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Ex-boyfriend charged with killing Utah radio host arrested in Mexico

Ex-boyfriend charged with killing Utah radio host arrested in Mexico

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 25 - 3:54 p.m.

A man charged with aggravated murder in the 2021 shooting death of Utah radio host Gabriela Sifuentes Castilla, was arrested in Chihuahua, Mexico, on Thanksgiving Day.
Latinas make history by leading Utah's legislative minority

Latinas make history by leading Utah's legislative minority

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 23 - 6:32 p.m.

Rep. Angela Romero is the first person of color and the second woman to serve as Utah House minority leader, and Sen. Luz Escamilla is the new Senate minority leader after having previously served as minority whip.
Utah Latinos say outreach from political parties is lacking

Utah Latinos say outreach from political parties is lacking

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 20 - 7:21 a.m.

Latinos are Utah's largest and fastest-growing minority group, making up 10% of the state's voters in 2020. But many Latinos say both major political parties are failing to reach them.
Mobile Argentine consulate returning to SLC after high demand

Mobile Argentine consulate returning to SLC after high demand

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 17 - 11:29 a.m.

Argentines in Utah and surrounding states are getting a second chance this year to receive consular services.
San Juan votes out 1st Native American majority county commission, elects 1st Latina

San Juan votes out 1st Native American majority county commission, elects 1st Latina

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 15 - 5:42 p.m.

Incumbents Willie Grayeyes and Kenneth Maryboy lost to challengers Silvia Stubbs — the county's first immigrant and Latina commissioner — and Jamie Harvey.
Utah universities pushing to increase Hispanic enrollment

Utah universities pushing to increase Hispanic enrollment

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 14 - 6:19 a.m.

As Utah's Hispanic population grows, many of the state's higher education institutions are putting resources toward recruiting and retaining Hispanic students.
Buu Nygren wins Navajo Nation president, beats incumbent

Buu Nygren wins Navajo Nation president, beats incumbent

Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov. 10 - 9:23 a.m.

Buu Nygren has spoiled Navajo President Jonathan Nez's hopes for a second term in office.
US Latino voters are shifting right — is that the case in Utah?

US Latino voters are shifting right — is that the case in Utah?

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 8 - 8:42 a.m.

Latino voter trends have been a hot topic of discussion on the national level. But in Utah, Latino voters have gotten less attention, despite making up 9% of eligible voters.
What are McMullin and Lee's stances on immigration?

What are McMullin and Lee's stances on immigration?

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 7 - 3:33 p.m.

Sen. Mike Lee and his challenger Evan McMullin have said the U.S. needs immigration reform, but where do they stand on the issue?
'Luz de las Naciones' returns after 2-year hiatus

'Luz de las Naciones' returns after 2-year hiatus

Dan Rascon, KSL-TV  |  Posted Nov. 7 - 9:06 a.m.

A colorful, festive and lively Latin America Celebration returned to the Conference Center in Salt Lake City this weekend.
Utahns rally in Provo in support of all immigrants

Utahns rally in Provo in support of all immigrants

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 5 - 7:53 p.m.

Cold temperatures and rainy skies didn't stop about 100 people from attending a rally in support of immigrants in Provo Saturday.
Hundreds line up at Millcreek restaurant closing because of staff shortage

Hundreds line up at Millcreek restaurant closing because of staff shortage

Matt Rascon, KSL-TV  |  Posted Nov. 4 - 9:55 a.m.

Hundreds of customers lined up outside of Hector's Mexican Food on Thursday to show their support for a restaurant that's closing after 27 years in Millcreek.
'It's like a family reunion': Utahns celebrate Dia de los Muertos

'It's like a family reunion': Utahns celebrate Dia de los Muertos

Shelby Lofton, KSL-TV  |  Posted Nov. 1 - 9:04 p.m.

Colorful ofrendas are on display across Utah in celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
Dia de los Muertos event in Salt Lake City creates new world record

Dia de los Muertos event in Salt Lake City creates new world record

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 1 - 6:22 a.m.

Over 100 people participated in a Dia de los Muertos event at Trolley Square on Saturday, placing over 1,200 photos of their deceased loved ones on an altar.
Dia de los Muertos: Honoring the 5,000 Utahns who have died from COVID-19

Dia de los Muertos: Honoring the 5,000 Utahns who have died from COVID-19

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 31 - 7:45 a.m.

A memorial display, hosted by the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs, will be available for public viewing from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Hall of Governors. Community members are invited to bring photos of their loved ones to add to the display.
What will happen to the popular State Street taco cart during Sears building redevelopment?

What will happen to the popular State Street taco cart during Sears building redevelopment?

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 29 - 12:10 p.m.

The downtown staple outlasted its former neighbor, Sears, as well as some competing taco carts. It survived the 2008 recession, a pandemic and even an attempt from a neighboring chain to remove it — but will it survive as Intermountain Health redevelops the former Sears building?
Cox tackles immigration, housing and more in Latino Town Hall

Cox tackles immigration, housing and more in Latino Town Hall

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 24 - 10:40 p.m.

