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City Cast Salt Lake
City Cast Salt Lake
City Cast

City Cast Salt Lake is Salt Lake City’s daily news podcast. Host Ali Vallarta and a bevy of smart and entertaining locals... more

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Marathon Closures, 2 Downtown Visions, and Summer Symphonies

The Salt Lake City Council explored some big ideas this week, from reimagining a historic train station to dissecting a... more

19 Apr 2024 · 33 minutes
Salt Lake’s Unknown Power Players

Behind every sweeping decision affecting our day-to-day lives is a table full of unfamiliar yet influential faces. In part one... more

18 Apr 2024 · 39 minutes
De-Clined! Hockey Starts October? And 6,759 Potholes

Controversial Utah State Board of Education member Natalie Cline got the boot at the Salt Lake County GOP convention last... more

17 Apr 2024 · 30 minutes
How We Got That Twilight Lineup

The just-announced lineup for the Twilight Concert Series heralds the return of outdoor music season in Salt Lake. Will the... more

16 Apr 2024 · 22 minutes
So You Wanna Open a Restaurant in SLC?

It seems like every day in Salt Lake, one restaurant opens and another closes — or transforms from a dive... more

15 Apr 2024 · 27 minutes
Billboard Wars, Did SLC Catch a Coyote? And Consignment Strategies

The Billboard Industry reigns supreme in Utah, with signs for Minky Couture and colorful scriptures blocking our scenic mountain views.... more

12 Apr 2024 · 35 minutes
Go Eat At These Restaurants Now

Tired of eating at the same Cafe Rio every week? Salt Lake has a ton of delicious places to try... more

11 Apr 2024 · 22 minutes
How Safe Is SLC’s Tap Water?

The federal government recently awarded Salt Lake City a $39 million loan to replace our lead service lines, which has... more

10 Apr 2024 · 22 minutes
Can Salt Lake Really Pull Off Another Olympics?

Members of the International Olympic Committee are visiting Salt Lake this week before almost certainly awarding us the 2034 Winter... more

09 Apr 2024 · 22 minutes
Why You Can’t Buy Your Downtown Apartment

Everywhere you turn in SLC an apartment complex is sprouting from the ground, with “for-rent” banners begging you to sign... more

08 Apr 2024 · 24 minutes
Demolition Plot Twist, Dems Strategize, and Caitlin Clark in SLC Bars

After the illegal demolition of the Fifth Ward Meetinghouse on Easter Sunday comes a juicy plot twist we didn’t see... more

05 Apr 2024 · 39 minutes
Why 1,000s of LDS Women Are Big Mad Online

What would happen if women left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? This weekend is General Conference for... more

04 Apr 2024 · 26 minutes
Is TikTok Your Kid’s Biggest Bully?

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox wants kids to spend less time on social media, and the state has enacted laws to... more

03 Apr 2024 · 24 minutes
Juicy Political Texts, Illegal Demolition, and Free Renter Resources

Juicy text messages reveal Salt Lake City Council members’ knee-jerk reactions to a bill paving the way for Major League... more

02 Apr 2024 · 36 minutes
Your Guide to April in Salt Lake

We all know that April showers bring May flowers, but what else is April bringing? Deseret News columnist Meg Walter... more

01 Apr 2024 · 31 minutes
Skyline Update, Ranking Utah's Problems, and Bunny Hop Resurrected

Salt Lake City’s skyline is reaching new heights, but down below our sidewalks are disappearing. Host Ali Vallarta and executive... more

29 Mar 2024 · 38 minutes
Can a Little Bird Save Great Salt Lake?

Could protecting one little bird save Great Salt Lake? Maybe! That’s what environmental advocates are betting on with a petition... more

28 Mar 2024 · 21 minutes
‘America First’ Controversy, Traction Rules, and Plan B Vending Machines

Complaints from Utah Royals opponents have America First Credit Union playing defense. Host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily Means... more

27 Mar 2024 · 30 minutes
Gardening Advice for Plant Killers and Renters

It’s time to start planting your garden, Salt Lake. No green thumb? No problem! Experimental gardener Madison Boerner joins host... more

26 Mar 2024 · 17 minutes
What Can Taxpayers Get for $2B in Stadiums?

Two new sports arenas could dramatically change Salt Lake City: an MLB stadium on the Westside and a combined NHL/NBA... more

25 Mar 2024 · 28 minutes
SLC Council Member Won’t Run Again, Utah UFOs, and Working Cats

A seat is very likely opening up on the Salt Lake City Council for the 2025 election. Could you be... more

22 Mar 2024 · 33 minutes
Why SLC Needs to (General) Plan Together

Salt Lake City is rapidly changing, but the plans that guide our growth haven’t kept up; some haven’t been updated... more

21 Mar 2024 · 23 minutes
Less Cheese, More Water? The Big Pay Gap, and Two Divas Down

Utahns could save more water by eating less cheese and beef — but will we? Host Ali Vallarta and executive... more

20 Mar 2024 · 33 minutes
The Trial of the Century Returns to Utah

If Utahns thought they’d seen the last of Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow after her 2023 ski trial in Park... more

19 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Subminimum Wage, Health Care Traps, and Disability Visibility

More than 25% of Utah adults have a disability. So why didn’t the Legislature pass two bills that could have... more

18 Mar 2024 · 29 minutes
New Shelter Where? A New TRAX Line, and Adult Playdates

The Utah Legislature set aside $25 million for a new, 600+ bed shelter. The big question is: Where will it... more

15 Mar 2024 · 34 minutes
The Case for (and Against) Glendale High School

As Salt Lake City School District considers a hypothetical $600 million bond to rebuild Highland and West High Schools, the... more

14 Mar 2024 · 24 minutes
Airbnb Crackdowns, a Gilmore Girl in SLC, and a Secret Oscars Party

Data show Utah’s housing crisis is — wait for it — still bad, especially for millennials. Host Ali Vallarta and... more

13 Mar 2024 · 30 minutes
A Good Neighbor’s Guide to Ramadan

The crescent moon was spotted on Sunday night, and thousands of Muslims across Salt Lake are now celebrating the holy... more

12 Mar 2024 · 19 minutes
Local Solutions to Utah’s Culture War Laws

Salt Lakers often hear from local officials that all roads lead to the Utah Legislature — and that’s largely true.... more

11 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
​​Less Public Comment, 2100 S. Construction, and Birthday Freebies

It’s back to (local) business for the City Cast team. Host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily Means comb through... more

08 Mar 2024 · 32 minutes
Mythbusting the Jordan River

Salt Lake City Public Lands has released three different design concepts to reimagine the Jordan River corridor, which flows straight... more

07 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
What Lawmakers Did About Air Quality, Liquor, and Housing

In just 45 days, Utah lawmakers passed nearly 600 bills. It’s a lot to take in. Fortunately, FOX 13 Capitol... more

06 Mar 2024 · 26 minutes
What Lawmakers Did About SLC Stadiums, Great Salt Lake, and Calendars

The Utah Legislature passed a record 591 bills during its 45-day general session. What the heck happened up on Capitol... more

05 Mar 2024 · 26 minutes
Your Guide to March in Salt Lake

We’re springing into March in full force, so executive producer Emily Means joins host Ali Vallarta to settle some debts... more

