How a Utah hick founded the ‘sophisticated’ New Yorker magazine

The New Yorker magazine for Feb. 20, 1984.

When the slim weekly with the mysterious cover hit the newsstands in February 1925, it was not an immediate hit. Priced at 15 cents, The New Yorker sold 15,000 copies. Three weeks later the circulation had dropped to 12,000. By April, it was down to 8,000. The humor magazine that had promoted itself as the ultimate in urban sophistication "not edited for the old lady in Dubuque" was apparently not being edited for New Yorkers either.

Creator and editor Harold Ross was a rough-edged Westerner, Colorado-born, Utah-reared, an itinerant newspaper reporter who had gone on to edit the Army paper Stars and Stripes in Paris during the European War. He came to New York when he was discharged, edited the American Legion Weekly for five years, briefly edited the humor magazine Judge, and then turned down an offer from Cosmopolitan in order to start up a magazine of his own. With a provincial’s awestruck fascination with the glamor of the metropolis, Ross had developed the idea of a journal that would reflect the jazzy and cynical spirit of New York City in the 1920s "the color, the tang, the anecdote, and the chat in all the sophisticated circles of New York," as an early ad put it. The New Yorker, Ross declared, would be "a magazine avowedly for a metropolitan audience."

Awkward and brash, with little education and less polish, Ross was anything but a sophisticated metropolitan himself. For a hick, though, he was sure he knew what the metropolitan reader wanted. And, as James Thurber, one of the writers Ross made famous, said of him, he had "a magic gift for surrounding himself with some of the best talent in America, despite his own literary and artistic limitations."

For two years Ross prowled the city looking for someone to finance the venture. Over lunch at the Algonquin Hotel with a circle of literary friends that included Stars and Stripes alumnus Alexander Woollcott, he finally found a backer in Raoul Fleischmann, whose family fortune included a bakery chain and a yeast company. Together they formed F-R (for Fleischmann-Ross) Publishing Corp., with $25,000 from F and $20,000 from R.

The talent Ross surrounded himself with and bullied into shape was stellar. His first art director was the popular illustrator Rea Irvin, who created The New Yorker’s look, laid out its format, designed its headline typeface and drew the legendary first cover, showing a bored 19th-century dandy examining a butterfly through a monocle. Although the symbolism was a little obscure for a magazine seeking to project an image of vigor and currency, the dandy became a trademark of the journal, if not for the city. Later in the year, humorist Corey Ford wrote a series of advertisements describing an imaginary magazine publisher Ford called Eustace Tilley, and the name became inseparably attached to Irvin’s fop. In time, Ross had his private office telephone listed under Tilley’s name.

Under Irvin’s direction, The New Yorker was to revolutionize the visual humor of the era, refining the crude illustrated jokes of Judge, Puck and London’s Punch into pointed one-line gag cartoons. The graphic wit of such cartoonists as Gluyas Williams, Peter Arno, George Price, Saul Steinberg, Helen Hokinson and Charles Addams set a standard unmatched elsewhere. The fiction and criticism in the new magazine were no less influential: Woollcott, George S. Kaufman, Robert Benchley, Ogden Nash and Dorothy Parker contributed regularly to the first issues, and shortly Thurber and E.B. White joined the staff to crystallize the breezy, literate editorial style that became the magazine’s personal voice.

Stylish as that voice ultimately became, though, it took a little while for Ross to determine what he wanted his magazine to be. Two months after it launched, it was losing $8,000 every week, and Ross and his little band seriously considered giving it up. They cut the budget drastically; in September, Fleischmann hesitantly decided to pump more money into an advertising campaign in the city papers. Then Ross published an article that provided the first glimmer of hope for The New Yorker’s survival.

"Why We Go To Cabarets, A Post-Debutante Explains" ran in the Nov. 26 issue, a sharp, sarcastic piece that knocked the boring young men who hung around at deb parties. Written by Ellin Mackay, who was soon to marry Irving Berlin, it struck just the right note of independence for a generation of young women who preferred nightclubs to stuffy Social Register affairs, and it spoke to exactly the market Ross had been looking for. No longer written for Broadway, The New Yorker now found its true audience in the Smart Set on Park and Fifth Aves. Mackay’s article attracted the attention of the daily press and made front-page news nationally.

