Latest Gary Herbert News

Huntsman announces GOP bid for old job as Utah governor

Nov. 14, 2019 7:44 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. went back on the Utah campaign trail Thursday as he launched a bid to reclaim the governor’s title more than a decade after he left office. The Republican’s name recognition makes him a top contender. During an appearance...

2 candidates get endorsements for state monument designation

Nov. 3, 2019 10:54 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert's office has endorsed the first two designations for new state monument candidates, but they will need approval by Utah lawmakers. The Deseret News reports Danger Cave State Park Heritage Area near the Nevada border and Old Iron Town in Iron County received unanimous...

Utah governor asks Trump to send more refugees to the state

Nov. 1, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert has asked the White House to send more refugees to Utah. The Republican governor sent a letter to President Donald Trump last week. Herbert says Utah has the resources and space for refugees. In the past, Herbert says Utah has been able to accept 1,000 refugees per...

Governor appoints Salt Lake City lawyer to judgeship

Oct. 31, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed Salt Lake City lawyer Kristine Johnson as a judge for the state district court that serves Salt Lake, Teoele and Summit counties. Johnson is a shareholder with the Parsons Behle & Latimer law firm and she has practiced law since 1995. Herbert's...

Governor concedes Mormon worries on 'conversion therapy' ban

Oct. 24, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that concerns from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about a perceived lack of safeguards for religious beliefs in a proposed ban on so-called conversion therapy raise legitimate questions, but he thinks they can be resolved. The...

Salt Lake County councilwoman enters race for Utah governor

Oct. 23, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake County councilwoman announced Wednesday she's aiming to become the state's second female governor. Aimee Winder Newton said her experience on the bipartisan council overseeing the state's biggest county gives her the policy chops to make a strong governor. "I believe I...

Utah won't say how many support 'conversion therapy' ban

Oct. 21, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A week after The Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints opposed a ban on so-called conversion therapy in Utah, regulators considering the proposal refused Monday to release how much public support it got. A decision on whether to adopt the ban statewide could come as early as...

Mormon church opposes Utah LGBTQ 'conversion therapy' ban

Oct. 16, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposed ban on so-called conversion therapy in Utah is in danger of being derailed after the influential Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints came out Tuesday night in opposition, just months after it said it wouldn't stand in the way of a similar measure under...

Ex-AG Mark Shurtleff accepts $600K settlement from Utah

Oct. 3, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has accepted a $600,000 settlement from the state to pay for legal fees accrued when he defended himself against bribery charges that were dropped before trial, officials said. Shurtleff, a Republican, sought $1.1 million in legal fees when...

Utah governor ends nearly year-old drought emergency order

Sep. 30, 2019 11:52 PM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has rescinded an emergency drought order nearly a year after it went into effect. The Daily Herald reports that persistent rain and snowfall this year have gradually put an end to statewide severe drought conditions. Almost 99 percent of Utah was experiencing at...