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  • Obama Administration Ignores Reporting Law as Prairie Chicken Population Increases

    07/23/2014 5:58:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | July 22, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    A new study shows the lesser prairie chicken population has exploded by 20 percent prompting concern by western lawmakers that the Obama administration acted hastily when it listed the bird as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The aerial survey conducted last month by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies showed the grouse species numbers jumped from 18,747 to 22,415. That study plus the Agriculture Department’s tardiness in reporting conservation efforts to Congress as required by law prompted a letter from lawmakers including Colorado Republican Rep. Scott Tipton demanding the report. “We request that your department provide this...
  • Justices Say Utah Doesn't Have to Recognize Gay Marriages

    07/18/2014 5:09:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 18, 2014 | By Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday said Utah is not required to recognize the marriages of roughly 1,000 same-sex couples there while state officials pursue appeals. The court’s order was two sentences long and said only that a lower court’s ruling “is stayed pending the final disposition of the appeal” by the federal appeals court in Denver. Friday’s order came in a different case, one concerning the status of what the state calls “interim marriages,” meaning those entered into during that period in December and January when same-sex marriage was briefly allowed. The case seeking recognition of the 1,000...
  • BLM: More money needed for inspections

    07/18/2014 7:30:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    Albuquerque Business First ^ | Jul 18, 2014 | Gary Gerew
    Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze said that increased drilling and a shortage of staff are behind his agency’s request for a fee system to increase the agency’s inspection capacity. ... BLM is focused on a range of inspections, including drilling and production inspections. ... Irregular and declining budgets have hindered our ability to move out aggressively in this area. Through the President’s 2015 budget proposal, we are now seeking to fund inspections through a fee system that will allow us to be much more responsive to the needs of industry and, importantly, to meet the foundational safety and...
  • Breaking: Harry Reid Tied to MASSIVE Bribery Case (VIDEO)

    07/17/2014 12:25:45 PM PDT · by lbryce · 127 replies
    Political Insider ^ | July 17, 2014 | Editor
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is a shady operator. From changing the Senate rules which allowed him to increase the tax-raising power of the Senate Democratic majority, ties to shady lobbyists, and numerous scandals in Nevada, it is little wonder how a guy on a relatively modest public servant salary has become obscenely wealthy. Now, Reid has been linked to a new massive bribery case that had two state attorneys general arrested already. Utah prosecutors on Tuesday filed criminal charges against two former state attorneys general in a court filing that makes tantalizing references to a possible pay-to-play influence...
  • Mesa County Opposes Proposed EPA Water Rules ( Colorado )

    07/15/2014 9:34:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    KREX ^ | 15 Jul 2014 | Angel Russell
    Mesa County Commissioners approved a resolution on Monday to oppose the nationwide Clean Water Act, commonly referred to as Waters of the U.S. ... The proposed nationwide rule would expand the jurisdiction of what waters would be regulated by the federal government. This expansion would include dry washes, roadside ditches, and drainage ditches throughout Mesa County. ... the board of commissioners also expressed their concern since they see no apparent public benefit from the proposed rule
  • Harry Reid’s name surfaces in Utah bribery case against two ex-attorneys general

    07/15/2014 6:10:21 PM PDT · by blueplum · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 15, 2014 | John Solomon
    Utah prosecutors on Tuesday filed criminal charges against two former state attorneys general in a court filing that makes tantalizing references to a possible pay-to-play influence scheme involving U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In a court filing in Utah County, District Attorney Sam Gill charged former attorneys general John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff with numerous felony state crimes, including bribery, acceptance of illegal gifts, evidence tampering and a “pattern of unlawful activity.” The charges were expected for months and both men were taken into custody. Mr. Shurtleff served for many years as Utah’s top law enforcement official before retiring...
  • Today's Reason for Government Distrust: Two Former Utah AGs Nabbed for Corruption

    07/15/2014 12:52:57 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 21 replies
    Reason ^ | July 15 2014 | Reason
    SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff were charged Tuesday and arrested on allegations ranging from accepting bribes to destroying evidence. Both were arrested at their Sandy homes by members of the FBI and the Utah Department of Public Safety and they arrived at the Salt Lake County Jail shortly after 8 a.m. The state's former top law enforcement officers were charged in 3rd District Court with pattern of unlawful activity, a second-degree felony; and three counts of receiving or soliciting bribes by a public official, a third-degree felony. In addition, Shurtleff was charged...
  • Man commits suicide by leaping into giant bonfire at Burning Man-style festival in Utah

