April 2022

Utah economy

Teachers Need Extra Thanks This Teacher Appreciation Week | Opinion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

read more
Salt lake city

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

read more
Utah economy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

read more
Salt lake city government

Usana withdraws as COVID-19 lockdowns in China reduce sales

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

Renewed lockdowns and uncertainty in China

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

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

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

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

read more
Salt lake city

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

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

Estimated reading time: 4-5 minutes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related stories

Latest stories from Utah police and courts

Jacob Scholl joined as a reporter in 2021. He covers northern Utah communities, federal courts, and technology.

More stories that might interest you

read more
Utah economy

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

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

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

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

RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images

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

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

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

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

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

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

The rental break had virtually no effect on the pitch.

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

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

Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

read more
Salt lake city government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

read more
Salt lake city

New Book Reveals the Remarkable Life of an Outstanding Utah Pioneer

Sponsored: Who is Utah’s Outstanding Outdoorsman?

(Harley) | Howard Engan.

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

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

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

Who was Howard Egan?

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

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

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

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

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

History — with a touch of scandal

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

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

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

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

Learn about the “Forrest Gump” of the American West

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

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

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

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

The seminal work of a famous Church historian

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

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

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

Buy your copy of “Faithful and Fearless”

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

read more
Salt lakes real estate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the full state announcement below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

read more
Utah economy

Debt and deficit task force recommendations released – Cache Valley Daily


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The full text of the Debt and Deficit Task Force recommendations is available at -task-forces-2022 .

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

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

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

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

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

read more
Salt lake city government

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

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

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

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

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

The EPA unveiled its plan earlier this month to include 26 states in an update to the agency’s Interstate Air Pollution Rule, also known as the “Air Pollution Rule.” good neighbours’ because these states are failing to reduce harmful downwind emissions on their own.

The federal agency estimates that forcing these states to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from power plants and industrial sites would, by 2026, improve the health of more than one million Americans with asthma, including children who miss school due to smog-related asthma attacks. , according to an overview of the proposal on the EPA’s website.

California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming are four of the 26 states included in the new proposal and, before this plan was released, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas were also far west. that the rule of good neighborliness had never been implemented.

EPA is accepting public comments and will then consider them before finalizing the plan. The aim is to bring it into force by 2026.

Environmental groups support the proposal, saying it will reduce smog, improve people’s health, promote plant life and slow the impact of climate change.

“There’s a lot to love about this proposal,” said Kathleen Riley, associate attorney for EarthJustice. “This is a positive step to reduce interstate ozone and ozone pollution.”

But there is resistance within the states on the list.

Shortly after the EPA announced its intentions, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon accused the EPA of targeting energy-producing states.

“This proposed rule specifically targets Western energy-producing states and is not a complete solution,” Gordon said in a statement provided to the Denver Post. “Instead, it will hurt states like Wyoming that meet ozone standards and benefit more populous states that use our energy but don’t meet their own ozone standards.”

Ashley Sumner, spokeswoman for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, said her agency is reviewing the proposed rule and will submit comments to the EPA. She did not specify the position the department will take.

Western expansion

The Good Neighbor Rule is part of the federal clean air law and allows the EPA to get involved when states fail to consider the impact of their bad air emissions on their downwind neighbors. .

For years, the federal agency has enforced the rule on the east coast, where states are closer together and it has been easier to measure the flow of greenhouse gases, said director Carl Daly. Acting Air and Radiation Division for EPA Region 8 in Denver.

But the EPA expanded its National Air Model modeling to track how nitrogen oxide emissions move and impact downwind states, and that modeling showed that emissions blowing from California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming worsened Colorado’s air quality, Daly said.

The four states contributed more than 1% of ground-level ozone pollution in Colorado, which has reached the threshold for adopting the Good Neighbor Rule.

The EPA requires states to submit plans that show how they will meet Clean Air Act requirements, and this includes developing plans to reduce emissions that affect other states.

“At this time, the plans we have from Utah and Wyoming have no controls being considered to help Denver,” said Daly, who as Region 8 administrator will be directly involved in the plans. of these states.

Once the EPA finalizes the expansion of the interstate pollution rule westward, the agency can step in and impose emission reductions if states fail to do so on their own. Wyoming and Utah fall under agency Region 8 along with Colorado, and the region’s new administrator is KC Becker, former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives.

Colorado, like all states, must also submit a plan to show how it’s eliminating harmful air emissions, but modeling — at least for now — doesn’t show Colorado’s emissions affecting other states above the acceptable threshold, Daly said.

Still, cutting emissions from other states wouldn’t eliminate the dirty air that hangs over Denver and the northern Front Range. That means Colorado has its work cut out to meet EPA cleanup demands. The EPA has classified the metro area and part of northern Colorado as a “non-compliance” area for years because ground-level ozone pollution exceeds specified standards.

“It’s pretty clear that it’s not going to be enough to make Denver successful,” Daly said.

Increased attention to bad air

Improving Colorado’s air quality is becoming increasingly urgent, especially as wildfires become a year-round threat due to climate change.

This year, Governor Jared Polis asked the Legislature to approve a $47 million budget request to nearly double the staff of the state’s Air Pollution Control Division and improve its air pollution monitoring technology. the air. The Legislature is also considering two bills totaling more than $125 million to buy electric school buses, provide free public transit during the worst summer ozone days and replace the oldest diesel trucks in the state fleet. by newer, more fuel-efficient models.

Cars and trucks are the main contributors to nitrogen oxide, one of the contaminants that create ozone at ground level. And the EPA has asked the state to reconsider air permit provisions for the Suncor Energy oil refinery in Commerce City, another major contributor to air pollution.

Leah Schleifer, spokeswoman for the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division, said the agency was following the EPA’s policy proposal, but not taking a position on it.

“Regardless of what happens with the Interstate Air Pollution Rule, Colorado will continue its strategies to reduce local sources of ozone precursor emissions,” Schleifer said in an email to the Post.

While other states, including Utah, blame pollution from China for their bad air, Polis refused to use Chinese pollution as an excuse for the state’s smog and asked the EPA to give in Colorado paused by declaring its serious ozone problem.

Industries in other states that would be affected by the ruling include coal and gas-fired power plants as well as facilities that use fossil fuels to power their operations, such as cement kilns, steel mill boilers, glassware. and boilers in pulp and paper mills. The rule would also allow pipelines to further reduce emissions.

An EPA analysis of the rule’s financial impact estimated that it would cost more than $1.1 billion to achieve reductions in all 26 states. The analysis indicates that these expenditures would only increase overall electricity generation costs by just over 1%.

But the EPA said the financial benefits of improving air quality would far outweigh the expenses, according to the analysis.

Debate over who is responsible

Grier Bailey, executive director of the Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association and Convenience Store Association, which represents oil and gas sellers, said it’s not fair to blame Wyoming, which ranked eighth nationally for oil and gas production in 2020, for Colorado’s poor air quality. .

He said California and China cause more air pollution in Colorado than in Wyoming and Wyoming growers shouldn’t pay the price.

“The Wyoming government and the Wyoming legislature should be responsible for the air emissions produced by the people of Wyoming, just as the people of Colorado should be responsible for the emissions produced by the people who live there,” he said.

At a public hearing on Thursday, however, some residents of other states said they should take responsibility for improving air quality in the West.

Lindsay Beebe, a representative of the Salt Lake City-based Sierra Club, testified in support of the proposal, saying Utah does not regulate two large coal-fired power plants that emit more than 31 million pounds of nitrous oxide per year and that evil is visible in stagnant ozone. the smog that blankets the Wasatch Range on hot summer days.

“For our own good and that of our neighbors in Colorado and other downwind states, Utah must seize every opportunity to reduce pollution,” Beebe said. “We cannot afford to leave options on the table, especially when proven pollution control technology is readily available.”

read more
Salt lake city

Why these animal antlers and furs, confiscated in Utah, are being auctioned off

A photo from the 2016 antler auction held by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. This year’s auction, which begins Monday and ends Tuesday, includes hundreds of antlers and furs. (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)

Estimated reading time: 2-3 minutes

SALT LAKE CITY — An auction taking place Monday and Tuesday helps protect animals in an interesting way.

Many of the hundreds of antlers and furs up for grabs have been seized by state conservation officers or confiscated by the legal system following poaching cases over the past six years.

“It’s quite a sight to see all these antlers, but the sad reality is that the majority of them are evidence of illegally killed wild animals,” said the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources captain. , Chad Bettridge, in a statement ahead of the auction.

The division has been running this type of antler auction for decades; it was last held in 2016. This usually happens every four years, but the 2020 auction was postponed for two years due to COVID-19. While many antlers come from poaching cases, some antlers have been killed on the road in recent years.

Money raised from the auction goes to funding wildlife conservation in the state.

The division plans to hold a public preview of all auction items at the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range in Salt Lake City from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. This is where people can browse the hundreds of items up for auction.

All antlers will be sold as a set, which may contain trophy sized antlers and small antlers. Most are deer and elk antlers, but there are also moose and pronghorn antlers and horns.

The actual bid will be held online beginning on Monday afternoon and continuing until Tuesday. All items must be paid for and removed from the range by 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.

The division reported earlier this year that 1,153 animals were illegally killed in the state in 2021, including 180 deer and 113 elk.

“Poaching steals this opportunity from law-abiding hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts to enjoy these animals,” Bettridge said. “We need the public’s help to enforce wildlife laws, which help maintain healthy wildlife populations for future generations to enjoy.”

Related stories

Carter Williams is an award-winning journalist who covers general news, the outdoors, history and sports for He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a transplant from Utah via Rochester, New York.

More stories that might interest you

read more
Salt lake city government

Primary elections will take shape at Utah conventions | Government and politics

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s primary elections will begin to take shape Saturday as senior party members gather to hear from candidates in several races, including re-election contests for GOP Sen. Mike Lee and Congressman John Curtis.

Meanwhile, Democrats will separately weigh an unusual push to choose no one to face Lee, and instead throw their weight behind an independent contender, Evan McMullin.

For many political hopefuls, the conventions are where senior party members decide who will appear in the primary ballot in June. Such is the case in the race for US House District 3, which Curtis owns. A moderate Republican, he faces four challengers and could have an uphill battle since delegates tend to be more conservative than the rest of Utah’s Republican electorate.

Curtis was first elected in a 2017 special election to replace incumbent Congressman Jason Chaffetz, and won re-election the following year. While Utah candidates can also collect signatures to secure their spot on the primary ballot, the five hopefuls this year are relying on votes from convention delegates.

People also read…

Candidates must obtain 60% of the delegate vote to become the sole GOP nominee. If no candidate meets this threshold, the first two voters both appear on the primary ballot.

The two Republicans challenging Lee, however, have both already garnered enough signatures to secure their spot on the ballots, as has Lee.

Still, former state legislator Becky Edwards and former chief of staff to Governor Ally Isom will present their cases to delegates on Saturday. Lee’s relationship with former President Donald Trump has been in focus since CNN reported text messages showing the senator was involved in early efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, though he later pivoted after no widespread fraud emerged.

Meanwhile, Democrats are also meeting to choose their candidates this weekend. They will consider a proposal by some of the state’s most prominent minority party members to avoid nominating anyone for the race, in order to get behind independent candidate Evan McMullin. The conservative former CIA officer ran for president in 2016 and garnered a significant share of the vote in Utah, where many GOP voters nevertheless had reservations about then-candidate Trump.

But there is a Democrat vying for the nomination, Kael Weston, and his supporters are pushing back against the idea.

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

read more
Salt lake city

Survivors of human trafficking and sexual violence speak out at Malouf summit

Suzie Skirvin, a human trafficking survivor from Utah, says one of her biggest frustrations is that many people think human trafficking doesn’t exist here.

“They’re like, ‘Well, we don’t really need to focus on that because it’s really not happening here,'” she said.

“I’m from Alpine, Utah, and this happened to me,” Skirvin said, speaking on a panel Friday at the second annual Malouf Foundation education summit in Salt Lake City. The Malouf Foundation Summit strives to educate guests who want to get involved in the fight against child sexual exploitation.

In Skirvin’s case, there were initially no red flags.

She had intended to attend college in California, but her personal goals were put aside after she began dating a well-groomed man who seemed to have her best interests at heart.

“He wasn’t dressed like a pimp would be,” she said.

One evening, after enjoying a nice dinner, he asked her how she was going to pay for the things he had provided for her.

A man she initially believed to be her boyfriend tricked her into sex trafficking, setting her “dates” to keep.

“Monday to Sunday was my life. He controlled everything down to the color of my nails,” said Skirvin, who now sits on the advisory board of the Malouf Foundation.

Eventually she was able to escape her trafficker and her father took her back to Utah, she said.

Her mother sent her to a “trauma-informed” doctor, which is when she learned she was pregnant. She credits her son for helping her survive the sexual abuse she endured.

The three women participating in a panel discussion titled “Surviving Sexual Violence and Choosing a Path Forward” are mothers, and each said their lived experience had an impact on how they raised their children.

Tanya Gould, human trafficking survivor and director of the Anti-Human Trafficking Bureau at the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, speaks at a Malouf Foundation summit on child sexual exploitation that was held at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 22. , 2022.

Mengshin Lin, Deseret News

Tanya Gould, a survivor and director of the Virginia Attorney General’s Anti-Human Trafficking Office, is a mother of two sons and a daughter. She said she had worked to build her children’s confidence and sense of worth and educate them about the dangers of the world.

“I just wanted my kids to know what the world is like because I didn’t know it. I felt like my trafficker knew that I had no self-confidence, that I had low self-esteem My trafficker knew I was unsure of a lot of things,” she said.

Skirvin said she exercised ‘due diligence’ when her son asked to go on a play date. She insists on meeting the other child’s parents and meeting as a group before allowing him to visit to others without his direct supervision.

Kara Robinson Chamberlain, who was kidnapped at gunpoint from her friend’s front yard in Columbia, South Carolina, when she was 15, said her sons once asked Google who she was.

“They got the response from Google, which wasn’t ideal,” she said. She has since told them, in an age-appropriate way, what happened to her.

“I tried to have this open dialogue with them. I want my children to know that I am a safe space and that we can discuss difficult things.

“They know ‘Hey, if you’re outside and riding your bike in the driveway and I have to come in to cook dinner or go to the bathroom, you come with me. You don’t stay here because it can happen so fast,” she said.


Kara Robinson Chamberlain, survivor of human trafficking and author, speaks during an interview at a Malouf Foundation summit on child sexual exploitation held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Utah at Salt Lake City on Friday, April 22, 2022.

Mengshin Lin, Deseret News

Robinson Chamberlain said she was alone outside for less than five minutes when she was abducted in broad daylight. A neighbor saw her get into the man’s car and apparently didn’t see a problem ‘because I wasn’t kicking and screaming’, she said .

Her caution stems from her experience of being kidnapped and brutalized for 18 hours until she could escape, but it’s also part of being a vigilant parent.

“You are trying to protect your child. It’s your responsibility,” she said.

Robinson Chamberlain was abducted in June 2002, about three weeks after Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her Salt Lake City home.

The women – survivors, mothers and activists alike – have spoken together on panels and television specials. They have also teamed up to develop a film on the kidnapping of Robinson Chamberlain.

Then Kara Robinson, she was at a friend’s house watering plants when she was approached by a well-groomed man who said he needed to drop off brochures for the people who lived in the house. Initially, there were no red flags, she said.

But after closing in on her, the man, later identified as serial killer Richard Evonitz, pulled out a gun, pressed it to her neck and forced her into a large storage bin who was in the back seat of his car.

After being terrorized at the man’s home for 18 hours, Robinson Chamberlain escaped while Evonitz slept. His astute observations of his surroundings helped police later locate him and engage in a high-speed pursuit in an attempt to capture him. It ended with Evonitz committing suicide.

Evidence recovered from Evonitz’s home, which police located with the help of Robinson Chamberlain, was instrumental in solving the murders of three young women that occurred five years before his abduction.

read more
Utah economy

Industry digest: Tektro electronic shifting, battery recycling, stem lawsuits, and more.

What’s happening in the cycling industry this month? Industry Summary is a behind-the-curtain look and features articles from our sister site, Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. In each installment, you might find patents, mergers, financial reports, and industry gossip.

Industry Patent Watch: Tektro Pursues Electronic Shifting

By: Alan Coté // Bike Retailer and Industry News

Recently published US patent applications show that Tektro – a brand known primarily for its brakes – worked on derailleurs and electronic shifters. The Taiwan-based company has filed more than 65 U.S. patent applications over the past 10 years, and at least two dozen of the most recent filings relate to derailleurs and shifters.

The legal documents describe what appears to be a full range of electronic shifting technologies, including front and rear derailleurs with integrated batteries, shift levers with wireless transmitters, and related electronic control systems. Tektro’s first patent application for electronic shifting was filed in March 2015, meaning the company has been working on the technology for some time now.

(Read more.)

Trek joins e-bike battery recycling program

By: Bike Retailer & Industry News

Trek Bicycle announced today that it has joined the industry’s U.S. e-bike battery recycling program which officially began last month.

The industry has partnered with non-profit battery collection and recycling company Call2Recycle. Approved by PeopleForBikes, Call2Recycle administers training, recycling kits, battery transportation, safety gear and rider training to retailers. Trek is among several industry manufacturers and suppliers that support and fund the collection and safe recycling of lithium-ion e-bike batteries to reduce overall recycling costs. All directly owned Trek stores are collection sites, and other Trek retailers are registering and training to become collection sites, a Trek spokesperson told BRAIN.

(Read more.)

Utah cyclist sues Rad Power Bikes over loose stem

By: Bike Retailer & Industry News

A Utah woman is suing Rad Power Bikes because she says her bike arrived with a loose stem that caused an accident that injured her hands and wrist.

Paulina Greaves said she read assembly instructions and watched an instructional video before riding her new RadMini electric fat bike. She said the instructions didn’t tell her to check the stem for tightness. But she said on her first ride, on April 25, 2020, she tried to turn right when the stem slipped on the steerer tube, causing the accident.

About a month later she received an email from Rad Power advising her that she may have purchased a bike with a loose stem and telling her to take the bike to a shop to have it re-tightened at expense. from Rad Power. Greaves said the accident cost him about $30,000 in medical expenses and $100,000 in lost wages, with future medical expenses expected to be nearly $40,000.

(Read more.)

The Outdoor Retailer Show Returns to Salt Lake City for 2023

By: Bike Retailer & Industry News

After a controversial move from its longtime Utah home to Denver five years ago, Emerald Expositions announces that its Outdoor Retailer show will return to Utah next winter.

“Our community has become a family, and for the past five years we have held our semi-annual meetings in Denver. As our contract comes to a natural end after 2022, we have explored our options and discussed with the industry to plan our next steps,” the show’s organizers said.

“After much deliberation and input from all sides, we have decided that the best decision for Outdoor Retailer is to return to our base camp. We are returning to Salt Lake City and County, where we grew up and where our industry has matured into the vibrant and powerful community it is today.”


(Read more.)

European cycling industry associations launch campaign to reduce plastic in the industry

By: Bike Retailer & Industry News

Two European cycling industry associations have launched a campaign to reduce plastic and eliminate unnecessary packaging.

The Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI) and Cycling Industries Europe (CIE) have created a joint industry pledge, which they claim is also endorsed by PeopleForBikes. The goal is to create a circular economy for packaging to eliminate waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems.

The Cycling Industry Sustainable Packaging Pledge currently has 56 companies committed.

(Read more.)

Pirelli starts production of bicycle tires in a renovated Italian factory

By: Bike Retailer & Industry News

Pirelli began manufacturing its premium P Zero Race road and MTB tires at its factory in Bollate, Italy. The factory, inaugurated in 1962, was recently modernized to accommodate the production of the top-of-the-range models of the brand.

Production began this month; the factory tires have a “Made in Italy” label.

The plant will have the capacity to manufacture approximately 1.5 million tires per year when fully operational. Currently, it employs about 200 workers. P Zero tires were previously made in France.

(Read more.)

Rad Power refocuses on its physical stores and lays off 100 people in the mobile sector

By: Bike Retailer & Industry News

Rad Power Bikes has laid off around 100 workers as it shuts most of its mobile service business and looks to expanding its stationary retail stores.

“Our goal is to keep as many employees as possible on our Rad team, including transferring people to the five new outlets we are opening this year,” a company spokesperson told BRAIN in a statement. communicated. “Where that’s not possible, we offer support to help them make the transition.”

Rad Power said it will continue to work with Velofix and Beeline for US mobile support

(Read more.)

Outerbike postpones summer events due to shortage of demo bikes

By: Bike Retailer & Industry News

Western Spirit Cycling, the producer of Outerbike, is postponing three summer events due to a shortage of demo bikes. The company also announced an expanded exhibit format at its other two events scheduled for 2022, in Bentonville, Arkansas and Moab.

Outerbike will not be holding scheduled events in Killington, Vermont; Duluth, Minnesota; and Crested Butte, Colorado, this year. Western Spirit’s Mark Sevenoff said: “We love riding Killington, Duluth and Crested Butte and can’t wait to share these great places with Outerbike riders. We’ve heard from riders in these areas and they are already looking forward to these events. in 2023.”

