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Salt Lake County Council member raises question: Are men entering women’s locker rooms?
A Salt Lake County Council member is pressing for a new policy barring men from using women’s locker rooms at county recreation facilities.
Dea Theodore, a conservative Republican from Sandy, announced her effort in between media appearances and public testimony Tuesday by county resident and GOP activist Candace Duncan, who asserted she had been confronted by “biological males” twice in women’s locker rooms recently at the Northwest Recreation Center in Salt Lake City.
21/07/2023 • 58 seconds
Bryce Canyon is the second-most popular national park on Instagram, according to new study.
Bryce Canyon has the second-most Instagram posts per square mile out of all the National Parks, according to a new study.
07/07/2023 • 59 seconds
How SLC airport officials prevent travelers from being gouged at its restaurants
To save travelers from paying more for food, drinks and other items once they pass through security, Salt Lake City International Airport instituted a policy to bar vendors from charging more than they do out on the street. According to an airport shopping excursion of sorts by The Salt Lake Tribune, the pricing policy seems to be working.
05/07/2023 • 57 seconds
A Utah teen had sex at school. His Latter-day Saint parents sued the district — and lost.
Under an end-of-year tradition n the Alpine School District, kids could leave this Utah school after two hours of class. One student, his parents said they later learned, used the unsupervised time in May 2022 to have sex with his girlfriend — during school hours, in the parking lot of the Lehi campus. The Latter-day Saint couple, whose faith prohibits premarital sex, sued the district and some administrators, arguing that their constitutional right to parent their child and freedom of religion had been violated.
03/07/2023 • 59 seconds
Utah criminal record expungement fees to quadruple July 1
Legal experts recommend getting an application in ASAP. Fees to expunge a criminal record in Utah will cost more than four times higher beginning July 1.
30/06/2023 • 59 seconds
A Utah state agency shared a Pride post on social media — a Gov. Cox appointee had it removed
Public records show that a Department of Government Operations employee ‘got in trouble’ for posting an LGBTQ+ Pride image on the agency’s official social media pages.
28/06/2023 • 59 seconds
One year after Roe reversal, where does Utah stand on abortion access?
This Saturday marks the one year anniversary of Roe V Wade being overturned. So where does Utah currently stand when it comes to abortion access?
23/06/2023 • 59 seconds
Here's what to do if you get an eviction notice in Utah
Landlords across the state filed more than 2,600 eviction cases in the first four months of 2023. That’s 40% more than the first quarter of 2022 and more than double the number of eviction lawsuits filed in the first four months of 2021.
21/06/2023 • 59 seconds
Legislature approves condensed election timeline to replace Rep. Chris Stewart
Lawmakers say pushing back Utah’s 2023 municipal election scheduled to coincide with the 2nd Congressional District race will prevent voter confusion and be less expensive for the state.
16/06/2023 • 1 minute 2 seconds
Utah’s only abortion clinic outside Salt Lake is ‘temporarily’ closed
As Planned Parenthood Association of Utah fights a blocked near-ban on abortion and a recently passed abortion clinic ban in Utah courts, its only facility that offers abortions outside Salt Lake County “temporarily” closed in March, providing no explanation to patients.
15/06/2023 • 59 seconds
Understanding health care costs — and why knowing what something costs isn’t enough
Utah is one of 18 states in the nation with an established all-payer claim database (ABCD). Essentially, every bill sent to a health care insurer is logged into one massive database, which then researchers can work with to answer all sorts of healthcare questions: which procedures are being done most often, with medications are given and when, how much each procedure costs, which hospitals and doctors are most and least expensive, and so on.
12/06/2023 • 4 minutes 5 seconds
Researchers believe this is a photo of Mormon founder Joseph Smith
After extensive forensic comparisons, however, Curtis Weber, an independent Latter-day Saint researcher in Utah, now believes that the daguerreotype found in a locket by a Smith descendant, Daniel Larsen, is indeed a photo of the man who proclaimed that he saw God and Jesus in a New York woods as a boy and launched a global religious movement.
“I always believed it was him,” says the owner of the hotly debated daguerreotype. Adds an LDS historian: “The mere possibility of its veracity reminds us that Smith was a historical figure of flesh and bones.”
To read more, check out https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2023/06/08/new-forensic-research-provides/
09/06/2023 • 2 minutes 31 seconds
Baby zebra born at Utah’s Hogle Zoo
After a yearlong wait, Utah’s Hogle Zoo successfully captured the birth of a new 98-pound male zebra on camera.
Ziva, a 10-year-old Hartmann’s mountain zebra, delivered the baby zebra — also called a foal — at approximately 7:11 p.m. on June 2. Within the first hour of his birth, the foal nursed, stood on his own and began walking.
“He was super active right off the bat, super energetic and doing lots of what we like to call zoomies,” said Rachel Mozingo, a senior keeper of the zoo’s African Savanna exhibit.
“Zoomies” are playful gallops that are natural behavior for young zebras in the wild who need to quickly be on the move from predators after birth, she said.
Visitors can now catch a glimpse of the yet-to-be-named baby zebra in the African Savanna exhibit.
08/06/2023 • 1 minute 45 seconds
38 Utah State Prison inmates graduate this week
This past Monday, 38 inmates at Utah State Prison celebrated getting their high school diplomas through the South Park Academy which is now run by the Salt Lake City School District.
07/06/2023 • 1 minute 26 seconds
Downtown SLC office vacancies are soaring, but here’s why the vibe is still alive
Downtown Salt Lake City may be forever changed by the coronavirus pandemic, with its future now less about workdays and more about nightlife.
Three-plus years after the U.S. onset of COVID-19, about a third fewer workers are commuting each weekday to a workplace in the central business district, compared to late 2019. As the pattern persists, effects of remote work and all those empty cubicles are now combining with higher interest rates, pockets of layoffs and rising economic uncertainty to produce a major slowdown in the city’s office sector.
At the same time, evidence suggests downtown as a whole is unbowed in its dramatic recovery since fall 2021 in visitation numbers even as some office workers stay home, with overall trips to the urban core now 139% ahead of pre-virus levels.
06/06/2023 • 2 minutes 29 seconds
Salt Lake City sunglasses brand Pit Viper invites you to ‘Party Mountain’ - Daily Buzz
The spray-painted sunglasses that would eventually become Pit Vipers were once traded for beers and rides to the slopes. Now an established brand popular among skiers and speed demons, the Salt Lake City company "is serious about taking things less seriously."
05/06/2023 • 3 minutes 10 seconds
Helping the seniors in Utah's LGBTQ+ community
The needs of senior gays and lesbians are particularly acute as they get older. While many straight seniors have children and other relatives to help care for them, that’s not true for many of the older members of the queer community.
Today's Daily Buzz is a look at some of the resources that do help people in this group.
Silver Pride Senior Drop-In: https://utahpridecenter.org/calendar/silver-pride-senior-drop-in-50-in-person-1686600000
Sew Much Pride: https://utahpridecenter.org/calendar/sew-much-pride-1684353600
Read more: https://www.sltrib.com/news/2023/05/31/utah-pride-center-does-what-it-can/
02/06/2023 • 3 minutes 36 seconds
Will NHL's Arizona Coyotes move to Utah? - Daily Buzz
Utah NHL fans could have their dream turn into a reality. There’s about a one in six chance that Salt Lake City is the next location for the Arizona Coyotes.
01/06/2023 • 2 minutes 41 seconds
U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart resigns from Congress
Multiple sources have confirmed to The Salt Lake Tribune that U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart plans to resign, citing ongoing health issues with his wife.
First elected by Utahns in 2012, Stewart is serving his sixth term in Congress.
But what happens when a congressman resigns? There will be a special election.
Read more: https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2023/05/30/what-happens-us-rep-chris-stewarts/
31/05/2023 • 2 minutes 24 seconds
Is Salt Lake City really one of the ‘queerest’ places in America?
Some are surprised by the designation, but data indicates Salt Lake City is pretty gay, even if LGBTQ people say there’s room for improvement in Utah's capital.
30/05/2023 • 2 minutes 21 seconds
Utah Supreme Court upholds limited access to Utah waterways
The Utah Supreme Court upheld a law that limits access to some of Utah’s rivers and streams, a ruling that impacts anglers and those who want to float many of Utah’s waterways.
26/05/2023 • 2 minutes 48 seconds
E-bikes for everyone? Salt Lake City might help residents buy them
Salt Lake City is considering an e-bike rebate similar to one offered in Denver.y Mayor Erin Mendenhall’s 2024 budget request includes $230,000 for an air quality incentives program that could, in part, provide rebates for electric lawn care equipment, air purifiers or filters and electric bikes.
However, e-bike incentives are not beloved by all, including Sen. Mitt Romney.
25/05/2023 • 3 minutes 47 seconds
Utah will feel the pain from Colorado River agreement - Daily Buzz
California, Arizona and Nevada have agreed to use less Colorado River water in the next few years. And while the deal doesn’t apply to the Upper Basin states like Utah, it doesn’t mean Utahns won’t feel any impact.
The Colorado River supports around 40 million people living in seven Western states, tribal reservations and Mexico, but its volume has dropped by one-third in recent years. About half of the river basin’s water goes to beef and dairy production, recent research has found. Climate change coupled with population growth in the region has further fueled water shortages.
24/05/2023 • 4 minutes 40 seconds
UDOT update on I-15 expansion - Daily Buzz
For many, Interstate 15′s expansion through northern Salt Lake and southern Davis counties is a certainty. After all, state money has been identified for the project and an environmental impact statement is due out this fall.
So these people choose a place at the table to form, rather than fight, the road.
Others, especially those who may be displaced or affected by a bigger highway, aren’t about to raise a white flag. They battle on, aiming to halt the project altogether.
23/05/2023 • 3 minutes 53 seconds
Lehi Farmers Market remains open despite fines - Daily Buzz
Dorothy Durrant has operated a farmers market on her property north of Utah Lake since at least 2020.
The lot between Center Street and Country Lane, off a spur called Farmers Market Street, is home to her Lehi Farmers Market on Fridays and Saturdays. It has also been a recreational vehicle park, petting zoo and a launch site for hot air balloon and helicopter rides, with food trucks, tractor rides and firework shows.
On paper, the more than 4-acre lot isn’t permitted for many of the attractions hosted there, including the namesake farmers market, said Bryce Armstrong, associate director of Utah County Community Development. It isn’t even technically in Lehi.
22/05/2023 • 4 minutes 42 seconds
As water keeps coming, some Utahns can't get flood insurance
From the Bear River in the north to the Virgin River in the south, communities throughout Utah are flooding as the state’s record-busting snowpack melts. But as public officials have urged Utahns to prepare by purchasing insurance policies, thousands may not have access to it and few communities participate in a federal program to make it more affordable.
Over two dozen Utah municipalities with a flood hazard area do not participate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s voluntary National Flood Insurance Program, cutting their residents off from accessing flood insurance policies through the government. And only 13 communities in the state have implemented flood mitigation standards that would cut their residents’ rates to purchase such policies.
Read more: https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2023/05/18/should-utahns-get-flood-insurance/
19/05/2023 • 4 minutes
Utah’s teen workforce is higher than any other state - Daily Buzz
Utah has the highest rate of teens as part of the workforce and the second-highest rate of teens working in the nation. More than half of Utah teens were part of the state’s labor force in 2021.
18/05/2023 • 5 minutes 10 seconds
Fentanyl in Utah - Daily Buzz
Fentanyl has made headlines in Utah. From St. George to Summit County, the synthetic opioid has been the “main driver” of increases in drug-related deaths, according to a 2021 report. So what is it and how does the drug get into the state?
