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Washington • As Rep. Jason Chaffetz looks to leave office, one of his unintentional legacies could be this: propping up an underground market for marijuana in the nation’s capital and making dealers more money. Chaffetz, R-Utah, helped lead the charge …

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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The HomeInn Hotel on 300 west in Salt Lake City.  Thursday, April 13, 2017. Salt Lake’s HomeInn Hotel provides an escape from the street, a chance for ex-cons
    Dan met the boy he would molest at a swimming pool. He was 51. His victim just 12. The boy didn’t tell anyone about the groping. Dan asked him not to....
    Updated May 27 2017 11:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Senator Jason Chaffetz with his wife Julie at his side speaks at the Utah Republican Party Organizing Convention, Saturday, May 19, 2017. Chaffetz’s exit leaves 22 — so far — seeking to fill the void
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    Updated May 26 2017 11:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)      The Navy Honor Guard folds the the American Flag from the casket of Elliott Deen Larsen whose remains finally came home to the Monroe City Cemetery during graveside service in Monroe, Utah  Friday May 26, 2017. Larsen’s family recently learned that he died on the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor. 75 years after Pearl Harbor, a sailor is buried in southern Utah
    Monroe • A small headstone carved with Elliott Deen Larsen’s name has rested at the Monroe City Cemetery since 1942, installed not long after the Japa...
    Updated May 26 2017 11:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (FILE - In this May 20, 2017 file photo, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz waves after addressing the Utah GOP Convention in Sandy, Utah. Chaffetz, a five-term Republican, says he doesn’t feel compelled to talk about what he may do after leaving Congress next month. But he told The Associated Press)   on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, that the business — Strawberry C— may become a reincarnation of his former public relations and marketing firm. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) When Chaffetz leaves, his congressional office will keep working — to a point
    Washington • Rep. Jason Chaffetz won’t be in office come July, but his office still will be working. The Utah Republican’s departure at the end of Jun...
    Updated May 26 2017 11:42 pm   |     |   Share



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Budget
Trump budget slashes money for federal lands, needy and health care
Updated May 23 2017 10:28 pm

Utah Legislature continues wrestling with tax reform, possible food tax hike
Updated May 17 2017 07:59 pm

Kane County officials under investigation for involvement in district for luxury resort
Updated May 22 2017 03:26 pm

Chaffetz wants to know: What will happen with money Trump's businesses earn from foreign governments?
Updated Apr 22 2017 11:05 am

Board adopts policy reforms in wake of blistering Unified Fire Authority audit
Updated Mar 21 2017 10:55 pm

Here's how President Trump's proposed budget hikes and spending cuts might affect Utah
Updated Mar 16 2017 11:45 pm

Utah’s $16B budget boosts school spending, state worker wages, Medicaid growth
Updated Mar 10 2017 02:50 pm

Breakneck approval of over $1B in borrowing with little or no public comment leads to questions
Updated Mar 07 2017 11:50 pm

Governor: Utah tax reform delayed, not dead
Updated Mar 08 2017 05:12 pm

BIll OKs liquor stores keeping some profits
Updated Mar 09 2017 02:38 pm


Crime
County launches program aimed at tracking, reducing repeat criminal offending
Updated May 25 2017 01:40 pm

Payments to Diehl during bankruptcy raise new questions about ties to Utah power brokers
Updated May 23 2017 12:04 pm

New DUI law bans new immigrants from driving after even a drop of alcohol
Updated May 18 2017 02:30 pm

Kane County officials under investigation for involvement in district for luxury resort
Updated May 22 2017 03:26 pm

Salt Lake County signs off on plan to send inmates elsewhere
Updated May 03 2017 04:44 pm

Salt Lake County's idea to free up jail space: Send inmates someplace else
Updated May 22 2017 03:02 pm

Jeremy Johnson to invoke Fifth Amendment in campaign scheme lawsuit
Updated Apr 26 2017 11:41 am

