Special Report - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/cat/SpecialReport 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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) For many black Mormons, racism is a bigger issue than sexism http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58361569-78/women-says-black-church.html.csp Black Mormon women may have powerful voices, but few are ready to join the white LDS feminist chorus, pushing for gender equity in the Utah-based faith. And their reasons are as varied as the women involved. To many, no conversation about equality is complete without confronting race and its role in Mormon history. After all, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prohibited men and boys of African descent from being ordained to the priesthood until 1978. It barred black women from tem... Black Mormon women may have powerful voices, but few are ready to join the white LDS feminist chorus, pushing for gender equity in the Utah-based faith. And their reasons are as varied as the women involved. To many, no conversation about equality is complete without confronting race and its role in Mormon history. After all, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prohibited men and boys of African descent from being ordained to the priesthood until 1978. It barred black women from tem... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58361569@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:34:05 MDT Salt Lake Comic Con delivers fans, but does it deliver dollars? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58313984-78/comic-con-salt-lake.html.csp How much impact does Salt Lake Comic Con have on downtown’s economy? That’s what co-founder Dan Farr would like to find out. During the second annual Comic Con, scheduled for Sept. 4-6, the convention will conduct a survey with Visit Salt Lake to measure how much money con-goers spend outside of the Salt Palace Convention Center. Before now, no one was tracking it. Technically, the Salt Lake Chamber doesn’t consider Comic Con a convention trade show. In its eyes, it’s a consumer show, and the i... How much impact does Salt Lake Comic Con have on downtown’s economy? That’s what co-founder Dan Farr would like to find out. During the second annual Comic Con, scheduled for Sept. 4-6, the convention will conduct a survey with Visit Salt Lake to measure how much money con-goers spend outside of the Salt Palace Convention Center. Before now, no one was tracking it. Technically, the Salt Lake Chamber doesn’t consider Comic Con a convention trade show. In its eyes, it’s a consumer show, and the i... 58313984@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:48:30 MDT Former special ed student now leads Utah school district http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58339659-78/hughes-tintic-evans-district.html.csp Eureka • As a boy, Kodey Hughes didn’t think much about his future because it didn’t seem very promising. He grew up the son of a single father in tiny Mammoth in western Utah. He had a learning disability that made reading difficult. Hughes didn’t read his first full book until seventh grade. “I wasn’t the kid in the class that was supposed to go to college,” Hughes said. But he did go to college, and much further. The former special-education student now leads the 250-student Tintic School Dis... Eureka • As a boy, Kodey Hughes didn’t think much about his future because it didn’t seem very promising. He grew up the son of a single father in tiny Mammoth in western Utah. He had a learning disability that made reading difficult. Hughes didn’t read his first full book until seventh grade. “I wasn’t the kid in the class that was supposed to go to college,” Hughes said. But he did go to college, and much further. The former special-education student now leads the 250-student Tintic School Dis... 58339659@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:25:31 MDT Salt Lake City in no rush to scrap its gun laws http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58348435-90/gun-lake-salt-becker.html.csp Mayor Ralph Becker is no Michael Bloomberg when it comes to gun control. Becker, mayor of Salt Lake City and soon to be president of the National League of Cities, has no intention of leading a crusade against what he sees as too-lax firearms laws. The Democrat supports what he considers common-sense gun control and, in the days after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., he signed onto the U.S. Conference of Mayors letter advocating a ban on assault weapons and h... Mayor Ralph Becker is no Michael Bloomberg when it comes to gun control. Becker, mayor of Salt Lake City and soon to be president of the National League of Cities, has no intention of leading a crusade against what he sees as too-lax firearms laws. The Democrat supports what he considers common-sense gun control and, in the days after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., he signed onto the U.S. Conference of Mayors letter advocating a ban on assault weapons and h... 58348435@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:03:45 MDT Utah utility boss who failed to prevent alleged fraud gets $238,005 severance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58338926-78/stewart-company-heber-franco.html.csp The public utility general manager who failed to prevent his subordinate from carrying out an alleged financial fraud is leaving the company with a retirement package worth almost a quarter-million dollars. Blaine Stewart, whose tenure as Heber Light and Power’s general manager began in 2008, was relieved of all day-to-day responsibilities Aug. 8 and will officially retire Nov. 26. “I’m 71, and I’ve put in a lot of years with the electric service,” Stewart said. “It’s time for me to pursue my