    07/14/2014 7:25:02 AM PDT · by redreno · 105 replies
    http://www.nydailynews.com ^ | 07/14/2014 | BY Philip Caulfield
    A man killed himself at Burning Man-style arts festival by leaping into a towering burning art structure in front of hundreds of horrified onlookers, authorities and witnesses said. On Monday, scores of "burners" - who commune in the Nevada desert every August for Burning Man -were mourning the doomed festivalgoer after he dove into the flames during a moonlit bonfire ritual at the Element 11 fest near Salt Lake City late Saturday.
  • Colorado: Man hospitalized with pneumonic plague

    07/11/2014 10:04:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment laboratory yesterday [8 Jul 2014] identified pneumonic plague in a Colorado resident. Investigation revealed the family dog had recently died unexpectedly. The carcass was recovered and tested at the Colorado State University Veterinarian Diagnostic Laboratory, where tests were positive for plague. ... Even though it doesn't kill people in large numbers like it once did, it is a serious disease ... There are 3 types of plague; all can be potentially deadly, if not treated. The 1st is bubonic, which causes lymph nodes to swell. There is also septicemic, which comes about...
  • EDITORIAL: Sage-grouse politics

    07/10/2014 8:32:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    The fate of a chicken-size bird carries huge economic and political stakes across the West. The sage grouse, long a threat to the thriving energy sector, is also a threat to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The ground-dwelling bird, which has habitat across Nevada and 10 other states, could be listed as a threatened or endangered species as soon as next year. Such a designation would place burdensome restrictions on the use of tens of millions of acres by ranchers, farmers, and oil and natural gas producers. Environmental organizations that want a halt to ranching and fossil fuel development are...
  • Super Volcano is Bigger [YELLOWSTONE]

    07/09/2014 1:13:21 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    www.kulr8.com ^ | Updated: Jul 09, 2014 3:04 PM CST | By Penny Preston
    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - The world’s authority on Yellowstone’s Super Volcano says it’s more than twice as big as scientists once thought. Does that mean it’s more likely to blow up soon? Penny Preston found Dr. Robert Smith at his home near Grand Teton, and found the answer. Millions of people visit Yellowstone each year to see its geysers, fumeroles, hot springs, and mud pots. It’s the largest concentration of thermal features in the world. The park sits on top of the world’s largest active volcano. The Super Volcano. Its most recent eruption was more than 600,000 years ago. All...
  • Utah to appeal same-sex marriage case to U.S. Supreme Court

    07/09/2014 12:06:43 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 6 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 07/09/2014 | Marissa Lang
    The Utah Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday that it will appeal the 10th Circuit Court’s decision last month upholding same-sex marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court. The state will not seek an en banc review by the 10th Circuit Court, according to a statement from the attorney general’s office. "To obtain clarity and resolution from the highest court, the Utah Attorney General’s Office will not seek en banc review of the Kitchen v. Herbert Tenth Circuit decision, but will file a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the United State Supreme Court in the coming weeks," a news release said....
  • GOP Rep: I Think Romney ‘Will Be The Next President Of The United States’

    07/08/2014 9:50:53 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 120 replies
    washington.cbslocal.com ^ | 07-08-14 | Staff
    Despite his continuous denials, some still believe that Mitt Romney will run for president in 2016. Speaking to MSNBC on Monday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, went one step further saying that the former Massachusetts governor will be occupying the White House after the next presidential election. “I think he actually is going to run for president. He probably doesn’t want me to say that. A hundred times he says he’s not, but Mitt Romney has always accomplished what he has set out to do,” Chaffetz told MSNBC. “I think he’s proven right on a lot of stuff. I happen to...
  • Utah officer who killed family used service weapon

    07/07/2014 12:57:01 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 24 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 7/7/14 | BRADY McCOMBS
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah police officer used his service weapon when he killed his wife, two children and his mother-in-law before turning the gun on himself in January, authorities said Monday. An investigation completed by Spanish Fork City Police was unable to determine Lindon police officer Joshua Boren's exact motive, Lt. Matt Johnson said. But investigators did learn Boren, 34, and his wife were having marital problems. Toxicology reports from the autopsy show Boren had no drugs or alcohol in his system, and he had no history of violence or mental illness, Johnson said.
  • NM ranching family tells feds: ‘Don’t fence us out’

