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    Former plural wives divided over what Utah should do about polygamy


    Hildale • Shirlee Draper doesn’t like polygamy. Her marriage was arranged. Later her husband married her younger sister. Draper says polygamy is patriarchal. She is glad she is no longer a plural wife, but she says it ultimately wasn’t polygamy...

    Hildale • Shirlee Draper doesn’t like polygamy. Her marriage was arranged. Later her husband married her younger sister. Draper says polygamy is patriarchal. She is glad she is no longer a plural wife, but she says it ultimately wasn’t polygamy that caused her to leave. It was her faith’s prophet, Warren Jeffs, and his overbearing control. “I would have left four years sooner,” Draper said, “if I hadn’t been afraid of the government, afraid of what they would do to my husband and my younger ...

    Two males suspected in case of girl found with 'significant injuries' in northern Utah canal


    Police have “taken into custody” two people suspected of being involved in the case of a 14-year-old girl who was found injured Friday in an empty Smithfield canal. The Amalga teen had been reported missing about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a...

    Police have “taken into custody” two people suspected of being involved in the case of a 14-year-old girl who was found injured Friday in an empty Smithfield canal. The Amalga teen had been reported missing about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office. She had been communicating with her family during the day and was expected home from school at 4 p.m., but she did not arrive. Officers spent the night investigating but exhausted leads by about mid...

    Utah forecast: Ahead, a moveable meteorological feast of sun, wind, rain and snow


    Northern Utah Februarys are a moveable meteorological feast, when fickle sunshine and windy wintry days chase each other along the Wasatch ridgelines. “When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest,”...

    Northern Utah Februarys are a moveable meteorological feast, when fickle sunshine and windy wintry days chase each other along the Wasatch ridgelines. “When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest,” Ernest Hemingway wrote of such interludes. On Monday and Tuesday, Utahns could choose between highs in the mid-50s and breezy, occasionally wet days in the Salt Lake and Tooele valleys, or low-60s to low-70s and periodic showers of southern Utah. Come We...

    Woman, her newborn baby in critical condition after crash that killed Salt Lake City teens


    The woman who was 34 weeks pregnant when she was involved in a head-on collision that killed two teens near downtown Salt Lake City Thursday remains in critical condition along with her baby, University of Utah Hospital spokesperson Kathy Wilets said...

    The woman who was 34 weeks pregnant when she was involved in a head-on collision that killed two teens near downtown Salt Lake City Thursday remains in critical condition along with her baby, University of Utah Hospital spokesperson Kathy Wilets said Sunday. Amy Stevenson Wilson, 32, was on her way to the Salt Lake Temple when a sedan carrying three West High students traveling at high speed crossed over a barrier and struck her SUV. Wilson gave birth at the hospital via emergency c-section, a m...

    Food-tax hike part of tax-reform package eyed by Senate Republicans


    Republican lawmakers are acting quickly to draft a package of tax-reform bills for the 2017 session, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, said Friday. But public agencies, including schools, shouldn’t expect a surge in new revenue,...

    Republican lawmakers are acting quickly to draft a package of tax-reform bills for the 2017 session, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, said Friday. But public agencies, including schools, shouldn’t expect a surge in new revenue, Niederhauser said. The changes, if enacted, would initially be revenue-neutral by coupling lower tax rates with a broader tax base. “It actually spurs more revenue in the long run,” Niederhauser said. “But it also creates a better foundation upon which to b...

    Man once suspected of murder pleads guilty in sex trafficking case


    A man with a long criminal history in Utah was sentenced to prison Thursday after pleading guilty to starting a prostitution operation two months after his release from prison. Todd Jeremy Rettenberger, 38, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Thursday to...

    A man with a long criminal history in Utah was sentenced to prison Thursday after pleading guilty to starting a prostitution operation two months after his release from prison. Todd Jeremy Rettenberger, 38, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Thursday to serve up to 15 years in prison on two human trafficking-related charges, according to the Utah Attorney General’s Office. Davis County prosecutors charged him in April with seven counts related to a two-woman prostitution ring he managed through t...
    Park City immigrants fearful after ICE operation

    Park City immigrants fearful after ICE operation


    Some residents of Utah’s premier resort town are on edge after federal officials detained four immigrants Friday. About 24 percent of Park City’s residents are Latino and that immigrant population powers its service-based economy. The Park City...

