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Courtney Tanner

Reporter, Government

801-257-8788, ctanner@sltrib.com


  • (Al Hartmann  |   Tribune file photo)   Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland, right, with Gov. Gary Herbert in January, emerged at the top of a survey gauging strength of potential 3rd Congressional District candidates to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Nonpolitician emerges as surprise favorite in 3rd District poll
    In a hypothetical primary among five Republicans whose names have been floated to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz, there’s an unexpected winner: Utah Vall...
    Updated Apr 29 2017 09:23 am   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Vivian Lee, dean of the University of Utah Medical School, greets students for Match Day in 2013. The medical students tore open their long-awaited match envelopes to find out where they will live and work for the next few years while completing their residencies. The 21 women and 52 men are headed to 24 states, pursuing 17 specialities, Lee announced at the morning ceremony. U. Health Care CEO Vivian Lee resigns after cancer institute controversy
    University of Utah Health Care CEO Vivian Lee has resigned from her post after weeks of turmoil that began with her firing of Huntsman Cancer Institut...
    Updated Apr 29 2017 03:39 pm   |     |   Share

  • Salt Lake investor may be appointed vice chairman of the Federal Reserve
    The director of a Salt Lake City-based investment firm is expected to land a position in President Donald Trump’s administration overseeing the larges...
    Updated Apr 28 2017 09:33 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, meets with members of Utah’s Islamic Community in Salt Lake City, Wednesday February 8, 2017. Foot surgery again pulls Chaffetz from duty, this time in Washington
    A week after Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s shocking revelation that he would not seek re-election in 2018 — and might not finish the remainder of his term — t...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 11:17 am   |     |   Share

  • UNITED STATES - APRIL 25: House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, right, and ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings, D-Md., hold a press conference after a classified meeting of the committee in which they reviewed documents related to former national security adviser Michael Flynn in the Capitol on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images) Chaffetz says Michael Flynn may face ‘repercussions for a violation of law’ after accepting Russian money
    Michael Flynn, who resigned after less than a month as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, sidestepped federal disclosure rules and ma...
    Updated Apr 25 2017 10:37 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Nancy Davis Broderick and Raquel Da Silva in an Ogden fire station that will be converted into a day center for homeless individuals by the organization Family Promise of Ogden, Wednesday April 12, 2017. What did Ogden officials do with an abandoned fire station? They gave it to the homeless.
    Ogden • As Raquel Da Silva walks through the empty rooms, she dismisses the wires dangling from the ceiling and the grease-stained carpet. Instead, sh...
    Updated Apr 23 2017 07:15 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Bernie Sanders pumps his fist as he takes the stage for the ’Come Together and Fight Back’ tour at the Rail Center in Salt Lake City Friday April 21, 2017. Utah Democrats ‘have no place to go but up,’ says Bernie Sanders at rally
    Sen. Bernie Sanders knows Utah is a red state. “Your four members of U.S. Congress are Republicans,” he said. “I am more than aware your two United S...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 11:28 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy  |  Kathryn Allen  Kathryn Allen. Chaffetz’s planned departure touches off mad scramble among would-be candidates
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s announcement Wednesday that he wouldn’t seek re-election set off a mad scramble among potential candidates in Utah to fill an un...
    Updated Apr 28 2017 10:45 am   |     |   Share