04 Mar 2024 · 36 minutes
Smith Enterprises Futurama, Who Broke Laws at Brighton? And GSL Plates

The Utah Legislature’s 45-day general session ends today, and all we got was a Futurama rendering of a proposed sports... more

01 Mar 2024 · 36 minutes
How SLC Criminalizes Homelessness

Salt Lake City police are asking for an extra $1.8 million from the City Council to keep cracking down on... more

29 Feb 2024 · 21 minutes
Backyard Concert No More, $2K for Your Street, and Leap Day Hoops

Salt Lake City brings the hammer down on a longstanding yard party in the 15th and 15th neighborhood, after a... more

28 Feb 2024 · 30 minutes
Housing is Coming. Where Will State Street’s Beloved Restaurants Go?

State Street in Salt Lake City is getting an extreme makeover. Picture high-density housing where strip malls and motels have... more

27 Feb 2024 · 24 minutes
Will A New Strategy Change Where We Recreate?

Utah has a shiny, new strategic plan for outdoor recreation; the first of its kind. What does it mean for... more

26 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
Fairpark’s ‘Slap in the Face,’ ’Burbs Bus Service, and a Good Cry

A Salt Lake County lawmaker wants more transit in the south valley — so do we! — but what’s the... more

23 Feb 2024 · 30 minutes
A Funeral For Salt Lake’s Late Restaurants

From Holladay to downtown Salt Lake City, we’re getting used to seeing our favorite haunts toppled by a wrecking ball,... more

22 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
$1B for a Billionaire? Air Polluter’s Big Donations, and ‘Gwyneth’ Returns

The $3.5 billion vision for reinventing Salt Lake City’s Westside neighborhoods into a mixed-use Major League Baseball district is eye-popping.... more

21 Feb 2024 · 30 minutes
Two Salt Lakers Weigh Having Kids

Utah leaders often tout us as a family-friendly state. But with declining fertility and marriage rates, it seems Utahns are... more

20 Feb 2024 · 29 minutes
Will Cline Resign? Potty Policy, and Free Local Stuff

From potty training to liquor laws, what’s the Utah Legislature been up to? Host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily... more

16 Feb 2024 · 39 minutes
How To Start Running in Salt Lake

So, you’re thinking about signing up for the Salt Lake City Marathon. Or maybe just the half marathon. OK, maybe... more

15 Feb 2024 · 23 minutes
Natalie Cline’s Fate, Abolish Tipping? And a Big Promotion

Utah State Board of Education member Natalie Cline bullied a student on social media, and the backlash has been swift.... more

14 Feb 2024 · 31 minutes
Should SLC Copy Las Vegas’ Sports Model?

If local billionaires get their way, Utah could soon become home to even more professional sports teams. Ryan Smith is... more

13 Feb 2024 · 23 minutes
The Future of SLC Airport, From B Gates to Korean Air

Who funds SLC International Airport? How will the new central tunnel work? And what would it take to make it... more

12 Feb 2024 · 29 minutes
Firefighters Take a Stand, Fugitive Dust, and Blood-Type Keychains

It’s the “glass-halfway” point of the Legislature’s general session, and host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily Means sum up... more

09 Feb 2024 · 33 minutes
Cringe Dating Tales From Small Lake City

Raise your hand if you’ve been the victim of a truly awkward date. As Valentine’s Day approaches, we stand in... more

08 Feb 2024 · 20 minutes
Violent Crime Stats, Avenues Don’t-plexes, and Local Half Orders

Salt Lake City released new crime data and a corresponding dashboard. Host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily Means break... more

07 Feb 2024 · 28 minutes
Downtown’s New Rep Predicts a Renaissance

Grand plans for Salt Lake City’s downtown could bring big changes, from the skyline to the way we access city... more

06 Feb 2024 · 21 minutes
Your Guide to February in Salt Lake

February is one of the shortest months of the year, but we’re making the most of it! Host Ali Vallarta... more

05 Feb 2024 · 30 minutes
Trainwreck Train Plan, Armed Teachers, and Pineapple Express Incoming

Starter homes, sticking it to the feds, snowplow headlights; time for a breakdown of the bills host Ali Vallarta and... more

02 Feb 2024 · 32 minutes
SLC Council Duo on Setting the Westside Agenda

Salt Lake City’s east-west divide often makes headlines, from disparities in air quality to getting stuck behind trains to displacement... more

01 Feb 2024 · 24 minutes
Downtown Skijoring, New Health Clinic, and Who Owns City Cast?

It’s been a year since NBA All-Star Weekend descended upon Salt Lake City. What impact did it have? Host Ali... more

31 Jan 2024 · 31 minutes
SLC Food Trends To Expect in 2024

What will 2024 bring to Utah’s food scene? Gastronomic SLC founder Stuart Melling and host Ali Vallarta preview a new... more

30 Jan 2024 · 24 minutes
SLC’s Biggest Opportunity, According to the Mayor

On Jan. 30, newly re-elected Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall will give her annual State of the City address.... more

29 Jan 2024 · 24 minutes
Renters’ Rights, Disqualifying Judges, and Free the Bee

Another week of the Utah Legislature in the books. Host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily Means talk about the... more

26 Jan 2024 · 31 minutes
How Stanley Drinkware Built an Empire in Utah

The Stanley Adventure Quencher is hotter than ever and the internet’s latest obsession. Headlines and think pieces abound about why... more

25 Jan 2024 · 16 minutes
Can Sundance Survive? Baseball Whiplash, and a Huge Upset

The Sundance Film Festival is in full swing, and host Ali Vallarta has been on the ground in Park City... more

24 Jan 2024 · 31 minutes
Utah Made a Plan to Save the Great Salt Lake!

Utah’s Great Salt Lake commissioner recently released the first ever strategic plan for tackling the crisis at the lake. What’s... more

23 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
What We Get Wrong About Homelessness in Salt Lake

This weekend, volunteers across Salt Lake County will participate in the Point-in-Time Count, an annual census of unsheltered Utahns. So,... more

22 Jan 2024 · 18 minutes
A Sneaky Great Salt Lake Bill, New Bar Rules, and a Must-See Movie

The Utah Legislature is coming in hot in the first week of the general session. Host Ali Vallarta and executive... more

19 Jan 2024 · 28 minutes
Do Political Scandals Matter to Utahns?

From sketchy financial spending to DUIs, Utahns are used to headlines about our electeds making questionable choices. So why the... more

18 Jan 2024 · 21 minutes
Sugar House High Rise, Eating Local, and a School Board Update

Sugar House Coffee is taking a stand against a proposed high rise on 2100 S. Host Ali Vallarta and executive... more

17 Jan 2024 · 29 minutes
What To Expect From This Legislative Session

Happy first day of the Utah Legislature’s general session to all who celebrate. Over the next 45 days, lawmakers will... more

16 Jan 2024 · 24 minutes
Four Schools To Close, Legislative Guide, and 24 Hours to Shovel

The Salt Lake City School Board has voted to permanently close four elementary schools. Host Ali Vallarta and executive producer... more

12 Jan 2024 · 35 minutes
Rinsing Your Trash and Other Recycling Myths

Salt Lake City received nearly $1 million to teach people how to recycle better. Do you have the new-year itch... more

11 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
Locals’ Guide to Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival can feel like it’s for everyone but locals. But with the right tools, Salt Lakers can... more

10 Jan 2024 · 23 minutes
Candidate Updates, School Board Shenanigans, and SLC’s Best Bridge

Yesterday was the deadline to file as a candidate for the 2024 election. Host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily... more

09 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Defying the Odds To Elect a Democratic Governor

For nearly 40 years, a Republican governor has led Utah. In recent elections, GOP candidates have walloped Democrats by at... more

08 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Who’s Running? 2024 Predictions, and Water Cooler TV

Last year’s election winners have barely been sworn into office, but it’s off to the races for the 2024 election.... more

05 Jan 2024 · 38 minutes
Your Guide to January in Salt Lake

New year, same us — but better than ever. Producer Ivana Martinez joins host Ali Vallarta to round up their... more

04 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Wait, People Are Hunting in the Avenues?

