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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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Salt lakes real estate

Legal of September 21, 2022

CITATION FOR RELEASE Case No. CV09-22-1198 IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE PREMIER JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF IDAHO, IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF BONNER M & L LLC, an Idaho Limited Liability Company, Applicant, c. WARREN G CLARK, JR. and KIMBERLEE J. CLARK, husband and wife, defendants. QUOTE TO: WARREN G. CLARK, JR. and KIMBERLEE J. CLARK, husband and wife: You were sued by M & L LLC, plaintiff, in the District Court of and for Bonner County, Idaho, Case No. CV09-22-1198. The nature of the claim against you relates to peaceful title to the property described as follows: Lot 8 of DOUBLE “D” LAKEVIEW TRACTS, SECOND ADDITION, according to the plate thereof, recorded in Book 3 of the Plates, page 37 , Bonner County, Idaho records. Lot 9 of DOUBLE “D” LAKEVIEW TRACTS, SECOND ADDITION, according to plan thereof, recorded in Book 3 of Plats, page 37, Bonner County Archives, Idaho. At any time after twenty-one (21) days after the last publication of this subpoena, the court may enter judgment against you without further notice, unless you have previously filed a proper written response, including case number and paid required filing fee to the Clerk of Court at the Bonner County Courthouse, physical and mailing address at 215 S. First Ave, Sandpoint Idaho 83864, and Clerk’s phone number at 208-265 -1432, and served a copy of your response on plaintiff’s attorney, John A. Finney, of Finney Finney & Finney, PA, Old Power House Building, 120 East Lake Street, Suite 317, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864, no. phone 208-263-7712. A copy of the subpoena and complaint can be obtained by contacting either the court clerk or the plaintiff’s attorney. If you wish to benefit from legal assistance, you must immediately retain the services of a lawyer to advise you on this matter. DATED 09/09/2022 15:44:49. BONNER COUNTY DISTRICT COURT By: /s/ Charity L. Hadley Deputy Clerk JOHN A. FINNEY FINNEY & FINNEY, PA Attorneys Old Power House Building 120 East Lake Street, Suite 317 Sandpoint, Idaho 83864-1366 Telephone: 208 263-7712 Fax : 208 263-8211 iCourt : [email protected] ISB n° 5413 Plaintiff’s attorney Legal#4552 AD#560808 September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 2022

Legal Notice The following application(s) have been filed to appropriate public waters of the State of Idaho: 96-12616 MARK CORNETT APRIL LINSCOTT 93 W DEER MEADOW LN BLANCHARD, ID 83804-0017 Point of Diversion SWSE S19 T54N R04W BONNER County Source GROUNDWATER Use: DOMESTIC 01/01 to 31/12 Total Diversion: 0.04 CFS Date Filed: 09-07-2022 Location of Use: DOMESTIC T54N R04W S19 NWSE,SWSE 97-8702 FRANK HUNGATE 7763 SEWARD PARK AVE S SEATTLE, WA 98118 -4248 Diversion Point L2(NWNE) S10 T62N R04W BONNER County Source PRIEST LAKE Tributary PRIEST RIVER Use: IRRIGATION 04/01 to 10/31 Total Deviation: 0.03 CFS Filing Date: 09 -07-2022 Location of Use: IRRIGATION T62N R04W S10 L3(NENW),L2(NWNE) Total Acres: 0.2 97-8732 JACLYN KAE REID 5110 PLEASANT GLADE RD ​​NE OLYMPIA, WA 98516-3041 Diversion Point L2(NWNW) S16 T61N R04W BONNER County Source GROUNDWATER Use: DOMESTIC 1 /1 to 12/31 Total Diversion: 0.0 4 CFS Date of Filing: 2022-01-06 Place of Use: DOMESTIC T61N R04W S16 L2(NWNW) 97-8931 BENJAMI N SEIBERT 2467 CAVANAUGH BAY RD COOLIN, ID 83821-9719 Detour Point SWSW S35 T60N R04W BONNER County Source SOLDIER CREEK Tributary PRIEST LAKE Use: DOMESTIC 1/1 to 12/31 Total Deviation: 0.08 CFS Location of Use: DOMESTIC T60N R04W S35 SWSW,SESW 97-9058 BOND FAMILY TRUST C/O ROBERT & GEORGENE BOND 2441 EVENING STAR DR SALT LAKE CTY, UT 84124-1818 Point of Diversion L4(NWSW) S9 T59N R04W BONNER County Source PRIEST LAC Tributary PRIEST RIVER Use: IRRIGATION 04/01 to 10/31 Total Diversion: 0.03 CFS Filing Date: 29- 07-2022 Place of Use: IRRIGATION T59N R04W S9 L4(SWSW) Total Acres: 0.5 97-9325 JACLYN KAE REID 5110 PLEASANT GLADE RD ​​NE OLYMPIA, WA 98516-3041 Point of deviation L2(NWNW) S16 T61N R04W BONNER County GROUNDWATER Source Usage: DOMESTIC 1/1 to 12/31 Total Deviation: 0.04 CFS Filing Date: 08-08-2022 Location of U Use: DOMESTIC T61N R04W S16 L2(NWNW) 97-9327 JACLYN KAE REID 5110 PLEASANT GLADE RD ​​NE OLYMPIA, WA 98516-3041 Point of Diversion L2(NWNW) S16 T61N R 04W BONNER County Source GROUNDWATER Use: DOMESTIC 1/ 1 to 12/31 Full diversion: 0.04 CFS Filing date: 08-08-2022 Place of use: DOMESTIC T61N R04W S16 L2(NWNW) 97-9328 JACLYN KAE REID 5110 PLEASANT GLADE RD ​​NE OLYMPIA, WA 98516- 3041 Diversion Point L2(NWNW) S16 T61N R04W BONNER County Source GROUNDWATER Usage: DOMESTIC 1/1 to 12/31 Total Deviation: 0.04 CFS Filing Date: 08-08-2022 Place of Use: DOMESTIC T61N R04W S16 L2(NWNW) 97-9504 YAMASHIRO INVESTMENT LC 3347 E LA VIE LN COTTONWD HTS, UT 84093-1209 Diversion Point SENW S10 T62N R04W BONNER County Source PRIEST RIVER Tributary PRIEST LAKE Use: IRRIGATION 04/01 to 10/31 Total Diversion : 0.03 CFS Filing Date: 2022-06-09 Place of Use: IRRIGATION T62N R04W S10 SENW Total Acres: 0.4 97- 9507 LLOYD A HERMAN 24603 E TUM TUM DR LIBERTY LAKE, WA 99019-9780 Diversion Point SESW S6 T60N R04W BONNER County Source PRIEST LAKE Tributary PRIEST RIVER Use: DOMESTIC 01/01 to 12/31 Total Diversion: 0.04 CFS Date of Filing: 09-07-2022 Place of Use: DOMESTIC T60N R04W S6 SESW,L11(SESW) 97-9518 STARBIRD FAMILY TRUST C/O JOHN STARBIRD 3060 EASTSIDE RD ​​PRIEST RIVER, ID 83856-9502 Breakout Point SWNW S8 T56N R04W BONNER County Source GROUNDWATER Use: IRRIGATION 04/01 to 10/31 Total Diversion: 0.2 CFS Date Filed: 09-07-2022 Location of Use: IRRIGATION T56N R04W S8 SWNW, NWSW Total Acres : 18 97-9519 KEVIN WOOD 3328 W ALICE AVE SPOKANE, WA 99205-2101 Diversion Point L7 (SWNE) S32 T56N R04W BONNER County Source RIVER EARDROP Tributary COLUMBIA RIVER Use: IRRIGATION 04/1 to 10/31 Total Diversion: 0.03 CFS Filing Date: 2022-09-09 Place of Use: IRRIGATION T56N R04W S32 L7(SWNE) Total Acres: 0.4 97-95 25 BARTOO SOUTH LLC 1203 S CEDAR ST SPOKANE, WA 99204-4029 Diversion Point SESE S17 T60N R04W BONNER County Source PRIEST LAKE Tributary PRIEST RIVER PROTECTION 01/01 to 31/12 0.2 CFS Total diversion: 0.2 CFS Date of filing: 12/09/2022 Place of use: DOMESTIC, FIRE PROTECTION T60N R04W S17 L3(NE SE),L4(SESE) Permits will be subject to all prior water rights. For more information regarding the location of the property, contact the North office at (208) 762-2800; or for a complete description of the right(s), please see https://idwr.idaho.gov/apps/ExtSearch/WRApplicationResults/. Protests may be submitted based on the criteria of Idaho Code § 42-203A. Any protest against the approval of this application should be filed with the Director, Dept. of Water Resources, Northern Region, 7600 N MINERAL DR STE 100, COEUR D ALENE ID 83815-7763 with a $25.00 protest fee for each claim on or before 10/11/2022. The claimant must also send a copy of the protest to the claimant. GARY SPACKMAN, Legal Director#4557 AD#561086 September 21 and 28, 2022

NOTICE OF APPLICATION Pursuant to Sections 58-104(9) and 58-1301, et seq., of the Idaho Code (The Lake Protection Act) and rules of the State Board of Land Commissioners, notice is hereby given that Brian and Tamra Daley applied for 240 linear feet of the Priest River and installation of utility lines, existing riprap permits and a bridge across the swamp. Location: 146 Rivers End Drive, Priest River, Priest River, Idaho, in Section 24, Township 56 North, Range 5 West; BM, in Bonner County. Written objections or requests for a hearing in this matter should be filed with the Idaho Department of Lands, 2550 Highway 2 West, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864 within thirty (30) days of the first appearance of this notice. Specific information regarding this application may be obtained from Justin Eshelman, Resource Specialist, Sr. on behalf of the Navigable Waters Program – at the address above or by calling (208) 263-5104. /S/ JUSTIN ESHELMAN/Resource Specialist Idaho Department of Lands Legal#4567 AD#561936 September 21-28, 2022

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Salt lake city

Salt Lake City hits water conservation goal, saving 2.9 billion gallons of water

Sprinklers water a lawn in Salt Lake City on May 7, 2021. The executive director of Salt Lake City Utilities says the department has reduced its water usage by about 15% this year. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — One of Utah’s largest water providers said it met water conservation goals set earlier this year by saving nearly 3 billion gallons of water by the end of the irrigation season.

Salt Lake City Public Utilities, which supplies water to Utah’s capital, Millcreek, Cottonwood Heights, parts of Holladay, Murray, Midvale and unincorporated territory in Salt Lake County, reduced d about 15% its water consumption since April 1 compared to its three-year average, according to Laura Briefer, director of the department. That’s a reduction of 2.9 billion gallons of water.

The city’s conservation goal is a 5% reduction in water consumption compared to the three-year average, as part of Stage 2 of the Salt Lake City Water Shortage Contingency Plan, which is the stadium City have remained in since reaching it last year for the first time in 17 years. Salt Lake City‘s plan reaches Stage 2 when it drops to 80% of its average annual water supply.

“We have therefore exceeded our targets set in stage 2 of the emergency plan for water shortages this year,” she said, as she presented the figures to members of the Salt City Council. Lake on Tuesday, noting that these decreases in water use have occurred. while the region it serves continues to grow in population.

Briefer presented the numbers to City Council as the city’s 2022 Water Year wraps up in late September.

In addition to the reduction over the past three years, a graph presented to the council showed that daily water consumption peaked at 140 million gallons of water in July this summer. But that’s a long way from when Salt Lake City peaked at levels exceeding 210 million gallons of water per day in 2000, which is considered the start of the West’s long-term mega-drought. Salt Lake’s water usage tends to be much higher in the summer due to outdoor watering.

Most of the daily figures this year fell below the combined average of 2019, 2020 and 2021; however, there was a small spike in early September that exceeded the three-year average. Daily water use briefly returned to around 130 million gallons of water per day as July temperatures shattered all sorts of temperature records in Salt Lake City earlier in the month.

This graph, presented by Salt Lake City Public Utilities, shows daily water use in 2022 compared to the three-year average and consumption in 2000. This year is currently 15% below the three-year average , depending on the city.
This graph, presented by Salt Lake City Public Utilities, shows daily water use in 2022 compared to the three-year average and consumption in 2000. This year is currently 15% below the three-year average , depending on the city. (Photo: Salt Lake City Utilities)

Regarding the city’s water resources, Briefer said the waterways the city has the right to continue to produce lower than normal water flows. She adds that Utah Lake levels are also “pretty low” and will begin to impact its water users this week. It’s another source of water used for the southern end of the Salt Lake Valley to Liberty Park to meet irrigation exchange agreements, though she doesn’t think the low levels will have a impact on Salt Lake supply.

Deer Creek Reservoir, another source to which the city has water rights, is currently listed as being at 45% capacity, despite producing 90% of its regular allocation. As the typical irrigation season draws to a close, she said she thinks Salt Lake City’s water supply is relatively stable, all things considered.

“Our water resources look good to meet demand this year and we expect demand to decline fairly quickly as we enter the start of October,” Briefer said.

Why Stage 2 Probably Won’t Go Away Soon

According to US Drought Watch. The Utah Water Resources Division currently lists the entire Utah reservoir system at 43% capacity.

What comes next is the waiting game as winter approaches. About 95% of Utah’s water supply comes from snowpack and the resulting spring runoff. A productive fall, winter and spring can contribute greatly to the water supply of the city and the state.

But we still don’t know what kind of winter awaits Utah. The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center last week released a new three-month outlook for the last three months of 2022, which are also the first three months of Utah’s 2023 hydrological year. The outlook indicates that the Salt Lake City region has an “equal chance” of a wetter than normal, near normal, or below normal hydrological start to the year.

In fact, it lists all three of these options as having about a one-third chance of occurring, so it’s about as even as it gets. Salt Lake City’s combined normal for the months of October, November and December is 3.98 inches of precipitation, according to Weather Services data.

Briefer points out that this year’s mixed outlook is still “better news” than the three-month outlook released this time last year, which favored a higher likelihood of below-normal rainfall.

Despite this better outlook, time will only tell if Salt Lake City — or Utah as a whole — gets the winter it needs to begin overcoming some of its large rainfall deficits in recent years. That’s why she said the ministry expects it to remain in Stage 2 of the city’s water shortage contingency plan for the foreseeable future. The ministry will monitor this winter’s snowpack and spring runoff before making any changes.

Salt Lake City Council members seemed generally optimistic about water conservation efforts this summer, though some members asked about next steps to reduce water. For example, Salt Lake City Councilman Alejandro Puy asked if there were ways to improve systems so city parks and properties don’t water on rainy days, which officials of the city could consider in the future.

That said, he was happy with how much water users in Salt Lake City were able to save this summer.

“It’s encouraging,” he said. “We are going in the right direction.”

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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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Utah economy

Will voters turn blue or red? Economics may hold the key

A series of bad economic news could reverse trends that seemed to point voters toward Democrats in their quest to hold on to power in the House and Senate this fall. But it remains to be seen whether Republicans can capitalize on voter dissatisfaction with the economy, given their own lack of a unified message.

Democrats were gaining confidence in their chances of securing an unlikely victory in November following the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, which invigorated Democratic activists and appeared to lift Democratic candidates in the polls. But the steady pace of bad economic news has picked up in recent weeks, and polls show Republicans have a clear advantage over Democrats when it comes to voter confidence in the economy.

Last week, voters were inundated with bad economic news. Food prices rise as inflation problems continue, house prices fall and the stock market has just had one of its worst weeks in an already bad year, contributing to a record drop in wealth American households.

In an interview with “60 Minutes” that aired over the weekend, President Joe Biden showed how difficult it is for Democrats to respond to criticism on economic issues. Asked about high inflation and grocery bills, Biden responded by downplaying the issue.

“Well, first of all, let’s put that into perspective,” he said. “(The) rate of inflation, month-over-month, has only increased an inch. Barely at all. To which, correspondent Scott Pelley replied: ‘That’s the rate highest inflation, Mr President, in 40 years.

On the possibility of a recession, Biden said he would avoid it by “growing the economy.”

But economist Brian Riedl, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, said a recession is still a “very real” possibility in the coming months, in part because of Democratic policies. Even as it became clear that inflation was a growing problem, he said, Democrats continued to pump money into the economy, both through their legislative agenda and through Biden’s executive actions, including his recent decision to forgive billions of dollars in student loans.

“The more the president and Congress adopt policies that will make inflation worse, the more we will need the Federal Reserve to rein in inflation,” Riedl said.

As the Fed continues to raise interest rates in an attempt to calm inflation, the more likely it is that the economy will slide into recession, which could put Democrats at a disadvantage not just halfway through this year, but also in the 2024 presidential election, Riedl continued.

But for Republicans to take full advantage of runaway inflation, they would have to have their own economic agenda to follow, and so far their strategy seems to be to rely on the bad economy that is sinking Democrats rather than come up with their own solutions, he said.

Part of the problem is that the party base has shifted in recent years on economic issues, muddying the waters not just for voters but elected officials as well. Riedl worked on a deficit reduction plan for Utah Sen. Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, but the days of Republicans worrying about the deficit seem long gone, he said. Policies that can help fight inflation — like lowering tariffs and reducing regulations — no longer appear to have popular support among Republican or grassroots lawmakers.

Despite their lack of consensus on economic issues, keeping the economy at the forefront of voters’ minds would always seem to help Republicans. But the biggest issue holding Republicans back from focusing on the economy is abortion — and they have their own party members to thank for keeping the issue front and center.

Many Republicans recently expressed frustration with Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., after he released a bill banning most abortions in the United States after 15 weeks. Democrats immediately seized on the bill, calling it a “national abortion ban.”

Graham’s bill is in line with international abortion laws, and more in line with what many American voters say is on the issue, but many in the party see the issue as a loser for them and want to keep the issue. completely out of the news. .

Some Republican candidates, like Senate candidate Blake Masters in Arizona, have attempted to pivot on the abortion issue by portraying their Democratic opponents as extreme on the issue. Other Republicans just want the problem gone. Other concerns weigh on voters’ minds this year — such as high crime and former President Donald Trump’s continued presence in the news — but inflation and the economy consistently rank among the top concerns of voters. voters in the polls.

With early voting weeks to go, it remains to be seen whether Republicans can keep voters focused on the economy as they head to the polls, or whether their lack of a unified message will keep them from winning in November. .

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Salt lake city government

Lee is Utah’s only GOP candidate with less than 50% of the vote

SALT LAKE CITY – A recent poll for the Utah congressional elections hints at another GOP landslide — except for a race.

According to the Utah Debate Commission, a survey by Lighthouse Research & Development, Inc. asked about 500 voters in each congressional district who they would vote for if the races started Sept. 16.

In CD-1, Rep. Blake Moore (R) is about 29% ahead of challenger Rick Jones (D), with 312 pollsters saying they would vote for Moore. About 6% say they are undecided or otherwise.

In CD-4, Burgess Owens (R) also has a significant lead over challenger Darlene McDonald (D), with Owens polling at 57.14% and Jones at 30.36%. The United Utah party’s third-party candidate January Walker got 6.15% and 6.35% were undecided.

Meanwhile, other districts are seeing GOP candidates edge closer to the 50% mark, according to the Utah Debate Commission survey.

CD-3 Rep. John Curtis (R) polled 51.39% of pollsters, with the rest of the challengers splitting the votes. Glenn Wright (D) is second with 26.79%, with third-party candidates like Aaron Heineman for the American Independent Party and Michael Stoddard for the Libertarian Party getting around 5% of pollster votes.

CD-2 is another race with two third-party candidates getting 4-5% of pollster votes. Representative Chris Stewart (R) got 50.20%, while Nick Mitchell (D) got 30.91%. About 8.27% of pollsters were undecided.

Sen. Mike Lee fends off 2 opponents to win Utah GOP primary

But the race catching Utah’s attention is the seat of Sen. Mike Lee.

According to the survey, Lee is only at 48.13%, with 245 pollsters saying they would vote for him. Although there was no Democratic challenger for the seat, third-party Evan McMullin voted 37.33% with 190 pollsters. Other third-party candidates polled about 4%, with 5% of pollsters undecided.

The Utah Debate Commission said the survey had a margin of error of about 4.35% for each race.

Senator Mitt Romney’s seat will be elected in 2024. Romney is the only US senator who did not back Lee for re-election.

The Utah Debate Commission will host debates for all races in October at various universities across the state;

  • CD-1 on October 10 at 6 p.m. at Weber State University:
    • Blake Moore (Republican)
    • Rick Jones (Democrat)
  • CD-2 on October 14 at 6 p.m. at Southern Utah University:
    • Cassie Easley (Constitution)
    • Nick Mitchell (Democrat)
    • Chris Stewart (Republican)
  • CD-3 on October 6 at 6 p.m. at Brigham Young University:
    • John Curtis (Republican)
    • Glenn Wright (Democrat)
  • CD-4 on October 12 at 6 p.m. at the University of Utah:
    • Darlene McDonald (Democrat)
    • Burgess Owens (Republican)
    • January Walker (Utah United)
  • US Senate on October 17 at 6 p.m. at Utah Valley University:
    • Mike Lee (Republican)
    • Evan McMullin (unaffiliated)
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Salt lakes real estate

Fieldstone Homes Launches New Townhouse Community in Park City, Utah

Park City—Fieldstone Homes, a nationally recognized homebuilder based in Salt Lake City and joint venture partner IHP Capital Partners, one of the nation’s leading real estate investment firms, announce the grand opening of Silver Creek Utah, a new community of 40 two-story townhouses spread over seven individual buildings in Park City, Utah. The townhouses are part of the Silver Creek Village Master Plan, providing future homeowners with access to a wealth of on-site recreational community amenities as well as the luxurious Park City lifestyle and numerous outdoor activities . Starting at $700,000, townhomes in Silver Creek Utah are available for a median listing price well below Park City, which is $1.8 million according to Realtor.com.

Prospective buyers are invited to visit and experience Silver Creek Utah first hand during a festive grand opening event on September 17. Attendees will be among the first to tour the community’s first model home and speak with Fieldstone representatives while enjoying a hosted lunch provided by local-favorite Pizza Fiore.

“Park City is known worldwide as a luxury travel destination with exceptional ski resorts and endless recreational activities in a breathtaking mountain setting in Utah. Fieldstone Homes and IHP are pleased to offer buyers an opportunity to own a beautiful, affordable new energy-efficient townhome as part of Silver Creek Village’s highly anticipated master plan,” said Jason Harris, Vice President of Acquisitions. of land at Fieldstone Homes. “Silver Creek’s prime location is ideal for out-of-state and local homebuyers relocating or buying a second home to experience the Utah high life.”

Silver Creek Utah townhouses offer three unique and well-appointed floor plans – Oakmont, Woodbury and Halstead. Oakmont’s floor plans will be 1,421 square feet and include three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Halstead floor plans will be 1,451 square feet and feature three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Woodbury’s floor plans will be the largest at 1,772 square feet with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms.

Silver Creek Utah is built to the National Green Building Standard (NGBS), ensuring optimum energy, water and resource efficiency and environmental quality inside and outside of homes made of wood. row. Special features are incorporated into townhouses to meet this certification providing increased durability and healthy living.

The townhouses will include large windows to provide abundant natural light throughout the interiors, which will feature open-concept floor plans and nine-foot ceilings on the ground floor. Granite countertops are included throughout. Owners’ suites include 79-inch chrome-framed walk-in showers. The exteriors will have a transitional design with a combination of James Hardie siding, stucco, stone and metal panels.

“The grand opening in Silver Creek Utah represents an exciting opportunity for a new segment of buyers looking to purchase a beautiful home in Park City,” said Reneé McDonnell, Managing Director of IHP Capital Partners. “As an experienced Utah-based home builder and a known leader in setting new trends in home design, Fieldstone is focused on providing high-quality homes along the Wasatch waterfront that stand out, and IHP Capital Partners are pleased to partner with their exceptional team on another new development.

Located in the Sage Meadows of the eastern basin of Snyderville, Silver Creek Village is designed to complement its surrounding scenic landscape while offering stunning views of local ski areas along the eastern slopes of the Wasatch Mountains. The master plan is located southeast of the connection to the US-40 and I-80 freeways and offers quick access to downtown Park City’s world-class shopping, entertainment and dining, as well as ski resorts The Canyons and Deer Valley. The community is also about 30 miles, or about a 40 minute drive, from downtown Salt Lake City.

Upon completion, Silver Creek Village will include a variety of unique and diverse neighborhoods centered around an inviting “Main Street” with shops, restaurants, cafes and other neighborhood amenities. Extensive parks, community trails, gardens and open spaces are strategically placed throughout the Village of Silver Creek, and future residents of Silver Creek Utah townhouses will enjoy using the many dog ​​parks, grounds and sports fields, trails walking and biking trails, playgrounds and amphitheater community, among other amenities.

No RSVP is necessary to attend the Silver Creek Utah Opening Event, which is located at 6771 Silvery Lupine Way, Park City. Doors will open for viewing of the model home at 12:00 PM MDT.

About IHP Capital Partners

Founded in 1992, IHP Capital Partners is one of the nation’s leading real estate investment firms. The company facilitates the path to success for its investors and development partners by providing equity capital for residential projects nationwide, with a focus on the western United States. A trusted tactical and fiduciary partner for nearly 30 years, IHP’s track record is built on experience, expertise and sustained long-term partnerships with well-known institutional investors and a wide range of the most notable builders and developers. Of the industry. For more information, visit IHPInc.com.

About Fieldstone Homes

Fieldstone Homes is a nationally recognized homebuilder that is listed on the prestigious Inc. 5000 list. As one of Utah’s top-rated and most trusted homebuilders for over 20 years, Fieldstone Homes takes a bold approach to building communities and homes that stand out for quality, design and value. The company is a recognized leader in setting new trends in home design, creating unique and irresistible model homes and providing an unparalleled customer experience. With nearly 6,000 homes built in Utah, Fieldstone Homes draws on its strong knowledge and understanding of the regional market to deliver top quality homes that meet the needs of today’s buyers. Thinking boldly to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind communities is what Fieldstone Homes is all about. For more information, visit FieldstoneHomes.com.

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Utah economy

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer receives Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD&CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), met with a delegation from the Unified Economic Opportunity Commission of the Utah House of Representatives, USA. He highlighted DEWA’s projects and initiatives which are guided by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

The delegation was led by Brad Wilson, chairman of the Utah House of Representatives, and included Senator Scott Sandall of the Unified Economic Opportunity Commission of the Utah House of Representatives. The visit aimed to discuss bilateral cooperation and learn more about DEWA’s ambitious initiatives and innovative development projects in the water and renewable and clean energy sectors, in line with the vision of the wise leaders. Visitors also learned about Dubai’s exemplary experience in delivering advanced and integrated electricity and water infrastructure to the highest standards of reliability, availability and efficiency to meet growing demand and keep pace with sustainable development needs.

The meeting was attended by Waleed Bin Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence; Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources, and Marwan Bin Haidar, Executive Vice President of Innovation and Future at DEWA.

Al Tayer welcomed the US delegation, explaining DEWA’s work, activities, development and continued progress in its services. He highlighted DEWA’s key projects, in particular the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the world’s largest single-site solar park using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. It will have a generating capacity of 5,000 megawatts by 2030. Al Tayer also spoke about the Hatta pumped storage hydropower plant using clean energy which is the first in the GCC region, the Green Hydrogen Project , the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa, and DEWA’s other key projects and strategic initiatives that support Dubai’s Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and Dubai’s Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050 to supply 100% of Dubai’s total electricity capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.

Al Tayer also spoke about DEWA’s new headquarters, called Al-Shera’a (veil in Arabic), which will be the tallest, largest and smartest Zero Energy government building in the world. The total energy used in the building during a year will be equal to or less than the energy produced on site during that year. DEWA’s new headquarters is designed to receive a platinum rating from LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and a gold rating from the WELL Building Standard.

Al Tayer explained that DEWA plans to invest AED40 billion in capital expenditure over five years, especially to develop renewable and clean energy projects. DEWA has a robust infrastructure capable of meeting growing demand, supporting the growth of the green economy and improving the UAE’s competitiveness in clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. DEWA has adopted the Independent Power and Water Producer (IPWP) model, contributing to a significant decrease in capital expenditure per megawatt of installed energy. DEWA has attracted investments of around AED 40 billion using this model. DEWA has also achieved numerous world records for the lowest price (levelized cost) of solar power and desalinated water, making Dubai a global benchmark for solar power and desalinated water prices. .

Al Tayer also said DEWA is committed to maintaining its global position as one of the world’s most distinguished and pioneering utilities. It is keen to enrich the customer experience through digital services that save it time and energy by using the latest disruptive technologies of the fourth industrial revolution, including artificial intelligence (AI) tools. Through Digital DEWA, ​​its digital arm, DEWA is working to redefine the concept of utility by helping to create a new digital future for Dubai and becoming the world’s first digital utility with stand-alone systems for renewable energy and storage , with the expansion of AI and digital services.

The visiting delegation said American companies were interested in participating in DEWA projects, especially those related to clean energy, as well as in exchanging experiences, information, technologies and international best practices. They stressed the importance of discussing cooperation opportunities and strengthening bilateral relations.

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Big Money Deals and Malibu Celebrities • The Malibu Times

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett demand $22 million for Malibu Colony home

As first reported by The Real Deal, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have put their Malibu Colony property up for sale for $22 million. The property had been rented for most of the past 15 years for no less than $100,000 per month. Downey had purchased the property for $3.7 million in 1999, seven years before she and Burnett were married.

With over 30 feet of waterfront, the 3,800 square foot 1963 Cape Cod-style home was owned in the 1990s by film and television producer Brian Grazer. The interior of the three-story, five-bedroom home is “Shabby Chic” in style with distressed wood and white slipcovers. The exterior features a huge deck and plunge pool.

Downey, nearly retired from acting, is probably best known as the star of “Touched by an Angel” and is the producer of various Christian-themed television shows. Burnett, now president of MGM Worldwide Television, made his fortune as the reality TV creator of hits like “Survivor” and “Shark Tank.”

Burnett sold a beachfront home on Malibu Road last year for $11.7 million, but the couple still own a home on Point Dume as well as a multi-acre clifftop estate above. above Paradise Cove.

‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘This is Us’ Actor Milo Ventimiglia Shops in Far West Malibu

Actor Milo Ventimiglia, 45, just dropped $4.4 million on an updated ocean-view ranch home on the land side of Far West Malibu, adding his fourth property to a portfolio which already includes two homes in Los Angeles and a place in Oregon.

The 2,500 square foot one-story, three-bedroom home with a pool, built in 1965, is in a private neighborhood. It has a separate studio structure in the side yard.

The Orange County native began his screen acting career in 1995 and got his first big break with a major role in ‘Gilmore Girls’ which ran from 2001 to 2006. He continued to act steadily in television and film, including playing Sylvester Stallone’s son in “Rocky Balboa” and “Creed II”. Her next big hit was a starring role in “This is Us” from 2016-22; receiving three Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

Billionaire sells longtime Broad Beach vacation home for $22 million to ex-NFL player

A trust linked to the extended family of Marc Nathanson – recently appointed US Ambassador to Norway – recently sold a vacation home in Broad Beach that had been owned by the family for 20 years. It was bought for $22 million by Eric Bergeson, a former NFL player with the Atlanta Falcons who is now a successful Salt Lake City-based hedge fund manager.

The two-story, 6,100-square-foot Cape Cod-style home with 40 feet of ocean frontage was rebuilt in 2005 and featured in Architectural Digest in 2017.

Nathanson, 77, founded Falcon Cable TV in 1975 and sold it in 1999 for $3.7 billion. He and his wife Jane are prominent art collectors and philanthropists and own Mapleton Investments. They are well known for their support of the LA County Museum of Art and other local institutions. The couple also own a mansion in Montecito, a ski lodge in Aspen and a primary residence in Holmby Hills.

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Democrats pledge to take Joel Ferry’s lawsuit to Utah Supreme Court – Cache Valley Daily

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After two rulings by federal judge Jill N. Parrish in favor of the government, Utah Democrats pledge to take their case to Utah Democratic Party v. Henderson in Utah Supreme Court (Image courtesy of ThePetroglyph.com)

SALT LAKE CITY — After rolling snake eyes twice, Utah Democrats now want to throw the bones again in the Utah Democratic Party’s case against Henderson.

On September 8, Utah Democrats filed a federal lawsuit, asking Judge Jill N. Parrish of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah here to order Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson to withdraw the name of former Rep. Joel Ferry of the House ballot. District 1.

Parrish decided not to rule on the Utah Constitution and Utah law on September 12, deferring instead to his former colleagues on the Utah Supreme Court.

After hearing oral arguments in the case on Sept. 15, she also refused to block the lieutenant governor’s office from mailing District 1 ballots to military personnel deployed overseas.

“The Lieutenant Governor’s policy is not to comment on pending litigation,” said Jackson Murphy, communications specialist for Lieutenant Governor Diedre Henderson.

“But his position has not changed since she sent the Utah Democratic Party… a response to their letter on August 24.

“There is no statutory basis on which I can affirmatively disqualify a candidate,” Murphy said, citing Henderson’s response. “‘At the moment whether or not Mr Ferry remains on the ballot is entirely up to him.'”

“We are not giving up on the fight for the rights of HD-1 voters to choose their own representative instead of having their legislator chosen by a small group of party insiders,” said Diane Lewis, state chairman of the HD-1. Utah Democratic Party.

“That means the next step is to take our case to the Supreme Court of Utah.”

Governor Spencer Cox unleashed this storm in a teapot when he appointed Ferry as the new director of the Department of Natural Resources.

Initially, Ferry refused to relinquish his District 1 seat in the Legislative Assembly representing the Cache County communities of Clarkston, Cornish and Newton as well as significant parts of Box Elder County and the Western Desert.

State Democrats shouted “foul,” citing an earlier ruling by the state attorney general’s office that found it unconstitutional for anyone to serve in the executive and legislative branches of government simultaneously.

Ferry was eventually forced to resign under this political pressure. But his name remains on the District 1 ballot in the November election.

At stake is whether Ferry will be allowed to run to retain his seat in the Legislative Assembly and then resign, giving the state GOP the chance to select a Republican replacement.

If Ferry is removed from the race, Democrat Joshua Hardy’s name would be the only one to appear on the District 1 ballot. Hardy would then likely be heading for victory.

Democrats are getting more strident as their frustration mounts. During a Sept. 1 visit to Cache Valley, however, Cox wondered exactly what rights they claimed to be protecting, since HD-1 is “about 85 percent Republican.”

Lewis says Democrats will ask the Utah Supreme Court to rule on Henderson’s decision to certify Ferry as a qualified candidate and Ferry’s alleged violation of the separation of powers provisions in the Utah Constitution.

“Put simply,” Hardy said, “Joel Ferry and the Republican Party are trying to fundamentally disenfranchise the people of District 1. We deserve better than this.

This State is not governed by a party, but by our Constitution and the rule of law. This is what we are fighting for. »

Hardy added that Utah Democrats hope to see this issue resolved as soon as possible.





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Father of Uber rider killed in Salt Lake City crash expresses anger and shock

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SALT LAKE CITY — The father of the Uber rider killed Wednesday in downtown Salt Lake City is expressing his anger and shock at the death of his son.

The Salt Lake City Police Department identified the person Friday as 28-year-old Jalen Neal.

The Utah Transportation Authority previously said Neal’s Uber driver ran a red light and then a TRAX train stripped the car, severing the back of it.

“The driver, I don’t know why he was trying to beat the red light,” said Anthony Neal, the victim’s father, who described losing his only child as a “strange feeling.”

“He was a good Christian,” he said. “I went to church every Sunday.”

Jalen Neal was on his way to work at a veterinary hospital that morning in Salt Lake City.

“He was a gay black man,” the father said. “It’s one of the hardest things about living in this country. Being black is hard enough. Being a gay black man in Utah, one of the more conservative states, probably had to be harder. “

Anthony Neal believes the driver will receive a ticket and misdemeanor based on his conversation with detectives.

“It’s anger,” he said. “Shock. Numb.

He wants a tougher sentence.

“The driver’s name is withheld at this time,” police said in a news release Friday. “No charges have been filed, no citations have been issued and no arrests have been made.”

The family is now planning final arrangements across the country.

Jalen Neal has lived in the Salt Lake Valley for the past few years. He grew up in Mississippi and spent his summers in the Detroit area. He will be buried next week in a suburb of Detroit, the neighborhood where his father lives.