  • |  courtesy of Rep. Jason Chaffetz  Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, meets with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Chaffetz trip to the DMZ dividing North and South Korea: ‘It was surreal’
    As he explored a facility at the center of the Demilitarized Zone between North Korea and South Korea on Friday, Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz felt u...
    Updated Apr 25 2017 11:37 am   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy  |  Kathryn Allen  Kathryn Allen. Viral fundraising catapults Dem over Chaffetz
    Democrat and first-time candidate Kathryn Allen has leapfrogged Rep. Jason Chaffetz in nearly every metric of campaign fundraising: She raised more mo...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 05:53 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Jim Davis, former Mayor of South Salt Lake, listed to Dave Durocher, managing director of The Other Side Academy in Salt Lake, Friday, April 14, 2017. South Salt Lake leaders shop for ideas to improve homeless shelter coming to their city
    After a unilateral decision from the county last month, South Salt Lake leaders will be saddled with a homeless shelter that they didn’t want. But rat...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 11:56 am   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Billboard in Utah County on I-15 between Center Street and University Parkway in Provo Tuesday April 11, 2017. Utah brothers launch billboard campaign to send message to Chaffetz
    After several frustrated attempts to reach Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s office by phone and a failed bid to question him during his chaotic town h...
    Updated Apr 12 2017 11:44 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |   Tribune file photo)    Sen. Orrin Hatch answers a few questions from the media before giving the keynote address, at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition luncheon, at the Grand America, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Hatch says he’ll run again unless unexpected happens
    Washington • Sen. Orrin Hatch says he intends to run for re-election — but he added that a formal decision won’t come until later this year, and he of...
    Updated Apr 15 2017 05:03 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)    U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, listens as Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, thanks him for speaking in the Utah Senate, Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Chaffetz lauds U.S. airstrike on Syria; Stewart commends Trump’s swift action; ‘Amen,’ Hatch says
    As news of U.S. airstrikes in Syria broke Thursday evening, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz took to Twitter with a simple message: “God bless the USA!” &l...
    Updated Apr 12 2017 10:34 pm   |     |   Share

  • House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. is pursued by reporters as he leaves Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 6, 2017, after a meeting with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. Nunes will temporarily step side from the panel’s investigation of Russian meddling in the election because of the complaints. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Utah’s Stewart disagrees with Nunes stepping down from Russia probe, calls ethics complaint ‘absurd’
    Washington • After taking heat for sharing surveillance information with President Donald Trump, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes ste...
    Updated Apr 06 2017 11:05 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A homeless man covers up with his sleeping bag from the pounding rain Monday March 27 to use pedestian crosswalk at 200 South to cross from the Gateway mall back to the homeless shelter at Rio Grande Street. Salt Lake City and the Utah Transit Authority plan to close the mid-block pedestrian crossing. Officials say the move is about public safety, but the project comes at the urging of the Gateway owners. SLC Council decries fence between homeless shelter and downtown mall
    Salt Lake City Council members blasted plans to install a fence and close a midblock crossing between a downtown homeless shelter and The Gateway mall...
    Updated Apr 05 2017 08:36 am   |     |   Share

  • Warden Scott Crowther stands in front of cells in Wasatch A-East block during a media tour Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at the Utah State Correctional Facility in Draper. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool) Audit slams Utah’s sex-offender treatment program in prison
    Sex offenders in Utah often stay in prison months beyond their parole eligibility date because of a backlog of inmates awaiting treatment overseen by ...
    Updated Apr 03 2017 11:17 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during the town-hall meeting in Brighton High School Thursday February 9, 2017. ‘I want Chaffetz out of that seat’: D.C. resident starts anti-Chaffetz PAC
    Lynette Craig has a sort-of pet name for Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz: “would-be despot.” “He doesn’t come out to talk to us,” explained the D...
    Updated Apr 03 2017 03:57 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Members of the audience hold up signs while yelling and cheering at Rep. Chris Stewart during a town hall meeting at West High School Friday March 31, 2017.  ‘Do your job’: Crowd boos border wall, health overhaul at Rep. Stewart town hall
    Rep. Chris Stewart stood on stage for 56 minutes and stared out at an audience of 1,000 unfriendly faces. “Do your job,” they shouted. “Liar,” they ye...
    Updated Apr 12 2017 10:34 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Workers from the Salt Lake County Health Department and Salt Lake City Waste and Recycling Division, clean up campsites along 600 South, Friday, March 31, 2017.   Crews tackle cleanup of trash, waste, needles around homeless shelter
    Health and safety crews spent three hours Friday morning clearing blankets, used needles and bottles filled with human waste from the blocks surroundi...
    Updated Apr 04 2017 03:56 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Homeless men and women congregate on 500 West Thursday March 30, 2017. Most Utahns don’t know a homeless person, says poll. Could it help explain NIMBY view on shelters?
    Lawrence Horman walked up to the microphone and said: “I’m homeless. Will you let me speak?” And for a few minutes, the raucous crowd of nearly 1,000 ...
    Updated Mar 30 2017 11:19 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Former Governor Mitt Romney, alongside his son Josh Romney, join the announcement by the University of Utah of the formation of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute during a luncheon at the Utah Capitol on Wed. Sept. 2015. Named in honor of businessman and philanthropist Kem Gardner, the institute aims to gather thought leaders to help develop public policy to better serve Utah. Could a Gov. Romney be in Utah’s future? Ann Romney hopes so.
    A Romney for Utah governor? It could happen, said Ann Romney in a Monday interview on the “Today” show. But it wouldn’t be her husband, Mitt Romney, ...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 04:50 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)   During a 2012 firearms familiarity class, Granite School district hearing specialist instructor Kasey Hansen receives instruction on safe handling of a handgun. Voters skeptical of concealed gun law as protection for sex-assault victims
    When Utah state Rep. Karianne Lisonbee drafted her bill to lower the age for obtaining a concealed-weapon permit from 21 to 18, she had one group in m...
    Updated Mar 27 2017 03:04 pm   |     |   Share

