• Tribune Editorial: Back to school. Carefully.

    Tribune Editorial: Back to school. Carefully.
    Spare a thought for members of the Salt Lake City School Board. And for school boards all across the state and the nation.Schools in Utah have received precious little in the way of guidance or assistance from the state as they try to work their way through the coronavirus pandemic, and absolutely nothing of substance from the federal government.Struggling through all the needs and limitations posed by educating so many children — in ways that do not put students, teachers, staff, siblings
  • Utah’s first Gold Star memorial honors fallen soldiers and their families

    Utah’s first Gold Star memorial honors fallen soldiers and their families
    North Ogden • One after another, family members stepped to the microphone and spoke the name of a husband, son, father or uncle who had served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice.“U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Tracy Stapley. Died July 3, 2013, while serving in Qatar.”“Chief Warrant Officer, Kirk Fuchigami Jr. Died Nov. 20, 2019, in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.”“Second Lt. John Alley. Drowned the 24th of May, 2008, while stationed in Pensacola, Florida. I w
  • Gordon Monson: Utah’s Utes have no clue what ‘evil’ they’re up against come football season, despite all their plans

    Gordon Monson: Utah’s Utes have no clue what ‘evil’ they’re up against come football season, despite all their plans
    With fresh news from the Pac-12 about the way its college football season will be played — check that, with the way its season is planned to be played (two completely different things in the era of an uncooperative pandemic) — and its effect on Utah football, there are lingering questions, even despite multiple recent virtual news conferences aimed at smoothing the rough thing out.But progress, even if it’s merely intended, at this point is welcome enough.A worldwide virus has
  • Six more Utahns die of COVID-19, while case count continues to slow

    Six more Utahns die of COVID-19, while case count continues to slow
    Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for our Top Stories newsletter, sent to your inbox every weekday morning. To support journalism like this, please donate or become a subscriber. Six more Utahns have died from COVID-19 and another 506 have tested positive for the virus, the Utah Department of Health reported Saturday.Three of the people who died were from Salt Lake County. They include a woman, older than 85 and
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  • George Pyle: ‘By the way, we have to fix that’

    George Pyle: ‘By the way, we have to fix that’
    Declaring victory for the second time in a presidential election, Barack Obama in 2012 threw into his long speech an eight-word ad lib that has stuck with me ever since.Officially, the line was, “I want to thank every American who participated in this election, whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time.”To which he impulsively, and correctly, added, “By the way, we have to fix that.”Those of us who remain a bit wistful at the size of
  • Trump says he’ll act to ban TikTok in US as soon as Saturday

    Trump says he’ll act to ban TikTok in US as soon as Saturday
    New York • President Donald Trump said he will take action as soon as Saturday to ban TikTok, a popular Chinese-owned video app that has been a source of national security and censorship concerns.Trump’s comments came after published reports that the administration is planning to order China’s ByteDance to sell TikTok. There were also reports Friday that software giant Microsoft is in talks to buy the app.“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the Un
  • Some have reopened, some haven’t, but do bars and social distancing even mix?

    Some have reopened, some haven’t, but do bars and social distancing even mix?
    We would slide between the crowded bar stools to order a cocktail, push tables together to include more friends, and squeeze next to strangers on the dance floor.Social clubs came by the name rightly.Amid the coronavirus, though, that communal culture clashes with the very steps bar owners are required to take to be open.“We are suggesting things that are contrary to the very nature of their business,” said Nicholas Rupp, spokesman for Salt Lake County Health Department. “Peopl
  • Crews battle wildfire near Kanab in heat and wind

    Crews battle wildfire near Kanab in heat and wind
    Fire crews will be tested today by extreme heat and wind as they battle a lightning caused wildfire about 20 miles east of Kanab.The Pine Hollow Fire has burned over 11,000 acres and threatens a house and four outbuildings, according to a Bureau of Land Management news release. It is listed as 0% contained.Forecasters predict continued hot, dry and unstable conditions for the foreseeable future, with Saturday highs in the upper 90s, along with gusty and erratic afternoon winds.The release says f
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  • Negotiators huddle in Capitol after $600 benefit expires

    Negotiators huddle in Capitol after $600 benefit expires
    Washington • With political pressure rising, talks on a huge coronavirus relief measure resumed on Saturday, focused on restoring a newly expired $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit, a fresh $1,200 direct payment to most Americans, and hundreds of billions of dollars in other aid to states, businesses and the poor.President Donald Trump is eager for an agreement, but talks so far have not yielded progress. The administration is willing to extend the $600 jobless benefit, at leas
  • Pac-12 may have a football schedule, but COVID-19 will decide whether or not it plays

