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  • Husky goes on ‘killing spree’ that leaves nearly 30 animals dead; owner facing charges

    09/19/2018 2:09:40 PM PDT · by robowombat · 103 replies
    WGN ^ | May 31, 2018
    TOOELE, Utah — The owner of a female husky faces a slew of charges after the dog allegedly killed more than two dozen animals in the backyards of at least two Utah homes in just a couple of hours, according to KSTU. Police caught the culprit – a 4-year old husky – and now her owner is facing nearly 30 misdemeanor charges. One of the Tooele residents who lost several animals, Trip Kiss, runs a petting zoo with his wife to teach animal husbandry to children with disabilities. Chickens, ducks, peacocks, a turkey and a tortoise, are just a few...
  • Elizabeth Smart kidnapper to be released from prison

    09/11/2018 11:26:20 AM PDT · by KingofZion · 38 replies
    sfgate ^ | September 11, 2018 | Brady Mccoombs
    A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart as a teenager in 2002 from her Salt Lake City bedroom and hold her captive will be freed from prison in a surprise move announced Tuesday by state authorities. Wanda Barzee, 72, will be released Sept. 19 after the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole determined it had miscalculated the time she previously served in federal custody, board spokesman Greg Johnson said in a news release. She will be under federal supervision for five years. Barzee pleaded guilty to kidnapping Smart and helping keep her captive for nine...
  • How One of U.S.'s Most Conservative Colleges Bloomed in Liberal Denver

    09/10/2018 6:31:47 AM PDT · by cutty · 5 replies
    Westword ^ | September 10, 2018 | Michael Roberts
    Denver is widely regarded to be among the more liberal major cities in the United States. But it's also home to Colorado Christian University, which the research website Niche just ranked the seventh-most-conservative American college — and it's among the fastest-growing, too. "We've had nine years of record enrollment at Colorado Christian University," says Jeff Hunt, CCU's vice president of public policy and director of the Centennial Institute, the branch that puts on the annual Western Conservative Summit. "And a lot of that has to do with the fact that we're unapologetically Christian and conservative. People know exactly what they're...
  • The Bureau of Land Management Belongs in Utah, Still National Federal Agency

    09/08/2018 2:22:43 PM PDT · by El Flaco · 18 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 8/31/2018 | Tribune Editorial Board
    Headquarter the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Utah? Absolutely. Just don’t start thinking it will be the Utah Bureau of Land Management.
With the encouragement of Rep. Rob Bishop and Gov. Gary Herbert, Acting Assistant Secretary of Interior Susan Combs came to town this week to discuss a possible move to either Salt Lake City or Ogden. Her boss, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, has pushed the idea of moving more of Interior’s work to the western United States where most federal lands are.
  • Lindsey Graham on Booker's 'Gotcha' Document: You Should Have 'Read the Damn Thing'

    09/07/2018 10:11:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2018 | Cortney O'Brien
    Democratic senators put on quite a show Thursday at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing. Desperate for a "gotcha" moment that would disqualify the Trump nominee, the senators asked pointed questions and gave lectures about transparency. But, they embarrassed themselves in the process. Sen. Cory Booker (NJ) got the loudest laugh.Booker's theatrics came at the very beginning of the hearing. He interrupted Chairman Chuck Grassley's opening remarks to announce that he had broken Senate rules and released "committee confidential" documents about Kavanaugh's opinions on racial profiling. He even referred to himself as "Spartacus," as if he was some kind of...
  • US Southwest set for water crisis as levels continue to drop at Lake Mead and Lake Powell

    09/04/2018 7:51:39 PM PDT · by Galatians328 · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 3, 2018 | Cheyenne Macdonald
    Two major lakes in the Colorado River Basin that operate as one huge reservoir to supply millions of people with water are drying up
  • Utah firefighter adopts stray dog he rescued from California wildfire

    09/01/2018 11:52:52 AM PDT · by Innovative · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept. 1, 2018 | Janine Puhak - Fox News
    One German shepherd puppy has found a forever home with a Utah firefighter who rescued him from the Mendocino Complex wildfire in California. On August 28, KTVU reported that Draper City Fire Department member Patrick Cullen had been in Mendocino County to battle the massive blaze in August when he crossed paths with the 2-year-old pup, in the middle of the night.
  • AG Jeff Sessions... Huber Are Not Conducting Legit Clinton-Obama Investigations ...

