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Last Updated Jun 26, 2017 10:57AM

My friend Forrest Shaw is dying. He and I first met playing Junior Jazz basketball in elementary school, but I got to know him better in high school, an upbeat kid with positive energy and a smile and his quirky …

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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Michael Fox was on a search team on Sept. 11 and now has developed lymphoma as a result. Gehrke: The lingering legacy of Sept. 11 hangs heavy over some Utah firefighters
    Michael Fox carries the aftermath of 9/11 with him, in his mind and in his body. After the towers fell, search and rescue teams from across the count...
    Updated Jun 21 2017 11:06 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: The showdown between the governor and Legislature over the attorney general’s opinion on special election legality
    Gov. Gary Herbert and the Legislature are waging a high-power, high-stakes battle after Herbert blocked the attorney general’s office from issuing a l...
    Updated Jun 19 2017 05:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: Senate’s backroom Obamacare-repeal bill needs to be debated in the open
    Sen. Orrin Hatch dispatched with the pretense this week when he admitted that he doesn’t much care if the public has an opportunity to see the bill he...
    Updated Jun 23 2017 07:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: Trump unveils plans for massive hotel and golf resort in Bears Ears
    Editor’s Note: This is a satirical look at the Bears Ears controversy. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday recommended drastically shrinking the ...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 03:02 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Michael Mangum  |  Special to the Tribune   Scott Person, 11, of Midvale, climbs a line Saturday in Big Cottonwood Canyon with Army veteran Geoff Bippes belaying from below. Operation Climb On focuses on engaging veterans in the outdoors and hosts climbing events once a month. Gehrke: When Iraq vet with PTSD reached the bottom, climbing brought him back to the top
    Editor’s Note • This is the first in a periodic installment hoping to highlight average people doing under-appreciated work in our communities. If you...
    Updated Jun 12 2017 02:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: Some simple steps to improve the Our Schools Now initiative
    Leaders of the Our Schools Now initiative kicked off their effort Tuesday to ask voters to raise their own taxes — both sales and income — to generate...
    Updated Jun 07 2017 05:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  Tribune file photo)   Rob Anderson, chairman of the Utah Republican Party, said that a registration fee to attend the special convention later this month is not mandatory but is ’highly encourages.’ Gehrke: Utah GOP softens on delegate fee at convention to replace Chaffetz
    The Utah Republican Party is softening its requirement that delegates voting on a replacement for Rep. Jason Chaffetz pay $20 to attend the special co...
    Updated Jun 02 2017 08:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: GOP’s plan to charge delegates $20 harkens back to days of poll taxes
    When Republican delegates from the 3rd Congressional District gather in a few weeks to whittle down the field for a candidate to replace Rep. Jason Ch...
    Updated Jun 02 2017 08:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: Looming changes on beer laws should force Utah to re-evaluate its own policies
    “Enjoy it while it lasts.” That was the advice a bartender gave a friend of mine recently. It wasn’t an existential commentary on life. Rather, it was...
    Updated May 31 2017 12:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Salt Lake Tribune)   staff portraits. Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: For all the hoopla, signature path to the ballot is a long shot
    Provo Mayor John Curtis' decision to gather signatures to get on the party ballot as well as go to convention is not surprising ­— conventional wisdom...
    Updated May 31 2017 12:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • Senator Todd Weiler (R-Woods Cross) Gehrke: I’m with you Todd Weiler, we deserve more questions about the murder of Sean Hannity
    Are you like me? Don’t you think it’s about time that we get to the bottom of the slaying of Sean Hannity? I understand that some believe Mr. Hannity’...
    Updated May 31 2017 12:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   The two buttes that make up the namesake for the Bears Ears National Monument reveal the vast landscape surrounding them as part of the 1.35 million acres in southeastern Utah protected by President Barack Obama on Dec. 28, 2016. Utah Republicans in Congress are advocating for Trump to jettison Utahís national monument designation. Gehrke: While wrangling over undoing Bears Ears continues, treasures go unprotected
    Utah’s senators are not seeing eye to eye on what steps President Donald Trump should take when it comes to Bears Ears National Monument. While Sen. ...
    Updated May 24 2017 12:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: Guv v. Legislature about to turn into ‘House of Cards’ meets ‘Game of Thrones’
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s announcement that he would resign his House seat effective June 30 essentially ends the battle between Gov. Gary Herbert and the...
