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  • 2 moms book returned to shelves of Utah school district after legal fight

    01/15/2013 7:12:20 AM PST · by Abathar · 13 replies
    Theindychannel/AP ^ | 01/15/2013 | uncredited
    SALT LAKE CITY - A book about a lesbian couple raising children has returned to a Utah school district's library shelves, amid a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union. Officials with the ACLU of Utah say they were informed of the district's decision Monday, two months after the suit was filed.
  • US taking steps to protect Gunnison sage grouse

    01/12/2013 5:35:12 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    ap ^ | January 10, 2013
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ... has proposed designating 1.7 million acres in southwest Colorado and southeast Utah as critical habitat for the bird ... The designation sometimes, but not always, means restrictions on human activities on that land. The public and the scientific community have until March 12 to comment before the agency makes a final decision on whether to list the Gunnison sage grouse as endangered.
  • Indicted UT Businessman Links Harry Reid To Bribery Attempt

    01/12/2013 3:06:45 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 12, 2013 | Tom Harvey and Robert Gehrke
    Embattled St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson says new Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped broker a deal in 2010 in which Johnson believed he was to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid $600,000 to make a federal investigation into Johnsonís company go away. But when the federal government filed a lawsuit Johnson thought he had paid to quash, he demanded Swallow return some of the $250,000 initial payment. Then, just days before the Nov. 6 election, Johnson engaged in a frenetic but unsuccessful effort to get Swallow to drop out of the race, saying information about what Johnson called a...
  • Businessman in fraud case ties Utah AG to scheme (Harry Reid mentioned)

    01/12/2013 2:30:33 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | Jan 12 , 2013
    A Utah businessman accused of running a fraudulent $350 million software scheme says the state attorney general arranged a deal to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make a federal investigation into the software business disappear. ... Johnson says be believed that Reid, a Nevada senator, might intervene in the Federal Trade Commission's investigation.
  • Small Utah town makes gun in every home a top priority

    01/10/2013 7:50:17 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 9 January, 2013 | AP
    Officials in a small Utah town want to make sure every head of household has a firearm and knows how to use it, and they want to give school teachers training with guns too.
  • Why A Utah State Trooper Is Target of Class Action Suit By Drivers [false DUI arrests]

    01/07/2013 1:50:47 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 37 replies
    AOL Autos ^ | Dec 17, 2012
    State troopers put their lives on the line every day. And the act of pulling someone over on a highway can be a deadly experience for any cop not following the best protocols. But police are also under great pressure to generate ticket revenue for their cities, counties and states, and their zeal to hit revenue targets can lead them to do the wrong thing. So says a class action suit filed against the State of Utah and a specific state trooper who is accused of writing "driving under the influence" tickets when they weren't impaired. State trooper Lisa Steed...
  • Police drug search intrudes on husband's final moments with deceased wife

    01/07/2013 1:48:37 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 49 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Jan. 3 2013 | Dennis Romboy
    VERNAL ó A man says Vernal police disrupted an intimate moment of mourning with his deceased wife of 58 years when they searched his house for her prescription medication without a warrant within minutes of her death. -snip- Ben D. Mahaffey, 80, said he was distraught and trying to make sure his wife's body would be taken to the funeral home with dignity, when he says officers insisted he help them look for the drugs. "I was holding her hand saying goodbye when all the intrusion happened," he told the Deseret News. -snip- Mahaffey said he was treated as if...
  • Congressman-elect writing Elizabeth Smart's memoir

    01/05/2013 5:57:48 PM PST · by District13 · 16 replies
    Deseret News ^ | November 23, 2012 | Kristin Murphy
    SALT LAKE CITY ó Ten years after her kidnapping, Elizabeth Smart is preparing her story of being held captive by a homeless street preacher, her improbable rescue after nine months, and how she advocated for children after the ordeal. St. Martin's Press bought the rights to the memoir from the now 25-year-old senior at Brigham Young University. Smart married a fellow Mormon missionary, Matthew Gilmour, in February. The account is being written by Utah Congressman-elect Chris Stewart, who has authored books with religious and patriotic themes. He was elected in November to serve in the 2nd Congressional District, replacing Jim...
  • If demography is destiny, good news for Texas, North Dakota and D.C.

