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Venmo Touch will help Chicago’s Braintree mobile transactions surpass $ 2 billion annually – TechCrunch

Venmo Touch will help Chicago’s Braintree mobile transactions surpass $ 2 billion annually – TechCrunch

Brain, a payment gateway backed by Accel Partners and NEA, appears to have effectively doubled the volume of mobile transactions it sees per year to $ 2 billion. He now boasts 40 million credit card accounts in his safe.

How does this compare to the competition? eBay, which operates Paypal, said he had 123 million registered accounts in his last earnings filing and that it expects to generate around $ 20 billion in mobile commerce and payments volume. So while Braintree is even smaller, it’s one of the few notable emerging companies in the space. The Combinator’s Stripe is the other with its formidable concentration of technical talent.

Braintree made waves last year when it bought Venmo, a New York-based mobile payment startup that has made it easy and frictionless to transfer money via SMS and email.

The company kept the Venmo brand name when it launched a series of products including Venmo Touch, making it easy for consumers to store their payment information on a network of Braintree-supported apps like Hotel Tonight, Airbnb, and Uber. The idea is to reduce friction when entering credit card information, so that customers don’t give up on potential purchases.

Instead of having to re-enter your credit card information every time you sign up for a new Braintree-supported mobile service, Venmo Touch will automatically remember your payment details with just one click. Venmo Touch was in beta, but it’s now fully released and available to all Braintree merchants.

On top of that, they’re releasing a new iOS SDK, which will make it easier for developers to create a native checkout flow with UI images and text suggestions. It has a payment form, which already has a lot of credit card entry UI elements and other features that help detect typos. They will bring both Venmo Touch and an improved SDK to Android in the near future.

Brain has raised $ 69 million in venture capital to date from New Enterprise Associates, Accel Partners, RRE Ventures and Greycroft Partners. Find out venmo limit here.

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It’s time to turn the corner on Nevada’s mental health crisis

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States, and our state is certainly more aware than ever of the needs surrounding this public health issue. As Nevada emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and our political, business and community leaders launch efforts to strengthen our economy and train Nevadans for new jobs to secure a better future for themselves and their families. , our state’s recovery will not be complete until our neighbors, colleagues, friends and children fully recover from the mental health effects of the pandemic.

The American Academy of Pediatrics noted that “the worsening mental health crisis for children and adolescents is inextricably linked to the stress caused by COVID-19”, and “[…] the pandemic has undermined the security and stability of families. More than 140,000 children in the United States have lost a primary and/or secondary caregiver, with young people of color being disproportionately affected. With students now back in school, an unprecedented increase in violence against teachers, staff and among students in the Clark County School District is another reminder of the importance of mental health care for our young people. .

It is important to note that COVID-19 has not created a mental health crisis in Nevada. This made a dire situation even worse. Nevada has consistently ranked at the bottom of national mental health measures since at least 2015.

A recent publication of Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute reported that Nevada ranked last (51st) between states and the District of Columbia to provide mental health professionals and services to adults and children, according to data from Mental Health America’s 2022 report, “The State of Mental Health in America.”

Identifying and treating mental health issues is difficult at the best of times. The chronic shortage of mental health and social work professionals in Nevada makes this challenge even more daunting. Nevada currently has only one mental health professional available for every 460 Nevada residents. For comparison, the neighboring Mountain West states of Colorado and Utah have a mental health professional to population ratio of 1 in 270 and 1 in 290, respectively.

In 2021, April Corbin Girnus of the Nevada Current reported that “Nevada should double the number of psychologists and psychiatrists to be considered average by national standards”. Further, she noted, “Other specialties are even scarcer: Nevada would need to quadruple the number of clinical professional counselors to reach the national average. The national average is 45.4 professional clinical advisers per 100,000 population. Nevada has 10.3 per 100,000.”

The data reveals an even more troubling story for the youth mental health landscape. A second report of Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute found that Nevada had only one school psychologist available for every 1,866 students, with a recommended ratio of 500 to 1. The availability of school social workers is still lacking, with only one social worker available for 8,730 students. students; the recommended ratio of students to school social workers is 250 to 1. This means that Nevada’s school mental health staff currently operates with 26.8% of the recommended number of school psychologists and only 2.9% of the recommended number of school social workers.

While hospitals and health centers are still reeling from the impact of COVID-19, the importance of addressing mental health issues in our communities, businesses and schools falls on all of us. Failure to address mental health issues threatens the lives of our most vulnerable residents and places an increased burden on overcrowded hospitals, schools, prisons and mental health facilities.

Going forward, the influx of federal resources and state actions in response to the coronavirus pandemic can begin to address our mental health deficiencies.

In 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, CCDS spent $761,000 in relief dollars on a “platform to monitor data such as absences, behavior, and academic changes that may be a flag red…” for student mental health issues. During the 2021 legislative session, Nevada funded the Children’s Mobile Crisis Response Team ($600,000). Senator Catherine Cortez Masto is a co-sponsor of the Behavioral Health Crisis Services Expansion Act which proposes to expand mental health services in Nevada and nationwide.

In February, Sen. Jacky Rosen introduced the Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Act to provide direct financial assistance for mental health in K-12 school districts to stem the increase in suicides among young people. The bill is approved by the superintendents of Lyon County and the Clark County School District (CCSD). And in March, Nevada’s higher education system received $2.6 million in federal funds to support a system-wide mental health needs assessment.

Certainly, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) foresees a critical influx of dollars to begin this long road to recovery. As ARPA funds continue to be available and as state, county, and local governments determine allocations of these funds, the governor and state legislature should require full and transparent reporting of spending decisions.

The launch of a “Nevada Data Dashboard that transparently tracks how the state is spending U.S. federal bailout funds,” available at NevadaRecovers.com, is a big step in that direction. Another way for the public to monitor the government’s use of these funds is to recently launch Tracking Local Government ARPA Investmentsan “online resource that compiles information from local governments to offer a detailed picture of how major cities and counties (with populations of at least 250,000) are deploying ARPA funds. Another publication from Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute explores ARPA Investment Tracker data for the Mountain West states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah. The report details spending in Henderson, Clark County and Washoe County totaling $37,400,000.

State regional economic development agencies should include mental health professionals among their priorities in workforce development plans.

Funding and transparency are key to solving Nevada’s mental health crisis. But allocating money to programs and services without considering workforce deficits can still challenge the state’s ability to turn the mental health corner. No amount of programmatic funding can solve this problem if there are not enough highly trained mental health professionals ready and able to implement services and interventions. As municipalities commit to allocating funds to mental health, policymakers cannot ignore that the mental health workforce pipeline is a critical aspect of this policy ecosystem, and strategic investments should seek to fill the pipeline appropriately.

Building a mental health workforce in Nevada will take time and money. With a shortage of 1,300 licensed educators in Clark County alone, not to mention thousands of displaced gaming and hospitality workers, the lack of mental health professionals can be relegated to a long list of local needs, county and state. Public health officials and advocates should identify critical needs across the state and propose pilot programs with targeted goals, backed by legislative mandates, for state and local governments, school districts and public agencies. appropriate. Equally important, we must ensure that mental health funding includes targeted strategic investments to help fill the mental health workforce pool with qualified professionals. State regional economic development agencies should include mental health professionals among their priorities in workforce development plans and report on efforts in this critical sector. They should also work with public and private sector partners to recruit and train employees and facilitate the certification of people moving to Nevada to work in mental health.

Cooperation among federal, state, county, and local governments is essential to maximizing the benefits of resources coming from Nevada. To maximize improvements, we need to include our existing mental health professionals in the conversation to ensure policy decisions are made in collaboration with those who know the issues most intimately. Whether through state and local offices, nonprofit organizations, hospitals and health care facilities, schools and universities, or other community outlets, leaders of Nevada must ensure that resources to improve mental health infrastructure and services reach those who need them most without delay.

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Joseph A. Sears, Jr. | News, Sports, Jobs



June 17, 1936 — May 12, 2022

Joseph Alisa Sears, Jr., 85, died Thursday, May 12, 2022. He was born June 17, 1936, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Joseph Alisa and Evelyn Fay Sears.

On December 30, 1958, Joe married Irene Cash, the marriage was then solemnized at Logan LDS Temple on April 17, 1964. Irene died on July 15, 1981 of cancer. Joe and Irene were the proud parents of one daughter, Cindy, and five sons, Blair, Brent, Brian, Blake and Burke.

He is a graduate of Weber High School and Weber Jr. College. He also attended the University of Utah.

Joe enlisted in the US Army in January 1955. He loved sports, and while in Germany he was able to play basketball and softball. His company’s softball team won the European Championship.

Joe retired from the US government on January 3, 1995, after serving 31 years as a tax manager for the IRS and three years in the US military.

His children grew up playing sports. One of his favorite activities was coaching his children when they played little league sports or church sports. If he was not a coach, he was always present at their games or other activities.

Joe loved the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many positions, many being ward clerk, ward Sunday School president, bishop’s counselor, stake high counselor, stake Sunday School counselor and faithful home teacher.

Joe was lucky to have a second love in his life. On October 20, 1982, he married Gayle Smith in the Ogden Temple. Gayle brought three other wonderful children into her life, a son, Kelly, and two daughters, Kristina and Kori Ann.

Joe and Gayle continued their church service, which included missionary missions. Their favorite assignment was a two-year call in downtown Ogden. Joe has always said that Gayle was his best partner in missionary work and as a home teaching companion.

Joe and Gayle loved to travel. Some of the locations visited were Hawaii, Europe, China, Canada, Mexico and Cancun. They followed their pioneering path from beginning to end. They visited the graves of all the church presidents. They also visited the graves of all their ancestors.

He is survived by his wife, Gayle Sears; children, Blair Sears, Brent Sears, Brian Sears, Blake Sears, Burke Sears and Cindy Sears; stepchildren, Kelly, Kristina and Kori Ann; and his sister, Faye Applonie. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Evelyn Sears, and his wife, Irene Cash.

Funeral services will be Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Friends can visit family on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the morgue. Interment, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.

Send your condolences to the family at: www.lindquistmortuary.com.



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Salt lake city

Governor Spencer Cox to declare Nathan Chen Day before Stars on Ice tour halts in Salt Lake City

COVID prevented Olympic gold medalist Utahn from attending White House reception

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nathan Chen performs during the Figure Skating Showcase Gala at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Sunday, February 20, 2022.

Don’t be surprised if on Wednesday you feel the spontaneous urge to leap into the air and spin four times. Because in Utah, it will officially be Nathan Chen Day.

State lawmakers plan to honor the gold medal-winning figure skater in the Capitol Chamber at 11 a.m. with a ceremony and a statement from Governor Spencer Cox. That evening, Chen is scheduled to perform with other Olympians at the Maverick Center with the Visit the Stars on Ice exhibition.

Chen, 23, the youngest of five children of Chinese immigrants Zhidong Chen and Hetty Wang, grew up in Utah and was enrolled in West High’s extended apprenticeship program. Although he moved to California to train when he was 12, he represented Salt Lake City throughout his illustrious figure skating career.

Wednesday marks his third participation in the Stars on Ice program. But it’s also the first time the reigning three-time world champion will skate in Utah since winning men’s individual gold and a team silver at the Beijing Olympics in February.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been able to skate in Salt Lake again,” Chen said in a phone interview with the Salt Lake Tribune last week.

“I’m happy to be back. Unfortunately with that [tour], I won’t have much time to go around Salt Lake or really feel like Salt Lake. The layout of the show and the stage is really nice all the same. But that being said, it will be really nice to be back in Salt Lake for a while.

It may also be one of the last times local fans get to see him skate live. Chen said he plans to return to Yale in the fall. He will spend the next two years focusing on his pre-medical studies while wondering if he will defend his Olympic championship at the 2026 Winter Games in Italy.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nathan Chen warms up before competing in the men’s freestyle figure skating program at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022.

“I will definitely keep skating,” he said. “I just don’t know to what extent and what my goals will be.”

Chen is known as one of the most artistic and athletic figure skaters in sports history. In 2018, he became the first person to land five different types of quad jumps (four rotations) in a single competition. He won his sixth consecutive United States title in January, which puts him a distance away from the record for consecutive national championships set by Dick Button from 1946 to 1952.

He joined Button as one of seven American men to win Olympic gold and is one of two in the past 30 years. Chen also has an Olympic bronze medal from the team competition at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Earlier this month, Chen received an invitation to attend a reception at the White House for US Olympic athletes from the 2020 Summer Games and 2022 Winter Games. He was, however, forced to decline after have tested positive for COVID-19.

Chen may not meet President Joe Biden at the Utah Capitol on Wednesday, but he is expected to receive his honor before a near-full house. The Legislative Assembly will meet on Wednesday for supply and provisional committee meetings.

As for whether he’ll see another full house at the show that night?

“I hope so,” he said. “Yeah, I hope so.”

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Salt lakes real estate

FDEP sends St. Joe Co. a warning letter regarding the work of Watersound Origins

INLET BEACH — After three inspections of the ongoing development of Watersound Origins, a massive residential project in southeast Walton County, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued a warning letter to St. Joe Co., the developer of the project.

The May 11 letter says inspections of Phase 7 of the project, located east of Splash Drive and south of Sawbuck Drive, revealed “possible violations” of state environmental laws and administrative regulations of the State regarding the authorization of activities involving environmental resources.

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The warning letter is “…part of an agency investigation, preliminary to agency action…” in accordance with state law.

Specifically, the letter informs St. Joe that during inspections on March 17, March 29, and May 3, FDEP personnel noted both “unauthorized activities in wetlands” and “violations of the water quality (which) have occurred as a result of dewatering activities”.

In real estate development, dewatering is the process of removing surface water and/or groundwater (water that sits underground in cracks and other spaces in the ground, the sand and rock) of a site.

In recent weeks, residents near Watersound Origins, which is located north and east of US Highway 98 near Inlet Beach, have reported silt flowing into nearby Lake Powell, which , at 800 acres, is the largest coastal dune lake in the world and also a state-designated Pristine Florida Waterway.

Coastal dune lakes, which connect to nearby saltwater bodies (in the case of Lake Powell, the Gulf of Mexico) by periodic breaches across beaches, are an extremely rare ecological phenomenon, existing only in a few places on Earth.

“what happens to the (aquatic) life forces in the lake” over time.

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Going forward, Jaffe said he and other residents around the lake, while not expecting development work to stop, expect St. Joe to be diligent. reasonable as far as the lake is concerned. In the meantime, Jaffe added that he and his neighbors will closely monitor St. Joe’s work on the site.

“We live here,” Jaffe said. “They’re just trying to make money here.”

An aerial photo shows land cleared for the St. Joe Watersound Origins development next to Lake Powell in South Walton County.  St. Joe recently received a warning letter from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and says it has taken steps to ensure the issues are resolved.

St. Joe had no one available for comment when contacted late last week, according to Mike Kerrigan, the company’s vice president of marketing and communications. The company, however, emailed a statement to the Daily News.

“Upon notification of the offsite disruptions, we began taking corrective action,” the company said in the statement. “We have discussed our concerns with the independent site contractor carrying out the work for this project and have emphasized the importance of correcting the issues immediately.”

The statement also noted that St. Joe’s representatives “…met on site with an environmental consultant, the site contractor and the FDEP to review corrective actions.”

In the days that followed, the company said the environmental consultant was performing daily stormwater and SWPP/NPDES (Federal Stormwater Pollution Control Plan/National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) inspections and water quality tests.

The company added in the statement that it “…is committed to implementing the corrective actions recommended by the FDEP as soon as possible and to continuing to monitor the performance of the independent contractors carrying out the work.”

Bu Jaffe remained skeptical in a brief interview Saturday, noting that no one from St. Joe has spoken with neighborhood residents.

“Should we trust them? Why ? asked Jaffe.

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Cities where incomes have struggled to keep pace with inflation

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The US economy is now a full year into a historic inflation run. Year-over-year price increases in the Consumer Price Index have exceeded 5% every month since May 2021, peaking at 8.5% in March. As the Federal Reserve began raising interest rates to cool the economy, supply chain challenges and strong consumer demand throughout the pandemic drove inflation to an all-time high level in four decades.

While countless headlines over the past year have evoked widespread worries about inflation, not all households experience rising prices in the same way. For example, homeowners who bought before the pandemic were spared the surge in housing prices, while remote workers were less sensitive to rising vehicle and gasoline costs. And amid a tight labor market and the Great Resignation, many workers saw their wage gains outpace the rate of inflation, but for those who didn’t, rising prices effectively gave them a pay cut.

Even before the current wave of inflation, many workers were already in a difficult position due to the relatively slow growth of wages relative to prices over the past decade. Average hourly earnings posted year-over-year growth of between 2% and 3% for most of the decade before the pandemic, lagging the rate of CPI growth at several points. And during this period, high earners – who may already be better equipped to withstand rising prices – have seen their wages rise much faster than low earners.

The pandemic and rising prices over the past year have changed that picture. At the start of the pandemic, year-over-year wage growth reached more than 7.5% and has remained around 5% for most of the past two years, almost double the growth rate of the previous decade. This was good news for workers initially, as wage growth far exceeded the rate of inflation. But with prices rising rapidly, the March 2022 data for year-over-year changes in the CPI exceed the year-over-year changes in hourly gains by 3 percentage points.

Changes in the cost of living have also affected workers differently by geography. More than two-thirds of states saw the cost of living decline relative to the national average in the decade before the pandemic. In contrast, coastal states like Washington, Oregon, and Massachusetts led the nation in cost of living increases over the same period.

But with wage growth in mind, the rising cost of living has not necessarily reduced the real income of the typical worker in more expensive states. Many states that have experienced faster growth in the cost of living, such as California and Colorado, have also experienced economic prosperity that has increased wages faster than in other parts of the country. The state whose workers may be the best off in recent years is Utah, which grew the nation’s fastest in real income per capita from 2010 to 2020 at 43.1% and recorded the seventh lowest change in the cost of living over this period. At the state and metro level, other places have struggled with the opposite problem: slower increases in income alongside faster increases in the cost of living. The states where incomes have grown the slowest over the past decade are Alaska, Connecticut, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

The data used in this analysis comes from the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis. Real personal income the tables. To determine where incomes have struggled to keep pace with inflation, LLC.org researchers calculated the percentage change in real per capita income between 2010 and 2020, with lower values ​​ranked higher. high. All values ​​shown are adjusted for inflation in 2020 dollars. To improve relevance, only metropolitan areas with a population of at least 100,000 have been included. Additionally, metros were grouped into cohorts based on population size.

Here are the US metro areas where incomes have struggled to keep pace with inflation.

Large metros where revenue has struggled to keep pace with inflation

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15. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +22.7%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$10,888
  • Income per capita 2020: $58,828
  • Income per capita 2010: $47,940

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14. Memphis, TN-MS-AR

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +22.5%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$10,161
  • Income per capita 2020: $55,398
  • Income per capita 2010: $45,237

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13. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +22.4%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$14,273
  • Income per capita 2020: $78,095
  • Income per capita 2010: $63,822

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12. Kansas City, MO-KS

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +22.4%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$11,249
  • Income per capita 2020: $61,555
  • Income per capita 2010: $50,306

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11. Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +21.6%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$11,232
  • Income per capita 2020: $63,321
  • Income per capita 2010: $52,089

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10. Tulsa, okay

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +20.4%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$10,630
  • Income per capita 2020: $62,762
  • Income per capita 2010: $52,132

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9. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +19.8%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$9,210
  • Income per capita 2020: $55,652
  • Income per capita 2010: $46,442

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8. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +19.7%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$10,464
  • Income per capita 2020: $63,531
  • Income per capita 2010: $53,067

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7. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +19.3%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$8,574
  • Income per capita 2020: $52,981
  • Income per capita 2010: $44,407

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6. New Orleans-Metairie, LA

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +17.9%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$9,105
  • Income per capita 2020: $60,012
  • Income per capita 2010: $50,908

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5. Oklahoma City, OK

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +16.6%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$8,014
  • Income per capita 2020: $56,419
  • Income per capita 2010: $48,405

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4. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +16.6%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$7,286
  • Income per capita 2020: $51,295
  • Income per capita 2010: $44,009

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3. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +15.6%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$9,348
  • Income per capita 2020: $69,115
  • Income per capita 2010: $59,766

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2. Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, CT

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +14.9%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$8,523
  • Income per capita 2020: $65,724
  • Income per capita 2010: $57,201

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1. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +14.1%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$7,417
  • Income per capita 2020: $60,092
  • Income per capita 2010: $52,675

Detailed results and methodology

The data used in this analysis comes from the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis. Real personal income the tables. To determine where incomes have struggled to keep pace with inflation, the researchers calculated the percentage change in per capita income between 2010 and 2020, with lower values ​​ranked higher. In case of a tie, the place where the total change in per capita income over the same period was the lowest was ranked first. Note that all values ​​shown are adjusted for inflation in 2020 dollars. To improve relevance, only metropolitan areas with a population of at least 100,000 have been included. Additionally, metros were grouped into cohorts based on population size: small (100,000 to 349,999), medium (350,000 to 999,999), and large (1,000,000 or more).

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Thousands of people across the United States protest against the threat to the right to abortion

News outlets across the country are reporting protests that erupted over the leak of the Supreme Court opinion that threatens Roe vs. Wade. “Rage”, “fury” and “fear” are typical terms reported to describe how protesters feel about the threat to abortion rights.

The Washington Post: With fear and fury, thousands across the United States are mobilizing for abortion rights

Lisa Branscomb marched past the Supreme Court on Saturday among dozens of abortion rights protesters and tried to hold back tears. All day she heard stories of women choosing abortions and saw others holding signs proudly declaring they had it too. She had listened to the crowd chant: “My body! My choice!” (Silverman, Swenson, Asbury and Elwood, 5/14)

The Boston Globe: “I can’t contain my rage.” Abortion rights activists rally in Boston and across the country

Thousands of abortion rights activists gathered and marched through the streets of downtown Boston on Saturday to protest the leaked Supreme Court draft decision that would strike down the constitutional right to abortion established there has nearly 50 years in the historic Roe v. Wade case. The protests on Boston Common and Copley Square coincided with nationwide demonstrations for abortion rights, including a protest in Washington, D.C., where thousands of people listened to speeches at the Washington Monument and then marched past the Supreme Court. In speeches and chants of the slogan “Bans Off Our Bodies,” protesters on Boston Common expressed their fury at the prospect of the Supreme Court overthrowing Roe. (Crimaldi and Stoico, 5/14)

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio Abortion Rights Advocates Support Roe V. Wade Outside Statehouse

Organizers handed out signs reading “Ban our bodies” and “Stand with Black women,” while handmade signs in the crowd carried more scathing messages, such as “If you take away my reproductive choice, can I delete yours? with a hand-drawn image of a pair of scissors, and “If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d be (expletive) a senator.” “I want Mike DeWine to understand, or I hope Nan Whaley, if elected, but I want the Ohio Legislature to understand that we need access to safe abortion,” said Christina Pusecker , 48, of Cedarville. “The first rally I attended was in Washington, DC, in April 1992, when the Supreme Court ruled on the Casey case.” (Hanks, 05/14)

Chicago Tribune: ‘I hope people are as scared as I am’: Thousands rally and demonstrate in Chicago in support of abortion rights

Carly Mostar started marching for abortion rights almost 20 years ago and although she said she would continue to show up when needed, she finds it hard to believe that it is still necessary to show up. fight to give a woman a choice. Mostar was one of nearly 1,000 people representing many different communities who gathered at Union Park in West Town on Saturday morning in the glorious sunshine to support the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. (Ahmad and Casanova, 5/14)

Kansas City Star: Hundreds attend abortion rights rally at Plaza in KC

M’Vyonne Payne was 11 weeks pregnant when she collapsed on her bathroom floor and was rushed to a Kansas City hospital in 2018. She was bleeding inside and lost until to a liter of blood. Doctors told her she had had an ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus. Pregnancies are not viable and can threaten a woman’s life. Payne spoke to more than 300 people gathered in Mill Creek Park on Saturday at an abortion rights rally. “Bans Off Our Bodies” was organized by the Reale Justice Network and many other organizations. It was the latest protest in the Kansas City area in the weeks after Politico published a draft Supreme Court opinion quashing Roe v. Wade. Rallies were held Saturday in several cities across the country. (Torres, 5/15)

Salt Lake Tribune: Abortion rights rally draws about 2,500 people to Utah Capitol, including women who fought for Roe V. Wade decades ago

It has been more than 49 years since the United States Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, who established a constitutional right to abortion. But decades later, the women who fought for that decision are still crying out to be heard. And they’re afraid what the Supreme Court’s recently leaked draft opinion, which showed a majority of the court voted privately to overturn Roe, will mean for the future of women’s rights in the United States. . “I remember when the decision was made for birth control, not to mention abortion,” said Beverly Cooper, who was 26 when Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. “And so I lived at a time, and I never imagined that I would be living in a time like this. I never thought that would be my future. (Miller, 5/14)

Star-Tribune: Protesters demonstrate in favor of abortion rights in Wyoming

Between Veteran’s Park and Healing Park on Conwell, a crowd filled the sidewalk. They were protesting the recently leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion on Saturday, which shows the justices appear poised to overturn Roe v. Wade this summer. About 200 abortion rights protesters – children, parents, grandparents, students and friends – clutched cardboard signs and billboards with slogans such as ‘I walked for this ago 50 years”, “Stop the madness” and “Whose next rights will be?” As they walked, they chanted “My body, my choice”. When they arrived at Conwell Street, they chanted, “Hey hey, ho ho, the patriarchy must go.” (Shimizu Harris Casper, 5/15)

San Francisco Chronicle: Pro-Choice Marchers Take to SF Market Street, Demand Abortion Protections

The protest was the largest women’s rights-focused march in San Francisco this year, drawing around 10,000 people, said Sophia Andary, co-chair and executive director of the Women’s March of San Francisco, which co-sponsored the event. event. Participants came from across the Bay Area and were united in their desire to shape the national conversation on reproductive health care and related issues. The right to have an abortion “shouldn’t even be a form of law in government,” Andary told The Chronicle. “It’s about women’s autonomy and (people’s) right to choose. We need people to stay engaged and walking, but more importantly we need people to go beyond that. (Picon, 05/14)

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Salt lake city

Salt Lake City police arrest man in fatal State Street stabbing case

The fatal stabbing is the fourth homicide in Salt Lake City this year.

(Salt Lake City Police Department) Salt Lake City police are investigating a fatal stabbing near 1700 South and State Street. on Saturday May 14, 2022.

Salt Lake City police arrested a man in connection with a fatal stabbing Saturday night.

Trevor Bellacomo, 34, was stabbed multiple times and found injured near 1700 South and State Street around 9:25 p.m., authorities said in a news release. Bellacomo was taken to hospital, where he died of his injuries.

On Sunday, police arrested a 36-year-old man and took him to the Salt Lake County Jail on suspicion of murder and obstruction of justice. The Salt Lake Tribune generally does not identify suspects unless they have been formally charged.

The man allegedly stabbed Bellacomo multiple times outside an entertainment venue, the statement said. Bellacomo then walked to the area near 1700 South and State Street “for help but lost consciousness and collapsed,” police said.

Authorities said the stabbing “does not appear to be a random attack.”

Bellacomo’s death is the fourth homicide in Salt Lake City since the start of the year, police say.

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Utah economy

200 years of Monroe Doctrine leave traces of American atrocities in Latin America

Cuban activists and supporters gather outside the Cuban Embassy during a rally for Cuban freedom on July 26, 2021 in Washington, DC. [Photo/Agencies]

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his Bolivian counterpart Luis Arce this week affirmed their refusal to attend the June 6-10 Summit of the Americas in the United States if the host insists on excluding Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Their position reflects regional opposition to the exclusion of these countries from the summit, but this is not the first time that the United States has tried to impose its will on the entire American continent, and it will not be the last.

In the nearly 200 years since the United States adopted the so-called Monroe Doctrine in 1823, American atrocities in Latin America have overshadowed bilateral relations.

MILITARY ASSAULT

The history of the development of the United States is also a history of Latin American resistance marked by blood and tears.

After its founding, which involved dispossessing North American Indians of their own land, the United States embarked on a policy of expansion against Mexico, its southern neighbor.

Through the war, the United States appropriated half of Mexico’s territory, including all or part of the current states of California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, of Colorado and Wyoming.

Mexico has lost significant mineral resources, which has had an impact on its economic development.

At the end of the 19th century, the United States launched another offensive, taking possession of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea through the Spanish-American War and occupying Cuba.

At the turn of the 20th century, frequent US military aggression in Latin America gradually brought the countries of the region into its sphere of influence.

In 1903, the United States forcibly rented Guantanamo, Cuba’s natural port in the Caribbean, turning it into the first American military base abroad. To date, Washington refuses to return it to Cuba.

In 1915, the United States sent troops to occupy Haiti under the guise of “protecting the diaspora” from local unrest. He will not retire until 1934.

The United States occupied the Dominican Republic from 1916 to 1924 to collect debts incurred by Dominican governments.

American troops invaded the island again in 1965, when the Dominican Republic’s civil war toppled the pro-American government and Washington sent some 40,000 troops to “restore order”.

In 1989, the United States sent elite troops to invade Panama under the guise of “protecting the lives and property of American citizens”, overthrowing the military government and attempting to gain permanent control of the Panama Canal.

ECONOMIC OPERATION

In 1904, American writer O. Henry used his experience in Honduras to write his novel “Cabbages and Kings”, in which he exposed the ruthless plunder of American monopolies in Central America and the Caribbean, and coined the term “banana republic”, referring to countries under the control of American capital and whose economies depended invariably on a single crop, such as bananas.

In 1930, the United Fruit Company of the United States controlled approximately 1.4 million hectares of land in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama and more than 2,400 kilometers of railroads, as well as customs, telecommunications and other essential services of the countries.

In 1947 alone, American companies accounted for as much as 38% of gross domestic product (GDP) in Honduras, 22.7% in Guatemala, 16.5% in Costa Rica and 12.3% in Panama.

Exploited and plundered by the United States, these countries became its economic vassals as suppliers of raw materials and dumping grounds for American-made commodities, with economies far behind.

In addition, Washington has imposed and continues to impose indiscriminate sanctions and tariffs on several Latin American countries, further restricting the region’s economic development.

In 1962, the United States launched a trade embargo against Cuba that turned into an all-out blockade of the island nation, resulting in over US$150 billion in economic losses by mid-2021.

“The blockade is suffocating our economy, causing shortages, hampering development and is the greatest violation of Cubans’ rights,” said the island’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez.

Venezuela has also suffered the impact of more than 430 sanctions imposed since 2015 by the United States and its allies, with losses to its economy of more than US$130 billion.

The sanctions have caused a 99% drop in Venezuela’s revenue and have had a negative impact on all social and economic spheres, according to Venezuelan Foreign Minister Felix Plasencia.

IN THE SHADOW OF THE MONROE DOCTRINE

At the beginning of the 21st century, as Latin American countries recovered from recurrent political and economic crises, their relations with Washington began to be characterized by contradictions and conflicts.

In 2011, the 33 countries of the region created the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the first regional organization in the Americas to drop the participation of the United States and Canada.

Faced with the continuous decline of its influence, the United States is forced to adjust its policy towards Latin America.

“The era of the Monroe Doctrine is over,” then Secretary of State John Kerry declared in 2013 at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS), announcing the dawn of a new era “of interests and common values” between the United States and the region.

But that doesn’t paint an accurate picture. The shadow of Uncle Sam still lurks behind many political developments in Latin America, said Adalberto Santana of the Center for Latin America and Caribbean Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Washington’s fingerprints are everywhere in the 2009 military coup in Honduras, the ousting of Fernando Lugo in Paraguay in 2012 and Dilma Rousseff in Brazil in 2016, the forced resignation of Evo Morales in Bolivia in 2019 and the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela.

In a speech to the US Senate in February, Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders acknowledged that the United States had undermined or overthrown governments in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“For the past 200 years, our country has operated under the Monroe Doctrine, based on the principle that as the dominant power in the Western Hemisphere, the United States has the right to intervene in any country that might threaten our so-called interests. Under this doctrine, we have undermined and overthrown at least a dozen governments,” Sanders said.

As recently as 2020, the United States named American hawk Mauricio Claver-Carone president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), ignoring the practice of always appointing a Latin American to the post because he wants exert more diplomatic pressure on countries. like Venezuela.

At the start of the COVID-19 epidemic in Latin America, the United States, then the global epicenter of the pandemic, summarily deported undocumented Central American migrants without the usual safeguards, increasing the risk of the disease spreading in countries with weak health systems.

Moreover, in response to reasonable requests for assistance from Latin American countries to fight the pandemic, the United States has chosen to ignore them, even to block its cooperation with countries outside the region, falsely alleging “debt traps” or “neocolonialism”, politicizing a health issue and forcing them to take sides to the detriment of their own development.

The United States, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said, fails to see that Latin America and the Caribbean has changed and that the Monroe Doctrine can no longer be reinstated.

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Salt lake city government

Utah students come out to support abortion rights

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — More than 100 students at West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, walked out of class Thursday in support of abortion rights.

It comes after Senate Democrats forced a vote to advance a bill that would enshrine abortion rights into federal law.

The legislation failed in the Senate yesterday and now many fear losing their abortion rights.

Students have been concerned about leaked Supreme Court documents that potentially overturned Roe V. Wade. Students chanted, held up signs and rallied to make their voices heard on this controversial issue.

The school sent an email stating that the walkout was not a school-sanctioned event, but school officials wanted to give students the space to exercise their freedom of speech.

“Banning abortions isn’t going to take away abortions, it’s going to take away safe abortions,” said West High student Addie Eresuma.

Students at the event shared their concerns about the creation of women’s body laws, the effects an abortion ban would have on low-income women, and how the “trigger law from Utah could affect rape victims who are going through something personal and traumatic.

“The reason a woman gets pregnant should be their private issue,” said West High student Anna Young. “It shouldn’t be something the government has to sort of dissect.”

Students mentioned that the reason they organize events like this is to ensure they have a voice in issues that affect their future – they want to fight for it.

West High wasn’t the only school to plan a walkout on Thursday — more than 100 kids from Highland High School and East High School also walked out in support of abortion rights.

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Salt lake city

🌱 Does SLC have the highest rental prices in the country? + No more school walkouts

Hello, people of Salt Lake City! Joseph Peterson here with the latest Salt Lake City Daily.


First, today’s weather forecast:

Partly sunny and warmer. High: 77 Low: 53.


Here are the top three stories in Salt Lake City today:

  1. The students of Five high schools in the Salt Lake City area staged a march for abortion rights on Friday. It was an effort to raise their voices and demonstrate their First Amendment rights. although it is not a school-sanctioned event. These walkouts are no longer rare occurrences, a reality that is not lost on the school district. But according to a spokesperson, the walkouts have been respectful and orderly and the voice of the rising generation deserves to be heard. (FOX 13 Utah News)
  2. President Joe Biden has ordered flags across the country to be lowered to half staff in all public buildings as America’s projected COVID-19 death toll hits one million. For Salt Lake City, the Utah State Capitol flag was lowered on Friday to honor the grisly milestone and will remain at half mast until Monday. “As a nation, we must not be numb to such grief,” the president said in a proclamation. Also recently announced, Utah Governor Spencer Cox released a statement saying he has tested positive for COVID-19. (KUTV 2News)
  3. As Salt Lake City continues to grow and experience a real estate market that won’t slow down, The capital of Utah also finds itself at the top of the list of the most expensive rental rates in the country. It is also the third highest on the list of the most dramatic average rental rate increases over the past two years. In numbers, this means that SLC has seen its rental rates increase by almost 25% since 2019, from $1,189 a few years ago to $1,475 today. (ABC4.com)

Today in Salt Lake City:

  • Join the Aviary on World Migratory Bird Day for a weekend celebration of the connection between nature and the city at our Liberty Park campus. It’s the Urban Bird Festival at Tracy Aviary & Botanical Gardens (10:00 AM)
  • Going to Logan for the weekend? Listen to the Salt Lake Children’s Choir concert “At Springtime.” It’s free and open to the public, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Logan. (7:30 p.m.)
  • This show gives you the best of both worlds: scripted punchlines and on-the-fly staging. It’s stand-up-inspired LIVE improv at Why Kiki. (7:30 p.m.)
  • Attend a free, family-friendly multi-ethnic performing arts festival at the Gateway Olympic Legacy Plaza. It is a celebration of cultural diversity. (10 p.m.)