Salt Lake City’s Avenues neighborhood is home to some of the best trails in town. But did you know it’s... more

03 Jan 2024 · 22 minutes
2024 Resolutions for Ourselves and Salt Lake

New Year’s resolutions are only hard to keep if they’re boring! Host Ali Vallarta, newsletter editor Terina Ria, producer Ivana... more

02 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
Salt Lake’s ’02 Olympic Phoenix Rises From the Ashes

Salt Lake City recently resurrected a long-forgotten relic of the 2002 Winter Olympics: the Hoberman Arch. The 30,000-pound art installation... more

29 Dec 2023 · 23 minutes
10 Rules For Thriving in Small Lake City

What are the essential rules for surviving Salt Lake? From how to not overthink what you’re wearing to drink-order protocol,... more

28 Dec 2023 · 24 minutes
The Best Salt Lake Spots for a Holiday Cry

The holidays can be fraught, from family stress or loneliness to overwhelming joy and nostalgia. Sometimes the tears well up,... more

27 Dec 2023 · 24 minutes
A Hater’s Guide to Salt Lake

We all love our city, but nobody’s perfect! Host Ali Vallarta asks Kendall Rodriguez, the Queen of SLC, for the... more

26 Dec 2023 · 13 minutes
SLC’s Micro Shelter Opens, 2024 Construction Plans, and Last-Minute Gifts

The state’s first-ever sanctioned homeless camp has opened, offering 25 heated pods in downtown Salt Lake City. Executive producer Emily... more

22 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
Dating Advice for Salt Lake’s Cozy Season

“Cuffing season” — a term of endearment for locking down a cold-weather fling — is in full swing. Does that... more

21 Dec 2023 · 24 minutes
We Drank at Every Bar in Salt Lake. Here’s What We Learned.

New Year’s resolutions are tough to keep, especially ambitious ones. But at the start of 2023, host Ali Vallarta made... more

20 Dec 2023 · 24 minutes
Booze News We Can Use in 2024

How will Utah make buying and serving alcohol easier in 2024? Fox 13 reporter Ben Winslow tells host Ali Vallarta... more

19 Dec 2023 · 24 minutes
Who Is On Salt Lake’s Naughty and Nice Lists?

TikTok’s own Queen of SLC, Kendall Rodriguez, joins host Ali Vallarta to count down who was good and who is... more

18 Dec 2023 · 27 minutes
Gondola v. Drinking Water, Our ‘Haphazard’ AG, and $50 for $600

Salt Lake City and Sandy are suing the Utah Department of Transportation over the gondola. Plus, it’s not even 2024... more

15 Dec 2023 · 29 minutes
With Empty Apartments, Are We Really in a Housing Crisis?

Utah’s housing crisis is one of the central topics we’ve explored on this show; what we’ve heard for years is... more

14 Dec 2023 · 23 minutes
Local Gift Ideas, From Thrifty to Spendy

‘Tis the season for gift giving! If you’re seeking inspiration, Deseret News columnist Meg Walter joins host Ali Vallarta to... more

13 Dec 2023 · 30 minutes
When Will Lawmakers Address Air Quality on SLC’s West Side?

Salt Lakers just know: The worst air is on the west side of the valley. But our chewy air quality... more

12 Dec 2023 · 18 minutes
Why Utah Has a Road Rage Problem

It’s that time of year when everyone is on the road, trying to make it home for the holidays or... more

11 Dec 2023 · 20 minutes
Cox’s Big Budget, Final Election Results, and a Real Housewives Performance

Gov. Spencer Cox rolled out his budget proposal for the 2025 fiscal year. Host Ali Vallarta and executive producer Emily... more

08 Dec 2023 · 30 minutes
Could a Spicy Resignation Letter Lead to a Better Planning Commission?

Two SLC Planning Commission members have left the board recently, and one’s farewell was accompanied by a pointed letter offering... more

07 Dec 2023 · 22 minutes
Your Guide to December in Salt Lake

Welcome to December, Salt Lake! From outdoor activities that don’t involve skiing to local Christmas markets and movie magic, host... more

06 Dec 2023 · 28 minutes
Righting SLC’s Walkability Wrongs in a New City

Our state’s newest large-scale development, Utah City, will sit on the eastern shore of Utah Lake in Utah County. Seductive... more

05 Dec 2023 · 21 minutes
Is Impeachment on the Menu for AG Sean Reyes?

“Just who does Sean Reyes think he is?” That’s the question the Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board is asking about... more

04 Dec 2023 · 24 minutes
Olympic Transit Dreams, the AG’s Action Movie, and Screaming Maria

Get ready to light the fire within again because Salt Lake City has been named the preferred host of the... more

01 Dec 2023 · 28 minutes
Cheap and Creative Kids Party Ideas

Planning kids birthday parties can be difficult, especially around the holidays when money is already tight. So, let’s get creative!... more

30 Nov 2023 · 22 minutes
Fake Islands and Real Revenge on Utah Lake

Just south of Salt Lake County lies Utah Lake, a freshwater body connected to Great Salt Lake via the Jordan... more

29 Nov 2023 · 20 minutes
How to Localize Your Giving Tuesday

The end of the year provides a huge fundraising push for Utah nonprofits, and Giving Tuesday — today! — kickstarts... more

28 Nov 2023 · 23 minutes
Can Salt Lake Dream Up a Lesbian Bar?

Salt Lake has been named one of the queerest cities in America, and yet, we have not one single lesbian... more

27 Nov 2023 · 24 minutes
Election Results, Proposed School Closures, and Local Nog

It’s the morning after Election Day following an extra long election cycle, and the results are in — some of... more

22 Nov 2023 · 27 minutes
Salt Lake Political Nepo Babies You Should Know

The term “nepo baby” — shorthand for the children of famous or well-connected people who have benefited from nepotism —... more

21 Nov 2023 · 29 minutes
Should Salt Lakers Be Pursuing Tech Jobs?

One year after the Christmas tech layoffs of 2022, we hoped things would be better. But Utah-based real estate business... more

20 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
New Speaker, New Union, and Doing Right by Joe Hill

Utah House Republicans elected new leadership this week, and host Ali Vallarta thinks you should put Speaker Mike Schultz’s number... more

