In Utah, the fight against porn is increasingly being framed as a public health crisis

Gender Designation Bill Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah leaders have long sought to play a central role in the anti-pornography...


Utah Legislature passes resolution honoring Sen. Orrin Hatch

Senate Hatch Retirement

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s Legislature unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday honoring retiring U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch. The resolution declared the day “Orrin G. Hatch Day” in honor of Hatch and his 40-plus years in the U.S. Senate. The Republican senator was at the state Capitol during the...


Self-styled prophet pleads guilty to child rape in Utah

Girls Found Desert Compound

CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — A self-styled prophet accused of secretly marrying young girls because of his beliefs in polygamy and doomsday pleaded guilty in Utah Wednesday to child rape and abuse charges filed after police raided the group’s remote desert compound. Samuel W. Shaffer faces at least 25...


Oregon looks to hold off Stanford for regular-season title

UCLA Oregon Basketball

As of late Monday night, Oregon coach Kelly Graves wasn’t even sure who the No. 8 Ducks were playing the final week of the regular season. “It’s somewhere down in the desert — and we’ve got more work to do,” he said. The importance of the Pac-12’s final week was certainly not lost on Graves. The...


Anonymous threat closes Elko High School

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities in northeast Nevada are investigating an anonymous threat that prompted the closure of the high school in Elko. The Elko Daily Free Press reports Elko County School Superintendent Jeff Zander decided to cancel classes and close Elko High on Wednesday based on the...


Plan to repeal death penalty in Utah passes first vote

Death Penalty Repeal

A Republican state lawmaker's plan to repeal the death penalty in deep-red Utah has cleared its first test


Tahoe ski resort develops plan to adapt to low-snow seasons

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Lake Tahoe ski resort is developing a plan to improve skiing during low-snow seasons by removing boulders and trees from several runs. Heavenly Mountain Resort’s plan calls for widening a dozen trails and removing potentially hundreds or even thousands of trees. The hope is to...


Man pleads guilty to burning down girlfriend's Utah home


Gutberto Heras-Corrales on Thursday was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty to felony simple assault.


Lobbying group criticizes Utah bill on drunken gun use

Utah alcohol ad

A proposal to allow Utah residents who are legally intoxicated to use a weapon as self-defense while in their home is being called hypocritical by the American Beverage Institute.


West Valley City now has Utah's only female police chief

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The West Valley City Council has ratified the appointment of the only current female police chief in the state. Colleen Jacobs’ hiring comes after a three-month nationwide recruiting process that included 10 candidates. The Utah native says it’s an honor and a privilege to be...


Man pleads not guilty to officer-involved shooting charges

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A Utah man involved in an officer-involved shooting on Christmas Eve has pleaded not guilty. The Spectrum reports that 38-year-old Benjamin Dee Wilcken’s attorney entered the plea on Tuesday. Wilcken is charged with second-degree assault against law enforcement, second-...

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