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Christopher Smart

Reporter, Government

801-257-8795, csmart@sltrib.com


  • Off again, on again, refugees connected to family and resettlement programs can continue to immigrate, Hawaii judge rules
    Immigrants, including refugees, will continue to arrive in Utah after a federal judge said extended family members of residents can enter the U.S., as...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 06:50 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A man and his dog sit on the sidewalk beg for money outside the City Creek Center, Thursday, July 13, 2017. Salt Lake City officials: If a panhandler approaches you, just walk on by
    If a panhandler approaches you on the street, just walk on by. Giving to panhandlers enables them to continue to be an addict or an alcoholic for one ...
    Updated Jul 14 2017 07:55 am   |     |   Share

  • Judge signs off on agreement to speed treatment for Utah inmates deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial
    A federal court judge has accepted a settlement agreement that would reduce significantly the time that mentally ill inmates in Utah wait without trea...
    Updated Jul 13 2017 07:50 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Homeless campers are forced to remove their belongings from the Rio Grande area in Sat Lake City, as the Salt Lake County Health Department brings in heavy machinery to clean up the space on Thursday, July 6, 2017. The biggest challenge for crews is the disposal of syringes discarded by drug users. Utah House speaker calls for homeless czar, as guv wants to explore quick-action options
    Tackling Salt Lake City’s homeless problems will be more efficient if overseen by a nonelected administrator — a homeless czar. That’s what House Spea...
    Updated Jul 18 2017 10:01 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   l-r Aimee Ingabire hugs her brother Makuza Innocent moments after his arrival to Salt Lake City with their  sister Adeline Uwicyeza (center), sister Evelyne Gaju (right), their mother and two other siblings from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Salt Lake City office of the International Rescue Committee welcomed the last refugee family to Utah,  July 6, 2017, before President Donald Trump’s 120-day ban on refugees goes into effect.  Last refugee families arrive in Salt Lake City ahead of Trump’s travel ban
    It’s a whole new life for a family from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Smiles and hugs were the order of the day Thursday morning in Terminal 1 at ...
    Updated Jul 06 2017 11:19 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   A makeshift memorial is placed at the scene of an accident where a woman plowed her vehicle into six people Tuesday afternoon on 200 South near 400 West in Salt Lake, just outside the Road Home shelter. One woman in a wheelchair was declared dead at the scene. Escalating violence around homeless shelter has Utah House speaker asking: Is this a job for the National Guard?
    News is spreading across the country on the state of homelessness in downtown Salt Lake City — and it isn’t pretty. Just over the Fourth of July holid...
    Updated Jul 06 2017 03:34 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Yassir Alzoubi, a refugee from Syria, cooks falafel at his home in Midvale on Friday, May 26, 2017. This Utah family fled Syria as the bombs fell — and almost all they took with them were recipes
    Editor’s note • When refugees immigrate to Utah, they arrive with little in the way of worldly goods. They do, however, bring their language, customs ...
    Updated Jul 05 2017 12:17 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The scene of an officer-involved shooting on Legacy Parkway near Glover Lane in Centerville Tuesday, July 4, 2017. A ‘tense, very scary, very sad situation’: Police shoot and kill man after chase on Legacy Parkway
    Centerville • Fearing an erratic driver might plow into Centerville and West Bountiful Independence Day parades, law enforcement chased and eventually...
    Updated Jul 07 2017 02:33 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  Tribune file photo)   Volunteers arrive, and spring into in action during a work / cleanup day at the old Victorian home being renovated to house ’Encircle House’ which will be Provo’s first LGBT resource center, Saturday November 19, 2016. LGBTQ entry yanked at last minute from Provo 4th of July parade
    An LGBTQ resource center was cut out of the America’s Freedom Festival Parade Monday evening, hours before its members were planning to march in the I...
    Updated Jul 04 2017 08:18 pm   |     |   Share

  • Minor league Las Vegas baseball player attacked by homeless Salt Lake City man, police say
    Salt Lake City police say a homeless man attacked Las Vegas 51s reliever Logan Taylor in an attempted robbery over the weekend. Lt. Scott Smalley sai...
    Updated Jul 04 2017 06:29 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Mount Vernon Academy Building, 180 E. Vine, photographed in Murray on Thursday, June 29, 2017. Wrecking ball set for four Murray historic structures, each over 100 years old — and too costly to save
    Murray • Historic preservation is falling to economic development as municipal officials have given the green light to raze four historic structures —...
    Updated Jul 04 2017 12:10 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah judge orders NSA to provide documents and data on 2002 Olympic spying allegations
    A federal judge in Utah has ordered the National Security Agency (NSA) to provide documents and data to a group suing the government alleging “blanket...
    Updated Jun 30 2017 09:53 am   |     |   Share

  • Refugees already in the immigration pipeline will continue to arrive in Utah, despite Trump’s travel ban
    Refugees will continue to arrive in Utah, despite Thursday’s renewed travel ban, if they already have established “legitimate relationships” with rese...
    Updated Jun 29 2017 10:08 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mu Say, a refugee from Burma, talks about her life in a refugee camp in Thailand prior to cooking a noodle dish for her nephew, Thursday, May 10, 2017. Burmese refugees appreciate the little things in new Utah home
    Editor’s note • When refugees immigrate to Utah, they arrive with little in the way of worldly goods. They do, however, bring their language, customs ...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 10:03 am   |     |   Share

  • FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, file) Utah refugee programs left in limbo after U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear Trump travel ban
    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries and refugees could halt many already vetted would-be imm...
    Updated Jun 26 2017 08:23 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Abdullahi ’Abdi’ Mohamed, who was shot and critically wounded by police last February, arrives at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, for a preliminary hearing. Utah teen shot by police near homeless shelter closes criminal case by pleading guilty to reduced charges
    A Utah teen charged with felony robbery and drug possession after he was shot by police near a Salt Lake City homeless shelter last year, resolved the...
    Updated Jun 23 2017 11:31 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Christopher Smart |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Jane and Ken Sleight on the deck of their home at Park Creek Ranch outside Moab. Ken recently had surgery to remove cancerous skin cells from his nose, but his insights are as sharp as ever. The two are pictured in their Park Creek Ranch home, Saturday, June 10, 2017. At 87, eco-legend Ken Sleight of Ed Abbey fame is still fighting Lake Powell — but knows it’s a losing battle
    Moab • Ensconced at the base of the La Sal Mountains, 15 miles south of Utah’s redrock capital, storied environmentalist Ken Sleight looks out over th...
    Updated Jun 21 2017 04:33 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Kaltum Mohamed cooks fresh vegetables as she prepares one of her recipes from her native Sudan in her South Salt Lake apartment Monday, April 24, 2017. Refugee brings taste of Sudan to Utah, leaves behind pain, destruction, death
    A smile lights up Kaltum Mohamed’s face as she readies the ingredients for a dish called moshakl she often cooked in Nyala, her hometown in the war-to...
    Updated Jun 23 2017 02:24 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy | Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office Three people were killed in Box Elder County early Monday morning in a single-car rollover. Three die in Box Elder rollover
    Three people were killed in Box Elder County early Monday morning in a single-car rollover. According to the Box Elder County sheriff’s office, a 1997...
    Updated Jun 19 2017 08:45 pm   |     |   Share

  • Husband shoots himself after telling police he killed wife with health issues
    A retired Texas couple living in Adamsville, Beaver County, are victims of a murder-suicide Saturday evening, according to the Beaver County sheriff. ...
    Updated Jun 19 2017 09:41 pm   |     |   Share

  • Agreement would speed treatment for Utah inmates deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial
    Mentally ill inmates in Utah found incompetent to stand trial on criminal charges soon may get relief if a federal court approves an agreement that wo...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 11:36 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Pelagei Ngakotou, from the Central African Republic, talks about what life was like there before fleeing the violenceand coming to the United States, Friday, April 21, 2017. Used to a simple life on a farm, a mother from the Central African Republic takes Utah in stride
    Editor’s note: When refugees immigrate to Utah, they arrive with little in the way of worldly goods. They do, however, bring their language, customs a...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 12:01 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mark Maryboy, former San Juan County Commissioner, in Bluff, Friday June 9, 2017. Navajo elder says Utah leaders ‘never supported’ preserving sacred American Indian sites
    Bluff • The politics surrounding Bears Ears National Monument are cut and dried. Or so says Mark Maryboy, the first Navajo elected to the San Juan Cou...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 11:28 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo)   The two buttes that make up the namesake for the Bears Ears National Monument reveal the vast landscape surrounding them as part of the 1.35 million acres in southeastern Utah protected by President Barack Obama on Dec. 28, 2016. Utah Republicans in Congress are advocating for Trump to jettison UtahÌs national monument designation. 'We want it to be protected': Looming Bears Ears decision weighs on Native Americans' minds
    Blanding • Native Americans from around Utah began gathering in Comb Wash on Thursday to celebrate Bears Ears National Monument ­— just ahead of an an...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 11:40 am   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Members of Salt Lake County Search and Rescue work to recover the body of Siaosi Brown after he fell while hiking in the Bell Canyon area yesterday. Recovery halted for man who died in runoff-swollen Bell Canyon Creek
    Sandy • Salt Lake County Search and Rescue crews Monday afternoon called off the effort to recover the body of a 22-year-old Taylorsville man who tumb...
    Updated Jun 06 2017 10:24 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Baidaa Alshraheb, center, translates for her mother Iman as she discusses traditions of her native Iraq during a meal at their apartment in Salt Lake City recently. Refugee Kitchens: Savoring memories from homeland, an Iraqi family finds safety in Utah
    When refugees immigrate to Utah, they arrive with little in the way of worldly goods. They do, however, bring their language, customs and recipes. In ...
    Updated Jun 04 2017 11:28 am   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    An aerial view of the NSA’s Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah, Thursday, April 18, 2013. T NSA conducted blanket surveillance of Salt Lakers during 2002 Games, former official says
    The National Security Agency conducted “blanket” warrantless surveillance of Salt Lake-area residents during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, according ...
    Updated Jun 02 2017 01:31 am   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   ’I’m here to train you as to why prostituted people think what they think,’ said Beth Jacobs to a room full of attendants at Utah Governor’s Public Safety Summit at the Davis Conference Center, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. ’I’m still trying to put my life back together.’ Jacobs was abducted from her hometown in Malaca, MN when she was 16-years-old by sex traffickers and prostituted for 6 years, mostly in Chicago, IL. Criminal records follow women who escape prostitution and seek new lives
    Women trafficked for prostitution as teenagers can become lifelong victims — their criminal records hounding them as they attempt to transition into m...
    Updated May 30 2017 07:46 am   |     |   Share

  • Head-on crash kills motorcyclist in Summit County
    A 58-year-old Pleasant Grove woman died Sunday afternoon after her motorcycle crossed the median and hit a pickup head-on on State Road 35, east of Fr...
    Updated May 29 2017 09:33 pm   |     |   Share

  • One dead, one critical after motorcycle crashes in Millard County
    A motorcycle crash on Interstate 15 near Fillmore has left one dead and one in critical condition in what appears to be the first highway fatality of ...
    Updated May 26 2017 02:36 pm   |     |   Share