Utah News - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/News Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) S. Dakota man arrested after drug-related I-80 chase http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58427970-78/suspect-chase-drug-scene.html.csp A Utah Highway Patrol trooper was grazed but unhurt when a drug suspect decided to speed away from a traffic stop on Interstate 80 early Thursday morning. UHP Sgt. Todd Royce said a 1998 Buick LeSabre with S. Dakota plates was stopped on eastbound I-80 near State Street in Salt Lake City at 2:13 a.m. Troopers summoned a narcotics dog to the scene. Before the K-9 unit could arrive, though, a male passenger — who turned out to be innocent hitchhiker — exited the car and the driver sped from the sc... A Utah Highway Patrol trooper was grazed but unhurt when a drug suspect decided to speed away from a traffic stop on Interstate 80 early Thursday morning. UHP Sgt. Todd Royce said a 1998 Buick LeSabre with S. Dakota plates was stopped on eastbound I-80 near State Street in Salt Lake City at 2:13 a.m. Troopers summoned a narcotics dog to the scene. Before the K-9 unit could arrive, though, a male passenger — who turned out to be innocent hitchhiker — exited the car and the driver sped from the sc... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58427970@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:16:02 MDT Utah ranks third in household income growth http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58425553-90/utah-income-percent-household.html.csp Feel richer? Utah enjoyed the third-highest increase in median-household income among the states between 2012 and 2013, according to census estimates released Thursday. It rose 3.3 percent — behind only Wyoming’s 5.7 percent and Alaska’s 5.3 percent. Nationally, the increase was a mere 0.6 percent. Utah’s median-household income rose from $57,841 to $59,770 and is now ninth highest overall in the country. Economists say that is not only because of a relatively stronger economy here, but also pe... Feel richer? Utah enjoyed the third-highest increase in median-household income among the states between 2012 and 2013, according to census estimates released Thursday. It rose 3.3 percent — behind only Wyoming’s 5.7 percent and Alaska’s 5.3 percent. Nationally, the increase was a mere 0.6 percent. Utah’s median-household income rose from $57,841 to $59,770 and is now ninth highest overall in the country. Economists say that is not only because of a relatively stronger economy here, but also pe... 58425553@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:01:06 MDT Mormons’ close-knit nature, values drive them to GOP http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58407521-90/authors-become-church-democrats.html.csp Since the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, Mormon voters have become more and more ensconced in the Republican Party, to the point that today they represent the most reliable, cohesive bloc of voters for the GOP of nearly any demographic. The reason for the shift, argue three scholars in a new book on the topic, is that Mormons live in a tight-knit, insular subculture that sets itself at odds with the evolving social norms and shares conservative social values. LIVE CHAT: On Wednesday, Sept. 1... Since the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, Mormon voters have become more and more ensconced in the Republican Party, to the point that today they represent the most reliable, cohesive bloc of voters for the GOP of nearly any demographic. The reason for the shift, argue three scholars in a new book on the topic, is that Mormons live in a tight-knit, insular subculture that sets itself at odds with the evolving social norms and shares conservative social values. LIVE CHAT: On Wednesday, Sept. 1... 58407521@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:15:46 MDT Ordain Women will take its message local http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58426085-78/women-lds-church-local.html.csp Leaders in the Ordain Women movement have announced a new tactic — rather than making a big public statement by marching to Salt Lake City’s Temple Square, they are going local. In October 2013 and again in April, hundreds of women walked en masse to the heart of Mormonism to ask for standby tickets to the all-male priesthood session of the semiannual LDS General Conference as a sign that they were ready to take on the responsibilities of ordination, currently reserved for men and boys starting ... Leaders in the Ordain Women movement have announced a new tactic — rather than making a big public statement by marching to Salt Lake City’s Temple Square, they are going local. In October 2013 and again in April, hundreds of women walked en masse to the heart of Mormonism to ask for standby tickets to the all-male priesthood session of the semiannual LDS General Conference as a sign that they were ready to take on the responsibilities of ordination, currently reserved for men and boys starting ... 58426085@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:15:46 MDT Utah governor: No surprises, no monument — for now http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58424668-90/area-bishop-herbert-http.html.csp Gov. Gary Herbert said he has been assured by the top levels of the Obama administration that the White House won’t designate a new national monument in southeastern Utah as long as a more comprehensive public-lands effort is making headway. Herbert met with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell during a trip to Washington last week and told her that Utah didn’t want any “surprises” with the designation of the Greater Canyonlands National Monument, a proposed 1.8 million-acre area that environmental ... Gov. Gary Herbert said he has been assured by the top levels of the Obama administration that the White House won’t designate a new national monument in southeastern Utah as long as a more comprehensive public-lands effort is making headway. Herbert met with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell during a trip to Washington last week and told her that Utah didn’t want any “surprises” with the designation of the Greater Canyonlands National Monument, a proposed 1.8 million-acre area that environmental ... 