17 Nov 2023 · 32 minutes
Wait, Is Daybreak Cool?

The Salt Lake Bees are moving to Daybreak, a master-planned community in South Jordan. And while a lot of Salt... more

16 Nov 2023 · 24 minutes
Tale of Two Mayors: a Contentious Race Wraps Up

The campaign season for Salt Lake City mayor has felt longer than it had any right to be, including about... more

15 Nov 2023 · 24 minutes
Should Salt Lake Be Hosting the 2034 Olympics?

Utah is now the only bidder for the 2034 Winter Olympics, which has some outlets reporting that it’s almost certain... more

14 Nov 2023 · 22 minutes
What Makes a Local Coffee Shop Great?

We crave more third spaces in this city — but our local coffeehouses do a damn good job! Host Ali... more

13 Nov 2023 · 18 minutes
Essential Oils Diplomacy, Sexy Calendars, and Savory Donuts

We’re taking a break from election coverage to talk about two scandals that boggled our brains this week. One involves... more

10 Nov 2023 · 33 minutes
Analysis: Mayoral Candidate Erin Mendenhall on Homelessness

Homelessness is one of Salt Lake’s most urgent issues, and the topic has dominated the Salt Lake City mayoral race.... more

09 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
Analysis: Mayoral Candidate Rocky Anderson on Homelessness

The topic of homelessness has dominated the Salt Lake City mayoral race, and earlier this year, City Cast Salt Lake... more

08 Nov 2023 · 39 minutes
Analysis: Mayoral Candidate Michael Valentine on Homelessness

The topic of homelessness has dominated the Salt Lake City mayoral race, and earlier this year, City Cast Salt Lake... more

07 Nov 2023 · 31 minutes
Will the Ski Bus Suck Less This Winter?

This past winter, ski bus service up Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons really sucked. With opening day at the resorts... more

06 Nov 2023 · 19 minutes
Do Political Endorsements Matter? Green Loop Update, and a New Coffee Shop

Election Day is a couple weeks away, and candidates are making their last-ditch efforts to convince you to vote for... more

03 Nov 2023 · 27 minutes
Why Salt Lakers Should Visit Boise

Looking for a weekend getaway from Salt Lake? Try heading north to Boise, Idaho. We know what you’re thinking: “Boise?... more

02 Nov 2023 · 19 minutes
Your Guide to November in Salt Lake

November can seem like just a runway month to the holiday season. But producer Ivana Martinez and host Ali Vallarta... more

01 Nov 2023 · 21 minutes
Ranked Choice Voting, Explained

So you’ve received your ballot for Salt Lake City’s municipal elections, and it just might be your first time using... more

31 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
Could the Jazz Leave Downtown SLC?

Besides the Utah Jazz’s defeat in their first home game of the season, things seem to be looking up for... more

30 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
Will Salt Lake County’s Budget Ever Be Sexy? Whale-a-thon, and City Creek Closures

What’s in Salt Lake County’s budget? Lead producer Emily Means joins host Ali Vallarta to break down Mayor Jenny Wilson’s... more

27 Oct 2023 · 30 minutes
Why Salt Lake Goes Hard for Halloween

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when our famously mild-mannered and street-swept suburbs absolutely rock out for Halloween.... more

26 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
What People Get Wrong About Utah

There are a lot of assumptions about Utah and the people who live here, but only a few of them... more

25 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
Why Good Neighbors Carry Naloxone

Medical Director of Utah Naloxone Dr. Jennifer Plumb explains exactly how to identify and reverse an opioid overdose by administering... more

24 Oct 2023 · 17 minutes
What Can SLC Learn From Denver’s Sanctioned Camps?

In September, Salt Lake City and state officials announced the site of the state’s first-ever sanctioned homeless camp at 300... more

23 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
Winter Homelessness Plans, Reworking Downtown, and Local Dracula

Temperatures are dropping and people want to know — what’s Salt Lake’s winter homelessness plan? Plus, is downtown getting a... more

20 Oct 2023 · 33 minutes
It’s Officially Cheaper To Rent Than Buy. What Now?

We never thought we’d see the day when it’s more cost-effective to rent than buy a house, but here we... more

19 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
Why Utah Is the Future of Black Banking

There are 18 Black-owned banks left across the entire United States, and one of them is now in Holladay. Host... more

18 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
You Asked, We Answered: Funeral Potatoes, Bar Deals, and Visiting Parents

What are funeral potatoes? What’s Salt Lake’s best bar deal? Where should you take your parents when they visit? It’s... more

17 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
How Astra Tower Is Changing Downtown SLC

The final steel beam has graced Astra Tower, the luxury apartment building that’s the newest addition to the Salt Lake... more

16 Oct 2023 · 23 minutes
How Should Utah Grow? I-15 Expansion, and the OG X Wifes Place

Survey says: We’re done griping about our growth and want to find smart ways to guide it instead. The Governor’s... more

13 Oct 2023 · 32 minutes
A Utah Astronomer’s Guide to the Annular Eclipse

Are you ready for the annular eclipse? On Saturday, Oct. 14, the sun will appear in the sky like a... more

12 Oct 2023 · 12 minutes
Why Do Neighborhood Boundaries Matter?

Salt Lake City’s neighborhoods are far from identical — just ask the staunch defenders of their boundaries. But is it... more

11 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
How New Incentives Could Help SLC’s Housing Crisis

According to Salt Lake City’s housing dashboard, we’re currently short about 18,000 affordable housing units. So the City Council is... more

10 Oct 2023 · 20 minutes
Who Can Afford Salt Lake, In-N-Out vs. the Vision, and a $7.9 Million Roof

Salt Lake Tribune data reporter Andy Larsen is exploring how Salt Lake County incomes stack up against available rental units... more

06 Oct 2023 · 31 minutes
Why Utah Restaurants Aren’t Getting Michelin Stars

In 2018, the state of Utah was awarded three Michelin Stars. But the prestigious travel award is often associated with... more

05 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
One Unexpected Reason the Tim Ballard Scandal Matters

There are a lot of layers to the bombshell news surrounding Utahn Tim Ballard and his anti-human trafficking organization, Operation... more

04 Oct 2023 · 23 minutes
SLC School District Answers Our Questions About School Closures

The Salt Lake City School District is looking at closing a handful of elementary schools and changing boundaries for the... more

03 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
The Big Idea to Drain Lake Powell

Lake Powell is a favorite summer destination for Salt Lakers, but the Colorado River water crisis is begging the question:... more

02 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
Bomb Threats, a Gondola Lawsuit? And an Obvious Senate Candidate

A Salt Lake City bookstore received bomb threats this week over an all-ages drag storytime event. Lead producer Emily Means... more

29 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
The Juicy History Behind City Creek Mall

Need to return something at City Creek? Don’t do it this weekend! Downtown will be crowded for the Church of... more

28 Sep 2023 · 16 minutes
Apples, Ghosts, and Salmon: Seasonal Alternatives to Leaf Peeping

If staring down colorful trees is not your idea of a good time, fear not! Autumn in Utah has so... more

27 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
The Best Places To See Fall Colors in Utah

It’s prime leaf-peepin’ time, people. Utah’s fall foliage is absolutely blushing right now, and you don’t want to miss the... more

26 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
A Guide To Fall in the Shadow of Utah’s National Parks

Fall is a great time of year to head to Southern Utah and visit our “Mighty Five” national parks. But... more

25 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
Utah’s ‘Critical Vulnerabilities,’ Leo’s Lake Love, and a Cocktail Contest

Get ready to open up, Utah, because we’re digging into the state’s most “critical vulnerabilities” as laid out in a... more

22 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
How To Be a Good Concert Goer

The final installment of this season’s Salt Lake Twilight Concert Series hits Gallivan Plaza Friday. Andrea Racine, head of artist... more

21 Sep 2023 · 16 minutes
The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of the Hoberman Arch

Salt Lake City recently resurrected a long-forgotten relic of the 2002 Winter Olympics: the Hoberman Arch. The 30,000-pound art installation... more

20 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
How Much Utah ‘Sharenting’ Is Too Much?