FBI takes interest in Daggett County jail probe
Updated Apr 25 2017 10:49 pm

Hatch joins founder of child-trafficking rescue group in call for funding, resources
Updated Apr 23 2017 02:41 pm

Washington County prosecutor weighing criminal probe of Kane County districts
Updated Apr 21 2017 01:07 pm


Culture
Anti-DUI law ad in Nevada warns, ‘Go to Utah on vacation, leave on probation’
Updated May 24 2017 12:02 pm

Ogden-Clearfield ranks No. 9 nationally for mixed-heritage marriages
Updated May 18 2017 11:52 pm

Utah’s new liquor laws — some of them, anyway — go into effect Tuesday
Updated May 08 2017 11:18 pm

‘We don’t like the conversation’: Utah voters of color launch initiative to revamp the political system
Updated May 04 2017 11:24 pm

‘Utah: Come for vacation, leave on probation,’ says anti-DUI law campaign
Updated May 23 2017 09:02 pm

Second stay sought in ‘no promo homo’ lawsuit pending school rule changes
Updated Apr 17 2017 11:58 am

Despite firearm-friendly climate, more than half of Utahns don’t own a gun
Updated Apr 08 2017 11:28 pm

Pressure pours in on possible veto of drunken driving bill
Updated Mar 25 2017 05:54 pm

Protesters call for Hatch and Lee to push back against Trump
Updated Mar 22 2017 04:22 pm

As protesters rally in Utah Capitol, Gov. Herbert scrutinizes toughest-in-nation DUI bill
Updated Mar 23 2017 07:33 pm


Elections
New Utah party seeks ballot status, will name 3rd District candidate Friday
Updated May 25 2017 11:19 pm

Provo Mayor John Curtis says he’s all in as a candidate for Congress
Updated May 25 2017 10:45 pm

Former state Rep. Chris Herrod declares candidacy for Congress
Updated May 24 2017 12:03 pm

New centrist party forms in Utah to attract disaffected Republicans, Democrats
Updated May 25 2017 10:14 pm

Ainge name could boost novice in bid for Chaffetz’s soon-to-be-vacated 3rd Congressional District seat
Updated May 23 2017 05:51 pm

Candidates plunge into widening pool to replace Chaffetz
Updated May 23 2017 09:01 pm

Utah sets condensed special election calendar — and it’s already started
Updated May 22 2017 12:17 pm

Chaffetz to step down from Congress at the end of June, regrets not finishing Clinton email probe
Updated May 27 2017 05:49 pm

Draper to hire independent investigator to review councilwoman’s emails
Updated May 22 2017 03:51 pm

Gov. Herbert to Utah Legislature: Forget special session
Updated May 18 2017 10:37 pm


Education
U. looks to create endowed chair honoring the late Bob Bennett
Updated May 16 2017 11:17 pm

Gov. Herbert signs more education, public lands, election bills
Updated Mar 21 2017 03:17 pm

House backs $5k bonuses to draw top teachers to low-income schools
Updated Feb 28 2017 01:22 pm

House urges later start times for high schools
Updated Feb 24 2017 12:49 pm

House delivers double punch to ballot drive seeking to increase tax for education
Updated Feb 14 2017 11:00 am

Lawmakers support bill aimed at curbing bullying of teachers
Updated Feb 08 2017 11:45 am

House panel punts on plan to reward teachers working in low-income schools
Updated Feb 06 2017 10:59 am

Senators say Utah schools will be ‘kept whole’ without a tax increase
Updated Feb 01 2017 12:21 pm

Seat belts could be required in new Utah school buses
Updated Jan 26 2017 09:47 pm

Herbert launches drive to help more Utahns qualify for high-pay jobs
Updated Jan 28 2017 10:12 pm


Environment
Western group sues Interior for documents on monument designations
Updated May 24 2017 11:40 pm

Utah mountain bikers may soon have new places to ride at canyon resorts
Updated May 23 2017 11:41 am