Ross’ journal continued to change from issue to issue, under the restless direction of its blustering editor. Like New York itself, it constantly redefined the image of the city it sought to mirror. But the path was set; inside 10 years it had 62,000 readers in the city, outselling its rivals Vanity Fair and Vogue by a wide margin. Surprisingly to Ross and Fleischmann, The New Yorker’s circulation was far larger outside the city. Intended for Gotham’s upper crust, the New Yorker image appealed to people all over the country. Probably even old ladies in Dubuque.

First published on April 21, 1998 as part of the "Big Town" series on old New York. Find more stories about the city’s epic history here.

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SALT Cooks Up Luxury Living

SALT Development has completed 4th West Apartments, a 493-unit luxury community in downtown Salt Lake City. Greystar manages the $100 million development designed by Architecture Belgique Inc.

Located at 255 N. 400 W., in the West Capitol Hill neighborhood, the community features 73 studio units, 256 one-bedroom/one-bathroom units and 164 two-bedroom/two-bathroom units. All units feature 1G, NEST controls, gas ranges, stainless appliances, washers and dryers, built-in closets, large decks and Anderson windows. With rents starting at $1,374, Greystar has secured one of the highest prospect capture rates in the state, according to Thomas Vegh, managing partner of SALT Development. The property is adjacent to two light rail systems, one block from the Vivint NBA Arena and has easy access to Interstate 15 and Highway 89.

“SALT Development saw the opportunity to provide a true luxury product for an underserved market in one of the fastest-growing cities in the country,” said Vegh in prepared remarks. “We have exceeded our own expectations at 4th West Apartments with rents above our projections.”

The project’s seven-acre lot was formerly home to the Diggity Dog Resort, a parking lot and several storage facilities.

Upscale amenities

The resort-style onsite amenities include a one-acre rooftop lounge, a 3,500-square-foot fitness center, business center, sports club, bike shop and storage, and dog park. The lounge features a barrel-roofed clubhouse, zero-edge swimming pool, two heated spas, sundeck with cabanas, large kitchen/bar and rentable event space. The health club includes a 1,600-square-foot yoga and spin room and full-size sport court. The sports club has a TruGolf premium commercial golf simulator, putting green, 16-screen multiplex LED video wall, billiards, shuffle board and darts. The dog park features two dog wash stations.

Images courtesy of 4th West Apartments

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Fletcher’s single leads Salt Lake to 12-7 win over Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — David Fletcher hit a run-scoring single in the sixth inning, leading the Salt Lake Bees to a 12-7 win over the Nashville Sounds on Sunday.

The single by Fletcher came in the midst of a 10-run inning and gave the Bees a 7-6 lead. Later in the inning, Salt Lake scored on three more plays, including a two-run home run by Jefry Marte.

Marte homered and singled, driving home two runs for Salt Lake.

Starter Daniel Wright (5-7) got the win while Patrick Schuster (2-1) took the loss in relief in the Pacific Coast League game.

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Darren Carrington Will Transfer to Utah

Carrington, who led the Ducks with 43 catches for 606 yards and five touchdowns last season and earned second team All-Pac-12 honors, was dismissed from the Oregon team on July 14th by new head coach Willie Taggart following a DUI arrest.

Carrington graduated in the spring, and as a graduate transfer, will not have to sit out a year.

Carrington helped beat Utah last November on a last-second touchdown catch at Rice-Eccles Stadium. He gives the Utes a much-needed boost at the receiver position. Raelon Singleton is the leading returning wide receiver with 27 catches for 464 yards and four touchdowns.

Carrington was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of intoxicants on July 1st, and was cited for careless driving and improper right turn. His attorney entered a written plea of not guilty on behalf of Carrington.

In three seasons at Oregon, Carrington had 112 receptions, 1,919 yards and 15 touchdowns.

But he also was suspended from the 2015 National Championship Game for reportedly failing an NCAA drug test.

Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham has not commented on the transfer.

In addition to Carrington, Texas junior college wide receiver Josh Nurse has also decided to play at Utah.

