• Water shortages in U.S. West likelier than previously thought

    Water shortages in U.S. West likelier than previously thought
    Carson City, Nev. • There’s a chance water levels in the two largest man-made reservoirs in the United States could dip to critically low levels by 2025, jeopardizing the steady flow of Colorado River water that more than 40 million people rely on in the American West.After a relatively dry summer, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released models on Tuesday suggesting looming shortages in Lake Powell and Lake Mead — the reservoirs where Colorado River water is stored — are m
  • Hundreds rally at Say Their Names memorial in Salt Lake City

    Hundreds rally at Say Their Names memorial in Salt Lake City
    Hundreds came together Saturday evening for a block party to honor Black people who’ve lost their lives to police violence and racism.People gathered at the Say Their Names memorial — one of more than 25 nationwide — located at 355 N. 500 West in Salt Lake City.On Saturday, attendees danced and ate at food trucks, but they also heard from speakers and took time to remember those killed by police, including a number of people killed by police in Utah.Attendees hung flowers on a
  • Check out renovation progress at the iconic Salt Lake Temple

    Check out renovation progress at the iconic Salt Lake Temple
    The Salt Lake Temple looks a lot different after nine months of renovation work.Crews have demolished the parts constructed in the 1960s — the sealing addition, north entrance and chapel — and will soon begin the work of excavating about 40 feet below ground to strengthen the foundation against earthquakes, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently announced.During the work, crews have discovered some of the building’s historic foundation stones.“It’s
  • Check out renovation progress at the Salt Lake City Temple

    Check out renovation progress at the Salt Lake City Temple
    The Salt Lake Temple looks a lot different after nine months of renovations.Crews have demolished the parts constructed in the 1960s — the sealing addition, north entrance and chapel — and will soon begin the work of excavating about 40 feet below ground to strengthen the foundation against earthquakes, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently announced.During the work, crews have discovered some of the building’s historic foundation stones.“It’s spe
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  • Letter: Consider reducing waste

    Letter: Consider reducing waste
    First, great job and thank you to all who played a role in getting power back to the almost 200,000 folks who lost power. I’m sure it was a learning experience for many, as well.We were without power for eight days. We did have one power cord from neighbors on either side of us to power our fridge/freezer and charge phones. It was glam-camping fun as much as an inconvenience at times. We made the best of it and were thankful for great neighbors.What we learned is how much we waste or overu
  • RSL looking to earn points in Minnesota for the first time

    RSL looking to earn points in Minnesota for the first time
    Real Salt Lake and Minnesota United have played even, scoreless soccer for 135 out of the 180 minutes they’ve contested against each other this season. The only difference was the second half of RSL’s most recent game against Minnesota, during which Real fell apart and allowed four goals.That last game was out of the ordinary in other ways as well. Salt Lake rolled out a 4-4-2 diamond formation and almost completely overhauled the starting lineup to save some legs. Not to mention the
  • Utah’s senators lauded Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett — but only one was ready to vote today

    Utah’s senators lauded Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett — but only one was ready to vote today
    Utah’s two Republican senators both praised President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, saying conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett had the right credentials for the job.But only one of them seemed ready to vote her in on Saturday, and it comes as no surprise who it was.Sen. Mike Lee — a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will hold confirmation hearings on her — had been campaigning this week for Barret
  • Trump taps ‘eminently qualified’ Barrett for Supreme Court

    Trump taps ‘eminently qualified’ Barrett for Supreme Court
    Washington • President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, capping a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation and that he hopes will provide a needed boost to his reelection effort.Barrett, a former clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, said she was “truly humbled” by the nomination and quickly aligned herself with Scalia’s conservative approach to the law, saying that his “judici
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  • Colorado Rapids, FC Cincinnati report positive COVID-19 tests; Sunday game postponed

    Colorado Rapids, FC Cincinnati report positive COVID-19 tests; Sunday game postponed
    Colorado’s MLS game against Sporting Kansas City was postponed Saturday after a Rapids player and three staff members tested positive for the coronavirus.A player for FC Cincinnati also tested positive and is in isolation, the team announced. The player, who was not identified, was symptomatic, the team said. The Rapids suspended training while the player and staff members who tested positive were isolated. They were not identified. The team has conducted additional testing and contact tra
  • If Barrett joins, Supreme Court would have six Catholics

    If Barrett joins, Supreme Court would have six Catholics
    Roman Catholics account for a bit more than 20% of the U.S. population, yet they are on track to hold six of the Supreme Court’s nine seats now that President Donald Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett to fill its vacancy.It’s a striking development given that the high court, for most of its history, was almost entirely populated by white male Protestants. Catholic academics and political analysts offer several explanations for the turnaround – related to Catholics'
  • Utah Royals, OL Reign honor Breonna Taylor, tie 2-2

