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The Traverse Fire burns near homes in Lehi, Utah, Sunday, June 28, 2020. Officials say fireworks caused the wildfire and forced evacuations early Sunday morning. (Justin Reeves via AP)

Ban fireworks during drought and bust the Utahns who light them, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | June 17, 2021, 11:16 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune)  Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill speaks at a news conference at Salt Lake County District Attorney's building on Monday, March 1, 2021.

Sim Gill as Utah’s top federal prosecutor? These candidates are less divisive, Robert Gehrke says

By Robert Gehrke | June 16, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Cox is eager for a nuclear future. Utahns should tell him why we’re not, says Robert Gehrke

By Robert Gehrke | June 14, 2021, 6:08 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

The critical race theory battle is coming to your school district, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | June 7, 2021, 1:16 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Does LDS faith drive fringe views? Not as much as you might think.

By Robert Gehrke | June 5, 2021, 12:09 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

When some Utah Jazz fans sink low, the Jazz raise their expectations, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | June 1, 2021, 8:32 p.m.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Ron Gibson is a sixth generation dairy farmer and president of the Utah Farm Bureau. Gibson was photographed at his Ogden farm, Green Acres Dairy, Wednesday, August, 1, 2018.

‘One day closer to the next rainstorm.’ Drought hits Utah farmers more than city dwellers, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | May 28, 2021, 3:08 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Utah should invest in child care so more families can afford their housing, Robert Gehrke says

By Robert Gehrke | May 24, 2021, 4:20 p.m.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) Mark Rapaport speaks at the dedication and launch of Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI), formerly University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI), on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021.

What puts Utah on the verge of being a leader in mental health care? Robert Gehrke explains.

By Robert Gehrke | May 22, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Robert Gehrke: The hysteria has taken hold, as Utah lawmakers will vote to oppose ‘critical race theory’ — which isn’t even taught in schools

By Robert Gehrke | May 19, 2021, 1:08 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

What should Mike Lee do with campaign cash raised alongside a congressman under investigation for sex trafficking? Here’s what Robert Gehrke thinks.

By Robert Gehrke | May 17, 2021, 1:16 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Why kids may be the losers in Cox’s gamble on masks, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | May 15, 2021, 11:44 a.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

If you want to eat at this popular SLC restaurant, you’d better have your ID and proof of vaccination — and that’s fine, Robert Gehrke says

By Robert Gehrke | May 12, 2021, 4:32 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Church President Russell M. Nelson receives the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Salt Lake City.

The LDS Church could supercharge Utah’s drive to the vaccination finish line, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | May 9, 2021, 8:22 p.m.

(Salt Lake City Police Department via YouTube) Salt Lake City police engage a person with autism in Mach 2021. New police training teaches law enforcement to respond to people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Robert Gehrke: Here’s one instance where SLC police training on how to respond to people with autism paid off

By Robert Gehrke | May 9, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sen. Mitt Romney faces a hostile crowd during the Utah Republican Party’s 2021 Organizing Convention at the Maverik Center in West Valley City on Saturday, May 1, 2021, where he was booed by Republican delegates numbering more than 1,900.

Robert Gehrke: What should we make of Mitt Romney’s rebuke by GOP delegates?

By Robert Gehrke | May 4, 2021, 9:53 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Robert Gehrke: Here’s how some mixed families — with some kids vaccinated, others not — are trying to navigate the tail end of the pandemic

By Robert Gehrke | May 3, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

(Zak Podmore | The Salt Lake Tribune) A petroglyph panel outside of Moab known as Birthing Rock was defaced by vandals on Monday night.

Robert Gehrke: We can’t monitor every ancient artifact in Utah, but we can instill an ethic that values and protects the past

By Robert Gehrke | May 2, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Robert Gehrke: Utah’s growth doesn’t show any signs of letting up and will factor into every decision we make

By Robert Gehrke | April 28, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Robert Gehrke: The only solution to the toxic tone of social media is for each of us to try to be better

By Robert Gehrke | April 26, 2021, 6:28 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Spencer Hunt with the football signed by Alex Smith, at his home in North Salt Lake, on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

Robert Gehrke: Not all of quarterback Alex Smith’s heroics were on the field. This one left a profound impression on one 9-year-old boy

By Robert Gehrke | April 25, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Robert Gehrke: Angela Dunn was much more than a capable expert during an unprecedented pandemic

By Robert Gehrke | April 21, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Robert Gehrke: Roughly a dozen Utah cities and towns will be trying ranked-choice elections this year — with good reason

By Robert Gehrke | April 19, 2021, 1:06 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) State Sen. Jani Iwamoto, center, and Utah Paleontologist Jim Kirkland tour the site of the new Utahraptor State Park. Iwamoto was the co-sponsor of the legislation creating the park, which contains the largest array of dinosaur species on the planet. It is also the site of a World War II Japanese isolation camp that will be memorialized within the park.

Robert Gehrke: Utah is home to the richest deposits of dinosaurs on the planet, and now they will be protected

By Robert Gehrke | April 18, 2021, 2:32 p.m.

(Jim Watson | Pool via AP) Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has joined Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley in challenging Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption in the wake of MLB's decision to pull the All Star Game out of Georgia over its new voting laws.

Robert Gehrke: Even when Mike Lee is right (like he is about pro baseball), it’s for the wrong reasons

By Robert Gehrke | April 14, 2021, 5:14 p.m.