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Samuelson, as the school... Provo • Any fears Brigham Young University supporters have that their school’s new president isn’t one of them when it comes to sports fanaticism should be allayed by a one-word response — or is it four letters? — when Kevin Worthen was asked to list the one thing he couldn’t live without. “ESPN,” Worthen replied, referencing the television sports giant before noting that BYU-owned BYUtv is nice to have around, too. Worthen succeeded another Cougar sports nut, Cecil O. Samuelson, as the school... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58434238@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:28:08 MDT LDS meeting: Feminists seeking change find it in subtle wording http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58462897-78/women-general-lds-meeting.html.csp Mormon feminists may have been surprised by some subtle changes in vocabulary and approach Saturday night at the general women’s meeting for all LDS females age 8 and older. Dieter F. Uchtdorf addressed the female audience — sitting in the giant Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City or watching via satellite in LDS chapels across the globe — not just as “sisters” but also as “blessed disciples of Jesus Christ.” In a speech about living out one’s faith joyfully, Uchtdorf, second counselor... Mormon feminists may have been surprised by some subtle changes in vocabulary and approach Saturday night at the general women’s meeting for all LDS females age 8 and older. Dieter F. Uchtdorf addressed the female audience — sitting in the giant Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City or watching via satellite in LDS chapels across the globe — not just as “sisters” but also as “blessed disciples of Jesus Christ.” In a speech about living out one’s faith joyfully, Uchtdorf, second counselor... 58462897@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:26:35 MDT Vineyard: Utah’s small town with a BIG FUTURE http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58420467-78/geneva-town-vineyard-mill.html.csp Vineyard • Wayne Holdaway is like many old-timers who never imagined the future that is swiftly unfolding just to the north where Utah’s Geneva Steel once stood. In a few short years, a huge development at the site will transform his hometown with a pulsing 1,700-acre complex of houses, apartments, town homes, stores, offices, factories, school buildings and a new town center. Vineyard is expected to mushroom from about 465 residents to as many as 27,000 in less than a decade as a shortage of ... Vineyard • Wayne Holdaway is like many old-timers who never imagined the future that is swiftly unfolding just to the north where Utah’s Geneva Steel once stood. In a few short years, a huge development at the site will transform his hometown with a pulsing 1,700-acre complex of houses, apartments, town homes, stores, offices, factories, school buildings and a new town center. Vineyard is expected to mushroom from about 465 residents to as many as 27,000 in less than a decade as a shortage of ... 58420467@www.sltrib.com Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:51:03 MDT Daggett County pins economic hopes on wilderness land swap http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58455417-90/county-daggett-wilderness-utah.html.csp Manila • Karen Perry knows firsthand the power of Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. The landscape, people and outdoor lifestyle pulled her family back again and again until they finally bought a trailer and parked it on property near Manila. Now a county commissioner, Perry and others believe if they can just get people to visit their spot in the rugged and remote northeastern corner of Utah, they’ll come back. The Daggett County commissioners are hoping Congressman Rob Bishop’s Public La... Manila • Karen Perry knows firsthand the power of Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. The landscape, people and outdoor lifestyle pulled her family back again and again until they finally bought a trailer and parked it on property near Manila. Now a county commissioner, Perry and others believe if they can just get people to visit their spot in the rugged and remote northeastern corner of Utah, they’ll come back. The Daggett County commissioners are hoping Congressman Rob Bishop’s Public La... 58455417@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:55:16 MDT Utah mom joins protest, tells feds to reduce painkiller deaths http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58458002-78/kresser-deaths-utah-died.html.csp Monday would have been Josh Kresser’s 33rd birthday. Instead, Tuesday is the eighth anniversary of the day he died of an overdose after taking three drugs precisely as a doctor prescribed. The reality of his death — and the 2 1/2 years of addiction hell that preceded it — still anger his mother, Sandra Kresser of Salt Lake