    Some residents of Utah’s premier resort town are on edge after federal officials detained four immigrants Friday. About 24 percent of Park City’s residents are Latino and that immigrant population powers its service-based economy. The Park City Police Department did not respond to inquiries Saturday by The Salt Lake Tribune. But in a statement, Chief Wade Carpenter said Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) informed him that four people were detained between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m., according to...

    Utah County teacher accused of having sex with a student faces more charges after 2nd teen alleges sexual activity


    A Utah County school teacher already accused of having sex and giving alcohol to a student is facing additional charges after another student reported to police that he also had sex with the woman. Sarah Lindsay Lewis, 27, was charged last month in 4th...

    A Utah County school teacher already accused of having sex and giving alcohol to a student is facing additional charges after another student reported to police that he also had sex with the woman. Sarah Lindsay Lewis, 27, was charged last month in 4th District Court with first-degree felony rape, along with felony witness tampering and two misdemeanor counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor. This week, prosecutors filed an additional charge of first-degree felony rape and another two counts of ...

    Preston police find four bodies in southeastern Idaho home


    A man and three children were found shot to death inside a home just north of the Utah-Idaho border late Sunday afternoon, in what police are calling a murder-suicide. Officers were called to the home near 50 W. 200 South in Preston, Idaho, on Sunday...

    A man and three children were found shot to death inside a home just north of the Utah-Idaho border late Sunday afternoon, in what police are calling a murder-suicide. Officers were called to the home near 50 W. 200 South in Preston, Idaho, on Sunday evening after a friend discovered the bodies, Preston Police Chief Ken Geddes told KUTV 2News. Geddes identified the victims as Corbin Hillaker, 15; Jessica Spillett, 6; and McCoy Spillett, 7. Police believe they were all shot while asleep in thei...
    Box Elder County rain, snowmelt bring flooding

    Box Elder County rain, snowmelt bring flooding


    Floodwaters that poured into the yards and basements of up to 80 homes in Box Elder County over the weekend were receding Monday. But Mark Millett, director of Box Elder County Emergency Services, stressed that any signs of relief likely will be...

    Floodwaters that poured into the yards and basements of up to 80 homes in Box Elder County over the weekend were receding Monday. But Mark Millett, director of Box Elder County Emergency Services, stressed that any signs of relief likely will be short-lived. Public-works crews were warily watching the skies as more rain and warm temperatures posed a risk for additional flooding through midweek. “The weather ahead definitely has us worried,” Millett said, noting that county officials likely will ...

    Police investigating BB gun pellets fired into Utah state legislator's living room window


    Police are investigating an incident in West Valley City where someone fired two pellets from a high-powered BB gun into the front window of a state legislator’s home Thursday. Karyn Winder, the wife of state Rep. Mike Winder, R-West Valley City, was...

    Police are investigating an incident in West Valley City where someone fired two pellets from a high-powered BB gun into the front window of a state legislator’s home Thursday. Karyn Winder, the wife of state Rep. Mike Winder, R-West Valley City, was home but in a different room about 11 a.m. when she heard two loud shots, the legislator said in an email. The two shots cracked the window and sent glass flying into the living room, though the window didn’t shatter from the impact, he said. West ...
    Caught in Utah's Medicaid expansion limbo: 'I want to ... try to be happy again'

    Caught in Utah's Medicaid expansion limbo: 'I want to ... try to be happy again'


    Kimberly Fox rolled her wheelchair through the hallways of The Road Home shelter in Salt Lake City last month, reflecting on the events of the past decade that left her homeless and alone. She used to be a photographer at a glossy magazine in Baltimore....

    Kimberly Fox rolled her wheelchair through the hallways of The Road Home shelter in Salt Lake City last month, reflecting on the events of the past decade that left her homeless and alone. She used to be a photographer at a glossy magazine in Baltimore. She used to manage a record store. She used to be a productive member of society, she said. But when Fox, now 53, tripped on a pile of paint supplies in 2002 while working in a Baltimore shipyard, the fall wrecked her foot and her ability to work...
    Opposing sides in Mormon rift unite for survey seeking deeper understanding of gays

    Opposing sides in Mormon rift unite for survey seeking deeper understanding of gays


    Lee Beckstead believes orthodox Mormons in the gay community hate him. After all, the Salt Lake City clinical psychologist and former Latter-day Saint testified in a nationally recognized court case against so-called “reparative therapy” as a...