Anthony Neal said he had a fight with his son a few years ago which makes dying even harder.

“It’s just heartwarming to find out that you haven’t seen your child in years and to find out that this is the last time you will see them,” he said.

The father wants drivers to know they can’t beat the train, and he wants parents to realize this about disagreements: “Don’t let that stop you from having a relationship with them. Try to contact them from any way you can, with your child, and even if you can’t reach them, always pray for them and always love them.

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Upstream water used to keep Lake Powell afloat is running out

(CNN) – Reservoirs above the Colorado River Basin may not have enough water to keep Lake Powell above a critical level indefinitely, federal officials have warned in recent weeks, as the mega- ongoing drought in the west is sapping water for the entire west.

The Flaming Gorge Reservoir on the Green River, which is releasing a huge amount of water downstream this year to help Lake Powell, may have only enough water left for two more similar emergency releases, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials told CNN, though they have yet to fully model the situation.

Federal authorities took emergency action in May to use water from reservoirs upstream to raise the level of Lake Powell and give surrounding communities more time to plan for the likelihood that the reservoir would soon drop too low for the Glen Canyon Dam generates hydroelectricity.

The dam is a key power source in the region, generating power for as many as 5.8 million homes and businesses in seven states, and is at high risk of being forced offline if lake levels rise. drops below 3,490 feet above sea level.

Lake Powell’s water level was around 3,529 feet Thursday, or 24% full.

Water managers worked hard to keep Powell from falling below its critical threshold. Their first step was to release more water from reservoirs upstream in the Colorado River Basin, such as Flaming Gorge. The second was to retain the water in Lake Powell itself instead of sending it downstream to Lake Mead, which is the largest reservoir in the country.

But using Flaming Gorge water to keep Lake Powell afloat was just a “buffer,” according to Jim Prairie, head of Colorado’s Upper Basin Research and Modeling Group, and couldn’t be a solution. long-term. Prairie noted in August, based on its water level at the time, Flaming Gorge would only be able to handle two more similar emergency releases.

“What is that [process] what we’re doing is just dabbing for a year, and we probably have the opportunity to do it maybe twice more, and then there’s no more capacity,” Prairie said. “So something else will have to fill that 500,000 acre-feet, another mechanism.”

Water deliveries from Flaming Gorge to Lake Powell are being made in varying amounts each month to reach a total of 500,000 acre-feet by the end of April 2023, according to the bureau. Due to the release, the level of Flaming Gorge is expected to drop about 9 feet, although this will help raise the elevation of Lake Powell by about 16 feet.

Prairie said the biggest challenge is finding long-term solutions to the basin crisis.

“And this is really the challenge that is launched to all [Colorado River] basin states,” he added. “How can we collaborate and work together to find these ways to meet the additional needs of these reservoirs if we want to maintain them? »

Eric Kuhn, a retired former director of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, told CNN that was no surprise at all.

“There’s really only one reservoir upstream — Flaming Gorge — that has any significant capacity,” Kuhn said. “And they used it two years in a row to about 700,000 acre feet.”

Notably, Prairie’s forecast for Flaming Gorge does not take into account future weather conditions in the West. For example, a wetter-than-average winter this year, which would top off all reservoirs in the Colorado River Basin, could negate the need for emergency releases.

But Kuhn said that wouldn’t be good news for Lake Powell.

“Filling those tanks that have been drained comes first, that’s where the water goes first,” Kuhn said. “If you rob Peter to pay Paul, the next time we have decent runoff a lot of the water will go to recovery storage in those reservoirs upstream which will reduce the inflow to Powell so that reduces the recovery rate from Powell in a slightly above average and wetter year.

Justin Mankin, co-lead of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Drought Task Force, previously told CNN that water management in the Colorado River Basin across all of its reservoirs is “much like the central bank of an economy, drawing money from local banks to sort of keep the economy afloat.

“Lake Powell is the central bank of the Colorado River Basin,” Mankin said. “Maybe it’s doable for a little while, but just like a household, the longer it’s in debt, the harder it is. And it’s really the same with these tanks.

Without the emergency measures it took this year, including the Flaming Gorge releases, the bureau estimated there was about a 25% chance that the Glen Canyon Dam would have stopped generating hydroelectricity. by January.

“Everyone relies on collective watershed storage,” Jack Schmidt, director of the Center for Colorado River Studies at Utah State University, told CNN. “The main problem is the total storage in the whole related system.”

For the remainder of the year, water releases from the Flaming Gorge and Blue Mesa reservoirs are expected to continue through October; meanwhile, Lake Navajo, on the Colorado-New Mexico border, will ramp up its outflows in November and December. As a result of these emergency releases, every tank will experience a major drop: four feet at Flaming Gorge; eight feet to Blue Mesa; and two feet into Navajo Lake.

Schmidt said it’s important to remember that all tanks are connected. The total capacity of all federal reservoirs in the Colorado River Basin is approximately 58 million acre-feet, 50 million of which is Lake Powell and Lake Mead combined.

“If you add all the water from all the tanks, the system is now at 34% capacity,” Schmidt said.

Decisions made for Lake Powell will always affect its downstream neighbor, Lake Mead. Due to the low level of Lake Mead, the federal government announced in August additional water cuts for the southwest, which will begin in January 2023.

The Colorado River Basin provides water and electricity to more than 40 million people living in seven western states and Mexico, including households, farms, ranches and indigenous communities.


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The Energy Research Institute turns 50 – @theU

This story is adapted from an article originally found here.

For decades, the Energy & Geoscience Institute (EGI) at the University of Utah has served as a research resource for the energy industry. Today, as the institute celebrates its 50e anniversary, it is at the forefront of new geothermal energy technologies and brings new calculation tools to improve the use of geological data by the energy industry.

EGI is one of the largest university-hosted energy research consortia in the world. The institute traces its history to two energy institutes established in the early 1970s: the Earth Sciences & Resources Institute (ESRI) at the University of South Carolina and the University of Utah Research Institute (UURI) at the of Utah. In 1995, ESRI’s Petroleum Science Division and UURI joined together as EGI. This year, EGI celebrates 50 years of global science and collaboration with Associate Corporate Members and partners from academia, government and industry.

Serving the energy industry

EGI works with member companies in the energy industry, serving more than 170 companies through its Corporate Associates program. The program provides research opportunities and engages members in the annual Business Associate Technical Conferences held at EGI in Salt Lake City, Utah, Houston, Texas, Bratislava, Slovakia, and London, England. EGI has also conducted field courses through the rich geological settings of Utah and Intermountain West and at sites around the world.

EGI’s collaborations, partnerships and special initiatives have led to scientific and technical successes. In 1997, EGI established the Technical Alliance for Computational Stratigraphy (TACS) to maximize the value of fossil data used in geological studies to determine the age of geological formations, a discipline called biostratigraphy. Since 2014, the EGI Oceans team has published several detailed biostratigraphic analyzes of the world’s oceans, drawing on information from drilled samples of the ocean floor and other datasets. In 1999, EGI received the Paleontological Database Systems and Services database from BP representing 40 years of paleontological research.

EGI’s geothermal research team has a more than 45-year relationship with the U.S. Department of Energy, which has sponsored geothermal projects such as the Raft River Demonstration Project in Idaho beginning in 2009.

To date, EGI’s research projects have generated $850 million for Associated Corporate Members. Many of these project reports and an extensive library of reports, well logs, and seismic data are available to current Corporate Associate Members through EGIconnect, EGI’s exclusive member database.

A global research consortium

Over 50 years, EGI scientists have performed work on all seven continents and in more than 100 countries, covering a variety of topics. Between 2006 and 2008 alone, EGI scientists visited 41 countries. International fieldwork reports encompass the full range of EGI science experiments.

EGI’s international orientation developed early in its history. Through ESRI, petroleum scientists entered into collaborations and conducted field studies in North Africa as early as 1973, surveying sites in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, and the Gulf of Suez. ESRI’s research quickly expanded to include investigations and analyzes of specific geological formations across South America beginning in 1979 and 1980. The following years saw an even faster expansion of field research into Australia and Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America and Asia. By 1995, ESRI had worked in 35 countries and on every continent except Antarctica. Meanwhile, during the 1980s, UURI carried out geothermal research projects in India and Mexico.

EGI’s successes would not have been possible without collaborations with dozens of international organizations over the years, more than 55 in all. Beginning with ESRI’s work with North African organizations and the U.S. Department of Energy’s partnership with UURI, EGI has collaborated to increase access to scientific resources and enable research opportunities and breakthroughs. . EGI’s partners include government agencies, universities and independent companies around the world.

EGI’s staff reflects the institute’s global experience serving an international energy industry. The institute maintains offices and relationships with affiliated scientists on five continents and includes staff members from more than ten countries. International voices guide EGI on the Institute Advisory Board, which includes members from three continents and more than five countries.

Towards the future of energy and sustainability

In addition to EGI’s deep roots in hydrocarbon exploration and research, the institute’s capabilities include two critical areas in the energy transition environment: geothermal energy and carbon sequestration. Both of these areas have advanced rapidly over the past decades and EGI’s research program is evolving to meet the needs of the energy transition.

In 1972, scientists from the Anaconda and Kennecott mining companies formed UURI’s Earth Science Lab at the University of Utah and began a decades-long collaboration with the United States Department of Energy for geothermal research and technological development. Since the integration of the UURI into the EGI, the institute’s expertise and international reputation in geothermal energy have only grown.

In 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy selected EGI for the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) project grant of $140 million over five years. Utah FORGE aims to explore pathways for the sustainable development of enhanced geothermal systems to improve geothermal energy science and economic viability. The Utah FORGE team, led by EGI scientists, completed record drilling at its site in Milford, Utah, and developed a robust demonstration project for future enhanced applications of geothermal systems.

The rapidly growing field of carbon sequestration has become one of EGI’s main research areas. During the Carbon Science Group’s more than 16-year history with EGI, scientists have studied several carbon sequestration sites in the western United States. As science lead for the Southwest Regional Partnership on Carbon Sequestration, EGI scientists studied sites in Texas, Utah and New Mexico. This partnership between federal agencies, states, universities and industry is one of the longest running projects of EGI’s Carbon Science Group.

CarbonSAFE, another sequestration project, characterizes in detail a carbon storage site in New Mexico. EGI is also developing additional capabilities in carbon sequestration to better participate in this growing field.

And after?

EGI intends to build on its reputation as a leading energy research consortium as the energy industry evolves to meet future demands. In particular, EGI extends its research efforts to new areas such as critical minerals and develops a geoscience database with over 33 million wells and 11 million samples called iCORDS Offshore. EGI is also integrating data science and machine learning into new research opportunities. The carbon science research team participates in the U.S. Department of Energy’s SMART initiative to build machine learning and artificial intelligence platforms for real-time oil exploration applications. These next steps in EGI’s research programs follow the same pioneering path that EGI has always taken: creating new knowledge and applying cutting-edge science to the needs of industry.

EGI will continue to research targeted oil basins around the world through the revamped iCORDS Offshore database and module and large EGI datasets with data analytics and machine learning capabilities to deliver value added. The institute also completed the development of the first generation critical minerals database.

Energy efficiency is the low-hanging fruit to avoid CO2 emissions. Faculty experts in energy efficiency, hybridization, optimization, and power grid resilience work with EGI to apply this knowledge across the industry. EGI works on hydrogen, energy storage and solar fuels initiatives and plays a scientific leadership role in ongoing discussions to create multi-billion dollar hydrogen hubs.

Utah FORGE is the largest energy project funded by EGI and at the University of Utah. As wells are drilled, completed and stimulated at the Milford, Utah field site, Utah FORGE continues to advance engineered geothermal system technology. EGI expects Utah FORGE to anchor its geothermal portfolio as it works with its broad stakeholder group to achieve project goals, and will expand into mid- and shallow-depth geothermal applications to utilize the full potential geothermal power that geothermal has to offer in the direct use of heat or electricity. generation.

Research on carbon capture and sequestration continues to grow. The Carbon Science Initiative team creates a comprehensive workflow for locating sources of carbon dioxide, conceptualizing appropriate capture methods, identifying and characterizing deposits, and establishing the logistics of transporting and injecting the original CO.2 in safe repositories. EGI is growing in research on direct air capture technologies to create negative carbon scenarios. We will work with businesses to realize the benefits of carbon capture tax credits as they strive to meet their respective zero carbon timelines.

The success and growth of the institute is due to the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of faculty and staff. EGI will continue to expand its reach in all applicable energy domains with the intention of having a transformative societal impact. The institute will make the appropriate investments to make this happen as it seeks partnerships with faculty across the University and beyond.

University administration shares this view of EGI’s role at U. EGI will continue its legacy of excellence in energy research by creating the knowledge necessary for our resilient and secure energy future and by training the next generation of energy scientists.

EGI is honored to have contributed to the energy industry, collaborated with partners and served its members over the past 50 years. The institute looks forward to shaping the energy transition to a low-carbon world.

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Police are asking the public to help solve a homicide near the Salt Lake City Transit Hub

A body was found near 400 south and 600 west on Monday.

(SLCPD) Two police vehicles are shown parked at the scene where a body was found at 400 South and 600 West on Monday, September 12, 2022.

A person found dead in Salt Lake City three days ago has apparently been killed and police are asking the public for help in understanding what happened.

Someone called 911 Monday morning to report they had found an unconscious person at 400 South and 600 West near the Salt Lake City Intermodal Center, according to a news release Thursday from Salt Lake Police. City. First responders determined that the person, an adult, was deceased.

The scene appears to have been centered under the 400 South Overpass, which crosses above the train tracks that run along the 600 West, according to police footage released from the crime scene.

Due to “suspicious circumstances” that Salt Lake City police did not specify Thursday, homicide detectives have begun investigating the death.

The cause of death was not immediately released Thursday, but an autopsy conducted by the Office of the Medical Examiner this week determined the person’s death to be a homicide.

The identity of the person has not yet been confirmed, police said. No arrests were made.

Homicide detectives have asked anyone with information about the case to call 801-799-3000 and referral case #22-178180.

The death marked the 11th homicide in Salt Lake City so far this year. The 10th involved pro bull rider Demetrius Allen, also known as “Ouncie Mitchell”, who police say was fatally shot on Monday by a woman he was in a relationship with.

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The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City season 3: what we know

Hello, beautiful baby! Just over six months since last season’s final reunion episode aired, The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City (RHOSLC) is already returning to our television screens. Season 3 features five full-time cast members as well as three friends, one of whom you might recognize from a drama night in season 2.

Although two former cast members aren’t returning this season, there’s no shortage of interesting stories. In fact, dare we say that relationships are even more personal and carry far more weight than ever before? Don’t underestimate what these Utah-based women bring to the Bravoverse.

“We’re pulling a thread on a sweater,” as Heather Gay said in the trailer. “It’s not the end. It’s the beginning.”

When is The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City season 3 release date?

Season 3 of RHOSLC premieres Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The hour-long episode airs on Bravo, then is available to watch the next day on the Peacock streaming service.

Who is in The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Season 3 cast?

Lisa Barlow (owner of various businesses and considers herself a “Mormon 2.0”), Jen Shah (likes extravagant things and has a sharp tongue), Heather Gay (owns a cosmetic medicine practice and is preparing for her upcoming memoir , bad mormon), Meredith Marks (celebrity jewelry designer) and Whitney Rose (owner of a skincare line and a descendant of “Mormon royalty”, but who left the church more than a decade ago) are returning all for their full-time positions. Mary Cosby and Jennie Nguyen are not returning for Season 3.

However, another familiar face, Angie Harrington, who had a falling out with her friend Lisa in Season 2 is back. Friends in the cast will be Angie, along with newbies Danna Bui-Negrete (entrepreneur, real estate agent and friend of Heather) and Angie Katsanevas (business owner and friend of Jen).

Angie Katsanevas, Danna Bui-Negrete and Angie Harrington in The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City

Meet him RHOSLC beginners: Angie Katsanevas, Danna Bui-Negrete and Angie Harrington. (Image credit: bravo)

What is The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Season 3 Plot?

Between skiing on snow-capped mountains and relaxing on sandy beaches – and even a romantic bubble bath – friendships will be tested this season. RHOSLC. These women have a story, which means disagreements and fights sting all the more.

If you watched seasons 1 and 2, you wouldn’t believe that Jen and Meredith really get along. Or that Heather pushed her own cousin, Whitney. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg with what’s happening in Mormon-heavy (and traveling) Utah in Season 3. Some of these ladies are dealing with some serious changes in their lives. life and others are in the midst of major rumors.

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Season 3 Trailer

Get ready, because the Season 3 trailer will have you questioning everything you thought you knew about this group. Remember when Bravo fans worried that Salt Lake City wasn’t interesting enough? Yeah, still not true.

“I was played,” Meredith said in the trailer. “By who?” Whitney asked. “You,” Meredith replied.

How to watch The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City

Season 3 airs on Bravo on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Don’t have cable or can’t watch at the time? Head to Peacock the next day to catch up or click over to BravoTV.com. Bravo is also broadcast by live TV streaming services FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV.

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Despite strong polls, a second Olympics could be a tough sell for some Utahns

The Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games continues to aim for a second Olympics in 2030 or 2034, but some are expressing concerns about the negative impacts the event could have.

In 2002, the greater Park City area hosted alpine and cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, ski jumping, biathlon, snowboarding, as well as skeleton, luge and bobsleigh events. It would likely host a similar number of events again at future Winter Games.

So the Summit County and Park City governments have launched a series of listening events aimed at gathering community feedback on the prospect of other Utah Olympics. During the first meeting of the tour, which was held in Kamas, the atmosphere was mixed at the idea of ​​an encore.

“[The 2002 Olympics] seemed to throw gasoline on a fire that was already smoldering to housing, to development,” said Kamas resident Doug Fryer, who also worked in emergency services during the 2002 games.

The region has experienced soaring housing prices during the last years. It also has constant traffic problems during the winter season, thanks in part to the popular nearby resorts of Park City Mountain and Deer Valley. Concerns about the effect of the Olympics on housing affordability and availability, traffic and transportation were at the forefront of people’s concerns.

High school student Emily Rodriguez hadn’t even been born when the Olympics came to Utah in 2002 and said that while the prospect of hosting an Olympics in her hometown is exciting, she’s also some hesitation. After a recent school project, she now worries about the impact the Olympics could have on those who are already struggling to pay their rent.

“I had to investigate community issues and housing was the biggest issue we had,” she said. “It’s a bit concerning, especially with the Hispanics in the community who don’t know much about the Olympic situation.”

According to Park City Municipal, nearly 9,000 people commuting from outside the community to work each day.

Despite concerns in Summit County, a recent Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll show that 79% of Utahns approve of the Olympics returning to the state.

While Fryer has reservations about staging a Game 2, he also thinks this could be an opportunity for Utah to tackle those lingering issues head-on.

“These issues still exist, but I think this is an opportunity to show that we can do it right,” he said.

Park City and Summit County will be collecting community feedback until October 6. The IOC recently announced that it is postponing its decision on the host of the 2030 Games until next fall.

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Boise and Salt Lake City team up to seek intercity rail service

The City of Boise is still aiming to land Treasure Valley on a long-distance Amtrak route, but it’s also aiming a little smaller.

On Tuesday, Mayor Lauren McLean’s transportation adviser, Bre Brush, told Boise City Council that the city was working in partnership with the City of Salt Lake City to open a passenger rail line between Caldwell and Salt Lake City. It would be part of the Federal Rail Administration’s Corridor ID program, which identifies routes previously operated by Amtrak or less than 750 miles for investment.

It’s part of the city’s broader effort alongside other Mountain West partners to restart the full Pioneer line that stretches from Portland to Salt Lake City, which will soon be under consideration as part of the package. of infrastructure adopted last year. The route ended in the late 1990s.

McLean said the program requires two cities within 750 miles of each other to apply for the program as pairs and advocate for rail links between the two metropolitan areas.

“The Mayor of Salt Lake City is doing the same work with his team to Idaho that we did with our team to Utah to build that support and we’re asking that we be twinned as cities for that shorter route.” , she said. during Tuesday’s working session.

And after?

The first big hurdle is for Boise and SLC to pitch the idea to FRA.

The City of Boise submitted a letter of expression of interest about the route to the federal government on Sept. 2 and is currently helping the Utah Transit Authority draft its own letter to be submitted soon. Brush said crafting that letter included meeting with 40 stakeholders about their interest in the route, half of them in Boise and half in Pocatello.

A map of the full route of the Pioneer line before it was discontinued in the late 1990s.

Amtrak officials also visited Boise and Pocatello to answer questions about the program and hear from Idahoans about the possibilities the Pioneer Line could bring. Brush said the more rural communities in eastern Idaho are especially excited about the possibility of another way to travel between the two major metropolitan areas.

“What we heard was that (stakeholders) were excited to take advantage of the newly available funding in (the infrastructure package) to meet our transport needs as a region and many communities in areas more rural people saw this as a potential to fill the void created. by the loss of air service at smaller airports,” she told the council.

Once the letters of interest have been submitted, Brush said the next step is to issue a request for proposals to develop a development plan for the service, a cost estimate and the “next steps we would need to take as a service.” ‘State to achieve this vision’. .”

A train journey in the desert

City Council Speaker Elaine Clegg said the route is just a small part of the work to bring more robust passenger rail service to Mountain West.

Over the past year, she has led the push to include Boise in long-distance rail routes operated by Amtrak, instead of just a shorter route with more frequent trips between Boise and SLC. She said that in addition to adding service between Portland and SLC, there was talk of exploring a north-south route called Desert Wind from Utah to Las Vegas.

“It would be a great path if they eventually identified that,” Clegg said.

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In Utah, thousands of homes are powering the stored solar array…

During the hottest days of summer, virtual power plants are popping up everywhere.

Some 4,000 Home batteries helped keep households cool across Vermont during a recent heat wave while saving customers a collective million dollars. Tesla organized a few thousand customers in his home state of California to use their batteries to help with grid emergencies in exchange for cash. This network started in July – and was widely publicized by screenshots of Tesla app users.

But there’s another home battery network that’s helping their owners while helping the grid, and it’s in a place known more for pioneering with wagons than for pioneering climate and energy policy. In Utah, Rocky Mountain Power, the utility that serves most of the state, actively monitors thousands of batteries in customers’ homes, on a daily basis, and pays them directly to help the grid through its program. Wattsmart.

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Rocky Mountain Power’s vision for the program is that all solar customers will also install a battery,” said utility spokesman Brandon Zero. Our goal is to have thousands of customers and hundreds of megawatts signed up to Wattsmart.

That’s a lot of scale for a concept that only recently moved from the energy-futuristic wish list to commercial operation in the territories of a few forward-thinking utilities. Utah’s program is all the more striking because it succeeds in a state with low electricity prices and little political support for the traditional rooftop solar business model. .

Rocky Mountain Power does not offer full retail net metering for households with rooftop solar panels; if households export excess electricity to the grid, they earn less than they would pay to buy that electricity. Utah isn’t shelling out money to encourage rooftop solar adoption like other states do.

The US subsidiary of German home battery company Sonnen has seen an opening in Utah to go beyond conventional solar systems with rooftop and pitch batteries. He found an installation partner in the state called ES Solar which was ready to completely overhaul its sales tactics to emphasize what batteries can do.

The consumer can see this is the solar of the future,” said Blake Richetta, CEO sonnen american affairs. Not [just] a solar panel on your roof, but a solar panel plus a battery, with the utility seeing the value.

Adding a battery allows Utah homeowners to store solar power throughout the day and consume it at night, instead of dumping excess generation on the grid for meager compensation. The batteries also provide backup power during outages. And now, through the Wattsmart program, residential customers can get paid by their utility to allow their batteries to be used to support the grid as part of a virtual power plant.

Cost is the biggest barrier that deters customers from adding a battery to their rooftop solar array. Home battery products usually cost around $ten,000. But the recently extended federal tax credit is shrinking 30 percent. Then, Wattsmart offers an upfront payment of $400 per kilowatt of registered battery capacity, plus an annual participation credit of $15 per kilowatt. A typical 5-kilowatt system earns $2,000 cash when registering and another $75 annually.

Between the tax credit and the Wattsmart payments, a homeowner can get a battery for about half the list price.

With the program, solar alone looks much lower in Utah,” Richetta said.

So far, 3,000 Utah households are participating or in the process of enrolling. It’s not far behind 4,000-person virtual power plant in Vermont, which has been building since 2015. By joining Wattsmart, customers are not isolated from the network; they use their energy assets to help meet the needs of the system, day-to-day, with cheaper, cleaner energy than that pumped out by conventional fossil fuel power plants.

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How Utah’s Student Debt Crisis Compares to Other States

September 13, 2022

The recent announcement by the Biden administration regarding student debt relief has thrust the topic into the forefront of the news. Under the scheme, students with Pell grants and loans from the Department of Education will have their debt forgiven by $20,000. Those without a Pell Grant will have $10,000 less on their outstanding balances.

According to the Department of Education, federal student loans currently total $1.6 trillion. In total, about 45 million borrowers hold federal student loan debt. The average student loan debt among borrowers is $36,200. (Here are the Most expensive states to get a college education.)

Burdened with so much debt, many college graduates aren’t always able to keep up with the monthly payments, but the numbers vary by state. In Utah, an estimated 324,200 people have outstanding student loan debt, and of those, 5.9% are at least 90 days past due, compared to 7.5% of borrowers nationally. .

Utah’s average outstanding borrower balance of $33,100 is lower than the national average and 16th lowest among states.

All data in this story comes from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and is current to 2021.

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As Colorado Republicans seek a way back into power, the state Senate may be the party’s best bet. Here are the races to watch


The other six competitive districts cover ground that has been largely held by Democrats in recent years. One of them, Senate District 3 in Pueblo, has an incumbent — State Sen. Nick Hinrichsen, who was nominated to represent the area earlier this year.

In total, Republicans are likely to retain Woodward’s seat while capturing at least five of the six vulnerable Democratic districts.

“Some people are calling them vulnerable,” said Democratic state Sen. Julie Gonzales, co-chair of the party’s Senate election campaign, of candidates in Republican-targeted races. “I call them the frontliners, because they’re on the front lines of flipping those seats blue and keeping them blue.”

The results could also show whether Republicans in Colorado can overcome Trump’s deep unpopularity in Colorado. Voters in 2020 strongly opposed the former president, crashing against him by more than 10 points in most competitive Senate precincts.

Wadhams said he thought Republicans would get a boost simply because Trump was out of office and did not vote.

“There’s no doubt that Trump was a big liability for Republican candidates in 2020 and 2018,” he said.

Sen. Paul Lundeen, who is leading the re-election effort for the GOP, said crime and the economy would be the winning issues for his party.

“It’s just the affordability of life and everything that Biden and Democrats in the state of Colorado have done to make life unaffordable,” he said. “That’s what’s driving the conversation right now… When I’m on the doorstep, that’s the only thing people want to talk about.”

But Gonzales said the past few months have improved the outlook for Democrats.

“Early on in the summer, there were all these doomsday reports about the end of the Democratic trifecta, and ‘the red wave is coming,'” she said.

That has changed, she argued.

The Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade motivated some Coloradans to vote against Republicans, citing their opposition to legal abortion. And Gonzales said Democratic candidates will also push for party gains for working families, such as moves by the Polis administration to provide free all-day kindergarten and expanded preschool, as well as reforms to Health care.

Northwest Colorado is its own battleground

State Senate battlegrounds are spread throughout the state. In Colorado’s northwest quadrant, state Rep. Dylan Roberts is running to replace state Sen. Kerry Donovan, a fellow term-limited Democrat, in a district that has recently leaned toward the democrats.

About 48% of voters in the new borders of Senate District 8 favored Trump in 2016, but that support has fallen to 44% in 2020. The sprawling district includes ski towns like Vail and Steamboat Springs, mining communities like Craig and distant bands along the borders of Wyoming and Utah.

Roberts is close to the Polis administration and has sponsored the “Colorado Option” – a new program aimed at reducing health care costs, especially in rural and mountainous areas. It has not yet entered into force.

“I absolutely believe it’s a competitive district – the way it’s been drawn and fair given the environment this year,” Roberts said.

He is running in part on Democrats’ recent health care and housing legislation.

“It’s not all happening overnight, but we’re making really good progress on the biggest challenges facing this district,” he said. “I think I’m offering someone who is willing to compromise and get things done rather than stick to a tough political stance.”

Republican Matt Solomon opposes Roberts, whose resume includes stints as a paramedic, deputy coroner and Eagle town councilman, as well as a gun shop owner, among other gigs. His website highlights traditional conservative priorities — “fighting tax increases, standing up for freedom, protecting gun rights.”

“Colorado has always been a balanced state. It forces conversation, and when we force conversation, better politics happens,” said Solomon, who was asked to come forward by party officials and friends. He wants to slow state budget growth while increasing funding for education, although he said he was not yet sure what cuts he would advocate to achieve this.

The battle in suburban Denver

Economic issues are front and center for business consultant and first-time Republican nominee Tom Kim, who is running for Senate District 27 in Centennial against Democratic State Rep. Tom Sullivan.

“I really want to focus on the economy and affordability as the number one issue. Crime and public safety come next for me because without safe communities it’s hard to live the rest of your life,” said Kim.

His opponent, Sullivan, was a champion of tougher gun laws during his time at the state capitol. He decided to get into politics after his son Alex was killed in the Aurora Theater shooting. And Sullivan is no stranger to competitive racing; in 2018, when he first ran for the House, he knocked down an incumbent Republican to win his seat.

Candidates and political parties are already pouring money into elections. In key Senate battleground districts, Democratic candidates raised about $875,000 in donations, compared to about $749,000 for Republicans.

Meanwhile, independent Republican groups spent about $844,000 on the battlegrounds, nearly double the $470,000 spent on the Democratic side.

But some of the biggest money is yet to come. The Senate Democrats’ spending group had nearly $3 million in reserve as of Aug. 31, and Republicans may have more anticipation on other accounts as well.


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Egypt stifles environmental work ahead of COP

BEIRUT (AP) — An international human rights group on Monday called on the United Nations to ensure host countries of its climate conference commit to upholding human rights standards. man after documenting cases of repression against environmental groups in Egypt, host of COP27 later this year.

Human Rights Watch said in a report based on interviews with more than a dozen academics, scientists and activists that the government restrictions violate basic human rights and call into question the Egyptian government’s ability to uphold its rights. fundamental climate commitments.

The Egyptian government has engaged in a widespread crackdown on dissent in recent years that has detained thousands of people, many without trial, according to rights groups. Under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt has also intimidated activists, and new laws have virtually banned many civil society organizations from operating.

“The world needs more climate activism, not less, and there can be no such effective activism when the government treats civic groups as a threat, not an asset,” said Richard Pearshouse, director of the environment to Human Rights Watch, in the report. “UNFCCC member states and the Secretariat should lobby the Egyptian government to ensure that environmental groups feel it is safe to engage in and beyond the COP.”

Egypt’s human rights record is under scrutiny as the country prepares to host the international conference aimed at slowing climate change through coordinated global action.

In July, several dozen organizations called on Egypt to end its crackdown and allow people to exercise their freedom of expression ahead of the summit.

In a joint statement signed by 36 groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, they expressed concern that Egypt will largely maintain its ban on protests at the November conference.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who is also the president-elect of the upcoming annual conference of the parties, told The Associated Press in an interview in May that a facility is being developed next to the venue of the conference where demonstrations can take place. He also said activists would have access, as is customary, to negotiations in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. He did not say whether protests would be allowed elsewhere.

An Egyptian government media official did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday’s Human Rights Watch report. The United Nations office overseeing the climate conference, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the right-wing group’s appeal.

All of those interviewed for the report spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, the group said, and six declined to speak at all. Those who spoke described harassment by authorities, obstruction and a “general atmosphere of fear” in the country and said they feared expressing opinions that could be seen as critical even during the conference. led by the UN.

Some described a partial opening of government policy to environmental campaigns in the run-up to the summit, but only for initiatives deemed compatible with the authorities’ goals, such as garbage collection. They said talking about the country’s use of coal and mega-infrastructure projects such as building a new administrative capital are seen as too risky issues to tackle.

Some expressed hope that this year’s conference could be a chance to try to raise awareness of the free speech environment that has existed in Egypt for years.

“There can be no improvement in the environmental situation without an improvement in freedom of expression and the general human rights situation,” a person quoted in the HRW report said.

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The Maven District is looking to expand to State Street in Liberty Wells

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The company behind the Maven District, a collection of mixed-use buildings across Salt Lake City, is expanding its footprint, this time with adaptive reuse and a residential project in the Liberty Wells neighborhood.

Maven has partnered with the Colmena Group on a project on a site that has struggled for years under previous owners who largely neglected a pair of buildings near 1800 S. State.

Representatives stressed in talks with Building Salt Lake that their plans are preliminary. They would like to know what residents in the surrounding neighborhood would like to see before finalizing a proposal that will likely require rezoning. But so far, their framework includes renovating an existing warehouse to create space for underserved business owners and constructing a new mixed-income, mixed-use building on the site.

It would be one of the first times that Colmena has been involved in a major rehabilitation project, historically starting from scratch on a vacant site before construction. Maven says he would continue to focus on building homes for business owners in underserved communities.

“A lot of new entrepreneurs are overwhelmed or scared or don’t have the funds available to start a business,” said Tessa Arneson, founder of Maven. “One of the main things we can do to bring more underserved people and founders into the game is to provide ‘easy leases and flexible spaces.’

There will be around 40 such spaces in all, including space for retail, offices, fitness, food and more.

Having started with a mixed-use development around 150 E.900 S. in the Central City district, Maven has been busy expanding its footprint in the capital.

Another mixed-use project is underway across from the original development, and the company recently opened Maven West, a residential building with space for a restaurant on the ground floor, in the Central 9th ​​district.

The company is focused on supporting local, female and underserved founders settling into their first homes for their businesses, Arneson said. Three-quarters of the 70 companies they work with are owned by women.

That’s the plan for Maven State, whose residential component may require rezoning of at least part of the 1.07-acre (46,600-square-foot) property. Here’s what we know.

A Google Earth image looking east on State Street at 1791 South in Liberty Wells, where the Maven District is looking to expand its footprint with a pair of mixed-use buildings.

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This property in southwest Liberty Wells sits on the hard boundary created by State Street, a state-owned nine-lane surface highway that both promotes and hinders walking in the area.

Commercial zoning along State Street provides the most space for Liberty Wells businesses, making the edges of Liberty Wells walkable on paper (whether it’s an unpleasant place to stroll, linger, or otherwise traveling outside of a car).

The 1815 S. State Warehouse is considered very passable by WalkScore.com, meaning most daily errands can be completed on foot in a reasonably short amount of time.

Indeed, on the north side of Coatsville and the state is the Qaderi Sweetz n Spicez Market, a full-service grocery store offering Pakistani and Indian dishes. A block north, at the corner of 1700 South State, the full-service Asian Market Ocean City is moving.

There is a cluster of bars, restaurants and new housing both along State and flanking 1700 South in the Ballpark area. A new mixed-income project at 1749 S. State recently replaced a run-down motel that was once a source of common and sometimes deadly crime and now houses very low-income housing thanks to the market.

The area is served by one of the region’s most popular bus routes, Route 200, which is serviced by 15-minute branch lines. Yet nearby stops, including at Coatsville and State, force cyclists to stand amidst the intense heat island created by the adjacent stretch of sidewalk and lack of shade.

Maven has partnered with the Colmena Group, which was recently named key developer of the former Point of the Mountain prison site in Draper.

This is the first major project in Salt Lake City since Colmena lost its position as lead developer of the Sears Block near 800 S. State. (Intermountain Healthcare purchased the property in Colmena in December and plans to move its LDS hospital from the Upper Avenues to the center of town.)

“This adaptive reuse is new to us,” said Aabir Malik, vice president of development at Colmena. “One of the things that makes neighborhoods unique and interesting is trying to use what’s already there.”

The warehouse building has over 36,000 square feet. Although its exterior was barricaded for years after a structural fire during the site’s previous owner, a recent visit by Building Salt Lake confirmed that the building is in surprisingly good condition.

The curved design at the southwest end of the building offers a rare architectural style that the new owners say they want to preserve and restore with the project.

A former 4,200 square foot office building on the corner of Coatsville and State that was undergoing a year-long renovation into a hot pot restaurant will likely be replaced entirely.

