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Robertson, 49, who was born with cerebral palsy, says river currents have the same power to help those coping with the challenges of a body that doesn’t always respond the way you wish it would. “I’ve seen the people that come on these trips; their reactions to the beautiful v... The Colorado River • The currents of life have carried Kenny Robertson toward many obstacles. Determination, a good attitude and the love of family and friends have helped lift him over, around and sometimes through them. Robertson, 49, who was born with cerebral palsy, says river currents have the same power to help those coping with the challenges of a body that doesn’t always respond the way you wish it would. “I’ve seen the people that come on these trips; their reactions to the beautiful v... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58118803@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:24:31 MDT Salt Lake program’s goal is to shed light on kestrels http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58224182-90/boxes-county-hawkwatch-http.html.csp Millcreek • What a homestead this could be, Hawkwatch International scientist Dave Oleyar said while installing a bird nesting box recently in a sturdy tree in Tanner Park. About 10 feet up, the wooden box offered just about everything an American kestrel needs to thrive in an urban setting. “It’s a great looking spot,” said Oleyar, pointing to the protection provided by tree limbs and the elevation that allows these relatively small raptors to look down on a field of grassy weeds between the pa... Millcreek • What a homestead this could be, Hawkwatch International scientist Dave Oleyar said while installing a bird nesting box recently in a sturdy tree in Tanner Park. About 10 feet up, the wooden box offered just about everything an American kestrel needs to thrive in an urban setting. “It’s a great looking spot,” said Oleyar, pointing to the protection provided by tree limbs and the elevation that allows these relatively small raptors to look down on a field of grassy weeds between the pa... 58224182@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:20:39 MDT Compound built for Warren Jeffs becomes bed and breakfast http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58215703-78/amp-hildale-dockstader-jeffs.html.csp A spacious compound in Hildale was built to provide privacy for a polygamous sect leader. Now you can call and make a reservation. Warren Jeffs’ refuge has become America’s Most Wanted Suites — a reference to Jeffs’ time on the FBI’s list of 10 most wanted fugitives. New owner Willie Jessop is a former Jeffs protector and confidant who later sued his Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and won, purchasing the home with a $3.6 million credit bid during an April 2013 auctio... A spacious compound in Hildale was built to provide privacy for a polygamous sect leader. Now you can call and make a reservation. Warren Jeffs’ refuge has become America’s Most Wanted Suites — a reference to Jeffs’ time on the FBI’s list of 10 most wanted fugitives. New owner Willie Jessop is a former Jeffs protector and confidant who later sued his Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and won, purchasing the home with a $3.6 million credit bid during an April 2013 auctio... 58215703@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:59:31 MDT Utah Bucket List: No better place than Bryce Canyon to enjoy brilliant night skies http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58089097-78/bryce-dark-park-canyon.html.csp Bryce Canyon National Park • “Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight…” Is it possible the popular nursery rhyme may be less frequently whispered at bedtime nowadays as light pollution from urban centers makes it nearly impossible to see any stars let alone galactic wonders like the Milky Way? One place remains, though, where the stars can be seen before the sun even sets, and visitors are encouraged to embrace “the dark side.” “Bryce [Canyon National Park] will always be famous first... Bryce Canyon National Park • “Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight…” Is it possible the popular nursery rhyme may be less frequently whispered at bedtime nowadays as light pollution from urban centers makes it nearly impossible to see any stars let alone galactic wonders like the Milky Way? One place remains, though, where the stars can be seen before the sun even sets, and visitors are encouraged to embrace “the dark side.” “Bryce [Canyon National Park] will always be famous first... 