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About me: Joseph is a writer and marketing communications strategist with a degree in mass communications from the University of Utah. He enjoys city life, public libraries, national parks and promoting events that strengthen the community.

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Utah economy

Cliff of Hunger: Pantries worry about continued inflation and recession

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Utah Food Bank President and CEO Ginette Bott said she knew many families faced at least 12 to 18 months of struggle to put food on the table.

As expected, demand in food pantries has increased during the pandemic, but now it shows no signs of slowing down thanks to steadily rising prices for food, housing and gasoline.

“The pandemic has really leveled the playing field, which means everyone has had challenges throughout,” Bott said. “Then, all of a sudden, inflation appeared. And so the same families that were struggling with COVID are still struggling now, hampered by inflation. It affects us all…but if you’re a family that’s been impacted by all of this because of COVID and you’re still trying to catch up, inflation has been horrible.

Bott said the Utah food bank saw nearly three times the usual demand at the busiest time of the pandemic, and even now it’s more than twice as busy as normal. At the same time, demand for food in pantries is on the rise, with frequent supply chain issues making some items – such as infant formula – harder for consumers to find.

“If the stores don’t have these kinds of items, it’s not something I can go out and find either. Just because we’re a food bank doesn’t mean we can get the things the store doesn’t have,” Bott said, adding that the Utah Food Bank is carefully monitoring shortages to prepare for what’s to come. could happen next. “Baby food and infant formula are things that we are very careful and very careful with because of expiry dates.”

Bill Tibbitts, deputy executive director of Crossroads Urban Center, a food pantry in Salt Lake City, said the organization tries to keep as much stock as possible because there’s nowhere else people can turn. .

“Usually we’re on the line,” he said. “When people come to see us, they have already used other options. … If we don’t have something, there’s no great place to refer people for things like formula.

The Utah Food Bank — which supplies more than 200 food pantries across the state — gets the majority of its food from large commercial donors or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to Bott, they’ve been spared the worst of the supply crisis — especially when it comes to necessities — thanks to Utah’s relatively strong supply chain.

Lately, the food bank has faced greater hurdles when it comes to finding the labor to sort and deliver food to pantries, as well as dealing with transportation costs.

“If this does not happen on time, and soon, it will be very difficult for us to maintain the level of service. We can have the product, but I won’t have the staff and I won’t have the fuel to keep these trucks on the road,” Bott said.

An unprecedented dilemma

Tibbitts, who has worked for Crossroads for two decades, said he had never seen such a request. Previous surges, he said, were usually driven by high unemployment rates, such as in the years following the 2008 recession. Now, despite the low unemployment rate, more and more Utahns are turn to food pantries because their wages cannot keep up with the price of goods.

“For the families we serve, the price of food is bad, but part of the reason it’s so bad is that rent is going up twice as fast as food,” he said. “(People) just get stretched in ways they couldn’t have anticipated. …Normally when we have 2% unemployment, the pantry slows down as people can get better paying jobs, but the cost of living, especially for tenant families, is rising faster than wages . It’s scary.”

“We didn’t see such a large increase when the unemployment rate was so low. Never,” he continued.

Tibbitts is more concerned about what’s yet to come, given that some of the few remaining COVID-19 assistance programs — including an expanded food stamp program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — could cancel benefits later this year.

When that happens, he said, “pantries across the country are expecting a big boost.”

“We’re seeing an increase now, but when that happens people nationally refer to it as a hunger cliff,” Tibbitts said. “That’s what worries us. Right now we are seeing an increase, but we are generally able to keep up with it. If things get worse, it will be quite difficult to keep enough food on the shelves. »

The country could be in even worse shape in the event of a true recession, he said, because even more Utahns could face food insecurity.

“I’m not used to seeing the economy so impacted,” Tibbitts said. “First the pandemic, and now a war in Europe. Hard to know what to predict. I prefer not to speculate, I don’t want to give the universe bad ideas.

“It’s not going away anytime soon”

While they understand that many families who could normally afford an excess are now struggling to meet basic needs, Bott and Tibbitts encouraged Utahns to help in any way they can.

“The one thing I think people should always remember is that in addition to food and money, your neighborhood food pantries also need your time,” Bott said. “Sometimes volunteer help is just as important as food or money.”

“For the foreseeable future, it looks like it’s only going to get worse,” Tibbitts said. “We are just so grateful to everyone who is volunteering because we need all the help we can get at this time.”

“It’s really a juggling act,” added Bott. “We’ve been doing this for 118 years, it’s not going away anytime soon.”

The United States Postal Service is participating in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 14. Letter carriers will deliver non-perishable food that residents leave in a bag or box near their mailbox before 9 a.m., and donations can be made to Utah Food Bank Warehouses or Harmons Grocers.

People facing food insecurity can call 211 for help finding the nearest food pantry or for help with food stamps and other programs.

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Salt lake city government

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Salt lakes real estate

Keys to the Kingdom: Exploring Vermont’s Beautiful Northeast Corner

Our companion, a Bostonian at heart, was impressed. So. A lot. Cows! We kept stopping the car so he could take pictures of red barns and white silos, green hills and blue skies – and dozens of black and white Holsteins. Our advice: Plan to take it slow if you’re road tripping along Vermont’s 51-mile Northeast Kingdom Byway. Bordering Canada and wedged between the Green Mountains and the Connecticut River, the eastern corner of Vermont is the most rural part of the state. Comprising the counties of Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans, with a combined population of approximately 66,000, it projects a more “small-town” than craftsman-hipster vibe. It’s a colorful quilt of small hamlets, plus a larger town, St. Johnsbury, the commercial center of the region, and exactly one town, Newport. Home to Jay Peak, Burke Mountain and Lyndon Outing Club ski resorts, the Northeast Kingdom has the dubious distinction of being the coldest place in the state, with an official lowest recorded temperature of minus 50 degrees. There must be solid material here.

Seriously, though: a kingdom? The nickname is often attributed to Vermont Governor George Aiken, who used it in a speech in 1949. Whatever its genesis, the glowing descriptor is apt: it’s a glorious place. The Northeast Kingdom is dotted with more than 200 lakes and ponds and home to eight state parks. Rules of outdoor recreation, from fishing to fat-tire cycling. And if it really was a kingdom, the royal family would surely reside on Lake Willoughby, Vermont’s answer to Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne. Nearly 8 km long, this fjord-like lake is one of the most dazzling places in New England. Here’s a curated overview of what you’ll encounter if you enter the realm.

Key place to stay: Inn at Mountain View Farm

True, they had us at “dwarf goats”. This 440-acre farm estate sits atop Darling Hill in East Burke; the goats are part of an on-site animal sanctuary that includes rescue horses as part of the menagerie. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the inn has 14 rooms and suites and offers access to over 100 miles of bike trails, twice-weekly yoga sessions, and a free hot breakfast (with home-grown vegetables on the farm) and an afternoon tea. . The s’mores at the hearth are a nice touch; they also offer a beer garden with Vermont craft beers on weekends. From $180 (includes access to Kingdom Trails); 802-826-9924; www.innmtnview.com

Key place to play: Kingdom Trails

We always say, nothing like a bike ride to become a 10-year-old child again! And you really will feel like a lucky kid if you’re on this 100-mile network of single and dual track mountain bike trails; the Kingdom Trails are ranked among the best mountain biking networks in the world. (Don’t like biking? All sections of the trails are great for walking and running.) Accessible via daily, monthly, or annual membership, the trails are suitable for all ages and abilities, according to the Kingdom Trail Association. Take a look at their website and familiarize yourself with the culture (“Ride with Gratitude” is a theme) before you ride. Trails cross private land, so code of conduct and rules apply (eg, no e-bikes.) Day membership: $20; 8-15 years old, $12; www.kingdomtrails.org

Key places to camp: White Caps Campground and Emerald Lake State Park

Love camping in your newly purchased RV? Caps Blancs campsite (RVs from $47 per night; cabins, $75 per night; www.whitecapscampground.com) occupies prime real estate at the south end of Lake Willoughby in Westmore. No need for BYOB (boat); they offer boat rentals as well as a small camping store. They also offer tent camping, but RV sites (some overlooking the lake) and rustic cabins are the way to go here.

For a more peaceful woods camping experience, we like Emerald Lake State Park (www.vtstateparks.com) in East Dorset. The campsites are located on a wooded hillside with walking trails that lead to a 20-acre green-hued lake. There is a small swimming area, boat hire, fishing and wonderful walks in the nearby Dorset mountain. Another to consider: Brighton State Park in Brighton, a beautiful, quiet campground known for great fishing, located near Island Pond and Spectacle Pond. Camping fees at Vermont state parks are approximately $30 per night; two-night minimum stays may apply. (Tip: book early if you want a summer weekend.)

Must-see places to admire the view: Lake Memphremagog and Lake Willoughby

A large part nearly 32 miles long Lake Memphremagog is located in Magog, Quebec. But the Vermont end of this freshwater lake, in the town of Newport, is a dandy place to celebrate the state’s short but balmy summer season. Plan a visit to Prouty Beach, a picnic by the lake or lunch at one of the restaurants on the shore and watch the boats go by.

As for Lake Willoughby? “Beyond beauty”, as our companion said. Rent a kayak at White Caps Campground and paddle the fjord, or hike one of the 12 miles of trails in the Willoughby State Forest. The peaks of the Pisgah and Hor mountains, rising along the lake, are a great attraction. A favorite route is the Mount Pisgah Trail, 4.1 miles round trip, a moderately difficult hike due to an elevation gain of 1,653 feet. Those views of the lake are worth it.

Key places to eat: The Parker Pie Company, Salt Bistro, Burke Publick House

You’ll feel like you’ve stumbled upon a real find at Parker Pie Company (from $14; www.parkerpie.com), a pizzeria at the back of the Lake Parker Country Store in West Glover. The combination of great pizza and local beer can’t be beat. You won’t go wrong with the Green Mountain Special pizza, topped with spinach, red onions, bacon, apple, fresh garlic and cheddar cheese, with a drizzle of local maple syrup. Want to go a little fancier than a pizza and a beer? Salt Bistro (www.facebook.com/VermontCateringCompany/) in St. Johnsbury is known for its high quality local food with an Italian twist; live music (and maple cream martinis) add to a fun night. We are always happy to find a good gastropub on our travels; fortunately, the NEK delivers with Burke Publick House (entries from $16; www.burkepub.com). The entree side of the menu is irresistible – there’s poutine ($11; hey, Canada is nearby) and “candy for men”, smoked and fried pork belly with chili sauce and coleslaw, topped with pickled onions ($11.) Who’s to say no to that?

The Museum of Daily Life.
Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Team

Key stops for a rainy day: Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, Museum of Everyday Life

Insect art! Butterflies! You could easily spend a few hours exploring this natural history museum, housed in a circa-1889 Victorian building in St. Johnsbury. Home to numerous animal specimens and artifacts, the site is also home to the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, Vermont’s only public planetarium. Interesting features here include an outdoor butterfly house (June-Sept) and a weather observation station. As for insect art, the Fairbanks Museum houses the entire collection of “Bug Art” mosaics created by John Hampson, made up of thousands of beetles, moths and butterflies. Adults, $12; www.fairbanksmuseum.org

Alarm clocks at the Museum of Daily Life.
Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Team

It won’t take long to cover everything, but the Daily Life Museum (donations accepted; www.museumofeverydaylife.org) in Glover is worth a visit if you are passing through. Described by its founders as a “detailed and theatrical expression of gratitude and love for the tiny, unglamorous experience of everyday life in all its forms”, the self-service museum (turn off the lights when you leave) celebrates the banal. The current exhibition is devoted to lists in all their forms; past shows have explored the mysteries of locks and keys, safety pins, pencils, and “The Toothbrush: From Twig to Bristle.” Because . . . Why not?


Diane Bair and Pamela Wright can be contacted at [email protected]

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Salt lake city

Several victims are recovering from unrelated shootings in Salt Lake City, Taylorsville

SALT LAKE CITY – Several victims are recovering after two unrelated shootings in Salt Lake City and Taylorsville on Wednesday night.

Two men in their mid-twenties are in hospital recovering after being shot in the legs in Taylorsville. Also at the hospital is a 20-year-old who was shot in the leg in Salt Lake City.

The two shootings are unrelated.

In Taylorsville, police said shots were fired at 7 p.m. at 4545 Atherton Drive, near the basketball court.

Officials said four people were engaged in a fight and gunfire was exchanged, although the exact cause of the fight is unknown.

Taylorsville police believe there were shooters on both sides of the fight and two of the men fled the scene. Officials do not know if the two people who fled were injured during the exchange.

The incident is likely isolated between the two parties and Taylorsville police believe there is no danger to the public.

A drone and helicopter response was triggered in an attempt to trace others involved in the shooting.

The two men who were taken to hospital are in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated Salt Lake incident, a 20-year-old man is recovering from being shot in the leg.

The police department’s gang unit is investigating the incident.

At 4:35 p.m., a caller reported a shooting near 600 South 200 East, police report.

Officers located the 20-year-old victim with a gunshot wound to the calf. In the time it took officers to arrive, someone “known to the victim” put a tourniquet on the 20-year-old’s leg, officials said.

The preliminary investigation shows that a group fought and shots were fired.

Those involved in the shooting fled the scene and officers were unable to locate the suspects.

Although there is no suspicious information to disclose, police believe this is not a random incident.

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Utah economy

Inflation rate: US inflation drops slightly but gas and groceries remain up

Inflation in the United States slowed slightly in April, reaching an annual rate of 8.3%, according to a report from the United States Department of Labor published on Wednesday, although many categories of consumers, including basic necessities, recorded double-digit increases more than a year ago.

April’s average rate was lower than the 8.5% year-over-year rise in March, which was the highest rate since 1981.

While a drop in gasoline prices in April helped lower the headline inflation rate, prices at the pumps rose in May and, according to an AAA report on Wednesday, the average price per gallon of fuel ordinary in the United States was at an all-time high. high time of $4.40.

The Mountain West states, which include Utah, continued to have the highest regional inflation in the country, with average prices for goods and services rising 9.8% in April from 10.4% in March.

The Labor Department report noted that increases in the indexes for housing, food, airfare and new vehicles were the main contributors to the seasonally adjusted increase in all items. The food index rose 0.9% during the month, while the home food index rose 1%. The energy index fell in April after rising in recent months. The gasoline index fell 6.1% during the month, offsetting the increases in the natural gas and electricity indexes.

Grocery prices rose 10.8% from a year ago, gasoline prices rose an average of 43.6% from April 2021, and housing costs rose 5 .1% over the past year.

Prices for new and used vehicles also continue to climb, up 13.2% and 22.2%, respectively.

Beyond the financial strain on households, inflation poses a serious political problem for President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats in the midterm election season, with Republicans saying the 1 $.9 trillion from Biden last March overheated the economy, flooding it with stimulus checks, increased unemployment aid payments and child tax credits.

On Tuesday, Biden sought to seize the initiative and declared inflation “the No. 1 problem facing families today” and “my top national priority.”

Biden blamed chronic supply chain groans related to the rapid economic rebound from the pandemic, as well as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, for triggering inflation. He said his administration will help mitigate price hikes by reducing the government’s budget deficit and promoting competition in industries, like meatpacking, that are dominated by a few industry giants.

Yet further disruptions overseas or other unforeseen issues could still push US inflation to new highs. If the European Union decides, for example, to cut off Russian oil, gas prices in the United States will probably accelerate. COVID lockdowns in China are compounding supply issues and hurting growth in the world’s second-largest economy.

The unexpected persistence of high inflation prompted the Federal Reserve to embark on what could become its fastest series of interest rate hikes in 33 years. Last week, the Fed raised its benchmark short-term rate by half a point, its largest increase in two decades. And Powell signaled that more rate hikes just as steep are to come.

The Fed Powell is looking to accomplish the notoriously difficult – and risky – task of cooling the economy enough to slow inflation without causing a recession. Economists say such an outcome is possible but unlikely with such high inflation.

Since last summer, Utahns have registered growing concerns about sweeping price hikes on goods and services, sentiment tracked by a monthly poll conducted by Deseret News in partnership with the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

In a statewide poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates March 9-21 of 804 registered Utah voters, an overwhelming majority of respondents, 93%, said they were very or somewhat worried about inflation, a number that matches what pollsters heard from Utahns in a February survey.

Survey participants also raised concerns that household incomes simply aren’t keeping up with rising costs, and most said they haven’t seen any significant increases in their paychecks in course of the past year.

While 38% of respondents said they had seen an increase in the past 12 months, 62% said their income had stayed the same, and 75% of respondents said their salary just wasn’t keeping up with inflation. .

The same March survey also asked Utah residents who they believe were responsible for the rise in inflation. While respondents were almost united in expressing their concerns about large-scale price increases, they gave more varied responses to the question of who is to blame.

It’s perhaps unsurprising that partisanship played a role in the March 9-21 poll of 804 registered voters. A plurality of respondents, 33%, pointed the finger at the Democratic Party when asked “who or what is to blame for inflation”.

Republicans fared much better, winning just 6% in the blame game, while the Federal Reserve was seen as slightly more responsible at 8%. U.S. corporate pricing and policies were the source of inflation for 17% of survey participants, and 23% believed rising costs could be attributed to the economic fallout from COVID-19.

The poll results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.45 percentage points.

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7 luxury train holidays for wine lovers

The whistle sounds, the doors close, the train swerves. You sit under the glass-domed observation car, butterflies flutter with the promise of adventure. A waiter walks by with champagne. Today’s luxury train class offers a much-needed antidote to the compact, clinical cruelty of commercial flight.

Yet the best luxury train travel doesn’t just encase passengers in imported finery; they also build bridges between travelers and destinations through locally sourced wine, spirits and food. Crossing the Karoo in South Africa, for example, you sip Chenin. In Paris, share a bottle of bubbles with new friends at the onboard champagne bar. Traveling up the Douro Valley, savor Port while watching the train tracks unfold in the starry night. In the spirit of TS Eliot, “it’s the journey that counts, not the arrival”.

Here are seven wine-soaked luxury rail vacations on distant tracks.

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The Venice Simplon-Orient Express, Europe

Authors Agatha Christie and Ian Fleming have immortalized this historic train in their works of fiction. Fortunately, the actual experience comes close to the elegance of their pages.

Servicing the fashionable corridor between London and Istanbul, with stops like Paris and Verona, the Venice Simplon-Orient Express itself is the reason to ride. White-gloved hands receive your luggage on board and, on the train, the decor recalls the stylized geometry of the Art Deco era which comes to life in sumptuous fabrics and wallpapers.

This trip also offers one of the best on-rails wine selections in Europe, with a rich cellar of French and Italian labels. The executive chef, Jean Imbert, prepares dinner throughout the trip. Think lamb from the salt marshes of Mont Saint-Michel or lobsters from Brittany. Along the road, guests converge at dusk in the Champagne Bar as a prelude to an evening of destination-worthy dining.

The Royal Scotsman, Scotland
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The Royal Scotsman, Scotland

The Royal Scotsman takes its passengers through Scotland’s rugged countryside at a sleepy pace. Settle in with a Scotch to watch the lochs and castles float past your sleeping car window. Elegant cabins lined with marquetry have plush beds upholstered in Scottish wools and tartans, textiles worthy of a country home.

Train schedules run between April and July with varying routes. A guided Scotch malt whiskey tour takes guests to Tomatin, Glenlivet and Tullibardine distilleries. The Western Scenic Wonder trip focuses on scenery.

Naturally, the Royal Scotsman’s whiskey selection outshines the competition with over 50 selections broken down by regional style. The creative cocktails shine, as do the Scottish gin and beer selections. Laurent-Perrier is the “house” champagne, with still wines from Europe and South America. The meals testify to the local richness: Scottish oak-smoked salmon and Rannoch Moor venison make frequent appearances.

The Haybarn Spa car offers facials or massages with panoramic views.

Andean Explorer, Peru
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Andean Explorer, Peru

On a trip from Cusco to Arequipa, travelers aboard the Andean Explorer can cover 25,000 miles of mountainous terrain, Pisco Sour in hand, in two days. As you cross the glorious Andean plains, you’ll pause at Lake Titicaca, a vast pool of blue kissing the sky at 12,500 feet above sea level. Back on board, hang on to the open-air balcony perch atop the observation car.

Two dining cars welcome guests to soft leather armchairs for a feast of lively Peruvian flavors and local wines and spirits. Chefs source local quinoa, beans, corn and squash along the route, while the national drink, pisco, features prominently in cocktails. Most of the wines come from Chile and Argentina in South America.

After a night of partying, book the Andean Ritual, a cleansing wrap of flowers and coke in the Picaflor Spa car.

The Presidential Train, Douro Valley, Portugal
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The Presidential Train, Douro Valley, Portugal

Portugal’s scenic Douro Valley is tailor-made for wine-soaked train journeys. Through a picture window, watch the undulating ribbons of vineyards unfold above the majestic Douro River.

On the presidential train, chefs prepare multi-course meals featuring local flavors and Douro wines. A partnership with Niepoort informs much of the wine list. On the beautiful Vista Alegre China, guests in the cleverly designed cars can savor tender cod drizzled with Portuguese olive oil and sip a floral Touriga Nacional in Riedel crystal.

Opt for the full-day Presidential Experience, which departs from Porto and ends with a private wine tasting at the famous Quinta do Vesuvio.

Rovos Rail, some African destinations
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Rovos Rail, some African destinations

Rovos Rail spotlights iconic routes across the continent with five-star service, fine wine and mahogany-panelled sleeping cars.

Wine lovers should consider the three-night, four-day trip from Pretoria to Cape Town, which offers breathtaking contrasts in scenery. You’ll pass the scenic semi-desert terrain of the Karoo before breaking through the verdant valleys of the Cape Winelands.

On board, sample South African blends of Chenin Blanc, Pinotage and Bordeaux red. At dinner, the chef showcases local ingredients and the flavors woven into local game meat amid elegant Edwardian-inspired interiors. Take a seat on an open-air balcony to admire Table Mountain before disembarking in Cape Town.

Rocky Mountaineer, Canada
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Rocky Mountaineer, Canada

From Fraser River salmon to Okanagan Riesling, Rocky Mountaineer showcases the food and wine of its western Canadian roots.

A day-only train with no sleeper cars, the Rocky Mountaineer serves breakfast and lunch on board, making evening stops in small towns where guests stay overnight in hotels. Of the four routes, First Passage to the West remains a popular connection between Vancouver and Banff. The train crosses mountain passes and canyons, lakes and mirror forests, offering spectacular scenery.

Differences between service levels, Silver Leaf and Gold Leaf, are defined by viewing spaces, dining service, hotels, and the number of staff available per guest. Both, however, offer free wine. Most of the selections are Canadian, affecting the different regions of the Okanagan Valley such as Penticton-Naramata.

During the day, hosts tell stories of historic sites, such as pointing out where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. They also talk about flora, fauna, and wildlife beyond the glass-domed viewing cars, giving guests a deeper appreciation of the setting.

The Great Southern Rail, Australia
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The Great Southern Rail, Australia

Journey Beyond operates multiple routes through Australia’s breathtaking landscapes. The 2023 four-day, three-night Great Southern voyage connects Brisbane to Adelaide with wine country excursions. When traveling south, you’ll visit Coffs Harbor for an outdoor dining experience, Hunter Valley for an introduction to Semillon and Shiraz, or Port Stephens to see the Stockton Sand Dunes. You’ll stop in Melbourne for a choice of city experiences, including sipping on great wine bars. Disembark in Adelaide and head to the vineyard-covered Adelaide Hills.

The reverse journey from Adelaide to Brisbane offers off-train experiences in the Grampians, Canberra and Coffs Harbour. On board, choose from Platinum or Gold Service cabins; however, most of your time will be spent in convivial lounges sipping on an all-inclusive selection of Australian wines and ports. After a bottle or two of Shiraz paired with Australian dishes at the Queen Adelaide restaurant, everyone quickly makes friends.

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If an NFL team came to Salt Lake City, would you attend Sunday games?

NFL on CBS recently posed this question online: If the NFL has announced a new expansion team, which city do you think deserves it the most?

Salt Lake City received more mentions than you might think.

I always thought that Utah would one day become a prime location for the nation’s most popular professional sports league to have a franchise. One day. Is that day approaching? Close enough to the point where he might actually be a genuine candidate? Or talk about her as a candidate? Or deserve to be a candidate?

This is the case, especially on the latter.

On my radio show about 20 years ago, my partner and I started a discussion on this very topic. And I said, based on my conversations with Larry Miller, with whom I had spent an hour discussing this possibility privately, I thought there was a decent chance within a few decades or that it becomes a reality.

My partner, whom I respected a lot then and still respect, offered me a separate designation to stop at this conclusion. He said I was — let’s see, what was the exact word? oh yeah – an “idiot”.

Utah’s population was too small. His entrepreneurial capacity in terms of sponsorship dollars was too limited. His football fan bases were too college oriented. Its cultural and religious attitudes were too restrictive regarding the allowance or availability of fans to attend games on Sundays.

Maybe I was an idiot. But maybe not.

We weren’t talking then. We were talking now, or at some point in the not too distant future.

What do you think?

Is Salt Lake City, is the entire Wasatch Front, reaching a point where they could or would support and support an NFL team? It would be expensive, would cost billions. It would take a load of business dollars. It could take taxpayers willing to at least partially help with the cost of a stadium. It would require a fanbase, even among the faithful, willing to skip church meetings or sue them to fill a stadium, buy all manner of concessions, and drink cups of drinks at inflated prices.

You play?

If people here choose not to go to games on Sunday, for whatever reason, that’s fine.

But we are talking about professional football here. The fucking N…F…L. It’s not a start-up trying to drum up interest in a substandard league made up of a bunch of ex-college players not good enough to play in the biggest show . He is the king of professional sports in this country.

When the Jazz first arrived in Utah in the late ’70s, some thought the NBA couldn’t compete with the wildly popular college teams here. And ever since the Jazz moved in, college basketball in this state has been reeling, trying to find a way to generate or regenerate a method to attract fans to the games.

No one can argue that when it comes to basketball in Utah, the Jazz are relatively untouchable.

College football in these regions has taken hold, especially with the growth of the University of Utah program, existing and thriving as it does in the Pac-12. BYU has always been a strong draw, and now that the Cougars have found a home in the Big 12, if they can react and adapt like the Utes did in the Pac-12, that popularity will grow.

Not sure a new love affair with the NFL diminishes passion for college so much, if at all. It might even boost it.

Football has become fundamentally popular in this state, and the mix of college and professional endeavors would, in my opinion, propel it to new heights.

Exactly where an owner would come from, who it would be, what group of individuals might get away with it, I’m not sure. But with the tech industry growing here at the rate it is, along with other business booms, it looks a lot more promising in that regard than it once did.

Some studies that have been done, studies that include factors of all kinds, from the regional economy and personal income to an adequate nearby airport, market size and population growth, point to Salt Lake City as a future location for more viable for the NFL.

The cultural/religious question is fascinating. Would an adequate portion of the Latter-day Saint population accept the idea? I remember once having a conversation with a prominent Christian leader, a man of faith and influence who founded a university and led a large church in California, who said the following words, as they related to his university which fielded sports teams as part of his foundation.

“Sport”, he said, “is the God of our time”.

He didn’t say it literally, but he meant that sport strengthens many aspects of life. And that it can act as a benefit to any community attached to it.

The Jazz have seen it play a role in unifying a deeply divided state when it comes to college rivalries, and that unification helps fans decked out in various shades of red and blue blend in with the shades of Jazz purple.

Think about what an NFL team could do favorably for this community, because it doesn’t just touch on college rivalries, but also other sometimes important divisions, from politics to personal philosophies to religion. The NFL is far from perfect, and it’s not a full-fledged charity. But there are some good bennies that come with it.

With Utah growing, in terms of population, economy, diversity, attitude, football, I’m not sure my projections back then were so silly, after all.

Whether the NFL sees it that way, or ever will, is another question.

But just as important, before all that, is how Utah sees itself.

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Gas Prices Have Soared in New Jersey: What’s Next?

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in New Jersey is now $4.54, up more than 20 cents a gallon from a week ago and more than 40 cents a week ago. one month old.

According to industry analysts, gasoline prices continue to climb for several reasons.

When the pandemic started in March 2020, demand for oil plummeted and production was curtailed.

Demand has returned, but Tom Kloza, global head of energy analysis for the Oil Price Information Service, said gas prices have risen because increasing oil production takes time.

Not enough refining capacity

The latest jumps are really on a lack of refining capacity, on top of some of the shutdowns you’ve had in the United States over the last few years,” he said.

Some companies are also hesitant to step up their oil production efforts as there is growing support for expanding green, solar and wind energy efforts, in particular, in the future.

He said refining output in Europe has also been cut and many countries are now promising not to use Russian oil anymore, so prices have risen.

Kloza said demand continues to be lower than it has been for years, but another reason prices have risen is an automated market system.

“The markets are broken, the people who are normally the market breakers, who keep prices from going higher are not there,” he said.

As a result, “you have a lot of artificial intelligence and black box trading and momentum and so on, it becomes disconnected.”

So what happens next?

Kloza expects prices to stabilize, at least for the next few weeks.

“Most of the increases you’ve seen recently have to do with the fact that it’s now summer gasoline that’s being traded everywhere,” he said.

“I expect the U.S. government to provide a federal tax holiday, so that will be an 18-cent drop when that happens.”

Wholesale gasoline prices traditionally peak in early to mid-May and can then drop a little.

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David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ

“I think you’ll see prices flatten out, so summer is anyone’s guess. If we get Gulf Coast hurricanes, we might see $100 a barrel crude but $200 a barrel gasoline, and that’s one of the things that worries us,” Kloza said.

David Matthau is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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Arcadian Infracom Announces Major Customer Agreement and Final BIA Approval for its Fiber Backbone Route from Phoenix to Salt Lake City

These are two more significant examples of the tremendous support from Arcadian customers and our public sector partners for Arcadian Fiber Routes.

Arcadian Infracom, a fiber infrastructure company that builds various low-latency, long-haul fiber routes connecting major data center markets, has signed an agreement to purchase multiple fiber pairs along its Phoenix route. in Salt Lake City by a well-established broadband provider. Arcadian has also received the required easement from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to build its first backbone fiber route through the heart of the Navajo Nation.

“These are two more significant examples of the tremendous support from Arcadian customers and our public sector right-of-way partners for Arcadian fiber routes,” said Dan Davis, CEO of Arcadian. “We appreciate our dark fiber customers’ continued support and confidence in the Arcadian business model and our goals to improve the diversity of the national fiber backbone in the United States and enable scalable broadband access in rural and tribal communities along Arcadian roads. »

Running along Highway 89 between Flagstaff and Page, Arizona, this project will extend the global Internet backbone across the Navajo Nation and other rural communities as Arcadian creates a more direct fiber connection between Phoenix and Salt Lake City. The Navajo Arcadian Fiber Project, established in 2018 by Navajo legislation and extended through 2020 legislation, will provide a long-term sustainable fiber transportation solution for communities along the Fiber Route. This scale fiber backhaul connectivity is essential to enable distance learning, telemedicine, remote work capabilities and other 21st century economic development opportunities for people in these rural communities.

“The BIA easement is the culmination of a highly collaborative process spanning over 3 years with the Navajo Nation and the Department of the Interior’s BIA to construct a major long-distance fiber optic route through Indian Country, rather than to bypass these communities as has happened in the past,” Mr. Davis said. “Arcadian is well positioned with off-the-shelf projects that align with the tens of billions of dollars that individual states and the U.S. government provide to solve the problem of rural and tribal broadband access.”

About Arcadian Infracom

Founded in 2018 by seasoned leaders in the communications industry and headquartered in St. Louis, MO, Arcadian Infracom is an internet infrastructure development, construction and operation company. Arcadian builds diverse, low-latency long-haul fiber routes connecting major data centers for its cloud and content customers, while providing a low-cost backhaul to digitally-locked rural and tribal communities for its telecommunications, cable, ISP and enterprise. Arcadian deliberately routes its fiber through remote rural and tribal communities to help bridge the digital divide in the United States.

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11 Songs by Popular Artists Who Were Written About (Or At Least Mention) Utah

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From its spectacular national parks to its friendly locals and breathtaking mountain scenery, there’s plenty to find inspiring in Utah. And for decades, singers and songwriters have done just that. Whether they drop the Beehive State name or dedicate an entire ballad to it, there’s Utah in the blood of these classic tunes.

“Salt Lake City” by The Beach Boys

So it’s not exactly Surf City, but it turns out the Beach Boys always had a soft spot for Utah, especially Salt Lake City and the surrounding area. And if you’re wondering what inspired the band’s love for the area, well, they’ll tell you right off the bat, “There’s the grooviest kids / That’s why we never get tired of Salt Lake .”

Released in 1965 and renamed in Utah favorites as Lagoon, this track just might be the quintessential Salt Lake City anthem.

“The Red Hills of Utah” by Marty Robbins

With five breathtaking national parks within the state’s borders, it’s no surprise singers find inspiration in Utah. In 1963, the cowboy crooner was well known for his Grammy-winning song “El Paso.” Hailing from West Glendale, Arizona, Robbins wrote a song about how “Utah’s red hills are calling me.” Whether it’s channeling Zion or Arches National Parks, or any other scarlet-hued landscape in the region, its homage to Beehive State is sure to be one most residents and visitors can relate to.

‘Utah Tribute’ by Chris LeDoux

A musical homage to Utah doesn’t get much more literal than this; and if you think Utah is a bit country at heart, well, Chris LeDoux would agree. Before a performance of the ballad, LeDoux said, “Well, I’ve been coming to Utah for many years and you’ve been really good to me, so I thought it was about time I wrote a song. for you.” The name of the 1988 song drops places like Terrace Ballroom and Symphony Hall, while LeDoux assures Beehive State that he “owes you more than you will ever know”.

‘Utah’ by The Osmonds

Any compilation of musical tributes to Utah just has to include The Osmonds, right? And the state’s most musical family came out of the park with nostalgic lyrics about what really matters in life, especially to Utahans. “Just give me my house, my girlfriend, my friends, my family / Give me time to rest my mind, then we’ll party / Utah, Utah is where I wanna be.” There’s no doubt that the band still gets a lot of “Amens” about it.

“Salt Lake City” from Bobby and the Midnites

It’s a nice name for a city – and a very popular name for a song. Another Salt Lake City track (perhaps the original?) came out in 1983, and whether you’re a resident or not, you’ll love the lyrics. “Salt Lake City, where it’s so easy to keep straight / Salt Lake City really makes Des Moines look second rate.” That’s pretty high praise – unless you’re from Des Moines, of course.

