• Bagley Cartoon: Fire Starter

    Bagley Cartoon: Fire Starter
    This Pat Bagley cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. You can check out the past 10 Bagley editorial cartoons below:Lowering the BarrOver the RainbowA Mighty WindLoserPutting Pelosi Out ThereUtah FanBring on the ClownThe Deep HateGOP Rising StarTipping PointWant more Bagley? Become a fan on Facebook.
  • Chiara Kim: Use social media to unify our population

    Chiara Kim: Use social media to unify our population
    Social media is about lines — the connections between users, the link between how one’s feed reflects their interactions with a platform. But the most important lines in social media are those that create unity and interaction, rather than those that divide.I believe that elected Utah officials must preserve the unifying lines in order to foster connection and conversation, to pool our strengths and better confront the pandemic and other issues.As cases of COVID-19 rise in Utah, it i
  • Latter-day Saints can resume weekly services, if conditions permit, and virtual sacrament meetings are now OK

    Latter-day Saints can resume weekly services, if conditions permit, and virtual sacrament meetings are now OK
    More than 30,000 congregations across the globe in the 16.5 million-member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints got the go-ahead Friday to resume weekly services in a variety of formats — “depending on local conditions.”A letter from the governing First Presidency said area presidencies can greenlight meetings and activities in their areas, while noting that "local circumstances and regulations regarding COVID-19 vary, sometimes within the same church area.”With th
  • RSL looking to take advantage of four-game home stretch

    RSL looking to take advantage of four-game home stretch
    Real Salt Lake has been a team that’s thrived at home in recent years. But with the two restarts after the hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the team hasn’t been able to enjoy as much time playing at Rio Tinto Stadium.But with the latest schedule release Friday by Major League Soccer, RSL will have played four consecutive home games by the end of the September. Salt Lake beat LAFC at home on Wednesday, host the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, and also get the Vancouver Whitecaps a
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  • Utah coronavirus case numbers spike to 656 on Friday

    Utah coronavirus case numbers spike to 656 on Friday
    Coronavirus cases spiked in Utah on Friday, with 656 new infections, the Utah Department of Health reported.But the rise may be tied to reporting delays due to Monday’s Labor Day holiday and Tuesday’s wind storm in northern Utah, health officials said.“Today’s caseload growth is the largest daily net increase we have reported since late July. We are looking closely at the numbers, and want to reiterate, as we have throughout this response, that one day of data does not ne
  • Rich Lowry: Trump’s ‘play it down’ debacle is his own doing

    Rich Lowry: Trump’s ‘play it down’ debacle is his own doing
    The latest hammer of a book to fall on President Donald Trump is Bob Woodward’s soon-to-be-released “Rage,” and it’s his own words that are the issue.According to the book, the president told the veteran Washington Post journalist in March that he publicly minimized the danger of the coronavirus: “I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”This was after Trump explained to Woodward about a month
  • The sky isn’t falling, but interest in the NBA is

    The sky isn’t falling, but interest in the NBA is
    The NBA logo at center court is shown during the second half of an NBA first-round playoff basketball game between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. | Mark J. Terrill, Associated PressSALT LAKE CITY — It’s become a media pastime to speculate on the declining popularity of the NBA. It’s a sky-is-falling routine — the league isn’t going anywhere, despite its many glaring flaws and missteps and a declini
  • LDS Church will allow weekly meetings and stake conferences to resume

    LDS Church will allow weekly meetings and stake conferences to resume
    More than 30,000 congregations across the globe in the 16.5 million-member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints got the go-ahead Friday to resume weekly services in a variety of formats — “depending on local conditions.”A letter from the governing First Presidency said area presidencies can greenlight meetings and activities in their areas. “Local circumstances and regulations regarding COVID-19 vary,” the letter noted, “sometimes within the same church
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  • Donald Trump, Joe Biden mark 9/11 with different tones

    Donald Trump, Joe Biden mark 9/11 with different tones
    Shanksville, Pa. • One spent time quietly consoling families.The other proclaimed America’s might.President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden marked the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Friday at memorial services where their differences in style couldn’t have been more sharply on display.Trump and Biden were both traveling to rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the hijacked Flight 93 crashed in a field, killing everyone on board. But the two would n
  • States are in desperate search for help battling record wildfires

    States are in desperate search for help battling record wildfires
    Molalla, Ore. • As wildfires began consuming communities across Oregon this week, leaders at the state emergency management office fired off an email to counterparts around the country, pleading for 10 firefighting strike teams that could bring 50 extra engines to the region.The state got one commitment: Utah would send a team with five engines.Facing a historic year of wildfire destruction across the West Coast, including more than 3 million acres consumed in California, the national emerg
  • No Utah football this fall means game-day losses for Salt Lake Valley bar, restaurant owners

