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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A flooded field next to the Bear River, near Corinne, Friday May 19, 2017. Flooding risks escalate in northern Utah, not the number of insured
    Brigham City • More than two months after flooding soaked Box Elder and Cache counties, Wyatt Brammer still hasn’t been able to repair his house. Comb...
    Updated May 24 2017 09:21 am   |     |   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) Chaffetz formed new firm before saying he would leave House
    Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, whose abrupt announcement last week that he was quitting Congress and his key role as chairman on the House Oversight Commit...
    Updated May 23 2017 10:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Congressman Chris Stewart, R-Utah, speaks at the Utah Republican Party Organizing Convention, Saturday, May 19, 2017. Despite CIA testimony, Utah’s Stewart says there’s ‘some ambiguity’ on whether Russia boosted Trump
    During testimony Tuesday from former CIA Director John Brennan that strongly indicated otherwise, Republican Rep. Chris Stewart continued to assert th...
    Updated May 23 2017 10:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  Tribune file photo)   Former state representative Chris Herrod, an organizer of the Ted Cruz campaign in Utah, is running in the special election for the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Former state Rep. Chris Herrod declares candidacy for Congress
    Former state Rep. Chris Herrod announced plans Tuesday to elbow his way into the burgeoning race to fill Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s seat. During a seven-mi...
    Updated May 23 2017 10:17 pm   |     |   Share



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  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   Salt Lake County Council. Salt Lake County Council continues push for answers on homeless population decision
    Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams’s staff had hoped to move on from the controversy surrounding the site selection of a new homeless center and inste...
    Updated May 23 2017 11:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)    The Utah Transit Authority board in a meeting in 2014. UTA says it enated reforms, but fights to keep conflict disclosures secret
    The Utah Transit Authority wants the public to know it has enacted reforms that it hopes will prevent future scandals associated with board members us...
    Updated May 24 2017 08:19 am   |     |   Share
  • This ad from the American Beverage Institute ran in the Idaho Statesman and attacks Utah’s DUI law. Anti-DUI law ad in Nevada warns, ‘Go to Utah on vacation, leave on probation’
    A national restaurant association is continuing an ad campaign warning potential tourists — in Nevada this time — that because of Utah’s new toughest-...
    Updated May 23 2017 10:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • Evan Vucci  |  AP file photo President Donald Trump’s budget plan proposes big cuts in most departments — except the military and Veteran’s Affairs. Trump budget slashes money for federal lands, needy and health care
    Washington • President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 fiscal budget would hit Utah’s needy and disabled, cut block grants to communities, slash funding ...
    Updated May 23 2017 10:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski gets ready to take a fun ride alongside Salt Lake Police Chief Mike Brown for Bike to Work Day on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, to highlight the City’s newly constructed 900 South Bike Park at 905 South, 700 West. The ride was meant to promote fitness, clean air, community building, bike safety and celebration of the new bike park as they rode to the City County Building. Residents join Salt Lake City mayor on spring spin
    Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and other officials ride to City Hall on Tuesday for Bike to Work Day, which was organized to highlight the city...
    Updated May 23 2017 11:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • POLITICS
    News roundup: Trump slashes social programs in proposed budget
    Trump slashes social programs in proposed budget. Chaffetz delays questioning former FBI director. New Utah political party offers a centrist choice. ...

    Updated May 23 2017 11:41 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   Developer Terry Diehl smiles from a front row seat in the gallery in the Utah House of Representatives as Greg Hughes is sworn in as the Speaker of the House on the first day of the 2015 Legislature, Monday Jan. 26. Payments to Diehl during bankruptcy raise new questions about ties to Utah power brokers
    About two months after developer and former Utah Transit Authority board member Terry Diehl filed for bankruptcy in March 2012, the money began pourin...
    Updated May 23 2017 12:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy The Office of the Utah Lieutenant Governor   Tanner Ainge Ainge name could boost novice in bid for Chaffetz’s soon-to-be-vacated 3rd Congressional District seat
    Tanner Ainge is a Utah County investment adviser with little experience in politics. But with an assist from his famous father, he’s launching a Repub...
    Updated May 23 2017 05:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • Scott Applewhite  |  AP file photo Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has canceled a scheduled hearing Wednesday on the reported James Comey memo that allegedly says President Donald Trump asked him to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn, former national security adviser. Chaffetz said Comey wants to speak with special counsel Robert Mueller before testifying. Chaffetz delays Comey hearing, says ex-FBI director to talk to special counsel first
    Washington • Rep. Jason Chaffetz has postponed a planned hearing Wednesday to question James Comey after the fired FBI director said that before he te...
    Updated May 22 2017 09:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  Tribune file photo)   Mountain bikers ascend the hills at Park City Mountain Resort, Thursday, September 11, 2014. Utah mountain bikers may soon have new places to ride at canyon resorts
    Salt Lake County is moving closer to defining mountain bike terrain parks that would be allowed in the offseason at the canyon resorts. The move would...
    Updated May 23 2017 11:41 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jim Bennett, center, is helping to organize a new centrist party of disaffected Republicans and Democrats called the Utah United Party. Organizers as well as several former GOP and Democratic leaders announced the new party during a press conference in the Centennial Room at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City Monday May 22, 2017. New centrist party forms in Utah to attract disaffected Republicans, Democrats
    Some centrist Utah Republicans and Democrats — tired of dominance in their parties by the far right or left — formed Monday the new United Utah Party....
    Updated May 23 2017 10:10 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Staff photos of the Salt Lake Tribune staff. Paul Rolly. Rolly: Republican’s email use didn’t spur same questions in Draper
    I wrote last week that the complaints lodged against Draper City Councilwoman Michele Weeks by Mayor Troy Walker and council colleagues were political...
    Updated May 23 2017 04:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • POLITICS
    News roundup: Trump puts ‘huuuuuge’ Caribbean property up for sale
    Trump puts ‘huuuuuge’ Caribbean property up for sale. Candidates line up to replace Chaffetz. Utah GOP elects new chairman. Happy Monday. President ...

