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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 bigspoonroasters.com

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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.

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“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 /EINPresswire.com/ — 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, Utah.com 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.”

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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.

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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 Edmunds.com. 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.”

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Chan reported from London.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dorsey Office in Salt Lake City Adds Leading Talent | Your money

SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 31, 2022–

International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP continues to expand its popular Salt Lake City intellectual property law firm with the addition of partners Aaron Barker, Matthew Bethards, Jason McCammon and Jordan Olsen.

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Dorsey continues to expand its intellectual property law practice with the addition of four new partners in its Salt Lake City office. Pictured L-R: Matthew Bethards, Aaron Barker, Jason McCammon and Jordan Olsen. (Photo: Dorsey & Whitney LLP)

The four attorneys join Dorsey from the Salt Lake City office of Stoel Rives LLP. This group relies on the addition of a brand partner Lake Catherine Parrish, who joined earlier this month, also from Stoel Rives. Dorsey has made a strategic effort to increase its presence in Salt Lake City. With the latest additions to the patenting group, Dorsey’s ranks will have grown more than 65% in Salt Lake City since 2015.

“We are delighted to have this powerful patent and trademark group join Dorsey,” said Elizabeth Buckingham, partner and head of firm-wide intellectual property groups. “They build on Dorsey’s expertise in our key industries such as technology, healthcare and energy, while bringing additional capabilities that will help us better meet our customers’ IP needs.”

Aaron Barker provides patent-related services for clients ranging from emerging start-ups to large public companies. He focuses his practice on strategy, preparation and prosecution of US and foreign patents in a wide variety of technology areas. In addition to patent enforcement and portfolio management, Aaron advises clients in the areas of patentability, patent validity, patent infringement, intellectual property due diligence, licensing intellectual property and pre-litigation advice. His vast technical knowledge ranges from laser treatment systems to alternative energy systems to communication systems.

Matthieu Bethards advises medical device, life science, and chemical technology companies on patent matters through strategic intellectual property counsel, U.S. and foreign patent acquisition, and portfolio management. He helps his clients develop and deploy comprehensive patent strategies on a global scale to maximize the exclusivity of clients’ products and avoid and defeat infringement claims. Matt has also developed strategies for numerous opposition and appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office and other opposition proceedings around the world.

Jason McCammon advises on all aspects of patent strategy in a variety of technology areas, including medical devices, solar and green energy technologies, and mechanical devices. He has extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patents, and works closely with clients to develop strategies for robust protection of their inventions, from initial invention disclosure through patent issuance. Prior to entering private practice, Jason was a law clerk to the Honorable N. Randy Smith of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jordan Olson provides patent litigation in the United States and abroad and advice to clients. His practice also encompasses freedom to operate assessments, due diligence investigations and patentability analyses, and he has experience in patent litigation and patent dispute resolution. Clients Jordan serves include large and small companies in the life sciences, medical, chemical and manufacturing sectors.

“The growth we’ve seen in our Salt Lake City office is extraordinary,” said Dorsey Managing Partner Bill Stoeri. “The addition of these exceptional legal professionals reinforces our commitment to expanding our presence in the Mountain West region and allows us to provide even more depth and service to our exceptional clientele.”

About Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Customers have relied on Dorsey since 1912 as a valued business partner. With offices in the United States and Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, Dorsey offers an integrated and proactive approach to the legal and business needs of its clients. Dorsey represents a number of the world’s most successful companies across a wide range of industries, including leaders in banking, energy, food and agribusiness, healthcare health, mining and natural resources, and public-private project development, as well as large non-profit and government entities.

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Phoenix among nation’s best-performing cities, says new report

PHOENIX, AZ — The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed how and where people do their jobs, according to a new report released Monday that includes the Phoenix metro area among the nation’s top performing cities.

The Milken Institute’s 2022 Top Performing Cities Index includes data from 2020, which the Santa Monica, Calif.-based think tank says enabled the first analysis of its kind in the context of a global health crisis.

Again this year, the index noted a shift in high-tech jobs from larger coastal cities to more affordable inland cities with thriving local economies. And that change helped put Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale at No. 4 on the list of top 10 major cities, up from No. 7 in 2021.

The Phoenix metro area has performed well in terms of job growth and wage growth over the past year as local high-tech industries continue to expand and provide well-paying jobs.

Tech companies such as Nikola Motor Co., Microsoft, Uber, DoubleDutch, and Gainsight have all recently increased their presence in the Phoenix area. Phoenix’s booming economy helps attract more people every day, making it the fastest growing city in the United States for the fifth straight year in 2021. Phoenix also ranks 4th in major cities for the lowest median age, behind Salt Lake City, Austin and Denver.

One of Phoenix’s biggest liabilities, of course, is the strong housing demand that drove house prices up 30% last year.

Traditional high-tech hubs — including San Jose, California and Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina — have remained strong and vibrant, the index showed, but are no longer the only places to find well-paying tech jobs. This spreads economic success to a larger part of the country, according to the index.

Job creation, wage growth and output growth – particularly in the high-tech sector – are the main components of the index, released annually since 1999. Last year, the Milken Institute added data on housing affordability and broadband access to account for shift to remote work.

The data source for these measures changed due to pandemic-related delays in publishing the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the 2021 source. Instead, the Milken Institute used the index of National Association of Realtors Housing Affordability and Federal Communications Commission data on access to broadband providers.

To provide insight into which places performed best across the metrics, they’re grouped into five tiers for large and small SMAs — or statistical metropolitan areas — based on their index scores.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we live and work, and it has had a direct impact on our cities,” Kevin Klowden, executive director of the Center for Regional Economics at the Milken Institute, said in a statement. Press.

“When comparing urban areas, access to opportunity is a key consideration, especially in light of the growing inequalities made apparent by the pandemic,” he said.

The Provo-Orem region, whose tech employers include a suite of West Coast tech companies, was also the first major city on the 2021 list. Already an established hub for tech startups, it retained its top spot with the highest levels of job growth and wage growth over the past five years. Here’s how the Top 10 major cities stand out:

  1. Provo Orem, Utah
  2. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
  3. Salt Lake City, UT
  4. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona
  5. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida
  6. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
  7. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  8. Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas-Missouri
  9. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  10. Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas

Among small towns, Logan, Utah — home to several high-tech medical manufacturing industries — entered the Top 10 in nearly every measure of job and wage growth. Here is the index for small towns:

  1. Logan, UT
  2. St. George, Utah
  3. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
  4. Redding, California
  5. Idaho Falls, Idaho
  6. Walla Walla, Washington
  7. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  8. Gainesville, Georgia
  9. Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
  10. Bend-Redmond, Oregon, and Abilene, Texas (tie)

Among the other key findings of the report:

  • Asheville, North Carolina saw the largest ranking decline among major cities from 2021 to 2022. For the second year in a row, it ranked near the bottom of the Short-Term Jobs Growth Index. term, an indication of the volume of jobs lost at the start of the pandemic.
  • San Luis Obispo, Calif., saw a similar decline due to low housing affordability rankings.
  • Even with the “urban exodus” during the pandemic that has caused population declines in New York, Los Angeles and other major cities, cities like Austin, Texas and Seattle have seen notable growth rates.

“Our report shows how patterns of economic activity are developing and changing in cities across the country,” said report author Charlotte Kesteven, senior policy analyst at the Center for Regional Economics, in the press release. “Comparing their performance provides an essential starting point for policymakers and local leaders to better assess their economies and plan for future economic success.”

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Diablo 4 Open World, dungeons discussed in depth in new dev update

In its latest quarterly developer update, Blizzard breaks down Diablo 4’s open world, environments, and all of the places you’ll be able to visit in Sanctuary. Check out a preview of these locations below, along with videos showing off these new locations for Diablo 4.

In this new development update, Chris Ryder, the game’s Art Director, along with the Environments Team, discuss Diablo 4’s open world – from the many places you’ll find yourself in Sanctuary, to some of the dungeons that the players will poke around.

Diablo IV’s environments cover much of the game’s territory and visual real estate: five distinct regions and hundreds of dungeons for you to discover. This is where all the monster slaying, loot collecting, and exploration takes place. Of course, none of this would be possible without the collective efforts of our talented designers, world builders, engineers, environmental artists, lighting artists, and technical artists.

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Scosglen Coast

For the Scosglen coast, the Environment Art team set out to tell the story of wild and untamed shores and headlands. As you head towards the shores from inland, the coastal biome is first highlighted by the longer, more directional grasses that react to offshore driving. the winds. The beaches are dark and littered with seaweed, kelp and rotting carcasses. Steep cliffs rise high while headlands are carved by the continuous pounding of the waves below. Through the process of creating our biomes, the Environment Art team set out to communicate that this coastline is in peril.

For the major settlements along the coast, it is important to us that they feel deeply intertwined with the fabric of the coastline. Dwellings with deep foundations line the cliffs. In a vain attempt to withstand the harsh elements, these structures are made up of every material the inhabitants could get their hands on and are in various forms of disrepair. Stone walls, reclaimed wood and thatch for the roofs. A place of consolation for the brave fishermen who sail these treacherous seas.

Orbei Monastery

The Orbei Monastery is an isolated and secret feature of the rural dry steppes. While Zakarum’s presence has diminished, Orbei Monastery bears proof that Zakarum’s places of worship can still function quietly. Since the location here is in the parched plains of the dry steppes, we aim to push the notion of dusty grasslands with sparse vegetation. We made the conscious decision to add dark rocks that complement the pale, rusty blonde grasses. Poplars and Saxauls grip the ground which really helps provide parallax motion on screen. This contributes to greater depth as foreground elements move faster than those further in the scene.

To help provide additional visual interest in the area, the Environment Art team created a salt pan biome. Being able to have blue alkaline lakes lined with salt-encrusted tuffs and vivid geothermal pools really helps to add pockets of vibrancy to the dry steppes and create fascinating natural landmarks.

Kyovashad

Our goal with Kyovashad is to really convey that this medieval settlement is oppressive, freezing, and harsh. However, we have yet to convey that it is a place of refuge offered to those who reside within its boundaries. This is a militaristic colony, so it’s important that we give it a heavily defended presence from the start. We believe it is appropriate to provide a gradual buildup of smaller defense structures as you approach the colony. Doing this tells you that something greater is waiting for you. Upon reaching the gates, you are faced with craggy stones, boundary walls and a deep cavernous moat that keeps unwanted visitors away.

As you enter the town, you see typical Fractured Peaks architecture. Using wood from the region’s many forests, the structures here are clad in natural pine planks and birch shingles. As with most housing in Sanctuary, these buildings are very functional rather than formal.

Dungeons

The forgotten places of the world

This set of tiles is an example of how we have “returned to darkness”. We want to take you deep underground to the darkest recesses of Sanctuary, where a mysterious (and gross) corruption has taken root. This ancient temple is a great place to push some primordial horror vibes. The fixed camera is one of our best tools since it allows us to place assets in the foreground without blocking the playable space. Because we always know where you are looking, we can compose and customize layouts, views and foreground elements to ensure there is a good composition. Spider legs are placed in specific spots for their unnerving silhouettes twitching in the background. Our dungeon design counterparts give us great layouts to play with, allowing us to push the depth of each scene. We want you to feel like the dungeon drags on forever and you only see a small part of a large underground labyrinth.

miserable caves

The world of Diablo IV is incredibly large, using many unique tile sets to cover all the different areas, biomes, and cultures. In order to create so much high-quality content, we’ve found clever ways to reuse our tile sets and add enough variety to cover over 150 dungeons. While offering new experiences every time. One way to do this is to dress sets of tiles with different themes. This next dungeon is a hidden resting place for druids overrun by demons. As you walk through the dungeon, you will see that it is covered with many Druidic cultural objects, such as talismans and charms. We place many of these elements on a layer that can be turned on or off, depending on the dungeon theme. In one dungeon it is a druid burial place, in another it is a dark, uninhabited cave. Adding this kind of detail is a great way to add lots of visual interest as well as visual storytelling. These assets were created by multiple teams, so this is a great example of many groups coming together to contribute to a final environment.

flooded depths

New dungeon features like floor transitions or smooth traversals are exciting, but my favorite new feature is what we call tile game transition scenes. These are scenes that allow us to connect two different tilesets in the same dungeon. Imagine running through a crypt, only to find a hole in the wall that seamlessly leads you deeper into a vast network of underground caves. While keeping the random layouts that change with each dungeon run. In this latest video, we show two tilesets joined by a tileset transition scene. The first floor of this ruined dungeon remains dry and relatively untouched, but as you progress through the dungeon you’ll find that the lower levels have decayed due to endless floodwaters. This swampy ruin is perfect for drowned people. and strengthen themselves deep within. You’ll have to fight your way through their defenses and climb through the rope to get deeper into the flooded ruined tileset.

Finally, as an added bonus, Blizzard also showed off some more environmental art, and you can check it out in a video below.

You can read the full quarterly update via the official blog on Blizzard’s site. With the game still in heavy development, it will be interesting to see when Blizzard finally releases Diablo 4 globally, as it looks to be their most ambitious Diablo title yet.

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A Chance Meeting in Ukraine Brings 2 Salt Lake City Men to a Grateful Reunion

Sergey Zasukha and Rob Sturgill first meet at a Salt Lake cafe after Sturgill saves Zasukha’s sister in Ukraine. (Adam Sotelo, KSL-TV)

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SALT LAKE CITY – There’s something about good coffee that leads to even better conversations. Maybe it’s the smell or the vibe. Or maybe it’s just a comfortable, safe place to talk about anything.

Sergey Zasukha knows all about the importance of security. That’s why he came to this cafe in Salt Lake City.

He couldn’t thank his new friend, Rob Sturgill enough. “How could you not want to meet someone who literally saved your sister and sister’s life, you know?” he said.

Saturday night’s meeting was the first time these two men had met. However, they have already spoken on the phone.

Sturgill and his team were recently in Lviv, Ukraine, helping Ukrainians in the midst of war. “We showed up there to deliver supplies,” Sturgill told Zasukha.

One day, Sturgill, who is from Salt Lake City, was delivering medical supplies to people when he encountered a woman and her daughter desperate to get to the border.

The Russian soldiers were closing in and she wanted to escape.

Sturgill said yes.

“As we started to visit her and she got in the van, she mentioned that she had a brother in Salt Lake City, Utah, and, you know, really? So while we’re driving down the road, I basically said, let’s call your brother.”

His brother is Sergey Zasukha, and this was the first time these two men from Salt Lake City had spoken to each other.

