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  • What is Common Core?

    05/20/2013 8:29:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    Lake Powell Chronicle ^ | May 16th, 2013 | Robin Brough
    Why does the U.S. Constitution make no mention of education? Because the Founding Fathers understood that the education of children must be at the local level. We now stand at the edge of a cliff as the federal Common Core State Standards continues its march across the country. How did we get here? In 2009, the U.S. Department of Education blackmailed the states with stimulus money in the form of Race to the Top (RTTT) grants. If states wanted to get out from under No Child Left Behind, and wanted more funding they had to agree to adopt the Common...
  • Mia Love wants another shot at Utah Congressional seat

    05/19/2013 7:50:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    The Herald Journal, ^ | May 18, 2013
    Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love has declared she wants another shot at the congressional seat occupied by Democrat Jim Matheson. The announcement that she wanted a rematch came during an afternoon speech Saturday to several thousand delegates at the Utah Republican Party’s annual organizing convention. “You and I have some unfinished business with Jim Matheson,” Love said during her speech, which was met with loud cheers and resounding applause.
  • Washington vs. the People: To prevent abuses of government power we have to reduce government power.

    05/16/2013 2:45:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 16, 2013 | Sen. Mike Lee
    The recent scandals that have rocked the White House represent Americans’ worst fears about big government: Your government is spying on you; your government is targeting you; and your government is lying to you. Americans should be outraged, but they should not be surprised. It would be wrong to view the controversy over the IRS scandal as a typical Republican vs. Democrat squabble. The IRS is a powerful agency that can influence nearly every decision Americans make through its authority to tax and regulate. The IRS grows stronger and more powerful the more the federal government spends and borrows. Organizations...
  • Utah Sergeant Takes Fire to Rescue Downed Team Members

    Sgt. Nathan Hutchinson of the Weber County (Utah) Sheriff's Office had no idea he and his narcotics strike force team would be shot at when they arrived to search for a pot growing operation in January 2012. Hutchinson braved gunfire to move two injured team members out of harm's way. He suffered four gunshot wounds and endured a lengthy recovery to return to duty. For his actions he has been selected as the March 2013 Officer of the Month by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. On the night of Jan. 4, 2012, Sgt. Hutchinson led a team from...
  • Dash-cam released of 'sovereign citizen' who led UHP on I-15 chase

    05/08/2013 10:40:26 AM PDT · by redreno · 31 replies ^ | 05/02/2013 | By Stephanie Grimes
    ALT LAKE CITY — Police have released dash-cam footage in a chase on I-15 last week that led police through Salt Lake County. The chase started at about 12:50 p.m. on I-15 near 12300 South. Dash-cam footage shows a woman driving a black Volvo passing a Utah Highway Patrol trooper in the emergency lane. The woman, identified as Lisa Anne Sovereen, 44, refused to pull over as speeds reached 80 mph. Sovereen called 911 and asked the dispatcher "that the trooper get off her back," according to UHP Cpl. Todd Johnson. She said she believed the trooper would try to...
  • Police: Utah soccer referee punched by player dies

    05/05/2013 6:15:11 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 5, 2013 | AP
    <p>Ricardo Portillo, 46, of Salt Lake City passed away at the hospital, where he was being treated following an assault, Unified police spokesman Justin Hoyal said.</p> <p>Police have accused a 17-year-old player in a recreational soccer league of punching Portillo after the man called a foul on him and issued him a yellow card. "The suspect was close to Portillo and punched him once in the face as a result of the call," Hoyal said in a press release.</p>
  • Gun business exodus begins in Colorado

    05/03/2013 8:02:21 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5-3-2013 | Greg Campbell
    HiViz Shooting Systems, a gun-parts manufacturer in Fort Collins, Colo., will move its operations up the road to Laramie, Wyo., making good on its threat to pull up its Colorado roots after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law several controversial gun control measures earlier this year. Of the businesses planning to leave the state for the same reason, HiViz is the first to announce its new home. “The decision to relocate the company was difficult, and choosing the proper location was essential to our continued growth within the industry,” said president and CEO Phillip Howe in a press release. “We...
  • Utah NBC Affiliate Yanks Gory 'Hannibal' from Lineup

