• Names of officers who shot man in Cedar City released

    Names of officers who shot man in Cedar City released
    A task force that serves Iron, Beaver, Garfield counties released more information Tuesday about a police shooting that happened on Valentine’s Day in Cedar City.The Iron/Beaver/Garfield Counties Critical Incident Task Force identified the four officers who shot at Larry Joseph Lee Tessier on Feb. 14 as Cpl. Zac Adams, Officer Orlas DeMasters, Officer Heather Daynes and Officer Tyrell Crofts, all with the Cedar City Police Department. They were placed on paid administrative leave while the
  • Utah State’s basketball seniors take a final bow at the Spectrum in win over Wyoming

    Utah State’s basketball seniors take a final bow at the Spectrum in win over Wyoming
    Logan • A Utah State student in the stands of The Spectrum yelled out to Aggies basketball coach Craig Smith requesting a selfie. Smith, who was on the court, raised both his arms and made a fist with each one as if he was celebrating the team beating Wyoming 72-59 just minutes before.The fan tapped the shutter on his phone a couple of times, thanked Smith and said he’d tag him on Twitter. “Sounds good,” Smith yelled back.The exchange was the last of its kind for the rest
  • Paul Krugman: Unmasked: When identity politics turns deadly

    Paul Krugman: Unmasked: When identity politics turns deadly
    Relieving yourself in public is illegal in every state. I assume that few readers are surprised to hear this; I also assume that many readers wonder why I feel the need to bring up this distasteful subject. But bear with me: There’s a moral here, and it’s one that has disturbing implications for our nation’s future.Although we take these restrictions for granted, they can sometimes be inconvenient, as anyone out and about after having had too many cups of coffee can attest. But
  • Newly crowned speed skating world champion Joey Mantia will race for national titles at the Oval this weekend

    Newly crowned speed skating world champion Joey Mantia will race for national titles at the Oval this weekend
    A world championship isn’t enough for Joey Matia. This weekend, he’ll be looking for a national one or two, too.Mantia will be among the dozens of senior and junior athletes competing at the U.S. Long Track Speed Skating Championships at The Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns from Friday through Sunday. The event, which was originally scheduled for December but was postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak, will also be fundamental in determining the members of US Speed Skating’s natio
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  • The vaccine is huge. And here’s how you can end the pandemic even sooner.

    The vaccine is huge. And here’s how you can end the pandemic even sooner.
    Nearly a year ago, anxious crowds pressed into Utah’s hospitals in hopes of being tested for the coronavirus, while testing supplies were so scarce that health officials told Utahns not to even ask for a test unless they were extremely ill.The lack of aggressive, widespread early testing — with a flawed first federal test, regulation that slowed the release of alternatives and other factors — arguably cost Utah and the nation the chance to rein in the virus last spring.Now test
  • Brodi Ashton: These are the signs of our times. And some of them are dumb.

    Brodi Ashton: These are the signs of our times. And some of them are dumb.
    A while ago, I was at the state Capitol. I went to the restroom and above the toilet was this sign:
    Brodi sign 1I don’t know about you, but the first thing I thought of when I saw this was, “Thank goodness they told me not to perch on the edge of the seat like a bird.” Plus, Figure A definitely seems like she is going to miss her mark. Also, what’s in the men’s room? Is diagram A a figure of a man standing on the seat, facing the back of the toilet? Do not try this
  • ‘Utah Politics’ podcast: Wrapping up the 2021 Utah Legislature

    ‘Utah Politics’ podcast: Wrapping up the 2021 Utah Legislature
    The 2021 Utah Legislature is winding down. During the last 45 days, lawmakers set the state’s $22 billion budget, which included more than $400 million in new education funding and more than $1 billion for transportation projects.This week, we sit down for separate conversations with House Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, and Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, to wrap up the 2020 session. We discuss what they were able to accomplish during a pandemic, this year’s unexpected bu
  • TestUtah’s COVID-19 testing costs the state more than other sites, analysis shows

