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Reyes recusing himself from defense of Count My Vote suit

sltrib.com — The Utah Republican Party filed the suit earlier this month, alleging the changes made by the Legislature in Senate Bill 54 stripped the party of the ability to control who is nominated as Republican candidates, representing the party.
Dec 19, 2014

Here’s the story about Reyes’ decision to recuse himself from defense of the SB54/Count My Vote defense: sltrib.com/news/1971216-1… #utpol

Utah football: For Vegas, story is CSU's firepower vs. Utah's stout defense

sltrib.com — "There's a lot of different things going on, but I guess the headline will be the Colorado State offense against our defense," said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham on Friday before the Las Vegas Bowl kickoff luncheon. He guessed right.
Dec 19, 2014

No one matchup matters more than any other in Saturday's game, but the headliner is CSU's offense vs. Utah's defense: sltrib.com/sports/1971215…

Toll tunnel, road proposed for shortcut through Oquirrhs

sltrib.com — So Haight envisions widening it, decreasing the grade (perhaps with a tunnel) and paving to allow easier, year-round commutes. He says it would cut the usual 50-mile trip from Herriman to Tooele (using Interstate 80 to the north) to 15 miles.
Dec 19, 2014

Toll tunnel, road proposed for shortcut through Oquirrhs shar.es/13Fy2e #utpol

Utah basketball: Utes aim to get back to winning against UNLV

sltrib.com — "It'll be a tough game going on the road," Delon Wright said. "We'll have to play our best." Utah might've played its best last time out, but only for a half. The Utes ceded an 18-point halftime lead to Kansas in Kansas City before rallying all the way back.
Dec 19, 2014

The @Runnin_Utes hope to wash out the bitter taste of their last trip to the MGM Grand. From @kylegoon: sltrib.com/sports/1970713…

Utah trooper fired upon near Valley Fair Mall

sltrib.com — Police are looking Friday for a driver suspected of shooting at a Utah Highway Patrol trooper, who was not hit. The trooper had pulled over the driver Friday at about 2:30 p.m. on southbound Interstate 215, near the Valley Fair Mall at 3500 South, said UHP Sgt. Mary Kaye Lucas.
Dec 19, 2014

Updated: A trooper was struggling with a driver when another car drove by and fired at him near Valley Fair Mall sltrib.com/news/1971024-1…

Dec 19, 2014

Utah trooper fired upon near Valley Fair Mall. Officers are looking for a reportedly stolen black Honda sedan. sltrib.com/news/1971024-1…

Dead cow clogs Utah slot canyon, rancher's impromptu barbecue makes things worse

sltrib.com — "That cow is worth a lot of money. He's going to do his best to get that cow out," Crutchfield said. "That's a good $1,000 the rancher lost." The trouble started Dec. 9 when a monument visitor notified officials of the cow trapped in the canyon, which hikers access from the Hole in the Rock road east of Escalante.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @bretedgephoto: Best news headline this year: "Dead Cow Clogs Utah Slot Canyon, Rancher's Impromptu BBQ Makes Things Worse" ow.ly/GbYZR

Where in Utah was this photo taken? Email your guess to outdoors@sltrib.com for a chance to win a book

sltrib.com — First Published 1 hour ago * Updated 50 minutes ago This week " Email your guess about where this photo was taken, along with your name and address, to outdoors@sltrib.com for a chance to win the book "Fishing Utah" by Brett Prettyman. Guesses must be submitted by noon Dec. 26.
Dec 19, 2014

Where in #Utah was this photo taken? Email your guess to outdoors@sltrib.com for a chance to win a book shar.es/13FG7k @sltrib

RSL opens 2015 season at Portland on March 7 as MLS announces home openers

sltrib.com — In front of the roaring Timbers Army and across the pitch from Nat Borchers and likely Will Johnson. That's where Real Salt Lake will commence its 2015 Major League Soccer season. The league on Friday morning announced home openers for all 20 MLS clubs, and once again, RSL is starting another campaign on the road.
Dec 19, 2014

In front of a roaring Timbers Army and against Nat Borchers and (maybe) Will Johnson. That's where RSL starts 2015. bit.ly/1DRIQek

Skiing: Utah's Nyman wins Gardena downhill for 3rd time

sltrib.com — After failing to finish higher than 19th in any race last season, Nyman slipped to the U.S. squad's "B" team for this season, meaning he had to pay $20,000 out of his own pocket to race the World Cup. "This definitely will help," Nyman said after collecting the winner's check of 28,500 euros ($35,000).
Dec 19, 2014

In non-FIFA news today, downhill win for @Steven_Nyman at Val Gardena is genuine feelgood story. From @asdampf sltrib.com/sports/1970065…