    01/02/2013 7:55:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/02/2013 | Michael Barone
    Demographics buffs get a special Christmas present every year courtesy of the Census Bureau: its annual estimates of the populations of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. This gives demographers a chance to see where the nation is growing and where it is not, and to get an idea of the destination of immigrants and of the flow of people into one set of states and out of another. Nationally the Census Bureau estimates that the United States has grown from 308 million people when the census was conducted in April 2010 and to almost 313 million in...
  • Utah birth rate drops for 4th year in a row

    12/29/2012 10:48:51 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    ksl ^ | December 26th, 2012 | Devon Dolan
    SALT LAKE CITY ¬ó Utah has had one of the nation's highest birth rates for quite a while, but over the last four years couples have chosen to have fewer children. One big reason for that: money, and the lack thereof. Most any parent will tell you having a child is their greatest blessing ‚Āł the more than 51,000 infants born in Utah this past year are living proof of that. But the number of Utah births is decreasing. "We have seen a decline since 2006, 2007 ¬ó those were our biggest years. Those years we had about 60,000 babies...
  • Hatchís Warning: Obama Will Need to Raise Taxes on Middle Class

    12/28/2012 3:39:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 07:09 PM | Stephen Feller and Kathleen Walter
    President Barack Obama will eventually raise taxes on the entire middle class because he has no plans to stop spending, the GOPís soon-to-be senior senator tells Newsmax. And the success or failure of the presidentís bid to increase tax rates for the top two percent of earners is irrelevant in the matter, said Sen. Orrin Hatch in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV. The Utah senatorówho will become the senior Republican in the new Congress set to convene next weekósaid that Republicans are leery of increasing taxes on Americans in any income bracket because they believe Obama will spend the money...
  • 200 Utah teachers to attend concealed gun training after Connecticut

    12/26/2012 9:52:03 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    adelaidenow.com.au ^ | December 26, 2012
    MORE than 200 Utah teachers are expected to head to a meeting tomorrow to undergo six hours of concealed-weapons training as organisers seek to arm more educators in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Connecticut school shooting. Utah Shooting Sports Council said it normally has a dozen teachers annually for instruction required to legally carry a concealed weapon in public places. The state's leading gun lobby decided to offer teachers the training at no charge to encourage turnout after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Organisers who initially capped attendance at 200 were exceeding that number by today and scrambling...
  • UT pastor keeps potential burglar at bay with gun

    12/19/2012 12:40:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    heraldextra.com ^ | 19 December, 2012 | NA
    An Orem pastor who held an intoxicated man at bay with a gun says the man is welcome to get help at his church anytime. Robert Brooks says he woke up Friday to the sound of someone banging on the doors of Victory Baptist Church. Brooks lives in the basement of the building with his wife and children. Brooks says he could tell the man outside was drunk, so he announced he had a gun and pointed its laser sights at him until police arrived.
  • Utah sixth-grader found with gun in class reportedly says parents encouraged him after Connecticut..

    12/18/2012 6:26:12 PM PST · by SubGeniusX · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 18, 2012
    <p>A Utah sixth-grader, who told classmates he was encouraged by his parents to bring a gun to school after the Connecticut school shooting, was apprehended by teachers after he was found with an unloaded .22-caliber handgun, Fox13Now.com reported.</p> <p>The unidentified student, described in the report as an 11-year-old boy, reportedly pulled the gun from his backpack during recess Monday at West Kearns Elementary School, which is in a suburb of Salt Lake City.</p>
  • Local companies named on Ďboycottí list for supporting national monument proposal near Canyonlands

    12/09/2012 2:06:07 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Moab Times-Independent ^ | Dec. 6, 2012 | Steve Kadel
    Grand County companies whose owners signed a letter to President Obama supporting federal protection for 1.4 million acres surrounding Canyonlands National Park are facing an economic boycott that some say has been spurred by the locally-based Sagebrush Coalition. The coalitionís Facebook page includes a list of local and national companies that signed the Nov. 13 letter from the Outdoor Industry Association urging Obama to create the Greater Canyonlands National Monument. ... Sagebrush Coalition president James Tibbetts ... opposes monument status for land around Canyonlands National Park because it isnít necessary. ďWeíve used it all these years and we havenít ruined...
  • 1 shot after man attempts to intervene in couple's argument, police say(UT)

