Weekend Rewind: News and photos you may have missed
It’s tough to follow the news when you’re finally off the clock and have time for yourself and your family. Rewind will help you catch up with all the happenings in Utah over the weekend.
Auctioneer’s gavel is banging in polygamous towns on Utah-Arizona line » Nine years after the Beehive State took control of a polygamous trust, that trust has accelerated the sale of land in twin towns on the Utah-Arizona state line. The sales benefit state taxpayers, who have already financed management of the trust, called the United Effort Plan (UEP). The sales also help Utah toward a goal of distributing all UEP-held lands.
Question before the court: Is deal designed to save or sink The Tribune? » The awkward and messy fight over how Salt Lake City’s two daily newspapers are run gets its first courtroom airing Monday. In what is likely to be a routine status hearing, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups will preside over opening exchanges in a lawsuit that loyal supporters of The Salt Lake Tribune say could determine whether the 143-year-old newspaper survives.
How bad are Utah drivers? About one in five ticketed yearly » Amid the swerving and near misses of daily driving, the conventional view among Utahns is that their fellow motorists here are awful. Some new data suggest that perception may not be far from the truth. A Salt Lake Tribune analysis of court records for fiscal 2013 shows that Utah law officers wrote one traffic ticket for every five drivers in the state — more than 427,000 tickets for just under 2 million licensed drivers.
Swallow-Shurtleff charges: a black eye and a silver lining » The scene was unprecedented: Two former statewide elected officials — who swore an oath to uphold and enforce the law — jailed after being arrested and charged with a slew of public-corruption charges. Their alleged crimes, equally unprecedented, range from bribery to accepting rides on private jets and massive houseboats, vacationing in beachfront villas of a convicted criminal and lying to federal investigators about their dealings.