• Emotions run high over new Navajo Code Talkers beer can

    Emotions run high over new Navajo Code Talkers beer can
    In honor of National Navajo Code Talkers Day, a Washington, D.C., craft brewery recently rereleased its Code Talker American Pale Ale — this time in a can — drawing some rave reviews but also backlash.The beer was formulated and brewed by LT Goodluck in honor of his late grandfather and Navajo Code Talker John V. Goodluck. The Hellbender Brewing Company announced the ale’s third annual release in August, debuting a bright red can featuring John V. Goodluck’s image.Some so
  • Robert Kirby: If you can’t afford a dog, try leasing one

    Robert Kirby: If you can’t afford a dog, try leasing one
    I like puppies. They’re cute and wriggly and oh so playful. Unfortunately, they also grow up to be dogs.While still adorable and wonderful companions, dogs require a lot of attention. So do most other pets — cats, horses, bunnies, guinea pigs, alligators, etc.But for purposes of simplicity, let’s stick with dogs. You have to feed, walk and clean up after dogs. And you have to find sitters for them when you travel. These are things that need to be considered before taking one ho
  • Utah State drops second straight, falls to UNLV 59-56

    Utah State drops second straight, falls to UNLV 59-56
    Las Vegas • Bryce Hamilton had 14 points, eight assists and five steals as UNLV narrowly defeated Utah State 59-56 on Monday night.David Jenkins Jr. had 14 points, including two key free throws with six seconds left after the Aggies had scored eight straight points to pull within 57-56 with 10 seconds left. Moses Wood added 10 points for UNLV (6-6, 3-2 Mountain West Conference), which earned its fifth straight win. Cheikh Mbacke Diong had 11 rebounds.Marco Anthony had 18 points and nine reb
  • Utah sticks coal executives with $2.3 million fines for mess created by failed plant

    Utah sticks coal executives with $2.3 million fines for mess created by failed plant
    It started as a $2,310 fine, a seeming slap on the wrist for the illegal sale of coal waste from a Utah coal-processing plant for use as a road base.That bill has now ballooned a thousandfold and been handed to the former chief executive of Utah’s largest coal producing company, whom Utah regulators are holding personally responsible for the mess that has gone unabated for more than three years.John Siegel once headed Bowie Resource Partners, which operates Utah’s Sufco, Skyline and
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  • Salt Lake City officer used ‘excessive force’ when ordering dog to bite teen

    Salt Lake City officer used ‘excessive force’ when ordering dog to bite teen
    When Salt Lake City police officers came to investigate a reported burglary one early morning in June, they found a darkened Burger King filled with fire extinguisher smoke.They called for the suspected burglar, who was still inside, to surrender.“Come out or I’m going to send the dog,” K-9 handler D. Clawson yelled, according to his body camera footage. “You will get bit.”Clawson’s dog, Jaeger, was sent inside a few moments later. Clawson followed, yelling at
  • Proposal to repeal Utah’s price gouging protections stalls in Senate committee

    Proposal to repeal Utah’s price gouging protections stalls in Senate committee
    After the coronavirus pandemic hit the state last spring, nearly 1,000 Utahns filed complaints alleging higher-than-average costs for everything from toilet paper to hand sanitizer and food staples.Now, state lawmakers are poised to consider two bills that would reduce the strength of those consumer protections — and another that would abolish Utah’s price gouging act altogether.Sen. Jake Anderegg, R-Lehi, acknowledged during a hearing Monday on his bill that there are disadvantages
  • Letter: Teacher bonuses disregard work of other public employees

    Letter: Teacher bonuses disregard work of other public employees
    If the roads are not maintained and plowed, police don’t show up, sewer and water systems don’t work, taxes are not collected, food suppliers not inspected, and so on, there will be no schools, thus no teachers.Therefore, singling out teachers for special $1,500 bonuses disregards the work and health risks being taken by all other public employees who go to work every day in this pandemic to keep society functioning.As a non-teacher public employee, I am offended by the idea that I g
  • Letter: Keystone pipeline’s nixed: Biden seems to be putting America last

