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Key Issues Still Undecided As Leglisature Winds Down

The 2015 general session of the state legislature is set to end on March 12. Utah’s elected officials must now work out a deal on several unresolved issues facing the state with a little over a week remaining. The bills in question range from healthcare to electoral reform. Among the considered legislation is Senate Bill 259, which would approve marijuana use for medical purposes. Dr. Chris Stock, who testified in a committee hearing for the bill, said that the subject deserves more serious...
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Utah Senate Committee Favors Anti-Discrimination Bill

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A Utah proposal protecting gay and transgender individuals received unanimous approval from a Republican-controlled Senate committee Thursday morning.

The bill, which has earned a rare stamp of approval from the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, bars discrimination against LGBT individuals while protecting the rights of religious groups and their followers.

Equality Utah’s Executive Director Troy Williams said this bill is unprecedented in Utah.

USU Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost talks about early season vegetable planting times along with seed viability and germination. Then beekeeper and journalist Nancy Williams reads an essay on Petals and Prose about the importance of seeds in our lives.


An orchestra performs with a choir in the background.
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Weeks of rehearsal at the Uintah Basin Orchestra and Chorus will culminate in the organization’s highest profile concert yet. This sold-out event will feature arrangements and original compositions by Mack Wilberg with guest conductor Craig Jessop at the helm.

Jessop is the former conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and current music director and conductor of the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra in Logan. Both he and Wilberg grew up in rural Utah, Millville and Castledale respectively, and he said he thought it would be great to have an all-Utah concert in Vernal.

“You do not have to come from a large metropolitan area to achieve your dreams or be successful in any area,” Jessop said. “Here are two country-Utah boys coming to Vernal with their resources, doing this, I think very, very exciting concert.”


Many people will see the snow that's currently blanketing much of the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. as a nuisance coating sidewalks and roads. Others are celebrating it as an excuse to spend the day swooshing down a hill.

As for me, I like to think of snow as food.

April Ashland

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lawmakers in Utah's House of Representatives have voted to reject Gov. Gary Herbert's hard fought Medicaid plan and instead push forward their own alternative proposal.

A House business and labor committee voted 4-9 Wednesday night against the Republican governor's proposal.

They then voted 9-4 to advance a plan from House GOP lawmakers that covers fewer people and costs more. It still needs approval from the full House, the Senate and the governor.

Representatives for Herbert had no immediate comment on the Wednesday votes.

Put down that screen: Today's the day to celebrate holding a bound book in your hands. World Book Day celebrations include storytelling and dressing up as favorite characters. We bring you a roundup of stories and reading lists.

Many young (and less-young) readers are using the occasion to dress up as beloved characters — from pirates and the doughnut-dispensing Mr. Panda to Hermione Granger of the Harry Potter series.

The Pentagon has said that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. U.S. intelligence and security leaders predict that resource scarcity will be our next big threat. The World Wildlife Fund's new initiative "In Pursuit of Prosperity" seeks to make sustainability a core component of U.S. foreign policy.

WWF says that scarcities in one country can spill over into relations with neighboring countries as governments try to access natural resources-such as timber, water and energy-through legal and illegal means. Tensions among neighbors, ranging from the US.-Mexico border to India and Pakistan, are on the rise. California, America's fruit and food basket, is currently experiencing one of the most severe droughts in over a century. The result is higher food prices and declining water stocks.


We here at The Salt can't resist a good pun, so we couldn't help but chuckle at a #FoodieBandNames hashtag that began playing out among the foodie Twitterverse on Tuesday.

It all started when Zagat called for people to tweet their favorite mashups of foods and bands.

With a little time to marinate, the tweets only improved.

Cue the inevitable Ariana Grande coffee humor...

And this blogger's favorite:

Penguin Books

The grid is everywhere, sending power to the light switch on the wall and water to the faucet in the kitchen. But is it essential? Must we depend on it and the corporate and government infrastructure behind it? Wednesday’s AU we’ll revisit our conversation, from August, with Nick Rosen, who has traveled the United States, spending time with all kinds of individuals and families striving to live their lives free from dependence on municipal power and amenities, and free from dependence on the government and its far-reaching tentacles.

Rosen’s book "Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America" profiles millionaires and foreclosure victims, survivalists and environmentalists, retirees and marijuana growers, and ordinary families--all chasing their off-grid dreams.


Dennis Whedbee's crew was rushing to prepare an oil well for pumping on the Sweet Grass Woman lease site, a speck of dusty plains rich with crude in Mandaree, N.D.

It was getting late that September afternoon in 2012. Whedbee, a 50-year-old derrick hand, was helping another worker remove a pipe fitting on top of the well when it suddenly blew.

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