New details from Utah County, the Little Cottonwood Canyon ‘boondoggle’ and a lawmaker steered by faith on ‘Behind the Headlines’

Salt Lake Tribune journalists joins KCPW’s weekly news roundup.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Community member Jennifer Weiler, Dani Poirier with Wasatch Back County Alliance and Jack Stauss, from left, fly large balloons over the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, to demonstrate the height of gondola towers the Utah Department of Transportation is proposing be built to carry people up to Alta and Snowbird ski resorts.

Some details have emerged about the ritualistic sex abuse allegations the Utah County Sheriff’s Office says it’s investigating. Local officials ask UDOT to start over with its transportation plan for Little Cottonwood Canyon, calling a proposed gondola a “boondoggle.”

And, during Congressional testimony, Arizona’s House Speaker explains how his LDS faith impelled him to reject efforts by the Trump Administration to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

At 9 a.m. on Friday, Salt Lake Tribune reporters Brian Maffly and Jessica Miller, and news columnist Robert Gehrke join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories.

Every Friday at 9 a.m., stream “Behind the Headlines” at kcpw.org, or tune in to KCPW 88.3 FM or Utah Public Radio for the broadcast. Join the live conversation by calling 801-355-TALK.