• Rowers race in paddling pumpkin parade

    Rowers race atop their giant pumpkins at the sixth annual Ginormous Pumpkin Regatta held at Oquirrh Lake in South Jordan on Saturday. Pumpkins weighing between 500 and nearly 1,500 pounds were converted into watercraft and raced across the 67-acre freshwater lake at Daybreak. Growers began making preparations for the regatta months ago as they meticulously cared for their seedlings in anticipation of the event. At the official weigh-in several weeks ago, Ed Dennis took home the grand prize with
  • California teen poet with Utah roots herald for her 'unique' background

    Kinsale Hueston is a nationally recognized poet with Utah roots.The OC Weekly recently featured Hueston, who was recently named as one of the five National Student Poets for 2017, which is “the nation's highest honor for youth poets.”But Hueston has a “unique” background, according to The OC Weekly.Now a resident of Coronda del Mar, the 17-year-old’s mother actually grew up on a Navajo reservation in the Beehive State.Her father, meanwhile, was one of the lead prose
  • Vote tallies from Utah primary elections

    SALT LAKE CITY — Unofficial, incomplete voting results from Tuesday’s primary elections in Utah available as of midnight Tuesday night.In partisan races, the leading vote-getter in each contest advances to the general election.“Inc.” denotes incumbent.City elections are nonpartisan. Unless otherwise indicated, the top two candidates in each race qualify for the general election Nov. 7.These results do not include provisional ballots or mail-in votes that were not received
  • 7 intimate venues from Salt Lake City's noteworthy music scene

    Mormons, mountains and . . . music?
    Yes, the Salt Lake City music scene exists. Locals might not know the band or artist who sold out the show, but Utah's small capital has places that live music lovers need to know about.
    Take a look at the intimate music venues the Deseret News visited with help from Yelp and S&S. Locate the venues listed on the map below marked by a blue music note. The music venues that are marked black are not included in this list, but could be closer to you or worth t
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  • 7 intimate venues you should visit from Salt Lake City's noteworthy music scene

    Mormons, mountains and . . . music?
    Yes, the Salt Lake City music scene exists. Locals might not know the band or artist who sold out the show, but Utah's small capital has places that live music lovers need to know about.
    Take a look at the intimate music venues the Deseret News visited with help from Yelp and S&S. Locate the venues listed on the map below marked by a blue music note. The music venues that are marked black are not included in this list, but could be closer to you or worth t
  • Moderate Utah mayor wins 3-way GOP primary for US House seat

    The mayor in the Mormon stronghold of Provo won a three-way Republican primary Tuesday in the race to replace former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, putting him on track to clinch the congressional seat in the general election in the overwhelming GOP district.
  • AP: John Curtis wins 3rd Congressional District GOP primary race

    John Curtis was leading Chris Herrod and Tanner Ainge in results released Tuesday in the Republican primary for the 3rd Congressional District seat vacated earlier this summer by former Rep. Jason Chaffetz.
  • Police: Woman shot in leg in S.L.

    SALT LAKE CITY — A woman is in the hospital in serious but stable condition after she was shot in the leg Tuesday afternoon, police said.A suspect also was in custody.Officers were seen handcuffing a man and ejecting a round from a handgun about 4 p.m. near what they believed was the scene of the shooting at 757 W. 200 North. Officers did not release the name of the victim or the suspect Tuesday, and did not say what may have led to the violence.
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  • Draper mayor trails city councilwoman in primary race

    SALT LAKE CITY — As polls close on 26 mayoral races and dozens more city council races across Salt Lake, Utah, Davis and Weber counties, election workers are beginning the long process of counting votes.As early results were reported, Draper Mayor Troy Walker trailed City Councilwoman Michelle Weeks by more than 10 percentage points — 47.4 percent to 36.6 percent. Troy Martinez had nearly 16 percentWalker received sharp criticism in March after many of his constituents rejected his o
  • Draper councilwoman advances to general election as mayoral favorite

    SALT LAKE CITY — Draper City Councilwoman Michelle Weeks is headed to the November ballot as the favorite in the city's mayoral race after topping incumbent Mayor Troy Walker by more than 10 percentage points in Tuesday's primary election.Weeks collected nearly 47 percent of the vote to Walker's almost 37 percent, according to unofficial results late Tuesday.Walker received sharp criticism in March after many of his constituents rejected his offer to locate a homeless resource center in Dr
  • Utah County ballot blunder causes confusion at polls

