• Issue of
  • Jan 1-7, 2009
  • Vol. 25, No. 33

News

  • News | Snuff that Butt: Utah bars are officially smoke-free, but some are looking for loopholes.
  • News | Snuff that Butt: Utah bars are officially smoke-free, but some are looking for loopholes.

    Happy New Year. Now please extinguish that smoke, or we’ll be forced to call the authorities. nThe ball that banned smoking in Utah bars dropped Jan. 1 at midnight, taking official effect just as bar patrons were singing “Auld Lang Syne” and kissing whomever happened to be standing next to them. There is now no legal public place left to light up indoors in Utah. nSome bars, incl...
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  • Deep End | Greetings, Utah: A year of bailin’, Palin and dodging shoes.
  • Deep End | Greetings, Utah: A year of bailin’, Palin and dodging shoes.

    So long, ’08, we’re glad to see you go,nSome moments were high, almost all were low.nLet us sift through this past year’s rubble,nFrom Wall Street greed to the housing bubble,nFrom honest Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi trick,n To the pyramid scheme of Val Southwick.nnSee him handcuffed, downcast without his rug,nSentenced to 17 years in the jug.nBut next to your average investment b...
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  • Feature | <em>City Weekly</em>’s 2009 Year in Preview
  • Feature | City Weekly’s 2009 Year in Preview

    What will be the first big political scandal in Utah in 2009?nAngela Brown: Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker will star on Hive TV’s new local celebrity dating show Mayor of Love. nTroy Williams: Rookie Congressman Jason “tent cities” Chaffetz gives Utah its first national gay-sex scandal. He’s too hardcore conservative and too well groomed not to have some secrets in that ...
  • Staffbox | New Year’s Resolutions

    It’s that time of year: What are your New Year’s resolutions?n nNick Clark: I resolve to get over the fact that not all people look, think, love or vote like me. I suggest everyone else do the same. n nJamie Gadette: Run the Salt Lake City half-marathon in April. n nJeremiah Smith: I could be boring and say stopping smoking, but that has more to do with not wanting to smoke outside in...
  • The Ocho | NYE For Shut-Ins
  • The Ocho | NYE For Shut-Ins

    nEight reasons you didn’t go out on New Year’s Eve:n8. Nothing goes with this damned electronic ankle bracelet.nn7. Had to guard home against roving bands of zombies (Ogden only).nn6. Couldn’t tear self away from City Weekly’s fascinating Year in Preview 2009.nn5. Busy backing up computer files in event of underreported Y2K9 Bug.nn4. Didn’t want to show up drunk at fi...
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  • Lake Effect | One Fast Iguana
  • Lake Effect | One Fast Iguana

    nAs a big-time enmolada fan, I was alarmed by news that a driver veered off west North Temple, smashed through a wall of the Red Iguana and into one of the restaurant’s dining areas on Monday, Dec. 29. Thoughts of a weeks- or months-long closure for repairs made me develop a sudden craving for delicious mole negro. nNot to worry: Two hours after the crash, the resourceful folks there had pat...
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  • Editorial | Guarded Nostalgia: Local media and the military, an interesting team.
  • Editorial | Guarded Nostalgia: Local media and the military, an interesting team.

    Two old soldiers sat at a table at SugarHouse Coffee and told war stories. The stories usually began with “remember when” and concluded with a smile. Between them, they had done 53 years in uniform, mostly in Utah’s Army National Guard, mostly among friends. Although no passerby would have guessed the two were sometime soldiers, most would have recognized their faces and names. n...
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  • 5 Spot | Councilwoman Jill Remington-Love
  • 5 Spot | Councilwoman Jill Remington-Love

    nOn Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon, Mayor Ralph Becker and the Salt Lake City Council will announce a citywide transparency initiative. Councilwoman Jill Remington-Love explains its importance.n n nWho or what is behind this initiative?nBoth Mayor Becker and the City Council have been working to create a more transparent government and engage our residents in the public process. Mayor Becke...
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  • Hits & Misses | Anti-History Chaffetz, Pro-Education Huntsman & Anti-Drinker Waddoups

    Missing CannonnIncoming U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is distinguishing himself faster than any Utah congressman in recent memory. In the face of the country’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression (a depression prolonged by then-President Herbert Hoover’s refusal to spend) Chaffetz says first item of business will be to co-sponsor a balanced budget amendment to forever ...
  • Feature | <em>City Weekly</em>’s 2009 Year in Preview: Change Is in Your Future
  • Feature | City Weekly’s 2009 Year in Preview: Change Is in Your Future

    nOther newspapers choose the New Year as a time to look back, to recap events of the year just passed. Bah, we say. It’s a lame excuse to give lazy reporters a day off every Jan 1. “Hope,” after all, is the watchword for 2009. (Or was it “change?”) Either way, it’s about moving forward. And if there was ever a year to put quickly in the rear-view mirror, it was ...
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  • The Way It Is | Emily Hanna, hotel manager of the Alta Club
  • The Way It Is | Emily Hanna, hotel manager of the Alta Club

    n The Bureau of Criminal Identification reported 9,000 more guns were sold this past November than in November 2007. Gun owners cite economic uncertainty and fears that an Obama administration will ban certain firearms as reasons for increased sales. City Weekly asked Emily Hanna, hotel manager of the Alta Club, what she thought drove the gun sales:n n nI think the majority of [gun apprehension] c...
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  • Private Eye | Matheson and Me: At least Jim has a nice smile and votes an awful lot.
  • Private Eye | Matheson and Me: At least Jim has a nice smile and votes an awful lot.