    Lee Beckstead believes orthodox Mormons in the gay community hate him. After all, the Salt Lake City clinical psychologist and former Latter-day Saint testified in a nationally recognized court case against so-called “reparative therapy” as a treatment for gays, angering some of the same-sex-attracted faithful trying to remain celibate or to alter their orientation. Beckstead has written extensively about the dangers of such “change efforts,” has pushed the American Psychological Association to ...

    Boy dies after being run over while snowmobiling in Wasatch County


    A 12-year-old boy died Monday after authorities say he was run over while snowmobiling in Wasatch County mountains. Lt. Eric Stucki, of Utah State Parks, said the boy was in a group of snowmobilers riding around Duchesne Ridge and Campbell Hollow about 6...

    A 12-year-old boy died Monday after authorities say he was run over while snowmobiling in Wasatch County mountains. Lt. Eric Stucki, of Utah State Parks, said the boy was in a group of snowmobilers riding around Duchesne Ridge and Campbell Hollow about 6 miles south of Highway 35, east of Heber City. The boy was wearing a helmet, Stucki said, and was struck after he was just below a ridge that others in his group were cresting. “There were sleds coming up; they didn’t realize he was in the wrong...

    Utah immigrants hunker down in wake of Trump's expanded federal raids


    Utah’s immigrant community is in a state of panic after federal raids in five cities across the U.S. netted 680 undocumented immigrants who, most likely, will be deported. “It has created a lot of fear, particularly with people with mixed-status...

    Utah’s immigrant community is in a state of panic after federal raids in five cities across the U.S. netted 680 undocumented immigrants who, most likely, will be deported. “It has created a lot of fear, particularly with people with mixed-status families,” said Mayra Cedano of Comunidades Unidas. “People don’t feel safe in their own homes or in their own communities.” The recent raids have affected people with and without documents. “Legal, permanent residents, people who have been here for gene...
    No Trump fan, Sen. Mike Lee suggests ways Republicans can work with the new president

    No Trump fan, Sen. Mike Lee suggests ways Republicans can work with the new president


    Donald Trump isn’t the president Mike Lee wanted. The Utah senator disagreed with Trump’s bombastic style, his calls for a Muslim ban and his attacks on traditional conservatism. So he voted for independent candidate Evan McMullin in protest. But...

    Donald Trump isn’t the president Mike Lee wanted. The Utah senator disagreed with Trump’s bombastic style, his calls for a Muslim ban and his attacks on traditional conservatism. So he voted for independent candidate Evan McMullin in protest. But Trump is in the White House and Lee says Republicans should make the most of the new leader by piggybacking on the administration’s populist movement to advance conservative policies — particularly tax and immigration reforms. “Conservatives may not su...

    'Not My President's Day' rally brings out 200 protesters in Utah's capital city


    About 200 Utahns celebrated Monday as “Not My President’s Day” by marching from Salt Lake City’s federal building to Washington Square and rallying against Donald Trump and his administration. A handful of speakers and those gathered raised...

    About 200 Utahns celebrated Monday as “Not My President’s Day” by marching from Salt Lake City’s federal building to Washington Square and rallying against Donald Trump and his administration. A handful of speakers and those gathered raised concerns over the environment, immigration, free speech, fascism, equal rights and Russia. The crowd chanted, “This is what democracy looks like,” and carried banners and placards that proclaimed slogans such as, “Walls will never stop us” and “Fake Presiden...
    Utah Court of Appeals ruling gives teen robber chance to overturn his convictions

    Utah Court of Appeals ruling gives teen robber chance to overturn his convictions


    Cooper Van Huizen, who was prosecuted as an adult when he was 16 and pleaded guilty to felony charges, has a chance to wipe the slate clean. The Utah Court of Appeals on Thursday vacated a 2013 order binding Van Huizen over to stand trial as an adult in...