o... The public utility general manager who failed to prevent his subordinate from carrying out an alleged financial fraud is leaving the company with a retirement package worth almost a quarter-million dollars. Blaine Stewart, whose tenure as Heber Light and Power’s general manager began in 2008, was relieved of all day-to-day responsibilities Aug. 8 and will officially retire Nov. 26. “I’m 71, and I’ve put in a lot of years with the electric service,” Stewart said. “It’s time for me to pursue my o... 58338926@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:57:40 MDT The vibe is back in downtown Salt Lake City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58334365-78/downtown-lake-salt-utah.html.csp They are young, diverse, mobile, socially aware and part of a long-sought transformation in Utah’s urban core. Twenty-somethings are driving a residential boom in the heart of Salt Lake City, with thousands of new apartments, condominiums and town homes being built to cater to the living needs of these so-called millennials. Utah’s younger demographics, its sturdy job market and a blossoming tech sector have combined with a light-rail system and premier outdoor and cultural attractions to lure a... They are young, diverse, mobile, socially aware and part of a long-sought transformation in Utah’s urban core. Twenty-somethings are driving a residential boom in the heart of Salt Lake City, with thousands of new apartments, condominiums and town homes being built to cater to the living needs of these so-called millennials. Utah’s younger demographics, its sturdy job market and a blossoming tech sector have combined with a light-rail system and premier outdoor and cultural attractions to lure a... 58334365@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:16:28 MDT Photos: Celebrating 50 years of Utah wilderness http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58322161-78/wilderness-utah-places-feel.html.csp Bill Rau likes to visit a spot in Utah’s Book Cliffs. He doesn’t want you to know where it is, but he sure wants you to know how beautiful and wild it is. The place north of Interstate 70 is the subject of his black and white photograph “Storm’s Light,” which is among 50 images selected for a juried exhibit to open Wednesday at the Natural History Museum of Utah. The show, Utah Wilderness 50, commemorates the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Wilderness Act into law. ... Bill Rau likes to visit a spot in Utah’s Book Cliffs. He doesn’t want you to know where it is, but he sure wants you to know how beautiful and wild it is. The place north of Interstate 70 is the subject of his black and white photograph “Storm’s Light,” which is among 50 images selected for a juried exhibit to open Wednesday at the Natural History Museum of Utah. The show, Utah Wilderness 50, commemorates the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Wilderness Act into law. ... 58322161@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:54:56 MDT Is Ordain Women an apostate group? Mormon leaders won’t say http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58353062-78/women-church-ordain-lds.html.csp Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly is an “apostate,” the LDS Church’s top spokesman declared in a recent radio interview. So does that make the organization she founded to push for women’s inclusion in the all-male Mormon priesthood an apostate group? It is no idle question. The Utah-based faith asks members seeking entrance to any Mormon temple to assert that they do not “support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or oppose those acc... Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly is an “apostate,” the LDS Church’s top spokesman declared in a recent radio interview. So does that make the organization she founded to push for women’s inclusion in the all-male Mormon priesthood an apostate group? It is no idle question. The Utah-based faith asks members seeking entrance to any Mormon temple to assert that they do not “support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or oppose those acc... 58353062@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:00:34 MDT Audit blasts UTA, says it gave millions in sweetheart deals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58338545-90/audit-auditors-board-compensation.html.csp The Utah Transit Authority “prepaid” a developer $10 million to construct a parking garage — which it turns out he never built — just after he made a multimillion-dollar deal benefiting a UTA board member. The agency never got all the money back from that advance. The troublesome incident is one of many described in a blistering, yearlong legislative audit into UTA operations that was released Tuesday. It complains about other sweetheart deals, extravagant pay and bonuses, failure to plan well... The Utah Transit Authority “prepaid” a developer $10 million to construct a parking garage — which it turns out he never built — just after he made a multimillion-dollar deal benefiting a UTA board member. The agency never got all the money back from that advance. The troublesome incident is one of many described in a blistering, yearlong legislative audit into UTA operations that was released Tuesday. It complains about other sweetheart deals, extravagant pay and bonuses, failure to plan well... 58338545@www.sltrib.com Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:40:08 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 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:03:38 MDT ‘Utah Fan’ not a fan favorite in debut of new fight song lyrics (video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58349583-89/utah-fan-fight-song.html.csp As “Utah Man” echoed around Rice Eccles Stadium, it was clear that old habits and traditions die hard. Despite