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Trumped: Why Bears Ears is Likely to Remain a National Monument.

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Wednesday ordering the Department of the Interior to review his predecessors’ executive orders to designate national monuments—the goal apparently being to strip those protections from public land. President Obama controversially designated Bears Ears National Monument last year. In a letter to President Trump, Utah’s all-GOP congressional delegation called…

Utah’s Medical Game of Thrones

Back stabbing, deceit, revenge and regicide, Game of Thrones has nothing on the palace intrigues bubbling in Salt Lake’s medical citadel that includes University of Utah med school and the Huntsman Cancer Institute. According to insiders, the latest power grab by UofU Health Care CEO and Red Queen Vivian Lee toppled Huntsman Institute’s CEO Mary Beckerle. You’d…

March for Science on Saturday.

Utah will host two marches for science on Saturday with the goal of letting citizens know how important science and scientists are to the country’s health, economy and way of life. It’s especially important for scientists supporters of rational problem solving to make themselves known, now that the nation has a climate-change denier in the White House….

Jackie’s Gateway Wall: Ghettoizing the Homeless is Not Political Genius.

It seems like Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s hapless administration can’t do anything to alleviate the city’s homeless crisis without stepping in it. We won’t even go into the ongoing homeless resource center placement fiasco. Now, it appears Biskupski worked out a deal with UTA and the Gateway to cordon off the area of homeless services south of Gateway by running…

Going gently into the night: For now, Death with Dignity is a lost cause in Utah

“I don’t want to die,” says John Scharf, who recently received a terminal cancer diagnosis.  The Davis County man is receiving all possible treatments to extend his life, but says, “If can’t take care of my family, feed my chickens and play with my grandkids, I want to leave in a humane and dignified manner.”…

Third Homeless Shelter Site Selected—Now What?

UPDATED—McADAMS CHOOSES THIRD HOMELESS RESOURCE CENTER SITE. Every time a Utah town or neighborhood suffers a flash flood, windstorm or mudslide, TV news gushes over the outpouring of help and support from neighbors who pitch in to dig them out. It can be annoying, of course, because the reports have a smugness that assumes other communities in…

Utah Booze Milestones: Riding the Road to .05

If Gary Herbert needed any more encouragement to sign HB155—which will lower Utah’s blood-alcohol level from 0.08 to 0.05 percent—the hospitality industry gave it to him with a near-empty Rotunda at their “Veto HB155” rally at the Capitol Friday. Despite a week of outraged chatter on social media about the proposal, less than 100 protestors…