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Enjoy the Beauty of Utah

Utah is a beautiful state to visit and it is full of natural beauty. If you want to enjoy some beautiful and amazing surroundings, then you need to visit Utah. It is an affordable state to visit and there are plenty of attractions that are going to make your visit unforgettable. If you love the outdoors and want to see some amazing things then plan a trip to Utah right away.

Make sure you visit the Great Salt Lake when you are in Utah. This while lake seems to stretch out forever and there are plenty of activities you can enjoy there. Utah is the type of place that you never want to leave and there are lots of activities that you can enjoy when you visit the lake. You can walk, bike, and even get out on a boat. The lake is beautiful and it is worth visiting for a day.

If you are interested in Native American history, you can find many different ruins and petroglyph sites that you can explore. The ancient sites are fascinating and there is so much history when you explore them. You won’t get bored and there is always more to see.

Another thing you might want to explore are the landscapes and rock arches. The colors in the rock are beautiful and there are so many different things to do and explore there. The state is gorgeous and you can spend plenty of time outdoors. Make sure you are prepared to spend time in the great outdoors because it can get hot during the summer. If you are going to be exploring in the heat, make sure that you have plenty of water and sunscreen or your trip is going to be very uncomfortable and possibly even dangerous.

To See the Best Utah Has to Offer, Look No Farther Than Navajo Lake

Tom Wharton | Special to The Tribune Navajo Lake in morning.

Yet, from the ancient forces that formed the Cedar Breaks amphitheater and Navajo Lake to more modern natural sites that include wildflower watching, star gazing and fishing, there is much to see and learn here.

For the most part, the effects of the fire, though great for thousands of acres and disastrous for property owners who lost cabins, had little effect on camping or visiting the area, which is now mostly open again for recreation.

According to Dixie National Forest information specialist Kacy Ellsworth, the only campground affected by the fire was Yankee Meadow just east of Parowan.

She said that area could be closed for between one and five years due to possible flooding, numerous hazardous trees and slick areas due to ash.

“The area is not safe for recreation,” she said. “Yankee Meadow has extensive damage.”

Other campgrounds in the area including Panguitch Lake North and South, White Bridge, Spruces, Te-Ah, Navajo Lake, Cedar Canyon, Deer Haven, Duck Creek and Cedar Breaks are open. Many fill quickly, especially on summer weekends, and reservations are suggested.

“We were really lucky,” said Shannon Eberhard, information specialist for Cedar Breaks National Monument. “The fire was six miles north of us and moved north and east. We didn’t fget affected by the smoke, though we had a good view of the flume.”

Jim Facciuto of the Panguitch Lake Resort said his facility has been open since July 3, though business is slower.

“Nothing burned here and there was no damage.” he said. “It is nice and green around us. There are spots on the other side of the lake that got burned. Fishing is great..We are trying to get it back together. It will take a little while, but we will be fine.”

Brian Head spokesman Mark Wilder said that resort was able to open with full operations on July 4th. The resort is offering regularly scheduled weekend operations Friday through Sunday with live music, food and drink, mountain biking, a family adventure trail, zip line, tubing, climbing wall and scenic chair lift rides.

What hasn’t changed is the area’s interesting geology.

Navajo Lake, for example, has an interesting story about its formation. According to VisitCedarCity.com, it formed when an ancient lava flow dammed the eastern side of the lake valley. Since it rests on a bed of limestone and drains underground through sinkholes. Some water drains towards the Pacific Ocean via Cascade Falls and the Virgin River, while the balance runs east coming out at Duck Creek.

There are lava tubes and ice caves in the area to explore and some interesting viewpoints, including some unusual looks of nearby Zion National Park.

Cedar Breaks’ amphitheater offers some of the state’s most amazing views at an elevation over 10,000 feet. It is located on the 100-mile long Hurricane Fault, which became active about 10 million years ago after Cedar Breaks was once covered by an ancient lake.

The high mountain area at Cedar Breaks is known for its displays of wildflowers than can often last through the summer. According to Eberhard, the 12th annual wildflower festival continues through Sunday and includes daily wildflower walks, and this weekend, booths for kids, crafts, sidewalk chalks, games, and flower coloring.

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The monument, which received International Dark Sky designation this year, also holds summer star parties every Saturday evening from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Large telescopes are provided for these events.