Former “8 Passengers” vlogger and Utah mom-fluencer Ruby Franke has been charged with aggravated child abuse. How did this story... more

19 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
What We Know About SLC’s First Sanctioned Camp

Salt Lake City is about to get its first ever sanctioned homeless camp, at 300 S. and 600 W. And... more

18 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Why Utahns Love Romney, Sanctioned Camp Coordinates, and Fair Food

Sen. Mitt Romney announced in a video Wednesday that he will not seek reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2024.... more

15 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
Should You Share Your Special Outdoor Spot?

You’ve found it: your special outdoor spot. But if you let people in on the secret, do you run the... more

14 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
Why Is Utah Kicking Thousands of People off Medicaid?

It’s a lot of work to get life-saving Medicaid coverage in Utah. Right now, the state is reviewing the eligibility... more

13 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
Food Truck Parks and Other Changes Coming to 300 W.

A new era is dawning for 300 W. in Salt Lake City’s Ballpark neighborhood. Road construction is over, and the... more

12 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
Why Is It Taking So Long To Get a Doctor’s Appointment?

If you’ve tried making an appointment with a health care provider recently, you’ve probably experienced an extremely long wait time... more

11 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
Great Salt Lake Lawsuit, Election Results, and Dogs in Grocery Stores

Big news this week with a primary election, a lawsuit to protect the Great Salt Lake, and households with dogs... more

08 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
How To Romanticize Life in Salt Lake

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of your to-do list. Today, we invite you to... more

07 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
The Best Indie Bookstores in Utah

Cozy season incoming! The leaves and temperature are hinting at the arrival of fall in Salt Lake, and we can’t... more

06 Sep 2023 · 16 minutes
Why the Congressional District 2 Primary Matters

Primary Election Day is here! Some Salt Lake County residents have municipal races on their ballots. But the big-ticket item... more

05 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
Sanctioned Camping by Winter? Food Co-Ops, and the Library Is Unionizing

Salt Lake City has named an ambitious timeline for opening a new sanctioned campground: this winter. But where will it... more

01 Sep 2023 · 27 minutes
When a Tattoo Is More Than Body Art

Earlier this month, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts opened the Tatau: Marks of Polynesia exhibit, which explores the art,... more

31 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
Your Guide to September in Salt Lake

September gets a bad rap. It’s kind of an awkward month that’s bookended by the end of summer and the... more

30 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
What's the Salt Lake Accent?

From “oh my heck” to dropping our Ts, many Utahns have a special way of speaking. Lead producer Emily Means... more

29 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
Housing, Ski Beaches, and Other Ways Park City is Changing

The affordable housing crisis isn’t unique to Salt Lake City. In Park City, there are more jobs than residents, which... more

28 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
Primary vs. Caucus, an Olympic Relic Returns, and a Backstreet Boy’s Blanky

Enjoy the primary election while it lasts, because the Utah GOP is forcing Republican voters to go to caucus night... more

25 Aug 2023 · 28 minutes
The Best Places To Cry in Public in Salt Lake

Sometimes the tears well up and you can’t control it! So, where are the best places in Salt Lake to... more

24 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
What’s in SLC’s 5-Year Housing Plan?

Salt Lake City has a brand new, 5-year housing plan: Housing SLC. Host Ali Vallarta asks Ruedigar Matthes, a policy... more

23 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
Lessons in Gender Affirming Care From a Breast Reduction

The idea of gender affirming care has become increasingly politicized in Utah. But what does it actually mean? Al Fernandez... more

22 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
The Gondola Has UDOT’s Stamp of Approval. Now What?

The Utah Department of Transportation has officially greenlit the controversial proposal to build a 22-tower, 8-mile gondola up Little Cottonwood... more

21 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
SLC’s School Safety Measures, Sunscreen Drama, and Basketball Bars

Back to school season is raising difficult questions about back to school safety for legislators, educators, school board members, and... more

18 Aug 2023 · 26 minutes
The Best Nearby Hikes for Every Occasion

There’s lots of talk about how close the mountains are to Salt Lake City, but how many of us are... more

17 Aug 2023 · 23 minutes
How New Laws Will Play Out in Classrooms This Fall

School starts next week for the Salt Lake City School District. Do you have back-to-school jitters? Host Ali Vallarta checks... more

16 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
Workers at Utah’s First Unionized Starbucks Want Out. Why?

Starbucks employees in Cottonwood Heights made headlines when they became the first in Utah to formally unionize with Starbucks Workers... more

15 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
We Drank at Every ’Bout Time in a Day. Which Is Best?

Host Ali Vallarta is on a quest to go to every bar in Salt Lake County, and she decided to... more

14 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
A Main Street Promenade, SLC Gripes, and Weekend Train Service

Salt Lake City Corporation plans to turn downtown Main Street into a pedestrian promenade, and they want to know how... more

11 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
Why Utah Is Rife With Scams

Utah is known for a lot of things: the greatest snow on earth, fry sauce, national parks — and getting... more

10 Aug 2023 · 15 minutes
Is Gentrification Always Bad? And Other Questions About Changing SLC

As Salt Lake City grows, “gentrification” is often thrown around as a dirty word. But is it always a bad... more

09 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
How Abortions Impact Mental Health

On Tuesday, the Utah Supreme Court is hearing arguments to determine whether the injunction currently blocking Utah’s abortion trigger law... more

08 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
Could the SLC Mayor Declare a Homelessness Emergency?

The new mayor of Denver recently declared a state of emergency around homelessness to unlock more resources. Could — and... more

07 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
Wine in Grocery Stores, Best Bathrooms, and Manifesting Your Wants

A Utah man has filed a ballot initiative to allow grocery stores to sell wine and spirits, as well as... more

04 Aug 2023 · 27 minutes
How ‘The Sandlot’ Captures Salt Lake’s Charm

It’s been 30 years since Salt Lake City’s big debut as fake Los Angeles in the classic friendship movie “The... more

03 Aug 2023 · 23 minutes
Living on the Streets in the Salt Lake Heat

This July was the earth’s hottest month ever recorded, and Salt Lake broke a few temperature records of its own.... more

02 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
Happy Inaugural 801 Day, Perfect Salt Lake!

Happy 801 Day Salt Lake City! With a recent proclamation from SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall, 8/01 is officially a holiday... more

01 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
Just How Bad Is Utah’s Childcare Crisis?