    Yeah, I know. I can read our comment boards, too. City Weekly is fish wrap. City Weekly makes good bird-cage liner. City Weekly has no influence, so Jim Matheson shouldn’t talk to us, anyway. City Weekly needs to be punished for being mean to Matheson. City Weekly is a rag. City Weekly isn’t a real newspaper and real journalists don’t work here. City Weekly is free—otherwis...
  • Free Will Astrology | Jan. 1-7
  • Free Will Astrology | Jan. 1-7

    nARIES (March 21-April 19)nIt’s a great privilege to live in a free country. You’re fortunate if you have the opportunity to pursue your dreams without having to ward off government interference or corporate brainwashing or religious fanaticism. But that’s only partly useful if you have not yet won the most important struggle for liberation, which is the freedom from your own unc...
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  • Ask a Mexican | Best of '08 Edition
  • Ask a Mexican | Best of '08 Edition

    I want to know why Mexicans have such incongruous nicknames. In English, people have nicknames that have some relation to their given names—for example Kenny is the nickname for Kenneth, or Jenny for Jennifer. Granted, there are some nicknames that seem like a stretch of logic, like Jack for John and Peg for Margaret, but there are none so incompatible as Pepe for José, Pancho for Fra...
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  • True TV | La-La Land: <i>Rock of Love 3, Scrubs, Nip/Tuck, Damages, The Real World</i>
  • True TV | La-La Land: Rock of Love 3, Scrubs, Nip/Tuck, Damages, The Real World

    Game Show in My Head Saturday, Jan. 3 (CBS)nSeries Debut: A new hidden-camera reality show from Ashton Kutcher? Hosted by Joe Rogan? I am so elsewhere! Setup: “Contestants wear an earpiece as they go about life in the city and are instructed back in the studio by Rogan. If the contestants can perform crazy, outrageous and often embarrassing tasks in public, they can go home with big money.&r...
  • News Quirks | Limp Offer

    Curses, Foiled AgainnLuis Lora-Martinez, 29, was charged with using counterfeit money to tip dancers and pay for drinks at a go-go bar in Secaucus, N.J. U.S. Secret Service agent Cindy Wofford said workers at the club quickly realized the five $20 bills that Lora-Martinez passed were bogus because they were produced on a computer printer using regular quality paper and were of poor quality.nn&bull...
  • The Straight Dope | Space Cops
  • The Straight Dope | Space Cops

    As I stare into the beautiful dark sky above my home in Hawaii and see all the stars and satellites, I ponder the possibility of “space accidents.” With all those satellites up there, are there any collisions? I don’t suppose anybody is handing out OUIs (for orbiting under the influence), but how do they decide what satellite should go where? Who oversees all those orbits? Is it ...
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Restaurants & Bars

  • Wine: Ports in a Storm

    Among my New Year’s resolutions for 2009 is to drink more Port. In a life that is increasingly filled with e-mails, blogging, text messages, cell-phone calls, meetings and the like, it’s a real treat to sit down at the end of the day with a glass of good Port, a smidgeon of Stilton, a handful of walnuts and—on special occasions—a decent cigar. nThe idea here is that you don...

Music

  • Music | Double Overtime: Local band Mury keep on truckin&rsquo;.
  • Music | Double Overtime: Local band Mury keep on truckin’.

    Most kids pick up a basketball but they won’t be in the NBA. I was beginning to realize that maybe I wouldn’t be a career musician, either,” Mury frontman Chris Alder says years after coming to the crossroads that nearly truncated his current path. “But Mury [a shortened version of the Salt Lake City suburb of Murray] came together at that right place and right time.”...

Culture

  • The Essentials | <em>City Weekly's</em> Entertainment Picks Jan. 1-7
  • The Essentials | City Weekly's Entertainment Picks Jan. 1-7

    nVISUAL ARTnBy Brian StakernIn the setting of a rare-book store, everything seems to take on a rarified air, even the newest paperback book. Amid all the history, Ken Sanders’ annual JOINT ARTIST SHOW assembles notable names in local art for a rare chance to see great original works. nAlmost an entire wall of Pat Bagley “cartoon paintings” is a spectacle in and of itself, and his...

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