(Read more.)

read more
Salt lake city government

Waldrip drops out, 2 GOPers remain in the running for District 8 position Utah House | News, Sports, Jobs

Photos provided

Republican Steve Waldrip, left, the incumbent Utah House District 8 representative, announced Wednesday, April 20, 2022, that he is dropping out of the race. On the GOP side, that leaves Jason Kyle, center, and Kimberly Cozzens, who face off at the Republican Party convention in Utah on Friday, April 23, 2022. Monica Hall is running on the Democratic side.

OGDEN — What had been a three-candidate race on the Republican side for the District 8 seat at Utah House is suddenly a two-way contest.

Steve Waldrip, the two-term holder, announced Wednesday that he is stepping down from the race to focus more on the Rocky Mountain Homes Fund, a nonprofit entity he helped create that helps families in workers to own their homes. On the GOP side, that leaves Jason Kyle and Kimberly Cozzens, who will square off at the Utah Republican Party convention on Saturday.

Monica Hall is running as a Democrat for the seat, which covers part of the East Ogden Bench and the Ogden Valley area, infiltrating a small portion of Morgan County.

Waldrip, more moderate than his two GOP challengers, said he would complete his year-long term. His announcement, however, puts a turning point in the race just days before GOP loyalists weigh in on the candidates at the party’s convention.

“I am leaving the race because I have a unique opportunity over the next few years to have a significant impact on the availability and affordability of housing with the social investment fund that I co-founded. The Rocky Mountain Homes Fund fills an enormous need in our state and will require my full time and attention to manage and direct current and projected growth,” Waldrip said in a statement to GOP delegates that he also provided to the Standard Examiner. “I believe this is where I can have the greatest impact for the good of our community right now.”

Photo provided

Monica Hall, Democratic candidate for the Utah House District 8 seat

Waldrip previously secured a spot in the June 28 primary ballot via collecting signatures on petitions, but now Saturday’s Utah Republican Party convention will be used to determine which GOPer goes to the ballot.

Kyle and Cozzens could both end up in the primary ballot on June 28 if neither gets more than 60% support at the convention. But if one garners more than 60% support, that candidate moves on alone and goes straight to the November general election ballot against Hall.

In his campaign, Kyle, of Hunstville, cites concerns about the possible influx of “California-style politics” into Utah, which he describes as “insane”. Utah lawmakers “have to fight against that,” he said. He unsuccessfully ran for District 8 in 2018.

In various posts on his Facebook page, all before Wednesday’s news, Kyle also took several jabs at Waldrip. Among other things, he cited Incumbent’s apparent support for measures that promote high-density housing and said Waldrip “either isn’t really pro-life or he’s given up.”

Cozzens, a first-time candidate, cited inspiration from an array of conservative lawmakers as she threw her hat into the ring, including U.S. Senator Mike Lee of Utah, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Governor of South Dakota Kristi Noem and former Utah Representative Steve Christiansen.

“Their passion made me want to know more,” especially their passion for the US Constitution, Cozzens said. She is drawn to conservatives “who aren’t afraid to stand up for conservative values.”

Cozzens, of Huntsville, also opposed Waldrip, who is from the Eden area. “I was more conservative. I rely on the Constitution,” she said.

Last month, before Wednesday’s news, Waldrip said in a Facebook post that he usually tells those who ask him he’s running again because there’s work left in the Utah legislature. Inspired by a rally that day in Salt Lake City called to support Ukraine in the face of invading Russia, he said there was more to it.

Seeing such a demonstration, “I then remember the real work in our state,” he wrote in the March 2 post. “It’s to show that our greatness comes from our goodness, and that the only way for us to be great is to be good.”


Kyle and Cozzens offer similar views in several areas. Both expressed strong pro-life positions and both identified education – a hot topic in Utah due to the debate over critical race theory and the use of masks in schools during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic – as a key issue.

Cozzens, primarily a stay-at-home mom these days between campaigning and alternative education, stressed the importance of ensuring parents have a say in education.

“I want parents to have a voice at school board meetings without fear of negative repercussions,” she said. She hasn’t heard from parents in the Weber school district, where she lives, facing backlash for speaking out, but the possibility, generally speaking, is ‘closer and closer’ .

Kyle, who works in manufacturing management and has a background in chemical engineering, said the public needs to set parameters for the school curriculum, leaving other subjects out of schools. “We teach values ​​at home,” he said.

At the same time, medical confidentiality is a big concern for both. The issue has gained momentum for some due to rules and guidelines implemented during the pandemic requiring people in certain circumstances to prove they have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Plain and simple, you shouldn’t have to share your medical information to enter a place of business here in this state or anywhere in this country,” Cozzens said on his website. “You shouldn’t have to share your private medical information with your employer to keep your job.”

Kyle expressed similar sentiments, particularly regarding employers requiring employee vaccinations. “People shouldn’t lose their jobs if they don’t want to be vaccinated,” Kyle said.

He expressed support for a measure proposed in the 2022 legislative session that would have prohibited public places, government and employers from requiring vaccinations, House Bill 60. Waldrip voted against the measure, Kyle pointed out, but although she was eventually adopted in Utah. House, he never got a vote in the Senate and passed out.

Kyle said he “stands for women’s sports” and supports House Bill 11, the measure that bans transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports in Utah high schools. It passed the legislature, Governor Spencer Cox vetoed it, and then lawmakers overruled the veto in a special session last month.


Join thousands of people who already receive our daily newsletter.

read more
Salt lake city

Biotech Leader Perfect Day Opens Second U.S. Location and New Corporate Biology Center in Salt Lake City

“Perfect Day is an exciting addition to Salt Lake City, home to a rapidly growing life sciences industry. Having evolved into a vibrant campus for life sciences companies to grow and innovate, The Gateway is a valuable partner in supporting our initiatives to grow the city’s biotech and life sciences ecosystem.” , commented Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall.

New US Location Will Accelerate Perfect Day’s Ability to Scale Its Enterprise Biology Business Unit, Offering Large-Scale Production, IP Licensing, Strain Services and Other Offerings to a Wide Range of Biotech Customers , biopharmaceuticals and life sciences. Like Perfect Day’s investment in Utah is deepening, as is its ability to materialize its initiatives in terms of environmental impact. Perfect Day harnesses biology to create new ingredients that meet changing consumer demands for more compassionate and sustainable products and help companies of all sizes, across multiple industries, improve and scale up their sustainability efforts within their organization and across the supply chain.

“This second U.S. base will expand and diversify our technology capabilities, allowing us to accelerate our impact and commercial reach through the addition of new infrastructure, resources and connection to the vitality of growing biotech talent in the world. Salt Lake City community,” said TM Narayan, Chief Business Officer of Perfect Day. “This decision further strengthens our commitment to the region following the acquisition of our corporate biology facility in 2020 and the partnership with the Utah Office of the Governor of Economic Opportunity last year.”

“We are thrilled to have Perfect Day bring its mission to create more sustainable and environmentally friendly products to The Gateway and join our emerging community of life science companies,” said Jenny Cushingvice president of leasing for Vestar, the ArizonaNew York-based development company that owns The Gateway. “We are fortunate to partner with the mayor Erin Mendenhall to further its vision of nurturing and growing the life sciences industry by Salt Lake City. As a vibrant downtown destination for dining, entertainment and community events, The Gateway is an attractive location for businesses and their employees. »

For more information, visit, and

(The Gateway) Hilary Reiter, Redhead Marketing & PR, 435.901.2071,[email protected]  
(Perfect day) Anne GerowSenior Director, Corporate Communications, 510.849.6371, [email protected]

Visual assets:

SOURCE The Gateway

read more
Salt lakes real estate

Masks are still required on some Broome transports

Public transportation in many localities will still require the wearing of masks to combat the spread of COVID-19 despite a federal judge in Florida rejecting the nationwide public mask mandate that was to continue until at least March 3. may.rd.

Broome County officials say masks must always be worn on county transit buses. BC Transit riders and employees will be required to keep face coverings in place when using these vehicles.

The transit system was not operating on April 19 due to the late winter snowstorm, but most routes were back in service on April 20.

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (File)

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (File)

County transportation officials said New York State still requires masks on public transportation. No official word had come as of 10 a.m. on April 20, but county officials said they assumed the mask mandate would also be tracked by Binghamton University Transportation Services, as the mandate of the state was still the rule.

Some runners say they plan to continue wearing their masks around strangers as a precaution even if the requirement is lifted while others said they remain masked at least until a call is made. resolved to avoid further confusion if the lifted warrant is reinstated after court hearings.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul did not comment on the federal court’s decision.

New York City officials had issued a position on April 19 saying masks would still be required on subways and other public transportation.

On April 19, some private transportation services like UBER and Lyft immediately suspended their masking requirements following the federal court ruling.

Things that are more uncomfortable than a face mask

Supply chain workarounds and home hacks

We keep encountering empty supermarket shelves or running out of things we need at home.

There are easy ways to make your own or substitute ingredients to circumvent shortages or poor planning. Some may even save you a few dollars.

Check out these workarounds, substitutions, and hacks.

See if you know the four most important things you should always keep handy.

Troupes, groups and stages: gems of the performing arts at both levels

Twenty-five of our favorite performing arts bands and venues in the Twin Tiers.

read more
Salt lakes real estate

Best places to live in 2022: South of Boston

Single Family Median Price: $576,500

Increase since 2016: 64.7%

When Dan Costa and his family moved to Rochester to take over Lloyd’s Market, a butcher and grocery store that’s been a mainstay since the 1950s, he wasn’t sure what to expect. “I didn’t know much about Rochester before I got here, but I’m happy to be here,” Costa said.

It’s much quieter and more peaceful than Boston’s North End, where Costa had owned a store on Hanover Street for 18 years. “It’s just a simpler, calmer way of life,” he says. The town is a Right to Farm community – meaning residents are committed to living with the sounds and smells of standard farming operations – and Lloyd’s sources much of its supplies from local farmers. “It’s actually really pretty with the farmland we have, and some of the ponds here make you feel like you’re in New Hampshire lakes,” he says.

When the family came to town with their two young children, they rented for a few years before buying a house. “And then we decided to live here based on what we thought about the community and the school system, which is just great,” Costa says. “We decided that was where we wanted to be.”

Finalists in the category under $600,000


Single Family Median Price: $395,000

Increase since 2016: 63.9%

rock land

Single Family Median Price: $440,000

Increase since 2016: 60.9%

Despite being one of the largest cities in Massachusetts, 2021 Top Spot Brockton — aka the “City of Champions” — offers suburban-style neighborhoods full of single-family homes, as well as the DW Field Park and Golf Course designed by Olmsted. In nearby Rockland, factories that once produced shoes for the Union Army now house artists’ studios and residents in a quiet suburb that includes a 3-mile rail trail.


The best spot: Mattapoisett

Single Family Median Price: $620,000

Increase since 2016: 65.3%

Mattapoisett Harbor on Buzzards Bay attracts many boaters and the community swells with seasonal residents each summer. But it’s not really a tourist town, says Chris Demakis, agent at Demakis Family Real Estate and co-owner of the Town Wharf General Store.

Demakis grew up in Mattapoisett and, after a stint in Boston, returned to his hometown in 1999. He commuted around the city for nearly two decades before a career change allowed him to stay local. Lately, he’s seen many other homebuyers who are able to do the same, without having to change jobs.

“More and more people are choosing to live where they want, rather than where they have to,” says Demakis – a decision that for many people leads to the ocean. “And when you look at our housing prices compared to the South Shore or Cape Town, Mattapoisett and the South Shore in general turn out to be, I think, better value for money.”

The village of Mattapoisett features historic homes, a public boat launch, a series of giant stone docks from the city’s shipbuilding heyday, and a municipal park called Shipyard Park, which hosts free concerts and other events in the summer. “People treat the wharf like their backyard,” Demakis says. There is also a public beach nearby and the town offers a sailing camp for children in the summer.

Finalists in the $600,000 to $800,000 category


Single Family Median Price: $610,000

Increase since 2016: 54.4%


Single Family Median Price: $762,500

Increase since 2016: 53.7%

Easton is home to Stonehill College, the Ames Estate, a children’s museum and an impressive collection of buildings designed by HH Richardson, the architect of Trinity Church in Boston. Salty Scituate features waterfront (and often storm-battered) homes from Minot Beach south to Humarock, more typical suburban neighborhoods (and a pair of commuter rail stations) further east. inland and a walkable village near the port.


The best spot: Cohasset

Single Family Median Price: $1,350,000

Increase since 2016: 66.7%

Another pretty coastal town — this one on the bay side and on the commuter rail — has seen the fastest price growth of any city south of Boston. “Cohasset could be a pretty town if it were 40 miles inland,” says Dan Leahy, 77, a photographer for the Cohasset anchor who has lived there since 1982. But the oceanside setting takes it to another level, he says.

“Every time you have a bad day or a low moment, you go down to the harbor and sit there for 15 minutes and breathe in that wonderful salty air and take in that beautiful scenery,” says Leahy. Families with children flock to Sandy Beach in the summer, while Leahy is more likely to stroll the quieter Black Rock Beach or photograph the wildlife or lobster boats in the working harbor. “Whether it’s a foggy day, a cold day, or a snowy day, he just pushes all my buttons.”

Beyond the natural beauty, Leahy, who raised six children in Cohasset, says the schools are “phenomenal”. From academics to athletics to extracurricular activities, “they do it all, the teachers are all really involved,” he says – like the rest of the town. “You go to any school play or debate or any school event. . . the whole community gets involved.

Finalists in the $800,000+ category


Single Family Median Price: $1,025,000

Increase since 2016: 55.7%


Single Family Median Price: $1,100,000

Increase since 2016: 48.6%

Wedged between the mega-malls along Route 128 in Dedham and the tony suburbs of Dover and Needham, 2020 finalist Westwood offers a mix of convenience (including a Wegmans grocery store and Amtrak Acela service to New York) and convenience. suburban calm. From modern harborside condos a short boat ride from Boston to historic settlements in its downtown core, Hingham offers beautiful accommodations and plenty of parkland — including a state park and three Reservations Trustee properties — for those who can afford its high housing prices.

19 Highland Avenue in Mattapoisettdocument picture


19 Highland Avenue, Mattapoisett

Price: $750,000

Square feet: 1,674

Lot size: 0.13 acres

Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 1.5

Just one block from Sandy Beach in the Point Connett neighborhood, this 1935 clapboard cape offers ocean views from the large porch and cozy wood-paneled living room with fireplace. (Listed by Lauren Kavanagh, Jack Conway & Co. Mattapoisett)

—Additional reporting by Kim Costigan

Discover the Top Spots to Live 2022 by region: City districts | North | West

Jon Gorey is a regular contributor to Globe Magazine. Send your comments to [email protected]

read more
Utah economy

‘Yellowstone’ show created 500 jobs and $15 million in spending in Montana, report says

Filming in Montana of the hit TV show ‘Yellowstone’ added significantly to the state’s economy, including more than 500 jobs, according to a study by the University of Montana.

Patrick Barkey, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, presented the findings to state lawmakers on Monday.

“There’s a lot of detail to that, but, really, the numbers are pretty amazing,” Barkey said.

The study found that the state collected more than $10 million in tax revenue, added 527 jobs, and spent more than $15 million on Montana-based products and services during filming.

This data was collected between October 2020 and February 2021 when “Yellowstone” season four was filmed. Previous seasons were filmed in Utah, but production moved to Montana after the state legislature expanded a media company tax credit in 2019.

The study was conducted using data provided by Paramount, which produces the ranching family drama starring Kevin Costner. Barkey noted that the study does not include data on its impact on tourism in Montana or the businesses that provide support services.

Barkey said the tax revenue collected was not enough to offset the tax credit given to the project, but that its economic contribution was “far greater” than its economic footprint.

Lawmakers will consider at their next meeting in June whether they propose to extend the tax credit.

A Paramount representative told lawmakers that Yellowstone will begin filming for season five in Montana next month.

read more
Salt lake city government

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle’s ruling on masks on planes likely won’t be permanent

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — You’ve probably heard about how Florida federal judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle “overturned” the Center for Disease Control’s federal extension on mask mandates for air travel in the United States. United from April 18, 2022. If so, here’s what you need to know about the decision, why it was made by Mizelle, and its potential impact on your next plane trip.

In short, the Biden administration said on April 18 that the TSA would not enforce mask mandates at this time. This change, however, could be temporary, as will be explained in this article.

The first thing to understand about this case and its decision is who the plaintiffs are and why they filed the case in the first place. The main actor among the plaintiffs is the Health Freedom Defense Fund, a political organization that campaigns for freedom of choice regarding medical practices in the United States. The organization was founded in Wyoming, but grew into a national force.

With two Florida citizens as other plaintiffs in the case, the Health Freedom Defense Fund (HFDF) sued President Biden’s administration, but more specifically the CDC itself, making them the primary “defendants.” The complaints in the lawsuit related to the CDC’s extension of the federal mask mandate for air travel from April 18 to May 3. This extension was most likely a new legal target for defenders, as previous lawsuits against plane mask warrants failed.

In short, the HFDF and the other two plaintiffs argue that the CDC exceeded its authority and violated administrative law.

You might also wonder why Judge Mizelle, an otherwise somewhat obscure federal judge in Florida, has so much power over federal administrative policy.

Whenever an element of the federal government is directly sued, plaintiffs must abide by certain laws that govern what lawsuits against the federal government can even be brought, which, if approved, create “a pathway” for the case goes to federal court. like that of Judge Mizelle. This is especially true when the case involves constitutional issues such as those relating to the regulation of interstate commerce and the separation of federal and state powers, as in this case.

Which federal court hears a case depends on a variety of factors, including the location of the subject matter of the lawsuit. In this case, the plaintiffs hoped to travel to and from Florida. It also means that filing the lawsuit in Judge Mizelle’s jurisdiction could have been a strategic choice by HFDF and other connected attorneys.

Interestingly, after her nomination by former President Donald Trump, the American Bar Association deemed Justice Mizelle unsuitable for the position due to her lack of experience. The appointment followed the required processes despite the ABA rating.

Federal judges’ decisions regarding administrative policy generally have only immediate effects on their jurisdiction, that is, the jurisdiction of the Tampa District Court. In this case, because the CDC as a whole is a party to the decision, Judge Mizelle’s ruling has national impact.

To check the power of lower federal judges, every decision they make is appealable to the United States Courts of Appeals, which may then choose to hear it and perhaps issue a new ruling on the affair. If the case is appealed again, it will go to the United States Supreme Court for a similar, but final decision, if selected as worthy of its time. The SCOTUS ruling in favor of Judge Mizelle’s decision would be another possibility for his ruling to have permanent national consequence.

The DOJ, which is tasked with defending federal administrative institutions in cases like these, is extremely likely to appeal the case and seek a temporary stay of Judge Mizelle’s decision almost immediately; they probably have it already drafted and ready to go. The appeal and validity of the suspension will be determined at a preliminary hearing before the entire case is decided, with both decisions being made by the United States Court of Appeals relevant to the case.

The appeals process could essentially result in a temporary pause on any changes in administrative policy and law until the United States Court of Appeals issues a ruling. This process could take a long time and possibly result in a suspension that will last until the original proposed deadline of May 3 anyway.

In summary, while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis may be temporarily rejoicing About Judge Mizelle’s ruling, the legal path to a permanent ban on CDC mask requirements on airplanes still has a long way to go.

read more
Utah economy

No-Credit-Check Loans: Alternatives

No-Credit-Check Loans: Alternatives

Are there any safe, no-credit-check loans?

A lender with no credit check who examines at least some of your financial data is a better choice as opposed to one that loans money without any questions asked.

There are lenders online such as those that examine an applicant’s bank accounts to determine how they use their money, deposits and withdrawals. A bank account with several overdrafts could disqualify the applicant.

Other lenders review reports from different credit bureaus, which collect data on people with poor credit scores. These reports may reveal things such as whether you’ve received an installment loan or a title loan. Back to top

How do you shop for no-credit-check loans

If a no-credit-check credit card is the best choice Here are some ways to stay away from an untrustworthy lender.

  • Find your APR. Lenders are required by law to provide the APR of their loans. This figure helps you assess the loan’s financial viability and can be compared to other loans. You should verify the number prior to signing a loan agreement.
  • Choose a lending institution who evaluates your capacity to repay. Reviewing your bank account details, contacting other credit bureaus, and asking for documents or proof of earnings are indications that a lender is looking for you to pay back the loan. If a lender doesn’t verify the ability of you to pay back could be relying on you needing to borrow more money to pay off the initial loan, which is the way the cycle of debt begins.
  • Know the terms of repayment. Whether you agree to repay the money within two weeks or months, you need to know your payment date and the way the lender will get the funds. If the lender takes money from your account at the bank, you should review your budget to ensure that the funds are in your account and that you don’t exceed your limit.
  • Find out if the loan fully amortizing. If the loan has multiple payments, you should examine the amortization schedule, which will show how much of each installment is devoted to principal, and how much goes to interest. If the loan isn’t amortizing, some payments could only be used to interest and not affect the amount you have to pay.
  • Search for the license of the lender. The Federal Trade Commission requires lenders to be registered in every state where they conduct business. A lot of lenders list the licenses they have on their sites.
  • Beware of fraudsters. A reputable lender will not require you to pay prior to granting the loan. If the lender requests cash or gift cards before lending money, it’s probably to be a scammer.

