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(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) Cow carcass lies in the desert near Callao, Utah in September 2012. Ranching and farming is a challenge in this dry environment even in normal years. Western Utah has experienced the driest 12 months in history this year despite the monsoonal rain in July and August. It has affected farmers, ranchers and wildlife.
Rewind: News you may have missed over the weekend
First Published Sep 24 2012 08:16 am • Last Updated Sep 24 2012 08:29 am

Welcome to Weekend Rewind, a glance back at The Tribune’s news stories, top photos and opinions you may have missed over the weekend.

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Top stories this past weekend

Dry as dust: Drought has western Utah in choke hold • Western Utah is enduring its driest year ever. And, while the government climate map depicting it is new, the drought itself has been a sore reality all year for Utahns from the Idaho border to the ranching town of Garrison more than midway down the state’s western edge.

Romney has several Utah power players in key spots • Spencer Zwick and John Miller are there to make sure that Mitt Romney has enough money for his White House bid and Mike Leavitt is making sure he’s ready to move in. Rep. Jason Chaffetz is turning out to be one of Romney’s top stand-ins and son Josh Romney is joining his brothers by fanning out across the country to boost their dad’s chances.

Romney writes off only a portion of LDS charity to keep tax rate up • To keep his 2011 taxes above the 13.66 percent mark, Romney only wrote off about half his tithing to the LDS Church

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Utah POW recalls horrors of Hanoi Hilton at new exhibit • At the opening of a new Vietnam exhibit at Hill Aerospace Museum, Farmington resident Jay Hess told of his 51/2 years as a POW in the cramped prison, where grown men cried and screams haunted the halls.

Christie slams Obama for ‘feeble’ leadership • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Saturday compared President Barack Obama to a man flailing in a dark room, unable to find the "light switch of leadership." Christie, speaking at Gov. Gary Herbert’s annual black-tie gala fundraiser in downtown Salt Lake City, mixed sarcastic humor with a withering critique of Obama, blasting the president’s "stupidity," and for being "lame" and "feeble" in office.

Fight erupts over ownership of land above Brighton • Salt Lake City’s ownership of land around and under reservoirs in upper Big Cottonwood Canyon is being challenged in a 3rd District Court lawsuit.

It’s ‘Elementary’: Sherlock Holmes revamped, again, for the 21st century • The idea makes so much sense it’s stunning no one thought of it before. CBS, the home of "CSIs," "NCISes," "Criminal Minds" and an unending stream of procedural crime dramas, is bringing Sherlock Holmes to the network. A 21st-century Sherlock Holmes, that is, in the new procedural crime drama "Elementary."

Other news of interest

Maintenance man shot in Kaysville, suspect found dead

‘Sister Wives’ star shows up at 5K run that benefits ex-FLDS

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