“It’s probably a phone call I’ll never forget,” Sturgill said. “Just to let her know that, hey, I have your sister in the car, and we’re going to take care of her. And so, that was kind of a sweet, loving phone call between the two of us.”

Zasukha’s sister and niece are now safe across the border.

A few days later, Lviv is attacked and bombarded by the Russian army.

“You changed the direction of someone else’s whole generation,” Zasukha told Sturgill at the cafe.

“It’s very grateful to be able to be there, to be there at the right time,” Sturgill replied.

Cafes have always been places where friendships grow, and it looks like this one is going to last.

“We will be friends for the rest of our lives because our paths crossed,” Sturgill said.

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Housing issues drop Reno to 20th in Milken Institute’s list of best cities

Two years after being named the fourth-best performing city in the United States by a key national ranking, Reno has slipped for the second year in a row thanks in large part to a familiar culprit: housing affordability.

Reno fell to 20th place in the Milken Institute’s list of the best performing cities in 2022, two places down from its 18th place last year when it was eliminated from the annual report’s first “Tier 1” category. .

Look back:Why is Reno on the Milken Institute’s list of top cities?

Being in the top 20 of 200 metropolitan areas is always a great achievement, said Kevin Klowden, executive director of the Milken Institute’s Center for Regional Economics. It’s also a testament to the diversity and resilience of The Biggest Little City compared to Las Vegas, ranked 149th, which was among the top five metropolises to see the highest concentration of business closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19, according to the report.

“Reno is generally doing well,” Klowden said. “He just doesn’t see the absolutely explosive job growth he’s had for a number of years.”

Housing affordability issues continue to plague Reno

Aerial view of neighborhood suburbs around the city of Reno, Nevada, USA

“Explosive job growth” is also at the heart of a challenge that has plagued Reno in recent years as its housing supply continues to struggle to keep up with demand.

The median price of an existing home in the city of Reno hit $600,000 for the first time in January, according to the Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors. The number is nearly double the median home price just five years ago, when it was $320,000.

Last year, the average rent in Reno also posted new highs for six straight quarters, hitting a record high of $1,632 in the third quarter of 2021, according to real estate appraisal and consulting firm Johnson Perkins Griffin.

The result is reflected in the ranking of the best performing cities of the Milken Institute. Housing has been a big factor in Reno, dropping from fourth to 18th place last year, when it ranked 139th for housing affordability. The city did even worse this year as Reno fell all the way to 181st place, “a pretty dramatic drop,” Klowden said.

Reno has essentially become a victim of its own success, according to Klowden.

ICYMI: Lake Tahoe Affordable Workforce Housing Project Gets a Boost with $19.6 Million Grant

Just over a decade ago, Reno was one of the cities hardest hit by the housing crisis, as home values ​​plummeted during the Great Recession. Fast forward to pre-pandemic 2019 and it was one of the most successful cities in the country, attracting businesses to the area and thousands of jobs in the process.

However, not all boats have been able to ride the rising tide of growth, at least not right away. Wages in Reno initially did not keep pace with growth, Klowden said. Housing construction, meanwhile, has seen a litany of challenges, which began even before the pandemic. In addition to some reluctance among local developers to fully return after the housing crash, there were national trends that affected Reno locally.

“Trump tariffs instituted against countries like China, Canada and Mexico on commodities like steel and lumber have made them more expensive and slowed housing construction,” Klowden said. “And then now you also have supply chain disruptions (due to the pandemic).”

Add in the competitive construction market and Reno’s struggles to meet housing demand are easier to understand.

Mike Kamzierski, president and CEO of the Western Nevada Economic Development Authority, acknowledged the community’s challenges with housing affordability. Housing will likely continue to be an issue in the short term, but needs to be addressed as soon as possible in order to maintain Reno’s economic momentum.

“No one is surprised by our housing numbers…and I don’t expect much improvement anytime soon,” Kazmierski said. “The kind of better paying jobs that we need as a community keep coming, but we as a community need to fix this housing issue so they keep coming.”

Housing affordability challenges ‘not unique to Reno’

A home is listed for sale in Wingfield Springs in August 2021.

Like the proverbial canary in the coal mine, Reno also serves as a cautionary tale for other cities currently ranked at the top of the Milken Institute’s Best Cities list.

“Reno is an area where job growth has been disproportionately high relative to population,” Klowden said. “When job growth is this high for several years relative to the size of a city’s population, a housing shortage may have a more immediate effect.”

Klowden says he has no doubt other highly rated metros will experience the same housing issues if they aren’t already.

Klowden pointed out that No. 1-ranked Utah is already experiencing “a wild ride” in real estate prices. Previously affordable markets such as No. 2 Austin are also no longer the bargain they used to be for businesses looking to leave the big metros, he added.

“It’s not unique to Reno and many major metros are now impacted by this (housing affordability issue),” Klowden said. “The spike just hit Reno earlier.”

At the same time, housing affordability issues aren’t stopping cities like San Jose from doing well on the list.

After dropping to 22nd place last year, San Jose has surged back to seventh place this year. This surge has been attributed to significant improvements in job growth, wages and technology.

“The real reason San Jose can hold (despite its high cost of housing) is because it’s one of those metros where people can work and commute from outside the area,” said Klowden. “You meet a lot of people who work there but don’t live there and that’s something that’s increased a lot more during the pandemic.”

Just as technology continues to elevate San Jose, Reno’s booming tech scene could also pay dividends for the city in the future, Klowden added.

Reno fell from 86th to 65th place on a metric that measures the role technology plays in the local economy. Reno fell slightly from 104th to 108th place for its overall high-tech concentration ranking, but it’s still a good place for a city that wasn’t really known for its tech sector before.

“Reno at one point wouldn’t have come close to 108th place and it was way, way below,” Klowden said. “It’s really remarkable progress.”

Recent developments support Klowden’s assessment. Last year, for example, the greater Reno-Sparks area generated record $1.4 billion in seed funding.

Reno-Sparks is also doing a great job of improving synergies between businesses and educational and research institutions such as the University of Nevada, Reno, according to Klowden. This helps create a sustainable foundation for recruiting an educated workforce and building local startups and tech spinoffs without having to spend huge sums recruiting outside companies.

At the same time, housing affordability continues to be an albatross around Reno-Sparks’ neck. Housing issues will hamper the region’s future progress if not resolved.

“Even though Reno has slowed down a bit, it’s still doing a great job of creating a good business climate and building infrastructure for businesses,” Klowden said.

“But when a company looks at Reno and says housing affordability has dropped dramatically, that’s a problem.”

The Milken Institute’s 2022 list of top performing cities

  1. Provo, UT
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Salt Lake City, UT
  4. Phoenix, Arizona
  5. Palm Bay, Florida
  6. Seattle, Washington
  7. San Jose, California
  8. Fayetteville, Arkansas
  9. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  10. Dallas, TX
  11. Durham, North Carolina
  12. Huntsville, Alabama
  13. Oden, UT
  14. Denver, Colorado
  15. Boise, Idaho

Jason Hidalgo covers business and technology for the Reno Gazette Journal, and also reviews the latest video games. Follow him on Twitter @jasonhidalgo. Do you like this content ? Support local journalism with an RGJ digital subscription.

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Poll: Why Utahans say it’s time to treat COVID-19 like other illnesses

More than three-quarters of Utahns support Gov. Spencer Cox’s “steady-state” COVID-19 plan to begin treating the virus like the flu and other illnesses with limited outbreaks rather than as a permanent emergency, according to the latest Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll.

And while 40% of Utahns believe it will take another year or more for life to return to normal after a pandemic that has plagued the world for more than two years, that’s down from 57% in January and 51% in February, during the last wave of cases.

Another 17% of Utahns say they have already moved on.

“The reality is that Utahans are looking at it and are ready to transition now,” said Jason Perry, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. Perry said that because the governor’s plan has the support of so many Utahns, it shows that Cox and legislative leaders “have found the mark for Utah” on COVID-19.

The poll found 77% approved of the change in the state’s COVID-19 response announced by Cox in mid-February, as the number of cases driven by the incredibly transmissible omicron variant of the virus declined after peaking. record. Only 18% disagreed and 4% didn’t know.

When it comes to weathering the pandemic, in addition to the 17% who say their lives are back to normal now — a response added to the poll for the first time — 13% of Utahns don’t know when that will happen, while 9% say it will take one to two months; 14%, three to six months; 7%, 6 to 11 months; 18% one year; and 22%, several years.

The poll was conducted March 9-21 by Dan Jones & Associates for the Deseret News and the Hinckley Institute of Politics among 804 registered voters in Utah. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.45 percentage points.

The governor’s spokeswoman, Jennifer Napier-Pearce, said the state remains on track to meet the March 31 deadline set by Cox to have most testing and treatment for the virus carried out by service providers. private health care. The contracts the state has to provide these services, however, will remain in place to deal with any future surges.

Daily reporting of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths is also expected to end, but the state will continue to monitor new outbreaks of COVID-19, including measuring the presence of the virus in sewage, as well as promoting vaccinations.

The governor’s office was pleased with the survey results.

“We appreciate that the vast majority of Utahns see the wisdom in downgrading the state’s response to the pandemic, although we remain prepared to ramp up quickly if we encounter a spike,” Napier-Pearce said. “We are especially grateful to our healthcare and public health workers for getting us to this point.”

Going forward, she said the state will continue to monitor the spread of the virus, focus on promoting vaccinations “and track other lessons learned over the past two years.”

Although mask mandates are being lifted in other states to mark the change in handling of the virus, that is not the case in Utah. The Utah Legislature, which has limited the powers of state and local leaders to respond to public health emergencies, overturned approved mask mandates in Salt Lake and Summit counties in January.

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Dozens of people join the Concerned Coalition’s public health rally at the Salt Lake City Capitol on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, where attendees demanded that partisan politics be removed from Utah’s public health policies.

Mengshin Lin, Deseret News

Perry said the governor’s COVID-19 announcement “may not drastically change anyone’s behavior,” but it does send an important message to Utahns.

“It’s symbolic in a very clear way, where the state of Utah is saying we’re not going to see elected leaders hold regular press conferences about COVID,” he said. “It’s not something we expect our government to be heavily involved in by the end of March.”

Is another wave heading for Utah?

The optimistic attitude of many Utahns comes as the United States faces another potential surge in COVID-19, this time of the so-called “stealth omicron,” a subvariant known to scientists as BA .2 which would be even more transmissible than its predecessor and responsible for further outbreaks in Europe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as of the week ending March 19, the subvariant accounts for just under 35% of all COVID-19 cases in the United States and more than 21% of cases in the region that includes Utah.

So far, 210 cases of the subvariants have been identified in Utah as part of the 1,500 to 3,000 positive test samples submitted weekly for genome sequencing by the state lab, Kelly Oakeson said, Utah Department of Health Chief Scientist for Bioinformatics and Next Generation Sequencing.

Cases of Utah subvariants are increasing, Oakeson said, but not as quickly as previous variants, including the delta, which made Utah the nation’s COVID-19 hotspot last fall. . Still, he said, within a week or two, Utah will catch up with New York, where BA.2 is now the dominant variant.

“There is some hope,” Oakeson said. “We know that reminders work very well against critical illnesses and hospitalizations. So if a good part of the population is boosted, it will help. We know that there is some immunity and protection if you have ever been infected with the original omicron against BA.2.

There will undoubtedly be watershed cases and exceptions among those who have had omicron, he said.

“But the idea is that in the population as a whole, there’s enough immunity that we shouldn’t see another large, huge increase in hospitalizations and deaths,” Oakeson said. However, he added, “this virus has sent us on a loop time and time again, and still likes to throw curveballs at us, so I don’t want to be, you know, overly optimistic.”

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“I’m a little tired of worrying about it”

Count West Valley City dental office manager Janice Gravenmier among the Utahns who endorse the governor’s COVID-19 plan.

“We all had COVID. I got it. My whole family had it. Some of the girls at work got it. And we’re all fine. It wasn’t too bad. I know older and immunocompromised people have more problems,” she said. But when she caught the virus a few months ago, it was like a cold.

“I had to stay home from work, but I cleaned, scrubbed the walls and cleaned the house,” Gravenmier said, while caring for other family members with COVID-19. “The grandkids were like me, bouncing off the walls and having fun. They didn’t care.

Gravenmier, who must always wear a mask at work and helps keep surfaces in the dental office clean by repeatedly wiping them down, said she’s not worried about the subvariant. But she said concerns her employer and others in the health care field continue to have mean it could be a year before life returns to normal.

“It’s going to be a while,” she said.

Bountiful’s Kory Jasperson, who retired from a position in a genetics lab last December, also agrees with the governor that it’s time to treat COVID-19 differently.

“Ultimately, the return to a bit of normality will have to happen at some point. It’s been going on for two years,” Jasperson said. “I think most people are sort of, not necessarily done with it – I mean there are still precautions that are needed – but I think overall we need to start getting back to some normality.”

Still, he said he thought it would take several years to return to pre-pandemic life.

“Everyone is, for the most part, excited about COVID. I completely believe in COVID. This has (had) major ramifications across the world, but there is a segment of the population that will struggle to return to normal life,” Jasperson said, even as he and others resume shopping and the like. daily activities without a mask.

“There is always a possibility that a variant may be a superspreader, or be more lethal, or have greater ramifications than the previous variant, or whatever the case may be,” he said, although he is not particularly concerned with the BA.2 subvariant.

“I think I’m a little tired of worrying about it, but that’s not necessarily the main reason,” Jasperson said, as he and his loved ones are vaccinated and boosted. “Unless you stay home and never go out, you will ultimately always have the possibility of becoming infected.”

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Utah Catholics Join Global Prayer for Peace in Ukraine and Russia

The Very Reverend Martin Diaz leads a service at the Madeleine Cathedral on August 17, 2021. On Friday, residents joined Catholics around the world in a prayer for peace and consecration for Russia and Ukraine. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Catholics around the world, including at the Madeleine Cathedral in Utah, prayed together Friday for peace, especially peace in Russia and war-torn Ukraine.

Pope Francis has asked everyone to join in the prayer, named Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for Russia and Ukraineas part of a service that began at 5 p.m. in Rome.

At the Cathedral of the Madeleine, the Most Reverend Martin Diaz led the prayer as part of a noon service, participating in the prayer a little later than that in Rome, which would have been given around 11:30 a.m. MDT.

“Holy Mother, in the midst of the misery of our sinfulness, in the midst of our struggles and our weaknesses, in the midst of the mystery of iniquity which is evil and war, you remind us that God never abandons us , but continue to look upon us with love, ever ready to forgive us and lift us up to a new life,” says the prayer.