a more politically correct push in the offseason, altering lyrics from “Utah Man” to “Utah Fan,” among other changes, fans largely stuck to the version written in 1904. Standing next to the Utah student section, students clad in both white and red belted out “man” following the team’s opening touchdown of the night, just as they’d always done. Deanna Collins, an English teaching majo... As “Utah Man” echoed around Rice Eccles Stadium, it was clear that old habits and traditions die hard. Despite a more politically correct push in the offseason, altering lyrics from “Utah Man” to “Utah Fan,” among other changes, fans largely stuck to the version written in 1904. Standing next to the Utah student section, students clad in both white and red belted out “man” following the team’s opening touchdown of the night, just as they’d always done. Deanna Collins, an English teaching majo... 58349583@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:44:11 MDT Idaho seizes boys from Utah polygamous sect http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58317321-78/jessop-flds-pocatello-report.html.csp Pocatello, Idaho • If the boy didn’t wake at 6 a.m., he wouldn’t be allowed to eat breakfast. When a sheriff’s detective asked what was usually served in the mornings, the boy didn’t know. He hadn’t been up that early in a while. The breakfast policy was just one of the rules the boy — apparently in his early teens — had to follow after running afoul of leaders of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Last month, police and child welfare agents removed th... Pocatello, Idaho • If the boy didn’t wake at 6 a.m., he wouldn’t be allowed to eat breakfast. When a sheriff’s detective asked what was usually served in the mornings, the boy didn’t know. He hadn’t been up that early in a while. The breakfast policy was just one of the rules the boy — apparently in his early teens — had to follow after running afoul of leaders of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Last month, police and child welfare agents removed th... 58317321@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:23:55 MDT Utah grapples with toxic water from oil and gas industry http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58298470-78/danish-flats-ponds-company.html.csp A massive stream of wastewater tainted with hydrocarbons has been flowing into Utah from oil and gas mining on Colorado’s West Slope. Evaporation ponds used to process the contaminated water in Grand County have released tons of toxic chemicals into the air since April 2008. But the Colorado company running the 14-pond facility operated without a Utah air-quality permit for more than six years, public documents show, while providing officials faulty data that underreported its emissions and ex... A massive stream of wastewater tainted with hydrocarbons has been flowing into Utah from oil and gas mining on Colorado’s West Slope. Evaporation ponds used to process the contaminated water in Grand County have released tons of toxic chemicals into the air since April 2008. But the Colorado company running the 14-pond facility operated without a Utah air-quality permit for more than six years, public documents show, while providing officials faulty data that underreported its emissions and ex... 58298470@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:27:39 MDT Flipping Utah schools: Lessons at home, homework in class http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58298169-78/students-class-watch-teacher.html.csp Last school year, teacher Pam Loveridge faced her toughest group of students yet. Within a few months, nearly 40 of her 200 middle school math students were failing — much higher than the normal two. She knew she had to do something dramatic. So she flipped her classroom at Butler Middle School in Cottonwood Heights. Loveridge asked students to watch her recorded lessons on computers at home, and during class, they worked on assignments they might have otherwise done as homework. Struggling stu... Last school year, teacher Pam Loveridge faced her toughest group of students yet. Within a few months, nearly 40 of her 200 middle school math students were failing — much higher than the normal two. She knew she had to do something dramatic. So she flipped her classroom at Butler Middle School in Cottonwood Heights. Loveridge asked students to watch her recorded lessons on computers at home, and during class, they worked on assignments they might have otherwise done as homework. Struggling stu... 58298169@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:21:25 MDT Early study warned of potential landslides at Eaglepointe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58310103-90/2013-bedrock-clay-eaglepointe.html.csp Although a 2003 geotechnical report warned of the potential for landslides at Eaglepointe Estates in North Salt Lake, a 2013 supplemental study made no mention of the clay bedrock flagged for attention in the first and that one geologist called “a notorious bad boy” for instability. There is no written review of the developer-commissioned June 2013 geotechnical study that pronounced as “globally stable” the lots at the crown of the massive landslide that crushed one house and damaged a tennis cl... Although a 2003 geotechnical report warned of the potential for landslides at Eaglepointe Estates in North Salt Lake, a 2013 supplemental study made no mention of the clay bedrock flagged for attention in the first and that one geologist called “a notorious bad boy” for instability. There is no written review of the developer-commissioned June 2013 geotechnical study that pronounced as “globally stable” the lots at the crown of the massive landslide that crushed one house and damaged a tennis cl... 58310103@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:13:21 