“The Promised Land” by Bruce Springsteen

Brigham Young and Bruce Springsteen might have a thing or two in common; for one thing, they both found something special in Utah. While Young said “this is the place”, Springsteen called it the promised land – at least in the song released as part of the singer’s 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town. The tune opens with the iconic line, “On a rattlesnake fast lane in the Utah desert / I get my money and I’m back to town.”

“Yin + Yang” by Adam Ant

Which Hive State Resident Can’t Identify With an opening line like “I have Utah dust in my boots?” And if you can, that’s great, because the rest of the song might sound a little opaque: “Call him Zen or call him Buddha/ Inner peace or heavy banana/ It’s just yin and yang. ” If you get lost, just hit repeat and come back to that great line on Utah.

“Ballad for a Friend” by Bob Dylan

Even before Dylan added the state name in the song (“Left him on a Utah road”), you probably know that tune from 1962 speaks of the state of the hive: “Where we ride in this north country / Lakes, streams and mines so free / I had no better friend than him.” If you’ve ever driven a Utah road or enjoyed the state’s lakes, streams, and mines, you’ll definitely appreciate Dylan’s tribute.

‘Brine Palace’ by the Pixies

If you’re a longtime resident of Utah, you’ll probably agree that the state offers “such sublime living.” The Pixies certainly thought so, with their 1991 Palace of the Brine referencing the “starry skies and mountains of Utah” and referencing the Great Salt Lake itself: “In a place they say is dead/ In the lake that looks like an ocean/I count about a billion heads.” According to SongMeaningsthe air might imply that the Saltair Resort is the real “Brine Palace”.

“Friend of the Devil” door Grateful Dead

This song from the 1970s is about an outlaw who meets the devil. He borrows $20 from Satan and “spends the night in Utah in a cave in the hills”. According to Americansongwriter.com, the lyrics “follow the trail of an unnamed narrator at an unspecified time, on the run for unknown reasons, doing his best to stay one step ahead of various pursuers – a few wives, the sheriff, 20 dogs and the devil himself. He picks up from Reno, drives through the obscure California places of Chino and Cherokee, spends a night in a cave in Utah, and does his best to get home and get some sleep.” The song was popular with Deadheads and became a permanent installation during stage performances.

‘Great Salt Lake’ by Band of Horses

Full disclosure, this 2006 indie-rock favorite wasn’t actually written on Utah’s most famous body of water. But if you’re going to name a line like “Now if you find yourself falling apart / Well I’m sure I could steer / The great salt lake”, expect Beehive State s ‘gives some credence in the confusion. According to Streamer, the song was actually written about Lake Murray, a reservoir in frontman Benjamin Bridwell’s home state of South Carolina. But if you’re going by popular guesswork alone, consider this anthem dedicated to that stretch of salt water north of Interstate 80 and west of I-15.

Whether you’re road tripping through the Beehive State or just looking for a festive, nostalgic playlist, you can’t go wrong with these Utah-inspired songs.

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Who has the cheapest electricity rates in Texas?

The Russian invasion of Ukraine had a profound effect on energy prices around the world, but there were other factors at play when it came to electricity demand in the United States.

Take Texas, for example, where this weekend was pushing for record highs, about 15-20 degrees warmer than average for this time of year. “A warming trend will push temperatures well above normal with highs around 100 degrees possible,” the National Weather Service reported. What this does, clearly, is increase the demand for air conditioning which can potentially overload power lines, with the risk of causing a power outage when the safety circuit breakers trip.

That concern aside, the bigger picture for the summer months sees families looking for the cheapest prices.

At the time of writing, the average retail price for residential electricity in Texas is $0.12 per kilowatt hour (kWh). Comparison sites, however, can give you an edge and ensure you have some extra cash in your pocket after shopping. As Compare Power points out, “Choosing the wrong energy plan without knowing your home’s energy usage can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars.” Compare energy plans and electricity rates with your home’s electricity usage profile to find your best rate in Texas.

The website has a a regularly updated price list to meet your specific usage needs, along with an explanation of the different terms and plans that might work best for you. Just enter your postal code and see how to register.

Need electricity, the United States takes measures to cover electricity

U.S. officials on Tuesday announced unprecedented measures to raise water levels in Lake Powell, a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River that is so low it is endangering hydroelectric power generation in seven western states. Amid a prolonged drought exacerbated by climate change, the Bureau of Reclamation will release an additional 500,000 acre-feet (616.7 million cubic meters) of water this year from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir upstream at the Wyoming-Utah border which will flow into Lake Powell. An additional 480,000 acre-feet that would otherwise have been released downstream will be held back in the man-made lake on the Utah-Arizona border, officials said.

“We’ve never taken this step before in the Colorado River Basin, but the conditions we see today and the potential risk we see on the horizon demand that we take quick action,” Tanya Trujillo, Secretary Interior Ministry deputy for water and science, told reporters. One acre-foot, or 326,000 gallons (1.48 million liters), is enough water to supply one or two households for a year.

Lake Powell’s additional 980,000 acre-feet, formed when the Colorado River was dammed in northern Arizona in the 1960s, will help keep Glen Canyon Dam’s hydroelectric output in line, increasing the record low area of the 16-foot (4.88-meter) tank, the office said.

If Lake Powell, America’s second-largest reservoir, were to drop an additional 32 feet, the 1,320-megawatt plant would be unable to generate power for millions of people in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Nebraska. The western United States experienced the driest period on record in the past two decades. Some experts say the term drought is inappropriate because it suggests conditions will return to normal.

“We will never see these reservoirs fill again in our lifetimes,” said Denielle Perry, a professor in the School of Earth and Sustainability at Northern Arizona University.

The new measures will put more pressure on Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, which is downstream of Lake Powell and also at an all-time high. Lake Mead, formed by the Hoover Dam in the 1930s and crucial to the water supply of 25 million people, has fell so low that a barrel containing human remains, believed to date from the 1980s, was found on the receding shore on Sunday.

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Illinois trucker found not guilty of sexually assaulting Salt Lake woman

A jury trial for John Redmond, an Illinois trucker charged with sexually assaulting a woman who worked as an escort in Salt Lake City was held this week at the Matheson Courthouse. The jury has determined that Redmond is not guilty and he will be released from prison. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — An Illinois trucker charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Salt Lake City is released from jail after a jury ruled Friday after a four-day trial that he was not guilty.

John Henry Redmond, 37, was charged in late 2019 with two counts of aggravated sexual assault, two counts of object rape and one count of aggravated kidnapping, all first-degree felonies and one count obstruction of justice, a second degree felony. The jury decided that Redmond was guilty of a lesser offense instead of aggravated kidnapping and convicted him of unlawful confinement, a class B misdemeanor.

The jury received the case Friday morning, after hearing closing arguments, and deliberated until around 8 p.m. At one point, they asked the court what would happen if they couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict.

“Mr. Redmond has been in jail far longer than the maximum sentence for unlawful confinement,” 3rd District Judge Vernice Trease said.

She handed down a sentence, minutes after the verdict was read, of 180 days in jail and awarded Redmond the time he has already served. Trease said they would send a release order to the jail on Friday evening.

The accuser claims she met Redmond while working as an escort and was paid $200 for an hour of companionship, but refused any sexual advances when he offered her an additional $800 for sex. She said that after that he threatened her with a gun and sexually assaulted her.

The woman said during her testimony at the jury trial that she agreed to what he was doing because she was scared.

“I was scared…I didn’t want to die,” she said.

She explained that as an escort she only provided companionship and returned “tickles” but did not have sex with clients. After her interaction with Redmond, the woman said she left her escort position.

According to trial testimony, Redmond made a video of the woman where she said the actions were consensual, and walked her to her car. The woman later went to the hospital and told authorities she had been assaulted.

Redmond testified at the jury trial, answering questions from his attorneys and prosecutors. He and his lawyers denied having had a gun or using it to threaten the woman. For a brief part of the trial, Redmond decided to represent himself so he could claim that a video presented in evidence was fake, then asked his lawyers to represent him again.

Assistant District Attorney Brandon Simmons argued that even in the version of the story told by Redmond, he could be charged with sexual assault, meaning it was not a “he said against her” situation. said”. He told the jury that Redmond knew his actions could be considered sexual assault, but he acted anyway.

“His hour is $200, not his body,” Simmons said.

He argued that detectives not finding a gun does not mean a gun did not exist and that Redmond would have had time to hide a gun. He asked the jury to find Redmond guilty on all counts.

Katherine Conyers, one of Redmond’s attorneys, said in her closing arguments that escort agencies often feature provocative photos and give false information. She said escorts frequently provide “enhancements” to earn more money and the government is aware of this as they demand STD tests. for commercial licenses.

She said the escort agency was hiding information, but Redmond was not, he was open about what he was looking for and gave the woman accurate information.

Conyers pointed to inconsistencies between the story the accuser told different police officers and inconsistencies in her trial testimony. She told the jury that the woman was threatening to report him if he didn’t pay the $800 he had promised.

“It’s all about the money,” Conyers said. She said Redmond not paying “wasn’t right, but it’s not rape.”

She told the jury that Redmond was guilty of unlawful confinement, for forcing the woman to stay and making a video when she wanted to leave, but that he was not guilty of aggravated kidnapping or sexual assault. . The jury agreed with Conyers after reviewing the evidence.

Emily Ashcraft joined KSL.com as a reporter in 2021. She covers court and legal affairs, as well as health, faith and religion news.

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Breeze Airways launches 5 destinations from Provo/Salt Lake City

Breeze Airways announced a new selection of routes to Provo, Utah on the same day Provo Airport officially unveiled its new $55 million terminal. The carrier will offer daily service to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Bernadino, San Francisco and Westchester.

Breeze Airways arrives in Provo

Breeze Airways will launch five daily routes from Provo Municipal Airport (PVU), with its first flights beginning August 4. The Utah-based airline will base four aircraft in Provo and serve East Coast and West Coast destinations.

The new destinations are:

  • Las Vegas, NV – Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) – October 5.
  • Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – November 2.
  • San Bernardino, CA – San Bernardino International Airport (SBD) – August 4.
  • San Francisco, CA – San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – August 4.
  • Westchester / White Plains, NY – Westchester County Airport (HPN) – October 5.

The airline’s flights between Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco will be nonstop, while San Bernardino and Westchester will be one-stop “BreezeThru” flights. BreezeThru flights involve a quick stop at an airport where passengers will stay on the same plane.


The airline will offer daily flights on all routes. Photo: Breeze Airways

David Neeleman, Founder and CEO of Breeze Airways, said:

“That’s been the question on everyone’s lips since we opened our offices in Cottonwood Heights – when are you leaving Utah? We’re excited to continue growing and hiring from here, and now flying from here. The airport will provide our customers with a quick and easy way to get to both coasts.”

Breeze will deploy its Airbus A220 fleet on flights to Las Vegas and Los Angeles, while its Embraer E190 jets will serve San Francisco. Flights from San Bernadino will pass through San Francisco, while flights from Westchester will pass through Las Vegas.

One-way fares will start at $29 for Las Vegas, $39 for Los Angeles and San Francisco, $49 for San Bernadino and $89 for Westchester.

New terminal at Provo Airport

Provo Municipal Airport began construction on a new $55 million terminal in 2019 and officially unveiled its new facility on Friday.

Lukas Johnson, Commercial Director of Breeze Airways, said:

“It’s a beautiful building and the city and the whole region have done a great job supporting this service.”

The state-of-the-art 75,000 square foot terminal currently features four gates with the option to expand to 10 gates.

Neeleman added,

“We’re a Utah-based operation, and it’s really great to be able to expand service here. Hats off to Mayor Kaufusi for having the foresight to build the new terminal. We couldn’t have gone there without the new investment.”

Competition for Allegiant Air

Breeze Airways will compete with Provo mainstay Allegiant Air, which will also serve Las Vegas and Los Angeles. A few weeks ago, Allegiant Air announced that it would base four planes in Provo starting in November as part of a new $95 million base.

Allegiant Air announced four new routes from Provo airport on Friday. Photo: Getty Images

The carrier has been active in Provo for nearly a decade and is currently the only scheduled carrier serving the airport. Allegiant unveiled four new Provo destinations on Friday, including Las Vegas, San Diego and Portland.

Are you happy to see Breeze Airways at Provo airport? What flight do you have your eye on? Let us know in the comments.


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Kid Rock’s former Detroit mansion sells for over $2 million

Amy Trahey thinks some people might want to poke around her new home – a former home of musician Kid Rock, who appears to have left without even cleaning out the fridge first.

“There’s salt, pepper and alcohol everywhere,” Trahey said. Kid Rock had a Jim Beam bourbon partnership and left “a fridge full of stuff,” Trahey said, along with massive amounts of his Badass beer.

He wasn’t the most recent owner of the Detroit River home, which Trahey bought for $2.03 million, but the previous owner also left the house furnished as it was. Crain’s previously reported that it was purchased in August 2019 for $2.2 million by Detroit Boathouse LLC, which is registered in the name of Kevin Washburn in Grosse Pointe and has given a $1.83 million mortgage to the Dwight W. Edwards Living Trust as of August 2020, according to Wayne County Land Records.

Kid Rock bought the house under his birth name, Robert Ritchie, in January 2012, The Detroit News reported. Public records list the purchase price at $300,000.

It has been marketed as a corporate retreat, and Trahey believes that while she will use it as a summer residence, there may also be income to be had from the property. She plans to hold philanthropic events there, as well as other events.

“I can only organize organized events for fans,” she said. “I think they would like to sniff the sheets.”

Matt O’Laughlin, a Max Broock Detroit real estate agent who sold the property to Trahey, said it was like “Kid Rock grabbed his underwear and his shirts and just blew away.”

As for the furniture, “it’s still very Kid Rock”.

This includes photos and album covers from his career, as well as a dining room table personalized with an eagle and “American Badass”, gold-plated signs near the toilet imploring people to only flush tissues and the monogrammed pillows on the bed.

“It’s a fun and interesting house,” O’Laughlin said.

Trahey said she wasn’t a Kid Rock ‘superfan’, but her late husband took her to a show for her 40th birthday ten years ago and it was like a sign on the way. to move forward after his death last summer.

“It was the best, best night,” she said. “I think Brian is telling me to do this.”

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Guest Comment: Affordable Housing — We Need to Do More | News, Sports, Jobs


Utah’s housing market is currently suffering from a severe imbalance of record price spikes and an unprecedented shortage of housing units. The housing crisis is particularly acute for renters, where available apartments are hard to come by. For tenants who are lucky enough to find rental accommodation, they can anticipate regular and substantial rent increases.

Tenants in general, and particularly the lowest income tenants, have borne the brunt of the economic impact resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the biggest challenges for low-income individuals and families is the shortage of affordable housing. Nationally, 24% of renters spend more than half their income on rent, leaving very little money for necessary expenses like transportation, food and medical care.

There is a massive shortage of affordable housing in Utah. According to the State’s Affordable Housing Report, released in 2020, there is currently a shortage of 40,725 affordable housing units in Utah. In March 2020, the National Low Income Housing Coalition estimated that Utah had only 31 affordable housing units for every 100 very low-income renter households.

The term “affordable housing” can be a misnomer for many people. At first glance, some think the dilapidated, downtown, concrete, bunker-like “projects” are affordable housing. These same people might be surprised to learn that the American Institute of Architects annually awards design prizes for cutting-edge affordable housing projects. Likewise, the data supports the fact that affordable housing does not negatively impact the value of surrounding homes.

The term “affordable housing” covers a wide range of household and individual incomes. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a “very low income” is a four-person household whose income is less than 50% of the area’s median family income. In Weber County, for example, this would equal $35,637 in annual gross income for an individual. To put that number into perspective, starting salaries for teachers in Weber County aren’t much higher.

The LIHTC (Low-Income Housing Tax Credit) program is the most important resource for creating affordable housing in the United States today. Created by the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the LIHTC program provides state and local LIHTC awarding agencies the equivalent of approximately $8 billion in annual budget authority to issue tax credits for the acquisition, rehabilitation or construction of rental housing for low-income people. households.

Besides the altruistic benefits of LIHTC, the economic and fiscal benefits of this affordable housing program are enormous. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the LIHTC program has generated $310 billion in local revenue and $122 billion in tax revenue and supported approximately 3.25 million jobs over the past 30 years. In Utah, the economic impact generated by affordable housing is equally impressive.

Our development team has just completed a 105-unit affordable housing project in Ogden, dedicated to people aged 62 and over. The development of this project has supported 187 jobs, created an economic impact of $34,168,631 on the state and local economy, and is expected to have an annual impact of $1,400,000 on local tax revenue. More importantly, the demand from potential tenants has been amazing. Most Weber County affordable housing projects have a two to three year waiting list for potential tenants, and very few affordable housing projects are seniors only.

The private sector, community leaders, elected officials and city staff must do more to meet the unprecedented demand for affordable housing in Utah. Zoning restrictions, expensive permits and fees, and general attitudes about affordable housing need to be reviewed. If we want our teachers, police, firefighters, college graduates, and seniors to have safe, clean, and affordable housing, we all need to prioritize how best to achieve that goal.

Bill Knowlton is a fourth generation real estate professional in Utah. He is a real estate lawyer and developer, with a focus on affordable housing.



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Grant to help obtain health care in rural Tioga and Broome counties

South Central New York’s Rural Health Network is getting a financial boost to address health care gaps in rural and underserved communities.

The program receives a three-year, $160,000 health improvement grant for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield members and community.

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According to a press release from the Rural Health Network, primary care patients in Broome and Tioga County served by Ascension Lourdes will benefit from the funding to be used in the UR Essential program.

Staff will develop personalized self-care coaching and can direct patients to the appropriate services to meet their specific needs. The effort also includes assistance with transportation, nutrition and education.

Officials say the population covered by “UR Essential” includes residents aged 18 to 64 who live in Broome and Tioga counties, do not receive Medicaid, have identified gaps in care related to conditions such as diabetes and underutilization of primary care services.

The South Central New York, Inc. Rural Health Network coverage area includes Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins counties.

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Salt Lake City mayor and safety officials call for smarter driving

From right are Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras and Salt Lake City Police Lt. Scott Smalley. Photo: Erin Mendenhall/Twitter

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, May 5, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — If it looks like pedestrian fatalities are on the rise, “it’s because they are,” the mayor said Thursday. of Salt Lake City, Erin Mendenhall, at a press conference.

“And not just in Salt Lake City, it’s across the state of Utah.”

Mendenhall said that in 2019 and 2020, the city had one vehicular pedestrian fatality as of May 4, and had three on the same date in 2021.

“We are already at nine in 2022,” she said. “That’s nine too many. As we discuss what we can do to make our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists, it is important to state that not all accidents are the same.

Mendenhall said car-pedestrian or car-bike collisions tend to fall into three categories:

  • Those involving an impaired driver
  • Those with distracted drivers
  • Those involving careless pedestrians crossing against the light or between intersections

“The challenge we face in each of these cases is complex, and so must our approach. Everyone deserves to be able to walk or ride a bike in any city or neighborhood and enjoy the community without fear of being killed or injured by a moving vehicle.

“Salt Lake City, like cities across this country, has long been a vehicle-centric city. But as we grow and our population density increases as more pedestrians choose to walk or cycle through our neighborhoods to get where they need to go, we must evolve. We must prioritize the safety of our pedestrians. We also need to better understand what is happening.

Mendenhall said she has invested $2 million for traffic calming projects in her proposed budget, which she hopes the city council will approve.

“Today I am announcing two actions the city has taken to make Salt Lake City safer for pedestrians and cyclists,” she said. “First, Salt Lake City will become the first city in Utah to partner with the UDOT Zero Fatality educational program, which focuses on preventing drowsiness, distraction and impaired driving. … We want Salt Lake City to be a leader in combating these disturbing trends.

Second, “Salt Lake City will create a new street safety task force,” Mendenhall said. “This is a cross-departmental effort within the city government that will bring our police department into cooperation with our transportation division, and they will identify the most critical areas of our city where intervention may be needed to help us prevent future accidents and injuries. and dead.

The task force will look at traffic patterns, accident trends and areas that might need more pedestrian signals or warning lights, she said.

“This dataset will then inform recommendations for the city’s immediate actions and our long-term policies,” Mendenhall said.

“We are not going to be passive, passive observers and a trend that right now is taking the lives of our residents. It just can’t go on. … Each of us has a responsibility to commit ourselves every time we drive to the safety of those around us.

Mendenhall asked listeners to pledge now not to drive while intoxicated and not to look at cell phones while driving.

“The lives of children, mothers, fathers, so many loved ones depend on each of us and the decisions we make while behind the wheel.”

Carlos Braceras, executive director of the Utah Transit Authority, said the series of recent crashes, killing a 13-year-old cyclist, two 3-year-old boys, a 5-year-old girl, a pregnant mother, a 49-year-old cyclist ‘one year, among others, were all preventable.

“When you look at what we see happening with the deaths in the state, we have a problem. We are talking specifically about pedestrians and cyclists, but the problem is even more widespread. As of yesterday, we have had 105 deaths this year statewide.

On May 4, 2021, the total was 86. The previous year, the number was 67, he said.

“This trend that we’ve seen over the past two years isn’t unique to Utah,” Braceras said. “We see this happening all over the country. And when it comes to pedestrians here in Utah. We are almost double what we were last year. … We need to care more about each other as people. And I know we’ve all been through a lot in the past two years. People seem to be more angry or frustrated. There seems to be more unknown in our lives. But whatever else is going on in your life, I asked you to do one thing. These issues in the back before getting behind the wheel of the car and concentrating on the road ahead.

Maj. Jeff Nigbur, Utah Highway Patrol, said he was happy to partner with Salt Lake City on Zero Fatality.

“We have to do it as a team and that includes the public very, very well,” said Nigbur. “We have already rediscovered the tragic stories of individuals making poor decisions while driving and the outcome of different life backgrounds.”

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🌱 Abortion Subsidy SLC’s New Amazon + Cupbop Benefit on Shark Tank

Hello, neighbors! Joseph Peterson here with today’s issue of the Salt Lake City Daily.


First, today’s weather forecast:

Sunny, pleasant and warmer. High: 77 Low: 56.


Here are the top five stories in Salt Lake City today:

  1. Downtown Salt Lake Foodies Will Know Cupbop from when it was the noisy food truck shouting your spicy level preference loud enough for everyone on the street to hear it became the Korean food sensation that expanded to brick and brick mortar all over the Wasatch front. But it was the rest of the country that got a taste of the runaway food chain when its founders went on Shark Tank and courted every investor to make them an offer. (KSL.com)
  2. Shortly after 5 a.m. on Tuesday, hundreds of Utahns marched from the Capitol to offices in Salt Lake City in support of abortion rights. In response to the Supreme Court leak that explained the majority’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade, Salt Lake protesters took to the streets chanting “Church and State separate” with the more recognizable refrain of “My body, my choice.” The protest was part of a national response organized by the Women’s March. (Gephardt Daily)
  3. Following news of the Supreme Court’s leaked opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade — for whom Utah has a trigger law — Amazon has announced a new travel expense benefit and up to $4,000 for any of its employees who need a medical procedure they can’t get within 100 miles of their home.. While that could mean a number of treatments, for Utahns who work at Amazon, it would also mean abortion, should it become illegal in the state. (2 KUTVs)

Today in Salt Lake City:

  • With special expertise and care, the Sistine Chapel ceiling paintings have been reproduced in a truly unique way using licensed high definition photos. This is Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: the exhibition, at the front door. (11:00)
  • Join NYT bestselling author Shannon Hale for a reading and discussion of her two new children’s picture books, Pretty Perfect Kitty-Corn & This book is not for you! Today at the King’s English Bookshop. (6:00 p.m.)
  • Live at Eccles Presents Who lives anyway? tonight at the Eccles Theater on Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City. Check out the current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV show Who does it belong to anyway? in their new improv tour. (20:00)

From my notebook:

  • “Salt Lake City is still hiring for YouthCity Positions! – Do you want to help young people in the community? Apply for YouthCity PAID open positions! YouthCity promotes positive youth development in Salt Lake City.” (Salt Lake City Civic Engagement Team)
  • We’re hiring a Love Your Block Fellow! the The Love Your Block program will award mini-grants to residents and community partners who apply to implement improvement projects around Bend in the River and Modesto Park in Glendale. As a Fellow, you will play a key role in supporting the program planning process and connecting with community members. (Salt Lake City Public Lands)
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month. A mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feelings or mood. Such conditions can affect a person’s ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis. But remember, you are not alone. We’ll be sharing resources, information, and practices throughout the month to help you do your best and tackle it one day at a time. It’s good to ask for help. Stay tuned! National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255 (Salt Lake County Health Department)
  • Do you have an animal-loving mother who deserves a special Mother’s Day surprise? Fancy a nature-themed gift for yourself? Join us for our Wild Blooms class on May 7 from 6-8:30 p.m. where you’ll make an animal-themed flower arrangement! Class fees include flowers, vase and craft supplies. Masks are mandatory. Hurry! Places are very limited! (The Hogle Utah Zoo)

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That’s all for today! If you like this newsletter or have any comments on what you would like to see more of, let me know in a comment. I’ll see you in your inbox tomorrow morning with a new update.

Joseph Peterson

About me: Joseph is a writer and marketing communications strategist with a degree in mass communications and public relations from the University of Utah. He enjoys city life, public libraries, national parks and promoting events that strengthen the community.

Got a news tip or suggestion for an upcoming Salt Lake City Daily? Contact me at [email protected]

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Lithium rush: High time to buy Livent stock (NYSE:LTHM)

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Investment thesis

Lithium is one of the “green” metals along with copper, nickel and cobalt, a leader in the global electrification of transport. The global lithium supply was unprepared for the dramatic ramp-up in electric vehicle production in China and the EU, which led to record increases in the price of lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide. We believe the lithium market balance will soon turn into a deficit and keep the price of the material near local highs. Commodity producers, notably Livent (NYSE: LTHM), will benefit from it.

The main lithium reserves are located in South America

Lithium is mined from two sources: lithium brine (salt lakes with low lithium content) and lithium pegmatite (solid ore).

Diagram of lithium recovery from ore
Scheme for the recovery of lithium from salt

Source: Interpretation by Invest Heroes

Most lithium recovery from brine is concentrated in the region of the “Lithium Triangle” – Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. Additionally, China has also recently made a leap forward in the recovery of lithium from salt lakes. The development of lithium pegmatites is still carried out mainly in Australia. The United States is not wealthy in terms of lithium recovery.

Meanwhile, the main suppliers of raw materials for production (lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide) are Australia, Chile, China and Argentina.

Distribution of supply by country, %

Source: SQM

About 60% of the world’s lithium reserves are located in areas bounded by intergranular brines of dried (alkaline) sodium lakes (salars). Chile leads in terms of reserves and South America accounts for more than half of the world’s resources.

Reserves of lithium in the form of metal by country, tons

Source: SQM

Lithium is not just about green energy

Due to the strong electrification of transport in China and the production of lithium-ion batteries in South Korea and Japan, Asia is the main consumer of the raw materials produced. However, the by-products of lithium mining are not only used for the production of lithium-ion batteries, but also in “traditional industry”.

Import of lithium, breakdown by country

Source: S&P Global

Import of lithium, breakdown by industries, %

Source: SQM

A shortage is likely to occur in the near future

According to research firm Argus, lithium carbonate prices reached $62,500 per metric ton on March 29, while the price of lithium hydroxide topped $67,000 per ton.

Lithium price

Source: Argus

The continued strong increase in lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide prices in early 2022, which followed an earlier peak in September and October 2021, was driven by rising electric vehicle sales in China and Europe . Sales of new energy vehicles in China and the EU have increased to account for 10% of total global sales of new energy cars, representing a bullish scenario for EV penetration.

Global sales and market share of electric cars sales, 2010-2021

Source: EIA

As the adaptation to electric vehicles accelerates sharply, the demand for batteries will also increase, which will generate more than 5 times the demand for lithium as early as 2030 compared to 2021.

Metals Demand for lithium-ion batteries

Source: Green Car Congress, BNEF

After analyzing different sources (some of them 1 and 2), we believe that due to the current limited introduction of new lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate production capacities (for example, it takes up to ‘to 12 to 24 months to extract lithium salts from lithium brine), there will be a shortage of materials in the short term (2022-2023). However, additional capacity will be commissioned later in the lithium triangle (Argentina, Chile and Bolivia) as the development of intercrystalline brine sites will begin after 2023. Livent, for example, will launch additional production capacity of carbonate lithium in Argentina by the end of 2023. , increasing this capacity to 60,000 tons by 2025.

Lithium power supply

Source: Bloomberg

The lithium market could reach a surplus before 2024

However, the lithium market could become surplus before the end of 2024 if the excess demand disappears. This could happen as the prices of the main materials used in the production of batteries – nickel, copper, cobalt and lithium in the class of batteries composed of lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese (NCM) and lithium, iron and phosphate (LFP) ) – have increased significantly in 2021 amid strong demand and due to fears in early 2022 that the shortage of raw materials could worsen due to the increasing number of conflicts in the world. The increase in production costs will certainly pass on to the consumer, reducing the demand for cars and, therefore, for metals.

Component prices, %

Source: Investment

Manufacturers of electric vehicles are already raising prices. For example, Tesla in March raised the prices of some cars by 5-10%, as did Li Auto. To compound the effect of rising prices, some governments are getting rid of subsidies for EV purchases. For example, China will reduce subsidies by 30% by the end of 2022, as the target of new energy car sales accounting for 20% of total car sales was met 3 years ahead of schedule.

Evaluation

Our leader among all lithium producers is Livent. Livent produces lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide, from which a large number of lithium compounds are extracted. In addition to its own production, Livent resells raw materials to third parties and obtains lithium compounds from brines. This method is one of the most profitable. Livent’s lithium production cost is one of the lowest in the industry.

Livent will benefit from high lithium prices in the short term, as it will soon bring its new deposits into service. The company plans to increase its lithium carbonate production by 100% to 40,000 tpa by the end of 2023 following the planned commissioning of the plant in Argentina in 2023, and to 60,000 tpa from 2025.

Production capacity of lithium carbonate, ths tons

Source: Company Data

Additionally, by the end of the third quarter of 2022, Livent will increase its lithium hydroxide production to 30,000 tonnes per year through its Bessemer City facility.

Lithium hydroxide production capacity, thsd.  metric tons

Source: Company Data

Due to high lithium contract prices, the company’s 2022 EBITDA will increase 267% year-on-year to $181 million.

EBITDA history and our projections

Factors that will influence the rise in value of securities over the next 12 months:

  • Selling prices of lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate still high due to global shortage of raw materials;
  • Increased operating performance.

We estimate the fair value of Livent shares at $32.3 per share. BUY note.

Livent Valuation by Invest Heroes

Risks

  • Faster exit from the surplus lithium market due to lower demand for new energy vehicles;
  • Acceleration of supply growth thanks to the commissioning of deposits in the “lithium triangle” region.

Conclusion

We are confident that with the rapid adoption of electric vehicles in China, the United States and Europe, the world will face a new era of lithium rush that can overcome the gold rush due to extreme shortages. of lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide in the years to come. Additionally, we are seeing lithium producers begin to revalue long-term contracts at greater than expected rates due to extreme spot price increases. Lithium producers will benefit from the trend, they are already commissioning new capacities and we believe that Livent is the clear winner.

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2nd Utah Starbucks employees announce plans to unionize

Employees at a second Starbucks store in Utah announced plans to unionize on Monday morning, adding the store to a list of stores in the giant coffee chain trying to do so. (Associated Press)

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SALT LAKE CITY — As Kat Howard watched several Starbucks stores in Buffalo, New York, unionize and become the first workers at the giant coffeehouse chain to do so, it seemed like a remote possibility for any Starbucks store in the city. ‘Utah.

But what seemed like a distant move came suddenly on March 31 when workers at the Starbucks store in Cottonwood Heights announced their intention to unionize. The announcement was one of many labor movements sweeping the United States — but for Utah service workers, it signaled a change.

“We were a little shy to try in Utah, just because of the conservative environment, but once the Cottonwood Heights store unionized, we decided it was time to organize our store,” said said Luke Laro, barista at Starbucks on 400 East and 400 South in Salt Lake City.

“I really think that was just a catalyst for us,” Howard added.

A large majority of employees signed union permission cards in support of the effort, in a 25-to-1 vote. The store’s intention to unionize was announced Monday with a letter to Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, signed by employees.

“We were on the front lines every day of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the employee letter read. “We put our health and maybe even our lives on the line for a company that, quite frankly, didn’t care. We weren’t properly briefed on exhibits and were rushed to work in order to maximize profits instead of aiming to keep everyone safe Starbucks used this stressful time to its advantage and played the role of a socially conscious company, while exploiting its employees and sending mixed signals about what they really cared about.

Among complaints of operation during the COVID-19 pandemic, baristas cited the need for better wages, more stable hours, and access to better health care.

“We believe that the current system of corporate executives changing our policies and benefits lacks partner representation. We believe we have valuable input and we want our voices heard and we believe we must,” Laro said.

Howard and Laro both pointed to an increase in profits, but said only the company’s senior executives see the benefits. An executive-level employee received a 60% increase in his base salary from $500,000 to $800,000 in 2021 after a promotion, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission financial filing.

“I need a salary that can help me fund my college education and keep me afloat in this economy with all this inflation. I think the fact that they didn’t give us a raise – our salary is $12 an hour in downtown Salt Lake City – is incredibly unfair. It’s basically poverty wages,” Laro said. “Personally, I want a higher wage so I can pay rent , grocery shopping and funding my education.”

As Starbucks stores across the United States have begun to attempt to unionize, the company said it is “listening and learning from partners in these stores.”

The history of unionization – and what’s to come

Views on the legality and membership of unions have changed along with labor practices over the centuries. Unions date back to the early 1800s and around the 1870s, particularly in Utah.

“Originally, unions were considered a criminal conspiracy and it was illegal to join a union,” said Peter Philips, professor of labor economics at the University of Utah.

Times began to change during the Great Depression, with unemployment reaching 25%.

“It caused considerable labor unrest because the employers at the time, because they felt pressured by falling prices, lowered wages, and when they lowered wages, that meant that for the 3 out of 4 workers who still had a job, their jobs were paying them less and less,” Philips said.

The unrest led to the passage of the National Labor Relations Act, which encouraged employers and employees to engage in collective bargaining. This law became the fundamental law that governs unions and employers and the negotiations between them that we still see today.

Unions and strikes have had their ups and downs, and so has the economy over the years. Recent economic events have created a catalyst for the current rise in unionization.

“After the downturn of the Great Recession, workers, especially in the service sector, began to feel that they could not do their jobs and live off them and so what we are seeing now, especially in a period of very low unemployment, is an upsurge in unionization,” Philips said.

Union membership is steadily declining. Union membership was once common with 1 in 3 workers belonging to a union – now that number is 1 in 12.

But membership could see an uptick as labor unrest amid increased inflation and the COVID-19 pandemic boiled over. While social unrest didn’t start with the coronavirus, the pandemic has shed light on growing worker frustration.

“Membership numbers are not only low, but have been declining for decades,” Philips said. “Now that might change. And one of the reasons that might change is because you can only push people so far.”

Employees at the Salt Lake City store remain optimistic.

“I feel like working class struggle, organizing is something that even people on both sides of the political spectrum can sometimes agree on,” Howard said. “It’s important to let people know that it’s okay to realize that you deserve more. You deserve to be treated better than you are. And it’s okay to express that.”

What challenges do employees and the company face?

