(Salt Lake City, UT) — Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Junior is not a big fan of Congressman Jason Chaffetz. Huntsman exposed his disdain for the congressman in a tweet sent Monday from his verified Twitter account. Speaking about Chaffetz trying to become Speaker of the House, Huntsman said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy “just got Chaffetzed.” Chaffetz was chief of staff for part of Huntsman’s term as governor, but later resigned and became a big part of Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.
(Syracuse, NY) — Officials are confirming that pilot Michael Johnston of West Jordan Utah died aboard an American Airlines flight that made an emergency landing in Syracuse yesterday. Johnston’s wife, B.J., says she knows she’ll see him again.
The flight was on its way to Boston from Phoenix yesterday morning when the co-pilot diverted the plane to Hancock International Airport in Syracuse after Johnston reportedly fell ill. Johnston’s death was due to a heart attack. He was 57-years-old.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — Utahns aren’t going to get much of a chance to voice their opinions of the Medicaid expansion plan being proposed by state leaders. The state Health Reform Task Force will meet at the Capitol today at 3 p.m. to discuss the proposal, and the public is invited. Next week, Republican lawmakers will decide whether there is enough support for the idea to allow Governor Herbert to call a special session of the Legislature. In an interview yesterday, the governor said Republican lawmakers have “come up with some good ideas” on Medicaid expansion in hopes of addressing all concerns.
(Washington, DC) — Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz is scrambling for Republican support for his outsider bid to become Speaker of the House. Chaffetz is spending every spare minute before Thursday’s GOP House caucus talking to colleagues and trying to muster support in his bid to keep Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy from taking the post. In brief interviews with Utah media, Chaffetz said he hopes to have the support of the Utah delegation when the vote comes. He also described his bid as a long shot, saying he needed to spend time with people who don’t know him very well. >>Love: Chaffetz As Speaker Would Be “Amazing”
(Washington, DC) — Utah Congresswoman Mia Love thinks having Jason Chaffetz as Speaker of the House would be “amazing.” In an interview yesterday, Love said her fellow congressman is a “great friend” and that his election as Speaker would be great thing for Utah. But that doesn’t mean Chaffetz has her vote. Love said in the interview that she would let the people of her district tell her who they think should be the next Speaker before she decides.
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(Murray, UT) — Homeowners in Murray are ready to fight their HOA over a series of fines issued for flying American flags. A meeting of the Chestnut Place HOA board drew a packed house last night but was cancelled at the last minute. Frustrated homeowners yelled they would not take down their American flags, despite 75-dollar fines issued by the HOA board. One of those fined, Erin Worthen says its her right to fly her flag(. Board Member JoAnn Dugay tells how the issue arose: (A) The HOA president says flags should only be flown on holidays and that they should be removed within ten days after a holiday is over.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — The Beehive State is working hard to preserve its population of honeybees. The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food held a meeting yesterday in Salt Lake City in hopes of finding a way to protect the bees that pollinate fruit and berries that are grown in the state. A spokesman for the agency says the department wants to be proactive, given that the number of honeybees nationwide has been cut in half in the last 70 years. There are over two-thousand registered beekeepers in the state of Utah.
(Salt Lake City, UT) — Utah’s state government website is being recognized as the best in the nation. Utah.gov was recently named best government website at the 2015 WebAwards. The site was recognized for outstanding achievement in web development. The Web Marketing Association has been recognizing outstanding websites with the annual award since 1997.
(Washington, DC) — Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz says an improper investigation by the U.S. Secret Service was an attempt to intimidate and embarrass him. The inspector general for Homeland Security issued a report that said up to 18 Secret Service employees took part in or knew about the improper conduct. The attempt to access information about Chaffetz apparently came as the House Oversight Committee was investigating the Secret Service. In a statement yesterday, Chaffetz called the report “scary,” adding “certain lines should never be crossed.”