MDT How Rick Koerber beat federal charges alleging a Ponzi scheme http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58326787-78/koerber-case-attorney-federal.html.csp Rick Koerber was back. The day after a federal judge threw out the 18 criminal charges of fraud, money laundering and tax violations against him, Koerber showed up to crow at a downtown hotel wearing a black cowboy hat, and with six of his children, his wife and several friends in tow. And crow he did. It was as if the old Rick Koerber had returned with all the bluster, bluff and vinegar of past times. He was the “Free Capitalist” of the radio show and billboards who enticed $100 million from ... Rick Koerber was back. The day after a federal judge threw out the 18 criminal charges of fraud, money laundering and tax violations against him, Koerber showed up to crow at a downtown hotel wearing a black cowboy hat, and with six of his children, his wife and several friends in tow. And crow he did. It was as if the old Rick Koerber had returned with all the bluster, bluff and vinegar of past times. He was the “Free Capitalist” of the radio show and billboards who enticed $100 million from ... 58326787@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:14:21 MDT Star Salt Lake County cold case detective moves on from mysteries http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58279650-78/park-cases-cold-case.html.csp When it comes to homicides, Todd Park has never liked the word closure. That’s coming from the award-winning Unified Police detective who has solved at least a dozen cold cases in his two-decade career in homicide, about half of which he spent working cold cases full time. From where he sees it, the families “are never going to get closure for what happened to their loved one. They can’t shut the door on that.” But he has given them answers. After a stint as the state’s only full-time cold case... When it comes to homicides, Todd Park has never liked the word closure. That’s coming from the award-winning Unified Police detective who has solved at least a dozen cold cases in his two-decade career in homicide, about half of which he spent working cold cases full time. From where he sees it, the families “are never going to get closure for what happened to their loved one. They can’t shut the door on that.” But he has given them answers. After a stint as the state’s only full-time cold case... 58279650@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:24:57 MDT Toxic evaporation ponds in Utah threaten birds, little protection http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58301691-78/birds-ponds-ambrose-company.html.csp Moab ornithologist Skip Ambrose visited evaporation ponds at Danish Flats Environmental Services eight times in 2009 and 2010, documenting dead birds, masses of dead insects and birds with oiled plumage, which can be lethal because it harms eggs and ruins the insulating properties of feathers. The company agreed to the inspections to win over environmentalists concerned about the wastewater facility’s potential to harm ducks, grebes and other migratory birds that might mistake the oily evaporati... Moab ornithologist Skip Ambrose visited evaporation ponds at Danish Flats Environmental Services eight times in 2009 and 2010, documenting dead birds, masses of dead insects and birds with oiled plumage, which can be lethal because it harms eggs and ruins the insulating properties of feathers. The company agreed to the inspections to win over environmentalists concerned about the wastewater facility’s potential to harm ducks, grebes and other migratory birds that might mistake the oily evaporati... 58301691@www.sltrib.com Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:56:04 MDT Restaurateur impressing Salt Lake with good food, hard work http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58294190-223/nguyen-lake-salt-business.html.csp Like a keen sailor on the changing sea, Mai Nguyen knows the ebb and flow of the restaurant business. Over the past two decades, she and her family have owned several Utah eateries, seeking new concepts to entice diners, but unafraid to change direction if a business no longer proves profitable. “We fail many, many times,” Nguyen said of her family that now operates four Salt Lake Valley restaurants. “It’s part of success for me.” It is that fearless, internal strength that recently earned Nguye... Like a keen sailor on the changing sea, Mai Nguyen knows the ebb and flow of the restaurant business. Over the past two decades, she and her family have owned several Utah eateries, seeking new concepts to entice diners, but unafraid to change direction if a business no longer proves profitable. “We fail many, many times,” Nguyen said of her family that now operates four Salt Lake Valley restaurants. “It’s part of success for me.” It is that fearless, internal strength that recently earned Nguye... 58294190@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:18:20 MDT As reforms loom, some Utah college athletes just scraping by http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58289596-77/says-utah-players-ncaa.html.csp His sister, living in Miami, needs bus money to get to school. His brother, playing football at his second junior college in two years, can’t always pay his bills alone. His mother toils at an Atlanta Wal-Mart to support his four younger siblings. While he was suiting up for Utah State University’s football team, it wasn’t enough for linebacker Tavaris McMillian to perform. He had to provide. An injury has ended his playing career, but McMillian will continue to receive a monthly stipend and se... His sister, living in Miami, needs bus money to get to school. His brother, playing football at his second junior college in two years, can’t always pay his bills alone. His mother