    Cooper Van Huizen, who was prosecuted as an adult when he was 16 and pleaded guilty to felony charges, has a chance to wipe the slate clean. The Utah Court of Appeals on Thursday vacated a 2013 order binding Van Huizen over to stand trial as an adult in 2nd District Court. The 3-0 decision sends the case back to juvenile court for a new bindover hearing. If a judge orders that the case be tried in adult court, Van Huizen’s convictions for two second-degree felony robbery counts will stand, the C...

    Rolly: Ghost of liquor laws past haunting Utah's Capitol to scare up support for Zion Curtain


    With legislators working on an alcohol bill that could bring down Utah’s Zion Curtain, the ghost of liquor laws past is still waging a valiant fight against demon rum. Former Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, has been lurking behind...

    With legislators working on an alcohol bill that could bring down Utah’s Zion Curtain, the ghost of liquor laws past is still waging a valiant fight against demon rum. Former Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, has been lurking behind the scenes on Capitol Hill, urging lawmakers to stand their ground against efforts to loosen what critics say are onerous rules that needlessly burden businesses. The most talked-about amendment is a move being backed by a growing number of legislat...

    Kirby: Never mind the blessings -- curses have been handy


    Editor’s note • Robert Kirby took a little time off last week. This is a reprint of an earlier column. Following last week’s column, a woman wrote to tell me that I wouldn’t recognize the answer to a prayer if it weighed 800 pounds and fell on...

    Editor’s note • Robert Kirby took a little time off last week. This is a reprint of an earlier column. Following last week’s column, a woman wrote to tell me that I wouldn’t recognize the answer to a prayer if it weighed 800 pounds and fell on me out of heaven. Actually, those were my words. She really said, “blessings only come to those worthy of them and you obviously don’t understand it at all.” She’s probably right. There’s a whole lot of life I don’t understand, including the tax code, mo...

    Utah weather: Warm for February, with rain sticking around through the week


    Much like Saturday, the temperature in northern Utah on Sunday will remain warm for this time of year. The National Weather Service predicts Salt Lake City will have a high temperature of about 50 degrees. The warmth also means that precipitation that...

    Much like Saturday, the temperature in northern Utah on Sunday will remain warm for this time of year. The National Weather Service predicts Salt Lake City will have a high temperature of about 50 degrees. The warmth also means that precipitation that would land as snow will instead be rain. The Weather Service is calling for an 80 percent chance Sunday in Salt Lake City and a 40 percent chance in St. George. The trend will continue through the week as daytime temperatures for northern Utah va...

    Gehrke: A family's journey challenges our notion of who we are


    Ihsan Hamoosh feared for his life. Two of his friends had been snatched by militant Shia Muslims in Iraq and murdered and he wondered if he could be next. Or his wife. Or his young children. So he and his family abandoned their home and jobs in Baghdad...

    Ihsan Hamoosh feared for his life. Two of his friends had been snatched by militant Shia Muslims in Iraq and murdered and he wondered if he could be next. Or his wife. Or his young children. So he and his family abandoned their home and jobs in Baghdad in 2006, crossing the border into Syria, hoping to find safety and a new life. For nearly 10 years, they fled from violence and war, including brushes with Islamic radicals and Syrian thugs, and they navigated miles of red tape before, like thousa...

    Judge finds SLCPD officer justified in 2014 killing of Geist the dog


    A federal judge ruled against a man suing Salt Lake City police for an officer entering his fenced Sugar House backyard while searching for a missing child and fatally shooting his barking dog. U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby’s ruling backs Officer...

    A federal judge ruled against a man suing Salt Lake City police for an officer entering his fenced Sugar House backyard while searching for a missing child and fatally shooting his barking dog. U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby’s ruling backs Officer Brett Olsen, who shot Geist the dog. The judge remanded the dog owner’s lawsuit back to state court. Shelby noted at the start of a Feb. 7 hearing he was leaning in favor of the officer and the city. Rocky Anderson, the attorney for the dog’s owner...
    Montana wants to host Outdoor Retailer show

    Montana wants to host Outdoor Retailer show


    Bozeman, Mont. • Gov. Steve Bullock’s office says Montana is interested in hosting the lucrative Outdoor Retailer trade show after organizers decided to move it from Salt Lake City over a disagreement with Utah leaders about their stance on public...