    Updated May 23 2017 11:41 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mormon women and other concerned citizens gather at the Salt Lake City Airport in a show of solidarity for an area woman, Betty Ramos Castro, who has been ordered to leave the United States by ICE agents.  ICE  escorted her onto a flight bound for Colombia. Castro is a single mother and is the sole caretaker for her disabled son and her 86-year-old mother. Arrest rate triples for ‘noncriminal’ undocumented immigrants in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Montana
    Under President Donald Trump, undocumented immigrants without a criminal history are more likely to be arrested by Salt Lake City-based U.S. Immigrati...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy Utah Transit Authority  Examples from Utah Transit Authority cameras of vehicles hitting and destroying some of the gates at UTA rail crossings. An average of one gate is destroyed per day, costing the agency about $320,000 a year. Utah drivers hit 329 gates at rail crossings last year — costing UTA $320,000
    It is far from rare for motorists to crash into the gate arms at TRAX or FrontRunner rail crossings. The Utah Transit Authority sees “an average of on...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, center right, takes note of concerns presented by Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, center, during a board meeting last week of the private nonprofit Shelter the Homeless. Decision made on site of homeless men’s shelter — but who decided, and when?
    The director of the nonprofit that now is driving the homeless-reform effort in Salt Lake County quietly announced Thursday that a shelter in South Sa...
    Updated May 22 2017 12:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Newly elected Utah GOP party chairman Rob Anderson speaks to reporters after his election at the Utah Republican Party Organizing Convention, Saturday, May 19, 2017. New Utah GOP chairman vows to fix party's debt, win back disenfranchised conservatives
    Sandy • Amid mounting financial debt and intraparty fights over how to select nominees, the Utah Republican Party dumped its old leadership team Satur...
    Updated May 23 2017 08:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy Lisa King  Navy Muscian 1st Class Elliot D. Larsen, was killed at Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor remains are identified as Utah sailor’s
    After decades of uncertainty, the Utah family of Navy Musician 1st Class Elliott Larsen finally has its answer. U.S. military officials on Friday ann...
    Updated May 19 2017 09:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    People camping on public property move their belongings, as workers from the Salt Lake County Health Department and Salt Lake City Waste and Recycling Division clean up remnants of the camps on 500 West, Friday, March 31, 2017.   Safer, cleaner, less chaotic — changes coming to the Rio Grande neighborhood
    A new three-pronged strategy is aimed at making the area surrounding downtown’s homeless shelter safer and cleaner in the coming months. It includes s...
    Updated May 20 2017 08:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah sets condensed special election calendar — and it’s already started
    Just one day after Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced his date of departure from Congress, state officials released an expedited timeline to fill his soon-...
    Updated May 22 2017 12:17 pm   |     |   Share

 

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
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

Audit slams Utah’s sex-offender treatment program in prison
Updated Apr 03 2017 11:17 pm


Culture
Anti-DUI law ad in Nevada warns, ‘Go to Utah on vacation, leave on probation’
Updated May 23 2017 10:26 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 centrist party forms in Utah to attract disaffected Republicans, Democrats
Updated May 23 2017 10:10 am

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

Former state Rep. Chris Herrod declares candidacy for Congress
Updated May 23 2017 10:17 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 22 2017 03:54 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

Legislators, county clerks tussle over ‘ranked-choice voting’ proposal
Updated May 17 2017 08:13 pm

Chaffetz’s resignation expected soon, Legislature-governor tiff escalates over how to replace him
Updated May 17 2017 11:23 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
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

Utah guv hails President Trump’s repeal of BLM land-planning reforms
Updated Mar 27 2017 11:33 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
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

Mysterious ‘private’ trust is actually a government body, auditor says
Updated Apr 25 2017 12:56 pm


Poverty
Salt Lake County Council continues push for answers on homeless population decision
Updated May 23 2017 11:12 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

South Salt Lake mayor vows to fight county to uphold its promises about new homeless center site
Updated Mar 31 2017 11:43 pm


Security
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

Utah Rep. Chris Stewart selected to lead House subcommittee on intelligence
Updated Jan 11 2017 09:09 pm


Transportation
UTA says it enated reforms, but fights to keep conflict disclosures secret
Updated May 24 2017 08:19 am

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

Mayor Biskupski dismisses city’s longtime UTA rep, saying he did nothing for city
Updated May 02 2017 12:37 pm