Let's Play!

Gamers scream, swear and fight their way to newfound celebrity on YouTube

Running on Empty

Even with food banks, food stamps and wealthy churches on nearly every corner, Utah children still go to bed hungry

Utah Beer Festival 2015

City Weekly's sixth annual fest proves Utah loves beer

Power Struggle

In the solar-panel debate, Rocky Mountain Power turns a blind eye to the environmental benefits of sunshine
Mark Larsen fits the bill of a stereotypical solar-panel user. He's a semi-retired college Spanish professor, active member of Utah Citizens Advocating for Renewable Energy (UCARE) and lives in a suburb of brown adobe homes outside of St. George.

River of No Return

A trip down Idaho's wild and protected rivers shows the wisdom in saving something
"Wilderness" is a word Utahns hear in the context of dispute. It is a word that many of the state's leaders revile, while outdoorsmen and -women, conservationists and environmentalists, love.

Who Gets to Laugh?

Salt Lake City is ready for the satirical The Book of Mormon—but when does satire cross the line?
On July 28, the 2011 Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon arrives at last in Salt Lake City for a two-week touring company run—and you'd better believe the locals were ready.

Ripped & Ravaged

"Happily ever after" does not figure into this torrid tale of Utah romance novelists
When reviewers told LDS romance novelist Rachel Nunes that a book titled The Auction Deal, scheduled for release in August 2014, seemed suspiciously similar to hers, she was sure it was a mistake.

Chesterfield, USA

Welcome to the unsung rural heartland that you've never heard of, just minutes from downtown Salt Lake City
On a late spring afternoon on the far northeast corner of West Valley City, a Brink's security guard waits for a ride home outside the fenced-off lot of offices and armored vans, his lunchbox at his feet.

Pushed to Extremes

Captain Wanderlust wants his weed and guns back—and hopes there's still time to save the Constitution
In spring of 2014, Stephen Dean was at Cliven Bundy's ranch in Nevada during a stand-off. Dozens of militia members—the patriotic type, many well-armed and dressed with the preferred number of cargo pockets for combat—held the line against Bureau of Land Management rangers.

Utah Arts Festival 2015

Art Works: The brains and the brawn behind Utah's citadel of creativity
For 39 years, the Utah Arts Festival has been providing the state's largest and most diverse showcases for every possible kind of artistic expression: painting, photography, sculpture, crafting of clothing and jewelry, poetry, comedy, dance, film, music and more.

The Silent Partner

How an eastern Idaho farm boy became a contract torturer
Bruce Jessen has been called a war criminal. A torturer. An "American Mengele." The retired Air Force colonel and trained psychologist was, according to a 2014 report from the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, an architect of the "brutal," "inherently unsustainable" and "deeply flawed" detainee- interrogation program ...

Ragnar Nation

For runners, the Wasatch Back Relay is not just a grueling physical challenge, it's a life-changing event
Ask a Utah runner if they have a "Ragnar story," and chances are, they'll share a rite-of-passage tale involving the nationally popular endurance relay race. They will wax lyrical about the drama and the hilarity of being one of six members of a team crammed into a stale-sweat-drenched van.

My First March

Walking in the Pride parade can be thrilling, inspiring and insanely fun
Oh, Pride, one of the deadliest of sins. Don't you love telling people we hold our Pride parade on a Sunday in downtown Salt Lake City, and tens of thousands of people participate?

Fast Bucks

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams calls foul on his former campaign manager, Justin Miller
Utah's Democrats fight to hold ground in Utah politics. Not only are there few Democrats in elected office, but when a dispute erupts among the few in prominent positions, it can ensnare a swath of party members.

The Herd Bull of the House

Southern Utah lawmaker Mike Noel has a reputation for hating wilderness, but he sure does love open spaces
In his faded bluejeans, with specks of hay on his shirt and cow dung on his battered brown boots, Mike Noel swings a leg over his ATV and rattles off facts about the cattle market, his hay-growing operation and the drought.

They Might Be Mayors

Getting to know the three vying to be boss of Salt Lake City's patch of blue
City Weekly's spring interns, Tiffany Frandsen and Sam Florence, were recently asked their opinion of the Salt Lake City mayor's race. Guess what? They—our resident Millennials—actually professed to be curious about it.

To Write a Wrong

The Raise Your Pen group wants to rewrite the tragic story of Siale Angilau
On April 21, 2014, convicted Tongan Crip gang member Siale Angilau began his federal racketeering trial by lunging at a witness testifying against him. He was armed with a pen. He was stopped in his tracks by four bullets fired by a deputy U.S. marshal.

Bank On It

Thanks to luck and a loophole, Utah is an unlikely hub for the nation's industrial banks
If you live in New York City and want to become the owner/operator of a yellow taxi cab, you would have to buy one of the city's 13,437 taxi "medallions," a coveted permit issued by the government that can cost up to $1 million.


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