17/05/2023 • 4 minutes 17 seconds
Why doesn’t FrontRunner run on Sundays? UTA explains - Daily Buzz
FrontRunner has been serving Utahns for 15 years — but not on Sundays.
The Utah Transit Authority’s commuter rail system serves riders from Ogden to Provo, but only operates Monday through Saturday. The train provides service every 30 minutes during peak travel times on weekdays — and every 60 minutes on Saturdays — but the agency does not currently have the infrastructure to run service on Sundays, a spokesperson said.
However, Sunday service could be added after the ongoing ”FrontRunner Forward” project is completed. The train currently operates on a single track over the majority of its length, according to documents from the Federal Transit Administration, and the project will add an additional track running parallel to certain portions of the 83-mile corridor — which will increase service frequency and help avoid delays.
16/05/2023 • 2 minutes 36 seconds
How Utah is spending $1 billion on K-12 kids
Utah got more than $1 billion in several rounds of federal coronavirus funding for K-12 education. But where did the money go?
By one count, the state has spent 49.4% of the main funding stream, known as Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief, or ESSER funds.
15/05/2023 • 5 minutes 10 seconds
Utah Inland Port Authority is focusing on smaller areas across Utah, but is it moving too fast?
Mini “port” proposals keep popping up across Utah, which may signal a shift in strategy and purpose for the Utah Inland Port Authority.
To read more, check out https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2023/05/11/it-seems-theyre-hyperdrive-least-9/
12/05/2023 • 3 minutes 50 seconds
What are employers doing about housing crisis in southern Utah?
Finding an affordable home or apartment in Washington County to rent poses a challenge. According to a recent report, a full-time worker in the county had to earn $20.21 an hour to afford to rent an average two-bedroom apartment without exceeding 30% of their income. But the average hourly income for workers in the area is just $14.19. The waitlist to get into lower-income housing in some complexes can be two years or more.
To read more, check out: https://www.sltrib.com/news/2023/04/24/st-georges-housing-crunch-leaves/
11/05/2023 • 3 minutes 13 seconds
How Utahns feel about the economy and their financial future
Utahns are more likely than most Americans to believe there are good financial times ahead but are still uncertain about the economy.
Consumer sentiment, which measures attitudes, feelings, values, motivations and behaviors of people within a particular market, rose less than one point between March and April 2023, according to a new report from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.
10/05/2023 • 2 minutes 42 seconds
Salt Lake City sets new rules for placing homeless shelters
Homeless shelters will now be allowed in most areas of Salt Lake City under an ordinance the City Council passed just hours before a self-imposed deadline to set new regulations was due to expire. Now, homeless shelters will be permitted in all zones except those dedicated to manufacturing. Previously, shelters were allowed in only a few zones.
09/05/2023 • 4 minutes 23 seconds
Should Salt Lake City build a new high school on the west side?
Some community members are calling for the Salt Lake City School District to consider building a new high school on the west side of the city — where students deal with the distance between neighborhoods like Glendale and east side high schools.
But it would come at a high cost while the district is already working on repairs to two older schools.
08/05/2023 • 3 minutes 9 seconds
Utah to ban hunting trumpeter swans, North America’s largest bird
Utah is just one of nine states that allow swan hunting, and until this year, that included trumpeter swans, considered North America’s largest bird. The trumpeter swans are still struggling to reestablish migratory populations nearly a century after hunters blasted them to near extinction.
But now Utah wildlife officials have proposed banning the taking of trumpeter swans.
Tundra swans would remain legal to shoot during Utah’s 73-day fall swan-hunting season.
05/05/2023 • 2 minutes 37 seconds
Utah judge blocks abortion clinic ban — for now. Here’s why.
Planned Parenthood and other clinics can continue to offer abortions in Utah, at least for now, a district court judge decided Tuesday in the latest development in a case that will determine the future of reproductive options in the Beehive State.
Whether a law that bans abortion clinics in Utah goes into effect now depends on a larger question that lies with the state’s highest court as it considers the state’s blocked trigger law: Is the right to an abortion protected by the Utah Constitution?
In his order Tuesday, 3rd District Court Judge Andrew Stone completely avoided that question, saying it is out of his jurisdiction. He instead focused on whether the law unfairly targets abortion clinics like those run by Planned Parenthood.
04/05/2023 • 3 minutes 13 seconds
Zion National Park’s overcrowding remains a problem in 2023
Whether the news coming out of Zion National Park over the weekend is good or bad largely depends on a person’s perspective — and whether they have designs on visiting the Southern Utah jewel in the near future.
The optimistic takeaway is that the park was less crowded in 2022, when its visitation dropped from a record 5 million visitors the year prior, according to a news release issued by the National Park Service on Friday. More pessimistically, last year still ranked as the second-busiest in Zion’s history with 4.5 million visitors. Among the 63 official national parks, it saw the third-most visits.
03/05/2023 • 3 minutes 52 seconds
Utah’s record heat prompts flood warnings
As the temperatures warm and snow melts, five waterways in northern Utah are forecast to experience minor flooding over the next few days, according to the National Weather Service.
02/05/2023 • 3 minutes 28 seconds
Utah to reduce deer hunting tags after tough winter
Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is proposing a reduction in deer tags after a harsh winter devastated the population in the northern counties.
The state's deer population is at 335,000, well below the target of 405,000, due to drought and severe winter conditions.
Read more: https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2023/05/01/utah-reduce-deer-tags-after-winter
01/05/2023 • 3 minutes 25 seconds
Utah state prison looks to add nursery despite lack of funding
Built into the new prison, which opened nearly one year ago, is a four-bed nursery for moms and infants. But as the Department of Corrections tries to get the program off the ground, it’s run into a major roadblock — it wasn’t able to secure funding from the Legislature during this year’s legislative session.
The Utah Legislature cited oversight concerns after numerous shortcomings in prison health care were detailed in back-to-back audits.
To read more, check out https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2023/04/27/utahs-prison-is-trying-launch/
28/04/2023 • 8 minutes 45 seconds
From concert posters to custom frames: Signed & Numbered has a loyal art following
If you went to a concert in Salt Lake City in the late 2000s, you could probably find the show’s promotional poster, designed by artist Leia Bell, and the band’s latest album on vinyl — all in one building.
Located at 221 E. Broadway at the time, Bell’s downtown store and gallery, Signed & Numbered, sat in the basement, with record store Slowtrain just above it. The one-stop spot once well known to music lovers has since been demolished, but Bell and her husband, Phil Sherburne, are still celebrating 15 years of being in business as Signed & Numbered.
These days, the two are more focused on building and selling custom frames than being a poster shop, and their store is now located in South Salt Lake, next door to the Salt Lake Bicycle Collective.
27/04/2023 • 3 minutes 14 seconds
Robert Gehrke digs into his reporter’s notebook to share a few stories
Robert Gehrke joins the podcast to talk about his latest column, which is a collection of short stories that had been left in his reporter’s notebook. Gehrke gets to the bottom of a fundraiser for Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, who the governor appointed as his new energy czar and why a tax lien was taken out against the Utah Republican Party.
Today’s episode also marks the beginning of a hiatus for “The Daily Buzz.” The show will now be on pause while the newsroom looks to improve how we deliver the day’s biggest stories and investigations to Utahns.
Thank you for being a listener. The Salt Lake Tribune will continue to share our reporting with you in print, online and on all of our social media pages.
26/08/2022 • 9 minutes 55 seconds
How is Moab faring after the ‘100-year flood’?
In this episode, reporter Kolbie Peterson gives listeners an update on how Moab and its residents are faring just days after the historic flash flood that swept through southern Utah.
And host Daedan Olander discusses his reporting about a Ukrainian woman who fled to Utah to escape the Russian invasion. However, due to U.S. immigration law, she may not be able to stay.
25/08/2022 • 8 minutes 3 seconds
Will there be a new quarry in Parleys Canyon?
In this episode, reporter Brian Maffly discusses a particularly controversial mining operation that is proposed for Parleys Canyon. This week, the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining issued a permit for the quarry, but there are still numerous hurdles to clear before the new quarry could begin operating.
24/08/2022 • 10 minutes 26 seconds
What's going on with abortion in Utah?
In this episode, reporter Emily Anderson Stern talks about the future of abortion access in Utah and why legal battles over the health care practice may continue for years to come.
23/08/2022 • 10 minutes 2 seconds
Ancient footprints found in Great Salt Lake Desert
Archaeologists discovered a group of footprints in the Great Salt Lake Desert earlier this summer. Reporter Anastasia Hufham joins “The Daily Buzz” to discuss her reporting on the footprints — which may be around 12,000 years old — and what they can tell us about Utah’s history.
22/08/2022 • 8 minutes 2 seconds
Why a Utah teen treatment program will keep its license after a girl’s death
First up on today’s episode, editor Jeff Parrot talks with investigative reporter Jessica Miller about her latest reporting on Utah’s teen treatment industry and why Maple Lake Academy will keep its license after a girl’s death.
Next, Olympics reporter Julie Jag shares her reporting on a $17 million addition to Park City’s slopes that could draw in more world-class ski events.
19/08/2022 • 10 minutes 54 seconds
Where can Utah Jazz fans stream games next season?
First up, Jazz beat reporter Andy Larsen tells about where Jazz fans can — and can’t — watch games next season.
Then, podcast host Palak Jayswal talks about her story about the new musical “The Good Shepherds,” a show that is already facing backlash before it’s even been performed to a live audience.
18/08/2022 • 7 minutes 5 seconds
Why the feds want to study Glen Canyon Dam modifications
Environment reporter Zak Podmore joins host and managing editor Grant Burningham on the podcast to discuss the most recent news with the Colorado River and why the federal government wants to study modification to the Glen Canyon Dam.
17/08/2022 • 11 minutes 41 seconds
What data tells us about short-term rentals in Utah
First, reporter Leto Sapunar tells us about new data that examines short-term rentals in Utah.
And in case you missed their reporting, food reporter Stefene Russell and host Palak Jayswal rank the best chicken tenders in the state.
16/08/2022 • 5 minutes 28 seconds
Why dozens of Utah Democrats are calling for Gene Davis' suspension
Statewatch reporter Emily Anderson Stern joins “The Daily Buzz” to discuss her reporting new allegations of inappropriate behavior by longtime state Sen. Gene Davis. Host Jeff Parrott and Emily discuss why dozens of Utah Democrats are calling for Davis’ suspension from the party, even as Davis is months away from ending his tenure in the Utah Senate.
15/08/2022 • 12 minutes 22 seconds
What’s up with Sen. Mike Lee’s new Twitter account?
On this episode, reporter Bryan Schott talks about Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s new Twitter account, BasedMikeLee, and how he discovered the connection between the lawmaker and the bizarre social media page.
12/08/2022 • 7 minutes 41 seconds
How well does the BLM treat Utah’s wild horses?
In this episode, reporter Anastasia Hufham discusses why Utah’s three off-range corrals received mixed scores in the Bureau of Land Management’s first nation-wide assessment of holding facilities for wild horses.
11/08/2022 • 9 minutes 5 seconds
How much longer will Mill Creek Canyon be closed to cyclists?
Reporter Jacob Scholl joins the podcast to discuss how the most recent construction project taking place in Mill Creek Canyon will affect travel and recreation.
Also, reporter Mark Eddington talks about the potential for a major shift in the way Saint George allocates water for development purposes.
10/08/2022 • 9 minutes 47 seconds
Why Gabby Petito’s parents are seeking $50M from the Moab Police Department
In this episode, reporter Courtney Tanner talks about why Gabby Petito’s parents filed a notice of claim against the Moab Police Department on Monday. Petito’s parents are seeking $50 million, alleging that Moab police made numerous errors when they interacted with their daughter during a traffic stop last August, a month before she was killed.