    Bozeman, Mont. • Gov. Steve Bullock’s office says Montana is interested in hosting the lucrative Outdoor Retailer trade show after organizers decided to move it from Salt Lake City over a disagreement with Utah leaders about their stance on public lands. Governor spokeswoman Ronja Abel tells The Bozeman Daily Chronicle “Montana is a pretty good place for something like that,” and possible locations are being assessed. The show announced the move Thursday after previously threatening to leave Uta...

    Arrest made in shooting death of 18-year-old in Magna


    Police have arrested one person suspected of shooting and killing an 18-year-old man late Thursday in Magna. The suspect, according to a tweet sent Saturday by a Unified Police Department spokesperson, is even younger than the victim — 17 years old....

    Police have arrested one person suspected of shooting and killing an 18-year-old man late Thursday in Magna. The suspect, according to a tweet sent Saturday by a Unified Police Department spokesperson, is even younger than the victim — 17 years old. Shots were fired just before 11 p.m. Thursday outside a home near 3231 South and Julia Lane (8820 West), according to Unified police Lt. Brian Lohrke, and killed 18-year-old Tristen Mogadam. A neighbor alerted the police to the shooting after hearin...
    Committee passes bill that some say would discourage reports of campus sex assaults

    Committee passes bill that some say would discourage reports of campus sex assaults


    Rep. Brian King fears even fewer sexual assault victims will report to university officials if a proposal allowing police involvement despite their request for confidentiality becomes law. “In the mind of an alleged victim, that could be a critical...

    Rep. Brian King fears even fewer sexual assault victims will report to university officials if a proposal allowing police involvement despite their request for confidentiality becomes law. “In the mind of an alleged victim, that could be a critical factor when deciding whether to come forward or not,” said King, D-Salt Lake City. But the bill sponsor, Rep. Kim Coleman, R-West Jordan, argued the bar for when universities can involve police would be high. The House Judiciary Committee on Friday p...
    Police investigating after 18-year-old man is fatally shot in Magna

    Police investigating after 18-year-old man is fatally shot in Magna


    An 18-year-old man is dead after a late Thursday night shooting in Magna. Shots were fired just before 11 p.m. outside a home near 3231 South and Julia Lane (8820 West), according to Unified police Lt. Brian Lohrke, and killed 18-year-old Tristen...

    An 18-year-old man is dead after a late Thursday night shooting in Magna. Shots were fired just before 11 p.m. outside a home near 3231 South and Julia Lane (8820 West), according to Unified police Lt. Brian Lohrke, and killed 18-year-old Tristen Mogadam. A neighbor alerted the police to the shooting after hearing an argument outside the house and hearing gunshots, Lohrke said Friday. Police believe Mogadam was shot outside of his home, but when officers arrived he had been moved inside. Medic...

    How Utah churches help the homeless -- they provide food, volunteers, money, even shelter space in Sunday school rooms


    Sandy • As Javier Tinajero was strolling up the sidewalk to check out a downtown Salt Lake City shelter, three separate shaggy-haired pushers offered him illicit drugs. The recently homeless father, who had just arrived from Wyoming, was appalled but...

    Sandy • As Javier Tinajero was strolling up the sidewalk to check out a downtown Salt Lake City shelter, three separate shaggy-haired pushers offered him illicit drugs. The recently homeless father, who had just arrived from Wyoming, was appalled but found the building’s interior — teeming with unkempt, unruly residents — even more sketchy. No way, Tinajero thought, could he subject his wife, Stephanie, and their two preteen children, Jessica and Jak, to that environment. Still, the U.S. veteran...

    Former Mormon bishop remembers the day he went undercover --?as a homeless person -- and stunned his ward


    David Musselman can’t say his experiment with homelessness three years ago changed many Mormons, but it did change at least one — him. Flash back to 2013, when Musselman, then bishop of the Taylorsville 4th LDS Ward (congregation), concocted a plan...

    David Musselman can’t say his experiment with homelessness three years ago changed many Mormons, but it did change at least one — him. Flash back to 2013, when Musselman, then bishop of the Taylorsville 4th LDS Ward (congregation), concocted a plan to teach his flock about compassion and empathy. The lay clergyman enlisted a friend, who did makeup for Hollywood films, to transform his clean-cut look into a ragged, dirty, stooped, scarred man of the streets. He then plopped himself down outside h...