    Utah Royals, OL Reign honor Breonna Taylor, tie 2-2
    Sandy • Utah Royals FC had the day off when news broke that the police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor would not be criminally prosecuted. But when the team’s players saw each other the next day, it was clear the ruling greatly irked some of them.“Definitely that was a sad thing to hear,” defender Elizabeth Ball said Thursday during a videoconference. “I know a couple of people were pretty beat up.”So before the Royals and OL Reign played to a 2-2 d
  • Letter: We must revolutionize public education

    Letter: We must revolutionize public education
    For months, I have watched Utah school districts struggle to come up with a way to teach our kids safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve read dozens of posts from stressed out parents on social media and article after article lamenting the load on teachers and administrators. I watched a livestream of a school board meeting, where members sat shoulder-to-shoulder in an enclosed setting without virus mitigation measures.Utah ranks lowest in America in per-capita student funding. We all u
  • Trump picks conservative Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

    Trump picks conservative Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court
    Washington • President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, capping a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation and that he hopes will provide a needed boost to his reelection effort.Republican senators are already lining up for a swift confirmation of Barrett ahead of the Nov. 3 election, as they aim to lock in conservative gains in the federal judiciary before a potential transition of power. Trump, meanwhil
  • Tribune Editorial: Police reform will take time and effort

    Tribune Editorial: Police reform will take time and effort
    “Tell my mom I love her.”— Linden CameronThe people told the mayor. The mayor told the police chief. The police chief told all the police officers.From now on, they said, the use of force by officers of the Salt Lake City Police Department in apprehending suspects is not something to be needlessly encouraged. It is the last resort. De-escalation is the order of the day, every day, from now on.But that was the next day. The night before, on Sept. 4, barely two hours before the n
  • March through downtown SLC encourages Mitt Romney, Mike Lee to tap brakes on Supreme Court replacement

    March through downtown SLC encourages Mitt Romney, Mike Lee to tap brakes on Supreme Court replacement
    Protesters opposed to replacing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg before the presidential election marched through downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday.The march — from the federal courthouse near 400 S. West Temple to the federal building at the corner of 100 South and State Street — happened hours before President Donald Trump announced his latest nomination to the Supreme Court. Protesters took aim at Utah’s two senators — Republicans Mike Lee and Mitt Romn
  • March through downtown Salt Lake City encourages Mitt Romney, Mike Lee to tap brakes on Supreme Court replacement

    March through downtown Salt Lake City encourages Mitt Romney, Mike Lee to tap brakes on Supreme Court replacement
    Protesters opposed to replacing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg before the presidential election marched through downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday.The march — from the federal courthouse near 400 S. West Temple to the federal building at the corner of 100 South and State Street — happened hours before President Donald Trump announced his latest nomination to the Supreme Court. Protesters took aim at Utah’s two senators — Republicans Mike Lee and Mitt Romn
  • Trump to nominate conservative Amy Coney Barrett for court

    Trump to nominate conservative Amy Coney Barrett for court
    Washington • President Donald Trump on Saturday is set to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, capping a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation and that he hopes will provide a needed boost to his reelection effort.Republican senators are already lining up for a swift confirmation of Barrett ahead of the Nov. 3 election, as they aim to lock in conservative gains in the federal judiciary before a potential transition of power. Trump,
  • State reports 1,017 new COVID-19 cases, and hospital numbers continue to climb, but no new deaths

    State reports 1,017 new COVID-19 cases, and hospital numbers continue to climb, but no new deaths
    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.The number of new coronavirus infections was well above Gov. Gary Herbert’s target again on Saturday with 1,017 cases.The Utah Department of Health also announced no new deaths.There are 187 people currently hospitalized with COVID
  • A struggling mom bakes a cake — and it launches her into a career and internet fame

    A struggling mom bakes a cake — and it launches her into a career and internet fame
    When she was a young wife and new mother, Courtney Rich felt the joy of starting a family and building a career as a media consultant — but also struggled, as she had for years, with anxiety and depression.Then she baked a cake.Rich, then 26, decided to make a cake from scratch for her son Westin’s first birthday — partly to impress her in-laws. She found a recipe in Bon Appetit magazine for a peanut butter cake with chocolate frosting, bought new pans and ingredients and, she
  • March through downtown Salt Lake City encourages Mitt Romney, Mike Lee to tap brakes on Ginsburg replacement

    March through downtown Salt Lake City encourages Mitt Romney, Mike Lee to tap brakes on Ginsburg replacement
    Protesters opposed to replacing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg before the presidential election marched through downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday.The march — from the federal courthouse near 400 S. West Temple to the federal building at the corner of 100 South and State Street — happened hours before President Donald Trump announced his latest nomination to the Supreme Court. Protesters took aim at Utah’s two senators — Republicans Mike Lee and Mitt Romn
  • RSL looking for first result on the road when it plays at Minnesota United

    RSL looking for first result on the road when it plays at Minnesota United
    Real Salt Lake and Minnesota United have played even, scoreless soccer for 135 out of the 180 minutes they’ve contested against each other this season. The only difference was the second half of RSL’s most recent game against Minnesota, during which Real fell apart and allowed four goals.That last game was out of the ordinary in other ways as well. Salt Lake rolled out a 4-4-2 diamond formation and almost completely overhauled the starting lineup to save some legs. Not to mention the
  • Utah football’s perception, not to mention benefit of the doubt, continue to grow as Pac-12 green lights football