Plans for the weekend: Piano Guys for Christmas

sltrib.com — The Piano Guys, the Utah-based classical/pop crossover band, performs its "A Family Christmas" show Saturday at EnergySolutionsArena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets, from $27 to $125, at Smith's Tix. * The acclaimed modern-dance troupe, Parsons Dance Company, will perform Saturday at the Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City.
Dec 19, 2014

Blog: Plans for the weekend: Piano Guys for Christmas ow.ly/2SlfuI

Sundance '15 trailer of the day: 'It Follows' [video]

sltrib.com — Today's Sundance "trailer of the day" is so fresh, the blood is still red. The horror-thriller "It Follows" subverts the old slasher movie idea that the girl who has sex is always marked for death. Here, it's Jay (Maika Monroe), a 19-year-old who's swept off her feet by a new guy, Hugh (Jake Weary), and they have sex in the back of a car.
Dec 19, 2014

Blog: Sundance '15 trailer of the day: 'It Follows' [video] bit.ly/1JqyzpL #sundance

Monson: Here's why the Utes must win the Vegas Bowl

sltrib.com — That's why the Las Vegas Bowl is important. There's still something at stake, still something to prove. Not so much to anyone on the outside. To those folks, there isn't a great difference between a 9-4 season and an 8-5. Here's where it is essential: inside the program.
Dec 19, 2014

Gordon Monson says Utah, even at 8-4, needs to win the Las Vegas Bowl to prove worthy of the respect it's gained. sltrib.com/sports/1965990…

Man shot by Utah police inside Ogden restaurant charged with attempted murder

sltrib.com — On Nov. 20, agents from Weber Morgan Narcotics Strike Force were looking for Marion to arrest him for an incident three days earlier, where he fled from police, according to charging documents. Agents were aware that Leonard was at Lee's Mongolian Bar-B-Q, at 2866 S Washington Blvd, and went there at about 8 p.m.
Dec 19, 2014

New: Man shot by Utah police inside #Ogden restaurant charged with attempted murder shar.es/13Qioc #utahcrime

Kragthorpe: Utah State seeks 30th win in three seasons

sltrib.com — Thirty wins? As recently as five years ago, any suggestion that USU could win 30 games in three seasons probably would have included the phrase "Big Sky Conference membership." Yet the Aggies have made this resurgence at the FBS level, "doing things that have never been done before in Utah State football," said second-year coach Matt Wells, formerly USU's offensive coordinator.
Dec 19, 2014

If I just woke up and learned USU could win 30th game in 3 years, I would say, "I knew Big Sky was good move." bit.ly/13kLatA

Game guide: Utes hope to regain bowl momentum, but beating the 10-2 Rams is no cinch

sltrib.com — And while finishing the regular season 8-4 and ranked No. 23 by the AP was enough to change the discussion about Utah's coaches from "hot seat" to "hot prospects," it goes without saying that they'd like to look the part one more time on national television.
Dec 19, 2014

Game guide: 10-2 Colorado State aims to spoil Utah's resurgent season. sltrib.com/blogs/uofuspor…

BYU upsets Texas, reaches NCAA volleyball national championship match

sltrib.com — Chiaka Ogbogu led the Longhorns (27-3) with 14 kills. Haley Eckerman, Texas' first-team All-America middle blocker, had just nine kills and a .033 hitting percentage. BYU, the only non-power five conference team in the field, upset Nebraska in the regional final.
Dec 19, 2014

Here's Tribune's report on BYU's upset of Texas in NCAA Women's Volleyball national semifinals: sltrib.com/sports/1967537…

BYU football notes: Cougars' first practice in Miami not good enough for Mendenhall

sltrib.com — Mendenhall said if the sluggishness persists Friday or Saturday, when the Cougars will return to FIU to practice, he might be concerned. Players were "willing, but looked a little slow," he said. Told that Mendenhall did not like the practice, quarterback Christian Stewart had a different explanation.
Dec 19, 2014

BYU QB Christian Stewart says offense "torched" the defense as Cougars practiced in Miami on Thursday: sltrib.com/sports/1966960…

BYU football: Special teams the focus as Cougars hit Miami

sltrib.com — Indeed, Washington used a 100-yard kickoff return by speedster John Ross to take a 14-7 lead in the first quarter. Later, Jesse Callier had a 47-yard return to set up UW's third touchdown. BYU actually outgained the Huskies 473-316, but was thoroughly dominated in the third phase of the game and missed a couple field goals to add to its special teams woes.
Dec 19, 2014

Remember how Washington destroyed BYU on special teams last year in San Fran? Cougs say history won't repeat itself. sltrib.com/sports/1966769…

Out Takes: Up close and personal with a gray whale

sltrib.com — ­‚- Up close & personal with a gray whale R Julie Kilgore sent in this photo of a 10-year-old boy soaking up the moment he touched a gray whale in San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja, Mexico. She snapped the picture during a trip to see the whale birthing lagoons of the area.