And reporter Julie Jag also joins the podcast to discuss how Zion National Park’s new permitting system is affecting one of its most popular and dangerous attractions.
09/08/2022 • 8 minutes 13 seconds
Can sanctioned homeless camps help Utahns without housing?
Reporters Alixel Cabrera and Blake Apgar join host Jeff Parrott on The DailyBuzz to discuss their reporting on homelessness in Salt Lake City County, particularly along the Jordan River. The reporters discuss the potential of sanctioned homeless camps and if the dedicated camping areas could help Utahns without housing.
08/08/2022 • 11 minutes 1 second
Jordan School Board's big property tax hike and Rocky Anderson says he'll run again
First on today’s episode, Connor Sanders talks to us about a recent Jordan School Board meeting where a steep property tax increase was approved.
Then, Bryan Schott fills us in on the political return of Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson.
05/08/2022 • 7 minutes 22 seconds
How an electric shock survivor found solace through music
In today’s episode, host Palak Jayswal talks about her story on 18-year-old Gracelyn Wilkinson, a Utah teen who survived an electrical shock and the struggles that followed. Wilkinson discusses her years of recovery and finding solace in music.
Then, reporter Tim Fitzpatrick gives us an update on scooter traffic in Salt Lake City.
04/08/2022 • 5 minutes 3 seconds
Salt Lake City International Airport's long walk is going to get better
First up today, reporter Blake Apgar tells us about construction plans at the Salt Lake International Airport that will try to alleviate the long walk to the ‘B’ gates, as well as alleviate other airport congestion problems.
Next, reporter Jacob Scholl discusses an update on the national baby formula shortage and why Utah Sen. Mike Lee thinks it will start to get better.
03/08/2022 • 8 minutes 33 seconds
How Utahns feel about the state’s abortion trigger law
Utah’s abortion trigger law is currently on hold while a ban on abortion after 18 weeks of pregnancy is in place in the Beehive State. But, the trigger law could go back into effect any day and it’s made some Utahns wary about getting pregnant.
Reporter Becky Jacobs talked to seven people about the impact of the law on their lives. In today’s episode, we’ll hear from two of the people Becky interviewed.
02/08/2022 • 2 minutes 35 seconds
Bark beetles are killing Utah’s bristlecone pines
Environment and open lands reporter Bryan Maffly joins host Daedan Olander to discuss his reporting on a bark beetle epidemic that is killing Utah’s notoriously resilient bristlecone pines.
01/08/2022 • 9 minutes 52 seconds
When will Utah’s housing market settle down?
In this episode, reporter Tony Semerad breaks down the latest trends in the Wasatch Front’s housing market and explains why there may be hope for a return to a type of “normal” in the future.
Also, I briefly detail the progress of one bill that is aimed at saving the Great Salt Lake. Sponsored by members of Utah’s delegation, the legislation — now part of the Water Resources Development Act — received overwhelming support in the U.S. Senate on Thursday.
29/07/2022 • 8 minutes 59 seconds
Is Park City ready for a wildfire?
In this episode, reporter Jordan Miller talks me through Summit County’s emergency management plans should a wildfire spark in any of its communities during this historic drought.
Also, reporter Julie Jag discusses how Powder Mountain, famous for its northern Utah ski lodge, is trying to draw people to its slopes during the summer months.
28/07/2022 • 9 minutes 37 seconds
Drought is changing how Utah stocks fish
In this episode, reporter Jessica Miller and editor Jeff Parrott talk about how anglers and the megadrought is impacting Utah’s recreational fishing industry, specifically where and how the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources stocks fish.
And I provide an update on the confirmation process for Jill Pohlman, whom Gov. Spencer Cox appointed to the Utah Supreme Court last month. On Tuesday, the Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee voted unanimously to advance her confirmation to the full Senate.
27/07/2022 • 9 minutes 22 seconds
Has a real photo of Joseph Smith been discovered?
Reporter Peggy Fletcher Stack joins the podcast and talks about her reporting on a recently discovered daguerreotype that could well be of Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If authenticated, it would be the first photo ever uncovered of the religious leader.
And host Daedan Olander share an update on how Utah’s U.S. House delegation voted on issues relating to same-sex marriage and access to contraception last week. All four Republicans voted to codify same-sex marriage, while voting against codifying the right to contraceptives in the U.S.
26/07/2022 • 8 minutes 22 seconds
Why vandals defaced a mural to homeless youth in Salt Lake City
On today’s episode, reporter Paighten Harkins talks about her reporting on why murals meant to call attention to homeless youth in Salt Lake City were defaced, and why the vandals alleged the art was hypocritical after county and city officials cleared out homeless camps last year.
22/07/2022 • 8 minutes 25 seconds
The state of COVID-19 in Utah
Reporter Scott Pierce gives us an update on the state’s current COVID-19 situation.
And reporter Jacob Scholl has a story about all four of Utah’s congressional representatives voting in favor of codifying same-sex marriage in the United States.
21/07/2022 • 6 minutes 37 seconds
How the U. failed to see a student was in danger — again
In today’s episode, reporter Courtney Tanner discusses her story on new documents from the University of Utah that acknowledge that the school failed to protect a student in danger from a domestic violence situation.
And, host Palak Jayswal discusser her story on Utah rock band MELO, who will be doing a show tonight at the Soundwell.
20/07/2022 • 7 minutes 56 seconds
Robert Gehrke: Delegates don't represent most Utah voters
Columnist and long time politics reporter Robert Gehrke joins the podcast to discuss Utah's caucus-convention systems, and why, Gehrke says, delegation don't represent the average voter in Utah elections.
19/07/2022 • 9 minutes 54 seconds
What is the future of the Unita Basin Railway?
Public lands and environment reporter Brian Maffly joins us to talk about the future of the proposed Unita Basin Railway.
18/07/2022 • 12 minutes 21 seconds
Police make arrest in two ‘Purge’ killings in Utah
Crime reporter Paighten Harkins speaks about her reporting on a string of alleged “Purge” attacks in Spanish Fork and Ogden. Police have arrested a man that allegedly committed the killings.
And columnist Robert Gehrke explains why the Salt Lake City School Board have sidelined the district’s first Black superintendent.
15/07/2022 • 9 minutes 56 seconds
Gentrification is getting worse in Salt Lake City, a study shows
In today’s episode, reporter Tony Semerad talks us through results from a new study that examines gentrification in Salt Lake City.
And BYU beat reporter Kevin Reynolds gives us an update from his reporting in Arlington, Texas, where he’s attending “Big 12 Media Days.”
14/07/2022 • 6 minutes 19 seconds
What the James Webb Space Telescope shows us about the universe
In today’s episode, managing editor Grant Burningham talks to Anil Seth, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Utah about the new James Webb Space Telescope and what the images it has captured so far can tell us about the universe.
13/07/2022 • 11 minutes 31 seconds
Who owns the land where the gondola would go in Little Cottonwood Canyon?
Statewatch reporter Jacob Scholl talks about who owns the land where a gondola might be built at Little Cottonwood Canyon for Snowbird and Alta.
And abortion remains legal in Utah after a judge's decision Monday. Becky Jacobs has more on that story.
12/07/2022 • 9 minutes 45 seconds
How the LDS Church is navigating Egypt
Senior religion reporter Peggy Fletcher Stack discusses her latest story about modern-day religion in Egypt, with a focus on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Jazz beat reporter Andy Larsen shares a recap of the NBA Summer League in Salt Lake City and provides a brief look at what’s to come for the Jazz’s summer league team this week in Las Vegas.
11/07/2022 • 10 minutes 22 seconds
Answering questions about Utah's abortion ban
What does Utah's trigger law say about getting medication abortions by mail? Emergency contraception? Tribune reporter Becky Jacobs tries to answer questions about Utah's abortion ban.
Robert Gehrke talks about Sen. Mitt Romney's piece in The Atlantic, which avoids a big cause of America's dysfunction: Congress.
08/07/2022 • 8 minutes 2 seconds
Great Salt Lake has reached a record low — and it could get worse
On today’s episode, I spoke with water and land use reporter Leia Larsen about the Great Salt Lake’s historically low elevation and what’s being done to save the famous landmark.
I also highlight a story from reporter Courtney Tanner about a pithy email sent by state Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, in response to a concerned constituent’s question. An expert says the senator’s reply could be a sign of more systemic problems within Utah, particularly up on the Utah Capitol.
07/07/2022 • 6 minutes 24 seconds
What LDS women have said about having an abortion
On today’s episode, I have an in-depth conversation with religion reporter Tamarra Kemsley about the experiences of women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have had abortions. The decision, Kemsley said, was very much a “spiritual matter” for those who decided to have an abortion.
06/07/2022 • 9 minutes 50 seconds
What Utah’s 2022 primary election results say about the GOP
Politics reporter Bryan Schott joins “The Daily Buzz” to discuss the 2022 Utah primary elections results and what that means for Sen. Mike Lee’s reelection chances this November. Schott also discusses the disconnect between who Republican delegates nominate and candidates that GOP voters prefer.
And opinions editors George Pyle talks to politics editor Jeff Parrott about a Californian who says he’s not bringing his family or business to Utah anymore because of the state’s abortion ban.
05/07/2022 • 10 minutes 53 seconds
What Utah's Supreme Court said about the inland port
Leia Larsen discusses a recent Utah Supreme Court decision on the inland port and tells us what the project is.
Planned Parenthood wants to extend the moratorium on Utah's trigger law abortion ban. Becky Jacobs explains.
And Jen Plum moved into a slight lead over Utah Sen. Derek Kitchen in the primary vote count.
01/07/2022 • 9 minutes 4 seconds
Utah Jazz pick Will Hardy as new head coach
The Utah Jazz has selected Will Hardy to be the team’s new head coach. Jazz beat reporter Andy Larsen talks with manager editor Grant Burningham about the young coach and what it means for the future of Utah’s professional basketball team.
And investigative reporter Jessica Miller joins the podcast to explain the wild Utah County attorney primary election, where Jeff Gray defeated David Leavitt.
30/06/2022 • 8 minutes 57 seconds
Sen. Mike Lee wins GOP primary election in Utah
Thousands of Utah voters showed up at the polls on Tuesday to cast their votes in highly anticipated primary election races, including the race for the U.S. Senate seat between Sen. Mike Lee, Becky Edwards and Ally Isom.
Tribune politics editor Jeff Parrot and columnist Robert Gerke break down the latest primary results, and what to expect following the election.
And, women’s Issues reporter Becky Jacobs explains two major updates to Utah’s abortion laws.
29/06/2022 • 11 minutes 8 seconds
Why a judge blocked Utah’s abortion ban — for now
Planned Parenthood is suing Utah over its abortion trigger law, which went into effect last week. On Monday, a judge blocked the enforcement of that trigger law — for now.
The Tribune’s Women’s Issues reporter, Becky Jacobs, joins ‘The Daily Buzz’ to break down the emergency judicial hearing that took place Monday afternoon over the lawsuit.
And it’s primary Election Day! We tell you everything you need to know about Tuesday’s election. Check back to sltrib.com for the latest primary results.
28/06/2022 • 8 minutes 17 seconds
What overturning Roe v. Wade means for Utahns?
In today’s episode, we discuss the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe V. Wade. Reporter Becky Jacobs, who’s been covering women’s rights for years, joins “The Daily Buzz” to talk about her reporting and what Utahns need to know in the wake of this ruling.
27/06/2022 • 8 minutes 43 seconds
Are new homes coming to SLC’s Avenues neighborhood?
In today’s episode, reporter Tony Semerad joins us to talk about his reporting on a housing project in Salt Lake City’s Avenues neighborhood, and the project has received stiff opposition from parts of the community.
