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Holy Spirits

Rejoice, our annual A-Z Cocktail Guide is here!

Into the Wild

Small Northern Utah zoo sets sights on survival.

Save Our Sphinx!

17 years into its run as a public park, Gilgal Garden is starting to show its age.

Shelter War

In the fight over the future of the downtown homeless, the Pioneer Park Coalition looms large.
On a Friday morning in early June in front of Salt Lake City's downtown homeless shelter, a tractor lowers its gaping bucket-jaw and scoops up a small mountain of soiled clothing piled in the gutter.

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Locked on Locke

Meet the energetic Jazz employee who refuses to hang up his headset in the offseason.
David Locke doesn't sit still very well.

Best Summer Concerts

So. Many. Shows. Here are City Weekly’s top picks you gotta see.
Stock up on earplugs and bust out the Keens; music festival season is here, baby!

Warrior Spirit

A Maori Mormon wants the church held accountable for erasing his New Zealand heritage.
Ra Puriri packed his suitcase and flew 9,000 miles from the coastal community of Raglan, New Zealand, to Salt Lake City—all to perform an act of dissent.

The PRIDE Issue

Be bold. Be brave. Be proud. Be you.
Despite many misconceptions, LGBTQ culture in Salt Lake City is thriving, and this week's Pride festivities are a testament to that—from the 8th annual Miss City Weekly on Thursday, to Sunday's march through downtown, to a series of splinter festivities across town—SLC's rainbow colors run deep.

Attack of the Killer Reboots!

Summer flicks bring familiar themes and familiar themes.
Last year, I was inspired by the summer's bumper crop of sequels, prequels and bologna.


Why a former left-leaning ex-oil exec. wants you and all your friends to join the Republican party.
As a long line queues up to get inside West High School on an early Friday evening, people shift their weight from one leg to the next.

Inside the Firestorm

New technology allows scientists to see the forces behind the flames.
Aircraft N2UW has flown through all kinds of weather.

The Block

My life as a former drug dealer, new father and future inspiration.
Gabriel Estrada Zamora was released from jail on Feb. 7, 2015, after serving five months for drug possession and paraphernalia charges.


How Donald Trump has increased interest in the lives and tactics of longtime tax resisters.
Rod Nippert grew up on a farm with 40,000 turkeys in the Appalachian Mountains in southeastern Ohio. He wanted to escape the life of a farm boy as quickly as he could.

Magna Rising

Long burdened by ill health and poverty, a westside community strives to turn the page.
Once a week, C.J. Withers—owner of We Witches 3, a spiritual supply store on Main Street in downtown Magna—casts a spell for prosperity.

Still Standing

As media interest fizzles, the battle at Standing Rock continues.
>Militarized police destroyed the encampments in North Dakota late last month, but judging by the momentum that lingers, the movement born at Standing Rock is just getting started. The peaceful fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is still playing out in court, and campaigns against similar pipelines are growing in Washington state, Iowa, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Louisiana, Georgia and Florida.

Set in Stone

How an elderly, dementia-stricken man ended up owing Salt Lake County $36,063.
Knowing her father as nothing if not a law-abiding, careful man, Tiffany Janzen was nonplussed to learn last May that investigators were snooping on family property. That month, the West Jordan resident phoned a Salt Lake County District Attorney agent, Lt. Alex Huggard, who had been tipped off to an illegal operation on a 24-acre parcel of land along 2100 South.

The Foilies 2017

Wherein we recognize the year's worst in government transparency.
A thick fog is rolling in over Sunshine Week (March 12-18), the annual event when government transparency advocates raise awareness about the importance of access to public records.

Unlocking the Box

As Utah State Prison moves beyond using solitary confinement as punishment, mentally ill inmates struggle with its legacy.
>When 25-year-old Jeremy Haas paroled out of the Utah State Prison in May 2015, he went to live with his mother. She took him to the still-blue waters of the Spanish Fork reservoir, where, for the first time in his life, he walked barefoot in sand.


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