    No Utah football this fall means game-day losses for Salt Lake Valley bar, restaurant owners
    James “Bam” Peck, owner of The Break Sports Grill, picked up the phone late Tuesday afternoon, unsure of what was coming.The reporter on the other end had cold-called Peck, looking to discuss the lack of University of Utah football this fall and how that may affect The Break’s bottom line.“Yeah, not so good,” Peck told The Salt Lake Tribune, stifling his uneasy laugh in the process.There are a lot of people with a lot at stake as it relates to the Pac-12′s dec
  • Hideout Town Council plunges ahead in final bid to absorb land next to Park City for development

    Hideout Town Council plunges ahead in final bid to absorb land next to Park City for development
    The town of Hideout is not letting a lawsuit or new legislation stop it from attempting to annex a large piece of land on Richardson Flat, a mostly undeveloped area between Park City and Summit County’s border with the town, with plans for development.In a 3-1 vote Thursday night, the Hideout Town Council advanced a motion indicating the town’s intent to annex 350 acres without approval from Summit County, where it is located. The move has been criticized as a “landgrab”
  • The 200-mile LoToJa race keeps cyclists coming back for more — even when they’ve sworn it off

    The 200-mile LoToJa race keeps cyclists coming back for more — even when they’ve sworn it off
    In the 38 consecutive years that cyclists have been racing from Logan to Jackson Hole, Wyo., David Bern has finished all but seven. And he attests that rolling across the finish line is an experience like no other.“As you’re coming into Jackson, you see the Grand Tetons, and you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, I just rode my bike 200 miles!’” said Bern, who co-founded the race in 1983. “This rock is the magnet that’s pulling you, and when you cross that fini
  • Trump and Biden are advertising in Utah, but it’s not to win votes

    Trump and Biden are advertising in Utah, but it’s not to win votes
    Utah may not be one of the handful of states that will decide the 2020 election. But that doesn’t mean we have escaped the attention of the presidential candidates.Two super PACs supporting President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have spent nearly $300,000 on digital advertising in Utah within the last month, with more likely on the way.A breakdown of advertising provided to The Salt Lake Tribune by Advertising Analytics shows the Trump Make America Great Again
  • The Weekly Run: As we wrap things up, thoughts about Donovan’s leap, a new-look NBA schedule and more

    The Weekly Run: As we wrap things up, thoughts about Donovan’s leap, a new-look NBA schedule and more
    Not a subscriber to the Weekly Run newsletter? Sign up here.Even before I was covering the Jazz, the team’s annual “exit interview” day was always one of my favorite bits of coverage to read, filled as it usually is with members of the front office opining on what went wrong and what can go better, maybe dropping a hint or two as to the type of moves they’ll make in the coming months, plus players spilling what they’re planning to work on, or, in some cases, saying
  • 44,000 remain without power after Utah windstorm. Salt Lake City schools are still closed.

    44,000 remain without power after Utah windstorm. Salt Lake City schools are still closed.
    Three days after a windstorm wreaked havoc in Utah, many schools remained closed and more than 44,000 customers were still without electricity Friday morning.Although crews were battling widespread severe damage from the “historic” storm, Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Spencer Hall said, they hoped “almost everyone” would have power restored Thursday. However, Hall cautioned, some would not have electricity before Friday.When a smaller area is hit, he said, the company ca
  • The 200-mile LoToJa race keeps cyclists coming back around for more — even when they’ve sworn it off

    The 200-mile LoToJa race keeps cyclists coming back around for more — even when they’ve sworn it off
    In the 38 consecutive years that cyclists have been racing from Logan to Jackson Hole, Wyo., David Bern has finished all but seven. And he attests that rolling across the finish line is an experience like no other.“As you’re coming into Jackson, you see the Grand Tetons, and you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, I just rode my bike 200 miles!’” said Bern, who co-founded the race in 1983. “This rock is the magnet that’s pulling you, and when you cross that fini
  • Robert Kirby: Where are you 19 years after the towers fell?

    Robert Kirby: Where are you 19 years after the towers fell?
    Friday is the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the U.S. Pentagon and an empty field in Pennsylvania. The attacks killed 2,977 people.Note: Yes, the “official” count is 2,996, but I will never include the 19 bags of excrement who hijacked the planes and for whom the world is better off without.It’s been 19 years since my wife woke me in time to witness the aircraft being flown into the second tower. It’s something I will
  • Tim Chambless: Brent Scowcroft, a statesman from Utah

    Tim Chambless: Brent Scowcroft, a statesman from Utah
    Brent Scowcroft, an Ogden native, died Aug. 6 of natural causes at age 95. America has lost a statesman from Utah.He was a West Point graduate who had envisioned a career as a fighter pilot until his plane experienced engine trouble and crashed. Scowcroft survived his injuries, but the incident moved him to make a career shift.Scowcroft transitioned to become an Air Force general, earn a Ph.D. in international relations from Columbia University, serve in numerous military positions and emerge as
  • Scott D. Pierce: Bette Midler’s ‘Coastal Elites’ character hates Trump. So does she.