Then, renewable energy reporter Tim Fitzpatrick discusses how the state Department of Transportation is for electric vehicle charging stations along Utah’s highways.
24/06/2022 • 6 minutes 9 seconds
Why more women aren’t trail running in Utah
In today’s episode, we hear from Olympics and enterprise sports reporter Julie Jag about women and trail running in Utah.
Then, city and county reporter Blake Apgar tells us about his reporting on the Salt Lake City International Airport and where it ranks among other airports in the county.
And culture reporter Palak Jayswal discusses her story on the cultural and historical significance of Mormon Mom TikTok, and how Taylor Frankie Paul and her friends are the latest iterations of the Mormon mom influencer.
23/06/2022 • 10 minutes 14 seconds
Welcome to 'Dinosaurland' and the end of Dixie State University
In today’s episode, education reporter Courtney Tanner tells us about her recent trip to Vernal, Utah, and why residents in a rural Utah worry they’ll lose their identity as “the dinosaur people” as the area grows.
And BYU beat reporter Kevin Reynolds shares a story about athletes from Dixie State University — soon to be known as Utah Tech University — that he covered while on assignment in St. George.
22/06/2022 • 5 minutes 59 seconds
What’s going on with membership in the LDS Church?
Host Daedan Olander talks with investigative reporter Jessica Miller about a neighborhood dispute concerning a teen treatment center near Mount Olympus that has turned ugly.
Also, Utah Jazz beat reporter and data columnist Andy Larsen joins “The Daily Buzz” the podcast to discuss his latest reporting on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, changes in the church’s membership over the years and how other religions compare.
21/06/2022 • 8 minutes 58 seconds
Why Utah Gov. Spencer Cox is willing to consider new gun laws
At his monthly news conference on Thursday, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox spoke about the state’s gun laws and whether he’d be willing to consider reform. We include snippets from the news conference, while reporter Saige Miller joins the podcast to discuss the governor’s comments.
Politics reporter Bryan Schott also speaks with managing editor Grant Burningham about the latest updates from the Jan. 6 select committee hearings happening now in Congress.
17/06/2022 • 9 minutes 5 seconds
The best brunch spots in Utah
On this episode, host Daedan Olander talks Utah Eats reporter Stefene Russell about her new story that highlights five delicious and unique brunch locations in Utah.
And reporter Jordan Miller also joins the podcast to discuss her latest reporting on Utah’s wildfire season and how residents can prepare for these disasters.
16/06/2022 • 7 minutes 55 seconds
The Utah County attorney election continues to heat up
In today’s episode, I outline major events in the primary race for Utah County attorney between Republican incumbent David Leavitt and challenger Jeff Gray. We also include audio from a news conference Gray held at the Utah Capitol on Tuesday.
And managing editor Grant Burningham talks with new Tribune reporter Leto Sapunar about a story he and reporter Scott D. Pierce wrote concerning the major job cuts looming at Smithfield Foods, Beaver County’s largest employer.
15/06/2022 • 7 minutes 26 seconds
Is Salt Lake City getting a new trail system?
City reporter Blake Apgar kicks off today’s episode by talking with recreational trails manager Tyler Fonarow about behind-the-scenes work that is happening prior to the construction of new outdoor trails in Salt Lake City.
And reporter Paighten Harkins joins the podcast to discuss “reunification” trainings taking place at some Utah schools
14/06/2022 • 7 minutes 23 seconds
Can Utah teens learn sex education on their own?
On today’s episode, we hear several minutes of a documentary “The Talk,” which follows a group of teens from Price who started the Eastern Utah Teen Council to fill in the gaps when it comes to sex education
The documentary was funded by the Pulitzer Center and co-published by The Salt Lake Tribune and Scientific American. Tribune reporter Becky Jacobs wrote a story about the documentary.
And, to cap us off, I talk about a story I published this past weekend on local journalist turned author, Melissa Bond, where we discuss her new book “Blood Orange Night.”
13/06/2022 • 6 minutes 15 seconds
Sen. Mike Lee liked election conspiracy movie ‘2000 Mules’
In today’s episode, politics reporter Bryan Schott talks about Sen. Mike Lee’s recent interview on C-SPAN and the Utah senator’s remarks about the movie “2000 Mules.”
Columnist Robert Gehrke discusses the state’s medical marijuana industry and reporter Palak Jayswal talks about a Lehi chocolate shop that removed two product names after complaints of racism.
10/06/2022 • 8 minutes 32 seconds
Utah Lake: What to know about anti-SLAPP lawsuit
In today’s episode, reporter Brian Maffly talks to Grant Burningham about an “anti-SLAPP” motion — or a strategic lawsuit against public participation — with the Utah Lake dredging project.
And reporter Saige Miller discusses an advance that might help cut down the amount of water needed for crops in the state.
09/06/2022 • 7 minutes 33 seconds
Can tiny homes help solve Salt Lake City’s housing affordability crisis?
In today’s episode, reporter Tony Semerad talks about his recent story about tiny living in Utah’s capital.
And politics editor Jeff Parrott gives us a breakdown of the 2022 primary election races in the Utah Legislature.
08/06/2022 • 6 minutes 4 seconds
What Quin Snyder’s departure means for the Utah Jazz
In today’s episode, Andy Larsen talks us through Quin Snyder leaving his position as head coach for the Utah Jazz and what it means for the team.
And reporter Daedan Olander gives an update on a lawsuit about last year’s congressional redistricting.
07/06/2022 • 8 minutes 2 seconds
What you need to know about Utah's 2022 primary elections
Utah voters are gearing up for the primary election on June 28. Republicans will vote on a large number of races, including Congressional and Utah Legislature candidates, while Democrats will have fewer decisions to make in the voting booth.
Politics editors Grant Burningham and Jeff Parrott give a rundown of everything Utah voters need to know before filling out their ballot.
06/06/2022 • 7 minutes 33 seconds
Hate crime reports are up in Utah, and target the LGBTQ community
Hate crimes in Utah were the higher last year than they’ve been in the last five years. The month of June, which is LGBTQ Pride Month, saw the biggest spike in hate crime reports.
Criminal Justice reporter Paighten Harkins joins “The Daily Buzz” to break down the data and explain why some LGBTQ individuals are taking extra caution this Pride Month.
And next, a surprising story out of Utah County. Investigative reporter Jessica Miller unpacks why the Utah County District Attorney is calling for the resignation of the top sheriff.
03/06/2022 • 7 minutes 29 seconds
Meet Salt Lake City Council member Alejandro Puy, the first queer Latino man to serve District 2
Salt Lake City Council member Alejandro Puy is the first queer and Latino man to represent the capital city's majority-minority District 2. Puy joins "The Daily Buzz" host Saige Miller to talk about community in the Beehive State.
And education reporter Connor Sanders discuss his reporting about high schoolers that can now wear their cultural regalia to their graduation commencements.
02/06/2022 • 9 minutes 22 seconds
Sunday dinners at Iowa House, Salt Lake City’s ‘queer house experiment’
Utah is known for a lot of things. The best snow on earth, five national parks and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, just to name a few. However, among Utah’s most notable things is something most wouldn’t consider: a robust queer community.
That community went unknown to Amanda Madden and Jade Swayne until they started their “queer house experiment,” known as Iowa House. Both facilitators join ‘The Daily Buzz’ to discuss the creation — and intention — of Iowa House.
And, debate season is upon us, which means the primary election is creeping up on Utahns, too. Politics Editor Jeff Parrot explains why this debate season has been more complicated compared to previous years.
01/06/2022 • 9 minutes 13 seconds
Brewer and host David Jimenez of ‘The Tastemasters’ podcast talks Utah’s craft beer scene
You don’t have to return from the long weekend just yet.
In fact, sit back, relax and enjoy a refreshing conversation all about beer in Utah. David Jimenez, host of The Tastemasters podcast, joins “The Daily Buzz” to discuss the world of craft beer in Utah.
And Courtney Tanner reports on the Indigenous residents Whiterock, Utah who held their first Bear Dance in over 20 years and explains why the community decided to forgo the tradition and have no they decided to bring back the dance.
31/05/2022 • 10 minutes 50 seconds
Why a Utah teen treatment center is on the verge of closing
Jessica Miller talks about a Utah County teen treatment center that regulators say they will shut down after they found two residents did not receive adequate medical care in recent months — resulting in one girl’s death.
And a tweet circulating after the school shooting in Texas claimed Sen. Mitt Romney had taken $13,647,676 from the National Rifle Association. That was by far more than any of his colleagues and around twice the cash of the next highest senator.
The truth, Jeff Parrott found, is that the NRA spent liberally during Romney’s presidential run in 2012 to unseat President Barack Obama. Romney took no NRA funds during his senate run in 2018.
27/05/2022 • 7 minutes 25 seconds
Can raising the age you can buy a gun prevent mass murder?
In 2018 a bill would have given $100 million to protect Utah schools. The Legislature ended up giving the project $1 million.
And Utah state Sen. Derek Kitchen, D-Salt Lake City, announced on Wednesday that he opened a bill file to raise the minimum age for buying a gun in Utah from 18 to 21. Could that prevent school shootings?
26/05/2022 • 6 minutes 34 seconds
Monkeypox: What a Utah infectious disease doctor has to say about the disease
A new virus may be in town. Although, the illness isn’t related to COVID-19 this time.
The Salt Lake County Health Department announced two possible cases of monkeypox on Monday. While the county awaits the test results of two Utahns suspected of having monkeypox from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, an infectious disease expert at the University of Utah joined ‘The Daily Buzz’ to discuss if Utahns should be worried about the virus.
And there’s another shortage that’s plaguing the grocery store shelves: baby formula. Women’s Issues reporter Becky Jacobs explains what state officials are doing to ease the burden.
25/05/2022 • 8 minutes 51 seconds
Why a Utah guide faces felony charge for a big-game hunt with Donald Trump Jr.
On today’s episode of “The Daily Buzz,” Eric Peterson with The Utah Investigative Journalism Project unpacks the details of an investigation launched by the Utah Department of Natural Resources into a bear hunt led by a well-known Utah hunting guide and why Donald Trump Jr. was part of the investigation.
And The Tribune’s energy reporter, Tim Fitzpatrick, breaks down the real cost of Utah’s cheap energy.
24/05/2022 • 8 minutes 47 seconds
Is the LDS Church losing members?
Data columnist and Utah Jazz beat reporter Andy Larsen joins “The Daily Buzz” to discuss membership trends in The Church of Latter-day Saints. He finds some pretty interesting statistics relating to politics and how many people consider themselves members of Utah’s predominant religion.
And the Utah Transit Authority has reimagined its bus stops in Salt Lake City’s Avenues community, but not all residents of the affluent neighbors are happy about it.
23/05/2022 • 7 minutes 11 seconds
Why John Stockton supports a Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol rioter
In today’s episode, Utah Jazz beat reporter Eric Walden talks to Grant Burningham about Jazz legend John Stockton’s history of supporting right-wing causes. Stockton has recently written a letter to a federal judge supporting a Utah woman who was part of the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
And I discuss a concert I got to review earlier this week at Red Butte Garden and which artists are coming to Utah this summer.
20/05/2022 • 8 minutes 47 seconds
Does high inflation mean a recession is coming? How Utah is preparing
In today’s episode, Grant Burningham discusses the possibility of a recession in Utah with state Rep. Robert Spendlove. The Sandy Republican talks about inflation and how the Beehive State can prepare for a recession.
Reporter Leia Larsen gives an update on Utah’s Inland Port.
To cap us off, host Palak Jayswal talks about the importance of local journalism and the Tribune’s Memorial Day discount subscription package.