    Updated May 22 2017 12:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Salt Lake Tribune)   staff portraits. Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: Herbert standing up for voters in Chaffetz replacement
    So now what? Rep. Jason Chaffetz's announcement that he would resign his House seat effective June 30 essentially ends the argument between Gov. Gary ...
    Updated May 22 2017 12:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Senator Todd Weiler (R-Woods Cross) Gehrke: I’m with you Todd Weiler, we deserve more questions about the murder of Sean Hannity
    Are you like me? Don’t you think it’s about time that we get to the bottom of the slaying of Sean Hannity? I understand that some believe Mr. Hannity’...
    Updated May 31 2017 12:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   The two buttes that make up the namesake for the Bears Ears National Monument reveal the vast landscape surrounding them as part of the 1.35 million acres in southeastern Utah protected by President Barack Obama on Dec. 28, 2016. Utah Republicans in Congress are advocating for Trump to jettison Utahís national monument designation. Gehrke: While wrangling over undoing Bears Ears continues, treasures go unprotected
    Utah’s senators are not seeing eye to eye on what steps President Donald Trump should take when it comes to Bears Ears National Monument. While Sen. ...
    Updated May 24 2017 12:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: Guv v. Legislature about to turn into ‘House of Cards’ meets ‘Game of Thrones’
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s announcement that he would resign his House seat effective June 30 essentially ends the battle between Gov. Gary Herbert and the...
    Updated May 22 2017 12:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Salt Lake Tribune)   staff portraits. Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: Herbert standing up for voters in Chaffetz replacement
    So now what? Rep. Jason Chaffetz's announcement that he would resign his House seat effective June 30 essentially ends the argument between Gov. Gary ...
    Updated May 22 2017 12:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: For the sake of Trump investigation, Chaffetz should give up Oversight chairmanship
    The tornado that has engulfed President Donald Trump’s administration over the last two weeks shows no sign of letting up. It has also pulled Rep. Ja...
    Updated May 19 2017 09:49 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: GOP lawsuit has left a party saddled with debt, scraping for donors
    On Saturday, Republican delegates will elect a person to lead their party — a party that controls every major elected office in the state yet is deepl...
    Updated May 17 2017 12:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • President Donald Trump talks to reporters during a meeting with Dr. Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under President Richard Nixon, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Gehrke: Utah reps need to recognize Trump has tainted FBI probe
    It is, without a doubt, the most surreal episode of “The Apprentice “ in history. When President Donald Trump dropped his signature “You’re fired!” l...
    Updated May 16 2017 06:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke thanks Heidi Redd during a visit to her historic Dugout Ranch along Indian Creek,  where she runs it under a conservation easement with the Nature Conservancy. Secretary Zinke is continuing his four-day Utah tour on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Gehrke: What Zinke isn’t hearing, seeing during his trip to Utah
    Blake Spalding and Jen Castle opened the doors of Hell’s Backbone Grill in 1999, drawn to the remote town of Boulder by their love of wilderness and t...
    Updated May 18 2017 07:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, fresh off a foot surgery, makes his way through Statuary Hall on his way to the House floor in the Capitol for the vote on repeal and replace of Obamacare (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images) Gehrke: Why the House health care bill, like a hobbled Chaffetz, can’t be allowed to stand
    Jason Chaffetz learned how abruptly one’s health can take a turn when he slipped and tumbled off a ladder about 12 years ago, shattering several bones...
    Updated May 09 2017 06:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Columnist Robert Gehrke. Gehrke: Tale of mother facing deportation should be a wake-up call for Utah
    “Where is mama? Where is mama?" If you weren't moved by Carlos Juarez telling of his children's anguish at the prospect their mother could be deporte...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • Gehrke: Herbert is right to not let Chaffetz’s replacement turn into a political game
    You can’t take politics out of politics, as we’re witnessing in the maneuvering over how to pick a likely replacement to Rep. Jason Chaffetz. The con...
    Updated May 02 2017 11:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • Gehrke: Trump’s review of monuments a cynical charade to exploit Utah treasures
    Everyone, according to Gov. Gary Herbert, wants to protect the natural and historic treasures of Bears Ears. Nonetheless, there he was, along with Ut...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:45 pm   |     |   Share