What we know about the project

The companies also control two vacant single-family homes on the northeast end of the site along Coatsville Avenue, which will be removed.

At the southeast end is a surface parking lot that once served Fadels Furniture Warehouse customers before the location closed over 15 years ago. The homes and parking lot are both zoned single-family, matching most of the surrounding area in the east of the state.

The buildings facing the State are zoned commercial.

Businesses are likely to ask the city to rezone the entire property as a Residential Mixed-Use (R-MU) to allow the residential building to be up to 75 feet tall (or more if groups pass by). the design review process).

RMU is one of the most permissive zoning types in the city residential codespermitting virtually any type of business or type of dwelling, either as of right or with conditional permission from the city.

This would allow Maven State to house the range of businesses envisioned by Arneson, as well as make room for about 150 residential units ranging from studios to two bedrooms.

“We really try to think of each property as a chessboard. What kinds of times is the community already thriving, and what times isn’t it?” Arneson says. Are there night businesses? Day businesses? Businesses where people go in and out all day?”

The framework that Maven and Colmena have so far is to create a courtyard space between the new residential building and the rehabilitated office and retail building. The courtyard would be flanked by restaurants and the retail spaces would face State Street.

People driving cars would access the parking lot on the east side of the residential building from Coatsville or Downington Avenues.

The project could take the idea of ​​creating a signalized crosswalk on State Street further, which would better connect Maven to the Ballpark neighborhood and the southbound bus stop that is across the freeway from the UDOT.

No moving this pair of vacant buildings between Coatsville and Downington to UDOT US-89 surface highway through Salt Lake City.

An opportunity to give your opinion

Malik and Arneson said that while they have a framework for their plans on the site, they welcome ideas for what residents would like to see incorporated into Maven State.

Companies share more information at Maven’s Outdoor Summer Market Sept. 24 at 177 East 900 South, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Church & State Marketplace welcomes creators and movers | New

SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 10, 2022–

Church & State, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building a sustainable ecosystem of startups and small businesses, is remodeling its historic 23,000 square foot work and event space into a gathering place that brings together diverse communities. With a mission to promote productivity and well-being, Church & State is open to anyone looking to connect, collaborate, and contribute to collective growth.

The recent opening of Café Juniper, a café offering comforting and creative drinks, pastries and artisan toast, has transformed Church & State into a destination where people want to linger. Sunlight filters through beautiful stained glass, making the dog-friendly space an inviting hangout for the neighborhood. Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City at 370 S. 300 East, Church & State has been a mainstay of the entrepreneurial community since 2014.

“When people with different interests and backgrounds come together, amazing things can happen,” says June Chen, MD, co-founder of Church & State. “By deliberately blending creators and entrepreneurs in a space where retail and office blend seamlessly, we hope to spark collisions that will lead to new friendships and new ideas.”

Visitors to Church & State can indulge in an upscale barbershop experience at Retro Barbers, where professional pin-ups specialize in classic haircuts, razor shaves and beard trims made to order. the hand. They can train in modern Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Combat Arts Jiu Jitsu or strengthen their core at Polestar Pilates. Church & State is also home to professional services firms such as Alta Bookkeeping, an outsourced accounting and auditing services company, and Monarch Social, a digital marketing agency.

On the second Tuesday of each month, Church & State hosts The Night Market, a nighttime market produced by SLC Lunatics featuring an array of local vendors and live entertainment. The next market will take place on September 13, 2022, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

For more information on spaces currently available at Church & State, email [email protected]

About Church and State

Founded in 2014, Church & State is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a sustainable ecosystem that provides entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses with the essentials needed for success. To learn more, visit https://www.cs1893.com/.

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1 dead after overnight shooting in Salt Lake City

A person who was seriously injured in a shooting near 500 South Post Street in Salt Lake City early Saturday has died. (Salt Lake City Police)

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SALT LAKE CITY – A person who was seriously injured in a shooting near 500 South Post Street in Salt Lake City early Saturday has died.

Around 12:54 a.m., police received multiple 911 calls reporting a shooting near Post Street. When officers arrived, they found one person with at least one gunshot wound, police said. The person was taken to hospital and later died, police said.

Police said a preliminary investigation indicated a suspect stood outside the person’s vehicle and fired several bullets into the car. A passenger was also in the car and was not injured. The suspect immediately got into a car and drove off after the shooting, police said.

Police searched the area but did not find the suspect or his car.

The victim’s name, age and gender have not been released.

Police have also not released details of the suspect.

Police said this shooting did not appear to be random.

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Will Salt Lake City host the 2030 Olympics? IOC decision delayed

Do you remember that the International Olympic Committee had to decide on a host city for the 2030 Winter Games as early as December?

Well, that’s even more up in the air after IOC President Thomas Bach made it clear there was no pressure to stick to the timetable he set out earlier this year. , now that the annual session in which all IOC members will ratify the 2030 pick has been postponed. from May 2023 until the fall of next year.

Bach told reporters in a virtual press conference on Friday that it would be up to the future Winter Olympics Host Commission to decide whether to take more time to assess Salt Lake City‘s bids; Sapporo, Japan; and Vancouver, Canada; before making recommendations to the IOC Executive Board.

The commission was due to meet in November to prepare recommendations so that the board can decide at a meeting in early December which city – or possibly cities – to move on to contract negotiations to host in 2030, so-called targeted dialogue under the new IOC, less formal bidding process.

Now, Bach said, when IOC leaders narrow the field, it’s up to the commission to decide.

“It will be in the hands of the Future Host Commission, to see if they still want to come to the EC (executive council) in December or at a later stage,” he said, promising that neither “the executive council nor As president, I will interfere in their procedures, in their planning and in their agenda.

The commission, led by Romanian IOC member Octavian Morariu, only heard about the postponement of the annual session after the decision was taken by the executive board on Thursday following the possible suspension of the national Olympic committee. of the host country, India.

“They will have to take that into consideration and then come up with a timeline. It’s in their hands,” Bach said, noting that the commission is part of what he called “a revolution in our process” of selecting Olympic hosts and “it gives them a lot of autonomy.”

Although the Games have traditionally been awarded seven years in advance, there is no specific timeline in the new bidding process used for the first time to select a host for the Winter Games. The IOC Executive Board typically meets quarterly, so a decision on its part may not be forthcoming until mid-2023.

“We are ready at any time”

Fraser Bullock, president and CEO of the Salt Lake City-Utah Games committee bidding for 2030 and 2034, is unsure whether to expect the IOC to take advantage of the extra time available before the start of the Games. the next application phase.

“I don’t know. Given that the IOC session is only expected to be pushed back a few months, it could go either way,” Bullock said. “Whether they pursue their recommendation in December or at a future board meeting, we have full confidence in their process.”

The Salt Lake Bid Team met virtually with the future Host Commission last year and had an in-person meeting with President Morariu during a June trip to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. said Bullock. “They were very helpful to us in thinking about our candidacy.”

The members of the commission, which include representatives from sports, athletes and National Olympic Committees, “have already received an enormous amount of information from us. They got everything they asked for. They therefore know that we are ready at any time for further discussions,” he said.

Bullock declined to say whether Salt Lake City, which hosted the 2002 Winter Games, would be helped or hurt by a longer wait.

“Remember our offer is for ’30 or ’34, so we have a very long view. We’re ready for discussions, we’re ready to host at a time that matches the Olympic movement,” Bullock said. Salt Lake City had been considered a 2030 favorite alongside Sapporo, but the Utah capital’s focus has shifted to 2034.

Indeed, staging back-to-back Olympics in the United States with Los Angeles hosting the 2028 Summer Games has become more complicated in a struggling international economy, affecting sponsorships and other revenue needed to cover costs.

Politics play a role

Geopolitics also played a role, with Bach expressing concern over the US response to hosting the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing despite China’s human rights record, warning during meetings of the bid team in Lausanne that many IOC members left with “bad feelings”.

Still, with what were seen as two big favourites, there was speculation that the IOC would award the 2030 and 2034 Winter Games at the same time. Bach, however, said recently that a decision on 2034 would have to wait until his successor is in place, in about three years.

Any delay in a 2030 decision gives Salt Lake City rivals room to consolidate their offers, said Ed Hula, a columnist for Around the Rings, a longtime Olympics news source he founded in Atlanta that is now based in Buenos Aires.

“I think that gives everyone more time to line up those ducks,” Hula said, describing Vancouver as having “some way to go to get their structure in place.” What would be the first Indigenous-led Olympics has yet to gain the necessary support from government entities.

Sapporo, he said, must settle more serious ‘political issues’ posed by a corruption scandal involving an executive from last year’s Summer Games in Tokyo who faces charges in connection with allegations that he received some $900,000 in payments from companies that later became Olympic sponsors. .

But Hula said the extra time could also cause contestants to drop out.

“I think it still remains to be seen what will happen with the Japanese bid. The government might decide not to support it, because of the controversy and the scandal of this deal,” he said, d Especially since the level of public support for Sapporo’s bid was only around 50% before the scandal.

The mayor of Sapporo has already canceled a planned visit to the IOC in Lausanne, citing scheduling issues. On Friday, IOC spokesman Mark Adams responded to questions about the impact of the scandal, who said that while there are “a whole range of safeguards” already in place, “we don’t live in a perfect world, I’m afraid”.

Adams told reporters that “obviously the IOC is taking note of these allegations with full confidence in the Japanese authorities to deal with them. And of course it is in our interest, in the interest of the IOC, to do let this matter be clarified The IOC and the Olympic Games do not operate in a bubble.

Hula isn’t ruling out Salt Lake City being slated to host in 2030, suggesting the extra time that may come could be the boost needed to find a way to make hosting the 2030 Winter Games just 18 work. months after the Los Angeles Olympics.

“That’s why the IOC is calm and collected about this,” Hula said. “He knows he has a potential candidate like Salt Lake City behind the scenes.”

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America is building more homes in disaster-prone areas

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ: RDFN) – America is building more and more homes in places threatened by natural disasters, according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-based real estate brokerage. More than half (55%) of homes built so far this decade are at risk of fire, while 45% are at risk of drought. In comparison, only 14% of houses built between 1900 and 1959 are at risk of fire and 37% at risk of drought. New homes are also more likely than older homes to face heat and flood risks, but the gap is greatest when it comes to fires and drought.

That’s according to a Redfin analysis of climate risk scores from ClimateCheck and county records on single-family homes built since 1900 that still exist today. Redfin defines an at-risk home as a home with a moderate, high, very high, or extreme ClimateCheck score. The analysis does not include homes with relatively low scores, which may also face some level of risk.

Overall, heat is the most common hazard, with nearly 100% of homes built in the past two years at risk. Heat risk is based on the number of extremely hot days expected in the future. Next come storms (78%), followed by fires (55%), droughts (45%) and floods (25%). Storm is the single hazard more likely to afflict older homes. This is likely because many older homes in the country are located in the storm-prone northeast.

From an environmental perspective, America is building, rebuilding and subsidizing homes in the wrong places, according to economist Jenny Schuetz, who recently published a book on the subject.

“Areas that are already built up are less prone to wildfires because they’re not surrounded by forests and trees — they’re surrounded by other buildings,” Schuetz said by phone. But “increasingly, we have to build new housing further and further away from city centers because easy-to-use land has been built up and it is often difficult to add more housing in the urban core. … In the West, the areas prone to wildfires are in the undeveloped land, and so the further we go into the undeveloped land, the more the houses will be in danger.

A 2021 Redfin analysis found that more people moved into US counties than out of US counties with the highest share of homes at high risk of natural disasters. Many of these areas attract buyers because they are relatively affordable, have lower property taxes, more housing options, or access to nature. Some buyers are simply not aware of the risks. Redfin.com publishes climate risk data for nearly every US home, except rentals, to help home hunters make more informed decisions.

It should be noted that while new homes are increasingly being built in disaster-prone areas, most US housing stock is not new. Two-thirds of US homes were built before 1990, while about 4% were built in 2014 or later, according to US Census Bureau estimates.

New homes are more likely to face a fire hazard as builders target flammable areas

The share of homes built in fire-prone areas has steadily increased since the 1960s as builders have expanded beyond dense cities and into areas with more flammable vegetation. More than half (55%) of homes built so far this decade are at risk of fire, compared to 19% of homes built in the 1960s and 8% of homes built between 1900 and 1910.

“There’s no more room to build in Salt Lake City, so developers have moved into the surrounding mountains, which are more prone to wildfires and drought. Record temperatures and a lack of snow have turned these areas into a powder keg,” said Ryan Aycock, local market manager for Redfin. “Herriman, a town just south of Salt Lake City, right next to the mountains, attracts tons of builders. Fires were never a big deal when Herriman was mostly vacant land, but now dozens of people are headed for danger.

A fire in 2010 burned more than 4,000 acres and destroyed several homes in the Herriman area after the National Guard conducted machine gun training despite fire and wind warnings. Nearly 40% of all homes in Utah (worth about $220 billion) face a high fire risk, a higher share than any other western state analyzed by Redfin in 2021.

Not only is America building more and more homes in fire-prone areas, but the fires are also increasing in intensity. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, the three most destructive wildfire years, in terms of area burned, have all occurred in the past decade.

In Colorado and Arizona, new homes are much more likely to face a fire hazard

In Colorado, 90% of homes built so far this decade are at risk of fire, compared to just 23% of those built between 1900 and 1959. That 66-percentage-point gap is the widest among the states analyzed. by Redfin. Next comes Arizona (97% vs. 38%), followed by Utah (85% vs. 28%), California (91% vs. 39%) and Florida (58% vs. 6%).

A significant portion of home building in the United States takes place in Florida, California, Arizona, and Colorado. Florida has issued about 133,000 building permits so far this year, more than all states except Texas. California ranks third with 72,000 permits, while Arizona and Colorado rank sixth and seventh, with 40,000 and 33,000, respectively. This is partly because these states continue to grow. Florida, Arizona and Utah all rank in the top 10 in terms of percentage population growth from 2020 to 2021, according to census estimates.

New homes more likely to be at risk of drought as builders expand into the Sunbelt

The share of housing built in drought-prone areas has also increased. Just under half (45%) of homes built so far this decade are at risk of drought, compared to 39% of homes built in the 1960s and 28% of homes built between 1900 and 1910.

One of the reasons new homes are more likely to be at risk from drought is that they are likely to be located in drought-prone states like Texas, California, and Arizona. And in these drought-prone states, homes are increasingly being built in neighborhoods that aren’t equipped to deal with drought.

“Residential construction has exploded in Arizona over the past few years as our population has skyrocketed. Builders are heading to more rural and drought-prone areas because that’s where there is available land,” said Heather Mahmood-Corley, Phoenix Redfin real estate agent. “In Casa Grande, a town just south of Phoenix, builders are selling homes despite warnings that there might not be enough water for everyone. In the nearby San Tan Valley, a developer owns a large portion of the wells, allowing him to build without restriction and sell water rights to other developers.

Mahmood-Corley continued, “Builders have done a good job of warning buyers about lack of water, but many buyers don’t pay attention. Often they focus more on finding affordable housing.

In Arizona and Pennsylvania, new homes are much more likely to face drought risk

In Arizona, 75% of homes built in this decade are at risk of drought, compared to 41% of those built between 1900 and 1959. This gap of 34 percentage points is the largest of any state analyzed by Redfin . This is followed by Pennsylvania (56% vs. 28%), Nevada (86% vs. 61%), Missouri (29% vs. 6%) and Idaho (75% vs. 54%).

To view the full report with additional analysis and state-level climate risk data, please visit:

https://www.redfin.com/news/homes-built-disaster-prone-areas

About Redfin

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Will Utah Pass Sales Tax and Income Tax Cuts? |Notice

Utah lawmakers have a well-deserved reputation for fiscal prudence and prudent budgeting. But the definition of prudence may soon shift from worries about saving enough for tough times to worries about keeping too much of people’s money.

When governments continually collect more than they need, it quickly becomes clear that a lower collection rate would leave more money in their pockets and stimulate the economy.

The surpluses of public funds continue to accumulate. This is partly due to a persistent and robust unemployment rate of 2% which has pushed up wages, which has boosted tax revenues. But sales taxes also rose 17.5% in the fiscal year that ended June 30, although they fell slightly towards the end – due, no doubt, to the inflation too.

In total, the state tax commission revenue overview for the end of the fiscal year showed general and education funds raised $11.5 billion.

Earlier this year, the legislature’s appropriations executive committee estimated the collections would be $10.1 billion. As a result, the state is sitting on a $1.4 billion surplus, a condition so common now that the Utah Taxpayers Association has called it a “broken record.”

Last year, lawmakers enacted a modest (some would say tiny) income tax cut from a flat rate of 4.95% to 4.85%, allowing the average family of four people save about $100.

But what about next year? How much of this additional $1.4 billion should the state keep?

The issue is complicated by the state’s heavy tax structure. All income tax funds go to public and higher education, as well as some programs that help people with disabilities. Any income tax cuts – which many lawmakers see as the best way to spur economic growth – would come at the expense of schools.

In an opinion piece published by the Deseret News last February, Speaker of the House Brad Wilson argued that income tax collections continue to grow at a much faster rate than income tax receipts. sales tax, and that this would ultimately impact the ability to fund critical state needs. Expect that to be an issue again in 2023 as lawmakers push to lift restrictions on how funds can be spent. This limits the ability of legislators to prioritize the needs of the state.

Utah Taxpayers Association President Rusty Cannon argued in an August newsletter essay that the state can both dramatically cut taxes and increase funding for education. He noted that the Appropriations Executive Committee has already forecast revenue to decline to $9.7 billion, anticipating bad times ahead.

Looking closer, he said, “even after taking into account all currently planned expenditures, there is at least a cushion of $1.778 billion – even before the already accrued surplus of 1, 4 billion dollars is not taken into account”.

Cut income tax to 4.5%, Cannon said, and the state would still have two-thirds of the excess funds to increase education spending and build funds for rainy days. Plus, the time has finally come to eliminate the state’s share of the grocery tax, giving families more money right away.

These are compelling arguments, tempered only by inflation, rising interest rates and fears of a recession.

The tax board snapshot includes its own caveats. This year, income taxes have benefited from a strong stock market at the start of the year and a strong housing market. Both have since slipped, meaning next year’s growth “is about to moderate.” Sales tax collections have already begun to moderate and may continue to do so. Utah’s consumer confidence, while still 15 points above the national average, is trending down.

This is all true, and yet it seems there is enough and there is enough to do all of the above, including preparing for the tough times.

A quarter of all excess is automatically applied to bad weather funds. The state will have enough to weather a moderate storm. If the recession is worse than this, lawmakers should do what they have done in the past, which is to hold special sessions and make tough cuts.

But the current surpluses suggest that, under current circumstances, taxes could be reduced while adequately funding state needs, including education. This could be done better if the state were to reform its tax system to make better use of all its tax revenue.

Planning for bad times is one thing. Continually collecting more than necessary, however, inhibits economic growth.

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Salt lake city

Go behind the scenes of new security technology at SLC Airport

SALT LAKE CITY — The 21stst anniversary of the September 11 attacks is only a few days away.

It also marks a pivotal moment in history that prompted the formation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) two months later.

Since then, the TSA has evolved with the times, including the use of automated technology that the federal agency uses to keep passengers safe.

Salt Lake City International Airport’s Hold Baggage Inspection System (CBIS) began screening travelers’ baggage in September 2020. Baggage is transported from the counter to the aircraft by a series of automated conveyor belts.

CBIS has six built-in Explosive Detection System (EDS) units that create a 3D x-ray image of what is inside each piece of checked baggage.

Every day, approximately 13,000 pieces of baggage are checked at the airport.

“If the technology signals a security threat, the generated image appears on the screen. A TSA agent has a limited amount of time to view this image to determine if they can resolve this on-screen threat,” TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said.

If the problem cannot be resolved, the baggage is flagged for physical inspection.

Dankers claim that their agents open less than 5% of bags, with the technology eliminating the rest.

“What we’ve been able to do is integrate technology into our processes which helps with efficiency. We have modified our procedures to adapt them to today’s environment,” explained Dankers.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, she said the procedures involve incorporating technology that reduces physical contact between travelers and TSA agents. An example of this can be seen right now for those passing through Salt Lake City.

This summer, the TSA implemented the Credential Authentication Technology (CAT) unit, which is a facial verification system that allows an agent to authenticate a traveler’s photo ID on-screen and in time. real.

“It scans someone’s photo ID, but it’s also equipped with a camera to take a live photo of the traveler to do a facial recognition match,” Dankers said.

She adds that the TSA does not store photos captured by the CAT unit and that passengers can opt out of them.

Salt Lake City International Airport is one of the few airports in the country to use CAT. Dankers said the TSA selected the airport because it met certain criteria, including size, infrastructure, location and the airport’s willingness to implement the technology. Therefore, it is likely that more advanced technologies will be showcased at SLC in the future.

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Page M. Juliano/Summit Sotheby’s International Realty • Salt Lake Magazine

Page Morris Juliano brings home hunters and sellers the best of the Utah town to the mountain lifestyle. As one of the few real estate agents with expertise in Utah’s two hottest markets, Salt Lake and Park City, she is among Sotheby’s go-to agents to assist clients in all ranges of price.

“We believe everyone should be represented,” she says of Sotheby’s mission. “For us, luxury is not a price. We strive to take care of each of our customers at the same level.

The daughter of real estate powerhouse Carlyle Morris and property developer Rob Morris, Juliano was practically destined for the life of a real estate agent. She’s been licensed for 26 years, and the early years of her career were spent learning the ropes from her top teachers.

“I can never forget the foundation my parents gave me,” says Juliano. “My mother was one of Utah’s first female realtors and truly exemplified true courage, discernment and poise. She taught me that consistency is key in this unpredictable industry.You need to have structure, discipline and a daily regimen to stay nimble.

Juliano credits much of his balanced success to his team at Sotheby’s, from his assistant Kelley Keator and his dedicated deal coordinators, to the international network of agents and executives who help agents stay informed and up-to-date on statistics, marketing and Utah Real Estate practices and policies. But most importantly, Juliano’s personal formula for success is simple: “keep showing up and communicating”.

“This business is not for the faint of heart,” she says. “Many don’t realize how much work, time and education goes into it. People who don’t show up, don’t succeed.

Juliano is excited to see a new generation of agents taking on Utah’s rocky market.

Among them is his son-in-law, Patrick Munger, who has developed a strong following through Juliano’s mentorship.

She looks forward to passing the baton to new agents who, like her collaborator Munger, share Sotheby’s mission to work with humanity and care. But this powerhouse isn’t planning on bringing it out anytime soon.

“Recently, the Utah market has been unlike any other, but it’s fueling my creativity and encouraging new connections,” she says. “I like the challenge and I can’t wait to see what the next few years have in store for us.”

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Should your buses, trams and trains be free?

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Like everyone I know in Germany, I bought the so-called 9 euro ticket this summer. Three, in fact – one for June, July and August. I put the QR codes in my mobile phone’s digital wallet and was free to hop on and off all buses, trams, local and regional trains in the country. In a country that specializes in the complexity of things, getting around was suddenly simple.

This all-you-can-eat ticket – for around $9 – was a huge experiment worth watching from other countries looking for climate change policies. The impetus has been the surge in inflation this year and, in particular, the energy shock. In response, the German government adopted a series of measures intended to lessen the blow to the population’s finances. The 9 euro note was one.

The most popular, in fact. The deal expired last week, and everyone is already talking about how and when to bring him back. The question – for Germany and other countries – is therefore whether and under what circumstances it is a good idea to subsidize public transport enough to make it extremely cheap or even free.

The numbers are intriguing. People bought some 52 million tickets at 9 euros, and another 10 million who had previously bought an annual subscription automatically bought them. I almost wonder about the Germans who didn’t take advantage of the offer. Presumably they include babies and people living in deep forests with no bus stops.

If the first estimates turn out to be correct, moreover, around 10% of purchasers have used the ticket to give up at least one of their daily car journeys. It saved them a bunch of gas expenses. It also kept large clouds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere – about 1.8 million metric tons. That – after just three months – is equivalent to the emissions generated by powering 350,000 homes for an entire year, or the savings that can be expected in a year if Germany introduces a speed limit on its motorways.

It comes as a shock. Cities from Santiago, Chile, to Salt Lake City, Utah, and Tallinn, Estonia, have also experimented with free public transport. The same goes for the whole small nation of Luxembourg. But they all found that their subsidies did not significantly reduce car journeys – either because the people who took more trams, buses and trains were too poor to own cars and would otherwise have walked or cycled; or because public transport was still too inconvenient compared to driving for the price to make much of a difference.

This highlights a general problem with subsidies. Unlike price signals from markets, they generally distort rather than correct a sector of the economy. Making public transport free or cheap, for example, stimulates demand but does nothing to also increase the quantity or quality of supply.

Bus and rail operators, whether private or public, cannot easily add capacity. In Germany, too, many frustrated €9 passengers were left on the platforms as their overloaded trains departed without them. People who live in places where the bus goes once a week, if at all, weren’t much better off either.

In reality, therefore, public transport subsidies are usually a response to the problem of inequality, not climate change. The affluent continue to drive, regardless of the price of gas. And they pay more taxes to allow cash-strapped people to ride at little or no cost. In this case, much more: the subsidy from Germany, just for these three summer months, is estimated to cost the federal government – ​​and therefore the taxpayer – 2.5 billion euros.

The €9 note, however, suggests that a well-designed subsidy could still encourage more people to leave their cars at home at least part of the time, thereby mitigating greenhouse gas emissions as well as inequality. But for this, the subsidy should be combined with other policies.

First, governments must also provide more alternatives to driving, rather than just cheaper ones, or design incentives for companies to do so. It’s devilishly difficult. Even in Germany, where the mainstream policy is supposedly “pro-rail”, trains are best known for running late or not running at all. And every time someone tries to build a shiny new station, locals (including those who call themselves “green”) protest.

Second, governments must deliberately make driving less and less affordable. The cost of petrol or diesel must remain uncomfortably high well beyond the current energy crisis – in fact, forever. And the best way to do that is to put a high and rising price on carbon, as cap and trade regimes seek to do.

That’s why demands by Poland and other countries to abandon the European Union’s emissions trading system, the world’s largest cap-and-trade market, are misguided. Instead of sacrificing the ETS to temporarily cushion energy prices, Europe should instead strengthen and expand the system, and other countries should follow.

For now, even mainstream liberals like me have to admit that transportation is an area of ​​the economy that is blocked by market failures and is largely responsible for climate change. This suggests that the government should step in with better policies. The 9 euro note does not offer the whole answer, but a first glimpse.

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Andreas Kluth is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering European politics. A former editor of Handelsblatt Global and a writer for The Economist, he is the author of “Hannibal and Me”.

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Xcited Transaction Totals $16.1 Million (Actual Bids) | Arkansas Business News

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A 214,253 square foot retail project in Little Rock was worth $16.1 million.

Xcited Riverdale LLC, an Arkansas partner group formed by TJ Lefler of Lefler Capital in Fayetteville, has purchased the Riverdale Mall at 2500-2610 Cantrell Road.

The seller is Kappa Realty LLC, led by Chris Robertson Sr. The deal is funded by a 10-year, $16.7 million loan from Encore Bank of Little Rock.

Kappa Realty acquired the previously leased 17.6-acre site for $8.3 million in April 2019 from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Little Rock. The improvements were purchased for $4.2 million in November 1993 from New York Life Insurance Co.

Office-Warehouse Sale I

A 37,743 square foot office warehouse in North Little Rock tipped the scales at $2.3 million.

400 Phillips Road LLC, led by Ryan Gibson, and Horizon Ventures Inc., led by Zach Holderfield, purchased the 400 Phillips Road project in a 55/45 ownership split.

The seller is KMS Car WHS LLC, run by Rob Kimbel. The deal is funded by a 10-year, $1.9 million loan from Citizens Bank of Batesville.

KMS has purchased the 3.76-acre Consolidated Pipe & Supply Co. development from #40 Real Estate Partnership LLC, a subsidiary of Ameripipe Supply of Dallas.

Take 5 purchases

An oil change project in the University District of Little Rock generated a sale of $1.43 million.

The Everett Living Trust of San Diego has acquired the Take 5 Oil Change at 6207 Col. Glenn Road in Little Rock from Driven Brands Inc. of Charlotte, North Carolina.

The deal is backed by a 10-year, $717,500 loan from TruStone Financial Credit Union of Plymouth, Minnesota.

The 0.37 acre site was purchased for $260,000 in November 2021 from Xiang and Jin Lin.

Flagship project

A 16,750 square foot former Fred’s store in the landmark community of southern Pulaski County has changed hands in a $1.33 million deal.

Exchangeright Net-Leased Portfolio 56 DST of Pasadena, Calif., has purchased the 15700 Arch Street Pike project from Colbcar LLC of Brookhaven, Mississippi.

The 3.3-acre development helps secure a $59 million financing deal with Morgan Stanley Bank of Salt Lake City.

The property was acquired for $550,000 in 2021 from Summit Properties Landmark LLC, a subsidiary of Atlantic Retail Investors of Jupiter, Florida.

Office-Warehouse Sale II

A 19,419 square foot office warehouse in North Little Rock has sold for $1.15 million.

Stuart and Suzanne Mackey purchased the 7301 Industry Drive project and adjoining 4.7 acres of land from House Properties Inc., run by Barbara Mae House.

The deal is funded by a 25-year, $539,174 loan from White Hall’s Relyance Bank.

House Properties purchased the 4.01-acre development and land for $825,000 in May 2002 from bankrupt Beverage Systems of America Inc.

Storage land

A storage development in West Little Rock is in the works after a $1 million land deal.

Brookwood-WLR II LLC, a subsidiary of Brookwood Properties in Baton Rouge, has acquired the 3.1-acre site near the northwest corner of Wellington Hills Road and Chenal Parkway. The seller is Chi Hotel Group LLC, led by Jacob and Jasen Chi.

The deal is backed by a 10-year, $9.3 million loan from Morgan Stanley Private Bank of Purchase, New York.

Chi Hotel bought the land in April 2018 for $675,000 from Chenal Commercial Partnership, led by Jim Hathaway.

goodwill asset

A 48,764 square foot warehouse in downtown Little Rock attracted a $900,000 transaction.

Haybar Properties LLC, led by Bryan Hosto, has purchased the 1110 W. Seventh St. project. The seller is Goodwill Industries of Arkansas Inc., led by Brian Marsh.

The deal is funded by a 30-year, $500,000 loan from First State Bank of Lonoke.

Goodwill assembled the 1.41 acre property in deals with Joseph and Marilyn Brown, $175,000 in June 1972; and Margaret Erhart, Mary Sue Rogers and Logue and Carol Omohundro, $75,000 in October 1974.

office transaction

A 6,099 square foot office building in West Little Rock is under new ownership after a $760,000 deal.

Gittens Holdings LLC, led by Brian Gittens, purchased the 14 Office Park Drive project. The seller is Scott Ventures LLC, led by Thomas Scott III.

The deal is funded by a four-year, $608,000 loan from Simmons Bank of Pine Bluff.

Scott Ventures assembled the 0.66 acre development under deals with Aaron and Sandra Lubin, $525,000 in July 2015; and Alysee Property Management LLC, led by Alvin Rogers, $27,112 in April 2017.

Bovine property

A 113.85-acre tract in northern Pulaski County recorded a sale of $525,000.

Nelson Land & Cattle LLC, led by Joshua and Brittany Nelson, acquired the property on Fortson and Ridge Creek Rock roads about 7.5 miles northwest of Jacksonville. The seller is Sorrels Cattle Inc., headed by Michael Sorrels.

The deal is backed by a 25-year, $525,000 loan from the Farm Service Agency of Washington, D.C.

Sorrels Cattle bought the property for $401,000 in July 2014 from the Copeland Living Trust, run by Johnny and Cristi Copeland.

gold acquisition

A 3,840 square foot retail project in Little Rock changed hands in a $460,000 deal.

Ara Cho LLC, led by Han Cho, purchased the Golden Beauty Supplies project at 2901 W. 12th St. The seller is Jeon & Yoon Enterprise Inc., led by Kyungmi Yoon.

The deal is funded by a five-year, $391,000 loan from First Community Bank of Batesville.

The 0.56 acre development was acquired for $200,000 in June 2021 from Golden Beauty Supplies Inc., led by Jim Im.

Amboy Buy

The 41,230 square foot former Amboy Elementary School in North Little Rock sold for $360,000.

Turchi Inc., led by Rodney Turchi, purchased the 2400 W. 58th St. project from Whitman LLC, led by Ryan Meyer.

The deal is funded by a 10-year, $348,000 loan from Focus Management Group LLC of Little Rock.

Whitman purchased the 5.64-acre property for $175,000 in December 2016 from the North Little Rock School District.

65th Street Offer

A 14,900 square foot building in Little Rock attracted a $275,000 transaction. Enmar Properties Inc., led by Bertha Guerra, has acquired the 5100 W. 65th St. project.

The seller is Pine Plaza Investments LLC, led by Rick Ferguson. The deal is backed by a five-year, $233,750 loan from Bank of Little Rock.

Pine Plaza purchased the 1.17 acre development for $275,000 in September 2021 from Nicholas and Susan Brown.

Forest Heights Location

A 4,156 square foot home in the Heights neighborhood of Little Rock was worth $1.35 million.

John and Jamie Bizzell bought James and Jill Gibson’s house.

The deal is funded by a 30-year, $1 million loan from Regions Bank of Birmingham, Alabama.

The Gibsons acquired the residence for $1.1 million in October 2020 from Russell and Sarah Brantley.

Circle of Sologne

A 5,939-square-foot home in the Sologne Circle neighborhood west of Little Rock tipped the scales at $1.14 million.

Philip and Dana McKellar bought the house from Girner Enterprises LLC, run by John Girner, who provided a one-year mortgage of $1 million.

The residence was acquired for $1.1 million in August 2008 from the Bank of England.

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Salt lake city

Taxis in Salt Lake City: Yellow Cab, Ute Cab are back

Almoh Bahaji and Jay Wacker, a friendly couple in their sixties in blue jeans, don’t look like counter-revolutionaries. Their no-frills offices in the yellow cinderblock building on the west side of town don’t look like the kind of height from which to launch an offensive, either.

But make no mistake, these men fight hard, committed and determined to restore the ancient and mighty king to his former glory.

Namely, the taxi.

Everyone knows taxis haven’t had it easy over the past decade. First came Uber, then Lyft, ride-sharing companies you could call from your phone!

Not only did new technology bring you rides quickly and efficiently no matter where you were, but drivers got online consumer ratings, a sort of built-in quality check – unlike taxis, where customer service was all about often to you ‘re-lucky-you-were-picked.

Gone is the virtual monopoly taxis have enjoyed since the invention of the Model T. Demand plummeted virtually overnight.

Salt Lake City‘s Yellow Cab is a good example. Up with a fleet of 150 taxis around 2012, by 2016 there were only 40 left.

The owners and shareholders put the company up for sale, which was no surprise. What was a surprise was that someone bought it.

People were pretty sure that Almoh Bahaji had lost his mind or was about to.

But Almoh had two very good reasons for buying what looked like a dinosaur: first, he had been driving for the company since 1999; two, and more importantly, during that time he had bought dozens of taxis which he had contracted out to other drivers.

If Yellow Cab ceased to exist, it would end up with a garage full of yellow-colored cars and nowhere to drive them.

Fortunately, facing long hardships did not scare a man who first had to escape a civil war in his native Somalia before arriving in Salt Lake City in 1996 as a refugee with 80 dollars in his name.

He was living in The Road Home homeless shelter when he drove his first taxi.

After that, he says, “I started living the American Dream.”

He first spent enough money to buy his own car. Then he put in enough money to buy more cars and rent them out. Its fleet was at the forefront of the 2002 Olympics, when Salt Lake taxis had their best month ever.

The taxi business – for Yellow Cab and for Almoh – remained stable until 2009, when Uber was born, and until 2012, when Lyft was born. Then came the slippery slope, followed by the clearance sale.

The first thing Almoh did when the business was his was to confess to himself what he didn’t know.

He could see that previous management “didn’t plan Uber and Lyft very well; they didn’t form any strategy,” but he didn’t know how to modernize the business.

“That’s why I got Jay,” he says.