    07/03/2014 9:51:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    New Mexico Watchdog ^ | July 3, 2014 | Rob Nikolewski
    Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the meadow jumping mouse as an endangered species. Now, the U.S. Forest Service, which oversees the Santa Fe National Forest, is considering erecting a series of 8-foot high fences to protect the mouse’s habitat. The Luceros, members of the San Diego Cattleman’s Association and holders of grazing permits with the federal government, say the fences will lock out their cattle — as well as those of other permit holders — from ever returning to the meadow where the livestock graze for 20 days in the spring and up to 40 days...
  • Senate majority could rest on the sage grouse

    07/05/2014 2:34:17 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 9 replies
    AP ^ | July 5 2014 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI
    DENVER (AP) -- An obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate in November. The federal government is considering listing the greater sage grouse as an endangered species next year. Doing so could limit development, energy exploration, hunting and ranching on the 165 million acres of the bird's habitat across 11 Western states. Apart from the potential economic disruption, which some officials in Western states discuss in tones usually reserved for natural disasters, the specter of the bird's listing is reviving the centuries-old debates about local vs. federal...
  • BYU professor shines light on low numbers of sex assault prosecutions

    07/05/2014 5:34:59 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 6 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | May 8, 2014 | Liesl Hansen
    SALT LAKE CITY — Sexual assaults in Utah are going underreported, but the work of a BYU professor is helping to convince lawmakers and law enforcement to pay more attention to prosecuting such cases. Julie Valentine, a sexual assault nurse examiner and nursing professor at BYU, found that only 6 percent of cases in Salt Lake County have been prosecuted. Valentine examines rape victims and collects forensic evidence for cases. As she examined victims for prosecution, she would not hear back about any follow-up and wanted to find out why. “We would do these examinations — we’d do hundreds —...
  • Provo High teacher accused of sexual abuse headed to trial

    07/05/2014 5:09:12 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 9 replies
    Provo Daily Herald ^ | July 3, 2014 | Paige Fieldsted
    PROVO – A trial date has been set for a Provo High School teacher accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old student. Donald Bills, 54, has been charged with one count of forcible sodomy and three counts of object rape, all first-degree felonies; and two counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. During a court hearing Thursday afternoon, a five-day trial was scheduled for December. Bills was arrested and charged in January after he and the teen were interviewed. Provo police said in January that someone viewed a text between Bills and the student and reported it to school officials,...
  • VIDEO: Owner confronts cops after dog shot to death

    06/28/2014 11:26:32 AM PDT · by DariusBane · 91 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | 06/27/2014 | dingledd
    "This is the video of my experience with SLCPD the day I was told my best friend was shot. — at my own Back Yard." Weimaraner dog shot dead in owner’s back yard by police who were searching for missing three-year-old boy Sean Kendall said the Salt Lake City animal control department contacted him and told him a police officer had shot his dog in the head. Kendall said that the dog had been locked up in the fenced backyard of his house. He drove home and demanded answers about the incident from several police officers who were outside his...
  • Gay Marriage Bans Struck Down in Utah and Indiana by Federal Court

    06/26/2014 6:55:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/26/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Utah and Indiana became the latest U.S. states to see their bans on same-sex marriage struck down following separate rulings in federal court on Wednesday. "It is wholly illogical to believe that state recognition of love and commitment of same-sex couples will alter the most intimate and personal decisions of opposite-sex couples," a three-judge panel in the Utah case said while upholding a lower court ruling, NPR reported. Back in December, Utah briefly became the 18th state where gay couples received the right to marry, after a federal district judge ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. The...
  • Divided Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Utah's Marriage Law

    06/26/2014 8:07:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 25, 2014 | Ken Klukowski
    In a 2-to-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Kitchen v. Hebert affirmed a lower court’s ruling holding that traditional marriage laws violate the Constitution. The case will likely soon go to the U.S. Supreme Court. Breitbart News examined this case last year when an Obama-appointed federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah invalidated that state’s law providing that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, comparing such laws to racism and saying they are literally irrational. Despite the fact that neither marriage nor homosexuality is mentioned...
  • Federal appeals court overturns Utah's ban on gay marriage