Alternatives to loans with no credit check

If you require cash fast then you could be able to locate alternatives to credit-check loans with no credit check like local help, lending circles or relatives.

But a poor credit score shouldn’t be a hindrance when you’re looking to take out a loan with a lender that has reasonable rate and ethical underwriting policies. Below are some alternative loan options for those who have bad credit (FICO score of 629 or less).

Credit union lends

Certain credit unions provide small personal loans that range from $500 to more. If you are unable to get loans, they could look at other information beyond you credit score, such as the history of your membership. There are many credit unions also offer basic credit card or loan that aid in building an credit history. The interest rates that the federal credit unions is limited to 18 percent.

Alternative loans for payday

Also known as PALs, these credit union-issued loans are designed to help customers avoid the debt trap that is created through the traditional payday loans. The APR on these loans is limited to 28 percent.

Buy now, pay later companies

“Buy now, pay later” businesses offer the option of splitting the cost of a purchase into smaller installments in a few months or weeks. BNPL firms don’t generally conduct a strict credit check, which means they may approve faster than a conventional loan. BNPL could be beneficial in the event of an emergency however, you should use it only to purchase a single item at a given time to avoid spending too much.

Apps for cash advance

Cash advance apps, such as Earnin and Dave can let you get a loan of up to hundred dollars of your anticipated earnings. They typically will require you to repay them on your next payday. Although cash advance apps do not charge interest, they might require an annual subscription or a fast-funding fee or may request a gratuity.

Online lender

Some lenders on the internet are willing to consider loans for borrowers with bad credit even with FICO scores that are less than 600. To make sure you are eligible they will consider other information such as employment status and outstanding debts. However, loans with bad credit have higher interest rates.

A lender who claims it doesn’t require minimum credit score could still look at the credit report. The majority of lenders below rely on your credit background to help determine if they should lend you money.

read more
Salt lakes real estate

Animal advocates Ducks and Clucks warn against releasing pet ducks on the Wasatch Wild Front

MURRAY, Utah (ABC4) – Hundreds of ducks are dumped in Wasatch Front parks, ponds and lakes each spring, animal advocates say.

“It is actually against Utah’s cruelty code to release domesticated ducks into wild parks or ponds. This is against Utah code and is considered animal abandonment,” said Tiffany Young, founder of Ducks and Clucks.

Amy Needham, the founder of Puddle Ducks Rescue, said releasing domestic ducks into the wild can harm native species.

“They breed with wild bird species, and that reduces the ability of wild birds to fend for themselves, it reduces their camouflage, it reduces their wild instincts and that has been a big problem around the world,” says Needham. .

Domestic ducks are bred to be larger than wild ducks. This means that domestic ducks cannot fly out of the pond once they are abandoned there. Overpopulation of ducks in ponds contributes to water quality problems.

“With too many people feeding bread and other low-nutrition snacks and putting them in water during our hot summers where algae and botulism are already a problem, water quality becomes unsustainable for life, both for wildlife and for all abandoned domestics,” Jeune said.

Needham says it’s also cruel to the ducks themselves. She wants people to think twice before buying ducks from stores and releasing them into the wild.

“Every time you release a pet it’s a death sentence, it’s only a matter of time until it dies, and it belongs to the people,” Needham said.

“A lot of people think they’re doing a good thing releasing a duck into the wild, but what they’re doing is like releasing a kitten into the forest and saying good luck to the tiger,” Young said.

read more
Salt lake city

Utah school districts plan to keep free lunches limited as federal aid expires

Workers prepare lunch for a school in the Salt Lake City School District. (Derek Petersen, KSL-TV)

Estimated reading time: 2-3 minutes

SALT LAKE CITY — Federal lunch waivers have allowed Utah school districts to provide free lunch to all students during the pandemic, but that program is set to expire.

Without those waivers, Salt Lake City school district leaders said they were limited on how to provide meals.

For example, this summer they will provide free meals, but only at certain selected sites and the fear is that some children in certain neighborhoods will be left out.

From March 2020 through April this year, the Salt Lake City School District provided more than 4.5 million free meals to all of its students — regardless of family income — under a federal waiver.

“Parents could pick up their meals for the kids and take them home,” said Kelly Orton, child nutrition director for the Salt Lake City School District.

The program that Orton says has benefited families ends on June 30. Districts across the state are scrambling to put a plan in place.

“Children will be fed, but the cost burden now falls on families and school districts to offset that cost,” Orton said.

This means that this summer, the district will only provide free meals at certain sites.

“A lot of sites on the east side where we don’t have such a high free or reduced population, they’re out of luck,” Orton said.

In the fall, students who do not qualify for free or reduced lunch will have to start paying for meals.

Orton said with rising gas and food prices, as well as a labor shortage, the district will feel the pinch.

“The ability to get food and the quantities we need is difficult. We are drawing from the same pool (of labor) as the restaurants and they are also struggling to find people. Others school districts around us.”

In the Granite School District, more than 65,554 students are currently receiving free meals under this waiver.

Granite District spokesman Ben Horsley said this will continue through the summer, but in the fall students will also have to start paying for meals again.

Orton hopes the feds will give the district a year to make the transition.

“In order for us to continue, the school district will likely have to come in and pay some of those funds out of taxpayer funds that would normally go into the classrooms,” he said.

Parents will need to fill out applications to see if their student qualifies for a free or reduced price lunch starting this fall.

Related stories

Utah K-12’s Most Recent Education Stories

Tamara Vaifanua

More stories that might interest you

read more
Utah economy

Repositioning of Russian troops continues

(Bloomberg) —

Bloomberg’s Most Read

Troops continue to move from positions in Russia and Belarus to eastern Ukraine ahead of what is likely to be a protracted conflict. Ukraine has warned of a possible Russian naval landing operation in Mariupol. Air raid sirens were ringing in kyiv early on Sunday.

Billionaire Roman Abramovich is trying to relaunch talks between Ukraine and Russia, which both sides say have stalled. Ukrainian central bank and finance officials will travel to Washington for next week’s meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Shelling resumed near kyiv and the Lviv region near Poland saw its first known missile attack in weeks. Russia has warned the United States against its arms deliveries.

The UK has said destroyed roads are hampering the delivery of humanitarian aid. Ukraine’s economy could halve, said Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko.

(See RSAN on the Bloomberg Terminal for the Russian sanctions dashboard.)

Key developments

  • Putin’s ruble standoff with Europe risks de facto gas embargo

  • Sunken Russian warship was a symbol of Ukrainian defiance

  • Putin and Saudi crown prince bullish on OPEC+ and Kremlin announce call

  • Russia is waging a social media campaign to call the Bucha massacre a hoax

  • Russia’s War in Ukraine: Key Events and Unfolding

  • What is Genocide? Does the war in Ukraine matter? :QuickTake

Every hour CET:

Eastward movement of Russian units continues (8:10 a.m.)

Combat and support equipment for Russian forces is being transferred from Belarus, including to sites near Kharkiv and Severdonetsk, the UK Ministry of Defense said. Russian artillery continues to strike positions across eastern Ukraine, where Moscow is expected to step up its offensive activity in the coming days.

Moscow has not changed its “ultimate goal” in Ukraine, the UK said, and remains determined to “assert its own regional dominance”.

The Ukrainian General Staff said in a morning update that Russian units continued to move into eastern Ukraine from neighboring Kursk, Bryansk and Voronezh regions.

Ukraine says Russia continues to hammer Mariupol (8:01 a.m.)

Russia continues to hammer the port city of Mariupol, according to the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, amid the window opened by Moscow for troops from the besieged city to surrender.

Airstrikes and preparations for a naval landing by Russian forces appear to be underway, Ukraine said. Russia said it would spare the lives of soldiers who surrendered from 6 a.m. Moscow time, with the window expected to last for several hours.

Taking control of Mariupol remains a key objective for Russia as it tries to create a land bridge to the Crimean peninsula.

Russia Demands Surrender of Mariupol Defenders (11:30 p.m.)

Russia called on Ukrainian forces in the beleaguered industrial port city of Mariupol to lay down their arms on Sunday to avoid being killed. Ukraine has rejected similar Russian demands in the past.

Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of Russia’s National Defense Control Center, spoke of a “catastrophic situation” in Azovstal, a sprawling steelworks that has become a last bulwark in the city’s defence.

“All who lay down their arms are assured of the preservation of life,” Tass said quoting Mizintsev.

Austria needs Russian gas; Putin’s “logic of war” (9:30 p.m.)

Austria could end imports of Russian natural gas “maybe in a few years,” Chancellor Karl Nehammer told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Austria is 80% dependent on Russian gas, so “it’s not possible today, tomorrow”, he said.

Nehammer was received by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday, the first European leader to do so since Russia invaded Ukraine.

He told NBC that Putin “is in his own war logic” and that the Russian leader believes he is winning the war.

Zelenskiy says Russia is negotiating deadlock (7:53 p.m.)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said talks with Russia were at an “impasse because we will not swap our territory and our people”.

If Russian forces followed through on a threat to destroy remaining Ukrainian troops fighting in Mariupol, it would “end” the talks, he said in an interview with Ukrainian media online.

Abramovich seeks to restart talks (6:52 p.m.)

Billionaire Roman Abramovich has traveled to Kyiv in a bid to revive peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, which stalled after evidence emerged of Russian atrocities against civilians.

Abramovich met with Ukrainian negotiators to discuss ways to restart negotiations, according to people familiar with the matter.

In Russia, Abramovich “represents the side that supports a diplomatic resolution and an end to the war,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told online media. “Nobody can guarantee that it’s not a game.”

Putin’s Ukrainian ally Medvedchuk detained in police custody (6:41 p.m.)

A Ukrainian court has ordered the continued detention of Kremlin-friendly politician Viktor Medvedchuk after he attempted to flee the country, according to a statement posted on the court’s Facebook page.

Prosecutors suspect Medvedchuk, a US-sanctioned tycoon since 2014, of high treason and terrorist financing. His assets were frozen in 2021. He denies any wrongdoing.

Medvedchuk had been under house arrest since last year, but fled during the initial invasion of Russia. He was apprehended by Ukrainian security forces this week at an undisclosed location.

Zelenskiy has a follow-up call with Johnson (6:22 p.m.)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy spoke with Boris Johnson on Saturday, a week after the British Prime Minister’s visit to kyiv. They discussed “the need for a long-term security solution for Ukraine”, according to a reading from Downing Street.

Russian ships barred from Italian ports after sanctions (6:14 p.m.)

Russian ships will not be able to anchor in Italian ports from Sunday, the Ansa news agency reported. The move is part of the European Union’s recent sanctions package against Moscow for invading Ukraine, Ansa said.

The change also applies to ships that changed their flag to another Russian nationality after Feb. 24, Ansa said. Ships moored in Italy should leave as soon as possible.

Ukrainian central bankers visit Washington (5:17 p.m.)

Central bank governor Kyrylo Shevchenko and his deputy Serhiy Nikolaychuk will travel to Washington for the spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, bank spokeswoman Halyna Kalachiva said. They will be accompanied by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko. Meetings start Monday.

The IMF has created a new account intended to give donor countries a safe way to support the Ukrainian economy. Canada, in its recent budget, offered up to C$1 billion ($795 million) to be disbursed through the account, and it will be available to other IMF members or intergovernmental entities who wish to use it as vehicle to provide assistance, the IMF said. .

Minister promises Kyiv will service foreign debt (2:12 p.m.)

More than 80% of the debt Ukraine has to repay this year is domestic, “which we can easily cover” or refinance, Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko said in a TV interview.

He said the foreign debt repayment schedule is “fairly moderate and straightforward”, peaking in September when Kyiv has to pay interest on $500 million in Eurobonds. The minister said Ukraine had cut spending by 180 billion hryvnia ($6 billion) and needed $5-7 billion a month to fund its budget while the war continued.

Ukraine’s economy could contract by 30-50%, Marchenko said.

Ukraine’s economy will fall by 45% in 2022, says World Bank

Putin, Saudi Crown Prince bullish on OPEC+, Kremlin says (12:40 CET)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman have drawn up a “positive assessment” of their cooperation within the OPEC+ producer group to stabilize the world oil market, the Kremlin said in a statement on Saturday.

The phone conversation came at the initiative of Saudi Arabia, the Kremlin said, and the leaders also discussed the situation in Ukraine and Yemen. The crown prince spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday and also discussed Ukraine, according to state television.

Saudi Arabia and other major Persian Gulf oil producers have so far resisted calls from the United States to increase production as prices surged amid the Ukraine crisis and concerns over possible sanctions on Russian exports.

Russia captured more than 1,000 civilians, official says (12:43 p.m.)

More than half of civilians captured by Moscow forces are women, said Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, who demanded in a televised briefing that they be released immediately. “We will not exchange soldiers for civilians. It would violate the Geneva Conventions,” she said.

Ukraine has captured more than 700 Russian soldiers, and Russia has captured about 700 Ukrainian soldiers, with further prisoner swaps possible, she said.

Ukraine and Russia agreed on Saturday on nine humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians. Russian troops shelled the center of Lysychansk in the Luhansk region as people gathered to be evacuated, she said.

Lithuanian leader dismisses Russian threat to Baltic countries (11:38 a.m.)

President Gitanas Nauseda has urged Finland and Sweden to apply for NATO membership as soon as possible, the Financial Times reported.

He brushed off threats from Moscow to increase its military presence in the Baltics, saying Russia had had such weapons in Kaliningrad, a Russian position wedged between Poland and Lithuania, for years.

“The Kaliningrad region is probably the most militarized region in Europe, and tactical nuclear weapons are already there,” Neuseda said. “I don’t think we should react to that rhetoric.”

Bloomberg Businessweek’s Most Read

©2022 Bloomberg LP

read more
Salt lakes real estate

Utah County Sheriff’s Office Holds Auction for Pig Named The Fuzz Found in Lehi

SPANISH FORK, Utah (ABC4) — In the spirit of spring, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) is holding a silent auction for a friendly farm animal.

According to UCSO, a male pig, nicknamed “The Fuzz” by his law enforcement friends, was found loose in Lehi and was picked up by authorities from Lehi Animal Services.

Right now, The Fuzz is comfortable in his temporary home at the UCSO stockyard, but the agents are looking to find him his forever home.

The auction started on April 15 and will continue until April 25 at noon. The event is a ‘sealed’ auction, meaning bids placed will not be made public, so it’s up to you to put a price on The Fuzz.

Bids will be accepted at UCSO located at 3075 North Main Street, Spanish Fork, UT 84660 or South Utah Valley Animal Shelter at 582 West 3000 North, Spanish Fork, UT 84660. All bids must be in sealed envelopes. UCSO noted that unsealed offers will not be accepted.

Bids must include your name, phone number and your bid amount. Payment will be to UCSO.

If you’re eager to see The Fuzz before you place your bid, contact Central Utah Dispatch at (801) 794-3970 and ask to speak to an assistant. Viewing of The Fuzz without an assistant present will not be permitted.

read more
Salt lake city government

Greater Yellowstone tourism soars with no limits in sight

In 1947 when my parents brought me to Yellowstone on my first visit, one difference then was that the regional population was small and the phenomenon of people owning trophy homes and vacation getaways, compared to today , did not exist. Recreational use was low-tech involving relatively few people.

Today, many of the recorded visits to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks come from residents of nearby cities, including the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which means that in addition to global tourism, the record number of plane passengers at the Bozeman, Idaho Falls and Jackson Hole airports, we now have many more people living near national parks.

This is why the crowd, even if higher travel costs should slow down the arrival of certain vacationers, does not go away. And that is why our elected leaders, public land managers, planners and analysts must urgently consider this fact when thinking about the future.

Today, many of the recorded visits to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks come from residents of nearby cities, including the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which means that in addition to global tourism, the record number of plane passengers at the Bozeman, Idaho Falls and Jackson Hole airports, we now have many more people living near national parks. This is why the crowd, even if higher travel costs should slow down the arrival of certain vacationers, does not go away.

Getting back to the question of what does all of this mean for public lands in the Greater Yellowstone area? Sadly, what comes to mind is a continuation of the crowds that materialized during the Covid pandemic, plus more garbage and sewer issues, mile-long traffic jams, noise, air pollution, overcrowded parking lots, overwhelmed services, and countless over-the-top online and social media posts with geotagged selfies.

The onslaught of the past two seasons can be characterized in different ways. At least 1800 rolls of toilet paper/day were needed for Yellowstone’s public restrooms alone. (Who knows what was happening with human waste on adjacent Forest Service lands related to scattered recreation and inadequate facilities to handle overflows on semi-developed sites).

Not to mention that in Yellowstone, 5,000 resource and other violation notices were issued and 1,500 motor vehicle accidents occurred in 2019-20. The root cause of this type of overwhelming tourism is not attributable to the agencies themselves.

While tourism promotion entities are partially responsible, still others approach our region as if the end goal is to aim for increased capacity targets and ever-expanding infrastructure to cope with the rising tide of visitors in a endless cycle of growth. Something that hasn’t been discussed much in the media is the fact that the record number of visits during the Covid years was achieved without the huge volumes of bus tourism, i.e. without international travellers.

Prominent author and wilderness advocate Wallace Stegner has written that our national parks “reflect us best.” It was an observation made in a different era, when total visits to Yellowstone were less than half of what they are today, and when Greater Yellowstone had half its current population of permanent residents and seasonal. What isn’t outdated is what the cartoon character Pogo said, “We’ve met the enemy and that’s us.

Frontcountry areas are often no longer the image of the pristine, natural, or beautiful America that most of us imagined or may have enjoyed in the past. I’m not the first to point out that it’s true sustainability of the character of our region is in question; somewhere and somehow there should be limits. In a society that frequently preaches freedom and alternative facts over common sense, that’s easier said than done.

While the total area of ​​the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem is approximately 23 million acres, the two national parks combined cover only 2.5 million acres; the five national forests (originally nine forests consolidated into five) still represent 15 million acres of affected public land.

We often tend to focus on parks, but Greater Yellowstone’s national forests and other public lands are also seeing record use, and even its employees lament that parts of the backcountry are being turned into frontcountry.

A case study is this: Forest Service regulations allow camping just about anywhere unless otherwise restricted. The activity is called “scattered recreation,” which means that all parts of a national forest are open for camping unless otherwise noted. It may be a beloved tradition, but again brought to a different time when freedom and freedom were expressed in fewer campers on public lands.

Imagine if Forest Service-style scattered recreation were allowed and promoted in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks? The reasons why this is not a good idea when it comes to protection are obvious. With the large crowds descending on the National Forests today, he should invite an agency to examine reform practices and policies.

Imagine if Forest Service-style scattered recreation were allowed and promoted in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks? The reasons why this is not a good idea when it comes to protection are obvious. With the large crowds descending on the National Forests today, he should invite an agency to examine reform practices and policies.

With campsites at developed facilities in Yellowstone booked months in advance and with hard-to-find motel rooms during an extended peak season, that sends plenty of ready-to-seek National Forest alternatives.

Scattered camping in National Forests and BLM lands is colloquially referred to as “boondocking”. This means, with few exceptions, not having to pay the fees required for the use of traditional serviced campgrounds which have hardened sites, built-up tents, tables, toilets, drinking water and fire pits .

Boondocking can involve setting up RVs, trailers and tents at stops, parking areas, trailheads, meadows, riverside terraces and open ridges – just about anywhere you can get out of the road. This is the version and popularization of camping for our urban population, called the “camping crunch”.

National forests have a five-day stay limit (some have a 14-16 day limit), which is often violated or not enforced. Boondockers, like in a game of musical chairs, simply move to different sites (if you can find a vacancy) before the time limits are exceeded.

Garbage, waste, litter, human waste and impacts on water quality, vegetation, erosion, wildlife habitat, multiple fires and fire hazards are not uncommon . Scattered sites near hub communities can often end up serving as makeshift accommodations for seasonal workers, entrepreneurs and low-budget accommodation needs given the lack of affordable housing and the trend of long-term rentals at be converted into short-term vacation properties. .

Yes, the very people who run our tourist economy cannot find rentals or cannot afford to pay for them, and yet the promoters of our nature-based economy tout the prosperity created.

Not so long ago, on road trips, one could discover suitable scattered sites and have everything to oneself. Throw a sleeping bag in the sagebrush or meadow. No more. Boondocking sites, their locations and descriptions are frequently shared by users on the internet and social media, usually geotagged and widely used. Rules, information and location maps of designated sites are also commonly displayed or distributed by agencies and tourist offices.

To get a sense of the extent of the activity, in an effort to master the management of scattered camping in just two National Ranger Districts in the Bridger-Teton National Forest alone, 428 scattered sites were surveyed.

Granted, the sites are near Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole, but if some approximate percentages of those numbers are extrapolated to occur in other Greater Yellowstone National Forests near cities and resorts with high growth, that equates to an incredible amount of campsites and campers. Keep in mind that they are in addition to existing traditional campgrounds and private KOA grounds.

As mentioned, scattered camping is not permitted in national parks and should not be confused with the developed recreation sites mentioned above, which are generally first come/first served, require a fee, provide facilities and require short stays. For example, there are 12 such managed campgrounds with 2150 campsites in Yellowstone Park alone. The park also has 293 permit-only backcountry campsites, limited to stays of 1 to 3 days. And, similarly, in Grand Teton Park, there are six developed campgrounds and an RV park totaling 1,050 campsites; there are also 300 reservation-only, time-limited backcountry campsites.

