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Are We Great Again Yet?

On Charlottesville and the shattering of America.

Wild Things

With habitats shrinking, local wildlife call urban areas home.

Poli Libs (and Conservatives, too)

City Council hopefuls get the Mad Libs treatment.

The Diversity Issue

Community leaders, scholars recognize lack of it in city council.
Trickling through the doors of an Avenues café, the a.m. customers are noticeably younger than ranking City Councilman Stan Penfold, who's at a table sipping iced coffee out of a mason jar.

Down by the Rio

Two years shy of its closure, four questions linger on the future of the Rio Grande shelter.
A large chunk of money to the tune of $28 million in one-time costs and $2.6 million in ongoing costs is for housing—a component of homeless services officials such as Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams have repeatedly said are vital in the new model.

'It Just Got Real'

3rd Congressional write-in candidate Russell Roesler has something to say.
For a conspicuous beat, Russ Roesler's parents were stone silent.

Inmate Blues

Lifers at the Utah State Prison find sanctuary through music.
The 30-song recital, which stretches over three hours, opens with a rendition of "Under the Boardwalk" by men in white smocks with "UDC Inmate" stamped on the back.

Race Chase

A bevy of candidates, including one write-in, aim to fill Chaffetz' seat.
Who the hell cares when exactly Rep. Jason Chaffetz' congressional seat became vacant, anyway?

Cab Jab

Ride-sharing apps snag 50 percent of airport transports under changed regulations.
The squeaky clean windshield of Rod Kujaczynski's gray Jetta sports a pink decal—one that has become as commonplace as the urinating Calvin or the line of stick-figure family members.

A Question of Time

As advocates seek Board of Pardons' compliance with audit, inmates languish under arbitrary sentences.
After Dennis Wynn was convicted of mail fraud in federal court in mid-2008, he packed a bag and drove himself to federal prison.

In Bloom

Iosepa comes alive for a weekend to celebrate exodus centennial.
Over a weekend in late May, an assorted group of lively people met in the desolate locale to celebrate the passing of 100 years since a majority of Iosepa's inhabitants left the town en route to Hawaii.

The Amazing Race

Stacking up 18 congressional hopefuls on the Chaffetz-O-Meter.
Hopefuls vying to fill his kicker cleats are hungry to distinguish themselves from the pack. That's challenging without a metric. So while each candidate is his or her own person, Chaffetz himself makes for a useful watermark.


Oh, what a year!
It was a bright cool day in June, and Salt Lake City was aching for something different.


Battle lines deepen in Moab over controversial police officer's return to duty.
Of the four Moab officers whom Grand County prosecutor Andrew Fitzgerald complained to the city about last fall, Steven Risenhoover is the only one still on the force.

'This Isn't Salt Lake!'

A cowboy boot-wearing Rep. Stewart offers 'nebulous' answers during town hall.
Rep. Chris Stewart's town hall meeting on Friday, May 12, in Richfield was subdued compared to the raucous crowd that confronted him in Salt Lake City last March.

Hidden Menace

Written off by the DEA, spice is making a resurgence among Salt Lake City's marginalized communities.
On April 3, 2017, a woman and her 14-year-old son were selling spice near the downtown homeless shelter.

Inside Dugway

A rare tour of Utah's expansive and secretive Army testing facility.
In Utah's West Desert, toxic chemicals are stored beyond a double-locked door inside a fortified lab.

Queen of Fire

A Millcreek resident advising the city on a wildfire plan, draws on a wealth of experience.
To her eyes, they represent, "a very high wildland-urban interface," meaning that nature and homes are smacked up against each other and the potential for a wildland fire engulfing the fledgling city's houses is all too apparent.


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