58089097@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:16:19 MDT Swallow, Shurtleff arrested, face 23 counts, up to 30 years prison http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58185969-78/swallow-shurtleff-utah-general.html.csp In the culmination of the most sweeping political scandal in Utah history, former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff were arrested Tuesday and charged with a combined 23 counts that could land each in prison for 30 years. The two men were taken into custody at their homes without incident Tuesday morning and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail. Bail was set at $250,000 each. Shurtleff was released about 11:45 a.m. Swallow was let out about 12:15 p.m. Swallow, who was forced fro... In the culmination of the most sweeping political scandal in Utah history, former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff were arrested Tuesday and charged with a combined 23 counts that could land each in prison for 30 years. The two men were taken into custody at their homes without incident Tuesday morning and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail. Bail was set at $250,000 each. Shurtleff was released about 11:45 a.m. Swallow was let out about 12:15 p.m. Swallow, who was forced fro... 58185969@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:56:49 MDT Utah Bucket List: Riding with cattle, family, history on the Tavaputs Plateau http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58166788-78/tavaputs-cattle-jensen-ranch.html.csp Book Cliffs • Jeff Christensen has heard the phrase “the simple life” used to describe his sunrise-to-sunset profession. He isn’t sure whether to take it as an insult or a compliment. “If you are talking about it like it is not hard work that is definitely not the case,” said Christensen, a lifelong rancher now part of the Jensen family working the Tavaputs Ranch. “I guess you could call it simple in that we know there is always something to do, from day to day to day.” Simple life, hard work o... Book Cliffs • Jeff Christensen has heard the phrase “the simple life” used to describe his sunrise-to-sunset profession. He isn’t sure whether to take it as an insult or a compliment. “If you are talking about it like it is not hard work that is definitely not the case,” said Christensen, a lifelong rancher now part of the Jensen family working the Tavaputs Ranch. “I guess you could call it simple in that we know there is always something to do, from day to day to day.” Simple life, hard work o... 58166788@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:07:24 MDT The Utah-filmed truth behind the gritty story of murderer Gary Gilmore http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58166113-223/gilmore-film-schiller-mailer.html.csp Revisiting the true-crime TV movie “The Executioner’s Song,” a gritty period piece about the angry love story of convicted murderer Gary Gilmore, opens up a time capsule to the seedy small-town Utah life that served as a backdrop to two 1976 murders. Gilmore’s death by firing squad at the Utah State Prison on Jan. 17, 1977, captured international headlines as the first execution in a decade after the death penalty was reinstated in the United States. “The Executioner’s Song,” written by Norman... Revisiting the true-crime TV movie “The Executioner’s Song,” a gritty period piece about the angry love story of convicted murderer Gary Gilmore, opens up a time capsule to the seedy small-town Utah life that served as a backdrop to two 1976 murders. Gilmore’s death by firing squad at the Utah State Prison on Jan. 17, 1977, captured international headlines as the first execution in a decade after the death penalty was reinstated in the United States. “The Executioner’s Song,” written by Norman... 58166113@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:00:30 MDT Utah mom’s plea: Let 12-year-old daughter into first grade http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58173951-78/alexis-grade-watson-special.html.csp Salt Lake City mother Angie Watson is hoping for what once seemed impossible: She wants to see her 12-year-old daughter, Alexis, born with a rare genetic disorder, begin regular first grade this fall. Alexis Watson was born weighing 1½ pounds, and doctors said if she lived, she’d likely do little more in life than stare at the ceiling, her mother said. Instead, Alexis has surpassed everyone’s expectations, although her physical and cognitive growth are still dramatically delayed — she is the siz... Salt Lake City mother Angie Watson is hoping for what once seemed impossible: She wants to see her 12-year-old daughter, Alexis, born with a rare genetic disorder, begin regular first grade this fall. Alexis Watson was born weighing 1½ pounds, and doctors said if she lived, she’d likely do little more in life than stare at the ceiling, her mother said. Instead, Alexis has surpassed everyone’s expectations, although her physical and cognitive growth are still dramatically delayed — she is the siz... 58173951@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:54:23 MDT Susan Powell detective says charges were coming http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58161806-78/maxwell-josh-police-susan.html.csp West Valley City • Susan Powell had been missing less than a day, and her husband, Josh, had just returned home from what he said was a winter camping trip. Among those in front of his house waiting for him was Detective Ellis Maxwell. He approached Josh Powell’s minivan and began asking where Susan was. Maxwell remains on the case. But 4½ years after he asked Josh those first questions, Maxwell still doesn’t have any answers. “There’s no evidence to support what happened to her,” Maxwell sa... West Valley City • Susan Powell had been missing less than a day, and her husband, Josh, had just returned home from what he said was a winter camping trip. Among those in front of his house waiting for him was Detective Ellis Maxwell. He approached Josh Powell’s minivan and began asking where Susan was. Maxwell remains on the case. But 4½ years after he asked Josh those first questions, Maxwell still doesn’t have any answers. “There’s no evidence to support what happened to her,” Maxwell sa... 58161806@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:18:18 MDT Texts reveal raw tensions between Shurtleff, former aide http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58165351-90/shurtleff-torgensen-office-attorney.