City. She’ll be in Washington on Sunday with hundreds of other parents, consumer advocates, medical experts and addiction treatment providers for the second Fed Up! rally urg... Monday would have been Josh Kresser’s 33rd birthday. Instead, Tuesday is the eighth anniversary of the day he died of an overdose after taking three drugs precisely as a doctor prescribed. The reality of his death — and the 2 1/2 years of addiction hell that preceded it — still anger his mother, Sandra Kresser of Salt Lake City. She’ll be in Washington on Sunday with hundreds of other parents, consumer advocates, medical experts and addiction treatment providers for the second Fed Up! rally urg... 58458002@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:08:21 MDT Does air quality suffer as Utah moves more oil by rail? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58455493-78/oil-utah-coal-loading.html.csp Built to move coal from trucks to trains, three Carbon County terminals instead began transferring crude oil this year — a switch yet to receive final approval from state environmental regulators. At least 50 tanker trucks a day are rumbling over U.S. Highway 191 to the new rail connections, marking the rise of oil and the decline of coal in Utah’s energy picture. Thanks to this new infrastructure, Utah crude is being shipped out of state in large quantities for the first time, opening new mark... Built to move coal from trucks to trains, three Carbon County terminals instead began transferring crude oil this year — a switch yet to receive final approval from state environmental regulators. At least 50 tanker trucks a day are rumbling over U.S. Highway 191 to the new rail connections, marking the rise of oil and the decline of coal in Utah’s energy picture. Thanks to this new infrastructure, Utah crude is being shipped out of state in large quantities for the first time, opening new mark... 58455493@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:04:26 MDT Mormon church’s History Museum closing for a year http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58450303-78/museum-church-mormon-lds.html.csp Just as Christ is at the center of the LDS faith, so, too, do Mormon leaders want him at the center of a renovated museum. The 30-year-old Church History Museum west of Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City will close its doors Oct. 6 — after LDS General Conference — to undergo a yearlong makeover of its main floor. The change is planned to give greater emphasis to Jesus Christ and the so-called first vision of the Lord by Mormon founder Joseph Smith amid more immersive exhibits — includi... Just as Christ is at the center of the LDS faith, so, too, do Mormon leaders want him at the center of a renovated museum. The 30-year-old Church History Museum west of Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City will close its doors Oct. 6 — after LDS General Conference — to undergo a yearlong makeover of its main floor. The change is planned to give greater emphasis to Jesus Christ and the so-called first vision of the Lord by Mormon founder Joseph Smith amid more immersive exhibits — includi... 58450303@www.sltrib.com Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:22:20 MDT Utah to BLM: Rein in your cops http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58394443-78/blm-love-utah-law.html.csp Public Enemy No. 1 for rural Utah sheriffs just happens to be a fellow peace officer: Dan Love, the Bureau of Land Management’s special agent in charge. Elected law enforcement officers from Nephi to Blanding call him an arrogant and dishonest bully who has little regard for local authority and dodges accountability, derailing a collaborative approach to police work on the state’s federal lands. Love reportedly just laughed when Garfield County Sheriff James “Danny” Perkins relayed ranchers’ co... Public Enemy No. 1 for rural Utah sheriffs just happens to be a fellow peace officer: Dan Love, the Bureau of Land Management’s special agent in charge. Elected law enforcement officers from Nephi to Blanding call him an arrogant and dishonest bully who has little regard for local authority and dodges accountability, derailing a collaborative approach to police work on the state’s federal lands. Love reportedly just laughed when Garfield County Sheriff James “Danny” Perkins relayed ranchers’ co... 58394443@www.sltrib.com Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:36:27 MDT Sparks fly in Utah 1st District debate between Rob Bishop, Donna McAleer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58433802-90/bishop-utah-mcaleer-debate.html.csp Ogden • Perhaps not surprisingly for a West Point graduate and former Army officer, Democrat Donna McAleer launched a vigorous attack against Rep. Rob Bishop in a debate Tuesday. She called him a “guardian of gridlock” who helped shut down the government last year. Six-term-incumbent Bishop defended himself, saying he protects Utah