    12/08/2012 5:10:22 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    ksl.com ^ | 8 December, 2012 | David Self Newlin
    WEST JORDAN ó What appeared to be a fight between a couple turned into a much more serious shooting after an armed neighbor apparently tried to intervene. Police say a they were called to the shooting at about 1 a.m. A man was arguing with his girlfriend in a car just outside the Woodgate apartment complex at 3581 W. Cobble Ridge Drive. As the argument got more heated, a man walking his dog passed by, saw the argument, and asked the female if she needed help, according to West Jordan officer J.C. Holt. An ensuing argument between the two men...
  • US married father's horror after wife places his child with an adopted family without telling him

    12/04/2012 12:24:52 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 101 replies
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 3 December 2012 | Nina Golgowski
    A Texas man is battling for custody of his first-born daughter after his wife successfully gave her up for adoption without telling him - to a family who now refuses to return the girl. Terry Achane, 31, a drill instructor in South Carolina, says it was just days after he left his pregnant wife for his new job out of state that she quietly signed over their unborn baby to a family of seven in Utah. His newborn baby, whom he had wanted to name Teleah, was given to Jared and Kristi Frei, who now say the girl is theirs...
  • Utah Voter Turnout One Of Lowest In Country [Utah in bottom 10 of eligible voters staying home]

    11/27/2012 2:56:31 PM PST · by Colofornian · 69 replies
    MidUtahRadio.com ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Duke Dance
    The number of Utah citizens going to the polls continues to drop. The ďSalt Lake TribuneĒ reports that while election officials point to 80 percent voter turnout across the state, that number only reflects registered voters, and doesnít include more than half-a-million Utahns who are eligible to vote but not registered. Overall, the number of people in the state who cast ballots in the presidential election was 57 percent. Thatís basically the same number as the 2008 election, when Utah placed 9th lowest in the country in voter turnout.
  • Obama campaign manager saw supposed threat in Huntsman candidacy

    11/20/2012 4:35:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:50 AM 11/20/2012 | David Tonyan
    Former ambassador to China and Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman could have been the greatest threat to the presidentís re-election, Obamaís campaign manager claimed Tuesday morning. Ö The fact that Huntsman is widely considered a ďmoderateĒ may have played into Messinaís supposed concern. Against Mitt Romney, ďBarack Obama won moderates by 15 points,Ē Messina explained. But itís unlikely that Messinaóan astute Democratic partisanótruly perceived Huntsman as a threat. The former Utah governor barely registered Republican support during the primary season. Ö
  • Utah-04 final canvass results (Hope for Mia Love)

    11/20/2012 11:37:05 AM PST · by Perdogg · 44 replies
    After election day in Utah-04, Democrat Jim Matheson was ahead of Mia Love by 2,646 votes. But there were approximately 72,000 provisional and absentee ballots yet to be counted. The results for the final canvass are being released today. We will update.
  • Ranchers, farmers brace for 'death tax' impact

    11/17/2012 3:16:39 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    FoxNews ^ | November 16, 2012 | William La Jeunesse
    the estate tax -- also known as the "death tax."... set to soar at the beginning of 2013 ... The estate tax dates back to 1916 when then-President Woodrow Wilson imposed the tax of 1 to 10 percent on the wealthy because World War I reduced federal government revenues. Under Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the tax rose to 77 percent, as Congress tried to prevent wealth from becoming concentrated among a few powerful and super-rich families. Ironically, many nations historically more concerned with class and wealth -- namely Russia and China -- have since abandoned their estate taxes.
  • An American Oil Find That Holds More Than All of OPEC [UT,CO]

    11/13/2012 1:31:10 PM PST · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    ABC ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | By ALAN FARNHAM
    Drillers in Utah and Colorado are poking into a massive shale deposit trying to find a way to unlock oil reserves that are so vast they would swamp OPEC. A recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office estimated that if half of the oil bound up in the rock of the Green River Formation could be recovered it would be "equal to the entire world's proven oil reserves." Both the GAO and private industry estimate the amount of oil recoverable to be 3 trillion barrels. "In the past 100 years ó in all of human history -- we have...
  • Interior proposal would block oil shale development on federal lands in West

