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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Clean up of Rio Grande Forces Dealers Out

Phase 1 of most recent attempt to clean up area underway.
The four day old Operation Rio Grande, a multi-state agency drive to clean up the streets around the downtown shelter of crime, can already claim a singular success. The drug dealers, apparently, have moved out of town.

Medical Marijuana Movement Swells

Group takes new stab at contested medi-pot issue.
The coalition, recently approved by the lieutenant governor’s office to gather signatures for a medical marijuana initiative, has hit the pavement with pens and clipboards.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cleaning Up "the Block"

Authorities place bets on Operation Rio Grande
Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires reported on Tuesday that 160 officers were deployed to Rio Grande leading to 87 arrests. Of those, 33 detainees were released.

John Curtis Advances to General Election

Provo mayor wins GOP primary for 3rd Congressional seat.
Painting himself as an underdog battling against Washington, D.C.-based super PACs, Curtis said he prevailed when others said his campaign couldn’t succeed with local backers.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Tale of Two Rallies

SLC doubles down on anti-racism protests.
The crowd was not without its antagonizers. A man standing on the steps behind the podium periodically jeered at speakers, calling them enemies of free speech.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Let’s Get Fiscal

Utah makes the Top 5 most fiscally healthy states list, baby.
Our beloved state ranked 3rd when it came to having enough cash to pay short-term debts and 4th in the area of having enough revenue to cover yearly expenses.

The Dangers of Street Walking

Efforts underway to help SLC sex workers.
Talk to women who sell sex on the street and they will typically deny any association with the idea that they have been trafficked.

Rural Boost

Governor Herbert promises to inject rural workforce with 25,000 jobs.
Gov. Gary Herbert is often heard praising Utah’s economic numbers as a reflection of the state’s industrious citizenry and his office’s business-friendly attitudes.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Checking Inns

Life for no-tell motels is about to get tougher.
The Salt Lake City Council passed a civil penalties ordinance that gives some teeth to cracking down on businesses that are hotbeds of crime this week.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Shaken & Stirred

Petitions, new taxes and curtains: Here's your latest Utah and alcohol news roundup
Utah’s alcohol laws are perpetually in flux. In addition to lowering the DUI level, lawmakers last session also passed a 144-page liquor bill that eliminated the Zion Curtain and raised the alcohol tax by 2 percent. That law took effect on Saturday.

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