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The Foilies 2018

Recognizing the year’s worst in government transparency.

Writer Chris Stewart Warned Us. But Does Congressman Chris Stewart Care?

Russian intrigue, international espionage, nuclear doomsday scenarios—it can all be found in the congressman’s 1997 debut novel.

All Access

The Local Music Issue 2018

Feed Frenzy

For years, independent media outlets desperately chased the clicks promised by Facebook; now the social media giant threatens to destroy them.
As with any toxic relationship, the possibility of a breakup sparks feelings of terror—and maybe a little bit of a relief.

For the Birds

Conservation efforts in northwest quadrant are mighty, but are development plans stronger?
The Gillmor Sanctuary, a 2,900-acre preserve just outside the city limits, is a prime example of the type of terrain conservationists are trying to preserve in the northwest quadrant.

Governor Salad

From hardball to oddball, these nine candidates could potentially one day run the state.
Who knows if Herbert is going anywhere? He seems to enjoy signing bills, swatting sharks with his Andre Agassi tennis racket and standing his ground at the cost of lucrative outdoor retailer conventions.

What Global Warming?

Unmasking a proxy war strategy by online climate change denialists.
In early December, a video of a dying, emaciated polar bear, foraging for food on an iceless land, went viral on social media.

Speed Racers

Utah's badass women bartenders throw down.
It's 11 a.m. on a sunny Thursday morning, hours before Under Current Bar usually opens to customers.

Welcome to the No-Fun Zone

Rejoice, our annual Legislative Preview is here!
Each winter, the Utah State Capitol buzzes to life when 29 senators and 75 representatives, the governor and his administration, countless staffers, advocates, security officers, journalists, spectators and more embark on a frenzied 45-day journey that we call "the session."

#ItToo: Sundance 2018

The Sundance Film Festival dawns anew post-Weinstein.
For more than 30 years, the Sundance Film Festival has positioned itself on the leading edge of change in the cinematic universe.

Team Wolf

Science shows killing the beasts does more harm than good.
Last summer, the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife killed its first wolf from the Smackout pack after deciding that the animals were preying on too many cows in the state's Colville National Forest.

The Year In Photo Review

Up close and personal with the moments, characters and protests that shaped 2017.
Our yearly celebration of the images that defined 2017.

Junk Food News

2017 will be remembered as the year of post-truths and alternative facts.
Seemingly, in 2017, we have reached a new milestone—the year in which an episode of The Simpsons played out in real life.

Now What?

Trump and Zinke painted Bears Ears National Monument as a special-interest, Washington land grab. They were wrong.
Many of the state's elected leaders were eager to reverse President Barack Obama's decision to designate 1.35 million acres in southeastern Utah as Bears Ears National Monument. One of the president's final actions, Obama signed the proclamation on Dec. 28, 2016, less than a month before he left the White House.

The Art Makers

Step behind the curtains to meet the unsung heroes of Utah arts.
Every play you watch, every art exhibit you experience and every dance performance that thrills you depends on the efforts of countless talented behind-the-scenes contributors before the work ever gets in front of an audience.

Zion, Militias and Public Lands

Cattle rancher’s armed insurrection, rooted in religious extremism, goes on trial.
Academic research on Mormon history, theology and the Mormon migration to the Great Basin to create what the early western settlers called the promised land of Zion provides a framework for understanding Cliven Bundy.


From family services to hope on two wheels, these 10 local charities fight the good fight.
It's been a rough year.

Finding Her Voice

One immigrant’s journey from an African village to the Mormon hinterlands.
Long before she picketed at Weber State University, before she took the LDS Church to court and before she sang opera to sublimate her anxiety, Victoria Sethunya used to wander into a barren grassland and dig for edible roots.


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