    05/02/2013 3:16:07 PM PDT · by drewh · 13 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 1 May 2013
    AP) Utah NBC affiliate pulls gory 'Hannibal' TV show By BRADY McCOMBS Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY A Mormon church-owned NBC affiliate in Utah has pulled the "Hannibal" TV show because of its graphic violence. KSL-TV vice president of marketing Tami Ostmark says the show's first three episodes were "extremely gory" and drew complaints from many viewers. She says it wasn't the type of show the station wanted leading into its 10 p.m. news cast. Utah residents still will be able to watch the show: The ABC affiliate is picking it up and will air it late Saturday. This isn't...

    04/26/2013 5:51:16 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 4 replies
    ABC 4 ^ | 4/26/13
    Espinoza says, the knife wielding man seriously injured two people. "There is blood all over. One got stabbed in the stomach and got stabbed in the head and held his hands and got stabbed all over the arms." Then, before the suspect could find another victim - a citizen with a gun stopped the madness. "A guy pulled gun on him and told him to drop his weapon or he would shoot him. So, he dropped his weapon and the people from Smith's grabbed him."
  • Gun carrying man ends stabbing spree at Salt Lake grocery store

    04/26/2013 6:49:54 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    abc4 ^ | 4/27/13
    SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith's store. Police say the suspect purchased a knife inside the store and then turned it into a weapon. Smith's employee Dorothy Espinoza says, "He pulled it out and stood outside the Smiths in the foyer. And just started stabbing people and yelling you killed my people. You killed my people." Espinoza says, the knife wielding man seriously injured two people. "There is blood all over. One got stabbed in...
  • Utah teacher accused of rape (female on female)

    04/24/2013 9:33:17 PM PDT · by haffast · 8 replies
    UPI ^ | April 24, 2013 at 8:36 AM | Gabrielle Levy
    A former math teacher and basketball coach has been charged with rape and forcible sexual abuse after she resigned from her position at a Utah high school. Courtney Louise Jarrell, 22, was charged Friday with first degree object rape and second degree forcible sexual abuse of a 17-year-old female student. Court documents allege Jarrell had a sexual encounter with a Riverton High School student between February and March in which she touched the student's breasts and genitals while at Jarrell's Salt Lake City home. snip
  • Mormon bishop with Samurai sword runs off attacker

    04/24/2013 12:29:21 AM PDT · by thecodont · 18 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 6:59 pm, Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | By BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Samurai sword-wielding Mormon bishop helped a neighbor woman escape a Tuesday morning attack by a man who had been stalking her. Kent Hendrix woke up Tuesday to his teenage son pounding on his bedroom door and telling him somebody was being mugged in front of their house. The 47-year-old father of six rushed out the door and grabbed the weapon closest to him — a 29-inch high carbon steel Samurai sword.Read more:
  • Inside a mile-deep open-pit copper mine after a catastrophic landslide

    04/22/2013 12:52:47 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 54 replies
    BoingBoing ^ | 4/22/2013 | Tim Heffernan
    For the past few months I’ve been reporting a big story on the copper industry for Pacific Standard. It takes a broad look at how the global economic boom of the past decade, led by China and India, is pushing copper mining into new regions and new enormities of investment and excavation. (It’ll be out in June.) But a few days ago a very local event shook the copper industry, and I thought it would be neat to look at how a crisis at a single mine can ripple through space and time, ultimately affecting just about everyone around...
  • Sen. Mike Lee Statement on Release of Immigration Bill

    04/16/2013 3:48:03 PM PDT · by JohnPDuncan · 22 replies
    Mike Lee ^ | Mike Lee
    Lee Statement on Release of Immigration Bill “As of this afternoon, senators have received only a set of talking points promoting the new immigration proposal. Once it has been released, I strongly encourage my colleagues to read the bill and then decide for themselves whether this reform will accomplish what proponents are promising. It is unfortunate that we have so little time to digest and evaluate such an expansive piece of legislation before we hold our initial committee hearing. As senators, it is our duty to read the bill and fully understand the impact it will have on our immigration...
  • USFS plans forums next week on ski resorts, water ( Stealing water rights )

