Tag: Deseret

Great Salt Lake is shrinking, but habitat work means more birds

A northern harrier flies over the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve next to a school in western Davis County on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. Development in Davis County has tripled between 1997 and 2022. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News The 22-year drought in Utah has been the harbinger of bad...

What does Mia Love’s new book say about being qualified?

Mia Love answers questions during an interview at Kneaders in Saratoga Springs on July 5, 2019. Love, a former Utah congresswoman, has released her memoir. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News When I first met Mia Love, she was a city councilwoman, soon to be elected the mayor of Saratoga Springs....

George Santos steps down from committee assignments

Then Rep.-elect George Santos, R-N.Y., stands during the 10 round of voting for speaker in the House chamber in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. Santos told his GOP colleagues that he will be temporarily stepping down from his two committee assignments amid controversy surrounding his background and calls for...

Vaccine passports: Utah House votes to approve bill to ban

A Salt Lake County Health Department employee prepares a COVID-19 booster shots at the Sanderson Community Center in Taylorsville on Nov. 9, 2022. Lawmakers on Monday passed a bill to ban vaccine passports in public spaces or businesses. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News The COVID-19 pandemic may be in the...

Is Utah overusing its Amber Alert system? This lawmaker thinks so

Utah Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-Ogden, wants to create better criteria for issuing Amber Alerts, saying “overuse” has led to people ignoring them. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News If you tend to ignore notifications about Amber Alerts because of their frequency, you may not be alone. Utah Rep. Ryan Wilcox,...

Undercover video purports teaching critical race theory in Utah

A video secretly recorded of Utah educators discussing critical race theory or LGBTQ teaching concepts was posted by Fox television personality Brian Kilmeade on his Twitter page Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. It was retweeted by Rep. Chris Stewart. Twitter.com/kilmeade Utah Republican Rep. Chris Stewart reacted on Twitter to a...

Where do the states stand on abortion?

The Idaho State Capitol in downtown Boise on Sept. 23, 2022. Ben B. Braun, Deseret News When the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade in 2022, many states automatically banned abortion in a series of trigger laws. However, some states are still in legal battles to determine...

Biden announces end to COVID-19 emergency declarations in May

Associated Press President Joe Biden told Congress on Monday that the national emergency declarations for COVID-19 will end on May 11, more than three years after they were first announced by the Trump Administration. In response to measures proposed by Republicans in Congress seeking to end the two emergency...

Should unborn children count as another person for the HOV lane?

Traffic on northbound I-15 near 9000 South in Sandy is pictured on July 12, 2018. Under a new bill now being sponsored in the state legislature, pregnant women would be allowed to drive in the HOV lanes. Steve Griffin, Deseret News Rep. Stephanie Gricius knows what it’s like to...

What Utah lawmakers are doing about state’s water, drought issues

The Antelope Island marina is dried up as the Great Salt Lake experiences record low water levels on July 22, 202 Kristin Murphy, Deseret News It took more than 150 years since pioneers first arrived in Utah to drop the level of the Great Salt Lake by 11 feet...