League of Women Voters troubled by candidates' lack of response to surveys

Nonpartisan organization says silence speaks to troubling apathy

Ready to Change Utah's Constitution?

The skinny on the amendments you'll be voting on next Tuesday

Middle Man

Doug Owens hopes to follow in father's footsteps as a moderate Dem in Congress

Pac-12 membership boosts U's spending, budgets

School strives to match elite cohorts in sports and beyond
Pac-12 membership brings with it the perception that, now that the school is part of a big-time club, it must somehow keep up with the other members of that club in what it offers to students, administrators and alumni, whether that's new buildings or more rigorous academic standards.

SLC Brick & Mortar Survivors

Downtown still has independent bookshops, record stores and even video rentals—but they can’t swim on without support
Few people have blasted the imagination-draining place that is the Internet quite so bluntly as the late author Ray Bradbury.

Gone Digital

The Standard-Examiner takes a try-anything approach with TV-style video production
The lobby of Ogden's Standard-Examiner boasts a few relics of a bygone newspaper era, like a linotype machine that used to be fed with molten lead to formulate print molds, and a hand-crank printing press.

Listen & Learn

Activists put down picket signs and pull up chairs
Activism isn't always about waving signs and using a megaphone to demand change from the elite and aloof powers that be. Sometimes it's about having a cup of mint tea with a random person off the street and asking them what they think is wrong with their corner of the world.

Food Fight

Investigation into worker who tossed school lunches sparks policy changes
When 17 students at Uintah Elementary School had their school lunches tossed into the trash in January, it brought national television outlets to the school's front door and also prompted a criminal investigation to look into sweeping accounting discrepancies by the lunchroom manager.

Corporation Courtship

Utah's Office of Economic Development is in the business of luring big business to Utah
One arm of state government can directly trace its influence in luring new businesses, and the jobs and taxes they bring, to Zion: the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED), which at its Sept. 11 meeting issued more than $1.5 million in corporate tax incentives to two corporations looking to set up shop in Utah.

West Valley Showdown

Michael Lee vs. Fred Cox is the legislative race to watch
The jagged puzzle piece known as House District 30 is the site of what might be 2014's most competitive legislative race, as former Republican lawmaker Fred Cox seeks to reclaim the seat he lost to Democrat Janice Fisher in 2012 by fewer than 400 votes. He'll be squaring off against squaring off against Democrat Michael Lee—no, not that Mike Lee.

Unhappy Campers

Campground timeshare tries to halt financial collapse
For decades, Camperworld offered members exclusive access to a handful of picturesque private parks across Utah. As long as the annual dues were paid, members could pack their campers to capacity with kids and grandkids and camp next to relaxing hot springs in Plymouth or world-class fishing near the Flaming Gorge Dam, with no reservation necessary.

Campaign for Climate

Congressional candidate Bill Barron is running on behalf of the Earth
Shining a light on the Earth's changing climate is Barron's top priority. Coming in second place is his candidacy for Utah's 2nd District Congressional seat, which he hopes to snag from Republican incumbent Chris Stewart come November.

Bear Fight

Use of UPD armored vehicle at Winder fundraiser looms large in sheriff's race
The 2013 fundraiser and questions of whether it was a misuse of funds has heightened tensions in UPD and the Sheriff's Office over the Petersen-Winder race. And the controversy was only deepened by the fact that Winder's campaign disclosures did not list donors from the event.

Bikes Overriding Business

Downtown businesses angry over losing parking for new 300 South bicycle lanes
The surprise installation of new bike lanes on 300 South and losing the parking spots the lanes were painted over have left some downtown business owners feeling like Mayor Ralph Becker unfairly favors bikes over businesses in the city's core.

Reading Between the Lines

As conspiracies abound and digital revenues drag, Utah's big dailies continue inflating their circulation
Numbers show that the newspaper industry is making more than enough money—and that Salt Lake City's dailies are spinning their circulation numbers to do so.


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