My first impression upon having the site load on my browser was that this design and layout is much like the one used by the Tampa Bay Times, except with a little bit more color. The newspaper has been around since 1871, so maybe there is a little bit of a hesitation of making too many changes and modernizing. The main topics are clear across the top, but some of the words that immediately stand out to me are: justice, polygamy and LDS Church. With a very high Mormon population in the state of Utah, there is no surprise that readers have interest in too many of those topics.
To a reader from another state, like myself, there is very little that comes of interest to me from those topics. I would not say that it is because I am from a city like New York. Other newspapers always manage to find some great coverage of interesting stories. Studying the Tampa Bay Times, any speculation that I had of how odd people find ways to die in Florida were confirmed. That's what made that newspaper interesting even with a dull layout.
Meanwhile, the Salt Lake Tribune does not have a design or look to wow me. The topics across the top are of low interest. It says a bit about the city when the top headline under "Utah News" reads "Is Lead to Blame For Death of Condor?" Really? Of all the things going on in Utah, a reporter is out there concerned about a bird.
Right now, Salt Lake is enjoying the attention from the Sundance Film Festival. Now in just a few weeks, time will only tell what is being promoted on the front page capturing the attention of their devout Utes.