19/05/2022 • 8 minutes 54 seconds
Is Lake Powell doomed?
On today’s episode, managing editor Grant Burningham talks with Wade Graham, the vice president of the Glen Canyon Institute, about the future of the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell.
I provide an update on the ongoing baby formula shortage and what Utah experts say parents should do and avoid.
And, finally, it’s Nathan Chen Day. The Olympic gold medal winner is being honored by state legislators, Gov. Spencer Cox and the Utah Sports Commission ahead of his performance tonight at the Maverick Center with the “Stars on Ice” tour.
18/05/2022 • 7 minutes 57 seconds
May 17, 2022: The future of Salt Lake City’s Fleet Block murals
City reporter Blake Apgar joins “The Daily Buzz” to discuss his reporting on Salt Lake City’s social justice murals in the Fleet Block area of Granary District. The murals are dedicated to those who’ve been killed during police interactions and, city officials say, the murals could be destroyed as the area becomes more developed.
And Utah’s part-time lawmakers will meet Tuesday and Wednesday during their 2022 interim session. Tribune reporters will cover the session this week.
17/05/2022 • 6 minutes 23 seconds
May 16, 2022: Four women who had abortions talk about why
Abortion rights are increasingly in the spotlight as the U.S. Supreme Court looks poised to overturn the decision in Roe v. Wade this summer. In this episode, reporter Becky Jacobs joins managing editor Grant Burningham to share the experiences of four Utah women who have had abortions.
Innovation Lab reporter Kaitlyn Bancroft discusses how Utahns are doing in keeping the state’s air clean.
And education reporter Courtney Tanner’s story about a Utah mother who is suing the Iron County School District for handing her child off to a stranger.
Finally, COVID-19 cases are on the rise, and both Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and House Speaker Brad Wilson tested positive last week and were reportedly experiencing mild symptoms.
16/05/2022 • 7 minutes 37 seconds
May 13, 2022: Great Salt Lake's deadly dust storms
As the Great Salt Lake continues to shrink, more of its dry lakebed is exposed to the elements. Reporter Leia Larsen explains to managing editor Grant Burningham why dust blowing from the uncovered lakebed is a worsening problem.
Reporter Tony Semerad discusses a win by historic preservations relating to Utah State Prison, and one of Blake Apgar’s recent stories discusses an ordinance being considered by the Salt Lake City Council that would restrict protests outside of medical facilities.
13/05/2022 • 7 minutes
May 12, 2022: Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds talks about the LoveLoud Festival
The LoveLoud Festival is back this weekend after a two-year layoff, and Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds says it will be better than ever. He and culture reporter Palak Jayswal talk about what to expect from this year’s festival.
Looking for potential solutions to Cache Valley’s growing water needs.
And welcome to the Hello Kitty Cafe truck that is stopping at Fashion Place Mall this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
12/05/2022 • 3 minutes 45 seconds
May 11, 2022: Alcohol-free bars are coming to Utah
Add In this episode, reporter Jordan Miller describes how authorities responded to, and safely detonated, a working pipe bomb in a Raising Cane’s drive-thru located in South Salt Lake on Tuesday.
Also, renewable energy reporter Tim Fitzpatrick talks with managing editor Grant Burningham about Utah’s newest energy plans, and Utah eats reporter Stefene Russell shares her reporting on alcohol-free bars, a burgeoning movement that is set to land in Salt Lake City later this month. here
11/05/2022 • 7 minutes 16 seconds
May 10, 2022: The scoop on Salt Lake City’s 999 bike ride
Depending on who you ask, the 999 Ride in Salt Lake City is either a unifying experience for cyclists or a public nuisance. On this episode, city reporter Blake Apgar talks with managing editor Grant Burningham about what he’s learned while covering the weekly event.
Also, Innovation Lab reporter Kaitlyn Bancroft joins the podcast to discuss her latest story breaking down Google’s Economic Impact Report for Utah in 2021.
10/05/2022 • 7 minutes 49 seconds
May 9, 2022: Paighten Harkins talks crime in the SLC’s Ballpark neighborhood
Residents and businesses in Salt Lake City’s Ballpark neighborhood are expressing frustration with the city for their lack of attention to the area. They say crime has been a problem in the community for years.
Tribune criminal justice reporter Paighten Harkins joins the podcast to talk about the persistent amount of concerning behavior in Ballpark.
Additionally, data columnist and Utah Jazz beat reporter Andy Larsen breakdown how opinion polling regarding abortion in Utah has changed over the years.
09/05/2022 • 8 minutes 34 seconds
May 6, 2022: Where the LDS church stands on abortion
A lot of Utahns, and Utah-based institutions, have reacted to the leaked Supreme Court daft opinion that would overturn Roe. v. Wade. However, leaders of Utah’s most predominant religion, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have remained silent since the news dropped.
Tribune religion reporter and co-host of the podcast ‘Mormonland’ Peggy Fletcher Stack joins “The Daily Buzz” to explain the church’s stance on abortion and the possible reasons why they haven’t spoken out in favor or against the predicted decision.
Also on the podcast, Tribune education reporter Connor Sanders discusses the most recent criminal sentence of a Utahn involved with the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.
06/05/2022 • 7 minutes 51 seconds
May 5, 2022: The plight of America's missing Indigenous women and girls
Thursday is National Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Day (MMIWG), which highlights the plight of native women in America. Southern Utah Alastair Lee Bitsoi discusses the history of the event with Grant Burningham.
Teachers in Salt Lake City want a raise. Connor Sanders talks about a rally for teacher pay.
05/05/2022 • 7 minutes 1 second
May 4, 2022: If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, what happens in Utah?
The leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that would overturn the landmark decision protecting a person’s right to an abortion will have life-changing impacts in Utah.
If the highest court were to overturn Roe. v. Wade, it would trigger a bill passed by Utah lawmakers effectively banning abortions with a few expectations.
The Tribune’s Women’s Issues and Report for America reporter Becky Jacobs joins “The Daily Buzz” to discuss the potential reversal of Roe v. Wade and what it means for Utahns. Jacobs and host Saige Miller also unpack what Utah’s trigger law entails.
04/05/2022 • 9 minutes 5 seconds
May 3, 2022: An author predicts 100 years of history
An author, W.L. George published an article in 1922 predicting what life would look like in 2022. While some of his predictions were spot on, others totally missed the mark. Culture reporter Palak Jayswal joins “The Daily Buzz” to break down the futuristic predictions and how they aligned with one Utah man that’s lived through it all.
Also, we take a trip down Utah history lane with Tribune reporter Kaitlyn Bancroft. Her latest story focuses on a phonetic alphabet created by early Latter-day Saints in Utah.
03/05/2022 • 8 minutes 45 seconds
May 2, 2022: A deep dive into the Utah Lake dredging project
In today’s episode, managing editor Grant Burningham talks Utah Lake with reporter Brian Maffly and Brigham Young University professor Ben Abbott.
The Utah Jazz season may officially be over, but reporters from The Salt Lake Tribune and Salt City Hoops are hosting an event tonight to talk all things Jazz, but it’s for Tribune subscribers only. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe for just a few bucks at www.sltrib.com/playoff-discount.
02/05/2022 • 10 minutes 44 seconds
April 29, 2022: What’s up with Utah’s real estate market?
In today’s episode, we hear from reporter Tony Semerad and managing editor Grant Burningham about Utah’s real estate market.
Reporter Kaitlyn Bancroft gives us a look at which intersections Utahns thought were the most dangerous in the state.
And to cap us off, I share a recent story from Courtney Tanner about a BYU graduate who has gone viral.
29/04/2022 • 7 minutes 15 seconds
April 28, 2022: The Tribune’s Scott Pierce talks Hulu’s ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’
Salt Lake Tribune television critic Scott D. Pierce joins “The Daily Buzz” to talk the Hulu’s new serious “Under the Banner of Heaven,” which comes out on Thursday.
And Utah Sens. Mike Lee and Mitt Romney reacted to reports that President Joe Biden was getting closer to making a decision on student debt.
Former Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who died on Saturday, will be honored at the Utah Capitol Rotunda next week before his funeral on Friday.
28/04/2022 • 6 minutes 39 seconds
April 27, 2022: Thousands of Navajo families still need electricity
In today’s episode, Southern Utah reporter Alastair Lee Bitsóí talks about the barriers those on the Navajo Nation face when it comes to getting electricity.
Then, we’re joined by Utah Eats reporter Stefene Russell, who gives us the down-low on this month’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control meeting.
To wrap us up for the day, I share a bit about reporter Kolbie Peterson’s story about the unsolved mystery of the Staheli family and one horrifying night that remains unsolved nearly 20 years later.
27/04/2022 • 7 minutes 41 seconds
April 26, 2022: Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, the sports fan
In today’s episode, Tribune sports columnist Gordon Monson talks about Orrin Hatch and the late senator’s love of sports.
Over the weekend, Utah Republicans and Democrats met for their state conventions. Politics reporter Daedan Olander shares his coverage of the GOP convention and how Sen. Mike Lee received a standing ovation from the crowd.
To round off the episode, I discuss my recent story chronicling a new partnership between The Salt Lake Tribune, the University of Utah’s Marriott Library and Newspapers.com that will bring 133 years of Tribune newspapers online for free access.
26/04/2022 • 6 minutes 59 seconds
April 25, 2022: Can Utah save the Great Salt Lake?
The shrinking of Great Salt Lake is a constant reminder of Utah’s mounting water problems. In this episode, Tribune water and land use reporter Leia Larsen talks about the latest developments at the distinctive landmark.
And Daedan Olander reports on a new study, released by the Utah Bar Foundation, that reveals inequity in how Utah handles civil debt and eviction cases.
25/04/2022 • 9 minutes 20 seconds
April 22, 2022: How Utah can lead on climate change
Utah continues to be dangerously dry. On Thursday, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox declared a state of emergency because of the historic drought.
Also, long-time Tribune employee Tim Fitzpatrick has picked up the metaphorical pen again and joins “The Daily Buzz” to talk about his new beat on renewable energy.
Reporters Bryan Schott and Kim Bojórquez wrap up today’s episode with a preview of Saturday’s Republican and Democratic state conventions.
22/04/2022 • 7 minutes 1 second
April 21, 2022: A former UVU student describes life in Ukraine while caring for a newborn baby
Anton Piddubnyi’s wife, Valentyna, was nine months pregnant when Russia invaded Ukraine. The couple had just moved back to their home country last summer after attending Utah Valley University. In this episode, Anton talks about what his family’s life has been like since the fighting started.
Also, reporter Daedan Olander shares an update on Utah Sen. Mike Lee ignoring questions about his text messages about overturning the 2020 election, as well as a story about a potential solar array in southern Utah.
21/04/2022 • 7 minutes 34 seconds
April 20, 2022: The fate of Utah National Guard Black Hawks that crashed near Snowbird
The pair of Utah National Guard Black Hawk helicopters that crashed near Snowbird ski resort in February sustained more than $9 million in damages, an investigation reveals. Tribune reporter Jordan Miller joins “The Daily Buzz” to discuss exactly what went wrong during the training exercise.
Reporter Alixel Cabrera also shares how some areas in Salt Lake County will become more navigable for residents.
And, finally, I highlight a story by TV Critic Scott Pierce that provides a look into the life of polarizing reality TV star Julie Stoffer, who was famously kicked out of Brigham Young University after appearing on MTV’s “The Real World: New Orleans” more than 20 years ago.
20/04/2022 • 6 minutes 28 seconds
April 19, 2022: Will Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s reelection campaign be impacted by Trump texts?
Sen. Mike Lee found himself at the center of controversy late last week as numerous texts between him and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows were released by CNN. The messages revealed just how involved the senator was in trying to overturn the 2020 Presidential Election.