Gov. Spencer Cox held a Latino Town Hall on Monday night — his first such event with the Latino community during his nearly two years as governor.
Almost 1 in 5 Utah students are Hispanic, but Utah school boards lack Latino voices

Almost 1 in 5 Utah students are Hispanic, but Utah school boards lack Latino voices

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 22 - 7:18 p.m.

There appear to be only four Hispanic school board members in Utah: Arlene Anderson of Ogden, Stacy Bateman of Alpine, Nate Salazar of Salt Lake, and Ryan Despain of Tintic.
Utah governor addresses immigration reform, upcoming Latino Town Hall

Utah governor addresses immigration reform, upcoming Latino Town Hall

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Updated Oct. 20 - 1:21 p.m.

Gov. Spencer Cox discussed issues of immigration and his motivations for holding a Latino Town Hall later this month during his monthly PBS news conference on Thursday.
SLC appoints first Latina director for economic development

SLC appoints first Latina director for economic development

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 19 - 1:13 p.m.

Lorena Riffo Jenson was recently appointed as the new director of Salt Lake City's Department of Economic Development, making her the first Latina to head the department.
Latino Utahns report mixed feelings about Hispanic Heritage Month

Latino Utahns report mixed feelings about Hispanic Heritage Month

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 14 - 7:32 a.m.

Hispanic Heritage Month ends on Saturday, along with mixed emotions among Utah's Latino community.
Salt Lake program highlights Latino artists

Salt Lake program highlights Latino artists

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 13 - 12:59 p.m.

The Leonardo's artists in residence program features six Latino artists who cover a range of mediums, experience and backgrounds.
'Luz de las Naciones' sold out within minutes after 2-year COVID hiatus

'Luz de las Naciones' sold out within minutes after 2-year COVID hiatus

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 13 - 8:00 a.m.

"Luz de las Naciones" — an annual celebration of Latin American culture in Salt Lake City — is returning to the the Conference Center after two years of virtual events during the pandemic.
UVU receives award for promoting Hispanic student success

UVU receives award for promoting Hispanic student success

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 11 - 2:03 p.m.

The university was awarded "Outstanding Member Institution" by a nonprofit that represents over 500 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success.
Mobile Argentine consulate coming to Salt Lake City

Mobile Argentine consulate coming to Salt Lake City

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 11 - 11:51 a.m.

The Argentine Consulate of Los Angeles is offering services at the Salt Lake City Public Library Oct. 12-14.
Ballet West creates welcoming space for all backgrounds, dancers say

Ballet West creates welcoming space for all backgrounds, dancers say

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 2 - 7:35 a.m.

Ballet West dancers say the company creates a welcoming space for dancers of all backgrounds. Members of the Hispanic community speak about the company's atmosphere during Hispanic Heritage Month.
Latinas in Tech provides community for women vastly underrepresented in their field

Latinas in Tech provides community for women vastly underrepresented in their field

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 3:00 p.m.

The Utah Chapter of Latinas in Tech is about 200 women strong and provides members with networking, recruitment and educational events, as well as a sense of community.
From grocery bagger to CEO: How Rancho Markets founder grew a chain from scratch

From grocery bagger to CEO: How Rancho Markets founder grew a chain from scratch

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 21 - 6:21 a.m.

Puerto Ricans in Utah collecting supplies for Hurricane Fiona relief efforts

Puerto Ricans in Utah collecting supplies for Hurricane Fiona relief efforts

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 10:33 p.m.

Puerto Ricans in Utah are banding together to support Puerto Rico after yet another catastrophe has hit the island.
Monkeypox affecting Latino and Pacific Islander Utahns disproportionately

Monkeypox affecting Latino and Pacific Islander Utahns disproportionately

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 12:49 p.m.

Although Latinos make up just 15% of the state's population, they make up 34% of the state's monkeypox cases. White individuals make up 77% of Utah but are only 50% of cases.
These Latinas have helped create 5,000 Utah small businesses — most of them minority-owned

These Latinas have helped create 5,000 Utah small businesses — most of them minority-owned

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 18 - 7:11 p.m.

Suazo Business Center President and CEO Silvia Castro and the center's founder, Gladys Gonzalez, have helped about 5,000 Utah small businesses.
Gov. Cox seeks feedback from Latinos ahead of Latino Town Hall

Gov. Cox seeks feedback from Latinos ahead of Latino Town Hall

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 18 - 7:21 a.m.

The governor's office is seeking input from Latino Utahns ahead of a Latino Town Hall set for Oct. 24.
Weber State puts more resources into serving Hispanic students

Weber State puts more resources into serving Hispanic students

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 16 - 6:36 p.m.

Weber State University has created a Hispanic-Serving Initiatives Office and hired Yudi Lewis as its executive director.
Salt Lake officials celebrate city's 45,000 Hispanic residents

Salt Lake officials celebrate city's 45,000 Hispanic residents

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 16 - 3:02 p.m.