Reverend Diaz explained that Catholics believe that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is able to pray on behalf of humanity, and this prayer asked her to intercede on behalf of humanity to bring peace.

The prayer said that humanity needed Mary’s motherly help now and asked her to protect the world from war.

“At this hour, a weary and bewildered humanity stands with you under the cross, needing to entrust itself to you and, through you, to consecrate itself to Christ. The peoples of Ukraine and Russia, who venerate you with great love, turn to you now, even as your heart beats with compassion for them and for all those peoples decimated by war, hunger, injustice and poverty”, he continues.

Throughout the prayer, Catholics said they had entrusted humanity, especially in Russia and Ukraine, to Mary, the mother of God, and asked for the war to end.

Friday was chosen for this prayer because, nine months before Christmas, it is the day when Catholics celebrate the Annunciation, the day when an angel visited Mary to announce that she would have a child, followed of Jesus’ design.

Reverend Diaz said the dedicatory prayer during a school mass. He talked to the students about being at peace with each other, not fighting with each other or bullying.

“In the same way that we are friends with Jesus, Mary wants us all to be friends. Not just here, but around the world,” he said.

Reverend Diaz said that although western Ukrainians are mostly members of an Orthodox church, eastern Ukrainians are predominantly Catholic, and many of them are said to have participated in this prayer in various congregations.

Giving the same prayers is very familiar to Catholics, like giving the same Mass in many churches, but the concept of congregations around the world praying at the same time is unique, Reverend Diaz said.

“I think the idea of ​​all praying together at the same time is the value of the sign of unity and not disunity. War is the ultimate disunity…being together and praying together at the same time in the world is the opposite of war is So the more we are united as sisters and brothers, the less war we will have,” he said.

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Rural Movie Incentives Bill Becomes Law Without Governor Cox’s Signature

SALT LAKE CITY — Senate Bill 49, sponsored by State Sen. Ron Winterton, who represents parts of Summit and Wasatch counties, would exempt rural Utah film productions from current program limits. state tax incentives.

To qualify as rural, projects must be state-approved and filmed primarily in third-, fourth-, fifth-, or sixth-class counties, which excludes Salt Lake, Utah, Davis, Weber, Washington, and Cache counties.

The state provides up to $8.3 million in tax refunds annually to state film productions. Projects can recoup 20-25% of the taxes they pay on direct production expenses, which include goods, services, wages, and income.

“The tax incentive we provide for productions to come to our state is significantly lower than other states,” Alecia Williams, executive director of nonprofit Cinema Slopes, told KSL.

“Utah, at 8.3 (million dollars), it is very difficult for us to compete”,

SB 49 passed the House 50-22 and the Senate 22-7 earlier this month.

In Utah, any bill passed by the Legislature that is not returned by the Governor within ten days, not counting Sundays and the day it was received, becomes law without a signature.

Some lawmakers had argued it was a giveaway to Hollywood, while reports highlighted the governor’s fundamental support for rural parts of the state. Cox ended up doing nothing on the bill, and it became law on Thursday.

About 75% of the first three seasons of Yellowstone were filmed in Utah, contributing nearly $80 million to the state’s economy, especially in filming locations like Oakley, Kamas and Heber City. One of the most frequently used locations for Yellowstone was Thousand Peaks Ranch in Oakley, where Park City Powder Cats operates. It is also the main location of the film Wind River.

The show moved to Montana for its fourth season, where the state legislature raised its tax refund cap to $12 million in 2021.

The series’ movie star and icon, Kevin Costner, has announced plans to shoot an approximately $50 million five-movie Western theatrical series titled Horizon in Utah. He expressed his support for SB 49 at the start of the legislative session.

“I had long dreamed of making my film in Utah and exploring this state was an incredible experience. My greatest hope is that the state will support SB49 and make this dream come true. I don’t really want to go anywhere else with these five movies,” Costner said in a statement earlier this year.

The project, which focuses on 15 years of Civil War-era expansion and settlement in the West, is set to begin filming in Utah on August 29.

“America’s westward expansion was fraught with peril and intrigue, from the natural elements, to the interactions with the indigenous peoples who lived on the land, to the determination and often the cruelty of those who sought to settle there.” Costner told Deadline. “Horizon tells the story of this journey in an honest and forthcoming way, highlighting the perspectives and consequences of the characters’ life and death decisions.

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Veto on transgender sports ban likely to be overturned in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Utah were gearing up for a push Friday to overturn Gov. Spencer Cox’s veto of legislation banning young transgender athletes from playing on girls’ teams, a move that comes amid of a national culture war over transgender issues.

Cox was the second GOP governor this week to overrule state lawmakers on a ban on sports participation, and his letter of veto captured national attention with a poignant argument that these laws target vulnerable children who have already high rates of suicide attempts. But 11 states have enacted similar bans, and they are a key topic for the party’s vocal conservative base.

In Utah, there are also fears that passage of the law could derail the NBA All-Star Game scheduled for February 2023 in Salt Lake City. Utah Jazz owner, tech entrepreneur Ryan Smith, tweeted: “Bill rushed, flawed and won’t hold up. Hope we can find a better way.

The team is also partly owned by NBA star Dwyane Wade, who has a transgender daughter. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the league is “working closely” with the Jazz on the matter.

Leaders of the deeply conservative legislature, however, say they must pass the law to protect women’s sports. As cultural shifts increase LGBTQ visibility, lawmakers argue that transgender athletes may have a physical advantage and could eventually dominate the field and change the nature of women’s sport.

Utah has only one transgender girl playing K-12 sports who would be affected by the ban. There has been no allegation that any of Utah’s four young transgender athletes have a competitive advantage.

The majority of residents — and lawmakers — are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in what has always been one of the most conservative states in the country. But an influx of new residents and tech companies coupled with the growing influence of the tourism industry often sets the stage for heated debate on social issues.

Friday’s deliberations come after more than a year of debate and negotiation between social conservatives and LGBTQ advocates over how to regulate transgender participation in school sports. A year ago, lawmakers scuttled a proposed ban amid concerns about lawsuits and the refusal of Cox, who indicated he would veto the legislation if it landed on his desk.

The problem resurfaced when lawmakers met again earlier this year. His main sponsor, Republican Rep. Kera Birkeland, worked with Cox and civil rights activists at Equality Utah before introducing legislation that would require transgender student-athletes to appear before a government-appointed commission, which would assess whether their participation would distort the rules of the game.

The proposal, although presented as a compromise, failed to gain traction among LGBTQ advocates or social conservatives. LGBTQ advocates took issue not only with Republican politicians appointing commission members, but also with judging criteria, which included body measurements such as hip-to-knee ratio.

Republican lawmakers have said only an outright ban could preserve fairness and safety in women’s sports. In the final hours before the Legislature adjourned earlier this month, they amended the commission’s proposal to include a ban on transgender athletes in girls’ leagues.

Although the measure was not originally passed with veto-proof majorities, its supporters said earlier this week that they had since swayed enough Republican lawmakers to secure a waiver over the course of a primary season where many moderate lawmakers face challenges from the right.

Lawmakers anticipate that legal challenges could delay the implementation of their proposal, similar to the bans that have been imposed in Idaho and West Virginia. The Utah policy would revert to the commission if the courts blocked a ban and found it violated civil rights and equal protections.

The looming threat of a lawsuit worries school districts and the Utah High School Athletic Association, which said it lacked funds to defend the policy in court. On Friday, lawmakers are expected to discuss amending the bill and order the state to agree to possible lawsuits. A bill released Thursday would earmark taxpayers’ money for legal fees and potential damages.

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Suspect in Blaire Leavitt Salt Lake City homicide case travels to Maui

Suspect Katoa Pahulu. Images: SLCPD, Google Maps

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, March 24, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — The Maui Police Department has arrested an accused suspect in the nearly three-year-old Salt Lake City homicide case of 27-year-old Blaire Leavitt.

Suspect Katoa Pahulu, 26, surrendered to Maui police on Friday on the outstanding warrant, according to an SLPCD statement released Thursday.

The investigation into Leavitt’s shooting began at 7:41 a.m. on July 27, 2019. Police responded to a residence near 1200 N. Redwood Road and found Leavitt with gunshot wounds. She was transported to an area hospital, but died.

On February 15 of this year, Salt Lake City police investigators identified six suspects linked to Leavitt’s homicide and the obstruction of justice in the case. Besides Pahulu, the named suspects were Lachelle Fiefia, Mapilivia Laulea, Sunia Cavazos, Tevita Kofutua and Timote Fonua.

Salt Lake City police said at the time it was unclear which suspect could ultimately be identified as the shooter and which would be charged with obstruction of justice.

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Pahulu’s extradition hearing in Hawaii is ongoing.

“The arrest warrant in this case is sealed. As such, the SLCPD is unable to release details of the prosecution or any other details of its alleged involvement in the homicide of Ms. Leavitt,” the SLCPD statement read.

Police are asking anyone with information about this case to call 801-799-3000 and refer to the homicide of Blaire Leavitt.

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Guest Opinion: In a world of stubborn never-Trumpers, Evan McMullin is always wrong for Utah

It must be very embarrassing indeed these days to be a “Never Trump” Republican. While many of us were uncertain about Donald Trump’s candidacy in 2015, his presidency should have erased any doubt, and the past 14 months should have erased any lingering doubt from our collective memories.

Before the senseless overreaction to the coronavirus crushed him, Trump had given America the best economy it had seen in 60 years. His Common Sense Energy Policy Made America So Rich We Exported Oil in the Middle-East. He was the first president since Jimmy Carter not to initiate new conflicts, and he negotiated four – FOUR! – peace agreements between Israel and its Arab neighbours.

With him out now, corrupt Democratic mayors and governors have continued to impose vicious and unnecessary corona lockdowns. Gasoline prices, inflation and real estate prices are skyrocketing. The withdrawal from Afghanistan was the greatest disaster of American foreign policy, and Russia began a new expansionist campaign. Indeed, 62% of Americans agree that if Trump were still president, Putin would not have invaded Ukraine.

This year is going to be the mother of all red waves, and the Republican candidates this wave brings to Washington are our best hope for getting Americans back on track.

But will this wave help things here in Utah?

For some reason, otherwise conservative Utahns are happy to vote for weak, spineless, sometimes openly liberal politicians because they have a smile and an R after their name. While other red states profit from leaders who have dug in their heels, we have to tolerate politicians who are all too happy to give in.

But the most vapid example of the Never Trump Utahns is Evan McMullin.

If you haven’t heard of him, McMullin ran for president in 2016 as part of Trump’s six-man campaign, and this year he’s trying to do the same with beloved Senator Mike Lee. – the man of principle and conservative so reliable that he is a walking argument. in favor of human cloning.

While McMullin has always run as an independent, he is clearly a globalist, big government, establishment Democrat. He supported Hillary Clinton in 2016, endorsed Joe Biden in 2020, and fought to keep Ben McAdams in Congress. McAdams had somehow managed to convince the Utahns that — despite his very liberal record — he was the second coming of Jim Matheson, and McMullin was only too happy to prolong the lie.

McMullin pretends to be a conservative, but attacks Republicans at every opportunity. Insisting smugly that we must restore “the vision that once guided us,” McMullin eagerly joins Democrats and their allied media in pounding American conservatives with the predictable accusations of racism (yawn) or sexism or any other armed “victimism” of the day. He ignores Trump’s indisputable successes in economics and foreign policy, and shrugs off the endless disasters of the Biden administration, both at home and abroad.

As a former CIA undercover agent, McMullin is probably just as disappointed as the rest of the Deep State that Trump didn’t start a war. Plus, as a former CIA agent, he’s trained in the art of deception and tries to fool Utahans that he’s an independent conservative enough for Republicans, but that he hates the Trump wing of the party for garnering votes. Democrats.

It might be easy to call McMullin’s betrayal “no really, I’m a conservative, you guys,” but his interest might be financial. You see, McMullin’s quixotic presidential campaign left him with about $600,000 in debt. Since then, he’s played a political game where he started a nonprofit — Stand Up Republican Foundation, Inc — and used donations to pay for himself.

According to its own tax documents, obtained by Influence Watch and Pro Publica, the Stand Up Republic Foundation (also known as Stand Up Ideas, Inc.) raised millions and much of it went to the partnership McMullin Finn, LLC, in 2017 and 2018. The appearance of personal transactions may not be illegal, but it stinks and seems like an example of a guy starting a nonprofit to become a millionaire at the expense of donors.

Although the United States has created the relative peace and stability of the past 80 or so years, in the post-Trump world we see chaos that could spiral completely out of control. That there are people who do not recognize this danger is frightening, that there are people who seek to take advantage of it is infuriating. Utah must cast off the fake conservatives who have invaded our state and help restore order to the world before it’s too late.

Jared Whitley has worked in the US Senate for Orrin Hatch, the Bush White House and the defense industry. He has won a myriad of journalism awards in Utah, including being the top columnist in the Best of the West competition in 2016. He holds an MBA from Hult International Business School in Dubai and currently lives in Taylorsville.

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Salt Lake City receives an update from sister city Chernivtsi in Ukraine

As the violence and destruction amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, members of the Salt Lake City Council nearly cried Tuesday watching a video update from their sister city’s mayor in Ukraine.

Roman Klichuk, the mayor of Chernivtsi, a tourist-heavy town of more than 250,000 people on the country’s western border, appeared stern in the two-minute video as he described events unfolding across the country. But he is grateful for the support the country receives from around the world, including Salt Lake City.

“We have united and everyone is contributing to the common battle for freedom, not only in Ukraine but throughout Europe. And in this war we are not alone,” Klichuk said in the video to the leaders of Salt Lake City. “Therefore, we are sincerely grateful to each of you for your support and help. … Your support gives us confidence today, and official cooperation is the promise of a better tomorrow.”

The two sides came into contact over the weekend, when Salt Lake City Councilman Alejandro Puy reached out. When the fighting broke out, he wanted to know if there was a link between the city and a Ukrainian municipality – and if there were ways to help.

To his surprise, he noticed a few days ago that Salt Lake City and Chernivtsi became sisters in 1989, through the organization Sister Cities International. The two cities have stayed in touch at times over the past 33 years, including representatives from both cities visiting the other side shortly after signing the charter.

This relationship has created financial support in the past. Utah leaders and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would continue to send financial support and humanitarian aid to the city, especially in the years following the Chernobyl disaster, as it had affected children in Chernivtsi, Puy explained.

“The ties between these two cities run very deep, they run very deep,” he said. “After 33 years, I believe they are still there.”

