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Taylor W. Anderson

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  • (Al Hartmann  |   Tribune file photo)    Salt Lake County County Recorder Gary Ott, left, speaks with District Attorney Sim Gill at the conclusion of a Salt Lake County Council meeting on findings of the County Auditor’s performance audit of his office Tuesday Oct. 4, 2016. Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott’s family asks court for power to make his decisions
    The family of Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott has asked a judge for power that would effectively give it authority to have him step down from offic...
    Updated Jun 27 2017 12:49 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   Salt Lake County County Recorder Gary Ott sits with his chief deputy Julie Dole before the Salt Lake County Council’s presentation of findings of the county auditor’s performance review Tuesday, Oct. 4., 2016. A week later, the Salt Lake County Republican Party censured Dole, accusing her of hiding Ott’s health status. Council considers investigating whether troubled recorder Gary Ott actually lives in Salt Lake County
    The Salt Lake County Council is considering moving forward with an investigation into whether Recorder Gary Ott resides in his district, a requirement...
    Updated Jun 24 2017 10:37 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |   Tribune file photo)   Salt Lake County County Recorder Gary Ott sits with his chief deputy Julie Dole before the  Salt Lake County Council’s presentation of findings of the county auditor’s performance review in Oct. 2016. A week later, the Salt Lake County Republican Party censured Dole, accusing her of hiding Ott’s health status. What to do about Gary Ott? Here are four options for removing the Salt Lake County recorder
    The struggles around Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott have put county and state leaders ­— and Ott’s family — in a quagmire that they haven’t yet es...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 10:53 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   UPD Deputy Chief Rosie Rivera speaks in 2015. 4 seek to replace Winder as Salt Lake County sheriff, pledge to patch up strained ties with police chiefs
    The candidates hoping to replace departing Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder say they want to improve relationships with police chiefs across the va...
    Updated Jun 21 2017 11:07 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Tribune file photo)   The Davis County Jail, located in Farmington, as seen on Dec. 18, 2002. Utah sheriffs defend jail practices after rash of inmate deaths, more than half suicides
    Suicide is a complex statewide problem that spreads into Utah’s county jails, leading to a public misperception that jailers aren’t preventing avoidab...
    Updated Jun 19 2017 12:47 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Salt Lake County County Recorder Gary Ott sits with his chief deputy, Julie Dole before the Salt Lake County Council is to present findings of the county auditor’s performance review Tuesday, Oct. 4., 2016. A week later, the Salt Lake County Republican Party censured Dole, accusing her of hiding Ott’s health status. Embattled Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott is at risk of losing his home
    Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott, who possibly has dementia and is at the center of a dramatic push to remove him from office, could lose his home w...
    Updated Jun 15 2017 07:17 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Courtesy of Save Our Canyons Bonanza Flat near the Wasatch Crest’s Guardsman Pass would be preserved under a $38 million deal reached by Park City leaders with the 1,350-acre parcel’s owner. This land was to become a 260-unit luxury destination, but the city, Summit County and nine non-profit groups have joined forces to acquire the land for public enjoyment and habitat conservation. Done deal — Park City says $1.5 million pledge from Salt Lake County will preserve Bonanza Flat
    Salt Lake County Council will kick in $1.5 million toward the effort to buy 1,350 acres of open space atop Big Cottonwood Canyon, paving the way for m...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 03:01 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Jim Winder • Salt Lake County sheriff Moab hires away Salt Lake County sheriff, who recommends tax hike on his way out
    On his way out the door for a new job in Moab, Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder told the County Council it needed to advocate for a tax hike next y...
    Updated Jun 15 2017 01:05 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   Salt Lake County County Recorder Gary Ott sits with his chief deputy Julie Dole before the Salt Lake County Council’s presentation of findings of the county auditor’s performance review Tuesday, Oct. 4., 2016. A week later, the Salt Lake County Republican Party censured Dole, accusing her of hiding Ott’s health status. Embattled Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott may agree to early retirement, aide says
    Gary Ott, the embattled Salt Lake County recorder whose mental cognition has apparently declined in recent years, is interested in talking about ret...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 09:37 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Polygamist Joe Darger, right, attends a hearing for HB99, a bill amending Utah’s bigamy statute, as it goes back to the House Judiciary Committee for another hearing at the Utah Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. At left are Luanne Cooper, a former member of the Polygamist Kingston clan and Jessica Christensen of the show ’Escaping Polygamy.’ Polygamist candidate for Herriman mayor lays out platform of religious liberty, inclusion
    After years of publicly defending the practice of plural marriage, a prominent Utah polygamist has decided to launch a mayoral campaign for one of the...