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt; &lt;iframe src=”http://local.sltrib.com/charts/texts/shurtlefftexts.html” style=”float: left; width: 256px; height: 3400px; margin-right: 16px;” scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0”&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; Editor’s note: This story and accompanying graphic contain unedited text messages with sometimes-offensive language. In a frank, pointed exchange last year, Mark Shurtleff’s former top deputy scolded his ex-boss in a series of heated text messages for his “stupid” actions that cast ... &lt;freeform&gt; &lt;iframe src=”http://local.sltrib.com/charts/texts/shurtlefftexts.html” style=”float: left; width: 256px; height: 3400px; margin-right: 16px;” scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0”&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; Editor’s note: This story and accompanying graphic contain unedited text messages with sometimes-offensive language. In a frank, pointed exchange last year, Mark Shurtleff’s former top deputy scolded his ex-boss in a series of heated text messages for his “stupid” actions that cast ... 58165351@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:17:10 MDT Too many Utah heart attack patients skip the ambulance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58090346-78/heart-hospital-percent-ambulance.html.csp In his 69 years, Allan Wilson has made more than a few trips to the hospital. The Postal Service retiree always drove himself, even in emergencies, rationalizing that it’s quicker, more convenient and less expensive. But he wasn’t given a choice last fall when his wife summoned an ambulance to a shop in Park City after he started talking nonsensically, his speech slurred — and her fast thinking probably saved his life. “I was having a stroke, which they were able to treat en route,” said the Ho... In his 69 years, Allan Wilson has made more than a few trips to the hospital. The Postal Service retiree always drove himself, even in emergencies, rationalizing that it’s quicker, more convenient and less expensive. But he wasn’t given a choice last fall when his wife summoned an ambulance to a shop in Park City after he started talking nonsensically, his speech slurred — and her fast thinking probably saved his life. “I was having a stroke, which they were able to treat en route,” said the Ho... 58090346@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:37:40 MDT Rape trauma: Why cops may think victims are lying http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58142434-90/campbell-cases-lake-police.html.csp Frustrated by a lack of rape prosecutions, West Valley police Detective Justin Boardman is developing a new way to investigate sexual assaults based on recent research surrounding the neurobiology of trauma. Important to a successful investigation is understanding the impact of trauma on a rape victim, Boardman says, pointing to studies by a Michigan State University researcher. They explain why a victim’s story could be inconsistent and even incoherent — and why, after undergoing an invasive ex... Frustrated by a lack of rape prosecutions, West Valley police Detective Justin Boardman is developing a new way to investigate sexual assaults based on recent research surrounding the neurobiology of trauma. Important to a successful investigation is understanding the impact of trauma on a rape victim, Boardman says, pointing to studies by a Michigan State University researcher. They explain why a victim’s story could be inconsistent and even incoherent — and why, after undergoing an invasive ex... 58142434@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:39:42 MDT Utah police are solving crimes through social media http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58112999-78/police-media-social-department.html.csp Along with cute kittens, biting babies and rap remixes, YouTube channel surfers can expect, now more than ever, to see videos of crimes posted by police departments. Two YouTube videos posted to the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Twitter account last week highlight the way the department is using social media to enlist the public’s assistance in solving crimes. In one of the surveillance videos, a young man carrying a skateboard smashes the window of Cafe Expresso at 902 S. 1100 East and g... Along with cute kittens, biting babies and rap remixes, YouTube channel surfers can expect, now more than ever, to see videos of crimes posted by police departments. Two YouTube videos posted to the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Twitter account last week highlight the way the department is using social media to enlist the public’s assistance in solving crimes. In one of the surveillance videos, a young man carrying a skateboard smashes the window of Cafe Expresso at 902 S. 1100 