    04/15/2013 8:19:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    ap ^ | 04/11/2013
    Dozens of resorts with permits to operate on national forests have bought or acquired rights to use nearby bodies of water for snowmaking. The Forest Service had adopted a clause that said those resorts had to transfer their water rights to the federal government ... After the National Ski Areas Association sued, a judge ruled last year that the agency violated procedure in not seeking public comment before adopting the clause. The agency now plans open houses April 16 in Lakewood, Colo., on April 17 in Salt Lake City, and April 18 in Lake Tahoe, Calif., to get input.
  • Welcome to Weminuche: Sign in ( King to serfs in Colorado wilderness government lands )

    04/08/2013 9:33:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | April 06, 2013 | Dale Rodebaugh
    Mandatory registration coming to state’s largest wilderness area . Visitors to the Weminuche Wilderness are going to be required to register before entering the almost 500,000 acres that stretch from Silverton to Wolf Creek Pass. Use and abuse of the pristine mountains, valleys and waterways through the years now require switching from voluntary to mandatory registration at trailheads, the San Juan National Forest said in a news release. “During the first two to three years of the new requirement, we’re going to educate the public on the reasons,” Forest Service spokeswoman Ann Bond said Saturday. “After that, rangers can issue...
  • 12 GOP senators back Rand Paul on gun-control filibuster

    04/06/2013 7:26:07 AM PDT · by JohnPDuncan · 93 replies
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s threat to filibuster any new gun restrictions is gathering steam, as a dozen of his Republican colleagues have now signed onto his plan. The Kentucky Republican and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) first wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid late last month to warn him of their intention to try to tie up the Senate if, as planned, Reid moved forward with legislation that would expand background checks and attempt to crack down on interstate gun trafficking. Reid is expected to bring a gun-control bill to the floor as early as next...
  • Mormon Democrats announce new national, state organizations

    04/04/2013 8:26:04 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 49 replies
    Deseret News ^ | April 4, 2013 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — Mormon Democrats announced a new national organization Thursday with chapters in eight states joining the Utah State Democratic Party's year-old LDS Dems Caucus. The Florida-based head of LDS Democrats of America, Robert Taber, said the organization is intended to counter the perception that "there's only one way to be involved in political life as a good Mormon and that's as a Republican." The LDS Church itself has a long-standing policy of political neutrality. “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is neutral in matters of party politics,” church spokesman Scott Trotter said. Taber, who also...
  • Sen. Lee Sinks UN Arms Treaty [Maybe]

    04/03/2013 11:42:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 03 Apr 2013 06:16 PM | David Yonkman
    Republican Mike Lee of Utah on Wednesday became the 34th senator to oppose an international treaty that would regulate the $60 billion global small arms trade, giving the opposition enough votes in the U.S. Senate to block its ratification. … “I have great concerns that this treaty can be used to violate the Second Amendment rights of American citizens, and do not believe we should sign any treaty that infringes on the sovereignty of our country,” Lee said. “I am pleased to join 34 of my colleagues in signaling to this administration that the UN-ATT is a non-starter in the...
  • South Utah authorities arrest alleged 'mountain man'

    04/03/2013 6:50:24 AM PDT · by Utah Binger · 37 replies
    Ogden Standard Examiner ^ | 4/03/2013 | Paul Foy AP
    MANTI -- For six years Troy James Knapp eluded authorities, moving from cabin to cabin across the Utah mountains, taking food and weapons and leaving notes to brag about it. It all ended Tuesday as lawmen made what they called a surprisingly easy capture outside a remote cabin after the suspect fired off a few harmless shots. "He was laughing with our guys. He said, `Boy, you really snuck up on me,'" said Sevier County Sheriff Nathan Curtis. "He threw his rifle down in the snow and said, `You got me.'"The 45-year-old survivalist is suspected of burglarizing dozens of Utah...