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Utah

Q&A with former Kearns, Cottonwood principal Reed Wahlquist
In an 11-year stretch as principal at Kearns High School and then Cottonwood High School, Reed Wahlquist cut a memorable swath. Read more»
Monday, July 21 2014 4:04 p.m. MDT

Sports

Rocky Mountain Raceway offers regular drivers the chance to drag race
Racing cars has never been on my wish list, but drag racing at Rocky Mountain Raceway was an exhilarating experience. Read more»
Sunday, July 20 2014 4:10 p.m. MDT
When even Urban Meyer had future shock
Fiesta Bowl team faced expectations that made former Utah coach uncomfortable. How they'd love those expectations now. Read more»
Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:15 p.m. MDT
BYU, Pac-12 scheduling is an interesting dynamic these days
BYU will play the likes of Cal, UCLA, ASU, Arizona, Stanford, USC and Utah in seasons to come as the Pac-12 appears to like the Cougars as a non-conference fill-in heading into the Read more»
Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:21 p.m. MDT
Utah runner produces feats for the ages (or aging)
Brad Barton, a motivational speaker and magician from Ogden, has shredded the record books for middle-distance running — at the age of 48 Read more»
Sunday, July 27 2014 11:55 p.m. MDT
After weeks of cricket and darts, it's nice to follow American sports again
After being in England for a few weeks, Mike Sorensen is happy to be watching American sports like football, baseball and, of course, beach volleyball. Read more»
Sunday, Aug. 3 2014 7:25 p.m. MDT
Any coach's secret to success — better players
"You know, we're a lot smarter when we've got better players," a wise high school coach told me this past week, only half-joking. Indeed, any coach in America will attest that, without Read more»
Monday, Aug. 4 2014 2:11 p.m. MDT
2013-14 ski/snowboard season the 3rd-best in Utah state history
Even after a slow start, Utah's skier/snowboarder total for the 2013-14 season was the third-best on record. In question, however, is the future of Park City Mountain Resort. A judge Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 5 2014 10:30 a.m. MDT

Moneywise

Don't leave an estate with life insurance
You don’t use life insurance to leave an estate. It’s a bad idea. You leave an estate by saving and investing. Read more»
Monday, July 28 2014 7:17 p.m. MDT
Survey says lack of balance, manager support are job 'deal breakers'
According to a new survey, a low salary isn't the most likely factor that will cause someone to leave a job. Rather, a lack of support from managers and limited work-life balance are Read more»
Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:30 p.m. MDT
The power of the 30-year mortgage
While home ownership is not a lone silver bullet to creating a thriving middle class, favorable mortgage terms are an important factor in middle-class success. Read more»
Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:00 a.m. MDT

Opinion

Religious liberty and the pioneers — Understanding true worth
The Utah Pioneers understood the true worth of religious liberty. Read more»
Thursday, July 24 2014 8:12 a.m. MDT
Re-enactment of 'This is the place' using modern technology
In the spirit of Pioneer Day and reflecting on our heritage, we update an old column and provide a “re-enactment” of Brother Brigham’s entry into the valley using Read more»
Sunday, July 27 2014 12:04 a.m. MDT
Goldwater 2.0
Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, Read more»
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Airport expansion won't make flying any more fun
Airports have been called everything from “the most important main street in any town” to symbols of the endless hassles of modern travel. Read more»
Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Utah leaders lack confidence, lose public trust
Now the governor wants another committee to study academic standards — and that is not his responsibility. It makes Utah’s leaders appear to lack confidence and explains Read more»
Saturday, July 26 2014 4:33 p.m. MDT
Why we must take energy poverty seriously
Poverty has been, and continues to be, one of the major problems facing both developed and non-developed countries across the world. Read more»
Monday, July 21 2014 9:10 p.m. MDT
Remembering and recognizing America's ability to achieve
There are still moons to explore, problems to solve, challenges to meet. This is a time to remember what Americans – united, resolute, bravely facing the future – can achieve, Read more»
Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:26 p.m. MDT
Shurtleff and Swallow are 'innocent until proven guilty' in the A.G. scandal
The fact that two of Utah’s former attorneys general were arrested on the same day for a series of alleged crimes has made national news. The history behind the current travails Read more»
Monday, July 21 2014 3:29 p.m. MDT

Faith

Are my leggings modest?
Angela offers advice on modesty. Share your voice, too! Read more»
Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:24 p.m. MDT
Remembering the Exodus — both ancient and modern
Many have compared the trek of the Mormon pioneers to the exodus of ancient Israel, and not without justice. The pioneer migration should be remembered and celebrated, as the ancient Read more»
Thursday, July 24 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
Why I’m sorry for judging a convenience store clerk
There was just something about the woman behind the counter. She had worried eyes and a tired smile. I suspected the reason her smile was exhausted had nothing to do with using it all Read more»
Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:37 p.m. MDT
Why the home teachers won't just let us be
Just as “holy matrimony” involves three people — the husband, the wife and the Lord — Jonathan and David had a “holy friendship,” a friendship involving Read more»
Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
Days for Girls is changing girls' lives around the world
A $10 donation will transform a woman's life. Celeste Mergens, of Days for Girls, was helping orphans in Kenya, Africa, and went to bed one night praying to do more. She awoke to a Read more»
Sunday, July 20 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
It's a day of a flood of family history records, documents
Family history research has changed over the years since I was a little boy. There is a flood of digitized records and documents to help us record and store information on our family Read more»
Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:17 p.m. MDT
Who were the first 3 women to enter the Salt Lake Valley?
Who were the first women to enter the Salt Lake Valley? Why were they chosen? What were they like? When Brigham Young led the first company of 148, these three women were a boon and Read more»
Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:07 p.m. MDT

Family

When it comes to family, blood is thicker than fighting over a toy
As I watch my kids play, pester each other and play some more, I'm just glad they have each other. Read more»
Tuesday, Aug. 5 2014 4:50 p.m. MDT
Movies that attract kids, like 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' should strive to be less profane
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is funny, except when it falls back on coarse language as a punch line. Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 6 2014 11:00 a.m. MDT
Boycott the play date? Why not just do it right?
We, as parents, are the ones trying to make play dates fit with our lives. We want them to be orderly, planned and well-supervised. But the best play dates are messy, completely chaotic Read more»
Wednesday, Aug. 6 2014 9:50 a.m. MDT
You're not in jail, so what is your excuse?
Individuals alone choose not to perform a push-up or sit-up. They take the elevator not the stairs. They are the makers of their schedule and stewards of their time and talents. They Read more»
Monday, July 21 2014 5:15 p.m. MDT
The worst (and best) things to say to someone who is grieving
Too many times, we avoid those in pain because we aren’t sure what to say. Read more»
Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:00 a.m. MDT
What we can all learn from arranged marriages
Most Americans react negatively to the idea of an arranged marriage. The thought creates a mental picture of a young couple forced to wed by controlling families. But much of the world Read more»
Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT
Moving — a life changing event for all
Many hands make light work and that can be said about much of our lives especially when good friends show up to unload an ABF truck on a hot day in Gilbert, Arizona. Read more»
Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:42 p.m. MDT
Why are there giant robot footprints in your backyard?
Whatever you do, don't go outside tonight. Trust me. If you have to go out, just stay away from the University of Utah. Read more»
Friday, Aug. 1 2014 5:41 p.m. MDT
The happiest place on earth
Can geography determine happiness, or is happiness simply a state of mind? Read more»
Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:20 a.m. MDT