    Pac-12 may have a football schedule, but COVID-19 will decide whether or not it plays
    The Pac-12 has itself a football schedule, which is more than can be said for the rest of the Power Five.The ACC has home and away conference opponents set for a 10+1 schedule, sans dates, and the SEC has the outline of a 10-game conference-only schedule lined up, sans dates, but the Pac-12 is ready to go. A Sept. 26 start, 10 games, two open weeks, a conference championship game moved back two weeks to the weekend of Dec. 18-19. By any measure, the league has been prudent but also ambitious, if
  • Naresh Kumar: To respond to coronavirus, we need to think globally

    Naresh Kumar: To respond to coronavirus, we need to think globally
    Eddie squeezed peanut paste from the pouch. His pot belly belied that he had kwashiorkor: a protein deficiency that was making Eddie more defenseless against infections.Mary, his mother, brought him to our hospital because Eddie was weak, swollen and irritable and she didn’t have the tools to help him. Not only did we know what was wrong, but we had a program from Boston there. They helped Mary go home with more pouches and some education about how to keep her son from getting sick again.O
  • While President Trump and national GOP sound alarm on voting by mail, red Utah embraces it

    While President Trump and national GOP sound alarm on voting by mail, red Utah embraces it
    President Donald Trump is floating the idea of postponing the election because by-mail voting would make it “the most inaccurate and fraudulent in history.” Earlier this year he said that if states convert to by-mail voting, “You’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”Republican Utah’s experience shows otherwise.For example, the canvass of the June 30 primary found 66.9% of active GOP voters cast ballots — nearly double the 37.6% Republ
  • How the pandemic has affected these Hispanic business owners in Utah

    How the pandemic has affected these Hispanic business owners in Utah
    The pandemic has picked on Hispanics. This group, comprising 14.2% of Utah’s residents, has had far more than its share of infections. And Hispanic people make up an outsized share of the workers hardest hit, such as those employed in restaurants and the service industry.The pain doesn’t stop there. Entrepreneurs have faced obstacles as well.“A lot of Latino businesses are sole proprietors — one-member LLC or 1099. They usually start that way,” said Silvia Castro, e
  • Utah Board of Higher Education: In a post-pandemic future, Utah needs higher education more than ever

    Utah Board of Higher Education: In a post-pandemic future, Utah needs higher education more than ever
    The world looks strikingly different now — everywhere from thousands of miles away, down to our local neighborhoods. Among those affected are our college campuses, as the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted and challenged higher education institutions and their campus communities to a significant degree.Beginning in March 2020, Utah’s public colleges and universities worked around the clock to transition to remote learning, implement safe social distancing in places on campus that needed
  • Letter: Jordan School Board won’t listen to reason

    Letter: Jordan School Board won’t listen to reason
    I was a professionally trained teacher in Utah for more than 37 years. Throughout my tenure I felt like my opinions and concerns fell on deaf ears. We teachers pleaded for class-size reduction and increases in needed funding. Still little was done to remedy pressing school needs.Recently I sat and listened to teachers, students and parents plead with the Jordan School Board to devise a sane and workable plan to safely let our beloved children and grandchildren return to school. Suggestions of a
  • Letter: If churches are businesses, they should pay taxes

    Letter: If churches are businesses, they should pay taxes
    Sen. Mike Lee is upset that churches are being treated equally as other businesses (“Utah Sen. Mike Lee asks Trump to prod states to reopen churches or face loss of COVID-19 aid,” July 27). Does that mean he thinks that churches need to be treated equally as other businesses, and does that mean the state of Utah now needs to tax churches? After all, the churches should not be any different from any other business. That, of course, would probably solve the revenue crisis the state is
  • Letter: The proper response to COVID-19

    Letter: The proper response to COVID-19
    What if the United States’ response to COVID-19 played out like this:Acknowledgment: There is a pandemic affecting the world. We have examples to successfully counteract the virus. It will require us all to take some measures. The sooner we act, the sooner we will have more freedom and save lives. Many, many lives.Yes, we will:• Provide critical personal protective equipment to our hospitals and medical professionals that need them. We have their backs.• Close the economy. We can
  • Letter: Wake up, Republicans

    Letter: Wake up, Republicans
    I find it truly disgusting and unbelievable that Gov. Herbert has not ordered a statewide mask order when it has been proven to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.How many people have to get the virus and have side effects the rest of their lives before he gains he courage?How many people have to end up in the ICU? How many people have to die before he finds his courage?I am so sick of Republicans not having the courage and moral fiber to do the right thing. The only one who has is Sen.
  • Letter: Stop wasting taxpayer dollars