Additionally, Tribune data columnist Andy Larsen discusses “shrinkflation,” an aptly dubbed measure to combat rising prices — also known as inflation.
19/04/2022 • 9 minutes 42 seconds
April 18, 2022: Experts warn Utah’s transgender sports ban will hurt LGBTQ youth
The impact of Utah’s HB11, the total ban of transgender girls in Utah from participating in school sports, is already being felt. A 13-year-old transgender swimmer is giving up the pool due to the ban. And experts warn that LGBTQ youth could experience more bullying and increased struggles with their mental health as a result of the law.
Education reporter Courtney Tanner and Statewatch reporter Kim Bojórquez join the podcast to discuss their respective stories regarding the transgender sports ban.
Additionally, the state has plans to swap land with Bears Ears. Reporter Brian Maffly divulges how he uncovered the scoop.
18/04/2022 • 9 minutes 42 seconds
April 15, 2022: The Utah Jazz head to the NBA playoffs
The Utah Jazz are heading to Texas! After a rocky season, the Jazz face off against the Dallas Mavericks in the first playoff game this Saturday.
Jazz beat writer Andy Larsen and “How ‘Bout This Jazz” podcast moderator Xoel Cardenas joins “The Daily Buzz” to discuss the likelihood of the Jazz bringing home a win.
And, does Utah really have the worst drivers in America? Innovation Lab reporter Kaitlyn Bancroft set out to find the truth about Utahns on the road.
15/04/2022 • 6 minutes 43 seconds
April 14, 2022: Utah blames air pollution on Asia; EPA doesn't buy it
Utahns who live along the Wasatch Front are familiar with inversion, the smoggy air that fouls their air in the winter. But inversion isn’t the only air quality problem, according to new findings from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Reporter Brian Maffly joins The Daily Buzz to discuss high ozone levels in northern Utah and why the EPA rejected a claim from that state that the ozone pollution was from Asia.
And reporter Daedan Olander reports on the merger between Intermountain Health and SLC Health, and what the health care provider’s expansion will mean for Utahns.
14/04/2022 • 7 minutes 6 seconds
April 13, 2022: Why a whale appeared in the middle of a Salt Lake City roundabout
Culture Editor Sean Means and Culture Reporter Palak Jayswal join the podcast to break down how the giant whale happened to land in Salt Lake City's Ninth and Ninth neighborhood and the controversy surrounding its debut.
And two Utah Republicans are displeased with Yale Law School. Utah Senator Mike Lee and Attorney General Sean Reyes are calling on the University to punish students who temporarily disrupted an event featuring conservative lawyer Kristen Waggoner.
13/04/2022 • 8 minutes 30 seconds
April 12, 2022: How Paris Hilton helped change oversight of Utah’s teen treatment industry
The final episode of the podcast “Sent Away” is officially live. In the last episode of the series, celebrity Paris Hilton testifies in front of the Utah Legislature about her experience at Provo Canyon School, a teen treatment center in Utah. Her testimony, and the actions of activists and lawmakers, led to the first reform in more than a decade to the state’s oversight of the teen treatment industry. But a year later, the bill’s sponsor now questions whether the reforms went far enough.
Water and land reporter Leia Larsen joins the podcast to discuss her recent story about a man venturing out into Great Salt Lake with his kayak. The purpose of his kayaking adventure is to document the decline of the state landmark.
12/04/2022 • 7 minutes 28 seconds
April 11, 2022: Antelope Island State Park visitor center to get $13 million renovation
Twenty-six years after renovations began on the Antelope Island State Park visitor center, the second phase of the $13 million project is set to begin construction later this summer, Statewatch reporter Kim Bojórquez discusses on Monday’s podcast.
And news columnist Robert Gehrke and politics editor Jeff Parrott talk about film incentives passed by the Utah Legislature this year.
11/04/2022 • 6 minutes 34 seconds
April 8, 2022: Ski Utah’s effort to get more people of color on the slopes
On Friday’s episode of The Daily Buzz, Statewatch reporter Kim Bojórquez talks with sports enterprise reporter Julie Jag about the racial diversity of Utah skiers and why Olympian Shaun White visited the Beehive State last month.
Also, Utah Republican Sens. Mitt Romney and Mike Lee spilt their vote on Ketanji Brown Jackson, with Romney and two other Republican senators voting to send the judge to the Supreme Court. Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.
In a report released this week, Utah Transit Authority sums up how “Free Fare February” boosted ridership and improved air quality along the Wasatch Front.
08/04/2022 • 9 minutes 24 seconds
April 7, 2022: West High students walk out of class to protest Utah’s ban on transgender athletes
On this morning’s podcast hosted by Kim Bojórquez, education reporter Connor Sanders discusses his reporting on how West High School students organized a walkout in response to the Utah Legislature’s passing a law to ban transgender girls from competing in school sports teams that align with their gender identity.
Managing editor Grant Burningham chats with Innovation Lab editor Luke Peterson about the changing culture of agriculture in Utah.
And The Salt Lake Tribune’s Saige Miller will cover a protest on Thursday held by Delta Airlines pilots in Salt Lake City International Airport over the company’s scheduling practices. Pilots say the schedules have led to long, fatigue-inducing flights.
07/04/2022 • 7 minutes
April 6, 2022: The LDS Church owns $16 billion in real estate. Here’s where.
On Wednesday’s podcast, Statewatch reporter Kim Bojórquez discusses The Salt Lake Tribune’s Courtney Tanner’s story on what investigators, hired by Davis School District, found about how 10-year-old Izzy Tichenor was treated in the months leading to her death last November.
Managing Editor Grant Burningham interviews Tribune reporter Tony Semerad on how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints managed to accumulate 1.7 million acres of land, valuing a total of $16 billion, according to the Truth & Transparency Foundation — formerly known as MormonLeaks.
And Brian Maffly also wrote about the Salt Lake County Council vote to ban mining and mineral extraction in the Wasatch Foothills.
06/04/2022 • 8 minutes 41 seconds
April 5, 2022: COVID deer, wolverines and other wild animal news with Utah DWR’s Faith Jolley
On Tuesday’s podcast, Statewatch reporter Kim Bojórquez talks about how Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee voted against confirming Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court this week. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Jackson would become the first Black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.
Managing Editor Grant Burningham chats with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources’ Faith Jolley about a Covid-infected mule deer, clandestine elk and a rare wolverine sighting.
Also, Zak Podmore discusses his reporting on what a waterfall forming in the Colorado River means for water rafters and fish species.
05/04/2022 • 7 minutes 58 seconds
April 4, 2022: Don’t think cheer is a real sport? This Utah college will prove you wrong.
In today’s episode, culture reporter Palak Jayswal talks about her recent story on collegiate level cheerleading, and how the Netflix docu-series “Cheer” inspired her to look into Utah colleges that compete at Daytona Beach, Florida, every year. She got to sit in with Weber State’s Spirit team.
Education reporter Connor Sanders shares a new story about a 4th grader with spina bifida – a condition that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don’t form properly at birth. The boy, who is asking for funds to revamp a school playground so that he can play safely, highlights the broader issue of disability accessibility in schools.
To cap off, Zak Podmore shares a story about how a waterfall could soon form on the Colorado River as Lake Powell continues to disappear.
04/04/2022 • 5 minutes 39 seconds
April 1, 2022: How Utah cities could fix bad drive-thru traffic
On today’s episode of The Daily Buzz, culture reporter Palak Jayswal hosts and talks about bad drive-thru traffic, U.S. Census data and COVID-19 information.
Utah eats reporter Stefene Russell, who has been looking into bad drive-thru traffic across the state, discusses what can be done from a city planning perspective.
Utah Jazz beat reporter and columnist Andy Larsen shares some interesting insights from U.S. Census data about Utah’s population growth.
Finally, Palak talks about where Utahns can find COVID-19 data and tests as the state rolls back the frequency and availability of both.
01/04/2022 • 8 minutes 38 seconds
March 31, 2022: Utah Rep. Blake Moore explains the 'big picture' on global energy policy
Politics editor Jeff Parrott spoke with Utah Rep. Blake Moore five weeks ago when Russia invaded Ukraine. Now on this episode of The Daily Buzz, he touches base with the congressman again about how the ongoing conflict will impact domestic energy policy — and how that can change.
Utah was the fastest-growing state in the nation from 2010 to 2020, but new data shows a surprising statistic. From mid-2020 to 2021, 40% of the state’s growth came from Utah county, Daeden Olander reports. The county increased by 21,843 residents, while Salt Lake County only saw 185 during that same time period.
And finally, today is the last day for Utahns to update their political party affiliation before the upcoming primary elections.
31/03/2022 • 10 minutes 9 seconds
March 30, 2022: How these high school students want to solve Utah’s water problem
On today’s episode of ‘The Daily Buzz’ innovation lab reporter Saige Miller talked to managing editor Grant Burningham about the continued disappearance of water in the state and how high school debate students are looking for solutions.
Bethany Rodgers reports on Judge Diana Hagen, Gov. Spencer’s Cox nominee to fill the vacancy on the Utah Supreme Court, while city and county reporter Blake Apagar discusses electric buses in Park City.
The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against South Salt Lake’s Chinatown Supermarket.
30/03/2022 • 8 minutes 55 seconds
March 29, 2022: What it’s like to be a transgender athlete in Utah
Palak Jayswal hosts "The Daily Buzz" this week.
As the ski season begins to come to an end, water mangers in Utah are worried about the amount of snow currently blanketing Utah's peaks — worried because the snowpack is down again this year.
Sports reporter Julie Jag discusses her interview with a Utah coach of two transgender girls, and what life in Utah sports has been like for the athletes.
And Jessica Miller explainers her recent reporting on Utah's teen treatment centers and the latest episode of the "Sent Away" podcast.
29/03/2022 • 8 minutes 25 seconds
March 28, 2022: Will dredging Utah Lake start a fight over water rights?
A recent proposal to dredge Utah Lake could potentially lead to problems with water usage rights along the Wasatch Front. Open Lands reporter Brian Maffly discusses how dredging may affect the water levels at Utah Lake, which in turn would cause problems for water users.
And on Friday, the Utah Legislature overturned Gov. Spencer Cox's veto on House Bill 11.
28/03/2022 • 7 minutes 13 seconds
March 25, 2022: The Legislature meets to overturn veto on HB11, a ban on trans girls from sports
Utah gets a new holiday — Juneteeth, which celebrates the end of slavery.
The Legislature convenes in a special session to override Gov. Spencer Cox's veto of a bill, HB11, which bans transgender girls from school sports. Robert Gehrke talks about how the fear of getting a primary opponent factored into the thinking of Republicans at the Capitol.
Utah gets ready to celebrate the Hindu holiday Holi, also know as the Festival of Colors.
25/03/2022 • 8 minutes 8 seconds
March 24, 2022: The Outdoor Retailer Show returns to Utah
The Outdoor Retailer Show left Utah over the state's stance against Bears Ears and Grand Escalante national monuments. Salt Lake City is happy but the actual retailers may not be.
Salt Lake Tribune reporter Alastair Lee Bitsoi talks about reporting on the Indigenous schools in Utah while being a member of the communities that were impacted by the forced assimilation.
And is the NBA All-Star game at risk because of HB11, the bill that would ban transgender girls from playing girls' sports.
24/03/2022 • 8 minutes 5 seconds
March 23, 2022: Legislature moves to block veto of trans sports bill
Gov. Spencer Cox vetoed a bill that would prohibit transgender women from competing in sports in Utah on Tuesday. But the Legislature thinks they have the votes to override a veto and moved to do just that this Friday.
