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Utah: Sweden’s No.1 Comrade

Feb 23, 2017 /

Who would have thought that Sweden, a socialistic society that thinks nudity is A-OK, would have anything in common with arch-conservative, prudish Utah, outside of a disproportionate number of blond, boring people who listen to Abba? Well, here’s a fun fact to know and tell: Sweden, like Utah, has a government monopoly on alcohol. Sweden, like […]

Get Schooled: New Book from Local Historian

Feb 20, 2017 /

Bim Oliver is one of my favorite local architectural historians. Oliver is as charming as he is knowledgable on Salt Lake’s favorite landmarks and lucky for us design buffs, he will be giving a reading of his new book, South Temple Street Landmarks: Salt Lake City’s First Historic District, on Friday, February 24th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Kings […]

If you want to fix homelessness 
why not talk to someone who lives it?

Feb 15, 2017 /
Homeless man curled up under a plastic tarpaulin, asleep on the street.

Experts aren’t hard to come by in local government. Groups of leading citizens, philanthropists and bureaucrats supplemented by paid consultants are working with the city and county mayors’ offices to create a so-called “new model” for dealing with Salt Lake’s homeless crisis. The result is a politics-driven mess that has enraged residents to the point […]

Code Pink: Park City’s Crisis of Teen Overdoses

Feb 15, 2017 /

PC’s overdose deaths trigger a high alert. Six months ago, few parents had heard of U-4770. Then, two 13-year-old Treasure Mountain Junior High School students overdosed on the synthetic opioid, sometimes called “pink or “pinkie.” Police Chief Wade Carpenter is working closely with the school district to keep dangerous drugs out of students’ hands. Carpenter, […]

Cage Match: Romney, Huntsman, Hatch

Feb 15, 2017 /

Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s run-in with  outside agitators may be just a taste of  Utah’s political savagery. Let’s consider the looming three-way collision between Godzilla, King Kong and The Grim Reaper. I mean, of course, Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney and Orrin Hatch. No cage can hold them! Hatch, who somehow escaped the meteor impact that killed off his peers, will be up […]