    06/25/2014 10:08:35 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 32 replies
    LA Times ^ | 6/25/2014 | Michael Muskal
    In a decision coming from Utah, a federal appeals court on Wednesday for the first time backed gay marriage. The Denver-based U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower-court decision that struck down the state's bans on same-sex marriage. The ruling, which was stayed, sets the stage for an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which touched off the current round of legal fighting on the issue when it struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year.
  • 10th Circuit Court upholds same-sex marriage [Utah decision]

    06/25/2014 9:28:47 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 32 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 06/25/2014 | Jessica Miller
    A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that states outlawing same-sex marriage are in violation of the U.S. Constitution. By upholding a Utah judge’s decision, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals became the first appeals court to rule on the issue, setting a historic precedent that voter-approved bans on same-sex marriage violate the Fourteenth Amendment rights of same-sex couples to equal protection and due process. But the court stayed the implementation of their decision, pending a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. The appeals court upheld U.S. Judge Robert Shelby’s December decision, which struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. The...
  • Letter: Polygamy should be decriminalized

    06/14/2014 8:33:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 160 replies
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | June 6, 2014 | Leslie Jacobs
    When you look at world history, and especially biblical history, you will find that polygamy has been an accepted and honorable way of life. Many beloved prophets of the Old Testament were polygamists, and Abraham was a friend of God, all while having many wives. Polygamy was once a lifestyle accepted by all. For Christians of 2000 years ago, polygamy was stopped by the Roman empire. Paul, in his letter to the church in Rome, said, “A bishop should be the husband of one wife.” He was simply telling them to obey the law of the land. Roman law is...
  • Grouse hits 400,000 Acres Out of Energy Production

    06/21/2014 8:19:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | June 20, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    The federal government’s decision to ban energy development across a wide swath of Colorado and eastern Utah to protect the Gunnison sage grouse habitat has raised concerns the action would inflict economic damage. Although the Obama administration was not expected to make its decision as to whether the bird warrants the endangered listing until November, the Bureau of Land Management’s decision this week effectively puts an oil, gas and coal moratorium on 400,000 acres – roughly 90 acres per bird. The final decision was “pushed back until after the election, because when people understand the impact on jobs, people get...
  • Federal judge issues split ruling on Utah immigration law

    06/19/2014 3:35:46 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 3 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | June 18, 2014 | AP/Staff
    <p>SALT LAKE CITY – A federal judge has issued a split ruling on Utah's controversial immigration law, upholding one key measure but striking down several others.</p> <p>U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups' ruling Wednesday upheld a key provision requiring authorities to check the immigration status of people arrested for felonies or Class A misdemeanors, such as theft.</p>
  • 4th New Mexico county joins prairie chicken fight

    06/17/2014 9:12:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    ap ^ | June 16, 2014
    Another New Mexico county has joined a lawsuit to fight the listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. Lea County in southeastern New Mexico joined three other counties in the state last week in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ... U.S. Rep., Steve Pearce, R-N.M., .. The Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to cater to environmental groups and disregard science will devastate New Mexico’s way of life,” he said. “New Mexicans will pay the price in lost jobs, industry, ranching and oil and gas production.”
  • Feds block oil and gas leasing in Sage Grouse habitat ( Utah & Colorado )

    06/17/2014 7:17:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Jun 17, 2014
    Federal authorities have issued a moratorium blocking oil, gas and coal leasing on 800,000 acres of public land in southwestern Colorado and eastern Utah that is habitat for the imperiled Gunnison sage grouse. ... restrictive measures that will impact jobs and economic development
  • Cops: Woman tried to kill man with samurai sword

    06/16/2014 9:46:12 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 25 replies
    click2houston.com ^ | 6-16-14 | unattributed
    SALT LAKE CITY (KTSU) - A Salt Lake woman was arrested on attempted homicide charges after police said she tried to kill a man with a samurai sword. Officers said 25-year-old Tasha Davis was arguing with a neighbor when things quickly escalated. According to police, Davis went to her apartment and returned wielding a 27-inch samurai sword. Police said Davis attacked the victim, repeatedly swinging the long blade at him.
  • Dan Liljenquist: Utah's Energy Revolution