  • Manuel Balce Ceneta | AP file photo  Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, was scheduled to meet Thursday with President-elect Donald Trump.. Sen. Mike Lee alone in Utah delegation cheering pulling of GOP health care bill
    After the GOP bill to replace Obamacare was pulled Friday, Sen. Mike Lee celebrated. “The decision to pull this bill was a sound, commonsense one,” sa...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 08:59 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Congressman Chris Stewart speaks before members of the Utah Senate Thursday Feb. 9.  Rep. Chris Stewart postpones town hall; Poll shows most Utahns want Congress members to hold meetings
    Rep. Chris Stewart’s town hall, originally slated for Friday but postponed to next week due to planned votes in Congress, marks the first to be held i...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 12:12 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during the town-hall meeting in Brighton High School Thursday February 9, 2017. Utah’s all-Republican delegation hard to pin down on health-care vote
    With a postponed House vote on the GOP health care bill, Utah’s representatives — all Republicans — expressed wavering, uncertain or evasive support f...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 12:44 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Salt Lake Tribune Editor Jennifer Napier Pearce moderates a panel discussion with columnist George Pyle, Gae Lyn Henderson , and professors Matthew D. LaPlante as they discuss what the trend means for the public and the implications for journalists at ’Fake or Fact: What is News?’ forum at the Salt Lake Public Library, Wednesday, March 22,2017.   Fake or Fact? Panelists in Salt Lake City explore what news to trust in the digital age
    Matthew LaPlante was scrolling through Facebook when he saw a video advertising a Harry Potter version of the popular game Pokemon Go. “Oh my god,” he...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 03:15 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)    Former Unified Fire Authority Chief Michael Jensen, left, and Deputy Chief Gaylord Scott in October 2010. A recent audit recommends a criminal investigation related to their spending at UFA. Board adopts policy reforms in wake of blistering Unified Fire Authority audit
    Midvale • After a scathing pair of audits turned up alleged misuse of public money and possible criminal wrongdoing by former officials of the Unified...
    Updated Mar 21 2017 10:55 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Then-Metro Support Deputy Chief Fred Ross drives by Catholic Community Services of Utah as homeless men and women wait outside. Fences will separate homeless shelter from The Gateway mall
    Five-foot-tall chain-link fences will soon stretch down 200 South in Salt Lake City, creating a barrier between the downtown homeless shelter and The ...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 12:07 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Al Hartmann  |   Tribune file photo)   Salt Lake County Council member Jenny Wilson will be part of a national Democratic ’transition team’ recommending a path forward. Utah Democrat Jenny Wilson appointed to national party transition team
    For Democrats to move forward, the party must stop “looking in the rear view mirror” at its defeat in the 2016 election and the division that sprouted...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 12:07 pm   |     |   Share