Despite the ties, they had fallen out of touch for some time. Puy explained that he didn’t want to check in because of politics or something. He just wanted to register “as a human”, specifically as a representative of a sister city.

Given the time that elapsed between contacts, he added that the Chernivtsi municipal government was about as surprised to hear from him as when it found out about the connection.

Sister cities are far from the minds of Klichuk or anyone else from Chernivtsi. Given its location, it’s not the center of many attacks so far, but it’s where tens of thousands of families have fled before crossing the western border into other countries, according to news reports. of recent weeks. Turkey has even moved its embassy from kyiv to Chernivtsi as the conflict continues.

As Klichuk said, Chernivtsi is “almost one of the few cities in Ukraine that has not suffered from Russian occupiers” to this day. As such, it became a “huge volunteer hub” for families fleeing the carnage.

In his video to the Salt Lake City Council, Klichuk cut to the chase, letting Salt Lake leaders know how their sister city is doing amid the invasion.

“The war has come to our homes. … The big cities of the country are now devastated,” he said. “The occupiers stop at nothing: they strike schools, nurseries and even hospitals. This war has no rules.”

While the scene is difficult, he remains optimistic about the future, which he says will remain “free”. Klichuk added that everyone in Ukraine has found a way to help, whether by destroying war material or breaking up misinformation being spread online.

“Every Ukrainian has become a defender of their land. Those people who have lived abroad for a long time come back to defend Ukraine,” he continued. “People are stopping the columns of the Russian occupiers just with flags and singing the anthem.”

The Ukrainian mayor concluded his message by hoping that one day Chernivtsi and Ukraine can quickly end the fighting and return to the nation it was before the invasion. He added that it will likely require help and assistance from around the world, but also from communities like its sister, Salt Lake City.

“We want to become a comfortable European city again with a rich history,” he said. “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes! Thank you!”

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Anatoliy Garan listens to Ukraine’s national anthem during a rally against the war in that country at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on March 12.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Since the invasion began last month, thousands of Utahns have participated in protests and vigils in a bid to show solidarity with those affected in Ukraine. The Utah State Capitol and the Walker Center in Salt Lake City are among the buildings in Utah that have been illuminated in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

They have also created charitable funds or made donations to causes that help Ukraine.

The Salt Lake City government is still determining what is needed and how the city can provide the necessary supplies, according to Rachel Otto, chief of staff for the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office.

At this point, she thinks the most productive thing is to donate money to approved local, national and global organizations that are already doing the work to get supplies to Ukraine, given the difficulty of transporting supplies. by air at the moment.

But it was clear that Klichuk’s message resonated with the board on Tuesday. Council President Dan Dugan began to choke shortly after the video ended, and as he reflected on his experience in Ukraine on a peace program two decades ago.

“I know they are proud, they are resilient, they are strong and (have) big hearts, so we are with you in these troubled times,” he said. “Stay strong, keep the faith.”

The connection also rubbed off on Puy, who set up the connection.

He said Tuesday he couldn’t imagine what it was like trying to run a city during a crisis like the one Chernivtsi is going through right now, between accepting tens of thousands of people at a time while doing facing the threat of future destruction.

“They are fighting for their (life),” Puy said. “I hope that many people in our city can support the people of (Chernivtsi), with whom we have such a close relationship.”

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Outdoor Retailer Show Moves to Utah Despite Boycott Threats

The Outdoor Retailer Show is returning to Salt Lake City from Denver next year despite boycott threats from an environmental group and major recreation companies, the event organizer announced Wednesday.

Critics of holding the event in Utah say politicians in the state oppose efforts to protect national monuments and public lands.

But Emerald X, the publicly traded company that owns the biannual show, told stakeholders in a letter announcing the move that it could better promote the outdoor recreation industry and fight for environmental protection. from its longtime base in Utah — where the show has been held for decades. before moving to Denver in 2018.

Salt Lake City is our hometown, and we return there with a commitment to make meaningful change,” the company said. “In reality, leaving after 2017 did not bring the change we hoped for, so we will push back, not back down. We strongly believe that staying engaged and collectively contributing to the ongoing discussion, however difficult, is much more constructive.

This year’s June event will still be held in Denver before the show’s Winter 2023 event in Salt Lake City.

Show organizers came under pressure in February when The Conservation Alliance and two dozen outdoor recreation companies – including Patagonia, REI and The North Face – threatened to boycott the event if it was brought back to Salt Lake. City despite what they described as widespread industry objections.

Emerald X Group Vice President Jeff Davis said in an interview with The Associated Press that the company hopes to convince skeptical attendees to stick with the show.

Emerald X consulted with hundreds of companies and exhibitors and considered multiple locations, including staying in Denver. An “overwhelming majority” of outdoor retailers wanted the event to return to Utah, he said.

“We’ve spoken to all brands, and while we can’t speak for all brands, our tent is open,” Davis said. “We want as many participants as possible to contribute to what we believe is positive change.”

The dispute over the location of the event has been simmering since 2017, when Utah lawmakers asked then-President Donald Trump to repeal the new Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah. . Thirty outdoor retail companies objected, and the Outdoor Retailer show announced it would be moving from its longtime home in Salt Lake City to Denver.

Later that year, Trump downsized Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah, prompting a Patagonia lawsuit over the downsizing and a statement on his website that “The president stole your land”.

President Joe Biden restored both monuments to their former size.

But the Conservation Alliance, made up of more than 270 companies, argued that Utah’s political leaders are still trying to undermine the monuments with legal actions to roll back protections. Most of the group’s members are outdoor retailers, but the alliance also includes several breweries, photography businesses and a bank.

The alliance, Patagonia and REI each released statements on Wednesday criticizing the decision to move the Outdoor Retailer show and pledging to continue the boycott.

“We are disappointed that the owners of Outdoor Retailer are blatantly ignoring Indigenous peoples, local activists and outdoor athletes who have spent years working to conserve and protect Utah’s wild lands by moving the show in Salt Lake City,” said Patagonia CEO Ryan Gellert.

Utah Governor Spencer Cox praised Emerald X’s decision, saying, “This is great news for Utah’s growing outdoor industry and for anyone who enjoys getting out and about. experience the natural beauty of the state.

He adopted a more confrontational tone during an interview with KSL NewsRadio while talking about the companies that threatened to boycott.

“You can’t come and threaten us and tell us how to do things. That’s not how it’s going to work,” Cox said.

The Republican governor last year called on show organizers to bring the event back to Salt Lake City, saying the location provides economic benefits to the state and outdoor retailers.

Emerald X also sent out a survey last year to the show’s attendees asking for their thoughts on a possible move to various cities, including Salt Lake City; Anaheim, California; Houston; Las Vegas and Orlando, Florida.

Marisa Nicholson, show manager for Outdoor Retailer, told the AP it’s easier for exhibitors to demonstrate their skis, snowboards, kayaks and other products in Utah. Indeed, the outdoor sites where the products can be used or tested are closer and easier to access than in Denver, where the trip to the Rockies from the downtown convention center where the show was based can take hours.

Nicholson said organizers also plan to make winter and summer shows more accessible to consumers rather than just trade buyers and retailers.

She said without providing details that Outdoor Retailer plans to commit revenue from its events in Utah to fund efforts to protect public lands with input from local, state and federal officials as well as tourism and community officials. state affairs.

The Outdoor Retailer Show generates tens of millions of dollars in local economic impact, but profits have been reduced due to the pandemic.

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‘We’re not alone’: Salt Lake City receives sobering update from sister city Ukraine

Roman Klichuk, the mayor of Chernivtsi, Ukraine, addresses Salt Lake City leaders via video on Tuesday. The two cities have been linked by the Sister Cities program since 1989. (Salt Lake City)

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SALT LAKE CITY — As the violence and destruction amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, members of the Salt Lake City Council nearly cried Tuesday while watching a video update from their city’s mayor sister in Ukraine.

Roman Klichuk, the mayor of Chernivtsi, a tourist-heavy town of over 250,000 people on the country’s western border, appeared stern in the 2-minute video as he described events unfolding across the country. But he is grateful for the support the country receives from around the world, including Salt Lake City.

“We have united and everyone is contributing to the common battle for freedom, not only in Ukraine but throughout Europe. And in this war we are not alone,” Klichuk said in the video to the leaders of Salt Lake City. “Therefore, we are sincerely grateful to each of you for your support and help. … Your support gives us confidence today, and official cooperation is the promise of a better tomorrow.”

The two sides came into contact over the weekend, when Salt Lake City Councilman Alejandro Puy reached out. When the fighting broke out, he wanted to know if there was a link between the city and a Ukrainian municipality – and if there were ways to help.

To his surprise, he noticed a few days ago that Salt Lake City and Chernivtsi became sisters in 1989, through the organization Sister Cities International. The two cities have stayed in touch at times over the past 33 years, including representatives from both cities visiting the other side shortly after signing the charter.

This relationship has created financial support in the past. Utah leaders and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would continue to send financial support and humanitarian aid to the city, especially in the years following the Chernobyl disaster, as it had affected children in Chernivtsi, Puy explained.

“The ties between these two cities run very deep, they run very deep,” he said. “After 33 years, I believe they are still there.”

Despite the ties, they had fallen out of touch for some time. Puy explained that he didn’t want to check in because of politics or something. He just wanted to register “as a human”, specifically as a representative of a sister city.

Given the time that elapsed between contacts, he added that the Chernivtsi municipal government was about as surprised to hear from him as when it found out about the connection.

Sister cities are far from the minds of Klichuk or anyone else from Chernivtsi. Given its location, it’s not the center of many attacks so far, but it’s where tens of thousands of families have fled before crossing the western border into other countries, according to news reports. of recent weeks. Turkey has even moved its embassy from kyiv to Chernivtsi as the conflict continues.


The ties between these two cities are very deep, they are very deep. After 33 years, I believe they are still there.

–Alejandro Puy, Salt Lake City Councilman


As Klichuk said, Chernivtsi is “almost one of the few cities in Ukraine that has not suffered from Russian occupiers” to this day. As such, it became a “huge volunteer hub” for families fleeing the carnage.

In his video to the Salt Lake City Council, Klichuk cut to the chase, letting Salt Lake leaders know how their sister city is doing amid the invasion.

“The war has come to our homes. … The big cities of the country are now devastated,” he said. “The occupiers stop at nothing: they strike schools, nurseries and even hospitals. This war has no rules.”

While the scene is difficult, he remains optimistic about the future, which he says will remain “free”. Klichuk added that everyone in Ukraine has found a way to help, whether by destroying war material or breaking up misinformation being spread online.

“Every Ukrainian has become a defender of their land. Those people who have lived abroad for a long time come back to defend Ukraine,” he continued. “People are stopping the columns of the Russian occupiers just with flags and singing the anthem.”

The Ukrainian mayor concluded his message by hoping that one day Chernivtsi and Ukraine can quickly end the fighting and return to the nation it was before the invasion. He added that it will likely require help and assistance from around the world, but also from communities like its sister, Salt Lake City.

“We want to become a comfortable European city again with a rich history,” he said. “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes! Thank you!”

Anatoliy Garan listens to Ukraine's national anthem during a rally against the war in that country at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on March 12.
Anatoliy Garan listens to Ukraine’s national anthem during a rally against the war in that country at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on March 12. (Photo: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

Since the invasion began last month, thousands of Utahns have participated in protests and vigils in a bid to show solidarity with those affected in Ukraine. The Utah State Capitol and the Walker Center in Salt Lake City are among the buildings in Utah that have been illuminated in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

They have also created charitable funds or made donations to causes that help Ukraine.

The Salt Lake City government is still determining what is needed and how the city can provide the necessary supplies, according to Rachel Otto, chief of staff for the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office.

At this point, she thinks the most productive thing is to donate money to approved local, national and global organizations that are already doing the work to get supplies to Ukraine, given the difficulty of transporting supplies. by air at the moment.

But it was clear that Klichuk’s message resonated with the board on Tuesday. Council President Dan Dugan began to choke shortly after the video ended, and as he reflected on his experience in Ukraine on a peace program two decades ago.

“I know they are proud, they are resilient, they are strong and (have) big hearts, so we are with you in these troubled times,” he said. “Stay strong, keep the faith.”

The connection also rubbed off on Puy, who set up the connection.

He said Tuesday he couldn’t imagine what it was like trying to run a city during a crisis like the one Chernivtsi is going through right now, between accepting tens of thousands of people at a time while doing facing the threat of future destruction.

“They are fighting for their (life),” Puy said. “I hope that many people in our city can support the people of (Chernivtsi), with whom we have such a close relationship.”

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Mike Noel’s harassment injunction against critic dismissed

Arguing his pro se appeal, Kanab resident Will James prevails in lengthy dispute with retired lawmaker

(Courtesy of Will James) A ​​vocal critic of retired Utah lawmaker MIke Noel, Kanab resident Will James of Kanab was the target of a harassment injunction which Noel obtained, alleging that James’ conduct at public meetings was threatening. This injunction was denied by the Utah Court of Appeals.

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The Utah Court of Appeals has overturned a stalking injunction by retired Utah lawmaker Mike Noel, obtained against one of his critics, finding that a lower court judge had returned the order without basing it on the applicable legal standards.

The March 10 ruling was a welcome but costly victory for Kanab resident William James, who had argued the protection order served no legitimate purpose and was issued to punish his political activism in the southern community of Utah.

Sixth District Judge Marvin Bagley imposed the order in 2020 in response to a motion Noel filed following a heated argument between the two men at a public hearing before Kanab City Council regarding a sand quarry project in the dunes west of the city.

Noel alleged that James’ behavior was threatening, although video of the encounter did not support the claim. Noel also presented no evidence that James made real or veiled threats or even attempted to communicate with him outside of public meetings.

According to the decision written by Judge Diana Hagen, the relevant question should have been whether James’ behavior would have caused fear in “a reasonable person in [Noel’s] conditions.” Bagley’s injunction, issued following a day-long hearing, made no such determination.

“It is far from clear that a reasonable person in Noel’s position would have feared for his safety or suffered emotional distress, given the context in which James’ conduct unfolded,” Hagen wrote. “The encounter occurred in a public place – a city council meeting – and in full view of a room full of witnesses. Law enforcement officers were stationed at the meeting and ready to intervene. And Noel is an experienced public servant accustomed to dealing with members of the public.

While Noel’s legal fees were covered by the Kane County Water Conservancy District, James says he has to pay $17,000 in fees generated to fight the injunction. He lacked the money to retain an attorney for the appeal case, so he argued the appeal pro se, while Noel was represented by Frank Mylar, a former Utah assistant attorney general, during the call.