East and g... 58112999@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:12:39 MDT Utah Bucket List: Climbing the ‘incredible’ Via Ferrata http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58051023-78/list-bucket-com-utah.html.csp Ogden • Jennifer Bordner is not a rock climber. In fact, she gets a little nervous just climbing a ladder. But the Sandy resident recently climbed a technical route in the Ogden foothills set by one of the world’s most recognized climbers and she did it without slipping or getting stuck in a precarious position. “It was incredible; really, truly incredible,” Bordner said after completing her first assisted climb at the Waterfall Canyon Via Ferrata climbing center. “I feel like I have accomplish... Ogden • Jennifer Bordner is not a rock climber. In fact, she gets a little nervous just climbing a ladder. But the Sandy resident recently climbed a technical route in the Ogden foothills set by one of the world’s most recognized climbers and she did it without slipping or getting stuck in a precarious position. “It was incredible; really, truly incredible,” Bordner said after completing her first assisted climb at the Waterfall Canyon Via Ferrata climbing center. “I feel like I have accomplish... 58051023@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:42:26 MDT Detectives take another look at woman’s 4th of July disappearance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58129359-78/baird-bundy-case-july.html.csp Thirty-nine years ago, Nancy Perry Baird vanished on Independence Day. There has been speculation that the 23-year-old Layton woman was one of serial killer Ted Bundy’s victims. But, in reality, there is no evidence linking her to Bundy or anyone else. On the afternoon of July 4, 1975, Baird was filling her shift at a Fina gas station on the east bench of the city. A patrol officer saw her about 5:15 p.m. — but 15 minutes later, her manager arrived to take over her shift and discovered that Ba... Thirty-nine years ago, Nancy Perry Baird vanished on Independence Day. There has been speculation that the 23-year-old Layton woman was one of serial killer Ted Bundy’s victims. But, in reality, there is no evidence linking her to Bundy or anyone else. On the afternoon of July 4, 1975, Baird was filling her shift at a Fina gas station on the east bench of the city. A patrol officer saw her about 5:15 p.m. — but 15 minutes later, her manager arrived to take over her shift and discovered that Ba... 58129359@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:30:59 MDT 54 new Utah laws in effect, like free gun locks, tighter police raids http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58138027-90/2014-bills-gov-gun.html.csp Another 54 bills from this year’s Legislature took effect Tuesday — ranging from a new suicide-prevention program that provides free gun locks and rebates for gun safes to reining in force used in police raids because of two well-publicized raids that went badly. They were among 457 bills the Legislature passed this year and that Gov. Gary Herbert either signed or allowed to become law without his signature. Most took effect on May 12, 60 days after the Legislature adjourned. But others — many o... Another 54 bills from this year’s Legislature took effect Tuesday — ranging from a new suicide-prevention program that provides free gun locks and rebates for gun safes to reining in force used in police raids because of two well-publicized raids that went badly. They were among 457 bills the Legislature passed this year and that Gov. Gary Herbert either signed or allowed to become law without his signature. Most took effect on May 12, 60 days after the Legislature adjourned. But others — many o... 58138027@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:20:20 MDT Sean P. Means: Halftime report: 10 best movies of 2014, so far http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58113597-223/iframe-dvd-movie-com.html.csp At the end of the year, I and other movie critics will write up our Top 10 lists — a fun exercise in reminding everyone which films really stood out from the crowd. &lt;freeform&gt; Most years, many of the films that stand out are the ones we just saw, the awards-bait films that cluster at year’s end to draw the attention of list-making critics and Oscar voters. Often, we forget about the movies that arrived in the first half of the year — which, in movie terms, ends after this weekend. Looking... At the end of the year, I and other movie critics will write up our Top 10 lists — a fun exercise in reminding everyone which films really stood out from the crowd. &lt;freeform&gt; Most years, many of the films that stand out are the ones we just saw, the awards-bait films that cluster at year’s end to draw the attention of list-making critics and Oscar voters. Often, we forget about the movies that arrived in the first half of the year — which, in movie terms, ends after this weekend. Looking... 