Lawmakers Set Sights on Online Sales Tax Collection

Jan 28, 2016

Lawmakers are working on several bills that would deal with reporting and collecting sales tax made from online and out-of-state purchases.

Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort

The dispute continues over Snowbird’s event permit for serving beer, wine and cocktails at Oktoberfest. One lawyer is hoping the resort will be barred from serving alcohol.

Hogle Zoo Welcomes Baby Giraffe

Jan 21, 2016
Nicole Nixon

The Hogle Zoo welcomed a new baby giraffe last week. Baby Willow was born on January 13, measuring about 6 feet tall and weighing 125 pounds. The zoo now has five giraffes in its herd. 

Photo by Associated Press

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. was in Utah on Wednesday. He spoke about the presidential race and Utah’s economy.

Unified Police Department

A Unified Police Officer continues to heal after being wounded over the weekend in Holladay during a shootout that also killed an officer and the alleged shooter. 

A Utah lawmaker has drafted a bill that would let students opt-in to firearm safety training at school. Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, is sponsoring the legislation.

The Executive Director of the ACLU of Utah has announced plans to retire after nearly a decade in the position. Karen McCreary took the helm of the ACLU of Utah in 2006. Since then she has more than doubled the staff, overseen significant fundraising growth and expanded the statewide presence of the organization. 

Governor Gary Herbert is calling for a balance of power between the federal government and the states. He heads the bipartisan National Governor’s Association and was in Washington Thursday to give a “State of the States” address.

The state auditor’s office has released a report with recommendations for catching and dealing with food stamps abuse.

Nicole Nixon

The seal of the State of Utah is now worked into the stone of the first floor in the state capitol. State officials unveiled the new floor design on the anniversary of the day Utah joined the union.

Skiing Great Stein Eriksen Dies at 88

Dec 28, 2015
Courtesy Deer Valley Resort

Skiing legend Stein Eriksen passed away Sunday in Park City. 

Eriksen became famous for his grace and athleticism on the mountain in the 1950s, when he won gold and silver medals for Norway in slalom events. He was also the first alpine skier to win the ‘triple gold’ at the World Championships. 

Nicole Nixon

Intermountain Healthcare has donated $500,000 to Salt Lake County in support of their plan to minimize homelessness. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams accepted the grant at the Fourth Street Clinic.

University of Utah

New research from the University of Utah shows that the brains of video game addicts are wired differently.

Sentencing Delayed for Former Lawmaker Justin Miller

Dec 18, 2015
Salt Lake Tribune Pool Photo

  Sentencing for former Democratic state representative Justin Miller was delayed Friday.

Justin Miller entered a guilty plea in October to one count of second-degree felony communications fraud. He allegedly stole nearly $25,000 in campaign funds while working as campaign manager for Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.

Utah Vets Receive First Implanted Prosthetics

Dec 11, 2015
Veterans Health via Flickr

This week two Utah veterans became the first amputees with surgically-implanted prosthetics.

Becker Wraps up Climate Talks in Paris

Dec 9, 2015

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker wraps up his time in Paris talking about climate change on Wednesday.

Andrea Smardon

 The University of Utah School of Dentistry says it will help pay for dental services provided to disabled and blind patients if the state returns to offering them through Medicaid.  

Post offices in Utah will begin 7-day delivery services this weekend to kick off the holiday shopping season.

Sandy City has removed the carbon monoxide gas chamber at its animal services facility. Back in September, the Sandy City Council voted unanimously to remove the gas chamber at the facility and make it a no-kill shelter. The carbon monoxide chamber was dismantled late last month.

Brian Grimmett

People experiencing chronic pain and rare diseases gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday asking lawmakers to pass legislation in the upcoming session that would allow them to use marijuana.  

Veterans Honored at State Capitol Ceremony

Nov 11, 2015
Nicole Nixon

 Veterans and their families gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday to be honored in a special ceremony.

Nicole Nixon

Gay rights advocate and small business owner Derek Kitchen has won the council seat for Salt Lake City’s fourth district.

Sounds from the Days of '47 Parade

Jul 24, 2015
Nicole Nixon

Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Salt Lake City Friday to watch the annual Days of ’47 Parade.

Restaurant Mural Causes Stir in West Jordan

Jul 23, 2015
Nicole Nixon

A large mural covering a Mexican restaurant in West Jordan is causing some controversy between city officials and residents.  

Whittney Evans

The Salt Lake Tribune is asking faithful online readers to pay for an ad-free version of its website in an effort to boost revenues. The paper kicked off the new funding model today.

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The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for Death Row prisoners to continue being executed by lethal injection. It’s a case that’s been watched in Utah, where the use of firing squads is a backup method of execution.

Utah State Parks

In wake of the rescue of two fishermen from Willard Bay on Wednesday night, officials are encouraging people swimming in state parks this summer to use life jackets.

Tracy Aviary Unveils New Solar Trees

Apr 22, 2015
Nicole Nixon

Officials and dignitaries cut the ribbon on a new solar project at Tracy Aviary today as a celebration of Earth Day.

Earth Day is this week and cities in Utah Valley are becoming more environmentally friendly according to a survey of municipal policies by a local environmental group. 

Earthquake Drill Shakes Out Utahns

Apr 16, 2015
Nicole Nixon

Nearly a million people dropped, took cover and held on during the largest statewide earthquake drill known as the Great Utah ShakeOut on Thursday. At the University of Utah, students and faculty assembled at evacuation points and received earthquake information pamphlets and emergency preparedness items.