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How to get an abortion in Utah, without Roe v. Wade.

Back On Track

New TRAX transit station opens south of Downtown after decades of planning.

Utah's Second Gentleman

Getting to know Gabe Henderson, spouse of Utah Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson.
It took 15 years after the Walkers left the Governor's Mansion for Utah to get its second second gentleman.

Open and Shut

Governor and state leaders take a victory lap at ribbon-cutting for new prison.
State leaders were triumphant Wednesday at the ribbon-cutting for Utah’s new prison, cracking joking about the years of controversy surrounding its construction, praising its design and abundant use of natural lighting and stating, emphatically, that the decision to relocate the State Prison from Draper to the shores of the Great Salt Lake was the right one.

Winner Winner

Salt Lake City Weekly earns seven local reporting awards at Utah Headliners banquet.
The Salt Lake City Weekly team picked up two 1st-place plaques and five 2nd-place honors for its 2021 reporting during Thursday's awards banquet for the Utah Headliners chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

Guns Blazin'

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox urges Utahns to keep an “open mind” about any and all gun violence solutions.
The most memorable Christmas of Utah Gov. Spencer Cox’s childhood, he said Thursday, was when he was gifted his first 0.22 caliber rifle at age 11. Cox described it as similar to the holiday comedy “The Christmas Story,” with his father hiding the firearm until the last minute after all the other gifts had been opened. “We also had a deep and abiding respect for those weapons,” he said.

Gun Money

Salt Lake City launches voluntary gun buy-back program after string of U.S. mass shootings.
Salt Lake City gun owners who relinquish their firearms can receive a gift card worth either $50 (for handguns) or $100 (for assault-style weapons) at a buy-back event announced Friday by Mayor Erin Mendenhall and officials with the city Police Department and Police Foundation.

Nine Nine Nope

SLC Police arrest cyclist for stopping traffic during weekly 999 ride.
A man was arrested Thursday night and cited with disorderly conduct after blocking drivers from entering an intersection filled with "hundreds" of cyclists participating in the weekly 999 bike ride, according to video posted on the r/SaltLakeCity subreddit and confirmed by Salt Lake City Police.

Under the Bus

Gov. Cox jabs at Legislature's culture-war politics and "tepid" response to free transit.
The cost of a gallon of gas might not stop Gov. Spencer Cox from filling his tank, he said Thursday, but for some Utahns, the climbing price at the pump is enough to force difficult decisions. For those Utahns, Cox said that less expensive or even free transit could offer a way to get around while saving money for other necessities. "Even if it takes them longer to get to work, it's an option," Cox said. "My focus is on the most vulnerable, those who are really struggling right now.

Open Air Affair

Pop-up markets and new development fuel SLC's evolution into an "18-hour" city.
Salt Lake City's buzz is poised to bounce back in a big way this summer—and not just because of residents' social lives being throttled by a global pandemic for more than two years. As traditional summer attractions like the Downtown and Liberty Park farmers markets—plus new attractions like Open Streets on Main, the Granary District's Little City and the west side's International Market—return to pre-COVID protocols, they also are poised to draw attendees from a rapidly urbanizing housing market that sees more people living in more parts of the city, who are looking for more things to do.

Salt Love City

Mayor and Downtown leaders say SLC is on the rise
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said it’s a remarkable time to be living in—and in her case, leading—SLC, with signs of change and expansion all around. But she added that she’d prefer the challenges and opportunities of growth to stagnation and decline. “You know it as Salt Lakers. We see it around us,” she said. “We know that we’re no longer a secret in the world.”

Road Rage

SLC mayor and state highway officials announce a new task force and spending on road safety after a surge in pedestrian deaths.
If it seems like pedestrian traffic deaths are on the rise, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said Thursday, it’s because they are. “We’re already up to nine in 2022. That’s 9 too many,” she said. “Everyone deserves to be able to walk or bike through any city or neighborhood and enjoy the community without fear of being killed or injured by a moving vehicle.”

Pride Full

Utah Pride Festival and Parade Return to Downtown SLC
Organizers of the Utah Pride Festival and Parade say they’re making up for time lost during the COVID pandemic by hosting a Pride Week this year that is bigger than ever. “We’re seeing incredible support from the community and our sponsors. I think people are ready and excited to show PRIDE and return to pre-pandemic celebrations,” Utah Pride Center Co-CEO Tanya Hawkins said in a prepared statement. “With this being our 30th year as a non-profit supporting LGBTQ+ Utahns, we plan on giving the community a celebration they deserve.”

High and Dry

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox declares a drought emergency, tips hat at medical marijuana and free-fare transit
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox declared a state of emergency on Thursday in response to water shortages. Cox said that while recent rain storms and cold temperatures have improved some conditions for the spring runoff season, the state's reservoirs are are at 59% of full capacity and water customers should brace for use restrictions by late May or early June. "There’s no doubt that we’re going to have a difficult water year ahead," Cox said.

Fare Thee Well

Utah transit ridership soars during monthlong free fare pilot
The number of Utahns using buses, trains and on-demand transit surged in February—more than doubling compared to January in some cases—after fares were suspended systemwide during a monthlong pilot program by the Utah Transit Authority. According to a final report on “Free Fare February” released Wednesday by UTA, weekday ridership increased 16% overall, including 35.7% more travelers on FrontRunner and 23% more users of UTA On Demand, a relatively new service exclusive to the west side that is comparable to ride-sharing apps like Uber.

Ping Pong

Utah's government makes sport of trans kids
Utah's Republican-dominated Legislature will meet Friday to double-down on legislation banning transgender children from participating in school sports, overturning a veto from Gov. Spencer Cox in the process

Mum's the Word

Gov. Cox says Utah voting maps weren't 'illegally' gerrymandered, declines comment on lawsuit
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox declined to comment Thursday on a lawsuit challenging the state’s new voting maps, which were hastily approved by lawmakers after they rejected the work of a voter-created, independent redistricting commission.


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