01:01:05 MDT Letter: Voters re-electing politicians who neglect poor are complicit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57677175-82/idiots-letter-poor-bateman.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57677175-82/idiots-letter-poor-bateman.html.csp">Letter: Voters re-electing politicians who neglect poor are complicit</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-14T01:01:03.516-06:00">Updated Mar 14, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Soon after my arrival in Utah in 2011, it became apparent that “most” (not all, but most) Utahns are not using the “intelligent thought process.” I must suggest to letter writer Blair Bateman (“Why re-elect legislators who disagree on best way to deprive poor? Forum, March 11) that although his piece was quite compelling, his conclusions were completely wrong. He writes, “It never ceases to amaze me why Utahns keep re-electing these idiots.” The “idiots” are not the elected. The “idiots” are the...</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> 57677175@www.sltrib.com Fri, 14 Mar 2014 01:01:03 MDT Letter: Utahns use too much water; soon it will be gone http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57660116-82/drought-landscape-utah-utahns.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57660116-82/drought-landscape-utah-utahns.html.csp">Letter: Utahns use too much water; soon it will be gone</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-14T01:01:02.147-06:00">Updated Mar 14, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">After Nevada, Utah is the second driest state, but incredibly, Utah is the second highest water consumer per capita in the country (next to Nevada). If we have a big drought, it’ll be much worse than California is currently experiencing. Having grown up with the Mormon ethic of preparedness, I believe it’s time Utahns prepare for a big drought. Instead of talking about pumping more non-existent water from the shrinking Colorado River, we should be making lifestyle and policy choices that add u...</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> 57660116@www.sltrib.com Fri, 14 Mar 2014 01:01:02 MDT Crunch time for Obamacare: About 40K Utahns are in http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57666288-78/health-enrollment-utahns-www.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57666288-78/health-enrollment-utahns-www.html.csp">Crunch time for Obamacare: About 40K Utahns are in</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By kirsten stewart</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-11T22:27:26.11-06:00">Updated Mar 11, 2014 10:27PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">People, it appears, respond to deadlines. As the March 31 enrollment deadline nears for Obamacare’s online insurance marketplace, more Utahns have rushed to sign up. Nearly 40,000 Utahns have found a health plan on www.HealthCare.gov. March enrollments so far have reached a 38 percent increase over February’s numbers. Additionally, about 36,000 Utahns have been deemed eligible for Medicaid. Nationally enrollment has reached 4.2 million, according to the latest federal tally. The Obama admini...</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> 57666288@www.sltrib.com Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:27:26 MDT Letter: Utah takes federal money, as long as it’s not for the poor http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57631141-82/utah-federal-poor-expansion.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57631141-82/utah-federal-poor-expansion.html.csp">Letter: Utah takes federal money, as long as it’s not for the poor</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-05T01:01:04.038-06:00">Updated Mar 5, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Utah Republican Legislature is having a rough time deciding how to expand Medicaid to help the poorest Utahns get health insurance. Gov. Gary Herbert wants to accept federal funds to cover these people. Our great Speaker Becky Lockhart disagrees. She says it’s an Obamacare expansion to get Utah hooked on federal health care dollars. I guess she knows this is tax money originally sent to the feds by Utahns, but I am not sure if she does. I wonder what would happen if this were the Obama Dev...</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> 57631141@www.sltrib.com Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:01:04 MDT Letter: LGBT Utahns don’t fare as well as pit bull terriers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57597650-82/pit-bill-bull-prohibit.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57597650-82/pit-bill-bull-prohibit.html.csp">Letter: LGBT Utahns don’t fare as well as pit bull terriers</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-27T01:01:03.938-06:00">Updated Feb 27, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It is telling to note the priorities of our Legislature. The Legislaturre refuses to even debate a law to prohibit discrimination against LGBT Utahns, but it quickly passed a bill to prohibit any city from discriminating against pit bull terriers (“Bill to stop bans of pit bulls claws way to victory,” Tribune, Feb. 10). Maybe you need to have a pit bull to be assured equal treatment. Brent Worwood West Jordan</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> 57597650@www.sltrib.com Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:01:03 MDT Utah consumer confidence shows steady gains http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57598440-79/percent-months-utah-confidence.