Apr 19, 2019 1:02 pm MDTHow will the Salt Lake Temple's closure, renovation impact Utah's capital? As the news reverberated across Utah that major renovations will begin on the Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square at the end of this year, state and city leaders reacted with excitement — hopeful it won't negatively impact tourism in Utah's capital.
Katie McKellar covers local politics and community issues on city, county and state levels for Deseret News/KSL. She studied journalism at Dixie State University, where she worked as an editor for the university's student-run newspaper, Dixie Sun News, before she graduated in 2014. As a Utah native, McKellar enjoys hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter, but she spends the majority of her free horseback riding, which has been her sport of choice for 15 years.
Apr 17, 2019 10:00 pm MDTThese two Utah hot spots are among the nation's top growing, census data shows Two of Utah's urban clusters —St. George to the south and Provo-Orem to the north — remained among the fastest-growing in the nation last year for very different reasons. But rising home costs are also pushing families off the Wasatch Front.
Apr 16, 2019 6:52 pm MDTSalt Lake City mayor's race is already flush with cash While some candidates for mayor of Salt Lake City are just barely launching their campaigns, others are already hundreds of thousands of dollars in. In total, early bird candidates have already raised more than $473,000 combined.
Apr 15, 2019 7:01 pm MDTSalt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson determined to give Wasatch canyons short-term relief Newly appointed Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, as a member of the Central Wasatch Commission, says she intends to tackle the Wasatch canyons' gridlock, determined to find at least some short-term solutions by the next ski season.
Apr 13, 2019 4:29 pm MDTFight to revive $24 million for Utah's affordable housing crisis may be shelved until next year While Utah tax reform continues to loom — expected for a special session later this year — the fight for any new state money for affordable housing may be shelved until next year.
Apr 13, 2019 4:12 pm MDTSalt Lake City councilwoman set to launch mayoral bid citing a track record of 'bold' leadership After spending six years on the Salt Lake City Council and a handful of community councils, Councilwoman Erin Mendenhall says it's her leadership experience that sets her apart from the other candidates.
Apr 13, 2019 1:36 pm MDTMissing, endangered Nevada man killed in Utah after truck crashes into car stopped on freeway A Nevada man who was reported missing and endangered died early Saturday morning when the car he was driving stopped in the middle of a lane on I-15 and a semitrailer slammed into it.
Apr 11, 2019 5:14 pm MDT'It protects both sides': Residents urge Utah police force to keep its body cameras Dozens of concerned residents came to Unified Police Department's board of directors meeting Wednesday night to urge the department to keep its body cameras, but the department will need to find the money to do so when a grant expires in two years.
Apr 5, 2019 5:55 pm MDTThe Road Home has been slow to follow new drug screening, safety policies, internal audit shows A recent internal audit conducted by the state's Department of Workforce Services shows the Road Home was still inconsistently following its own new safety and security plan — though more recent reports indicate it has made more progress.