    11/09/2012 2:58:23 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/9/12 | Zack Colman
    The Interior Department on Friday issued a final plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land in the West originally slated for oil shale development. The proposed plan would fence off a majority of the initial blueprint laid out in the final days of the George W. Bush administration. It faces a 30-day protest period and a 60-day process to ensure it is consistent with local and state policies. After that, the department would render a decision for implementation. The move is sure to rankle Republicans, who say President Obamaís grip on fossil fuel drilling in federal lands is...
  • Interior proposal would block oil shale development on federal lands in West

    11/09/2012 3:03:33 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/09/12 | Zack Colman -
    The Interior Department on Friday issued a final plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land in the West originally slated for oil shale development. The proposed plan would fence off a majority of the initial blueprint laid out in the final days of the George W. Bush administration. It faces a 30-day protest period and a 60-day process to ensure it is consistent with local and state policies. After that, the department would render a decision for implementation. The move is sure to rankle Republicans, who say President Obamaís grip on fossil fuel drilling in federal lands is...
  • Interior Proposal Would Block Oil Shale Development On Federal Lands In West

    11/09/2012 3:00:14 PM PST · by drewh · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/09/12 02:07 PM ET | By Zack Colman
    The Interior Department on Friday issued a final plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land in the West originally slated for oil shale development. The proposed plan would fence off a majority of the initial blueprint laid out in the final days of the George W. Bush administration. It faces a 30-day protest period and a 60-day process to ensure it is consistent with local and state policies. After that, the department would render a decision for implementation. The move is sure to rankle Republicans, who say President Obamaís grip on fossil fuel drilling in federal lands is...
  • 102 Utah miners laid off because of 'war on coal,' company says

    11/08/2012 11:28:29 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 5 replies
    Desert News ^ | 11/9/12
    EAST CARBON, Carbon County ó A Utah coal company owned by a vocal critic of President Barack Obama has laid off 102 miners. The layoffs at the West Ridge Mine are effective immediately, according to UtahAmerican Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Murray Energy Corp. They were announced in a short statement made public Thursday, two days after Obama won re-election. The layoffs are necessary because of the president's "war on coal," the statement said. The slogan is one used frequently during the election by Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who was an ardent supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney....
  • Calgary-based company plans first U.S. oil sands project

    11/08/2012 5:54:16 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 2 replies
    Financial Post ^ | November 8, 2012 | Yadullah Hussain
    The oil sands are coming to the United States. And this time they donít need U.S. State Department approval or presidential permits, as a Canadian company has secured approval by the state of Utah to produce bitumen within its own arid lands. Calgary-based U.S. Oil Sands Inc. plans to produce 2,000 barrels per day by 2014 on its PR Spring Oil Sands Project, a $30-million operation, which it aims to scale up to 50,000 bpd within 10 years.
  • Libertarian contributes to Mia Love defeat in Utah

    11/07/2012 10:26:11 AM PST · by aimhigh · 29 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 11/07/2012 | Michael McGuire
    With 100 percent of the votes counted, incumbent Democrat Jim Matheson received 108,075 (49.34 percent) to Republican Loveís 105,257 (48.06 percent). Running on the Libertarian ticket, Vein received 5,690 votes, or 2.6 percent.
  • Treasury Quietly Warns: 'Expect Debt Limit to Be Reached Near End of 2012'

    11/07/2012 5:40:51 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 6, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The U.S. Treasury quietly warned at the end of a statement issued last Wednesday that it expects the federal government to hit its legal debt limit before the end of this year--which means before the new Congress is seated--and that "extraordinary measures" will be needed before then to keep the government fully funded into the early part of 2013. On Aug. 2, 2011, President Obama signed a deal he had negotiated with congressional leaders to increase the debt limit of the federal government by $2.4 trillion. But, now, after only 15 months, almost all of that additional borrowing authority has...
  • Live thread: Jim Matheson vs. Mia Love House race - Utah House 4 (going down to the wire)

    11/06/2012 10:15:08 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 12 replies
    Utah Elections ^ | 11/7/2012 | Utah Elections Board
    At time of posting: Jim Matheson (Democrat - incumbent) 48.84% 83,531 Mia Love (Republican) 48.7% 83,289 Jim Vein (Libertarian) 2.46% 4,202
  • Romney favorite to win bid for presidency in Utah (Ya think???)