A guide business operator, James and many other Kanab residents opposed the sand mine project, which was ultimately rejected because it could have industrialized the scenic landscape that helps sustain the local, land-based economy. tourism and threatens the water supply.

At the July 2019 town council meeting, Noel and James were both kicked out after maneuvering to be the last to speak and trading insults. Because he refused to leave, James was arrested. Earlier in the day, James had been asked to leave a Chamber of Commerce luncheon where he “cackled” during a presentation Noel was giving.

James maintains that it was Noel who harassed and accused him of lying in his motion in court and on the witness stand.

“It is disgusting for a government to use civil laws intended to protect real victims of abuse as de facto gag orders to silence anyone who dares to exercise basic rights in a way the patriarchs do not approve of. “, wrote James in a GoFundMe post. “My hope is that it draws attention to the fact that if these people are the first to claim the constitution when it serves their interests, they are the first to trash it when it serves their interests or when it comes to respecting the rights of dissent, the freedoms and welfare of foreigners and their families.

For his part, Noel characterized James as “a loose canyon” who approached him in a “rugged way”. He also considered James’ social media posts criticizing the Noel family members’ ties to the mine project as amounting to threats.

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Electreon signs cooperation agreements in the United States and Finland

Israeli electric vehicle (EV) charging company Electreon announced that it is partnering with two companies this month for projects in the United States and Finland. The first project is a cooperation with an engineering research center to install the company’s wireless charging technology in a research test track in Utah. The second is cooperation with an infrastructure service provider to enter the Finnish market.

First Electreon has partnered with ASPIRE (Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification), an engineering research center funded by a national science foundation for a collaborative project that will see the Israeli company’s technology installed on the test track research center at Utah State University in North Logan, Utah. The technology will be installed to demonstrate and validate its functionality before the company’s first public deployment splanned for 2023 in Detroit as well as several upcoming pilot projects involving the Utah Inland Port Authority (Salt Lake City, UT) and the Central Florida Expressway (Orlando, FL).

The demonstration will examine a Kenworth Truck Company Class 8 Kenworth T680 Classic being driven 50 meters on the USU test track with the on-road dynamic wireless charging hardware installed.

The site will continue to serve as a live demonstration facility for Departments of Transportation, other government officials, current and potential industry partners, as well as potential and potential Electreon partners and customers as it rolls out. in the USA.

Electreon aims to use this project as a starting point to conduct future vehicle integration programs with various automakers, significantly advancing sustainable mobility infrastructure for the nation and the world.

For the second project, Electreon intends to enter the Finnish market through collaboration with Destia, the largest infrastructure service company and one of the leading providers of charging infrastructure services in Finland. The companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). As part of the collaboration, they will demonstrate the wireless charging technology to potential customers by integrating the system into a commercial electric vehicle (EV).

The objective of the collaboration is to develop commercial wireless charging projects, where Electreon’s wireless charging system and associated operation and maintenance services could be provided as part of the charging solution as that Destia service. Destia offers EV charging solutions for businesses and professional transport, its customers include bus operators, logistics companies, vehicle manufacturers and taxi companies.

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A Look at Utah’s Hydrological Drought

We’ve all heard of the drought that Utah still faces, but we’ve seen the wet weather bring us much-needed water. Isn’t that enough to break the drought? Not necessarily.

Drought can be viewed in different ways. The one we think about the most is meteorological drought, where there is a lack of precipitation for a long period of time. Then there is the agricultural drought which causes plant yields to suffer. But the one we’re facing right now in Utah is hydrological drought. This type of drought affects our water sources like reservoirs, lakes and rivers.

“We’re kind of looking at our storage because we’re using a lot of our storage and last year we used a lot because we didn’t have any,” says Laura Haskell, drought coordinator at the Department. water resources. . “And so we just had to rely on that storage and now it’s down and we want to rebuild it.”

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And by did they go hard! SXSW has partnered with various blockchain companies for NFT-themed brand activations and events spread across the city of Austin. Many of these NFT programs were tailored to the general public while some were exclusive to brand NFT holders (Doodles) while others were for creators holding official SXSW badges.

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If we want equality for women in Utah, we can turn to history

In the pioneer, even polygamous past, things looked more promising for women in the state.

(Rick Bowmer | AP) Neylan McBaine poses for a portrait at her home on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Holladay. McBaine, a lifelong Latter-day Saint and author of the book Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact, said she wants to see more formal church positions created for women.

Let’s start with three underreported facts about Utah women.

First • On Valentine’s Day in 1870, a 23-year-old schoolteacher from Salt Lake City became the first American woman to vote in a public election.

(Utah, however, was not the first state or territory to grant women the right to vote. Wyoming obtained this distinction in December 1869. Wyoming simply had not yet held an election to put this new law in practice.)

Second • When Utah transitioned from territory to statehood in 1896, it enshrined political equality for women in its state constitution. Only two other states had yet done so.

And Third • Immediately after joining the Union, Utah became the first state to elect a woman to serve in its state legislature. Martha Hughes Cannon, a physician, beat her own husband for the seat and used her time in office to help create the Utah Department of Health.

So, what happened ? Today, Utah is known for being on the opposite end of the spectrum of equality and women’s rights. Nationally, for example, the gender pay gap is about 18%, meaning women earn 82 cents for every dollar men earn for full-time work. In Utah, it’s 30%, making Utah one of the worst states for women financially.

It’s not the only problem. Over the past four years, Utah has earned the dubious distinction of ranking last of 50 states in terms of women’s equality, as determined by 17 metrics including academic achievement, earning capacity, representation in government, business ownership and other factors.

One of the keys to implementing equal rights may be to look back to a time when things looked more promising for Utah women, especially politically. Neylan McBaine’s 2020 book “Pioneering the Vote: The Untold Story of Suffragists in Utah and the West” aims to do just that.

“How does no one know? McBaine asked when she started working on the project in 2016, referencing Utah women’s successful fight for suffrage half a century before the right was granted to women nationwide. While scholars and historians have long known of the role Utah women played in the suffrage movement, most ordinary citizens did not.

The nonprofit Better Days 2020, which McBaine co-founded, began approaching institutions and individuals for funds to increase the visibility of women in Utah history. They’ve trained 1,000 teachers across the state, developed a website as an information goldmine, created a Utah license plate to celebrate women’s suffrage, and even raised money for a statue of Martha Hughes Cannon be on permanent display at the United States Capitol.

Most people, McBaine notes, were thrilled to learn how Utah women were “leading the way” in the fight for women’s equality. But she noticed a difference in how different groups received their requests for support. Institutions other than Latter-day Saints, she said, were more receptive than was The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, despite the fact that the main players in the suffrage movement in Utah were all Latter Day Saints.

Why the hesitation? McBaine believes it’s because of polygamy, which many of Utah’s most visible women practiced in the 19th century. Cannon, for example, was the fourth wife of six.

“When we went to religious institutions or people who were members of them and told them this story, their response was, ‘We can’t talk about it. It’s going to be embarrassing for us,” McBaine said. “It was really interesting how the story was received and praised by non-members but less so by members. Today we don’t know how to grapple with the fact that this great triumph was tied to plural marriage.

McBaine also feels that some more conservative voices within the church, of which she is also an active member, may not fully agree with the notion of the advancement of women in public life and politics. After encouraging women to vote and run for public office in the 19th century, the church experienced a major entrenchment in the 20th, promoting the idea of ​​the home as the only sphere for women and organizing vigorously in the 1900s. 1970 to defeat the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. .

And it’s ironic, McBaine notes, because the language of the ERA as written in the 20th century was partly based on the long-standing example of the Utah Constitution, which promised that ” the rights of citizens of the state of Utah to vote and hold office shall not be denied or abridged on the grounds of sex”. The wording of the 1972 ERA was that “equal rights under the law shall not be denied or restricted by the United States or any state on account of sex.”

“We’ve been living under this law all this time, but since there’s no case law, people don’t really know it exists,” McBaine said. “A lot of fears surround the ERA, but we could have seen that they were unwarranted by looking at our own state’s constitution.”

McBaine sees reason for hope, both for Utah women and for Latter-day Saint women. For one thing, this book was published by Shadow Mountain, the national imprint of Deseret Book, the official publishing house of the church. Which means the church has a desire to see this story reclaimed.

McBaine also sees greater openness in the church to women’s voices, including greater attention to the Heavenly Mother, “and the normalization of Heavenly Parents. It’s been a lifesaver for a lot of people.

That’s not to say there isn’t room for improvement. McBaine recently attended a ward conference for his congregation in which there were 37 men at the helm—including the entire stake (area) high council and many male priesthood leaders—and only one woman, who led the hymns.

“There is absolutely no excuse for this,” McBaine said.

“There needs to be a general reassessment of gendered leadership from the top down,” she added. “I don’t know what more we can do at the local level to really change the administration. It must be a massive, global change from below or come from the top down.

“I will say the next thing that has to happen is that the girls have to pass the sacrament. And soon, otherwise we will continue to lose my own daughters and the daughters of their generation.

(The views expressed in this opinion piece do not necessarily reflect those of Religion News Service.)

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It’s unclear how long Ochoa will be out for, however, it doesn’t or doesn’t look like he’ll be back in the starting XI anytime soon after manager Pablo Mastroeni admitted he hasn’t trained yet with the team.

MacMath’s tenure in goal this season has been impressive. In the first two games against Dallas and Seattle, he kept clean sheets. Then, in snow and wind in Foxborough, Massachusetts, he allowed the first goal of the season 225 minutes into the campaign. MacMath has found form and is playing extremely well.

Assuming the form of MacMath continues, what will happen when Ochoa becomes available for selection?

“I think it’s a tricky situation,” admitted Mastroeni when asked how he plans to handle the unavoidable situation. “I think David [Ochoa] finished the season last year in a terrific way and started the majority of pre-season games, but you want to create a competitive environment. What I’ve learned from managing over the years that I’ve done this, which didn’t last long, is that you can’t fix problems in the future. Future situations will resolve themselves, and when that time comes, you will deal with them. You don’t know all the variables that come into play, you don’t know the flow of the form, the results… solving the problem now would be futile and I learned that you can’t do that.

For now, it will be MacMath as the starting goaltender and when Ochoa returns to full health, Mastroeni will assess the variables and make his decision on that. Who knows, maybe when Ochoa returns, the decision will already be made for Mastroeni.

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Brammer briefs Highland City Council after legislative session | News, Sports, Jobs


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Attorney Brady Brammer speaks during oral argument before the Utah Supreme Court at the Matheson Courthouse Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Salt Lake City.

Rep. Brady Brammer, R-Highland, spoke at the Highland City Council meeting on Tuesday, providing an update on changes made in the 2022 Utah Legislative General Session that could affect the city.

“There’s a saying, never blame a legislative body for doing nothing because when it does nothing it hurts no one, when it does something it becomes dangerous,” Brammer said. “Unfortunately, there’s been a lot that’s been done this session…most of it is pretty positive.”

Brammer began his presentation by commending the State of Utah for its fiscal management and fiscal responsibility. Brammer said education funding per student increased by 6% and $248 million was paid into a stabilization account in hopes of maintaining a strong education fund.

“Because the education system relies heavily on income tax revenue, it’s a more variable source of revenue, so in 2008 when our economy fell, our education revenue went up. dropped significantly,” he said. “So what we’ve been trying to do is build a fund while times have been good since 2008.”

Brammer said $1.2 billion was allocated for transportation in the general session, much of which he said could be used in Utah County.

“Because Utah County is a high-growth area, it’s starting to rank very well in the transportation criteria that roads are going to be built for,” Brammer said. “Highland does have a state road which is SR 92, so we don’t see a lot of that…but the need for infrastructure in the northwest part of Utah County is quite significant.”

Brammer mentioned his success in passing the Utah Lake Authority Bill HB 232, which he sponsored alongside Senator Michael K. McKell. He said the Utah Lake Authority will be able to wield more influence than the Utah Lake Commission and will raise money from the state level rather than local budgets, as planned in the Utah Lake Commission. ‘origin.

“It’s a tighter group that has a lot more local control than the commission had,” Brammer said. “And so really what we get with this authority is the ability to have more pressure on the lake from a local voice with more state funding. We did well on this one.

Brammer, who is also a lawyer, represents Highland, Pleasant Grove, Cedar Hills and Alpine in Home District 27, which will soon become District 54 under new boundaries.

“I’m still recovering and processing whatever happens during the session,” Brammer said. “It’s a fast 45 days, but it’s a busy 45 days.”



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Will Donald Trump be in Idaho for St. Patrick’s Day?

Does the Donald spend part of his St. Patrick’s Day in Boise?

I received a cryptic message from Janice McGeachin’s campaign. As you know, the president supported the lieutenant governor in his challenge against incumbent Brad Little. And this despite the closeness of Mr. Trump with the two candidates.

Trump usually packs arenas

Usually, Trump’s visits involve large gatherings in arenas or airplane hangars. At these events, he will praise the candidates he supports. Will he plan a more low-key approach in Idaho? Ivanka Trump made her recent visit to Twin Falls a very quiet affair. She visited Chobani and then distributed boxes of food for the poor.

McGeachin won Trump’s endorsement last fall, just days after Governor Little attended a dinner party at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, where Mr Trump introduced him to the crowd and introduced him. treated as a gentleman.

McGeachin was an early supporter of Trump

Why did the Lieutenant Governor get the approval? She was on the Trump train early. In 2016, she got involved in the campaign and served as Trump’s delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. She helped me rally to her cause. I voted for Ted Cruz in the Idaho presidential primary.

This year’s primary for governor is May 17and. Thursday means that we are in the last two full months. A Republican insider told me in February that a few visits from Trump could revive McGeachin’s campaign and make the race one of the most interesting in Idaho history. Any Trump visit would also likely result in increased donations for McGeachin’s campaign.

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Utah Taxpayers Association Praises Lawmakers for Tax Cut, Preventing Increases

The Utah Taxpayers Association gave lawmakers high marks for their efforts this year to cut taxes and adopt “sound” tax policy. (Annie Barker, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Taxpayers Association gave lawmakers high marks for their efforts this year to cut taxes and adopt “sound tax policy.”

“Legislators passed a very broad income tax rate, which we have been asking the Legislative Assembly for throughout the past year. We appreciate the Legislative Assembly’s consideration for all ratepayers in the Utah while seeing record revenue,” said association president Rusty Cannon. statement on Tuesday.

The nearly 100-year-old organization advocates for tax relief and reform.

The taxpayers’ association also named more lawmakers as “taxpayer friend” than last year. Legislators who voted with the taxpayers’ association at least 90% of the time were included. During this year’s session, 26 representatives achieved recognition, along with 21 senators.

