Welcome to Weekend Rewind, a glance back at The Salt Lake Tribune’s top news stories, photos and opinions you may have missed over the holiday weekend.
Top stories this past weekend
Ogden cop-shooting suspect Matthew Stewart dead in jailhouse suicide • Matthew David Stewart, awaiting trial in the slaying of a police officer during a botched 2012 drug raid that ended in a shootout, died late Thursday night after apparently hanging himself in his jail cell.
Five months after Sandy Hook, Emilie’s sweetness lives on • Family members of Emilie Parker, killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in December, still experience their loss as deeply personal. But, as they grieve, Ogden natives Robbie and Alissa Parker find comfort in seeing the ways in which Emilie’s short life left behind a kinder, more beautiful world.
Republican is first lawmaker to call for Utah A.G. John Swallow to resign • Rep. Paul Ray said Friday that it is time for Attorney General John Swallow to resign for the good of his office and the state. The Clearfield Republican is the first lawmaker of either party to publicly call on Utah’s top cop to step down.
Feeling blue in the attorney general’s office • Attorneys and support staffers at Utah’s top law enforcement agency are doing their jobs, but not without some pain. Embarrassment, fear and frustration are mounting and morale is plummeting as the scandal embroiling their boss, Attorney General John Swallow and his predecessor, Mark Shurtleff, keeps escalating.
Rejecting Nevada water deal hurts Utah, critics say • Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s veto of a water-sharing agreement forged with Nevada over Snake Valley’s groundwater could jeopardize Utah’s own aims on the Colorado River, according to critics in the water-development community.
Utah cemeteries are running out of room • Tens of thousands of Utahns will flock to cemeteries this holiday weekend to honor their departed loved ones. In doing so, they may notice that city cemeteries along the Wasatch Front are filling up. So a question arises for the living: What should be done with the dead?
‘Bucket List’ treks to cave of wonders • The next stop on The Salt Lake Tribune/KUED “Bucket List” is Timpanogos Cave National Monument. It’s open now and its visual treasures await — just a 1.5-mile hike from the base up American Fork Canyon.
Cottonwood canyons conundrum • Better roads. Better buses. New trains. New trams. Those ideas and more are on the table as experts try to figure out the best way to improve transportation to and in Little Cottonwood and Big Cottonwood canyons.
Where in the world is Susan Cox Powell? • In their search for Susan Cox Powell, West Valley City police received more than 800 tips and interviewed more than 800 people. They heard from family and friends, psychics and prisoners, work colleagues and casino employees, even from a pair of sheepherders. They searched picnic grounds, motels, truck stops. They scoured lakeshores, wetlands, ponds. They probed a landfill, a gravel pit, eight rock quarries and mines — hundreds of mines — all to no avail.
Spillover effect • After three hazardous spills in three years, some are asking whether it’s time for Utah to step up its oversight of pipelines that crisscross the state — instead of ceding much of that responsibility to a strapped federal agency.
Other news of interest
Utah Pride Festival drops blogger over Mormon comments
This year’s Pride Parade to feature more Mormon marchers
Ute Tribe stakes new legal claim to ‘Indian Country’
Three students face charges in West Valley school food fight
Police tracked Josh Powell by plane, wiretapped his phone
Do Utah’s high school seniors dream of technology, math careers?
5A baseball: Bingham wins its 21st state title
Does Costco save you money?
Opinion and commentary
In memoriam: A day to count the cost of unity
A good first step: Scouting, gay boys and men
McEntee: Discrimination lives on in the Boy Scouts
Rolly: Matheson confounds GOP and Dems
Pyle: Lost in our nation’s capital
Big Utah polluters can cut their emissions