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Utah is a western state of the United States, in the Rocky Mountain region. The name Utah is derived from the Southern Ute word for "higher up." In addition to the Ute Tribe, the Paiute, Navajo, Shoshone, and Goshute nations also inhabit portions of the state.

Utah had a population of 2,389,039 in 2004, according to a Census Bureau estimate. About 85% of Utah's population resides in the valleys and on the western slope of the Wasatch Mountains in northern and central Utah. Residents are called Utahns. The state is generally rugged and arid, and has spectacular natural scenery. It is a popular summer and winter tourist destination. Salt Lake City, the ski resorts in the Wasatch Range, and the national parks of the south are the most popular destinations.

Utah's capital is Salt Lake City, a vibrant metropolitan city. The small community of Fillmore, in Millard County, was designated as the territorial capital in 1854, four years after Utah Territory was organized. In 1856, the capital was moved back to Salt Lake City, which became the capital of the state when Utah was admitted to the Union in 1896. Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics, which gave a significant boost to the state's tourist industry (especially the ski resorts).

Salt Lake City, Utah is also the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which approximately 60% of Utah residents are members. The LDS Church has a strong cultural influence on the state, resulting in Utah being one of just two states where gambling is illegal.

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Tower of Babel
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Tower of Babel in Arches National Park

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The Utah War was a 19th century armed conflict between Mormon settlers in Utah Territory and the United States federal government. From 1857 to 1858, the settlers and the government battled for hegemony over the culture and government of the territory. One famous incident during the ordeal was the Mountain Meadows massacre, which was a massacre of unarmed California-bound settlers from Arkansas (perhaps wrongly seen as in league with the federal government).

The Presidential Election of 1856 was a contest between James Buchanan of the established Democratic party and John C. Frémont of the newly organized Republican party. Buchanan eventually prevailed, but the credibility of the Democratic party had been shaken. The Republicans charged the Democrats with being soft on the "twin relics of barbarism"—polygamy and slavery. To regain credibility for the Democrats, Buchanan needed to address the charge, but was also concerned with maintaining the integrity of the union between the states. The only politically viable option for Buchanan was to take the hard-line on polygamy and depose Brigham Young as governor of the Utah Territory. Buchanan chose to appoint Alfred Cumming as the new governor and ordered the U.S. Army to escort Cumming to the Utah Territory.

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Karl Rove

Karl Rove (born December 25, 1950) was Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush until his resignation on 31 August 2007. He has headed the Office of Political Affairs, the Office of Public Liaison, and the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives. For most of his career prior to his employment at the White House, Rove was a political consultant almost exclusively for Republican candidates.

His family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1965 when Rove was entering high school. While at Olympus High School, he was elected student council president his junior and senior years.

Rove began his involvement in American politics in 1968. In a 2002 Deseret News interview, Rove explained, "I was the Olympus High chairman for (former United States Senator) Wallace F. Bennett's re-election campaign, where he was opposed by the dynamic, young, aggressive political science professor at the University of Utah, J.D. Williams." Bennett was reelected to a third six-year term. Through Rove's campaign involvement, Bennett's son, Bob Bennett — a future United States Senator from Utah - would become a friend. Williams would later become a mentor of Rove's.

In the fall of 1969, Rove entered the University of Utah as a political science major and joined the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Through the University's Hinckley Institute of Politics, Rove got an internship with the Utah Republican Party. That position and contacts from the 1968 Bennett campaign, helped Rove land a job in 1970 in Illinois, helping on the unsuccessful re-election campaign of Ralph Tyler Smith for Senate.

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  • November 6: On the campaign trail in the USA, October 2016
  • March 27: Utah reinstates firing squad for death penalty
  • February 14: University of Utah study finds suicide may be linked to air pollution
  • February 20: Slovak Henrieta Farkašová wins downhill event at 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships
  • February 16: 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships preparations underway
  • August 5: On the campaign trail, July 2012
  • June 30: Fred Karger officially ends 2012 presidential campaign
  • June 23: One Australian male and female archer qualify for Olympics after Ogden event
  • April 28: Wikinews interviews Fred Karger, U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate
  • March 15: Rocky Anderson announces he will seek Americans Elect nomination

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2002 Winter Olympics cauldron
Credit: Scott Catron
The cauldron used for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah was moved from the top of the Olympic stadium and now anchors the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Cauldron Park just south of Rice-Eccles Stadium. The flame is lit on special occasions, such as the opening weekend of the 2006 Winter Olympics.

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Attractions: Arches National ParkBonneville Salt FlatsBryce Canyon National ParkCanyonlands National ParkCapitol Reef National ParkGreat Salt LakeHogle ZooLake PowellMonument ValleySki AreasState parksTemple SquareZion National Park

Cities: American ForkBountifulCedar CityClearfieldCottonwood HeightsDraperLaytonLehiLoganMidvaleMillcreekMurrayPleasant GroveOgdenOremProvoRivertonRoySpanish ForkSpringvilleSalt Lake CitySt. GeorgeSandySouth JordanTaylorsvilleTooeleWest JordanWest Valley City

Culture: MusicSundance Film FestivalUtah Shakespearean FestivalUtah Symphony Orchestra

Education: Higher Education

Geography: Cache ValleyCanyonlands DesertColorado PlateauDixieFour CornersGreat BasinGreat Salt Lake DesertMojave DesertRiversRegionsUinta MountainsWasatch FrontWasatch BackWasatch Range

Government: ConstitutionEconomyJudicial systemLegislaturePoliticsState Capitol

History: Fremont cultureAncient Pueblo PeoplesShoshoneGoshuteUtePaiuteNavajoMormon pioneersUtah TerritoryUtah WarUtah Constitution

People: UtahnsGovernors of UtahMayors of Salt Lake City

Religion: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsLutheran Church - Missouri SynodCatholic Church

Sports: BYU CougarsReal Salt LakeSalt Lake BeesUtah BlazeUtah JazzUtah UtesUtah State AggiesWeber State Wildcats

Statistics: Population

Transportation: Intercity bus Commuter railInterstate 15Interstate 70Interstate 80Interstate 84Salt Lake City International AirportLight railU.S. Route 6U.S. Route 40U.S. Route 50U.S. Route 89U.S. Route 163U.S. Route 189U.S. Route 191State Route 12State Route 24State Route 31State Route 44State Route 95State Route 96State Route 128State Route 150State Route 162State Route 261State Route 262List of state highways in Utah

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Coordinates: 39°18′N 111°36′W / 39.3°N 111.6°W / 39.3; -111.6

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