“Our Taxpayer Friend Award is coveted by lawmakers, and we congratulate this year’s winners for championing sound tax policy. We view the number of winners this year as proof that lawmakers understand the importance of formulating sound tax policy for Utah taxpayers,” Cannon mentioned.

One of the Legislature’s first orders of business during the session was to pass a bill to reduce Utah’s income tax rate from 4.95 percent to 4, 85%. The bill was signed by Governor Spencer Cox, making it law.

Cannon said the Utah Taxpayers Association’s annual scorecard ranked the 104 lawmakers on 15 “crucial” tax bills from this year’s session.

“The bills that were evaluated covered key issues for taxpayers such as reducing taxes, preventing tax increases, promoting fairness in Utah’s tax code, and ensuring success. economy of the state for years to come,” he said.

Among the bills supported by the association, the Utah Legislature passed:

  • HB268, which changes the definition of business income to allow a taxpayer to elect to treat all income from the sale of intangible property as business income, but creates an exemption for those who teach guided courses in a skill .
  • HJR19 to promulgate transparency rules and procedures in the budgeting and allocation process. “Taxpayers are less likely to see last-minute budget maneuvers that avoid public scrutiny,” Cannon said.
  • SB93, which eliminates sales tax for supplies used in the course of a business and exempts certain tangible personal property consumed in the performance of a taxable service from sales and use tax.
  • SB147 to reduce overall mobile phone usage costs for years to come.

“Utah has one of the highest tax and tariff burdens on telephone use in the nation, and the ratepayers association supports reducing these charges,” according to the report.

The Legislature failed to pass Hope Scholarship Bill, HB331, which was championed by the Taxpayers Association and sought to establish a scholarship program to fund Education Spending Accounts allowing families to pursue choices outside the public school system.

The report can be viewed at Utahtaxpayers.org.

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Salt Lake Police are asking for help in locating a robbery suspect

SOUTH SALT LAKE – Police in South Salt Lake and Salt Lake City are asking the public for help in locating an armed robbery suspect.

Detectives from both departments work as a team to find a man suspected of aggravated robbery at two different cell phone stores.

One of them happened Monday morning at the T-Mobile store at 3300 South Street near State Street in South Salt Lake City.

According to witnesses, the man entered calmly, demanded money and lifted his shirt to show he had a handgun in his belt.

The police believe it was the same man who robbed the other mobile phone store in the same way.

According to Danielle Croyle of the South Salt Lake Police Department, the suspect is about six feet tall, with dark hair and a slight build. On both flights, he wore a glove on his left hand only.

“Displaying a gun and threatening or using it in a threatening way to hurt (people) causes undue stress for everyone involved,” Croyle said.

Detectives aren’t sure if he’s trying to cover up an obvious feature like a tattoo or a scar, but they think he’s dangerous and needs to be caught quickly.

They are asking anyone with information about the suspect or these crimes to call South Salt Lake Police at 840-4000 or Salt Lake Police, 801-799-3000.

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Housing market 2022: how will rising interest rates affect prices?

The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates this week – likely by 0.25% – for the first time in three years, in hopes of containing soaring inflation.

As a result, mortgage rates will also rise. So what will this mean for the housing market?

In the West, especially for high-demand states like Utah, it’s not good.

“It’s bad,” said Dejan Eskic, senior fellow at the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, who specializes in housing research.

While the nation’s average 30-year fixed mortgage rate has edged closer to 4%, 67% of Utah households are “locked out” of the state’s median price home, according to Eskic’s calculations.

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 can’t afford the median-priced home anywhere because of how quickly rates have gone up over the past two months,” Eskic said.

The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate in the United States hit a record low of 2.65% in January 2021, but has jumped to 3.85% in the past three months.

If interest rates rise even further, approaching 4.5% or 5%, that percentage of Utahns who can’t afford the median-priced home could jump even closer to 70%, Eskic said.

“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.

Wait, shouldn’t higher interest rates help lower demand?

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.”

Low inventory remains a big problem that is sending home prices skyrocketing.

“Typically when we see rates go up, we see a slowdown in demand. We are seeing a slowdown in prices. Sometimes the price actually goes down,” Eskic said, like when they did from mid-2018 to January 2019. Then rates hit nearly 5% and the state saw its median sale price go from $310,000 to $301,000.

But in today’s market? Don’t expect to see prices drop, he said.

“Over the past two months, rates have gone up dramatically, and we haven’t seen anything like it,” he said. “We don’t see any indication of (price) falling because stocks are so low.”

“In a normal environment,” or if the housing market was the same as it was in 2019, Eskic said interest rate hikes would cause prices to “decelerate.”

But Utah’s 2022 market is far from normal.

“The inventory is so low it’s non-existent,” he said, noting that at this time of year UtahRealEstate.com would typically have between 7,000 and 9,000 active homes for sale. “And right now, we probably have 2,000.”

“Because of that, we’re still expecting to see some pretty healthy price increases,” he said.

Even with so many Utahns sold out, Eskic said there are plenty of buyers still driving demand up, many of whom have migrated to Utah.

“It’s those two factors,” he said, “low inventory and immigration.”

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.

Will higher interest rates lower prices?

Higher interest rates may slow price increases, Eskic said, but it won’t stop them.

It will only lift what Eskic called a “mask” that has essentially hidden or softened the impact on homebuyers’ monthly payments.

In 2021, Utah home prices rose 27% statewide, breaking the 20.1% record set in 1978, set 43 years ago, according to the Salt Lake Lake Board of Realtors.

Unfortunately, in 2022 there isn’t a lot of good news for potential buyers. Prices are expected to rise further thanks to low inventories – but the good news is that they will only rise by perhaps 10%, Eskic said, instead of more than 20%.

This slice of good news rings hollow, however, when prices reach record highs.

“It will only slow the acceleration,” Eskic said. “That won’t stop him.”

So in 2022, “we’re still in a sore housing market,” he said, and he doesn’t see relief until “later in the decade, unfortunately,” when aging Utahns decide to trade in their large batches against “simplified”. », smaller batches.

For aspiring homebuyers who have been waiting, hoping prices might come down — hoping the bubble will burst like it did in 2008 — Eskic said there’s no indication the wait will lead to lower prices. price.

Even though prices are painful today, if it makes sense for you and your family, Eskic advised pulling the trigger now rather than waiting.

“It will be much cheaper to buy now,” he said, “than it will be two or three years from now.”

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Analysis of the news of March 14, 2022

99.1% of close contacts of patients infected with Omicron diagnosed within 10 days

Last weekend at Emerging infectious diseasesSouth Korean researchers reported that the average time from exposure to diagnosis of COVID-19 was 3.7 days among quarantined close contacts of patients infected with the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant and that 99, 1% of diagnoses occurred on day 10, supporting a 10-day quarantine period.

The study assessed the time from exposure to diagnosis among 107 close contacts from two Omicron groups on November 24 and 25, 2021. In South Korea, close contacts of Omicron patients were mandated to self-quarantine for 14 days amid surges, regardless of symptoms and vaccination status. Contacts were tested for COVID-19 on days 1, 9 and 13.

The average time between exposure and diagnosis was 3.7 days. Of all contacts, 50% were diagnosed on day 3, while 70% were diagnosed on day 5 and 99.1% on day 10. One diagnosis occurred on day 13 in an unvaccinated child who had previously been tested negative.

Half of contacts in all age groups were diagnosed on day 3. Among contacts with symptoms of COVID-19, half of diagnoses occurred on day 3 and 70% on day 5. Diagnoses of COVID-19 19 among contacts without symptoms occurred in 50% on day 5 and 70% on day 8.

The results of the study led the South Korean government to shorten the quarantine from 14 to 10 days and to 7 days in times of limited capacity due to surge in quarantine facilities.

The researchers noted that unpublished data from a previous study suggested that Omicron’s incubation period may be shorter than that of the Delta variant. “Estimating the duration of infectivity is more difficult than measuring incubation periods; a study that measured viral load from Omicron suggested that viral load fell by 10-13 days, which is consistent with our findings.

While the most effective COVID-19 containment measures are isolation and quarantine, the authors noted that these strategies come with personal and socioeconomic costs. “A 10-day quarantine period can encompass most people exposed to Omicron; however, the duration of quarantine may become shorter after balancing the societal cost with the public health benefits,” they concluded.
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Support tool related to better antibiotic prescribing for pneumonia patients

A real-time electronic decision support tool has helped community hospital clinicians provide best care practices to emergency department patients with pneumonia and has been associated with a decrease in intensive care unit admissions (ICU), more appropriate use of antibiotics and an overall 38% reduction in deaths according to a study last week in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

For the study, researchers at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah, deployed the healthcare system’s electronic open-loop clinical decision support (ePNa) system in 16 of its community hospitals in December 2017 to June 2019. During this period, these hospitals had 6,848 cases of pneumonia and a treating clinician used ePNa in 67% of eligible patients.

The support tool brings together more than 50 key patient indicators, including age, fever, oxygen saturation, lab and chest imaging results, and vital signs to make care decisions, including appropriate antibiotic therapy, laboratory studies, and treatment setting recommendations, such as admission to intensive care. , hospital admission or discharge. The median patient age was 67, 48% were female, and 64.8% were admitted to hospital.

Using the tool, Intermountain researchers found a range of positive patient outcomes, including a 38% relative reduction in mortality 30 days after a pneumonia diagnosis, with the largest reduction in mortality rates in patients admitted directly from the emergency department to the ICU. Guideline-compliant antibiotic prescribing increased from 83.5% to 90.2% (P

Other results were a 61% increase in the number of patients treated on an outpatient basis (from 29.2% to 46.9%), a decrease in admissions to intensive care without safety problems and a reduction in the average time between admission to emergency and the start of the first antibiotic, going from 159.4 minutes to 150.9 minutes.

The researchers say the results are consistent with a previous study involving the use of the ePNa system in large Intermountain hospitals.

“Our study found that clinicians were able to make better treatment decisions with this resource,” first author Nathan Dean, MD, said in an Intermountain press release. “Some of our community hospitals have as few as 20 beds. We wanted to validate the effectiveness of ePNa in very different healthcare settings.”
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‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ Season 3: 5 things you need to know about the Bravo reality show

There’s more to Salt Lake City than mountains and religion. RHOSLC (Real Housewives of Salt Lake City) is an American reality television series that debuted on Bravo on November 11, 2020. It focuses on the personal and professional lives of women living in or around Salt Lake City, Utah, and is the ninth installment in The Real Housewives franchise. Lisa Barlow, Heather Gay, Meredith Marks, Whitney Rose and Jen Shah make up the current cast. Mary Cosby and Jennie Nguyen were among the previous cast members to be featured.

However, before getting into the details of this show, you should ask yourself if you are interested in watching “Real Housewives of New Jersey”, “Kandi & The Gang” and “Real Housewives of Miami”.

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When is ‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ season 3 coming out and where can you watch it?

Keep watching this space for more release date updates as no official release date has yet been announced for the show.

What is ‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ Season 3 all about?

According to Bravo’s synopsis, Lisa continues to be a busy working mother with her enterprising children and devoted husband John by her side. When the women repeatedly question her motives, she quickly finds herself at the center of the drama. Mary’s life has changed dramatically as a result of the pandemic; she was forced to close her church and started a faith-based podcast to fill the void. When rumors about Mary become a topic of conversation when Lisa’s acquaintance uncovers troubling accusations, friendships are tested. While Heather’s business, Beauty Lab + Laser, is booming and about to expand to a second location, her home life isn’t quite so simple. Heather struggles to break Mormon customs and push her eldest daughter to enjoy a secular life as she prepares to leave the nest.

Meredith and Seth are still going strong after reconciling last year, but there seem to be a few rifts in their foundation. As Meredith focuses on her relationship with Seth, she finds herself at odds with her best friend Lisa when loyalty issues arise. Whitney struggles to juggle it all, as her booming business has taken her away from her obligations as a stay-at-home mom, causing a rift in her personal life with Justin. When Whitney gets in the way of Lisa’s longtime relationship with one of her best friends, tensions erupt. Jen struggles to channel her inner zen and heal the vital bonds in her life this season, but when accusations are leveled against her, her world comes crashing down. She will fight for her life as she discovers who her true friends are and wonders who could have turned her in. Jennie, who was introduced to the group by Lisa, isn’t shy about asking the tough questions and diving straight into the drama. Jennie, a successful, married entrepreneur and mother of three, has just sold her medical spas to focus on her children. As Jennie spends more time at home, her husband Duy begins to pressure her to have more children, and when she refuses, he is willing to consider all alternatives, even a sister wife.

Who stars in ‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ Season 3?

Lisa Barlow, Mary Cosby, Heather Gay, Meredith Marks, Whitney Rose, Jen Shah and Jennie Nguyen will be featured on the show.

Showrunner

Scott Dunlop is the creator of “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City”. Executive producers include Lisa Shannon, Dan Peirson, Lori Gordon, Chaz Morgan and Andy Cohen. The production company is Shed Media.

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File of new faces for the desktop | Government and politics

DAILY ELKO

ELKO — Political newcomers threw their hats into the ring this week, running for office in multiple city and county races.

For Elko County Commission District 4, attorney Travis Gerber and Ryndon resident Steven Grimes filed their candidacies this week, vying for the seat currently held by Cliff Eklund, which will expire at the end of the year.

Gerber, whose father Grant Gerber served on the County Commission, said Grant “was a great advocate for Elko County. He grew up here, he understood values, farming and mining. He knew the people of Elko County and loved them.

“Those are big boots to fill, but I had enough time with him – I practiced law with him for 12 years – and I spent my life with him and it rubbed off on me and my brother Zachary,” Gerber said. “We would like to continue this legacy and continue to drive these values ​​forward.”

He added that he has watched county commissioners work with the new tax structure, “looking at how those funds are prioritized and allocated.”

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“I’m encouraged the county is solvent,” added Gerber, who lives in Spring Creek. “That the county improve its extinguishing and firefighting capability with the new engines that have been purchased and the new fire station in Lamoille.”

Citing his father’s position on land use rights for grazing, Gerber said he was “interested in making sure the Canyon de Lamoille doesn’t burn anymore.” It could have been avoided and should have been.

He said he agreed with the way county commissioners were proceeding. “My goal is to continue that legacy and continue to make sound, solid decisions for the county.”

Grimes said he has lived in Elko County since 2004 and wants to “give back to this community as much as possible, or at least help and try to improve this community as much as possible.”

He said roads were one area he wanted to fix, using his own grader for roadworks “but the county can’t come in and do that”.