values in Washington, and is about to become chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, which would give him power to solve longtime gridlock over federal lands ma... Ogden • Perhaps not surprisingly for a West Point graduate and former Army officer, Democrat Donna McAleer launched a vigorous attack against Rep. Rob Bishop in a debate Tuesday. She called him a “guardian of gridlock” who helped shut down the government last year. Six-term-incumbent Bishop defended himself, saying he protects Utah values in Washington, and is about to become chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, which would give him power to solve longtime gridlock over federal lands ma... 58433802@www.sltrib.com Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:44:53 MDT After Darrien Hunt shooting, Utah’s black, biracial families worry http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58435972-78/says-black-hunt-police.html.csp Saratoga Springs • “It could have been one of my children.” That is the fear running through many of the state’s black and biracial Mormon families in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Darrien Hunt by police here. They thought that living in a close-knit LDS community, being known by neighbors and sharing their faith might protect their families from racial assumptions they felt were common in other cities, other places. But now these Latter-day Saints are not confident that is enough. Hun... Saratoga Springs • “It could have been one of my children.” That is the fear running through many of the state’s black and biracial Mormon families in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Darrien Hunt by police here. They thought that living in a close-knit LDS community, being known by neighbors and sharing their faith might protect their families from racial assumptions they felt were common in other cities, other places. But now these Latter-day Saints are not confident that is enough. Hun... 58435972@www.sltrib.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:11:22 MDT Separated Utah family still keeping American dream alive http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58430157-90/bit-dream-green-ken.html.csp Green River • Twenty-one-year-old Kunal Sah raises the brows over his big, brown eyes, lets out a soft sigh and says, “It’s fate.” It’s fate that he was separated from his parents at age 13. It was fate that the straight-A student, who competed in the National Spelling Bee, ran afoul of the law at 16 and was unable to finish high school with his peers as his dream of medical school evaporated. It was fate that at 18 he was saddled with the day-to-day operation of the family motel in Green River... Green River • Twenty-one-year-old Kunal Sah raises the brows over his big, brown eyes, lets out a soft sigh and says, “It’s fate.” It’s fate that he was separated from his parents at age 13. It was fate that the straight-A student, who competed in the National Spelling Bee, ran afoul of the law at 16 and was unable to finish high school with his peers as his dream of medical school evaporated. It was fate that at 18 he was saddled with the day-to-day operation of the family motel in Green River... 58430157@www.sltrib.com Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:28:53 MDT Utah's police forces lack Latino officers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58398191-78/police-community-officers-department.html.csp West Valley City • The woman approached West Valley City police detective Franco Libertini with enthusiasm, like an old friend she hadn’t seen in a long time. But Libertini had never seen her before. Puzzled, he asked how she knew him. “I hear you on the radio!” the Latina replied. “I recognized your voice.” She then invited Libertini to visit her home, seeking his advice after two break-ins — an invitation typically considered a “no-no” in Latino culture, he said. Libertini, an Argentine immigr... West Valley City • The woman approached West Valley City police detective Franco Libertini with enthusiasm, like an old friend she hadn’t seen in a long time. But Libertini had never seen her before. Puzzled, he asked how she knew him. “I hear you on the radio!” the Latina replied. “I recognized your voice.” She then invited Libertini to visit her home, seeking his advice after two break-ins — an invitation typically considered a “no-no” in Latino culture, he said. Libertini, an Argentine immigr... 