Jay is Jay Wacker, a man who somehow has been in the transportation business all his life, as a driver, dispatcher, customer service manager, manager. Based on his experience and background, Almoh asked Jay to be his operations supervisor.

“I give you six months,” he said.

It was five years ago.

The fact that they are still standing is a testament to where hard work and determination will get you.

That and a new business model.

Instead of being repelled by the technology, they embraced it. They have a rider app called CURB that does the same thing as the Uber and Lyft apps. They aggressively sought contracts with hotels and other businesses, including the airport, promising better service with their new software. They chiseled the longstanding negative taxi culture of customers serving the driver rather than the other way around.

“Taxis were the only ones doing this for a long time and they were pretty indifferent to customer service, and to some extent they still are,” says Jay. “But we are trying to figure out what a taxi service is supposed to look like instead of the old legacy. We are a service industry. That’s all we have is service.

Like everything else, the new business model didn’t foresee the pandemic, but it managed to survive 2020, if only barely. At the lowest point during the lockdown, they were down to just 10 drivers.

They’ve since bounced back, to the point that they now have 84 taxis in their fleet (they also acquired Ute Cab), they get 800 app visits a day (not including corporate accounts and the airport) – and they are constantly looking to add more taxis and more drivers.

A good sign that they are doing something right: of their last twelve driver hires, 10 have come from Uber and Lyft.

“We can compete with Uber and Lyft,” says Jay, noting that one of the big advantages of taxis is that, unlike their ride-sharing competitors, they charge the same fare for the same route, regardless of the time of day. the day and independently of supply and demand. There are no surge charges.

“People don’t like surge charges,” he says.

“I like our position, I like where we are,” said the counter-revolutionary, a hint of pride perceptible in his voice. “We took over a dying business and revitalized it. Our future looks bright. We are far from finished. »

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Utah economy

A group of young people organize a “die-in” at the Grand Lac Salé

SALT LAKE CITY — A group of young activists are hoping to bring about change and are pushing for state leaders to tackle the Great Salt Lake crisis now — sooner rather than later.

“Camping, hiking, kayaking – things like that have been a big part of what I’ve done for fun here, and I want future generations to continue to be able to enjoy activities like that,” said Niels Matsen, a youth organizer at the rally on Saturday morning.

People of all ages gathered near the Great Salt Lake to raise awareness of the crisis facing the lake and the threat it poses to the entire state.

READ: Cox says more money will be needed for water conservation, saving the Great Salt Lake

“We’re here to remind people, the people of our state, that what’s happening here is going to impact biodiversity, the economy and people’s health,” said Muskan Walia, a youth environmental organizer with Utah. Youth Environmental Solutions (U-OUI), the group that hosted this event. “We are here to remind people that power comes from below.”

There were speeches addressed to the crowd, poems read, signs held and messages shared – all to help people understand the dire situation at the lake.

“It has so much impact on everything else in our lives – not just our health, but also our enjoyment and quality of life. If we want to keep skiing, this is kind of our last fight for that. said Sheyda Allen, a youth organizer.

People walked over an area of ​​the lake bed that had dried up and staged what they called a “die-in”, which involved lying down to show what would happen if the lake was not not quickly saved. Volunteers held up tombstones to highlight some of the challenges the loss of the Great Salt Lake would bring.

READ: Group pitches Utah lawmakers on pipeline to Great Salt Lake

“A protest is a great way to build collective power, but I think the next step is to turn that power into collective action,” Walia said.

Organizers say one way to do this is to pressure the legislature to make immediate change. The volunteers added that it is not enough to have this crisis on lawmakers’ radar and that the lake needs solutions immediately.

“Stop diverting water for alfalfa fields, stop diverting water for mining, stop diverting water for big development,” said Maria Archibald with U-YES. “Allow naturally flowing water to reach the Great Salt Lake.”

And the work will not stop. These activists said they plan to hold more events and help people understand how they can help.

“To show people that they care about these kinds of events and that they really have that support as individuals so that we can have support as a group,” Allen added.

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Record heat for Labor Day weekend in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Happy Labor Day weekend Utah! With the High Dome sitting over the western United States, we won’t see too much change from what we’ve had for the past few days, with highs ranging over 10° above the average in most places in the state. Skies will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy with only a slight chance for a few stray light showers over higher ground, mostly in the southern two-thirds of the state. In our northern Utah valleys, we will also continue to experience poor air quality, primarily due to the presence of ozone.

Going through and after this Labor Day weekend, every day is expected to have record/equal heat in Salt Lake City through next Wednesday. In Salt Lake City, there’s a chance we’ll beat the 102 we saw on Thursday (which is September’s new all-time high) by hitting 103 or even 104! We could also very well see the September temperature record drop in Logan, 97, approaching 100 this weekend! A heat advisory will go into effect for the northwest half of our region, including the Wasatch front, at noon today and will last until Labor Day Monday with a chance that it will be extended until middle of next week.

In St. George, we will be closer to 110 and due to extreme heat in lower Washington County, an excessive heat warning will be in effect from today until Labor Day. This warning now also includes Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Recreation Area, as daytime highs could reach 107°.

Some places you can go to escape the heat will be high altitudes and near our lakes and reservoirs. One place that might not worry about hot temperatures is Bear Lake with highs near 90 over the weekend. Highs will also be close to 90 for the Wasatch Back as in Park City. If you have outdoor plans, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to beat this late-season heat. Take breaks, find shade, pack plenty of hydration, look before you lock your car, and limit time outdoors during the afternoon hours.

Looking for relief, models continue to be optimistic of at least a little cooler trend by the end of next week as a system moves or at least weakens the high. Based on model trends, cooler air should start arriving by Thursday with more seasonal air entering by Friday into the weekend. There is also a chance that we may finally see the humidity return. Cross your fingers and stay tuned!

Conclusion ? ! The heat wave will persist through Labor Day weekend.

Always stay ahead of the weather with Utah’s most accurate forecasts both live and online! We are There4You!

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Real Estate News: Price Records Set in Los Angeles

Welcome to the real estate newsletter. The weather and the market are incredibly hot right now, and this week celebrities have been breaking price records in multiple neighborhoods.

Alyson Hannigan of “How I Met Your Mother” kicked things off in Encino, where she unloaded her architectural estate for $16 million – the highest market sale in the neighborhood’s history.

The high rating makes sense given the scope and style of the estate. Covering 7,600 square feet on three acres, the striking mansion was built by LA architect Peter Tolkin, who designed it as a series of gallery-like pavilions laden with wood, concrete and glass.

In the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, ‘Fast and Furious’ director Justin Lin has broken another record by selling his penthouse loft for $5.5 million – by far the highest price ever in the area and one of the biggest sales in all of downtown.

Lin used the four-story loft as an office for her production studio, and the listing of photos shows just how flexible the space is. It spans 4,300 square feet and features an additional 3,600 square feet of outdoor space with floating stairs traversing a sprawling open floor plan. Single-family housing will always be the go-to option in Southern California, but Lin’s home is an example of what luxury vertical living can look like.

Another film figure – successful producer Joel Silver – is hoping for similar success in Brentwood. He has relisted his hot pink mega-mansion for $49 million, a significant discount from the $75 million he was previously asking for.

Built by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, this whimsical, one-of-a-kind estate is said to be Brentwood’s third most expensive sale at $49 million behind Scooter Braun and a massage chair mogul.

The crazy week was not limited to the residential market. In the San Gabriel Valley, the Westfield Santa Anita mall sold for a staggering $537.5 million, making it the most expensive mall sale in years.

The identity of the buyer remains unclear, but a source said it was an established commercial real estate investor with other retail assets in Southern California. It’s a massive sale but not surprising; in April, Westfield’s owner said he would sell the company’s 24 US malls.

Finally, we spent some time explaining what “affordable housing” really means. It’s a term that makes the headlines in several Los Angeles Times articles each week, but how is it actually constructed? And more importantly, how can you be one of the lucky few to land an affordable unit?

Jon Healey’s story answers these questions and more.

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The actress’ gorgeous property fetches a record price

This piece showcases the estate’s wood and glass aesthetic.

(Tyler Hogan)

Encino just saw one of its biggest sales ever as ‘How I Met Your Mother’ star Alyson Hannigan and her husband, actor Alexis Denisof, sold their architectural resort for $16 million.

It’s the highest paid home on the Encino market, beating Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s $15.2 million sale in 2021. But the record price was hit in 2019 in what’s called a off-market sale, i.e. a house changing hands outside of the Multiple Listing Service – when another Jonas brother, Nick, and his wife Priyanka Chopra quietly paid $20 million for a 20-year-old mansion 000 square feet.

Hannigan and Denisof, who both starred in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” doubled their money on the deal. Records show they bought the property for $7.95 million in 2016.

The popular resort is known as the Sherman Residence, and it’s unlike anything else in the San Fernando Valley market. Comprised of pavilions marked by wood, glass, and concrete, the estate has starred in numerous movies and TV shows over the years, including “Fracture,” “Fun With Dick and Jane,” “CSI: Miami,” and “Agents of SHIELD”.

Director sets new high in Arts District

The condo sits above Biscuit Company Lofts, a 1920s building that once served as Nabisco's West Coast headquarters.

The four-story condo sits above Biscuit Company Lofts, a 1920s building that once served as Nabisco’s West Coast headquarters.

(NeueFocus)

Director Justin Lin just closed the most expensive deal ever for a condo in downtown Los Angeles’ arts district, selling his penthouse loft for $5.5 million.

It’s a defining sell-off for the downtown Los Angeles luxury market, which has taken a hit during the pandemic as buyers work remotely and abandon vertical living in favor of single-family homes. The sale also ranks as the priciest condo deal in downtown Los Angeles outside of the Ritz Carlton Residences at LA Live, where NBA players such as Kawhi Leonard and Lonzo Ball have purchased nearby homes. from Crypto.com Arena.

Lin, who is best known for directing five films in the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, bought the place ten years ago for $2.6 million from actor-director Vincent Gallo and used it as an office for his production company, Perfect Storm Entertainment. Records show he put it up for sale earlier this year for $7 million.

At 4,300 square feet, the four-story condo is larger than most single-family homes. It’s on the 7th floor of Biscuit Company Lofts, a 1925 building that once served as Nabisco’s West Coast headquarters.

Hit producer cuts price of mega-mansion

The Ricardo Legorreta-designed home of film producer Joel Silver has a huge atrium, hydraulic doors, and a screening room.

The Ricardo Legorreta-designed home of film producer Joel Silver in Brentwood has a huge atrium, hydraulic doors and a screening room.

(Tyler Hogan)

If at first you don’t succeed, slash, slash the prize. That’s Joel Silver’s strategy in Brentwood, where he’s just relisted his hot pink mega-mansion for $49 million – a 35% discount from his previous $75 million request.

Silver, the movie producer behind hit franchises such as “Die Hard” and “The Matrix,” will still make a big profit if he gets his prize. He bought the property for $3.3 million in 1988 and razed the existing structure, commissioning Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta to build a 25,000 square foot mansion in its place.

If it sells for $49 million, it will be the third most expensive sale in Brentwood history behind Scooter Braun, who spent $65 million on a modern farmhouse last year, and the armchair mogul from massage Matt Wollman, who offloaded his fortress-like estate for $56.55 million. a few months later.

One of the brightest and boldest homes in the area, the pink complex is a perfect representation of Legorreta, whose whimsical style brought color to Mexico and the United States, including the revamp of Pershing Square In 1994.

Westfield Santa Anita sold for a fortune

A young girl watches customers, seen through a reflection, return to shop inside Westfield Santa Anita.

Westfield Santa Anita Mall, featured in 2020, has been sold to an undisclosed buyer for $537.5 million.

(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

Westfield Santa Anita has changed hands in one of the most expensive mall sales in years as its Paris-based owner moves to offload its US properties and retreat to Europe, writes Roger Vincent.

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield has sold the large Arcadia indoor shopping center for $537.5 million, the French shopping center company announced.

It is the highest price paid for a US mall since 2018, according to real estate investment bank Eastdil Secured, which advised Unibail-Rodamco on the sale. That year, real estate giant Brookfield sold a 49% stake in Fashion Place near Salt Lake City for $594 million, which Brookfield’s real estate chief told investors “was a very healthy price.”

The identity of the Arcadia Mall buyer was not disclosed, but Unibail-Radamco said the new owner “is an established commercial real estate investor with other commercial assets in Southern California.”

Where to find affordable housing

Leading state legislators and officials tour a newly built all-electric affordable apartment building in Mar Vista.

Top lawmakers and state officials tour a newly constructed all-electric affordable apartment building in Mar Vista, Los Angeles, California, March 11, 2022.

(Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles has far too little housing, especially of the affordable variety. A 2021 study by the California Housing Partnership found nearly 800,000 low-income households in the city need low-cost housing, but affordable housing supply is short by nearly 500,000, writes Jon Healey.

Still, new affordable housing is opening every year — more than 8,200 have been added to the city’s inventory from April 2021 to March 2022, according to the city’s housing report.

But how can tenants find out about these units and how are they filled? We have answers.

What we read

“Serial home-swapping” sounds like a new HGTV show, but it’s actually an emerging trend in which remote workers swap homes to try out different cities. The BBC spoke to a few who agreed to the swap, including a New Yorker who swapped his studio for a house in Colorado and a European couple who swapped their apartment in Amsterdam for a beach house in Barcelona.

There are affordable prices, and then there are prices so cheap they seem fake affordable. MarketWatch reviewed eight homes on the market for less than $100,000 across the country and found a houseboat in Washington, a bungalow in Texas and a four-bedroom house in Syracuse, NY.

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“To Kill a Mockingbird” arrives in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY – “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a story most know because of the beloved book and movie. Now the Broadway touring company is coming to the Eccles Theater with the Tony award-winning production.

“When I was little, my father gave me one of these air rifles.”

A defense attorney addresses the jury in a small town Alabama courthouse.

Harper Lee’s iconic American novel now has a new life on stage.

Popular stage and film actor Richard Thomas plays Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Like most of us, the book was required reading for him as a young teenager, but to prepare for the role, he says he decided to read it again.

“Read ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ as an adult, and if you’re a parent, even more; it is a wonderful book. It’s not a children’s book, and when you read it as an adult, you realize that,” Thomas said.

When asked why it was important for him, at this point in his career, to play this role, he said: “The revitalization of the social justice movement and the racial justice movement made this play particularly exciting and personally exciting to me. It would always be a good time to take ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ across the country, but now is a particularly good time, I think.

Addressing the jury, Atticus continues the story and explains the reason for the title. His daddy said, “Always remember it was a sin to kill a mockingbird, a sin.”

There are some notable differences between the 1960 book and the 1962 film. In Aaron Sorkin’s play, adult actors fill the roles of the children, as they tell the story, and Calpurnia, the housekeeper, has a more important role. Also, says Thomas, Atticus steps off his pedestal.

“Now the story is as much about Atticus’ loss of innocence as it is about the children’s loss of innocence,” he said. “It allows me to give the audience a flesh and blood person they can relate to and go hand-in-hand with throughout the story.”

And then, Atticus finishes the story.

“He said it was because they were innocent, and I became a lawyer.”

Thomas hopes audiences will first be entertained before being moved by these performances.

“It’s the spoonful of sugar that brings down the medicine,” he laughs. “But I think theater, at its best, is kind of an empathy machine. It is a common experience where we share what it means to be human.

This story, said Richard Thomas, is one we must never forget.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” runs for eight performances at the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City, starting Tuesday, September 6.

For ticket information, click here.

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Utah economy

REVIEW: A compliment to Raul Labrador for wanting to know more about Idaho water


It may seem out of place for one attorney general candidate’s treasurer to compliment the other candidate, but water law and policy are so vital to Idaho’s future that a compliment must be paid. when it is in order. There should be no room for politics when it comes to Idaho’s water. Raul Labrador is to be commended for participating in a water tour conducted by the Idaho Water Users Association in southwestern Idaho on August 24. He reportedly rode in a van with Ammon Bundy and several other political candidates to learn about canals, sewage treatment and topics on a seven-hour tour of Ada and Canyon counties.

Water Users, who is a preeminent advocate for sound water policy in Idaho, is to be commended for acquainting politicians with the basics of this very important issue. Candidates are to be commended for wanting to learn more about the importance of water to Idaho.

It took me decades to learn the ins and outs of water legislation and policy and I do not claim to be any expert. As Attorney General in the 1980s, I fought a years-long battle with Idaho Power for control of the Snake River that involved skirmishes in the Idaho courts and legislature, federal agencies and in the US Congress. Former Governor John Evans and I were able to reach a favorable settlement that required a ruling on all water rights in the Snake River Basin, which protected individual water rights and prevented encroachment from outside interests.

My favorite AG candidate, Tom Arkoosh, has spent decades practicing water law. He is dedicated to helping resolve competing claims to this valuable resource to meet the needs of farmers, ranchers, businesses and communities. Just this week, Tom lambasted the federal government for trying to circumvent Idaho water laws relating to water use rights on federal pastures. He strongly supports the proposition that water rights in our state should be controlled by state law and decided by state courts. He would certainly encourage his opponent to join him in this federal-state fight.

We both encourage Mr. Labrador to pursue his water studies, but we offer valuable advice. Ignore suggestions from our sister states on how best to manage Idaho’s water. Following his water tour, Labrador told his Facebook followers that they “want an Attorney General who will stand up for our water rights and develop sensible policies with our sister states to make sure we have the resources necessary for sustained economic growth”.

I spent a lot of time as Attorney General fighting the determined efforts of our beloved sister states to get their hands on Idaho’s precious water. If a sister state comes up with a “sense” policy that it says will ensure growth in Idaho, the best response is to run the other way as fast as you can. Every state bordering Idaho would like to have water from Idaho to support the growth of its own economy.

There are rules in place to prevent Wyoming and Utah from encroaching on Idaho’s water, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t try to get some of our water. Utah would like to take over as much of Bear River as humanly possible, and it has taken steps in that direction. During my tenure as AG, Washington and Oregon used a number of federal laws to try to open the flow of the Snake River for the benefit of their own people. Nor would I trust the state of Nevada, with its growing thirst for water.

It takes a beginner a while to master a complicated new problem, but you have to give a beginner credit for trying. As the campaign progresses, we can all repeat the mantra to Mr. Labrador: “Don’t trust our sister states with Idaho water, because once they get it, they won’t give it back.”

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Jim Jones is a Vietnam veteran who served eight years as Idaho Attorney General and 12 years as an Idaho Supreme Court Justice. He is treasurer of the Arkoosh campaign.

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Jordan’s new ‘plan’ could have benefits for the Great Salt Lake

On Thursday, Horizonte student Oakland Voright and her teacher Nat Shiozawa discuss their observations around the Cascades region of the Rose Park Jordan River Watershed Project Cornell Wetland Area in Salt Lake City. The feature helps dissolve oxygen in the water and also has a hydrodynamic separator that mechanically removes debris and sediment from the water. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

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Editor’s note: This article is published through the Great Salt Lake Collaborative, a solutions journalism initiative that brings together news, education and media organizations to help inform people about the plight of the Great Salt Lake – and what that can be done to make a difference before it’s too late. Read all of our stories at greatsaltlakenews.org.

SALT LAKE CITY — West Jordan Mayor Dirk Burton reflects on his childhood as he stands just a few blocks from the banks of the Jordan River.

There is a memory from decades ago that comes to mind. One year, his father spent months building a fiberglass canoe in the backyard of the Kearns family home. They decided the Jordan River was the perfect place to test this homemade boat, so they cut through the overgrowth in the area and dunked the boat in the water.

It wasn’t exactly smooth sailing. They had to get out of the boat and portage through obstacles from time to time. This was the case for years after more than a century of neglect of the Jordan River, which flows from northern Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake.

That began to change with the launch of “Blueprint Jordan River” in 2008. The document eventually outlined plans to make the Jordan River a more desirable — and navigable — recreational attraction. It even led to the creation of the Jordan River Commission, a group of governmental and non-governmental entities that seeks to improve the river corridor and create more connecting trails along the river.

“Today when we go to the river and look at it, we can see the fantastic changes that have happened over the years, how much more usable it is,” says Burton, who is also president of the Jordan River Commission. Board of Directors. “If you think the past was exciting, wait until you see what the future holds.”

The commission and other groups gathered near where the river flows in the Rose Park neighborhood of Salt Lake City to reveal details of the river’s first updated plan since 2008. The revised document will focuses more on water quality and quantity this time around, including finding ways to provide more water to the struggling Great Salt Lake.

The nonprofit organization Envision Utah, which created the original plan, and the Jordan River Commission began updating the plan through a series of surveys in 2020, collecting input from more than 8 000 people. Almost a quarter of these respondents said that water quality and quantity were their top priorities for the future of the river. Another 16% said maintenance and cleaning were their top priorities.

Safety (14%) and the protection of natural habitats (13%) were next in importance, while travel to and through the boardwalk and recreation fell on the list of priorities, according to the survey results.

Soren Simonsen, the commission’s executive director, believes the two-decade-long “mega-drought” and record Great Salt Lake levels appear to have altered what people want to see from the river, which he calls a ” microcosm” of the struggles of the lake.

“The Jordan River is one of the main tributaries of the Great Salt Lake, so if the river is not healthy, which it is not because of the diversions and use of water, the lake is not healthy,” he said. “What we’ve highlighted in this Jordan River Blueprint update is that you can’t approach (the) river without looking at the entire watershed.”

West Jordan Mayor Dirk Burton takes a photo during a tour of the Cornell Wetland at the Rose Park Jordan River Watershed project in Salt Lake City on Thursday.
West Jordan Mayor Dirk Burton takes a photo during a tour of the Cornell Wetland at the Rose Park Jordan River Watershed project in Salt Lake City on Thursday. (Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

Chris Cline, chair of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s technical advisory committee, said the quality of the Jordan River has improved dramatically since it moved to the Salt Lake Valley in 1983.

The river was, in his words, a “place you wanted to stay away from” nearly 40 years ago, largely due to chemical discharges into the river from mining and smelting industries. These discharges also helped lead to current programs with the “toxic dust” of the Great Salt Lake.

Cline says the increase in the river’s “community value” since the 1980s has made the river much more desirable. Still, the Jordan River is no exception to the problems plaguing urban waterways, says Jodi Gardberg, manager of the Utah Division of Water Quality’s watershed protection program. These problems are now E. coli and programs with dissolved oxygen, which is necessary to sustain aquatic life.

Drought conditions have only exacerbated these problems. The division is currently trying to find ways to educate pet owners on how to prevent feces from ending up in the water, the main contributor to E. coli contamination. They are also working with various entities to “increase” flows to improve oxygen levels in the lower Jordan, according to Gardberg.

Holly Sweeten, outreach director for Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, overlooks the Cascade region of the Rose Park Jordan River Watershed Project Cornell Wetland Area in Salt <a class=Lake City on Thursday. The feature helps dissolve oxygen in the water and also has a hydrodynamic separator that mechanically removes debris and sediment from the water.”/>
Holly Sweeten, outreach director for Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, overlooks the Cascade region of the Rose Park Jordan River Watershed Project Cornell Wetland Area in Salt Lake City on Thursday. The feature helps dissolve oxygen in the water and also has a hydrodynamic separator that mechanically removes debris and sediment from the water. (Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

These, Simonsen explained, include weed management, as well as restoration and management projects in the area. Last year’s projects even included the removal of a dam in the southern region of Jordan, which improves water flow in the river. More such projects are expected in the future, on the 3,800 square miles connected to the river’s watershed.

The document lists the goals of “restoring and enhancing” existing wetlands, developing “non-irrigation restoration practices” and diversifying native and “desirable” plants, as ways to help improve the ecosystem the along the river. It also aims to improve water quality at Utah Lake and at places along the course of the river where runoff flows into it in Utah, Salt Lake and Davis counties.

Other plans call for a geomorphological assessment of the river to better understand the hydrological functions of the river, as well as the development of a “hydrological model” that improves water movement. This includes restoring the river’s “floodplain corridor” in all possible areas.

“Flows down the Jordan River will improve dissolved oxygen levels but also have the added benefit of delivering more water to the Great Salt Lake,” Gardberg said.

Other elements of the plan outline strategies to improve river recreation, such as improving parks and natural areas along the Jordan River Parkway and the trail itself. It also calls for more access points to the river and ways to enjoy it, such as through walks that are accessible to people of all abilities.

While the first plan improved the Jordan River, Ari Bruening, CEO of Envision Utah, points out that the review is a new starting point. It’s the start of an effort to improve the Jordan River and bring it back to the kind of river it was before it was damaged by human activity.

That’s why he believes the document has the potential to leave a “wonderful” legacy for future generations.

“With this vision, this Jordan River can become an even greater asset to Utah,” he said. “It is an essential element for our quality of life and a key element for our watershed. It’s a ribbon of natural habitat through our urbanized area here, a migration route for many species as well.

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More and more people are moving to places rather than places facing severe drought

About three-quarters of metropolitan areas where more than half of homes experienced severe drought in August have seen more people moving in than moving out in recent months, according to a new report from Redfin, a tech-based real estate agency.

In 34 of the 129 metros (26%) analyzed by Redfin, more than 50% of homes experienced intense drought in mid-August. Twenty-five of those 34 metros (74%) saw net inflows in the second quarter. A net influx means more Redfin.com users have been looking to move in than to leave.

Only 23 of the 99 metros (23%) for which Redfin has data for 2021 had more than 50% of households experiencing intense drought in mid-August 2021. Of these 23 metros, 16 – or 70% – had entries net in the second quarter of 2021.

“Many people consider climate risk when deciding where to live, but other factors, such as affordability, often take precedence as rents rise and monthly mortgage payments for homebuyers have increased by nearly 40% from a year ago,” Redfin said. economist Sebastian Sandoval-Olascoaga. “Drought may also not scare people to the same extent as fires or floods, which can physically decimate homes. Still, homeowners and buyers should be aware that the danger of drought could ultimately reduce their home’s value if a lack of water forces residents to leave in droves.

An estimated $17 trillion worth of homes (about 25 million properties) in metros analyzed by Redfin experienced severe drought in mid-August 2022, up 42% from $12 trillion (14 million of properties) a year earlier. The increase was partly fueled by soaring home prices over the past year, but is also related to the location of drought-prone properties. Los Angeles, San Jose and New York — three of the country’s most expensive real estate markets — were among the metropolises with the most homes facing intense drought in mid-August. Dallas, San Antonio and Sacramento — Sun Belt metros that have seen home values ​​soar due to an influx of new residents — were also in the top 10.

Much of drought-prone America lies in the Sun Belt, which has grown in popularity in recent years as people have been driven from expensive coastal towns. From 2016 to 2020, more people moved to areas at high risk not only of drought, but also of heat, fire and flooding. The 50 counties with the highest share of households at high risk of drought saw their populations increase by an average of 3.5% during this period due to positive net migration. This trend has intensified during the pandemic, as remote work has made relocation to relatively affordable areas more possible.

In Las Vegas, Sacramento and San Antonio, the influx of new residents coincides with an intense drought

There were 13 metros where 100% of households experienced severe, extreme or exceptional drought in mid-August: Las Vegas; Bakersfield, California; Austin, TX; Killeen, Texas; Visalia, California; San Antonio; Dallas; Reno, Nevada; Chico, California; Salt Lake City; Sacramento, California; Fresno, California; and Salinas, California. All but two of those metropolises — Visalia and Salt Lake City — saw more people looking to move in than move out in the second quarter.

Sacramento saw the largest net influx among those 14 metros, with 9,640 more Redfin.com users looking to move in than leave in the second quarter. It was followed by Las Vegas (8,597), San Antonio (5,335), Dallas (4,964) and Bakersfield (2,576).

“Foreigners always flock to Vegas because they want lower taxes, cheaper groceries and gas, more affordable homes, and less traffic. Moving to a low-tax state is a great way to cut your expenses at a time when pretty much everything is getting more expensive,” said Lori Garlick, local Redfin real estate agent. “Homebuyers are expressing concerns about drought, especially now that the shrinking of Lake Mead is in the headlines, but drought risk is not a deal breaker for most of my clients. I have had a buyer who backed out of moving to Vegas because he feared the water would run out in a few years, but ended up moving to Arizona, which is also at risk of drought.

Last year, Nevada passed a law calling for the elimination of “non-functional” grass by the end of 2026 in a bid to conserve water. And starting Sept. 1, Las Vegas homeowners will no longer be able to have swimming pools larger than 600 square feet, a rule that could affect high-end home buyers who aspire to large pools.

“It will be interesting to see if further water restrictions affect migration to Las Vegas,” Garlick said. “Let’s say you’re a California green thumb used to trees and lawns, and you’re torn between drought-prone Las Vegas and drought-prone Colorado. Rules limiting vegetation in Vegas might tempt you to opt for Colorado.

An influx of migrants is aggravating climate hazards in some regions. In Utah, for example, population growth is one of the factors causing the Great Salt Lake to dry up. If it continues to recede, toxic chemicals in the lake bed could be picked up by windstorms and poison residents. The Salt Lake City metro saw a sharp outflow in the second quarter, but surrounding areas, including Wasatch County, have seen population increases in recent years.

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Salt Lake City police make gun and drug arrests

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Aug. 31, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — Salt Lake City police, part of the department’s Liberty Bike Squad, arrested two people on multiple felony charges on Aug. 22.

Police arrested driver Aumhil Stewart, 20, because they knew from previous interactions that his driver’s license had been revoked, a statement released by the SLCPD said.

Stewart’s passenger has been identified as 22-year-old Daisy Benitez.

The vehicle was searched prior to impoundment and firearms, at least one of which was stolen, were found. Large amounts of substances suspected to be heroin, cocaine and oxycodone pills were also found, police said.

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Stewart was charged with:

  • Theft by concealment of stolen goods, a second degree crime
  • Three counts of possession with intent to distribute a Class C substance, a second-degree felony
  • Possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a third degree felony
  • Possession or use of a controlled substance, a Class B misdemeanor
  • Driving a vehicle with a revoked license, a class C misdemeanor

Benitez was charged with:

  • Two counts of possession with intent to distribute a Class C substance, a second-degree felony
  • Theft by concealment of stolen goods, a second degree crime
  • Two counts of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a third degree felony

Both suspects were incarcerated in the Salt Lake County Jail and were held without bail.

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Think gas is expensive in southern Utah and Nevada? Try Hawaii or California – St George News

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Gasoline prices seen at a Sinclair station on old Route 91, Cedar City, Utah, June 23, 2022 | Photo by Alysha Lundgren, Cedar City News

CHARACTERISTIC – As summer draws to a close, many Americans are looking for that last epic road trip or vacation. Planning ahead will save you money in the long run. But can we expect pity for the tanks?

Hawaii has the most expensive gas in the United States on average, at $5.349 per gallon. For specialty gases such as mid, premium, and diesel fuels, you can expect to pay $5,558, $5,801, and $6,101 respectively. Finalists included California at $5,343, Nevada at $4,928, Alaska at $4,893, Oregon at $4,851, Washington at $4,798 and Idaho at $4,691.

Utah is not too far behind.

It’s home to some of America’s most incredible sights, but it’s also home to high gas prices. On average, a trip to the gas station will cost you $4,587 per gallon. If you’re looking for average quality, you can expect to pay $4,810 per gallon. Premium will set you back $5,011 while diesel costs $4,934 on average.

As restrictions eased across the country, Americans encountered a new adversary: ​​rising inflation. Soaring inflation associated with the war in Ukraine has caused gasoline prices to rise across the country, forcing many people to cancel or change their vacation plans. Avoiding states with more expensive gas is one step you can take to maximize your budget as you try to make one last trip this summer.

Why so different from state to state?

Stephen Arbogast, a professor at the University of North Carolina, offered some tips for better understanding the gas dilemma. Factors that affect gasoline prices include distance to refineries, competing supplies from imports, and the degree of competition with service stations.

Utah map by county shows fuel price range, August 30, 2022 | Courtesy of AAA Utah, St. George News

“Closer proximity lowers logistics costs and leads to lower prices in Texas and North Carolina compared to Colorado or Oregon,” Arbogast said.

Competing supplies keep prices low in New York but high in California, as that state has less access to Gulf Coast refineries. “Finally, markets with discount chain stores, like City and Jet, offer lower prices,” he added.

Click here for AAA’s State-by-State report on average gas prices. But for now, let’s dive into the states with the highest prices.

California

Known as much for its celebrity population as it is for its smog, California has some of the highest gas prices in the country. How much does gas cost in California?

On average, a trip to the gas station will cost you $5,343 per gallon. If you’re looking for average quality, you can expect to pay $5,553 per gallon. Premium will set you back $5,696, while diesel costs $6,229 on average.

Nevada

Home to Sin City and low taxes, visitors might be shocked to learn just how high gas prices are in Nevada. You might lose it at the pumps before you lose it at the slot machines, with the average gallon costing $4,928. The mid-range will cost $5,173 on average, while the premium and diesel will cost $5,382 and $5,166 respectively.

Alaska

The 49th state is no bargain when it comes to refueling. On average, you can expect to pay $4,895 per gallon for regular and $5,103 for midrange. If you’re in the premium and diesel market, it’ll cost you $5,300 and $5,399 per gallon.

Oregon

Home to one of the deepest lakes in the world – Crater Lake – Oregon is also home to one of the most expensive gas in the United States. When you fill up, you can expect to pay $4,851 on average. The mid price is currently priced at $5,056, while the premium is priced at $5,267. Diesel will cost you $5,705 per gallon.

Washington

Washington is home to quality apples and rabid sports fans. Unfortunately, their gas prices are also among the highest in the country.

On average, a trip to the gas station will cost you $4,798 per gallon. If you’re looking for average quality, you can expect to pay $5,038 per gallon. Premium will set you back $5,227 while diesel costs $5,635 on average.

Idaho

Their potatoes may be plentiful, but Idaho gas prices are high. On average, you can expect to pay $4,691 per gallon for regular and $4,928 for midrange. If you’re in the premium and diesel market, it’ll cost you $5,147 and $5,209 per gallon.

How to save more on gas

Dr Robert Scott, professor of economics, finance and real estate at Monmouth University, gave his thoughts on rising petrol prices and what ordinary Americans can do to save on the tank.

His first piece of advice: Drive fewer miles.

“It’s amazing how much less driving someone can do with a little thought about travel,” said Dr. Scott.

Saving miles will not only save you money at the pump, but also allow you to benefit from government incentives.

“The IRS just increased the reimbursed mileage rate to $0.625 per mile,” Dr. Scott said.

And what about converting all cars to hybrid or electric?

“There would be an initial benefit to the economy because many people would buy new cars,” he says, citing the Cash for Clunkers program in 2009.

While electric cars may be prohibitively expensive for some people, Dr. Scott is optimistic about a future with hybrid vehicles.

“Hybrids are a more efficient way to reduce gas consumption,” he says.

With gas prices high across the country, it might be time to consider investing in a hybrid vehicle to save money at the pump and protect the environment.

Written by JUSTIN McDEVITT, Wealth of Geeks Network, for The Associated Press

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Advocates see ‘slow’ progress on drug and mosquito issues at Utah State Correctional Facility

Utah Department of Corrections responds after the families of the detainees spoke about the conditions in the new Salt Lake City State Correctional Facility. Advocates had seen an increase in a range of complaints ranging from access to medication to mosquito infestation.

Regarding the problems that prevented inmates from accessing prescribed medication, the UDC said it was due to “problems” in a new medical records system known as the Fusion.

Medication issues are starting to ease, says director and co-founder of the Utah Prisoner Advocate Network Molly Prince. However, questions remain about prisoners’ access to medical care outside the prison.

“It appears they are moving slowly, but we have heard concerns about coordination between U of U physicians and physicians from the Office of Clinical Services at the Utah State Correctional Facility,” she said.

A tan August 25 Briefingthe corrections department said it was working to get medication to inmates who needed it, which included the help of more than two dozen medical staff from the NIHA Department of Health and Human Services. Utah.

“We are days away from having more normal operations and knowing that we are providing the services that we know we are required to,” the executive director said. Brian Nielson.

Some families still say the care is lacking in the new facility.

“[Inmates] continue to submit medical requests, but the focus is on the issue of prescriptions, so medical appointments are taking a long time,” said Karen Thompson, whose son is at the facility. “Our goal is to keep this issue front and center and help by encouraging those affected to use the Inmate Care Request System to document the request and allow the medical clinic to prioritize care and resources.