toils at an Atlanta Wal-Mart to support his four younger siblings. While he was suiting up for Utah State University’s football team, it wasn’t enough for linebacker Tavaris McMillian to perform. He had to provide. An injury has ended his playing career, but McMillian will continue to receive a monthly stipend and se... 58289596@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:14:10 MDT UTA fails to report $14.26M in retirement benefits http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58310329-90/benefits-compensation-corrected-difference.html.csp Earlier this year, the Utah Transit Authority officially reported that General Manager Michael Allegra’s total 2013 compensation was $346,249. It turns out that was about $52,000 too low — because UTA had failed to include some retirement-pension benefits. His compensation really was $397,900, including all salary, bonuses, benefits and leave. Allegra was not alone. The UTA erroneously omitted reporting a combined total of $14.26 million in retirement benefits for all its employees — about a thi... Earlier this year, the Utah Transit Authority officially reported that General Manager Michael Allegra’s total 2013 compensation was $346,249. It turns out that was about $52,000 too low — because UTA had failed to include some retirement-pension benefits. His compensation really was $397,900, including all salary, bonuses, benefits and leave. Allegra was not alone. The UTA erroneously omitted reporting a combined total of $14.26 million in retirement benefits for all its employees — about a thi... 58310329@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:00:35 MDT 30-year-journey: Mom wants lost son’s remains from Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58271918-78/lee-beeler-kathy-mary.html.csp Mary Hagadus is eager for her son’s remains to be returned to her in Michigan by the end of the month. In September, Mary is scheduled to undergo radiation treatment for breast cancer, and she wants to have the memorial service before then. The service will be down by the Flat River, which winds southward like a wet snake through Belding, Mich. As a boy, Mary’s son Lee used to fish the Flat for smallmouth bass and rainbow trout, using nothing but string and a safety pin. “He’d catch fish no mat... Mary Hagadus is eager for her son’s remains to be returned to her in Michigan by the end of the month. In September, Mary is scheduled to undergo radiation treatment for breast cancer, and she wants to have the memorial service before then. The service will be down by the Flat River, which winds southward like a wet snake through Belding, Mich. As a boy, Mary’s son Lee used to fish the Flat for smallmouth bass and rainbow trout, using nothing but string and a safety pin. “He’d catch fish no mat... 58271918@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:22:18 MDT Mormon survey: Women, ordination, apostasy, PR and more http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58293555-78/church-women-lds-members.html.csp Feminist Kate Kelly’s excommunication from the LDS Church in June may have been a local decision, but Mormon officials knew its impact, given all the media attention, would reach members across the nation, if not the globe. So this week the Research Information Division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints emailed a survey to see how concerned members — or their family, friends and acquaintances — are about “the roles, responsibilities or treatment of women in the church,” and what... Feminist Kate Kelly’s excommunication from the LDS Church in June may have been a local decision, but Mormon officials knew its impact, given all the media attention, would reach members across the nation, if not the globe. So this week the Research Information Division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints emailed a survey to see how concerned members — or their family, friends and acquaintances — are about “the roles, responsibilities or treatment of women in the church,” and what... 58293555@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:57:21 MDT Sugar House Streetcar drawing business, not riders http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58289003-90/streetcar-says-minutes-bus.html.csp The new Sugar House Streetcar is only slightly faster than a nearby parallel bus route, and even pedestrians can sometimes outrace it. Far fewer people than expected are riding the fresh two-mile line that cost $37 million to build. But Salt Lake City and Utah Transit Authority officials still view the streetcar as a success and well worth the price for one main reason: It delivers economic development up and down the line. “The amount of community investment that has occurred will make this st... The new Sugar House Streetcar is only slightly faster than a nearby parallel bus route, and even pedestrians can sometimes outrace it. Far fewer people than expected are riding the fresh two-mile line that cost $37 million to build. But Salt Lake City and Utah Transit Authority officials still view the streetcar as a success and well worth the price for one main reason: It delivers economic development up and down the line. “The amount of community investment that has occurred will make this st... 58289003@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:02:12 MDT Wi-Fi on rails is a headache for riders and UTA http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58233036-90/uta-says-fiet-system.html.csp The Utah Transit Authority is having trouble helping commuters make a different kind of travel connection — with Wi-Fi Internet for tablets, smartphones, laptop computers and other electronic devices. UTA acknowledges that its Wi-Fi isn’t very good right now and says it is trying to upgrade. It is a headache shared by mass transit systems nationally and worldwide, according to recent journal articles. Clair Fiet, UTA chief information officer, says the system faces two main challenges. First, U... The Utah Transit Authority is having trouble helping commuters make a different kind of travel connection — with Wi-Fi Internet for tablets, smartphones, laptop computers and other electronic devices. UTA acknowledges that its Wi-Fi isn’t very good right now and says it is trying to upgrade. It is a headache shared by mass transit systems nationally and worldwide, according to recent journal articles. Clair Fiet, UTA chief information officer, says the system faces two main challenges. First, U... 58233036@www.sltrib.