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High and Dry

Developers, preservationists at odds over Granite High's future.

"A Tailor of Skis"

As the slopes close for the season, a crafter of custom skis prepares to make it through another summer.

Keep on Truckin'

With lawmakers dropping regulations, state food truck industry motors on.

Taking its Toll

Inside Ogden's IRS connection.
A pack of fiscal conservatives did in 2015 what fiscal conservatives do. They proposed slashes to the federal government, the most glaring suggestion of which was to disband the IRS.

A River Runs Through Him

Glendale resident's plan calls for a new linear nature park system.
On a late autumn afternoon, the silty stream is still low, a stark contrast to the surging waterway Wheeler's photographs depict from more than 30 years ago.

Nightmare Scenario

A pedophile's right to defend himself in court clashes with a minor's desperation to escape his toxic legacy.
As Gordian knots go, the one defense attorney Ed Wall presented to the Utah Court of Appeals on March 23 required a particularly sharp sword.

Give Them Shelter

Salt Lake County aims, struggles to learn from SLC's homeless facilities debacle.
For a moment, at the center of a huddle, questions were foisted upon Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams faster than he could dish out responses. Inside the Utah Cultural Celebration Center on March 21, residents of West Valley City and South Salt Lake had circled around the mayor and demanded to know, for example, whether he would tolerate homeless folks milling about in his neighborhood, why the southern end of the valley didn't have a shelter and whose tax dollars were at stake.

Life Elevated

While a repackaged hate-crimes bill stalled in the legislative session, a Blue Lives Matter bill sailed through.
After years of failing to get Republican support for hate-crime legislation that would put some teeth into the law, advocates were optimistic that the 2017 session might finally bring victory.

Utah and Booze

A complicated relationship.
By the time Mormon settlers peered down into what would become known as the Salt Lake Valley and spotted a large lake too salty to bathe in, they probably longed for a stiff drink. Lucky for them, the section of LDS scripture that addresses dietary rules, commonly called the Word of Wisdom, was more a suggested guideline at the time, rather than the unbending commandment it is now.

Secret Agent

In the aftermath of the Swallow acquittal, questions dog a state investigator.
When a prosecutor presents his or her case, a key initial witness often is the detective or investigator who assembled evidence that a judge deemed sufficient to warrant a trial.

Pet Sounds

Woman in tug of war with city to get cuddly, loud dogs back.
From the onset, the associate public defender expected a quick negotiation. She was wrong, of course.

2017 Legislative Wrap-Up

Rape kit testing, public lands and that pesky Zion Curtain all got their day in the bureaucratic sun.
In its waning days, the Legislature's speed will shift, as it always does, from its humdrum business-as-usual pace into a chaotic urgency.

The Day the Pouring Died

Longtime patrons bid adieu to iconic Sugar House watering hole.
The commercialization of Sugar House was one change the bar couldn't withstand. This past Saturday was its final last call.


Utah AIDS Foundation continues free clinic in the face of possible funding cuts.
Almost 3,000 Utahns are HIV-positive, and an estimated 13 percent of them don't know it. Because detection is paramount, the Utah AIDS Foundation offers free HIV testing twice a week for anyone who has had sex or injected drugs within the last year.

The Touhy God

The hand of the federal government lies heavily on the state's prosecutions of two former AGs on corruption charges.
As the state rolled out its case against former Attorney General John Swallow in early February, two things became apparent.

Pinball Wizards

For many, old-school arcade game sits at the intersection of solace and skill.
They say if you check the pinball machines in select bars around town, you'll find the monogram "MIL" claiming the high scores. These initials belong to Mike Lund—the "I" stands for Iceman, he says.

Meet the Muslims

Utah Islamic Center's open-house series answers questions, dispels myths.
In Islamic doctrine, God's faithful follower Abraham had two wives: Sarah and Hagar. And perhaps a plural-marriage tradition is why, Shuaib Din suggested, he was recently emailed by a polygamist group organizing a march on Capitol Hill.

The King and I

A razor-beaked icon of the Utah bird conservation movement turns 58.
Helen Dishaw has accompanied Andy Mondays through Fridays and on holidays along the aviary's pathways for an hour at a time. The experience, she says, struck her early on as what it must feel like to have a child. She calls him with treats—quail liver, beef heart slices—which she gives him from a thick-gloved hand.


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