    06/12/2014 6:49:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Deseret News ^ | June 12 2014 | Dan Liljenquist
    When the history of the great recession is finally written, I suspect that America’s domestic energy revolution will be credited for pulling us out of it. As a country, primarily through the application of new extraction techniques and technologies that are unlocking heretofore inaccessible oceans of oil and natural gas, the United States of America is transforming itself into the dominant energy producer in the world. Within the next few years, America will not only become energy independent, but could also become the world’s largest energy exporter. Once again, American ingenuity has found a way to move our economy forward....
  • Article V Constitution: Mount Vernon Assembly [Live Web Stream Now! Today (6-12) & Tomorrow]

    The Mount Vernon Assembly – Indianapolis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Skip Brown skip.brown@iga.in.gov 317-232-9521 The Mount Vernon Assembly to Meet at Indiana Statehouse June 12 and 13 INDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2014) – More than 100 state legislators representing 33 states will meet at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on June 12 and 13 to continue establishing the rules and procedures needed for a future state-led convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as authorized by Article V of the Constitution. The meeting is a continuation of efforts that began in December 2013 at George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate...
  • Bureau Of Land Management Forecloses Oil Leasing, Utah Sues

    06/12/2014 2:00:57 AM PDT · by lilyramone · 6 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | June 11, 2014 | Jonah Bennett
    In yet another spat between the Bureau of Land Management and residents of a western state, Utah is suing the federal agency after it unlawfully foreclosed oil and gas leasing on unprotected lands. Utah’s litigation alleges that the BLM is imposing ‘wilderness criteria’ on lands outside designated wilderness and wilderness study areas. Uintah County and the Utah Association of Counties is joining the suit, claiming that they have been left out of key management decisions.
  • MARK LEVIN TRANSCRIPT: Here's What I'm gonna do, Mitt Romney and Orrin Hatch

    06/11/2014 5:40:08 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 77 replies
    Transcript of Mark Levin, 6/10/2014 You know what I've heard? On good authority, that Mitt Romney and Orrin Hatch want one of Mitt Romney's sons to go after Mike Lee in the Republican fight -- should there be one -- because they want to get rid of Mike Lee. Who are the purists, exactly? Who are the "Big Tent" guys, exactly? Now let me tell you what I'm gonna do if these fools pull that. Listen to me, Orrin, I'm talkin' to you. I'm going to go into your state and expose you. For your lies on this show. I'm...
  • Cop refuses to work at gay pride parade in Utah

    06/07/2014 3:38:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 75 replies
    A Salt Lake City police officer has been placed on leave after refusing an assignment to work at a gay pride parade. The officer was among about 30 officers assigned to provide traffic control and security for the annual Utah Pride Parade on Sunday in Salt Lake City, said department spokeswoman Lara Jones. "We don't tolerate bias and bigotry in the department, and assignments are assignments ... To allow personal opinion to enter into whether an officer will take a post is not something that can be tolerated in a police department," Jones told KSL. She declined comment on the...
  • Cane Creek Shale Keeping Utah in Energy Mix

    06/04/2014 9:55:36 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Industry interest and activity in shale reservoirs continues to escalate. The big headline-makers, such as the Barnett, Haynesville, Marcellus, comprise only some chapters of the big story. The less familiar names also are beginning to make their mark. Count the Cane Creek shale in the Pennsylvanian-age Paradox formation in the Paradox Basin in southeast Utah among those receiving considerable attention. "The Cane Creek is a transgressive-regressive sequence in the lower portion of the Paradox," said AAPG member Stephanie Carney, geologist at the Utah Geological Survey (UGS). "It's tens of feet to nearly 200 feet thick, over-and underlain by salt beds,"...
  • New Photos Show Lake Powell Half Full

    05/25/2014 9:58:25 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 49 replies
    livescience.com ^ | May 23, 2014 09:37am ET | Stephanie Pappas
    The mud-choked Colorado River flows through the dry lakebed of northern Lake Powell in a new satellite image released yesterday (May 22). Western drought has left this reservoir on the border of Utah and Arizona less than half full, the satellite image captured on May 13 reveals. As of May 21, the lake was at 42 percent of capacity, according to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) data.
  • Governor asked to apologize for remarks about gays