58424668@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:10:31 MDT Report: Utahns should pay more for their water http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58424351-78/utah-state-report-property.html.csp Utah has to do more than build infrastructure to meet its future water needs, according to a new report. In the “Flowing Toward 2050: Utah’s Water Outlook” report released Wednesday at City Creek Park in Salt Lake City, Utah Foundation researchers concluded the state can’t simply build to satisfy a thirsty, growing population. The report found state population projections — another 2.5 million people in the next 35 years — will surpass the state’s currently developed water supply by the late 20... Utah has to do more than build infrastructure to meet its future water needs, according to a new report. In the “Flowing Toward 2050: Utah’s Water Outlook” report released Wednesday at City Creek Park in Salt Lake City, Utah Foundation researchers concluded the state can’t simply build to satisfy a thirsty, growing population. The report found state population projections — another 2.5 million people in the next 35 years — will surpass the state’s currently developed water supply by the late 20... 58424351@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:26:54 MDT Utah lawmakers support sending military weapons to police http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58393675-78/police-lowe-utah-fuhr.html.csp Two Utah legislators on Wednesday defended local police using surplus military weapons and equipment obtained through a federal program. The legislators were responding to Marina Lowe, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. She told lawmakers during a hearing at the Capitol the weapon transfers, called the 1033 Program, were helping to “militarize” local police by giving them what “war fighters” use to combat an enemy. (Click here to see what weapons were sent to yo... Two Utah legislators on Wednesday defended local police using surplus military weapons and equipment obtained through a federal program. The legislators were responding to Marina Lowe, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. She told lawmakers during a hearing at the Capitol the weapon transfers, called the 1033 Program, were helping to “militarize” local police by giving them what “war fighters” use to combat an enemy. (Click here to see what weapons were sent to yo... 58393675@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:23:08 MDT Senate confirms Valentine to chair Tax Commission http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58426299-90/tax-valentine-commission-senate.html.csp Utah Senators unanimously confirmed one of their own Wednesday, Sen. John Valentine, to be the next chairman of the Utah Tax Commission. “We will miss him in this body. We will miss his input and institutional knowledge, his wisdom,” said Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, “but we do recognize that he is very qualified for this job and he will greatly benefit the Tax Commission and the taxpayers of Utah.” The Orem senator, who is a tax attorney, was nominated by Gov. Gary Herbert last month... Utah Senators unanimously confirmed one of their own Wednesday, Sen. John Valentine, to be the next chairman of the Utah Tax Commission. “We will miss him in this body. We will miss his input and institutional knowledge, his wisdom,” said Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, “but we do recognize that he is very qualified for this job and he will greatly benefit the Tax Commission and the taxpayers of Utah.” The Orem senator, who is a tax attorney, was nominated by Gov. Gary Herbert last month... 58426299@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:52:47 MDT Masked man’s claims lead to investigation of Stericycle http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58425079-78/waste-stericycle-former-incinerator.html.csp State regulators are investigating a medical waste incinerator after an anonymous former employee charged that it burned so much waste and such toxic materials in recent years that it violated state law. Stericycle, which operates the North Salt Lake facility, also is looking into the claims after an online video appeared on the website EnviroNews, said Jennifer Koenig, vice president of corporate communications. But the company’s procedures forbid such violations, so it’s unlikely they occured... State regulators are investigating a medical waste incinerator after an anonymous former employee charged that it burned so much waste and such toxic materials in recent years that it violated state law. Stericycle, which operates the North Salt Lake facility, also is looking into the claims after an online video appeared on the website EnviroNews, said Jennifer Koenig, vice president of corporate communications. But the company’s procedures forbid such violations, so it’s unlikely they occured... 58425079@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:48:02 MDT 105-year-old Utah woman, raised at Bear Lake, feted with raspberry shake http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58425791-78/lake-calder-utah-bear.html.csp Lou Calder remembers the first car to tool around Bear Lake. “It was a Buick, I think.” She watched teams of horses carry hay across a frozen Bear Lake and anglers store fish along the shore for year-round eating. But on Wednesday, the 105-year-old celebrated her birthday with a treat to really take her back to her roots: a raspberry milkshake. Calder is one of the 104 centenarians listed with the Utah Department of Administrative Services, and one of only six who are 105 and older. She was bo... Lou Calder remembers the first car to tool around Bear Lake. “It was a Buick, I think.” She watched teams of horses carry hay across a frozen Bear Lake and anglers store fish along the shore for year-round eating. But on Wednesday, the 105-year-old celebrated her birthday with a treat to really take her back to her roots: a raspberry milkshake. Calder is one of the 104 centenarians listed with the Utah Department of Administrative Services, and one of only six who are 105 and older. She was bo... 58425791@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:24:54 