Once a year, Utah's press and politicos set aside their differences to eat potato chips together in one of the most opulent houses in the state.
This year, that happened Wednesday when Gov. Gary Herbert held his annual Christmas open house. The open house was held at the Governor's Mansion, which is hands down the fanciest house at least one Tribune reporter has ever seen in Utah.
The mansion was built in 1902 by mining magnet and U.S. Sen. Thomas Kearns, who also is responsible for the Kearns Building on Main Street. In 1937, the home was donated to the state and became the official governor's residence. Beginning in the late 1950s, it served as a home for the Utah Historical Society. It once again became the governor's mansion in 1980.