Happy Thursday!

More than 2,000 local U.S. newspapers have closed in the last 15 years, but a few fake local news sites are doing great. The Albany Daily News, for example, racked up nearly 10 million pageviews in August. Problem is it’s a fake news site that has old content and gets a lot of traffic from a digital ad fraud scheme. [Buzzfeed]

Topping the news: Erin Mendenhall will become Salt Lake City’s new mayor after Sen. Luz Escamilla conceded the race on Wednesday. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

-> In San Juan County, early vote counts showed lagging support for Proposition 10 to explore a change in the three-member county commission, now controlled by a Navajo and Democrat majority. [Trib] [Navajo Times]

-> Options to be considered for dealing with vehicle congestion in Little Cottonwood Canyon include everything from a rail line to new highway lanes to gondolas. [Trib]

Tweets of the day: From @jackiebiskupski: “Thank you to every voter in #SLC who participated in this election. For the 1st time we had the chance to choose btwn 2 women. I congratulate both candidates on a well-run race & @erinforslcmayor on her victory. My office will work diligently to ensure a smooth transition.”

-> From @Bill_Tibbitts: “The big lesson from the SLC Mayoral race is that, in an era of universal early vote-by-mail, face to face GOTV is everything. The @erinforslcmayor campaign should be the new role model for every campaign in Utah next year.”

Happy Birthday: West Valley City Mayor Ron Bigelow and former state Sen. Howard Stephenson and Connor Boyack, president of the Libertas Institute. And Riverton City Councilwoman Tawnee McCay.

Also in the news: Provo city broke ground on a $40 million-plus terminal at the Provo Municipal Airport, which will turn out an expected 20 flights a day. [Trib] [DNews] [Daily Herald]

-> Joe Biden’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens, will appear in Salt Lake City on Saturday for a meet-and-greet at Pulp Lifestyle Kitchen. [Trib]

-> Burgess Owens, a former NFL player, Fox News contributor, and author has announced that he’s joining the race for the 4th Congressional District seat held by Utah’s Rep. Ben McAdams. [Trib] [DNews]

-> Layton has elected two-term Layton City Council member Joy Petro as what is likely the first time in history the city has elected a woman as mayor. [StandEx]

-> Robert Gehrke dives into Erin Mendenhall’s “decisive” victory in the Salt Lake City mayor’s race. [Trib]

-> Tribune cartoonist Pat Bagley brings Dr. Seuss into the conspiracies surrounding Ukrainian phone call whistleblower. [Trib]

-> Weber County voters rejected Proposition 3 - a ballot question that called for a study into changing the form of government. This means the three-member commission will stay in place. [StandEx]

-> Weber County will see eight new women city council members take office after Tuesday’s elections. [StandEx]

-> Sen. Mitt Romney has joined the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus, which aims to find solutions to climate change. [Trib] [DNews]

-> A new state task force is taking on the challenge of trying to figure out the criminal justice system changes that are counterintuitively increasing Utah’s prison population. [StandEx]

Nationally: Attorney General William Barr rejected President Donald Trump’s request that Barr call a news conference to announce that the president’s phone call with Ukraine’s president broke no laws, according to unnamed sources. [WaPost] [NYTimes]

-> A top American diplomat in Ukraine identified President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Guiliani, as the instigator behind trying to get Ukraine’s president to investigate Trump political opponent Joe Biden. [NYTimes] [CNN]

-> Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced he will run for his old U.S. Senate seat in Alabama. [AP] [Politico] [CNN] [NYTimes]

-> Republicans have shifted their defense of President Donald Trump from saying that there was no quid pro quo to a muddled mix of arguments on why the president’s actions are not impeachable offenses. [CNN]

-> Steven J. Menashi, an appeals court nominee, helped shape Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s illegal loan forgiveness effort that uses Social Security data to deny students debt relief. [NYTimes]

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