Utah will reap million of dollars’ worth of environmental cleanup and monitoring benefits in a “landmark” agreement arising from the disastrous 2015 Gold King mine spill. On Wednesday, officials announced a deal to settle Utah’s claims against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency associated with the massive spill from the breach that washed tons of toxic waste out of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains and into the Beehive State via the San Juan River. The Aug. 5, 2015, disaster sparked dozens of claims against the federal government, with Utah’s the largest at $1.9 billion. In the suit filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes alleged the spill deposited tons of toxic metals in the state’s waterways and Lake Powell, resulting in a costly cleanup and disrupting the lives of San Juan County residents.
MIDVALE — Nonprofit Eye Care 4 Kids on Monday broke ground on an expansion of its Utah clinic that officials say will double the number of children it can serve. “There are approximately 50,000 children that start school every August and they’re not getting a vision screening, they’re not getting an eye examination and they’re not getting glasses,” nonprofit founder Joseph Carbone told the Deseret News. “Mostly because their families cannot afford it. Their families are deciding whether they’ll pay for the rent, or we’ll buy food and things like that, and so they’ll go without eye care,” he explained, citing state data. And the pandemic has exacerbated that need, Carbone said. “Because of the COVID pandemic, there are so many people that have lost their jobs, they’re unemployed, and are struggling because of this. We will see a great increase in the number of children that we will see. And we’ve opened up our doors to the families of these children, so if their mom and dad need help, we’ll help them the same way. ... And so we feel we’re a vital part of COVID relief.”
NORTH OGDEN — The symbolism of Saturday’s somber ceremony certainly wasn’t lost on anyone here. At a time when some in this country have called for the removal of certain monuments — or have taken matters into their own hands by defacing or destroying them — a group of grieving-yet-grateful Americans gathered to celebrate the creation of a brand new monument.
Sean Reyes is Utah’s 21st Attorney General and has been serving the state as Attorney General since 2013. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Brigham Young University and pursuing a law degree at UC Berkeley, Reyes would go on to work for a number of law firms and companies in Utah. Throughout Reyes’ distinguished legal career, he has earned many awards including the 2006 Utah Young Lawyer of the Year from the Utah State Bar and the 2007 Outstanding Young Lawyer for the Nation from the American Bar Association. When the call to serve for public office appeared, Reyes didn’t hesitate. Despite losing the primary election for the 2012 Attorney General of Utah position to John Swallow, fate would have it that Reyes would replace Swallow amidst a scandal in 2013. Reyes hasn’t looked back ever since. If he is to win this November, he is looking to serve out a third term as Attorney General.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has been named the likely winner in the GOP Primary election and joins Rod to discuss his campaign ahead of the November election.
As AG Reyes spends the morning talking with Hugh Hewitt about some of the most important issues of the day including human trafficking, big tech, Coronavirus, Defunding the Police movement and more.
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Utah Attorney General Reyes shares his insights on the left-wing activists behind the Defund the Police movement and why defunding the police including removing SROs from schools is a myopic and wrong-minded approach.
Emily Means spoke with Sean Reyes about his campaign and work as attorney general. Emily Means: You’ve been Utah’s attorney general since December 2013. What do you see as the most important role of the AG? Sean Reyes: For me, primarily, it's protecting the people — the families, the children of Utah, the businesses — from violent crimes, from white collar frauds and crimes, from other threats — including things like the opioid epidemic or mental and behavioral health challenges that lead people to addiction, suicide. Sometimes it's a balance, because while I'm trying to protect people, you have to make sure that you don't violate privacy and liberties. So, there are constant tensions that way.
OGDEN — In a nation rocked by protests against police, this northern Utah city showed its solidarity for a fallen officer who died protecting the community he loved. The citizens who lined the streets of Ogden Saturday in honor of officer Nate Lyday — who has been deemed a “son of Ogden” — heeded the heartfelt pleas at his memorial service by his mother, Nancy Lyday. “In a world full of hate, be the light like Nathan is,” she said, adding: “I love you, son.”
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The NAACP Salt Lake Branch on Friday announced Utah as the first state to respond to the organization’s concerns and calls to action. The association hosted a press conference at the Utah Capitol Building to discuss proposed legislation on police relationships with the community as well as broad goals for community discussion to address long-standing nationwide concerns, according to a statement from the NAACP.
SALT LAKE CITY — A statewide ban on chokeholds and knee holds, like the one that preceded the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, could be in the offing for Utah law enforcement agencies under new legislative efforts.
WEST JORDAN — Deondra Brown is a classical pianist. Rabbi Avremi Zippel is the program director at Chabad Lubavitch of Utah. Aaron Osmond is a businessman and former state senator. All three were abused as children. And all three haven’t let that dark time in their lives stop them from becoming successful. “I really do relate to the struggles that survivors experience on a daily basis of trying to come to terms with it and being bold enough to say the words, ‘I am a survivor,’” said Brown, of the 5 Browns piano group. Brown, Zippel and Osmond serve as ambassadors for a new state program designed to change the conversation around child abuse and empower survivors called Shine. They spoke at a news conference Wednesday outside the Children’s Justice Center in West Jordan, one of more than two dozen in the state. The Utah Attorney General’s Office and the Children’s Justice Center launched a public awareness campaign, including public service announcements, billboards and digital media earlier this month.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes joined a bipartisan coalition of 34 state and territorial attorneys general asking Congress to let legal marijuana businesses access the federal banking system.
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is one of 15 Republican attorneys general asking a federal judge to allow the Department of Justice to drop its case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
On Monday, the Utah Attorney General’s Office SECURE Strike Force filed charges against a man from Sandy, Utah for THC distribution. This is his third set of charges in less than a year for similar offenses.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, our communities and worlds have changed. We have adjusted to a new normal as workplaces and schools closed. During this time, the Investigation Division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office continued to work tirelessly on protecting Utahns and our communities. Below is a case Attorney General Investigators were involved in during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A West Bountiful man, recently convicted of practicing law without a license, was arrested on evidence tampering and forgery charges.
During 2018, 128 people died per day in the United States from opioid overdose, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Hundreds of thousands of people struggle with opioid addiction. It’s an addiction that doesn’t affect one gender, race, demographic or class.
Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes joined a bipartisan coalition of 52 attorneys general in calling on USTelecom – the leading organization representing telecommunications providers – and its Industry Traceback Group (ITG) to continue its collaboration with state attorneys general by bolstering technological capabilities to improve enforcement against illegal robocallers.
President Trump endorses Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes
Salt Lake City Motel Was Known for Illegal Activity
Utah businesses are coming together to donate some much-needed COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Utah Attorney General's Office, to distribute all across the state.
Utah first responders on the front lines of COVID-19 are in need of protective gear.
Dan Young, owner of PC Laptops, and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes unload boxes full of supplies at the attorney general’s office in Murray on Monday.
KSL Classifieds, Amazon, eBay, Facebook Agree to Partner with Utah
Republican Rising Star Says He Brings Proven Leadership, Ethics, Legal Excellence and Will Keep Fighting for Utah.
Attorney General Sean D. Reyes urged Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Walmart, and Craigslist to more rigorously monitor price gouging practices by online sellers using their services.
After working hard to rebuild the Office of Utah Attorney General, Reyes remains committed to policy initiatives that ensure the safety, constitutional protection and prosperity of all Utahns.