58113597@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:06:47 MDT Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz takes a tour of the liberal side http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58124067-90/chaffetz-cummings-says-baltimore.html.csp Baltimore • Rep. Elijiah Cummings gets a laugh when he points out that Utah has a problem with wild horses. That’s not something fathomable for the folks in inner-city Baltimore where the more pressing concerns are crime, unemployment and poverty. On the flip side, people in Provo don’t suffer from food deserts, or areas where grocery stores, and healthy food, are lacking. “I bet you’ve never heard of a food desert,” Cummings says to Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who shakes his head no. Baltimore and Pr... Baltimore • Rep. Elijiah Cummings gets a laugh when he points out that Utah has a problem with wild horses. That’s not something fathomable for the folks in inner-city Baltimore where the more pressing concerns are crime, unemployment and poverty. On the flip side, people in Provo don’t suffer from food deserts, or areas where grocery stores, and healthy food, are lacking. “I bet you’ve never heard of a food desert,” Cummings says to Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who shakes his head no. Baltimore and Pr... 58124067@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:57:08 MDT A trove of looted artifacts, five years after BLM raids in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58051384-78/blm-artifacts-blanding-american.html.csp One of the nation’s most extensive and valuable troves of American Indian artifacts fills a nondescript warehouse in the Salt Lake Valley, where federal curators are preserving pottery, cradle boards, projectile points, hand tools, pendants, grinding stones and thousands of other items illegally removed from ancestral Puebloan sites in the Four Corners region. When the Bureau of Land Management raided the homes of antiquities collectors in Blanding and other towns in 2009, it was bent on ending ... One of the nation’s most extensive and valuable troves of American Indian artifacts fills a nondescript warehouse in the Salt Lake Valley, where federal curators are preserving pottery, cradle boards, projectile points, hand tools, pendants, grinding stones and thousands of other items illegally removed from ancestral Puebloan sites in the Four Corners region. When the Bureau of Land Management raided the homes of antiquities collectors in Blanding and other towns in 2009, it was bent on ending ... 58051384@www.sltrib.com Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:34:39 MDT Activists camp out in protest vigil at Utah tar sands site http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58089815-78/sands-utah-oil-tar.html.csp PR Springs • At a remote campsite in eastern Utah’s Book Cliffs, Lionel Trepanier places a hose into an empty 55-gallon barrel that he has sardonically marked, “ground water.” Water flows through the hose from a spring that was tapped some time ago. An hour later, the barrel is overflowing. U.S. Oil Sands and the Utah Division of Water Quality deny the existence of groundwater under a proposed 213-acre tar sands mine here, despite the place’s name — PR Springs. This was a key finding for the Cal... PR Springs • At a remote campsite in eastern Utah’s Book Cliffs, Lionel Trepanier places a hose into an empty 55-gallon barrel that he has sardonically marked, “ground water.” Water flows through the hose from a spring that was tapped some time ago. An hour later, the barrel is overflowing. U.S. Oil Sands and the Utah Division of Water Quality deny the existence of groundwater under a proposed 213-acre tar sands mine here, despite the place’s name — PR Springs. This was a key finding for the Cal... 58089815@www.sltrib.com Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:05:09 MDT 10th Circuit Court upholds same-sex marriage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58007681-78/marriage-court-utah-sex.html.csp A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that states outlawing same-sex marriage are in violation of the U.S. Constitution. By upholding a Utah judge’s decision, a three-member panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver became the first appeals court in the nation to rule on the issue, setting a historic precedent that voter-approved bans on same-sex marriage violate the Fourteenth Amendment rights of same-sex couples to equal protection and due process. But the court immediately sta... A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that states outlawing same-sex marriage are in violation of the U.S. Constitution. By upholding a Utah judge’s decision, a three-member panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver became the first appeals court in the nation to rule on the issue, setting a historic precedent that voter-approved bans on same-sex marriage violate the Fourteenth Amendment rights of same-sex couples to equal protection and due process. But the court immediately sta... 58007681@www.sltrib.com Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:00:58 MDT The ‘indescribable’ fun of digging dinosaurs in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57966700-78/utah-museum-fossils-history.html.csp San Juan County • Jeanette Bonnell likes to play in the dirt. The 62-year-old retired human resources specialist is also pretty handy with a dentist’s drill. Those two qualities, combined with fine attention to detail and a little detective work, make her the perfect volunteer for the Natural History Museum of Utah’s paleontology department. “I worked for 30 years behind a desk and when I retired, I said no more,” Bonnell said while whisking away layers of dirt deposited in an ancient pond 300 ... San Juan County • Jeanette Bonnell likes to play in the dirt. The 62-year-old retired human resources specialist is also pretty handy with a dentist’s drill. Those two qualities, combined with fine attention to detail and a little detective work, make her the perfect volunteer for the Natural History Museum of Utah’s paleontology department. “I worked for 30 years behind a desk and when I retired, I said no more,” Bonnell said while whisking away layers of dirt deposited in an ancient pond 300 ... 