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Cliven Bundy, supporters rally before Nevada lawmakers

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who garnered national attention a year ago when he and armed supporters engaged in a showdown with federal authorities, came to Carson City Tuesday with scores of... Read more »

Published March 31, 2015


From the Statue of Liberty to Utah's 'Mighty 5,' NPS calls on Americans to 'Find Your Park'

After nearly 100 years, the National Park Service holds some of the country's most beautiful and historic places, but it suffers from an $11 billion backlog of unfunded maintenance and a visitor... Read more »

Published March 30, 2015


Federal funding in short supply for rural water projects

A pipeline project intended to bring billions of gallons of water a year to a drought-stricken section of eastern New Mexico represents a lifeline to parched communities that are quickly running... Read more »

Published March 30, 2015

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Colorado drilling plan has safeguards for Dinosaur Monument

A federal government plan for drilling in energy-rich northwestern Colorado released Friday includes stepped-up protections for public land near Dinosaur National Monument. Read more »

Published March 27, 2015


Critics worry firing squad law will tarnish Utah's image

Utah lawmakers say they took a pragmatic approach in approving the firing squad as a form of execution if lethal-injection drugs aren't available. Read more »

Published March 25, 2015


Federal government under fire for mass killings of starlings in Nevada

Land owners surprised to discover tens of thousands of dead birds across the high desert are criticizing the federal government over a mass killing of starlings in northern Nevada. Read more »

Published March 23, 2015


Gold mine plan in central Idaho wilderness draws objections

A coalition of conservation groups and the Nez Perce Tribe are challenging the U.S. Forest Service's approval of a gold mining company's plan to reopen a 4-mile road in a central Idaho wilderness... Read more »

Published March 22, 2015

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Utah Attorney General asks for takeover of polygamous towns' water utility

The Utah Attorney General filed a lawsuit this week asking a judge to take over a water company serving polygamous towns along the Utah-Arizona border and alleging water managers loyal to... Read more »

Published March 21, 2015

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Bills that would restrict access to body camera footage

Lawmakers in nearly a third of the states have introduced bills to restrict public access to recordings from police officer-worn body cameras. Some of the proposals: Read more »

Published March 19, 2015


Jordan High students use cookies to combat gender inequality, pay gaps

A group of teenagers in a Salt Lake City suburb is trying to combat gender inequality one cookie at a time. Read more »

Published March 18, 2015


Richfield man charged in fatal New Zealand car crash

A Richfield man has been charged in connection with a fatal car crash in New Zealand that resulted in the death of his wife and two friends, but he will be allowed to return home after paying a fine. Read more »

Published March 18, 2015


Actor Emile Hirsch appears in Utah court on assault charge

Actor Emile Hirsch made his first court appearance Monday on allegations that he put a studio executive in a chokehold and dragged her across a nightclub table while in Utah for the Sundance Film... Read more »

Published March 16, 2015


16 ski resorts worth hundreds of millions, including Utah's Brighton, could be sold

A real estate investment trust that's considering getting out of the snow business could sell more than dozen ski resorts from Maine to California that are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Read more »

Published March 14, 2015

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Most Idaho irrigation areas predicted to have enough water

Much of Idaho has a lower-than-normal snowpack due to sparse precipitation so far this winter combined with above average temperatures in the last month. Read more »

Published March 14, 2015


Victim's widow supports efforts to bring back firing squads

The widow of a bailiff who was injured during a courthouse shooting three decades ago that led to the assailant being executed by gunfire says she supports Utah's efforts to bring back the firing... Read more »

Published March 13, 2015

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Obama speaks at National League of Cities gathering, calls for effort to boost high-tech training, hiring

President Barack Obama is calling for a home-grown, high-technology workforce to will help boost higher-wage employment at a time of stagnant incomes. Read more »

Published March 9, 2015


Idaho law students push to put state's code in public domain

Idaho law students Jordan Stott and Randi Schumacher have spent nearly three years poring over the nuances of many laws. Now they're trying to write their own. Read more »

Published March 8, 2015


Students sue, saying Dixie State violates free speech

SALT LAKE CITY — Three Dixie State University students filed a lawsuit Wednesday saying that administrators at the southern Utah college violated their free speech rights by refusing to let... Read more »

Published March 4, 2015


Judge mostly upholds federal roundup of Wyoming wild horses

A federal judge has upheld nearly every part of a contested roundup of hundreds of wild horses in western Wyoming last year. Read more »

Published March 4, 2015


Marco Rubio-Mike Lee tax plan rewards investors, parents, businesses

With an eye toward a possible run for the White House, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is signing onto an ambitious plan to cut taxes for investors, parents and businesses in an effort to spur economic... Read more »

Published March 4, 2015


Body-camera maker has financial ties to Burbank, other police chiefs

A leading supplier of body cameras for police has cultivated financial ties to Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank and other chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices,... Read more »

Published March 3, 2015


Gov. Herbert says Utah committed to protecting public lands

Gov. Gary Herbert told a group of outdoor recreation representatives that the state is committed to protecting Utah's pristine public lands. Read more »

Published March 3, 2015


Rallies held against states' push to control US lands

Several hundred people gathered Monday at rallies in Utah and Nevada to demonstrate their opposition to efforts by some Western states to seize control of federal lands. Read more »

Published March 2, 2015


Obama plans trip to South Carolina, 48th state in office; just Utah and South Dakota remain

President Barack Obama plans to get one step closer to visiting all 50 states while in office with a trip to South Carolina this week. Read more »

Published March 1, 2015


Homeless people need libraries, and libraries need them, too

Jeffery Bailey spends nearly every day at his public library. For the 43-year-old who sleeps in a tent outside a local church, the library is pretty much the only place he can go that won't charge... Read more »

Published Feb. 24, 2015