Tribal leaders: We’ll take Trump to court if he rescinds Bears Ears
Updated May 03 2017 11:20 pm

National monuments harm the economy, Utah public lands official tells Congress
Updated May 02 2017 11:31 pm

Trump orders review of national monuments, says Bears Ears ‘should never have happened’
Updated May 22 2017 02:48 pm

Zinke will recommend Bears Ears fate within 45 days
Updated Apr 25 2017 11:09 pm

Trump to order review of Bears Ears, Grand Staircase
Updated Apr 25 2017 11:12 am

House Dems: Documents show feds consulted with Utah leaders on Bears Ears before designation
Updated Apr 13 2017 11:11 pm

Trump has the power to revoke Bears Ears monument declaration, report says
Updated Apr 13 2017 08:48 pm

President Trump reverses clean power initiative, coal moratorium
Updated Mar 28 2017 11:20 pm


Health
Hatch on health care overhaul: ‘The public wants every dime they can be given’
Updated May 10 2017 11:15 am

With House version DOA in the Senate, it's now up to Hatch and Lee to write new health care bill
Updated May 07 2017 07:02 pm

Utahns protest GOP’s vote to repeal, replace Obamacare
Updated May 22 2017 03:28 pm

Gov. Herbert says health care reform is ‘absolutely a necessity’
Updated Mar 28 2017 04:49 pm

Sen. Mike Lee alone in Utah delegation cheering pulling of GOP health care bill
Updated Mar 28 2017 08:59 pm

Utah’s all-Republican delegation hard to pin down on health-care vote
Updated Mar 24 2017 12:44 pm

Despite repeated Trump overtures, Sen. Mike Lee remains a no on health care bill
Updated Mar 22 2017 04:10 pm

Utah lawmakers send marijuana-research bill to guv to sign
Updated Mar 10 2017 02:52 pm

House OKs plan to limit ‘surprise billing’ for medical emergencies
Updated Mar 07 2017 01:43 pm

Abortion-reversal information bill heads to full Senate
Updated Mar 02 2017 01:21 pm


Immigration
Salt Lake City joins brief challenging Trump’s threat to ‘sanctuary cities’
Updated Mar 23 2017 11:09 am

Salt Lake City joins cities asking high court to uphold rights for detained immigrants
Updated Feb 15 2017 03:17 pm

Utahns oppose Trump’s plan to curtail refugee immigration
Updated Jan 27 2017 09:32 am

Utah business leaders worried about Trump actions on immigration, trade
Updated Feb 08 2017 04:58 pm

Utah’s Lee backs Trump’s authority for immigration ban
Updated Feb 07 2017 11:13 am

Salt Lake County Council condemns Trump's refugee moratorium
Updated Feb 02 2017 11:26 am

Utah’s Mia Love fears Trump’s immigration order will close door on innocent people
Updated Jan 31 2017 08:03 am

Utah Gov. Herbert not on board with Trump’s refugee, immigrant actions
Updated Jan 27 2017 11:01 pm

SLC shirks Trump, refuses to enforce his immigration edict
Updated Apr 06 2017 09:26 pm

Utah lawyers step up to protect Muslim refugees from discrimination, threats
Updated Nov 29 2016 11:10 pm


Local
Salt Lake City libraries do away with late fees
Updated May 25 2017 03:57 pm

With Shurtleff in her corner, Draper councilwoman fights back against colleagues
Updated May 22 2017 02:03 pm

Is the Salt Lake City attorney protecting the City Council from itself?
Updated May 16 2017 10:52 pm

Salt Lake City invites public review of cemetery master plan
Updated May 16 2017 01:40 pm

Split vote keeps records of homeless shelter site discussions secret
Updated May 11 2017 11:17 pm

Judge must rule on whether Mountain Accord subject to open meetings law
Updated May 11 2017 11:12 pm

