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 weekend.
Top stories this past weekend
Why the NSA put a data center in Utah • The rest of the country may think Bluffdale is the middle of nowhere, but the National Security Agency considered this 8,000-person town a source of prime real estate, beating 38 contenders to become the site for a massive new data center when the spy agency input key criteria into a mathematical model.
Judge blocks Utah law limiting federal authority on public lands • A federal judge on Friday blocked Utah’s latest anti-federal law, saying HB155, which sought to limit federal police powers on public lands, appears to impose the state’s will on federal land management and “creates irreparable harm to the constitutional order.”
Jenson’s attorneys seek protective order against Swallow, Shurtleff • Attorneys for Jailed businessman Marc Jenson, who has made headline-grabbing allegations against Utah Attorney General John Swallow and his predecessor, Mark Shurtleff, asked a 3rd District judge Friday to issue a protective order banning all contact from the A.G.’s office due to alleged threats and harassment from officials.
Utah House’s Swallow probe launches July 3, will look into pre-A.G. years • Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart will call the House into session July 3 to vote on a resolution giving her authority to appoint a bipartisan, nine-member special committee to investigate embattled Utah Attorney General John Swallow — a probe that could extend to years before Swallow was elected, including when he still was a Republican candidate, deputy A.G. and, perhaps, as far back as 1990, when he first became a lawyer.
How a boom economy went bust • More tough decisions face government leaders in who have already laid off Tooele County employees and now must look at hiking taxes for the first time in 27 years — while continuing to slash services.
Utah Bucket List: Grand Staircase-Escalante offers a unique canyoneering experience • While canyoneering — also known as canyoning, gorging and slotting — has been done around the world as a matter of daily life for centuries, the activity has seen a major boom in recent years.
Other news of interest
Terry Schow, longtime Utah veterans affairs director, retires
Citing budget cuts, Valley Mental Health will drop 2,200 patients
Music therapy has a new home: Sophie’s Place, at Primary Children’s (video)
Evanston fireworks stores help Utahns have a blast
Visiting Utah, Interior secretary urges balanced federal land use
Former Utah trooper Lisa Steed to stay fired, judge rules
Porter Rockwells celebrate his birthday in look-alike contest
Utah Jazz: Trey Burke is the star in introduction of draft picks (video)
Pickens in Utah preaches end to U.S. use of OPEC oil
Where We Worship: Utah has its own Lourdes – a vision of simple, elegant beauty
Opinion & commentary
Rolly: Legislature misguided on cutting DUIs
Pyle: Because we’ve always done it that way
Parker: The N-word vs. “cracker”
Editor column: Some changes you will notice in The Tribune
Editorial: In managing water, Utah needs honest numbers