How an ‘angsty’ farm boy grew up to become Utah’s next governor

Gov.-elect Spencer Cox stands by an old milking shed on his family’s farmland as he talks about growing up on the land near his home in Fairview, Sanpete County, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News FAIRVIEW, Sanpete County — Twenty-year-old Abby Palmer planned to break...

The new year looks great for Utah … and dismal for Washington  

Utah Gov.-elect Spencer Cox announces details of his transition plan during a press conference in the Gold Room at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News Both our state and national governments will welcome new executive leaders in January. Our...

How to govern: Can Cox pull Utah through the pandemic?

Steve Griffin, Deseret News From death and disease to political rancor, Cox will be ‘put to the test right away’ SALT LAKE CITY — On day one of his term beginning Jan. 4, Gov.-elect Spencer Cox will be stepping into the vortex that is the COVID-19 pandemic as the...

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National dustup surrounds Utah helium extraction project near wilderness

The area in Utah’s Emery County where Colorado-based Twin Bridges wants to site a well pad to pursue directional drilling for exploration for helium. The project has come under fire by environmental critics who filed a lawsuit to prevent it from going forward because they say the drilling would...

‘Exercise in futility’: Republicans lambaste Hawley’s push to challenge election

Multiple Senate Republicans unloaded on an effort led by Sen. Josh Hawley to challenge Joe Biden’s election victory as the party hurtles toward its most consequential confrontation with Donald Trump of his entire presidency. Hawley (R-Mo.) denied that he was trying to overturn the election by challenging the certification...

Utah starting to speed up vaccinations after slow start

Shixian Wang, a pharmacist with Red Rock Pharmacy, fills a syringe with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at The Ridge Foothill senior living facility in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Less than a quarter of the 127,375 doses...