Records of closed-door council shelter site debate should remain secret, SLC mayor's office says
Updated May 11 2017 04:27 pm

What will Point of the Mountain look like in 2050?
Updated May 11 2017 12:17 pm

SLC sewer rates may double, officials say your waste is worth it
Updated May 22 2017 03:45 pm

'We still love you': Despite suing West Jordan, South Jordan hopes cities can remain good neighbors
Updated May 02 2017 12:34 pm


Poverty
Salt Lake’s HomeInn Hotel provides an escape from the street, a chance for ex-cons
Updated May 27 2017 11:24 pm

Salt Lake County Council continues push for answers on homeless population decision
Updated May 24 2017 06:19 pm

Decision made on site of homeless men’s shelter — but who decided, and when?
Updated May 22 2017 12:16 pm

Safer, cleaner, less chaotic — changes coming to the Rio Grande neighborhood
Updated May 20 2017 08:55 pm

Giving free haircuts and a little human dignity to homeless people
Updated May 03 2017 08:46 am

Stakeholders jostle for position on nonprofit that will run Utah’s homeless initiative
Updated Apr 27 2017 12:11 pm

South Salt Lake leaders shop for ideas to improve homeless shelter coming to their city
Updated Apr 17 2017 11:56 am

Salt Lake County prepares to step away from center of homeless reform effort
Updated Apr 13 2017 09:52 am

Homeless center sites selected, crucial decisions left to move plan forward
Updated Apr 11 2017 11:55 am

SLC Council decries fence between homeless shelter and downtown mall
Updated Apr 05 2017 08:36 am


Security
Chaffetz doubles down on request for Comey documents after FBI balks
Updated May 25 2017 11:30 pm

Chaffetz delays Comey hearing, says ex-FBI director to talk to special counsel first
Updated May 22 2017 09:29 pm

Chaffetz: Trump’s sharing of intel with Russia should be probed — by House Intel panel
Updated May 22 2017 03:47 pm

Chaffetz calls for Justice Department review of Comey firing
Updated May 10 2017 11:43 pm

Chaffetz says Michael Flynn may face ‘repercussions for a violation of law’ after accepting Russian money
Updated Apr 25 2017 10:37 pm

Chaffetz trip to the DMZ dividing North and South Korea: ‘It was surreal’
Updated Apr 25 2017 11:37 am

Mike Lee wants Trump to seek congressional approval for humanitarian military action
Updated Apr 11 2017 09:30 pm

Utah’s Stewart disagrees with Nunes stepping down from Russia probe, calls ethics complaint ‘absurd’
Updated Apr 06 2017 11:05 pm

FBI confirms Russia, Trump probe; Utah’s Stewart notes that doesn’t mean wrongdoing
Updated Mar 21 2017 11:39 am

Poll: Utahns back congressional probe of Russian hacking in 2016 election
Updated Jan 25 2017 11:07 pm


Transportation
UTA gives initial OK to controversial land deal in Clearfield
Updated May 25 2017 03:57 pm

UTA says it enacted reforms, but fights to keep conflict disclosures secret
Updated May 24 2017 05:34 pm

Utah drivers hit 329 gates at rail crossings last year — costing UTA $320,000
Updated May 22 2017 03:56 pm

$1 billion windfall for Utah highways divided among projects
Updated May 22 2017 12:15 pm

New task force digs into possible transportation reform
Updated May 23 2017 07:51 pm

Clearfield residents warn of, but mostly support, controversial UTA deal
Updated May 11 2017 12:16 pm

UTA starting work to overhaul its fares
Updated May 22 2017 03:34 pm

UTA takes public comment Wednesday on controversial Clearfield plan
Updated May 10 2017 06:47 pm

Without big tax hike, UTA warns planned expansion, projects not feasible
Updated May 08 2017 12:12 pm

Two Utah lawmakers could profit due to West Davis Corridor they've championed
Updated May 22 2017 03:53 pm