    Updated Jun 15 2017 01:05 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   Salt Lake County County Recorder Gary Ott sits with his chief deputy Julie Dole before the Salt Lake County Council’s presentation of findings of the county auditor’s performance review Tuesday, Oct. 4., 2016. A week later, the Salt Lake County Republican Party censured Dole, accusing her of hiding Ott’s health status. Recorder Gary Ott should resign, S.L. County mayor says
    Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is calling on longtime county Recorder Gary Ott to resign amid festering questions over his mental competency that ...
    Updated Jun 07 2017 11:09 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)    Construction along 1700 south near 200 east in Salt Lake City in 2015. Some cities say they’re being shortchanged on the local share of sales taxes they count on to help pay for local road construction, repair and maintenance. County mayors ask for greater say in road funding, say state leaders play favorites
    Several mayors from growing cities in Salt Lake County say state leaders hold too much sway over how money is divided and asked county council members...
    Updated Jun 07 2017 12:14 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Courtesy of Save Our Canyons Bonanza Flat near the Wasatch Crest’s Guardsman Pass would be preserved under a $38 million deal reached by Park City leaders with the 1,350-acre parcel’s owner. This land was to become a 260-unit luxury destination, but the city, Summit County and nine non-profit groups have joined forces to acquire the land for public enjoyment and habitat conservation. Salt Lake County to reconsider kicking in to preserve Bonanza Flats
    Several Republicans on the Salt Lake County Council don’t like it, but the county moved Tuesday toward chipping in to the effort to preserve 1,350 acr...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 07:09 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |   Tribune file photo)    Richard Snelgrove, a Salt Lake County Council member, has filed his candidacy for mayor of Murray. Snelgrove bid for Murray mayor among surprises in opening day of candidate filing
    Salt Lake County Councilman Richard Snelgrove is eyeing a switch to city government, filing Thursday as a candidate for mayor of Murray. Snelgrove, a ...
    Updated Jun 05 2017 11:00 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder announces that he has been offered a job as Moab’s police chief, at a news conference at the Sheriff’s Office, Tuesday, May 30, 2017.   Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder offered job as Moab’s police chief, would leave behind a crowded jail
    Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder said Tuesday that if the Moab City Council agrees, he’ll step down from his position leading one of the state’s la...
    Updated Jun 10 2017 09:38 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)    Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder confirms he’s discussed police chief job with Moab, but won’t go beyond that. He also says he’s not on speaking terms with Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski or Police Chief Mike Brown. Salt Lake County sheriff talks about possible new job, rocky relationship with city officials
    Amid tension between him and Utah capital city officials, Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder confirmed that he’s talked with the city of Moab about p...
    Updated May 26 2017 12:15 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams announced the kick-off a new partnership with First Step House to provide addiction and behavorial health treatment to high-risk men who have had criminal convictions. County launches program aimed at tracking, reducing repeat criminal offending
    Salt Lake County on Thursday launched a program that seeks to track how effectively addiction and behavioral health treatment prevents repeat criminal...
    Updated May 31 2017 12:21 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   Salt Lake County Council. Salt Lake County Council continues push for answers on homeless population decision
    Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams’s staff had hoped to move on from the controversy surrounding the site selection of a new homeless center and inste...
    Updated May 24 2017 06:19 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)    The Utah Transit Authority board in a meeting in 2014. UTA says it enacted reforms, but fights to keep conflict disclosures secret
    The Utah Transit Authority wants the public to know it has enacted reforms that it hopes will prevent future scandals associated with board members us...