He also said he would like to fix the map mapping on apps. “All these map services, and you try to find an address, it doesn’t know exactly where to take you,” Grimes said. “Someone needs to step up and clean up the mapping.”

Grimes, who worked for Vega Construction before taking time off for shoulder surgery and rehabilitation, said he currently serves in the Civil Air Patrol, helping organize a local REACT chapter for emergency response. emergencies and disasters. Additionally, he is taking flight lessons to fly a search and rescue plane.

He recalled how lost hikers or others stranded in the mountains could have been located, and said a REACT group could have made a difference.

Grimes said he would also introduce or support an order to protect employees who have been laid off due to their Covid-19 vaccination status.

“Employers must be held accountable for their actions,” he said.

Grimes also explained that he thinks the county commission needs people who “get to work instead of saying why we can’t get to work.”

Mike Hagen, who runs Bristlecone Bikes, filed for mayor against incumbent Reece Keener.

He cited Covid-19 regulations that closed businesses or limited operations as the reason for his candidacy. “No questions were asked. The mayor did nothing to research what was really going on. The mayor must keep control. I don’t want this to happen again,” he said.

“Trade is vital to our survival as a city and the closing of businesses is retroactive to that,” Hagen continued.

Hagen said he had lived in Elko for eight years. He lived in Reno, where he ran for mayor, but moved out after Reno “got too liberal.” I came back where it’s safe. Elko is a very conservative town. I’m very conservative, but I’m not too conservative. I like to see myself right in the middle.

He said he was for legal marijuana and would like to see dispensaries open “because it’s a great source of revenue for the city.” It’s going to take some zoning. The city council said we weren’t going to create a zone for marijuana dispensaries. I would like that to change.

Adding more infrastructure to Elko is another of Hagen’s goals if elected. Specifically, he suggested building a bridge over the railroad tracks and the Humboldt River at the east end of town. “A more direct route to Spring Creek. We now have infrastructure money, so it’s viable.

Hagen has served as a director of various businesses in Salt Lake City and Reno, and he said he thinks Elko needs a “managing mayor” in addition to the city manager.

“We need someone who is going to lead this city in which we are not afraid to grow,” he explained. “A lot of people are afraid to change the small town mentality and grow, but if we’re going to survive as a town, we’re going to have to grow and offer all the great things that Elko has to offer to others.”

Wells businesswoman Bella Cummins ran against Elko County Sheriff Aitor Narvaiza on Friday, saying she was “the people’s choice for constitutional sheriff.”

“Our county became a constitutional county during Covid. Now is the time to stop talking about it and implement the rights and benefits of the constitution into law enforcement so our citizens can realize them,” Cummins said.

She added that she “cannot be bought. I hate hiring practices, management and enforcement through backdoor tactics and good old boy methods. We must all benefit from the upholders of the constitution and the regulations must be applied fairly and equitably. »

The owner of Bella’s Hacienda Ranch in Wells cited her business background for her knowledge of the law. “I run legal businesses in this county and have done so for over 30 years. I understand the laws and no one is better equipped to serve the citizens of our county as a sheriff,” she said.

“I stand for law enforcement that upholds the letter and spirit of the law for all. And that includes opportunities for law enforcement personnel based on hiring and retention policies fair,” she added. “I will lead and protect all the people of our county. I will uphold the rights granted to us under the great Constitution of the United States and see that they are guaranteed. to the citizens of our county, I represent freedom, fairness and responsibility.

Eve Daz of Spring Creek filed her candidacy against appointee Matt McCarty for District 3 of the Elko County School Board. She worked at the Elko Courthouse for eight years, but transferred to Elko County’s IT department last summer.

Daz said she has three children, one of whom is “just starting her journey through the Elko County school system,” and two graduating from Spring Creek and attending colleges in Tucson, Arizona and Reno. She said she is running as a candidate who “cares about the education that our community is raising.”

“I want to do everything I can to make sure he has the opportunities his older siblings had. I care about my kids and I care about your kids,” she wrote in a post. communicated.

“I can no longer sit idly by and hope for the best,” she continued. “The only way to have a bright future is to be an active participant in ensuring that our children and our community are guided towards a brighter future.”

Filing continues at the City Clerk’s Office and the Elko County Clerk’s Office until 5 p.m. on March 18.

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Utah ‘Dancing With The Stars’ pro proposes to his girlfriend

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(ABC4) — Last Monday, famous “Dancing with the Stars” pro Brandon Armstrong proposed to his girlfriend in Salt Lake City.

Armstrong proposed to girlfriend Brylee Ivers, 23, through a trailer he created as family and friends gathered for the couple’s special moment, according to People magazine.

Several cast members of “Dancing with the Stars” commented under Armstrong Instagram post where he announced the couple’s engagement on Tuesday.

“Yesssss congratulations to you both,” exclaimed “Dancing With The Stars” pro Sasha Farber.

Armstrong, originally from California, moved to Utah at age 12 where he began dancing and training in all styles including jazz, hip hop and contemporary. .

He danced four seasons on Dancing with the Stars and his former partners on the show have been Tinashe, TV personality Jeannie Mai, The Real Housewives of Atlanta Kenya Moore and former Supremes singer Mary Wilson.

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Broadband internet service is coming to rural Box Elder communities – Cache Valley Daily

Governor Spencer Cox hailed the benefits of broadband internet service at a press conference in Mantua on March 10.

MANTUA – High-speed Internet service is coming to currently isolated communities in Box Elder County and the price for this improved connectivity will be nearly $9.5 million.

On March 10, Governor Spencer Cox announced the awarding of $5.86 million from the state’s $10 million Broadband Access Grant to connect rural households in Box Elder County via a high speed fiber optic cable.

“What broadband does is turn any home into a school,” Cox explained at the press conference at Sydney’s Restaurant in Mantua. “It can turn any house into a hospital. It can turn any home into a movie theater. It can turn any home into a workplace.

The number of Box Elder County households affected by the state grant will be about 2,400, according to Ryan Starks, director of the governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity.

Communities with faster internet access will include Bear River City, Elwood, Howell, Mantua, Penrose, South Willard, Thatcher and Willard.

Cox said funding for the state’s broadband access grant was secured through President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Bailout Act (ARPA) of 2021.

ARPA aims to facilitate the United States’ recovery from the devastating economic and health effects of the coronavirus pandemic by providing federal funds to state governments.

While many other states are using these funds to boost their economies, Cox said Utah is free to use ARPA funds for investments such as fiber optic expansion because its economy has been down. wisely managed during the pandemic.

Local funding of approximately $3.46 million will cover the remainder of the cost of broadband expansion in Box Elder County, according to County Commissioner Stan Summers.

While visiting Mantua, the governor also encouraged all Utahns to participate in the Internet Speed ​​Test, a campaign recently launched by the Utah Broadband Center.

This campaign is a statewide initiative for residents to self-report their internet speed at home, work, or wherever they connect to the internet. This data will help identify areas of the state that are most in need of internet upgrades.

Utahans can complete the speed test by going to www.speedtest.utah.gov.

The Utah Governor‘s Office of Economic Opportunity provides resources and support for starting, growing, and recruiting businesses. It also leads to an increase in tourism, film production, outdoor recreation, and mixed martial arts in Utah.

The Utah Broadband Center advances economic opportunity, energy efficiency, telecommuting, education, and telehealth functions that rely on broadband infrastructure. It works with broadband providers; local, state, and federal policy makers; consumers; community institutions; and other stakeholders to support statewide broadband rollout





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“Devastating”: school meals programs in danger

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — A significant impact from the lack of pandemic funding could be felt in canteens across the country and right here in Utah.

This funding included waivers for school lunch programs.

The loss of these waivers is to local school districts.

The federal government has until Friday to decide whether it wants to keep the pandemic waivers for school meals.

For now, it is not included in the $1.5 trillion spending bill.

The Salt Lake City School District and Granite Schools both said there would be serious consequences if this is not continued.

The spending plan approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday is missing a key element according to the School Nutrition Association; one that some Utah school districts say will leave them scrambling.

“It will be devastating,” said Kelly Orton, child nutrition director for the Salt Lake City School District.

School districts like the Salt Lake City School District will face serious consequences if the federal government removes pandemic waivers for school lunch programs.

“We won’t have the funds to support the rising cost of fuel and labor and everything that’s going on around us,” Orton said.

The waivers allowed schools to provide free meals to all students and expand meal services in communities.

Orton said without an extension, schools would cut summer lunch programs and face major problems.

“As a result, school districts across the country, including the Salt Lake School District, are going to have to seek out our own taxpayers, our own funding through school districts, and pull that funding out of textbooks and schools,” Orton said.

Ben Horsley of Granite Schools said there could also be issues.

“Yes and no,” Horsley said. “This is going to impact our families and again, eligible families will still be able to receive free or reduced price lunches. All they have to do is complete the application.

The federal program did not require an application, and as it stands, it expires on June 30.

Orton said he and state superintendents are calling on community members for help.

Child nutrition staff in Salt Lake schools are 30% understaffed.

“We really need manpower,” Orton said. “We need people to help serve lunch. We don’t have enough people to serve lunch. We are closing our service lines because we don’t have enough staff. So if we had people from the community to help us serve lunch, that would help us tremendously. »

Orton said he and his colleagues want Congress to extend the program for at least another year so they can put a plan in place.

From now on, if the program expires, Orton said school lunch prices could be $5 per meal and funds for teachers, textbooks and technology will have to be cut.

Locally, there are always free and reduced lunches offered, however, districts have said that these meals will cost them, the district itself, more, and they will have to figure out how to pay for them as gas is more expensive, food is more expensive and there is a labor shortage.

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Salt Lake City police recover over 160 stolen cars, thousands of dollars in drugs and guns

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Being a police officer can be a tiring undertaking. Officers are constantly working to keep dangerous objects and people away from local streets.

Salt Lake City police provided a summary of figures of some illegal bounties they have collected over the past month.

With Utah Vehicle Theft Classified among one of the highest nationwide, SLCPD says it recovered 169 stolen vehicles last month. They say the percentage averages around six vehicles recovered per day.

With drug distributors using Utah “well-developed transport infrastructure”, federal officials say the state plays a “significant staging area” for the illicit distribution of goods across the United States

The SLCPD played its part in keeping the drugs off the streets by seizing a total of $57,961.60 in February.

Authorities say they also seized 35 firearms. SLCPD states that when something is high priority, their average response time to a priority 1 situation is around 10 minutes and 25 seconds.

Just another day in the life of a Salt Lake City cop.

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Utah economy

Economic Impacts of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine: What Can Utah Expect?

Gas prices in Utah and across the country have soared in recent weeks, largely due to the economic fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and further compounded by President Joe Biden’s decision , announced Tuesday, to ban US imports of Russian oil and gas.

But alongside record high gasoline and diesel prices, which not only hit consumers on a daily basis, but can drive up the prices of a wide variety of goods and services, what other economic impacts will residents and businesses in Utah expect to see as Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine approaches the three-week mark?

On Tuesday, the Salt Lake House convened a panel of local economic and business experts, along with Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, to discuss how Utah is dealing with the unrest as they continue to unfold and disrupt global economic systems.

Romney, who is a member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he supports Biden’s actions in response to Russia’s invasion, but also noted that current and previous administrations have not done so. enough to help build a bulwark in Ukraine to deter Russian aggression.

“I think you have to give the president and his administration real credit for bringing together so many nations, within NATO and some outside of NATO, to come together to put in place the sanctions that have been established,” Romney said. “And they got tougher partly because public opinion around the world…has been so overwhelmingly opposed to Russia that nations have been willing to sign tougher sanctions than I think could have been expected. .

“The big mistake of this administration was not providing enough weapons to Ukraine to really scare Russia off and I think that was a mistake not only of this administration but of previous administrations, Republican and Democratic alike. We we simply did not take the threat of a Russian invasion seriously enough to ensure that Ukraine had the defensive armament necessary to repel an attack.

Romney noted that several commodity indices were at or near historic highs this week and said it was too early to predict what future volatility to expect in global markets. He shared his concerns that European nations, which are much more dependent on Russian exports of energy and raw materials, could be pushed into an economic recession that has a chance of dragging the United States down with it. And, he noted that the global impacts were almost certain to fuel further inflationary pressures on consumers in Utah and across the country.

While escalating gasoline prices may be the earliest and most visible evidence of global market disruptions – Utah’s average price per gallon rose nearly 70 cents last week and was at $4.19 Wednesday according to AAA, just three cents off the state’s all-time high. – the Beehive State, on average, uses less gas than most.

Natalie Gochnour, associate dean at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business and director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at U., attended Tuesday’s economic forum and said the great outdoors of Utah may lead to believe the state’s residents are, collectively, doing a lot of driving. But the data suggests otherwise.

“We are one of the lowest users per capita in the country,” Gochnour said. “It might surprise people because you would think we all drive long distances, but (our population) is very compact, very urban.”

Gochnour also noted that the high prices at the pump reflect that oil producers are getting the best price for the crude oil they extract and that Utah is one of the best states in the country when it comes to oil production, producing 87,000 barrels per day based on 2020 data.

And it’s a boon for local oil companies.

“When oil prices go up, if you’re not an energy-producing state, you’re only doing harm,” Gochnour said. “But when you’re an energy-producing state, you can benefit…and Utah is the 11th-largest oil-producing state in the nation.”

Gochnour said that in addition to oil and gas exports, other commodity markets in which Russian producers play an important role, such as wheat and some metals, are experiencing price escalation and that these factors come at a time when US inflation rose at its fastest. rate in decades. And this convergence of factors is likely to further fuel inflationary pressures.

But there is another factor that is likely to work in Utah’s favor when it comes to weathering the negative economic repercussions of sanctions aimed at isolating Russia from the rest of the world.

Gochnour cited pre-pandemic data indicating that of Utah’s $17 billion in exports in 2019, only about $20 million went to Russian markets. The state’s major international economic export markets are, in order, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Mexico. Russia ranked 43rd, by dollar value, in terms of export volumes that year.

Of these $20 million in Russian exports, about $6.3 million were food products, while machinery accounted for about $3.2 million and miscellaneous manufacturing generated about $3.2 million in value of goods. ‘export.

Miles Hansen, panel member and president/CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, who also spent years in the Middle East and Eastern Europe working for the US State Department, said a growing list of companies were restricting their activities in Russia and noted the impacts, due to the sanctions and the invasion itself, were also disrupting European markets in a way that required new calibrations for Utah companies there present.