The massive and growing number of visits to Greater Yellowstone and Yellowstone Park has been attributed to a number of converging forces, such as social trends, social media, advertising, overseas travel, Covid- 19 and a booming American population. Altogether, this represents entertainment on a mind-boggling industrial level.

One data point indicates that Yellowstone’s tourism activity alone contributes $642 million in annual economic benefits to the immediate region. This raises the old question: who or what pays the costs and who receives the benefits? What is not taken into account in the accounting books are the disadvantages and what is missing is what the amorphous term “sustainable” means.

[Note: It’s jaw-dropping to think that this time-lapse video, below, of tourists moving through Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley in summer, with bison and bear jams, sometimes bringing gridlock, was from a couple of summers before Covid resulted in a huge increase in visitation. Video courtesy National Park Service. Is it possible to separate people from their cars and, in the absence of limits, is this how the “Yellowstone experience” will be defined? Is this what visiting the cradle of American wildlife conservation is supposed to look like?]

read more
Salt lakes real estate

Covid News: South Korea to end virtually all restrictions

Credit…Mike Kai Chen for The New York Times

A corporate announcement Thursday that a small clinical trial showed a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine boosted the immune response of 140 children aged 5 to 11 comes as new cases of the virus in the United States are on the rise again.

The upturn was particularly noticeable in the Northeast, where the Omicron subvariant known as BA.2, now the dominant version of the virus in the United States, first took hold.

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, has warned in recent days that the United States could see a significant increase in infections in the coming weeks. But he said hospitalization rates are unlikely to rise in tandem because so many Americans have some degree of immunity, either from vaccines or previous infections.

Several hundred children aged 5 to 11 have died from Covid since the pandemic began, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but pediatric injections have been a tough sell for many parents. Only about 28% of children in this age group received two doses and would be eligible for a booster. About 7% received only one dose, according to agency data.

There was an initial rush for vaccines after they were first offered for this age group in November, but the increase in vaccination rates then slowed. Over the past month, for example, it has increased by a single percentage point.

Dr. Kathryn M. Edwards, a pediatric vaccine expert at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said some parents believe the chances of their children becoming seriously ill are low, when vaccines are unknown. She said some research indicates that 45% of infected children show no symptoms.

“The problem is that we can’t predict who will get sick and who won’t,” she said. And among those who do, she said, “there will be children who are going to be hospitalized, and there will be some deaths.”

Dr. Sally Goza, a pediatrician from Fayetteville, Georgia and former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said some parents see no reason to act because they consider the pandemic to be under control. “I’ve had parents come into my office and say, ‘Covid, it’s over. I don’t need to worry about that,” she said.

To some extent, she said, parents have also been numbed by wave after wave of infection. “People are tired of dealing with it. They’re just like, ‘We’re just going to take a chance,'” she said.

According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the proportion of children aged 5 to 11 receiving at least one dose varies considerably from region to region. Five of the 10 states with the highest rates were in New England, while eight of the 10 states with the lowest rates were in the South.

Even though more than 250 million Americans have been safely vaccinated since the start of the pandemic, pediatric experts say many parents fear unknown consequences for their children. Compared to injections to protect against measles, mumps and other diseases, which have been around for decades, Covid vaccines are brand new.

A study by New York researchers, published online in late February, found that for children aged 5 to 11, the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine against infection fell to 12% from 68% in the 28 34 days after the second dose.

This was a steeper drop than for older teens and teens who received a much higher dose. Some experts have suggested that the difference in dosage explains the protective gap, while others have blamed the Omicron variant that was prevalent during the study.

Another CDC study said two doses of Pfizer reduced the risk of Omicron infection by 31% in 5- to 11-year-olds, compared with a 59% reduction in risk in 12- to 15-year-olds.

The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only one authorized for children under 18.

read more
Salt lake city

Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City: Good Skiing, Miserable Encounters

Are you being offered a job at Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City? Should I take it? There are definitely a lot of opportunities there. Since 2000, Salt Lake City, Utah has been home to Goldman Sachs’ US back office and claims the company’s 3rd largest presence in North America. Both downtown offices are a few blocks from the Salt Lake Temple, the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and there is another office for Marcus employees out of town. High turnover ensures a constant need for new talent, but is Salt Lake really a good place to work for Goldman Sachs?

One of the best reasons to live in Salt Lake – as Goldman points out in their city guide – it’s the great outdoors. There are five national parks nearby and some of America’s best ski areas are within 30 minutes of the office. Utah Financiers can put their Patagonia vests for the outdoor use they are intended for. Although Goldman is unlikely to respect the ‘30cm ruler‘ where the local greyhounds take the morning to ski after the overnight snow.

The other advantage of Salt Lake is that it offers graduates from non-target schools employment with a company whose New York and San Francisco offices prefer candidates from target schools with traditional majors. Getting a foot in the door can be invaluable in finance. Goldman Sachs is very selective, and once you’ve declared work for the company in Salt Lake City, internal mobility may mean you can work elsewhere.

What Juniors at Goldman’s Salt Lake City Office Are Saying About Their Work

We spoke to the juniors at Goldman’s office in Salt Lake City about what it’s really like there. 50% of Goldman’s jobs in Salt Lake City are now in revenue-generating divisions (the front office), but there is also a call center and operational jobs.

The main grievance of juniors seems to be that, at least in operational positions, they are not realizing their potential. A associated informed us that his job involves “extreme volumes of pressing buttons and filling out checklists.” This may be the reason why “most juniors leave SLC within the first 2-3 years”.

Salt Lake City juniors at Goldman Sachs can move into other Goldman offices – more than 30 have already done so this year. However, we also encountered complaints that Goldman officials in Salt Lake City would not facilitate an internal transfer of operations to something more attractive elsewhere. It’s not easy to hire in Salt Lake City and therefore no manager wants to see a junior leave.

It’s not just the push of buttons in operational roles that puts some people off. Salt Lake City juniors earn less than their New York counterparts. Based on 2021 H1B Visa Data, starting salaries for Salt Lake City analysts at Goldman Sachs were $50,000, rising to about $65,000 for a first-year associate. Bonuses in Salt Lake City can be as low as $3,000. By comparison, first-year analysts in front office positions at Goldman in Manhattan earn salaries of $110,000 and can earn bonuses that are double their base.

There are advantages. Hours are shorter in Salt Lake City than in New York, where 80+ hour weeks are the norm. But you’ll still be working more than 40 hours and your pay won’t drop to account for the overage. A Salt Lake City associate who worked on a crew that averaged 55 hours a week in Utah told us he was paid 0.5 times his standard rate for overtime and it was “awful” . However, this has not been confirmed by the firm, and it is likely that he was working on a contract basis.

Salt Lake employees can let off steam only by skiing on double black diamonds or rock climbing in the Moab desert. Strict drinking laws imposed by the Mormon population mean there are only two nightclubs and the bar scene was generously described by a Goldman employee as “up and coming” while the scene meetings is “difficult”.

Despite the negatives, there is mobility for top performers in Salt Lake, both within Goldman and outside, and few analysts join the impression that their stay in Utah will rival with life on Wall Street. Banks need back offices and it is an ongoing struggle for them to appropriately balance compensation, career incentives and lifestyle. Citi, for example, is trying to attract juniors to Malaga to work less, earn less and live near the beach.

What should the underutilized Salt Lake City analyst do? Maybe they should turn to technology. The region has been dubbed the “Silicon Slopes” due to the prevalence of tech companies. If all juniors do is push buttons for a big company, maybe they’d rather do it in an office that’s not in the constant shadow of 200 West Street? But Silicon Valley has its own shadow under which there is plenty of room to grumble.

Click here to create an eFinancialCareers profile. Get recruiters who are hiring for the best jobs in technology and finance to come your way.

Have a confidential story, tip or comment you’d like to share? Contact: [email protected] first. WhatsApp/Signal/Telegram also available (Telegram: @SarahButcher)

Be patient if you leave a comment at the bottom of this article: all our comments are moderated by human beings. Sometimes these humans may be asleep or away from their desks, so your comment may take a while to appear. Eventually, it will – unless it’s offensive or defamatory (in which case it won’t.)

picture by Marcus Bellamy on Unsplash

read more
Utah economy

Rising mortgage rates make buying a home ‘the most expensive in a generation’

A report from US mortgage giant Freddie Mac on Thursday shows the average lending rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit 5% this week, up nearly 2 percentage points from a year ago. barely a year and a number probably even higher in the coming year.

“As Americans face historically high inflation, the combination of rising mortgage rates, high home prices and tight inventories makes the pursuit of homeownership the most expensive in a generation,” wrote Freddie Mac in a note accompanying the new mortgage data.

While average U.S. mortgage rates have risen at the fastest pace in more than 30 years over the past three months, the 5% benchmark comes just a month after a 0.25% increase by the Reserve federal lending rate. The increase is the first in a series of upward adjustments planned by the Fed as the monetary policy body attempts to rein in rising inflation.

Higher Fed rates will increase borrowing costs for mortgages, auto loans, credit cards and business loans. By doing so, the Fed hopes to slow economic growth and rising wages enough to contain high inflation, which has hurt millions of households and poses a serious political threat to President Joe Biden.

Many economists said they worried the Fed waited too long to start raising rates and that policymakers might end up reacting so aggressively that they would trigger a recession.

Earlier this week, the Department of Labor announced that the annual inflation rate in the United States hit 8.5% in March, the highest since 1981. And Utah was among a group of states of Mountain West under even greater inflationary pressure with an annual inflation rate of 10.4 leading the country. % in March.

So what does this mean for a current buyer?

According to Thursday’s Wall Street Journal report, buying the median U.S. home at rates a year ago meant a monthly mortgage bill of about $1,223 after a 20% down payment, according to calculations by economist George Ratiu. at At recent rates, such a purchase would require a monthly payment of almost $1,700, an increase of 38%, he estimated.

And out West, especially for buyers in high-demand states like Utah, the impacts of ongoing rate increases could be even worse.

Last month, as the nation’s average 30-year fixed mortgage rate neared 4%, 67% of Utah households were already “off-price” from the state’s median-priced home, according to Dejan Eskic, senior researcher at the University. from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute in Utah, specializing in housing research.

“It’s bad,” Eskic said.

The median priced single-family home in Utah was $512,000 statewide in the fourth quarter of 2021, according to the National Association of Realtors.

“A full two-thirds of Utah cannot afford the median-priced home anywhere because of how quickly rates have risen over the past two months,” Eskic said in the article. March.

“If you had to wait to buy in the spring, you’re probably out of luck,” Eskic said, as rising interest rates push even more homes out of reach with higher monthly loan payments.

Utah’s housing problem continues to be a supply and demand issue. Shouldn’t the rise in interest rates therefore help to curb demand?

Not in today’s market, Eskic said.

Rising interest rates will slow demand, he said, but not “enough to completely slow the market because there is nothing to buy.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended housing markets across the country as thousands of Americans reassessed their lives and left big cities in search of more space at lower prices. Many looked west, especially to states like Utah, where jobs were booming, and Idaho, where housing was relatively affordable.

As a result, states like Utah and Idaho had record years for home sales and price increases. In Utah, experts have warned of a “severely unbalanced” housing market as demand continues to dramatically outpace supply.

But it’s not just the pandemic’s fault. This has only worsened and accelerated the housing problem in Utah. The housing shortage in the West began years ago in the midst of the Great Recession, after the subprime mortgage crisis sent the national and global economy into a death spiral. After the crash, homebuilding contracted and the market has struggled to keep up with demand ever since.

Contributor: Associated Press

read more
Salt lake city government

Storage, Colorado is open for business

Photo courtesy of Rangely, Colo.

The American economic landscape is changing, and Rangely, CO is changing with it! The city is on a mission to diversify, in anticipation of the future. City residents include skilled workers, including those with trade industry experience and others entering the workforce after attending Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC), which was listed among the top five community colleges in the nation whose graduates earn the highest salaries, according to Newsweek magazine. The college, which is a great asset to the community, also offers free courses for residents.

Presented by:

New Rangely logo

Private business is alive and well in Rangely, with business owners – from industries as diverse as retail, restaurants and hospitality – evenly sharing how easy it is to do business in town . Their business may be in different industries, but everyone expressed appreciation for the resources available, easy answers to questions, and the speed and reliability of Rangely’s low-cost 1 gigabyte (GB) fiber optic network. .

“Small businesses are the backbone of society. The Town of Rangely welcomes and supports new and existing business expansion with low regulatory, utility, property and sales taxes. Rangely would like to invite businesses to also look at our quality of life, which includes excellent pre-school and K-12 education, to include higher education through CNCC,” said City Manager Lisa Piering.

Storage, Colorado is open for business! Hear from Rangely business owners as well as city management discuss the ease of doing business in Rangely, Colorado. #OpenForBusiness #RangelyColorado #TownOfRangely

Local business owner Dorian Geba shared how owning and operating a business in Rangely differs from three other states, saying, “My wife and I consider ourselves lucky to own a company in Rangely, CO where our drive to succeed is matched by the city, with great people who are easy to deal with In the past, I’ve found business can be a bit hostile in some places, but Rangely blew my mind! While there were still the usual permitting processes to go through, the folks at the city government are open-minded and really pro-business. (Many jurisdictions can say that, but Rangely really means it!) I purchased my property in April 2021 and I own the Silver Sage RV Park on Main St. Thanks to Rangely’s focus on economic development, I have been able to benefit from a grant that provides me with assistance with signage and improves the external appeal of my business.”

Local government supports businesses through the Rangely Development Agency (RDA) and the Rangely Development Corporation (RDC), two urban renewal authorities in the city (the Façade Renovation/Improvement Grant Scheme of the RDA website offers financial assistance to owners or tenants with a commercial enterprise in Center-ville de Rangely); the Chamber of Commerce of the Rangely region; the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC); and the Northern Colorado Enterprise Zone program, of which Rangely’s Rio Blanco County is a part.

“Big companies tend to locate in cities and absorb most of the business from small and medium-sized businesses,” said one business owner based in Arvada, Colorado. “We were looking for a community where a small business like ours would be valued and utilized. We have a lot to contribute to a community and really want to be part of a community that is looking to grow. After a thorough investigation, we choose Rangely.

Natural remote work

Photo courtesy of Rangely, Colo.

Remote workers should also be attracted to Rangely. PC Magazine ranked Rangely #23 in the US “Best Work from Home Cities” (one of two Colorado cities to make the ranking).

“Remote work is made easy here with our 1GB high-speed fiber optic Internet services, offered for $70 per month, which is cheaper than other locations,” said Jeannie R. Caldwell, coordinator of the marketing and economic development of the town of Rangely. “When the work is complete, you can quickly enjoy the wide open spaces that surround our community, without traffic or crowds. Honestly, it’s hard to believe this type of wonderful place still exists.”

Cycling in Rangely

Photo courtesy of Rangely, Colo.


Photo courtesy of Rangely, Colo.

The LOWdown on Rangely

Rangely, a small town in Colorado’s Greater Northwest region, has gotten its share of recognition. Nicknames include “Colorado’s Friendliest Town”, “Second Safest City in Colorado”, and one of the state’s “Top 10 Most Affordable Places to Live“.

girl, sheriff, dog

Photo by Roxie Fromang

Grandparents and grandchild

Photo courtesy of Rangely, Colo.

The cost of living is 13% lower than the Colorado average and 4% lower than the national average. In addition to its low cost of living, Rangely offers residents a low cost of doing business and a low crime rate.


Average age of residents:

33 Years

Median income:


Average house price:


Bachelor’s degree or higher:


Some college:


*State Bureau of Demography, Colorado Demographic Profile for the City of Rangely.

“Rangely offers most of the services offered by larger communities, including Rangely District Hospital, a designated Level IV Trauma Center, Western Rio Blanco Park and Recreation, which has a full-service recreation center, a golf course and a calendar of events throughout the year. We are surrounded by Bureau of Land Management properties that invite you to come and play! These amenities make Rangely a great, safe place to live in a small community,” said Piering.

Mother-daughter storage

Photo by Roxie Fromang

The town is minutes from the Canyon Pintado Historic District, the closest with amenities to Dinosaur National Monument and only 25 miles from the Utah border (220 miles from Salt Lake City), 70 miles from Grand Junction and 275 miles from Denver, CO. enthusiasts will have the choice between various activities, including boating; cliff diving; fishing for trout, bass, northern pike, crappie and catfish; Mountain bike; and OHV Trails and rock crawling in Colorado’s only natural rock crawling park. Additional recreational activities include The Tank, a 60-foot water tank that is an acoustic marvel and concert hall; the three-day ROAR OHV Adventurous Rally in August; a host of festivals and more!

Rangely Rock Crawlers

Photo courtesy of Rangely, Colo.

Fishing at a distance

Photo courtesy of Rangely, Colo.

Space to build and grow your business

Buildings, vacant land and warehouse structures are available in Rangely for small manufacturing businesses, agricultural production, healthcare, outdoor recreation businesses, remote businesses and workers, small craft businesses and boutique, sightseeing, and more!

Join a population of 6,336 people in Rio Blanco County, 2,500 of whom live in the town of Rangely, from all walks of life in a great city, full of great people and an amazing place to do business!

View Rangely, CO’s investment prospectus here.

Contact Jeannie R. Caldwell regarding locating/moving or expanding your business to Rangely. Call (720) 505-7780 or email [email protected].

read more
Salt lakes real estate

Idaho is better than Utah because these people can’t drive

One of the Deseret News columnists jokes when it comes to saying that Idaho is less sinful than Utah. WalletHub’s annual survey has often placed Utah at number one. This year, the salts have dropped considerably. Nevada is, as usual, the most sinful. After all, it’s a big gambling den. Considering the place has almost as many Latter-day Saints as Utah, that’s an odd designation. However, when Howard Hughes was alive, he hired church members primarily because he liked their honesty and reliability.

What made the newspaper columnist laugh is that Idaho is named the least sinful place in America. WalletHub says Idahoans aren’t jealous people and we do well on anger and hate. I’m not surprised by this one. There are so few Democrats here, there’s just no one to hate.

They drive like women!

I believe there is a bigger factor at play. Look at the people of Utah driving. Or try something akin to driving. They are dangerous, obnoxious and come too quickly back into the right lane after passing. You put Utah license plates on a car and suddenly the guy or girl behind the wheel is all doing like they’re all women!

The highway of death!

They think the Interstate is a drag strip. They sail there like the liberals of Oregon. Usually at speeds only seen on the Bonneville Salt Flats. It’s not better on their own roads. They also drive without ever checking their periphery and cling to the steering wheel like my co-religionists cling to prayer beads in times of crisis.

I don’t like the high fuel prices, but maybe the cost of the trip will keep them all south of Tremonton this summer. Or if you have to come, call Uber.

The 100 Best Places to Live in the Midwest

WATCH: What 25 historic battlefields look like today

What follows is an examination of what happened to the sites where America fought its most important and often brutal war campaigns. Using a variety of sources, Stacker selected 25 historically significant battlefields in American history. For each, Stacker investigated what happened there when the battles raged as well as what happened to those sacred lands when the fighting ceased.

It was the battlefields that defined the course of the American military, from colonial rebels to an invincible global war machine.

read more
Salt lake city

Salt Lake City remains in Phase 2 of water shortage plan, as county introduces new laws

Daela Taeoalii-Tipton and Trung Tham of Salt Lake City walk through Memory Grove in Salt Lake City on January 20. Salt Lake City officials said Tuesday the city would remain on phase two of its water shortage emergency plan. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

Estimated reading time: 4-5 minutes

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s capital will start the irrigation year where it left off last year in terms of water restrictions.

Salt Lake City officials announced Tuesday that it will remain in Stage 2 of its five-step water shortage contingency plan, citing current supply levels, stream flows and water demand. The city reached this phase last year for what was then the first time since 2004.

“Studies and forecasts that I have been following closely point to a season of higher temperatures and lower precipitation,” Laura Briefer, director of the Salt Lake City Department of Utilities, said in a statement on Tuesday. “The entire state of Utah remains in severe or extreme drought. Soil moisture is slightly better than last year, but snowpack is below normal. As a result, all projections of throughput are below average.”

Utah’s storage reservoir is at about 56% statewide capacity, according to the Utah Department of Natural Resources. In the Utah Lake Basin, which includes Salt Lake City’s water sources, reservoirs are collectively at 61% capacity. Salt Lake City relies on the Deer Creek Reservoir, especially during drought years and when it has to meet summer demand – it is 84% ​​capacity.

Statewide levels rose as part of the snowpack melted earlier than usual, peaking on March 22. But this year’s snowpack is expected to be below normal, even with this week’s storms, which is concerning.

“We can’t wait until later in the season to be proactive on water conservation. We need to make changes today,” added Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall.

Salt Lake City provides water not only for itself, but also for Millcreek and Cottonwood Heights, as well as parts of Holladay, Murray, Midvale, and portions of unincorporated territory in Salt Lake County. The second stage of the plan involves voluntary actions for residents, while municipal and government facilities will be tasked with reducing watering.

The city only reached the second phase of the plan at the end of May last year. However, city officials said people rallied when it happened. About 2 billion gallons were saved from cuts last year, which is roughly equivalent to filling the Mountain Dell tank more than twice.