57966700@www.sltrib.com Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:34:48 MDT Preview: Everything — and the kitchen sink — at the Utah Arts Festival http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58090580-223/festival-arts-utah-iframe.html.csp It’s strange, says Lisa Sewell, executive director of the Utah Arts Festival, what people remember from past years. “Of all the acts we’ve had, people say to me, ‘You guys had those guys on the swinging poles,’ ” Sewell said. &lt;freeform&gt; Those guys are a street theater group from Australia, Strange Fruit, that performed at the arts festival 11 years ago. People still remember them — so they’re back this year. &lt;iframe width=”470” height=”264” src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/747EOF7Va0Q” fra... It’s strange, says Lisa Sewell, executive director of the Utah Arts Festival, what people remember from past years. “Of all the acts we’ve had, people say to me, ‘You guys had those guys on the swinging poles,’ ” Sewell said. &lt;freeform&gt; Those guys are a street theater group from Australia, Strange Fruit, that performed at the arts festival 11 years ago. People still remember them — so they’re back this year. &lt;iframe width=”470” height=”264” src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/747EOF7Va0Q” fra... 58090580@www.sltrib.com Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:04:39 MDT Dixie State: Women’s basketball program mired in controversy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58100787-77/turner-team-players-coach.html.csp One player says she was berated and bullied because she is African-American, another claims she was interrogated by her coach about her sexuality and another says she was disciplined and eventually dismissed from the team for petty things, such as wearing the wrong shoes. The accusations run the gamut, from seemingly outlandish and implausible to serious, but they provide a sampling of the controversy surrounding Dixie State women’s basketball team. The little NCAA Division II school in St. Geor... One player says she was berated and bullied because she is African-American, another claims she was interrogated by her coach about her sexuality and another says she was disciplined and eventually dismissed from the team for petty things, such as wearing the wrong shoes. The accusations run the gamut, from seemingly outlandish and implausible to serious, but they provide a sampling of the controversy surrounding Dixie State women’s basketball team. The little NCAA Division II school in St. Geor... 58100787@www.sltrib.com Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:59:38 MDT Utah BLM tries contraception to rein in wild horse population http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58029163-78/wild-horses-control-blm.html.csp Simpson Mountains • A herd of wild horses grazes amid sagebrush and knee-high clumps of grass along the path Pony Express riders rode through southern Tooele County. Foals lie beneath their mothers, stallions pester the mares and every little while, a quarrel erupts and studs rear up, slam their front hooves down and try to bite each other. Accustomed to visitors with cameras, these 100 mustangs do not run when humans come near. Their ease with interlopers makes this herd a perfect candidate f... Simpson Mountains • A herd of wild horses grazes amid sagebrush and knee-high clumps of grass along the path Pony Express riders rode through southern Tooele County. Foals lie beneath their mothers, stallions pester the mares and every little while, a quarrel erupts and studs rear up, slam their front hooves down and try to bite each other. Accustomed to visitors with cameras, these 100 mustangs do not run when humans come near. Their ease with interlopers makes this herd a perfect candidate f... 58029163@www.sltrib.com Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:00:58 MDT The new debate: What (Mormon) women want http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58093764-78/women-church-think-ordain.html.csp At one end, you have Mormon women calling for female admission into the all-male priesthood. At the other, you have LDS women reticent of any changes to their place in the faith. But what about the masses — perhaps millions — in the middle? These moderates may not desire priesthood status (polls show most LDS women don’t), but they’re hardly satisfied with the status quo. They don’t want to sit in the bishop’s chair on Sunday, but they would like to see more women on the stand at services. Som... At one end, you have Mormon women calling for female admission into the all-male priesthood. At the other, you have LDS women reticent of any changes to their place in the