    TestUtah’s COVID-19 testing costs the state more than other sites, analysis shows
    As Utah pushes to contain the coronavirus between mass vaccination sites and widespread testing to find and stop outbreaks, it’s putting into operation more TestUtah sites run by Nomi Health.An analysis by The Salt Lake Tribune shows that each test conducted by TestUtah costs more than double the cost of similar tests performed by public agencies — and more than many tests in hospitals.In January, for example, the state enlisted Orem-based Nomi Health to run 18 TestUtah sites around
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  • What the pandemic has taught us about science, society and our own selfish ways

    What the pandemic has taught us about science, society and our own selfish ways
    I just want something good to come from all of this.Look, it has been a horrendous year. More than half a million Americans dead, tens of millions fighting off illness, high unemployment, mental health consequences abounding... the list could go on and on.I’ve written about all of those things, and dozens of other topics, since the pandemic changed our world last March. And now that the calendar has flipped back to March, this time in 2021, it’s a good time to really think about what
  • Passing a voter initiative or referendum will be harder under bill approved by the Legislature

    Passing a voter initiative or referendum will be harder under bill approved by the Legislature
    Utah lawmakers who have felt the pressure of citizen initiatives in recent years took final action Thursday to make it harder for members of the public to overrule their decisions or enact policy changes by popular vote.The state Senate voted 22-7 to pass a bill that would block companies from paying signature gatherers per name — and would instead mandate that these workers receive an hourly rate. The measure, HB136, would also require these signature gatherers to wear badges that say the
  • Letter: SB175 is inexcusable and bad for students with disabilities

    Letter: SB175 is inexcusable and bad for students with disabilities
    The state doesn’t need to mandate students with disabilities (SWD) be taught in the least restrictive environment (LRE). That has already been done. SB175 aims to take SWD funding with an incidental benefit to general education students and flip it to allow the funds to predominately benefit general education students with an incidental benefit to SWD.The Feb. 27 Tribune op-ed stated that in order for a paraeducator to be paid with special education funds to help a child in a general educa
  • Letter: Integrity comes before party

    Letter: Integrity comes before party
    I don’t consider myself a Democrat or a Republican as my vote is based on character and integrity before party and policy. We seem to have things reversed.Bill Owens, SandySubmit a letter to the editor
  • Letter: Inland Port bill handling raises the question: Is Utah a banana republic?

    Letter: Inland Port bill handling raises the question: Is Utah a banana republic?
    Utah Senate Committee on Government Operations just passed unanimously SB234, which suddenly appeared over the weekend. It now goes to the Senate.SB234 creates a tiny, hand-picked committee, with no public accountability or oversight, to offer $75 million in loans to private businesses willing to build infrastructure in the “controversial” Inland Port.Twenty-two residents wanted to make public comments, all in opposition; only seven were permitted. Chair Daniel Thatcher limited every
  • Letter: Bill proposing a $75 million Inland Port slush fund should at least commit to clean energy

    Letter: Bill proposing a $75 million Inland Port slush fund should at least commit to clean energy
    SB243 was slipped quietly under the door on Feb. 26 during the final week of the Legislature when its proponents hoped no one would notice or have time to respond. This bill would take taxpayer money and put it in a $75 million slush fund. That fund would subsidize heavily-polluting operations of private businesses (diesel trucks, switching yards, warehouses) at the Inland Port next to the airport.The last thing the Salt Lake Valley needs now is a pot of cash to lure more sources of diesel fumes
  • Letter: Being inclusive of the marginalized athletes is more important than winning

    Letter: Being inclusive of the marginalized athletes is more important than winning
    My 5-year-old girl daughter will be directly impacted by a policy for transgender girls in sport. I want her to grow up with all the physical and social benefits of playing sports, and want every girl to have the same experience. I am fully in support of transgender girls in sport. I would rather my daughter be inclusive of transgender girls than win in a single competition. Further marginalizing an already marginalized group, is not a value I want my daughter, or son, to grow up learning.Helen
  • Letter: A more equitable way to elect representatives in Utah

