In May, Salt Lake Tribune photographers examined growth in Salt Lake City, where affordable housing is scarce.
They also documented the triumphs in school and in sports of students across the Salt Lake Valley.
Two new critters now call Hogle Zoo their home. And a group of runners took on a long-distance race at one of Utah’s famous sights.
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A view of Salt Lake City's changing skyline looking eastward on Tuesday, May 1. A housing gap coalition formed by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce is going to encourage local government officials to adopt more flexible zoning policies and to cut regulatory fees to stimulate the development of more types of housing, particularly units affordable for lower-income people, in all parts of the Salt Lake Valley. The goal is to get more mixes of housing — high-density, high-rise apartments next to single-family homes alongside smaller apartment buildings with some businesses, too.
Hogle Zoo added two red pandas to its permanent exhibit in Salt Lake City on Friday, May 4. The 3½-year-old male and the 7-year-old female arrived from Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Ariz. Red pandas are also called lesser pandas and live in the mountainous areas of Nepal and southwestern China. Their diet consists mostly of bamboo.
Alex Doolan walks the last mile of the Salt Flats 100 Endurance Run on Saturday, May 5.
Doug Rice shares a moment with his daughter, Ashley, before a news conference held by TRUCE, a group of concerned patients and caregivers advocating for safe legal access to medical cannabis in Utah, at the capitol in Salt Lake City on May 8. The news conference was in response to the Utah Medical Association’s attempts to get signatures removed from the medical cannabis ballot initiative. Rice is the caregiver for Ashley, who suffers from seizures.
Paul Huntsman, owner of The Salt Lake Tribune, addresses staff members on Tuesday, May 8, when he announced there would be cuts to staff and the newspaper’s print product. Thirty-four Tribune staffers were laid off a week later.
Second-graders from Ensign Elementary School lead 47 soon-to-be American citizens from 22 countries in the Pledge of Allegiance at a citizenship and naturalization ceremony at the Federal Court Building in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 9.
Capt. Mike Stevens pauses while recounting some of the moments in his career that still stick with him during an interview at Fire Station 12 near the Salt Lake International Airport on Thursday, May 10. Stevens was once suicidal, a reaction to accumulated traumas he had witnessed on the job. He's now pushing other first responders to consider their mental health.
"He was a watcher and a protector," said Laura Butler on Thursday, May 10, while holding her favorite picture of her son, Aaron Butler, taken in June 2016. "He ran toward danger," said Laura. "He walked the edge so that we didn't have to." Butler was killed in Afghanistan last year.
West High School students participate in the 22-minute die-in for the 22 school shootings that have already happened this year. Members of March For Our Lives SLC and concerned citizens gathered at the Utah Capitol on Friday, May 18, to demand gun reform and honor the 10 dead who were killed in the shooting spree inside Santa Fe High School in southeast Texas.
With sister Mya, 8, Kearns High sophomore Keeven Wilson, 16, gets a high-five from his brother Kamani, 9, after being announced as the Granite School District's Absolutely Incredible Kid award winner during the school farewell assembly on Tuesday, May 22. Wilson had a particularly difficult home life, to the point that he and his siblings were taken away from his parents and he was earning nearly all F's in junior high. Keevan was recognized for turning his life around. With the help of a new foster family, teachers and his football coach, he is now an honor roll student and thinking of studying psychology in college.
Herriman players celebrate a win over Syracuse in the 6A Softball State Championship game on Thursday, May 24.
Diego Fernandez, 10, puts some effort into it as he joins other volunteers and workers at Squatter's Pub Brewery to assemble 80 bicycles on Tuesday, May 29, at the brewery. The bikes were given to first- and second-graders at Washington Elementary the next day.
Sienna Pickard, 22, from Salt Lake City, walks a slackline between two peaks at the mouth of Rock Canyon, in Provo on Tuesday, May 29.
An AirMed helicopter takes off from the helipad at the University of Utah on Thursday, May 31. The University of Utah serves the single biggest geographic area of any academic medical center in the United States.