MDT Jon Huntsman won’t rule out 2016 run, but eyes sidelines for now http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58424366-90/huntsman-labels-presidential-republican.html.csp Washington • Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman isn’t saying no to a 2016 presidential bid — “You don’t ever rule anything out in politics,” he says — but he is planning to use a bipartisan group to coax the eventual White House contenders into tackling America’s biggest problems. Huntsman said Wednesday that he isn’t raising money, hiring staff or really considering a second run at the Oval Office, but he is hoping that the group No Labels, of which he’s a national co-chairman, will have a big impa... Washington • Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman isn’t saying no to a 2016 presidential bid — “You don’t ever rule anything out in politics,” he says — but he is planning to use a bipartisan group to coax the eventual White House contenders into tackling America’s biggest problems. Huntsman said Wednesday that he isn’t raising money, hiring staff or really considering a second run at the Oval Office, but he is hoping that the group No Labels, of which he’s a national co-chairman, will have a big impa... 58424366@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:49:27 MDT Judge orders Utah County candidate onto school board ballot http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58425764-90/ballot-judge-wright-candidates.html.csp A federal judge on Wednesday ordered election officials to place a third name on the November election ballot for the Utah State Board of Education. After a hastily called hearing, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups ordered that the name of Joel D. Wright be placed on the ballot for District 9, which includes parts of Lehi, Pleasant Grove and Goshen. Last week, Waddoups ordered that the names of two others be placed on the ballots in different districts, the result of his ruling that Utah’s meth... A federal judge on Wednesday ordered election officials to place a third name on the November election ballot for the Utah State Board of Education. After a hastily called hearing, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups ordered that the name of Joel D. Wright be placed on the ballot for District 9, which includes parts of Lehi, Pleasant Grove and Goshen. Last week, Waddoups ordered that the names of two others be placed on the ballots in different districts, the result of his ruling that Utah’s meth... 58425764@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:41:02 MDT Utah police chief charged with stalking women http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58422110-78/butterfield-chief-cooper-police.html.csp Myton’s new police chief has been charged with stalking three women. Thomas Wade Butterfield was charged Tuesday in Duchesne County with three counts of stalking, one count of unlawful detention and one count of criminal trespass, all misdemeanors. Butterfield, 44, this year became the first chief of Myton’s newly formed police department. “People are innocent until proven guilty,” said Myton Mayor Kathleen Cooper. “At this point, we stand behind our chief, and we’ll defend him until we find out... Myton’s new police chief has been charged with stalking three women. Thomas Wade Butterfield was charged Tuesday in Duchesne County with three counts of stalking, one count of unlawful detention and one count of criminal trespass, all misdemeanors. Butterfield, 44, this year became the first chief of Myton’s newly formed police department. “People are innocent until proven guilty,” said Myton Mayor Kathleen Cooper. “At this point, we stand behind our chief, and we’ll defend him until we find out... 58422110@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:30:42 MDT Feds charge five Utahns in Recapture Canyon protest ride http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58403975-78/canyon-ride-blm-lyman.html.csp Federal authorities are accusing a San Juan County commissioner and a handful of protesters of conspiracy and illegally riding ATVs into southeast Utah’s Recapture Canyon in May. The Bureau of Land Management closed the canyon to motorized use in 2007 to keep wheels off its many archaeological sites. About 50 riders motored into the canyon following a May 10 rally in Blanding denouncing federal “overreach” and mismanagement of public lands. But only those suspected of organizing or promoting t... Federal authorities are accusing a San Juan County commissioner and a handful of protesters of conspiracy and illegally riding ATVs into southeast Utah’s Recapture Canyon in May. The Bureau of Land Management closed the canyon to motorized use in 2007 to keep wheels off its many archaeological sites. About 50 riders motored into the canyon following a May 10 rally in Blanding denouncing federal “overreach” and mismanagement of public lands. But only those suspected of organizing or promoting t... 58403975@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:30:02 MDT HEAL Utah files appeal to halt Green River nuclear power plant http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58425658-78/utah-heal-project-river.html.csp Critics of a proposed nuclear power plant near Green River took their case to the Utah Court of Appeals this week. The appeal, filed Tuesday by the Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah, seeks to overturn a November ruling by 7th District Judge George Harmond granting rights to Blue Castle Holdings to use Green River water to cool a pair of nuclear reactors required for the plant. Matt Pacenza, policy director for HEAL Utah, accused Black Castle of engaging in speculation, effectively securing ... Critics of a proposed nuclear power plant near Green River took their case to the Utah Court of Appeals this week. The appeal, filed Tuesday by the Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah, seeks to overturn a November ruling by 7th District Judge George Harmond granting rights to Blue Castle Holdings to use Green River water to cool a pair of nuclear reactors required for the plant. Matt Pacenza, policy director for HEAL Utah, accused Black Castle of engaging in speculation, effectively securing ... 