    Letter: Stop wasting taxpayer dollars
    When will Cheryl Acton and Republican “representatives” finally start listening to the people? The Tribune recently reported that the 18-week abortion ban has cost Utah taxpayers more than $86,000 in legal fees so far and could blow up to $1 to $3 million. Not only do most Utahns oppose additional abortion restrictions, the law is likely to be struck down as unconstitutional. Doesn’t seem very fiscally responsible.During this time of COVID, this money would be better spent on t
  • In the NBA bubble, the young players at the end of the Utah Jazz bench are more important than ever

    In the NBA bubble, the young players at the end of the Utah Jazz bench are more important than ever
    Utah Jazz forward Juwan Morgan (16) splits the Houston defense during the Houston Rockets at Utah Jazz NBA basketball game at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News Rookies Rayjon Tucker, Juwan Morgan, Miye Oni, Nigel Williams-Goss and two-way players Jarrell Brantley and Justin Wright-Foreman have become invaluable for things that won’t be seen on any stat sheet KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The most prevalent sound in the NBA bubble arena is n
  • Rich Lowry: The folly of the Never Republicans

    Rich Lowry: The folly of the Never Republicans
    “Burn it down” is rarely a wise or prudent sentiment.A cadre of Republican opponents of President Donald Trump is nonetheless calling for a purifying fire to sweep through the GOP in the fall, taking down as many Republican officeholders as possible.Only this willy-nilly bloodletting will teach the party the hard lesson it needs to learn for accommodating Trump over the past four years. As a Soviet commissar once put it: "We must execute not only the guilty. Execution of the innocent
  • David Brooks: The future of American liberalism

    David Brooks: The future of American liberalism
    The United States just endured its worst economic quarter in recorded history. If this trend had continued for an entire year, American economic output would have been down by about a third.So I’m hoping Joe Biden and his team are reading up on Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal. The New Dealers succeeded in a moment like this. Their experience offers some powerful lessons for Biden as he campaigns and if he wins:Offer big change that feels familiar.Economic and health calamities are expe
  • Katie Krongard: We don’t pay attention to our School Board. And this is what we get.

    Katie Krongard: We don’t pay attention to our School Board. And this is what we get.
    I’d like to think that I take my civic duty seriously. I recall last year, screaming at my husband, our live-in nanny, and her boyfriend, “Everyone in this house will vote! Everyone!”Is this a touch aggressive? Perhaps.Now that you’ve gotten to know me a bit, I am going to get vulnerable. Our elected officials at the Salt Lake City School Board are letting us down; but, we voted for them. The gripping responsibility I feel for what is happening right now is almost unmanag
  • Behind enemy lines: What the OKC Thunder are saying ahead of game against Utah Jazz

    Behind enemy lines: What the OKC Thunder are saying ahead of game against Utah Jazz
    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul handles the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Friday, March 6, 2020, at Madison Square Garden in New York.| Mary Altaffer, APKISSIMMEE, Fla. — On Oct. 23, 2019, the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder opened the 2019-20 season against one another in Salt Lake City. On March 11 in OKC, the NBA was brought to a screeching halt moments before the two teams tipped off. On Saturday, the Thunder will restart thei
  • LDS Church tweaks policies on ‘moral issues’ ranging from birth control to surrogacy and medical marijuana

    LDS Church tweaks policies on ‘moral issues’ ranging from birth control to surrogacy and medical marijuana
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has modified some of its policies regarding what it deems moral issues like fertility treatments, birth control, sterilization, surrogacy, sex education, medical marijuana and unwed parenting — mostly making them more flexible, compassionate and dependent on individual member judgments.These revisions announced Friday are reflected in an updated version of the church’s General Handbook, which spells out the faith’s mission and goa
  • Jury rules Washington state liable in Susan Cox Powell boys’ deaths

    Jury rules Washington state liable in Susan Cox Powell boys’ deaths
    Tacoma, Wash. •A jury has found that Washington state officials were partially responsible for the deaths of missing Utah woman Susan Cox Powell’s children at the hands of their father.The News Tribune newspaper in Tacoma reported that jurors on Friday awarded $98 million to the estates of Charlie and Braden Powell.Josh Powell was a suspect in the presumed killing of his wife in 2009 and living in Pierce County, Washington, in 2012, when he killed their two young sons Charli
  • Mahider Tadesse: Legislature’s cuts will hurt Rose Park neighborhood