    11/06/2012 3:24:09 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 11/6/12
    Mitt Romney is expected to sail to victory in Utah's general election. Romney, a Mormon and graduate of Brigham Young University who oversaw the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, is a hugely popular figure in Utah, where more than 60 percent of residents are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Tribune poll: Matheson trails Mia Love 52 percent to 40 percent

    11/01/2012 9:05:39 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 29 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune
    Tribune poll: Matheson trails Mia Love 52 percent to 40 percent
  • 1 man in hospital, 2 at large after homeowner fires at intruders(UT)

    11/01/2012 4:03:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    deseretnews.com ^ | 30 October, 2012 | Benjamin Wood
    SALT LAKE CITY ó Two men are at large and third was hospitalized Tuesday after a homeowner fired a handgun at home invaders, police said. The incident took place about 3:20 p.m. at 2303 S. Green St., Salt Lake City police detective Dennis McGowan said. According to witnesses, a man, woman and child were inside the home when the man opened the door for an acquaintance. When he did, three adult men rushed inside the home, one of them armed with a gun, McGowan said. The man then grabbed a handgun and fired multiple rounds at the suspects,
  • CU profs being investigated for illegal fossil gathering in Utah

    10/28/2012 12:12:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Boulder Camera ^ | 10/26/2012 | Nancy Lofholm
    Two University of Colorado professors are being investigated by the Bureau of Land Management for taking fossils from a remote area of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah without a permit. The professors, who have not been named, and a group of students with them were breaking off slabs of rock containing fossils in a remote section of the monument in early October when a tour guide discovered them and informed them that what they were doing was illegal. The guide with Escape Goat Tours and Shuttle Service reported that the professors told him to mind his own business as...
  • Love hopes to be 1st black GOP woman in Congress

    10/26/2012 3:19:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    In her bid to become the first black Republican woman elected to Congress, Mia Love is the GOP's emblem of diversity this campaign year. She's reluctant to embrace the role, saying she doesn't let race or gender define her politics. The 36-year-old mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, points to her policy stances as the reason for her success. "I was elected mayor not because of my race or gender, not because I wear high heels, but because of the policies I put in place," Love said in a recent interview. Polling shows Love with a slight lead over Democratic Rep....
  • Utah newspaper endorses Obama over Romney

    10/20/2012 9:43:26 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 54 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/20/2012
    One of Utah's largest newspapers, located in the heart of Mormon country, has endorsed President Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The Salt Lake Tribune endorsed Mr. Obama on Friday in an editorial that praised the president for engineering passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to stimulate the economy and accused Mr. Romney of flip-flopping and being "willing to say anything to get elected." The paper acknowledged that their choice may be surprising to some, considering Mr. Romney's Mormon faith and his leadership and financial turnaround of the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City. The Tribune...
  • MSNBC's Witt Whiffs Twice In One Morning

    10/20/2012 6:34:23 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Drifting around the dial this morning, I happened on MSNBC's Weekends With Alex Witt. Within a few minutes, I was stunned by two Witt whiffs, to wit: 1. Criticizing the Tea Party's lack of "diverse thinking," she asked Joe Scarborough "how much has the Tea Party damaged the Republican party?" Joe gently explained that far from damaging the GOP, the Tea Party propelled it to historic landslide victories in 2010. 2. Witt later cast the Salt Lake Tribune's endorsement of Barack Obama as a "surprise," ignoring the fact that in 2008, the Salt Lake Tribune endorsed . . . Barack...
  • Mia Love doubles Jim Matheson in 3rd quarter fundraising

