Katie McKellar

Katie McKellar

5 things to know about new Utah State Prison — and when old one will be torn down

5 things to know about new Utah State Prison — and when old one will be torn down

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 20 - 7:11 p.m.

Utah is closing in on the final chapters of the yearslong, controversial saga of building a new prison from scratch.
Recount fiasco throws tight Sandy mayoral race into limbo

Recount fiasco throws tight Sandy mayoral race into limbo

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 19 - 9:02 p.m.

Sandy residents will have to wait to see who their next mayor is, after the Sandy City Council voted Thursday night to not certify the election results.
Has Utah done 'horrible job' branding itself? Governor says state's wild growth tells different story

Has Utah done 'horrible job' branding itself? Governor says state's wild growth tells different story

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 18 - 8:59 p.m.

Gov. Cox pushed back against Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith's recent comments that Utah has done a "horrible job" of branding itself as it's seen as the "easy state to pick on."
Utah Gov. Cox signs off on controversial congressional map that 'cracks' Salt Lake County

Utah Gov. Cox signs off on controversial congressional map that 'cracks' Salt Lake County

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 12 - 5:31 p.m.

It's official. The next generation of Utah's congressional district boundaries has been set for the next 10 years.
Utah House approves congressional map in special session

Utah House approves congressional map in special session

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 9 - 8:29 p.m.

The Utah House made a big step Tuesday toward finalizing the state's contentious redistricting process when it voted to approve the high-profile congressional map.
Despite cries of 'cracking' communities, Utah lawmakers select own maps over independent ones

Despite cries of 'cracking' communities, Utah lawmakers select own maps over independent ones

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 8 - 9:10 p.m.

A GOP-controlled panel of Utah lawmakers put its stamp of approval Monday on maps to solidify the state's political districts for the next 10 years.
Gov. Cox has called the Utah Legislature into special session. Here's what's on the agenda

Gov. Cox has called the Utah Legislature into special session. Here's what's on the agenda

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 5 - 7:16 p.m.

Gov. Spencer Cox on Friday officially called the Utah Legislature into a special session, set to begin Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
These Utah mayors are at risk of losing reelection

These Utah mayors are at risk of losing reelection

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 4 - 2:48 p.m.

The results aren't final and some close races could still flip, but several mayors of cities across Utah and the Wasatch Front are in trouble of losing their seats.
'Good luck': Independent redistricting commission pitches its maps, but decision rests with Utah lawmakers

'Good luck': Independent redistricting commission pitches its maps, but decision rests with Utah lawmakers

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 1 - 9:54 p.m.

Utah's contentious and condensed redistricting process is about to come to a head.
Do Utahns still like Gov. Spencer Cox? New poll numbers are in

Do Utahns still like Gov. Spencer Cox? New poll numbers are in

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 30 - 7:15 a.m.

A new poll shows the wave of high approval ratings Cox rode in the early months of his administration has receded — though a majority of Utahns still support him.
Utah lawmaker who called for 'forensic' audit of state's 2020 election abruptly resigns

Utah lawmaker who called for 'forensic' audit of state's 2020 election abruptly resigns

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 28 - 11:43 p.m.

The lawmaker who received backlash for leading a rally and packing a misinformation-fraught committee hearing on Capitol Hill has resigned.
Do Utahns support removing the state's death penalty? New poll finds opinion is shifting

Do Utahns support removing the state's death penalty? New poll finds opinion is shifting

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 27 - 10:26 p.m.

A new poll shows most Utahns support keeping the death penalty on Utah's books — but now by a vastly smaller margin than past surveys have indicated.
'Ink still wet' on proposed maps, but Utah House speaker says Legislature may reevaluate redistricting process

'Ink still wet' on proposed maps, but Utah House speaker says Legislature may reevaluate redistricting process

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 27 - 5:18 p.m.