58398191@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:48:34 MDT Meet four champions of Canyonlands http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58364997-78/park-national-canyonlands-wilson.html.csp Canyonlands National Park • A park superintendent, a national politician, a local guide. Bates Wilson, Stewart Udall and Kent Frost played vital roles in the creation of Canyonlands National Park, overseen today by Superintendent Kate Cannon. The park received its official designation Sept. 12, 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson made it the 31st national park in the United States. To mark its 50th anniversary, meet these four champions of the rugged, remote park in southeastern Utah. Th... Canyonlands National Park • A park superintendent, a national politician, a local guide. Bates Wilson, Stewart Udall and Kent Frost played vital roles in the creation of Canyonlands National Park, overseen today by Superintendent Kate Cannon. The park received its official designation Sept. 12, 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson made it the 31st national park in the United States. To mark its 50th anniversary, meet these four champions of the rugged, remote park in southeastern Utah. Th... 58364997@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:24:22 MDT Salt Lake Airport seeks to break up monopoly http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58433202-90/airport-arnold-competition-lake.html.csp Salt Lake City International Airport is trying to break up a monopoly that handles its general aviation fueling and ground services. Otherwise, it says federal officials could block hundreds of millions in funding for the airport’s $1.8 billion expansion. But TAC Air — a Texas-based company that bought out other providers to form the monopoly in 2011 — disagrees. It says many airports have just one provider for such services, and have faced no federal sanctions. It contends the airport is unfai... Salt Lake City International Airport is trying to break up a monopoly that handles its general aviation fueling and ground services. Otherwise, it says federal officials could block hundreds of millions in funding for the airport’s $1.8 billion expansion. But TAC Air — a Texas-based company that bought out other providers to form the monopoly in 2011 — disagrees. It says many airports have just one provider for such services, and have faced no federal sanctions. It contends the airport is unfai... 58433202@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:23:01 MDT Name dropping: Harry Reid, NFL team and SUU http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58433060-90/reid-harry-team-center.html.csp Washington • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won’t attend another game of the Washington football team until the owner changes its “offensive” name. And it’s not likely Reid will be invited to a game of his Southern Utah University Thunderbirds until he changes his own name. It, too, apparently is offensive. Reid, like me, is an alum of the Cedar City university. In 2011, the school honored me as the young alumnus of the year and at about the same time named its Center for Outdoor Engagement... Washington • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won’t attend another game of the Washington football team until the owner changes its “offensive” name. And it’s not likely Reid will be invited to a game of his Southern Utah University Thunderbirds until he changes his own name. It, too, apparently is offensive. Reid, like me, is an alum of the Cedar City university. In 2011, the school honored me as the young alumnus of the year and at about the same time named its Center for Outdoor Engagement... 58433060@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:06:53 MDT Fall TV preview: The best and worst of fall TV http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58388932-223/264-com-date-executive.html.csp If you’re looking for a bunch of big shows that will blow you away, you’re going to be disappointed in the fall 2014 television season. Which is not to say that ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW are letting viewers down.&lt;freeform&gt; Sure, there are some bad shows coming our way, but there are also some gems worth checking out. Here’s the best and worst of what this fall has to offer: BEST SHOW ABOUT A PREGNANT VIRGIN “Jane the Virgin” (Mondays, 7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30) • Jane (Gina Rodriguez) is a ... If you’re looking for a bunch of big shows that will blow you away, you’re going to be disappointed in the fall 2014 television season. Which is not to say that ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW are letting viewers down.&lt;freeform&gt; Sure, there are some bad shows coming our way, but there are also some gems worth checking out. Here’s the best and worst of what this fall has to offer: BEST SHOW ABOUT A PREGNANT VIRGIN “Jane the Virgin” (Mondays, 7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30) • Jane (Gina Rodriguez) is a ... 