    10/18/2012 9:22:49 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Oct. 15 2012 | Dennis Romboy
    SALT LAKE CITY ó Capitalizing on her speech at the Republican National Convention and Utah campaign events featuring GOP stars, Mia Love raised more than twice as much money in the past quarter as Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson. ... Two Democratic organizations ó House Majority PAC and Center Forward PAC ó released a poll Monday showing Matheson with a 48 percent to 41 percent lead among likely 4th District voters. Love's poll by Public Opinion Strategies early last month had her up 51-36. Both Matheson and Love have discounted each other's numbers. A Deseret News/KSL survey in late September gave...
  • Union: Border agents opened fire on each other [Nick Ivie death]

    10/07/2012 5:28:46 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/7/2012 | BOB CHRISTIE
    PHOENIX (AP) ó The U.S. Border Patrol agent killed last week in a shooting in southern Arizona apparently opened fire on two fellow agents thinking they were armed smugglers and was killed when they returned fire, the head of the Border Patrol agents' union said Sunday. The two sets of agents approached an area where a sensor had been activated early Tuesday from different directions early Tuesday and encountered each other in an area of heavy brush, National Border Patrol Council president George McCubbin said. Agent Nicholas Ivie apparently opened fire first and wounded one of the other agents but...
  • FBI: Border shooting was likely an accident [Nicholas Ivie -- "friendly fire"]

    10/05/2012 5:25:40 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 8:04 PM EDT, Fri October 5, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    This week's fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent and the wounding of another in Arizona was likely the result of friendly fire, the FBI said late Friday. "While it is important to emphasize that the FBI's investigation is actively continuing, there are strong preliminary indications that the death of United States Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie, 30, and the injury to a second agent was the result of an accidental shooting incident involving only the agents," James Turgal, special agent in charge of the FBI's Phoenix division, said in a statement. "At the appropriate time further information...
  • Environmentalists cheer, employees jeer: plant likely closing (War on Coal)

    10/02/2012 7:20:33 AM PDT · by TChris · 7 replies
    KSL ^ | 10/2/2012 | John Hollenhorst
    CASTLE GATE, Carbon County ó One of Utah's most prominent industrial landmarks may be on the verge of a permanent shutdown, done in by its own scenic setting. Rocky Mountain Power has warned employees and public officials to expect the likely closure of the company's Carbon Power Plant in the next two to three years. "It's probable," company spokesman Dave Eskelsen said Monday. "I think people need to be prepared for that." ... A cleanup deadline is looming in the year 2015 for reductions in emissions of mercury, nitrogen-oxides, sulfur-dioxide and particles of ash. "There's simply not enough room in...
  • Report: Racist pics sent to Mia Love

    09/26/2012 1:19:11 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | September 26, 2012 | KEVIN ROBILLARD
    Police are investigating racist photos sent to the office of Utah GOP congressional candidate Mia Love, but arenít sure if any crimes were committed, according to a report. An envelope including pictures of aborted fetuses, a photo of Love and her husband Jason, and a photo of a hooded Ku Klux member were sent to Loveís mayoral office in Saratoga Springs, the Deseret News reported. Saratoga Springsí city manager said the contents were ďdisturbingĒ and ďpretty creepy.Ē Love, who would be the first black female Republican elected to Congress, told the paper her opposition to President Barack Obama makes her...
  • Mia Love Surges Ahead of Jim Matheson in Recent Poll

    09/25/2012 8:18:40 PM PDT · by wittyone · 84 replies
    Utah Republican Party ^ | September 25, 2012 | Utah Republican Party
    Mia Love Surges Ahead of Jim Matheson in Recent Poll Ramped up attack ads from Matheson signal desperation Saratoga Springs Ė A recent poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies indicates Mia Love has surged to a commanding 51-36% lead over Matheson. Miaís message of reforming Washington is gaining widespread support from Utah voters, while Jim Matheson's support for Obama's policies have diminished his support for re-election. With Mia Love surging among voters, Jim Matheson and his allies have resorted to false and personal attacks. Matheson and his Washington allies have begun a deeply negative campaign, attacking Mia Love, her family...
  • Gunman dies from gunshot wounds(UT)

