State

Lawmakers shuffle funds, OK road closing for homeless effort

Legislature Session Utah-14

Utah lawmakers have passed several bills related to the state’s effort to curb violence and...

State

Teacher salary wars leave Utah school districts scrambling

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The bidding war for teachers that has led several northern Utah school districts to significantly raise starting salaries is leaving other districts that haven’t raised pay scrambling to fill classrooms. The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/2yp9OKi ) Tooele School District...


State

7 nominated for appointment to fill Utah high court vacancy

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A state commission has nominated four judges and three other attorneys for appointment by Gov. Gary Herbert to fill a Utah Supreme Court vacancy. The vacancy is being created by the Nov. 16 retirement of Justice Christine Durham. A public comment period ends Oct. 2, and...


State

Ski resorts seek to preserve worker visa program

DENVER (AP) — U.S. ski resort owners are seeking to stave off cuts to a visa program that serves as a pipeline for the industry’s seasonal workforce. The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/2yjWeXN ) that resorts have become reliant on J-1 Summer Work Travel visa workers in the past five years....


State

Ex-speaker of Utah House to serve as Mormon church lobbyist

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Utah House speaker will be the Mormon church’s chief lobbyist at the state Capitol. Spokesman Doug Anderson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says Marty Stephens will serve as a volunteer as director of community and government relations for the...


State

$9.1M project to deliver more water to Navajo communities

GREASEWOOD, Ariz. (AP) — Work has started on a $9.1 million project to improve access to water in several Navajo communities. Navajo President Russell Begaye signed legislation last year to fund dozens of water and sanitation projects across the reservation. Officials gathered in Greasewood on...


Government

Fate of Utah event with redface Native American portrayal handed to committee

Sham Battle

Both sides say they need to take a hard look at event that puts white re-enactors in redface for a war with Mormon pioneers and U.S. soldiers.


Business

US rig count drops by 1 this week to 935

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by one this week to 935. That’s still up from the 511 rigs that were active a year ago. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 744 rigs sought oil and 190 explored for natural gas this week....


State

Bennett to participate in televised debate for Chaffetz seat

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Third-party candidate Jim Bennett has earned a place in a televised debate for candidates running to replace Republican Jason Chaffetz in Congress. The Utah Debate Commission announced Friday that Bennett, the son of former Sen. Bob Bennett, met the group’s polling threshold...


State

Cliven Bundy firing lawyer with trial approaching in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cliven Bundy’s defense attorney says the Nevada cattleman and state’s rights figure is firing him, less than three weeks before trial stemming from a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents. Attorney Bret Whipple filed documents Thursday asking Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria...


Business

Forest Service, Idaho work to boost logging on federal land

Good Neighbor Timber Sales

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service and Idaho have forged 10 agreements for logging and restoration projects on federal land in what officials say could become a template for other Western states to create jobs and reduce the severity of wildfires. Under the deals, Idaho foresters will...


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