58388932@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:22:45 MDT Utah judge, principal among black Americans in storytelling project http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58429625-90/iframe-utah-com-www.html.csp As a college student in 1960s Virginia, Joyce Gray entered diners from a back door marked “colored.” She sat with fellow students at a Woolworth’s counter to protest such segregation. Years later, Gray would become an award-winning Utah school administrator and the state’s first African-American principal. Now, when she recounts such details to students and others, “They say, ‘Why you don’t hate white people?’” she said Thursday. Her reply: “I don’t have time for that. Because when you hate and... As a college student in 1960s Virginia, Joyce Gray entered diners from a back door marked “colored.” She sat with fellow students at a Woolworth’s counter to protest such segregation. Years later, Gray would become an award-winning Utah school administrator and the state’s first African-American principal. Now, when she recounts such details to students and others, “They say, ‘Why you don’t hate white people?’” she said Thursday. Her reply: “I don’t have time for that. Because when you hate and... 58429625@www.sltrib.com Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:55:54 MDT Lawmaker: All Utah restaurants should have a ‘Zion Curtain’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58424611-78/utah-restaurants-alcohol-valentine.html.csp As Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, leaves the Legislature to head the Utah State Tax Commission, he expressed one alcohol policy regret: not making all Utah restaurants have a Zion Curtain. “I made a mistake,” Valentine, the major force over the past decade in shaping Utah liquor laws, said Thursday. During the 2009 liquor law debates, “I should have bitten the bullet and given existing restaurants a certain amount of time to comply with the law.” Instead, he allowed existing restaurants to go wit... As Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, leaves the Legislature to head the Utah State Tax Commission, he expressed one alcohol policy regret: not making all Utah restaurants have a Zion Curtain. “I made a mistake,” Valentine, the major force over the past decade in shaping Utah liquor laws, said Thursday. During the 2009 liquor law debates, “I should have bitten the bullet and given existing restaurants a certain amount of time to comply with the law.” Instead, he allowed existing restaurants to go wit... 58424611@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:41:18 MDT BYU football: McMahon to enter BYU Hall, have jersey retired http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58429049-88/byu-mcmahon-degree-game.html.csp Provo • Thirty-three years after completing his eligibility as an All-American quarterback at BYU, Jim McMahon will be inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame and have his No. 9 jersey retired at a halftime ceremony during the BYU-Utah State game on Oct. 3. BYU made the announcement on Thursday morning with the release of its 2014 induction class to be honored at the Marriott Center on Oct. 2. Other inductees include gymnast Kelly Parkinson Evanson, swimmer Dmitri Malinovski, track and cross... Provo • Thirty-three years after completing his eligibility as an All-American quarterback at BYU, Jim McMahon will be inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame and have his No. 9 jersey retired at a halftime ceremony during the BYU-Utah State game on Oct. 3. BYU made the announcement on Thursday morning with the release of its 2014 induction class to be honored at the Marriott Center on Oct. 2. Other inductees include gymnast Kelly Parkinson Evanson, swimmer Dmitri Malinovski, track and cross... 58429049@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:06:34 MDT Ice-cold, high-point beer a new niche for Utah brewery stores http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58389018-223/beer-com-store-brewery.html.csp What can customers get at the new Red Rock Beer Store that’s not available at a state-run liquor facility? Cold beer! “The beer literally goes from the cold room in the production facility to the beer store fridge 10 feet away,” said Red Rock Brewing’s marketing director, Michael Druce. “It never even gets close to heat.” The Red Rock Beer Store opened about two months ago at 443 N. 400 West in Salt Lake City, inside the facility where all of the high-point beers — more than 4 percent alcohol by... What can customers get at the new Red Rock Beer Store that’s not available at a state-run liquor facility? Cold beer! “The beer literally goes from the cold room in the production facility to the beer store fridge 10 feet away,” said Red Rock Brewing’s marketing director, Michael Druce. “It never even gets close to heat.” The Red Rock Beer Store opened about two months ago at 443 N. 400 West in Salt Lake City, inside the facility where all of the high-point beers — more than 4 percent alcohol by... 58389018@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:38:27 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 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:14:13 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 Utah author James Dashner gets Hollywood treatment with ‘The Maze