The road to unionization is not easy. Philips highlighted some challenges that employees might face in their attempt:

1. Representative election organized by the National Labor Relations Council

The election may be difficult to win for several reasons, Philips said. These reasons include access to workers when employers may not allow election campaigning in the workplace or may punish those who promote unionization. Although it is illegal to punish those who promote unionization, it still happens.

“Even if in the long run that person appeals to the National Labor Relations Board (who) say they were fired for a pretext and they are actually fired for encouraging a union campaign – that often happens though too late when the union campaign has run out of steam or become discouraged,” said Philips.

2. High turnover in the service sector

“There is high turnover in service sector jobs and if you have a union campaign that, say, lasts six months, the people you talk to at the start of that campaign may not yet be employed by the employer. at the end of this campaign,” Philips said. “The voting population is that which is employed at the time the National Labor Relations Board holds an election.”

Even if the election is successful on behalf of the union, it can be difficult to get a contract.

All things considered, the nature of Starbucks as a company can help workers when they try to unionize.

“These are national companies and they have to worry about their reputation, not just in Salt Lake City, but in New York. Not just in Utah, but in Washington State and, therefore, they are not going to not ride the anti-union movement quite as hard as perhaps a local business that strongly embraces local conservatism,” Philips said.

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How Utah leaders are reacting to reports the Supreme Court may overturn Roe

Leaders are reacting to reports that abortion law could take a monumental turn in the states.

(Tom Williams | Pool) Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, holds a copy of the Constitution while questioning witnesses during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to review Texas abortion law, Wednesday, 29 September 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Monday, May 2, 2022, Lee called it “bittersweet” that a leaked majority draft opinion showed the Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade.

Nearly half a century after the landmark Roe v. Wade, who protected constitutional abortion rights, the U.S. Supreme Court, with a 6-3 majority of Republican-appointed justices, appears poised to overturn that 1973 ruling.

According to Politico reporting Monday night, Judge Samuel Alito wrote a majority opinion that says “Roe was horribly wrong all along.” The draft notice had been circulated inside the court and leaked to Politico.

“It is time to respect the Constitution and return the question of abortion to the elected officials of the people”, wrote the justice, seeming to want to make the federal right to abortion a question of rights of the States.

The High Court’s draft opinion, which would strike down Roe, prompted Utah politicians to start reacting to the news.

“The Supreme Court is not like other branches of government; it is not a political body,” Utah Sen. Mike Lee tweeted, before going on to call the Supreme Court leak “dangerous, despicable and damaging.”

“I hope and pray,” the Republican senator added, “that what appears to be Judge Alito’s well-written and well-reasoned draft in fact reflects the majority opinion of the Court.”

On Fox News Monday night, Lee, who worked for Alito before the judge was appointed to the Supreme Court, called the news of the leak “bittersweet.” Sweet, Lee told Fox News, because the “babies” would be protected by law, and bitter “because the way it was leaked.”

“I am saddened that his (Alito’s) work was published without permission prior to its release, specifically for the purpose of threatening, intimidating and harassing judges inclined to follow what appears to be the majority opinion .”

Last summer, Lee joined Republican Senators Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas in sending a “friend of the court” brief to the Supreme Court, urging the body to reconsider national abortion rights. .

Ally Isom, one of two Republicans trying to unseat Lee in a primary, said the leaked opinion shows the landscape appears to be changing.

“Although this is a complicated question for women, and there are exceptions,” Isom wrote on Twitter“I choose to err on the side of life and states.”

Utah Senator Mitt Romney said he supports the Supreme Court’s decision whether the leaked project actually reflects the opinion.

“The sanctity of human life is a fundamental American principle,” Romney, also a Republican, wrote on Twitter. He added that the leak “should be thoroughly investigated and those responsible should be punished”.

Utah Governor Spencer Cox and Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson said in a joint statement that while they “are encouraged and optimistic that abortion law may be left to duly elected state officials, the draft rulings are not real rulings and the leaked drafts are a dangerous violation of the court protocol and deliberations.

In 2020, the Utah Legislature passed SB174, a trigger law that would ban elective abortions in Utah if Roe is overturned.

“We look forward to the actual court decision in this case,” Henderson and Cox tweeted.

Utah Senate President Stuart Adams wrote on social media that “life is worth protecting”.

“I am pleased that the Supreme Court is finally addressing this long overdue issue and respecting the right of states to regulate abortion,” added Adams, R-Layton. “Although the report is preliminary, I hope that with the official decision, lives will be protected.”

Derek Kitchen, one of six Utah Senate Democrats, called the idea of ​​taking down Roe “a terrible setback for all Americans.”

“No universal health care. No affordable daycare,” the Salt Lake City Democrat tweeted. “Now no reproductive freedom. Our fundamental freedoms are under attack.

This story is developing and will be updated throughout the day.

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Salt Lake City Starbucks employees plan to unionize

SALT LAKE CITY — Employees at a Starbucks store in downtown Salt Lake City have officially announced they want to unionize, making it the second in the state and part of the growing trend of stores across the country to do so.

About a month earlier, employees at a Starbucks in Cottonwood Heights announced their intention to form a union.

“We feel more like we’re working with these people who get big raises from the work that we actually do,” said Kat Howard, a barista who supports unionization.

“I think there are a lot of people who feel that way,” added shift manager Kit Grob. “I think the pandemic has been a great catalyst for the working class. People who were told we were essential workers every day are stretched and at the end of our ropes.”

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While the announcement came on Monday, those at the store say they have already received support.

“We were standing here earlier holding signs, and so many people walked by,” Grob said. “We’ve heard people say it’s time, we’ve heard people ask me how it can be done in their workplace.”

The store is located right in the heart of downtown at 400 East and 400 South, which workers hope sends a message.

“We draw people from all over to this Starbucks because it’s close to the airport, like people are getting off TRAX with their suitcases and walking in,” Howard said.

“I think other Starbucks workers in Salt Lake City will see us unionize and be inspired to join the movement,” Grob added.

In a letter emailed early Monday morning to Starbucks headquarters, along with new CEO Howard Schultzstore employees wrote:

“We were on the front line every day of the Covid-19 pandemic. We put our health and maybe even our lives on the line for a company that, quite frankly, didn’t care. We weren’t properly informed of the exhibits and were rushed to work in order to maximize profits instead of aiming to keep everyone safe. Starbucks used this stressful time to its advantage and played the role of a socially conscious company while exploiting its employees and sending mixed signals about what really cared about them.

Workers who spoke with FOX 13 News had additional complaints.

“The communication going on right now, it’s just generating a lot of empty promises,” Howard said. “They work with people they rely on, like single mothers and people like that who work with us, and we care about those people, and so we want to increase the benefits – even if it won’t just affect us. “

They also hope it will inspire others outside the company to take action.

“I like to think about the kind of ripple this is going to send to Salt Lake City and Utah,” Grob said.

The store has yet to formalize unionization by putting it to a vote, and they will also hold a rally to gather support on Friday at noon.

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Salt Lake County is the future of travel

Sponsored: National Travel & Tourism Week 2022 (May 1-7) shines a light on the collective strength of the travel industry in the United States.

(Austen Diamond Photography) | Summer in Cottonwood Canyon.

Visit Salt Lake is responsible for promoting Salt Lake as a convention and travel destination. We are passionate about our county and our work to tell travelers why they should come. One of our main missions is to stimulate demand for overnight stays with our accommodation partners by inviting visitors to become part of our community. It’s an easy task when we’re excited about the endless amenities Salt Lake County has to offer.

Celebrated each year during the first week of May, this year’s National Travel & Tourism Week (NTTW) gives us more reason than ever to celebrate the collective strength and bright future of the travel industry and of Utah Tourism. For the 39th annual NTTW, we are encouraging the future of travel, just as we do for all athletes and Olympians who come to stay and play in Salt Lake County.

(Austen Diamond Photography) | Mountain biking at Cottonwood Canyon.

Before the pandemic in 2019, Salt Lake County’s travel industry was a powerful economic engine, supporting jobs and boosting local economies in every neighborhood. The trips generated $4.62 billion in economic output and supported 48,000 jobs in the county.

“Despite the upheaval and unpredictability of the past two years, Visit Salt Lake is planning for a future that will strengthen Salt Lake County’s tourism industry and economy,” said Kaitlin Eskelson, President and CEO of Visit. Salt Lake. 2021, we launched a new ‘West of Conventional’ brand initiative, invested in helping our hospitality businesses rebuild their workforces with the launch of the Hospitality Career Portal on our website and supported our local economies with increased demand for groups overnight for sporting events, meetings and conferences – including the return of outdoor retailers to Salt Lake County in 2023.”

As part of our new “West of Conventional” brand, we are working diligently to build a stronger, more resilient and more relevant visitor economy…for everyone. Here, where traditional perspectives mingle with progressive ideas, the Salt Lake County hospitality industry is exploring opportunities to strengthen the hospitality workforce to serve our residents and visitors. Hospitality professionals also work to ensure the prosperity of our communities and our outdoor recreation facilities, introducing new innovations to support our “bit wild, bit sedentary” way of life, while reconnecting with visitors from around the world for years to come.

While the industry has been hit hard by the challenges of the past two years, we are recovering and positioning our industry for growth and resilience. There is great optimism among travelers to get back on the road and we want Salt Lake County’s urban core and spacious mountains to be a retreat for all.

(Austen Diamond Photography) | Photography in action at the Great Salt Lake.

Natural resources and landscaping bring visitors to our beautiful state. As proud as we are of our state and national monuments down south, here in Salt Lake County, we’d be remiss not to recognize our beautiful outdoor playground that the Wasatch Front affords us. From our snowy winters rivaled by sunny, trail-lined summers, Salt Lake County’s travel and tourism industry contributes so much to our local economy and community spirit.

“Visitors who contribute to Salt Lake County’s overnight economy contribute to Transient Room Tax revenue, which, in part, supports the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant. The Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant was established in 2017, hosted by the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation established in 2013, the first such office in the nation. The grant program is dedicated to funding projects aimed at improving outdoor recreation related to the visitor economy,” said Natalie Randall, Utah Tourism Industry Association. “In 2021, Visitors helped fund projects worth more than $950,000 in Salt Lake County for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. Projects include Jordan River Parkway – Millcreek Extension, Parleys Trail – 900 West to Jordan River Parkway Trail, Juniper Canyon Recreation Area Phase One, Wasatch Boulevard Shared Trail and nature park, non-motorized regional trails in Yellow Fork and Butterfield Canyons, California Avenue Rowing Center, the Rose Park Pump Track, and more.

Proud of the positive impact our visitor economy has had on Salt Lake County, Visit Salt Lake and our active tourism partners use NTTW to recognize the contributions of Salt Lake County’s travel industry and how we will evolve into a more dynamic, innovative, sustainable environment, and an inclusive future.

We have before us a historic opportunity to redesign the industry to be bigger than ever. From all of us at Visit Salt Lake, we are excited for all the exciting things to come for Salt Lake County and Utah’s travel industry.

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Rape case against pastor moves forward after Utah Supreme Court ruling

A case against a former pastor accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a minor in his congregation is set to move forward again following a Utah Supreme Court ruling. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A case against a former pastor accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a minor in his congregation is set to move forward again following a Utah Supreme Court ruling.

In an opinion filed Thursday, the court ruled that the alleged victim in the case should not be required to testify at the preliminary hearing unless Isidor Pacomio Archibeque’s lawyers present a sufficient argument on the issue before the courts. state attorneys, reversing a 3rd District court ruling that arguments could be presented privately to the judge.

Archibeque, 46, is charged with two counts of rape, two counts of forced sodomy and rape by object, all first-degree felonies; and two counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. The crimes allegedly took place between 2014 and 2017, when the girl was a minor and Archibeque was her pastor.

Charging documents say the abuse began when the girl was 14 and Archibeque forced her to have sex with him several times a month. The documents claim that at one point Archibeque threatened to hurt her family if she said anything and that he was also violent towards her on at least two occasions.

Archibeque denies the allegations and his lawyers have requested a private hearing with the judge to show why the victim should be compelled to testify at the preliminary hearing. They argued that confidentiality was necessary because they should not be required to expose their strategy to prosecutors. Prosecutors, on the other hand, claimed that granting a private hearing would violate a judicial code’s rule that prohibits the judge from speaking with only one party.

In February 2021, the district court decided to compromise and determined that Archibeque’s attorneys could present the evidence privately to the judge, and if the court determined that the victim’s testimony could affect the outcome of the hearing, they would share arguments with prosecutors. .

Christopher Ballard, assistant solicitor general in the Utah attorney general‘s office, said they were “shocked” the court was allowing this; his office appealed the district court’s decision in early 2021.

The state Supreme Court ruling overturned the order, determining that unilateral proceedings are not favored and that the defendant should include the prosecution if he wants to plead for the victim to testify.

“While we applaud the district court’s efforts to craft a compromise that seeks to respect the constitutional rights of all interested parties, we are not convinced that Mr. Archibeque’s statutory or constitutional rights at this stage of the proceedings give the right to a presentation in camera (private hearing),” the Utah Supreme Court opinion states.

The justices explained that they “would be inclined” to support the district court’s decision if they believed it would protect Archibeque’s constitutional rights, but that his argument did not merit the request for a unilateral proceeding.

“(Archibeque) is well within his rights to keep his cards until trial. What he can’t do is have his cake and eat it too. None of the rights that Mr. Archibeque has identified protects him from the consequences of his litigation strategy,” the opinion said.

Ballard said Thursday’s Utah Supreme Court ruling made it clear that this unilateral process was not appropriate. “The judge should not make this decision based solely on the defendant’s comments,” he said.

Ballard explained that an amendment to the Utah Constitution and related rule of evidence allows “reliable hearsay” to be admitted at a preliminary hearing, which means a victim need not to testify at this stage if a statement from him is shared. He said it was now rare for a victim, especially a victim of child molestation, to testify at a preliminary hearing, which he said the defendants resisted.

Under State vs. Lopez, on whom the Utah Supreme Court ruled while this case was pending, defendants must meet a heavy burden for a judge to compel testimony from a victim during a preliminary hearing. The Utah Supreme Court in that decision ruled that defendant’s attorneys must show that the testimony was necessary to support evidence “that is reasonably likely” to result in the charges not being supported by the standard. of probable cause.

Ballard said the ruling in the Archibeque case, which means victims and prosecutors must be given an opportunity to respond to the defendant’s argument before it is decided that victims should testify, is “a victory for the victims”.

Archibeque’s team, however, said they were disappointed with Thursday’s decision.

“The Constitution, written as a bulwark against governmental power, is a bill of individual rights. But yesterday’s decision elevates the rights of the state above the rights of the accused. By rejecting the fair balance struck by trial court, the Utah Supreme Court has given the government another avenue to tip the scales in its favor,” defense attorneys Cara Tangaro, Jeremy Delicino and Ann Marie Taliaferro said in a statement.

Additionally, the lawyers said that since the decision in State vs. Lopez, they believe the government “often presents minimal evidence” at preliminary hearings, which they say hampers the defendant’s due process rights, favors cases that are not fully verified and causes delays. . lawsuits and increased costs and charges.

Archibeque is currently out on bail. He was ordered not to have contact with anyone under the age of 18 without their parents present, not to perform ecclesiastical duties and to wear an ankle monitor.

After the case was suspended pending the outcome of the appeal, the court ordered the removal of the ankle monitor. Now the case will be returned to the district court and the wait will end.

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People celebrate life, lost loved ones at the Celebration of Life Monument

Nicole ‘Hillary leaves a flower on her husband and donor Del Hillary’s donor brick during National Donor Life Month and Donor Remembrance Day at the Celebration of Life monument in Salt Lake City on Saturday. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY – Nicole’ Hillary’s husband was riding his motorcycle down to Mirror Lake with their son when a large deer came up from the ravine and hit his motorcycle. She said when she arrived at the hospital she knew her husband, Del Hillary, was gone.

“The first people I think I met were the Donor Connect people…as soon as I saw their shirts, I knew he wasn’t alive,” Hillary said.

She said as soon as they asked, she said yes and asked what he could donate, knowing that her husband had chosen to be an organ donor.

Donor Connect, an organization that coordinates organ donations and helps get them to a recipient, marked the end of April’s Gift of Life month with a celebration for donor families at Celebration of Life Monument near the Salt Lake City Library on Saturday.

The monument is usually a peaceful, reflective place where people can find the names of donors on the wall. Today there was music and celebration.

Hillary said it was beautiful to see her husband’s name on the memorial on Saturday, she said some of the same families she met at the event last year were there, all part of a large community of organ donors and recipients.

“Today I just celebrated with everyone and felt the love, and it was really cool,” Hillary said.

She had no idea how much the choice to donate her husband’s organs would be a blessing and help others until well after his death, she said.

Annie Ableman takes a photo of her sister and donor Melissa Capener's name during National Giving of Life Month and Donor Remembrance Day at the Celebration of Life Monument in Salt Lake City on Saturday.
Annie Ableman takes a photo of her sister and donor Melissa Capener’s name during National Giving of Life Month and Donor Remembrance Day at the Celebration of Life Monument in Salt Lake City on Saturday. (Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Del Hillary was able to donate 10 different organs, helping to save the lives of several people. Nicole ‘Hillary reached out to some of them, she told them that if they wanted to buy a giant box of Cheez-Its or a Diet Coke from McDonald’s in the morning, that craving meant they had been given the organs by Del Hillary. She also told them that he was an “exceptional human” and that she wanted them to live “exceptional lives”.

She said these recipients wrote her love letters, which she said were so poignant. She said they are no longer on dialysis, are holding grandchildren and can be there for their children.

Hillary said Donor Connect supported her through the organ donation process, always responded quickly, and was loving and helpful during a difficult time in her life.

They looked at each organ individually and talked to her about it while her husband was on life support, and were loving and not pushy. She said they were by her side as soon as her husband died and continued to watch over her afterwards.

Sydney McPherson, director of donor family services at DonorConnect, said they support families for two years after they decide to donate an organ. She said that when they reach out to people who are losing loved ones and talk about the possibility of a organ donationit’s a way to give the family a glimmer of hope when a loved one dies.

Flowers are left on donor bricks during National Gift of Life Month and Donor Remembrance Day at the Celebration of Life monument in Salt Lake City on Saturday.
Flowers are left on donor bricks during National Gift of Life Month and Donor Remembrance Day at the Celebration of Life monument in Salt Lake City on Saturday. (Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

“I think it helps in the grieving process, knowing that even though their loved one is gone and it’s incredibly sad, it helps them to know that a part of them still lives, you know, and the person who lives has received that life…I think it’s healing,” McPherson said.

She said she heard the word “healing” repeatedly at the event from donors and recipients.

McPherson said nationally that there was more than 100,000 people awaiting transplant in the country, so there is a great need for donors. Organs in Utah and surrounding states served by DonorConnect can be dispatched locally if needed or nationwide.

Part of Saturday’s event was the release of thousands of ladybugs into the gardens. Along with the ladybugs representing good luck, McPherson said they represent a lost loved one who comes to bring comfort.

Hillary said she put her ladybugs in trees, whereas most people there put them in grass or flowers. She wanted them to be as close to heaven as possible.

She said deciding to be an organ donor is not difficult, all it takes is a “yes” and telling the family about your decision.

“It’s not hard when your family knows what to do,” she said.

Donor photos are displayed during National Gift of Life Month and Donor Remembrance Day at the Celebration of Life monument in Salt Lake City on Saturday.
Donor photos are displayed during National Gift of Life Month and Donor Remembrance Day at the Celebration of Life monument in Salt Lake City on Saturday. (Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Hayden Cullimore received a liver donation at age 8 and is now 17. His mother, Tessa Cullimore, said he was born with liver disease, biliary atresia, and was on and off the transplant list and had many procedures but he became very ill shortly before he turned eight. She said she wouldn’t have lived much longer without a transplant.

“We really got lucky,” she said.

Hayden Cullimore was discharged from hospital within 10 days of the transplant, faster than expected. After a few months, he felt better than he had ever felt. He said he was not able to jump on a trampoline or play tackle football before. After the transplant, he was able to join his friends in sports.

He said his donor lived just 10 minutes from his house. She was a teenager who did not yet have a license, but had spoken to her parents before her death and told them that she wanted to be an organ donor.

Hayden Cullimore is a registered organ donor, and he makes sure everyone he knows is too. He talks to his friends and convinces them to tick “yes” before going to get their driver’s license.

“I’m standing here because someone donated,” Cullimore said. “I just make sure everyone is a donor.”

He said he helped dedicate the monument and his donor’s name is on the memorial. He said it was meaningful to him to see the names of organ donors on the wall.

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Teachers Need Extra Thanks This Teacher Appreciation Week | Opinion

Since 1984, the first full week of May has been known as Teacher Appreciation Week. Recently, and rightly so, the staff who support our teachers and students have been included. I propose that appreciation doesn’t just happen for a week in the spring, but all year round, and that it extends to everyone who works in Utah’s public schools.

One of the great blessings of serving as State Superintendent of Public Instruction is the ability to visit schools across the state and observe the hard work and dedication of adults serving our children. . From Navajo Mountain in the San Juan District to Flaming Gorge in Daggett and Snowville Elementary in Box Elder, I have observed educators and staff in every corner of this state caring about student well-being and education.

My visits are an opportunity to meet teachers and staff who are passionate about their work and eager to see their students succeed. The best data on the impact of caring adults comes from conversations with students themselves. Without fail, students share real-life examples of how the adults in their school have had a positive impact on their education and well-being.

When schools closed in-person learning at the end of the 2020 school year, we saw our entire system pivot to online and remote learning. All adults in the system have worked together to bring materials, technology, meals and mental health support to homes to help families learn from home.

No preparedness or professional development programs have prepared our schools for a pandemic. Yet, as usual, our educators and staff have found creative ways to support students academically, socially and emotionally. Due to the impact of home learning on most students and families, our state has committed to reopening schools for the 2021-22 school year. Once again, our educators and staff have stepped up to take on additional roles to ensure students can learn in person. Although the year has been stressful and less than ideal, the fact that most of our students are learning in person has helped give families and students a greater sense of normalcy and has helped our economy stay strong.

Despite these heroic actions, this school year has been even more difficult for many of our teachers. In an attempt to be more involved and aware, some parents, experts and politicians have challenged the intentions of our great teachers. This negative message, along with our teachers spending many overtime hours ensuring their students are prepared to succeed and lead, has contributed to a system of educators and staff who feel burnt out and underappreciated. . Many teachers told me that they felt like they had gone from “hero to zero” in the eyes of the public, while remaining unwavering in their dedication.

Teachers are called upon to do a lot. They must be masters of the subject. They must be pedagogical experts to impart this knowledge to their students in a way that students – and every child – can understand. They need to unzip the student data to see where to start each year with a new group of students and where problems arise with that year’s class. They must keep abreast of the latest technological innovations and prepare their students for the digital world we live in. They must master an increasingly complex legal context that surrounds the world of education.

These tasks are important. They are the cogs in the education system. But the heart and soul of education comes from the care teachers and staff give to their students. Teachers understand that parents are the first and principal teachers of their children. They also understand that as educators they play a supportive role in helping students become their best selves.

They fulfill this role not only by mastering the subject matter they teach, but also by remaining aware of the societal issues so often reflected in today’s classrooms. Teachers see these problems reflected in the faces of their students: a kindergarten whose mother is terminally ill; a sixth-grader who has just been prejudiced for the first time; a ninth grader who comes to school in tattered clothes and has no idea where he will sleep tonight.

Teachers and staff strive to mitigate these tragedies while focusing on the triumphs of what students know and are able to do. They can see the light come on in a child’s eyes when they fluently read their first sentence, overcome a difficult math problem, weld a perfect bead, perform a piece of music perfectly, or understand a difficult passage from a work of poetry. Teachers and staff savor these moments of success and show up every day hoping and working for the success of every student.

So for the first week of May, at the very least, I invite you to join me in celebrating Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. Let your child’s teacher know that you appreciate them. Thank those who work in support roles in our schools. Even if it’s been a while since you’ve been a student, let one of your childhood teachers know that you still appreciate them.

Better yet, let’s show our appreciation to our teachers and those who work alongside them by striving to be true partners in public education on behalf of every student. Although we can improve, working together from an appreciation perspective is essential. Our economic success, our civic engagement and our societal well-being depend on it.

Sydnee Dickson is the state Superintendent of Public Instruction and has held the position since June 2016.

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Mitt Romney Asked Utah State Police to Protect His Family on Jan. 6: Book

  • Senator Mitt Romney was worried for the safety of his family in Utah when rioters stormed the Capitol.
  • He asked the Utah governor to send state police to his home outside Salt Lake City, according to a new book.
  • “We got the family out of there,” Utah Governor Spencer Cox told the authors of Jan. 6, 2021.

During the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol, Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah’s security concerns were more than 2,000 miles from the Senate hearing room where he waited end of the riot with colleagues.

Worried about his family, Romney called Utah Governor Spencer Cox on his personal cell phone to ask him to send state police to his home outside Salt Lake City, according to the new book. “This Won’t Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future.”

“There were reports that protesters were heading towards the Romney house — their personal home,” Cox told authors and New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns. “I immediately sent the highway patrol there and we got the family out of there.”

During the 2016 electionsRomney, a former Massachusetts governor elected from Utah to the US Senate in 2018, strongly criticized then-candidate Donald Trump, calling him “fake” and a “fraud”.

And in February 2020, Romney earned the distinction of becoming the first senator to vote in favor of deletion a president of his own party because of what he described as Trump’s “appalling breach of public trust”. He voted to convict Trump of abuse of power for withholding nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine and pressured Ukrainian officials to investigate the Biden family.

Romney’s demand of Cox during the Jan. 6 insurrection was not “overheated or panicked,” since the immediate threat was in DC, according to the book. But MAGA activists had been targeting Romney on social media for months, the authors wrote, given that he was “the nation’s most recognizable Republican dissident.”

“Even before the riot, he had already been berated on airplanes by ebullient Trump fans,” the authors wrote.

When the Capitol was breached, Romney dodged the insurgent crowd in mere seconds because he was redirected by US Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman. “That’s what the president caused today, instigator of this – this insurrection,” Romney told his colleagues in the Senate hearing room, according to Burns and Martin.

Romney called the insurgency “heartbreaking” in a speech when he returned to the Senate chamber. “I have 25 grandchildren. A lot of them were watching TV, thinking about that building, about whether their grandfather was okay. I knew I was okay,” he said.

“What happened here today is an insurrection caused by the President of the United States,” he added.

Romney was among seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump in his impeachment trial in connection with the Capitol insurrection.

The Utah senator’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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WSU students will gain hands-on work experience at Hill Air Force Base

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (ABC4) – Hill Air Force Base and Weber State University (WSU) are one step closer to increasing education and employment opportunities in Northern Utah. On Thursday, the two organizations signed a formal agreement that will give WSU more access to the base. The agreement aims to ensure that the base always has properly trained employees. It also aims to help graduates get high-tech jobs close to home.

“We need to have the manpower to do this work, to scale and to take it to the next level,” WSU President Dr. Brad Mortensen told ABC4. “That’s why these types of partnerships will really open up these opportunities for our students.”

Alphonso Thomas is the Director of Engineering and Technical Management for the US Air Force Support Center. He and Dr. Mortensen signed the agreement cementing the working relationship between the two organizations.

During the signing ceremony, Thomas said the nation’s security depends on air power, and air power is what Hill Air Force Base delivers.

To continue to deliver airpower to the United States, the technology and base must keep pace and evolve to become even more advanced.

Mr. Thomas said that to do this, the base needs well-trained personnel. It also needs a sufficient number of these employees to meet its needs. He said that was part of the reason this deal was important.

Essentially, the deal opens up the base at the university. Dr. Mortensen explained that it gives students “access to solve real, pressing and interesting problems that help create the security and freedom we all enjoy”.

The partnership also aims to improve the local economy. Not only by creating additional jobs as technology evolves on base, but by keeping graduates close to home. “We really hope that we can ensure that more students from our Weber State get high-tech, high-paying jobs here in northern Utah and in the aerospace defense industry,” said Dr. Mortensen.

The partnership will also allow military men and women to continue their education while stationed at the base.

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Usana withdraws as COVID-19 lockdowns in China reduce sales

Usana, based in Salt Lake City, UT, is a multi-level marketing company that sells dietary supplements, personal care items, and foods. For several years, it has made the bulk of its revenue from Asian markets, with the lion’s share coming from China itself.

Renewed lockdowns and uncertainty in China

Since the start of the year, China has seen a new round of lockdowns as it tries to maintain its zero COVID-19 policy in the face of infections caused by Omicron variants of the virus that have swept the world.

This uncertainty led the company to slightly revise its projections for the full year. The company now expects to bring in between $1.1 and $1.2 billion, figures which in both cases have been reduced by $25 million.

“The operating environment in China has become more difficult and unpredictable due to the escalation of COVID-19 and accompanying lockdowns, restrictions and other disruptions for individuals and businesses. city-wide and the Chinese government has recently begun to implement restrictions in parts of Beijing. At this stage, we do not know if these restrictions will continue to increase in the coming weeks in Beijing and other regions of China that are important to our business,”CEO Kevin Guest said on a conference call with stock analysts. A transcript of the call is available at seekalpha.com.

For the quarter, Usana reported net sales of $272.9 million, down 11% from the same period a year earlier. Of this amount, $218.4 million was recorded in the Asia-Pacific region and $133.7 million in China itself. Net sales in China decreased by 10% compared to the previous year.

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Salt Lake man sues city and police over dog bite that led to criminal charges

Jeffery Ryans is seen in police body camera footage recorded April 24, 2020. Ryans filed a complaint Friday in connection with the 2020 K-9 dog bite he received which left him injured and disfigured. (Salt Lake City Police Department)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man injured by a 2020 Salt Lake Police K-9 is now suing the city, police department and officers in federal court.

In a lawsuit filed Friday, Salt Lake City resident Jeffrey Ryans alleges the police department and officers deprived him of his constitutional rights when an officer ordered a police dog to bite Ryans while was complying with officers’ orders during an incident on April 24. , 2020.

Ryans was getting ready to leave for work when he opened the back door of his house to let his dog in, according to the lawsuit complaint. Ryans was standing in his backyard when a Salt Lake officer shone a light on him, told him to freeze and show his hands.

Ryans, who is black, complied with the officer’s orders and put his arms above his head, according to the lawsuit. The officer told Ryans to walk towards him, and Ryans did. The officer then asked how other officers could access the backyard, and Ryans told them where to go, according to the complaint.

Two officers – identified in the lawsuit as Nickolas Pearce and Kevin Jewkes – then circled the house in the backyard, with Pearce’s K-9, Tuco. Pearce ordered Ryans to the ground and Ryans complied, while keeping his hands up, the lawsuit says.

Ryans was face down when the lawsuit says Pearce ordered Tuco to bite Ryans. The lawsuit alleges Pearce’s order came when Ryans was “on the ground, had his hands behind his back and allowed officers to handcuff him.” Pearce continued to allow Tuco to bite Ryans for “some time,” after Ryans was handcuffed, according to the complaint.

The bite would require Ryans to undergo multiple surgeries and a permanent leg injury that “will cause him to walk with a limp for the rest of his life,” the complaint states.

Pearce was charged with aggravated assault in 2021 following the attack. Charging documents in the police officer’s case allege he also kicked Ryans during the incident, and he “praised and encouraged” Tuco as the dog bit Ryans. The same charges state that a wound in Ryans leg was approximately 4 inches wide and 3 inches long, while another was 5 inches long and 1 inch wide.

A lawyer representing Pearce in his criminal case declined to comment on the lawsuit.

News of the incident led the department to suspend the use of K-9 agents when making contact with suspects. Salt Lake City later announced that it had reviewed dog bite incidents dating back to 2018, and the police department would refer 18 different incidents to the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office for potential charges. District Attorney Sim Gill told KSL.com on Wednesday his office is still reviewing the cases.

Prosecutors later filed an additional aggravated assault charge against Pearce in May 2021, accusing him of ordering Tuco to attack a woman during a traffic stop. The woman, Nellieana Mafileo Langi, was sitting in her car and had her hands out the window when Pearce allegedly told Tuco to “hit”, causing the dog to bite Langi’s arm and pull down. The bite caused “significant” cuts to his arm which required stitches, according to the charges.

Ryans named Pearce and Jewks as defendants in the lawsuit, along with the Salt Lake City Police Department, Salt Lake City Corporation and five “John Does” who are unknown persons “likely employed” by the city or the police department.

A Salt Lake police spokeswoman declined to comment, saying the case has not yet been decided.

The Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office said in a statement Wednesday, “We have not yet received the complaint, nor have we had an opportunity to review it, and as such, we we have no comments at this time.”

The complaint does not specify the dollar amount of the damages, instead asking a jury to determine the amount. The complaint also seeks a written statement from all defendants that the policies in place regarding the use of K-9 officers are unconstitutional.

No court date for the case, filed in U.S. District Court in Utah, was set Wednesday.

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Biden’s broken climate promise? – High Country News – Know the West

The administration takes over oil and gas leasing – and fixes a dysfunctional system in the process.

In mid-April, the Biden administration complied with a 2021 court order and restarted the federal oil and gas leasing program, ending a nearly 15-month moratorium. But don’t expect a return to the rental program of yesteryear; instead, as Interior Secretary Deb Haaland pointed out in a statement, it is being redesigned to be better, stronger and less industry-friendly. When considering land to be auctioned, Haaland said, the department plans to consult with tribes and “the best science available.” And royalty rates will be increased by 50%.

Pumpjacks in the Uintah Basin, Utah. The Biden administration recently restarted the federal oil and gas leasing program. During the 15-month moratorium, the Home Office completed its review of the scheme.

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Yet the response from climate advocates and environmentalists holding ground has been swift and harsh: President Joe Biden, they said, had reneged on his campaign promise to fight climate change and ban all new development. oil and gas on public markets. lands. WildEarth Guardians climate and energy program director Jeremy Nichols put it bluntly, saying the administration was guilty of “climate denial” and “in bed with the oil and gas industry.”

It’s one way of looking at the Biden movement. But it’s not the only one. Simply put, the administration reversed a largely ineffective moratorium that was never intended to be permanent. In doing so, however, he quietly carried out much-needed repairs to a faulty system in a way that, if acted upon, could bring about significant change on the ground.

In January 2021, just days into his first term, Biden announced he would end quarterly oil and gas lease sales “pending the completion of a comprehensive review and re-examination of federal practices in oil and gas permits and leases”. In other words, he promised to delay issuing new leases while the Home Office figures out how to reform a clearly dysfunctional system.

Environmentalists applauded the move, with some going so far as to say it would keep hundreds of billions of tons of greenhouse gases in the ground. Meanwhile, the oil and gas industry, many oil-state Republicans and a few Democrats, were outraged. Ryan Flynn, President of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association called the moratorium “a blockade around New Mexicoof the economy”, and predicted that “unemployment will rise, state revenues will fall and our economy will come to a standstill”. Both reactions were exaggerated. Biden never intended to completely ban oil and gas drilling, and the industry did not collapse.

Here’s what really happened during the moratorium: The Biden administration continued to issue drilling permits — 3,557 of them, including 1,941 in New Mexico, which produced record levels of oil, making it the nation’s second largest producer after Texas; and oil and gas producers generated more than $5 billion in tax revenue, an all-time high, giving state lawmakers a huge budget surplus. (They even gave teachers raises.) There are now 30 more active rigs than at the start of the break, as well as about 1,500 additional jobs. And methane emissions continued to rise, while the burning of all these petroleum products released billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere.