    Mahider Tadesse: Legislature’s cuts will hurt Rose Park neighborhood
    This summer, the Utah Legislature voted to cut funding for essential services just as Utah was reaching its highest recorded COVID-19 infection rate to date.According to the recent Tribune Article, some modest funding was able to be saved from the chopping block for education and human services, but the cuts will still result in the closure of at least three community health clinics and other essential services.And my neighborhood, Rose Park, will lose funding for the Jordan River Parkway, a vit
  • Robert Gehrke: Summit County sues to block Hideout’s ‘land grab’ near Park City

    Robert Gehrke: Summit County sues to block Hideout’s ‘land grab’ near Park City
    Summit County is suing the town of Hideout to block an attempt by the hamlet on the banks of the Jordanelle Reservoir from reaching across the county line and annexing hundreds of acres for a developer aiming to build on the land just outside of Park City.In the complaint, filed Friday in 4th District Court, Summit County alleges that Hideout was deceitful and underhanded, plotting in secret meetings with the developer — Nate Brockbank and his partner, Josh Romney — to keep Summit Co
  • Utah State women’s soccer player nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

    Utah State women’s soccer player nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year
    A Utah State University women’s soccer player has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.Aggies defender Mealii Enos is one of two nominees from the Mountain West Conference. She graduated from USU in the spring with a 4.0 GPA, earning Scholar of the Year honors from the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services.In four seasons with the Aggies, Enos started 74 of her 76 matches. She also tallied 25 shots and scored three goals.Enos was named to the conference&r
  • Utah Jazz happy to pull off comeback win, but ‘obviously we also have work to do’

    Utah Jazz happy to pull off comeback win, but ‘obviously we also have work to do’
    Orlando, Fla. • Rallying back from a 16-point deficit to win Thursday night proved quite the happy ending for the Utah Jazz in their official return to action.Of course, given that they fell behind by 16 against the Pelicans to begin with, they recognize that there’s myriad improvements yet to make, especially with their second seeding game coming up Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.“Lots of things we can build on, but obviously we also have work to do,” coach Qu
  • Utes to close with USC, Oregon at Rice-Eccles Stadium as Pac-12 releases 10-game football schedule

    Utes to close with USC, Oregon at Rice-Eccles Stadium as Pac-12 releases 10-game football schedule
    Forget for a moment the beginning of the Pac-12′s freshly released, 10-game, conference-only football schedule.If the COVID-19 pandemic allows that slate to move into November, the back end for the University of Utah is monstrous.The Utes, 11-3 last season and the Pac-12 South champions each of the last two seasons, will host USC on Nov. 27 before hosting Oregon on Dec. 5 in what will be a rematch of last season’s Pac-12 championship game, a 37-15 Ducks win. Those are scheduled to be
  • In triple-digit temperatures, hospitals ramp up efforts to keep COVID-19 testers cool

    In triple-digit temperatures, hospitals ramp up efforts to keep COVID-19 testers cool
    Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for our Top Stories newsletter, sent to your inbox every weekday morning. To support journalism like this, please donate or become a subscriber. Farmington • Health care workers at Utah’s drive-thru coronavirus testing sites are ramping up efforts to stay cool as temperatures throughout the state soar to triple digits this week.“We don’t want them to be pa
  • Utah County Commissioner withdraws mask exemption request

    Utah County Commissioner withdraws mask exemption request
    The Utah County Commission will no longer consider a letter requesting that the county health department ask the governor to grant the county exemptions to the statewide public K-12 school mask mandate after a new state order seemingly addressed all concerns.The commission was set to consider the letter written by Commissioner Bill Lee to the Health Department Director Ralph Clegg asking that he request Republican Gov. Gary Herbert exempt the county from the one-size-fits-all mask mandate for pu
  • In triple-digit temperatures, hospitals ramp up efforts to keep COVID testers cool

    In triple-digit temperatures, hospitals ramp up efforts to keep COVID testers cool
    Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for our Top Stories newsletter, sent to your inbox every weekday morning. To support journalism like this, please donate or become a subscriber. Farmington • Health care workers at Utah’s drive-thru coronavirus testing sites are ramping up efforts to stay cool as temperatures throughout the state soar to triple digits this week.“We don’t want them to be pa
  • Holly Richardson: The value of strong female friendships

    Holly Richardson: The value of strong female friendships
    This week, my husband and I took our grandchildren up American Fork Canyon, leaving right after breakfast and not returning until dark. We roasted hot dogs and S’mores, had 7-Up chicken, dutch oven rolls and peach cobbler for dinner but the best part, in their eyes, was the many hours spent wading in the stream and tossing rocks, over and over and over.There were two best parts for me: making memories with my grandkids and coming home to find several of my dearest friends standing in the d

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