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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... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 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 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 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:50:18 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 The money men top Utah’s most influential sports list http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58247268-77/utah-ranking-previous-team.html.csp In early May, the University of Utah broke ground for construction of a basketball practice facility. Nine days later, Utah State unveiled its venue for basketball practice and volleyball competition. Those developments came nine months after Utah opened a new football complex. The building boom has become one of the biggest stories in collegiate athletics in the state. Jim Laub, Spence Eccles and Jon M. Huntsman Sr. share the billing as the co-Most Influential Person in Utah Sports in 2014. La... In early May, the University of Utah broke ground for construction of a basketball practice facility. Nine days later, Utah State unveiled its venue for basketball practice and volleyball competition. Those developments came nine months after Utah opened a new football complex. The building boom has become one of the biggest stories in collegiate athletics in the state. Jim Laub, Spence Eccles and Jon M. Huntsman Sr. share the billing as the co-Most Influential Person in Utah Sports in 2014. La... 58247268@www.sltrib.com Sun, 10 Aug 2014 20:17:38 MDT Chaffetz takes a Dem deep into conservative Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58257601-90/baltimore-chaffetz-county-cummings.html.csp Moab • Between bites of his Dutch-oven dinner, Rep. Elijah Cummings throws out a bomb of a question and then a knowing wink. “So, what do all of you think of Washington?” The Maryland Democrat looked to his left and his right, surrounded by Republican leaders in rural Utah. State Sen. David Hinkins, R-Orangeville, sought a polite answer, a friendly grin showing below his white Stetson. Finally, he manages: “It’s a nice tourist spot.” Bruce Adams was equally chummy, a hand draped over the back o... Moab • Between bites of his Dutch-oven dinner, Rep. Elijah Cummings throws out a bomb of a question and then a knowing wink. “So, what do all of you think of Washington?” The Maryland Democrat looked to his left and his right, surrounded by Republican leaders in rural Utah. State Sen. David Hinkins, R-Orangeville, sought a polite answer, a friendly grin showing below his white Stetson. Finally, he manages: “It’s a nice tourist spot.” Bruce Adams was equally chummy, a hand draped over the back o... 58257601@www.sltrib.com Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:13:40 MDT Obama names New Mexico monument, says ‘I’m not finished’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57972924-90/act-action-areas-congress.html.csp Washington • President Barack Obama wielded his unilateral power Wednesday to set aside nearly 500,000 acres in New Mexico along the Mexican border as a national monument, and he promised more action to save other treasured landscapes. “I’ve preserved more than 3 million acres of public lands for future generations. And I am not finished,” Obama declared before signing a proclamation naming the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Wednesday’s action marks Obama’s 12th use of the Antiq... Washington • President Barack Obama wielded his unilateral power Wednesday to set aside nearly 500,000 acres in New Mexico along the Mexican border as a national monument, and he promised more action to save other treasured landscapes. “I’ve preserved more than 3 million acres of public lands for future generations. And I am not finished,” Obama declared before signing a proclamation naming the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Wednesday’s action marks Obama’s 12th use of the Antiq... 57972924@www.sltrib.com Wed, 06 Aug 2014 12:47:51 MDT Parole officers’ new focus: more hand holding, less handcuffing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58247732-78/moore-corso-probation-women.html.csp Riverton • She told them to drop in anytime, so Adult Probation & Parole agents Nathan Griffiths and Chris Moore arrived unannounced in an unmarked car that they parked down the road. The garage door was open. Two young boys played in the grass. As the officers approached, 5-year-old Kayden eyed the black guns on their belts, tucked neatly under their bulletproof vests. “Want to see mine?” he asked. “It shoots rubber bands.” Inside the house, Brandi Corso was drying her eyes. Corso, 23, is a re... Riverton • She told them to drop in anytime, so Adult Probation & Parole agents Nathan Griffiths and Chris Moore arrived unannounced in an unmarked car that they parked down the road. The garage door was open. Two young boys played in the grass. As the officers approached, 5-year-old Kayden eyed the black guns on their belts, tucked neatly under their bulletproof vests. “Want to see mine?” he asked. “It shoots rubber bands.” Inside the house, Brandi Corso was drying her eyes. Corso, 23, is a re... 58247732@www.sltrib.com Tue, 05 Aug 2014 10:57:00 MDT What’s rooftop solar power worth? Not much, utility says http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58243410-78/power-customers-net-utility.html.csp As winter heads toward spring every year, the electrical output from the solar array atop David Bennett’s Park City home climbs while his power usage declines with the lengthening days. As a result, Bennett “banks” hundreds of kilowatt hours with Rocky Mountain Power to cover his power needs when the sunshine isn’t pouring into his photovoltaic panels. But on March 31, the end of the annual billing cycle, the utility zeroes out such “net metered” accounts, meaning these customers often forfeit ... As winter heads toward spring every year, the electrical output from the solar array atop David Bennett’s Park City home climbs while his power usage declines with the lengthening days. As a result, Bennett “banks” hundreds of kilowatt hours with Rocky Mountain Power to cover his power needs when the sunshine isn’t pouring into his photovoltaic panels. But on March 31, the end of the annual billing cycle, the utility zeroes out such “net metered” accounts, meaning these customers often forfeit ... 