“Last year, our residents and business owners were incredible partners in reducing water use in the city and throughout the valley, and I’m confident they’ll be showing up again this year to help conserve this valuable resource,” Mendenhall said.

The city’s announcement came as Salt Lake County leaders received an update on new state water laws in the state during the second class of a summit on the four-part water. The first segment of the summit focused on the state of the snowpack in Salt Lake County.

Most of the laws impacting the county this year are changes to landscaping regulations, opening the door to more xeriscaping. There are goals to reduce water use at state facilities, which Salt Lake County’s sustainability manager Michael Shea says might be a good model for the county to use.

He added that there is hope that improving secondary water metering will help the state better track all water uses.

“It was truly one of the strongest (legislative sessions) for water conservation – truly, water conservation has never been more important than it was (this year),” he declared. “We will continue to monitor the drought and snowfall levels… (but) this, most likely, is going to be an ongoing issue and is something we will have to come back to if drought conditions continue the year after. a year.”

If conditions worsen, Shea added that governments may have to make “difficult decisions” to conserve water in the future.

As for decisions now, Martin Jensen, the director of the county’s parks and recreation division, said his division is investing in the issue because it’s a heavy user of water. The department’s goal is to find a balance between consumption and what people expect from public spaces.

They began scouring all county-run parks to assess old leaky pipes that can be replaced, and they looked for ways to reduce water usage and find areas where vegetation may become dormant, a Jensen said. He added that five of the county’s six golf courses are currently using secondary water sources to reduce water, while the process is underway for a sixth.

This is probably just the start.

“We’ve been paying attention to this for years and will continue to focus on this and try best practices and ways to conserve,” he said. “We know that water is a precious resource. We also know that parks, green spaces and open spaces improve our lives.”

Related stories

Salt Lake County Latest Stories

Carter Williams is an award-winning journalist who covers general news, the outdoors, history and sports for He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a transplant from Utah via Rochester, New York.

More stories that might interest you

read more
Utah economy

Iowa rejected Biden, but president returns to sell rural plan – ABC4 Utah

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iowa has never been fertile ground for Joe Biden.

His 1988 presidential bid imploded in a plagiarism scandal sparked by comments he made during a debate there. He dropped out of his run for the White House in 2008 after a fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucus. And his 2020 campaign limped to a fourth-place finish in the state’s technologically glitchy caucus.

After bouncing back to win the Democratic nomination, Biden returned for a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds four days before Election Day 2020, only to see Donald Trump win the state by 8 points. percentage.

Biden returns to Iowa for the first time as president on Tuesday at a time when he faces even more political peril. He is grappling with falling approval ratings and inflation at its highest level in 40 years, while his party faces the prospect of big midterm election losses that could cost him control of Congress.

The president is set to promote his economic plans to help rural families struggling with higher costs at the gas pump and elsewhere, while highlighting the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law signed into law last fall. . It includes funds to improve internet access, as well as to upgrade sanitation systems, reduce flood threats, and improve roads and bridges, drinking water and electricity grids in sparsely populated areas.

Supporters of an emergency waiver that would allow year-round sales of gasoline blended with 15% ethanol hope Biden will use his trip to announce the move, which they say would help mitigate the rise gasoline prices.

Biden will visit a biofuel company in Menlo, a farming community west of Iowa’s capital Des Moines. It’s in Guthrie County, which has backed Trump over Biden by 35 percentage points in 2020.

“Some of this is showing up in communities of all sizes, regardless of the results of the last election,” said Jesse Harris, who was a senior adviser to Biden’s 2020 campaign in Iowa and led the vote and polling. anticipated. efforts for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Harris said most presidents who come to Iowa usually visit the biggest cities in the state. Hitting an area like Menlo “shows the importance the administration places on infrastructure in general, but also on infrastructure in rural and smaller communities.”

The Biden administration plans to spend the next few weeks pushing billions of dollars in funding for rural areas. Cabinet members and other senior officials will travel the country to help communities access funds available under the infrastructure program.

“The president is not making this trip through a political prism,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. “He’s making this trip because Iowa is a rural state in the country that would benefit greatly from the president’s policies.”

Steffen Schmidt, professor of political science at Iowa State University, said part of Biden’s problems are that the major social issues driving the national Democratic agenda — including gay rights and the fight against institutional racism – can discourage moderate voters in the heart of the country.

“Iowa is a traditional, rural state, and even the Democrats are middlemen,” he said.

To win over voters more focused on wallet issues, administration officials have long suggested that Biden travel more to promote an economy that rebounds from the setbacks of the coronavirus pandemic. The number of Americans receiving unemployment has fallen to the lowest levels since 1970, for example.

But much of the positive national jobs news was overshadowed by soaring gas, food and housing prices that pushed consumer inflation to 7.9% during the year ending in February. It’s the biggest rise since 1982. Inflation numbers for March, due out on Tuesday, are likely to bring more bad news for the Biden administration.

“Maybe a trip back to Iowa will be just what Joe Biden needs to figure out what his reckless spending and big government policies are doing to our country,” the Republican Party chairman said. Iowa, Jeff Kaufmann, in a statement.

After Iowa, Biden will travel Thursday to Greensboro, North Carolina.

PSAKI blamed Russia’s war in Ukraine for helping to push up gasoline prices, and said the administration expects the consumer price index for March to be “extremely high”, in large part because of this.

Members of Congress from both parties have urged Biden to issue the ethanol waiver.

“Local Iowa biofuels offer a quick, clean solution to lower prices at the pump and boost production would help us become energy independent again,” said Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley. He and eight Republican senators and seven Democrats from Midwestern states sent Biden a letter last month urging him to allow E15 sales year-round.

Most gasoline sold in the United States is blended with 10% ethanol. Farmers in corn-rich Iowa have been pushing for the mass sale of a 15% ethanol blend. This product is banned in the summer due to fears it adds to smog at high temperatures.

The Environmental Protection Agency has lifted seasonal restrictions on E15 in the past, including after Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The Trump administration allowed the sale of E15 during the two summer months. years later, but saw the rule overturned by a federal appeals court.

The price of ethanol peaked in December, but has fallen more recently. Wholesale ethanol traded about $1.20 a gallon cheaper than gasoline, although not all of the savings were passed on to drivers.


Associated Press writer Matthew Daly contributed to this report.

read more
Salt lake city government

South Carolina firing squad’s scheduled execution echoes Utah’s criminal justice history

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — South Carolina recently scheduled its first execution by firing squad for Richard Bernard Moore, echoing the last death row inmate executed in the state of Utah. Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed on June 18, 2010, also by firing squad.

Gardner, originally incarcerated for committing murder during a robbery at Cheers Tavern in Salt Lake City, attempted to escape from a courthouse in April 1985. In the attempt, he obtained a gun and killed a lawyer and injured a bailiff. He was sentenced to death for capital murder.

Shortly after his conviction, Gardner was given the choice of dying by lethal injection or firing squad; he chose the latter. Although eliminated as a method of execution by Utah lawmakers in 2004, Gardner stuck to his choice and was put to death by firing squad in 2010. The execution team was composed of five different and anonymous volunteers, all certified. state officers. Those who participated in the enforcement process received a unique commemorative coin.

The two executions by firing squad in the country preceding Gardner also took place in Utah. Utah has a long history with capital punishment, dating back to the execution of a member of the Ute nation named Patsowits in 1850 by the state of Deseret, the state’s local provisional government preceding the territory’s incorporation. of Utah later in 1850. Patsowits was garrotted to death.

ABC4 recently covered an attempt to abolish capital punishment in Utah that failed in a close 6-5 vote in Utah’s House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee. Many Utah death penalty advocates continue to push for its removal.

Ralph Dellapiana is a local defense attorney who advocates against the death penalty in Utah with many associated organizations that make up the Utah Justice Coalition. He expressed frustration that this most recent vote did not go to the state senate, where he believes it would have passed easily. Dellapiana argues that voting in committee instead of the floor, where all Utah representatives could vote, poses a “threat to democracy” in Utah.

Dellapiana is especially frustrated that this recent 2022 bill failed because it was proposed in a way that was based on “popular fiscal conservatism among Utahns” and by Republican lawmakers. Dellapiana said that while raw polling data suggests a 50-50 split between Utahns for and against capital punishment, when legislation is proposed by Republican representatives, approval ratings skyrocket among voters.

He criticized public arguments made by lawmakers against the recent bill to ban capital punishment. The premise of these arguments is that the state can use the death penalty to threaten defendants to encourage guilty pleas, which Dellapiana calls a form of “coercion” that undermines “the constitutional right to go to trial.” . For Dellapiana, this kind of negotiation from the state to the defendants is more like saying “if you don’t plead guilty, we will kill you”.

Dellapiana also argues that maintaining the death penalty in Utah does not reflect popular Utah values ​​regarding state fiscal responsibility. “Utah has spent an additional $40 million on a death sentence” in recent years, Dellapiana says. He also claims that the length of the death row trial and appeals process also prevents the families of the victims from getting the closure in a timely manner, and “tears repeatedly open their wounds” compared to to a faster sentence without the death penalty.

Regarding recent legislation in South Carolina and the execution of Ronnie Lee Gardner, Dellapiana said he and his colleagues have received countless phone calls from journalists around the world who are shocked that there is still a death penalty in some states of the United States, let alone that the death penalty could be carried out by firing squad. Dellapiana commented that foreign journalists were “appalled” that executions were still carried out in such a “third world” manner.

ABC4 reached out to Utah lawmakers on the committee that rejected the recent bill banning the death penalty in Utah, but none responded in time for this story to be published.

read more
Salt lake city

A winter watch has been issued for “a full-scale spring storm” in Utah

Rob Steiner clears snow from a bench at Snowbird Oct. 12, 2021. The National Weather Service says 1-2 feet of snow is possible in the Wasatch Mountains from a storm arriving Monday evening. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Estimated reading time: 2-3 minutes

SALT LAKE CITY – It may be spring, but at least one last dose of winter should arrive in Utah this week.

The National Weather Service released a winter storm watch for the mountains of northern Utah where a storm with the potential to deliver 1-2 feet of snow to start the work week. The storm is also expected to bring snow to the valleys.

“Enjoy (the weekend) because your shovels will most likely be needed,” said KSL meteorologist Kevin Eubank. “It’s kind of a big spring storm.”

A small cold front crossed on Saturday, mostly dropping high temperatures on the Wasatch Front by only 15 to 20 degrees. However, a trough system coming in from the Pacific Northwest on Monday is expected to be colder and add precipitation to the mix, Eubank said.

It is currently forecast to arrive Monday afternoon evening, providing rain in the valley and snow in the mountains for most of the state. But that changes overnight on Tuesday, as the rain turns to snow.

“Tuesday (it’s) all snow, all the way down the I-15 corridor, into eastern Utah,” he said. “Then a small secondary push occurs Tuesday afternoon and evening, and that pushes things along – even the lake effect snow continues into Wednesday morning.”

The winter storm watch comes into effect Monday afternoon and continues through Tuesday evening for the Wasatch and West Uinta mountain ranges. It includes communities like Alta, Brighton, Mantua, as well as places near the Mirror Lake Highway.

The alert says wind gusts of up to 40 mph are possible in addition to the possibility of 1 to 2 feet of snow.

Most valleys in the state are expected to receive snow accumulation. Eubank said 3 to 6 inches of snow is possible for the Wasatch Front Valleys, while the Banks can receive 6 to 10 inches of snow.

Temperatures will also drop again. High temperatures will reach the low 60s on Monday over the Wasatch front; however, they are only expected to peak in the 40s on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lows should fall below freezing.

High temperatures will return to the 50s to end the work week.

In St. George, highs will drop from the 70s to the upper 50s and low 60s on Tuesday and Wednesday before returning to near 70s by the end of the work week.

Complete seven-day forecasts for Utah regions are available online at the KSL Weather Center.

Carter Williams is an award-winning journalist who covers general news, the outdoors, history and sports for He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a transplant from Utah via Rochester, New York.

More stories that might interest you

read more
Utah economy

Green Plate Special: If you live in Maine, skipping Russian vodka is no small feat

In late February, when bars, restaurants, supermarkets and liquor stores pulled Russian-made vodkas from their shelves, they did so to pressure Vladimir Putin to pull out of Ukraine.

In a rare show of bipartisan support for any idea, the governors of Alabama, Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and West Virginia have called on their states’ liquor control agencies to delist Russian-made vodka. Governor Janet Mills asked that “retailers join us in this symbolic but clear sign that Maine stands with Ukraine.”

In the aftermath of those announcements, social media posts showed vodka drinkers pouring bottles of Stoli and Smirnoff down the drain. Since none of the brands are made in Russia (the first is produced in Latvia by a Putin critic in exile, and the second may have been made in Moscow in 1864 but is now made in Britain by a British conglomerate), I doubted that Putin resented any taxation. the pain of the boycott. While emblematic of how consumers can show contempt for terms they find hard to swallow, these measures, according to liquor industry watchers, were largely, as Mills described : symbolic.

Russian vodka imports to America in 2021 accounted for just 1.3% of all vodka imports, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. Their combined value was $18.5 million, just down from the $1.4 billion bracket of total vodka imports from France, the Netherlands, Sweden and Latvia. And that’s insignificant when you consider that Americans are expected to spend $22 billion on vodka in 2022.

If you’re a vodka drinker in Maine, passing down Beluga Russian Vodka, Hammer & Sickle Russian Vodka, Moskovskaya, or Russian Standard is no sacrifice. Consider your many local options: At least a dozen Maine companies make from scratch, distill and/or bottle plain and flavored vodkas.

Batson River Brewing & Distilling makes Clock Farm vodka in small batches in Kennebunk. The Chadwick Distillery in Pittston recently expanded its line of maple-based spirits to include vodka. The Blue Barren Distillery in Hope offers a plain 80-degree vodka and another flavored with Maine kelp. Cold River Vodka is made from Maine potatoes in Freeport.

Liquid Riot Distilling Co. launches its Well… vodka with a neutral grain alcohol base produced in another more efficient facility, then runs the alcohol through its own tiny, less efficient still in Portland to clean it up and add character. Maine Craft Distilling’s Black Cap Vodka, made from Maine grains and filtered through Maine Black Tourmaline and Charcoal Maple, is named after our state bird, the Chickadee black (or is it?). Twenty 2 Vodka, bottled since 2009 by Northern Maine Distilling in Brewer, has won numerous national awards for its neutral taste.

Split Rock Vodka begins life as New England corn, which is crushed, fermented and triple distilled before being diluted with well water and bottled at the company’s facilities in Newcastle. . Eric and Jenn Bouchard, owners of Stone Fort Distillery, are also involved in every step of making their vodka from grain to glass in Biddeford. Stroudwater Vodka, made in Portland from a naturally gluten-free corn base, is distilled eight times to be 190 proof, then diluted 80 with Maine water before bottling. The Wiggly Bridge Distillery in York offers the southernmost vodka in Maine.

“In the American spirits market, vodka is king because it is consumed in so many different ways,” said Jeremy Howard, founder of Blue Barren Distillery.

There is no total figure for the amount of vodka distilled in Maine. But if the quantity is unknown, the quality is crystal clear as vodka. “I’m biased, of course,” Howard said, “but I think Maine craft distillers have a really strong vodka game.”

Maine vodka is a sustainable prospect on many fronts. First, the process requires local agricultural products, from the corn and grains used to make the base alcohol to the blueberries and seaweed used to flavor it.

Next, it is a spirit with a very short lead time. “As distillers, we have romantic ideas about spirits that we age in barrels for 18 months. But we also can’t generate revenue from those who are sitting down,” Howard said. The vodka, which takes just three weeks to make, gives craft distilleries a steady cash flow to sustain their bottom line.

Topher Mallory, co-owner of Split Rock Distillery, says vodka is one of the most labor-intensive spirits his company makes. “But that means more work hours, more jobs, so it’s also good for Maine’s economy.”

Mallory acknowledges that the distillation process can be energy-intensive, but says her company tries to offset some of its production footprint by donating alcohol-free spent grains from its distillation processes to local farms for livestock feed.

You can purchase all of Maine’s craft vodkas at their respective distillery tasting rooms. Most are also available at major liquor stores like Bootleggers, Damon’s, Bow Street Beverage, and RSVP, and many can also be found in Hannaford. The price is around $18 to $40.

Prices for locally made vodka are between $1 and $3 compared to the big commercial brands, according to Jake Bosma, tasting room manager at Stroudwater Distillery. “Plus, most have a more unique taste. So why not spend a little more to support local small businesses and funnel those extra dollars into the local economy? »

The top five brands of vodka sold in Maine are Tito’s (made in Texas), Pinnacle (formerly made in Lewiston but now made in Kentucky), Smirnoff Plastic Bottle (made in the UK), Crown Russe Vodka (made in Kentucky) and Absolut (made in Sweden), according to data from the Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations.

As locavores, we can do better. Make your next vodka purchase a local one.

Local food advocate Christine Burns Rudalevige is editor of Edible Maine magazine and author of “Green Plate Special,” both a sustainable food column in the Portland Press Herald and the name of her cookbook from 2017. She can be contacted at: [email protected]

The Mifflin Martini, topped with spicy homemade vermouth brined olives. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

Mifflin Martini

Jake Bosma, Tasting Room Manager at Stroudwater Distillery, developed this twist on a dirty martini. To make vermouth-infused olives, drain half the brine from a jar of Spanish olives. In its place, add 3-4 cloves of crushed garlic, a few sprigs of thyme and sage, a couple of lemon and orange zests, and either black peppercorns or a dried chili pepper. Fill the jar with Dolin Dry Vermouth and let the olives sit in the brine for 12-24 hours in the refrigerator.

Makes 1 cocktail

1 ½ ounces flavored vermouth/olive brine mix
2 ounces of Stroudwater vodka
Olives and sprigs of sage and thyme, for garnish

Mix the vermouth/brine mix and the vodka with plenty of ice in a shaker. Stir until the drink is a little diluted and very cold. Strain into a frosted shot or martini glass. Garnish with the vermouth-cured olives, sage and thyme.

Raspberry Sparkling Anniversary Vodka. Happy 21, Eliza! Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

Raspberry Vodka Birthday Sparkling

I developed this cocktail for my daughter Eliza’s 21st birthday, which is April 8th. Like her, it’s soft, stylish and sophisticated.

Makes 1 cocktail

2 ounces vodka made in Maine
1 ounce Royal Rose raspberry simple syrup
1 ounce lemon juice
club soda or prosecco
Fresh raspberries and a twist of lemon, for garnish

Combine vodka, simple syrup and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into a glass with ice. Top with club soda or prosecco. Garnish with fresh raspberries and a twist of lemon.

Use the form below to reset your password. After you submit your account email, we’ll send you an email with a reset code.

read more
Salt lakes real estate

Becker County, Minnesota is offered – Detroit Lakes Tribune

Becker County, Minnesota is offering for sale the properties located at 200 East State Street, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501 legally described as OT of Detroit Lakes Block 25 Lots 13-30 Incl, S 50′ of Lots 5-8 Incl & all Block 4 & Aud Lots 42-46 Incl & Vac St County Shop & Salt Yard and 619 Curry Ave, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501 legally described as OT of Detroit Lakes Block 026 Lots 24-29. Bids for the properties described may be submitted as an all-inclusive or for individual sites. Individuals and licensed realtors interested in viewing the properties should contact Dave Neisen at 218-841-2187 to schedule an appointment. Bids must be received by Dave Neisen at 1110 Hwy 59 S Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501, for consideration during initial bid review, conducted by the Becker County Department of Highways Committee, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2022. The County Council reserves the right to accept/reject any or all offers or partial offers of ownership, to waive formalities and to accept the offer deemed most beneficial to the County of Becker, in addition, they may continue to receive offers after the initial closing date if all initial offers are rejected. (April 10, 17 & 24, 2022) 51,000

read more
Salt lake city

NBA’s top Suns overcome 17-point deficit in 4th to beat Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY, AP — Devin Booker scored 33 points and the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 111-105 on Friday night.

Deandre Ayton sealed the victory on a pass from Chris Paul with 18.4 seconds left. Ayton had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul had 16 points and 16 assists to help the Suns extend their franchise record with their 64th win.

“We read the game. Are they trying to take it away? Boom, we hit this guy,” Paul said. “They took Book and (Ayton) is open. They helped Mikal (Bridges) and we hit him. We weren’t surprised.

Bridges added 18 points, capping a 14-0 run at Phoenix in the fourth quarter to tie it at 98. His dunk and three-point play with 46 seconds left gave the Suns a 107-102 lead.

“I didn’t think we had great team spirit in the third,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “Then for some reason I saw this stability in our group. We call it the attrition effect, where if we can just stick with him and trust each other and keep playing the right way, we we can live with the results.

The Jazz didn’t score a field goal — nine straight misses — for nearly seven minutes in the fourth quarter.

“We had six assists in the second half,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “The ball stopped moving. We gave up something. When you don’t have effective possessions offensively, it becomes much harder for us to defend.

Utah has lost 16 games where it held double-digit leads this season. The Suns outscored the Jazz 36-13 in the fourth quarter.

“We knew we had to take it up a notch,” Booker said. “We knew they had given up some big leads this year.”