    Letter: A more equitable way to elect representatives in Utah
    If Republicans would allow all citizens to participate in their caucuses and primary elections, Democrats and unaffiliated individuals wouldn’t need switch parties to have our voices heard.If Republicans truly believe it’s unfair that individuals change parties prior to upcoming elections, they can change their policies to allow all to participate. It’s very difficult to elect a representative who truly represents many of us in Utah due to gerrymandering.A more equitable way to
  • Box Elder County cancels contract with landfill near shores of Great Salt Lake

    Box Elder County cancels contract with landfill near shores of Great Salt Lake
    Quickly and without discussion, the Box Elder County Commission voted Wednesday to rescind a contract that would have sent the county’s trash to Promontory Point in case of an emergency.It was the only waste contract the controversial Promontory landfill, currently owned by ALLOS Environmental, has secured in its 20-year history. Box Elder commissioners approved the arrangement in January 2020 without properly noticing the item on a public meeting agenda. The idea was to send county garbag
  • Bill limiting governor’s emergency powers wins final House OK

    Bill limiting governor’s emergency powers wins final House OK
    The Utah House voted Thursday night in favor of a bill that seeks to rein in the powers of the governor and the health department during a long-term emergency — the culmination of a long power struggle between the executive branch and lawmakers who feel they’ve taken a backseat during the coronavirus pandemic.Rep. Val Peterson, R-Orem, said Thursday that the proposal will ensure that there are “appropriate checks and balances” between the branches of government.In the fir
  • Utah State men’s basketball reflects on final home game of season, impact of seniors

    Utah State men’s basketball reflects on final home game of season, impact of seniors
    Logan • A Utah State student in the stands of The Spectrum yelled out to Aggies basketball coach Craig Smith requesting a selfie. Smith, who was on the court, raised both his arms and made a fist with each one as if he was celebrating the team beating Wyoming 72-59 just minutes before.The fan tapped the shutter on his phone a couple of times, thanked Smith and said he’d tag him on Twitter. “Sounds good,” Smith yelled back.The exchange was the last of its kind for the
  • LGBTQ students at BYU light up the ‘Y’ in rainbow colors

    LGBTQ students at BYU light up the ‘Y’ in rainbow colors
    At first they looked like colorful sparks.Bright bursts of blue and green and red flashed Thursday night on the dark mountain that stands over Provo. An orange one would shine for a second and then extinguish. Another in purple would strike up a few feet away before flickering out.And then, just a few minutes before 8 p.m., they seemed to catch fire. Tens of the little lights all ignited at once.In rows of rainbow colors, they took a distinct shape: The lights illuminated the letter “Y&rdq
  • Police arrest boy in connection with Ogden convenience store owner’s death

    Police arrest boy in connection with Ogden convenience store owner’s death
    The Ogden Police Department announced Thursday night that a boy has been arrested on suspicion of shooting and killing a convenience store owner.Police say Satnam Singh, 65, was working at his store, Super Grocery, at 675 N. Monroe Blvd. on Sunday evening. Someone entered the store around 11:50 p.m. That person spoke with Singh before pulling out a pistol and shooting him. He died at the scene.Police said Tuesday that they had detained a person of interest. On Thursday, police said they had arre
  • Police arrest juvenile in connection with Ogden convenience store owner’s death

    Police arrest juvenile in connection with Ogden convenience store owner’s death
    The Ogden Police Department announced Thursday night that a juvenile has been arrested on suspicion of shooting and killing a convenience store owner.Police say Satnam Singh, 65, was working at his store, Super Grocery, at 675 N. Monroe Blvd. on Sunday evening. Someone entered the store around 11:50 p.m. That person spoke with Singh before pulling out a pistol and shooting him. He died at the scene.Police said Tuesday that they had detained a person of interest. On Thursday, police said they had
  • Activist arrested while livestreaming SLC homeless encampment cleanup