In other words, the rental break had virtually no effect on the pitch. It’s not because the location doesn’t matter; It does. A company must lease the land before it can apply for a drilling permit to develop it. But the companies already have about 26 million acres of public land under lease, about half of which is not in production. This means they could have continued to develop land at a rapid pace for years without acquiring new leases.

The rental break had virtually no effect on the pitch.

Either way, the industry and a handful of oil and gas states have taken legal action. And last June, a federal judge appointed by Trump ordered the administration to lift the moratorium. In August he agreed to comply, although he is also appealing, and in November he published a list of plots for rent. But before the sales could go ahead, a pair of conflicting court rulings over the social cost of measuring carbon took the leasing away. disabled the table, then set it go back on again. (It is complicated.)

An RV park housing many oilfield workers in Carlsbad, New Mexico. During the moratorium, the administration issued 3,557 drilling permits, including 1,941 in New Mexico. There are now 30 more active rigs than at the start of the break, along with around 1,500 additional jobs.

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While all of this was unfolding, the Home Office completed its review of the program and, last November, published his findings: The century-old system of oil and gas leases favors industry profit at the expense of conservation and multiple use, and it has failed to provide a fair return to US taxpayers. The report recommended increasing fees, royalty rates and minimum rental offers to modernize and rebalance the program. Even though the environmental community had been saying similar things for years, the report was widely castigated for failing to tackle climate change and for not having a plan to implement the reforms.

But the administration has a plan, as was made clear when the lease resumed, and that plan somehow addresses climate change. Originally, 733,000 acres were nominated for the June sale, but the Bureau of Land Management will only put 144,000 on the auction block – an 80% reduction, and something Interior is proud of. In Montana, half a dozen plots were grubbed up because they overlapped pronghorn migratory corridors, while 97% of Colorado plots considered were postponed to protect sage-grouse habitat. More than 360,000 nominated acres have been held up in Wyoming, and even more western parcels could be taken off the table after the protest period.

This marks a sharp break from the past, when the BLM auctioned off nearly every designated parcel at rock bottom prices, regardless of protests or tribal consultation. Jade Begay (Diné and Tesuque Pueblo of New Mexico), the Climate Justice Director of the NDN Collective, tweeted that the acreage reduction and Haaland’s promise to better integrate tribal contributions marked a “huge victory for the peoples indigenous and western communities who have been affected”. by climate change.

The minimum bid for plots remains at $2 an acre, in defiance of the administration’s own recommendations. Yet if and when sold leases are drilled, companies will have to pay 18.75% on the value of the oil and gas, far more than the 12.5% ​​that has been in place since 1920, when Congress passed the Omnibus Act. mining leases.

“I’m glad we finally have an administration that recognizes that the status quo for our oil and gas leasing program is a rip off for the American people,” Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, said in a statement. “If we’re going to let the fossil fuel industry pocket more of our public land for drilling, we should at least make sure they pay a decent price to do it.” The Center for Western Priorities reiterated that sentiment, calling the reforms “good news”, although the WildEarth Guardians’ Nichols responded by castigating: “ASHAMED”.

A recent study found that around a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions in the country come from fossil fuels mined from public lands – a good reason to “keep it in the ground”. Still, it’s unclear whether Biden has the legal authority to ban development outright; so far, even the ineffectual pause has failed to stand up in court. The authors of the study recommend adding a “carbon levy” to new leases and putting in place other restrictions at the drilling stage to reduce emissions.

Meanwhile, there’s the administration’s new strategy in Utah. In November 2021, the BLM offered to put over 6,600 acres across the state on the auction block. But in response to public outcry, he now plans to take offers on a single 159-acre parcel. And there is even a catch: the successful bidder will have to clean an existing building, well disconnected on the site. At least it marks a clear change in the status quo.

Jonathan Thompson is a contributing editor to High Country News. He is the author of Sagebrush Empire: How a remote Utah county became America’s public land battlefront. Email him at [email protected] or send a letter to the editor. See our Letters to the Editor Policy.

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10 Best Places in Utah Cities to Start a Business: New Report

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Ten cities in Utah are ranked among the best for starting a business.

WalletHub, a personal finance website, published its research with data from the US Census Bureau and the Department of Labor.

Washington, Utah and St. George, Utah rank first and second, respectively, and Midvale ranks 21st.

ABC4 spoke with Midvale government leaders to see how they feel about this achievement and what they are doing to keep climbing the list.

“We feel good about this,” said Midvale Mayor Marcus Stevenson. “Cities do a lot of work to make sure we have successful small businesses, but a lot of that happens behind the scenes and unless you’re a small business owner, you may not interact. not always being in the city that way, so the fact that we’ve been recognized in that is something we’re really proud of.

Governor Spencer Cox also tweeted the poll and said, “Once again, Utahns are being recognized for their innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.”

Midvale City has a population of nearly 35,000 people with approximately 1,300 businesses.

WalletHub lists 10 Utah cities among the top 30 small towns nationwide to start a business.

Midvale Mayor and Midvale Councilman Dustin Gettel said it was humbling to receive the recognition, but they want to keep improving.

“We’re always happy to be on this list, but of course we liked our position last year at number seven,” said Midvale Councilman Dustin Gettel. “I noticed this year that there were even more Utah cities on the list.”

Both Mayor Stevenson and Gettel said his city is welcoming and proud of its inclusion, which is why they believe it ranks so high on the list.

“Midvale really comes from small town roots and so I think you have the residents who have lived here for generations who really want to support our small businesses and then you have younger families who are a bit newer to the area like me and my family supporting and starting their own business,” Mayor Stevenson said.

WalletHub used data from the US Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics to compile the list.

Over 1,300 cities were surveyed with populations between 25,000 and 100,000.

The components included business environment, business costs and access to resources.

“I think the biggest reason for Midvale is in its name,” Gettel said. “We are in the middle of the valley. We have a very charming small town atmosphere although our population is growing significantly. We have seen a 30% increase in population between 2010 and 2020.”

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New Book Reveals the Remarkable Life of an Outstanding Utah Pioneer

Sponsored: Who is Utah’s Outstanding Outdoorsman?

(Harley) | Howard Engan.

A popular saying circulating during the Second World War proclaimed “Kilroy was here”. At the beginning of the colonization of the American West, a similar saying could have been “Howard Egan was here”. More than 70 years ago, the Deseret News asked, “Who is Utah’s outstanding outdoorsman of the 1850-1950 century?” and then replied, “His name, Major Howard Egan.”

In his latest book, “Faithful and Fearless: Major Howard Egan, Early Mormonism, and the Pioneering of the American West,” the late William G. Hartley, award-winning historian and founding president of the Mormon Trails Association, describes in detail exactly where Howard Egan went and what he did once there.

In his review of “Faithful and Fearless” in Utah Historical Quarterly, the famous historian William P. MacKinnon writes that “[t]there are few major events in the development of Mormonism, the Utah Territory, or the American West during this period in which Egan was not involved in some way.

Who was Howard Egan?

“A pioneer of the first order”, howard egan is best known for being an early pioneer in Utah and for his Pony Express exploits. As Hartley convincingly demonstrates, Egan had a life of remarkable variety and adventure.

After emigrating from Ireland as a young child and being orphaned in Canada, Egan joined Britain’s Royal Navy as a sailor on a warship. He then moved to Salem, Massachusetts, where he married Tamson Parshley and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

From opening a rope-making factory in Nauvoo, Illinois, to working as a policeman and bodyguard for Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, Egan’s life has been full of diverse and exciting opportunities.

These opportunities included completing difficult and dangerous church missions, such as a secret mission to recover funds from the Mormon Battalion in Santa Fe; leading many large cattle drives from Utah to California; setting the record for fastest trip from Salt Lake to Sacramento (11 days by mule); become one of Utah’s war heroes; make the first mail delivery to Salt Lake City via the Pony Express; oversee Overland Stagecoach operations between Utah and California; extend friendship and missionary service to the Goshute Indians; and much more.

His adventures continued until he finally died of an illness he contracted while guarding Brigham Young’s tomb against vandals.

History — with a touch of scandal

Although Egan’s life has been exciting and adventurous, Hartley is quick to say that it has also included a lot of hardship and heartbreak.

Returning to Salt Lake City after almost two years in the California gold fields, he learned that Tamson had a new child who was not his. Although their marriage lasted, Egan confronted and killed the child’s father, James Monroe. At the first jury trial in the new territory of Utah, George A. Smith defended Egan on a “mountain common law” theory and he was ultimately acquitted.

According to a review by Brett Dowdle in BYU Studies, “Hartley deftly handles the Monroe murder and Egan’s subsequent trial and acquittal in two chapters, which provide depth and perspective on each of those involved. Hartley does not fully exonerate or condemn any of those involved in the case, demonstrating that each came from a difficult position. . . Perhaps more important than his analysis of the consequences for the individuals involved, Hartley uses the event to provide accurate insight into the social and political milieu of the first territorial Utah.

Egan raised the child, William Egan, as his own, and William later became the compiler and editor of Egan’s journals in a book called “Pioneering the West”.

Learn about the “Forrest Gump” of the American West

In a world that has grown accustomed to instant gratification and convenience, Egan’s life bears witness to the hard work and endurance that characterized early pioneers and settlers.

MacKinnon noted that Egan made six round trips between the Missouri River and the Salt Lake Valley and up to fifty long treks between the Great Basin and the Pacific Coast.

“After reading ‘Faithful and Fearless’ and digesting what this Forrest Gump-like trailblazer accomplished in disheartening circumstances, many of us will feel lazy,” he wrote.

However, readers will also get a better appreciation of a bygone era that laid the foundation for the modern American West.

The seminal work of a famous Church historian

“Faithful and Fearless” is not simply a family history or a biography intended for a limited audience of enthusiastic parents. While the book certainly includes these elements, in reality it is the ultimate achievement of Hartley – one of the leading historians of the steps, ways, and people who established the American West.

After a lifetime of historical research, Hartley spent the last five or six years of his life writing this scholarly volume consisting of approximately 600 pages, including over 100 pages of source documents, over 200 images and nearly 20 original maps. . Fortunately, Hartley lived long enough to see her book published before she died a few months later.

Even professional historians were surprised by what they learned from “Faithful and Intrepid”. The tens of millions of people currently living in the western United States might also be surprised to learn more about some of the historical foundations of their cities, roads, and infrastructure.

Buy your copy of “Faithful and Fearless”

The publication of “Faithful and Fearless” is a non-profit enterprise. The book is available at Amazon or by emailing [email protected] while supplies last.

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The first phase of the LSU Lakes Restoration Project is expected to begin by summer

BATON ROUGE — On Monday, state and parish officials discussed the first steps of the long-awaited LSU Lakes Restoration Project.

During the press conference, Governor John Bel Edwards and Mayor Sharon Weston Broome announced that the first phase of the University Lake project was fully funded. Work should start in just a few months.

“Today’s announcement marks an important milestone for the greater community of Baton Rouge and the many people in our state who regularly visit and enjoy University Lakes,” Governor Edwards said.

The project will increase the stormwater retention capacity of the lakes and reduce flood levels in surrounding areas during rainfall events.

The Louisiana Watershed Initiative is contributing $10 million toward the first phase of the project through CDBG-MIT funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The first phase is expected to be completed in December 2023 at a total cost of $32 million.

Read the full state announcement below.

Governor John Bel Edwards and Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, joined by other University Lakes Project partners, announced today that Phase 1 of the University Lakes Project is now fully funded. Construction will begin this summer, under the direction of Sevenson Environmental Services. The governor and mayor-president shared public comments alongside LSU President William F. Tate IV, Baton Rouge Area Foundation CEO Chris Meyer and BREC Superintendent Corey Wilson.

“Today’s announcement marks an important milestone for the greater community of Baton Rouge and the many people in our state who regularly visit and enjoy the University Lakes,” Governor Edwards said. “The start of lake restoration work is only a few months away. This important and exciting initiative is the result of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s early vision and more recent collaboration and funding from several community partners. As we revitalize and improve this much-loved area of ​​Baton Rouge, we will also reduce flood risk for surrounding areas and increase recreational facilities for the entire community.

The Louisiana Watershed Initiative is contributing $10 million toward Phase 1 of the project through CDBG-MIT funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The project will increase the stormwater retention capacity of the lakes and reduce flood levels in surrounding areas during rainfall events. The project is proposed to expand the floodplain, create marshes, improve water quality, and restore wetlands and fish and wildlife habitats at LSU and City Park lakes. It will address flood storage through an improved retention pond and drainage, reducing flood levels for low-to-moderate income areas north of the LSU campus, including the McKinley High School campus and areas downstream of the lakes. Funding from CDBG-MIT represents nearly one-third of the funding committed for Phase 1.

The coalition that has been formed to restore the lakes includes the State of Louisiana, the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish, BREC, LSU and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. The University Lakes Project is implemented by University Lakes, LLC, which was established by the LSU Real Estate and Facilities Foundation, an affiliate of the LSU Foundation. Mayor-President Broome noted the collaborative nature of the project partnership and echoed the importance of the project to the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish.

Mayor Broome said, University Lakes has long been a place where Baton Rouge residents and our visitors gather, fish, exercise and enjoy nature. These improvements will make it a possibility for many more people in the future and will enhance the experience for anyone who spends time in this area.

The first phase of the University Lakes Project includes water quality, flood risk reduction (dredging) and mobility enhancement efforts in key areas identified as critical by participants in the engagement process public. Dredging will deepen City Park, Erie, College, Crest and Campus lakes, as well as part of University Lake. The main elements of phase 1 are:

-Dredge material will be used to create the foundation for living shorelines to help manage and clean up stormwater before it enters the lakes.

-Spillways and control structures will be improved to increase the flood storage capacity that the lakes can provide.

-City Park and University Lakes will be hydraulically connected and a new bridge over May Street will be built, allowing paddlers and wildlife to move more freely between the two larger lakes.

-Key mobility improvements will include crucial safety adjustments at intersections and the provision of dedicated lanes for pedestrians and cyclists in areas where they are most needed.

Completion of Phase 1 is expected by December 2023 at a total cost of $32 million. Phase 2, which depends on future funding, will deepen and reshape the rest of University Lake.

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Debt and deficit task force recommendations released – Cache Valley Daily

U.S. Rep. Blake Moore (R-Dist. 1) released recommendations from a debt and deficit task force to curb runaway federal spending.

OGDEN – A debt and deficit task force has released its 2022 recommendations on how to deal with the country’s growing financial crisis.

“I am deeply concerned about our country’s debt and deficit crisis,” said U.S. Rep. Blake Moore (R-Dist. 1), who organized the task force. “I want to use my role in Congress to improve our national fiscal outlook for the next generation.”

The task force is made up of industry leaders from Utah’s first congressional district.

“They offer a wide range of experiences to bring Utah values ​​and principles to the conversation about how we can reverse our national debt crisis,” according to Moore.

Members of the Debt and Deficit Task Force include John Boyer, President of the JE Boyer Society; Gordon Larsen, senior adviser for federal affairs in the office of Governor Spencer J. Cox; Utah economist Natalie Gochnour; Kerry Wahlen, president of the Goldenwest Credit Union; Chip Nelson, former president of Woodside Homes; Pat Condon, former commander of Ogden Air Logistics Center; physician Dr. J. David Schmitz; Greg Poulsen, Chief Strategy Officer, Intermountain Healthcare; attorney Blake Wade; and Richard Hendrickson, president of Lifetime Products.

At the start of 2022, Moore said, the gross national debt of the United States exceeded $30 trillion. Ten years ago, that figure was $15.2 trillion.

Our debt has doubled in the past 10 years, while gross domestic product has grown only 50% to $23 trillion.

“Without correction,” he added, “our nation will be ill-equipped to meet the next domestic challenge or foreign conflict.

“It will be less likely to repay its debt and its risk of default is significantly higher, jeopardizing the US dollar’s global reserve status…Inflation last year rose more in a single year than over any 12 month period since 1982.

At the gas pump and the grocery store, hardworking American families grapple with unprecedented prices“, concluded Moore.

The task force’s recommendations for 2022 focus on growing the economy; save and strengthen vital programs, including health care and social security; concentrate America’s spending; and, setting the Congressional budget process.

The American economy is far from a picture of health. Task force members say we should have higher labor force participation and get our inflation under control.

We must defend ourselves against proposals from Democrats that would only cripple our economy, they say. If President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” program and his fiscal year 2023 budget proposal were signed into law, our country would have the highest corporate and personal tax rates in the developed world.

The task force believes that we need to ensure that we incentivize individuals to join or rejoin the labor market by avoiding misguided unemployment benefits and unnecessary subsidies. By working to reverse these trends, the task force says we can increase gross domestic product, increase federal revenues, and improve our debt-to-GDP ratio.

The D&D Task Force also supports tax cuts for individuals, families and small businesses; legislation that prevents the executive branch from banning power generation on federal lands; and Moore’s efforts to ensure the Home Office doesn’t drag its feet on approving drilling permits so household power can be unleashed.

In 1970, according to the task force, mandatory spending constituted 31% of the entire federal budget. In 2022, it should cover a frightening 65%.

Medicare spending rose 3.5% in 2020 to $829.5 billion and Medicaid spending rose 9.2% to $671.2 billion. As things stand, doctors and nurses spend much of their days billing for paperwork rather than caring for those who need it.

The task force said we need to take steps to streamline this billing process.

Social Security administrators report that funding reserves will be exhausted by 2033.

Task force members say raising already high social security taxes will only increase uncertainty and the intergenerational redistribution of wealth without increasing growth.

Instead, they say, we could strengthen the program by adjusting the age of eligibility and linking cost-of-living adjustments to inflation indices.

Congress is addicted to spending. After authorizing about $4.5 trillion in response to the pandemic, Democrats still proposed spending up to $3.5 trillion more on the aborted “Build Back Better” program.

Task force members endorse the findings of the Republican Review Committee identifying a slew of potential federal programs to be capped or eliminated and other improvements to limit discretionary spending.

Congress has clearly never had to reevaluate its budget process. Instead of promoting success, our system promotes disorder.

Rather than creating an arbitrary debt ceiling, the task force recommends, we should tie our ability to spend to the economic health of our country.

This would encourage us to prioritize our economic health when we budget and help reduce our dependence on spending.

The full text of the Debt and Deficit Task Force recommendations is available at https://blakemoore.house.gov/media/press-releases/congressman-blake-moore-releases-debt-and-deficit -task-forces-2022 .

“I look forward to sharing these recommendations with my colleagues in Washington,” Moore said, “as we push for reforms in our federal spending processes to we can balance America’s checkbook and get back on a fiscally sustainable path.”

The task force recommendations were released April 22, a day before the GOP nominating convention where state delegates appeared to give Moore a vote of no confidence.

After three ballots, former civilian intelligence officer Andrew Badger narrowly missed the nomination with 59.2% of the vote cast to Moore’s 40.7%.

Moore will now face Badger and former Morgan County Commissioner Tina Cannon in the June 28 Republican primary ballot.

Cannon had already secured a spot on the primary ballot by collecting voter signatures.





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EPA plan would require Utah, Wyoming, Nevada and California to curb harmful air emissions drifting to Colorado – Loveland Reporter-Herald

The Environmental Protection Agency is for the first time proposing a measure that would require four Western states to cut harmful emissions because of the impact they have on air quality in neighboring states, including Colorado.

If approved, Utah, Wyoming and Nevada would be required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and industrial manufacturing sites, while California would have to reduce emissions from certain industries.

National modeling shows emissions from those states blowing across the West and into metro Denver, adding to already bad ground-level ozone pollution.

The move would help Colorado, as the EPA recently announced plans to downgrade Denver and the northern Front Range for “serious” violations of federal ozone standards, which would mean stricter emission limits for industries and higher gasoline prices for motorists.

The EPA unveiled its plan earlier this month to include 26 states in an update to the agency’s Interstate Air Pollution Rule, also known as the “Air Pollution Rule.” good neighbours’ because these states are failing to reduce harmful downwind emissions on their own.

The federal agency estimates that forcing these states to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from power plants and industrial sites would, by 2026, improve the health of more than one million Americans with asthma, including children who miss school due to smog-related asthma attacks. , according to an overview of the proposal on the EPA’s website.

California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming are four of the 26 states included in the new proposal and, before this plan was released, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas were also far west. that the rule of good neighborliness had never been implemented.

EPA is accepting public comments and will then consider them before finalizing the plan. The aim is to bring it into force by 2026.

Environmental groups support the proposal, saying it will reduce smog, improve people’s health, promote plant life and slow the impact of climate change.

“There’s a lot to love about this proposal,” said Kathleen Riley, associate attorney for EarthJustice. “This is a positive step to reduce interstate ozone and ozone pollution.”

But there is resistance within the states on the list.

Shortly after the EPA announced its intentions, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon accused the EPA of targeting energy-producing states.

“This proposed rule specifically targets Western energy-producing states and is not a complete solution,” Gordon said in a statement provided to the Denver Post. “Instead, it will hurt states like Wyoming that meet ozone standards and benefit more populous states that use our energy but don’t meet their own ozone standards.”

Ashley Sumner, spokeswoman for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, said her agency is reviewing the proposed rule and will submit comments to the EPA. She did not specify the position the department will take.

Western expansion

The Good Neighbor Rule is part of the federal clean air law and allows the EPA to get involved when states fail to consider the impact of their bad air emissions on their downwind neighbors. .

For years, the federal agency has enforced the rule on the east coast, where states are closer together and it has been easier to measure the flow of greenhouse gases, said director Carl Daly. Acting Air and Radiation Division for EPA Region 8 in Denver.

But the EPA expanded its National Air Model modeling to track how nitrogen oxide emissions move and impact downwind states, and that modeling showed that emissions blowing from California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming worsened Colorado’s air quality, Daly said.

The four states contributed more than 1% of ground-level ozone pollution in Colorado, which has reached the threshold for adopting the Good Neighbor Rule.

The EPA requires states to submit plans that show how they will meet Clean Air Act requirements, and this includes developing plans to reduce emissions that affect other states.

“At this time, the plans we have from Utah and Wyoming have no controls being considered to help Denver,” said Daly, who as Region 8 administrator will be directly involved in the plans. of these states.

Once the EPA finalizes the expansion of the interstate pollution rule westward, the agency can step in and impose emission reductions if states fail to do so on their own. Wyoming and Utah fall under agency Region 8 along with Colorado, and the region’s new administrator is KC Becker, former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives.

Colorado, like all states, must also submit a plan to show how it’s eliminating harmful air emissions, but modeling — at least for now — doesn’t show Colorado’s emissions affecting other states above the acceptable threshold, Daly said.

Still, cutting emissions from other states wouldn’t eliminate the dirty air that hangs over Denver and the northern Front Range. That means Colorado has its work cut out to meet EPA cleanup demands. The EPA has classified the metro area and part of northern Colorado as a “non-compliance” area for years because ground-level ozone pollution exceeds specified standards.

“It’s pretty clear that it’s not going to be enough to make Denver successful,” Daly said.

Increased attention to bad air

Improving Colorado’s air quality is becoming increasingly urgent, especially as wildfires become a year-round threat due to climate change.

This year, Governor Jared Polis asked the Legislature to approve a $47 million budget request to nearly double the staff of the state’s Air Pollution Control Division and improve its air pollution monitoring technology. the air. The Legislature is also considering two bills totaling more than $125 million to buy electric school buses, provide free public transit during the worst summer ozone days and replace the oldest diesel trucks in the state fleet. by newer, more fuel-efficient models.

Cars and trucks are the main contributors to nitrogen oxide, one of the contaminants that create ozone at ground level. And the EPA has asked the state to reconsider air permit provisions for the Suncor Energy oil refinery in Commerce City, another major contributor to air pollution.

Leah Schleifer, spokeswoman for the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division, said the agency was following the EPA’s policy proposal, but not taking a position on it.

“Regardless of what happens with the Interstate Air Pollution Rule, Colorado will continue its strategies to reduce local sources of ozone precursor emissions,” Schleifer said in an email to the Post.

While other states, including Utah, blame pollution from China for their bad air, Polis refused to use Chinese pollution as an excuse for the state’s smog and asked the EPA to give in Colorado paused by declaring its serious ozone problem.

Industries in other states that would be affected by the ruling include coal and gas-fired power plants as well as facilities that use fossil fuels to power their operations, such as cement kilns, steel mill boilers, glassware. and boilers in pulp and paper mills. The rule would also allow pipelines to further reduce emissions.

An EPA analysis of the rule’s financial impact estimated that it would cost more than $1.1 billion to achieve reductions in all 26 states. The analysis indicates that these expenditures would only increase overall electricity generation costs by just over 1%.

But the EPA said the financial benefits of improving air quality would far outweigh the expenses, according to the analysis.

Debate over who is responsible

Grier Bailey, executive director of the Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association and Convenience Store Association, which represents oil and gas sellers, said it’s not fair to blame Wyoming, which ranked eighth nationally for oil and gas production in 2020, for Colorado’s poor air quality. .

He said California and China cause more air pollution in Colorado than in Wyoming and Wyoming growers shouldn’t pay the price.

“The Wyoming government and the Wyoming legislature should be responsible for the air emissions produced by the people of Wyoming, just as the people of Colorado should be responsible for the emissions produced by the people who live there,” he said.

At a public hearing on Thursday, however, some residents of other states said they should take responsibility for improving air quality in the West.

Lindsay Beebe, a representative of the Salt Lake City-based Sierra Club, testified in support of the proposal, saying Utah does not regulate two large coal-fired power plants that emit more than 31 million pounds of nitrous oxide per year and that evil is visible in stagnant ozone. the smog that blankets the Wasatch Range on hot summer days.

“For our own good and that of our neighbors in Colorado and other downwind states, Utah must seize every opportunity to reduce pollution,” Beebe said. “We cannot afford to leave options on the table, especially when proven pollution control technology is readily available.”

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Why these animal antlers and furs, confiscated in Utah, are being auctioned off

A photo from the 2016 antler auction held by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. This year’s auction, which begins Monday and ends Tuesday, includes hundreds of antlers and furs. (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)

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SALT LAKE CITY — An auction taking place Monday and Tuesday helps protect animals in an interesting way.

Many of the hundreds of antlers and furs up for grabs have been seized by state conservation officers or confiscated by the legal system following poaching cases over the past six years.

“It’s quite a sight to see all these antlers, but the sad reality is that the majority of them are evidence of illegally killed wild animals,” said the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources captain. , Chad Bettridge, in a statement ahead of the auction.

The division has been running this type of antler auction for decades; it was last held in 2016. This usually happens every four years, but the 2020 auction was postponed for two years due to COVID-19. While many antlers come from poaching cases, some antlers have been killed on the road in recent years.

Money raised from the auction goes to funding wildlife conservation in the state.

The division plans to hold a public preview of all auction items at the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range in Salt Lake City from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. This is where people can browse the hundreds of items up for auction.

All antlers will be sold as a set, which may contain trophy sized antlers and small antlers. Most are deer and elk antlers, but there are also moose and pronghorn antlers and horns.

The actual bid will be held online beginning on Monday afternoon and continuing until Tuesday. All items must be paid for and removed from the range by 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.

The division reported earlier this year that 1,153 animals were illegally killed in the state in 2021, including 180 deer and 113 elk.

“Poaching steals this opportunity from law-abiding hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts to enjoy these animals,” Bettridge said. “We need the public’s help to enforce wildlife laws, which help maintain healthy wildlife populations for future generations to enjoy.”

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Carter Williams is an award-winning journalist who covers general news, the outdoors, history and sports for KSL.com. He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a transplant from Utah via Rochester, New York.

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Primary elections will take shape at Utah conventions | Government and politics

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s primary elections will begin to take shape Saturday as senior party members gather to hear from candidates in several races, including re-election contests for GOP Sen. Mike Lee and Congressman John Curtis.

Meanwhile, Democrats will separately weigh an unusual push to choose no one to face Lee, and instead throw their weight behind an independent contender, Evan McMullin.

For many political hopefuls, the conventions are where senior party members decide who will appear in the primary ballot in June. Such is the case in the race for US House District 3, which Curtis owns. A moderate Republican, he faces four challengers and could have an uphill battle since delegates tend to be more conservative than the rest of Utah’s Republican electorate.

Curtis was first elected in a 2017 special election to replace incumbent Congressman Jason Chaffetz, and won re-election the following year. While Utah candidates can also collect signatures to secure their spot on the primary ballot, the five hopefuls this year are relying on votes from convention delegates.

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Candidates must obtain 60% of the delegate vote to become the sole GOP nominee. If no candidate meets this threshold, the first two voters both appear on the primary ballot.

The two Republicans challenging Lee, however, have both already garnered enough signatures to secure their spot on the ballots, as has Lee.

Still, former state legislator Becky Edwards and former chief of staff to Governor Ally Isom will present their cases to delegates on Saturday. Lee’s relationship with former President Donald Trump has been in focus since CNN reported text messages showing the senator was involved in early efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, though he later pivoted after no widespread fraud emerged.

Meanwhile, Democrats are also meeting to choose their candidates this weekend. They will consider a proposal by some of the state’s most prominent minority party members to avoid nominating anyone for the race, in order to get behind independent candidate Evan McMullin. The conservative former CIA officer ran for president in 2016 and garnered a significant share of the vote in Utah, where many GOP voters nevertheless had reservations about then-candidate Trump.

But there is a Democrat vying for the nomination, Kael Weston, and his supporters are pushing back against the idea.

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Survivors of human trafficking and sexual violence speak out at Malouf summit

Suzie Skirvin, a human trafficking survivor from Utah, says one of her biggest frustrations is that many people think human trafficking doesn’t exist here.

“They’re like, ‘Well, we don’t really need to focus on that because it’s really not happening here,'” she said.

“I’m from Alpine, Utah, and this happened to me,” Skirvin said, speaking on a panel Friday at the second annual Malouf Foundation education summit in Salt Lake City. The Malouf Foundation Summit strives to educate guests who want to get involved in the fight against child sexual exploitation.

In Skirvin’s case, there were initially no red flags.

She had intended to attend college in California, but her personal goals were put aside after she began dating a well-groomed man who seemed to have her best interests at heart.

“He wasn’t dressed like a pimp would be,” she said.

One evening, after enjoying a nice dinner, he asked her how she was going to pay for the things he had provided for her.

A man she initially believed to be her boyfriend tricked her into sex trafficking, setting her “dates” to keep.

“Monday to Sunday was my life. He controlled everything down to the color of my nails,” said Skirvin, who now sits on the advisory board of the Malouf Foundation.

Eventually she was able to escape her trafficker and her father took her back to Utah, she said.

Her mother sent her to a “trauma-informed” doctor, which is when she learned she was pregnant. She credits her son for helping her survive the sexual abuse she endured.

The three women participating in a panel discussion titled “Surviving Sexual Violence and Choosing a Path Forward” are mothers, and each said their lived experience had an impact on how they raised their children.

Tanya Gould, human trafficking survivor and director of the Anti-Human Trafficking Bureau at the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, speaks at a Malouf Foundation summit on child sexual exploitation that was held at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 22. , 2022.

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Tanya Gould, a survivor and director of the Virginia Attorney General’s Anti-Human Trafficking Office, is a mother of two sons and a daughter. She said she had worked to build her children’s confidence and sense of worth and educate them about the dangers of the world.

“I just wanted my kids to know what the world is like because I didn’t know it. I felt like my trafficker knew that I had no self-confidence, that I had low self-esteem My trafficker knew I was unsure of a lot of things,” she said.

Skirvin said she exercised ‘due diligence’ when her son asked to go on a play date. She insists on meeting the other child’s parents and meeting as a group before allowing him to visit to others without his direct supervision.

Kara Robinson Chamberlain, who was kidnapped at gunpoint from her friend’s front yard in Columbia, South Carolina, when she was 15, said her sons once asked Google who she was.

“They got the response from Google, which wasn’t ideal,” she said. She has since told them, in an age-appropriate way, what happened to her.

“I tried to have this open dialogue with them. I want my children to know that I am a safe space and that we can discuss difficult things.

“They know ‘Hey, if you’re outside and riding your bike in the driveway and I have to come in to cook dinner or go to the bathroom, you come with me. You don’t stay here because it can happen so fast,” she said.

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Kara Robinson Chamberlain, survivor of human trafficking and author, speaks during an interview at a Malouf Foundation summit on child sexual exploitation held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Utah at Salt Lake City on Friday, April 22, 2022.

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Robinson Chamberlain said she was alone outside for less than five minutes when she was abducted in broad daylight. A neighbor saw her get into the man’s car and apparently didn’t see a problem ‘because I wasn’t kicking and screaming’, she said .

Her caution stems from her experience of being kidnapped and brutalized for 18 hours until she could escape, but it’s also part of being a vigilant parent.

“You are trying to protect your child. It’s your responsibility,” she said.

Robinson Chamberlain was abducted in June 2002, about three weeks after Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her Salt Lake City home.

The women – survivors, mothers and activists alike – have spoken together on panels and television specials. They have also teamed up to develop a film on the kidnapping of Robinson Chamberlain.

Then Kara Robinson, she was at a friend’s house watering plants when she was approached by a well-groomed man who said he needed to drop off brochures for the people who lived in the house. Initially, there were no red flags, she said.

But after closing in on her, the man, later identified as serial killer Richard Evonitz, pulled out a gun, pressed it to her neck and forced her into a large storage bin who was in the back seat of his car.

After being terrorized at the man’s home for 18 hours, Robinson Chamberlain escaped while Evonitz slept. His astute observations of his surroundings helped police later locate him and engage in a high-speed pursuit in an attempt to capture him. It ended with Evonitz committing suicide.

Evidence recovered from Evonitz’s home, which police located with the help of Robinson Chamberlain, was instrumental in solving the murders of three young women that occurred five years before his abduction.

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Industry digest: Tektro electronic shifting, battery recycling, stem lawsuits, and more.

What’s happening in the cycling industry this month? Industry Summary is a behind-the-curtain look and features articles from our sister site, Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. In each installment, you might find patents, mergers, financial reports, and industry gossip.

Industry Patent Watch: Tektro Pursues Electronic Shifting

By: Alan Coté // Bike Retailer and Industry News

Recently published US patent applications show that Tektro – a brand known primarily for its brakes – worked on derailleurs and electronic shifters. The Taiwan-based company has filed more than 65 U.S. patent applications over the past 10 years, and at least two dozen of the most recent filings relate to derailleurs and shifters.

The legal documents describe what appears to be a full range of electronic shifting technologies, including front and rear derailleurs with integrated batteries, shift levers with wireless transmitters, and related electronic control systems. Tektro’s first patent application for electronic shifting was filed in March 2015, meaning the company has been working on the technology for some time now.

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Trek joins e-bike battery recycling program

By: Bike Retailer & Industry News

Trek Bicycle announced today that it has joined the industry’s U.S. e-bike battery recycling program which officially began last month.

The industry has partnered with non-profit battery collection and recycling company Call2Recycle. Approved by PeopleForBikes, Call2Recycle administers training, recycling kits, battery transportation, safety gear and rider training to retailers. Trek is among several industry manufacturers and suppliers that support and fund the collection and safe recycling of lithium-ion e-bike batteries to reduce overall recycling costs. All directly owned Trek stores are collection sites, and other Trek retailers are registering and training to become collection sites, a Trek spokesperson told BRAIN.

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Utah cyclist sues Rad Power Bikes over loose stem

By: Bike Retailer & Industry News

A Utah woman is suing Rad Power Bikes because she says her bike arrived with a loose stem that caused an accident that injured her hands and wrist.