After Rob Bishop abruptly resigned from Utah's independent redistricting commission, a state legislative leader suggested the Legislature would possibly reevaluate process altogether.
Utah lawmaker fans flames, calls for audit of 2020 election. Will it catch fire or go up in smoke?

Utah lawmaker fans flames, calls for audit of 2020 election. Will it catch fire or go up in smoke?

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 20 - 8:35 p.m.

A crowd of about 200 people rallied on Utah's Capitol Hill and packed a committee hearing on Wednesday to support a Republican lawmaker who's calling for an election audit in the state.
'It's scary': The West's housing crunch has southwest Colorado at crisis point

'It's scary': The West's housing crunch has southwest Colorado at crisis point

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 19 - 3:26 p.m.

Think it's bad in Utah and Idaho, two western states that saw the highest price increases for homes in the nation this year?
The Wild West's housing market: These Utah, Idaho cities top new list for biggest price increases 

The Wild West's housing market: These Utah, Idaho cities top new list for biggest price increases 

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 18 - 8:51 p.m.

The Salt Lake City metro area and its top housing competitor, Boise, Idaho, just topped another national list for record-breaking home prices.
How Utah plans to replace its state prison with a 'world-class' community

How Utah plans to replace its state prison with a 'world-class' community

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 17 - 7:15 a.m.

The Utah State Prison's campus has locked up 600 acres of Draper land for 60 years. The grand vision for the soon-to-be former prison site is a master-planned "complete community."
New study reveals which Utah cities, counties saw biggest housing price increases

New study reveals which Utah cities, counties saw biggest housing price increases

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 15 - 6:12 a.m.

Any guesses for which Utah areas saw the biggest price jumps in home sales over the past year? If you guessed Summit County, you're on the money.
'We've never seen anything like this': As the West's housing market rages, Utah faces a 'severe imbalance'

'We've never seen anything like this': As the West's housing market rages, Utah faces a 'severe imbalance'

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 14 - 11:27 a.m.

Utah is among the top states in the West and the nation with record-breaking housing price increases — and is now facing a "severe imbalance" in its housing market.
These rural Utah communities are seeing 'unprecedented' spikes in housing prices

These rural Utah communities are seeing 'unprecedented' spikes in housing prices

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 7 - 9:03 a.m.

It's no secret that Utah's Wasatch Front has seen record-breaking housing price increases. But it's not just high-demand urban and suburban areas that are seeing stunning prices.
Salt Lake City mayor bans new homeless shelters for next 6 months

Salt Lake City mayor bans new homeless shelters for next 6 months

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 5 - 4:05 p.m.

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall wants to ban the creation of any new, permanent homeless shelters in her city for the next six months.
Hundreds of anti-mandate Utahns pack hearing to protest Biden's employer vaccine rule

Hundreds of anti-mandate Utahns pack hearing to protest Biden's employer vaccine rule

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 4 - 12:00 p.m.

Hundreds of unmasked, anti-vaccine mandate Utahns packed into a committee room on Utah's Capital Hill Monday to tell lawmakers to fight President Joe Biden's vaccine requirements.
Remember Olympia Hills, the massive south valley development? It's back — but now under a new city's control

Remember Olympia Hills, the massive south valley development? It's back — but now under a new city's control

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 3 - 7:11 a.m.

Olympia Hills is back. Only now it's being called just Olympia. And it has the blessing of a neighboring city that moved this week to absorb its property lines.
After selling the Jazz and now their car dealerships, what's next for Utah's first family of business?

After selling the Jazz and now their car dealerships, what's next for Utah's first family of business?

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 29 - 4:17 p.m.

One of Utah's biggest businesses made a major announcement: the sale of the Larry H. Miller auto dealerships, over 70 auto centers that were owned for over four decades.
How much is rent in Salt Lake County? It's up 12% from last year

How much is rent in Salt Lake County? It's up 12% from last year

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 26 - 11:46 a.m.

Salt Lake County rent prices are indeed rising — but not as rapidly as home prices, according to the Utah Apartment Association.