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Granite's Ghost

Reduced to an empty lot picked at by developers, Granite High’s historic specter still haunts South Salt Lake.

Locked and Loaded

Inmate deaths plague Salt Lake County jail.

Midterm Mayhem

PLUS: Prop 2 madness, awful political ads, an ode to Orrin and more!

The Pioneer of Ruin

Amid a desolate mess in a Grand County ghost town, a young woman resurrects a home.
The La Sal Mountains rise up south of Eileen's home, and Cisco stands in the Cisco Desert, in an exposed, waterless low spot that one book describes without irony as "a hole."

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Top 10 Censored Stories of the Year

Inside the real fight against #FakeNews.
That narrative about widespread panic is actually a more long-term form of fake news, as Jefferson Pooley and Michael J. Socolow have documented in a series of articles over the past decade.

Technical Difficulties

Thanks to video-teleconferencing, Salt Lake City immigration court judges can decide the fates of immigrants held in a detention center 856 miles away.
An Executive Office for Immigration Review fact sheet states that VTC saves immigration judges travel time, helps them to hear more cases and allows them to help out their counterparts stationed in other courts with more sizable backlogs.

Shred on Arrival

How one group is shifting the male-dominated world of skateboarding.
"I believe the women's skateboarding scene right now is thriving,"

Dying and Living in Utah

Death is a topic most avoid talking or thinking about. But some locals are trying to change that.
When she was diagnosed with terminal cancer at age 84, she decided against chemotherapy, which could have extended her life but would have left her feeling miserable—a cure perhaps worse than the disease.

Conservation Crisis

For more than 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been a public lands windfall. A victim of a slashed budget, it could become a ghost of its former self by month's end.
It’s unlikely that a stand-alone piece of legislation would be passed at this point, but it could be slipped into another big legislative item that also needs to be passed.

For the Books

Reading? Pssshhh. It's 2018. Who reads anymore?
The world might be changing faster than we can keep up with it, and sometimes it feels like the written word could be on the verge of becoming an endangered species.

Long May They Reign

Once mighty, monarch butterfly numbers are dwindling across the state.
The pollinator species is known for its annual migration, thousands of miles long, and its multigenerational return north.

Get Off the Road!

Electric scooters have descended on our sleepy metropolis—and not everyone is happy.
Currently operating in 19 and 22 states, respectively, titans Bird and Lime have swept the country and quickly become as ubiquitous as they are controversial.

Oasis Lost

With urbanization sprawling west, one of the most important landscapes in the western hemisphere—the wetlands of the Great Salt Lake—is at risk of disappearing.
According to Neville, humans began modifying the Great Salt Lake’s wetlands almost as soon as they arrived on the scene, and very few of Utah’s wetlands remain untouched.

‘Less Hurt’

Meet the young Utahns working to save the lives of people from across our gun-loving state.
Six months ago, on Feb. 14, a tragic set of actions changed thousands of lives in Parkland, Fla.

2018 Beer Issue

We have the lagers!
Brews, glorious brews!

Budget Crunch at America’s National Parks

With increased visitation and crumbling infrastructure, national parks need money. But President Trump wants to cut even more of their funding.
Crowded visitor centers, crumbling roads and aging buildings—those are the sights at many of America’s national parks, caused by years of chronic underfunding.

The Cannabis Issue

Examining the hurdles Utah has to jump through to clear the way for medical cannabis.
Doc started smoking marijuana when he was 13 years old, around when a physician diagnosed him with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Holy Spirits: The A-Z Cocktail Guide

Let the spirits move you!
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