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points for Utah. Slowed down by Bridges, Donovan Mitchell had 18 points on 7 of 21 shooting. Rudy Gobert finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

“We had no stops and they were able to run. We stopped playing like we were playing earlier,” Gobert said. “We think too much in fourth gear and clutch time.”

After both teams rested stars in their previous games, this one felt like a playoff preview with brilliant execution at times and extraordinary effort.

Showing why these teams rank at the top of offensive efficiency, there were incredible baskets until the Suns suddenly cracked down.

The Suns have long since won the top seed in the NBA – and shown why they look like the team to beat.

“In hostile situations, it’s us against the world,” Bridges said. “We stick together and grow stronger. We are one.”

The Suns finished with a franchise-record 32 road wins and became the first NBA team since 1969-70 New York Knicks to finish with a better road winning percentage than the home winning percentage of all other teams.

“We have bad guys on this team,” Bridges said. “They love breaking the hearts of fans (on the road).”

The Jazz currently sit in fifth place in the Western Conference, but could possibly drop to sixth on the final night of the season.

Jordan Clarkson beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer to give Utah a 92-75 lead early in the fourth quarter, where the Jazz were one of the weakest finishers among playoff teams and the Suns were the best.


Carlos Boozer, who was a two-time All-Star with the Jazz, was honored during the third quarter with a standing chorus of Boooos — as was customary in his 2004-10 career at Utah. The Jazz haven’t returned to the Western Conference Finals since Boozer led them there in 2007.


Besides his big shots in the clutch, Bridges helped Mitchell go 0-for-6 in the fourth quarter.

“I’m not a politician, and I’m not eloquent about pushing people,” Williams said, “but you can’t look at the effort that young man puts in every night at this end of the floor and then does what he does in violation.”

Bridges appreciated his coach’s opinion.

“Obviously I want to, but control what you can control, so I keep defending,” Bridges said.


Suns: A handful of Suns fans chanted “MVP! MVP!” when Booker fired free throws. … Officials called off a foul on Danuel House keeping Booker on a jumper in the third quarter, allowing Booker to make contact with a leg kick. … JaVale McGee got a technical in the fourth period.

Jazz: Grammy Award-winning Olivia Rodrigo, who filmed the musical High School Musical and its ‘Drivers License’ music video in Utah, sat courtside in a jazz singlet. … Mitchell led a rousing ovation for House after a number of commotion plays in the third quarter. … The Jazz had 33 free throw attempts to the Suns’ 15 attempts from the line.


Suns: in Sacramento on Sundays.

Jazz: in Portland on Sundays.

read more
Utah economy

“We have come a long way”: future judge Ketanji Brown Jackson | Court News

Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first black woman ever confirmed to the US Supreme Court, said her appointment marked a ‘moment that all Americans can be very proud of’ – but one that holds special significance given history of slavery and segregation of the country.

During a White House ceremony alongside President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday, Jackson quoted American poet Maya Angelou’s famous poem, Still I Rise, saying, “I am the dream and the hope of the slave”.

“I firmly believe that this is a moment that all Americans can be very proud of. We have come a long way towards perfecting our union. In my family, it took only one generation to move from segregation to the Supreme Court of the United States,” she said.

“And it is an honor – the honor of a lifetime – for me to have this chance to join the court, to promote the rule of law at the highest level and to do my part to carry out our project. common democracy and equal justice under the law into the future.

The ceremony came a day after the US Senate voted 53-47 in favor of Jackson’s nomination, making her not only the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court, but also the third black American to join. the High Court.

Jackson’s confirmation process has exposed deep partisan divisions in the United States, with Republicans seeking to portray the longtime jurist and US appeals court judge as a “radical” on the left, while Democrats firmly supported her.

While most Republicans voted against his Supreme Court membership on Thursday, three GOP senators — Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah — backed Jackson, sealing his nomination in the process. the room equally divided.

Jackson, who was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals last year, had received support for her Supreme Court nomination from a wide range of stakeholders in the United States, including advocacy groups civil rights, law enforcement, and state attorneys general.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said his confirmation marked “a joyous day” for the country, while Vice President Kamala Harris also said it was a “historic” moment. .

Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf also congratulated Jackson saying, “The world witnessed history yesterday with the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the States. -United “.

“Her confirmation is already inspiring a generation of young women to follow in her footsteps,” Sirleaf noted on Twitter.

US President Joe Biden hopes to use Jackson’s confirmation to build political momentum ahead of November’s midterm elections [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

At Friday’s ceremony, which was attended by Democratic lawmakers and others, US President Joe Biden said Jackson’s confirmation would be remembered as “a moment of true change in American history.”

“Yesterday we all witnessed a truly historic moment,” Biden said of Jackson’s US Senate confirmation vote.

“After more than 20 hours of interrogation during his hearing[s] and nearly 100 meetings… we have all seen the kind of justice she will be,” he added. “Fair and impartial, thoughtful, careful, precise, brilliant – a brilliant legal mind with a thorough knowledge of the law and a judicial temperament…that is calm and in control.”

Jackson’s nomination comes at a difficult time for the Biden administration, which is dealing with public discontent over rising prices and other issues ahead of the midterm elections in November, Kimberly Halkett reported. Al Jazeera from Washington.

“Not only is there a bad mood among the American public as they continue to emerge from COVID-19, but there is frustration with the ongoing price spikes that have occurred, the 40 high years when it comes to inflation…a sluggish economy, and war in Ukraine,” Halkett said, explaining that this has translated into lower approval ratings for Biden.

“He really needs a win, and he sees this as a win – and that’s why there’s also a bit of politics involved here. Of course, it’s a historic occasion, but the president [is] also hoping to capture some political momentum on this.

read more
Salt lakes real estate

Rise in investment in financing direct lithium mining • The Register

New lithium production techniques could play a vital role in making batteries for applications ranging from smartphones to electric vehicles that are more environmentally friendly than current extraction methods.

Automakers, mining companies and investors including the US Department of Energy are pumping money into direct lithium mining (DLE) technologies that promise to boost global production, according to a Reuters report. of lithium, which comes mainly from a handful of countries. today.

There are a number of DLE technologies that all revolve around extracting metal from brine in different ways, such as using filters, membranes or ceramic beads. These are touted as more sustainable solutions than existing means of obtaining lithium, such as pumping salt water containing lithium from underground lakes to the surface in desert areas of Chile or Argentina, and its extraction by evaporation in large basins.

However, while DLE techniques do not require the use of huge evaporation ponds, some critics have argued that they still consume large volumes of water and electricity to produce the lithium.

For example, General Motors aims to use a DLE technique to supply a considerable amount of the lithium it needs from the Salton Sea region of southern California, which would use 10 tons of water for every ton of lithium. produced.

But a company in Cornwall, UK, believes it has found a more environmentally friendly method of extracting lithium from brine. Cornish Lithium said it aimed to extract lithium from geothermal waters and power the extraction process with geothermal energy from the same source.

Cornish Lithium said it plans to extract lithium directly from fluids in a processing unit that is expected to have a footprint the size of a supermarket or medium-sized industrial unit.

The company said it had already received £9 million ($11.7 million) of a package of up to £18 million ($23.5 million) from metals-focused investment firm TechMet Limited. to develop its technology, and recently began drilling a research borehole at Twelveheads, near Redruth.

Elsewhere, an Australian company, Ekosolve Lithium Limited, announced this week that its DLE pilot plant had processed lithium brines from the Salar de Incahuasi, a salt basin in Argentina’s northwest Catamarca region, and had obtained a recovery of more than 90% of the lithium present.

He claimed that 200 liters of brine had been processed, with high quality lithium chloride produced. This can then be converted into battery-grade lithium carbonate or used as feedstock for other lithium compounds, according to the company.

In Canada, E3 Metals recently announced that it had received $1.1 million of a $1.8 million grant from research agency Alberta Innovates following the completion of its laboratory-based DLE pilot prototype that uses a proprietary ion exchange to extract lithium.

It now aims to build and operate a pilot field plant that will operate continuously in the Clearwater area to extract lithium directly from brine produced from the Leduc aquifer, to demonstrate that it can scale to at a projected commercial scale of 20,000 tons per year of lithium hydroxide monohydrate.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the US is also studying DLE methods and said they could potentially supply 10 times the current US demand for lithium from the Salton Sea.

“Lithium-rich geothermal brines represent a vast untapped resource that can potentially be developed into a robust domestic supply while adding to a well-paid workforce,” NREL Senior Geoscientist Ian Warren said in an announcement. last year regarding his research on DLE.

“Growing global demand and the need for a secure supply of lithium has created deep interest – and urgency – in the full development of a DLE that is considered environmentally safe,” he added. ®

read more
Salt lakes real estate

New Report Shows LDS Church in 2020 Owned Over 12,000 Acres in Wasatch, Summit Counties

The organization that started out as MormonLeaks and revealed that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has tens of billions of dollars in stock-related assets released a new report on Tuesday detailing the properties land of the Church.

The data is a July 2020 snapshot of holdings. It shows church-related entities at the time owned more than 12,000 acres in Summit and Wasatch counties, and more than 1.7 million acres in all the countries.

The organization, now known as Truth and Transparency, said the publication was the result of a two-year investigation. The Salt Lake Tribune also published a report based on the data on Tuesday.

Ethan Gregory Dodge, co-founder of Truth and Transparency, said the survey showed many church funds shared a data point.

“We were able to find these nearly 16,000 (plots) across the United States because they were all linked to a mailing address that the church uses,” he said.

This address was found to be linked to 15,963 parcels of land, including more than 120 in Wasatch and Summit counties.

The largest cluster appears to be east of Heber near the gated community of Timber Lakes. This is where the largest single patch in either county is located, comprising 640 acres.

Truth and Transparency does not claim that the list is exhaustive or that it represents the current assets of the church. For example, the data indicates that 531 Main St., Park City, is a church worth an estimated $2.6 million. Summit County records show the church sold this land, the former home of the Park City Family Tree Center, in late 2021.

There are also apparent discrepancies in the data, including a parcel in Wasatch County listed with a market value of $6.5 million. County documents show he has a market value of $2.5 million.

Dodge said it was the only package he had heard of that had a lower value than what was posted. He said Truth and Transparency audited its findings manually, checking every ad with a market value of at least $20 million and checking another 1,000 random ads.

He and the Tribune also said that the census of land holdings almost certainly underestimated the true holdings of the church.

“Any properties that we know they own, eg chapels and temples that didn’t show up there, apparently don’t use the same mailing address or something, we don’t really know” , Dodge said. “But I absolutely agree with the Tribune that he is absolutely underrated. I don’t know how much bigger it is, but there is more.

A representative for Property Reserve, Inc., one of the church’s real estate arms, did not immediately return a request for comment.

According to the data, many packages, but not all, are tax exempt or taxed at low rates.

read more
Salt lake city government

The healthiest and least healthy cities in America in 2022

Where you live in the United States can affect your health. More cities in the United States have healthier habits than others, while other cities have better access to health care.

The 180 most populous cities in the United States were evaluated through 43 key indicators of good health by the personal finance site WalletHub. These measures have been divided into four categories: health care, food, fitness and green spaces. Each metric was scored by WalletHub analysts on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for a healthy lifestyle.

The data collected includes the cost of a medical visit, consumption of fruits and vegetables and the number of cases of COVID-19. Data was collected over the course of a month.

The report finds:People in these US states are the most stressed

Dog health:There’s an outbreak of a contagious dog disease in Florida. Should pet owners be worried?

“The data comes from trusted, primarily government sources, such as the Census Bureau, Council for Community and Economic Research, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CDC,” WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez said in a statement to USA TODAY. .

San Francisco, Calif., ranked No. 1 because of the mental and physical health of its residents, health insurance coverage and because 83% of its population is vaccinated, according to Gonzalez.

Conversely, Brownsville, Texas ranked last due to a lack of health care providers and healthy food restaurants. Brownsville also has the highest share of obese residents, according to Gonzalez.

“Brownsville ranks dead last due to the low proportion of adults who engage in physical activity, about 61%, and the low Physical Wellness Score,” Gonzalez said.

Fermont, California has the lowest share of physically unhealthy adults at 8%, 2.5 times less than Huntington, West Virginia, the city with the highest at 19.60%.

Laredo, Texas has the lowest cost per doctor visit, $56, which is 3.9 times cheaper than Juneau, Alaska, the city with the highest price at $219.

What is everyone talking about? Subscribe to our trendy newsletter to receive the latest news of the day

Two cities in Vermont, Burlington and South Burlington, have the lowest proportion of adults eating fruit less than once a day at 30.40%, 1.7 times lower than Gulfport, Mississippi, the highest city at 51.80%.

Glendale, Arizona and Lewiston, Maine have the lowest average monthly cost for a fitness club membership, $15.00, which is 7.2 times cheaper than New York, the city with the highest price at $108.26.

Healthiest Cities

1. San Francisco, California

2.Seattle, Washington

3. San Diego, California

4. Portland, Oregon

5. Salt Lake City, Utah

6. Honolulu, Hawaii

7.Austin, Texas

8.Denver, Colorado

9. South Burlington, Vermont

10.Washington, D.C.

The least healthy cities

173. Montgomery, Alabama

174. Columbus, Georgia

175. Augusta, Georgia

176. Shreveport, Louisiana

177. Charleston, West Virginia

178. Jackson, Mississippi

179. Memphis, TN

180. Laredo, TX

181. Gulfport, Mississippi

182. Brownville, TX

“People should consider the healthiest places to live because living in a city that promotes well-being and provides access to healthy food and recreational facilities can significantly improve their quality of life,” said Gonzalez in a statement.

read more
Salt lake city

The Utah State Fairpark International Market will launch in May, an effort to alleviate the West Side’s ‘food desert’

The town plan is a monthly event for food, crafts and entertainment, with a goal of a permanent market in 2023.

(Stefene Russell | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nicki Claeys, Director of Programs at Utah State Fairpark, shows attendees on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, during a press conference announcing the May 28 launch of the Fairpark International Marketplace.

After three years of feasibility studies and plans to set up a permanent, year-round market at Utah State Fairpark, the idea finally has an opening date.

The international market, designed to help bring unique foods and culture to the western part of Salt Lake City, will open May 28, officials said.

“We’re trying to create something special and unique in Salt Lake City, and also on the West Side,” Larry Mullenax, executive director of the fairgrounds, said Wednesday at a press conference. “We want to create a place where business owners can sell their products. It will be a collaboration to help young entrepreneurs. It will also be a place where you can find goods from all over the world and learn about other cultures and customs.

Mullenax stressed that the International Market is not a farmers’ market or a craft fair. Its goal, he said, is to address food insecurity on the West Side, provide culturally significant foods for surrounding neighborhoods, create a destination for Utahns to experience other cultures through food , crafts and arts, and to give immigrants and refugees the opportunity to start businesses.

The neighborhoods around Utah State Fairpark at 155 N. 1000 West – including Fairpark and Westpointe – are among the most culturally and ethnically diverse areas in the state. Many people in these neighborhoods also live in a “food desert,” Mullenax said, meaning they live at least half a mile from a grocery store and don’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

It’s one of the reasons, Mullenax said, that the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency decided the Fairpark would be an ideal location for a permanent market. The Fairpark is also near a TRAX station and has infrastructure – including toilets, kitchens and permanent buildings – that were ready to be adapted to the needs of a market.

The city had planned to open a market in May 2021, but the COVID-19 pandemic put those plans on hold. The market will open in two phases, starting with monthly events throughout this year – with dates set for May 28, June 19, July 18, August 21 and October 29. Doors would open at 2 p.m.; vendors are expected to be seated until 8 p.m., while music and entertainment will run until 10 p.m.

Larry Mullenax, Executive Director of Utah State Fairpark, speaks during a press conference April 6, 2022, announcing the May 28 launch of the Fairpark International Marketplace.

Food will be the main focus of vendors, Mullenax said, with food stalls, food trucks and niche products such as herbs, spices, cookies, candies and produce. A beer and beverage garden will sell beers and other beverages from around the world.

The goal is for 75% of products to be authentic and handcrafted, with as few mass-produced imports as possible, Mullenax said.

In phase two of the plan, the Fairpark will build barns 8, 9 and 10, to provide permanent spaces for vendors and to expand outdoor spaces. The indoor market would be open four days a week, year-round, and the outdoor market would be open once a week, weather permitting.

Entertainment will take place indoors and outdoors and will include live music, dancing, poetry and storytelling. Other offerings would include interactive activities for children, cooking demonstrations, workshops and dance lessons. The land will also be made available to surrounding communities for cultural festivals.

Mullenax said the Fairpark is always looking for vendors, interpreters and language interpreters, as well as people who can help with cultural sensitivity, idea sharing, planning and promotion. Those wishing to participate should visit the Fairpark website for information on upcoming public meetings, or contact the Fairpark at 801-538-8400 or [email protected]

Editor’s note • This story is only available to Salt Lake Tribune subscribers. Please support local journalism.

read more
Salt lake city government

FreightWaves Classics/Fallen Flags: Varney Air Lines delivers the mail

On this date in 1926, Varney Air Lines officially began service as an airmail carrier. The company made history with a US mail flight that began in Pasco, Washington. The April 6, 1926 edition of the Salt Lake Grandstand reported “America’s Most Modern and Fastest Mail Carrier Brought to the Northwest Today.”

The backstory

Congress passed HR 7064 (“An Act to Encourage Commercial Aviation and to Authorize the Postmaster General to Make Contracts for Air Mail Service”). Also known as the “Kelly Act” for its main sponsor, it ordered the US Post Office Department (USPO) to contract with private airlines to carry mail on designated routes, many of which were to connect to the government-operated Transcontinental Air Mail route. between New York and San Francisco.

Walter T. Varney.  (Photo:
Walter T. Varney. (Photo:

During World War I, Walter T. Varney had been a pilot in the aviation section of the US Signal Corps. After the war, he founded Varney Air Lines in Boise, Idaho. After the Kelly Act was passed, Varney won the contract to carry mail for the USPO from Pasco to Elko, Nevada with an intermediate stop in Boise. This contract was one of the first “to be awarded to a private airline by the U.S. Post Office Department for designated mail delivery routes.” By the way, Varney was the only bidder.

Boise Postmaster LW Thrailkill ushered the city into the air age. He heard of the proposed northwest air route and quickly wrote a petition and obtained the signatures of three dozen postmasters from towns surrounding Boise.

At that time, Pasco was a railroad center, more or less halfway between Portland, Seattle, and Spokane. Mail trains that left these towns in the evening arrived in Pasco early the next morning. Mail could then be transferred to and from planes, cutting coast-to-coast delivery by a few days. That was the logic for founding the service in Pasco.

First day – Cudeback

Chief Pilot Leon Dewey “Lee” Cuddeback took off at 6:20 a.m. PT on April 6 in a Laird Swallow biplane with a top speed of about 90 miles per hour. The 207 pounds of mail it was carrying had been delivered to the airport less than an hour earlier by a six-horse stagecoach!

The first shipment of airmail is delivered to Varney Air Lines by stagecoach!  (Photo: United Airlines Historical Foundation)
The first shipment of airmail is delivered to Varney Air Lines by stagecoach! (Photo: United Airlines Historical Foundation)

Nearly 2,500 people were at the Pasco airport that morning cheering Cuddeback on as he took off on the first leg of his southbound journey to Boise, Idaho.

Cuddeback reached Boise at 10:10 a.m. MT without incident and was greeted by an equally large and enthusiastic crowd. He was given two more bags of mail to carry and left Boise at 10:58 a.m. en route to Elko, Nevada.

He reached Elko at 12:38 p.m. PT and was again greeted with fanfare. Cuddeback’s flight time of four hours and 28 minutes was a significant improvement over the 49 hours it would have taken a train to deliver mail from Pasco to Elko. More importantly, his flight marked the first scheduled airmail delivery by a civilian in the United States.

First day – Pink

Another of the Varney Air Lines pilots, Franklin Rose, took control of the Laird Swallow, piloting the refueled biplane and a fresh load of mail on its journey from Elko to Pasco via Boise. However, Rose’s return flight that afternoon was much less successful and much more dramatic. He did not arrive in Boise by 6:00 p.m., so Varney Air Lines personnel began frantically trying to locate the missing pilot and plane.

Rose and her Laird Swallow had been pushed 75 miles by a storm before he made a crash landing in a field near Jordan Valley, Oregon. The Laird was in good condition, but was stuck in the deep mud of the field and Rose couldn’t move it.

Rose and the mail plane went missing for two days until he managed to reach a telephone on April 8. He had transported the 98 pounds of mail for miles on foot and later on a horse borrowed from a farmer. The mail arrived at the Pasco post office in the late morning of April 9, three days after leaving Elko.

A Varney Air Lines label.  (Image: National Air and Space Museum/Smithsonian Institution)
A Varney Air Lines label.
(Image: National Air and Space Museum/Smithsonian Institution)

United Airlines

Over the next few years Varney upgraded his fleet, adding a Breese-Wilde Model 5 and replacing his original Swallows with the C-3, built by Stearman. Subsequently, it improved as new equipment came onto the market, including the larger M-2 “Bull” Stearman and dedicated Boeing 40 mail plane.