Paulina Greaves said she read assembly instructions and watched an instructional video before riding her new RadMini electric fat bike. She said the instructions didn’t tell her to check the stem for tightness. But she said on her first ride, on April 25, 2020, she tried to turn right when the stem slipped on the steerer tube, causing the accident.

About a month later she received an email from Rad Power advising her that she may have purchased a bike with a loose stem and telling her to take the bike to a shop to have it re-tightened at expense. from Rad Power. Greaves said the accident cost him about $30,000 in medical expenses and $100,000 in lost wages, with future medical expenses expected to be nearly $40,000.

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The Outdoor Retailer Show Returns to Salt Lake City for 2023

By: Bike Retailer & Industry News

After a controversial move from its longtime Utah home to Denver five years ago, Emerald Expositions announces that its Outdoor Retailer show will return to Utah next winter.

“Our community has become a family, and for the past five years we have held our semi-annual meetings in Denver. As our contract comes to a natural end after 2022, we have explored our options and discussed with the industry to plan our next steps,” the show’s organizers said.

“After much deliberation and input from all sides, we have decided that the best decision for Outdoor Retailer is to return to our base camp. We are returning to Salt Lake City and County, where we grew up and where our industry has matured into the vibrant and powerful community it is today.”

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European cycling industry associations launch campaign to reduce plastic in the industry

By: Bike Retailer & Industry News

Two European cycling industry associations have launched a campaign to reduce plastic and eliminate unnecessary packaging.

The Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI) and Cycling Industries Europe (CIE) have created a joint industry pledge, which they claim is also endorsed by PeopleForBikes. The goal is to create a circular economy for packaging to eliminate waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems.

The Cycling Industry Sustainable Packaging Pledge currently has 56 companies committed.

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Pirelli starts production of bicycle tires in a renovated Italian factory

By: Bike Retailer & Industry News

Pirelli began manufacturing its premium P Zero Race road and MTB tires at its factory in Bollate, Italy. The factory, inaugurated in 1962, was recently modernized to accommodate the production of the top-of-the-range models of the brand.

Production began this month; the factory tires have a “Made in Italy” label.

The plant will have the capacity to manufacture approximately 1.5 million tires per year when fully operational. Currently, it employs about 200 workers. P Zero tires were previously made in France.

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Rad Power refocuses on its physical stores and lays off 100 people in the mobile sector

By: Bike Retailer & Industry News

Rad Power Bikes has laid off around 100 workers as it shuts most of its mobile service business and looks to expanding its stationary retail stores.

“Our goal is to keep as many employees as possible on our Rad team, including transferring people to the five new outlets we are opening this year,” a company spokesperson told BRAIN in a statement. communicated. “Where that’s not possible, we offer support to help them make the transition.”

Rad Power said it will continue to work with Velofix and Beeline for US mobile support

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Outerbike postpones summer events due to shortage of demo bikes

By: Bike Retailer & Industry News

Western Spirit Cycling, the producer of Outerbike, is postponing three summer events due to a shortage of demo bikes. The company also announced an expanded exhibit format at its other two events scheduled for 2022, in Bentonville, Arkansas and Moab.

Outerbike will not be holding scheduled events in Killington, Vermont; Duluth, Minnesota; and Crested Butte, Colorado, this year. Western Spirit’s Mark Sevenoff said: “We love riding Killington, Duluth and Crested Butte and can’t wait to share these great places with Outerbike riders. We’ve heard from riders in these areas and they are already looking forward to these events. in 2023.”

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Waldrip drops out, 2 GOPers remain in the running for District 8 position Utah House | News, Sports, Jobs





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Republican Steve Waldrip, left, the incumbent Utah House District 8 representative, announced Wednesday, April 20, 2022, that he is dropping out of the race. On the GOP side, that leaves Jason Kyle, center, and Kimberly Cozzens, who face off at the Republican Party convention in Utah on Friday, April 23, 2022. Monica Hall is running on the Democratic side.

OGDEN — What had been a three-candidate race on the Republican side for the District 8 seat at Utah House is suddenly a two-way contest.

Steve Waldrip, the two-term holder, announced Wednesday that he is stepping down from the race to focus more on the Rocky Mountain Homes Fund, a nonprofit entity he helped create that helps families in workers to own their homes. On the GOP side, that leaves Jason Kyle and Kimberly Cozzens, who will square off at the Utah Republican Party convention on Saturday.

Monica Hall is running as a Democrat for the seat, which covers part of the East Ogden Bench and the Ogden Valley area, infiltrating a small portion of Morgan County.

Waldrip, more moderate than his two GOP challengers, said he would complete his year-long term. His announcement, however, puts a turning point in the race just days before GOP loyalists weigh in on the candidates at the party’s convention.

“I am leaving the race because I have a unique opportunity over the next few years to have a significant impact on the availability and affordability of housing with the social investment fund that I co-founded. The Rocky Mountain Homes Fund fills an enormous need in our state and will require my full time and attention to manage and direct current and projected growth,” Waldrip said in a statement to GOP delegates that he also provided to the Standard Examiner. “I believe this is where I can have the greatest impact for the good of our community right now.”

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Monica Hall, Democratic candidate for the Utah House District 8 seat

Waldrip previously secured a spot in the June 28 primary ballot via collecting signatures on petitions, but now Saturday’s Utah Republican Party convention will be used to determine which GOPer goes to the ballot.

Kyle and Cozzens could both end up in the primary ballot on June 28 if neither gets more than 60% support at the convention. But if one garners more than 60% support, that candidate moves on alone and goes straight to the November general election ballot against Hall.

In his campaign, Kyle, of Hunstville, cites concerns about the possible influx of “California-style politics” into Utah, which he describes as “insane”. Utah lawmakers “have to fight against that,” he said. He unsuccessfully ran for District 8 in 2018.

In various posts on his Facebook page, all before Wednesday’s news, Kyle also took several jabs at Waldrip. Among other things, he cited Incumbent’s apparent support for measures that promote high-density housing and said Waldrip “either isn’t really pro-life or he’s given up.”

Cozzens, a first-time candidate, cited inspiration from an array of conservative lawmakers as she threw her hat into the ring, including U.S. Senator Mike Lee of Utah, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Governor of South Dakota Kristi Noem and former Utah Representative Steve Christiansen.

“Their passion made me want to know more,” especially their passion for the US Constitution, Cozzens said. She is drawn to conservatives “who aren’t afraid to stand up for conservative values.”

Cozzens, of Huntsville, also opposed Waldrip, who is from the Eden area. “I was more conservative. I rely on the Constitution,” she said.

Last month, before Wednesday’s news, Waldrip said in a Facebook post that he usually tells those who ask him he’s running again because there’s work left in the Utah legislature. Inspired by a rally that day in Salt Lake City called to support Ukraine in the face of invading Russia, he said there was more to it.

Seeing such a demonstration, “I then remember the real work in our state,” he wrote in the March 2 post. “It’s to show that our greatness comes from our goodness, and that the only way for us to be great is to be good.”

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Kyle and Cozzens offer similar views in several areas. Both expressed strong pro-life positions and both identified education – a hot topic in Utah due to the debate over critical race theory and the use of masks in schools during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic – as a key issue.

Cozzens, primarily a stay-at-home mom these days between campaigning and alternative education, stressed the importance of ensuring parents have a say in education.

“I want parents to have a voice at school board meetings without fear of negative repercussions,” she said. She hasn’t heard from parents in the Weber school district, where she lives, facing backlash for speaking out, but the possibility, generally speaking, is ‘closer and closer’ .

Kyle, who works in manufacturing management and has a background in chemical engineering, said the public needs to set parameters for the school curriculum, leaving other subjects out of schools. “We teach values ​​at home,” he said.

At the same time, medical confidentiality is a big concern for both. The issue has gained momentum for some due to rules and guidelines implemented during the pandemic requiring people in certain circumstances to prove they have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Plain and simple, you shouldn’t have to share your medical information to enter a place of business here in this state or anywhere in this country,” Cozzens said on his website. “You shouldn’t have to share your private medical information with your employer to keep your job.”

Kyle expressed similar sentiments, particularly regarding employers requiring employee vaccinations. “People shouldn’t lose their jobs if they don’t want to be vaccinated,” Kyle said.

He expressed support for a measure proposed in the 2022 legislative session that would have prohibited public places, government and employers from requiring vaccinations, House Bill 60. Waldrip voted against the measure, Kyle pointed out, but although she was eventually adopted in Utah. House, he never got a vote in the Senate and passed out.

Kyle said he “stands for women’s sports” and supports House Bill 11, the measure that bans transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports in Utah high schools. It passed the legislature, Governor Spencer Cox vetoed it, and then lawmakers overruled the veto in a special session last month.



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Biotech Leader Perfect Day Opens Second U.S. Location and New Corporate Biology Center in Salt Lake City

“Perfect Day is an exciting addition to Salt Lake City, home to a rapidly growing life sciences industry. Having evolved into a vibrant campus for life sciences companies to grow and innovate, The Gateway is a valuable partner in supporting our initiatives to grow the city’s biotech and life sciences ecosystem.” , commented Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall.

New US Location Will Accelerate Perfect Day’s Ability to Scale Its Enterprise Biology Business Unit, Offering Large-Scale Production, IP Licensing, Strain Services and Other Offerings to a Wide Range of Biotech Customers , biopharmaceuticals and life sciences. Like Perfect Day’s investment in Utah is deepening, as is its ability to materialize its initiatives in terms of environmental impact. Perfect Day harnesses biology to create new ingredients that meet changing consumer demands for more compassionate and sustainable products and help companies of all sizes, across multiple industries, improve and scale up their sustainability efforts within their organization and across the supply chain.

“This second U.S. base will expand and diversify our technology capabilities, allowing us to accelerate our impact and commercial reach through the addition of new infrastructure, resources and connection to the vitality of growing biotech talent in the world. Salt Lake City community,” said TM Narayan, Chief Business Officer of Perfect Day. “This decision further strengthens our commitment to the region following the acquisition of our corporate biology facility in 2020 and the partnership with the Utah Office of the Governor of Economic Opportunity last year.”

“We are thrilled to have Perfect Day bring its mission to create more sustainable and environmentally friendly products to The Gateway and join our emerging community of life science companies,” said Jenny Cushingvice president of leasing for Vestar, the ArizonaNew York-based development company that owns The Gateway. “We are fortunate to partner with the mayor Erin Mendenhall to further its vision of nurturing and growing the life sciences industry by Salt Lake City. As a vibrant downtown destination for dining, entertainment and community events, The Gateway is an attractive location for businesses and their employees. »

For more information, visit www.vestar.com, www.atthegateway.com and www.perfectday.com.

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Masks are still required on some Broome transports

Public transportation in many localities will still require the wearing of masks to combat the spread of COVID-19 despite a federal judge in Florida rejecting the nationwide public mask mandate that was to continue until at least March 3. may.rd.

Broome County officials say masks must always be worn on county transit buses. BC Transit riders and employees will be required to keep face coverings in place when using these vehicles.

The transit system was not operating on April 19 due to the late winter snowstorm, but most routes were back in service on April 20.

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (File)

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County transportation officials said New York State still requires masks on public transportation. No official word had come as of 10 a.m. on April 20, but county officials said they assumed the mask mandate would also be tracked by Binghamton University Transportation Services, as the mandate of the state was still the rule.

Some runners say they plan to continue wearing their masks around strangers as a precaution even if the requirement is lifted while others said they remain masked at least until a call is made. resolved to avoid further confusion if the lifted warrant is reinstated after court hearings.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul did not comment on the federal court’s decision.

New York City officials had issued a position on April 19 saying masks would still be required on subways and other public transportation.

On April 19, some private transportation services like UBER and Lyft immediately suspended their masking requirements following the federal court ruling.

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Supply chain workarounds and home hacks

We keep encountering empty supermarket shelves or running out of things we need at home.

There are easy ways to make your own or substitute ingredients to circumvent shortages or poor planning. Some may even save you a few dollars.

Check out these workarounds, substitutions, and hacks.

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Troupes, groups and stages: gems of the performing arts at both levels

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Best places to live in 2022: South of Boston

Single Family Median Price: $576,500

Increase since 2016: 64.7%

When Dan Costa and his family moved to Rochester to take over Lloyd’s Market, a butcher and grocery store that’s been a mainstay since the 1950s, he wasn’t sure what to expect. “I didn’t know much about Rochester before I got here, but I’m happy to be here,” Costa said.

It’s much quieter and more peaceful than Boston’s North End, where Costa had owned a store on Hanover Street for 18 years. “It’s just a simpler, calmer way of life,” he says. The town is a Right to Farm community – meaning residents are committed to living with the sounds and smells of standard farming operations – and Lloyd’s sources much of its supplies from local farmers. “It’s actually really pretty with the farmland we have, and some of the ponds here make you feel like you’re in New Hampshire lakes,” he says.

When the family came to town with their two young children, they rented for a few years before buying a house. “And then we decided to live here based on what we thought about the community and the school system, which is just great,” Costa says. “We decided that was where we wanted to be.”

Finalists in the category under $600,000

Brockton

Single Family Median Price: $395,000

Increase since 2016: 63.9%

rock land

Single Family Median Price: $440,000

Increase since 2016: 60.9%

Despite being one of the largest cities in Massachusetts, 2021 Top Spot Brockton — aka the “City of Champions” — offers suburban-style neighborhoods full of single-family homes, as well as the DW Field Park and Golf Course designed by Olmsted. In nearby Rockland, factories that once produced shoes for the Union Army now house artists’ studios and residents in a quiet suburb that includes a 3-mile rail trail.


BEST SPOTS TO LIVE SOUTH OF BOSTON FOR $600,000-$800,000

The best spot: Mattapoisett

Single Family Median Price: $620,000

Increase since 2016: 65.3%

Mattapoisett Harbor on Buzzards Bay attracts many boaters and the community swells with seasonal residents each summer. But it’s not really a tourist town, says Chris Demakis, agent at Demakis Family Real Estate and co-owner of the Town Wharf General Store.

Demakis grew up in Mattapoisett and, after a stint in Boston, returned to his hometown in 1999. He commuted around the city for nearly two decades before a career change allowed him to stay local. Lately, he’s seen many other homebuyers who are able to do the same, without having to change jobs.

“More and more people are choosing to live where they want, rather than where they have to,” says Demakis – a decision that for many people leads to the ocean. “And when you look at our housing prices compared to the South Shore or Cape Town, Mattapoisett and the South Shore in general turn out to be, I think, better value for money.”

The village of Mattapoisett features historic homes, a public boat launch, a series of giant stone docks from the city’s shipbuilding heyday, and a municipal park called Shipyard Park, which hosts free concerts and other events in the summer. “People treat the wharf like their backyard,” Demakis says. There is also a public beach nearby and the town offers a sailing camp for children in the summer.

Finalists in the $600,000 to $800,000 category

Eston

Single Family Median Price: $610,000

Increase since 2016: 54.4%

Scite

Single Family Median Price: $762,500

Increase since 2016: 53.7%

Easton is home to Stonehill College, the Ames Estate, a children’s museum and an impressive collection of buildings designed by HH Richardson, the architect of Trinity Church in Boston. Salty Scituate features waterfront (and often storm-battered) homes from Minot Beach south to Humarock, more typical suburban neighborhoods (and a pair of commuter rail stations) further east. inland and a walkable village near the port.


BEST SPOTS TO LIVE SOUTH OF BOSTON FOR $800,000 AND MORE

The best spot: Cohasset

Single Family Median Price: $1,350,000

Increase since 2016: 66.7%

Another pretty coastal town — this one on the bay side and on the commuter rail — has seen the fastest price growth of any city south of Boston. “Cohasset could be a pretty town if it were 40 miles inland,” says Dan Leahy, 77, a photographer for the Cohasset anchor who has lived there since 1982. But the oceanside setting takes it to another level, he says.

“Every time you have a bad day or a low moment, you go down to the harbor and sit there for 15 minutes and breathe in that wonderful salty air and take in that beautiful scenery,” says Leahy. Families with children flock to Sandy Beach in the summer, while Leahy is more likely to stroll the quieter Black Rock Beach or photograph the wildlife or lobster boats in the working harbor. “Whether it’s a foggy day, a cold day, or a snowy day, he just pushes all my buttons.”

Beyond the natural beauty, Leahy, who raised six children in Cohasset, says the schools are “phenomenal”. From academics to athletics to extracurricular activities, “they do it all, the teachers are all really involved,” he says – like the rest of the town. “You go to any school play or debate or any school event. . . the whole community gets involved.

Finalists in the $800,000+ category

Westwood

Single Family Median Price: $1,025,000

Increase since 2016: 55.7%

hingham

Single Family Median Price: $1,100,000

Increase since 2016: 48.6%

Wedged between the mega-malls along Route 128 in Dedham and the tony suburbs of Dover and Needham, 2020 finalist Westwood offers a mix of convenience (including a Wegmans grocery store and Amtrak Acela service to New York) and convenience. suburban calm. From modern harborside condos a short boat ride from Boston to historic settlements in its downtown core, Hingham offers beautiful accommodations and plenty of parkland — including a state park and three Reservations Trustee properties — for those who can afford its high housing prices.


19 Highland Avenue in Mattapoisettdocument picture

WHAT YOU GET FOR ABOUT $750,000 SOUTH OF BOSTON

19 Highland Avenue, Mattapoisett

Price: $750,000

Square feet: 1,674

Lot size: 0.13 acres

Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 1.5

Just one block from Sandy Beach in the Point Connett neighborhood, this 1935 clapboard cape offers ocean views from the large porch and cozy wood-paneled living room with fireplace. (Listed by Lauren Kavanagh, Jack Conway & Co. Mattapoisett)

—Additional reporting by Kim Costigan

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Utah economy

‘Yellowstone’ show created 500 jobs and $15 million in spending in Montana, report says

Filming in Montana of the hit TV show ‘Yellowstone’ added significantly to the state’s economy, including more than 500 jobs, according to a study by the University of Montana.

Patrick Barkey, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, presented the findings to state lawmakers on Monday.

“There’s a lot of detail to that, but, really, the numbers are pretty amazing,” Barkey said.

The study found that the state collected more than $10 million in tax revenue, added 527 jobs, and spent more than $15 million on Montana-based products and services during filming.

This data was collected between October 2020 and February 2021 when “Yellowstone” season four was filmed. Previous seasons were filmed in Utah, but production moved to Montana after the state legislature expanded a media company tax credit in 2019.

The study was conducted using data provided by Paramount, which produces the ranching family drama starring Kevin Costner. Barkey noted that the study does not include data on its impact on tourism in Montana or the businesses that provide support services.

Barkey said the tax revenue collected was not enough to offset the tax credit given to the project, but that its economic contribution was “far greater” than its economic footprint.

Lawmakers will consider at their next meeting in June whether they propose to extend the tax credit.

A Paramount representative told lawmakers that Yellowstone will begin filming for season five in Montana next month.

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Salt lake city government

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle’s ruling on masks on planes likely won’t be permanent

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — You’ve probably heard about how Florida federal judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle “overturned” the Center for Disease Control’s federal extension on mask mandates for air travel in the United States. United from April 18, 2022. If so, here’s what you need to know about the decision, why it was made by Mizelle, and its potential impact on your next plane trip.

In short, the Biden administration said on April 18 that the TSA would not enforce mask mandates at this time. This change, however, could be temporary, as will be explained in this article.

The first thing to understand about this case and its decision is who the plaintiffs are and why they filed the case in the first place. The main actor among the plaintiffs is the Health Freedom Defense Fund, a political organization that campaigns for freedom of choice regarding medical practices in the United States. The organization was founded in Wyoming, but grew into a national force.

With two Florida citizens as other plaintiffs in the case, the Health Freedom Defense Fund (HFDF) sued President Biden’s administration, but more specifically the CDC itself, making them the primary “defendants.” The complaints in the lawsuit related to the CDC’s extension of the federal mask mandate for air travel from April 18 to May 3. This extension was most likely a new legal target for defenders, as previous lawsuits against plane mask warrants failed.

In short, the HFDF and the other two plaintiffs argue that the CDC exceeded its authority and violated administrative law.

You might also wonder why Judge Mizelle, an otherwise somewhat obscure federal judge in Florida, has so much power over federal administrative policy.

Whenever an element of the federal government is directly sued, plaintiffs must abide by certain laws that govern what lawsuits against the federal government can even be brought, which, if approved, create “a pathway” for the case goes to federal court. like that of Judge Mizelle. This is especially true when the case involves constitutional issues such as those relating to the regulation of interstate commerce and the separation of federal and state powers, as in this case.

Which federal court hears a case depends on a variety of factors, including the location of the subject matter of the lawsuit. In this case, the plaintiffs hoped to travel to and from Florida. It also means that filing the lawsuit in Judge Mizelle’s jurisdiction could have been a strategic choice by HFDF and other connected attorneys.

Interestingly, after her nomination by former President Donald Trump, the American Bar Association deemed Justice Mizelle unsuitable for the position due to her lack of experience. The appointment followed the required processes despite the ABA rating.

Federal judges’ decisions regarding administrative policy generally have only immediate effects on their jurisdiction, that is, the jurisdiction of the Tampa District Court. In this case, because the CDC as a whole is a party to the decision, Judge Mizelle’s ruling has national impact.

To check the power of lower federal judges, every decision they make is appealable to the United States Courts of Appeals, which may then choose to hear it and perhaps issue a new ruling on the affair. If the case is appealed again, it will go to the United States Supreme Court for a similar, but final decision, if selected as worthy of its time. The SCOTUS ruling in favor of Judge Mizelle’s decision would be another possibility for his ruling to have permanent national consequence.

The DOJ, which is tasked with defending federal administrative institutions in cases like these, is extremely likely to appeal the case and seek a temporary stay of Judge Mizelle’s decision almost immediately; they probably have it already drafted and ready to go. The appeal and validity of the suspension will be determined at a preliminary hearing before the entire case is decided, with both decisions being made by the United States Court of Appeals relevant to the case.

The appeals process could essentially result in a temporary pause on any changes in administrative policy and law until the United States Court of Appeals issues a ruling. This process could take a long time and possibly result in a suspension that will last until the original proposed deadline of May 3 anyway.

In summary, while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis may be temporarily rejoicing About Judge Mizelle’s ruling, the legal path to a permanent ban on CDC mask requirements on airplanes still has a long way to go.

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No-Credit-Check Loans: Alternatives

No-Credit-Check Loans: Alternatives

Are there any safe, no-credit-check loans?

A lender with no credit check who examines at least some of your financial data is a better choice as opposed to one that loans money without any questions asked.

There are lenders online such as those that examine an applicant’s bank accounts to determine how they use their money, deposits and withdrawals. A bank account with several overdrafts could disqualify the applicant.

Other lenders review reports from different credit bureaus, which collect data on people with poor credit scores. These reports may reveal things such as whether you’ve received an installment loan or a title loan. Back to top

How do you shop for no-credit-check loans

If a no-credit-check credit card is the best choice Here are some ways to stay away from an untrustworthy lender.

  • Find your APR. Lenders are required by law to provide the APR of their loans. This figure helps you assess the loan’s financial viability and can be compared to other loans. You should verify the number prior to signing a loan agreement.
  • Choose a lending institution who evaluates your capacity to repay. Reviewing your bank account details, contacting other credit bureaus, and asking for documents or proof of earnings are indications that a lender is looking for you to pay back the loan. If a lender doesn’t verify the ability of you to pay back could be relying on you needing to borrow more money to pay off the initial loan, which is the way the cycle of debt begins.
  • Know the terms of repayment. Whether you agree to repay the money within two weeks or months, you need to know your payment date and the way the lender will get the funds. If the lender takes money from your account at the bank, you should review your budget to ensure that the funds are in your account and that you don’t exceed your limit.
  • Find out if the loan fully amortizing. If the loan has multiple payments, you should examine the amortization schedule, which will show how much of each installment is devoted to principal, and how much goes to interest. If the loan isn’t amortizing, some payments could only be used to interest and not affect the amount you have to pay.
  • Search for the license of the lender. The Federal Trade Commission requires lenders to be registered in every state where they conduct business. A lot of lenders list the licenses they have on their sites.
  • Beware of fraudsters. A reputable lender will not require you to pay prior to granting the loan. If the lender requests cash or gift cards before lending money, it’s probably to be a scammer.

Alternatives to loans with no credit check

If you require cash fast then you could be able to locate alternatives to credit-check loans with no credit check like local help, lending circles or relatives.

But a poor credit score shouldn’t be a hindrance when you’re looking to take out a loan with a lender that has reasonable rate and ethical underwriting policies. Below are some alternative loan options for those who have bad credit (FICO score of 629 or less).

Credit union lends

Certain credit unions provide small personal loans that range from $500 to more. If you are unable to get loans, they could look at other information beyond you credit score, such as the history of your membership. There are many credit unions also offer basic credit card or loan that aid in building an credit history. The interest rates that the federal credit unions is limited to 18 percent.

Alternative loans for payday

Also known as PALs, these credit union-issued loans are designed to help customers avoid the debt trap that is created through the traditional payday loans. The APR on these loans is limited to 28 percent.

Buy now, pay later companies

“Buy now, pay later” businesses offer the option of splitting the cost of a purchase into smaller installments in a few months or weeks. BNPL firms don’t generally conduct a strict credit check, which means they may approve faster than a conventional loan. BNPL could be beneficial in the event of an emergency however, you should use it only to purchase a single item at a given time to avoid spending too much.

Apps for cash advance

Cash advance apps, such as Earnin and Dave can let you get a loan of up to hundred dollars of your anticipated earnings. They typically will require you to repay them on your next payday. Although cash advance apps do not charge interest, they might require an annual subscription or a fast-funding fee or may request a gratuity.

Online lender

Some lenders on the internet are willing to consider loans for borrowers with bad credit even with FICO scores that are less than 600. To make sure you are eligible they will consider other information such as employment status and outstanding debts. However, loans with bad credit have higher interest rates.

A lender who claims it doesn’t require minimum credit score could still look at the credit report. The majority of lenders below rely on your credit background to help determine if they should lend you money.

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Salt lake city

Utah school districts plan to keep free lunches limited as federal aid expires

Workers prepare lunch for a school in the Salt Lake City School District. (Derek Petersen, KSL-TV)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Federal lunch waivers have allowed Utah school districts to provide free lunch to all students during the pandemic, but that program is set to expire.

Without those waivers, Salt Lake City school district leaders said they were limited on how to provide meals.

For example, this summer they will provide free meals, but only at certain selected sites and the fear is that some children in certain neighborhoods will be left out.

From March 2020 through April this year, the Salt Lake City School District provided more than 4.5 million free meals to all of its students — regardless of family income — under a federal waiver.

“Parents could pick up their meals for the kids and take them home,” said Kelly Orton, child nutrition director for the Salt Lake City School District.

The program that Orton says has benefited families ends on June 30. Districts across the state are scrambling to put a plan in place.

“Children will be fed, but the cost burden now falls on families and school districts to offset that cost,” Orton said.

This means that this summer, the district will only provide free meals at certain sites.

“A lot of sites on the east side where we don’t have such a high free or reduced population, they’re out of luck,” Orton said.

In the fall, students who do not qualify for free or reduced lunch will have to start paying for meals.

Orton said with rising gas and food prices, as well as a labor shortage, the district will feel the pinch.

“The ability to get food and the quantities we need is difficult. We are drawing from the same pool (of labor) as the restaurants and they are also struggling to find people. Others school districts around us.”

In the Granite School District, more than 65,554 students are currently receiving free meals under this waiver.

Granite District spokesman Ben Horsley said this will continue through the summer, but in the fall students will also have to start paying for meals again.

Orton hopes the feds will give the district a year to make the transition.

“In order for us to continue, the school district will likely have to come in and pay some of those funds out of taxpayer funds that would normally go into the classrooms,” he said.

Parents will need to fill out applications to see if their student qualifies for a free or reduced price lunch starting this fall.

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Repositioning of Russian troops continues

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Troops continue to move from positions in Russia and Belarus to eastern Ukraine ahead of what is likely to be a protracted conflict. Ukraine has warned of a possible Russian naval landing operation in Mariupol. Air raid sirens were ringing in kyiv early on Sunday.

Billionaire Roman Abramovich is trying to relaunch talks between Ukraine and Russia, which both sides say have stalled. Ukrainian central bank and finance officials will travel to Washington for next week’s meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Shelling resumed near kyiv and the Lviv region near Poland saw its first known missile attack in weeks. Russia has warned the United States against its arms deliveries.

The UK has said destroyed roads are hampering the delivery of humanitarian aid. Ukraine’s economy could halve, said Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko.

(See RSAN on the Bloomberg Terminal for the Russian sanctions dashboard.)

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Eastward movement of Russian units continues (8:10 a.m.)

Combat and support equipment for Russian forces is being transferred from Belarus, including to sites near Kharkiv and Severdonetsk, the UK Ministry of Defense said. Russian artillery continues to strike positions across eastern Ukraine, where Moscow is expected to step up its offensive activity in the coming days.

Moscow has not changed its “ultimate goal” in Ukraine, the UK said, and remains determined to “assert its own regional dominance”.

The Ukrainian General Staff said in a morning update that Russian units continued to move into eastern Ukraine from neighboring Kursk, Bryansk and Voronezh regions.

Ukraine says Russia continues to hammer Mariupol (8:01 a.m.)

Russia continues to hammer the port city of Mariupol, according to the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, amid the window opened by Moscow for troops from the besieged city to surrender.

Airstrikes and preparations for a naval landing by Russian forces appear to be underway, Ukraine said. Russia said it would spare the lives of soldiers who surrendered from 6 a.m. Moscow time, with the window expected to last for several hours.

Taking control of Mariupol remains a key objective for Russia as it tries to create a land bridge to the Crimean peninsula.

Russia Demands Surrender of Mariupol Defenders (11:30 p.m.)

Russia called on Ukrainian forces in the beleaguered industrial port city of Mariupol to lay down their arms on Sunday to avoid being killed. Ukraine has rejected similar Russian demands in the past.

Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of Russia’s National Defense Control Center, spoke of a “catastrophic situation” in Azovstal, a sprawling steelworks that has become a last bulwark in the city’s defence.

“All who lay down their arms are assured of the preservation of life,” Tass said quoting Mizintsev.

Austria needs Russian gas; Putin’s “logic of war” (9:30 p.m.)

Austria could end imports of Russian natural gas “maybe in a few years,” Chancellor Karl Nehammer told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Austria is 80% dependent on Russian gas, so “it’s not possible today, tomorrow”, he said.

Nehammer was received by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday, the first European leader to do so since Russia invaded Ukraine.

He told NBC that Putin “is in his own war logic” and that the Russian leader believes he is winning the war.

Zelenskiy says Russia is negotiating deadlock (7:53 p.m.)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said talks with Russia were at an “impasse because we will not swap our territory and our people”.

If Russian forces followed through on a threat to destroy remaining Ukrainian troops fighting in Mariupol, it would “end” the talks, he said in an interview with Ukrainian media online.

Abramovich seeks to restart talks (6:52 p.m.)

Billionaire Roman Abramovich has traveled to Kyiv in a bid to revive peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, which stalled after evidence emerged of Russian atrocities against civilians.

Abramovich met with Ukrainian negotiators to discuss ways to restart negotiations, according to people familiar with the matter.

In Russia, Abramovich “represents the side that supports a diplomatic resolution and an end to the war,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told online media. “Nobody can guarantee that it’s not a game.”

Putin’s Ukrainian ally Medvedchuk detained in police custody (6:41 p.m.)

A Ukrainian court has ordered the continued detention of Kremlin-friendly politician Viktor Medvedchuk after he attempted to flee the country, according to a statement posted on the court’s Facebook page.

Prosecutors suspect Medvedchuk, a US-sanctioned tycoon since 2014, of high treason and terrorist financing. His assets were frozen in 2021. He denies any wrongdoing.

Medvedchuk had been under house arrest since last year, but fled during the initial invasion of Russia. He was apprehended by Ukrainian security forces this week at an undisclosed location.

Zelenskiy has a follow-up call with Johnson (6:22 p.m.)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy spoke with Boris Johnson on Saturday, a week after the British Prime Minister’s visit to kyiv. They discussed “the need for a long-term security solution for Ukraine”, according to a reading from Downing Street.

Russian ships barred from Italian ports after sanctions (6:14 p.m.)

Russian ships will not be able to anchor in Italian ports from Sunday, the Ansa news agency reported. The move is part of the European Union’s recent sanctions package against Moscow for invading Ukraine, Ansa said.

The change also applies to ships that changed their flag to another Russian nationality after Feb. 24, Ansa said. Ships moored in Italy should leave as soon as possible.

Ukrainian central bankers visit Washington (5:17 p.m.)

Central bank governor Kyrylo Shevchenko and his deputy Serhiy Nikolaychuk will travel to Washington for the spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, bank spokeswoman Halyna Kalachiva said. They will be accompanied by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko. Meetings start Monday.

The IMF has created a new account intended to give donor countries a safe way to support the Ukrainian economy. Canada, in its recent budget, offered up to C$1 billion ($795 million) to be disbursed through the account, and it will be available to other IMF members or intergovernmental entities who wish to use it as vehicle to provide assistance, the IMF said. .

Minister promises Kyiv will service foreign debt (2:12 p.m.)

More than 80% of the debt Ukraine has to repay this year is domestic, “which we can easily cover” or refinance, Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko said in a TV interview.

He said the foreign debt repayment schedule is “fairly moderate and straightforward”, peaking in September when Kyiv has to pay interest on $500 million in Eurobonds. The minister said Ukraine had cut spending by 180 billion hryvnia ($6 billion) and needed $5-7 billion a month to fund its budget while the war continued.

Ukraine’s economy could contract by 30-50%, Marchenko said.

Ukraine’s economy will fall by 45% in 2022, says World Bank

Putin, Saudi Crown Prince bullish on OPEC+, Kremlin says (12:40 CET)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman have drawn up a “positive assessment” of their cooperation within the OPEC+ producer group to stabilize the world oil market, the Kremlin said in a statement on Saturday.

The phone conversation came at the initiative of Saudi Arabia, the Kremlin said, and the leaders also discussed the situation in Ukraine and Yemen. The crown prince spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday and also discussed Ukraine, according to state television.

Saudi Arabia and other major Persian Gulf oil producers have so far resisted calls from the United States to increase production as prices surged amid the Ukraine crisis and concerns over possible sanctions on Russian exports.

Russia captured more than 1,000 civilians, official says (12:43 p.m.)

More than half of civilians captured by Moscow forces are women, said Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, who demanded in a televised briefing that they be released immediately. “We will not exchange soldiers for civilians. It would violate the Geneva Conventions,” she said.

Ukraine has captured more than 700 Russian soldiers, and Russia has captured about 700 Ukrainian soldiers, with further prisoner swaps possible, she said.

Ukraine and Russia agreed on Saturday on nine humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians. Russian troops shelled the center of Lysychansk in the Luhansk region as people gathered to be evacuated, she said.

Lithuanian leader dismisses Russian threat to Baltic countries (11:38 a.m.)

President Gitanas Nauseda has urged Finland and Sweden to apply for NATO membership as soon as possible, the Financial Times reported.

He brushed off threats from Moscow to increase its military presence in the Baltics, saying Russia had had such weapons in Kaliningrad, a Russian position wedged between Poland and Lithuania, for years.

“The Kaliningrad region is probably the most militarized region in Europe, and tactical nuclear weapons are already there,” Neuseda said. “I don’t think we should react to that rhetoric.”