    Letter: Keystone pipeline’s nixed: Biden seems to be putting America last
    In his first day as President Joe Biden signed an executive order cancelling the Keystone pipeline.  What does this really mean?First, opponents of fossil fuels are giddy with delight. Of course, in the bigger scheme of things, this really won’t matter at all, making a zero dent in any so-called climate change. But tens of thousands of good-paying jobs will be lost both in America and Canada, not what either country needs in this pandemic. American labor unions who supported Biden fee
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  • Letter: Confirming Rep. Haaland as Interior secretary would benefit outdoor recreation opportunities in Utah

    Letter: Confirming Rep. Haaland as Interior secretary would benefit outdoor recreation opportunities in Utah
    Like so many people during the pandemic, getting outdoors has been invaluable for my mental health — hiking at one of my favorite state parks, Antelope Island, has offered me solitude and respite. To continue to enjoy the special places we all love, we need to conserve these places and the wildlife they support. That’s why I support the nomination of Congresswoman Deb Haaland for Interior Secretary. I know she will ensure that our public lands and waterways are safeguarded for our fa
  • Letter: Aside from securing an appointment, the vaccination itself is a cinch

    Letter: Aside from securing an appointment, the vaccination itself is a cinch
    Kudos to Gov. Spencer Cox and the state’s pandemic team and especially the Salt Lake County Health Department. It was absolutely frustrating registering for the COVID 19 vaccinations for my husband and myself.However, since getting an appointment, it has been an amazingly easy and well organized process -- starting with texts and email reminders and ending with a well-orchestrated process. From the time we showed up 5 minutes before our assigned time to the 15 minute wait to be sure of no
  • Bret Stephens: Joe Biden’s foreign policy should put dissidents first

    Bret Stephens: Joe Biden’s foreign policy should put dissidents first
    Thirty years from now, what will historians consider the most consequential event of January 2021 — the storming of the U.S. Capitol by an insurrectionist mob, or Alexei Navalny’s heroic return to Moscow, followed by his immediate arrest?In a broad sense, the two events are about the same thing: the future of freedom. In one version of the future, the assault on the Capitol marks the point at which the forces of illiberalism, mob violence and disinformation, much of it stoked and fin
  • Winter storm causes crashes and closes I-15 in southwestern Utah

    Winter storm causes crashes and closes I-15 in southwestern Utah
    A winter storm warning is in effect in central and southern Utan through 11 a.m. Tuesday.The National Weather Service is forecasting 1-3 inches of snow at elevations below 3,500 feet and 5-10 inches above 3,500 feet in southern Washington County, including St. George and Zion National Park. And there could be even more snow in some locations.The NWS said moderate to heavy snow would continue across southern Utah into Monday night and warned of dangerous road conditions. Travel could be “ve
  • Troy Williams: Mitt Romney can help find common ground on protecting LGBTQ Americans from discrimination

    Troy Williams: Mitt Romney can help find common ground on protecting LGBTQ Americans from discrimination
    It’s a new year, and for LGBTQ Americans nationwide, there’s renewed hope that one of the community’s key priorities – passing comprehensive nondiscrimination protections at the federal level – is finally within reach.Following the historic Senate run-off elections in Georgia, a pro-equality majority has taken control of the United States Congress.President Joe Biden has now issued two executive orders; one ‘Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis
  • This Utah respiratory therapist died of COVID-19 in the hospital where he helped save newborns for decades

    This Utah respiratory therapist died of COVID-19 in the hospital where he helped save newborns for decades
    Rufino Rodriguez worked 37 years saving lives as a respiratory therapist at Provo’s Utah Valley Hospital, where he “was the one who would fight for all the babies” in the newborn intensive care unit, his son said.On Saturday, as the colleagues who worked to keep him alive paid tribute to him, Rodriguez died at Utah Valley Hospital from complications of COVID-19. He was 65.Rodriguez joins a growing list of Utahns who have died from COVID-19. As of Monday, the Utah Department of
  • Utah lawmaker hospitalized with COVID-19, while others report positive tests

