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Muddy Polls

With a crowded mayoral election around the corner, which polls can you trust to gauge public sentiment?

Distilling Hope

Against archaic regulations, these Utah distilleries manage to leave their boozy mark.

The Buzz: Utah's Native Bees in Peril

Federal lands could offer hives a respite from pesticides.

Muddy Polls

With a crowded mayoral election around the corner, which polls can you trust to gauge public sentiment?
A plethora of candidates are vying to be Salt Lake City's next mayor, a wide-open race since sitting Mayor Jackie Biskupski bowed out last month.

Missing Metals

Utah's search for Gold King Mine waste in Lake Powell raises questions about the role of politics in science.
Two years after the spill, the EPA concluded that the San Juan and Animas rivers had essentially returned to normal, and that, in fact, the 2015 spill had been relatively minimal—the equivalent, the agency estimated, to just four to seven days of normal discharge from the Gold King Mine.

Leasing Utah Away

BLM proposed leases in southeastern Utah tick off environmentalists, Native American tribes.
Some of the proposed parcels are near Bears Ears, Hovenweep and Canyons of the Ancients national monuments.

Double Take

State senator-turned SLC mayoral candidate Jim Dabakis raises eyebrows with KUTV alignment.
Billed as the "fastest-growing podcast in Utah," each Friday's Take 2 episode features Dabakis and recurring strange bedfellow, former House Speaker Greg Hughes, who debate local, state and national issues.

Legislative Hangover

Stronger beer could soon be available on taps and in grocery stores across the state, but not everyone is happy.
“They come in here for the big stuff. The want flavor,” 2 Row Brewing founder and president Brian Coleman says of his in-store customers. “They want awesome beers that taste like something, and they’re just not satisfied with the 4-percent products.”

The 12 Bills of Lege-mas

Halfway through this year's general session, here are a dozen notable bills to keep on your radar.
Will Utahns finally have a state flag worthy of a mouse pad this year? Or be able to purchase full-strength beer at their neighborhood grocery store like normal people?

Retailer Rebirth

Sears is gone, but its land could help transform a neighborhood just a few blocks from downtown.
The Salt Lake City location was among the 18 Sears and 45 Kmarts that closed nationwide in January 2018, following the market trend that flushed the brick-and-mortar shops of yesteryear down the toilet.

Bikes, Scooters and Cars, Oh My!

Dockless bicycles add new wrinkle to device-sharing transportation model.
The green, electric-assisted bikes operate just like their scooter cousins.

Golden Ticket

Inside the local connection that helped put Utah on the craft chocolate map. Hint: It's the Mormons.
Mormons already had a longstanding history of candy making, Seguine says.

Chutes & Ladders: Legislative Bill Edition

A fun game of frustration, church meddling and teeth-grinding—no assembly required!
A fun-filled way of keeping track of the Legislature's workings!

Banking on Coal

Utah's state rock proves costly compared to alternative energy sources.
See, at least half of Rocky Mountain Power's 22 coal-fired units—including Utah's Hunter and Huntington plants—cost customers more to run than alternative sources such as solar and wind, according to a recent report.

Climate Gods

What role can Utah's legislators play in addressing climate change?
As he basked in the Olympic euphoria, Gov. Gary Herbert seemed flat-footed when we asked if he was concerned climate change could hamper the Beehive State's second throwing of the international soirée.

This Poll's for You

Utahns have another avenue to vent their liquor frustrations, but it only goes so far.
At its monthly meeting in December, the department revealed data from the first responses it received in its new customer-satisfaction survey.

Ghosts of Olympics Past

Stars of Salt Lake City's 2002 Winter Games: Where are they now?
If you've had your head buried in snow, you might not have heard Salt Lake City will be the U.S. Olympic Committee's bid site for a future Winter Games—again.

Pennant Penance

For one former mayor, flag redesign hubbub is a case of history repeating.
Superimposed over the shades of Technicolor vomit is an attempted rendition of Salt Lake City's underwhelming skyline, behind which lies an inexplicably green-and-white mountain range.

Is SLC Ready for Mayor Dabakis?

The outgoing state senator hopes to trade Capitol Hill perch for the capital city.
He just released a poll showing voters would support him if he joined the Salt Lake City mayoral race.

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