Nielson said medical staff see “hundreds” of inmates a day and triage care is based on the inmates’ individual needs. Despite the issues with the new medical software, he said the plan was to keep moving forward with the system.

“It would be very, very difficult to go back to the system we left,” he said. “The path I see to success is moving forward with Fusion right now.”

In addition to technical issues, Nelson added that staffing shortages also continue to affect the prison system.

On the mosquito issue, Prince said there has been progress, but concerns have been raised about abatement measures negatively impacting wildlife in the area.

“Now there is a kind of balance between making sure that incarcerated people and staff members are protected from mosquitoes while making sure that wildlife has a right to live there as well,” he said. she stated. “It’s such a complicated question.”

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Salt Lake City Raises Property Taxes After Reported Increase in Demand for Services

Downtown Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake Valley are pictured June 2. The Salt Lake City Council voted Monday in favor of a property tax hike. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Leaders in Utah’s capital on Monday approved a plan that raises property taxes by about 4.9%, which will be used to increase city services and pay for new projects on the side west of town.

The Salt Lake City Council approved the increase at a short special meeting on the matter. City officials say the increase will raise property taxes by $130.45 a year on the home at the median price of $520,000.

The vote came months after Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall first proposed the increase in May, saying it would help pay for the city’s ongoing services/expenses, staff/ library expenses and legal coverage related to unprecedented demand for municipal services.

Council heard from a few residents opposed to the measure at a meeting earlier this month. George Chapman, another Salt Lake City resident, offered a last-ditch attempt to persuade council members to raise taxes.

“If this happens, disabled veterans, low-income seniors (wage earners and) fixed income will all be affected,” he said. “This tax hike is a slap in the face, especially to these people.”

Michael Bills, a resident of the city’s west side, is among those backing the increase in the past two meetings. He told the council he was pleased that more money was being directed to the west side of the city, not only from the tax increase, but also from a $67.5 million bond on revenue from the sales tax that the board approved Aug. 17 and a general obligation of $85 million. headed for the November ballot.

Nearly a third of the bond obligation is expected to fund the new Glendale Regional Park.

“I think those include a lot of very late attention to west side projects,” he said. “Citizens on the west side have paid for the trails and parks on the east side and have very little to show for it. Nobody likes a tax hike, but I think those of us on the west side would like to see something in back for our taxes.”

The council also decided on Monday to continue a hearing on an amendment to its final budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year, which focuses on using transportation impact fees to rebuild streets, funding equipment that educating voters about the obligation that’s on the ballot, making improvements to bike and pedestrian access in the 600 North/700 North corridor and funding a grant for outdoor activities.

The public hearing on the proposal is now scheduled for September 6.

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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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3D Face Mask Market Size Worth USD 27.92 Billion by 2030 |

Newark, Aug. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — According to report published by The Brainy Insights, the global market for 3D face masks is expected to grow from $3.59 billion in 2021 to $27.92 billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 25.60% over the forecast period 2022-2030.

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The COVID-19 attack in China has created a huge need for face masks for healthcare workers and doctors, which has led to supply chain disruption in different countries. The growing demand for respiratory protection, face protection and others in the healthcare sector protects people and healthcare workers during the continuation of the new Covid-19 pandemic, which is expected to expand the market. Healthcare workers are at significant risk in an atmosphere with a high viral load. These elements can stimulate the growth of the industry.

Competitive strategy

To strengthen their position in the global 3D face masks market, the major players are now focusing on adopting strategies such as product innovations, mergers and acquisitions, recent developments, joint ventures, collaborations, and partnerships.

• In February 2020, in response to overwhelming market needs, Alpha Pro Tech Ltd. announced an expansion of production of its N-95 respirator masks. The company has expanded its display facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will now be able to create more N-95 respirator masks.

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Market growth and trends

The increasing importance of protection against viruses and harmful pollutants in growing economies, especially India, China and Brazil, due to the rise of the industrial field, is expected to increase the need for disposable masks to prevent any possible illness. The COVID-19 outbreak has caused a dramatic growth in the 3D face mask market globally. These 3D face masks help prevent infection control measures from spreading the virus. Millions of people around the world are suffering from pandemic conditions such as infectious COVID19 viruses, which have already killed millions. Likewise, to circumvent the shortage of face masks, the government has increased its investment in manufacturing, which is pushing the development of the 3D face masks market. However, airborne disease transmission is due to the spread of droplets that remain contagious while remaining in the air over long distances. Protection establishing a wall and procedures to dump or release the virus from the environment or personal effects provide the basis for interrupting the transfer of disease by direct contact. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the spread of airborne infections, such as seasonal flu, kills 300 to 400,000 people each year. (H1N1) Influenza A killed 16,000 people worldwide.

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Main findings

• In 2021, the Type-R segment dominated the market with the largest market share of 34% and revenue of 1.22 billion.

The product type segment is divided into Type-Sp, Type-R and Type-St. In 2021, the Type-R segment dominated the market with the largest market share of 34% and revenue of 1.22 billion. These types of masks are mainly used for protection against the transmission of various diseases such as Covid-19.

• In 2021, the disposable segment dominated the market with the largest market share of 57% and revenue of 2.04 billion.

The usage segment is divided into disposable and reusable. In 2021, the disposable segment dominated the market with the largest market share of 57% and revenue of 2.04 billion. The growth of offline and online advertisements for the use of disposable masks to protect the body from the deadly bacteria of COVID19 is driving the development of the face mask market.

• In 2021, the e-commerce segment dominated the market with the largest market share of 27% and revenue of 0.96 billion.

The distribution channel segment is divided into supermarkets, hospital pharmacies, retail providers, e-commerce and others. In 2021, the e-commerce segment dominated the market with the largest market share of 27% and revenue of 0.96 billion. The trend of online shopping due to the Covid-19 crisis is rapidly propelling the growth of the market.

Regional Segment Analysis of 3D Face Mask Market

• North America (United States, Canada, Mexico)
• Europe (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Rest of Europe)
• Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, rest of APAC)
• South America (Brazil and rest of South America)
• The Middle East and Africa (UAE, South Africa, Rest of MEA)

Among all regions, Asia-Pacific has emerged as the largest market in the global 3D face mask market, with a market share of around 34.5% and 1.23 billion in market revenue in 2021. People in India are moving more deliberately in their hygiene, and the growing industrial field and government regulations and rules to cover workers’ health are the essential elements anticipated to drive the development of the market in this region. Similarly, urbanization and rising disposable income in India and China are expected to increase product needs over the next few years.

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Key Players operating in the Global 3D Face Masks Market are:

• The Mentholatum company
• Shanghai Dasheng Health Products Manufacture Co., Ltd.
• Prestige Ameritech
• Molnlycke Health Care AB
• Medline Industries, Inc.
• Kimberly Clark Corporation
• Honeywell International Inc.
• Cardinal Health, Inc.
• Cantel Medical Corp.
• 3M Company

This study forecasts revenue at global, regional and country levels from 2019 to 2030. The Brainy Insights has segmented the global 3D Face Masks market based on the segments mentioned below:

Global 3D Masks Market by Product Type:

• Type-Sp
• Type-R
• Type-St

Global 3D Face Masks Market by Use:

• Disposable
• Reusable

Global 3D Face Masks Market by Distribution Channel:

• Supermarket
• Hospital pharmacies
• Retail providers
• E-commerce
• Others

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US Cities Where Home Prices Are Falling Fast

With mortgage rates rising to their highest levels since the 2008 housing crisis and fears of a recession, the real estate market is bracing for a downturn. Many experts are warning sellers to say goodbye to the pandemic housing boom and welcome an era of fewer bidding wars and higher inventories. That said, national house prices are expected to rise 4.3% between June 2022 and June 2023, according to CoreLogic
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. Yet some parts of the country remain particularly vulnerable to falling house prices.

Here’s a look at where we might expect to see lower house prices, based on which cities sellers are cutting asking prices, which markets are most vulnerable to a recession, and which overvalued communities are set to undergo a correction.

US Cities Where Sellers Are Lowering Asking Prices

Many sellers have reduced their asking prices in recent months. Some cities, especially those that were popular at the start of the pandemic, are seeing this trend more widely than other regions, according to a recent report by national real estate brokerage firm Redfin.
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. In an analysis of the 97 most populous metropolitan areas in the United States, a quarter of home sellers lowered asking prices in June.

Some of the hidden treasure towns that saw an influx of new residents during the pandemic are now cooling the fastest. Boise, Idaho, for example, touted as America’s most overvalued housing market, where prices soared as much as 80% last year, is seeing a decline. Recently, two-thirds of sellers (61.5%) in Boise reduced their asking prices, Redfin said.

“Higher mortgage rates and a potential recession are causing potential buyers in popular migration destinations to press the pause button, and they’re also having a big impact on workers in major job centers who are relying on their wallets. actions for installments,” Sheharyar Bokhari, senior economist at Redfin, said in the report. “Sellers are adjusting their expectations in real time as they realize they might not get the price their neighbor got two months ago.”

Denver is also seeing a decline, with 55.1% of sellers lowering asking prices for homes. Some 51.6% of sellers in Salt Lake City and 49.5% of sellers in Tacoma, Wash., recently reduced their prices. Other metro areas following this trend include Grand Rapids, Michigan (49.3%), Sacramento (48.7%), Seattle (46.3%), Portland, Oregon (45.7%), Tampa, Florida ( 44.5%) and Indianapolis. (44.1%).

“My advice to potential sellers is to list their home slightly lower than they should and be patient,” Denver Redfin agent Andy Potarf said in the report.

The markets most vulnerable to a recession

In a separate survey, Redfin looked at cities where residents have high debt to income ratios and where home equity remains vulnerable because of it. In these regions, owners are more likely to foreclose or sell at a loss.

Riverside, California tops the list of cities most vulnerable to a recession. Riverside “has highly volatile property prices and was a popular destination during the pandemic, both for people moving permanently and for those buying second homes,” according to the report. Boise, Idaho, came second, followed by Cape Coral, Florida, North Port Fla. and Las Vegas. Sacramento, CA, Bakersfield, CA, Phoenix, Tampa, Florida and Tucson, Arizona followed as risky markets that could be hit by a recession.

Cities overvalued and ready to be corrected

An analysis by Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University has revealed the most overvalued housing markets in the United States. Well, since what goes up often comes down, these cities should experience a downturn in the coming months as well.

It’s no surprise that Boise, Idaho tops this list as well, with a current premium of 73%. Austin, Texas followed with prices up 68%, along with Ogden, Utah (65%), Las Vegas (61%), Atlanta (58%), Phoenix (58%), Provo, Utah (57%). ), Fort Myers, Florida (56%), Spokane, Washington (56%), and Salt Lake City, Utah (56%).

As you can see, some cities like Boise, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City have made multiple lists, making them prime targets for falling real estate prices. Meanwhile, the rapid growth in house prices that has occurred over the past two years is generally expected to slow.

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Salt Lake City Police video of fatal encounter with unarmed man shows lack of de-escalation

A 911 caller in Salt Lake City says a man walked into a brewery in his underwear, tried to steal beer and ran down the street, posing a danger to himself and drivers . The police attempted to arrest the man. Soon, Nykon Brandon was dead.

After the Salt Lake City Police Department released body camera footage of the fatal Aug. 14 encounter and 911 recording on Friday, activists on Saturday questioned why an unarmed person was killed and blamed the police for using disproportionate force.

“Stealing a beer does not equate to the death penalty,” said Lex Scott, founder of Black Lives Matter-Utah. “I don’t care that this man robbed 10 banks in one day. He didn’t deserve to die. He deserved to go to court.

The death of Brandon, who was 35, comes as the United States still sees countless police killings of unarmed people, many of whom suffered from a mental health crisis. Activists have called for reforms, saying that rather than armed police which can often make situations worse, a better solution would be for special mental health crisis teams to intervene.

Brandon’s Facebook page says he had attended Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and worked for a company that sells appliances, plumbing and hardware. Many people who posted on his page expressed their shock and grief at his death.

The 911 caller said a man came to Fisher Brewing, attacked someone at the door and was “running around like crazy. Very erratic. He just jumped in and out of the road.

“Definitely mental health issues,” the caller said. “So if you have mental health resources, send them.”

Instead, body camera footage shows a police officer getting out of his patrol car and ordering Brandon to stop. When he resists and raises his fist and appears to reach for the officer’s gun in its holster, another officer pushes Brandon to the ground and the two officers attempt to pin him down. “Stop,” one of the officers says repeatedly as Brandon is on a bed of gravel between the road and the sidewalk and continues to push against the officers.

No attempt to de-escalate by police is visible or audible in footage from nine body-worn cameras, even though an executive order signed by Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall two years ago requires all officers of the Salt Lake City Police Department to use climbing techniques before using force.

“De-escalation tactics are no longer suggested or preferred – they are mandatory before using force to effect an arrest, unless it is unreasonable to do so,” Mendenhall said in announcing the police reforms, which were prompted in part by the 2020 Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.

Salt Lake City Police Department spokesman Brent Weisberg said of the Aug. 14 incident, “As the body-worn camera video shows, this is an unfolding situation. quickly unfolded. It was a chaotic situation and our officers had to make very quick decisions to get a very tense situation under control.

Before Brandon entered Fisher Brewing, he was taken by South Salt Lake police to a drug rehabilitation center after receiving a report of a confused and frightened man in a park just after 1 p.m. on August 14 . KUTV reported.

Officers determined he was intoxicated, took him to the facility, and cited him for public intoxication. But the facility is not a detention center and patients can leave as they please, KUTV reported.

Salt Lake City Police Department officers met Brandon at 3:22 p.m. In the videos, he was not heard speaking during his struggles with officers, except for possibly a few words that are not not clear.

A minute later, a third officer arrives. The video shows Brandon grabbing his holster and gun. They eventually manage to cuff Brandon’s hands behind his back as he lies on his gravel stomach.

“We want to help you,” said an officer. “You have to stop fighting with us.”

After a few seconds, Brandon stops moving. An officer taps Brandon on the shoulder with his gloved hand and asks “Can you hear me?” thrice. Brandon doesn’t answer.

“Get him to recovery,” one officer orders, and the others roll Brandon to the side.

“Come on man,” an officer said. All camera footage released by the police goes dark at this time.

Salt Lake City Police said in a news release that officers began performing medical treatment at 3:27 p.m. A minute later, they administered the first of several doses of Narcan and began performing compressions thoracic.

“At 4:16 p.m., the SLCPD is informed that Mr. Brandon has passed away. Exact time of death is unknown,” the press release read.

The police department said a full investigation was being conducted by an outside agency and the department’s own internal affairs unit would conduct a separate investigation.

Rae Duckworth, president of operations for the Utah chapters of Black Lives Matter, wants to know why the released footage doesn’t show the officers trying to help Brandon.

“We don’t even have proof that they actually administered the aid. We have no evidence that they actually administered Narcan,” Duckworth said.

Weisberg, the police spokesman, said footage of the resuscitation efforts was withheld out of consideration for Brandon’s family.

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Letter: Holding Local Leaders Accountable for Tax Hikes | News, Sports, Jobs


I want to commend the Ogden School Board, the Mayor of the Town of Ogden, the City Council, the Weber County Commissioners and the leaders of the Utah State government for following the example of our federal government and our political leaders by increasing the inflation and deficit spending that is crippling our economy.

The base is supposed to be where people have a chance to change the direction of their country and make the necessary changes.

Last night’s school board meeting is a prime example of what is wrong with this country. It is stated in the Monday, August 15, 2022 edition of the Standard Examiner that the council had already decided to raise taxes, without notice or input from the public, (fuelling inflation) without taxpayer consent.

Last night’s meeting was solely to comply with state law, not to consider public comment. All the meetings I’ve attended in the last month have had very little to do with listening to the public, and more to do with their scam.

“Extortion” is the practice of obtaining something, especially money, by force or threats. An illegal practice by you or me, but by the government, it is common practice. Lying and cheating politicians use it daily. As a people, we are gullible enough or spineless enough to give them permission to do so by voting for them. It’s time to hold them accountable for their actions. Vote them.

I hope we can all learn to be homeless if we don’t.

Robert Weston

Ogden



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Is America on the brink of another housing meltdown? Mountain West and Sun Belt overvalued by 72%

Property prices could fall by up to 20% next year in a recession, experts warn – and property in some parts of the country is overvalued by up to 72%.

Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi was pessimistic about the housing market in May, but has now made his forecast even gloomier, Fortune reported Wednesday.

It comes amid ongoing discussions about whether the United States is already in recession, with the country posting two straight quarters of negative growth – the traditional definition of such a slump.

The news is particularly dire for people who have bought homes in what Fortune calls “bubble” markets, with Boise in Idaho, Charlotte in North Carolina and Austin in Texas all named the most overvalued markets.

But a total of 180 other regions across the United States have properties deemed overpriced, many of which are highly desirable.

They include Los Angeles, Orlando, Seattle and Indianapolis, where properties are all estimated to be overvalued by 30%.

Homes in Houston are overvalued by approximately 34.5%, while properties in Montana are overvalued by 25%.

Picturesque Bend in Oregon – regularly voted one of the best places to live in the United States – has homes overpriced by 43.8%, according to Moody’s, with Billings in Montana overpriced by 25%.

REVEALED: America’s overvalued areas

While Boise, Charlotte and Austin are the top three in the United States for overvalued properties, 180 other areas across the country also have property values ​​that Moody’s says are inflated.

They understand:

Los Angeles/Long Beach: 30.3%

Ogden-Clearfield (Utah): 50.6%

Seattle-Tacoma: 29.5%

Orlando: 30.4%

Denver-Fort Collins: 42.7%

Houston: 34.5%

Indianapolis: 29.5%

Burlington, Vermont 27%

Columbus (Ohio) 29.4%

Grand Rapids, Michigan 45.6%

Vegas: 53.3%

Elbow (Oregon) 43.8%

Billing (Montana) 25%

Rapid City (SD): 44.2%

Atlanta: 35.3%

Charleston: 35.6%

It comes weeks after the US central bank raised the benchmark interest rate to 2.5%, with another increase to 3.4% expected by the end of the year as the Fed attempts to controlling inflation.

These interest rate hikes are expected to push the United States into recession and likely drive down the cost of real estate as it becomes too expensive for many to get a mortgage, making drop in demand.

The most overvalued areas are largely in the western mountain and the sunbelt.

Boise, Idaho – which has seen real estate prices soar during the pandemic as masses swap expensive towns in the Bay Area and wider California for bustling Idaho — is the most overvalued area, Zandi said.

Boise, where the current average home is worth $526,050 according to Zillow, is nearly 72% overvalued, though a recession should only wipe out 20% of home prices at most.

Charlotte, North Carolina is the second most overrated, at 66%, with Austin in third place at 61%.

Charlotte, North Carolina is 66% overvalued, with an average home at $406,137 right now — and Austin, Texas, is 61% overvalued, with an average of $661,337.

Flagstaff, Arizona ($668,845), is 61% overvalued, while Nashville, Tennessee ($460,447) is 54% overvalued and Miami ($552,082) is 34%.

It’s unclear why these overvalued areas should see a maximum of 20% of house prices wiped out, rather than the full amount that experts believe are overvalued.

Only a handful of places were considered undervalued – the most undervalued being Decatur, Illinois, where the average home is $92,129, 6% undervalued.

Montgomery, Alabama ($135,742) is undervalued by 2.6% and Grant’s Pass, Oregon ($418,440) is 3.1%.

The housing stock is at its highest level since April 2009, as sellers struggle to get rid of their property because mortgages have become more expensive and other financial pressures – high gas prices, soaring grocery prices – continue to be felt.

Mortgage rates have nearly doubled since January, hitting 5.13% for a 30-year loan last week, according to Freddie Mac.

The Fed’s efforts to reduce inflation by slowing spending caused a marked slowdown in home sales.

Moody’s Analytics assesses quarterly whether local economic fundamentals, including local income levels, can support local housing prices.

Their latest data, shared with Fortune, found that 183 of the country’s 413 largest regional real estate markets are “overvalued” by more than 25%.

And nationally, house prices are also likely to fall, Zandi said.

He predicts that U.S. house prices across the country will fall over the next 12 months between zero and -5%: a more pessimistic forecast than in June, when Moody’s Analytics expected house prices to fall. US real estate remain unchanged.

If the United States enters a recession, it will be worse: real estate prices will fall by 5 to 10%.

In the 183 overvalued areas, homes could fall 15-20% in a recession.

Moody's Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi updated his forecast for the housing market to be even more pessimistic

Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi updated his forecast for the housing market to be even more pessimistic

The 10 cities that saw the largest share of listing price reductions last month are shown above

The 10 cities that saw the largest share of listing price reductions last month are shown above

Although real estate transactions have declined, prices remain solidly high, with the July national median sale price of $403,800 representing a 10.8% increase from a year ago.

Although real estate transactions have declined, prices remain solidly high, with the July national median sale price of $403,800 representing a 10.8% increase from a year ago.

Moody’s Analytics is not an outlier.

Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said on Tuesday the outlook for home sales was even bleaker than the Fed had predicted, and the “worse is yet to come” for house prices.

He tweeted on Tuesday that he had been “bearish as hell on housing for months” – meaning he predicted a major market drop.

A bear market is a market where prices are falling and people are selling.

He attached a graph showing the dramatic downturn and said, “Well, I feel vindicated.”

Sales of new single-family homes hit their lowest level in nearly seven years in July, falling 12.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 511,000.

Fitch Ratings has said it sees U.S. home prices falling by up to 15%, and Robert Shiller, an economist who correctly predicted the 2008 housing crash, thinks there’s a good chance house prices fall by more than 10%.

A study released Monday by real estate brokerage firm Redfin found that a high share of home sellers lowered their asking price in July, especially in former pandemic boom towns.

Boise saw 70% of registrations reduced in July, compared to just a third a year ago.

In Denver, 58% of real estate listings were reduced last month, while 56% of listings in Salt Lake City were removed from the original asking price.

“Sellers and individual home builders both quickly lowered their prices early in the summer, mostly because they had unrealistic expectations for price and time,” said Boise Redfin agent Shauna Pendleton. .

“They priced too high because their neighbor’s house sold for an exorbitant price a few months ago and expected to receive several offers the first weekend because they had heard stories at this topic,” she added.

A housing estate is seen in Boise, where last month 70% of home listings were reduced below their original asking price as sellers faced their 'unreasonable expectations'

A housing estate is seen in Boise, where last month 70% of home listings were reduced below their original asking price as sellers faced their ‘unreasonable expectations’

In Denver, 58% of real estate listings were reduced last month

In Denver, 58% of real estate listings were reduced last month

Home prices remain solidly high, with July's national median sale price of $403,800 representing a 10.8% increase from a year ago, and just below the record set in June.

Home prices remain solidly high, with July’s national median sale price of $403,800 representing a 10.8% increase from a year ago, and just below the record set in June.

The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 5.13% this week

The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 5.13% this week

“My advice to sellers is to price your home correctly from the start, accept that the market has slowed down and understand that it can take longer than 30 days to sell. If someone is selling a nice house in a desirable neighborhood, they shouldn’t need to lower their price.

Although industry data shows home prices remain higher than they were a year ago nationally and in nearly every market, listing discounts have increased significantly. spectacular as sellers’ high expectations collide with cold reality.

Redfin said the national share of homes for sale with price cuts hit a record high in July.

None of the 97 cities included in the analysis had less than 15% of real estate listings that were discounted from their original asking price.

More than half of the cities with the largest share of price cuts — Boise, Denver, Tacoma, Sacramento, Phoenix, San Diego and Portland — were among the 20 fastest-cooling housing markets in the first half of 2022.

Redfin notes that these markets had attracted dozens of eager homebuyers during the pandemic, when tech workers and other white-collar workers shunned more expensive markets and drove up home prices in small towns.

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Utah Named Best in Nation for Well-Maintained Bridges | News, Sports, Jobs





Isaac Hale, Special for the Daily Herald

Traffic drives along Interstate 15 under the Utah Valley University I-15 Pedestrian Bridge before a bridge dedication ceremony at UVU in Orem on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021.

Many bridges across the United States have seen better days. Many of them are in poor or even worse conditions. It seems, however, that Utah is a bridge builder in maintaining and maintaining these special roads.

Whether owned by the federal government or local jurisdictions, Utah’s long-term efforts to keep bridges in good repair have not gone unnoticed.

On Friday, Utah was ranked best in the nation for the condition of its highway bridges. In a report released by the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highways Administration, Utah’s bridges are considered the best maintained.

Utah has the lowest percentage of bridges on the National Highway System (which includes freeways and other key US highways) rated in “poor” condition among the 50 states.

Only 0.1% of Utah’s bridges are considered in poor condition due to the quality of the running surface, support beams, bases and columns.

Courtesy of Utah Department of Transportation

Replacement of the 1-15 bridge on US 89 in Lehi.

Under these measures, a state can be penalized if it has more than 10 percent of the state’s bridges in poor or less poor condition, according to the FHA.

“UDOT takes a proactive approach to maintaining Utah’s roads and bridges – we say ‘good roads cost less’ and our goal is to keep them in good condition, rather than waiting for repairs. are needed,” said Rebecca Nix, Utah Department. engineer in the management of transport bridges. “It helps our roads and bridges last longer, makes them safer and is a more efficient way to use taxpayers’ money.”

Only two National Highway System bridges crossing the Hive State were in poor condition at the time data was submitted to FHWA — the southbound I-15 bridge over East Nichols Canyon Road in Cedar City, which was replaced earlier this year, and the I-84 westbound bridge over 4400 south in Riverdale, scheduled for replacement in 2025.

The I-80 bridge over 2000 East in Salt Lake City was decommissioned in poor condition earlier this year, but its replacement is currently under construction as part of the I-80/I-215 reconstruction in Eastern County. Salt Lake.

As far as Utah County is concerned, there is only one bridge – at American Fork – which is in poor condition and money has already been spent to fix it.

With the expansion of Interstate 15 in Utah County over the past decade, a number of bridges have been upgraded or replaced. New motor vehicle and pedestrian bridges have been put in place from Lehi to Payson.

“There are 261 bridges in Utah County, 182 are owned by the state and the rest are owned by local agencies,” Nix said.

One of the most significant bridge construction projects in Utah County in recent years has been the I-15 Technology Corridor in Lehi.

The I-15 Technology Corridor was the final piece of the I-15 reconstruction in Northern Utah County, as the project included the final section of I-15 to be widened between Bangerter Highway and Spanish Fork. This construction included reconfiguration and the addition of bridges.

“This project, along with I-15 CORE, The Point, Access Utah County (all projects completed during Governor Gary Herbert’s tenure), and many others have created a transportation network that allows businesses to thrive,” said said UDOT spokesman John Gleason. “We’ve been working on I-15 in Utah and Salt Lake counties since before the 2002 Winter Olympics. That was one of the final pieces.

As part of this expansion, UDOT replaced significant amounts of aging infrastructure with new roadways designed to last another 40 years and bridges designed to last 75 years.

Bridges were built at Pioneer Crossing, along I-15 at American Fork, Pleasant Grove and the largest extended pedestrian bridge was built over I-15 from the Utah Transit Authority‘s FrontRunner Intermodal Station west of Orem to Utah Valley University on the east side of the highway.



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Saving the Great Salt Lake is ‘top priority’, says Utah natural resources boss

SALT LAKE CITY — Saving the Great Salt Lake will be his “top priority” in office, the new head of the Utah Department of Natural Resources said Friday during his Senate confirmation hearing.

“Right now, the Great Salt Lake is the number one priority,” said Joel Ferry. “We are at record highs and the impacts on our long-term condition are significant and severe if we don’t really make the effort to turn things around.”

In an interview with FOX 13 News after the hearing, Ferry said he would also like to see a new study done on the need for the Bear River development project. He acknowledged that the last time this was looked at was in the 1990s when the state had a lot more water than it has now and “we made assumptions in the years 90 on water availability”.

“I’d like to see an updated study and a reexamination of what’s available, and then look at what our population projections are,” Ferry said. “Because the requirements were based on the gallons per capita per day of what we were using then.”

Environmentalists have opposed the Bear River project for years, arguing it would steal water that could go into the Great Salt Lake. The lake has reached a record low and presents a significant environmental and economic crisis for the state with reduced snowpack, toxic dust, and impacts on industry and wildlife around the lake.

“That’s precisely why I supported him today,” said Sen. Derek Kitchen, D-Salt Lake City, who offered to confirm Ferry as head of the DNR.

“I think Mr. Ferry is not only a great qualified candidate for the job, he understands the legislative process. He understands water policy in this community and I think he is absolutely right. he study that was commissioned and produced in 1992 no longer meets the needs of the state of Utah, so I think it’s high time we had a new study with fair questions that examines the reality of water forward and not backward.

Water was the main topic of the hearing for Ferry, a farmer and Corinne state legislator who was appointed by Gov. Spencer Cox to lead the agency that deals primarily with the state’s response. to the mega-drought and the spectacular shrinking of the Great Salt Lake.

“We have to start thinking outside the box on all of these issues,” Ferry said. “Things are different today than they were 40 or 50 years ago. So we have to be reactive to that.”

Ferry called for more conservation and acknowledged that Utahns may have to make further sacrifices as the state continues to grow. He said he wanted to see the agency increase its support for turf buyback programs and that Utahns may not be able to have as many non-functioning lawns in the future and have more tolerant landscapes. to drought.

He also said agriculture, the state’s largest water user, is expected to make changes.

“To look at agriculture and say that’s the limit, there’s not a lot of water,” Ferry said. “We need to conserve. We need to plant crops that are more suited to our environment.”

ferry said data showed Utahans are responding statewide and increasing the amount of water they conserve. It helped stretch the resources of the reservoir.

“We started with 15% less and yet we closed the gap with our message of conservation,” he said.

But what the future of conservation looks like may be different in every part of the state. He pointed Washington County communities pass strict landscaping and water use ordinances.

“Everywhere is unique. What happens in Washington County is different from what happens in Cache County,” he said. “Across the state, we are experiencing these drought conditions and we are in this together. As a society and as a people, we all need to do our part.”

On his own farm Ferry told the committee he had installed more than 100,000 feet of irrigation pipe to save water and go deeper into the Bear River wetlands and the Great Salt Lake.

The Utah Democratic Party threatened to sue the state for Ferry to continue serving in the House of Representatives while simultaneously serving as acting director of the DNR. They claim this violates the state constitution. Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson declined party demands to kick him out of the November ballot.

With his confirmation vote, Ferry said he would resign from the legislature.

No one spoke against his confirmation at Friday’s hearing. Senate Democrats fully supported his confirmation and he was approved unanimously.

“He’s a listener, he’s a collaborative person,” said Sen. Jani Iwamoto, D-Holladay. “I really enjoyed working with him.”

Senate Republicans also offered praise.

“I think it will be important to think outside the box,” said committee chairman Sen. Scott Sandall, R-Tremonton. “I know you will especially in our water, our water resources and how we are going to overcome this problem that we have.”

The full Senate will vote on his confirmation next month.

This article is published through the Great Salt Lake Collaborative, a solutions journalism initiative that brings together news, education and media organizations to help inform people about the plight of the Great Salt Lake and what that can be done to make a difference before it’s too late. Read all of our stories at greatsaltlakenews.org.

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Federal Task Force Announces Rapid Response Team to Support Energy Communities in The Four Corners

WASHINGTON DC- The Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Communities and Economic Revitalization today announced the creation of a new Four Corners Rapid Response Team (RRT), bringing together 11 federal agencies and their staff regional to partner with local officials and community leaders in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah as they navigate the region’s energy transitions and transformations.

“Energy workers and communities have powered communities for generations,” said US Undersecretary of Energy David Turk.” We are thrilled that the Biden-Harris administration has made available billions in investments to help these communities realize new economic activities that are equitable and accessible to all.

Today’s announcement follows a visit by federal leaders to the Farmington/San Juan County area, focused on prioritizing federal and private investments in Four Corners energy communities. Federal officials including National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, White House Deputy National Climate Adviser Ali Zaidi, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary David Turk and Deputy Secretary Brad Crabtree, and IWG Executive Director Brian Anderson, along with leaders from the tribal sector, philanthropy, labor and the private sector were in attendance.

The day trip included visits to the Chuza Oil and Gas Wells and the San Juan Solar Project near the San Juan Generating Station. A private roundtable was also held at the San Juan College of Energy to address challenges facing energy communities and identify opportunities to support energy and economic transition in the Four Corners region and discuss opportunities for energy communities in the new law on the reduction of inflation.

The new RRT will align federal resources, including regional field staff in the Four Corners area, to key communities experiencing recent or imminent economic impacts as a result of coal mine and power plant closures. Federal agencies that are part of the RRT will partner with these workers, communities, and public servants to help them map their current assets and opportunities, navigate and access federal policies and programs, and take advantage of important new resources available through President Biden’s bipartisan Inflation Reduction and Infrastructure Act. Law.

“Today’s announcement of the Rapid Response Team is a big step in the right direction for revitalizing our nation’s energy communities. This team will help integrate the efforts of local leaders and federal agencies that will support these communities in their economic transitions. We heard loud and clear from the people of the Four Corners that what they need is opportunity – opportunities to work, learn new skills, succeed and thrive financially,” said IWG Executive Director Brian Anderson, Ph.D. “I am optimistic about what the future holds for the energy communities of the Four Corners and look forward to continuing to engage with the amazing people of this region.”

The Four Corners RRT will be led by Los Alamos National Laboratory, which played a key role in leading the regional I-West initiative focused on the region’s transition to a clean energy economy. In addition, the RRT will include support from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Interior, Labor, Transportation, Health, and Human Services, and the Treasury, as well as the Environmental Protection and Economic Development Administration. The Four Corners RRT will also work closely with the White House Council on Native American Affairs to ensure a strong focus on tribal self-determination in energy transition work in this region. The historic investments of the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, the CHIPS and Science Act and the Cut Inflation Act provide energy communities with a wealth of opportunities to revitalize communities, diversify the workforce and support energy workers.

The Four Corners RRT is modeled after a similar effort piloted in Wyoming. The IWG will announce additional regional RRTs in the coming months. The RRT is part of the IWG’s primary goal of creating a national community-driven energy community assistance network in partnership with federal, state, tribal, local, and non-governmental organizations and leaders.

The IWG also offers energy communities a centralized, easily searchable resource to access funding opportunities across the federal government at www.energycommunities.gov. The site currently has nearly 170 open or planned opportunities, totaling nearly $240 billion in grants for projects related to workforce development, broadband, environmental cleanup and more.

Created by executive order during President Biden’s first week in office, the IWG pursues a whole-of-government approach to create well-paying union jobs, spur economic revitalization, address environmental degradation, and support workers in energy in coal, oil and gas. , and power plant communities across the country as the United States prepares to undergo a historic energy shift toward a zero-carbon electricity sector by 2035 and net-zero emissions nationwide. economy by 2050.

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Utah Urban Arts Festival plans big event at The Gateway, set to beatbox beats

Skateboards, music, lowriders and over 100 vendors scheduled for the event, September 2-4, at The Gateway.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Urban Arts Festival will have a lowrider exhibit as part of this year’s festival, September 2-4, 2022, at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City. This car was on display at a press conference announcing the festival’s headliners on Thursday, August 25, 2022.

With the hydraulic noise of lowrider cars, the bouncing of basketballs on the sidewalk and the pulse of beatboxers, the urban arts festival is about to return to downtown Salt Lake City during the holiday weekend work.

The event – ​​calling itself Utah’s largest free community arts festival – will span three days from September 2-4, taking over Rio Grande Street at The Gateway, west of downtown -town of Salt Lake City.

The festival will feature over 100 vendors, music and entertainment on two stages, live murals, the Hard-N-Paint Street Basketball Tournament, a lowrider custom car culture exhibit and the 12th annual skate deck competition – the event that gave birth to the festival began a dozen years ago, said Derek Dyer, executive director of the Utah Arts Alliance, which organizes the event.

One of the themes of this year’s festival, Dyer said at a Thursday press conference at The Gateway, is the art of beatboxing. Furthering this theme, the festival’s national headliners will be Grammy-winning beatboxing legend Rahzel, formerly of The Roots.

Rahzel, Dyer said, “doesn’t play any instruments. He is the instrument.

(MCA Records) Rahzel, the Grammy-winning rapper and beatboxer, is set to headline the Urban Arts Festival on Sept. 3, 2022, at the Gateway in Salt Lake City.