Utah’s childcare gap is approximately 99,000 kids, which leaves a lot of working parents (mothers) holding the bag. So, while... more

31 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
‘Fire and Focus’ on Homelessness, Wedding Betting, and 801 Day

The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board dropped some hot commentary on how Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall is responding... more

28 Jul 2023 · 26 minutes
Can We Convince Denver That SLC Is Its Rival?

We picked a fight with City Cast Denver and we’re finally hashing it out. Can “mile high” Denver really eschew... more

27 Jul 2023 · 27 minutes
Sugar House, Meet Your New City Councilmember

Sugar House has fresh representation on the Salt Lake City Council. Sarah Young is District 7’s new councilmember, appointed after... more

26 Jul 2023 · 25 minutes
How Right Were We? Our 2023 Predictions So Far

At the end of last year, host Ali Vallarta and lead producer Emily Means threw down eight predictions for Salt... more

25 Jul 2023 · 26 minutes
How the Last Hogi Yogi/Teriyaki Stix on Earth Holds Up

Lifelong Salt Lakers know the way of the Hogi Yogi/Teriyaki Stix. But today we are all getting on board, because... more

24 Jul 2023 · 16 minutes
City-Wide Improvements, Drive-Thru Buildings, and Mitt’s Hot Dog Bit

The Salt Lake City Council is reviewing a number of proposals, from new pickleball courts to the end of Sugar... more

21 Jul 2023 · 25 minutes
For This Toothless Monster’s Sake, Quit Dumping Your Goldfish

Happy 50th birthday to the Endangered Species Act of 1973! The landmark legislation demands we do everything in our power... more

20 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
Guess Which of These Vacant Buildings Will Be Housing

Have you ever stared down a vacant building in downtown Salt Lake City and thought, “Why isn’t this housing?” Host... more

19 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
Who Is Responsible for Camp Abatements, and Why?

Homelessness is one of Salt Lake’s most critical issues, and in recent years, camp abatements have become a controversial public-facing... more

18 Jul 2023 · 24 minutes
Why You Should Get a Drink at a Salt Lake Strip Club

In January, host Ali Vallarta announced her New Year’s resolution was to have at least one drink at every bar... more

17 Jul 2023 · 24 minutes
Utah’s Supreme Side Eye, Heat Map the City, and Local Blood

Buckle in, geeks, because the Utah Supreme Court is hearing a case that could have mega impacts for Salt Lake... more

14 Jul 2023 · 29 minutes
Tips for Taking On a Mountain Lion (if You Have To)

It’s hiking season, which means more people are out on the trails and potentially interacting with wildlife. That has us... more

13 Jul 2023 · 15 minutes
Things You Didn’t Know Your Library Card Could Do

From 3D printing to passport services, the downtown Salt Lake City library offers so much more than books and air... more

12 Jul 2023 · 16 minutes
It’s Algal Bloom Season. Here’s How To Keep Your Dog Safe

The temperature’s rising, and everyone and their dog wants to hop into the nearest watering hole and cool off. But... more

11 Jul 2023 · 17 minutes
What Do SLC Park Rangers Do?

Have you ever seen a Salt Lake City park ranger in the wild? We hadn’t. So we followed one around... more

10 Jul 2023 · 16 minutes
Our Rival City, Homelessness Census, and Dance Battles

Data from the annual point-in-time homelessness census shows homelessness is on the rise in Salt Lake County and across Utah.... more

07 Jul 2023 · 28 minutes
Busting Recycling Myths

It’s a couple days after a big holiday, and you have a tower of pizza boxes and beer cans ready... more

06 Jul 2023 · 16 minutes
How Salt Lake’s Most Selective College Will Adjust on Affirmative Action

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down affirmative action, a college admissions principle which for decades has sought to... more

05 Jul 2023 · 18 minutes
A Game-Changing Idea for Utah Women’s Sports

A proposal to build a women’s sports complex at the soon-to-be-vacant Smith’s Ballpark won over community members during Salt Lake... more

03 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
Hot Election Goss, a Surprise Love Story, and SLC’s Oyster Guy

The special election for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District took a juicy turn this week. Lead producer Emily Means joins host... more

30 Jun 2023 · 29 minutes
Fighting To Return to SLC’s West Side After Being Priced Out

After being forced to move from her home in Salt Lake City’s Guadalupe neighborhood two years ago to make way... more

29 Jun 2023 · 13 minutes
Your Ultimate Salt Lake Summer Movie Guide

Something about summer really makes you want to pop some popcorn and take in a movie. Luckily, Salt Lake has... more

28 Jun 2023 · 22 minutes
What Happened to Even Stevens Sandwiches?

Utah-based sandwich shop Even Stevens has had a rocky road of operations over the past few years. But the once... more

27 Jun 2023 · 15 minutes
Salt Lake’s Train to Boise Is Gaining Steam

The Utah Department of Transportation just requested $500,000 from the federal government to explore the possibility of a passenger train... more

26 Jun 2023 · 21 minutes
Mormon Cricket Apocalypse, Speed Bump Beef, and Another Highway Expansion

If there’s one thing you can count on the Utah Department of Transportation to do, it’s expand a highway. Lead... more

23 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
The Affordable Housing Solution Hidden in Plain Sight

Large, towering apartment complexes are popping up all over Salt Lake City. But when it comes to addressing our affordable... more

22 Jun 2023 · 21 minutes
How To Shop Like a Farmers Market Pro

What’s missing from Salt Lake’s burgeoning network of farmers markets? In part three of our Summer Entertainment Guide, Utah Farmers... more

21 Jun 2023 · 17 minutes
SLC Hookup Culture After Roe: A Time Capsule

It’s been almost a year since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision protecting the right... more

20 Jun 2023 · 16 minutes
SLC Funds Sanctioned Camping, Celebrating Juneteenth, and Air Guitar Championships

The Salt Lake City Council has passed the 2024 city budget! How are they spending our money? Lead producer Emily... more

16 Jun 2023 · 29 minutes
Opioid Deaths Are Down. Could a New War on Drugs Be Next?

A decade ago, Utah had one of the highest rates of opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. Now, while the... more

15 Jun 2023 · 22 minutes
Cheap Summer Thrills for SLC Kids

School’s out for the summer, which means parents have to weave a tapestry of summer entertainment to fill kids’ days.... more

14 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
Do Houseplants Protect Our Lungs From Smog?