Courtney Tanner talks about Utah's history of Indigenous schools, which operated for over a hundred years and were rife with abuse.
Ski season shuts down but there are new hiking trails on the way for the Salt Lake Valley.
23/03/2022 • 8 minutes 33 seconds
March 22, 2022: Colorado River Basin dries out and there's less water in Powell than thought
Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen retires after 30 years of serving voters. Brad Udall, the senior water and climate research scientist at Colorado State University's Colorado Water Institute, says the large reservoirs on the river may be headed toward collapse. A study finds that Lake Powell is less full than previously thought.
22/03/2022 • 7 minutes 55 seconds
March 21, 2022: The Heavy Metal Shop lives on after a loss
Gov. Spencer Cox has until Friday to sign or veto bills. So far, he's only signaled he will veto one.
The Utah Democratic Party's caucus night is Tuesday, and unlike years passed, this time it will be interesting as the party decides if it will back Evan McMullin's independent senate run against Mike Lee or back one of their own instead.
The Heavy Metal Shop in Salt Lake City has been a counterculture institution for 35 years, but one of its owners died earlier this month. Hear how the community came together for the shop after her death.
21/03/2022 • 7 minutes 38 seconds
March 18, 2022: Utah's congressional maps draw a lawsuit
Political groups and voters filed a lawsuit against Utah's redistricting maps, alleging they amount to an illegal gerrymander.
Gov. Spencer Cox talks about gas prices and Ukraine.
And Salt Lake Tribune sports reporters talk about the men and women's NCAA tournament, and why the best men's basketball in the state might be going on at Salt Lake Community College this year.
18/03/2022 • 8 minutes 2 seconds
March 17, 2022: Will Utah AG Sean Reyes run for the U.S. Senate against Mitt Romney?
Utahans adjusted their clocks to spring forward as the U.S. Senate voted to make daylight saving permanent. But is that what the states want?
Then, West-side reporter Alixel Cabrera discusses her reporting on green energy and solar panels in Salt Like City, specifically on the capital city's west side.
And is Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes running for the U.S. Senate? Politico reported that Reyes has been encouraged by former President Donald Trump to run against Sen. Mitt Romney in 2024.
17/03/2022 • 8 minutes 11 seconds
March 16, 2022: The war in Ukraine feels personal for some in Utah's Silicon Slopes
Reporter Daedan Olander discusses his reporting on the Utah-based tech companies who have employees in Ukraine. Some of the Silicon Slopes companies said the war feels personal as they watch their employees abroad suffer from the horror of the Russia's invasion.
And culture reporter Palak Jayswal gives a preview of her reporting about the Heavy Metal Shop in Salt Lake City.
16/03/2022 • 7 minutes 49 seconds
March 15, 2022: Who Alexander Vindman says is to blame for the war in Ukraine
Alexander Vindman, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and former national security staffer, has alleged that Utah's Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Chris Stewart have "blood on their hands" because of the the war in Ukraine. In an exclusive interview with The Salt Lake Tribune's Bryan Schott,
Tribune investigative reporter Jessica Miller talks about her reporting on teen-treatment industry and a new podcast called "Sent Away."
And Paighten Harkins discusses her reporting on the "worst-case repercussions" for Utahns experiencing homelessness.
15/03/2022 • 7 minutes 53 seconds
March 14, 2022: Behind the gates of "Chinatown" in South Salt Lake
Utah County, the seat of The Church of Latter-day Saints of Jesus Christ-owned Brigham Young University, has a reputation for being pretty conservative — even for red state Utah. But things are changing some, especially in the "tree streets" community.
If you've driven down State Street in South Salt Lake, you've surely seen the towering blue and red gate of "Chinatown." Culture reporter Palak Jayswal and Utah Eats reporter Stefene Russell recently spent some time in the Chinatown and spoke with some of the 22 tenants who own businesses behind the large gate.
Also, with Gov. Spencer Cox's approval, Utahns could be formally celebrating Juneteenth.
14/03/2022 • 7 minutes 31 seconds
March 11, 2022: The story of the "Powder Poachers" of Utah's Eagle Point ski resort
Sports editor Aaron Falk talks with reporter Julie Jag about the "Powder Poachers" of Eagle Point ski resort who allegedly skinned up the mountain to ski fresh powder on the private property. A Utah ski story for the ages.
Utah passed a grim and heartbreaking milestone this week, with health officials confirming that more than 4,500 people have in the Beehive State during the COVID-19 pandemic.
And don't forget to spring your clocks for this weekend!
11/03/2022 • 9 minutes 46 seconds
March 10, 2022: Why it's so hard to find an apartment in Salt Lake City
If you've tried to find an apartment in the greater-Salt Lake City area, you know it isn't easy. And if you've been lucky enough to find a place to rent, you're paying more than years past. Check out real estate reporter Tony Semerad's reporting on the Utah rental market.
Columnist Robert Gehrke talks with state Sen. Dan McCay about the Legislature's last minute scramble to pass a bill targeting transgender students in Utah.
And Open Lands reporter Brian Maffly discusses his reporting on an unwelcome beast living in Utah Lake.
10/03/2022 • 8 minutes 46 seconds
March 9, 2022: Inside GOP lawmakers' scheme to stop transgender students from playing sports
In the final moments of the 2022 Utah Legislative general session, Republican lawmakers introduced a last-minute bill to ban transgender students from participating in athletics.
Politics columnist Robert Gehrke has the inside scoop on how lawmakers got the bill to the floor and why Gov. Spencer Cox says he'll veto the bill.
And Kim Bojórquez reports on the increased threats and harassment public officials and public employees are receiving in the the current political climate.
09/03/2022 • 8 minutes 17 seconds
March 8, 2022: It's caucus day for Utah Republicans. Here's what that means for the GOP.
It's Republican and Utah United Parties caucus day. Politicians, and political hopefuls, are vying for their chance to be on Utahns ballots later this year. Politics journalists Bryan Schott talks with managing editor Grant Burningham about this year's GOP caucus day.
The Tribune's Jessica Miller has spent the last few years reporting on Utah's teen treatment industry. Jessica introduces her new podcast called "Sent Away.
And reporter Courtney Tanner reports on how the Utah Legislature left Beehive State teachers bruised this year.
08/03/2022 • 8 minutes 2 seconds
March 7, 2022: Lawmakers' plans for Utah Lake, Bears Ears and the Inland Port Authority
The Utah Legislature have finished their 2022 general session and now all eyes turn to Gov. Spencer Cox to see what bills he's sign or veto. If history is an indicator, nearly all of the legislation will become law by months end.
Open lands reporter Brian Maffly talks with managing editor Grant Burningham about lawmakers plans for Utah Lake and Bears Ears National Monument.
And Leia Larsen discusses her reporting on the Legislature's changes to the Utah Inland Port authority board.
07/03/2022 • 10 minutes 30 seconds
March 4, 2022: Can Utah lawmakers make online dating safer?
It's the last day of the Utah Legislature's 2022 general session, but it's going to be a long one. After a long week of debate and making laws, the Legislature will hold marathon session on Friday.
Politics reporter Bethany Rodgers talks with BYU associated dean and professor Julie Valentine about a bill that hopes to curb online dating related sexual assaults.
Next, Utah Eats reporter Stefene Russell discusses her recent reporting on a local Salt Lake City artist whose work has been selected to adorn Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans.
And while it's been warm the last few days along the Wasatch Front, meteorologist don't think the mild temperatures will stick around for much longer.
04/03/2022 • 7 minutes 48 seconds
March 3, 2022: Robert Gehrke explains the final mad dash of the Utah Legislature
The Utah Legislature is down to the final two days of the forty-five day annual general session. Politics journalists and columnist Robert Gehrke explains the why it's always a rush to the finish at the Utah Capitol.
And Zak Podmore reports on a regional AAA employee's fight for a new contract.
The Utah National Guard has started to remove the the two Black Hawk helicopters that crashed last week from a mountain near Snowbird. But how? The answer: another helicopter.
03/03/2022 • 6 minutes 59 seconds
March 2, 2022: Senate Democrat and restaurateur Derek Kitchen discusses life at the Utah Capitol
The Utah Legislature is down to three days in their annual general session.
Salt Lake City Democratic Sen. Derek Kitchen talks with managing editor Grant Burningham about how the session has gone this year and what it's like to be part of the minority party in the Capitol.
And photo manager Chris Samuels reports on how Ukrainian members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are making it through the Russian attack on their county.
02/03/2022 • 8 minutes 49 seconds
March 1, 2022: The Utah House moves to lock down the press in the Capitol
The Utah House Rules Committee unanimously voted to restrict media aaccess to lawmakers on the House floor on Monday. The resolution, similar to one already passed in the Utah Senate, will now go to a full vote in the House.
Salt Lake Tribune Opinion Editor George Pyle explains why Utahns, other than journalists, should care about the rule change.
And journalists Alixel Cabrera discusses her reporting on the Utah Department of Transportation's plan to build a new intersection on the west side of town.
Finally, are lawmakers down for online alcohol orders?
01/03/2022 • 6 minutes 39 seconds
Feb. 28, 2022: Is Utah ready for Bitcoin?
After 40 days of law making, it is the final week of the 2022 Utah Legislature's general session.
One lawmaker has proposed a bill that would allow Utahns to pay their taxes, and other government fees, with cryptocurrency like Bitcoin.
And culture reporter Palak Jayswal discusses her reporting on librarians being on the front line of book bans.
28/02/2022 • 8 minutes
Feb. 25, 2022: Rep. Blake Moore on punishing Putin after the Russian invasion of Ukraine
The Utah House began their morning on Thursday with a moment of silence for Ukraine, just hours after the sovereign country was invaded by Russian military forces.
Utah Congressman Blake Moore explains to The Tribune's Jeff Parrott the geopolitical issues at stake after the invasion and how the United States can respond to the attack.
And reporter Jessica Miller talks with Utah County Attorney David Leavitt about his reaction to the invasion. Leavitt taught law in Ukraine for over a decade.
25/02/2022 • 9 minutes 48 seconds
Feb. 24, 2022: Why The Sun Trapp, Utah's longest standing LGBTQ bar, is still closed
Culture reporter Palak Jayswal has been reporting on the closure of the Sun Trapp bar in Salt Lake City, Utah's longest standing LGBTQ bar, and how an ongoing lawsuit has affected the employees and community called the bar home.
And Becky Jacobs discusses the first Black-owned theatre in Utah and how the sisters who own Good Company Theatre have opened their doors to everyone.
Struggling to get liquor license in Utah? The state's liquor commission tells to-be bar owners to talk to the Legislature.
24/02/2022 • 7 minutes 7 seconds
Feb. 23, 2022: Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopters crash near Utah ski resort
A pair of Utah Army National Guard helicopters crashed near between Little Cottonwood Canyon and American Fork Canyon on Tuesday morning. No Black Hawk crew members on the training exercise were inured during the wreck, according to the Utah National Guard.
The Utah-born pilot and Berlin airlift veteran Col. Gail Halverson — nicknamed the "Berlin Candy Bomber — was eulogized and buried in Provo on Tuesday after dying earlier this month at the age of 101.
And journalists Zak Podmore discusses snow, hydropower and the the principles of supply and demand with Utah State University professor Jack Schmidt.
23/02/2022 • 7 minutes 34 seconds
Feb. 22, 2022: A plan to save the West from megadrought
Utah is experiencing a "megadrought." To help conserve water, some Utah lawmakers have proposed legislation that would help install secondary water metering in the state. But what is secondary water metering and can it really help Utahns through the drought? Journalist Leia Larsen explains.
Reporter Bryan Maffly discusses what could be the next state park in Beehive State.
And Gov. Spencer Cox announced Friday that the state would no longer be reporting daily COVID-19 cases.