    Utah football’s perception, not to mention benefit of the doubt, continue to grow as Pac-12 green lights football
    Once the College Football Playoff began determining the national champion in 2014, the Associated Press Top 25 was largely deemed irrelevant.At best, the AP Poll is window dressing and something to argue about until the initial CFP rankings are released in early-November. However, the AP Poll does serve one key function, specifically in the preseason.The preseason poll is an indication of how good the 61 voters believe teams are, sight unseen. Given no games have been played ahead of the preseas
  • Utah State football in hurry-up mode with Oct. 24 start looming

    Utah State football in hurry-up mode with Oct. 24 start looming
    Utah State’s football team has no time to waste.With the first game less than a month away and no formal practice since March, the Aggies took to the field at their first opportunity Friday afternoon. Coach Gary Andersen hadn’t even had a chance to talk to his players about the Mountain West Conference’s decision Thursday night to reboot the 2020 season before he met them on the field of Maverik Stadium to put in some work.When asked who told his players they’ll have a se
  • There’s a ‘Mormon’ in the new season of ‘Fargo,’ and a Utahn is one of the writers/producers

    There’s a ‘Mormon’ in the new season of ‘Fargo,’ and a Utahn is one of the writers/producers
    The new season of the anthology TV series “Fargo” — which is based on the 1996 film set in North Dakota — takes place in 1950 Kansas City, Mo. And it features one very prominent character from Salt Lake City.Dick “Deafy” Wickware (Timothy Olyphant) is a straight-laced, decidedly odd U.S. Marshal who’s in town to capture two murderous women who escaped from prison. And he soon finds himself in the middle of a growing dispute between a Black crime family a
  • ‘It’s a challenge' — How the coronavirus is limiting temple worship for Utah Hindus

    ‘It’s a challenge' — How the coronavirus is limiting temple worship for Utah Hindus
    Like all of Utah’s religious groups, Hindus have been forced by COVID-19 to cut back their various festivals and forms of worship.It has been especially hard for a faith whose deities are housed in a temple that is now mostly closed on weekdays and whose rituals are part of daily life for believers.Under normal circumstances, Hindu devotees flock to the Sri Ganesha Temple in South Jordan as a priest typically chants daily before the shrines, sprinkling each with water, and placing fruit, r
  • A little reservoir behind the University of Utah is helping save an endangered fish

    A little reservoir behind the University of Utah is helping save an endangered fish
    Built in 1930 to capture water for a military installation at the mouth of a Wasatch Front canyon, Red Butte Reservoir has been harnessed for a new purpose, the rescue of Utah’s disappearing native fish.The tiny lake above the University of Utah campus is now teeming with June suckers, which had teetered on the brink of extinction 30 years ago. The suckers are now so plentiful that the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources relocates several hundred each September to where they belong —
  • Groups call for long-term efforts to stabilize Utah’s unsheltered families during pandemic

    Groups call for long-term efforts to stabilize Utah’s unsheltered families during pandemic
    It’s been a “challenging year” for homeless children in Utah, notes a series of reports released this week by the Crossroads Urban Center and the Coalition of Religious Communities.Fear of contracting the virus has made some families unwilling to seek shelter, leading them to stay in potentially unsafe conditions for longer than they otherwise would. The pandemic has also disrupted two school years, which has particularly impacted homeless students who don’t have consiste
  • Letter: Don’t be a hypocrite, Mike Lee

    Letter: Don’t be a hypocrite, Mike Lee
    When Antonin Scalia unexpectedly passed away in February 2016, Sen. Mitch McConnell was struck with an idea: Create a new rule and precedent that a president cannot fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court during an election year. Our resident constitutional law expert, Sen. Mike Lee, saw fit to follow this rule and co-signed it by denying then Merrick Garland so much as a hearing in the Senate. The vacancy left by Justice Scalia was then filled the following year, after President Donald Trump was in
  • Letter: Salt Lake City is a tinderbox

    Letter: Salt Lake City is a tinderbox
    Mayor Mendenhall,The tinderbox that is our city right now is one match away from burning down our neighborhoods. Spend some money, get some crews from the private sector or within the city and clean up the tree debris. Do your job and manage our city after our extreme weather event. I haven’t seen one crew in any neighborhood cleaning up the streets, which feels like mismanagement.Kelly Stevens, Salt Lake CitySubmit a letter to the editor
  • Letter: We need a national suicide hotline

    Letter: We need a national suicide hotline
    Utah needs the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act more than most states. In 2017, the suicide rate in Utah was 22.7 per 100,000, compared to the national average of 14.0 per 100,000 that same year (according to Utah’s Complete Health Indicator Report). Those types of numbers are not acceptable in a state whose slogan is “Life Elevated.” Utah has a serious mental health problem that is not being addressed properly by our local leaders. Rep. Chris Stewart’s bill to cr

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