    Activist arrested while livestreaming SLC homeless encampment cleanup
    A Hopi activist who works with Salt Lake City’s unsheltered population was taken into custody Thursday night in an arrest that he livestreamed online.Many people who watched the video of Carl Moore’s arrest, posted on his Facebook page, commented that officers acted unreasonably and targeted him.Moore, 44, has been volunteering at homeless encampments over the past several months.Another volunteer, Charlee, who asked to be identified only by her first name, said Moore had a truck and
  • Utah State beats Wyoming in final home game of season

    Utah State beats Wyoming in final home game of season
    Logan • The Utah State men’s basketball team won its third game in a row with its 72-56 victory over Wyoming on Thursday. Here are a few observations.• The Aggies played their final home game of the season. For the last three seasons, the Spectrum has been a fortress. The team finished 10-2 at home this season despite having a limited number of fans and the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic.• Utah State overcame the loss of Brock Miller. The senior shooter
  • Disrespected again? Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert are the last two players picked in All-Star Draft.

    Disrespected again? Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert are the last two players picked in All-Star Draft.
    Despite leading the Utah Jazz to the best record in the NBA in the first half of the season, the Utah Jazz’s pair of All-Stars, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, were the final two players selected by the respective team captains in the draft event televised by TNT on Thursday night.With only those two left on the board, injured Nets forward Kevin Durant selected Mitchell, explaining he could use another bucket-getter. That routed Gobert to the team helmed by Lakers forward LeBron James by
  • Government’s use of facial recognition software regulated under bill headed to governor

    Government’s use of facial recognition software regulated under bill headed to governor
    Any government entity that uses someone’s photo in conjunction with facial recognition technology would be required to notify that person about how their images could be used under a bill that won final passage Thursday in the Utah House of Representatives.That proposal comes after 2019 reports that federal law enforcement had used facial recognition technology to scan thousands of photos in the state’s driver license database for suspects raised alarm for many lawmakers. And while t
  • Push for in-person classes gains final OK in Utah Legislature

    Push for in-person classes gains final OK in Utah Legislature
    After many rounds of negotiation, the state Legislature on Thursday gave final approval to a bill that pushes for a return to in-person instruction at Utah schools.The final version of the measure, SB107, would require higher education institutions beginning in August to offer at least 75% as many in-person classes as they did in the second half of 2019, before COVID-19 forced many students online. Similarly, for the spring semester starting in January 2022, colleges and universities would have
  • LeBron James, Kevin Durant draft their All-Star teams

    LeBron James, Kevin Durant draft their All-Star teams
    Ben Golliver: 2021 NBA All-Star Game rosters... – Team LeBron: James, Antetokounmpo, Curry, Doncic, Jokic, Lillard, Simmons, Paul, Brown, George, Sabonis, Gobert – Team Durant: Irving, Embiid, Leonard, Beal, Tatum, Harden, Booker, Williamson, LaVine, Randle, Vucevic, Mitchell
  • Salt Lake County leaders denounce councilman’s ‘culture wars’ comments, affirm commitment to diversity

    Salt Lake County leaders denounce councilman’s ‘culture wars’ comments, affirm commitment to diversity
    The day after Salt Lake County Council member David Alvord took to Facebook to claim the “left” wants a world filled with people with the same “light brown” skin tone who are all bisexual, but also neither male nor female, county leaders from both sides of the aisle are releasing statements denouncing his views.Mayor Jenny Wilson, a Democrat, issued a joint statement with Diversityand Inclusion Officer Efren Corado Garcia and Diversity Affairs council chair Corey Hodges r
  • Legislature narrows state ban on price gouging during an emergency

    Legislature narrows state ban on price gouging during an emergency
    The Utah House of Representatives gave final approval Thursday to a bill that would raise the bar for what’s considered price gouging during an emergency.The proposal comes after lawmakers said they found problems with the state’s current price gouging act during the coronavirus pandemic, which in its early days disrupted supply chains and left store shelves empty. Nearly 1,000 Utahns filed complaints to the state alleging businesses had charged them higher-than-average costs for eve

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