Varney Air Lines has added Salt Lake City, Portland and Seattle to its routes. The airline has also started carrying passengers. In 1930, Varney Air Lines was acquired by United Aircraft and Transport Corporation, which had been formed by the earlier merger of Boeing and Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. Varney Air Lines became part of the United Aircraft and Transport group of airlines along with Pacific Air Transport, Boeing Air Transport and National Air Transport, which were also acquired.

In 1934, a scandal involving airmail contracts resulted in the passage of the Airmail Act, which prohibited aircraft manufacturers from operating airlines. This resulted in the dissolution of United Aircraft and Transport Corporation. The company’s airline group became United Airlines. Because Varney Air Lines was part of United, the airline uses Varney’s founding year, 1926, as its founding year. This makes United Airlines the oldest commercial airline in the United States.

One of the first advertising posters for United Air Lines.  (Photo: FSO Museum)
One of the first advertising posters for United Air Lines. (Photo: FSO Museum)

Continental Airlines

Walter Varney and Louis Mueller founded Varney Speed ​​Lines in 1934. Robert F. Six learned of an opportunity to purchase the Southwest Division of Varney Speed ​​Lines, which needed funds for its new route between Pueblo and El Paso. Six was introduced to Mueller and bought into the airline with $90,000, becoming the airline’s general manager on July 5, 1936. Six was instrumental in renaming the carrier Continental Air Lines (later changed to “Airlines”) on July 8, 1937. Six requested the change to “Continental” because that name reflected his goal of flying the airline in all directions across the United States.

A Continental Airlines Corvair 240.  (Photo:
A Continental Airlines Convair 240. (Photo:


UAL Corporation, the parent company of United Airlines (the direct successor to Varney Air Lines), acquired Continental Airlines in an all-stock transaction on October 1, 2010.

Walter T. Varney’s air cargo contract in 1926 became one of the largest airlines in the world.

A United Airlines 747 before retirement.  (Photo: United Airlines)
A United Airlines 747 before retirement. (Photo: United Airlines)

Sign up today for the Future of Supply Chain #FOSC22

Leading supply chain voices will travel to Rogers, Arkansas, May 9-10.

*Limited time pricing available.

read more
Salt lake city

34-year-old woman in Salt Lake City dies in fall at Grand Canyon

Margaret Osswald apparently fell near a campsite during a multi-day boat trip, officials said.

(Julie Jacobson | AP) Grand Canyon National Park is covered in the morning sun as seen from a helicopter near Tusayan, Arizona, October 5, 2013.

A Salt Lake City woman who was deputy director of Utah’s Division of Water Quality died Monday at the Grand Canyon after falling near a campsite along the Colorado River.

The National Park Service identified her on Tuesday as 34-year-old Margaret Osswald. The water quality division confirmed that Osswald, who went by the name Meg, had recently been named assistant manager.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss, and our thoughts and support are with his loved ones during this difficult time,” the division said in a statement.

Osswald fell about 20 feet, according to the park service. Someone called park officials around 6:30 p.m. Monday to report that Osswald was unresponsive near Camp Ledges, a site of stepped reddish rock slabs at mile 152 up the river.

It was dark at the time, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety deployed a helicopter to the site, where a response team declared Osswald dead around 8:30 p.m. Campers tried CPR before crew members arrived, according to a news release.

Osswald had hiked through the canyon for a river trip to ghost ranch, a popular lodge at the bottom of the canyon. She died on the sixth day of a “multi-day” boat trip, officials said.

According to the Utah State Bar, Osswald had a law degree from the University of Utah. She was admitted to the bar in 2016.

The Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner continue to investigate Osswald’s death. They declined to divulge any additional information.

read more
Salt lakes real estate

The Scoop: Big Spoon Roasters Expands and Moves Headquarters to Hillsborough | Culture & Leisure

It’s the middle of the night. You are awake, you are hungry. Maybe you’ve had a tough day with the kids, or maybe you have a big presentation to make in the morning at work, and you just want to grab a spoon and dip into your favorite nut butter.

Or maybe you stayed up to watch a college basketball game that didn’t end the way you hoped. You’re going to need the big spoon. If you’re one of the growing fans of Megan and Mark Overbay’s creations, you’ll feel at least a little better after putting away an entire jar of one of the nut butters made at Big Spoon Roasters, the small company that the couple founded. in 2011.

And it’s getting better. Big Spoon Roasters, which sells produce to hundreds of independent wholesalers and popular grocers including Weaver Street Market and Whole Foods, has announced it is moving its operations from Durham to a larger facility at 500 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough. Initially, Big Spoon will occupy 16,500 square feet of building space, allowing for anticipated growth over the next two to three years. The new location is scheduled to open in early August 2022. The site has already been approved for an additional 10,000 square feet of space to be built at the end of the building. This should ensure that Big Spoon will set up shop in Hillsborough for the foreseeable future, even as the business continues to expand.

Mark O’Neal and Emilee Collins with Pickett Sprouse, and Jack Moore and Pete Zseleczky with Gateway Building Co. helped help the Overbays identify real estate opportunities best suited for Big Spoon’s expansion.

Almost since the day the Overbays first brought their concoctions to a bike race in Hillsborough, Big Spoon Roasters has been in growth mode.

“We had no logo, no packaging, we just had random mason jars,” said Mark, co-founder and president of the company. “And Megan made these amazing homemade cookies and energy bars from my nut butter that we also sold. We didn’t even show up ready to sell. We just wanted to give people a taste and applied to farmers markets hoping we could tell people to look for us there. People were so excited and enthusiastic when they tasted what we made that they started giving us money. We didn’t even know what to charge. Five bucks? Ten bucks? OK. We were liquidated that day.

Since 2014, Big Spoon Roasters has sold its nut butters and bars to individual Whole Foods stores, including Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Greensboro and Winston-Salem. When the Southern Regional Office of Whole Foods encouraged Big Spoon to expand, the company began working with a third-party distributor to help get its products into Whole Foods stores in the Southeast.

“This year is very exciting because Whole Foods asked us to become what’s called a global brand, and that takes us to five regions in the United States,” Mark said. “We just received these orders, that is with our first national distributor for Whole Foods, and we are going to the Southwest region, that is Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana; the Midwest, which includes Greater Chicago and all of the Great Lakes states; the Mid Atlantic, which is essentially Philadelphia, to Virginia; and the South, then Florida.

Big Spoon is also present in a number of regional grocers and high-end grocers, including locations in California and a small number of retailers in Europe.

Not bad for a company whose origin story began with Mark craving his favorite snack of apples and peanut butter. Not just any peanut butter, though. In 1999, while in Zimbabwe as a volunteer with the Peace Corps, Mark learned from a rural farming community how to roast peanuts over an open fire and then crush them into a paste. Mix some salt, honey and coconut oil and it had peanut butter.

“I accidentally made the best peanut butter I’ve ever tasted,” he said. Ten years later, in Durham and working in the food industry, Mark was well versed in the artisan food movement and noticed that no one was doing anything with nut butters.

For years, Mark had thought about creating a food business that connected people to agriculture. He then realized that making nut butters was the way to do this. He and Megan had just started dating, and Mark was eager to tell her about his plan, but he waited until he could tell her in person a few days later.

“When I started talking to Megan about it — and I was so excited — I said, ‘You know, I think I know the business I’m supposed to start that involves my background in the Peace Corps. and my dad,” and she immediately said, ‘That’s nut butter.’ She just knew.

He then went to Whole Foods and bought raw North Carolina peanuts and pecans. He took them home, roasted them, put them in a food processor, added local honey and sea salt. It was better than anything I could buy, not to honk my horn myself” , said Mark. “I couldn’t wait to share it with my friends and family. Right from the start, it seemed like maybe it was something no one was doing.

“We had talked about how amazing this dining experience was for him,” said Megan, co-founder and COO. “And then I was like, ‘Oh my God! We have to call it Big Spoon! And Mark said “yes”.

When he was six years old, Mark walked into his family’s kitchen and found his father standing with a giant spoon, helping himself to peanut butter, straight from the jar. Young Mark said “Big Spoon”, and it became his father’s nickname, and a no-brainer as the name of Mark and Megan’s nut butter company.

In 2012, a year after founding Big Spoon, Mark quit his full-time job at Counter Culture Coffee to devote his full attention to nut butters. Megan kept her full-time job but was involved in all major decisions regarding the direction of Big Spoon, and she and Mark put labels on the jars in the evenings. Big Spoon had a big break when the company received national press in its first year. This sparked a flurry of interest from retailers and consumers. In 2013 Mark and Megan moved their small business to its current location in Durham, originally filling one suite and gradually expanding to four suites.

As Big Spoon continued to grow in square footage, it also continued to invest in its equipment to enable it to scale up operations and expand its product line. Throughout its existence, Mark and Megan have ensured the taste and quality of its food products. They also paid considerable attention to the company’s environmental impact, whether through water use, packaging materials and recycling.

“Sure, people might want something that tastes good, and we give them that, but a lot of people are very interested in where their products come from and who was involved in the production – growing the peanuts, growing all that stuff. that we manufacture – and everyone in the supply chain,” said Megan. “We are very focused on that. This is exactly the kind of business we wanted to start. We wanted to build a company that was good for the planet and good for everyone who was involved in its production.

Big Spoon Roasters now has 12 full-time and five part-time employees, and plans to add up to five employees after moving into the Hillsborough space. The new location will require updates and accommodations to meet business needs, but the additional space will allow employees to move around more freely. Shipments awaiting delivery will now have a dedicated placement. There will be additional meeting spaces and bathrooms, changing rooms, a photo studio and even an employee wellness area.

“Bays (loading and unloading) that you can drive to and don’t need our team driving back and forth in the rain trying to get things. There are so many things. It will be super exciting,” Megan said.

Food safety and sanitation are essential for food-related businesses, and the larger facility will allow Big Spoon to continue its safe and clean production procedures as it grows.

“Food safety comes up a lot in our business,” Mark said. “If we talk about our business, we’ll talk about food safety, because we make ready-to-eat foods. When someone opens it, it has to be 100% safe. It doesn’t matter how good it tastes if it isn’t safe, so we’re doing a lot of things in terms of sanitation and employee practices to maximize food safety.”

Another great benefit of the new headquarters will be a dedicated research and development lab that will be included on the new site. Mark said a lot of innovation comes from R&D, but lack of space has limited product expansion or pushed the company to make more seasonal releases.

“We’ve queued up a number of different recipes that we want to put in our permanent lineup and there’s just no room to put them,” Megan said. “We will once we move into the new space and it’s wonderful. The other thing is we just know we’re going to have to produce at a higher volume, and there’s so much packaging and so much more ingredients that you need to get through that much more production that comes from the expanding into more relationships with Whole Foods and distributors.

Some of Big Spoon Roasters nut butter flavors include Cashew Butter, Almond Butter, Chocolate Sea Salt, Pecan, and Fig Walnut Macaron. A variety of jams and nut butter bars are also available.

Beyond the many benefits of the new physical space for Big Spoon Roasters, the Overbays are thrilled to have their business part of the Hillsborough community. They’ve already worked out Sportsplex memberships for staff and note the proximity to walking trails and the Riverwalk. Some of Big Spoon’s employees commute from Burlington, so the new location will be shorter for them.

“It’s also evident that the Town of Hillsborough has really tried to create a supportive environment for small businesses,” Mark said. “We know a few business owners who have had businesses (in Hillsborough) for years and they have had great experiences. It’s a good feeling to arrive knowing that there is this support.

For more information on Big Spoon roasters, visit

read more
Salt lakes real estate

Ontario Cottage Regions with Largest and Smallest Price Increases in 2021

Real estate company Royal LePage has released its 2022 report on recreational properties. Company prediction: Cottage prices will continue to rise at a dizzying rate.

According to the report, the average price of a recreational property in Canada, which includes secondary properties, such as cabins, cabins, cabins and waterfront properties, will increase by 13% in 2022 to reach $640,710.

“The factors challenging the residential real estate market in Canada – chronically low supply and growing demand – are magnified in the recreational property segment,” said Phil Soper, president and CEO of Royal LePage, in The report. “The demand for recreational properties continues to far exceed inventory in many cottage regions across the country. Waterfront and mountaintop locations near cities are limited by nature, even in a vast territory like Canada, forcing buyers into multiple supply scenarios.

Ontario led the charge in 2021, recording the highest price appreciation for recreational properties in the country with a 34.6% increase over 2020. The average price of a recreational property in Ontario in 2021 was 653 $000. Royal LePage expects this figure to increase to $737,890, a 13% increase, in 2022.

A cottage on the water will cost you even more. In 2021, waterfront recreational properties in Ontario sold for an average of $888,000, second only to British Columbia, where prices soared above $2 million.

Year-over-year increase in the price of waterfront properties in Ontario

All Ontario cottage regions saw price increases in 2021, but some more than others. When it comes to waterfront properties, Land O’ Lakes, an hour north of Kingston, saw the biggest jump with a 60.7% increase, with the average price rising from $450,000 in 2020 to $723,000. in 2021. It was followed by Orillia, with a 51% increase, from $788,000 in 2020 to $1,190,000 in 2021, making it the most expensive cottage market in Ontario.

Although international travel is expected to resume this summer, demand for cottages continues to be strong as buyers seek vacation property to escape the city. “We’re early days, but we don’t see any impact, given the ability to travel, on the market so far,” says Susan Benson, a real estate broker in Muskoka.

Who are the buyers?

Millennials are in full force, she says, in both the residential and cottage markets. With the ability to work remotely, many are looking for out-of-town options. Baby boomers are also having a big impact on cottage real estate.

“People thought baby boomers would quietly downsize and head into the sunset. Well, that doesn’t happen,” Benson says. “They’re usually approaching retirement or are retired and…they take advantage of where they are, come into that market and buy their dream home, which may very well be on the water.”

According to the Royal LePage report, 36% of Ontario baby boomers plan to buy a new home in the next five years. Fifty-six percent of this group are considering buying in a resort area. This means that over the next five years, Ontario could see an additional 729,000 people enter the cottage real estate market.

Low inventories continue to drive prices up

A second factor driving up cottage prices is low inventory. Of the 151 real estate professionals surveyed in the Royal LePage report, 84% said their area had fewer recreational properties for sale this year than last.

According to Benson, at the end of March there were 95 waterfront properties available in the North Lakelands Real Estate Board region, which includes Algonquin Highlands, Bracebridge, Dysart et al, Georgian Bay Township, Gravenhurst, Highlands East, Huntsville, Lake of Bays, Minden Hills, Muskoka Lakes, Parry Sound, Severn and the Archipelago. This inventory is down 39.9% compared to the same period last year and 73.9% compared to March 2020.

Cottage owners have held on to their properties during the pandemic rather than selling. This caused multiple offer scenarios, with the selling price often eclipsing the asking price. According to the majority of real estate agents surveyed in the Royal LePage report, 75% of recreational properties in Ontario are selling above the asking price.

What’s not selling and why

As long as you implement the right strategy, there are few cabins that aren’t selling right now, says Benson. “We are seeing some properties not selling, but that is where the price they have selected is not aligned with what they are offering.”

Not all cottage regions in Ontario saw significant price increases in 2021. Haliburton County saw the smallest change, with the average waterfront price increasing 14% from $700,000 in 2020 to $801,000 in 2021. Royal LePage Lakes of Haliburton official broker Anthony vanLieshout says you should take this number with a grain of salt.

“If you have one or two big high-end sales, all of a sudden those numbers become part of it,” he says. “I don’t think Haliburton wouldn’t have enjoyed similar appreciation to any other cottage country. It is extremely robust.

vanLieshout began to notice some hesitation on high-end properties, however, especially those listed above $1.5 million.

“Low inventory, that will probably keep prices where they are, but interest rates can go up and gas prices… Now it’s $100 to and from the cottage,” he says. “I think we are going to see a stabilization. It may have already started.

Featured video

Two people exchanging one "SOLD" sign above a red and white for sale sign
cottage dock
read more
Salt lakes real estate

“Gerald D Spangler” Honored State’s Best Ethical Exemplary in Real Estate Investing for Commercial Property in SANDY Utah

SPANGLER embodies the title of “Best Servant to the Community” and represents our community as the “Highest Rated Business Outreach” program creator in state history.

g3 BEST-OF-STATE proudly recognizes SPANGLER for its business and professional ethics, professionalism, and selfless charitable contributions to our community.

—g3 Founder, Adam Green

MILLCREEK, UTAH, USA, April 4, 2022 / — This is Utah. Perfect powder; rugged red rock; the alpine lakes and Utah have even more advantages. If Utah doesn’t have it, then we probably don’t need it. Every state thinks it’s fun. Each state claims to have “something for everyone”. But not every state has 3.5 distinct geographic regions, five national parks, 45 state parks, 5 national historic sites and trails, and a dozen national monuments and recreation areas.

Not all states allow skiing and golfing and going to ballet in one day. Not every state has 12,000 years of human history and chip sauce. Utah is disproportionately fantastic; nor will we hide Utah’s light under a bushel. It would be selfish. And they are not selfish. They like to share the state. In fact, they want help planning a Utah vacation right now. Check out the travel tips for some ideas.

Well, has made it its mission to bring together all the ever-awesome and often obscure adventures that could only happen in this lovely Deseret. It’s a local take on weird and awesome things that most didn’t know could happen without. They’ve done their best to help visitors see them efficiently with essential Utah information and helpful travel directions, but visiting Utah is like falling into quicksand: every move you make immerses you deeper in his grip. It’s mathematically impossible to complete a Utah bucket list. But they will help you plan the trip you will talk about on your deathbed.

For the goal-oriented, roster-building type, visiting Utah isn’t exactly easy. Most people want to see everything, they really do, but you can’t do it that easily. Every time someone sets out to check something on their to-do list, they end up adding three more. A tidy little three-day weekend in Zion might inspire a trip to Coral Pink Sand Dunes, which leads to the Rocking V Cafe in Kanab, then the Highway 12 Scenic Byway, then the Burr Trail, and the next thing they know they become a True Aggie under a full moon or they will end up in a climbing harness for some reason.

Plan a ski trip to one of Utah’s amazing ski resorts and realize you can drive an hour and ski at 10 other resorts. But while there someone in the elevator says something about the buffalo and the world’s preeminent piece of land art at the edge of the western hemisphere’s largest saltwater lake, so now you have to do it too and everything before dinner and a concert downtown.

Forbes named Utah the best state for business eight of the past nine years, including ranking No. 1 again for 2018. “Utah scores well across the board, with particularly high marks for its regulatory climate and its growth prospects,” notes Forbes. “Governor Gary Herbert has made reducing red tape a tenet of his administration since his election in 2009. He has eliminated or significantly changed nearly 400 regulations in the past seven years. Utah also benefits from a business-friendly legal climate and a financially sound government – it is one of only 10 states to hold a AAA rating from all three rating agencies.”

In various measures, Utah consistently outperforms other states. Utah has the strongest growth in nonfarm payrolls over the past year and the third strongest growth in GDP. Utah is tied for first with California in most independent inventor patents per capita. Cities in Utah are also outperforming. When the Milken Institute released its annual index of top performing cities in January, three Utah locations rose to the top: Provo-Orem, Salt Lake City and St. George. Provo-Orem ranks #1 among all major metropolitan areas in the country, while Salt Lake City ranks second. St. George ranks #2 among all small metros.

Utah: Best State for Business. A concerted approach to growth policy has made Utah an economic force. For more than 120 years, Utah’s economy was based primarily on agriculture and mining. As the land prospered, so did the people who lived and worked on it. Fast forward to 2018, and one will find one of America’s most diverse economies. From aerospace to IT and software, some of the state’s major industries are no longer built on land, but on the brainpower of talent that has found its way to the Silicon Slopes.

Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office for Economic Development, says the overhaul of Utah’s economy began in the 1960s and continues today. “We have a business-friendly legislature that intends to enact business-friendly laws and regulations, including low corporate and personal taxes,” Hale said. “The result is fertile ground for businesses to grow and thrive on.”

Hale says the state is fueling that growth by focusing on six target industry clusters: aerospace and defense, software and computing, life sciences, energy, outdoor products and recreation. and finally financial services. “We have over 33,000 aerospace and defense jobs,” Hale says. “From the rear stabilizers of the Boeing 787 to the components of the Airbus 380, every fighter in the West uses carbon fiber composites made in Utah.” In software and computing, Utah leads the nation in technology growth. “We saw 7.69% growth in this sector last year,” Hale notes. “We have over 73,000 jobs among 4,000 companies on the Silicon Slopes.”

In the field of life sciences, more than 1,000 biomedical companies call Utah home. They account for 34,300 jobs – or 1.8% of state workers – and produce 2.6% of the state’s GDP. The energy sector employs 13,500 people in Utah with an average annual salary of $81,000, with oil and solar ranking among the largest generators of energy. In outdoor recreation, Hale says “Mother Nature has played favorites with Utah and blessed us with some of the best scenery in the United States.” This sector contributes $12.3 billion to the state economy and accounts for $3.9 billion in annual wages. Financial services, meanwhile, remain strong, with Utah ranking 8th nationally in banking assets. “Fintech is booming in Utah,” says Hale. “Purple Mattress was only a year and a half old when it sold for over $1 billion.”