Do wildfire smoke, vehicle emissions, and other nasty air in the valley sneak into our homes? Host Ali Vallarta asks... more

13 Jun 2023 · 15 minutes
Abandoning Shelters for Permanent Supportive Housing

Last fall, Salt Lake City invested $6 million to help develop 400 units of permanent supportive housing for people experiencing... more

12 Jun 2023 · 18 minutes
Ranking Our Airport, Farewell Flood Risk, and Christianity on State

It’s summer travel season, and the SLC International Airport is expanding (welcome, Vessel Kitchen!). Host Ali Vallarta and lead producer... more

09 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
Unbridled Enthusiasm for the Best Parades

Few people parade as hard as Shireen Ghorbani, so buckle in for her mascot origin story! In part one of our... more

08 Jun 2023 · 20 minutes
Queer Salt Lake: Does the Data Match the Vibes?

According to the Visit Salt Lake website, there is “tons of super gay stuff going on” in our city. But... more

07 Jun 2023 · 18 minutes
Salt Lake’s Most Inspired Corn Dogs

When was the last time you had a corn dog? From gas station parking lots to elegant food truck variations,... more

06 Jun 2023 · 16 minutes
Great Salt Lake National Park?

Great Salt Lake National Park. It has a nice ring to it, right? That’s what ethnobotanist Paul Alan Cox is... more

05 Jun 2023 · 20 minutes
Political Resignations, Hot Pride Picks, and Salt Lego City

Two elected officials representing Salt Lake announced their resignations this week. Lead producer Emily Means joins host Ali Vallarta to... more

02 Jun 2023 · 32 minutes
Why Rose Park Students Are Biking to School en Masse

Rose Park Elementary hosted its final bike bus of the school year, where dozens of students and chaperones wheeled or... more

01 Jun 2023 · 16 minutes
Your Ultimate Salt Lake Pool Guide

Welcome to pool season, Salt Lake. Not only are pool parties fun, they also provide an important avenue for cooling... more

31 May 2023 · 26 minutes
Corporations Have Rights. Should the Great Salt Lake?

People have legal rights. Should nature? Host Ali Vallarta talks with Grant Wilson, executive director of Earth Law Center, about... more

30 May 2023 · 15 minutes
Salt Lake’s Cheapest Beer, an Unconvincing Rebrand, and Anthem Auditions

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and Salt Lake Tribune reporter Andy Larsen may have found the cheapest beer in the county!... more

26 May 2023 · 33 minutes
Vegan Ice Cream Picks Even Dairy Lovers Will Like

Sure, I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream on a hot Memorial Day weekend. But what about... more

25 May 2023 · 13 minutes
What’s NEXT for Smith’s Ballpark? Our Favorite Proposals.

competition asked Salt Lakers to submit their best ideas for the diamond and parking lot across the street. Host Ali... more

24 May 2023 · 26 minutes
When Can Gay and Bisexual Men Give Blood Here?

There’s always a need for blood donations, and with summer adventures approaching, the need is even more urgent. So while... more

23 May 2023 · 20 minutes
Could Our Wildfire Season Include Firefighter Raises?

All that water Utah got this winter means we’ll have a cool, fire-free summer, right? Not necessarily. And the threat... more

22 May 2023 · 21 minutes
Lawmakers v. Governor, Food Courts, and Huzzah to the Czar

Brace yourself: The Utah Legislature is back in town. Lead producer Emily Means joins host Ali Vallarta to break down... more

19 May 2023 · 24 minutes
Mastering the Cheese Board With a Salt Lake Monger

You’re hosting a summer party, and your grand vision includes a stunningly crafted cheese board that gets every guest talking.... more

18 May 2023 · 21 minutes
Sneaky Clauses in Your Utah Lease Agreement

Do you really know what’s in your lease? We don’t blame you if you only skimmed it — there’s a... more

17 May 2023 · 23 minutes
Can the SLC School District Restore Trust By Fall?

School is almost out for the summer, but Salt Lake City School District leadership still has a lot of homework... more

16 May 2023 · 22 minutes
Finding Romance in Small Lake City with Christina Lauren

Finding love in Small Lake City is hard. But romance writer Christina Hobbs, half of the bestselling duo Christina Lauren,... more

15 May 2023 · 16 minutes
Campaign Signs, the Lake Czar, and Picks for Mom

Campaign signs for Salt Lake City mayoral candidate Rocky Anderson appear to be dominating big streets throughout town. But do... more

12 May 2023 · 30 minutes
Concert Etiquette for Kilby Block Party and Beyond

The Kilby Block Party hits the Utah State Fairpark this weekend — in a big way. Andrea Racine, head of... more

11 May 2023 · 19 minutes
Effortless Gardening Tips for Renters and Plant Killers

This weekend is a gardening showdown in Salt Lake, with Wasatch Community Gardens and Red Butte Gardens hosting their annual... more

10 May 2023 · 18 minutes
A Conversation with PornHub’s New Nemesis

PornHub has turned off the tap in Utah after a new law took effect requiring adult content sites to verify... more

09 May 2023 · 21 minutes
10 Essential Rules for Surviving Salt Lake

What are the essential rules for surviving Salt Lake? From how to not overthink what you’re wearing to drink order... more

08 May 2023 · 26 minutes
445 Million of Our Dollars, Walking to Chick-fil-A, and Mexican Street Parties

Mayor Erin Mendenhall is asking the Salt Lake City Council to approve her $445 million budget proposal. How do we... more

05 May 2023 · 24 minutes
Who’s To Blame for the Draper Home Slides?

It’s not every day we see our neighbors’ houses fall off a cliff. But Utah made national news recently when... more

04 May 2023 · 17 minutes
Who Waters Salt Lake’s Urban Forest?

Salt Lakers love our urban forest. Over the past few years, the City has added thousands of trees to our... more

03 May 2023 · 19 minutes
Yes, Utah Has Bears. How Worried Should You Be?

Spring has arrived in Salt Lake City, so it’s time to say “good morning” to our black bear neighbors. Oh,... more

02 May 2023 · 22 minutes
How To Enjoy Salt Lake’s Slow Sundays

You may have heard there’s nothing to do on Sundays in Salt Lake, due to the cultural influence of the... more

01 May 2023 · 18 minutes
Manifesting Lifeguards, Unionizing the Library, and Homelessness Q&A

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall hosted an “Ask Me Anything” on homelessness this week. Lead producer Emily Means joins... more

28 Apr 2023 · 24 minutes
Salt Lake’s Sexiest Salads for Spring

There are few people in this world who feel a fiery passion for salads: Michelle Obama, rabbits and our very... more

27 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
3 Years After Protests, What Has SLC’s Policing Commission Done?

In the summer of 2020, protestors took to the streets calling for an end to racism in policing. Salt Lake... more

26 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
Change Our Minds: Salt Lake’s Olympic Bid

Salt Lake City and Utah leaders — and frankly, most Utahns — are super hyped on the prospect of bringing... more

25 Apr 2023 · 22 minutes
Getting Around Salt Lake Like a Local

Salt Lake’s big transportation play is our grid system, but despite its simplicity, it can be tough to master. Sweet... more

24 Apr 2023 · 19 minutes
Is Crumbl Good? What’s Mud Rain? And Why Are Ponds?

The New York Times recently posed a big question: Are Crumbl cookies any good? Lead producer Emily Means and host... more

21 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
How's Utah's Medical Cannabis Program Doing?

Happy holidaze! It’s been three years since Utah’s medical cannabis program launched. As City Weekly’s annual 420 issue hits the... more

20 Apr 2023 · 14 minutes
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Your Wardrobe

It’s time for spring cleaning, and we know you’re headed to the thrift store with your donation pile in tow.... more

19 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
Did You Blink and Miss This Change to How We Choose Judges?