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:04:26 MDT Utah Bucket List: Hot air balloons soar above red rocks of southern Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57455357-78/balloon-festival-list-bluff.html.csp Valley of the Gods • Whitewater rafting. Mountain biking. Hiking. Scenic drives. Think you have experienced the natural beauty of southern Utah every conceivable way? There’s another — one that looks down on all the others. “Being in a [hot-air] balloon is a unique experience. You are floating quietly over the landscape and it gives you a completely different perspective from that high up,” said Steve Simpson, who helped create the annual Bluff International Balloon Festival. “People talk about ... Valley of the Gods • Whitewater rafting. Mountain biking. Hiking. Scenic drives. Think you have experienced the natural beauty of southern Utah every conceivable way? There’s another — one that looks down on all the others. “Being in a [hot-air] balloon is a unique experience. You are floating quietly over the landscape and it gives you a completely different perspective from that high up,” said Steve Simpson, who helped create the annual Bluff International Balloon Festival. “People talk about ... 57455357@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:17:54 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 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:17:54 MDT After five deaths, simple change is saving lives on Utah roadway http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57999385-78/crosswalk-avenue-wall-crossing.html.csp Ogden • Lately, it’s been nearly the same every day. From inside St. Anne’s Center, executive director Jennifer Canter hears the screech of brakes. Sometimes she hears the crunch of bumpers colliding. She automatically knows: Someone’s in the crosswalk. A driver suddenly stopped. Often, the driver behind doesn’t. The damage to the cars is unfortunate, Canter said, but she’s grateful that it’s not another pedestrian hit by a car. In recent years, several people — many of them clients of the hom... Ogden • Lately, it’s been nearly the same every day. From inside St. Anne’s Center, executive director Jennifer Canter hears the screech of brakes. Sometimes she hears the crunch of bumpers colliding. She automatically knows: Someone’s in the crosswalk. A driver suddenly stopped. Often, the driver behind doesn’t. The damage to the cars is unfortunate, Canter said, but she’s grateful that it’s not another pedestrian hit by a car. In recent years, several people — many of them clients of the hom... 57999385@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:01:46 MDT Civil war pits city officials against justice court in West Jordan http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58276538-90/kunz-thomas-judge-court.html.csp A fierce volley of accusations between West Jordan’s Justice Court and city officials — including claims of civil-rights abuses, judicial misconduct in domestic-violence cases and attempted power grabs — has quieted down just as the allegations have reached federal court. In a lawsuit filed last month, Shelley Thomas, supervisor of the justice court’s clerks, claimed that investigators and prosecutors sexually harassed her, threatened her and lied about a subpoena to get hold of documents in a n... A fierce volley of accusations between West Jordan’s Justice Court and city officials — including claims of civil-rights abuses, judicial misconduct in domestic-violence cases and attempted power grabs — has quieted down just as the allegations have reached federal court. In a lawsuit filed last month, Shelley Thomas, supervisor of the justice court’s clerks, claimed that investigators and prosecutors sexually harassed her, threatened her and lied about a subpoena to get hold of documents in a n... 58276538@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:38:00 MDT The buck for safe hillside development stops with Utah cities http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58271786-78/development-lake-salt-report.html.csp When would-be homeowners see a house on a hill — or at the bottom of a hillside — they assume it’s safe; certain that regulators have made sure there is no hazard. But that isn’t always the case. And when things go wrong, residents wonder how it was allowed to happen — particularly when a landslide, like the one last week at Eaglepointe Estates in North Salt Lake, is at the site of a former gravel quarry resting upon claylike soils. In Utah, state law puts the onus for safe development squarely ... When would-be homeowners see a house on a hill — or at the bottom of a hillside — they assume it’s safe; certain that regulators have made sure there is no hazard. But that isn’t always the case. And when things go wrong, residents wonder how it was allowed to happen — particularly when a landslide, like the one last week at Eaglepointe Estates in North Salt Lake, is at the site of a former gravel quarry resting upon claylike soils. In Utah, state law puts the onus for safe development squarely ... 58271786@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:00:41 MDT