January brought tumult as the partial government shutdown became the longest in U.S. history. At least, so far. Without legislation both Congress and the president can agree on, funding for the government will run out again on Feb. 15.
Salt Lake Tribune photographers were not only able to capture the impact of the shutdown on Utahns, but also its impact on visitors to the state’s national parks, many of whom were disappointed to find these treasures closed or at least without services.
Between basketball and gymnastics, women athletes at the University of Utah saw success in their respective seasons. And photographers illustrated the interesting stories of one men’s basketball player and the sons of coach Larry Krystkowiak.
Photographers also got outside to cover (intentional) avalanches, bad air quality and animals in the wild. One observed a new butterfly exhibit.
See how the month of January shaped up for Tribune photographers and keep up with them in February on Instagram.
Utah women’s basketball head coach Lynne Roberts runs her team through drills during practice at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on Jan. 2.
Blue morpho butterflies feed on an orange at the Butterfly Biosphere at Thanksgiving Point’s Water Tower Plaza in Lehi on Jan. 22.
University of Utah gymnast Kari Lee on Jan. 2.
“This is what we live here for,” said Park City resident John Ackerly, who was thrilled to watch a dozen bull elk that had bed down to nap and snack on the grass clippings and saplings in his and his neighbor’s yard Jan. 4.
Crews work to clear snow from Provo Canyon on Jan. 18. The planned avalanche brought down as much as 30 feet of snow at mile marker 12 above Bridal Falls on SR 189.
A pair of visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park stand in a closed-off area covered in snow Jan. 12 at Bryce Point as the government shutdown continued. While the park was open on a limited basis, some locations remained uncleared of snow or were closed.
Luc, left, and Ben Krystkowiak, sons of Ute coach Larry Krystkowiak, are varsity basketball players for Brighton.
Car and bus taillights and headlights draw long red and white lights during evening traffic along State Street on Jan. 10.
Utah’s Kari Lee on the beam as No. 3 University of Utah gymnastics team competed against BYU gymnastics in Salt Lake City on Jan. 10.
University of Utah guard Both Gach, 19, had a breakout game this season during the Utes matchup with University of Kentucky. The son of South Sudanese immigrants who fled a civil war, Gach’s family has deep roots in basketball, in his hometown of Austin, Minn., and is establishing new roots in Salt Lake City.
Food from the Utah Food Pantry was stacked in a training room at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski had pizza delivered to TSA workers and other federal employees Jan. 22 to thank them for working without pay during the partial federal shutdown.
Oregon Ducks forward Kenny Wooten (14) flied over Utes center Jayce Johnson (34) as the Utah Utes hosted the Oregon Ducks in Salt Lake City on Jan. 31.
Internal Revenue Service employee Diane Zelazny’s eyes filled with tears during a rally in protest of the federal shutdown in Ogden on Jan. 10.
People evacuate with their hands raised after a shooting at the Fashion Place Mall in Murray on Jan. 13.
Carly Haldeman chants “no justice no peace” as she and a dozen or so others sit in the office of Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski on Jan. 10. The group, which included members of Utah Against Police Brutality and Cody Belgard’s family, wanted a meeting with Biskupski to discuss the police shooting that killed Belgard in November.
Cedar High School was considering a change in the name of its mascot, The Redmen. On Jan. 11, Mohey Tawa, the Cedar High drill team, performs at halftime of a basketball game vs. Canyon View.
A view of Antelope Island and the Oquirrh Mountains in the inversion Jan. 14.
Sen. Mitt Romney met with Weber County Commissioners in Ogden to discuss the shutdown Jan. 18.
Christopher Ruud, a veteran dancer at Ballet West, is hanging up his ballet shoes after this season. His last major role was in the production of “Swan Lake."