A new law changing how Utah officials pick judges takes effect on May 3. It was one of those “blink... more

18 Apr 2023 · 18 minutes
To Share or Not To Share Our Outdoor Spaces

You’ve found it: your special outdoor spot. But if you let people in on the secret, do you run the... more

17 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
Salt Lake’s MLB Pitch, the Mayor Runs For Mayor, and Gripefest

A group of influential Utahns have a big pitch for Salt Lake’s Fairpark neighborhood: a Major League Baseball team and... more

14 Apr 2023 · 25 minutes
Spring Fashion Trends From Indigenous Creators

Salt Lake’s first Indigenous Fashion Week kicks off this weekend, and every designer and model on Saturday’s catwalk will be... more

13 Apr 2023 · 19 minutes
Dare To Leave Salt Lake and Visit Provo

Salt Lakers hate crossing our county lines to the south. Provo? Never heard of her. But as one of the... more

12 Apr 2023 · 16 minutes
Would Eliminating Golf Courses Save the Great Salt Lake?

It’s easy to look at golf courses in our drought-stricken state and wonder if they’re doing their part to conserve... more

11 Apr 2023 · 16 minutes
Mythbusting Salt Lake’s Air Quality

Salt Lakers tend to think of our city’s battle with air quality as recent history –– but that’s not really... more

10 Apr 2023 · 22 minutes
Flood Plans, New Homeless Shelters, and Downtown Getting Taller

The Salt Lake City Council was busy this week with all sorts of land-use proposals. Lead producer Emily Means joins... more

07 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
The Problem With Too Much Snow

It’s been fun to watch this winter’s snowfall break state records — most recently the all-timer at Alta Ski Area.... more

06 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
Picking Salt Lake Fights With the ChatGPT Robot

Host Ali Vallarta and lead producer Emily Means want to figure out if the interactive online robot, Chat GPT, is... more

05 Apr 2023 · 26 minutes
The ‘Mother-In-Law’ Apartment Debate Heats Up

In a world full of acronyms, Building Salt Lake editor Taylor Anderson is here to convince you to care about... more

04 Apr 2023 · 24 minutes
Utahns' Quiet Obsession With Med Spas

Driving down I-15 there are dozens of billboards advertising medical spa procedures for botox, face filler, and body sculpting. These... more

03 Apr 2023 · 21 minutes
Gwyneth v. the Optometrist, Delicious Food News, and Construction Corner

Academy Award winner and lifestyle influencer Gwyneth Paltrow is in Park City for what’s been dubbed “the trial of the... more

31 Mar 2023 · 28 minutes
A Big Idea for Ballpark Secures a Stadium for Women Athletes

Athletes and enthusiasts have submitted a bold proposal for Salt Lake’s soon-to-be-vacant Smith’s Ballpark: build the first women’s sports complex... more

30 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
The Unintended Consequences of a Shiny New Park

The Salt Lake City Council recently approved the plan for a brand spankin’ new regional park in Glendale. It’s the... more

29 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
Why Two Local Banks Are on a Watchlist

A handful of Utah banks — including two in Salt Lake — have been put on a national watchlist for... more

28 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
Preparedness Tips from a Salt Lake Prepper

This winter is one for the books. Utah’s snowpack broke a 40-year record, and we’re seeing increasing preparations around the... more

27 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
Sad Boy Concerts, Banning the Bible, and a Transit Conundrum

The lineup for Salt Lake’s Twilight Concert Series was announced this week, and well, it’s gonna be a sad boy... more

24 Mar 2023 · 24 minutes
How To Be a Good Neighbor During Ramadan

The crescent moon was spotted on Wednesday night which means that thousands of Muslims across Salt Lake are now celebrating... more

23 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
The Rallying Cry for Utah Gay Rodeo

It’s been 19 years since riders and wranglers came to town to compete in Utah’s gay rodeo. But this summer,... more

22 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
The New Normal for All-Ages Drag Shows

There is no Salt Lake as we know it without a vibrant LGBTQ+ community, and our drag scene reflects that.... more

21 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
Why the Royals’ Return Is Big for Utah Women

From the triumphant return of the Utah Royals soccer club to the University of Utah Women’s basketball team taking home... more

20 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
The Swarm, a Win for the Great Salt Lake, and Weekend Maybes

It seems like there’s always new news from Salt Lake City’s Ballpark neighborhood. This week, “The Swarm” proposal is the... more

17 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
How Does Salt Lake City Criminalize Homelessness?

We recently asked Mayor Erin Mendenhall if Salt Lake City would consider rescinding its “no camping” ordinance, and she said... more

16 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
Pocket Parks To Discover in SLC

We love our big parks here in Salt Lake: Liberty, Jordan and Sugar House Parks — all have a lot... more

15 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
Is Utah’s New Flag Tattoo-Worthy?

Utah’s got a fever, and the only prescription is new flags. Salt Lake City’s redesigned banner has received glowing reviews... more

14 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
Getting Arrested for More Accessible Transit

One of the reasons we live in a city is the promise of accessibility, right? Disability advocate Shelby Hintze explains... more

13 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
Main Street 2.0, Ranked-Choice Mayors, and Brighter Days

Let’s get municipal. The Salt Lake City Council was busy this week, taking hours of public comment on oodles of... more

10 Mar 2023 · 30 minutes
Coming Soon? Weekend Train to Boise

Salt Lakers love a good commuter rail ride as much as the next transit nerd (see you on FrontRunner!). But... more

09 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
What Lawmakers Did About Housing, Education, and the Gondola

In just 45 days, Utah lawmakers passed nearly 600 bills. It’s a lot to take in. Fortunately, FOX 13 Capitol... more

08 Mar 2023 · 25 minutes
What Lawmakers Did About Great Salt Lake, Liquor, and Your Health

Utah lawmakers passed nearly 600 bills in just 45 days. Whew! It’s a lot to take in. Luckily, FOX 13... more

07 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
The New Rules of Tipping

We could all use a stiff drink now and then — bartenders especially. It’s a tough gig, with difficult customers,... more

06 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
Burying Trains, Clearing the Air, and Abortion Access in Wendover?

Happy Meteorological Spring, everyone! The days are (hopefully, maybe) getting warmer. Lead producer Emily Means joins host Ali Vallarta to... more

03 Mar 2023 · 25 minutes
SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall’s Approach to Homelessness

It’s the freezing cold start to an election year, so this year we made a point of getting Salt Lake... more

02 Mar 2023 · 31 minutes
Mayoral Candidate Rocky Anderson’s Approach to Homelessness

It’s the freezing cold start to an election year, so we wanted to get Salt Lake City’s candidates for mayor... more

01 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
Mayoral Candidate Michael Valentine’s Approach to Homelessness

It’s the freezing cold start to an election year, so we wanted to get Salt Lake City’s candidates for mayor... more

28 Feb 2023 · 22 minutes
Getting Paid To Pay Rent in SLC

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall recently announced plans to fund a new approach to affordable housing. The program would... more

27 Feb 2023 · 21 minutes
Medicaid for Doulas, Three Lawsuits, and a Flood of Nostalgia

You would think the NBA leaving town cooled things off in the city, but nope! There’s still plenty of news... more

24 Feb 2023 · 28 minutes
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We could all use a stiff drink now and then — bartenders especially. It’s a tough gig, with difficult customers, low wages,... more