    Scott D. Pierce: Bette Midler’s ‘Coastal Elites’ character hates Trump. So does she.
    Bette Midler isn’t playing herself in HBO’s “Coastal Elites,” but it sure seems like it.Delivering the first of five monologues in writer Paul Rudnick’s “socially distanced comedy,” Midler stars as Miriam Nessler, a quintessential New Yorker who hates Donald Trump. I mean, she detests him.So does Midler, as she’s made clear on Twitter on pretty much a daily basis: “What a s----y president he is.” “He’s so f-----g awful.&rdqu
  • Marina Gomberg talks with Flora about her transition during a pandemic and experiencing sexism

    Marina Gomberg talks with Flora about her transition during a pandemic and experiencing sexism
    This pandemic has changed many of us.Whether for health, economic or social reasons, we seem to have two parts of our lives: P.C., which stands for pre-COVID and A.P. or Anno ab pandemic meaning “the year of the pandemic” in Latin. The distinction is clear, and much of the difference is sadly centered around loss.But for some, at least, that loss has paved the way for other gain. And such is the case for 17 year-old Flora Ramjoué, who over the course of the pandemic, shed her
  • John Zaccheo and Kael Weston: Let us choose to unite and rebuild

    John Zaccheo and Kael Weston: Let us choose to unite and rebuild
    When do any of us know that a particular nationwide election is the most crucial one in our life time? Only in retrospect or perhaps by looking ahead given the urgency of the present?We believe Nov. 3, 2020, Election Day, is just that: the U.S. election that will matter most for families and neighbors, but also for strangers we will never meet. And for peoples around the world who do not get a say in how we choose our American president but are likewise greatly affected by White House decisions.
  • Family-owned restaurants rely on their first-generation Utah children for social media success

    Family-owned restaurants rely on their first-generation Utah children for social media success
    Frida Guerrero had done her research and designed a plan for promoting her mother’s Mexican restaurant on social media. “We need to get black straws that match my black stickers,” she announced, envisioning a post about its strawberry agua fresca.Cristina Olvera didn’t understand what her 22-year-old daughter was planning and was unsure whether these details would help La Casa del Tamal succeed. But few people were visiting the then-nameless Mexican restaurant inside West
  • Letter: Masks keep students and teachers safe at school

    Letter: Masks keep students and teachers safe at school
    I teach third grade English language arts in a Portuguese dual-immersion program. One of my biggest fears about going back to teach this school year was the thought that students would come parroting their parents' negative opinions about masks. My fear was that there would be increased defiance and bullying. I loved being proven wrong.This year, my school canceled Back to School Night and invited every child to come with one parent to school (masked, of course) to meet individually with their t
  • Letter: There is no floor to Trump’s comments, just an abyss

    Letter: There is no floor to Trump’s comments, just an abyss
    As has been corroborated by multiple news outlets, recently the president of the United States and commander in chief called those who served and died for this country “losers” and “suckers.”As an Army veteran and West Point graduate, I am appalled and disgusted by Donald Trump’s latest remarks about our military, and I am not surprised. We have heard these remarks before. There is no basement for his comments, just an abyss.This is the Trump brand — disparage
  • Letter: The truth can sting

    Letter: The truth can sting
    Are Pat Bagley’s cartoons edgy? Yes, but usually spot on.A picture is worth a 1,000 words and I look forward to his.If there’s a little sting right now from them, it isn’t his fault. That stuff is what’s going on in the real world. It just feels different to see it depicted.Susan Singleton, MurraySubmit a letter to the editor
  • Letter: Trump implies. We infer.

    Letter: Trump implies. We infer.
    People, please understand the difference between “imply” and “infer.” Trump “implies” that alternative, non-science based medicine can cure COVID-19. We “infer” that he’s nuts. Get the difference?And, while we’re at it, please understand the meaning of “parameters,” which are nothing more than dimensions or aspects. It makes no sense to do anything “within parameters.” Trump’s personal parameters might incl
  • Chiefs begin NFL title defense with 34-20 victory over Texans

    Chiefs begin NFL title defense with 34-20 victory over Texans
    Kansas City, Mo. • Just about the only thing that looked familiar about the NFL’s long-awaited return Thursday night was the sight of Patrick Mahomes effortlessly leading the Kansas City Chiefs up and down the field.The Super Bowl MVP threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns, Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran through the rain for 138 yards and another score, and the Chiefs began defense of their first championship in 50 years by beating the Houston Texans 34-20 on Thursday night before a soci
  • 10 now dead in massive Northern California wildfire

    10 now dead in massive Northern California wildfire
    Gridley, Calif. • A Northern California wildfire became the state’s deadliest of the year Thursday when authorities announced seven more deaths, bringing the total to 10 and there was the unnerving prospect the toll would climb as searchers looked for 16 missing people.Butte County sheriff’s deputies and detectives found seven bodies on Thursday, a day after three other victims were discovered. Among those unaccounted for are Sandy Butler and her husband, who called their son to
  • 51,000 remain without power after Utah windstorm. Salt Lake City schools are still closed.