Runner’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58375068-223/dashner-maze-movie-runner.html.csp For a film buff like James Dashner, receiving the Hollywood treatment for his best-selling action thriller “The Maze Runner” is another happy plot twist in a multiple-chaptered narrative journey. The movie adaptation of the Utah writer’s 2009 novel opens in wide release — including at Dashner’s neighborhood movie house, South Jordan’s The District — on Friday. Sharp-eyed viewers might catch the Utah writer’s cameo appearance at the end of the movie. “Basically, I’m sitting at a table. I’m on scr... For a film buff like James Dashner, receiving the Hollywood treatment for his best-selling action thriller “The Maze Runner” is another happy plot twist in a multiple-chaptered narrative journey. The movie adaptation of the Utah writer’s 2009 novel opens in wide release — including at Dashner’s neighborhood movie house, South Jordan’s The District — on Friday. Sharp-eyed viewers might catch the Utah writer’s cameo appearance at the end of the movie. “Basically, I’m sitting at a table. I’m on scr... 58375068@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:54:48 MDT Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Park due for face-lift http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58403695-78/park-pioneer-coalition-homeless.html.csp Imagine residents of downtown Salt Lake City strolling to Pioneer Park to toss a Frisbee or spread out a picnic and enjoy the day along with other folks, who happen to be homeless. For the nonprofit Pioneer Park Coalition, it’s not an impossible dream. Local funding for a federal-matching grant could change the face of Pioneer Park, although the proposed $1 million project appears more like a face-lift than a complete makeover. In its continuing effort to make the park a place for everyone, Salt... Imagine residents of downtown Salt Lake City strolling to Pioneer Park to toss a Frisbee or spread out a picnic and enjoy the day along with other folks, who happen to be homeless. For the nonprofit Pioneer Park Coalition, it’s not an impossible dream. Local funding for a federal-matching grant could change the face of Pioneer Park, although the proposed $1 million project appears more like a face-lift than a complete makeover. In its continuing effort to make the park a place for everyone, Salt... 58403695@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:54:53 MDT Sex offenders driving up Utah’s prison population http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58406311-78/offenders-sex-prison-utah.html.csp Prison populations around the country have been in steady decline for the past 10 years. In Utah, it’s a different story. The number of men and women in the state’s prison system has continued to rise, with the highest drivers being nonviolent criminals and sex offenders, who are staying in longer and taking up more beds than ever before, according to data collected by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Sex offenders now take up 42 percent more beds than they did 10 years ago, making them the largest gr... Prison populations around the country have been in steady decline for the past 10 years. In Utah, it’s a different story. The number of men and women in the state’s prison system has continued to rise, with the highest drivers being nonviolent criminals and sex offenders, who are staying in longer and taking up more beds than ever before, according to data collected by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Sex offenders now take up 42 percent more beds than they did 10 years ago, making them the largest gr... 58406311@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:44:11 MDT Horse carriages gone from Salt Lake City, but debate might go on http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58407995-90/beckham-business-carriage-company.html.csp Downtown Salt Lake City horse-carriage rides are suddenly, quietly, a thing of the past. But the city’s policy on such businesses — whether they should be allowed to operate in the capital or not — may still be a topic for debate. “Now that there isn’t a carriage company that is working in the city, it makes it a little more palatable so that we’re not worried about livelihood and what’s going to happen with horses,” said Salt Lake City Council Chairman Charlie Luke. “We can just look at policy ... Downtown Salt Lake City horse-carriage rides are suddenly, quietly, a thing of the past. But the city’s policy on such businesses — whether they should be allowed to operate in the capital or not — may still be a topic for debate. “Now that there isn’t a carriage company that is working in the city, it makes it a little more palatable so that we’re not worried about livelihood and what’s going to happen with horses,” said Salt Lake City Council Chairman Charlie Luke. “We can just look at policy ... 