faith. But what about the masses — perhaps millions — in the middle? These moderates may not desire priesthood status (polls show most LDS women don’t), but they’re hardly satisfied with the status quo. They don’t want to sit in the bishop’s chair on Sunday, but they would like to see more women on the stand at services. Som... 58093764@www.sltrib.com Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:56:19 MDT Utah is where Army learns to fly drones better http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57400979-90/uas-army-amp-dugway.html.csp Dugway Proving Ground • Earlier this year, Apache helicopters flying in Afghanistan received new companions in the sky. Two types of drones — the MQ-1C Gray Eagle and the RQ-7 Shadow — began flying in tandem with the Apaches. The drones’ cameras and sensors transmit the intelligence to the Apache crew — showing it what lies over the hill so the Apaches don’t have to expose themselves to find a target to attack or don’t fly into an ambush. The Shadow has no armament. But if it’s a Gray Eagle in... Dugway Proving Ground • Earlier this year, Apache helicopters flying in Afghanistan received new companions in the sky. Two types of drones — the MQ-1C Gray Eagle and the RQ-7 Shadow — began flying in tandem with the Apaches. The drones’ cameras and sensors transmit the intelligence to the Apache crew — showing it what lies over the hill so the Apaches don’t have to expose themselves to find a target to attack or don’t fly into an ambush. The Shadow has no armament. But if it’s a Gray Eagle in... 57400979@www.sltrib.com Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:06:24 MDT Whether Utah horses are native species is at heart of debate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58067177-78/horses-wild-says-horse.html.csp Advocates are petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list wild horses as threatened or endangered, which would trigger protections for herds in 10 Western states. Setting aside the question of whether there are too many or too few horses — a debate raging throughout the West — the wildlife agency will have to consider a perennial question: Are wild horses native to this country? To gain endangered or threatened status, a species must be in danger of going extinct and generally, it mus... Advocates are petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list wild horses as threatened or endangered, which would trigger protections for herds in 10 Western states. Setting aside the question of whether there are too many or too few horses — a debate raging throughout the West — the wildlife agency will have to consider a perennial question: Are wild horses native to this country? To gain endangered or threatened status, a species must be in danger of going extinct and generally, it mus... 58067177@www.sltrib.com Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:06:27 MDT Photo gallery: The drones the Army tests in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58055749-90/maximum-com-aircraft-flight.html.csp • MQ-1C Gray Eagle This is the aircraft people think of when they think of U.S. military drones. It was formerly called “Warrior” and is similar to the Air Force’s Reaper. It can carry missiles or bombs, conduct surveillance and reconnaissance and serve as a communications relay. Gray Eagle can also fly in tandem with Apache helicopters, locating the targets for the helicopter to attack. Contractor: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. Per unit cost: $5.3 million Dimensions: 28 feet long... • MQ-1C Gray Eagle This is the aircraft people think of when they think of U.S. military drones. It was formerly called “Warrior” and is similar to the Air Force’s Reaper. It can carry missiles or bombs, conduct surveillance and reconnaissance and serve as a communications relay. Gray Eagle can also fly in tandem with Apache helicopters, locating the targets for the helicopter to attack. Contractor: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. Per unit cost: $5.3 million Dimensions: 28 feet long... 58055749@www.sltrib.com Sun, 22 Jun 2014 13:23:36 MDT From India with love — splashy Hindu wedding comes to Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58094172-78/patel-wedding-india-utah.html.csp Holladay • They ruled out elephants. But Dinesh and Kalpana Patel spared few other details in a deeply traditional three-day Indian wedding ceremony given for their only daughter, Avni, and her future husband, Abhishek Dhingra. The series of private events, held at the Patels’ spacious home in Holladay and culminating Saturday in front of hundreds of guests at Salt Lake City’s Grand America Hotel, amount to one of the most elaborate renditions of authentic Indian matrimonial rites ever witnesse... Holladay • They ruled out elephants. But Dinesh and Kalpana Patel spared few other details in a deeply traditional three-day Indian wedding ceremony given for their only daughter, Avni, and her future husband, Abhishek Dhingra. The series of private events, held at the Patels’ spacious home in Holladay and culminating Saturday in front of hundreds of guests at Salt Lake City’s Grand America Hotel, amount to one of the most elaborate renditions of authentic Indian matrimonial rites ever witnesse... 58094172@www.sltrib.com Sat, 21 Jun 2014 11:59:46 MDT