    Utah lawmaker hospitalized with COVID-19, while others report positive tests
    Two Utah lawmakers tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday while a third, Utah Rep. Jon Hawkins, 42, was “in the hospital battling with COVID-19.”Hawkins, R-Pleasant Grove, has been unable to participate in the legislative session so far, according to a Sunday post on his official Facebook page that requested Utahns of all political stripes “come together in prayer for Jon and his family.”Legislative leaders have been preparing for an outbreak and have instituted an
  • Bagley Cartoon: Axing for a Friend

    Bagley Cartoon: Axing for a Friend
    This Pat Bagley cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on January 26, 2021. You can check out the past 10 Bagley editorial cartoons below:KKKrakenTrump University AlumsDay OneCapitol OffenseFinal ActUnpacking the Last Four YearsDumb Man WalkingMr. CollegialityAn Elephant Never RegretsReal Bad NewsWant more Bagley? Become a fan on Facebook.
  • One in 5 of Utah’s COVID-19 deaths has happened since the beginning of 2021

    One in 5 of Utah’s COVID-19 deaths has happened since the beginning of 2021
    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.Utah reported two more coronavirus-related deaths on Monday, bringing the total to 97 in the past seven days.The number of new cases reported by the Utah Department of Health on Monday was relatively low compared to recent days, dipping
  • The 3-pointers get the headlines, but Utah Jazz say defense is an even bigger reason for their winning streak

    The 3-pointers get the headlines, but Utah Jazz say defense is an even bigger reason for their winning streak
    While much of the credit for the Utah Jazz’s eight-game winning streak has deservedly gone to their historically-great 3-point shooting, what’s gone almost unnoticed in the interim is the team’s rise up through the defensive rating rankings.After years of being a top-three defense, the Jazz last season fell out of the top 10. But now, heading into Monday’s slate of games, Utah ranked fourth in the league.With an eight-game winning streak in hand heading into Tuesday night
  • Freshman Utah Reps. Blake Moore named to Armed Services Committee; Burgess Owens to Judiciary.

    Freshman Utah Reps. Blake Moore named to Armed Services Committee; Burgess Owens to Judiciary.
    Freshman Rep. Blake Moore, R-Utah, on Monday won the committee assignment he hoped for: serving on the House Armed Services Committee, where he can help protect Hill Air Force Base, that is located in his district and is among Utah’s largest employers.Fellow Freshman Rep. Burgess Owens was appointed to the House Judiciary Committee.Moore said in a statement, “I made a promise to get appointed to this important committee as a freshman member, and I am thrilled to be able to deliver on
  • Salt Lake City officers followed rules in fatal shooting outside grocery store, says review board

    Salt Lake City officers followed rules in fatal shooting outside grocery store, says review board
    The Civilian Review Board says two Salt Lake City officers followed departmental rules when they shot and killed a man holding another at knifepoint last July.The board’s ruling is consistent with Salt Lake County prosecutor’s earlier finding: Officers Seyedsherwin Mansourbeigi and Dorothy Rose Wilde lawfully shot 34-year-old Andrew Preece.Mansourbeigi found Preece and the other man on a sidewalk outside a Smith’s Food and Drug at 455 S. 500 East on July 25. Employees there had
  • Mike Lee is 1 of 2 senators voting against Biden’s secretary of defense pick

    Mike Lee is 1 of 2 senators voting against Biden’s secretary of defense pick
    While the Senate overwhelmingly voted 93-2 on Friday to confirm Lloyd Austin — a retired four-star Army general — to become the first-ever Black secretary of defense, Utah Sen. Mike Lee was one of the two who opposed it. And he offered a seemingly contradictory explanation about why.Lee also was among senators on the losing side of a 69-27 vote on Thursday to give a special waiver to Austin to allow him to serve as secretary of defense without first waiting through a normally require
  • Lawmaker again seeks stricter ban on cellphones while driving

    Lawmaker again seeks stricter ban on cellphones while driving
    State Rep. Carol Moss says her push to restrict cellphone use by drivers is the one topic she hears about constantly from voters, and was even mentioned in a letter from a Utah State Prison inmate.“He was writing mostly about prison conditions,” said the Democratic lawmaker from Holladay. “But he added at the bottom, ‘P.S. My wife stopped holding her phone when she’s driving because of your bill.’”Comments like that made her decide to try her bill one mo
  • Major League Soccer to begin its 2021 season on April 3; preseason camps open Feb. 22

