Jennifer Dobner, Salt Lake Tribune

Jennifer Dobner

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Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Past articles by Jennifer:

Big Cottonwood Canyon town on the horizon? Brighton residents seek incorporation, local control.

Back in the 1870s, Scottish immigrants William and Catherine Brighton claimed about 100 acres near the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon and began to build a community. → Read More

Salt Lake City winter market kicks off season with tasty bounty, weekly schedule

On the opening day of the annual winter farmer’s market, fruit grower Kent Pyne was handing out slices of delicious Utah County apples and a bit of advice. → Read More

Terry Diehl's isn't the only high-profile Utah criminal case that has sputtered out

Utah state and federal prosecutors have a checkered track record when it comes to charging and convicting some Utah power brokers in politics and business in recent years. Here’s a look at some cases that stumbled: → Read More

Case dismissed against developer, ex-UTA board member Terry Diehl

Before a trial could even begin on Monday, a judge dismissed a federal criminal case against ex-Utah Transit Authority board member Terry Diehl, after government attorneys said they could not ethically prosecute him. → Read More

After years of investigations and audits, ex-UTA board member Terry Diehl is getting his day in court

After years in the spotlight for risky business deals and cozy relationships with Utah power brokers, developer Terry Diehl will stand trial on Monday for just one thing: allegedly lying in a bankruptcy filing in 2012. → Read More

Most Utahns say a baker with a religious objection shouldn’t have to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple

Should a baker be legally allowed to refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple if doing so violates his or her deeply held religious beliefs? → Read More

Slim majority of Utah voters likes tough new DUI law, with very active Mormons driving support

When Utah lawmakers passed the nation’s toughest drunken driving law in March, the state drew plenty of criticism and became the butt of a joke. → Read More

Ben McAdams says Salt Lake County can pay for Operation Rio Grande without a tax hike

Salt Lake County’s commitment to curbing homelessness and drug addition through Operation Rio Grande has created a $30 million burden on the 2018 budget, although Mayor Ben McAdams says those costs can be covered without a tax hike. → Read More

Grand jury hands up watered-down indictment of ex-UTA board member Terry Diehl

A federal grand jury has handed up a new indictment of former Utah Transit Authority board member Terry Diehl that slashes the number of criminal charges the developer faces from 14 felonies to three. → Read More

Feds to drop 11 felonies filed in Utah developer Diehl’s bankruptcy case

Federal prosecutors plan to ask a grand jury to drop 11 of the 14 felony charges brought against developer and former Utah Transit Authority board member Terry Diehl, new court papers say. → Read More

LGBTQ activists honored with ‘Key to the City’ award

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has awarded two LGBTQ activists with keys to the city, in recognition of their longtime efforts to advance gay rights. → Read More

SLCO Council votes to fund more prosecutors for Operation Rio Grande

The Salt Lake County Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to give the district attorney’s office what it asked for: money to handle a crush of new felony cases stemming from Operation Rio Grande. → Read More

D.A. warns failure to hire additional prosecutors could hamper Operation Rio Grande

The flood of arrests since the August launch of Operation Rio Grande — the massive crackdown on crime followed by attempts to connect addicts and homeless people with treatment and services — has left the Salt Lake County district attorney’s office pleading for some immediate help. → Read More

'Gayest Bake Sale' organizers ask Mormon church for $4.4K donation

The organizers of a gay-themed bake sale in Salt Lake City have asked the Mormon church to match the more than $4,000 in donations the event raised and lend its support to programs that promote safety for LGBTQ youth struggling with suicide. → Read More

Affirmation, the gay Mormon support group, has seen a ‘sea change’ in its 40 years

Affirmation, a support group for gay Mormons, was born in 1977, at a time when admission of same-sex attraction among the LDS faithful was a matter of inner turmoil, deep shame and religious rejection — even a cause for suicide. → Read More

Salt Lake County Council reacts with mild sticker shock to Operation Rio Grande bill

Salt Lake County will need as much as $30 million over the next two years to fund its share of the ongoing Operation Rio Grande that since August has swept up more than 1,100 arrestees from the streets of downtown Salt Lake City. → Read More

Salt Lake City police arrest 50 in weeklong prostitution operation

Salt Lake City police say by the end of the week, they will have arrested more than 50 people in a weeklong sting targeting prostitution → Read More

Lawmakers take aim at $20 hike in concealed gun-permit fee

State lawmakers on Thursday said the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) may have overstepped when it hiked the fee charged to first-time concealed weapons permit holders by $20 without seeking legislative approval → Read More

Gun-rights activists up in arms about concealed carry fee hike

Correction: Aug. 23, 4:35 p.m. -- The story has been updated to reflect that the agency responsible for handling concealed-carry permits is in the Bureau of Criminal Identification. → Read More

Search underway for missing Deer Creek Reservoir kayaker

A search and rescue team was looking for a kayaker who was reported missing at Deer Creek Reservoir on Saturday. The 32-year-old man was on the water with a woman about 3:30 p.m., when the kayak flipped, Sgt. Drew Patterson of Utah State Parks told KUTV. The man was not wearing a life jacket. His female companion was wearing one and was able to get to shore and call for help, Patterson said. The… → Read More