• Issue of
  • Jan 29 - Feb 4, 2009
  • Vol. 25, No. 37

News

  • News | River Dance: Legislator shops a bill to undo Utah Supreme Court on public access to rivers.

    Gerald Nielson, an avid angler and attorney, waited years for a case that could open all Utah’s rivers to fly fishing, rafting and bird watching. In Utah, the public has always owned the river waters and had the theoretical right to use them, even on private property. But unlike the fly fishing mecca of Montana, those who tried to cast their lines on Utah rivers risked getting shot. n n...
  • News | Flip-flop: What made Waddoups change his mind on dumping the private club law?
  • News | Flip-flop: What made Waddoups change his mind on dumping the private club law?

    Before Sen. Mike Waddoups was against overhauling Utah’s private club law, he was for it. At least that’s how it sounds in tape recordings of a 2006 legislative committee hearing when the West Jordan Republican was carrying a bill to ban smoking in bars. nAfter he argued for the smoking ban, Waddoups took questions from the Health and Human Services Committee. Then-Rep. Pat Jones, D-Salt Lake ...
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  • News | Fight the Power: University neighborhood is a pipsqueak in battle against a monster substation.

    Babs De Lay is a visual person—as in line up the sights and shoots. nIn this case, the real estate broker and Salt Lake City planning commissioner at a recent meeting of the planning commission was actually asking for photos, maps and graphic presentations. And she wanted to see Mayor Ralph Becker, too. nThat’s because—based on the debate over expanding a University area power su...
  • News | Moving the Message: Senate passes resolution for the creation of an immigrant guest-worker program.

    A Senate concurrent resolution supporting the creation of a state guest-worker program for undocumented immigrants inched closer to passing today, as it cleared the Senate floor 22-to-3, with 4 absent. S.C.R. 1 is simply a message to be sent to the federal government. While that means that it may have more bark than bite, the resolution still puts the feds on notice that Utah will seek to chart it...
  • Hits & Misses | Anti-History Chaffetz, Pro-Education Huntsman & Anti-Drinker Waddoups
  • Hits & Misses | Anti-History Chaffetz, Pro-Education Huntsman & Anti-Drinker Waddoups

    Worst AirnCongratulations, Utah, you’ve finally done it. National maps of pollution put together by the federal Environmental Protection Agency showed portions of the Wasatch Front with the worst air in the country in recent weeks. Hopefully, the Sundance visitors stayed in Park City and didn’t have to experience what wintertime means in the Salt Lake Valley. nA Tell-All PleanFormer st...
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  • Feature | Studied to Death: Can Huntsman finally bring about meaningful education reform?
  • Feature | Studied to Death: Can Huntsman finally bring about meaningful education reform?

    nPatti Harrington wasn’t talking. The state superintendent of education was in duck-and-cover mode as she swatted at yet another trial balloon floating through Utah’s educational community. nAnother day, another initiative. Another governor. If she keeps quiet, maybe there won’t be another superintendent. nHarrington told City Weekly late last year that she didn’t want to...
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  • 5 Spot | Craft Sabbath
  • 5 Spot | Craft Sabbath

    nMeg Griggs, center, and friends (L-R: Tim Thompson, Mary McClaugherty, Kali Mellus and Sonja Evans) are hosting the first-ever Craft Sabbath on Sunday, Feb. 1, noon to 6 p.m. at NoBrow Coffee & Tea Company (315 E. 300 South, 801-364-3448), with pastries by Cake Walk Baking and music by Cub Country.n nWhat’s a Craft Sabbath?nCraft Sabbath is a local group of crafters who convene on ...
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  • Deep End | Our Worldly Guv: Sophisticated Huntsman could mop the floor with Mitt in 2012.
  • Deep End | Our Worldly Guv: Sophisticated Huntsman could mop the floor with Mitt in 2012.

    The gowns from the inaugural balls are not even back from the dry cleaners, but the 2012 presidential campaign has already started. The pundits and soothsayers have already anointed Utah’s favorite son, Mitt Romney, as the presumptive Republican nominee. n“I don’t care what the talking heads say,” says Milt Fogler, senior fellow at Idaho State University’s Institute o...
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  • Staffbox | Do taxes influence your vices?

    If you drink, do high liquor taxes discourage you from drinking? If you smoke, will high cigarette taxes do likewise? nLia Pretorius: I can’t curb my drinking just because of high taxes. I have two kids in school. I’m drinking my way to Utah having the second-to-last per-pupil spending in the nation! n nChristopher Westergard: Uh, that is a tough question. No, and no. I do those things...
  • Rant Control | All About the O

    Things have been looking a little brighter ever since the Big O moved into the White House. According to Newsweek, the “o-conomy” may be looking up. There’s a new sense of openness and people are overjoyed that the country’s finally getting back on track. nSo when is this spirit of optimism going to hit the CityWeekly.net comment boards? Online commenters are more oversensi...
  • Editorial | Mullen: Keep Moving the Ball: Justice delayed is still justice denied.
  • Editorial | Mullen: Keep Moving the Ball: Justice delayed is still justice denied.

