Salt Lake City

A pilot's view while flying a plane.
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Utah ranks as one of the worst states for pilots dealing with laser strikes.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that through the month of September, Utah ranked number eight with 203 laser strikes all occurring over Salt Lake City.

Nearly 100 percent of students in Salt Lake City school districts have been wearing masks in class according to school officials.  In August, Mayor Erin Mendenhall issued a mask mandate for students in grades K through 12 and principals were advised on how to enforce the mandate while respecting the dignity and autonomy of students.  Anyone not wearing a mask has been offered one and advised of the benefits of wearing a mask.  Students have not been prohibited from accessing in-person learning or activities if they declined to wear a mask.  As of today (Wednesday), 58 students out of a tota

The Salt Lake County Council voted 6-3 Thursday to overturn a school mask order issued earlier this week by the Department of Health Executive Director Doctor Angela Dunn. 

Smoke from West Coast fires has blanketed Utah in a dense smog. As of Friday Salt Lake City has the worst air of any major city in the world, according to,

The Salt Lake County Health Department said the smoke can be very dangerous especially for those with underlying health conditions. The department listed eight different tips based on  guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency to help combat the smoke.

In an effort to curb the housing shortage, Salt Lake City is hosting a tiny homes competition.  The Empowered Living Design Competition invites designers, architects and others to submit designs for small dwellings that can help underserved communities. 

Over 1,300 legislators will be visiting Salt Lake City for an annual national conference focused on big tech, social media censorship, misinformation and political bias. 

Local architect groups and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall joined to announce the launch of a competition for tiny home designs.

Proton Therapy Center Opens In Salt Lake City

Jun 24, 2021

Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation treatment that is making its way into the Mountain West. According to a report from the Salt Lake Tribune, the Senator Orrin G. Hatch Proton Therapy Center at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City is the first of its kind in the region. 

In honor of World Bicycle Day on Thursday, Lawnstarter released a report about the best cities to bike in across the United States, and Salt Lake City has been named as the eighth best city to bike in America.

According to a recent study from Yelp and Zillow, Salt Lake City is in the top 10 U.S. cities for “Digital Nomads” — cities that offer the best mix of available, affordable and flexible rental housing and other community amenities as people work remotely. 

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  This week in Utah news:

State epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn announces that she is leaving the Utah Department of Health. A draft audit recommends changes to some practices of Salt Lake City Police. And the Utah Supreme Court considers a question central to the future of the Utah Inland Port: who controls the land - and the tax revenue it generates?


The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism reports a 145% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in America’s biggest cities from 2019 to 2020. This weekend in Salt Lake City, people came together to protest these crimes.


Salt Lake City school teacher, John Arthur, is one of four finalists for national teacher of the year. Arthur, who teachers at Meadowlark Elementary School, said during his first year of teaching, his sixth grade students really wanted to make a Youtube video. 

Megan Hallett, creator of "The League of Reluctant Bicyclists," with her exhibition at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.
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At the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, visitors are immediately confronted by a stationary bike. It’s an old steel-frame cruiser with rust-colored fenders and a wire basket full of flowers. You’re invited to get in the saddle and put on headphones. A mantra plays as you pedal: “We are strong. We are invincible. We are bicycle riders.”

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Most people think the construction at the Salt Lake International Airport is just an expansion, but airport officials have been planning this overhaul since the late 90s. 


Utah's representatives in Washington respond to racist remarks made by president Trump on Twitter. Utah Sen.

The Pickle Factory in Salt Lake's Granary District

Salt Lake City's redevelopment agency has chosen artists to create nearly a dozen murals in an increasingly popular downtown neighborhood.

Officials said Tuesday that 15 artists have been commissioned for the large-scale artwork on the exterior of privately owned buildings in the Granary District.

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After its first year of implementation, how has Operation Rio Grande impacted crime and homelessness in Salt Lake City? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints requests a shift away from the terms 'LDS' and 'Mormon.' Also, opponents to Utah's medical marijuana ballot initiative argue against it on the basis of religious freedom. And the absence of a tiny star on driver licenses may affect Utahns' ability to travel. 

White male stands in front of microphone reading. He holds Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in front of the microphone. He stands beneath a green umbrella.
Tamsen Maloy

It’s been 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was published in the United States, and 11 years since the final book was published. The passage of time since publishing hasn’t diminished the devotion fans have for the series—especially on what was Harry’s birthday, July 31st.                   

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Dale and Sheri Holt recently donated their home to Westminster College. The historic building will be used to host gatherings and to house future university presidents.

Standing on a field of grass a child holds a sign that says "End family concentration camps." The child's face is hidden by the sign.
Tamsen Maloy

In response to the Trump administration’s family separation policy, at the end of June, a California judge ruled border separations must stop, and families must be reunited. In cities across the United States, many residents think this ruling is good but doesn’t do enough for families and migrants.

Darius Gray Speaking At The Black, White, And Mormon Conference In Salt Lake City
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A Utah scholar has released a database for tracking the history of African American members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Adult Red-tailed Hawk cares for its young.

An old cottonwood tree that is a nesting home to red-tailed hawks near the Salt Lake City airport has been spared demolition after a neighbor persuaded the property owners to leave it alone.

Catherine Kirby has been visiting the urban nesting area for years and sprang into action after hearing four trees would be torn down to make way for an expansion of an auto recycling business.

Timothy Lutes fatally shot Thomas Stanfield after an altercation.

  A security guard who police say fatally shot a man in the back after an altercation has been charged with murder. He and his employer are also being sued by the victim's family.

Prosecutors say in charging documents that surveillance video shows 26-year-old Timothy Lutes shooting 54-year-old Thomas Stanfield in the back after Stanfield tried to walk away from a fight that started after Lutes asked him to leave the area.

Seated attendees listen to speakers at the vigil holding unlit candles.
Tamsen Maloy

In response to the separation of migrant families crossing the U.S./Mexico border, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement in support of keeping families together. A non-partisan group of Mormon women held a vigil in Salt Lake City last weekend for families affected by the separations.

Facebook To Build Data Center In Utah

May 31, 2018
Facebook To Build Data Center In Utah

Facebook will build a nearly 1 million-square-foot data center in Utah that officials say will bring millions of dollars to the region.

Gov. Gary Herbert and other state officials unveiled plans for the project Wednesday, after days of speculation about a mysterious company interested in a facility 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City. Utah County had previously approved $150 million in tax incentives for the project without divulging the company's identity.

Pizza blamed for dip in fine revenue.

A pizza-for-parking scheme is mostly to blame for a dip in the number of parking tickets issued and fines collected in Salt Lake City.

The city's parking officers have written 40,000 fewer tickets this year and collections from overtime fees are down $1.2 million.

Mom speaks out after fatal attack of daughter

A Utah mother who was on the phone with her 15-year-old daughter when she was murdered says they were talking about the mail when the girl started screaming.

Shauna Bagshaw said that she and her daughter Baleigh Bagshaw talked every day after school, including on May 7, the day a normal conversation turned into incomprehensible screaming.