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  • Former Army special forces soldier secretly trained an armed Utah polygamous squad. Was it a militia?

    Mount Pleasant • Jesse Raynor needed two more copies of the U.S. Army Ranger Handbook. As quartermaster, he was responsible for making sure the men in his Mount Pleasant unit, which had been dubbed the Priesthood Protection Team, or PPT, were properly outfitted. Raynor had Microsoft Excel spreadsheets showing who had AR-15s, Kevlar helmets and vests, first aid kits and even how cold of a temperature each man’s sleeping bag could withstand. Now, on Nov. 17, 2011, Raynor was trying to […]

  • Detective assigned to Lauren McCluskey’s case prior to her murder leaves University of Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — The detective accused of not doing enough after being assigned to investigate Lauren McCluskey’s case in the weeks before she was murdered has left her position at the University of Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the woman, who began working at the U of U in March of 2016, is no longer at that post as of Wednesday. A University spokesman told the Tribune the had left the agency but would not say if she […]

  • The growth won’t stop and neither will the traffic. Mayors in southwest Salt Lake County say the state should do more to improve roads.

    How do you get from Salt Lake County’s fast-growing southwestern cities to other parts of the valley? Patiently. Area roads, many designed when these towns were quiet bedroom communities, are frequently crammed, particularly during commuting times. And new homes, apartments and town houses are going up at a swift pace in that neck of the county. The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Frustrated mayors say their cities are growing so rapidly that road improvements aren’t keeping up, and they are imploring […]

  • After a week of cougar, moose and other wildlife sightings in cities, expect more animal encounters in Utah as the valleys warm

    A spate of appearances by cougar and moose — and one intrepid mountain goat — in cities along the Wasatch Front has animal lovers reaching for their binoculars and wildlife officials warning that more close encounters could be coming. The Salt Lake Tribune reports. “March is a very important month to keep your eyes open,” said Scott Root, conservation outreach manager for the state Division of Wildlife Resources’ central region. Since last week, a mother and two juvenile cougars roamed […]

  • Should Salt Lake County be split in two? Some west-side city leaders are so frustrated they are talking about it.

    An array of elected officials from cities in southwest Salt Lake County support a bill that would allow communities to strike out and create their own county without a majority vote from the county they would leave behind. The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Representatives from Herriman, Riverton, West Jordan and Copperton say they don’t feel their interests are represented at the county level and are frustrated by what they see as a disproportionate lack of funding from the county when […]

  • Salt Lake Stallions win their first home game, beating the Arizona Hotshots, 23-15

    In their inaugural home game in this inaugural season of existence, the Salt Lake Stallions rode the energy of being on the road the first two weeks of the season, of training all those weeks in San Antonio and just waiting for a shot to run out of the tunnel inside Rice-Eccles Stadium and be welcomed, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. They rode the anticipation of Saturday’s moment all the way to a win. The Stallions topped the Arizona Hotshots […]

  • A tiny tyrannosaur dubbed the ‘harbinger of doom’ has been discovered in Utah

    A new tyrannosaur fossil has been discovered in Utah — and it’s tiny compared to its more famous relative T. rex. The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Meet Moros intrepidus, a small tyrannosaur that lived in Utah’s Emery County during the Cretaceous period. At 96 million years old, it is the oldest Cretaceous tyrannosaur species yet discovered in North America. The find narrowed a 70-million-year gap in the tyrant dinosaur record. And by small, think the size of a mule deer. […]

  • Now there’s a $50 million plan to save Utah’s famous Bonneville Salt Flats, but will it work?

    A century ago, industrial potash mining and land-speed racing emerged at nearly the same time and the same place in the United States: Utah’s gleaming white wonderland known as the Bonneville Salt Flats. The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Both activities flourished on the playa’s saline chemistry, which yields valuable minerals and a hard, level crust stretching for miles and miles, an ideal stage to push souped-up wheeled machines to the limit. During the intervening decades, however, millions of tons of […]

  • ‘War on coal’ is over, Trump team trumpets, as it approves two Utah mining projects

    Proclaiming an end to the “war on coal,” federal land managers delivered a Valentine’s Day gift to Utah’s coal country, announcing the award of a long-awaited lease to Alton Coal Development Co., which needs a 3,581-acre tract to keep operations going at its strip mine west of Bryce Canyon National Park. The Salt Lake Tribune reports. “American coal jobs matter,” acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in a news release. “Coal production on federal lands provides nearly 40 percent of […]

  • Orrin Hatch foundation seeks $2 million of taxpayer money for a center in his honor

    Washington • Supporters of former Sen. Orrin Hatch are asking the Utah Legislature to donate $2 million of taxpayer money to help fund a new center in Hatch’s name in Salt Lake City, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Meg Holbrook, a former chairwoman of the Utah Democratic Party and now a top executive at Zions Bank, pitched the idea to the Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday, saying the public would benefit from the center. “Its overall goal […]

  • Memory drive with tax documents for more than 42,000 Salt Lake Community College students lost in mail

    SALT LAKE CITY — Tax documents for more than 42,000 college students have gone astray after a memory drive was lost in the mail. The Salt Lake Tribune reports school administrators sent a notice to students on Friday and indicated the envelope arrived but was empty. “It slipped out somehow,” Joy Tlou, a spokesperson for SLCC said. The Tribune reports the device held 1098-T tax forms, which lists how much students pay for tuition and whether or not they qualify […]

  • Sting will perform with the Utah Symphony to benefit Zion National Park

    Sting will perform with the Utah Symphony on Aug. 31 in a concert that will benefit Zion National Park, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Proceeds from the concert in the Usana Amphitheatre will go to the nonprofit Zion Forever Project, according to a Tuesday news release from the symphony, Cherrytree Management and Live Nation. Zion Forever Project, the park’s private partner, generally pays for programs and projects that would not ordinarily be covered by National Park Service budgets. The Springdale-based […]

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