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Greater Yellowstone tourism soars with no limits in sight

In 1947 when my parents brought me to Yellowstone on my first visit, one difference then was that the regional population was small and the phenomenon of people owning trophy homes and vacation getaways, compared to today , did not exist. Recreational use was low-tech involving relatively few people.

Today, many of the recorded visits to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks come from residents of nearby cities, including the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which means that in addition to global tourism, the record number of plane passengers at the Bozeman, Idaho Falls and Jackson Hole airports, we now have many more people living near national parks.

This is why the crowd, even if higher travel costs should slow down the arrival of certain vacationers, does not go away. And that is why our elected leaders, public land managers, planners and analysts must urgently consider this fact when thinking about the future.

Today, many of the recorded visits to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks come from residents of nearby cities, including the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which means that in addition to global tourism, the record number of plane passengers at the Bozeman, Idaho Falls and Jackson Hole airports, we now have many more people living near national parks. This is why the crowd, even if higher travel costs should slow down the arrival of certain vacationers, does not go away.

Getting back to the question of what does all of this mean for public lands in the Greater Yellowstone area? Sadly, what comes to mind is a continuation of the crowds that materialized during the Covid pandemic, plus more garbage and sewer issues, mile-long traffic jams, noise, air pollution, overcrowded parking lots, overwhelmed services, and countless over-the-top online and social media posts with geotagged selfies.

The onslaught of the past two seasons can be characterized in different ways. At least 1800 rolls of toilet paper/day were needed for Yellowstone’s public restrooms alone. (Who knows what was happening with human waste on adjacent Forest Service lands related to scattered recreation and inadequate facilities to handle overflows on semi-developed sites).

Not to mention that in Yellowstone, 5,000 resource and other violation notices were issued and 1,500 motor vehicle accidents occurred in 2019-20. The root cause of this type of overwhelming tourism is not attributable to the agencies themselves.

While tourism promotion entities are partially responsible, still others approach our region as if the end goal is to aim for increased capacity targets and ever-expanding infrastructure to cope with the rising tide of visitors in a endless cycle of growth. Something that hasn’t been discussed much in the media is the fact that the record number of visits during the Covid years was achieved without the huge volumes of bus tourism, i.e. without international travellers.

Prominent author and wilderness advocate Wallace Stegner has written that our national parks “reflect us best.” It was an observation made in a different era, when total visits to Yellowstone were less than half of what they are today, and when Greater Yellowstone had half its current population of permanent residents and seasonal. What isn’t outdated is what the cartoon character Pogo said, “We’ve met the enemy and that’s us.

Frontcountry areas are often no longer the image of the pristine, natural, or beautiful America that most of us imagined or may have enjoyed in the past. I’m not the first to point out that it’s true sustainability of the character of our region is in question; somewhere and somehow there should be limits. In a society that frequently preaches freedom and alternative facts over common sense, that’s easier said than done.

While the total area of ​​the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem is approximately 23 million acres, the two national parks combined cover only 2.5 million acres; the five national forests (originally nine forests consolidated into five) still represent 15 million acres of affected public land.

We often tend to focus on parks, but Greater Yellowstone’s national forests and other public lands are also seeing record use, and even its employees lament that parts of the backcountry are being turned into frontcountry.

A case study is this: Forest Service regulations allow camping just about anywhere unless otherwise restricted. The activity is called “scattered recreation,” which means that all parts of a national forest are open for camping unless otherwise noted. It may be a beloved tradition, but again brought to a different time when freedom and freedom were expressed in fewer campers on public lands.

Imagine if Forest Service-style scattered recreation were allowed and promoted in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks? The reasons why this is not a good idea when it comes to protection are obvious. With the large crowds descending on the National Forests today, he should invite an agency to examine reform practices and policies.

Imagine if Forest Service-style scattered recreation were allowed and promoted in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks? The reasons why this is not a good idea when it comes to protection are obvious. With the large crowds descending on the National Forests today, he should invite an agency to examine reform practices and policies.

With campsites at developed facilities in Yellowstone booked months in advance and with hard-to-find motel rooms during an extended peak season, that sends plenty of ready-to-seek National Forest alternatives.

Scattered camping in National Forests and BLM lands is colloquially referred to as “boondocking”. This means, with few exceptions, not having to pay the fees required for the use of traditional serviced campgrounds which have hardened sites, built-up tents, tables, toilets, drinking water and fire pits .

Boondocking can involve setting up RVs, trailers and tents at stops, parking areas, trailheads, meadows, riverside terraces and open ridges – just about anywhere you can get out of the road. This is the version and popularization of camping for our urban population, called the “camping crunch”.

National forests have a five-day stay limit (some have a 14-16 day limit), which is often violated or not enforced. Boondockers, like in a game of musical chairs, simply move to different sites (if you can find a vacancy) before the time limits are exceeded.

Garbage, waste, litter, human waste and impacts on water quality, vegetation, erosion, wildlife habitat, multiple fires and fire hazards are not uncommon . Scattered sites near hub communities can often end up serving as makeshift accommodations for seasonal workers, entrepreneurs and low-budget accommodation needs given the lack of affordable housing and the trend of long-term rentals at be converted into short-term vacation properties. .

Yes, the very people who run our tourist economy cannot find rentals or cannot afford to pay for them, and yet the promoters of our nature-based economy tout the prosperity created.

Not so long ago, on road trips, one could discover suitable scattered sites and have everything to oneself. Throw a sleeping bag in the sagebrush or meadow. No more. Boondocking sites, their locations and descriptions are frequently shared by users on the internet and social media, usually geotagged and widely used. Rules, information and location maps of designated sites are also commonly displayed or distributed by agencies and tourist offices.

To get a sense of the extent of the activity, in an effort to master the management of scattered camping in just two National Ranger Districts in the Bridger-Teton National Forest alone, 428 scattered sites were surveyed.

Granted, the sites are near Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole, but if some approximate percentages of those numbers are extrapolated to occur in other Greater Yellowstone National Forests near cities and resorts with high growth, that equates to an incredible amount of campsites and campers. Keep in mind that they are in addition to existing traditional campgrounds and private KOA grounds.

As mentioned, scattered camping is not permitted in national parks and should not be confused with the developed recreation sites mentioned above, which are generally first come/first served, require a fee, provide facilities and require short stays. For example, there are 12 such managed campgrounds with 2150 campsites in Yellowstone Park alone. The park also has 293 permit-only backcountry campsites, limited to stays of 1 to 3 days. And, similarly, in Grand Teton Park, there are six developed campgrounds and an RV park totaling 1,050 campsites; there are also 300 reservation-only, time-limited backcountry campsites.

The massive and growing number of visits to Greater Yellowstone and Yellowstone Park has been attributed to a number of converging forces, such as social trends, social media, advertising, overseas travel, Covid- 19 and a booming American population. Altogether, this represents entertainment on a mind-boggling industrial level.

One data point indicates that Yellowstone’s tourism activity alone contributes $642 million in annual economic benefits to the immediate region. This raises the old question: who or what pays the costs and who receives the benefits? What is not taken into account in the accounting books are the disadvantages and what is missing is what the amorphous term “sustainable” means.

[Note: It’s jaw-dropping to think that this time-lapse video, below, of tourists moving through Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley in summer, with bison and bear jams, sometimes bringing gridlock, was from a couple of summers before Covid resulted in a huge increase in visitation. Video courtesy National Park Service. Is it possible to separate people from their cars and, in the absence of limits, is this how the “Yellowstone experience” will be defined? Is this what visiting the cradle of American wildlife conservation is supposed to look like?]

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Covid News: South Korea to end virtually all restrictions

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A corporate announcement Thursday that a small clinical trial showed a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine boosted the immune response of 140 children aged 5 to 11 comes as new cases of the virus in the United States are on the rise again.

The upturn was particularly noticeable in the Northeast, where the Omicron subvariant known as BA.2, now the dominant version of the virus in the United States, first took hold.

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, has warned in recent days that the United States could see a significant increase in infections in the coming weeks. But he said hospitalization rates are unlikely to rise in tandem because so many Americans have some degree of immunity, either from vaccines or previous infections.

Several hundred children aged 5 to 11 have died from Covid since the pandemic began, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but pediatric injections have been a tough sell for many parents. Only about 28% of children in this age group received two doses and would be eligible for a booster. About 7% received only one dose, according to agency data.

There was an initial rush for vaccines after they were first offered for this age group in November, but the increase in vaccination rates then slowed. Over the past month, for example, it has increased by a single percentage point.

Dr. Kathryn M. Edwards, a pediatric vaccine expert at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said some parents believe the chances of their children becoming seriously ill are low, when vaccines are unknown. She said some research indicates that 45% of infected children show no symptoms.

“The problem is that we can’t predict who will get sick and who won’t,” she said. And among those who do, she said, “there will be children who are going to be hospitalized, and there will be some deaths.”

Dr. Sally Goza, a pediatrician from Fayetteville, Georgia and former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said some parents see no reason to act because they consider the pandemic to be under control. “I’ve had parents come into my office and say, ‘Covid, it’s over. I don’t need to worry about that,” she said.

To some extent, she said, parents have also been numbed by wave after wave of infection. “People are tired of dealing with it. They’re just like, ‘We’re just going to take a chance,'” she said.

According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the proportion of children aged 5 to 11 receiving at least one dose varies considerably from region to region. Five of the 10 states with the highest rates were in New England, while eight of the 10 states with the lowest rates were in the South.

Even though more than 250 million Americans have been safely vaccinated since the start of the pandemic, pediatric experts say many parents fear unknown consequences for their children. Compared to injections to protect against measles, mumps and other diseases, which have been around for decades, Covid vaccines are brand new.

A study by New York researchers, published online in late February, found that for children aged 5 to 11, the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine against infection fell to 12% from 68% in the 28 34 days after the second dose.

This was a steeper drop than for older teens and teens who received a much higher dose. Some experts have suggested that the difference in dosage explains the protective gap, while others have blamed the Omicron variant that was prevalent during the study.

Another CDC study said two doses of Pfizer reduced the risk of Omicron infection by 31% in 5- to 11-year-olds, compared with a 59% reduction in risk in 12- to 15-year-olds.

The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only one authorized for children under 18.

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Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City: Good Skiing, Miserable Encounters

Are you being offered a job at Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City? Should I take it? There are definitely a lot of opportunities there. Since 2000, Salt Lake City, Utah has been home to Goldman Sachs’ US back office and claims the company’s 3rd largest presence in North America. Both downtown offices are a few blocks from the Salt Lake Temple, the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and there is another office for Marcus employees out of town. High turnover ensures a constant need for new talent, but is Salt Lake really a good place to work for Goldman Sachs?

One of the best reasons to live in Salt Lake – as Goldman points out in their city guide – it’s the great outdoors. There are five national parks nearby and some of America’s best ski areas are within 30 minutes of the office. Utah Financiers can put their Patagonia vests for the outdoor use they are intended for. Although Goldman is unlikely to respect the ‘30cm ruler‘ where the local greyhounds take the morning to ski after the overnight snow.

The other advantage of Salt Lake is that it offers graduates from non-target schools employment with a company whose New York and San Francisco offices prefer candidates from target schools with traditional majors. Getting a foot in the door can be invaluable in finance. Goldman Sachs is very selective, and once you’ve declared work for the company in Salt Lake City, internal mobility may mean you can work elsewhere.

What Juniors at Goldman’s Salt Lake City Office Are Saying About Their Work

We spoke to the juniors at Goldman’s office in Salt Lake City about what it’s really like there. 50% of Goldman’s jobs in Salt Lake City are now in revenue-generating divisions (the front office), but there is also a call center and operational jobs.

The main grievance of juniors seems to be that, at least in operational positions, they are not realizing their potential. A associated informed us that his job involves “extreme volumes of pressing buttons and filling out checklists.” This may be the reason why “most juniors leave SLC within the first 2-3 years”.

Salt Lake City juniors at Goldman Sachs can move into other Goldman offices – more than 30 have already done so this year. However, we also encountered complaints that Goldman officials in Salt Lake City would not facilitate an internal transfer of operations to something more attractive elsewhere. It’s not easy to hire in Salt Lake City and therefore no manager wants to see a junior leave.

It’s not just the push of buttons in operational roles that puts some people off. Salt Lake City juniors earn less than their New York counterparts. Based on 2021 H1B Visa Data, starting salaries for Salt Lake City analysts at Goldman Sachs were $50,000, rising to about $65,000 for a first-year associate. Bonuses in Salt Lake City can be as low as $3,000. By comparison, first-year analysts in front office positions at Goldman in Manhattan earn salaries of $110,000 and can earn bonuses that are double their base.

There are advantages. Hours are shorter in Salt Lake City than in New York, where 80+ hour weeks are the norm. But you’ll still be working more than 40 hours and your pay won’t drop to account for the overage. A Salt Lake City associate who worked on a crew that averaged 55 hours a week in Utah told us he was paid 0.5 times his standard rate for overtime and it was “awful” . However, this has not been confirmed by the firm, and it is likely that he was working on a contract basis.

Salt Lake employees can let off steam only by skiing on double black diamonds or rock climbing in the Moab desert. Strict drinking laws imposed by the Mormon population mean there are only two nightclubs and the bar scene was generously described by a Goldman employee as “up and coming” while the scene meetings is “difficult”.

Despite the negatives, there is mobility for top performers in Salt Lake, both within Goldman and outside, and few analysts join the impression that their stay in Utah will rival with life on Wall Street. Banks need back offices and it is an ongoing struggle for them to appropriately balance compensation, career incentives and lifestyle. Citi, for example, is trying to attract juniors to Malaga to work less, earn less and live near the beach.

What should the underutilized Salt Lake City analyst do? Maybe they should turn to technology. The region has been dubbed the “Silicon Slopes” due to the prevalence of tech companies. If all juniors do is push buttons for a big company, maybe they’d rather do it in an office that’s not in the constant shadow of 200 West Street? But Silicon Valley has its own shadow under which there is plenty of room to grumble.

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Rising mortgage rates make buying a home ‘the most expensive in a generation’

A report from US mortgage giant Freddie Mac on Thursday shows the average lending rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit 5% this week, up nearly 2 percentage points from a year ago. barely a year and a number probably even higher in the coming year.

“As Americans face historically high inflation, the combination of rising mortgage rates, high home prices and tight inventories makes the pursuit of homeownership the most expensive in a generation,” wrote Freddie Mac in a note accompanying the new mortgage data.

While average U.S. mortgage rates have risen at the fastest pace in more than 30 years over the past three months, the 5% benchmark comes just a month after a 0.25% increase by the Reserve federal lending rate. The increase is the first in a series of upward adjustments planned by the Fed as the monetary policy body attempts to rein in rising inflation.

Higher Fed rates will increase borrowing costs for mortgages, auto loans, credit cards and business loans. By doing so, the Fed hopes to slow economic growth and rising wages enough to contain high inflation, which has hurt millions of households and poses a serious political threat to President Joe Biden.

Many economists said they worried the Fed waited too long to start raising rates and that policymakers might end up reacting so aggressively that they would trigger a recession.

Earlier this week, the Department of Labor announced that the annual inflation rate in the United States hit 8.5% in March, the highest since 1981. And Utah was among a group of states of Mountain West under even greater inflationary pressure with an annual inflation rate of 10.4 leading the country. % in March.

So what does this mean for a current buyer?

According to Thursday’s Wall Street Journal report, buying the median U.S. home at rates a year ago meant a monthly mortgage bill of about $1,223 after a 20% down payment, according to calculations by economist George Ratiu. at Realtor.com. At recent rates, such a purchase would require a monthly payment of almost $1,700, an increase of 38%, he estimated.

And out West, especially for buyers in high-demand states like Utah, the impacts of ongoing rate increases could be even worse.

Last month, as the nation’s average 30-year fixed mortgage rate neared 4%, 67% of Utah households were already “off-price” from the state’s median-priced home, according to Dejan Eskic, senior researcher at the University. from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute in Utah, specializing in housing research.

“It’s bad,” Eskic said.

The median priced single-family home in Utah was $512,000 statewide in the fourth quarter of 2021, according to the National Association of Realtors.

“A full two-thirds of Utah cannot afford the median-priced home anywhere because of how quickly rates have risen over the past two months,” Eskic said in the article. March.

“If you had to wait to buy in the spring, you’re probably out of luck,” Eskic said, as rising interest rates push even more homes out of reach with higher monthly loan payments.

Utah’s housing problem continues to be a supply and demand issue. Shouldn’t the rise in interest rates therefore help to curb demand?

Not in today’s market, Eskic said.

Rising interest rates will slow demand, he said, but not “enough to completely slow the market because there is nothing to buy.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended housing markets across the country as thousands of Americans reassessed their lives and left big cities in search of more space at lower prices. Many looked west, especially to states like Utah, where jobs were booming, and Idaho, where housing was relatively affordable.

As a result, states like Utah and Idaho had record years for home sales and price increases. In Utah, experts have warned of a “severely unbalanced” housing market as demand continues to dramatically outpace supply.

But it’s not just the pandemic’s fault. This has only worsened and accelerated the housing problem in Utah. The housing shortage in the West began years ago in the midst of the Great Recession, after the subprime mortgage crisis sent the national and global economy into a death spiral. After the crash, homebuilding contracted and the market has struggled to keep up with demand ever since.

Contributor: Associated Press

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Storage, Colorado is open for business






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The American economic landscape is changing, and Rangely, CO is changing with it! The city is on a mission to diversify, in anticipation of the future. City residents include skilled workers, including those with trade industry experience and others entering the workforce after attending Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC), which was listed among the top five community colleges in the nation whose graduates earn the highest salaries, according to Newsweek magazine. The college, which is a great asset to the community, also offers free courses for residents.

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Private business is alive and well in Rangely, with business owners – from industries as diverse as retail, restaurants and hospitality – evenly sharing how easy it is to do business in town . Their business may be in different industries, but everyone expressed appreciation for the resources available, easy answers to questions, and the speed and reliability of Rangely’s low-cost 1 gigabyte (GB) fiber optic network. .

“Small businesses are the backbone of society. The Town of Rangely welcomes and supports new and existing business expansion with low regulatory, utility, property and sales taxes. Rangely would like to invite businesses to also look at our quality of life, which includes excellent pre-school and K-12 education, to include higher education through CNCC,” said City Manager Lisa Piering.

Storage, Colorado is open for business! Hear from Rangely business owners as well as city management discuss the ease of doing business in Rangely, Colorado. #OpenForBusiness #RangelyColorado #TownOfRangely


Local business owner Dorian Geba shared how owning and operating a business in Rangely differs from three other states, saying, “My wife and I consider ourselves lucky to own a company in Rangely, CO where our drive to succeed is matched by the city, with great people who are easy to deal with In the past, I’ve found business can be a bit hostile in some places, but Rangely blew my mind! While there were still the usual permitting processes to go through, the folks at the city government are open-minded and really pro-business. (Many jurisdictions can say that, but Rangely really means it!) I purchased my property in April 2021 and I own the Silver Sage RV Park on Main St. Thanks to Rangely’s focus on economic development, I have been able to benefit from a grant that provides me with assistance with signage and improves the external appeal of my business.”

Local government supports businesses through the Rangely Development Agency (RDA) and the Rangely Development Corporation (RDC), two urban renewal authorities in the city (the Façade Renovation/Improvement Grant Scheme of the RDA website offers financial assistance to owners or tenants with a commercial enterprise in Center-ville de Rangely); the Chamber of Commerce of the Rangely region; the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC); and the Northern Colorado Enterprise Zone program, of which Rangely’s Rio Blanco County is a part.

“Big companies tend to locate in cities and absorb most of the business from small and medium-sized businesses,” said one business owner based in Arvada, Colorado. “We were looking for a community where a small business like ours would be valued and utilized. We have a lot to contribute to a community and really want to be part of a community that is looking to grow. After a thorough investigation, we choose Rangely.







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Remote workers should also be attracted to Rangely. PC Magazine ranked Rangely #23 in the US “Best Work from Home Cities” (one of two Colorado cities to make the ranking).

“Remote work is made easy here with our 1GB high-speed fiber optic Internet services, offered for $70 per month, which is cheaper than other locations,” said Jeannie R. Caldwell, coordinator of the marketing and economic development of the town of Rangely. “When the work is complete, you can quickly enjoy the wide open spaces that surround our community, without traffic or crowds. Honestly, it’s hard to believe this type of wonderful place still exists.”







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The LOWdown on Rangely

Rangely, a small town in Colorado’s Greater Northwest region, has gotten its share of recognition. Nicknames include “Colorado’s Friendliest Town”, “Second Safest City in Colorado”, and one of the state’s “Top 10 Most Affordable Places to Live“.







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The cost of living is 13% lower than the Colorado average and 4% lower than the national average. In addition to its low cost of living, Rangely offers residents a low cost of doing business and a low crime rate.

Demographics*

Average age of residents:

33 Years

Median income:

$55,000

Average house price:

$220,000

Bachelor’s degree or higher:

25%

Some college:

34%

*State Bureau of Demography, Colorado Demographic Profile for the City of Rangely.

“Rangely offers most of the services offered by larger communities, including Rangely District Hospital, a designated Level IV Trauma Center, Western Rio Blanco Park and Recreation, which has a full-service recreation center, a golf course and a calendar of events throughout the year. We are surrounded by Bureau of Land Management properties that invite you to come and play! These amenities make Rangely a great, safe place to live in a small community,” said Piering.







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The town is minutes from the Canyon Pintado Historic District, the closest with amenities to Dinosaur National Monument and only 25 miles from the Utah border (220 miles from Salt Lake City), 70 miles from Grand Junction and 275 miles from Denver, CO. enthusiasts will have the choice between various activities, including boating; cliff diving; fishing for trout, bass, northern pike, crappie and catfish; Mountain bike; and OHV Trails and rock crawling in Colorado’s only natural rock crawling park. Additional recreational activities include The Tank, a 60-foot water tank that is an acoustic marvel and concert hall; the three-day ROAR OHV Adventurous Rally in August; a host of festivals and more!







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Space to build and grow your business

Buildings, vacant land and warehouse structures are available in Rangely for small manufacturing businesses, agricultural production, healthcare, outdoor recreation businesses, remote businesses and workers, small craft businesses and boutique, sightseeing, and more!

Join a population of 6,336 people in Rio Blanco County, 2,500 of whom live in the town of Rangely, from all walks of life in a great city, full of great people and an amazing place to do business!

View Rangely, CO’s investment prospectus here.

Contact Jeannie R. Caldwell regarding locating/moving or expanding your business to Rangely. Call (720) 505-7780 or email [email protected].

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Idaho is better than Utah because these people can’t drive

One of the Deseret News columnists jokes when it comes to saying that Idaho is less sinful than Utah. WalletHub’s annual survey has often placed Utah at number one. This year, the salts have dropped considerably. Nevada is, as usual, the most sinful. After all, it’s a big gambling den. Considering the place has almost as many Latter-day Saints as Utah, that’s an odd designation. However, when Howard Hughes was alive, he hired church members primarily because he liked their honesty and reliability.

What made the newspaper columnist laugh is that Idaho is named the least sinful place in America. WalletHub says Idahoans aren’t jealous people and we do well on anger and hate. I’m not surprised by this one. There are so few Democrats here, there’s just no one to hate.

They drive like women!

I believe there is a bigger factor at play. Look at the people of Utah driving. Or try something akin to driving. They are dangerous, obnoxious and come too quickly back into the right lane after passing. You put Utah license plates on a car and suddenly the guy or girl behind the wheel is all doing like they’re all women!

The highway of death!

They think the Interstate is a drag strip. They sail there like the liberals of Oregon. Usually at speeds only seen on the Bonneville Salt Flats. It’s not better on their own roads. They also drive without ever checking their periphery and cling to the steering wheel like my co-religionists cling to prayer beads in times of crisis.

I don’t like the high fuel prices, but maybe the cost of the trip will keep them all south of Tremonton this summer. Or if you have to come, call Uber.

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WATCH: What 25 historic battlefields look like today

What follows is an examination of what happened to the sites where America fought its most important and often brutal war campaigns. Using a variety of sources, Stacker selected 25 historically significant battlefields in American history. For each, Stacker investigated what happened there when the battles raged as well as what happened to those sacred lands when the fighting ceased.

It was the battlefields that defined the course of the American military, from colonial rebels to an invincible global war machine.

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Salt Lake City remains in Phase 2 of water shortage plan, as county introduces new laws

Daela Taeoalii-Tipton and Trung Tham of Salt Lake City walk through Memory Grove in Salt Lake City on January 20. Salt Lake City officials said Tuesday the city would remain on phase two of its water shortage emergency plan. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s capital will start the irrigation year where it left off last year in terms of water restrictions.

Salt Lake City officials announced Tuesday that it will remain in Stage 2 of its five-step water shortage contingency plan, citing current supply levels, stream flows and water demand. The city reached this phase last year for what was then the first time since 2004.

“Studies and forecasts that I have been following closely point to a season of higher temperatures and lower precipitation,” Laura Briefer, director of the Salt Lake City Department of Utilities, said in a statement on Tuesday. “The entire state of Utah remains in severe or extreme drought. Soil moisture is slightly better than last year, but snowpack is below normal. As a result, all projections of throughput are below average.”

Utah’s storage reservoir is at about 56% statewide capacity, according to the Utah Department of Natural Resources. In the Utah Lake Basin, which includes Salt Lake City’s water sources, reservoirs are collectively at 61% capacity. Salt Lake City relies on the Deer Creek Reservoir, especially during drought years and when it has to meet summer demand – it is 84% ​​capacity.

Statewide levels rose as part of the snowpack melted earlier than usual, peaking on March 22. But this year’s snowpack is expected to be below normal, even with this week’s storms, which is concerning.

“We can’t wait until later in the season to be proactive on water conservation. We need to make changes today,” added Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall.

Salt Lake City provides water not only for itself, but also for Millcreek and Cottonwood Heights, as well as parts of Holladay, Murray, Midvale, and portions of unincorporated territory in Salt Lake County. The second stage of the plan involves voluntary actions for residents, while municipal and government facilities will be tasked with reducing watering.

The city only reached the second phase of the plan at the end of May last year. However, city officials said people rallied when it happened. About 2 billion gallons were saved from cuts last year, which is roughly equivalent to filling the Mountain Dell tank more than twice.

“Last year, our residents and business owners were incredible partners in reducing water use in the city and throughout the valley, and I’m confident they’ll be showing up again this year to help conserve this valuable resource,” Mendenhall said.

The city’s announcement came as Salt Lake County leaders received an update on new state water laws in the state during the second class of a summit on the four-part water. The first segment of the summit focused on the state of the snowpack in Salt Lake County.

Most of the laws impacting the county this year are changes to landscaping regulations, opening the door to more xeriscaping. There are goals to reduce water use at state facilities, which Salt Lake County’s sustainability manager Michael Shea says might be a good model for the county to use.

He added that there is hope that improving secondary water metering will help the state better track all water uses.

“It was truly one of the strongest (legislative sessions) for water conservation – truly, water conservation has never been more important than it was (this year),” he declared. “We will continue to monitor the drought and snowfall levels… (but) this, most likely, is going to be an ongoing issue and is something we will have to come back to if drought conditions continue the year after. a year.”

If conditions worsen, Shea added that governments may have to make “difficult decisions” to conserve water in the future.

As for decisions now, Martin Jensen, the director of the county’s parks and recreation division, said his division is investing in the issue because it’s a heavy user of water. The department’s goal is to find a balance between consumption and what people expect from public spaces.

They began scouring all county-run parks to assess old leaky pipes that can be replaced, and they looked for ways to reduce water usage and find areas where vegetation may become dormant, a Jensen said. He added that five of the county’s six golf courses are currently using secondary water sources to reduce water, while the process is underway for a sixth.

This is probably just the start.

“We’ve been paying attention to this for years and will continue to focus on this and try best practices and ways to conserve,” he said. “We know that water is a precious resource. We also know that parks, green spaces and open spaces improve our lives.”

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Carter Williams is an award-winning journalist who covers general news, the outdoors, history and sports for KSL.com. He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a transplant from Utah via Rochester, New York.

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Iowa rejected Biden, but president returns to sell rural plan – ABC4 Utah

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iowa has never been fertile ground for Joe Biden.

His 1988 presidential bid imploded in a plagiarism scandal sparked by comments he made during a debate there. He dropped out of his run for the White House in 2008 after a fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucus. And his 2020 campaign limped to a fourth-place finish in the state’s technologically glitchy caucus.

After bouncing back to win the Democratic nomination, Biden returned for a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds four days before Election Day 2020, only to see Donald Trump win the state by 8 points. percentage.

Biden returns to Iowa for the first time as president on Tuesday at a time when he faces even more political peril. He is grappling with falling approval ratings and inflation at its highest level in 40 years, while his party faces the prospect of big midterm election losses that could cost him control of Congress.

The president is set to promote his economic plans to help rural families struggling with higher costs at the gas pump and elsewhere, while highlighting the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law signed into law last fall. . It includes funds to improve internet access, as well as to upgrade sanitation systems, reduce flood threats, and improve roads and bridges, drinking water and electricity grids in sparsely populated areas.

Supporters of an emergency waiver that would allow year-round sales of gasoline blended with 15% ethanol hope Biden will use his trip to announce the move, which they say would help mitigate the rise gasoline prices.

Biden will visit a biofuel company in Menlo, a farming community west of Iowa’s capital Des Moines. It’s in Guthrie County, which has backed Trump over Biden by 35 percentage points in 2020.

“Some of this is showing up in communities of all sizes, regardless of the results of the last election,” said Jesse Harris, who was a senior adviser to Biden’s 2020 campaign in Iowa and led the vote and polling. anticipated. efforts for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Harris said most presidents who come to Iowa usually visit the biggest cities in the state. Hitting an area like Menlo “shows the importance the administration places on infrastructure in general, but also on infrastructure in rural and smaller communities.”

The Biden administration plans to spend the next few weeks pushing billions of dollars in funding for rural areas. Cabinet members and other senior officials will travel the country to help communities access funds available under the infrastructure program.

“The president is not making this trip through a political prism,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. “He’s making this trip because Iowa is a rural state in the country that would benefit greatly from the president’s policies.”

Steffen Schmidt, professor of political science at Iowa State University, said part of Biden’s problems are that the major social issues driving the national Democratic agenda — including gay rights and the fight against institutional racism – can discourage moderate voters in the heart of the country.

“Iowa is a traditional, rural state, and even the Democrats are middlemen,” he said.

To win over voters more focused on wallet issues, administration officials have long suggested that Biden travel more to promote an economy that rebounds from the setbacks of the coronavirus pandemic. The number of Americans receiving unemployment has fallen to the lowest levels since 1970, for example.

But much of the positive national jobs news was overshadowed by soaring gas, food and housing prices that pushed consumer inflation to 7.9% during the year ending in February. It’s the biggest rise since 1982. Inflation numbers for March, due out on Tuesday, are likely to bring more bad news for the Biden administration.

“Maybe a trip back to Iowa will be just what Joe Biden needs to figure out what his reckless spending and big government policies are doing to our country,” the Republican Party chairman said. Iowa, Jeff Kaufmann, in a statement.

After Iowa, Biden will travel Thursday to Greensboro, North Carolina.

PSAKI blamed Russia’s war in Ukraine for helping to push up gasoline prices, and said the administration expects the consumer price index for March to be “extremely high”, in large part because of this.

Members of Congress from both parties have urged Biden to issue the ethanol waiver.

“Local Iowa biofuels offer a quick, clean solution to lower prices at the pump and boost production would help us become energy independent again,” said Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley. He and eight Republican senators and seven Democrats from Midwestern states sent Biden a letter last month urging him to allow E15 sales year-round.

Most gasoline sold in the United States is blended with 10% ethanol. Farmers in corn-rich Iowa have been pushing for the mass sale of a 15% ethanol blend. This product is banned in the summer due to fears it adds to smog at high temperatures.

The Environmental Protection Agency has lifted seasonal restrictions on E15 in the past, including after Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The Trump administration allowed the sale of E15 during the two summer months. years later, but saw the rule overturned by a federal appeals court.

The price of ethanol peaked in December, but has fallen more recently. Wholesale ethanol traded about $1.20 a gallon cheaper than gasoline, although not all of the savings were passed on to drivers.

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Associated Press writer Matthew Daly contributed to this report.

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South Carolina firing squad’s scheduled execution echoes Utah’s criminal justice history

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — South Carolina recently scheduled its first execution by firing squad for Richard Bernard Moore, echoing the last death row inmate executed in the state of Utah. Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed on June 18, 2010, also by firing squad.

Gardner, originally incarcerated for committing murder during a robbery at Cheers Tavern in Salt Lake City, attempted to escape from a courthouse in April 1985. In the attempt, he obtained a gun and killed a lawyer and injured a bailiff. He was sentenced to death for capital murder.

Shortly after his conviction, Gardner was given the choice of dying by lethal injection or firing squad; he chose the latter. Although eliminated as a method of execution by Utah lawmakers in 2004, Gardner stuck to his choice and was put to death by firing squad in 2010. The execution team was composed of five different and anonymous volunteers, all certified. state officers. Those who participated in the enforcement process received a unique commemorative coin.

The two executions by firing squad in the country preceding Gardner also took place in Utah. Utah has a long history with capital punishment, dating back to the execution of a member of the Ute nation named Patsowits in 1850 by the state of Deseret, the state’s local provisional government preceding the territory’s incorporation. of Utah later in 1850. Patsowits was garrotted to death.

ABC4 recently covered an attempt to abolish capital punishment in Utah that failed in a close 6-5 vote in Utah’s House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee. Many Utah death penalty advocates continue to push for its removal.

Ralph Dellapiana is a local defense attorney who advocates against the death penalty in Utah with many associated organizations that make up the Utah Justice Coalition. He expressed frustration that this most recent vote did not go to the state senate, where he believes it would have passed easily. Dellapiana argues that voting in committee instead of the floor, where all Utah representatives could vote, poses a “threat to democracy” in Utah.

Dellapiana is especially frustrated that this recent 2022 bill failed because it was proposed in a way that was based on “popular fiscal conservatism among Utahns” and by Republican lawmakers. Dellapiana said that while raw polling data suggests a 50-50 split between Utahns for and against capital punishment, when legislation is proposed by Republican representatives, approval ratings skyrocket among voters.

He criticized public arguments made by lawmakers against the recent bill to ban capital punishment. The premise of these arguments is that the state can use the death penalty to threaten defendants to encourage guilty pleas, which Dellapiana calls a form of “coercion” that undermines “the constitutional right to go to trial.” . For Dellapiana, this kind of negotiation from the state to the defendants is more like saying “if you don’t plead guilty, we will kill you”.

Dellapiana also argues that maintaining the death penalty in Utah does not reflect popular Utah values ​​regarding state fiscal responsibility. “Utah has spent an additional $40 million on a death sentence” in recent years, Dellapiana says. He also claims that the length of the death row trial and appeals process also prevents the families of the victims from getting the closure in a timely manner, and “tears repeatedly open their wounds” compared to to a faster sentence without the death penalty.

Regarding recent legislation in South Carolina and the execution of Ronnie Lee Gardner, Dellapiana said he and his colleagues have received countless phone calls from journalists around the world who are shocked that there is still a death penalty in some states of the United States, let alone that the death penalty could be carried out by firing squad. Dellapiana commented that foreign journalists were “appalled” that executions were still carried out in such a “third world” manner.

ABC4 reached out to Utah lawmakers on the committee that rejected the recent bill banning the death penalty in Utah, but none responded in time for this story to be published.