    05/25/2014 11:41:27 AM PDT · by kingattax · 57 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 5-24-14
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A gay rights organization is calling on Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to apologize for suggesting homosexuality is a choice and for calling decisions by other state leaders to not defend same-sex marriage bans the "next step to anarchy." John Netto, head of the Utah Pride Center's board, said the governor's comments during his monthly televised news conference Thursday were hurtful. "To suggest that allowing gay marriage is the foundation of anarchy, to us, is hate speech," Netto told The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1mjgsGh ). "We think he is uneducated ... on current scientific positions in...
  • Republican star Mia Love gets second chance to make political history

    05/24/2014 6:54:09 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 May 2014 | Jennifer Dobner
    SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Utah's Mia Love, a Republican darling who could become the first conservative black woman elected to U.S. Congress, is getting a second, and likely better, chance to make history after narrowly losing to a popular incumbent Democrat in 2012. Love, 39, is a Mormon mother of three who is upending stereotypes about the state and its predominant faith. She locked up her party's nomination to vie for an open seat in Utah's 4th District at a state convention last month with an overwhelming 78 percent of the vote. The seat became available when Jim Matheson...
  • Judge: Utah must honor same-sex marriages performed during 17-day window

    05/19/2014 9:51:02 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 42 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 5/19/14 | Marissa Lang
    A federal judge ruled Monday that Utah must recognize and imbue all same-sex marriages performed in the state with the same rights and privileges afforded to married opposite-sex couples. Chief among those rights, the judge noted, are the right to property, inheritance, legal protection and "the custody and care of children" — an issue at the center of a state challenge to three state court judge’s decisions to grant adoptions to married gay couples. U.S. District Judge Dale A. Kimball became the first federal judge ever to order a state to acknowledge and honor all gay and lesbian marriages performed...
  • Rand Paul tops 2014 campaigns’ wish list

    05/19/2014 2:59:16 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | May 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Titus
    Challengers see themselves in the Texas senator, even in races where their odds of an upset are considered steeper than Cruz’s surprise victory over a GOP establishment figure two years ago. He’s made endorsements in the Oklahoma and Nebraska Senate races, plus the Nebraska gubernatorial race, and sent almost $26,000 to federal candidates through his leadership PAC. “Ted Cruz would be extremely helpful as an endorser and a fundraiser,” said C. Edmund Wright, a consultant to longshot South Carolina Senate hopeful Lee Bright, in an email. “Rand Paul and Mike Lee would be great also.” But, he said, “the reason...
  • Utah lawmaker: Bring back firing squad executions

    05/18/2014 12:03:23 PM PDT · by kingattax · 14 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 5-18-14 | MICHELLE L. PRICE
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In the wake of a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma last month, a Utah lawmaker says he believes a firing squad is a more humane form of execution. And he plans to bring back that option for criminals sentenced to death in his state. Rep. Paul Ray, a Republican from the northern Utah city of Clearfield, plans to introduce his proposal during Utah's next legislative session in January. Lawmakers in Wyoming and Missouri floated similar ideas this year, but both efforts stalled. Ray, however, may succeed. Utah already has a tradition of execution by firing...
  • Feds preparing to charge Bundy ranch supporters over Utah protest

    05/18/2014 2:29:20 AM PDT · by blueplum · 29 replies
    RT.com ^ | May 14, 2014 21:12pm | Staff
    Federal officials have opened up an investigation into whether or not Cliven Bundy supporters damaged a protected archaeological site when they rode all-terrain vehicles through it during a weekend protest. On Saturday, hundreds of protesters gathered near southern Utah’s Recapture Canyon, voicing their opposition to the fact that the area has been closed to recreational vehicles by the Bureau of Land Management since 2007. :snip: As RT reported previously, the BLM had barred motorized vehicles from Recapture Canyon after it discovered an illegal trail that was built through Native American archaeological sites – home to artifacts, dwellings and other objects...
  • Utah Lawmaker: Bring Back Firing Squad Executions

    05/17/2014 7:07:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 17, 2014 | By MICHELLE L. PRICE Associated Press
    In the wake of a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma last month, a Utah lawmaker says he believes a firing squad is a more humane form of execution. And he plans to bring back that option for criminals sentenced to death in his state. Rep. Paul Ray, a Republican from the northern Utah city of Clearfield, plans to introduce his proposal during Utah's next legislative session in January. Lawmakers in Wyoming and Missouri floated similar ideas this year, but both efforts stalled. Ray, however, may succeed. Utah already has a tradition of execution by firing squad, with five police officers...
  • Immigration Activists Crash Boehner/Cantor/Coffman Fundraiser