The area is also known for good fishing at Panguitch Lake, Duck Creek Pond, Navajo Lake, Bristlecone Pond at Brian Head and Aspen Mirror Lake.

Mountain bikers can enjoy and easy 12-mile ride around Navajo Lake or lift-served mountain biking on the weekends at Brian Head.

The national forest is also popular with off-highway vehicle riders with UHV and ATV rentals available at Duck Creek Village, which features lodges, retail stores and restaurants. There is also a small lodge with boat and cabin rentals on the shores of Navajo Lake.

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Jason Chaffetz Invents a Housing Crisis in D.C. — While Ignoring a Real One Back Home in Utah

In an interview published last Tuesday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, proposed a $2,500 housing stipend for members of Congress to more easily afford housing at home and in Washington. Chaffetz, who is resigning from Congress without completing his current term, has ignored the growing affordable-housing crisis in Utah.

The housing shortage, fueled by a low minimum wage and high rental costs, is forcing families to move into inadequate housing or pack many people under one roof.

“We’re getting hit with factors that, combined, have put us in [a] very precarious housing situation that’s going to take some time to get out of,” Jaren Davis, executive officer of the Salt Lake Home Builders Association, told Deseret News in March.

Utah is short 47,180 homes for low-income families, and 68 percent of the state’s extremely low-income residents have “severe” difficulty affording housing, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Utah’s minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, or $15,080 annually; a person on that salary would have to work 76 hours a week to be able to afford a small one-bedroom apartment in Utah.

Speaking to The Hill newspaper on Monday, Chaffetz said, “I flat-out cannot afford a mortgage in Utah, kids in college, and a second place here in Washington, D.C.” Chaffetz is one of several lawmakers who sleeps in his office when in D.C.

Members of Congress earn $174,000 annually. As of 2014, Chaffetz had an estimated net worth of $569,006, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. An analysis by CRP found that the average net worth for a member of Congress in 2013 was more than $1 million. Chaffetz’s office did not respond to TYT Politics’ request for comment.

In Chaffetz’s home state, thousands of residents can’t afford one home, let alone two. “We have a number of people paying over 50 percent of their income to housing,” the Utah Housing Coalition’s executive director Tara Rollins told Salt Lake City’s Fox affiliate this month. “It’s discouraging and I think what’s most discouraging is the thought that people aren’t working hard enough. People are working extremely hard and unfortunately, there are a lot of jobs that are only hiring part-time so they have to have multiple jobs to make ends meet.”

There is a more than 2,000-person waiting list in Utah County for affordable housing, Lynell Smith, director of the Utah County Housing Authority, told Provo’s Daily Herald. “It’s about a two-year wait, which is so unfortunate. The people need help now, not in two years.”

Chaffetz’s legislative record also hurts potential homebuyers other than his constituents. He co-sponsored national legislation to kill the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which regulates companies that provide services like credit cards or mortgages.

In 2011, Chaffetz touted legislation to kill the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, a pool of money by mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to provide housing relief for low-income Americans.

“With Fannie and Freddie under federal government conservatorship and losing billions of dollars a quarter, there is no need to have an additional requirement on them to send a portion of their revenue to special interest groups at the expense of American taxpayers,” reads a 2011 press release from Chaffetz’s office.

The legislation was not successful, however, and the Housing Trust Fund became a source of sorely needed funding. Four years later, Chaffetz voted for legislation that would have diverted money from the fund.

In 2016, $3 million of the Housing Trust Fund’s $174 million pool was allocated for Utah. The same amount was allocated for the District of Columbia.

Last month, President Donald Trump proposed cutting the fund entirely.

Kriston Capps at CityLab wrote: “The Housing Trust Fund is not remotely adequate for solving the growing problem of worst-case housing needs. But it was a flexible funding source, driven by local partners to help families with few to no other options… In many communities, it served as a source of gap funding to create more-deeply affordable housing in inclusionary developments.”

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Utah Jazz Release Statement on Gordon Hayward Leaving for Boston Celtics

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The Jazz lost Gordon Hayward to the Celtics during free agency, and that’s not an easy pill to swallow. Hayward not only was their best player, but the organization developed him into the star player he is. The Jazz’s belief in Hayward is a large part of why the forward qualified for the huge contract Boston just gave him.