Minneapolis hip-hop artist Carnage the Executioner is set to appear as the opening act.

Rahzel and Carnage will take over the main festival stage at the intersection of Rio Grande and 100 South on Saturday, September 3 starting at 8 p.m.

The lowrider exhibit, featuring rebuilt and modified custom cars within the Utah lowrider community, will take place Friday, September 2 beginning at 5 p.m., with a hop-off event at 7:30 p.m. and an awards ceremony – with honors in such categories as best of show, best engine and best display – to follow.

The street basketball competition is scheduled for Sunday, September 4, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Festival hours are Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Artists’ Market, live mural demonstrations and live music will take place during festival hours. Free entry.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Cleopatra Balfour, director of the Urban Arts Festival, talks about the event – ​​scheduled for September 2-4, 2022, at The Gateway – during a press conference, Thursday, September 25 August, 2022.

Cleopatra Balfour, the director of the festival, said she defines urban art as an expression, like any other art.

“Sometimes it’s not a widely accepted expression that’s considered art, and sometimes it’s something that has to fight and get its way before it’s recognized,” Balfour said. “Nevertheless, the art is still there when you see it, when it brings out those feelings, those emotions, those thoughts, those processes in the same way a Monet would.”

An example of the progressive acceptance of urban art by the public, cited by both Balfour and Dyer, is the proliferation of murals around Salt Lake County.

Once dismissed as graffiti, there are now more than 350 murals on walls across the county, most of them commissioned by businesses and government entities. (Some are overseen by the Utah Arts Alliance, which also sponsors the annual Mural Fest in South Salt Lake.)

For more information on the Urban Arts Festival, visit urbanartsfest.org.

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New Western increases its affordable housing inventory in the United States by 6,540 in 2022 without building a single house

Inventory growth fueled by 10 new market openings this year, including the latest in washington d.c.; Fixed and reverse properties bought on the New Western market are selling for up to 31% less than new construction

DALLAS, August 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — new westernthe nation’s largest private marketplace for fixed and reversible residential investment properties, today announced that the company has made homeownership accessible to more Americans by increasing U.S. housing inventory by 6,540 units to date in 2022. Without building a single home, New Western achieved this increase through its data, advanced knowledge of local markets and business model, which includes securing inventory among the 16 million vacant homes across United States as well as other off-market properties for less than $250,000 on average. As a result, homes purchased on the New Western market and subsequently renovated sell for up to 31% less than new construction.

New Western’s unprecedented growth in 2022 is driven by its rapid expansion into 10 new markets for a total of 50 locations nationwide. This includes his new office at washington d.c.where New Western set out to revitalize almost $1 billion in properties in this region over the next five years. New Western has identified the District of Colombia and its surrounding towns as a strong opportunity for investors due to the local need for a disruptive force in the residential real estate market: The median selling price of a single-family home in washington d.c.in July was $1.153 millionand only 98 homes sold that month, down 19% from July 2021 by Redfin. With 81.8% of homes in the DC metro area alone built before 2002, New Western will help solve the DC area’s affordable housing crisis by putting older and struggling homes back on the market.

“Our rapid growth continues to allow us to improve the quality of opportunities New Western offers, especially as we enter one of the largest metropolitan markets in United States,” said kurt carlton, co-founder and president of New Western. “Home prices in the DC area have increased for 13 consecutive years. We are in a unique position to provide much-needed inventory to this market and look forward to creating more affordable housing. I would like to express my gratitude to all our employees for their hard work and commitment to delivering on this promise.”

New Western’s model increases residential housing inventory in United States at a time when home ownership is increasingly out of reach for many Americans – in part due to low inventory and low costs. Although housing stock rose 8% in May, it was the first monthly increase since June 2019. When compared to May 2020pending home listings fell 48.5%, driving prices up record highs in many cities from Realtor.com.

“New Western offers substantial opportunities for sellers, buyers and investors, as well as a positive impact in many neighborhoods. Their unique market offers value-added homes that would otherwise not be attractive to most residential home buyers. – something that I really appreciate as Chicago native,” said Joan Kaufmann-Stubebroker manager of Circled Squared Real Estate in New Lenox, Illinois. “In addition to the great value that New Western brings to the real estate ecosystem, one of the main reasons I recommend New Western’s marketplace to my investing clients is that their inventory is available on a first come, first served, eliminating bidding wars and increasing investor profitability.”

Born out of the chaos of the 2008 foreclosure crisis, New Western remains strong as a pillar of economic promise, thriving in times of difficulty. On average, New Western buys a property every 13 minutes, has bought and sold approximately $12 billion in residential real estate. Fueled by more than 100,000 active investors and a belief in making real estate investing more accessible, New Western’s fierce momentum has positioned the company to acquire 10,000 properties and nearly $5 billion in transaction volume by the end of 2022. In addition to washington d.c.New western market openings this year include: Birmingham, Alabama.; Chicago; Fort Myers, Florida.; Greenville, South Carolina; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Florida.; Orlando, Florida.; Pittsburgh; and Salt Lake City.

For more information about New Western, please visit https://www.newwestern.com.

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Downtown Salt Lake restaurant decides to close and ‘reassess’ the future

A sign outside the Fenice Mediterranean Bistro in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. The owners announced this week that they are closed indefinitely due to “many challenges facing small businesses”. (Carter Williams, KSL.com)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A restaurant in downtown Salt Lake City has closed indefinitely due to “many factors,” including ongoing labor shortages, according to its owners.

The owners of the Fenice Mediterranean Bistro, located at 126 S. Regent Street, posted the message in a letter on the building’s front door on Sunday.

“Due to the many challenges facing small businesses in today’s economy, we have made the difficult decision to cease operations,” the letter reads in part. “Many factors are involved in our decision, and while our business levels have not been consistent, we have not sufficiently anticipated how difficult it is to staff the restaurant in the current economy. We just don’t have enough help to operate successfully.”

Jeff and Lisa Ward, who also own the popular Silver Star Cafe in Park City, opened the upscale downtown restaurant last year, according to Utah Food Magazine Gastronomic SLC, which first reported the closure. The outlet noted that the location behind the Eccles Theater replaced Fireside On Regent, a restaurant that closed in 2019.

The Wards described Fenice as the “sister property” of the Park City cafe on the restaurant’s website. It also seemed to be a hit with customers in its run, earning a 4.5 star rating on Yelp and 4.4 out of 5 stars on Google Reviews.

“Just an awesome experience,” wrote one customer. “The food itself was innovative without losing focus on great, balanced flavor.”

The note outside the building, however, raised hopes of a comeback.

“We will take some time to reassess the business to determine if it is possible to continue operations at a later date,” the note added. “We thank you for your support and wish you all the best. Please visit us at our Park City restaurant, the Silver Star Café.”

The closure of Fenice comes after Mazza, a Middle Eastern cuisine restaurant in Salt Lake City, recently reduced its opening hours and increased its prices due to inflation and the “rise in the cost of labour”.

Utah’s unemployment rate remains steady at 2%, compared to the national average of 3.5%. Mark Knold, chief economist at the Utah Department of Workforce Services, explained in a report published last week that the economy is currently experiencing workforce changes, which may impact some businesses.

“Nationally, baby boomers are leaving the labor force faster than new ones are entering it,” he wrote. “This produces unfilled jobs, reduces GDP, makes it difficult to find labor and contributes to higher inflation through increased wage bidding. This labor shortage is why a negative change in GDP does not turn into a recession in employment.”

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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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Damage reports after weekend flooding in Moab

With preliminary estimates of damage from the weekend’s severe flooding, Moab city leaders said Monday it could be a few months before cleanup around the tourist town is complete.

Councilman Jason Taylor said those damage estimates could reach $10 million with debris, dirt and mud covering much of a 3-mile stretch of town and with some businesses hit hardest. affected who are still struggling to reopen.

“We hate to see a business go through this as a city and county, and especially as we approach the end of August, where September is one of our biggest tourist seasons,” Taylor said. “It’s quite devastating.”

Among the locations that have yet to reopen was Dewey’s Restaurant & Bar, which Taylor said was hit particularly hard by the floodwaters. There, crews worked hard to clean up late Monday night.

“(The water) got about 3 feet high and the wall just couldn’t take it anymore,” Taylor said of the property. “You can see here where the water blew – literally blew – the walls.”

Many other businesses also suffered flood damage as mud and dirt blanketed popular roads, parks and trails.

“It’s a century-old storm, or so they say,” Taylor said.

Taylor said that while some hotels suffered water damage on their lower levels, there still seemed to be plenty of hotel space in town.

Water was still off Monday evening for a section of the city in the area of ​​100 West and W. Center streets, with service expected to be restored Wednesday or Thursday. The city said a boil order would be in effect in that area for several days once service is restored.

Taylor pointed to several flood-ravaged areas around Mill Creek, including a mud-covered bike park filled with large chunks of debris.

“This place right here – it was probably 25, 30 feet down going down here,” Taylor said as he stood by the creek. “As you can see here, the creek normally flows at about 10 (cubic feet per second) and rough estimates say it was over 1,000 CFS and could have been as high as 3,000 CFS.”

Taylor said the city and county have asked local businesses and residents to submit photos and information about their damage so workers can continue to tally and assess it.

“I think the majority of businesses are open again and have reopened,” Taylor said. “It’s one thing about Moab is that yesterday (Sunday) there were community members helping businesses shovel sand and shovel dirt and clean up their stores so that we can reopen, as our economy relies heavily on people visiting and being able to shop in downtown Moab. .”

He said many people were still in disbelief at the damage caused by a powerful thunderstorm outside the city on Saturday evening.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before,” Taylor said. “It proves the fragility and yet the harshness of the desert environment we live in and how sensitive we are to Mother Nature.”

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Online installment loans are available immediately from PaydayNow and other direct lenders.

Online installment loans are available immediately from PaydayNow and other direct lenders.

A direct loan is one in which the borrower and lender deal with one another directly, without a middleman. Lenders in this category include the government as well as banks and non-bank financial organisations. Both PaydayNow and this author are familiar with the direct lending approach. Only direct installment loans are offered by us.

In other words, describe what a direct loan is.

A direct loan is one that does not include any third party between the lender and the borrower. Many other types of lenders, including the government and various banking and financial institutions, are actively involved in this deal.

Larger intermediate lenders are often relied on when direct lenders and smaller banks simply don’t have the resources to back a loan application. The interest rate on your loan and the overall cost of borrowing will increase if there are more parties engaged in the lending process.

Direct loans are the most popular kind of financial aid for students. This type of lending typically refers to any form of lending that does not include a bank or other traditional intermediary, but mortgages, direct payday loans, and installment loans are all good examples.

The rates of interest on direct loans are generally lower than those on other loan kinds. Since there are fewer parties involved and less paperwork to be completed with a direct loan, you will get your money much faster.

Additional benefits of a direct loan include interest rates that are fixed throughout the loan’s life and repayment plans that factor in the borrower’s income when determining monthly installments.

The federal government provides the most lenient terms for student loans in order to encourage students to complete their study.

Payday Loans: What Are They?

Payday loans from a direct lender are available for those who need them. Loans between $100 and $1000 can be obtained from direct lenders with no middlemen. Persons who play the role of an agent are tasked with facilitating transactions between buyers and sellers. A broker who acts as an intermediary brings together potential buyers and sellers. Brokers find out information about borrowers, negotiate favorable loan terms, and get a cut of the profits as their compensation.

People often turn to payday loans when they need cash immediately. If used properly, payday loans can swiftly offer much-needed funds. A consumer can get stuck in an endless cycle of debt if they aren’t vigilant. Find out as much as you can about the terms and interest rates of a payday loan before applying for one.

You should have a plan for repaying your loan to a lender and look into the interest rates of many different personal loan possibilities to minimize any complications that may emerge from late payments.

Simply put, what are Direct Installment Loans?

A direct lender like Sacramento direct lender, may be able to provide you with an installment loan. What sets this form of loan apart is that it involves taking out a loan for a set amount of money and paying it back with interest over a set period of time.

Monthly payments are spread out over a longer period of time with an installment loan. It’s possible that borrowers can get a better rate and more favorable terms if they go directly to the lender instead of going through a broker.

To answer the question “What Are Direct Mortgage Loans? ” Most frequently, individuals refer to “direct house loans.”

You can either approach a lender directly if you need a mortgage to finance a house purchase, or employ the help of a mortgage broker. The latter facilitates your search for a suitable lender and equips you with all the information you need.

A broker may do the legwork for you in finding the best loan terms and rates, so you can make an educated selection even if you’re short on time. In exchange for their services, mortgage brokers usually request a percentage of the loan amount.

Direct lenders, such as banks or financial organizations, evaluate your application, and if you meet their criteria, they issue you a loan. You can shop around for a suitable direct lender by comparing their rates and terms. Working with a direct lender eliminates the need for a go-between, which can save time and money.

Why does the government grant loans for higher education?

Loans from the federal government can alleviate some of the financial burden of paying for university. Personal loans like these offer lower interest rates and are available to both students and their parents.

The United States Department of Education’s William D. Ford Federal Direct Program is the only government-funded initiative left in the country. Direct private lenders also provide student loans; these loans typically have lower interest rates but no additional features like consolidation or deferment.

The terms and conditions of the loan are established by the educational institution. These are some direct student loan examples:

Subsidized direct loans

Students with significant financial need may apply for and receive direct subsidized loans. Interest costs incurred both throughout your program and for six months after completion will be covered by the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

They won’t have to worry about taking on any debt during their time in school, and they can get right to work paying it off after they graduate and get a job.

Unsubsidized Direct Loans

The Direct Unsubsidized Loan program is for students who have a low to moderate likelihood of needing government assistance. This sort of loan is not backed by the federal government, so interest is always the responsibility of the student.

Unsubsidized loans have lower interest rates and are one of the most cost-effective solutions, but they can have poorer terms than subsidized loans.

Loan Consolidation Direct Loans

In order to simplify your financial situation, you can combine various student loans into one manageable direct consolidation loan. This way, you won’t have to worry about remembering to send in many payments on a monthly basis.

The monthly payment may be reduced by extending the loan’s term, but the total interest paid will be higher.

There are Parent Plus Loans.

Direct PLUS loans from the Federal Government are available to graduate and professional students, as well as the parents of undergraduate dependent students, to aid with the financial burden of higher education.

Unsecured loans do not exempt you from a credit check. Those who have less-than-perfect credit histories have a more difficult time getting loans. You will need a credit history in order to qualify.

To what end can I seek information on a Direct Loan?

If you need money in between paychecks, you can turn to PaydayNow, a direct lender. Get started right away on your online loan application to see if you qualify and get the money as soon as the following business day if approved. You can now get a high-quality loan over the internet.

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Citigroup Raises Additional Space Storage Price Target (NYSE:EXR) to $229.00

Extra Space Storage (NYSE:EXR – Get Note) had its price target raised by Citigroup research analysts to $229.00 in a research report released Monday to clients and investors, Stock Target Advisor reports. Citigroup’s price target would suggest a potential upside of 9.56% from the company’s current price.

Several other research analysts have also recently commented on EXR. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded Extra Space Storage from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and lowered its price target for the stock from $224.00 to $193.00 in a report from the Wednesday, June 22. Morgan Stanley cut its price target on Extra Space Storage from $172.00 to $156.00 and set an “underweight” rating on the stock in a Wednesday, May 25 report. UBS Group lowered its price target on Extra Space Storage from $234.00 to $197.00 and placed a “buy” rating on the stock in a Monday July 25 research note. KeyCorp raised its price target on Extra Space Storage from $200.00 to $220.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a Wednesday, August 17 research note. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group lowered its price target on Extra Space Storage from $228.00 to $184.00 and placed a “hold” rating on the stock in a Thursday, June 30 research note. One analyst rated the stock with a sell rating, three assigned a hold rating and seven assigned the company a buy rating. According to data from MarketBeat, the stock currently has an average rating of “moderate buy” and a consensus target price of $206.09.

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Shares of EXR were down $2.63 on Monday, hitting $209.02. 572,860 shares of the company were traded, against an average volume of 695,566. Extra Space Storage has a 52-week low of $156.70 and a 52-week high of $228.84. The company has a current ratio of 0.41, a quick ratio of 0.41 and a debt ratio of 1.64. The stock has a market capitalization of $27.99 billion, a PE ratio of 31.48, a P/E/G ratio of 2.88 and a beta of 0.50. The company’s fifty-day simple moving average is $180.72 and its 200-day simple moving average is $188.60.

Institutional investors weigh in on additional storage space

A number of large investors have recently changed their positions in EXR. Menard Financial Group LLC increased its stake in Extra Space Storage by 2.2% in the first quarter. Menard Financial Group LLC now owns 2,282 shares of the real estate investment trust worth $469,000 after acquiring 50 additional shares in the last quarter. Coldstream Capital Management Inc. increased its holdings in Extra Space Storage by 6.1% in the first quarter. Coldstream Capital Management Inc. now owns 1,009 shares of the real estate investment trust worth $207,000 after acquiring 58 additional shares in the last quarter. FirstPurpose Wealth LLC increased its holdings in Extra Space Storage by 0.4% in the first quarter. FirstPurpose Wealth LLC now owns 13,746 shares of the real estate investment trust worth $2,826,000 after acquiring 61 additional shares in the last quarter. Redpoint Investment Management Pty Ltd increased its stake in Extra Space Storage by 0.5% in the second quarter. Redpoint Investment Management Pty Ltd now owns 13,967 shares of the real estate investment trust worth $2,376,000 after acquiring 65 additional shares in the last quarter. Finally, First Affirmative Financial Network increased its holdings in Extra Space Storage by 4.5% in the fourth quarter. First Affirmative Financial Network now owns 1,545 shares of the real estate investment trust worth $350,000 after acquiring 66 additional shares in the last quarter. 95.44% of the shares are currently held by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Extra Space Storage Inc, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a self-administered and self-managed REIT and member of the S&P 500. As of September 30, 2020, the Company owned and/or operated 1,906 storage stores self service. in 40 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. The Company’s stores comprise approximately 1.4 million units and approximately 147.5 million square feet of leasable space.

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Jury finds southern Jordan man guilty of murder in 2021 Salt Lake shooting

A jury determined Friday after approximately seven hours of deliberation that Alex Christopher Mendoza Jr., known as Baby Alex, is guilty of murder for shooting and killing Emilio Salazar, 28, in 2021. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — After six hours of deliberation Friday, a jury found a member of the Salt Lake gang known as Baby Alex guilty of murder for shooting and killing 28-year-old Emilio Salazar in 2021.

Alex Christopher Mendoza Jr., 21, was convicted of shooting Salazar at 1172 W. California Ave. in Salt Lake City shortly after midnight on January 9, 2021. Police found Salazar face down in the driveway of a home he had visited. He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

The jury found him guilty of murder and discharging a firearm causing grievous bodily harm, first-degree felonies, as well as discharging a firearm causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon by a restricted person, of crimes in the second degree.

Mendoza’s trial began on Tuesday, and on Friday in closing arguments, attorneys saw completely different stories in the evidence presented over the week – drawing from different aspects of the testimony of several people who were at the home when Salazar was shot. Not only did the witnesses share different stories from each other, but some witnesses shared stories that differed from what they originally told the police. There were several small details that differed, as if Mendoza had been invited home that night.

The jury trial regularly brought together more than 200 people virtually, in addition to 10 people from the victim’s family and 10 people supporting Mendoza who were allowed into the courtroom at a time.

At the start of the trial, 3rd District Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills warned that there should be no blue or green clothing in the courtroom, or any other flags or support displayed for a gang. Mendoza is a known gang member with numerous interactions with police prior to his arrest in the case.

Nick and Rhondi Valdez, who live in the house where Salazar was killed, initially told police it was a drive-by shooting but testified during the trial that it was not the case. Rhondi Valdez said their story changed once they were no longer afraid of Mendoza getting revenge, and telling the truth, she lost friends and family. She said she was taught not to talk to the police because talking to the police could get her killed.

The couple both testified that Mendoza argued with Salazar at their home and that Mendoza claimed that Salazar “kissed his dad’s hand and he didn’t like it.” Rhondi Valdez said she didn’t understand what the fight was about or what it meant.

Nick Valdez testified that he was scared and in shock and did not immediately tell the police what had happened because he had just seen Mendoza murder his friend and did not want to be murdered.

There were several adults at the home before the shooting who said they saw what happened or were there but claimed they were facing the other way when the three shots were fired.

Defense attorney Brad Anderson argued that Nick Valdez was the person who actually shot Salazar. He cited a video showing flashes that he said were likely gunshots pointing to a white car that he said was passing Mendoza. He said it appeared the body had moved after the shots were fired and that Valdez was the only person who could have moved it because he claimed Mendoza was not there.

Anderson cited other instances of Valdez shooting or threatening to shoot people and he said multiple people testified that Valdez was drunk at the time and acted crazy when drunk.

“I gave you proof that Alex didn’t do this, and that’s proof that doesn’t depend on testimony,” Anderson said. “Nick did this to his best friend.”

Salt Lake County Assistant District Attorney Adam Blanch noted that Valdez said Salazar was his best friend and was like a brother to him. He said in interviews with police at the house that night that Valdez had not acted like someone who had just killed his best friend.

Blanch told the jury that reviewing all the evidence would show Mendoza shot Salazar, and he encouraged the jurors to find where there were conflicts and then decide what the most likely scenario was. He said the marks on the driveway that Anderson was talking about couldn’t have come from moving Salazar’s body and that there was no evidence to show that the car in the video was Mendoza’s.

Blanch also said no witnesses spoke of other people fighting and no one else would have had a motive.

Anderson said Mendoza had only been home less than half an hour and didn’t know Sanchez before that. He argued that Mendoza also had no motive.

Before concluding the closing arguments, Anderson asked Hruby-Mills for a directed verdict on numerous charges and said he did not believe there was enough reliable evidence to support the charges or a conviction. Blanche disagreed, saying Nick and Rhondi Valdez were the only witnesses who gave inconsistent statements and that they admitted to lying before and had credible reasons. Hruby-Mills refused the request for a directed verdict and said there was enough evidence for the jury to decide the case.

Mendoza is expected to be sentenced on October 20.

Contributor: Pat Reavy

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The Church in Europe has both an ‘unprecedented future’ and a ‘new purpose’

More than six months after President Russell M. Nelson proclaimed that Europe has “an unprecedented future,” Massimo De Feo, a General Authority Seventy with a half-decade leading an area in Western Europe and central, sees opportunity and growth.

“From my perspective, President Nelson’s devotion has given new energy to all the members in Europe,” said Elder De Feo, the 61-year-old Italian who served in the Europe Area Presidency as as a counselor beginning in 2017, then Area President. Last year.

Visit by President Russell M. Nelson, Sister Wendy Nelson, David A. Bednar, and Sister Susan Bednar before the recording of a religious prayer for Church members from 48 countries in Europe. The broadcast originated from Church headquarters and aired on January 23, 2022.

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President Nelson addressed Latter-day Saints in 48 European countries during a devotional broadcast Jan. 23 from Salt Lake City. “You have access to power – the power of God – that will literally change the future of Europe,” he said. “As you keep your covenants with increasing precision, you are the hope of Europe and you are the hope of Israel.”

Elder De Feo said local Church leaders throughout Europe frequently remind Latter-day Saints of devotion. “Many refer to this as a framework for what needs to happen and how we should see things in the Church and the future,” he said, adding, “It gave us a new purpose. … It was very, very specific, even in some of the promises and blessings.

And the devotion was also timely, just four weeks before the start of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. “We went back to [the] devotional, and we immediately recognized the hand of the Lord,” said Elder De Feo.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Moldova provide blankets to refugees at the Ukrainian border in this March 2022 photo.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Moldova provide blankets to refugees at the Ukrainian border in March 2022.

Credit: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Elder De Feo said he tries to see beyond the tragedies of conflict and the challenges of refugees.

“I think we need to look at the opportunities…so many members are helping each other in a united effort, at every level, in every country,” he said in a recent Church News podcast. “I saw the solidarity. I saw the sincere love for others, the desire to help in any way possible. I’ve seen it all—really, the gospel in action and in practice.

The conflict created an unprecedented unity among members across Europe, with many standing up to help the arriving refugees. During this time, Latter-day Saint refugees from Ukraine have integrated and helped strengthen local neighborhoods through their testimonies, dedication and resilience, he said.

So, although the temporal impacts of the conflict have been tragic, Elder De Feo said, “certainly the spiritual effects are very positive at all levels – in every place, country and unit of the Church in Europe.”

Since the January devotional and the start of the conflict in late February, there have been several notable announcements for the Church in Europe.

During the April 2022 general conference, new temples were announced for Barcelona, ​​Spain, and Birmingham, England, UK, joining previously announced temples for Vienna, Austria; Brussels, Belgium; Oslo, Norway, Budapest, Hungary; and a site yet to be determined in Russia. The continent is already home to 14 dedicated temples.

Massimo De Feo, General Authority Seventy, and his wife, Sister Loredana Galeandro De Feo, speak with the media at the Rome Temple Visitor Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rome, in Italy, Friday, March 8, 2019. Elder De Feo was born in Italy.

Elder Massimo De Feo, General Authority Seventy, and his wife, Sister Loredana Galeandro De Feo, speak with the media at the visitors center of the temple in Rome, Italy, Friday, March 8, 2019. Elder De Feo was born in Italy .

Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

And later in April, the Church announced a realignment of the Europe and Eastern Europe zones, resulting in the Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and Northern Europe zones, headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, respectively; Moscow, Russia; and London, England. Brother De Feo now chairs the Europe Central Area.

For decades, waves of immigrants have crossed Europe, from neighboring countries within the continent as well as elsewhere. “It’s not new; it’s our story. … Europe has a long history of immigration and how to help immigrants,” said Elder De Feo.

The Church is on the front line, eager to help and work with local government and charities.

“We are truly all brothers and sisters, children of God, and because of this, we must do everything we can to help anyone in need, regardless of their personal circumstances, citizenship, language or culture. “, did he declare. “The gospel is always inclusive and never exclusive.”

Elder De Feo noted that a prophet’s invitations and promises of January 2022 lead European Latter-day Saints to look to a new day with a vision of faith. “If we believe in this, if we change our mindset and increase our faith…we can do it, and the Lord will move the work forward,” he said.

The main challenge for members in Europe, he added, is “how to survive spiritually in a changing world that is trying to diminish faith and the role of Jesus Christ in our lives.”

The gospel of Jesus Christ provides answers to all of the world’s problems – from conflict to pandemics and the challenges faced in individual life, Elder De Feo said. He pointed to Luke 15 and the famine in the land that caused the prodigal son to return to his father.

“It was an opportunity for the Lord to transform a tragic circumstance, a tragic event into an opportunity to return to the Father,” he said, adding that in times of war, pandemic or personal challenges, “we must act quickly and help and then look at the opportunity to turn this into a spiritual advantage, a spiritual opportunity to return to the Father.

Elder De Feo sees a spiritual future in Europe that can rival the region’s past – from the mass conversions and emigration of pioneers in the early days of the Church to the strength of the last days to survive political upheavals and two world wars.

“There is a spiritual legacy which, if understood from a spiritual perspective, can truly make a difference to the Church again, as it did in the early stages of the growth of the Church. Church restored.”

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Why SLC Downtown Surpassed The Pandemic And Is Ahead Of The Competition

Downtown Salt Lake City isn’t just recovering from the pandemic. He flies beyond.

New geolocation analysis of mobile phone data shows that regular visits to a wide range of points of interest in the urban core – from businesses, shops and offices to monuments, parks and community centers – have jumped 155% from their levels a year before the pandemic.

That’s more than any of the 62 US and Canadian cities surveyed — by far.

Only three other medium or large cities in North America – Columbus, Ohio (112%) and Fresno and Bakersfield in California (108% and 117%, respectively) – have seen anything come close to this type of recovery. downtown visits this past spring, compared to March to May 2019.

The findings, drawn from research conducted by the Institute for Government Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, clearly show that Utah’s capital is marching at a different pace right now.

Other downtowns surveyed ranged from 92% of pre-pandemic visitation in Omaha, Neb., to 31% in San Francisco from March to May this year, according to the study titled “The Death of Downtown? ” which was based on a computer analysis of GPS data from 18 million smartphones in North America.

Continued caution over COVID-19 infection has been accompanied by business closures, the persistence of working from home and a shift to online shopping to reduce downtown activity and prevent other metropolitan areas from bouncing back. Dwindling office occupancy and slowing retail sales have even sparked questions about whether a nationwide revival of downtown living that emerged before the pandemic might have been derailed.

In the case of Salt Lake City, however, these slowing factors appear to have been overwhelmed by the city’s increasing population and continued economic growth and by the leaps in new investment and residential construction in the downtown area. city, where the number of full-time residents is now on track to double in just a few years.

Many of these new residents are not originally from Utah, and anecdotal data and evidence suggests they are embracing downtown life, bringing renewed interest in its sights and experiences as well as its restaurants, bars , theatres, cultural venues and a growing urban vibe. .

The city, ironically, also seems to have benefited from less use of public transport compared to automobile travel compared to other mid-sized cities, one of the study’s co-authors, Karen Chapple, professor emeritus in urban and regional planning at UC Berkeley. , said in an interview.

This made returning to the city center easier for some, Chapple said, compared to areas more reliant on public transit.

Utah’s urban center also has more enclaves of single-family homes located closer to downtown than other cities, said Chapple, who is also director of the School of Cities at the University of Toronto.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) The new TRAX station near the intersection of 600 South and Main Street in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. Public transit usually helps revive downtowns, but a new study shows a relative lack of public transit has contributed to the recovery of Utah’s capital.

“It’s kind of funny because city planners always want to see more density and more transit use,” Chapple said. “But in reality, lower density and a relative lack of public transportation use are factors that help Salt Lake City.”

The city’s downtown has a more diverse employment base than metropolitan areas such as New York and San Francisco, which are more dominated by professional services such as law firms, accountants, architects, consulting and technology companies.

These sectors have tended to retain work-from-home models even as the pandemic subsides, leaving many other city centers quieter during the week. In contrast, Salt Lake City’s strong presence of manufacturing, construction and hospitality jobs has brought more employees back to the workplace, which has spurred regular visits to downtown. town.

“What really helps Salt Lake,” Chapple said, “is its economy.”

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(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Diners enjoy the weather on Main Street in Salt Lake City on Saturday, August 13, 2022.

The UC Berkeley analysis leveraged smartphone geolocation trajectory data, aggregated by a San Francisco company called SafeGraph, which tracks physical visits to points of interest based on proximity, length of stay and location characteristics, such as location type. Business hours.

“We track pings,” Chapple said. “And you actually have to go in and spend some time there to get tracked.”

The study comes against a backdrop of dramatic population growth over a decade in Utah, with the state growing by 18.4% between 2010 and 2020, due to its high birth rate and the arrival of people abroad.

In 2021, according to demographers from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah, immigration soared to account for 59% of the state’s population jump last year, the largest annual share of its overall growth in recent history, as people fled more populated areas for Beehive State.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Construction in downtown Salt Lake City of housing and office towers, slated for May 2021, continues to soar.

Downtown Salt Lake City currently has 3,846 existing apartments, with 3,974 under construction and another 4,405 apartments on offer, according to a recent count. The number of downtown units is projected to be 103% higher by 2024, compared to 2021.

In terms of returning visitors, the real turning point for the city center appears to have occurred between late summer and early fall 2021, according to the study. After dropping below 50% of spring 2019 attendance levels with the onset of the pandemic, it steadily gained visitors until the end of 2020, but then hovered between 75% and 90% until August 2021.

Visits then exceeded 100% of pre-pandemic levels in September 2021, exceeded 120% in November, reached 140% in April and reached 155% at the end of May.

Some credit the state’s response to the pandemic as well as a growing economy, including an industry-tailored guide for employers on how to balance health precautions with returning workers.

“Utah has really walked that fine line of aggressive and public health feedback,” said Dee Brewer, executive director of the Downtown Alliance, representing downtown merchants at the Salt Lake Chamber. “Opinions differ on this, but we’ve looked at getting back to work and done it faster than in other areas.”

With its outdoor attractions and five national parks, Utah also continues to attract a large share of the national recreation tourism resurgence, according to Brewer. “They felt safe traveling in Utah, with its wide open spaces and reputation for cleanliness and safety,” he said. “It generated a lot of visits here.”

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz fans fill Vivint Arena during the 2021 playoffs. Sporting events like this help downtown Salt Lake City rebound.

Entertainment venues such as Vivint Arena, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater, Abravanel Hall and a host of others also reacted relatively quickly to resume in-person events, Brewer noted, and that boosted visits to the downtown and shifted activity in the urban core more towards nighttime hours than daytime.

Significantly, downtown’s revival came even though one of the state’s biggest tourist draws, Temple Square and its iconic Latter-day Saint temple, was largely closed during a renovation. of five years.

Night-time visits to downtown were about 85% of pre-pandemic volumes in June, according to the alliance’s own research, while visits by office workers are at 63% from pre-COVID. And while business travel and conventions still lag behind, sporting events such as Utah Jazz matches, volleyball, fencing, jujitsu and weightlifting attract thousands of people from all over the country.

The majority of the highest 25 days for downtown visitors over the past two years, Brewer said, have focused on multiple large in-person events or business gatherings.

“The social economy,” he said, “bounced back much faster than office people.”

‘A long way to go’ to full recovery

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) A couple enjoy drinks at a sidewalk cafe on the open streets portion of Main Street in Salt Lake City on Saturday, August 13, 2022. Restaurants have rebounded from the dark days of the pandemic but still struggling with staffing and supply issues.

UC Berkeley’s findings are being borne out by many downtown retailers and hospitality establishments, where fortunes looked bleak just 18 months ago for foot-traffic-dependent businesses.

“I was really surprised,” said Adam Tye, co-owner of Diabolical Records at 238 S. Edison St. with his wife, Alana. “We’ve had a hell of a rebound,” said Tye, who reported plenty of new faces among those sorting through his stock of vintage music on vinyl.

“I have regulars who now come from Lehi, Draper, a couple of [South Jordan’s] Daybreak,” Tye said, adding that many are recent transplants in Utah. “And there is a different mindset. These are people who are more used to traveling long distances because they are not from here.

City Creek Center, the downtown core mall, has seen a “significant post-pandemic recovery,” according to Linda Wardell, its chief executive. Foot traffic, Wardell said, was bolstered by events, the resumption of office work and the return of conventions and tourism.

“We are extremely encouraged,” she said, adding that the mall is experiencing continued consumer demand, especially for mall tenants whose brands are unique to the city.

Even downtown restaurants – among the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic in terms of job losses – have started to see significant gains in their retail customers after nearly two years of struggling with distancing rules. 6ft social, moving to curbside delivery and limiting the number of people they can serve.

“Things are looking up in downtown Salt Lake,” said Melva Sine, head of the Utah Restaurant Association, “but there’s still a lot of work to do to reach pre-pandemic numbers.”

Restaurants have reduced their hours and gotten creative with their menus, Sine said, but they still face major challenges with hiring workers, supply chain issues and inflation.

“A long way to go,” she said, “still.”

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Attendance at the Eccles Theater, which premiered in March 2021, has helped revive downtown Salt Lake City.

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Talk about climate change must turn into action and justice

Over the summer, a lot of people talked to me about climate change instead of the other way around. They talked about the drying up of the Great Salt Lake, Supreme Court justices deflating the EPA’s regulatory powers, whether climate migration will ruin their real estate investments, their 70-year-old friend who “believes” now and Senator Joe Manchin as climate policy enemy number 1 has become the climate saviour.

All of this means one thing to me: the climate crisis is now public sentiment. Finally, more Americans who were immune to early and worst climate impacts formed what Lauren Berlant calls an “intimate audience” around the climate crisis. People feel something, they are curious, they “feel that issues of survival are at stake” and that listening and telling are ways “to get out of the impasse and the struggle of the present”. They speak.

I have been writing and teaching environmental issues for over 10 years. My grumpy tendency has been to roll my eyes on the phone with these friends and family. “Where have you been?! So many people have been talking about this for so long,” I say to myself. But this exasperated response misses the point: it’s time to listen, to fuel the conversation, to galvanize this intimate audience that feels the stakes of the climate crisis and wants to break the deadlock.