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A winter watch has been issued for “a full-scale spring storm” in Utah

Rob Steiner clears snow from a bench at Snowbird Oct. 12, 2021. The National Weather Service says 1-2 feet of snow is possible in the Wasatch Mountains from a storm arriving Monday evening. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY – It may be spring, but at least one last dose of winter should arrive in Utah this week.

The National Weather Service released a winter storm watch for the mountains of northern Utah where a storm with the potential to deliver 1-2 feet of snow to start the work week. The storm is also expected to bring snow to the valleys.

“Enjoy (the weekend) because your shovels will most likely be needed,” said KSL meteorologist Kevin Eubank. “It’s kind of a big spring storm.”

A small cold front crossed on Saturday, mostly dropping high temperatures on the Wasatch Front by only 15 to 20 degrees. However, a trough system coming in from the Pacific Northwest on Monday is expected to be colder and add precipitation to the mix, Eubank said.

It is currently forecast to arrive Monday afternoon evening, providing rain in the valley and snow in the mountains for most of the state. But that changes overnight on Tuesday, as the rain turns to snow.

“Tuesday (it’s) all snow, all the way down the I-15 corridor, into eastern Utah,” he said. “Then a small secondary push occurs Tuesday afternoon and evening, and that pushes things along – even the lake effect snow continues into Wednesday morning.”

The winter storm watch comes into effect Monday afternoon and continues through Tuesday evening for the Wasatch and West Uinta mountain ranges. It includes communities like Alta, Brighton, Mantua, as well as places near the Mirror Lake Highway.

The alert says wind gusts of up to 40 mph are possible in addition to the possibility of 1 to 2 feet of snow.

Most valleys in the state are expected to receive snow accumulation. Eubank said 3 to 6 inches of snow is possible for the Wasatch Front Valleys, while the Banks can receive 6 to 10 inches of snow.

Temperatures will also drop again. High temperatures will reach the low 60s on Monday over the Wasatch front; however, they are only expected to peak in the 40s on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lows should fall below freezing.

High temperatures will return to the 50s to end the work week.

In St. George, highs will drop from the 70s to the upper 50s and low 60s on Tuesday and Wednesday before returning to near 70s by the end of the work week.

Complete seven-day forecasts for Utah regions are available online at the KSL Weather Center.

Carter Williams is an award-winning journalist who covers general news, the outdoors, history and sports for KSL.com. He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a transplant from Utah via Rochester, New York.

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Green Plate Special: If you live in Maine, skipping Russian vodka is no small feat

In late February, when bars, restaurants, supermarkets and liquor stores pulled Russian-made vodkas from their shelves, they did so to pressure Vladimir Putin to pull out of Ukraine.

In a rare show of bipartisan support for any idea, the governors of Alabama, Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and West Virginia have called on their states’ liquor control agencies to delist Russian-made vodka. Governor Janet Mills asked that “retailers join us in this symbolic but clear sign that Maine stands with Ukraine.”

In the aftermath of those announcements, social media posts showed vodka drinkers pouring bottles of Stoli and Smirnoff down the drain. Since none of the brands are made in Russia (the first is produced in Latvia by a Putin critic in exile, and the second may have been made in Moscow in 1864 but is now made in Britain by a British conglomerate), I doubted that Putin resented any taxation. the pain of the boycott. While emblematic of how consumers can show contempt for terms they find hard to swallow, these measures, according to liquor industry watchers, were largely, as Mills described : symbolic.

Russian vodka imports to America in 2021 accounted for just 1.3% of all vodka imports, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. Their combined value was $18.5 million, just down from the $1.4 billion bracket of total vodka imports from France, the Netherlands, Sweden and Latvia. And that’s insignificant when you consider that Americans are expected to spend $22 billion on vodka in 2022.

If you’re a vodka drinker in Maine, passing down Beluga Russian Vodka, Hammer & Sickle Russian Vodka, Moskovskaya, or Russian Standard is no sacrifice. Consider your many local options: At least a dozen Maine companies make from scratch, distill and/or bottle plain and flavored vodkas.

Batson River Brewing & Distilling makes Clock Farm vodka in small batches in Kennebunk. The Chadwick Distillery in Pittston recently expanded its line of maple-based spirits to include vodka. The Blue Barren Distillery in Hope offers a plain 80-degree vodka and another flavored with Maine kelp. Cold River Vodka is made from Maine potatoes in Freeport.

Liquid Riot Distilling Co. launches its Well… vodka with a neutral grain alcohol base produced in another more efficient facility, then runs the alcohol through its own tiny, less efficient still in Portland to clean it up and add character. Maine Craft Distilling’s Black Cap Vodka, made from Maine grains and filtered through Maine Black Tourmaline and Charcoal Maple, is named after our state bird, the Chickadee black (or is it?). Twenty 2 Vodka, bottled since 2009 by Northern Maine Distilling in Brewer, has won numerous national awards for its neutral taste.

Split Rock Vodka begins life as New England corn, which is crushed, fermented and triple distilled before being diluted with well water and bottled at the company’s facilities in Newcastle. . Eric and Jenn Bouchard, owners of Stone Fort Distillery, are also involved in every step of making their vodka from grain to glass in Biddeford. Stroudwater Vodka, made in Portland from a naturally gluten-free corn base, is distilled eight times to be 190 proof, then diluted 80 with Maine water before bottling. The Wiggly Bridge Distillery in York offers the southernmost vodka in Maine.

“In the American spirits market, vodka is king because it is consumed in so many different ways,” said Jeremy Howard, founder of Blue Barren Distillery.

There is no total figure for the amount of vodka distilled in Maine. But if the quantity is unknown, the quality is crystal clear as vodka. “I’m biased, of course,” Howard said, “but I think Maine craft distillers have a really strong vodka game.”

Maine vodka is a sustainable prospect on many fronts. First, the process requires local agricultural products, from the corn and grains used to make the base alcohol to the blueberries and seaweed used to flavor it.

Next, it is a spirit with a very short lead time. “As distillers, we have romantic ideas about spirits that we age in barrels for 18 months. But we also can’t generate revenue from those who are sitting down,” Howard said. The vodka, which takes just three weeks to make, gives craft distilleries a steady cash flow to sustain their bottom line.

Topher Mallory, co-owner of Split Rock Distillery, says vodka is one of the most labor-intensive spirits his company makes. “But that means more work hours, more jobs, so it’s also good for Maine’s economy.”

Mallory acknowledges that the distillation process can be energy-intensive, but says her company tries to offset some of its production footprint by donating alcohol-free spent grains from its distillation processes to local farms for livestock feed.

You can purchase all of Maine’s craft vodkas at their respective distillery tasting rooms. Most are also available at major liquor stores like Bootleggers, Damon’s, Bow Street Beverage, and RSVP, and many can also be found in Hannaford. The price is around $18 to $40.

Prices for locally made vodka are between $1 and $3 compared to the big commercial brands, according to Jake Bosma, tasting room manager at Stroudwater Distillery. “Plus, most have a more unique taste. So why not spend a little more to support local small businesses and funnel those extra dollars into the local economy? »

The top five brands of vodka sold in Maine are Tito’s (made in Texas), Pinnacle (formerly made in Lewiston but now made in Kentucky), Smirnoff Plastic Bottle (made in the UK), Crown Russe Vodka (made in Kentucky) and Absolut (made in Sweden), according to data from the Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations.

As locavores, we can do better. Make your next vodka purchase a local one.

Local food advocate Christine Burns Rudalevige is editor of Edible Maine magazine and author of “Green Plate Special,” both a sustainable food column in the Portland Press Herald and the name of her cookbook from 2017. She can be contacted at: [email protected]

The Mifflin Martini, topped with spicy homemade vermouth brined olives. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

Mifflin Martini

Jake Bosma, Tasting Room Manager at Stroudwater Distillery, developed this twist on a dirty martini. To make vermouth-infused olives, drain half the brine from a jar of Spanish olives. In its place, add 3-4 cloves of crushed garlic, a few sprigs of thyme and sage, a couple of lemon and orange zests, and either black peppercorns or a dried chili pepper. Fill the jar with Dolin Dry Vermouth and let the olives sit in the brine for 12-24 hours in the refrigerator.

Makes 1 cocktail

1 ½ ounces flavored vermouth/olive brine mix
2 ounces of Stroudwater vodka
Olives and sprigs of sage and thyme, for garnish

Mix the vermouth/brine mix and the vodka with plenty of ice in a shaker. Stir until the drink is a little diluted and very cold. Strain into a frosted shot or martini glass. Garnish with the vermouth-cured olives, sage and thyme.

Raspberry Sparkling Anniversary Vodka. Happy 21, Eliza! Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

Raspberry Vodka Birthday Sparkling

I developed this cocktail for my daughter Eliza’s 21st birthday, which is April 8th. Like her, it’s soft, stylish and sophisticated.

Makes 1 cocktail

2 ounces vodka made in Maine
1 ounce Royal Rose raspberry simple syrup
1 ounce lemon juice
club soda or prosecco
Fresh raspberries and a twist of lemon, for garnish

Combine vodka, simple syrup and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into a glass with ice. Top with club soda or prosecco. Garnish with fresh raspberries and a twist of lemon.


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Becker County, Minnesota is offered – Detroit Lakes Tribune

Becker County, Minnesota is offering for sale the properties located at 200 East State Street, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501 legally described as OT of Detroit Lakes Block 25 Lots 13-30 Incl, S 50′ of Lots 5-8 Incl & all Block 4 & Aud Lots 42-46 Incl & Vac St County Shop & Salt Yard and 619 Curry Ave, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501 legally described as OT of Detroit Lakes Block 026 Lots 24-29. Bids for the properties described may be submitted as an all-inclusive or for individual sites. Individuals and licensed realtors interested in viewing the properties should contact Dave Neisen at 218-841-2187 to schedule an appointment. Bids must be received by Dave Neisen at 1110 Hwy 59 S Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501, for consideration during initial bid review, conducted by the Becker County Department of Highways Committee, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2022. The County Council reserves the right to accept/reject any or all offers or partial offers of ownership, to waive formalities and to accept the offer deemed most beneficial to the County of Becker, in addition, they may continue to receive offers after the initial closing date if all initial offers are rejected. (April 10, 17 & 24, 2022) 51,000

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NBA’s top Suns overcome 17-point deficit in 4th to beat Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY, AP — Devin Booker scored 33 points and the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 111-105 on Friday night.

Deandre Ayton sealed the victory on a pass from Chris Paul with 18.4 seconds left. Ayton had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul had 16 points and 16 assists to help the Suns extend their franchise record with their 64th win.

“We read the game. Are they trying to take it away? Boom, we hit this guy,” Paul said. “They took Book and (Ayton) is open. They helped Mikal (Bridges) and we hit him. We weren’t surprised.

Bridges added 18 points, capping a 14-0 run at Phoenix in the fourth quarter to tie it at 98. His dunk and three-point play with 46 seconds left gave the Suns a 107-102 lead.

“I didn’t think we had great team spirit in the third,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “Then for some reason I saw this stability in our group. We call it the attrition effect, where if we can just stick with him and trust each other and keep playing the right way, we we can live with the results.

The Jazz didn’t score a field goal — nine straight misses — for nearly seven minutes in the fourth quarter.


“We had six assists in the second half,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “The ball stopped moving. We gave up something. When you don’t have effective possessions offensively, it becomes much harder for us to defend.

Utah has lost 16 games where it held double-digit leads this season. The Suns outscored the Jazz 36-13 in the fourth quarter.

“We knew we had to take it up a notch,” Booker said. “We knew they had given up some big leads this year.”

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points for Utah. Slowed down by Bridges, Donovan Mitchell had 18 points on 7 of 21 shooting. Rudy Gobert finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

“We had no stops and they were able to run. We stopped playing like we were playing earlier,” Gobert said. “We think too much in fourth gear and clutch time.”

After both teams rested stars in their previous games, this one felt like a playoff preview with brilliant execution at times and extraordinary effort.

Showing why these teams rank at the top of offensive efficiency, there were incredible baskets until the Suns suddenly cracked down.

The Suns have long since won the top seed in the NBA – and shown why they look like the team to beat.

“In hostile situations, it’s us against the world,” Bridges said. “We stick together and grow stronger. We are one.”

The Suns finished with a franchise-record 32 road wins and became the first NBA team since 1969-70 New York Knicks to finish with a better road winning percentage than the home winning percentage of all other teams.

“We have bad guys on this team,” Bridges said. “They love breaking the hearts of fans (on the road).”

The Jazz currently sit in fifth place in the Western Conference, but could possibly drop to sixth on the final night of the season.

Jordan Clarkson beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer to give Utah a 92-75 lead early in the fourth quarter, where the Jazz were one of the weakest finishers among playoff teams and the Suns were the best.

BOOOOO-ZER HONORED

Carlos Boozer, who was a two-time All-Star with the Jazz, was honored during the third quarter with a standing chorus of Boooos — as was customary in his 2004-10 career at Utah. The Jazz haven’t returned to the Western Conference Finals since Boozer led them there in 2007.

BRIDGES FOR DPOY?

Besides his big shots in the clutch, Bridges helped Mitchell go 0-for-6 in the fourth quarter.

“I’m not a politician, and I’m not eloquent about pushing people,” Williams said, “but you can’t look at the effort that young man puts in every night at this end of the floor and then does what he does in violation.”

Bridges appreciated his coach’s opinion.

“Obviously I want to, but control what you can control, so I keep defending,” Bridges said.

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Suns: A handful of Suns fans chanted “MVP! MVP!” when Booker fired free throws. … Officials called off a foul on Danuel House keeping Booker on a jumper in the third quarter, allowing Booker to make contact with a leg kick. … JaVale McGee got a technical in the fourth period.

Jazz: Grammy Award-winning Olivia Rodrigo, who filmed the musical High School Musical and its ‘Drivers License’ music video in Utah, sat courtside in a jazz singlet. … Mitchell led a rousing ovation for House after a number of commotion plays in the third quarter. … The Jazz had 33 free throw attempts to the Suns’ 15 attempts from the line.

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“We have come a long way”: future judge Ketanji Brown Jackson | Court News

Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first black woman ever confirmed to the US Supreme Court, said her appointment marked a ‘moment that all Americans can be very proud of’ – but one that holds special significance given history of slavery and segregation of the country.

During a White House ceremony alongside President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday, Jackson quoted American poet Maya Angelou’s famous poem, Still I Rise, saying, “I am the dream and the hope of the slave”.

“I firmly believe that this is a moment that all Americans can be very proud of. We have come a long way towards perfecting our union. In my family, it took only one generation to move from segregation to the Supreme Court of the United States,” she said.

“And it is an honor – the honor of a lifetime – for me to have this chance to join the court, to promote the rule of law at the highest level and to do my part to carry out our project. common democracy and equal justice under the law into the future.

The ceremony came a day after the US Senate voted 53-47 in favor of Jackson’s nomination, making her not only the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court, but also the third black American to join. the High Court.

Jackson’s confirmation process has exposed deep partisan divisions in the United States, with Republicans seeking to portray the longtime jurist and US appeals court judge as a “radical” on the left, while Democrats firmly supported her.

While most Republicans voted against his Supreme Court membership on Thursday, three GOP senators — Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah — backed Jackson, sealing his nomination in the process. the room equally divided.

Jackson, who was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals last year, had received support for her Supreme Court nomination from a wide range of stakeholders in the United States, including advocacy groups civil rights, law enforcement, and state attorneys general.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said his confirmation marked “a joyous day” for the country, while Vice President Kamala Harris also said it was a “historic” moment. .

Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf also congratulated Jackson saying, “The world witnessed history yesterday with the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the States. -United “.

“Her confirmation is already inspiring a generation of young women to follow in her footsteps,” Sirleaf noted on Twitter.

US President Joe Biden hopes to use Jackson’s confirmation to build political momentum ahead of November’s midterm elections [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

At Friday’s ceremony, which was attended by Democratic lawmakers and others, US President Joe Biden said Jackson’s confirmation would be remembered as “a moment of true change in American history.”

“Yesterday we all witnessed a truly historic moment,” Biden said of Jackson’s US Senate confirmation vote.

“After more than 20 hours of interrogation during his hearing[s] and nearly 100 meetings… we have all seen the kind of justice she will be,” he added. “Fair and impartial, thoughtful, careful, precise, brilliant – a brilliant legal mind with a thorough knowledge of the law and a judicial temperament…that is calm and in control.”

Jackson’s nomination comes at a difficult time for the Biden administration, which is dealing with public discontent over rising prices and other issues ahead of the midterm elections in November, Kimberly Halkett reported. Al Jazeera from Washington.

“Not only is there a bad mood among the American public as they continue to emerge from COVID-19, but there is frustration with the ongoing price spikes that have occurred, the 40 high years when it comes to inflation…a sluggish economy, and war in Ukraine,” Halkett said, explaining that this has translated into lower approval ratings for Biden.

“He really needs a win, and he sees this as a win – and that’s why there’s also a bit of politics involved here. Of course, it’s a historic occasion, but the president [is] also hoping to capture some political momentum on this.

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Rise in investment in financing direct lithium mining • The Register

New lithium production techniques could play a vital role in making batteries for applications ranging from smartphones to electric vehicles that are more environmentally friendly than current extraction methods.

Automakers, mining companies and investors including the US Department of Energy are pumping money into direct lithium mining (DLE) technologies that promise to boost global production, according to a Reuters report. of lithium, which comes mainly from a handful of countries. today.

There are a number of DLE technologies that all revolve around extracting metal from brine in different ways, such as using filters, membranes or ceramic beads. These are touted as more sustainable solutions than existing means of obtaining lithium, such as pumping salt water containing lithium from underground lakes to the surface in desert areas of Chile or Argentina, and its extraction by evaporation in large basins.

However, while DLE techniques do not require the use of huge evaporation ponds, some critics have argued that they still consume large volumes of water and electricity to produce the lithium.

For example, General Motors aims to use a DLE technique to supply a considerable amount of the lithium it needs from the Salton Sea region of southern California, which would use 10 tons of water for every ton of lithium. produced.

But a company in Cornwall, UK, believes it has found a more environmentally friendly method of extracting lithium from brine. Cornish Lithium said it aimed to extract lithium from geothermal waters and power the extraction process with geothermal energy from the same source.

Cornish Lithium said it plans to extract lithium directly from fluids in a processing unit that is expected to have a footprint the size of a supermarket or medium-sized industrial unit.

The company said it had already received £9 million ($11.7 million) of a package of up to £18 million ($23.5 million) from metals-focused investment firm TechMet Limited. to develop its technology, and recently began drilling a research borehole at Twelveheads, near Redruth.

Elsewhere, an Australian company, Ekosolve Lithium Limited, announced this week that its DLE pilot plant had processed lithium brines from the Salar de Incahuasi, a salt basin in Argentina’s northwest Catamarca region, and had obtained a recovery of more than 90% of the lithium present.

He claimed that 200 liters of brine had been processed, with high quality lithium chloride produced. This can then be converted into battery-grade lithium carbonate or used as feedstock for other lithium compounds, according to the company.

In Canada, E3 Metals recently announced that it had received $1.1 million of a $1.8 million grant from research agency Alberta Innovates following the completion of its laboratory-based DLE pilot prototype that uses a proprietary ion exchange to extract lithium.

It now aims to build and operate a pilot field plant that will operate continuously in the Clearwater area to extract lithium directly from brine produced from the Leduc aquifer, to demonstrate that it can scale to at a projected commercial scale of 20,000 tons per year of lithium hydroxide monohydrate.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the US is also studying DLE methods and said they could potentially supply 10 times the current US demand for lithium from the Salton Sea.

“Lithium-rich geothermal brines represent a vast untapped resource that can potentially be developed into a robust domestic supply while adding to a well-paid workforce,” NREL Senior Geoscientist Ian Warren said in an announcement. last year regarding his research on DLE.

“Growing global demand and the need for a secure supply of lithium has created deep interest – and urgency – in the full development of a DLE that is considered environmentally safe,” he added. ®

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New Report Shows LDS Church in 2020 Owned Over 12,000 Acres in Wasatch, Summit Counties

The organization that started out as MormonLeaks and revealed that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has tens of billions of dollars in stock-related assets released a new report on Tuesday detailing the properties land of the Church.

The data is a July 2020 snapshot of holdings. It shows church-related entities at the time owned more than 12,000 acres in Summit and Wasatch counties, and more than 1.7 million acres in all the countries.

The organization, now known as Truth and Transparency, said the publication was the result of a two-year investigation. The Salt Lake Tribune also published a report based on the data on Tuesday.

Ethan Gregory Dodge, co-founder of Truth and Transparency, said the survey showed many church funds shared a data point.

“We were able to find these nearly 16,000 (plots) across the United States because they were all linked to a mailing address that the church uses,” he said.

This address was found to be linked to 15,963 parcels of land, including more than 120 in Wasatch and Summit counties.

The largest cluster appears to be east of Heber near the gated community of Timber Lakes. This is where the largest single patch in either county is located, comprising 640 acres.

Truth and Transparency does not claim that the list is exhaustive or that it represents the current assets of the church. For example, the data indicates that 531 Main St., Park City, is a church worth an estimated $2.6 million. Summit County records show the church sold this land, the former home of the Park City Family Tree Center, in late 2021.

There are also apparent discrepancies in the data, including a parcel in Wasatch County listed with a market value of $6.5 million. County documents show he has a market value of $2.5 million.

Dodge said it was the only package he had heard of that had a lower value than what was posted. He said Truth and Transparency audited its findings manually, checking every ad with a market value of at least $20 million and checking another 1,000 random ads.

He and the Tribune also said that the census of land holdings almost certainly underestimated the true holdings of the church.

“Any properties that we know they own, eg chapels and temples that didn’t show up there, apparently don’t use the same mailing address or something, we don’t really know” , Dodge said. “But I absolutely agree with the Tribune that he is absolutely underrated. I don’t know how much bigger it is, but there is more.

A representative for Property Reserve, Inc., one of the church’s real estate arms, did not immediately return a request for comment.

According to the data, many packages, but not all, are tax exempt or taxed at low rates.

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The healthiest and least healthy cities in America in 2022

Where you live in the United States can affect your health. More cities in the United States have healthier habits than others, while other cities have better access to health care.

The 180 most populous cities in the United States were evaluated through 43 key indicators of good health by the personal finance site WalletHub. These measures have been divided into four categories: health care, food, fitness and green spaces. Each metric was scored by WalletHub analysts on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for a healthy lifestyle.

The data collected includes the cost of a medical visit, consumption of fruits and vegetables and the number of cases of COVID-19. Data was collected over the course of a month.

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“The data comes from trusted, primarily government sources, such as the Census Bureau, Council for Community and Economic Research, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CDC,” WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez said in a statement to USA TODAY. .

San Francisco, Calif., ranked No. 1 because of the mental and physical health of its residents, health insurance coverage and because 83% of its population is vaccinated, according to Gonzalez.

Conversely, Brownsville, Texas ranked last due to a lack of health care providers and healthy food restaurants. Brownsville also has the highest share of obese residents, according to Gonzalez.

“Brownsville ranks dead last due to the low proportion of adults who engage in physical activity, about 61%, and the low Physical Wellness Score,” Gonzalez said.

Fermont, California has the lowest share of physically unhealthy adults at 8%, 2.5 times less than Huntington, West Virginia, the city with the highest at 19.60%.

Laredo, Texas has the lowest cost per doctor visit, $56, which is 3.9 times cheaper than Juneau, Alaska, the city with the highest price at $219.

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Two cities in Vermont, Burlington and South Burlington, have the lowest proportion of adults eating fruit less than once a day at 30.40%, 1.7 times lower than Gulfport, Mississippi, the highest city at 51.80%.

Glendale, Arizona and Lewiston, Maine have the lowest average monthly cost for a fitness club membership, $15.00, which is 7.2 times cheaper than New York, the city with the highest price at $108.26.

Healthiest Cities

1. San Francisco, California

2.Seattle, Washington

3. San Diego, California

4. Portland, Oregon

5. Salt Lake City, Utah

6. Honolulu, Hawaii

7.Austin, Texas

8.Denver, Colorado

9. South Burlington, Vermont

10.Washington, D.C.

The least healthy cities

173. Montgomery, Alabama

174. Columbus, Georgia

175. Augusta, Georgia

176. Shreveport, Louisiana

177. Charleston, West Virginia

178. Jackson, Mississippi

179. Memphis, TN

180. Laredo, TX

181. Gulfport, Mississippi

182. Brownville, TX

“People should consider the healthiest places to live because living in a city that promotes well-being and provides access to healthy food and recreational facilities can significantly improve their quality of life,” said Gonzalez in a statement.

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The Utah State Fairpark International Market will launch in May, an effort to alleviate the West Side’s ‘food desert’

The town plan is a monthly event for food, crafts and entertainment, with a goal of a permanent market in 2023.

(Stefene Russell | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nicki Claeys, Director of Programs at Utah State Fairpark, shows attendees on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, during a press conference announcing the May 28 launch of the Fairpark International Marketplace.

After three years of feasibility studies and plans to set up a permanent, year-round market at Utah State Fairpark, the idea finally has an opening date.

The international market, designed to help bring unique foods and culture to the western part of Salt Lake City, will open May 28, officials said.

“We’re trying to create something special and unique in Salt Lake City, and also on the West Side,” Larry Mullenax, executive director of the fairgrounds, said Wednesday at a press conference. “We want to create a place where business owners can sell their products. It will be a collaboration to help young entrepreneurs. It will also be a place where you can find goods from all over the world and learn about other cultures and customs.

Mullenax stressed that the International Market is not a farmers’ market or a craft fair. Its goal, he said, is to address food insecurity on the West Side, provide culturally significant foods for surrounding neighborhoods, create a destination for Utahns to experience other cultures through food , crafts and arts, and to give immigrants and refugees the opportunity to start businesses.

The neighborhoods around Utah State Fairpark at 155 N. 1000 West – including Fairpark and Westpointe – are among the most culturally and ethnically diverse areas in the state. Many people in these neighborhoods also live in a “food desert,” Mullenax said, meaning they live at least half a mile from a grocery store and don’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

It’s one of the reasons, Mullenax said, that the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency decided the Fairpark would be an ideal location for a permanent market. The Fairpark is also near a TRAX station and has infrastructure – including toilets, kitchens and permanent buildings – that were ready to be adapted to the needs of a market.

The city had planned to open a market in May 2021, but the COVID-19 pandemic put those plans on hold. The market will open in two phases, starting with monthly events throughout this year – with dates set for May 28, June 19, July 18, August 21 and October 29. Doors would open at 2 p.m.; vendors are expected to be seated until 8 p.m., while music and entertainment will run until 10 p.m.

Larry Mullenax, Executive Director of Utah State Fairpark, speaks during a press conference April 6, 2022, announcing the May 28 launch of the Fairpark International Marketplace.

Food will be the main focus of vendors, Mullenax said, with food stalls, food trucks and niche products such as herbs, spices, cookies, candies and produce. A beer and beverage garden will sell beers and other beverages from around the world.

The goal is for 75% of products to be authentic and handcrafted, with as few mass-produced imports as possible, Mullenax said.

In phase two of the plan, the Fairpark will build barns 8, 9 and 10, to provide permanent spaces for vendors and to expand outdoor spaces. The indoor market would be open four days a week, year-round, and the outdoor market would be open once a week, weather permitting.

Entertainment will take place indoors and outdoors and will include live music, dancing, poetry and storytelling. Other offerings would include interactive activities for children, cooking demonstrations, workshops and dance lessons. The land will also be made available to surrounding communities for cultural festivals.

Mullenax said the Fairpark is always looking for vendors, interpreters and language interpreters, as well as people who can help with cultural sensitivity, idea sharing, planning and promotion. Those wishing to participate should visit the Fairpark website for information on upcoming public meetings, or contact the Fairpark at 801-538-8400 or [email protected]

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FreightWaves Classics/Fallen Flags: Varney Air Lines delivers the mail

On this date in 1926, Varney Air Lines officially began service as an airmail carrier. The company made history with a US mail flight that began in Pasco, Washington. The April 6, 1926 edition of the Salt Lake Grandstand reported “America’s Most Modern and Fastest Mail Carrier Brought to the Northwest Today.”

The backstory

Congress passed HR 7064 (“An Act to Encourage Commercial Aviation and to Authorize the Postmaster General to Make Contracts for Air Mail Service”). Also known as the “Kelly Act” for its main sponsor, it ordered the US Post Office Department (USPO) to contract with private airlines to carry mail on designated routes, many of which were to connect to the government-operated Transcontinental Air Mail route. between New York and San Francisco.

Walter T. Varney.  (Photo: nvahof.org)
Walter T. Varney. (Photo: nvahof.org)

During World War I, Walter T. Varney had been a pilot in the aviation section of the US Signal Corps. After the war, he founded Varney Air Lines in Boise, Idaho. After the Kelly Act was passed, Varney won the contract to carry mail for the USPO from Pasco to Elko, Nevada with an intermediate stop in Boise. This contract was one of the first “to be awarded to a private airline by the U.S. Post Office Department for designated mail delivery routes.” By the way, Varney was the only bidder.

Boise Postmaster LW Thrailkill ushered the city into the air age. He heard of the proposed northwest air route and quickly wrote a petition and obtained the signatures of three dozen postmasters from towns surrounding Boise.

At that time, Pasco was a railroad center, more or less halfway between Portland, Seattle, and Spokane. Mail trains that left these towns in the evening arrived in Pasco early the next morning. Mail could then be transferred to and from planes, cutting coast-to-coast delivery by a few days. That was the logic for founding the service in Pasco.

First day – Cudeback

Chief Pilot Leon Dewey “Lee” Cuddeback took off at 6:20 a.m. PT on April 6 in a Laird Swallow biplane with a top speed of about 90 miles per hour. The 207 pounds of mail it was carrying had been delivered to the airport less than an hour earlier by a six-horse stagecoach!

The first shipment of airmail is delivered to Varney Air Lines by stagecoach!  (Photo: United Airlines Historical Foundation)
The first shipment of airmail is delivered to Varney Air Lines by stagecoach! (Photo: United Airlines Historical Foundation)

Nearly 2,500 people were at the Pasco airport that morning cheering Cuddeback on as he took off on the first leg of his southbound journey to Boise, Idaho.

Cuddeback reached Boise at 10:10 a.m. MT without incident and was greeted by an equally large and enthusiastic crowd. He was given two more bags of mail to carry and left Boise at 10:58 a.m. en route to Elko, Nevada.

He reached Elko at 12:38 p.m. PT and was again greeted with fanfare. Cuddeback’s flight time of four hours and 28 minutes was a significant improvement over the 49 hours it would have taken a train to deliver mail from Pasco to Elko. More importantly, his flight marked the first scheduled airmail delivery by a civilian in the United States.

First day – Pink

Another of the Varney Air Lines pilots, Franklin Rose, took control of the Laird Swallow, piloting the refueled biplane and a fresh load of mail on its journey from Elko to Pasco via Boise. However, Rose’s return flight that afternoon was much less successful and much more dramatic. He did not arrive in Boise by 6:00 p.m., so Varney Air Lines personnel began frantically trying to locate the missing pilot and plane.

Rose and her Laird Swallow had been pushed 75 miles by a storm before he made a crash landing in a field near Jordan Valley, Oregon. The Laird was in good condition, but was stuck in the deep mud of the field and Rose couldn’t move it.

Rose and the mail plane went missing for two days until he managed to reach a telephone on April 8. He had transported the 98 pounds of mail for miles on foot and later on a horse borrowed from a farmer. The mail arrived at the Pasco post office in the late morning of April 9, three days after leaving Elko.

A Varney Air Lines label.  (Image: National Air and Space Museum/Smithsonian Institution)
A Varney Air Lines label.
(Image: National Air and Space Museum/Smithsonian Institution)

United Airlines

Over the next few years Varney upgraded his fleet, adding a Breese-Wilde Model 5 and replacing his original Swallows with the C-3, built by Stearman. Subsequently, it improved as new equipment came onto the market, including the larger M-2 “Bull” Stearman and dedicated Boeing 40 mail plane.

Varney Air Lines has added Salt Lake City, Portland and Seattle to its routes. The airline has also started carrying passengers. In 1930, Varney Air Lines was acquired by United Aircraft and Transport Corporation, which had been formed by the earlier merger of Boeing and Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. Varney Air Lines became part of the United Aircraft and Transport group of airlines along with Pacific Air Transport, Boeing Air Transport and National Air Transport, which were also acquired.

In 1934, a scandal involving airmail contracts resulted in the passage of the Airmail Act, which prohibited aircraft manufacturers from operating airlines. This resulted in the dissolution of United Aircraft and Transport Corporation. The company’s airline group became United Airlines. Because Varney Air Lines was part of United, the airline uses Varney’s founding year, 1926, as its founding year. This makes United Airlines the oldest commercial airline in the United States.

One of the first advertising posters for United Air Lines.  (Photo: FSO Museum)
One of the first advertising posters for United Air Lines. (Photo: FSO Museum)

Continental Airlines

Walter Varney and Louis Mueller founded Varney Speed ​​Lines in 1934. Robert F. Six learned of an opportunity to purchase the Southwest Division of Varney Speed ​​Lines, which needed funds for its new route between Pueblo and El Paso. Six was introduced to Mueller and bought into the airline with $90,000, becoming the airline’s general manager on July 5, 1936. Six was instrumental in renaming the carrier Continental Air Lines (later changed to “Airlines”) on July 8, 1937. Six requested the change to “Continental” because that name reflected his goal of flying the airline in all directions across the United States.

A Continental Airlines Corvair 240.  (Photo: hiersairlines.com)
A Continental Airlines Convair 240. (Photo: hiersairlines.com)

Heritage

UAL Corporation, the parent company of United Airlines (the direct successor to Varney Air Lines), acquired Continental Airlines in an all-stock transaction on October 1, 2010.

Walter T. Varney’s air cargo contract in 1926 became one of the largest airlines in the world.

A United Airlines 747 before retirement.  (Photo: United Airlines)
A United Airlines 747 before retirement. (Photo: United Airlines)

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34-year-old woman in Salt Lake City dies in fall at Grand Canyon

Margaret Osswald apparently fell near a campsite during a multi-day boat trip, officials said.

(Julie Jacobson | AP) Grand Canyon National Park is covered in the morning sun as seen from a helicopter near Tusayan, Arizona, October 5, 2013.

A Salt Lake City woman who was deputy director of Utah’s Division of Water Quality died Monday at the Grand Canyon after falling near a campsite along the Colorado River.

The National Park Service identified her on Tuesday as 34-year-old Margaret Osswald. The water quality division confirmed that Osswald, who went by the name Meg, had recently been named assistant manager.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss, and our thoughts and support are with his loved ones during this difficult time,” the division said in a statement.

Osswald fell about 20 feet, according to the park service. Someone called park officials around 6:30 p.m. Monday to report that Osswald was unresponsive near Camp Ledges, a site of stepped reddish rock slabs at mile 152 up the river.

It was dark at the time, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety deployed a helicopter to the site, where a response team declared Osswald dead around 8:30 p.m. Campers tried CPR before crew members arrived, according to a news release.

Osswald had hiked through the canyon for a river trip to ghost ranch, a popular lodge at the bottom of the canyon. She died on the sixth day of a “multi-day” boat trip, officials said.

According to the Utah State Bar, Osswald had a law degree from the University of Utah. She was admitted to the bar in 2016.

The Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner continue to investigate Osswald’s death. They declined to divulge any additional information.

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