So it wouldn’t be surprising if Utah were bitter at the circumstances and stayed quiet about his departure. However, that’s just not the type of organization they have in Utah. Jazz executives Gail Miller, Steve Starks and Dennis Lindsey each released a statement on Hayward, and, to nobody’s surprise, it was all class.

Gail Miller, Chairman of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies

“Gordon has been an important part of our Jazz family for the past seven years. While disappointed that he is moving on, we thank him for his contributions to the organization and wish Gordon, Robyn and their family well. We thank him for his play, his leadership and how well he represented the Jazz and the state of Utah.”

“The Jazz made a compelling case for Gordon to stay and managed the process well. A foundation for success has been established here, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to bring a championship to Utah. From our renovated facilities to our dedicated ownership, we are building a winning culture that will make Jazz fans proud.”

“We are proud of the player that Gordon developed into with the Jazz, and wish him and his family the best of luck. Despite his departure, we still have a tremendous coaching staff and very good young core of players in place as we move forward.”

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Utah Jazz: Rudy Gobert Gets Shut out at NBA Awards Show

Despite a breakout season in 2016-17, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert failed to capture any hardware at the NBA Awards show.

Coming into Monday night’s NBA Awards show, Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert seemingly had a better-than-average shot at getting some hardware. Gobert, who averaged 14 points, 12.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per contest last season, was a finalist for both Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved Player.

In the end, though, the Jazz center was boxed out from individual year-end honors.

Although Gobert led the Association in blocks per game, block percentage, individual defensive rating, defensive real plus/minus and defensive win shares, it was Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green that captured the Defensive Player of the Year award.

Green led the league in steals per game and defensive box plus/minus during the 2016-17 campaign.

Not only did Gobert miss out on DPOY honors, but the voting wasn’t that close either. Green paced the field with 434 total points, including 73 first-place votes. Gobert did come in second, but was well behind with 269 points and just 16 first-place votes. San Antonio Spurs’ star Kawhi Leonard finished third (182 points).

The Most Improved Player award went to the Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo. The “Greek Freak” averaged 22.9 points 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game for the Bucks last season.

Gobert finished third in the voting for the award, with 113 points, which trailed both Antetokounmpo (428 points) and the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic (161 points). Gobert received just one first-place vote.

Two other Jazzmen also received MIP votes — Gordon Hayward received three third-place votes, while Joe Ingles got one. Meanwhile, Jazz coach Quin Snyder finished sixth in voting for the Coach of the Year award, which ultimately went to Houston Rockets headman Mike D’Antoni.

It was a tough night for Gobert and Jazz fans. On the bright side, we can probably look forward to an angry Stifle Tower working hard and doing all he can over the summer to prove voters wrong in the season ahead.

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What to Do About Gary Ott? Here Are Four Options for Removing the Salt Lake County Recorder

(Al Hartmann | Tribune file photo) Salt Lake County County Recorder Gary Ott sits with his chief deputy Julie Dole before the Salt Lake County Council’s presentation of findings of the county auditor’s performance review in Oct. 2016. A week later, the Salt Lake County Republican Party censured Dole, accusing her of hiding Ott’s health status.

Ott’s term currently runs through 2020. Here are the options for what could happen moving forward.

1 • Salt Lake County Council could cut funds

Gill’s office scoured the state Constitution for any option for the county to remove Ott and found that once an elected official is in office, there is no mechanism for removing him or her if they become mentally incompetent. But the council does control the recorder’s purse strings, and it’s considering flexing that muscle.

The council Tuesday voted unanimously to hold a hearing next week on changing Ott’s budget. Council members have discussed the possibility of cutting Ott’s salary to remove any incentive for him remaining in office throughout the remainder of his term.

Unknown is whether such a move also could involve the pay of his top deputies, who are essentially running the office and have been subject to unsubstantiated allegations of exploiting Ott for personal gain.

The move to look at the office’s budget comes after a week of escalating tensions between the employees running the recorder’s office and other departments and officials at the county, according to Councilman Arlyn Bradshaw. The office has used internal staff to create its own software that it recently launched, which Bradshaw said is creating issues with the other departments that interact with the recorder’s office. Any mistakes from the launch would come at a bad time.

