Salt Lake City , Utah

25 Years of Saturdays

We’re in the process of re-vamping our work schedule here in the Tribune photo department. I was talking with one of my colleagues, Al Hartmann, about things. Al said, “After twenty-five years of working Saturdays, I think I’m ready to be a Monday through Friday guy.”

I can’t get this thought out of my mind: What I wouldn’t pay to have a coffee table book of Al’s work, titled “Twenty-Five Years of Saturdays.” Any publishers out there?

You can see a small sample of Al Hartmann’s work by clicking here:

Salt Lake City , Utah

The Blue Thong Society

Salt Lake City – Members of the Blue Thong Society’s Park City chapter trade jokes over dinner. Left to right: Nancy Ramaley, Nancy Haga, Debra Harris, Deanna Colaizzi (back to camera) and Cheryl Leonard. The Blue Thong Society is the Baby Boomers’ alternative to the Red Hat Society. Their mission is to “fight the frump,” while providing women a chance to socialize and do good works. Blue Thongaritas and Blue Martinis are the drink of choice. Utah has three chapters. The Park City chapter met at Cheryl Leonard’s Salt Lake City home Wednesday, November 18, 2007, to socialize, drink blue drinks and have fun.

Provo , Utah

BYU v Utah

Provo – BYU fans hold Brigham Young quarterback Max Hall (15) on their shoulders, celebrating victory as BYU defeats the University of Utah 17-10 in college football action Saturday at BYU’s Lavell Edward Stadium.

Provo – BYU fan Nick Parcell, cheering on BYU in the 3rd quarter. BYU vs. Utah, college football Saturday at BYU’s Lavell Edward Stadium.

Provo – BYU defeats the University of Utah 17-10 in college football action Saturday at BYU’s Lavell Edward Stadium. byu fan flips off utah fans

Saint George , Utah

Warren Jeffs Sentencing

St. George – Anti-polygamy activist Flora Jessop speaks with media outside of the 5th District Courthouse after the sentencing of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs. “I think it was a good day for children,” she said. Jeffs was sentenced Tuesday to two consecutive counts of 5 years to life, November 20, 2007 after being found guilty on two counts of rape as an accomplice, in St. George, Utah. Jeffs, head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was found guilty of two counts of rape as an accomplice for allegedly coercing the marriage and rape of a 14-year-old follower to her 19-year-old cousin in 2001.

Salt Lake City , Utah

En Route – Warren Jeffs Sentencing

Salt Lake City Airport, 6am. Way too early to be awake, especially in an airport. Walking in a fog. Caught a flight to St. George to cover the sentencing of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs.

Went over to the courthouse and complimented one reporter on his black leather jacket. He said, “I always dress up when a man’s going to jail.”

I think he was smoking a cigarillo.

Layton , Utah

Open Carry Lunch

Layton – With a Springfield XD-45 (.45 caliber) pistol on his belt, Brian Nelson pours a chocolate-vanilla frozen yogurt swirl dessert. Approximately thirty gun advocates had lunch Saturday at the Golden Corral restaurant in Layton, Utah, openly carrying their firearms. The event was organized by the web communities and
; 11.17.2007

Layton , Utah


Layton – A flock of yellow-headed blackbirds takes flight from a barren tree Saturday at sunset along Gentile Street in Layton.

Heber City , Utah

Brain Blown

I saw this sign at a football game in Heber City. Am I the only one who can’t read it the right way?

Gunnison , Utah

“I Can’t See It”

I spent Wednesday down in the small Utah town of Gunnison, where a gas leak has caused Lila Lee Christensen to close down her dress shop. More on that in a minute. This morning I brought in the paper and looked for the photos I made of Lila Lee with all of the colorful dresses. I found it on page A4 and pointed it out to my kids:

“Hey, check out the photo I took the other day,” I said, pointing to the page.

“I can’t see it,” said my nine-year-old son.

He was talking about the small size, but I couldn’t see my photo, either. Guess that’s how the news business goes. Here is the photo as it wants to be seen:

The story is that Lila Lee Christensen has had to close down her dress shop, which catered to prom dates and brides region-wide. Her entire inventory of high-end dresses has been contaminated by the gas leak, and faced with the prospect of starting over, she’s decided to shut down the 57-year-old family business.

We took several photos in the contaminated basement, trying different lighting and positioning. Since there was nothing going on, the situation was relegated to be a portrait.

I also put together a slideshow on the story, which came together quite well. I’m not linking to every slideshow I do. Only the good ones. Here’s where to find it:

Daybreak , Utah


Daybreak, homes and Oquirrh Lake.

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