    If state judges were measured by BCS standards, Christine Durham would have no problem busting her way into the big leagues. Like Florida, or Michigan, Utah’s Supreme Court Chief Justice would have her ranking secured. nAmong top legal minds, Durham is what Urban Meyer is to championship football: Bright and dead-set on moving the ball downfield. She’s confident in her game, and others...
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  • The Ocho | Home-Brewing Outlaws
  • The Ocho | Home-Brewing Outlaws

    nEight pros and cons of legalizing home beer and wine breweries (as per House Bill 51): n8. Pro: Utah home brewers would no longer be “outlaws.” n7. Con: Utah home brewers could no longer brag about being “outlaws.” n6. Pro: Bill allows households to brew up to 200 gallons per year. n5. Con: Some of us go through that in a weekend. n4. Pro: Law may inspire home brewers to m...
  • Citizen Revolt | The Legislative Warm-Up
  • Citizen Revolt | The Legislative Warm-Up

    The Legislature is in session—which means it’s time storm the Capitol. Take your pick of issues this week, starting with Utah’s homeless. Hell, it doesn’t hurt to bank a little karma by educating yourself about the life and times of those less fortunate. nHope for the HomelessnThursday, Jan. 29nSchool vouchers and bribery scandals may come and go, but a few issues will ne...
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  • News Quirks | Making Sure No One Wins

    Curses, Foiled AgainnPolice responding to a break-in at a convenience store in Athens, Tenn., identified their suspect when he returned to the scene two hours later. Officer Chandler Rollo told the Daily Post-Athenian he was at the store waiting for a manager to arrive with the key after someone shattered a glass door and entered the store. A blood-covered Roger Scott Buckner Jr., 21, approached R...
  • The Straight Dope | BAC in the Zone

    In The Bad Girl’s Guide to the Open Road, Cameron Tuttle suggests the following technique for getting out of a DUI: If you get pulled over, immediately step out of the car with a bottle of your favorite liquor and chug a couple shots’ worth. The officer now has no way of proving you were drinking before you got out of the car. Interesting thought, but is this actually true? Perhaps the...
  • Ask a Mexican | Anti-Immigrant Campaigns & Warming up your Car

    Dear Mexican: I am a naturalized (legal) hispano in the United States, and I just realized what the “illegal” craze is about. What immigrant-bashing citizens are trying to protect here are people like … me. Consider what this concerned woman said to John McCain during a public meeting in New Hampshire last year. “I just think it’s not fair to all the people who came ...
  • Free Will Astrology | Jan. 29-Feb. 4

    nARIES (March 21-April 19)nDon’t tell me you have nothing to be thankful for, Aries. Your parents could have named you “Hooligan” or “Lightsaber” or “Flu,” and they didn’t. There are no photos floating around the Internet that show you riding a pig in the nude. No one has ever broken up with you via text message. Now please keep going in the directio...
  • Cinema | Finishing Move: The Wrestler finds tragic drama in the allure of celebrity.

    "The ’90s fucking sucked,” observes Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) at one point in The Wrestler. He’s referring specifically to the music—how “that pussy Kurt Cobain” killed the era of the hair-metal classics he loved—but it’s obvious he’s also referring to his own life. Once a golden-haired star of big-time professio...

Restaurants & Bars

  • Zermatt II

    nWhen visiting Zermatt Resort in Midway, dining at Schneitter’s restaurant (see Dining, p. 31) is the most obvious—and priciest—option. But Zermatt offers other appealing eating opportunities as well. This past New Year’s Eve, my wife and I found ourselves enjoying a toned-down (until the Jägermeister kicked in, at least) celebration with newly made friends at the cozy...

Music

  • Port O Call
  • Port O Call

    March 15 is way too soon to say goodbye to Port O’ Call, but the date draws nigh. On Jan. 22, the club was still packed to the brim, upstairs and down. Unfortunately, the club hasn’t found a new home. But the old haunt is still there and needs to be visited, if only for the sake of a celebratory Irish wake. This is one more venue that should be added to the dead club list, joining our ...

Culture

  • The Essentials | City Weekly's Entertainment Picks Jan. 29-Feb. 4

    nFRIDAY 1.30nLord of the DancenWhether you’re a seasoned fan of Lord of the Dance or you’re being dragged there kicking and screaming by a very persistent significant other, you probably have a good idea of what to expect when the curtain rises. nLord of the Dance is now in its 11th year of touring, and though its creator Michael Flatley no longer tours with the show, he remains its p...

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