Voting definitely matters. As Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinema, his fellow Democratic filibuster, have taught us, party affiliation does not dictate a politician’s votes. When we choose party candidates at the time of the vote, we need to know the priorities of our public servants and whether they will stick to them. With inflation and recession rightly looming in the polls as the top concerns of Americans, the climate crisis is likely to fade from minds in November when 100-degree temperatures, hurricanes and possibly wildfires, will subside.

Many Republicans and some Democrats will sideline climate action in favor of economic stabilization and development. It is a false choice. As economists and entrepreneurs have explained, “decarbonizing” the economy – that is, transitioning to renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in other ways – generates jobs and drives innovation while reducing long-term disaster damage to the economy. We need to elect those who see the synergies. For example, the Cut Inflation Act of 2022, signed by President Joe Biden, creates jobs and reduces pollution that harms health and therefore the economy. He has real issues such as the opening of oil and gas leases in the Gulf and the Arctic where the climate impacts are already devastating, but it shows that we and our representatives can vote with our money and our lives in mind. climate action.

All of the climate talk this summer should also translate into action beyond voting. No action is a silver bullet and no action is right for all lives, but there is a menu to choose from. Some will start community conversations that identify local impacts and design community-led adaptation and mitigation measures that benefit everyone. Some will march past state capitals as lawmakers debate bills that promote the fossil fuel industry and punish those that don’t. Some will turn to nonviolent civil disobedience, inspired by the recent pipeline blockages of indigenous land and water protectors and the history of black activists forcing change through sit-ins. Some will take advice from climate writer and podcaster Mary Annaïse Heglar to “do what you’re good at and do your best” for the planet.

All of this rhetoric needs to be turned into action, whether at the ballot box or in the pipeline. But, anyway, he must lean towards justice. It must undo the economic, political and social forces that put frontline populations, primarily the elderly, people with disabilities and black and brown residents, at greatest risk of climate impacts and create alternatives that regenerate communities and ecosystems.

As the shock of the climate crisis hits more people, more of us should come together with neighbors and other affinity groups to learn more and imagine better. Let’s stand up to NIMBYism and advocate for local and global climate justice.

Houser is a professor of English at the University of Texas and writes on environment and culture.

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Marcin Tybura defeats. Alexandr Romanov at UFC 278: Best Photos


Check out the best photos from Marcin Tybura’s majority decision victory over Alexandr Romanov at UFC 278 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. (Photos by Jeffrey Swinger, USA TODAY Sports)

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Heatwaves Kill – The Daily Utah Chronicle

Amen Koutowogbe

Deseret Industries Thrift Store & Donation Center in Murray, Salt Lake City, Utah on Monday, August 5, 2022. (Photo by Amen Koutowogbe | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

People started dying in the United States. due to the current heat wave sweeping through the Pacific Northwest. The heat would be the deadliest extreme weather event, and large parts of the country will remain at high temperatures throughout the hottest months.

As the climate warms, the likelihood of heat waves increases. And an abundance of heat influences water consumption, finances, gas and electricity consumption. This heat wave negatively affects individuals as well as the economy.

Although Utah is a desert state, we weren’t prepared for the crazy temperatures we experienced last month and won’t be going any further.

Human impact

Low-income areas are hardest hit by heat waves, due to the inaccessibility of air conditioning – in the United States, Native American and black communities have the highest rates of heat-related deaths.

Heat waves can lead to more hospital visits, loss of efficiency in construction and agriculture, lower agricultural yield and damage to infrastructure. People lose their ability to work and productivity slows as temperatures rise.

Last year, about 800 people died in a heat wave in Oregon and Washington. This trend is also appearing in Europe and Asia, with more than 2,000 people dying from heat-related causes in Spain and Portugal.

Heat-related illnesses also hurt people in the long term. If a person does not die initially, it will affect him for years. Heatstroke causes memory loss, damage to vital organs such as the brain, heart, liver and kidneys, and negatively affects cognitive function.

Economic impact

Economies have been found to grow at slower rates during hot summers. The combined power of heat waves and constant droughts is a major threat to agriculture, which plays a large role in Utah’s economy. Heat has been found to cause 10 times more crop damage than currently expected. The damage will only increase over time.

Small businesses like the relatively young restaurant Ramen Haus are keenly feeling this change. “It’s pretty typical in the summer for us to slow down a bit, just because it’s ramen and ramen is tough in the summer,” said Chloe Young, an employee at Ramen Haus. “But I noticed [this] with… the highest heats for sure. We have $700 days and as a business… what if we don’t make $2,000 a day? We could run out of rent.

With the heat slowing customer attendance, Young said they had to cut staff. “So we have to go into … rudimentary mode where there’s only one cook, maybe a dishwasher, and then just the two servers every night,” she said. This type of operation is not viable for those who have bills to pay.

Energy grids are struggling to keep up with demand for air conditioning, and many expect power outages throughout the summer months. Business results will be affected as they lose revenue to cool offices and protect workplaces from heat-related illnesses. On average, stock prices also fall about 22 basis points during a hot spell.

Besides lowering business revenues, the heatwave is also hurting vital services that we need as a community. Utah firefighters are coping with the heavy lifting, smothering heat-ignited wildfires. While performing their duties, firefighters are also at risk of developing heat-related illnesses due to extreme weather conditions and the effort required to wear the necessary protective equipment.

I’m tired of beating the dead horse that is climate change. The effects are tangible and fatal yet utterly despicable by those privileged enough to ignore it. Average people themselves are forced to assess their carbon footprint, while the wealthy and celebrities get away with it. People like Kylie Jenner are pumping carbon into the atmosphere while we’re still paying extra for sustainability. I’m lucky to have the ability to cringe at my air conditioning bill – others die in their overheated homes.

The heat is killing people and businesses at the same time. We need to get climate change under control because human lives are paying the price for inaction. At some point, the loss of money will cause those in power to take notice. For now, we’ll mourn the dead and turn on our fans.

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Transgender kids can play women’s sports in Utah after ruling

SALT LAKE CITY, AP — Transgender girls in Utah will have the opportunity to participate in women’s sports at the start of the school year, after a judge overturned a ban on Friday pending legal challenges from parents.

Instead of an outright ban, transgender girls will now be referred to a commission that will determine on a case-by-case basis whether their participation compromises fairness. Republican lawmakers in Utah created the commission in legislation passed earlier this year as a fallback plan to be implemented in the event of an injunction against the law.

Under the law, the panel will be allowed to ask for and assess the child’s height and weight to decide whether a transgender girl would be given an unfair advantage.

The commission, which is expected to be convened in the coming weeks, will include politically appointed experts from athletics and medicine.

When it was proposed, the commission was criticized by advocates for transgender student-athletes – who feared they would feel targeted by having their bodies measured – and supporters of an outright ban, who argued that she didn’t go far enough.

The commission is expected to go into effect while the court assesses the legal challenge to the outright ban. The members have not yet been named but will be in the coming weeks, the legislative leaders said.

The state association that oversees more than 80,000 students playing high school sports said only one transgender girl competed in their leagues last year and, with school sports already underway, it’s unclear. how many will go before the commission and when its decisions will take effect.

The Utah ruling marked the court’s latest development in a national debate over how to navigate the flashpoint problem.

At least 12 Republican-run states — including Utah — have passed laws banning transgender women or girls in sports on the assumption that it gives them an unfair competitive advantage.

Transgender rights advocates who contradict the rules are not just about sports, but about another way to belittle and attack transgender youth. Similar cases are ongoing in states such as Idaho, West Virginia and Indiana.

Utah’s ban went into effect in July after its Republican-dominated legislature overruled a veto by Governor Spencer CoxAlso a Republican.

Utah State Judge Keith Kelly said in the ruling suspending the ban that attorneys representing the families of three transgender student-athletes had shown they had suffered significant distress by “singling them out for unfavorable treatment as transgender girls”.

The transgender girls and parents filed a lawsuit last May, claiming the ban violates the equal rights and due process guarantees of the Utah Constitution.

The ruling was exciting news for the girls and their families, said Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, who also represented same-sex couples in a landmark court case against Utah last decade. .

“The pressure, the pressure it put on them was so huge,” Minter said. “It’s just a huge relief to have that weight lifted.”

Sen. Stuart Adams, a Republican from the state of Utah, said in a statement Friday that the commission that would now make decisions in a way that “protects fair and safe competition while preserving the integrity of women’s sport” .

The commission will include a medical data statistician, a physician with experience in “gender identity health”, a sports physiologist, a mental health professional, a college athletic trainer, a representative of a sports association and a rotating member who is a coach or official in the sport. relevant for each case.

Minter said he hopes the commission will simply act as a safety net, with the presumption being that transgender girls can play unless there is a clear competitive fairness issue.

“How it’s done is very important,” Minter said.

The decision follows a revelation this week from the Utah High School Activities Association that it had secretly investigated a female athlete – without telling her or her parents – after receiving complaints from the parents of two girls she had beaten in competition wondering if the girl was transgender.

The inquest – which was roundly criticized by Cox – determined she was indeed female after going through her school records dating back to kindergarten, association spokesman David Spatafore told lawmakers this week.

Critics of the ban were upset but said they were not surprised by the investigation. They said it underscored how the impact of the politicization of women’s sport affects more than just transgender student-athletes and subjects all girls to scrutiny in ways they anticipate.

“It creates such a negative atmosphere based on stereotypes about girls and how they look,” Minter said. “It’s really harmful to all the children in the state.”

The sequence of events also explained how officials can press charges now that youth sports and the associations that govern them are subject to national laws. Spatafore said the complaint was among several the association has reviewed in its efforts to comply with Utah’s law, which went into effect in July.

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Arctos Takes Stake in Jazz, Real Salt Lake

Tonight in Unpacking: Arctos Sports Partners makes its latest team investment, securing a deal with Ryan Smith for a piece of Jazz and Real Salt Lake. SBJ’s Eric Prisbell reviews the partnership, which could include bringing another pro team to Utah.

Other titles:

  • NHL sponsors score points with fans in latest Sponsor Breakthrough study
  • New Big Ten media deals far outperform other Power Five conferences
  • What’s next for ESPN under the Disney umbrella?
  • SBJ Spotlight: USL’s Papadakis Talks Site Development and Media Rights
  • Chargers QB Justin Herbert Becomes AboutGOLF Brand Ambassador
  • Braves-Mets series boost Bally Sports South RSN ratings
  • US Open demand continues to climb on StubHub’s secondary market
  • 49ers and Grupo Formula sign radio agreement in 22 Mexican markets
  • FanDuel Sportsbook rolls out the first of seven spots
  • ‘Monday Night Raw’ viewership up since Paul Levesque promotion

On today’s Morning Buzzcast, SBJ’s Abe Madkour watches: The Big Ten’s big day; the victory of Kevin Warren; surprising streaming numbers in July; the Haslams seeking to move forward; and MLB hitting Williamsport.

Smith Entertainment Group (SEG) announced a partnership with a private investment platform Arctos Sports Partners which includes Arctos’ minority investment in multiple SEG properties, reports SBJ Eric Prisbell.

They include the Jazzwaiting NBA Board of Governors approval; Real salt lake; and vivid arena. The scale of the investment was not disclosed.

The partnership between Arctos and the owner company Jazz Ryan Smith helms aims to bring a third professional franchise to the state. Sources declined to speculate on the potential sport. But the NWSL is recruiting two new groups of owners, and the demand from potential bidders will far exceed the supply of teams.


Almost all officials NHL sponsor followed during the 16th edition of the league Sponsor Breakthrough study, commissioning for the 2021-22 season for SBJ by MarketCastsaw a year-over-year improvement in the percentage of fans who were aware of this formal relationship, notes SBJ David Broughton.

The biggest beneficiaries of increased fan awareness have been Verizon and Geicowhich each saw those levels jump 10 percentage points from the comparable survey conducted over the same period in 2021. For its part, Verizon tripled its advertising spend on NHL TV broadcasts last season ( to $4.5 million), compared to the 2020-21 season, and aired about 500 ads (a fivefold increase), according to SBJ’s analysis of iSpot.tv The data.

Geico became the league’s top TV announcer last season ($6.3 million), leapfrogging former spenders Honda and Lexus.

Discover, a league sponsor since 2010, saw an improvement of nine percentage points en route to its highest level of recognition ever (28%). The payments company launched three of the season’s seven most viewed TV commercials, each with a song from at least a generation ago: a spot about fraud protection featured background music by Shaggy (“It was not me”); refund offers with Mister Mix-a-Lot (“baby came back”); and use-the-card-anywhere with Hootie and the puffer fish (“just wanna be with you”). The spots recorded a total of 346 million impressions.

bud lightthe league’s official beer since 1994, experienced its fourth consecutive year of improved awareness, reaching a record level of brand recognition at 31%.


Even without ESPNthe Big TenThe new set of partners will provide powerful college football programming on Saturdays this fall. The FoxSCSNBC triumvirate will provide the Big Ten with a NFL-like a range of games on live TV.

“The goal was to own every one of those windows,” Commissioner Big Ten said. Kevin Warren, which used the NFL as a template for its conference’s own rights negotiations. “To capture the hearts and minds and the greed of the fans, I think you have to make it really simple for your fans. So I always had this visual, especially coming out of the NFL, that we would have partners in each of those windows. And then we would have special events, like two games on Black Friday.

Each of the three networks will have a Big Ten football championship game – Fox will have four, CBS two and NBC one. FS1 and Big Ten Network will also broadcast a heavy dose of college football on its airwaves.

NBC’s longstanding relationship with our Lady could also create more confrontations between the Fighting Irish and Big Ten schools, such as Michiganwhich has disappeared from Notre Dame’s schedule in recent years.

Check Michael Smiththe full story which will be in the monday SBJ magazine, as well as a breakdown of new media rights deals.

Activist Investor Dan Loebthe suggestion that disney spin off ESPN has been met with a lot of skepticism because ESPN’s linear broadcast business is a major cash flow driver that supports other parts of Disney’s operations, writes SBJ. Chris Smith.

Disney pushed back in a letter of its own, defending its ‘strong financial results’ and CEO leadership Bob Chapeck. And in fact, Chapek had already reiterated to investors the previous week that sports betting remains a top and urgent priority for ESPN, regardless of a potential association with family-friendly Disney.

Check out Smith’s upcoming column in Monday’s SBJ, which also examines a slowing rate of subscriber growth for ESPN+ and what does the future look like for NBA on ESPN airwaves.


The united football league created its own spin on stadium development, doing much of the groundwork, often before identifying a potential ownership group. COO and Head of Real Estate justin Papadakis said stadium projects require so much consensus and building from local stakeholders that USL decided to take a different approach.

“We go to the markets…and really find the right stadium site, work with the stakeholders, put together the pitch and all the rights, and a whole bunch of professional services that come with creating a stadium,” Papadakis said. .

He described the entire process in an SBJ Spotlight interview with a football writer Alex Silverman.

Papadakis also spoke of local successes, including teams of New Mexico and Detroit, and the possibility of a larger media rights deal for the league. Regarding media rights, Papadakis said: “On the digital side and on the OTT side, we have this tonnage, with over a thousand matches, but more importantly, what we bring is 35 ongoing markets. over 80.”

For the video interview, go to SBJ – or check out the podcast version here.


Papadakis talked about local successes, including teams in New Mexico and Detroit

In this week SBJ Esports newsletter, the team discusses:

  • honor of kings, Valorant are bright spots for Tencent as Chinathe economy is cooling
  • 3v3 trophy, hawks Talon Gaming Craft NBA 2K League playoff debut
  • Esports teams worried about financial climate

In this week SBJ Soccer newsletter, Ben Fischer looks at:

  • Jay Marine lists Amazon Prime Video user experience, awareness among the keys’TNF‘ Goals
  • Marine: Success will be in the long term, not on the first hearings
  • ‘TNF’ will live on demand until next summer
  • Amazon promises seamless flow change
  • International NFL the team’s media rights sales are off to a slow start
  • NFL+the league’s new mobile streaming service, could be a hit with young superfans


  • Chargers QC Justin Herbertafter trying a about GOLF simulator at home, has become a brand ambassador for the company, notes SportTechie’s tom friend. Specializing in virtual competitions, aboutGOLF simulators recreate up to 50 golf venues, including the Old course at St. andrew and pebble beach.
  • Bally Sports South is up 11% in local audiences Atlanta market after a strong braveDishes series this week, note SBJ Austin Karpe. RSN averaged a 4.2 rating for the entire four games, which is their best Braves streak this season so far. The highest number in the Mets-Braves series was a 4.9 mark on Tuesday.
  • U.S. Open demand continues to rise StubHubsecondary market, SBJ rating Bret McCormick. Average daily sales have more than doubled and the number of tickets sold per day has more than tripled since August 9, when Serena Williams announced that this Open would probably be his last, with a jump of nearly 40% in overall sales.
  • The 49ers secured Group formula as a radio partner in 22 cities in Mexico under their new international marketing rights, promising full radio coverage of every 49ers game and exclusive original content, reports SBJ’s Ben Fischer.
  • Primordial renewed his WE media rights on UEFA Champions League matches a “deal valued at more than $1.5 billion over six years, more than double the size of his previous deal,” reports Bloomberg.
  • FanDuel sport bets is rolling out the first of seven spots in a new advertising campaign that will run throughout the football season, playfully comparing everyday life choices to those sports fans make when placing bets, reports SBJ’s Bill King. The campaign was created in collaboration with the agency Wieden + Kennedy.
  • Monday night raw“gathers an average of 2.02 million viewers across the four shows since Paul Levesque took the creative reins at WWEa figure up 11% from the same four-show period last summer on UNITED STATES NetworkSBJ rating Karp.


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Here’s what a new military communications manufacturing plant will bring to Utah

An L3Harris employee works in the new factory in Salt Lake City. L3Harris’ facility in Salt Lake will serve as the company’s hub for the development of communications technologies designed to protect the safety of citizens and those who strive for that safety. (L3Harris)

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SALT LAKE CITY — L3Harris has been nestled in the Salt Lake Valley for more than 65 years, working hard to develop advanced communications technologies critical to the nation’s security.

On Thursday, those years of work culminated with the opening of a new 380,000 square foot manufacturing and operations facility that “adds a whole dimension to our business that we didn’t really have before,” Brendan said. O’Connell, president of L3Harris.

The facility located at 540 N. 2200 West in Salt Lake City will serve as the company’s hub for the development of cutting-edge communications technologies designed to protect the safety of citizens as well as those who strive for that safety by providing their technology to the US military. and international defense customers.

L3Harris is the industry leader in the development of advanced communications systems used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, airborne, satellite and ground tactical networks, and command and control, including for the U.S. Secretary at Defense and the President of the United States.

The opening of this facility, O’Connell said, allows L3Harris “not only to design and manufacture core products and integrated systems and networks, but it allows us to further expand our capabilities to support the warfighter.” .

The 380,000 square foot building will allow L3Harris to consolidate business operations that were previously spread across a large campus and multiple facilities into a single building.

L3Harris' manufacturing and operating facility is represented in Salt Lake City.
L3Harris’ manufacturing and operating facility is represented in Salt Lake City. (Photo: L3Harris)

It will also allow them to meet the fluid needs of defense communications faster than before.

“We designed it with a very modular construction, which makes us more agile (and) more competitive over a period of time,” O’Connell said.

The building is also a reminder of Utah’s growing population and economy. “We have over 1,000 employees here today, but it’s really designed to grow to 3,000 (employees),” O’Connell said.

Additionally, the building has room to expand to over 400,000 square feet to meet the demand of changing needs and new technologies.

Rep. John Curtis, Sen. Mitt Romney, L3Harris Chairman Brendan O'Connell and Rep. Chris Stewart cut the ribbon on L3Harris' new manufacturing and operating facility in Salt <a class=Lake City on Thursday.”/>
Rep. John Curtis, Sen. Mitt Romney, L3Harris Chairman Brendan O’Connell and Rep. Chris Stewart cut the ribbon on L3Harris’ new manufacturing and operating facility in Salt Lake City on Thursday. (Photo: Logan Stefanich, KSL.com)

“People hear a military plane and say, ‘That’s the sound of freedom,'” Sen. Mitt Romney said, speaking about technologies developed at L3Harris at the inaugural event Thursday.

“Well, that’s part of the spirit of freedom. It’s what keeps our fighters, airmen, and others around the world safe and able to carry out their assigned missions. by the commander in chief,” said Romney, R-Utah.

In addition to serving as a national hub for defense communications, the facility also has a significant economic impact for the Salt Lake Valley and Utah as a whole.

Utah Republican Representative John Curtis said the ripple effects of an organization like L3Harris moving into the community would be “dramatic”.

“The property tax on this building will educate our children, pave our roads and do so much in this community,” Curtis said.


We have reason to have a solid defense. Not because we want to go to war, but because we want to defend ourselves from having to go to war.

–Utah Senator Mitt Romney


Rep. Chris Stewart echoed Curtis’s sentiments and added that L3Harris positions Utah as a national player in defense communications.

“It all builds on this idea that in terms of national defense and the infrastructure to support that, Utah plays a huge role in that,” said Stewart, R-Utah, adding that it will give more opportunities for recent Utah college graduates who want to pursue careers in the Beehive State.

“It gives young people an opportunity to say, ‘I don’t need to go to California, I don’t need to go to Houston. I can have a good job here in Utah,” he said.

Currently, L3Harris employs nearly 3,500 people in the Salt Lake area, with room to add more.

“There are reasons we have a solid defense,” Romney said. “Not because we want to go to war, but because we want to defend ourselves from having to go to war.”

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Logan Stefanich is a reporter for KSL.com, covering Southern Utah communities, education, business, and military news.

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Arkansas Income Tax Cuts: Accelerating Rate Reduction

With the passage of SB1 at the third special session of the General Assembly, Arkansas last week became the 13th state to allow a reduction in the personal income tax rate this year. This round of income tax cuts in Arkansas effectively accelerated reforms that policymakers passed eight months ago.

The December 2021 changes put the state on track to lower its top personal and corporate income tax rates from 5.9% and 6.2%, respectively, to 4.9% and 5.3% as early as 2025. However, the state’s $1.6 billion surplus in fiscal year 2022 enabled the three-year deadline for personal income tax to be advanced and two years for corporation tax.

The passing of SB1 marks the fifth round of reforms led by Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) since 2015 that have focused primarily on rate cuts. Tucked away in the last two reform bills, however, have been seemingly minor policy changes that, while making less headlines, actually make Arkansas’ tax structure much more neutral and competitive. It is these somewhat less intuitive reforms that Arkansas policymakers should prioritize going forward. Rates are important, but even more so how those rates interact with the rest of the code.

During the December 2021 Special Session, the Legislature designed tax reforms to include immediate personal income tax reductions supported by well-designed corporate income tax reform, tax triggers revenue and indexation to inflation. The state was in the enviable position of having a fiscal 2021 surplus of $946 million, a projected budget surplus of $263 million for fiscal 2022, a reserve of $1.2 billion and full funding of essential obligations under the State Revenue Stabilization Act.

The incremental revenue-based approach has allowed Arkansas to chart a responsible path to regional competitiveness while protecting against unforeseen economic downturns or inflation-related costs. In line with the 2021 reform package, provided the state did not dip into its disaster reserve fund between July 1, 2022 and January 1, 2025, the highest individual rate would have decreased to 4.9 % at the beginning of 2025.

The Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) projected that if fully implemented by fiscal year 2026, the 2021 rate cuts would cost the state about $1.9 billion in revenue lost during the period, which would cost $523 million per year by FY2026. The state had projected a surplus of $263 million in FY2022, but the DFA noted that the income tax reforms would likely reduce general revenue by $135.2 million in the same fiscal year, halving the projected surplus.

Contrary to projections, Arkansas ended fiscal 2022 with a surplus of $1.6 billion, about six times more than expected. Along the same lines, the revenue costs noted for 2023 have been virtually imperceptible in revenue reports released since the cuts were enacted. After accounting for surpluses from fiscal years 2021 and 2022, the full amount of estimated lost revenue can be paid immediately, with $300 million remaining. Surpluses alone should go a long way to easing concerns about the long-term stability of rate cuts. But equally important is the fact that the Ministry of Revenue’s estimates were not dynamic and therefore did not take into account the effects that the tax savings would have on the economy.

It is well established that cuts in marginal rates lower economic barriers to productivity. When workers and business owners consider the impact of taxation on their next dollar of income, they consider the extensive and intensive effects of taxation (i.e. whether to work/invest and how much work/invest). Thus, lowering the personal income tax rate from 5.9% to 4.9% should encourage marginal in-migration and increase employment.

Accelerated rate cuts are also likely to influence the amount of work people choose to do. When workers can take more of their next dollar home, it will incentivize, at the margin, those who are already employed to work an extra term (hour, week, full-time or part-time).

All this does not mean that the tax cuts alone would have been amortized. They wouldn’t. But it would be incomplete to suggest that lower rates, inflation-adjusted brackets, and $1.9 billion in additional discretionary spending among individuals, small businesses, and corporations won’t flow back into the general fund. significantly in the form of new revenue. additional purchases, higher wages and salaries, and higher levels of employment on the extensive and intensive margins.

Since tax reforms in Arkansas began in earnest in 2015, most of the attention and energy has focused on increasing the competitiveness of personal and corporate income tax rates in the state, and with good reason. As previously written, Arkansas rates were quickly becoming regionally uncompetitive. In 2021, even after three previous rounds of rate cuts, each of the states bordering Arkansas except Louisiana had a personal income tax rate at least 0.5 percentage points higher. percentage lower and at most 5.9 percentage points lower than the Natural State.

With the state’s best individual and corporate rates now pegged at 4.9% and 5.3%, respectively, Arkansas’ rates are the regional median. And while a state’s rates are important, equally important is how those rates interact with the lesser elements of a state’s tax code. A significant tax pyramid may occur in the sales tax base, or businesses may not be able to deduct operating losses and capital investments due to lack of losses net operating expenses and well-designed expense allowances, for example. A state may have very low or no personal income taxes, but may not be able to generate sufficient economic activity due to other tax policies that are inconsistent with a healthy business climate.

Recently, Arkansas policymakers have taken significant steps toward a more neutral and stable tax code that doesn’t rely solely on rate cuts. The state had previously indexed its individual tax brackets to inflation, and in the December 2021 special session it indexed the standard deduction and consolidated its two lower tax tables into one. Although the title of the most recent special session was the acceleration of the rate cut, an equally important but less publicized element will conform the state’s treatment of capital investments to the provisions of the tax code which allow the immediate expenditure of capital investments in the year the investments were made. made.

Consider how our State enterprise fiscal climate index noted the impact of SB1 on the state’s fiscal competitiveness. Prior to the last special session, Arkansas’ tax structure ranked 43rd out of 50 in overall structural competitiveness. Its corporate income tax (CIT) and personal income tax (PIT) ranked 30th and 37th respectively. If the acceleration in rates were taken into account alone, the State would move up one place, to 42nd place, its CIT would improve slightly to 29th place, and its PIT would remain unchanged.

When Arkansas’ compliance of capital investment treatment with IRC Sections 168 and 179 is included, the state’s ranking increases significantly. This less dramatic, below-the-fold structural change, combined with the rate cuts, propels the state to 38th overall, 22nd for CIT and 34th for PIT, reflecting that businesses can immediately spend capital investments during this year. it was made has an outsized impact on economic growth.

As Little Rock policymakers discuss how to leverage future tax reforms to facilitate greater economic activity, they should look beyond rates and focus on a broader range of policy changes – on elements which can be hidden in the inner folds of the code. These policies may be less known to the public, but companies are intimately aware of them. They are an integral part of any competitive tax system and are often much cheaper to implement than large-scale base rate reductions.

At the top of the list of reforms to be discussed in the future could be overhauling the state’s treatment of net operating losses – a change that would remove barriers to entrepreneurship, reduce income volatility and remove conditions that disadvantage low-margin industries. A second reform could include eliminating the state back rule, a policy that risks double taxation and encourages out-of-state relocation. Third, policymakers could repeal the franchise tax (also known as the capital stock tax), which acts as a tax on corporate wealth and discourages investment. Many of these reform options and other ways to stabilize income can be found in the Tax Foundation’s guide to Arkansas tax reform.

In the meantime, Arkansans have reason to be encouraged by the recent accelerated tax reforms coming out of Little Rock. Annual incremental tax changes have played a significant role in the economic and demographic gains many states have made over the past decade, including Arizona, Indiana, North Carolina and Utah, to name a few. to name a few. There are many reasons for residency and relocation, but of the variables that state governments can affect, tax policies are among the most influential.

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Salt lake city government

Utah’s LGBTQ conversion therapy ban could be revisited

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s ban on LGBTQ conversion therapy could be reconsidered.

Rep. Brady Brammer, R-Highland, on Thursday requested a hearing before the Utah State Interim Administrative Rules and Government Oversight Committee. He told FOX 13 News he is investigating whether the state’s Occupational and Professional Licensing Division has the authority to implement an administrative rule prohibiting the practice.

“We’ll see,” he said when asked if lawmakers might eventually revise the rule.

A presentation prepared for the committee said the legislature could open a new conversion therapy bill, address it when reauthorizing the existing rules, recommend the DOPL review the rule, or take no action.

In 2019, a bill was introduced in the Utah State Legislature with strong support from LGBTQ rights groups to ban the practice of trying to change sexual orientation and sex. a person’s gender identity. But the bill fell apart after social conservatives rejected it on Capitol Hill.

Governor at the time, Gary Herbert apologized to LGBTQ youth who protested outside his office over how it was handled in the legislature. He then pushed an administrative rule – which has the force of law – through the DOPLthat licenses and regulates therapists.

Gayle Ruzicka, head of the Utah Eagle Forum, said she hopes the legislature will reconsider it.

“They definitely need to see it again and hopefully that fixes a problem,” she told FOX 13 News on Wednesday. “It’s been a rule. It’s been law. It’s been a disaster for the kids in Utah.”

Ruzicka said the rule prohibits therapists from properly treating children and some have refused to do so. LGBTQ rights groups have said conversion therapy is not only widely discredited, but harmful and abusive in its efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Marina Lowe, policy director for Equality Utah, said her group believes the rule is good as it stands.

“I understand Rep. Brammer also intends to explore some questions regarding the legality of the rule itself and we’re fully prepared to address those,” she told FOX 13 News. “We believe that the conversion therapy bans are absolutely constitutional and that our rule is fully defensible.”

No bill would emerge before the 2023 legislative session which begins in January. Governor Spencer Cox, who has backed a ban on conversion therapy in the past, was monitoring the legislation, his office said.

“As always, the well-being of parents and children is our priority and we continue to follow the debate closely,” the governor said in a statement to FOX 13 News.

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Salt lakes real estate

Buying a home in the United States as a non-resident

You do not need to be a US citizen to buy a home in the United States. You don’t even have to be a US resident. Anyone who wishes can buy a property here.

Between April 2021 and March 2022, the value of residential properties in the United States that were sold to foreign buyers totaled $59 billion, according to the International Transactions in US Residential Real Estate report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). . The vast majority of non-resident buyers come from Canada and Mexico, followed by China. They largely buy detached single-family homes in Florida and California.

While almost half (44%) of foreign buyers rely entirely on cash to make these purchases, it is also possible for non-residents to obtain a mortgage in the United States to help finance new homes. . It’s not all smooth sailing, however. Non-citizen homebuyers will face slightly more complicated mortgage application requirements establishing their financial qualifications. They will also have to comply with more complex tax laws as owners.

What type of property can a non-resident buy?

Any non-U.S. citizen, including permanent residents, temporary residents, nonresidents, refugees, asylum seekers, and Deferred Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, can purchase property in this country. There are no legal restrictions prohibiting the purchase of real estate by persons belonging to any of these categories.

“Buying residential property in the United States is open to anyone, regardless of nationality,” says Jen Horner, realtor at RE/MAX Masters in Salt Lake City, Utah.

There are also no limits on the type of property that can be purchased. A non-US citizen can buy a single family home, condo, townhouse, duplex or apartment building – or even land without any structure.

“There are no restrictions in the United States on purchasing property as a foreign national. This applies to resident foreign nationals who may wish to purchase property for primary residence depending on where they reside. current situation in the United States, or to non-resident foreign investors who are looking to purchase property for other reasons, such as investment use or a vacation home,” says Chase Michels, of the Michels Group at Compass at Hinddale, Illinois.

According to the NAR, between spring 2021 and spring 2022, 74% of foreign buyers purchased a single-family home or townhouse. Additionally, 44% of overseas buyers purchased a property to use as a vacation home, rental, or both.

What documents does a non-resident need to buy a house?

Although they can buy freely, non-US citizen buyers are generally required to provide additional documentation to complete the purchase of a home in the United States, compared to US citizens.

The exact requirements vary, however, depending on whether the home is purchased with cash or a mortgage, and depending on the buyer’s specific residency status. Some of the basic requirements for non-US citizen buyers, Michels says, often include:

  • A foreign passport, U.S. visa, or driver’s license
  • Social security number or individual tax identification number (ITIN)
  • Financial statements of applicant’s foreign bank, if applicable
  • Proof of financial assets/income (bank statements, etc.)
  • Tax returns (preferably US, if applicable)

“Cash purchases will require proof of identity and reporting of the purchase to the federal government,” says Horner. “If a mortgage lender is used, they have the option of requesting as many documents as they deem necessary to move forward [the] mortgage loan application.

Which begs the question: Can non-US citizens get mortgages to finance the purchase of a home in the United States? The short answer is yes. But it’s complicated.

How can a non-resident finance housing?

In general, mortgage lenders prefer to work with applicants currently living in the United States and classified as permanent or non-permanent residents. (People who have a green card and social security number are permanent residents, while those who have a social security number but no green card are non-permanent residents.) Their rationale is simple. : Applicants residing in this country are considered less risky, especially in case of default on the loan.

Their residency status impacts the specific type of mortgage loan that can be used. There are two main categories of loans for non-citizen purchases, says Michael Cantwell, loan officer for Guild Mortgage. “One major classification is that of a foreign national and the other would be people currently living in the United States who have not yet received US citizenship,” Cantwell explains.

Applicants who fall into either of these categories are generally eligible for a conventional mortgage backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as government-backed loans from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). However, non-permanent residents will need to use the home as their primary residence in order to get mortgage approval.

“Many banks and building societies offer conventional and FHA home loans to non-US citizens on the condition that they can verify their residency status, employment history, and financial history,” says Michels.

And for non-residents? Applicants living abroad can buy properties in that country using what’s called a foreign national loan or a foreign national mortgage, Cantwell explains. These loans are typically offered by US-based banks and lenders and are designed for borrowers living outside the country who are looking to purchase or refinance. Foreign national mortgages are not guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

Additional rules and restrictions for non-residents

The tax rules also apply to properties owned by non-US citizens. For example, if a non-US citizen is renting the purchased property to generate income, then that income must be declared and taxes must be paid both in the United States and in the owner’s home country, explains Bruce Ailion, a real estate lawyer. and realtor with Re/Max Town & Country in Atlanta. Additionally, non-US citizens are required to pay local property taxes.

And when selling property in the United States as a non-US citizen, capital gains tax will generally also apply.

“When selling property in the United States, there are special withholding provisions that must be observed,” says Ailion. “A tax advisor with specific knowledge of international taxation should be consulted.”

On the positive side, all of the protections of the Fair Housing Act, Title VII, and other anti-discrimination protections apply to real estate transactions involving non-US citizens. These laws are in effect regardless of who the buyer is, Michels says.

Final word on home purchases by non-residents

It is entirely possible to buy a home as a non-US citizen, whether you are a foreign national, permanent or temporary resident. There are no limitations on the type of property that can be purchased or how the property is used. Additionally, US laws that protect the rights of all homebuyers also cover non-US citizens and non-residents.

What is really more important, in terms of complications, is not a person’s citizenship, but where they live. If you don’t live in the United States, buying a home becomes more difficult, especially if financing is required for the purchase.

Non-residents should be prepared to deal with additional complexities, including more extensive documentation requirements establishing their identity, income and assets. They are limited to certain types of loans or mortgages, those that are not guaranteed by major mortgage market makers. But the path to homeownership in the United States is certainly not blocked – there may just be a few speed bumps.

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Salt lake city

Here’s your sign for finding intergenerational friendship in Salt Lake City

A conversation with my neighbor about bugs (more on that later) got me thinking about intergenerational friendships.