    05/16/2014 2:46:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    Surprise action outside Denver's Brown Palace Hotel this morning, as a press release from a coalition of groups including Together Colorado and the Colorado Immigration Reform Coalition (CIRC) explains: Outside a fundraiser headlined by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) for Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) today, local leaders staged a rally to protest the fact that these three House Republicans are key obstacles standing in the way of immigration reform that would keep Colorado immigrant families together. It has been 322 days since the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill, but Speaker Boehner and House...
  • 4 dead, 4 injured in accident involving human smuggling ( Utah )

    05/16/2014 2:56:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    KSL ^ | May 16th, 2014 | Pat Reavy
    THOMPSON SPRINGS, Grand County — Four people were killed and four others critically injured after a van that was apparently involved in a human smuggling operation rolled multiple times on I-70 Friday morning. About 4:30 a.m., approximately 34 miles west of the Utah-Colorado border ... Investigators believe a ninth person, possibly a woman, walked away from the scene. That person had not been located as of noon. "We're looking at this as possibly being a human smuggling case," Royce said. The Utah State Bureau of Investigations, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were assisting the Utah...
  • Feds rile ranchers by fencing off water for cattle — to protect a jumping mouse!

    05/12/2014 8:49:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 11, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Forest Service says it's mouse habitatThe Obama administration’s crackdown on Western land use has sparked a furor over the Forest Service’s decision to fence off a creek used by thirsty cattle in drought-stricken Otero County, New Mexico. The Otero County Commission is scheduled to meet Monday to discuss whether to order the sheriff to open the gates against the wishes of Forest Service officials, who have argued that the fence is needed to protect the Agua Chiquita riparian area and habitat for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. Otero County Sheriff Benny House said he worries that the increasingly tense...
  • Dozens of protesters ride in off-limits canyon

    05/11/2014 5:44:09 AM PDT · by skimbell · 23 replies
    QCOnline ^ | May 10, 2014 | AP Staff
    Dozens of people rode their ATVs and motorcycles on an off-limits trail in southern Utah on Saturday in a protest against what the group calls the federal government's overreaching control of public lands. San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge said from 40 to 50 people, many of them waving American flags and some carrying weapons, drove about a mile down Recapture Canyon
  • Militiamen move on from Bundy fight to next battle with BLM ( Utah : Recapture Canyon )

    05/10/2014 1:44:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | May 9, 2014 | Joe Schoenmann
    Militiamen and woman camping on Cliven Bundy’s cattle ranch are packing up and heading to Utah where another protest against the Bureau of Land Management will happen Saturday. Ryan Payne, a Montana resident who had been staying at the ranch for a month, said he drove eight hours to arrive in the eastern Utah town this morning. Three militia members from the ranch and a handful of people from a group called Citizens Action Network came to Utah, too, he said. ... At Recapture Canyon, federal officials aren’t planning to send armed federal agents to the Utah protest like they...
  • Cliven Bundy II? Utah protesters prepare for new face-off with feds

    05/10/2014 10:21:14 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 49 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 10, 2014 | By JOHN M. GLIONNA
    This eye-blink of a town in the state’s scenic southeastern corner bills itself as the “Gateway to Adventure.” But this weekend it promises to be more like a launchpad for civil unrest. A band of angry citizens plans to ride all-terrain vehicles onto closed-off, federally managed public land Saturday in protest against the federal Bureau of Land Management, which many say has unfairly closed off a prized area, cheating residents of outdoor recreation. The ride, organized by San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman, is a gambit to assert county sovereignty over Recapture Canyon, known for its archaeological ruins, that BLM...
  • ATV protest ride in Recapture Canyon is May 10 at 9 a.m. ( BLM : Utah )

    05/09/2014 12:59:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    San Juan Record ^ | May 07, 2014 | David Boyle
    The May 10 All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) ride into restricted Recapture Canyon is still moving forward, threatening a collision between local residents and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The ATV ride is planned by a group of Blanding residents in an attempt to force the BLM to make a decision on who has jurisdiction within the canyon, which is just east of Blanding. Motorized access to the trail has been in dispute since the BLM forced its closure in 2007. San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman, who has planned the ride, does not plan to back down to mounting pressure...