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Last Updated Jul 21, 2017 09:14AM

The homeless population in downtown Salt Lake City has become more aggressive at the exact time I’ve become less patient. Coincidence? I think not. I ride FrontRunner downtown. It drops me off about four blocks from the office, which is …

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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Trib staff portraits. Robert Kirby. Kirby: Dad is mending in the hospital, but our health care system is sick
    The Old Man was rushed to the hospital last week. A raging infection in his foot had compromised his physical and mental condition. I showed up after...
    Updated Jul 19 2017 10:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Trib staff portraits. Robert Kirby. Kirby: Religious doubts began with pilfered Brillo pads
    I was raised to be a good Mormon boy. My parents took me to church. I was taught to pray, take the sacrament, pay tithing and to believe that Heavenly...

    Updated Jul 16 2017 07:00 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Trib staff portraits. Robert Kirby. Kirby: Throw water at your server over a lemon? You know where you can stuff that lemon.
    My grandchildren have begun entering the workforce. One granddaughter teaches swimming to kids at the Herriman recreation center, several others have ...
    Updated Jul 15 2017 06:24 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Trib staff portraits. Robert Kirby. Kirby: Hey, what’s inside those moving boxes? The stuff that memories are made of
    It was a cardboard box on a bottom shelf in our basement storage room. Judging from the dust, the container hadn’t been touched in 14 years. My son-i...
    Updated Jul 12 2017 11:04 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Courtesy Robert Kirby Salt Lake Tribune Columnist Robert Kirby and his siblings outside the chapel of Zaragoza AFB in Spain in 1960. Kirby: At last, the Mormon uniform changes — set your sundials for the next dress code update
    This is a picture of my siblings and me outside the chapel of Zaragoza Air Force Base in Spain. The year is 1960. I’m the kid on the far right. The e...
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Salt Lake Tribune columnist Robert Kirby and Jay Henry, who oversees the new state crime lab, check out a stainless steel water tank where firearm forensic specialists can safely fire a bullet from a handgun. Kirby, a firearms aficianado from BB gun to bowling ball canon, wanted desperatley to take a few shots, but not today. The crime lab takes its mission and equipment seriously. Some 140  law enforcement agencies in the state work with the crime lab on processing evidence from DNA to fingerprints and firearm forensics. Kirby: My visit to Utah’s new crime lab — and I wasn’t even a suspect
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    Updated Jul 05 2017 10:18 pm   |     |   Share
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    Assuming you have a religious faith, what would it take to get you to renounce it? You would have to swear that your testimony or witness was absolute...
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Robert Kirby Kirby: Creative constipation can be cured
    Becoming blocked is a hazard of my profession. Commonly referred to as “writer’s block,” it’s a condition in which whatever passes for the mind of a w...
    Updated Jun 24 2017 01:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Trib staff portraits. Robert Kirby. Kirby: Before getting that snake tattoo or lip piercing, ask yourself why you’re doing it
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    Updated Jun 23 2017 08:34 pm   |     |   Share
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    One day in late 1975, my wife announced, “Guess what?” I don’t recall how many wrong guesses it took before she got fed up and just told me that she...
    Updated Jun 18 2017 09:41 am   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jun 18 2017 09:41 am   |     |   Share
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    My wife decided we could afford a long vacation this year. I was suspicious at first. We don’t always (make that rarely) have the same idea of what co...
    Updated Jun 17 2017 09:14 am   |     |   Share
  • Photo courtesy Jeanie Wilcox Jensen Jett Christensen herds cows on Tavaputs Plateau. Kirby: Ranch work is child’s play for these cowboy preschoolers
    Tavaputs Ranch • Last week, I worked with the seventh generation of Wilcox-Jensen cowboys. Although I’m older by at least three of those generations,...
    Updated Jun 15 2017 09:26 am   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jun 11 2017 05:51 am   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jun 10 2017 09:15 am   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jun 07 2017 11:38 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jun 04 2017 01:05 pm   |     |   Share
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    Updated Jun 02 2017 10:55 pm   |     |   Share
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