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57598440-79/percent-months-utah-confidence.html.csp">Utah consumer confidence shows steady gains</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="2014-02-26T15:54:34.327-06:00">Updated Feb 26, 2014 03:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah consumer confidence might not be soaring, but it is showing slow, steady improvement as it continues to hit record levels. At least that is what the most recent Zions Bank Consumer Attitude Index revealed. The bank has been providing the survey as a free resource since 2011. Data collection is done by The Cicero Group, a Salt Lake City-based research firm. The index increased .6 points to 96.8 from January to February. Though the monthly increases have been modest, this is the fourth-strai...</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> 57598440@www.sltrib.com Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:54:34 MDT Post says Utah’s Gary Herbert the nation’s most popular governor http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsinternet/57591509-226/herbert-post-according-gov.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsinternet/57591509-226/herbert-post-according-gov.html.csp">Post says Utah’s Gary Herbert the nation’s most popular governor</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="2014-02-24T19:17:46.041-06:00">Updated Feb 24, 2014 07:17PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">If you’re reading this, you probably love Utah Gov. Gary Herbert*. According to the Washington Post’s Sean Sullivan and Aaron Blake, Utah’s top man is the nation’s most popular, though non-Utahns “probably haven’t heard of him,” according to the headline. Herbert serves on the executive committee of the National Governors Association, which provided the occasion for the Post’s plaudit by hosting its winter meeting over the weekend in Washington. The Post cites a recent Dan Jones poll that found ...</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> 57591509@www.sltrib.com Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:17:46 MDT Letter: Lockhart is willing to let Utahns suffer to prove political point http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57576040-82/federal-care-utahns-accept.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57576040-82/federal-care-utahns-accept.html.csp">Letter: Lockhart is willing to let Utahns suffer to prove political point</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-23T22:44:02.487-06:00">Updated Feb 23, 2014 10:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">We read with disbelief the House Republican leaders’ proposal for uninsured Utahns. They are suggesting that we refuse $800 million in federal Medicaid money that could be used to provide medical care for the struggling and the helpless (“Herbert calls House Medicaid plan ‘illogical’,” Tribune, Feb. 19). Speaker Becky Lockhart’s reason for doing so defies logic. She wants to “avoid getting more and more attached to an unsustainable revenue source.” Assuming that her “unsustainable” premise is a...</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> 57576040@www.sltrib.com Sun, 23 Feb 2014 22:44:02 MDT Letter: C’mon, legislators, quit quibbling and expand Medicaid http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57576086-82/medicaid-expand-fit-fully.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57576086-82/medicaid-expand-fit-fully.html.csp">Letter: C’mon, legislators, quit quibbling and expand Medicaid</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-23T22:44:02.569-06:00">Updated Feb 23, 2014 10:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Like most Utahns, I watch in amazement day after day as our Legislature contorts itself into ever more ridiculous and expensive knots to avoid fully expanding Medicaid.  In fact, it would be amusing to watch this ideological hissy fit except that, as I speak, millions of Utah dollars are being diverted to other states while Utahns go without.  Come on, legislators, stop acting like silly circus performers. Do the straight-forward, cost effective, and sensible thing — fully expand Medicaid in Ut...</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> 57576086@www.sltrib.com Sun, 23 Feb 2014 22:44:02 MDT Utahns tackle a 372-step stair climb to fight lung disease http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57563700-200/372-climb-fight-lake.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57563700-200/372-climb-fight-lake.html.csp">Utahns tackle a 372-step stair climb to fight lung disease</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-22T22:46:04.262-06:00">Updated Feb 22, 2014 10:46PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Four-month-old Keane Bergman seems enthralled by a firefighter preparing to scale 18 floors wearing full gear at the Zions Bank building in downtown Salt Lake City for the annual Fight for Air Climb. Later Keane and his mother, Chelsea Bergman, joined other Utahns climbing the 372 steps to help raise funds for the American Lung Association, while firefighters wore up to 80 pounds of gear and competed for the fastest time and bragging rights.</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> 57563700@www.sltrib.com Sat, 22 Feb 2014 22:46:04 MDT