    Major League Soccer to begin its 2021 season on April 3; preseason camps open Feb. 22
    Major League Soccer officially has a start date.The league announced Monday that the 2021 season will begin April 3, with a six-week preseason able to start Feb. 22. The league plans to play its entire 34-week schedule.The MLS playoffs are scheduled to begin Nov. 19, with the MLS Cup on Dec. 11. Other events in between — the All-Star game, Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup — are slated for “late summer.”The news comes amid an ongoing negotiation between the league and the MLS
  • Utah treatment centers would face limits on use of restraints, drugs, isolation rooms under new bill

    Utah treatment centers would face limits on use of restraints, drugs, isolation rooms under new bill
    Editor’s note: This story discusses suicide. If you or people you know are at risk of self-harm, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24-hour support at 1-800-273-8255.Today in Utah, teens in treatment can be locked in a room for hours, forced to sit in uncomfortable positions, drugged or physically held down as a form of punishment. When this happens, there’s often not a record of it.Utah Sen. Mike McKell, R-Spanish Fork, wants to change that. He introduced a bill Monda
  • One in five of Utah’s COVID-19 deaths has happened since the beginning of 2021

    One in five of Utah’s COVID-19 deaths has happened since the beginning of 2021
    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.Utah reported two more coronavirus related deaths on Monday, bringing the total to 97 in the past seven days.The number of new cases reported by the Utah Department of Health on Monday was relatively low compared to recent days, dipping
  • Lawmaker looks to restrict voters’ switch of political parties

    Lawmaker looks to restrict voters’ switch of political parties
    Tens of thousands of Utah voters switched their partisan registration to Republican ahead of last June’s primary election in order to cast a vote in the hotly contested GOP gubernatorial contest. Now comes a possible legislative backlash.Voters in Utah would have to change their party affiliation before Jan. 1 of an election year if they wanted to vote in the state’s closed Republican primary.HB197 is the brainchild of Rep. Jordan Teuscher, R-West Jordan. The freshman lawmaker wants
  • Elementary students are returning to Salt Lake City schools in person for the first time since March

    Elementary students are returning to Salt Lake City schools in person for the first time since March
    The first graders of Escalante Elementary School lined up Monday along the yellow hopscotch grids painted on the sidewalk. The squares had been cleared of snow and were meant to remind the young kids to social distance, but most had a hard time staying put.This was their first time being back here since schools in Utah first shut down last March for the pandemic. And they were literally bouncing with anticipation. “I’m just so excited,” one little boy squealed, jumping up and d
  • Is punishing free speech OK? Rep. Chris Stewart says it depends.

    Is punishing free speech OK? Rep. Chris Stewart says it depends.
    At the same time that Rep. Chris Stewart says liberals are damaging freedom of speech by seeking to block books by aides to former President Donald Trump, he suggests that House Republicans still could justifiably punish a leader for the way she spoke up about impeachment.Why is punishing one form of free speech bad and the other OK?On a national Fox News interview over the weekend, Stewart said that House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney — the No. 3 ranking GOP member in the House &
  • Road rage shooting brings traffic to a halt on I-15

    Road rage shooting brings traffic to a halt on I-15
    A hit-and-run and a shooting brought traffic on the southbound lanes of Interstate 15 to a stop near 2100 North in Lehi on Monday morning.According to a spokesman for the Utah Highway Patrol, there was a road rage incident at about 7:30 a.m. involving the driver of a black pickup truck and the driver of a white pickup truck. After what may have been a hit and run, the driver of the black truck (the only person in that vehicle) pursued and fired at the white truck and the five people inside it. T
  • Nathan Chen flies above the uncertainty surrounding the international figure skating calendar

    Nathan Chen flies above the uncertainty surrounding the international figure skating calendar
    Nathan Chen is flying high, and flying blind.The Salt Lake City native won his fifth straight national men’s figure skating championship earlier this month in Las Vegas. He now has more consecutive titles than anyone except Dick Button who won seven from 1946-1952.The victory only added to the legacy of one of, if not the, best men’s skater in the history of the United States. In 12 individual competitions over the course of 35 months, while pushing the boundaries of artistry and pow

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