Driving the news: For a long time I was without many friends outside of my own age group.

  • With no religious or family ties to Utah, my social vectors mostly pointed to other Xennials.
  • Then COVID cut me off from my older and younger work friends.

Why is this important: Many of us yearn for more intergenerational bonds, according to a report this year by the non-profit organization Encore.

  • Psychologists say these friendships are important for both young and old.
  • In 2019, an AARP investigation found that cross-generational friendships were particularly likely to be long-lasting and to involve frequent face-to-face contact.

By the numbers: According to the Encore study, Gen Z and Gen X were the most eager to bond with other generations.

  • Nearly 90% of Hispanic and Black respondents hoped to work for social progress with people at least 25 years their senior.

The good news (for me): COVID actually strengthened friendships within my neighborhood because it was easy to visit outdoors.

So about these bugs: Yesterday I, 43, was walking with my 74-year-old neighbor Gwynne when we started listing the bugs we’ve seen this week.

  • Gwynne is a backyard naturalist, and I’m a gardener, so it’s really not weird.
  • But as he described a wasp attacking a katydid, and I shared details of my last encounter with a grasshopper, I realized we probably looked like a couple of 8-year-olds.

The bottom line: You’re never too old or too young to have a bug best friend.

  • And insect friends are never too old or too young either.

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Utah economy

Utah’s direct selling industry anchored over 38,000 jobs, accounting for over 70% of non-gold exports in 2020

Newswise — August 16, 2022 (Salt Lake City) — Utah’s established direct selling industry has anchored more than 38,000 well-paying jobs and significantly increased state and local tax revenue as part of its statewide economic impacts in 2020, according to a first-of-its-kind report from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

“Utah is a global hub for the direct selling business model,” said Levi Pace, senior research economist at the Gardner Institute and lead author of the study. “The industry includes 91 direct selling companies and 66 key suppliers. Ten of these Utah-based direct selling companies provided more than $10.3 billion in goods and services to their customers worldwide, with 6.1% of industry sales coming from everything States and countries.

The main conclusions of the report are as follows:

  • Economical consequences—The direct selling industry employed 17,487 Utah residents, and industry activity indirectly supported another 20,751 jobs.
  • High salaries—At $63,652 per employee, direct selling companies paid their Utah employees an average of 18.4% more than companies in other industries in 2020.
  • Exports—International sales of $6.3 billion from select Utah direct selling companies accounted for 71.7% of the state’s non-gold commodity exports in 2020.
  • Entrepreneurship—In 2020, Utah’s top 10 direct selling companies had 21,457 independent sales reps, mostly women. Their median self-employment earnings (before expenses) ranged from $70 to $3,000 per year.
  • business travelers—Visitors from out of state who attended direct selling conventions in Utah spent an estimated $41.6 million annually from 2015 to 2019.

“The Institute’s report reveals that Utah’s direct selling companies represent over 70% of our state’s non-mineral international exports,” said Miles Hansen, president and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah. “These Utah brands are not only known around the world, with millions of representatives outside the United States, they provide a significant boost to the Utah economy, as many of their products are made in the state, creating more stable jobs for Utah families and individuals. »

The full report and industry overview are now available online.

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Salt lakes real estate

Colorado River cuts expected for Arizona, Nevada and Mexico

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The federal government is expected to announce water cuts in states that rely on the Colorado River on Tuesday as drought and climate change let less water flow into the river and deplete the reservoirs that store it. .

The Colorado River provides water to 40 million people in seven western US states as well as Mexico and helps fuel an agricultural industry valued at $15 billion a year. Towns and farms across the region are eagerly awaiting official hydrological projections — estimates of future water levels in the river — that will determine the extent and scope of cuts to their water supply.

Water officials in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming expect federal authorities to project Lake Mead – located at the Nevada-Arizona border and the largest man-made reservoir in the United States – reaching dangerously low levels that could disrupt water supplies and hydroelectric generation and reduce the amount of water allocated to Arizona and in Nevada, as well as in Mexico.

And that’s not all: State officials are also working to meet a deadline imposed by the United States Bureau of Reclamation to reduce their water consumption by at least 15% in order to prevent levels of water in the river’s storage tanks to drop even further.

Together, the cuts projections and deadline present western states with unprecedented challenges and confront them with tough decisions about how to plan for a drier future.

While the Bureau of Reclamation is “very focused on getting through this until next year,” any reductions will likely have to be in place for much longer, said Kevin Wheeler, a hydrologist at the University of Reclamation. Oxford.

“What the science is providing is that it’s pretty clear that these reductions just have to stay in place until the drought is over or we realize they actually have to get worse and the reductions have to continue. ‘deepen,’ he said.

The reductions expected to be announced on Tuesday are based on a plan that the seven states plus Mexico signed in 2019 to help maintain reservoir levels. Under this plan, the amount of water allocated to the states depends on the water levels at Lake Mead. Last year, the lake sank low enough for the federal government to declare a first-ever water shortage in the region, triggering mandatory cuts for Arizona and Nevada as well as Mexico in 2022.

Officials expect hydrologists to project the lake to collapse further, triggering additional cuts in Nevada, Arizona and Mexico next year. States with higher priority water rights should not suffer reductions.

Reservoir levels have been falling for years – and faster than experts had predicted – due to 22 years of drought exacerbated by climate change and overuse of the river. Scorching temperatures and less melting snow in the spring have reduced the amount of water flowing from the Rocky Mountains, where the river rises before meandering 1,450 miles (2,334 kilometers) southwest and into the Gulf of California.

Already, extraordinary steps have been taken this year to keep water in Lake Powell, the Colorado River’s other major reservoir, which sits upstream from Lake Mead and straddles the Arizona-Utah border. Water from the lake passes through the Glen Canyon Dam, which generates enough electricity to power between 1 million and 1.5 million homes each year.

After Lake Powell water levels fell low enough to threaten hydroelectric generation, federal officials said they would withhold an additional 480,000 acre-feet (more than 156 billion gallons or 592 million cubic meters) of water to ensure the dam can still generate power. . This water would normally flow to Lake Mead.

As part of Tuesday’s cuts, Arizona is expected to lose slightly more water than it did this year, when 18% of its supply was cut off. In 2023, it will lose another 3%, an overall reduction of 21% compared to its initial allocation. Central Arizona farmers will largely shoulder the cuts, as they have this year.

Mexico is expected to lose 7% of the 1.5 million acre-feet it receives annually from the river. Last year it lost about 5%. Water is a lifeline for northern desert towns, including Tijuana and a major agricultural industry in the Mexicali Valley, just south of the border with California’s Imperial Valley.

Nevada is also on the verge of losing water – about 8% of its supply – but most residents won’t feel the effects because the state recycles the majority of its water used indoors and n does not use all of its allocation. Last year, the state lost 7%.

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Naishadham reported from Washington. The Associated Press receives support from the Walton Family Foundation for coverage of water and environmental policy. The AP is solely responsible for all content. For all of AP’s environmental coverage, visit https://apnews.com/hub/climate-and-environment

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Salt lake city

The source of a resounding boom in Salt Lake City? Probably a meteor.

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When a thunderous boom was heard in the Salt Lake City area over the weekend, it confused residents. Was the seemingly inexplicable noise an earthquake or construction noise? Maybe it was military testing or something from outer space?

After hearing the explosion during a race on Saturday morning, Utah Governor Spencer Cox (R) tweeted that all signs pointed to a meteor.

Multiple doorbell cameras capture audio of the boom, which was heard in northern Utah and southern Idaho. Then there was a mystery to solve: Cox had said the cause of the boom was not an earthquake, which the University of Utah has independently confirmedor related to military tests, as had been the case in a similar incident in April.

The Salt Lake City office of the National Weather Service found itself playing detective, using satellite data from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) system to scan the sky above Salt Lake City. He was looking for lightning, even though lightning wasn’t really what he was looking for.

Turns out the mighty GOES satellite can also pick up flashes of light emitted by exploding meteors.

Sure enough, the satellite picked up two bright flashes on Saturday morning. The flashes did not appear to be consistent with thunderstorm activity in the area, meaning it was more than likely the satellite picked up a passing meteor.

Ultimately, video evidence from Utah’s Snowbasin ski resort provided near absolute proof that Saturday’s boom was caused by a meteor. Some cameras managed to capture a fireball, which is larger than a normal meteor, flying over the scenic Utah sky that same morning.

Saturday’s meteor passed over Utah just after the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, although it’s unclear if the meteor was part of that event – which is caused by debris visible from comet Swift-Tuttle – or whether the two events happened to align.

The Perseid meteor shower has many colors of shooting stars. There is a reason for this.

Saturday’s boom is not the first time a mysterious explosion has caused widespread confusion.

last september, NBC Washington reported that dozens of people called 911 after a mysterious loud boom was heard in the Shenandoah Valley. It was initially unclear what could have caused a strong boom on the ground.

According to local reports, meteorologists in the area used lightning tracking satellite technology to confirm that the boom was most likely caused by a meteor. A handful of observations, including of a pilot who spotted the meteor moving relatively low in the atmosphere, also helped astronomers to NASA confirms that the incident was an exploding meteor.

Some Reddit users Digging into the noise from Saturday suggested the meteor’s passing could have been predicted decades ago.

On August 10, 1972, a meteor known as the “Great Daylight Fireball” entered the atmosphere over Utah and traveled hundreds of miles across Canada before re-entering space. Great photos of the fireball show it crossing the Grand Tetons.

Some astronomers have speculated that the asteroid that caused the fireball was on a resonance of around 25 years, meaning it would pass through the region in 1997 and again in 2022, according to a prediction by Austrian astronomer Zdenek Ceplecha.

Scientists have expressed skepticism about such an appearance in 2022, and nothing notable was observed in 1997.

“I think it’s very unlikely to be the same object, but it’s fun to consider the possibility,” Mark Boslough, a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, said in an email. mail.

Boslough wrote that scientists should be able to plot a trajectory for Saturday’s fireball to determine if the events are linked.

“I don’t expect it to match the Great Daylight Fireball’s post-1972 orbit, but it would be a fantastic event if it did,” he said. “Even then, there would have been no reason to expect it to re-enter the atmosphere over Utah, since the Earth’s rotation is out of sync with its orbit or the orbit of an asteroid. Coincidences happen.”

Jason Samenow contributed to this report.

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Utah economy

The story of the diversification of the economies of two cities

Nevada offers a case study of how states can successfully attract new employers.

Nevada has a reputation as a one-horse state, relying primarily on the leisure and hospitality industry. For example, in 2019, accommodation and food services accounted for 26% of Nevada’s workforce. For many years, policymakers and analysts have argued that Nevada should diversify its economy like its neighbors Arizona and Utah. This notion has proven relevant many times, such as during the Great Recession of 2008 and the COVID-19 pandemic, when Nevada, and in particular the Las Vegas metropolitan area, became ground zero for a national economic crisis.

Former Governor Brian Sandoval, along with the Nevada Legislature, placed economic development decisions within the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) in 2011, bringing that authority into the Governor’s office for the first time. . The main purpose of this move was to prioritize and accelerate the diversification of Nevada’s economy, particularly around the state’s major metropolitan areas, Reno and Las Vegas.

Progress since then has been a tale of two cities.

In the north, Reno attracted the Tesla battery gigafactory into the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRIC) in 2014, which drew in other companies in the gigafactory supply chain and related fields. The development of TRIC has resulted in a significant reduction in Reno’s reliance on the leisure and hospitality sector for economic activity, as evidenced by its performance during the pandemic and its aftermath. The unemployment rate in Reno was 2.6% in May 2022 and has recovered quickly from its unemployment peak of 18.3% in April 2020. Today, the accommodation and food services sector represents a smaller percentage of the workforce (13%) than 20 years ago, although Reno has added approximately 48,650 workers.

Down south, Las Vegas saw hope for similar activity in 2015 from Faraday Future, an electric car company that had planned to build a large assembly plant in the Apex Industrial Park. Unfortunately, shortly after work began on the Apex site, Faraday Future pulled out in 2017 due to financial shortfalls despite tax incentives and rebates similar to those of the Tesla gigafactory. Since then, no major electric vehicle company has moved into the state. The unemployment rate in Las Vegas in May was 5.3%, which took much longer to come down from a peak of 31.2% in April 2020. Today, more than one in four workers in southern Nevada works in accommodation and food services, which is up from one in three 20 years ago, but still much higher than in Reno.

Generally, states can attract businesses through tax breaks and other incentives. This competition can be modeled as a simple two-state game, where both states are better off by cooperating and not offering incentives. But the most common outcome, known as a Nash equilibrium, occurs when both states offer incentives out of fear of losing if the other state “doesn’t cooperate” and offers incentives. Each state tries to improve the profits it could have made from the cooperative result. But this non-cooperation leads to the worst result because the conflict is costly.

Who benefits from the use of economic development incentives? Economist Timothy J. Bartik has developed a simulation model to examine the effects of economic development incentives, such as tax allowances and other incentives, on the incomes of local residents. His study concludes that incentives produce positive net benefits only under certain conditions, such as in sectors with high job creation. Negative net benefits can occur if, for example, incentives reduce spending on K-12 education.

Policymakers considering tax incentives should take note of political philosopher John Rawls’ “difference principle”, which argues that the extent of inequality should only benefit the most disadvantaged member of society, in this case most vulnerable to tax cuts. collection.

Back in Nevada, GOED offers a menu of possible tax abatements for taxes, including sales and use tax, modified business tax, personal property tax, and property tax for recycling abatements. The Nevada Legislature has implemented performance contracts on its tax abatement agreements, which means that the recipient company only receives the agreed-upon benefits once it has met certain program benchmarks. For example, when Tesla and Panasonic set up their gigafactory in northern Nevada, their performance requirements included $3.5 billion in capital expenditures over 10 years. Additionally, to get the maximum value of certain tax credits, the state incentive program required Tesla to pay a salary of $22 per hour. The total amount of tax breaks given to Tesla and Panasonic is estimated at $1.25 billion if they use them all. Today, Panasonic and Tesla together employ around 7,000 workers in the gigafactory.

Southern Nevada has not been completely left behind when it comes to economic diversification. Haas Automation, one of the world’s largest machine tool manufacturers, announced a $327 million, 2.5 million square foot manufacturing facility in southern Nevada in 2019 that will create 1,400 new jobs. during the first five years. Beyond the tax incentives and relief, what marked the project was the local authorities’ commitment to a dedicated workforce. Together, GOED, Haas Automation, the city, and the local community college built a workforce training center to initiate training programs for Haas, particularly around computer-controlled machine operations and ensuring what the workers are mostly from Nevada.

This model could be a source of hope for future economic development agreements.

Etienne M Miller is a professor of economics at the Lee Business School at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

Andrew Woods is director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Lee Business School at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

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Salt lake city

Salt Lake’s top golfers are playing this weekend at the City Open

The Bonneville golf course will welcome 162 competitors on Saturday and Sunday.

(Photo courtesy of Randy Dodson | Fairways Media) Joe Summerhays competes in the 2020 Salt Lake City Open at Bonneville Golf Course.

When the Salt Lake City Open kicks off this weekend at Bonneville Golf Course, it might look like Jordan Gibbs has the upper hand.

A competitor and new head course professional, he helped choose the pin locations.

Still …

“I’m the host pro, but most people on the court probably know the course better than I do,” said Gibbs, a New Jersey native who took charge at Bonneville in March. “I don’t have an advantage on the home course yet.”

Ask the 162 players who will be competing there on Saturday and Sunday and most locals will probably tell you how important the course on the east bench has been in their development as golfers.

“I’ve always loved playing there. In high school, we used to play here every night for free,” laughed defending City Open champion Zach Johnson.

Johnson, the head pro at Davis Park Golf Course, added, “This is the crown jewel of Salt Lake golf. For public golf you look at what this place offers and it’s hard to match.

The original nine-hole course was built in 1929 and later completed as an 18-hole course in 1959, redesigned by William P. Bell and William F. Bell, the father and son duo who originally co-designed the famous course Torrey Pines golf course. in San Diego.

Now, with a pandemic-fueled boom that has seen a 25% increase in activity on the city’s courses over the five-year average, Bonneville is a bustling center for public golf in Utah. The course saw about 85,000 nine-hole rounds last year, Gibbs said.

But he also sees value in using the course to host marquee events, such as the Salt Lake City Amateur and the City Open.

“It’s really important that Bonneville continues to do this,” he said. “We would also like to host other Utah Golf Association events throughout the year. I think that is part of our responsibility as Bonneville, just where we are located and our history.

This weekend, another champion could be part of that story.

“It was nice to drive and see your name on the sign,” Johnson said this week. “…At my age, I didn’t think I was ever going to win it. It was beyond my career and it was disappointing. I always wanted it.

This year’s roster has been reduced from 192 to 162 players to make it even more competitive for a purse of $5,000 for professionals and around $3,000 for seniors.

Gibbs predicted it might take a 12-under weekend to be crowned champion.

“You can drive well here and get into position,” said two-time City Open champion Chris Moody. “He is capable of scoring. The par 5s, you absolutely have to take advantage of them. Then do a few birdies here and there and try not to bogey too much.

“There are a lot of birdies,” Johnson admitted. “But there are a few holes, if you hit the wrong shot you can come away with a big number.”

Step onto the wrong level of the green on the par-3 ninth, he said, and you could find yourself scoring a 6 on the scoreboard.

“But it’s always a treat to play here,” he said. “He’s still in good shape and he seems to be getting harder every year. It’s a special place.

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Salt lakes real estate

BYU Athletes Have A New NIL Club And Not All Cougar Fans Are Happy About It

Provo NIL Club was launched on Wednesday, with the support of several BYU football players.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Former Utah center Isaac Asiata, left, sits next to BYU running back Lopini Katoa as they compete in a video game challenge at Orem on May 21, 2022 , for Name, Image and Likeness Collective (NIL), Coug Connect. A new NIL venture for BYU fans launched this week to mixed reactions.

A new venture will give BYU football players a chance to make money with their name, image and likeness – but not everyone in Provo is happy about it.

The Provo NIL Club, which was announced on Wednesday, was created by a company called YOKE, a fast-growing company specializing in building websites and digital communities. Subscribers have access to digital encounters and other player-created content.

Replacement quarterback Jacob Conover and linebacker Max Tooley have so far been the most vocal supporters of YOKE, which promises to fairly compensate all athletes who participate.

“Many players from our team came together to launch the Provo NIL Club,” Conover said in a video. “It’s an online community that allows all of our fans to financially support the team and interact with these players.”

But the arrival of YOKE in Provo was met with some setback, especially from another third-party collective.

“Imitation is the purest form of flattery, I suppose?” Jake Brandon, the founder of CougConnect, the first NIL collective for BYU donors, tweeted. “A little shocked honestly.”

So far, the new initiative has raised less than $1,000 from donors, according to the Provo NIL Club website. Yet her mere presence quickly exposed a divide within the NIL space for BYU donors.

Brandon wonders if YOKE has the best interests of the players at heart or if the company follows NCAA rules.

“I am skeptical whether there has been a lot of money pledged for [players] and whether YOKE followed the proper procedures [with BYU’s compliance office]“Brandon told the Salt Lake Tribune. “It’s just a bit rushed. But maybe they will be great.

YOKE is currently in a land grab phase, quickly building as many NIL clubs as possible. That’s up to 20 schools starting this week.

YOKE is essentially like Instagram or YouTube for NIL. It sets up the platform for players to profit from and takes a percentage of those profits every time someone uses the platform. The platform fee is currently 18%.

Due to these high fees, players will see a lower percentage of the money they bring in.

It is a fast moving company in the NIL space, trying to occupy as much real estate as possible.

“Well, it’s a tech company with big money,” said NIL attorney Ben Chase. “They are just an out-of-the-box digital solution for NIL Collectives.”

The biggest question Brandon asks is whether YOKE complies with NCAA rules.

Mick Assaf, the co-founder of YOKE, said the platform fee was a temporary measure. Eventually, YOKE would like players to see a larger percentage of the money. Platform fees started at 25% and have now dropped to 18% as the business grows.

Regarding the issue of compliance, Assaf argued that YOKE is not a NIL collective and does not have to follow the same channels. He did not say whether YOKE had contacted BYU.

“We are a creator platform,” Assaf said. “Our technology allows creators [in this case, players] to monetize. Every collective we’ve worked with, we’ve worked with the compliance office in one way or another. Different schools have different compliance implications, but we’ve never had a problem.

BYU said it wants to have more conversations with YOKE to review the player terms of service, making sure they meet NCAA standards. Several experts said YOKE’s terms of service allow it to retain rights to athlete content in “perpetuity” without fair compensation.

“My understanding is that YOKE offered a whole variety of athletes around $20 in exchange for some kind of endorsement,” University of Florida sports law professor Darrent Heitner told The Gazette in Iowa. “The big thing that struck me when I saw this post on YOKE was the extensive rights that the athletes provided. And not only the extent of those rights, but that they were perpetual and irrevocable royalty free. For an athlete, not being able to revoke this right at any time for the rest of their life or career, is a concern, especially if the compensation is around $20.

BYU is investigating the model used by YOKE in the coming days.

“I plan to have conversations with our friends there at YOKE in the next few days,” said Gary Veron, an associate athletic director who works on NIL issues at BYU.

Veron also mentioned that he wasn’t sure yet if he saw any major red flags with YOKE.

“I’m not knowledgeable enough to really definitively answer that question right now,” Veron said.

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Utah economy

Are gas prices falling? Why a gas tax holiday hurts the economy | Opinion

Maybe now we will stop hearing nonsense about the need for a gas tax exemption.

Earlier this week, AAA reported that gasoline prices fell below $4 a gallon in much of the country (not in Utah, though, where they averaged $4.65 on Friday. , according to AAA). That’s still well above the national average price a year ago, which was $3.19, and that’s miles away from the $1.15 a gallon recorded in Salina, Utah, at dawn. of the pandemic on April 23, 2020.

You remember ? Probably not, because you were stuck at home with nowhere to drive as the economy stalled.

Gas prices could be a ride at Disneyland, comparable to the old Tower of Terror. But the terror is not necessarily limited to the prices themselves.

If you’re in political office, the urge to resist caution can be overwhelming. Almost everyone who votes drives, and despite the well-meaning efforts of many policymakers, almost everyone who drives still has a gas-powered car. When the price goes up, politicians feel a strong need to do something – even, apparently, if that something does more harm than good.

And so, petrol tax exemptions – periods during which national petrol taxes are suspended – have become popular.

As prices peaked earlier this year, talk even swirled about enacting a federal gasoline tax exemption. For once, Washington’s dysfunction came in handy. But even some members of the Utah legislature have started talking about suspending taxes for a season.

Now we can hope that the conversation will go away, at least for a while.

A new report from the Tax Foundation in Washington shows why that would have been a bad idea, and why states that have adopted them over the years — whether for gasoline or other targeted purchases (school supplies, for example) — did not benefit from it.

“Sales tax holidays introduce unjustifiable government distortions into the economy without delivering a significant boost to the economy,” the report said. “They represent a real cost for companies without bringing substantial benefits. They are also an inefficient way to help low-income consumers and an inefficient way to provide savings to consumers.

The problem, of course, is that it won’t fit on a bumper sticker. And if it was, few people would understand it. “Pay less for a gallon of gas,” on the other hand, resonates with almost everyone.

Politicians will say that tax exemptions stimulate economic growth. People will buy more of a thing that costs less. But today’s economy, crazy as it is, is not suffering from a lack of demand. A series of bottlenecks, from failures in supply chains to OPEC’s reluctance to increase production to drilling limits in the United States, have limited supply.

A tax break on gasoline could then increase prices by further stimulating demand.

The most obvious problem, of course, is that tax exemptions rob governments of the taxes they relied on for various programs. In the case of gasoline taxes, they mean less for road maintenance and construction.

The study found that some jurisdictions — the District of Columbia, North Carolina and Georgia — stopped using tax exemptions because they found them too expensive. He said: “…experience shows that claims of economic stimulus, increased incomes and consumer savings are greatly exaggerated.”

Far better for governments, including Congress and the White House, to focus on increasing gas supplies, or enact long-term tax reforms that give businesses the reassurances they need to invest. in production capacity. They won’t because of temporary tax gimmicks.

The study indicates that 17 states plan to hold tax exemptions in 2022, whether for clothing sales, school supplies, computer sales or energy costs.

This is two less than in 2010, the height of enthusiasm.

The price of gas will likely always be paramount to political “do something” because it tends to be used as an argument to vote for or against a candidate. In reality, it is subject to a variety of factors which today include the reluctance of oil companies and oil-producing countries to increase supply, the war in Ukraine and the international market. Currently, the slowing economy appears to be reducing demand, contributing to the decline.

Gas tends to be cheap when we need it least and most expensive when we need it most.

Politics rarely pivots on nuanced explanations or studies from economists, especially during election years.

That’s why Utahans, and all Americans, should be happy that lower prices are pushing gas tax exemptions aside, at least for now.

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Salt lake city government

Time to Unplug Utah’s Inner Harbor

Instead, focus on building a clean, modern point of the mountain.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Trucks carrying shipping containers move in and out of the Union Pacific intermodal terminal at a steady pace, west of Salt Lake City. Directly to the south is the future site of the Transshipment Facility, which will be the heart of the Inner Port, as seen on Wednesday November 10, 2021.

Utah’s Inner Harbor, if completed, will cause a health and environmental disaster. The inner harbor would greatly aggravate air pollution in the valley. It will also significantly increase dirty and polluting diesel truck traffic in North Salt Lake City. It will use a large amount of water which should be used to preserve the Great Salt Lake.

The Utah Inland Port Authority’s board of directors still hasn’t completed and released a health risk assessment that would identify the health issues the port would cause. The UIPA should not pursue any development until the study is published and evaluated by Salt Lake City and the Utah Legislature. Contrary to early promises, warehouses are not required to be built sustainably.

Utah’s Inner Harbor highlights the important issue of environmental justice. The inner harbor will be built in the northwest area of ​​Salt Lake City which includes Salt Lake International Airport, the new Utah State Prison and the Union Pacific Railroad’s main east-west railroad. . This area is just north of Salt Lake City‘s poorest and most ethnically diverse population. They are the ones who will suffer the most from the increase in air pollution.

With the lowest unemployment rate of any state in the country (2.6%) and the huge new state and private industry technology complex planned for the peak of the mountain promising very well paying jobs, the inland port has no economic need.

Utah’s Inner Harbor is shaping up to be a giant mess that will make distributors of goods, like Amazon, chosen project developers, and some connected Utah politicians and consultants rich.

It is time to put an end to this misguided project. We can no longer afford to waste more money, time and effort on this reckless endeavor that will cause much disease in an area that deserves better.

William E. Fisher, originally from Cedar City, grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southern Utah State College (now Southern Utah University) and taught English and American Government at Clark County School District, Las Vegas. He is now active in civic and political organizations in Salt Lake County.

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Salt lake city

New Trail in the Salt Lake Foothills Offers Stunning Valley Views

Soar above the din of traffic on I-80 and I-215 for one of the most expansive views in the valley

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) After a 1,100-foot climb, the new Parley’s Pointe Trail offers sweeping views of the Salt Lake Valley as a cyclist enjoys the view Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. The 4 .8 miles The trail is part of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and winds between the Parley’s Trail bike path and the Arcadia trailhead on Lakeline Drive.

The din of cars and large trucks hurtling down Interstate 80 or curving along I-215 stands in stark contrast to last year’s relatively calm appearance of the trail winding through the hills above them .

The Parleys Pointe Trail serves as a key link in the Bonneville Shoreline Trail chain which, when the new Grandeur Peak Connector is completed in November, will stretch from H Rock deep into Mill Creek Canyon. Yet he appeared in the foothills last September without much fanfare. Perhaps that’s why the 4.8 mile path is still largely unknown. It doesn’t even have an AllTrails listing yet (although it is on forks).

But that doesn’t mean the trail should be overlooked.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Although open to bikes, dogs and foot traffic, it’s rare to see another user along the many switchbacks of the new Parley’s Pointe Trail, pictured Wednesday, August 10 2022. The 4.8-mile trail is part of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and winds between the Parley’s Trail bike path and the Arcadia trailhead on Lakeline Drive.

It takes perseverance to get through the opening segments, which include walking along the busy Parleys Trail bike path and a noisy, exposed, and roughly paved road. In fact, for almost the first two miles, it’s hard to enjoy nature with the roar of traffic filling your ears.

However, once you hit the 1.8 mile mark, the hubbub below fades and the beauty of the trail and the sweeping views of the Salt Lake Valley fill the void. The reward at the highest point of the hike, about 3.5 miles away, is a panorama that includes downtown, the Great Salt Lake, the Oquirrh Mountains, Draper, Mount Olympus and, of course, the now-silent highway. that winds through it all. And if this sight becomes rote, bursts of sunflowers appear all along the wide but almost shadowless path.

Utah Trails did much of the heavy lifting to get the Parleys Pointe Trail built after a private developer donated 290 acres to Salt Lake City in 2019 to clear its path. The nonprofit is soliciting donations to pay for planning and environmental reviews that were not covered by grants.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) While open to bikes, dogs, and foot traffic, it’s rare to see another user along the new Parley’s Pointe Trail, as the Salt Lake skyline City can be seen in the background on Wednesday August 10. , 2022. The 4.8-mile trail is part of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and winds between the Parley’s Trail bike path and the Arcadia trailhead on Lakeline Drive.

Getting There

Do you remember that passage about perseverance? This also includes trail access.

The best option would probably be to drop a car off at the end of the trail, which is the Arcadia trailhead on Lakeline Drive, then take another car to the Foothill Drive driveway that leads to Yesco and Tolero Pharmaceuticals. Parking there also works if you only have one vehicle, but it will add another downhill mile to the hike.

From the Yesco driveway, head south on the Parleys Trail cycle path. About 0.7 mile down, just before the pedestrian overpass, the trail signed Parleys Pointe veers left. Travel about another 0.2 mile on an old paved road until the trail turns left again at another trail marker and before long begins a gradual climb.

The trail comes to a fork at 1.5 miles. Take the right branch. Soon the hustle and bustle of highway traffic will subside. After another 2 miles of gentle climbing you will reach the highest point of the hike and a rocky outcrop from which to take in the views. The remaining mile of the hike is entirely downhill. The trail ends at Lakeline Drive, just south of Carrigan Canyon Drive. Anyone wanting extra mileage can follow Lakeline to their north terminus and take the half mile H Rock connector trail to Carrigan Canyon or just return the way they came.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Mount Olympus dominates the southern view from the new Parley’s Pointe Trail as Millcreek’s Mike Coleman turns back Wednesday, August 10, 2022. The 4.8-mile trail is part of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and winds between the Parley’s Trail bike path and the Arcadia trailhead on Lakeline Drive.

Trib Trails | Parleys Pointe | The Salt Lake Grandstand

Parleys Pointe Trail

Region: In front of Wasatch

Destination: Views of the Salt Lake Valley

Distance: 7.8km

Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Elevation Gain: 1,132 feet

Dog allowed: Yes

TOILET: Nope

Bike/horse: Yes

Wheelchair/e-bike accessible: Nope

Difficulty: 3

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Utah economy

An integrated power grid would benefit the western United States

According to a new report from the national trade association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) by independent consultancy Energy Strategies.

A western RTO would diversify state economies and save taxpayers millions of dollars in energy costs each year, the report said. An RTO is a cooperative agreement that allows electric utilities in multiple states to share energy resources through an organized regional market. Today, the west is one of the only regions in the country without an RTO running its power grid.

Regional transmission organizations are cooperative agreements that allow electric utilities in multiple states to share energy resources through an organized regional market. (Photo by Andy A. Widmer/EyeEm via Getty Images)

The research found that all western states – which it defines as Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming – would benefit economically from an RTO, which would reduce electricity prices, add energy resources and expand business in the region.

By 2030, compared to the status quo, a Western RTO could save Western states $2 billion in annual energy costs, while adding up to 4.4 GW of additional clean energy to the grid.

“The sooner the west develops an RTO, the sooner residents of the western United States will see the economic benefits of a cleaner, more efficient power grid,” said Amisha Rai, chief executive of AEE. “The West needs a power grid that is more secure, resilient to extreme weather conditions and more accommodating to an evolving energy mix. By building an RTO of the future here in the west, states can achieve these goals while creating jobs and saving money for households and businesses.

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Salt lake city government

Nothing has changed | Private detective | Salt Lake City

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A little over 38 years ago, the first issue of this journal was published. As mentioned, we were then a newsletter for private clubs in Utah, published under the name of Private detective.

In 1984, the advertising of clubs and alcohol was “illegal” in a public newspaper such as this, so the newsletter was sent directly to members of specific private clubs. One of the first clubs to come on board was the Sage Supper Club in Midvale, now A Bar Named Sue, purveyor of some of the best chicken wings in those areas, by the way.

What we had to endure in 1984 is not very far from what we know today. We have the same supermajority in the Utah House and Senate. Democrats and Independents — formerly called “non-Mormons” — essentially roam the state with the sole ambition of not ever having to leave. You know that day is coming, right?

In one of these very first issues of the Private detective, the Sage Supper Club hosted a central layout advertising its entertainment, food and party schedules. Above the photos and text was the phrase the Sage adopted as his club’s motto: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

The owners of the club then were veterans George Boutsis and Reed James (who during the Korean War gave serious shit to the sorry guys who attacked it at Chosin Reservoir). I was asked to add the motto to their ad by Mary Jane Boutsis, George’s wife. When I asked what that meant, she laughed at me funny. “Well, what do you think that means, silly? It means exactly what it says,” she told me. “Look around!”

She was right. The walls, the fireplace, the bandstand and the kitchen were all the same, despite the changing eras and the comings and goings of customers. It’s the same with our government – same government structure in power, same results – just new faces giving smooth, self-respecting speeches.

Not that I understand the guy, but I’ve sometimes found solace in William Shakespeare’s words to validate my own experiences in modern times. It’s reassuring in a way. The closest I can find to things changing, yet remaining the same, is his line of Storm: “What is past is a prologue. Nothing in front of us matters.”

Golfers say that when they walk to the tee box after hitting their previous shot: “That was a bad hole, now play the next one.” I consider this a good strategy these days. We’ve been through a rough patch as a country in recent years, but it’s not over. It’s time to play another hole, looking to the future, understanding that you can only change yourself, not change the big patterns. We just have to deal with the mess as best we can, because at the end of the day things don’t change, we do.

On Monday, the Mar-a-Lago home of former President Donald Trump was lawfully raided by the FBI on behalf of the Justice Department. It was Trump himself who announced that his “beautiful house” had been “ransacked” and that the searchers “had broken into his safe”. Well, yeah, it happens in an FBI search.

That it was Trump himself who made the big reveal should not go unnoticed. It’s been a long strategy for him to be ahead of his opponents to get the first shots and headbutts. So, it’s no surprise that almost all of the talk since the raid hasn’t been about what the Justice Department might possibly be looking for and why, but rather about how our former president is being wronged, pissed off, and hurt. .

He has always been a whiner and is one now. Remember that when it came to bragging, he always said he had nothing to hide. So why the shading? Because, as in Shakespeare’s day, people like Trump had already left their mark in the muddy beds of history.

Like King Lear, another character in Shakespeare’s work, Trump wallows in pity. If he makes three-dimensional moves at any level, it’s to bring those who should hate him together to worship him instead. “I am a more guilty than sinful man,” exclaims King Lear, choking off the winds and rains, expressing that no one suffers like him and finding solace in this because, in his mind, his innocence is framed by the idea that there is always someone who has sinned worse. Are you listening, Hillary and Hunter?

I’m not sure the case law allows for less jail time just because someone else is more guilty, but that’s Trump’s playbook. As long as he believes he is the wronged one, that there have been worse crimes (worse than driving rioters to attack the nation’s capitol?), then he will continue his lamentable appeal to his followers – those supporters who like to call people like me “sheep”. I call them “the blind”.

There have always been people who seek help or advice and unfortunately find it in those who cannot be trusted. This is how a battery of scams takes off, especially here in Utah. This is why the Boy Scouts fall victim to the predatory master scouts.

Of course, Shakespeare had a quote for times like these, also from King Lear: “It is the scourge of the time when fools lead the blind. Do as I tell you, or rather do your pleasure. By- above the rest, go away.”

You see, nothing has changed.

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