West Bountiful police seek help to find missing teen

West Bountiful police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing teen who was last seen Monday. Officials say 15-year-old Nathan P. Suarez was last seen with family members in the parking lot of Farmington Station before becoming upset and running away. Suarez was wearing a white T-shirt, gray shorts, a silver chain,…

Utah’s Mitt Romney wants COVID booster shots available ASAP

Sen. Mitt Romney is frustrated that some in Israel can get a third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, but people in the United States cannot. He pressed national health leaders on the availability of booster shots during a Senate committee hearing Tuesday. “Why should we not allow people who are elderly or have other compromised…

Bagley Cartoon: Democratizing Space

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Thousands of images of child pornography allegedly found on Logan school employee’s phone

A monthslong investigation into a Logan charter school employee found the man allegedly had thousands of pornographic images of child sexual abuse on his phone. Ivan Gabriel Cardona Davila, 27, was arrested last week after police searched his home. Cache Valley Daily reported that Davila worked at Fast Forward Charter High as the tutor and…

Rubio Rubin wants to win a championship with Real Salt Lake

When Real Salt Lake forward Rubio Rubin received a pass from Nick Besler against FC Dallas on the road, turned on a dime and scored with his left foot, General Manger Elliot Fall made a few phone calls to some colleagues. “Rubio is better than we ever thought he was going to be,” Fall recalled…

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Another sign of deepening drought: Sugar House Park’s pond is being drained

In an effort to help wild birds, and with Parleys Creek completely dry due to Utah’s withering drought, Salt Lake County is draining Sugar House Park’s popular pond early. “The gates were opened this morning,” Parks and Recreation Associate Director Patrick Leary said Monday. “It’s draining as we speak.” Park managers typically drain the pond…

Explainer: Will help with rent get to Utah tenants in time?

A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire July 31, after the Biden administration extended the date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only tool keeping millions of tenants in their homes. Many of them lost…

Coalition blasts plans to divert Colorado River amid drought

Carson City, Nev. • Farmers, environmentalists and small-town business owners gathered at the Hoover Dam on Thursday to call for a moratorium on building pipelines and dams along the Colorado River that they say would jeopardize the 40 million people who rely on it as a water source. They’re pushing for the moratoriums as parts…

Man found dead near Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon

A man died after he reportedly fell while climbing in the Bridal Veil Falls area of Provo Canyon. The man was found dead late Saturday night after the Utah County Sheriff’s office received a call just after 7 p.m. that he and a 9-year-old boy were missing, Utah County Sgt. Spencer Cannon said. The boy,…

Why redrawing Utah’s political maps will be a sprint to the finish this year

Add Utah’s once-a-decade redrawing of political boundaries to the long list of things disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The viral outbreak set off a Rube Goldberg-esque sequence of events that started with the 2020 Census. Pandemic-related restrictions upended plans to count every person in the United States, especially reaching out to those who did not…

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‘It’s a human rights violation’ #FreeBritney protesters hold rally at Utah Capitol

As Britney Spears attended a hearing over her conservatorship in Los Angeles on Wednesday, more than 50 protesters gathered outside of the Utah Capitol to voice their support for the #FreeBritney movement. The rally was held as part of a nationwide protest over the treatment of Spears, who is seeking her own legal representation after…

Garfield County Sheriff defends anti-police hate crime filing, says deputy was ‘singled out and attacked’ by 19-year-old

A week after a 19-year-old was arrested on allegations she committed a hate crime against a Garfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy, the sheriff has issued a statement in support of its officer. Sheriff James D. Perkins wrote that the deputy, Cree Carter, acted in a “proactive and compassionate manner” during a July 7 traffic stop,…

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources raises fishing limits again to prevent die-offs

Wildlife officials have increased fishing limits at Utah fisheries in anticipation of low water levels due to severe drought conditions, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources announced Thursday. Utah anglers can now catch two more trout at all 57 community ponds in the state. Previously, the limit was two fish of any species. Now, fishers…

Bagley Cartoon: The Great Wall of Utah

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Dr. Anthony Fauci named 2021 Humanist of the Year

The American Humanist Association announced Thursday that Dr. Anthony S. Fauci is its 2021 Humanist of the Year. Fauci is chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden and has been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the U.S. National Institutes of Health since 1984. Fauci played a pivotal role in…

Ex-Salt Lake City school board member now facing federal child porn charges

The former Salt Lake City school board member who resigned when he was faced with state charges of downloading child pornography and sexually assaulting a boy under the age of 14 is now facing additional federal charges. Joél-Léhi Organista, who was elected to the board last fall and resigned on June 4, has been indicted…

Major fire rips through Salt Lake City condo complex as parts of building collapse

Salt Lake City firefighters were mopping up Monday morning from a major blaze at a six-story condominium building. Crews were called to one of three Incline Terrace buildings at 425 S. 1000 East about 2 a.m. and arrived to find flames shooting from the fourth and fifth floors. Some residents ran through the building, pounding…

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These BYU students created an underground newspaper to report on issues they say are censored on campus

Editor’s note • This story is available to Salt Lake Tribune subscribers only. Thank you for supporting local journalism. To work for the student newspaper at Brigham Young University, you must first understand what you cannot write about. Students aren’t allowed to report anything that’s critical of the school or The Church of Jesus Christ…

Utah COVID-19 cases and deaths see summer spike

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for our Top Stories newsletter, sent to your inbox every morning. To support journalism like this, please donate or become a subscriber. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 is the highest it has been since early…

Teen’s death highlights free-roaming dogs on Navajo Nation land

Sundance, N.M. • A lone dog with sad eyes and no collar trotted up a dusty dirt road in a hardscrabble community near the southeast corner of the Navajo Nation. In a flash, a pack of other free-roaming, collarless dogs scurried up the same road. One lunged at the lone canine, unleashing a ferocious attack…

Ranger retires after 53 years of guiding visitors through Timpanogos Cave

Provo • If you have visited Timpanogos Cave National Monument in the past 53 years, you have likely come in contact with Ranger Jay Allen, learning from and catching a love for the caves from him. Allen retired this spring after working as a guide at the cave every summer since he graduated from college.…

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Gondolas are sexier, but buses are a better cure for canyon jams, Robert Gehrke says

On any given Saturday or Sunday during the winter months, the scene is the same. A long line of idling cars filled with skiers — on some days more than 20,000 — waiting and waiting and waiting their turn to drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon to reach Snowbird and Alta. It will only get worse…

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