58425658@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:28:02 MDT Traverse Ridge residents have right to vote on taxes, Utah Supreme Court says http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58425067-90/believe-case-district-officials.html.csp Residents in the southeastern part of Draper City will get to vote on a first-of-its-kind referendum that has the potential to dramatically impact their local property taxes. City officials had pulled the plug on a months-long referendum effort earlier this month when, just two minutes before the 5 p.m. Sept. 2 deadline to certify petition signatures, they informed organizers they had determined the ballot question wasn’t allowed by state law. The Utah Supreme Court ruled otherwise Wednesday, ... Residents in the southeastern part of Draper City will get to vote on a first-of-its-kind referendum that has the potential to dramatically impact their local property taxes. City officials had pulled the plug on a months-long referendum effort earlier this month when, just two minutes before the 5 p.m. Sept. 2 deadline to certify petition signatures, they informed organizers they had determined the ballot question wasn’t allowed by state law. The Utah Supreme Court ruled otherwise Wednesday, ... 58425067@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:26:02 MDT Proposal: Pass citizenship test to graduate from Utah high school http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58425498-78/test-civics-pass-students.html.csp Utah high school students might soon have something in common with immigrants hoping to become U.S. citizens: having to pass a test proving their knowledge of America. Two Utah lawmakers said Wednesday they plan to sponsor a bill in the upcoming legislative session that would require all Utah high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test before they can graduate. “As we push for science, technology, engineering and math and a lot of other important topics, unfortunately, civics educati... Utah high school students might soon have something in common with immigrants hoping to become U.S. citizens: having to pass a test proving their knowledge of America. Two Utah lawmakers said Wednesday they plan to sponsor a bill in the upcoming legislative session that would require all Utah high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test before they can graduate. “As we push for science, technology, engineering and math and a lot of other important topics, unfortunately, civics educati... 58425498@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:14:43 MDT BLM removing 2 dinosaur tracks in Moab http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58425982-78/dinosaur-tracks-moab-removing.html.csp Bureau of Land Management workers are removing two dinosaur tracks in Moab to prevent them from being damaged. The agency says in a statement the tracks were collected after they came away from cliff edges naturally due to erosion. They are located near the Poison Spider Dinosaur Track Site and the Hells Revenge Jeep Trail. Removing the tracks at the areas popular with visitors also protects them from potential vandalism, something workers at the Moab field office have dealt with several times o... Bureau of Land Management workers are removing two dinosaur tracks in Moab to prevent them from being damaged. The agency says in a statement the tracks were collected after they came away from cliff edges naturally due to erosion. They are located near the Poison Spider Dinosaur Track Site and the Hells Revenge Jeep Trail. Removing the tracks at the areas popular with visitors also protects them from potential vandalism, something workers at the Moab field office have dealt with several times o... 58425982@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:47:01 MDT Former Australia PM: China’s growth is the opportunity of this century http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58425354-78/australia-gillard-asia-china.html.csp Superpowers have it easier than their small neighbors, according to former Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard. On the eve of a vote to decide Scottish independence from the United Kingdom, the former Australian leader told an audience at the University of Utah Wednesday that “it’s a pretty hard, old world for small nations.” “There is something good about being of a certain scope and size in the global economy and international affairs in the world we live,” Gillard said. Gillard spoke at a... Superpowers have it easier than their small neighbors, according to former Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard. On the eve of a vote to decide Scottish independence from the United Kingdom, the former Australian leader told an audience at the University of Utah Wednesday that “it’s a pretty hard, old world for small nations.” “There is something good about being of a certain scope and size in the global economy and international affairs in the world we live,” Gillard said. Gillard spoke at a... 58425354@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:34:57 MDT Salt Lake City sets record high temperature http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58423690-78/http-com-weather-utah.html.csp The temperature in Salt Lake City reached 94 degrees Wednesday, setting a new high temperature for Sept. 17. A hot high pressure system that had Utahns broiling at the midweek will soon be gone. Wednesday’s sizzling temperatures will fade toward a cooler, wetter weekend — along with distant Tropical Storm Odile’s influence on the Southwest. By early Thursday, thunderstorms and rain showers will begin to settle over northern Utah. Precipitation will increase through the day and into afternoon a... The temperature in Salt Lake City reached 94 degrees Wednesday, setting a new high temperature for Sept. 17. A hot high pressure system that had Utahns broiling at the midweek will soon be gone. Wednesday’s sizzling temperatures will fade toward a cooler, wetter weekend — along with distant Tropical Storm Odile’s influence on the Southwest. By early Thursday, thunderstorms and rain showers will begin to settle over northern Utah. Precipitation will increase through the day and into afternoon a... 58423690@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:27:05 MDT