The Utah Republican party is welcoming former Democratic state representative Christine Watkins with open arms after her recent decision to join the GOP. Watkins, who has served her district near Price for four years, was considered a conservative democrat in the legislature and often sided with Republicans on issues like energy development. Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright says those shared values are some of the reasons why Watkins decided to make the switch.
A coalition of ranchers, environmentalists and political leaders sent a letter to Governor Gary Herbert, asking him not to sign a deal worked out with the state of Nevada to divide water rights in the Snake Valley. Steve Erickson represents the Great Basin Water Network. He says the deal worked out three years ago should be scrapped and the states should negotiate a new one.
"We have plenty of time to do further science and assess the potential damages from this project before we sign on the bottom line," Erickson told reporters at the Utah state capitol.
The Utah Transit Authority makes some major schedule changes, the Utah Division of Water Quality finalizes its work on the Red Butte Creek oil spill, and a new study shows how Utah could benefit from the Missouri river.
The Utah Transit Authority’s Provo to Salt Lake FrontRunner line is open for business as of today. Now UTA officials will turn their attention toward finishing the TRAX line out to the airport. That means some immediate changes in existing TRAX service will affect riders.
UTA Spokesman Gerry Carpenter says trains moving north to Salt Lake and South to Provo were fully loaded with passengers opening day. He says there were minor hiccups and delays typical of a new service.
Salt Lake City’s new public safety building nears completion, the Utah Attorney General’s Office lets two former DABC executives off the hook, and Utah State basketball player Danny Berger is released from the hospital.
Salt Lake City’s new public safety building is expected to produce as much energy as it uses and bring the city’s Police, Fire, and Emergency Operations Departments closer together. Media donned hard hats and bright orange vests last week to tour the the building, which is slated for completion this June.
Astronomers at the University of Utah are looking for people to help identify distant stars, Utah’s Attorney General leads a delegation to Washington D.C. to discuss immigration reform, and Governor Herbert meets President Obama to discuss the fiscal cliff.
Astronomers at the University of Utah are looking for volunteers of all kinds to participate in the Andromeda Project.
University professors need help examining thousands of images of the Andromeda Galaxy generated by the Hubble Space Telescope. Anil Seth is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy. He hopes hundreds of volunteers will help his team identify star clusters in the photos.
It’s been branded as a way to help refugees in Salt Lake City establish a foundation for a restaurant business and inspire diverse fare, but it’s also a way to boost the local economy. The Salt Lake City council tonight will consider providing some start-up funds for the construction of what’s known as an “incubator kitchen” downtown at The Leonardo.
The Utah Air Quality Board looks at creating stricter regulations, Governor Gary Herbert says Utah is “ready and willing” to host another Olympic games, and teen unemployment rates continue to remain high.
The Utah Air Quality Board will meet tomorrow to look at a new set of state regulations aimed at cleaning up winter air pollution. The new rules would impose stricter standards in Cache County as well as the Wasatch Front. The new plan has to meet standards set by the U-S Environmental Protection Agency, with federal highway funding at risk if it fails.
With 67 votes in the second round of voting, Utah’s Democratic Party Chairman, Jim Dabakis, narrowly beat outgoing Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon in the special election for Utah’s 2nd Senate district. Dabakis will replace Senator Ben McAdams who is leaving with two years left in his term after winning the election for Salt Lake County Mayor.
The long-anticipated Utah Transit Authority Provo to Salt Lake FrontRunner will open to the public next weekend, but members of the media were invited to climb aboard this morning for a test ride.
The smooth ride is accompanied by a surprisingly remarkable view of the low lands adjacent to the Jordan River. The trip takes about an hour each way.
Paul O'brien is the rail service general manager. He prides the FrontRunner south line on expanding service hours to Provo beyond what the current express buses provide and creating options for a faster trip as well.
Trader Joe’s, the grocery store chain headquartered in southern California, opened its first Utah store this morning in Salt Lake City.
The over flowing parking lot of the 4th South Family Center just off 6th East didn’t seem to dampen shopper spirits. They were greeted with the traditional fake Hawaiian lei (lay) as they shopped in the new store.
Low-income advocates are asking Governor Gary Herbert to remember Utahns who can’t afford basic healthcare this holiday season. On Friday, staff from Crossroads Urban Center and some uninsured Utahns presented results from a survey showing the connection between hunger and high healthcare costs.
Crossroads Urban Center surveyed more than 300 of the people they helped with food this year. Marjorie Hurder is a Social Justice Advocate at the Center, and she conducted many of the interviews.
In his concession speech, Governor Mitt Romney prayed that the president will be successful in guiding the nation. Shortly after that, LDS Church leaders invited Americans - whatever their political persuasion - to pray for the President and the new Congress. Now LDS Democrats are calling for a day of prayer. Caucus chair Steve Olsen told KUER the prayers are directed at leaders on both sides of the aisle.
Utah business leaders are making a case for why clean air is integral to a strong economy. At the Salt Lake Chamber’s 2nd Annual Clean Air Conference this morningpanelists from the Utah division of Air Quality, Wasatch Front Regional Council and Overstock.com discussed how environmental responsibility can benefit bottom lines and improve quality of life for everyone.
Legislators and lobbyists debate women’s health and abortion, three men, including a University of Utah graduate student file a lawsuit against their conversion therapists, and the Utah Division of Water Quality puts an end to the Red Butte oil spill cleanup.
Legislators and Lobbyists debate about abortion at the University of Utah (L-R) Heather Stringfellow Utah Planned Parenthood, Rep. Carol Spackman Moss (D.), moderator, Gale Ruzicka, President Utah Eagle Forum, and Rep. Brad Daw (R.)
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Gale Ruzicka of the Utah Eagle Forum and Rep. Brad Daw argue in favor of HB 461
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Heather Stringfellow of Utah Planned Parenthood and Rep. Carol Spackman Moss argue against HB 461
Democratic candidates for Utah’s vacant senate seat square off in their only debate, the Utah Supreme Court finds parts of Utah’s adoption laws “constitutionally defective,” and Utah students get a new standardized test.