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall and the city's three Latino council members gathered Friday to issue a proclamation recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month.
It's Hispanic Heritage Month. Here's how to celebrate in Utah

It's Hispanic Heritage Month. Here's how to celebrate in Utah

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Updated Sept. 15 - 3:04 p.m.

There's no shortage of things to do in Utah during Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Thursday to Oct. 15.
Salt Lake buildings to light up in red, green and white for Mexican Independence Day

Salt Lake buildings to light up in red, green and white for Mexican Independence Day

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 14 - 11:34 a.m.

The Walker Center and the Salt Lake City-County Building will be illuminated in the colors of the Mexican Flag on Sep. 15-16 to commemorate the 212th anniversary of the independence of Mexico.
Registration open for multicultural youth leadership event in Utah

Registration open for multicultural youth leadership event in Utah

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 12 - 6:04 p.m.

Seventh through ninth grade students are invited to a free multicultural youth leadership summit that will look at college and career exploration, financial literacy and leadership development.
Parade and street festival to celebrate Hispanic heritage this weekend

Parade and street festival to celebrate Hispanic heritage this weekend

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 9 - 6:22 p.m.

The event, held in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, began in 2016. It takes place 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday at the Gateway.
Ambassador visiting Utah urges Venezuelans to apply for protected status before Friday deadline

Ambassador visiting Utah urges Venezuelans to apply for protected status before Friday deadline

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 9 - 6:16 a.m.

Carlos Vecchio, who the U.S. recognizes as Venezuela's ambassador, met with Venezuelans at Salt Lake Community College on Thursday.
Sundance Film Festival names its first Latino director, an indie-film veteran

Sundance Film Festival names its first Latino director, an indie-film veteran

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 8 - 11:44 a.m.

Eugene Hernandez has been named as the Sundance Film Festival's next director and head of public programming.
Utah's only Puerto Rican bomba group bringing island's culture to the Beehive State

Utah's only Puerto Rican bomba group bringing island's culture to the Beehive State

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 5 - 7:15 a.m.

Bomba Marilé is the state's first and only bomba group. The group plays bomba, a traditional music and dance style in Puerto Rico that has evolved into a form of community expression.
University of Utah's College of Social and Behavioral Science names 1st Latina dean

University of Utah's College of Social and Behavioral Science names 1st Latina dean

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 3 - 7:21 a.m.

Michelle Camacho was named the new dean at University of Utah's College of Social and Behavioral Science in July.
Salt Lake museum offers its first immersive art exhibit in Spanish

Salt Lake museum offers its first immersive art exhibit in Spanish

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 30 - 5:12 p.m.

The Leonardo in downtown Salt Lake City is offering Spanish narration for the exhibit "From Monet to Kandinsky," which features the works of several artists.
Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City hosting Utah job fair, labor rights event

Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City hosting Utah job fair, labor rights event

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 27 - 6:41 p.m.

A series of events geared at educating Hispanic workers about their labor rights as immigrants is taking place next week.
Sen. Romney's plan to boost families would leave out these children

Sen. Romney's plan to boost families would leave out these children

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 21 - 5:36 p.m.

Parents could get up to $4,200 a year per child if Romney's Family Security Act 2.0 goes through, but some families with mixed immigration status will be left out.
Provo nonprofit 'Ella Rises' works to empower young Latinas

Provo nonprofit 'Ella Rises' works to empower young Latinas

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 14 - 7:01 p.m.

Ella Rises is a nonprofit that works with Latina youth to continue their education and preserve their cultural heritage.
BYU study of 400M records says these groups are less likely to vote

BYU study of 400M records says these groups are less likely to vote

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 13 - 11:52 a.m.

Voter turnout is highly segregated by race, politics and age, according to a new study from researchers at BYU and the University of Virginia.
Latino artists in Utah could win up to $900

Latino artists in Utah could win up to $900

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 12 - 3:35 p.m.

El Consulado de México en Salt Lake City and Artes de Mexico have merged their art contests to form the LatinArte Nuestras Raíces 2022 contest.
Community conversations: Utah women of color identify their most pressing concerns

Community conversations: Utah women of color identify their most pressing concerns

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 7 - 5:56 p.m.

New reports found a desire by women of color for representation in decision-making positions, better cultural awareness, and culturally and linguistically relevant mental health support.
Utah legislator among Latina lawmakers who met with VP Harris about reproductive rights

Utah legislator among Latina lawmakers who met with VP Harris about reproductive rights

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 5 - 8:34 p.m.

Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City, was among a group of Latina state legislators that met with Vice President Kamala Harris about reproductive rights on Friday.
Latino Conservation Week in Utah includes star gazing, river cleanups and more

Latino Conservation Week in Utah includes star gazing, river cleanups and more

Sydnee Gonzalez, KSL.com  |  Posted July 21 - 2:08 p.m.

A weeklong push to celebrate and expand Latino involvement in the outdoors and conservation efforts is wrapping up this week — but Utahns still have time to take advantage of river cleanups, star gazing parties and more.