Salt Lake County Democrats blocked from filling a vacancy in a Senate district over definition of ‘physician’

There likely won’t be a Democratic candidate on the ballot in the Sandy area’s Senate District 9 this year — and the reason why comes down to who’s considered a ‘physician’ under Utah code. A few days after Senate District 9 candidate Abigail Wright stepped aside on May 18, her physician assistant sent a letter… Continue reading Salt Lake County Democrats blocked from filling a vacancy in a Senate district over definition of ‘physician’

Ready to party like it’s 1869? Utah unveils plans for 150th anniversary of transcontinental railroad.

So Gov. Gary Herbert, what is Utah going to do with the $1 million that the Union Pacific railroad announced Thursday that it is donating to the state? “This is going to help us have a party and celebrate like it’s 1869,” he said, to mark the 150th anniversary of the May 10, 1869 completion… Continue reading Ready to party like it’s 1869? Utah unveils plans for 150th anniversary of transcontinental railroad.

Behind the Headlines: Religious freedom vs. medical marijuana, a big name change for Utah’s biggest church and a possible issue with state driver licenses

After its first year of implementation, how has Operation Rio Grande impacted crime and homelessness in Salt Lake City? Also, opponents to Utah’s medical marijuana ballot initiative argue against it on the basis of religious freedom. And the absence of a tiny star on driver licenses may affect Utahns’ ability to travel. At 9 a.m.… Continue reading Behind the Headlines: Religious freedom vs. medical marijuana, a big name change for Utah’s biggest church and a possible issue with state driver licenses

Olympic gymnasts Ross and Kocian: we were abused by Nassar

Boston • Madison Kocian and Kyla Ross watched the women they won Olympic gold with step forward one by one over the last 18 months to detail their abuse at the hands of disgraced former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar. The more their Olympic teammates talked, the more Kocian and Ross began to… Continue reading Olympic gymnasts Ross and Kocian: we were abused by Nassar

‘Mormon Land’: Filmmakers discuss ‘Jane & Emma’ and the friendship between a determined black convert and the first lady of Mormonism

Emma Smith stands alone as the most famous woman in Mormon history. The wife of church founder Joseph Smith is mentioned in histories, journals, even LDS scripture. Less known is her enduring and endearing friendship with the early church’s most noted black woman, Jane Manning James. A forthcoming film, titled “Jane and Emma,” documents and… Continue reading ‘Mormon Land’: Filmmakers discuss ‘Jane & Emma’ and the friendship between a determined black convert and the first lady of Mormonism

Some influential people in golf are giving former BYU star Patrick Fishburn’s pro career a boost as he returns to defend Utah Open title

Provo • Texas-based sports agent Rocky Hambric has an eye for rising golf talent, and is widely credited for discovering and promoting two of the top golfers in the world, No. 1-ranked Dustin Johnson and recent U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka. Hambric, who has represented professional golfers for more than 40 years,… Continue reading Some influential people in golf are giving former BYU star Patrick Fishburn’s pro career a boost as he returns to defend Utah Open title

Gehrke: The new lawsuit targeting the medical marijuana initiative is so flimsy. How flimsy? I quickly found seven major problems with it.

The opponents to Utah’s medical marijuana initiative are looking a little desperate. On Wednesday, the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Utah (great name by the way, but they should’ve worked “and Puppies” in there somewhere) filed a lawsuit alleging the initiative would violate the religious liberties of Mormons who don’t want to associate or… Continue reading Gehrke: The new lawsuit targeting the medical marijuana initiative is so flimsy. How flimsy? I quickly found seven major problems with it.