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Why Bears Ears Matters

President Donald Trump rolled into town Monday to the jeering of thousands of protesters. He had a completely different reception, of course, from conservative Utah lawmakers at a Capitol ceremony, where he signed a proclamation to shrink Bears Ears, created last year by President Barack Obama, from 1.35 million acres to 201,876, what would be…

Protest Saturday Against Reduction of National Monuments

President Donald Trump will visit Utah Monday reportedly to slash the state’s most recent national monuments. And more than 2,000 citizens are expected to rally Saturday, 1 p.m. at the Utah Capitol to protest Trump and the proposed reductions. The map of proposed changes leaked shows the president would reduce the 1.9-million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante monument…

Sundance Imagine Dragon Doc Takes on Mormon Church

One documentary at Sundance Film Festival 2018 will have special resonance for Utah filmgoers. Believer, directed by Don Argott,  follows Utah band Imagine Dragons’ Mormon frontman, Dan Reynolds, as he explores how the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints treats its LGBTQ members. From the film’s publicity release: “With the rising suicide rate amongst teens…

Will Utah Rep Stay or Go?

· Company told only family friendly plays welcome at the Sorenson Unity Center. Mayor's office walks that back, sort of. ·

Utah Rep’s purpose, says artistic director Johnny Hebda, is to tackle challenging works of theater that aren’t often performed in Utah where audiences tend to favor performances that range from Rodgers and Hammerstein to not much further south than Stephen Sondheim.

Remembering the Racist Legacy of Utah’s Concentration Camp

Donald Trump wasn’t the first U.S. president to excuse a shameful act of racism. Besides Andrew Jackson (Native-American genocide) and Washington and Jefferson’s slave ownership, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an order sending hundreds of thousands of Japanese-Americans to concentration camps throughout the West after the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941. Topaz prisoners build…

Jabari Parker Speaks Against Charlottesville Racism

Gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos stood on the 1968 Summer Olympic podium, fists raised high in the air for Black Power. NFL players Colin Kaepernick took a knee, Marshawn Lynch and Michael Bennett took a seat. NBA superstars Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Derrick Rose warmed up in T-shirts emblazoned with…

Hatch and Love Run Afoul of the First Amendment.

After cravenly refusing to answer to their constituents in public town halls, the Utah congressional delegation has taken to censoring any troublesome opinions or questions from social media. No wonder so many Utahns, particularly in Salt Lake County, are frustrated at being disenfranchised  and now, it appears, erased. The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah sent letters…

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