    PROVO — Utah County voters reported continued confusion at the polls Tuesday after more than 68,000 unaffiliated voters received incorrect mail-in primary election ballots.While unaffiliated voters could still cast ballots in the Republican 3rd Congressional District primary race, those who received the incorrect ballot had to bring that ballot to a polling station and choose to affiliate as a Republican to vote in the GOP primary.The situation was confusing for some voters who either disc
  • Confusion about voter eligibility persists at polls

    PROVO — Utah County voters reported continued confusion at the polls Tuesday after more than 68,000 unaffiliated voters received the incorrect primary election ballot.While unaffiliated voters could still cast ballots in the Republican 3rd Congressional District primary race, those who received the incorrect ballot had to bring that ballot to a polling station and choose to affiliate as a Republican to vote in the GOP primary.The situation turned to confusion for some voters who either dis
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  • Pledge to cut crime, but few details, in open meeting on Rio Grande

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah leaders say they are putting together an online portal for people to send in pictures, videos, questions and ideas related to a new push to cut crime and homelessness in Utah's capital city.The promise was one of several made during a Tuesday panel of elected leaders and law enforcement officers to more than 350 people, many of whom live and work in the Rio Grande area where violence has risen near homeless camps surrounding a shelter."We’ll figure out some way,
  • Curtis leads Herrod, Ainge in 3rd District race as polls close

    PROVO — John Curtis was leading Chris Herrod and Tanner Ainge in results released Tuesday in the Republican primary for the 3rd Congressional District seat vacated earlier this summer by former Rep. Jason Chaffetz.An hour after the polls closed at 8 p.m., Curtis, the Provo mayor, had nearly 43 percent of the vote, followed by Herrod with just over 30 percent and Ainge with 27 percent.Ainge, an Alpine lawyer making his first run for elected office, called Curtis and conceded."It looks like
  • Curtis declared winner, but Herrod not ready to concede

    PROVO — John Curtis was declared the winner in Tuesday's Republican primary for the 3rd Congressional District seat vacated earlier this summer by former Rep. Jason Chaffetz.The Associated Press called the race for the Provo mayor over Chris Herrod and Tanner Ainge shortly before 10 p.m., about an hour after Ainge had conceded.Herrod said that was "interesting," but he wasn't ready to say the race was over.Results posted late Tuesday showed Curtis with just over 42 percent of the vote in t
  • Provo elementary school welcomes back students despite continuous construction work

    The sound of a new bell rang in the halls of Edgemont Elementary as students Tuesday enjoyed their brand new school. But the first day of classes also had the feel of a construction zone because the building is not completely finished.
  • Operation Rio Grande makes 87 arrests on first day

    SALT LAKE CITY — On the second day of a large, multijurisdictional effort to eradicate crime and offer help in Salt Lake's volatile Rio Grande neighborhood, the enhanced police presence was impossible to miss.Along every stretch of the three-block area surrounding the Road Home homeless shelter and service centers, law enforcement Tuesday patrolled the sidewalks, searched backpacks and asked questions.The policing effort of the three-phase initiative, named Operation Rio Grande, began Mond
  • Federal funding awarded to Utah Health Centers

    SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave nearly $1 million to Utah community health centers for quality service and care, according to a statement released Tuesday.The announcement comes a day after Gov. Gary Herbert declared Aug. 13-19 as Health Center Week in Utah.The department gave $952,509 to 13 community health organizations in Utah."I’m proud of the work health centers do to serve vulnerable populations, particularly residents of rural communities
  • Election officials tell Julie Dole to remove social media posts

    SALT LAKE CITY — Acting Salt Lake County Recorder Julie Dole sparked a firestorm of controversy on her Facebook page this week by recycling old endorsements just days before GOP voters are due to pick a new recorder — and now the Utah Elections Office is asking her to remove the posts.But a day after Utah's elections director, Mark Thomas, called and emailed her to "cease and desist," Dole still hasn't responded, Thomas said Tuesday, leading some of her past endorsers to accuse her o
  • 'Get the protection and then enjoy the eclipse': Separating myths from reality in eye safety

