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DABC commissioners don't appear to be happy with the Utah State Legislature. At Tuesday's meeting, the commission had three coveted bar licenses to award — and 15 applicants. You see, Utah hands out bar licenses by population quota. The formula — one license per 10,200 people — is a made-up number by the legislature. Commissioner Tara Thue called t…
 
Summer is almost over and it's harvest season in Utah's wine country. You read that right. Utah has wine country. On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, we talk with Doug McCombs, the owner of Instant Gratification Winery in Cedar City about Utah's vineyards and the surpri…
 
Who doesn't like a Top 10 list? On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast," DABC Executive Director Tiffany Clason gives us the top 10 selling beer, wine and spirits. Plus, the DABC is officially Utah's cash cow generating $517 million in sales. COVID-19 did not hurt the state's bottom line.Subscribe to get the latest epi…
 
After eight years, John Nielsen is stepping down as chairman of the powerful Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, Nielsen reflects on his tenure and has plenty to say about the legislature, public safety, and cons…
 
The Salt Lake City International Airport is in Utah. But when it comes to liquor laws? It's not necessarily of Utah. On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, we venture into the sovereign nation of airport liquor laws, where 8 a.m. drink service and airlines that offer mini-…
 
Utah's DABC commission forfeited the license of Bountiful's only bar after a paperwork problem that lasted for 18 years. Meanwhile, they granted leniency to a number of bars and restaurants struggling with the impact of COVID-19, including staffing shortages and construction delays.On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcas…
 
It was another month of fighting for limited licenses. The DABC commission had two of the highly-coveted bar licenses and three applicants for them, so people had to beg and plead.On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, we also talk to newly-confirmed DABC Executive Directo…
 
Three things are certain in life here in Utah: Death, taxes and a bill in the state legislature on alcohol policy.On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, we interview Rep. Timothy Hawkes, R-Centerville, who is tasked by the Republican majority with running alcohol bills. He…
 
The 2021 Utah State Legislature is about to get under way, and you can expect yet another liquor bill. On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, we preview the legislative session and what bills you can expect ("to-go" cocktails, bar licenses and budget). We've got an update …
 
Big changes are coming to Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.Executive director Sal Petilos retired as a new administration is moving in. Governor-elect Spencer Cox has tapped Tiffany Clason, a former staffer for Congressman Ben McAdams, to lead Utah's alcohol control agency. She has a resume that includes food and beverage industry ex…
 
The last two months have brought a lot of changes to The Tribune following the announcement that our 68-year-old joint operating agreement with the Deseret News will end Dec. 31. The two companies will no longer share printing, distribution and advertising sales. This has meant a lot of changes — for us and for you — as we bring everything under Th…
 
On today’s episode of “Trib Talk,” reporter Kathy Stephenson spoke to Twist Bar Bistro & Social owner Kirk Bengtzen and Dave Morris, the owner of Piper Down Pub and HandleBar, about their opposition to Gov. Gary Herbert’s rule banning the sale of alcohol after 10 p.m.You can watch the discussion on Facebook or on Youtube. You can also listen on iTu…
 
It's no secret that Utah's hospitality industry has been hurting in the COVID-19 pandemic — more than 450 restaurants and bars have closed since it began in March.On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake County Council member Shireen Ghorbani talks about the effort…
 
Utah’s ski season is different this year thanks to the coronavirus. But what exactly can skiers and snowboarders expect?On the latest episode of “Trib Talk,” Ski Utah’s Anelise Bergin and Visit Salt Lake’s Shawn Stinson joined reporter Julie Jag for a discussion about how COVID-19 has changed skiing and snowboarding for the 2020-2021 season.You can…
 
Post Malone is a Utah treasure, and now he's got a coveted wine. On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, Kathy Stephenson recaps the mad hunt for the Utah rapper's rosé, Maison No. 9. (And if you get a bottle, give us a shout to tell us how it is!)We recap another DABC comm…
 
On today’s episode of “Trib Talk,” reporter Erin Alberty and Dr. Eddie Stenehjem, an Intermountain Healthcare Infectious Diseases Physician, discussed the risk of viral transmission at family gatherings and Utah’s new mask mandate.You can watch the discussion on Facebook or on Youtube. You can also listen on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever yo…
 
On the latest episode of “Trib Talk,” political correspondent Bryan Schott and Tribune data columnist Andy Larsen answered your questions and discussed election results.You can watch the discussion on Facebook or on Youtube. You can also listen on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. Let us know what you want to learn more a…
 
On a special election edition of “Trib Talk,” political correspondent Bryan Schott spoke to The Tribune’s Taylor Stevens, Robert Gehrke, Dan Harrie, Courtney Tanner and Andy Larsen about Utah’s early results and what was happening across the country. A few candidates and local politicos joined the conversation, as well.You can watch the discussion …
 