    09/01/2018 9:58:50 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 91 replies
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com ^ | September 1, 2018 | Joe Hoft
    In April the inept and corrupt Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he was not going to create a special counsel to investigate the Mueller investigation despite calls from Republicans in the House to do so. Instead, AG Sessions stated that he was going to ask an Obama appointee to look into the situation. We knew then that Sessions was balking and doing all he could to prevent justice in his Justice Department and now there’s proof. CNN first reported that John Huber, the federal prosecutor in Utah, has been investigating Republicans’ allegations that the FBI abused a surveillance program...
  • This Insane Diversity Program Develops Airport Traffic Controllers Based On Race, Not Competence

    08/29/2018 5:12:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | AUGUST 29, 2018 | Christian B. Corrigan
    ATCs must necessarily be among the most skilled and competent federal government employees. In accordance with an Obama administration plan to “transform” the Federal Aviation Administration into a “more diverse workplace” however, the FAA has abandoned its merit-based hiring program for ATCs, as it implements a plan to hire 1,000 ATCs a year to replace a generation of retiring controllers. Congress can and should intervene in this unfortunate plan to restore sanity and safety to the skies, because it endangers people’s lives. ... It is expensive and time-consuming to train ATCs, and many candidates who believe they have what it...
  • Utahn threatened mass school shooting using 3D-printed gun, police say

    08/28/2018 1:33:36 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 50 replies
    Desert News ^ | August 28, 2018 | Pat Reavy
    SOUTH SALT LAKE — A South Jordan man faces a criminal charge after police say he threatened to commit a mass shooting at a small South Salt Lake school using a gun made from a 3D printer. Austin James David West, 23, was charged Aug. 9 in South Salt Lake Justice Court with making a threat of violence, a class B misdemeanor. On Aug. 8, West was arrested at his home after he talked with another student "about using a gun to shoot students at Broadview University," according to a Salt Lake County Jail report. "The statements were forwarded to...
  • Green Party, Eyeing the 2020 Presidential Race, Prepares for the Midterms (224 candidates)

    08/26/2018 11:29:19 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8/01/18 | Liam Stack
    SALT LAKE CITY — The progressive activists who gathered in Utah two weeks ago to strategize for the midterm elections could each recall a moment when they realized the Democratic Party was their foe and decided to quit it. For Kenneth Mejia, 27, who ran for Congress as a Democratic write-in candidate two years ago, it happened when the party declined to include policies that inspire him — like single payer health care and a ban on fracking — in its 2016 party platform. For Diane Moxley, 49, who canvassed for Barack Obama in 2008, it was when the Occupy...
  • Instructor tries to quarantine gun owners in back of class

    08/26/2018 9:00:31 AM PDT · by gattaca · 33 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Frances Floresca
    A teaching assistant at the University of Utah tried to create a “Second Amendment zone” in a classroom, forcing students who legally carry to stand in a tiny, taped-off area during class. Upon being alerted to the situation, the university promptly overruled the instructor and assigned them to non-teaching duties for the duration of the semester. "If you feel that it is somehow at all appropriate to bring a gun to class...you are restricted to spending your time in class in my ‘second amendment zone.’" Tweet This [RELATED: UGA prof drops ‘stress reduction’ policy after backlash] “Concealed carry is protected...
  • University of Utah instructor punished after shaming gun carriers, creating 'Second Amendment Zone'

    08/26/2018 5:44:01 AM PDT · by kevcol · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 22, 2018 | Jessica Chasmar
    “If you feel that it is somehow at all appropriate to bring a gun to class (hint: it is not — this is absurd, antisocial, and frightening behavior), you are restricted to spending your time in class in my ‘second amendment zone’ a 3x3 taped square on the floor in the very back of the classroom......“This zone also does not include a desk, because desks are reserved for students who respect the personal and psychological safety of their classmates and instructor.”
  • Mitt Romney: Last 24 hours confirms ‘my faith in our justice system’