58243410@www.sltrib.com Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:28:36 MDT Year after husband’s death, Utah ethicist reflects on her journey through grief http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58247707-78/hopkins-battin-brooke-says.html.csp Peggy Battin knows all about dying. As a nationally recognized ethicist at the University of Utah, she has spent decades analyzing every element of knotty end-of-life issues. But a year ago, Battin confronted a new kind of knowing — the personal kind — and quickly discovered the two forms of knowledge are not the same. On July 31, 2013, Battin’s husband, 71-year-old Brooke Hopkins, died from injuries he suffered in a November 2008 bicycle accident, which had severed his spinal cord. For 4½ yea... Peggy Battin knows all about dying. As a nationally recognized ethicist at the University of Utah, she has spent decades analyzing every element of knotty end-of-life issues. But a year ago, Battin confronted a new kind of knowing — the personal kind — and quickly discovered the two forms of knowledge are not the same. On July 31, 2013, Battin’s husband, 71-year-old Brooke Hopkins, died from injuries he suffered in a November 2008 bicycle accident, which had severed his spinal cord. For 4½ yea... 58247707@www.sltrib.com Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:22:45 MDT Is Utah still last in per-pupil spending? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58250849-78/per-spending-pupil-utah.html.csp In recent weeks, some politicians have claimed that Utah has finally done it — moved out of last place in per-pupil spending. “In case you didn’t hear, UT [Utah] no longer has the lowest per-pupil total spending for public ed,” state Auditor John Dougall proclaimed on his Facebook page. Then, in late July, Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, announced to legislative leadership at a public Education Task Force meeting, “Idaho now holds the once-coveted position that we held for so long that none of... In recent weeks, some politicians have claimed that Utah has finally done it — moved out of last place in per-pupil spending. “In case you didn’t hear, UT [Utah] no longer has the lowest per-pupil total spending for public ed,” state Auditor John Dougall proclaimed on his Facebook page. Then, in late July, Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, announced to legislative leadership at a public Education Task Force meeting, “Idaho now holds the once-coveted position that we held for so long that none of... 58250849@www.sltrib.com Mon, 04 Aug 2014 09:38:38 MDT A primer on Utah reforms to avoid Swallow-Shurtleff scandals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58251184-90/swallow-attorney-general-shurtleff.html.csp After he was arrested and charged with 10 felonies alleging he had misused his office, former Republican Attorney General Mark Shurtleff complained loud and long that the case against him was a politically motivated hit, ordered by Democratic Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill. Gill denied party played into the charges, noting they were made in conjunction with Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings, a Republican, and based on findings not just from investigators with the FBI and Utah Depa... After he was arrested and charged with 10 felonies alleging he had misused his office, former Republican Attorney General Mark Shurtleff complained loud and long that the case against him was a politically motivated hit, ordered by Democratic Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill. Gill denied party played into the charges, noting they were made in conjunction with Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings, a Republican, and based on findings not just from investigators with the FBI and Utah Depa... 58251184@www.sltrib.com Mon, 04 Aug 2014 07:32:47 MDT Thief steals paintings from Utah artist’s home http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58234112-78/nielson-art-stolen-amp.html.csp Larry Nielson couldn’t understand how he kept misplacing his art. In the weeks before the big heist, Nielson would notice that a painting wasn’t where he remembered putting it. He must have left it somewhere else among the hundreds of works of art he had stored around the house, he thought. On May 30, Nielson had planned to have his paintings photographed so he could market them online. Photographers had already arrived at his Ephraim home, at 351 N. Main St., when he realized more than two doz... Larry Nielson couldn’t understand how he kept misplacing his art. In the weeks before the big heist, Nielson would notice that a painting wasn’t where he remembered putting it. He must have left it somewhere else among the hundreds of works of art he had stored around the house, he thought. On May 30, Nielson had planned to have his paintings photographed so he could market them online. Photographers had already arrived at his Ephraim home, at 351 N. Main St., when he realized more than two doz... 58234112@www.sltrib.com Sun, 03 Aug 2014 20:19:26 MDT Bucket List: Splore shares outdoor ‘magic’ with people with disabilities http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58118803-78/splore-trip-river-robertson.html.csp 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... 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... 58118803@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:19:46 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 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