Briefing Local – December 1, 2017

  • POLL: 53% of Utahns say they disapprove of President Trump’s job performance, which is pretty much where he’s been since he was elected [Utah Policy].
  • President Donald Trump will reportedly slash the size of Bears Ears by 85%. Additionally, he’ll reduce Grand Staircase-Escalante by half and split it into three separate areas [Utah Policy].
  • Rep. John Curtis says he is optimistic that Congress will be able to pass a new spending bill to avoid a government shutdown [Utah Policy].
  • What happened this week in Utah politics? Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott break it down for you in our weekly video [Utah Policy]. Here’s a podcast of the program if you prefer [Utah Policy].
  • United Police Lt. Justin Hoyal announces he’s running for Salt Lake County Sheriff [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • San Juan County is suing the federal government to gain control of a path through Recapture Canyon [Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski clashes with the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission over the firing of Yolanda Francisco-Nez, who headed up the city’s Office of Diversity and Human Rights [Tribune].
  • A new report says youth suicides in Utah jumped 141 percent from 2011 to 2015 [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Longtime Salt Lake Chamber president Lane Beattie is retiring after 15 years at the helm [Deseret News].