    08/23/2018 9:54:34 AM PDT · by gattaca · 78 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 22, 2018 | Emily Birnbaum
    Mitt Romney (R) said the "last 24 hours" have confirmed his "faith" in the U.S. justice system after President Trump's former campaign chairman was convicted on eight felony counts while his former personal lawyer pleaded guilty to various counts including campaign finance law violations. "The events of the last 24 hours confirm that conduct by highly-placed individuals was both dishonorable and illegal," Romney, who is running for the Senate in Utah, wrote in a tweet on Wednesday. "Also confirmed is my faith in our justice system and my conviction that we are a nation committed to the rule of law."...
  • Graduate assistant's syllabus restricted students with concealed guns (T)

    08/22/2018 10:01:55 PM PDT · by The people have spoken · 16 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | August 21, 2018 | Courtney Tanner
    A graduate assistant at the University of Utah has been reassigned from teaching a class this semester after handing out a syllabus that said bringing a concealed carry gun to class “is absurd, antisocial, and frightening behavior” and that any of her students who have one — even if permitted — would be forced to stand in a “3x3 taped square” in the back of the classroom. “This zone also does not include a desk, because desks are reserved for students who respect the personal and psychological safety of their classmates and instructor,” reads a copy of the course outline.
  • Mitt Romney Facebook post today

    08/22/2018 10:41:51 AM PDT · by Abby4116 · 94 replies
    Facebook ^ | 8/22/2018 | Mitt Romney
    Mitt Romney 1 hr · The events of the last 24 hours confirm that conduct by highly-placed individuals was both dishonorable and illegal. Also confirmed is my faith in our justice system and my conviction that we are a nation committed to the rule of law.
  • Do too many sex partners contribute to high suicide rates in the LGBTQ community?

    08/21/2018 5:39:09 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 57 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 21th August 2018 | Taylor Stevens
    In a sweeping, one-hour meeting with The Salt Lake Tribune's editorial board on Monday, the Salt Lake County Republican Party's new communication director made claims about the LGBTQ community that the county health department described as "wildly inaccurate" and Equality Utah said are " deeply irresponsible. " Dave Robinson joined county GOP Chairman Scott Miller, who has been on the job for a little more than a month, for a conversation about where they see the party headed on issues ranging from water to land use and the LGBTQ community. Miller said he's looking to make his party "relevant again"...
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issues new name guidelines, dropping term Mormon ...

    08/16/2018 1:38:27 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    Deseret News ^ | August 16, 2018 | Tad Walch
    Complete Headline: President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement Thursday afternoon regarding the name of the church "The Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name He has revealed for His Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have work before us to bring ourselves in harmony with his will. In recent weeks, various Church leaders and departments have initiated the necessary steps to do so." [Snip] The term "Mormonism" is inaccurate and should not be used. When describing the combination of doctrine,...
  • Interior's wildlife chief resigns amid changes to endangered species rules....

    08/09/2018 4:03:34 PM PDT · by caww · 11 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 8/9/2018 | John Siciliano
    The changes that the Interior Department has proposed for managing endangered species would give 'greater discretion to states' focused on the recovery of animal species and avoiding lawsuits by environmental groups. The Interior Department confirmed the departure of Greg Sheehan, the head of the Fish and Wildlife Service ..Sheehan was appointed in June 2017 to be principal deputy secretary for the agency, a position carved out for him until a permanent secretary to head the agency was nominated. Sheehan had served on the Utah wildlife management service before coming to Washington. There , he oversaw the development of state-based management...
  • John McCain passes the torch at the International Republican Institute

    08/04/2018 8:31:52 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 51 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 3, 2018 | Josh Rogin
    For the first time in 25 years, the International Republican Institute will have a new leader. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is battling brain cancer, has decided to step down from his role as chairman of the board of the organization, which for decades he has helped to fight for democracy, freedom, civil society, the rule of law and human rights around the world. McCain’s handoff to IRI’s next chairman, Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), is not a signal that McCain’s health is declining. In fact, several McCain associates say his condition hasn’t changed in recent months and he remains actively...