“We’re in a cycle within the property tax system where valuation notices are supposed to be sent next month to all landowners in the county,” Bradshaw said. “The way we know who those are is through the recorder’s office.”

2 • Negotiating an early retirement

There has been talk, confirmed recently by his secretary and personal friend, that negotiations for an early retirement package may be in the cards.

If Ott was provided incentive — including continued health-care coverage — to step down early, the question of forcible removal would become moot, at least in this case. Resignation more than 65 days out from the 2018 general election would trigger a special election. If Ott resigned within 65 of the 2018 general election, his replacement would be a Republican nominee appointed by the county.

3 • Ott’s family could step in

There is no indication Ott is currently married. He has two ex-wives. He told the Deseret News he was “pretty much” married to his secretary, Karmen Sanone, who some county officials have accused of manipulating Ott by insulating him and hiding the truth about his health.

Ott has siblings in southern Utah who until recently haven’t been actively involved in his life. But if the family believed Ott was being manipulated and treated poorly — and wanted to step in — state law gives them priority over any unrelated person. They could file for legal guardianship or conservatorship, said Jennifer Lee, an attorney in estate law, and the court would give preference to any distant or close relative.

Gary Ott’s brother, Marty Ott, said the family was aware of the issues surrounding the recorder, but said the family was just beginning to consider what options it has. That includes taking the matter to court to obtain control over Ott’s affairs, but Marty Ott said family members weren’t to that point.

“There’s not a cookbook here. There’s no recipe. These kinds of things take on a personality of their own,” Marty Ott said. “We’ve had some people come forward that have been very helpful in explaining not only legal implications but other routes that may even be more helpful.”

“The fact is that that’s always been our primary concern is his welfare, his safety, and whether or not he’s being treated properly,” Marty Ott said this week. He said the family was willing to sit down with Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams to work out an agreement for his possible early retirement. “We want to make absolutely sure that before that happens that Gary is well served and so is the county.”

Call it the nuclear option. Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake City, earlier this year pitched a bill that would create a framework for removing county officials from office. Legislators balked, saying they needed more time to consider the bill. They met Wednesday morning to discuss the concept again, and Chavez-Houck now has a Republican backer in Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City, and plenty of interest from other legislators.

Lawmakers made clear they want to tread lightly to make sure they don’t pass a bill that could allow vindictive voters or political rivals to remove an elected official they simply don’t like. So Thatcher recommended a three-part framework Utahns would have to follow to remove a mentally incompetent person from office.

If at the county level, the council or commission would have to vote unanimously to move to phase two, a mental competency exam in a courtroom. If a judge found the elected leader to be incompetent, and if the condition couldn’t be treated with medication or other means, the council could vote — unanimously — to remove the official from office.

Thatcher made clear the call to action stems from concerns over the case of Ott, who Thatcher called a close personal and political friend. He said the most recent time he talked to Ott, it was clear there was a problem.

“After about 15 seconds of lucidity he started yelling at me for taking his tools before [his deputy] quickly whisked him away and out of sight,” Thatcher told committee members.

Darcy Goddard, chief policy adviser in the district attorney’s office, told lawmakers on the Political Subdivisions Interim Committee they may need to change the Constitution to provide the framework to remove elected officials in the future.

“Our office certainly thinks if you do intend to do something, it would almost certainly require a constitutional amendment,” Goddard said. “Right now, the specific provision for removal would not allow a statute to go forward that would relate to mental or physical capacity.”

That’s a heavy lift, one that would possibly come after Ott’s situation is already resolved. Utah’s Constitution can be amended only if the House and Senate pass a bill with two-thirds majorities and it then is approved by voters in the next general election. The earliest that could happen is November 2018.

Still, lawmakers on the committee signaled they’re ready to move forward next session. They unanimously agreed to create a bill file that will become the vessel to move forward in February. While Ott was the impetus for the impending bill, Rep. Val Potter, R-North Logan, said he was interested in action whether Ott is still in office next year or not because Ott’s case isn’t the first and it likely won’t be the last.

“This has happened” before, Potter said. “I don’t think we know how many times this has happened.”

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