    51,000 remain without power after Utah windstorm. Salt Lake City schools are still closed.
    Two days after a windstorm wreaked havoc in Utah, many schools remained closed and more than 51,000 customers were still without electricity Thursday.Although crews were battling widespread severe damage from the “historic” storm, Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Spencer Hall said, they hoped “almost everyone” would have power restored Thursday. However, Hall cautioned, some would not have electricity before Friday.When a smaller area is hit, he said, the company can move w
  • Letter: Don’t get into a debate with Trump

    Letter: Don’t get into a debate with Trump
    Donald Trump is a gifted showman. He is a gifted cult leader. That is not what we need as a country. We need a man with morals and values, and Trump has demonstrated that he has neither. Joe Biden should inform Trump that he will debate him only if Trump immediately releases his taxes. Which, of course, Trump would not do because it would expose his criminality.We are reading that in 2017, Trump offered the directorship of the FBI to John Kelly but only on the condition that Kelly would vow loya
  • Salt Lake County camping cleanups come under scrutiny and spark conflict as winter approaches

    Salt Lake County camping cleanups come under scrutiny and spark conflict as winter approaches
    As they prepared Wednesday afternoon for the Salt Lake County Health Department to conduct a cleanup at their encampment the next morning, the campers at Taufer Park were frustrated.In a few hours, they knew county officials would descend on the area, police in tow, and ask them to move their tents and clear up their belongings while the officials picked up garbage and searched for needles and biowaste.The campers worried they’d lose some important items in the process. But they also knew
  • 56,000 remain without power after Utah windstorm. Salt Lake City schools are still closed.

    56,000 remain without power after Utah windstorm. Salt Lake City schools are still closed.
    Two days after a windstorm wreaked havoc in Utah, many schools remained closed and more than 56,000 customers were still without electricity Thursday.Although crews were battling widespread severe damage from the “historic” storm,Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Spencer Hall said, they hoped “almost everyone” would have power restored Thursday. However, Hall cautioned, some would not have electricity before Friday.When a smaller area is hit, he said, the company can move wo
  • Utah Royals trade with Chicago brings former BYU Cougar Michele Vasconcelos back home

    Utah Royals trade with Chicago brings former BYU Cougar Michele Vasconcelos back home
    Michele Vasconcelos is coming home.The Sandy, Utah native who has spent the last three seasons with the Chicago Red Stars will join Utah Royals FC. The Royals traded for her in exchange for $55,000 in allocation money, the club announced Thursday.Vasconcelos, in a video call with media, said she requested the trade from Chicago to Utah because it was beneficial for her family, especially because her 3-year-old daughter getting older.“Each year we went, it got a little bit more difficult to
  • Utah Royals trade with Chicago brings former BYU Cougar Michele Vasconelos back home

    Utah Royals trade with Chicago brings former BYU Cougar Michele Vasconelos back home
    Michele Vasconelos is coming home.The Sandy, Utah native who has spent the last three seasons with the Chicago Red Stars will join Utah Royals FC. The Royals traded for her in exchange for $55,000 in allocation money, the club announced Thursday.Vasconelos, in a video call with media, said she requested the trade from Chicago to Utah because it was beneficial for her family, especially because her 3-year-old daughter getting older.“Each year we went, it got a little bit more difficult to t
  • Jana Riess: Biden campaign targets Latter-day Saints, evangelicals

    Jana Riess: Biden campaign targets Latter-day Saints, evangelicals
    In 2016, 81% of white evangelical Protestants famously voted for Donald Trump, while only 16% supported Hillary Clinton. Mormons, another religious group that has voted heavily Republican in the past, were less enthusiastic but still voted for the controversial GOP candidate, with exit polls showing that 61% favored Trump.Given those majority figures, it may be surprising that Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is reaching out to both groups in advance of the Nov. 3 presidential election.&l
  • Kathleen Snyder: My son was not a ‘loser.’ He was a national hero.

    Kathleen Snyder: My son was not a ‘loser.’ He was a national hero.
    My grandchildren’s father, my son, Capt. Brian S. Freeman was not a “loser” or a “sucker.” He was an honorable man and a national hero.He attended Washington State University and joined Army ROTC. After two years of hard work, he was offered the choice of a two-year scholarship or an appointment to West Point. He chose West Point and graduated in May, 1999.Brian loved the Army and lived his life by the code, “Duty, Honor, Country,” and, “A cadet wi

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