There are big changes ahead in 2021 for The Salt Lake Tribune.On the latest episode of “Trib Talk,” reporter Tony Semerad spoke with Tribune Executive Vice President Tim Fitzpatrick and interim Editor David Noyce about the move to a weekly printed paper, the end to the joint operating agreement between The Tribune and Deseret News and how these cha…
 
Amanda Smith had a reputation as a fair and pragmatic member of one of Utah's most powerful commissions. As a Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner, she had to weigh some tough decisions on what businesses get coveted bar licenses and which ones would close.On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" p…
 
The 2020 election season is heating up, and there are only a few weeks left until Nov. 3. From the presidential race, to whether Republicans can maintain control of the U.S. Senate, to Utah’s tight 4th Congressional District race, there’s a whole lot to talk about. And some of you have already turned in your mail-in ballots.On the latest episode of…
 
Have you received your ballot yet? If not, it should be arriving soon. On the latest episode of “Trib Talk,” columnist Robert Gehrke spokes with Justin Lee, Utah’s director of elections, and Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen about what you need to know to make sure your vote gets counted.You can watch the discussion on Facebook or on Youtube. …
 
Coronavirus cases just keep on rising across Utah. On the latest episode of “Trib Talk,” reporter Erin Alberty spoke with epidemiologist Annie George about current trends and what they mean as the state tries to grapple with this pandemic.You can watch the discussion on Facebook or on Youtube. You can also listen on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or whe…
 
The pandemic brought many industries to a screeching halt. One sector, however, continued to thrive.On the latest episode of “Trib Talk,” Tribune reporter Tony Semerad spoke with Alicia Holdaway, president of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors, about Utah’s booming housing market and how the social shifts created by our reaction to the coronavirus are…
 
Did you know that in Utah, churches that serve sacramental wine as a part of communion are required to be licensed by the state? Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has a 17-page document that churches must fill out and the pastor has to undergo a criminal background check. On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Po…
 
Today is Salt Lake Tribune reporter Nate Carlisle’s last day with the paper.On the latest episode of “Trib Talk,” interim Editor David Noyce spoke with Nate about some of the stories he has covered — from witnessing the execution of Ronnie Lee Gardner to exploring the disappearance of Susan Powell, the exodus from Short Creek, and the aftermath of …
 
Paris Hilton recently went public with allegations that she was abused at a Utah teen treatment facility and it motivated others to speak out. Critics of the industry say weak oversight and regulations lead to children being harmed at for-profit therapeutic treatment centers, like Provo Canyon School.On this episode of “Trib Talk,” reporter Jessica…
 
Tribune editorial cartoonist Pat Bagley faced some backlash recently for one of his cartoons. On this episode of ‘Trib Talk,’ Tribune editorial page editor George Pyle talks with Bagley and Utah Peace Officers Association President Bruce Champagne on the meaning behind the cartoon, the offense taken by it and how to discuss police reform in the fut…
 
Businesses are still adapting to “the new normal,” and breweries are no exception.On the latest episode of “Trib Talk,” reporter Kathy Stephenson spoke with Jeremy Ragonese, the president of the Uinta Brewing Company, and Justin Belliveau the co-owner and founder of Grid City Beer Works, about how the pandemic and aluminum shortage has impacted the…
 
For the third year in a row, Utah has been named the worst state for women’s equality, and it continues to lag far behind Idaho, the state ranked 49th.Erin Jemison, the former director of public policy at the YWCA Utah, and Susan Madsen, the founder and director of the Utah Women and Leadership Project at Utah State University, joined reporter Beck…
 
Utah bars and restaurants are in danger of going under.A critical deadline looms on Aug. 31 for bar licenses to be renewed. Utah's alcohol control agency says 59 bar licenses have not yet been renewed and that could be a sign of economic trouble for the hospitality industry.Also on "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast," FOX 13's Ben Winslow …
 
The coronavirus has upended nearly every aspect of our lives, and collegiate sports are no exception.University of Utah sports medicine specialist Dr. Peter Chalmers joined Tribune reporters Nate Carlisle and Joshua Newman for a live discussion about what university athletic departments are doing to keep players safe and if college athletics, inclu…
 
For the past few years, a group of Utah retirees who call themselves the “Old Coots” have been meeting every Saturday morning at the Salt Lake City Farmer’s Market to dispense free advice to the public.“We were sitting outside, bored stiff from talking to each other, and I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to get us a booth across the street at the f…
 
Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has provided FOX 13 with its annual list of top selling alcohols in the state. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of so many bars and restaurants, there's been a shakeup. Beers also saw some changes because 3.2 beer went away. On "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by F…
 
Fifty-seven child care facilities in Utah have reported coronavirus cases so far — but responses to the disease have varied greatly from one to another.On the latest edition of “Trib Talk,” reporter Taylor Stevens spoke with Karla Pardini of the I.J. and Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center and Simon Bolivar with the Child Care Licensing Program f…
 
What’s it like to be an emergency room doctor in the age of COVID-19, and how has the virus killed more than 300 Utahns?On the latest edition of “Trib Talk,” reporter Nate Carlisle spoke with Dr. Marion Bishop, an emergency medical physician at hospitals in Logan, Brigham City and Evanston, Wyo., and Utah State Medical Examiner Dr. Erik Christensen…
 
Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control hits a significant milestone in liquor sales. The DABC has another dramatic meeting with alcohol control commissioners refusing to hand out bar licenses. Plus, the conservative city of Provo is set to allow breweries in after a citizen referendum to keep them out fails to make it on the November ballo…
 
Unemployment levels in Utah and across the U.S. remain high by historical standards. Reporter Tony Semerad spoke with Kevin Burt from Utah’s Department of Workforce Services about unemployment trends, the recent elimination of a $600-per-week benefits stipend for recipients, and ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic on Utah’s workplaces.You c…
 
Communities across the country are reconsidering whether to change mascots and place names that some consider offensive. In Utah, Bountiful High School is grappling with renaming its mascot while Intermountain Healthcare announced it’s removing Dixie from its St. George hospital.On the latest episode of “Trib Talk,” reporter Courtney Tanner spoke w…
 
Despite a dramatic surge in recorded coronavirus cases, most of Utah’s K-12 schools are still set to reopen this fall. While each district is required to follow strict requirements for social distancing and sanitation, there are still some uncertainties about what classes will look like.Tribune editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce hosted a virtual town ha…
 
For weeks, demonstrators have taken to Utah streets to protest police violence. On the latest episode of “Trib Talk,” Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill joined reporters Paighten Harkins and Jessica Miller to discuss reform efforts.What do you want to see on the next episode? Email your thoughts and questions to tribtalk@sltrib.com, or use…
 
On the latest episode of “Trib Talk,” Dr. Allyn Nakashima from the Utah Department of Health joined reporters Nate Carlisle and Jessica Miller to discuss the dangers of community spread of the coronavirus in institutional settings.You can watch the conversation on our Facebook page or on Youtube. The audio is available on iTunes, Spotify and wherev…
 
Votes are still being tallied in Utah’s GOP primary elections, but winners are beginning to emerge in the state’s gubernatorial, congressional and attorney general races. Reporters Bethany Rodgers and Taylor Stevens joined columnist Robert Gehrke to discuss the elections, voter turnout and more on today’s episode of “Trib Talk.” “Trib Talk” is prod…
 
COVID-19 continues to impact the state (and the world). On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast," we recap the latest meeting of the DABC commission. The agency continues to make a lot of money as the pandemic goes on and now it's mandating face coverings in all state-run liquor stores.We also talk to Kelly Howard and C…
 
We’ve discussed racism in Utah and police reform. Now, we’re talking about solutions.Rep. Sandra Hollins, Sen. Luz Escamilla, Jeanetta Williams of the NAACP Salt Lake Branch and Shawn Newell from the Utah State Board of Education joined Tribune Executive Editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce for a candid discussion about policy proposals aimed at reducing …
 
New cases of the coronavirus in Utah are rising again. Last Friday, state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn issued a memo to Utah health officials that said, “We are quickly getting to a point where the only viable option to manage spread and deaths will be a complete shutdown.”On the latest episode of “Trib Talk,” Tribune reporters Erin Alberty and N…
 
Protesters in Utah and across the country are calling for change in how law enforcement operates and is funded. Amid those calls to defund and disband the police, local leaders are looking at budgets, citizen review boards and more.In a virtual town hall, Lex Scott of Black Lives Matter, Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown, University of Utah Po…
 
Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has a problem. The agency is reporting an 86% employee turnover with low wages being one of the biggest reasons why. It's gotten so bad, the DABC went to the legislature to ask for a new funding mechanism. The agency makes hundreds of millions of dollars for the state, but doesn't actually control its…
 
After spending three months locked down in Washington, D.C., Mother Jones senior reporter Stephanie Mencimer took a trip to Utah with her daughter to “escape a summer of ennui.” She wrote in a column that the trip to Fashion Place Mall in Murray made it clear why Utah’s coronavirus case numbers are on the rise.On the latest edition of “Trib Talk,” …
 
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