    Updated May 24 2017 05:34 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  Tribune file photo)   Mountain bikers ascend the hills at Park City Mountain Resort, Thursday, September 11, 2014. Utah mountain bikers may soon have new places to ride at canyon resorts
    Salt Lake County is moving closer to defining mountain bike terrain parks that would be allowed in the offseason at the canyon resorts. The move would...
    Updated May 23 2017 11:41 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth |  Tribune file photo)   Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, center right, takes note of concerns presented by Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, center, during a May 18, 2017, board meeting of the private nonprofit Shelter the Homeless. Decision made on site of homeless men’s shelter — but who decided, and when?
    The director of the nonprofit that now is driving the homeless-reform effort in Salt Lake County quietly announced Thursday that a shelter in South Sa...
    Updated May 22 2017 12:16 pm   |     |   Share
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  • |  Courtesy  Draper City Councilwoman Michele Weeks is in a feud with her colleagues on the Council. Draper to hire independent investigator to review councilwoman’s emails
    The Draper City Council has authorized the city attorney to hire outside counsel to determine whether Councilwoman Michele Weeks violated any ethics r...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:51 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Senate President Wayne Niederhauser talks about his vision for tax reform after failing to achieve it during the 2017 legislative session in the Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee at the state capitol Wednesday May 17.   Utah Legislature continues wrestling with tax reform, possible food tax hike
    Lawmakers made clear during a hearing Wednesday they’re looking at every aspect of Utah’s revenue stream — including a higher sales tax on food — in a...
    Updated May 17 2017 07:59 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |   Tribune file photo)   Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has taken up the cause of Draper Councilwoman Michele Weeks, who says she is tired of being pelted with false ethics allegations. With Shurtleff in her corner, Draper councilwoman fights back against colleagues
    Former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has a message for the Draper City Council: Do not accuse Councilwoman Michele Weeks in a public meeting of unsu...
    Updated May 22 2017 02:03 pm   |     |   Share
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  • How an accounting error led to a criminal investigation of payments to a Kane County commissioner
    An accounting error exposed improper and excessive pay for two government employees working to assist an ultraluxury resort, leading to the latest sca...
    Updated May 15 2017 03:15 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Officials including Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, County Councilman Max Burdick, Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan, and a group of residents and users of Dimple Dell Regional Park gather Friday in Sandy to announce an agreement to invest $4 million from county bond funds in improvements to the park and to address the desire by some users not to pave the North Rim Trail. Salt Lake County abandons plan to pave an asphalt trail in Sandy’s Dimple Dell Regional Park
    Sandy • Salt Lake County and Sandy leaders announced Friday that they would scrap plans for a paved trail through a popular nature preserve and focus ...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:41 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)    Organizers that played a role in the development of the Mountain Accord meet at Market Street Grill in Cottonwood Heights to sign documents taking another step in creating a special federal designation in the Central Wasatch Range with the goal of preserving the environment and recreational opportunities within this treasured area. The meeting was moved from the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon to the restaurant because of rain Monday, August 3, 2015. Judge must rule on whether Mountain Accord subject to open meetings law
    The group created by local governments to plan for land use and population-related conflicts in the Wasatch Mountains includes private businesses, and...
    Updated May 11 2017 11:12 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)    Utah is one of only two states that won’t comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act, the federal guidelines meant to prevent prison rape. The site of the current Utah State Prison, seen in March. What will Point of the Mountain look like in 2050?
    Residents overwhelmingly want cities to confront existing traffic congestion and preserve open space ahead of an impending onslaught of development ne...
    Updated May 11 2017 12:17 pm   |     |   Share
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  • The newly expanded Davis County Jail in Farmington, as seen on Dec. 13, 2006. Jail staff missed signs of Davis County inmate’s fatal internal injury
    An attending nurse in the Davis County jail failed to do a routine blood-pressure check when 28-year-old Heather Ashton Miller fell almost 5 feet from...
    Updated May 11 2017 12:16 pm   |     |   Share
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  • A.G. to look into death of Duchesne County inmate who lost at least 17 pounds in four days
    Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes’ office has agreed to review the investigation into the death of 21-year-old Madison Jensen, who died after becoming ...
    Updated May 09 2017 05:38 pm   |     |   Share
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