    09/23/2012 5:52:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    ksl.com ^ | 21 September, 2012 | Andrew Wittenberg
    KAYSVILLE ó A suspected gunman has died from gunshot wounds after a shooting that left another man in critical condition. Just before 2:30 p.m. Friday, a gunman at Francis Peak Apartments, located at 600 West Mutton Hollow Road in Kaysville, shot 51-year-old maintenance manager Steve Bailey multiple times, "emptying the clip" and critically wounding him. Witnesses report that Bailey witnessed a domestic dispute between a man and woman in a common area of the apartment complex and tried to intervene when the man shot Bailey at close range. Police report that an armed witness shot at the gunman, but it...
  • Utah fine-tunes open carry law

    09/22/2012 3:37:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    policeone.com ^ | 21 September, 2012 | Dennis Romboy
    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah ó Carrying a holstered gun or toting a rifle would not be grounds for a disorderly conduct or other criminal charges under a proposed law Utah legislators are again considering. Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, introduced his latest version of the bill to the Judiciary Interim Committee on Wednesday but said he still needs to make some changes so it "reads a little bit better." "Last year, there was a lot of wrangling over wording," he said. The House passed Ray's bill during the 2012 Legislature, but it died in the Senate. Since then, Ray said he...
  • Legendary Outlaw Butch Cassidy's "Amnesty" Colt .45 To Be Auctioned This Month

    09/20/2012 7:35:29 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    Sacbee.com ^ | 19 September 2012 | RMK Svc
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- On Sunday, September 30, 2012, California Auctioneers in Ventura, California, will auction off the Colt .45 SAA (Serial Number 158402) that belonged to Robert LeRoy Parker, better known as Butch Cassidy, the legendary bank thief, train robber, and leader of the Wild Bunch Gangóthe notorious Wyoming-based bandits that stalked the American West throughout the 1890s. His legacy as an icon of the American Old West was immortalized in the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Known as the "Amnesty Colt," this is the most documented of Cassidy's guns. Hunted by...
  • OMG! Theyíre Using Targets! Human Shaped Targets! OMG!

    09/20/2012 10:28:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 20 September, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    Gun-friendly Utah is surprisingly queasy when it comes to the kinds of paper targets shooters are allowed to use on state-owned ranges. Well, one state agency is, anyway. Now a Beehive State legislator wants to know why. ďíThe range belongs to the people,í Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Eagle Mountain, said. ĎWe need to make sure that people are not restricted in their use because of an overstep of authority.íĒ Or an overabundance of political correctness . . . It is not against state law for human form targets to be used inside the gun-friendly Beehive State, but Utahís Division of Wildlife...
  • UNCOVERED: Inside the Home of the Private Romney Family

    09/10/2012 1:00:45 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | September 10, 2012 | Corinne & Hal Prewitt
    Ours is a factual story that provides a rare glimpse and insight into the real Mitt Romney. Does he really relate to the average American? As President, would he impose his beliefs on others? Is he really Christian? When you buy a home and its contents from someone you really learn a lot about their true character, values and beliefs. And rarely does anyone have the opportunity to learn how a politician acts out of the publicís view and when they are not running for office. Well, this actually happened. When? Only a few years ago, in spring of 2009...
  • Prosecutor: Sandy apartment shooting self-defense(UT)

    09/04/2012 5:19:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 3 September,2012 | AP
    SANDY, Utah (AP) ó Salt Lake County's top prosecutor says a 35-year-old man who shot and killed an intruder at a Sandy apartment was justified in using deadly force. Priest Jemelle Mitchell is being cleared in shooting of 41-year-old Brendon Saunders at the Windmill Cove Apartments on June 30.
  • Senate 2012 Outlook (Prospect for GOP gains is solid. But Republican control looks less likely)

    04/02/2012 6:51:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/02/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    A Republican-controlled Senate in 2012 looks less likely than it did a few weeks ago, but the prospect for GOP gains is still quite solid. Of the 33 Senate seats up for grabs this cycle, seven are occupied by Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents who are not seeking reelection, three are occupied by Republicans who are not seeking reelection, 16 are occupied by Democrats seeking reelection, and seven are occupied by Republicans seeking reelection. This is the class of senators last elected in 2006, a midterm election that almost could not have gone worse for the GOP. A few recent developments...