As a proclaimed member of the same religion practiced by the Republican candidate for president, Mitt Romney, Utah Governor Gary Herbert has had ample opportunity to answer questions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints during this week's National GOP Convention.
Herbert was a councilman in Salt Lake City when Romney was there for the Olympics, and during his time in Tampa, the Governor has worked to persuade delegates to focus on Romney's ability to manage -- a message he says is more important than Romney's ability to socialize.
A group representing Utah bar owners has agreed to have its lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on “happy hour” dismissed. Ken Wynn, a board member for the Utah Hospitality Association, says it was no longer needed because the attorney general’s office clarified that liquor licensees can still change their drink prices every day.
“And with that acknowledgement, they stipulated to it, we said fine, we’ll withdraw the lawsuit. That’s what the basis of the whole lawsuit was about in the first place.”
With the November election 10 weeks away, the criticism going back and forth between six-term Congressman Jim Matheson and Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love is heating up. On Tuesday, Utah’s only Democrat in Congress held a press conference to address what he says is a key difference in between the two: access to financial aid for college students.
“College costs have grown at a very fast rate and quite frankly the student aide hasn’t kept up. This is not the time to make it even harder for kids to go to college.”
Residents living near Lundstrom Park in Logan concerned with a proposed plan to pipe a nearby canal will meet with members of the Logan City and Cache County Councils. About a dozen citizens and members from both councils requested the meeting with engineers to discuss the canal rebuild design. They say the original piping plans included the use of a concrete box culvert to move water through the canal. Now, engineers say they will request a permit from the Logan Planning Commission for a plan that calls for the water to flow through an underground pipe.
Tonight at the Republican National Convention, it will be Utah’s turn in the sun, even if there’s not much sun to be had in Tampa, Florida, with a storm making its way through the region. And it’s an especially meaningful year for the Utah GOP, as Mitt Romney, a longtime popular figure in the Beehive State and representative of the state’s dominant religion, will accept the party’s nomination for president. Jeff Robinson spoke with Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright, who joined him from the convention.
A new school year just got underway, but higher education experts say high school students should already be planning for next year. For the next six weeks, the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority will be traveling to high schools across the state, talking to students and parents about planning and paying for college.
If you or your children are in high school, Pamela Silberman, Director of Communications at the Utah System of Higher Education says it’s time to plan.
It’s a hot summer day in Salt Lake City and Amanda Baldwin is looking for some shade. The 21 year old and dozens of others have endured the noon day sun to walk around the track at Valley View State Park. They’re all participants in the Williams Syndrome Walk, an event designed to raise money for the Williams Syndrome Association, but most importantly it gives people like Amanda and their families a chance to connect.
Amanda's friend explains, "I think Amanda is the best, and kids with Williams syndrome are always generous and loving. Yeah, Williams syndrome is pretty tight."
Groups working to stop SkiLink, a proposed gondola from Canyons Resort in Park City to Solitude in Big Cottonwood Canyon are hoping to educate the public on what it could mean for Utah’s backcountry. Saturday, opponents invited the public on a hike to the site of the controversial project.
At 9:30 on Saturday morning a group of hikers is meeting at a trailhead just below the Solitude parking lot.
All but a handful of the nation's Fortune 500 companies now voluntarily include protections against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. That makes most major companies more inclusive than Utah. Here in the Beehive State a person can still lose his/her job for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered.
An average of 20 Utahns are hospitalized because of asthma attacks each week. Still, Kellie Baxter, spokeswoman for the Utah Department of Health’s asthma program, says the state is doing well compared to the rest of the country.
“Our adult asthma prevalence is similar to the U.S. asthma prevalence and our child is significantly lower.”