22/02/2022 • 8 minutes 57 seconds
Feb. 18, 2022: Inside China's Olympics, from tech to Nathan Chen
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said at his monthly news conference Thursday that he would veto a school vouchers bill currently working its way through the Legislature.
Sports editor Aaron Falk caught with Team Tribune, who is still in China, on what it has been like to cover the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics this year.
And the Utah Division of Wildlife Services has tested around 300 mule deer for COVID-19 — and yes, they also got a nasal swab.
Journalists Tamarra Kemsley reports on recent comments from a BYU professor and high-ranking leader from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about Black members of the church bring refused the priesthood for more than 125 years. The speech seemed to dismiss concerns that the policy was based on racism.
A Utah House committee has narrowly passed a school vouchers bill that will now go to the full House floor for discussion.
And a proposed ballot initiative to upend Utah's mail-in voting system has come to an end after coming up short support.
17/02/2022 • 8 minutes 53 seconds
Feb. 16, 2022: What we know about who gave money to the Canadian truckers
The Tribune's Bryan Schott reports that people with credit cards with Utah zip codes donated more than $41,000 to an anti-vax trucker convoy that blocked traffic in Canada.
The COVID-19 pandemic and social pressure are changing mink farming in Utah.
And Jessica Miller reports on why Utah will still be a death penalty state, for at least another year.
16/02/2022 • 6 minutes 15 seconds
Feb. 15, 2022: Who are the COVID-19 'long haulers' and what are their symptoms?
Tribune reporter Erin Alberty discusses the prominence of people confronting COVID-19 symptoms lasting more than three months from their initial infection — also known as COVID “long haulers.” It’s why the University of Utah opened a COVID-19 Long-Hauler Clinic last year.
Statewatch reporter Alastair Lee Bitsoi talks about how Zion National Park received a record-breaking 5 million visitors last year, according to unofficial numbers. But is that a good thing?
And, on Valentine’s Day, immigrants skipped work and school to join the national “A Day Without Immigrants” protest, while urging the U.S. Congress and the Biden administration for a pathway to citizenship.
15/02/2022 • 6 minutes 36 seconds
Feb. 14, 2022: Should politicians be allowed to block voters on social media?
Social media has become a way for politicians to reach their constituents en mass — especially during the pandemic. But should lawmakers be able to block potential voters or citizens on social media?
Politics reporter Bethany Rodgers dug into the legalities of public officials’ blocking habits and found that the rules aren’t always very clear. Official, campaign and personal accounts have different rules and the line between free speech and harassment can also be pretty blurry.
And Robert Gehrke speaks with a mother who is advocating for a “Death with Dignity” bill in the Legislature.
14/02/2022 • 8 minutes 45 seconds
Feb. 11, 2022: Utah Legislature sends income tax cut bill to Gov. Spencer Cox for signature
After promising 2022 would be the year of the tax cut, again, Utah lawmakers passed a 0.01% income tax cut bill in both the Utah Senate and the Utah House. The bill now goes to Gov. Spencer Cox for his signature. While Cox has his own vision for tax release, a “grocery tax credit,” the Legislature didn’t have the appetite for the governor’s proposal.
Republican Ally Isom doubled down on her campaign for the U.S. Senate on Thursday.
And reporter Zak Podmore reports on a proposal to build a bridge over Lake Powell.
11/02/2022 • 5 minutes 31 seconds
Feb. 10, 2022: Utah Senate goes after press access on Capitol Hill
Tribune reporter Jordan Miller had never heard of inversion before she moved to Utah. So this past week, she dug into the reason the Wasatch Front experience inversion all winter and if there is anything Utahns can do to make the air quality better.
The Utah Senate is targeting press access with a bill this session that will limit where and how journalists could cover the Legislature. Senate Resolution 1 would stop journalists from accessing the Senate floor and limit where journalists can report from in committee hearings. The resolution passed a Senate committee 7-1 on Wednesday.
10/02/2022 • 6 minutes 17 seconds
Feb. 9, 2022: Plan to export Utah-mined coal runs aground in Oakland
A plan by Utah officials to export Utah-mined coal to Japan has run aground after the city of Oakland and port developers, after years of legal battles, have reached a settlement framework. The agreement would stop coal from being shipped out of the California port.
And although medical marijuana is legal in Utah, advocates for the state’s medical cannabis program have found that legal doesn’t always mean free of consequence.
09/02/2022 • 6 minutes 32 seconds
Feb. 8, 2022: Utah GOP Sen. Todd Weiler gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Legislature
A Utah lawmaker from Salt Lake City has proposed a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to patients with a terminal illness if the patient puts the request in writing. Similar efforts have been presented in recent years, but the bill’s sponsor hopes the climate has changed on the issue in Utah.
The Tribune’s Becky Jacobs reports on a new study that shows how dangerous COVID-19 infections are for pregnant women.
And Utah health officials report COVID-19 hospitalizations were down after this past weekend.
08/02/2022 • 7 minutes 22 seconds
Feb. 7, 2022: Does Utah need more election security?
For Utahns who’ve ever worried about who they were going to meet up with from a dating app, access to Utah’s online court records now only cost the public $5 to search.
On Friday, the Republican National Committee decided to censure Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Colorado for participating in the House Jan. 6 select committee investigating the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. Reporter Bryan Schott attended the RNC’s winter meeting in Salt Lake City and talks about the censure with Grant Burningham.
And Bethany Rodgers reports on a proposed bill that aims to increase election security in Utah.
07/02/2022 • 7 minutes 22 seconds
Feb. 4, 2022: Here’s the facts on common myths about mail-in voting
Tribune reporters shared the latest news from the Legislature’s general session, like a proposal to make public transportation free to passengers, and fact-check some common myths about mail-in voting.
And Saige Miller and Alastair Lee Bitsóí have been reporting on Westwater, a small, eastern Utah community that has been promised electricity and water for 40 years. Will 2022 be the year these utilities come to Westwater?
04/02/2022 • 8 minutes 11 seconds
Feb. 3, 2022: How Utah lawmakers are trying to limit access on Capitol hill
Tribune reporters shared the latest news from the Legislature’s general session, including a reintroduction of school vouchers and how lawmakers are trying to limit press access on Capitol hill.
And Bryan Maffly discusses his most recent reporting on the Utah Lake Restoration Project.
03/02/2022 • 7 minutes 26 seconds
Feb. 2, 2022: Why it's slow going to your gate at Salt Lake Airport
Bryan Schott reports that all the momentum in the Utah Legislature is aimed towards an income-tax cut next year, with the potential of additional social security tax relief and an earned income tax credit.
And reporters Andy Larsen and Kim Bojórquez report on the slow-moving walkways at the Salt Lake City International Airport and a proposed bill that could change the way the state offers driver license testing for Utahns who do not speak English.
02/02/2022 • 7 minutes 8 seconds
Feb. 1, 2022: How 112-million-year old dinosaur tracks were destroyed near Moab
Utah lawmakers have started the third week of their annual general session of lawmaking. At the Capitol on Monday, Rep. Steve Eliason asked lawmakers to set aside $2.5 million to create centers in Utah’s middle and high schools where teens experiencing homelessness could find support.
Also, locals are worried that dinosaur tracks outside of Moab were destroyed during a recent construction project. The 112 million-year-old tracks were at the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite.
While in Salt Lake City, a runner who’s cruised every street in the capital city is making his own tracks.
01/02/2022 • 7 minutes 35 seconds
Jan. 31, 2022: How Utah lawmakers could save the Great Salt Lake
Monday, Jan. 31, kicks off the third week of the 2022 Utah Legislature’s general session. So far, lawmakers have dedicated their efforts to curbing county and local COVID-19 response powers and proposed tax cuts.
Another priority this year, and for perhaps many years to come, is water.
Journalists from The Salt Lake Tribune spoke with a top lawmaker and a water policy expert to learn what the Legislature can do to ensure there is enough water to go around — including saving the Great Salt Lake.
31/01/2022 • 8 minutes 40 seconds
Jan. 28, 2022: Utah County Attorney David Leavitt is stuck in Amsterdam with COVID-19
While daily COVID-19 cases continue to fall in Utah, hospitalizations have again hit a record high, with more than 830 patients in health care facilities in Utah. Also, Utah County Attorney David Leavitt is stuck in Amsterdam after testing positive for the coronavirus while on his way back to the Beehive State. The county’s top prosecutor traveled to Ukraine earlier this week to collect some personal items from his apartment in Kyiv.
And finally, two Utah Senate Democrats have been removed from their committee assignments.
28/01/2022 • 9 minutes 14 seconds
Jan. 27, 2022: Would you ditch work to be a substitute teacher?
Schools districts in Utah are looking for substitute teachers to fill educator gaps in classrooms as the pandemic continues to put pressure on school systems. And although coronavirus cases are down in Utah after state officials asked people to refrain from testing, Beehive State hospitals are now treating a record number of COVID-19 patients. And Bryan Schott reports that the state has set aside an estimated $260,000 to increase the security at Gov. Spencer Cox’s property in Fairview.
27/01/2022 • 7 minutes 2 seconds
Jan. 26, 2022: Silicon Slopes tech companies are worried about Utah’s air quality
Rep. Burgess Owens spoke with Utah lawmakers on Tuesday during a visit to the Legislature's general session, but the freshman congressman only visited with Republicans in the House and Senate. Also, why the Utah Tech Leads PAC wants to wade into politics. And finally, Utah Eats reporter Stefene Russell talks about outdoor dining the COVID-19 surge.
26/01/2022 • 6 minutes 38 seconds
Jan. 25, 2022: Test to Stay told to leave by Utah Legislature
At the start of the second week of the Utah Legislature's general session, lawmakers have passed a bill to overturn "Test to Stay" in public schools. Also, The Tribune's Andy Larsen explains why Utah Jazz legend John Stockton won't be attending any home games at his alma mater this basketball season.
25/01/2022 • 6 minutes 54 seconds
Jan. 24, 2022: Cops and Sundance
Utah lawmakers overturned county mask mandates during the first week of the 2022 general session. And Tribune reporters discuss a record-breaking year for police shootings and why you should be checking out the Sundance Film Festival online this year.
24/01/2022 • 5 minutes 54 seconds
Jan. 21, 2022: Magic mushrooms and BYU being investigated by the feds
On today's The Daily Buzz, Tribune journalist talk to lawmakers about COVID-19 in the Capitol building and a proposal to study psychedelics as a way to treat mental illnesses in Utah. Also, Brigham Young University is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Eduction to determine whether or not the private university violated the civil rights of LGBTQ students.
21/01/2022 • 5 minutes 48 seconds
Jan. 20, 2022: Utah lawmakers work to pause Test to Stay in public schools
A short update on the second day of the Utah Legislature's general session and the results of the an investigation into Moab police officers' handling of the Gabby Petito traffic stop last summer.
20/01/2022 • 6 minutes 45 seconds
Jan. 19, 2022: Utah Legislature tackles mask mandates on the first day of 2022 general session
Lawmakers in Utah immediately proposed ways to upend local masking mandates, while Tribune politics reporter Bryan Schott interviews Utah Senate President Stuart Adams on what to expect during the 2022 general session.
19/01/2022 • 8 minutes 44 seconds
Jan. 18, 2022: Preview of the Utah Legislature's general session
The first episode of The Daily Buzz podcast from The Salt Lake Tribune. Journalists from the Tribune discuss what to expect from the start of Legislature's 2022 general session and how to tune in to a virtual Sundance Film Festival.
18/01/2022 • 7 minutes
Welcome to The Daily Buzz from The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune journalists Bethany Rodgers and Robert Gehrke introduce a new weekday podcast, The Daily Buzz.