Month: August 2020

The Tri-State Compact That Could Destroy the Great Salt Lake

SOME TIME AGO, engineer and hydrologist Craig Miller awoke from a nightmare. In it, he said, he envisioned a scenario in which the state of Idaho built a massive pipeline from the Bear River to the more populous Snake Valley, decimating the Great Salt Lake. The Bear River is the Great Salt Lake’s single most important source of water. In any given year, 53–56 percent of the water to arrive...

Five questions for Allen Sánchez (Video)

It was announced last month that Pope Francis appointed Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. KRQE reported Michael Sheehan, the current Archbishop, said that Wester would be a good fit for New Mexico. Archbishop Sheehan said Wester was his top pick and said Wester reflects the same spirit and values of Pope Francis. “I think Bishop Wester is a very balanced man....

Armed teachers aim to defend K-12 schools

Kasey Hansen yelled as she pointed her loaded handgun at a target’s chest at a shooting range outside Salt Lake City. “I want to protect my students,” said Hansen, a special needs teacher in Utah. “I’m going to stand in front of a bullet for any student that is in my protection and so I want another option to defend us.” Hansen carries her pink handgun, Lucy, with her every day to...

Politics aside, hydroxychloroquine could (maybe) help fight COVID-19

Editor’s note: On June 4, 2020, three of the authors on a May 22 Lancet paper cited in this story retracted their paper. The study found that taking hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for COVID-19 raised the risk of death. Reports that the study might be based on faulty data provided by a company founded by coauthor Sapan Desai prompted the editors of the Lancet to issue an expression of...

How the new coronavirus stacks up against SARS and MERS

Coronaviruses, one of a variety of viruses that cause colds, have been making people cough and sneeze seemingly forever. But occasionally, a new version infects people and causes serious illness and deaths. That is happening now with the coronavirus that has killed at least 26 people and sickened at least 900 since it emerged in central China in December. The World Health Organization is...

President Trump’s national monument rollback is illegal and likely to be reversed in court

On Dec. 4, President Trump traveled to Utah to sign proclamations downsizing Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by nearly 50 percent. “ ome people think that the natural resources of Utah should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington,” Trump said. “And guess what? They’re wrong.”...

Coronavirus could hit homeless hard, and that could hit everyone hard

As the number of cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, continues to grow, the nation is on edge. Doctors and scientists do not know what percentage of the general population has been infected and what percentage of the infected develops symptoms. State and local governments and the federal public health system are deploying strategies to contain the spread of the virus and...

Delta Cargo expands DASH Critical & Medical shipment locations

ATLANTA, November 28, 2017: Following the successful introduction of Delta Cargo’s DASH Critical & Medical earlier this year, the service is now available from 15 U.S. locations with the product launching from Boston today.  Further expansion is planned next year. DASH Critical & Medical is the first fully GPS-enabled, same-day product offered by a U.S. freight and passenger carrier....

The state of infrastructure in the United States and the world, 2011

Infrastructure — roads and railways, water and communications networks, ports and public schools — is the foundation on which all economic activity stands. Yet as the 2008 downturn threatens to turn into a “double dip” recession, a report from the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young, “Infrastructure 2011: A Strategic Priority,” indicates that the United States is falling...

Politicians and Business Interests Pushed Health Officials Aside to Control Reopening. Then Cases Exploded.

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. Back in April, when public health officials were still helping lead Utah’s response to the coronavirus, the spread of the disease had slowed, stabilizing at fewer than 200 reported cases a day. Then came a shift in power, and priorities. State...