58407995@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:17:35 MDT Family says police shot Utah man because he was black http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58409680-78/hunt-family-police-sword.html.csp Darrien Hunt’s family says it can figure only one reason that Saratoga Springs police would shoot to death a “timid” 22-year-old in the back, even if he had what they call a “toy” sword: He was black, and treated with extra suspicion because of it. “It’s difficult to make any sense out of the situation any other way,” said Cindy Moss, the aunt of Hunt and acting family spokeswoman, on Saturday. Saratoga Springs police issued a written statement saying claims that its officers’ actions were a re... Darrien Hunt’s family says it can figure only one reason that Saratoga Springs police would shoot to death a “timid” 22-year-old in the back, even if he had what they call a “toy” sword: He was black, and treated with extra suspicion because of it. “It’s difficult to make any sense out of the situation any other way,” said Cindy Moss, the aunt of Hunt and acting family spokeswoman, on Saturday. Saratoga Springs police issued a written statement saying claims that its officers’ actions were a re... 58409680@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:13:26 MDT Feds give thumbs down to Sugar House Streetcar extension http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58407218-90/2100-council-drive-funding.html.csp The Sugar House Streetcar extension isn’t coming any time soon. The Salt Lake City Council scrum earlier this month that ended in a split 4-3 vote to fund a federal matching grant for the Sugar House Streetcar was apparently all for naught. City Hall confirmed Friday that its application for a federal transportation “TIGER” grant that would have extended the so-called S-Line to the intersection at 2100 South and Highland Drive failed to be approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The a... The Sugar House Streetcar extension isn’t coming any time soon. The Salt Lake City Council scrum earlier this month that ended in a split 4-3 vote to fund a federal matching grant for the Sugar House Streetcar was apparently all for naught. City Hall confirmed Friday that its application for a federal transportation “TIGER” grant that would have extended the so-called S-Line to the intersection at 2100 South and Highland Drive failed to be approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The a... 58407218@www.sltrib.com Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:50:13 MDT Gun instructor: Injured Utah teacher messed up http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58406775-90/gun-carry-teacher-concealed.html.csp A prominent Utah gun rights advocate said the elementary school teacher injured when her gun went off in a bathroom Thursday bears the blame for the accident. “It was a negligent discharge,” said Clark Aposhian, a concealed carry permit instructor. “We are no apologist for improper weapon handling and we never will be.” Aposhian said it’s highly unlikely the gun would have gone off if dropped, which means sixth-grade teacher Michelle Ferguson-Montgomery probably inadvertently pulled the trigger... A prominent Utah gun rights advocate said the elementary school teacher injured when her gun went off in a bathroom Thursday bears the blame for the accident. “It was a negligent discharge,” said Clark Aposhian, a concealed carry permit instructor. “We are no apologist for improper weapon handling and we never will be.” Aposhian said it’s highly unlikely the gun would have gone off if dropped, which means sixth-grade teacher Michelle Ferguson-Montgomery probably inadvertently pulled the trigger... 58406775@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:26:14 MDT Utah Bucket List: Violinist in tune with Zion National Park http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58247716-78/zion-park-national-panitch.html.csp Zion National Park • As a violinist, Rachel Panitch never expected her name to be linked to those of Ansel Adams, William Henry Jackson, George Catlin, Henry Thoreau and Thomas Moran. But, thanks to a National Park Service program that lets artists live temporarily in parks across the country, the Boston resident can be grouped with the painters, photographers and writers who helped preserve and promote the nation’s most scenic locations. Panitch, who also composes music, spent the month of Apri... Zion National Park • As a violinist, Rachel Panitch never expected her name to be linked to those of Ansel Adams, William Henry Jackson, George Catlin, Henry Thoreau and Thomas Moran. But, thanks to a National Park Service program that lets artists live temporarily in parks across the country, the Boston resident can be grouped with the painters, photographers and writers who helped preserve and promote the nation’s most scenic locations. Panitch, who also composes music, spent the month of Apri... 58247716@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:00:18 MDT