    SALT LAKE CITY — Here's some important advice you've probably heard before: During Monday's solar eclipse, do not fry your eyeballs.It can happen. Serious eye damage.But along with learning safe practices, you probably should unlearn a few myths and misconceptions.First and foremost, there are no special "evil rays" coming from the sun during an eclipse. In fact, an eclipse emits nothing unusual at all."The sun is not more dangerous during the eclipse," said Seth Jarvis, director of the Cl
  • Report: 'Zero' chance of Colorado River water shortage in 2018

    LAS VEGAS — Heavy winter snows in the Rocky Mountains have rescued the thirsty Western U.S. for another year.U.S. water managers said Tuesday there will be no water cutbacks in 2018 for millions of residents and farmers served by the Lake Mead reservoir on the Colorado River that lies behind the Hoover Dam."The projection indicates there is no chance of shortage in 2018," said Rose Davis, spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. "Zero."January water levels are expected to be 8 feet
  • 2 men sentenced for beating, pistol-whipping man in Midvale

    Two Midvale men were sentenced, one to jail and the other to prison time, after being charged with beating and pistol-whipping a man in May 2016.
  • 'Outdoors Bandit' suspect nabbed trying to board Belgium jet

    SALT LAKE CITY — A suspect in more than a half-dozen Utah and Idaho bank robberies nicknamed the "Great Outdoors Bandit" has been arrested at Los Angeles International Airport where authorities said he was trying to board a flight bound for Belgium.Federal prosecutors said Monday Josue Daniel Alfaro was taken into custody on Sunday.The suspect was given the nickname because bank security cameras caught images of him wearing flannel shirts and jeans and because witnesses described him as "o
  • MDA office burglarized; camp goes on thanks to donations

    EMIGRATION CANYON — The Muscular Dystrophy Camp is a big part of the summer at Camp Kostopulos in Emigration Canyon benefiting Utah children who have the disease.But a couple of weeks ago, the camp was in jeopardy.Forty-nine kids and their personal volunteers, who are ensuring that they get to enjoy the great outdoors, had a lot to be excited about Monday at the Utah MDA Summer Camp.The summer camp is made possible through fundraising and donations. But on July 28, $2,000 of that money was
  • Eye health officials share tips for safely viewing eclipse in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Those wanting to view the 91 percent eclipse in Utah on Monday should do so with caution, said Dr. Jeff Pettey, Moran Eye Center ophthalmologist.Looking directly at the sun without proper eye protection can cause permanent vision damage, Pettey said. He compared the potential damage to the blurry vision caused by looking at a flash when a photo is taken — only permanent.Pettey suggested thinking about the eye as a magnifying glass."All the light coming into the pupil
  • Rivera sworn in as new Salt Lake County sheriff

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County Council unanimously ratified Unified Deputy Police Chief Rosie Rivera as Salt Lake County's new sheriff on Tuesday.With many of her family, friends, members of the Unified Police Department and sheriff's office, and even Jon Huntsman Sr. present, Rivera was immediately sworn into office.Rivera, who was elected by Democrats on Saturday to serve the remainder of outgoing Sheriff Jim Winder's term, said it was an honor to be sworn in and she is ready to g
  • Woman hospitalized in SLC shooting, 1 person in custody

    A woman was seriously injured in a shooting Tuesday afternoon and one person is in custody, officials confirmed.
  • Summit County joins County Climate Coalition

    COALVILLE — The Summit County Council voted unanimously last week to join the County Climate Coalition, which was created in opposition to President Donald Trump’s intention to leave the Paris climate accord.“Summit County has a wealth of scenic, wild and natural landscapes which create extraordinary scenery, habitat and recreation amenities of immeasurable value to the health, welfare and enjoyment of Summit County’s residents and visitors,” Kim Carson, the council
  • Drowned kayaker was ‘brilliant, top-of-the-class’ student, postdoctoral researcher

    The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation on Monday released the name of the man who drowned Saturday while kayaking at Deer Creek Reservoir.
  • Registration open for governor-led trade mission to Jordan and Israel

    SALT LAKE CITY — World Trade Center Utah is currently accepting registrants for a governor-led trade mission to Jordan and Israel Oct. 22 through 26.“The trade mission to Jordan and Israel presents a unique opportunity for companies to explore business opportunities in the Middle East,” Derek B. Miller, president and CEO of the organization, said in a statement. “Companies can increase their opportunities to do business in these countries by taking advantage of the networ

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