Hit the Bullseye from 6 targets. Natalie Gochnour, associate dean of the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business and director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, says the state’s current economic performance is virtually unprecedented. “It’s a very prosperous time in Utah,” she said. “Utah experienced the fastest job growth in the nation in 2017, and our labor market fundamentals remain strong. Our 3.2% year-over-year job growth is twice the national rate, and our unemployment rate is only 3.1%, compared to the national rate of 4.1%.In many ways, Utah’s economy is the strongest in the country. “

Hale says the governor’s office isn’t content to rest on laurels. “We’re proposing to host the 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympics, and we’ve just created a global inland port in Salt Lake City,” he said. “Salt Lake City International Airport is experiencing a huge expansion underway, and we are moving our prison from the middle of Silicon Slopes closer to the airport to free up 700 acres of prime real estate for development. We hope have a number of companies trying to capitalize on this location over the next three years.”

Success factors! Gochnour says that several assets allow this success. “The causes of Utah’s growth are manifold,” she notes. “We have a growing labor pool, a healthy, well-educated workforce, a high fertility rate, and a very young, growing, tech-savvy population.” “We are in the interior of the West, halfway between the Continental Divide and the Pacific Ocean and halfway between Canada and Mexico. This makes Utah the ideal place for trade in the West. We are exactly in the middle of the West.”

Utah … “It’s a very prosperous time in Utah. Utah had the fastest job growth in the nation in 2017, and our labor market fundamentals remain strong. In many ways, Utah’s economy is the strongest in the country.” — Natalie Gochnour, Associate Dean, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah. The shining star of Utah’s economy, however, remains technology. “Our land costs, our academic research, our benefits have all become apparent to people in the tech world,” Gochnour says, “The Point of the Mountain is now home to Utah’s tech companies. It’s called also Silicon Slopes. You could say we’ve reached the tipping point.”

Adam Paul Green, OWNER
G3 Development
+1 801-809-7766
[email protected]

read more
Salt lake city

Utah school canteens struggle to find staff

West High School’s kitchen is reduced to a reduced team.

For kitchen supervisor Tonya Slaughter, this presents a daily struggle not just at her school, but throughout the Salt Lake City school district. Depending on the menu and the schools that need the most help, she said staff were moved from place to place.

The number of meals they have to prepare remains the same – around 1,300 a day – but they’ve reduced where they can, eliminating menu items that take too long to prepare.

Slaughter said the situation has also forced them to reduce the number of lunch lines, creating a bottleneck where students can wait up to 20 minutes for food.

“We don’t serve as many children because the queues are too long,” she said. “So they try to go get something else, even though lunch is free.”

She said students will often end up eating a candy bar or skipping lunch altogether.

Even before the pandemic, Kelly Orton, director of child nutrition for the district, had trouble finding people. But it has become exponentially difficult since, as many retirees who worked part-time in school kitchens for a little extra cash have left and never returned. Other employees have found jobs in restaurants or other industries that offer higher pay and benefits, such as working from home.

For a while the buildings and maintenance crew helped out, Orton said, but then they were supported in their own work. Teachers and administrators also filled in.

“We work together as best we can,” he said. “But the thing is, if you have a problem with child nutrition and feeding our children, it affects everyone who helps.”

Most funding for the Food Services Department comes from the federal government, said Orton, who recently voted to shut down some additional funding he provided during the pandemic. Given the rising cost of food and labor, he said it will likely force districts to make tough choices next year.

As a last resort, the Salt Lake City School District recently released a call for volunteers in its kitchens, in addition to raising the minimum wage for restaurant workers to $15/hour. The state also recently launched Adopt a schoola program designed to bring additional resources to schools from local businesses.

Orton said he hopes the two efforts will bring more support. Otherwise, he doesn’t know what to do.

read more
Utah economy

War in Russia could further drive up auto prices and shortages – ABC4 Utah

DETROIT (AP) — BMW has halted production at two German plants. Mercedes is slowing down work at its assembly plants. Volkswagen, warning of production stoppages, is looking for alternative sources for parts.

For more than a year, the global auto industry has grappled with a disastrous shortage of computer chips and other vital parts that has cut production, slowed deliveries and driven up prices for new and used cars outside reach of millions of consumers.

Now a new factor – Russia’s war against Ukraine – has created another obstacle. Critically important electrical wiring, made in Ukraine, is suddenly out of reach. With strong buyer demand, scarcity of materials and war causing further disruption, vehicle prices are expected to rise further over the next year.

The damage of the war to the automotive industry first appeared in Europe. But U.S. production will likely also end up suffering if Russian exports of metals — from palladium for catalytic converters to nickel for batteries for electric vehicles — are halted.

“You only have to miss a part and you can’t make a car,” said Mark Wakefield, co-head of the global automotive unit at consultancy Alix Partners. “Any bump in the road becomes either a production disruption or a largely unforeseen cost increase.”

Supply issues have plagued automakers since the pandemic hit two years ago, sometimes closing factories and causing vehicle shortages. The robust post-recession recovery has caused demand for autos to far outstrip supply – a mismatch that has sent new and used vehicle prices skyrocketing well above high headline inflation. .

In the United States, the average price of a new vehicle has risen 13% over the past year, to $45,596, according to Average used prices rose much more: they rose 29% to $29,646 in February.

Before the war, S&P Global predicted that global automakers would build 84 million vehicles this year and 91 million next year. (By comparison, they built 94 million in 2018.) Now it projects less than 82 million in 2022 and 88 million next year.

Mark Fulthorpe, executive director of S&P, is among analysts who believe the availability of new vehicles in North America and Europe will remain extremely tight – and prices high – through 2023. To compound the problem, buyers who are overpriced new-vehicle market will intensify the demand for used cars and also keep these prices high, which will be prohibitively expensive for many households.

Eventually, high economy-wide inflation—for food, gas, rent, and other necessities—will likely leave many ordinary buyers unable to afford a new vehicle or occasion. Demand would then decrease. And therefore, possibly, the prices.

“Until inflationary pressures start to really erode the capabilities of consumers and businesses,” Fulthorpe said, “it’s likely to mean those who fancy buying a new vehicle will be willing to pay top dollar.”

One of the factors behind the lower production outlook is the closure of car factories in Russia. Last week, French automaker Renault, one of the last automakers to continue building in Russia, announced it would suspend production in Moscow.

The transformation of Ukraine into a besieged war zone has also hurt. Wells Fargo estimates that 10-15% of the crucial wiring harnesses that power vehicle production in the vast European Union were made in Ukraine. Over the past decade, automakers and parts companies have invested in Ukrainian factories to contain costs and be closer to European factories.

The wiring shortage has slowed factories in Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and elsewhere, leading S&P to cut its global auto production forecast by 2.6 million vehicles for this year and next. The shortages could reduce exports of German vehicles to the United States and elsewhere.

Wiring harnesses are wire harnesses and connectors unique to each model; they cannot be easily transferred to another parts manufacturer. Despite the war, harness makers like Aptiv and Leoni have managed to sporadically reopen factories in western Ukraine. Still, Joseph Massaro, Aptiv’s CFO, acknowledged that Ukraine “isn’t open to any type of normal business activity.”

Dublin-based Aptiv is trying to move production to Poland, Romania, Serbia and possibly Morocco. But the process will take up to six weeks, leaving some automakers short of parts during that time.

“In the long term,” Massaro told analysts, “we will have to assess if and when it makes sense to return to Ukraine.”

BMW is trying to coordinate with its Ukrainian suppliers and casting a wider net for parts. Just like Mercedes and Volkswagen.

Yet finding alternative supplies can be nearly impossible. Most parts factories are running near full capacity, so a new workspace would have to be built. Companies would need months to hire more people and add shifts.

“The training process for upgrading a new workforce – it’s not an overnight thing,” Fulthorpe said.

Fulthorpe said it expects a further tightening in the supply of materials from Ukraine and Russia. Ukraine is the world’s largest exporter of neon, a gas used in lasers that etch circuits onto computer chips. Most chipmakers have a six-month supply; later in the year, they might run out. This would aggravate the shortage of chips, which before the war was delaying production even more than automakers anticipated.

Similarly, Russia is a key supplier of raw materials such as platinum and palladium, used in emission catalytic converters. Russia also produces 10% of the world’s nickel, an essential ingredient in electric vehicle batteries.

Mineral supplies from Russia have not yet been interrupted. Recycling could help alleviate the shortage. Other countries can increase their production. And some manufacturers have stocked the metals.

But Russia is also a major producer of aluminum and a source of pig iron, used to make steel. According to Alix Partners, nearly 70% of US pig iron imports come from Russia and Ukraine. Steelmakers will therefore have to switch to Brazilian production or use alternative materials. Meanwhile, steel prices have soared from $900 a ton a few weeks ago to $1,500 today.

So far, negotiations for a ceasefire in Ukraine have come to nothing and fighting has raged. A new virus outbreak in China could also reduce parts supply. Industry analysts say they have no clear idea when parts, raw materials and auto production will flow normally.

Even if an agreement is negotiated to suspend the fighting, the sanctions against Russian exports will remain intact until a final agreement is reached. Even then, supplies would not begin to flow normally. Fulthorpe said there would be “further hangovers due to the disruptions that will take place in widespread supply chains”.

Wakefield also noted that due to the intense pent-up demand for vehicles across the world, even if automakers restore full production, it will take a long time to build enough vehicles.

When could the world produce enough cars and trucks to meet demand and keep prices low?

Wakefield does not pretend to know.

“We are in a rising price environment, a constrained (production) environment,” he said. “It’s a strange thing for the auto industry.”


Chan reported from London.

read more
Salt lake city government

Lalas Abubakar scores a second-half equalizer against Real Salt Lake in the first leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup, the teams split the points

COMMERCE CITY – Lalas Abubakar doesn’t score too many goals, but when he does, it comes at the right time.

The Ghanaian centre-back has been with Colorado since 2019 from a loan and 2020 as a full member of the team, only scored his fourth goal for the Burgundy Boys in the 56th minute of the first leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup for the tie at 1-1.

The Rapids, who were out for two weeks after the international break, looked lively as they created plenty of chances in the final third but failed to find a winner. The teams would split the points Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, which finished 1-1.

“Lalas was recovering from an injury for the last two weeks and it was even questionable whether he was going to play or not,” said head coach Robin Fraser. “I thought (the goal) characterized the way Lalas plays. Work hard, work hard and get to the end of something, slip in and score an equalizer at home in an important game.

After Colorado had a dangerous set-piece at the edge of the 18-yard box, he deflected into the wall and sent back to Keegan Rosenberry who found Michael Barrios. Barrios then launched a low cross which went through the back post where Abubakar held off his defender and slid in to knock him home. It was Barrios’ third assist this season.

Diego Rubio had a pair of good looks on the net in half-time, as he tried to take a free-kick opportunity from a Jack Price corner, but his shot went over the crossbar . He also forced Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Zac MacMath into a tough save in the fourth minute.

Real Salt Lake finished with a total of five shots, only two were on target and one was controversial.

In the 44th minute, Real Salt Lake were awarded a penalty after Keegan Rosenberry had a hand on the back of Justin Meram who fell. On the sidelines, head coach Robin Fraser was warmed by the decision, which stood even after going to VAR, MLS’ video assistant referee. For the sanction to be overturned, a clear and obvious decision had to be found, but the decision was upheld.

Watching William Yarbrough shoot towards the C38 supporters, Pablo Ruiz sent Yarbrough the wrong way and made no mistakes, as he buried his shot in the bottom left corner.

“The honest answer is I haven’t watched (the replay),” Fraser said. “It seemed really sweet when it happened and that’s all I will say.”

After the half-time whistle a few minutes later, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park let Ted Unkel know his thoughts on the call, while Price walked the length of the pitch with Unkel back to the locker room. The Rapids had five shots and had 58% of total possession, but trailed.

In the second half, Colorado got off to a good start as the Rapids created a few solid chances and looked threatening early on. The Rapids continually rolled down the left and Jonathan Lewis drew the foul on the edge of the 18-yard box, and Colorado would eventually find the equalizer. Before Barrios found the defender, Colorado had made 1 of 9 cross attempts.

In the 77th minute, Sergio Córdova had a chance from close range after Ruiz drove in and found a cutting Córdova, but William Yarbrough made a superb diving save and prevented the shot from heading towards the net. The Rapids cleared the ensuing corner.

Barrios continued to pose a threat after the goal, as he fired from a difficult angle in the 82nd minute, but fizzled into the side netting.

Colorado made a substitution, as Jonathan Lewis made way for Andre Shinyashiki in the 84th minute, but, unlike the home opener, could not find a winner.

“I felt like the guys were always on the verge of scoring,” Fraser said. “I felt like the guys were pretty sharp and fair and didn’t seem to be slowing down. … It was one of those nights where every time we got the ball we could have scored.

At the start of the game, the starting XI paid tribute with a jersey to honor the life of Jason Horton, who played with the Special Olympics Team and the Rapids Unified Team but lost his battle with cancer on the 20th. March. The team also honored Horton as they held a memorial service at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Monday, March 28.

Colorado will return to Texas next week when they take on FC Dallas at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at Toyota Stadium.

read more
Salt lake city

Paul Huntsman saved the Salt Lake City Tribune – then launched an investigation into his brother’s rival

Paul Huntsman’s continued efforts to investigate the man who defeated his brother unsettled many in the Tribune newsroom. Several reporters — who asked not to be named, to avoid clashing with Huntsman — fear the president’s actions are the result of an alleged rivalry between Cox’s family and Huntsman, one of the wealthiest and of the most important in the state. Some believe the newsroom’s independence is compromised by the very existence of Huntsman’s investigative firm, which he named Jittai, using a Japanese word that can mean “actual state” or “actual condition.” “.

The Tribune used Jittai’s findings in several news stories, and Huntsman wrote two articles outlining his reasons for starting the company.

In an interview with The Washington Post, the president strongly denied using his company or the newspaper on behalf of his brother, and said Jittai’s purpose was to expose mismanagement and corruption in the public health system. of State. Some of the companies Jittai sought to investigate raised the same concern. “I’m shocked,” Huntsman said. “Given the scale of these problems, all they can come up with is to shoot my brother Jon.”

Huntsman is something of a hero among Salt Lake City reporters. His family investment trust bought the financially troubled Tribune in 2016 and three years later converted it into the first nonprofit metropolitan newspaper in the United States, with Huntsman serving as chairman of an 11-person board. He said the Tribune has since used tax-deductible grants and public donations to help stabilize its finances.

But Huntsman’s leadership has sometimes caused friction in the newsroom. The newspaper’s editor, Jennifer Napier-Pearce, resigned in August 2020, several weeks after the end of the Republican gubernatorial primary and months after Huntsman said he created Jittai. She cited “differences of opinion” with Huntsman over “newsroom coverage, management and policies”.

People inside and outside the newspaper interpreted Napier-Pearce’s departure comments as veiled criticism of Huntsman’s alleged involvement in campaign coverage. “I heard there was dissatisfaction from the top about our coverage of the campaign [and] she was the human shield that protected us from this,” Tribune columnist Robert Gehrke wrote on Twitter at the time. “Our reporters were pros and did their job.”

Napier-Pearce eventually became a spokesperson for Cox and a senior adviser. Both she and the governor’s office declined to comment on the report.

Huntsman said he “always kept an arm’s length relationship” with the Tribune’s press team regarding coverage involving his brother Jon, who served as governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009. served as U.S. ambassador to Russia and China and ran for president in 2012 before attempting to return for governor in 2020.

Paul Huntsman said he formed Jittai that year, some time before his brother conceded to Cox in July, using several hundred thousand dollars of his own money. He did it, he said, because he didn’t believe the Tribune’s 80-member newsroom had the depth and expertise to tackle the records searches involved in the investigation of state testing contracts.

“There’s a lack of financial savvy” among news crews, Huntsman told the Post. “This story requires expertise in securities fraud, healthcare fraud. This requires technical and scientific knowledge. … I would like to see [reporters] broaden their skills. It goes beyond liberal arts degrees.

With many years of experience managing the Huntsman family’s investment portfolio, he said, “Given my background, it was more natural to step in and do it myself. We could do it a lot quicker than putting it” back to the newsroom.

He said Jittai – which has no full-time staff or regular pay but contracts with attorneys for its projects – has filed hundreds of requests under the State Public Records Act to records of the testing program operated by Cox, as well as comparable programs in other states. . The company also has alleged in a lawsuit last year that Cox unlawfully delayed access to public records related to Utah’s pandemic response.

Huntsman has pledged to make the findings public. Some of the information Jittai has unearthed has already made its way into the journal he presides over.

Lauren Gustus, who succeeded Napier-Pearce as editor, acknowledged that the Tribune used information from the Huntsman company. But, she says, “we treated [Jittai] as a source, independently verifying these public records by requesting them ourselves. »

Among at least four Tribune articles that used Jittai’s material was one published last year about the main contractor for Utah’s coronavirus testing program, Nomi Health, and a subcontractor who saw its stock price and profits rise despite providing questionably accurate coronavirus tests .

This story – as well as follow-ups, including one who seeks donations to the newspaper – did not mention Jittai’s involvement in the story. Huntsman revealed his company’s role in a column a month later. (Gustus said Friday that the newspaper would add notes to previous articles that did not mention Jittai.)

In an open letter to the Tribune newsroom last month, Nomi chief executive Mark Newman accused Huntsman of trying to “question” his brother’s election defeat.

“There is a fine line between a healthy skepticism necessary to hold public institutions accountable and a purely selfish, self-interested cynicism designed to advance ulterior motives,” he wrote. “We believe your team in the newsroom should immediately part ways with Paul Huntsman and his special unit of writers, lawyers and publicists.”

Huntsman insisted that the state’s contracting and testing issues transcended any political rivalry.

He said he had begun the investigative effort to restore “trust and integrity” and “transparency” to state procurement procedures, which he said were riddled with opacity, cronyism and other bad practices during the pandemic rush.

Questions about the design and implementation of the state program, known as TestUtah, predate Huntsman and Jittai’s involvement. Tribune reporters began following the story early in the pandemic; a report published in May 2020, for example, pointed to the rush to award more than $84 million worth of untendered contracts. “Lawmakers and whistleblowers are increasingly demanding answers about how the state awarded lucrative contracts and handled taxpayer dollars during the emergency,” the article said.

As Huntsman wrote last summer in a column disclosing Jittai’s foundation, “I am a Utah taxpayer who is not amused when the state government and the private sector misuse public funds, some of which I believe went for private purposes. “

Gustus said that neither Huntsman nor anyone else on the Tribune’s board had ever ordered the newspaper to publish an article, nor reviewed a story before it was published. She described Jittai as another source of information.

“Would I like to have more people on our team who can do this kind of reporting?” she asked. “Absoutely.”

Nevertheless, Tribune reporters were recently able to push the test story forward on their own. Thursday, the newspaper broken news that federal investigators had concluded that the flawed work of the state testing program posed “an imminent threat” to public health. He reported an inspector found “contaminated” test kits on a lab table alongside yogurt, rice cakes and a bag of Cheez-Its.

None of the reporting in this story relied on information from Jittai.

read more
Utah economy

Biden commands 49 mpg fuel economy by 2026 | News

The Biden administration has ordered automakers to increase their average fuel economy to around 49 miles per gallon by 2026, in an ambitious effort to make up for progress stalled when President Donald Trump canceled the efficiency program.

New fuel economy rules, released Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, require automakers to increase the fuel efficiency of their fleets by 8% per year for the 2024 and 2025 model years, and 10% for 2026, according to a senior administration. official. The agency faced a March 31 deadline to finalize the new rules for the 2024 model year.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has separately issued greenhouse gas emissions regulations that require automakers to achieve vehicle mileage of 52 miles per gallon by 2026 on all models that they make, up from 40 mpg this year.

The EPA number equates to about 41 mpg under so-called real-world driving conditions which typically represents about a 20 percent drop in fuel economy from EPA ratings.

The 49 mpg standard that the auto industry will have to meet by 2026 is actually a test figure. In actual driving, the number would be around 39 mpg.

The EPA said its proposal would result in a 10% reduction in vehicle emissions in the 2023 model year, then an improvement in emissions reductions of 5% each year through 2026. The agencies measure pollution differently, with the EPA focusing on tailpipe emissions and the NHTSA rules focusing on miles per gallon.

Steven Croley, Ford’s chief policy officer and general counsel, said in a statement late Thursday that “Ford applauds NHTSA’s efforts to strengthen fuel economy standards and create consistent benchmarks to accelerate our national transition to a future zero-emission transport”.

The EPA reported in November 2021 that automakers achieved an average of 25.4 miles per gallon for vehicles made in the 2020 model year. That was 0.5 mpg more than the model year 2019 and a record high, but a far cry from the 39 miles per gallon, in real terms, by 2026 that President Joe Biden’s administration is now proposing.

Under the administration’s proposal, automakers will retain the ability to purchase credits from electric vehicle makers, such as Tesla Inc., to ensure fleet-wide mileage requirements are met. Automakers say the credit system is helping the industry transition to fully electric vehicles.

A group of 15 states led by conservative Republican governors have sued the EPA’s rules, saying the agency overstepped its authority and violated the separation of powers principles of the US Constitution by making rules strict on greenhouse gas emissions. The case was filed in December by Texas, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Utah.

The two agencies’ regulations are part of a Biden plan that calls for half of all vehicles sold in the United States to be capable of emission-free driving by the end of the decade, an ambitious goal that automakers say , can only be achieved with a larger government. investment in charging stations and other infrastructure.

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

read more