“(Utah’s business community) needs to buckle up and focus on resilience,” Hansen said. “We cannot apply the practices of doing business in Europe as usual. This is going to have lasting impacts not only on raw materials, mining and energy, but also on other aspects of the economy.

But Hansen said he believes Utah is entering the current turmoil in a very strong economic position, and new opportunities will likely arise for Utah businesses that are nimble and looking for new markets.

Gochnour also sees Utah’s diverse and growing economy well positioned to meet the challenges ahead emanating from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“In Utah, we go into this global conflict in a very strong position,” Gochnour said. “We have the fastest growing economy in the country and we are one of only four states whose economy has grown in the last two years.”

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Watch Big Brother | Hits and misses | Salt Lake City

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There’s the legalese, and then there’s the legislature creatively using the English language to make them seem smarter than the average bear. And sure enough, almost all of their Acts this session sent the message that, yes, they’re smarter than you, they know better than you, and you better swallow it all. Let’s first talk about how something might “involve the principles of federalism or state sovereignty”, which The Salt Lake Grandstand fortunately put in quotes. In the real world, to implicate means to show that something or someone is involved in a criminal prosecution. Are the principles of federalism and state sovereignty doing something criminal? That’s not what Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, meant with his bill, HB209, which seeks to police the federal government. And they’re going to ask a third party to do that “check” and decide what exactly those principles of federalism are, if not someone’s questionable interpretation of the Constitution.

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fire away
We’re talking about gun laws again and the multitude of ways “the militia” has come to mean anyone, anytime, with any weapon and doing anything with it. . What happened was that Michael Clara, 58, fired at a truck that drove away after hitting his 4Runner, KSL reported. Clara, an outspoken and pompous political activist, said he was defending himself, believing his life was in danger. Yeah, his bullets totally missed the fleeing truck but nearly killed a young girl in the back seat of another vehicle. “Although it disturbs me to hear the story of a young child who was nearly killed in the back seat of his car while traveling down the street, my hands are tied by the demands imposed by the legislature in the new law,” a judge said. That’s because Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, R-Clearfield, literally cut and pasted Florida’s self-defense law, where “hold your ground” now means “prepare to die.”

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call of spades
As the Republican Party turns into anarchic fascism, Utah Senator Mitt Romney stands firm with the old guard, you know, the moral ones. “I have to think anybody who sat down with white nationalists and spoke at their conference was definitely missing a few IQ points,” Romney told CNN. This after he called Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, and Paul Gosar, R-Arizona, “morons” because they attended America’s first political action conference amid cheers frenzied “Putin! Putin!” Romney also voted twice to impeach the former US president and faced backlash from the conservative right in Utah. But he can handle it, for now. He won’t run again until 2024, so he has some time to curry favor with the Utah right and make sure he doesn’t fall into the hands of the GOP fringe.

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Opening of the IRS SLC office for the preparation of tax returns

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The Salt Lake City Internal Revenue Service (IRS) office will open this weekend for face-to-face assistance with tax matters.

The office will be located at 178 South Rio Grande St. and will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to assist residents with any tax issues or questions they may have regarding filing taxes.

The agency will not prepare returns, but taxpayers can ask questions about reconciling child tax credit prepayments, receive assistance with resolving a tax issue, tax bill, or IRS audit. If assistance from IRS employees who specialize in these services is not available, the individual will receive a referral for these services.

The IRS is also urging taxpayers to come prepared with the following information:

  • Current government-issued photo ID
  • Social Security cards and/or ITINs for members of their household, including spouse and dependents (if applicable)
  • Any IRS letters or notices received and related documents

During the visit, IRS staff may also request the following information:

  • A current mailing address, and
  • Bank account information, to receive payments or refunds by direct deposit

IRS staff will schedule appointments at a later date for deaf or hard of hearing individuals who require sign language interpretation services. Foreign language interpreters will be available.

Appointments are not mandatory.

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Time & Tide: Fishing-Specific ‘Pro Trek’ Watch Increases Your Fishing Chances

Fishing is a balance between being in the right place at the right time and a slice of luck. Here are some tips to help improve your chances of catching fish – and how the Pro Trek PRTB70-1 can help.

Understanding natural forces behind fish behavior can improve your angling. It can provide you with the knowledge to see the big picture and how all the variables involved in fishing interact. And the Casio Pro Trek PRTB70-1 watch, with features designed specifically for fishing, can help.

We will not go into the details of the choice of lures here. Instead, it’s a PRTB70-1 dive along with a zoomed-in approach to testing the water at the best times and in the best conditions.

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Casio Pro Trek goes fishing

The Casio Pro Trek line of watches is designed to meet the desires of outdoor enthusiasts. It comes with digital compass, barometer, altimeter and thermometer functions. It’ll even count your steps if you’re into that sort of thing. By syncing with the Pro Trek Connected app, you can save your route, steps and other information.

the Casio PRTB70-1 builds on this technology with fishing-specific features that could help you get the most out of your fishing trips.

The watch continues Casio’s Fish In Time feature, which when programmed displays four different fish icons to indicate the likelihood of catching fish throughout the day. It has a timer that will count down until the net capture period begins.

The Casio PRTB70 offers much of this information over Bluetooth through the Pro Trek Connected app. It can send alerts and information about tides, moon phases, and sunrise and sunset times for your location. To do this, the watch uses Fishing Point Setting, which provides data from 3,300 ports around the world.

Then there’s the Fish Memo, which doubles as a fishing log. The watch can be used to log your location, time and date with your phone. From there, the Pro Trek Connected app will note those conditions, let you check trends in barometric pressure or moon age, and save photos of your catch for posterity. (Pictures or it didn’t happen, right?)

Who is it for ?

the PRTB70-1 could be suitable for anyone who covers a lot of ground to fish. As part of the Pro Trek family, this is an outdoor watch at its core, with compass, barometer and altimeter functions. This variant also incorporates additional fishing technology.

Anglers looking to adopt more technology into their fishing repertoire can use the Pro Trek Connected app to factor in the time of year, day, location and tides when applicable. From there, the watch simply acts as a reminder of peak fishing times. You can check out all the features and tech specs on the Casio website.

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5 ways to improve your fishing

So how can anglers use the data from the PRTB70-1 to improve their game? Let’s go.

Time of the day

One strategy for fishing from a boat is to change your spots depending on the position of the sun. Dusk is generally the most universal time for optimal fishing. In the spring and fall, midday can be lucrative.

In summer, the shallow waters warm up quickly; and the fish, being cold-blooded, move to deeper, cooler waters at noon. Conversely, in the morning and at dusk, fish may be more active near the banks.

the PRTB70-1 can gather all this data on your site and deliver it to you quickly and concisely. This eliminates the hassle of keeping track yourself and being distracted from your line and lure.

Of course, the angle of the light has an impact on how your lure looks in the water. And the fish seem to know that it affects their appearance in the water as well. Thus, small fish may try to avoid drawing attention to themselves for fear of attracting their predators that you are trying to catch.

Adopt the technology

Some anglers love this sport and like to get away from all things electronic. It’s okay, we understand. However, there are times when you want to make sure your free time is spent catching fish – or at least feeling the hits.

You can always check the phases of the moon and the tides in “Old Farmer’s Almanacand plan a trip from there. But a fishing calculator is a bit more modern and has grown in popularity and acceptance. These calculators take into account lunar cycles (between new moon and full moon), sunrise and sunset, and tides to predict more active fishing times.

Rather than relying on tracking those calculations on your phone during a fishing trip, Casio does the PRTB70-1, a watch that can streamline them from its Pro Trek Connected app to the digital display on its face. It shows the best times to fish with four different sizes of fish icons and can count down to the next main fishing window.

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coastal waters

If you can, explore the shore at low tide — you can use the PRTB70-1 to determine when it is – before you even start fishing. This is the best time to see fishing spots like sandbars, deep holes and hollows. Even if you fish this spot later, you’ll know these features are there when the higher waters come in. Aim your first casts in those pockets of water or deeper channels.

If you are fishing from a beach or saltwater shore, you may want to consider timing your trip for the first part of a rising tide. Rising waters will begin to cover shorelines where crustaceans and other prey like to hide. The opportunity for an easy meal draws game fish closer to shore to feed.

Rocks and seashell beds can act as refuges for baitfish and larger predatory fish that seek them out. Of course, you want to avoid casting directly into these spots, as you’re more likely to catch a lure than a lunker.

Similarly, rock jetties, old piers, or other wave-breaking structures will serve as refuges for shellfish and baitfish. You may have to experiment with the depth of your cast to find the fish, but it should be there.

The times around high tide are often considered the best for fishing. Fishing at high tide when the sun hasn’t yet risen can also be more rewarding, as predatory fish are more active near shore and, perhaps, less likely to challenge your line and lure. The slight exception is peak tide when the waters calm down briefly. This can be a good time for a snack.

Low tides can be productive, but you need to be able to dive in deep enough water, which can be a challenge from many beaches.

The ocean water temperature is more difficult to assess from the shore, and this will have an impact on the location of fish. This table of species and water temperatures shows why you might want to change the fish you’re looking for or time your attempt.

Tidal rivers

It is worth remembering that tidal rivers are in a state of flow. Elite anglers will cite the tides as the most important factorprevailing over location and weather, except with extreme temperatures or winds.

To have the best chance of catching fish here, you need to be in tune with the ebb and flow of the tides. The constant change means that by the time you find a lure that works for a spot, you may only have a few casts left before you move or change it.

In general, rising tides allow smaller baitfish to take shelter close to shore. Bass and other predatory fish will follow the baitfish. Higher water also gives larger fish the opportunity to forage in tributary streams. When the tides go down, the real estate available for fish condense.

Fishing on tidal rivers and bays can benefit from deeper channels – drop-offs or just incoming water. Fish often move to areas near these channels in natural cover and debris for shelter and to avoid fighting the pull of the tide.

Shore fishing is best at low tide when you can target bass around pads, trees, or other cover in 2 or 3 feet of water. You can look for banks with defined drops to avoid water that is too shallow at low tide.

A unique feature of tidal rivers is their brackish mixture where salt water and fresh water meet. A variety of species are found here, from bass to redfish and crappie. When the salinity rises, return to softer water.

Boat anglers can go out into open waters to search for species of fish that move with the tides. The tides follow cycles of approximately 6 hours. The early hours of the rising tide and the last hours of the falling tide are generally considered to provide the best fishing.

If you’re down for a full day of boat fishing on a tidal river, you can start downstream towards the mouth and move upstream every 45 minutes or so. Setting a reminder alarm can help you focus on fishing and then move with the tides when alerted. On larger rivers you can do this for 5 hours, then turn around and reverse the process for another 5 hours.

make peace with the rain

Light rain (without lightning) can be a good time to fish, especially in the summer when hosts of bugs and insects are swept into lakes and rivers. Overcast skies also cause fish to move around more.

Of course, standing in the rain can be unpleasant without proper gear. This is where a light shellfish or a poncho can help. During the warmer months, you should pack a jacket with an emphasis on breathability.

Warning: a thin shell can protect you from the rain, but when wet, it can cling to your skin if you wear short sleeves underneath. It’s not only annoying, but it can also steal body heat. We recommend a long sleeve shirt underneath for that reason, not to mention the sun protection it provides when it’s not raining.

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“Blindfolded, Balaclavas, and Handcuffs”: How Some Teens Access Utah’s Youth Treatment Programs

Katey Handel still remembers the fear she felt more than a decade ago when – at 17 – she woke up to a scruffy man towering over her.

“We can do it easily,” she recalled telling him. “Or we can do it the hard way. But you come with me.

It was 2008. Handel was living in Louisiana and had just found out she was pregnant. It had been a crisis for her family, she recalls. His older sister had come to visit and found them a hotel room to talk and spend time together.

Handel had no idea why there were now two strangers in this room, one of them grabbing her from her bed.

“I felt like I had no choice,” she said. “So I went with him. I knew then that I was pregnant. So, I didn’t want to go the hard way, whatever route that meant.

That man was Daniel Taylor, who at the time ran a youth treatment center in Cedar City, Utah called Integrity House. He had gone to Louisiana to bring Handel to his establishment with his parents’ permission. Surprising her in the middle of the night was part of the plan.

Outside the hotel room, Handel’s father was waiting in his SUV, she recalled. He was told to ride in the back with Taylor. Her father then drove them to the airport and Taylor flew with her to Cedar City, where she would stay for the next four months.

The way Handel was taken to Utah is a common tactic in the so-called “troubled teen” industry. With a parent’s consent, two people are sent to surprise their child while he is sleeping and forcibly take him to a wilderness program or residential treatment center.

These programs, many of which are based in Utah, sometimes send staff like Taylor to pick up the children. Parents can also hire a “safe transport” company whose sole purpose is to accompany teenagers to treatment centres.

This shadowy corner of the teen treatment industry is almost entirely unregulated. Carriers hired by parents can drag children from their beds, handcuff them, hold them or blindfold them. Oregon is the only state that has restricted how these companies can bring children across state lines.

In Utah, a lawmaker who recently sponsored a bill bringing regulatory reform to the state’s burgeoning teen treatment industry said he wanted to take a closer look at how children in people from all over the country travel to Utah for treatment.

Some former residents say the experience had traumatic effects that lingered into adulthood, long after leaving a treatment center.

Integrity House in Cedar City, Utah.

Integrity House in Cedar City, Utah.


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A booming industry in Utah

There are over 100 accredited youth treatment programs in Utah. They are aimed at parents and outside agencies dealing with troubled adolescents.

Some are smaller group homes, tucked away in suburban neighborhoods like Integrity House, where Handel was sent. Others are vast horse ranches or large boarding schools. There are also wilderness therapy programs, which require teens to trek across Utah’s vast deserts and public lands.

Since 2015, some 20,000 children have been sent to adolescent treatment programs in Utah. The children come from wealthy families and foster families. Some are on juvenile probation. They may be struggling with drug abuse or eating disorders. Some are depressed or defiant. Some cut themselves or attempted suicide.

Teenagers contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to Utah’s economy each year, according to University of Utah estimates. And new data analysis from APM Reports, The Salt Lake Grandstand and KUER shows how outsized this industry is in Utah compared to other places.

For more than six years, from 2015 to 2020, 34% of teens who crossed state lines to enter a youth treatment center landed in Utah. This means that Utah receives many more children than any other state. On average, Utah receives nearly 3,000 children per year. Virginia and Texas — the next two most popular destinations where troubled teens are sent for treatment — receive between 1,200 and 1,300 children a year.


More children are placed in Utah than in any other state

Every year, thousands of children and adolescents cross state lines and are placed in treatment centers. Utah, which hosts nearly 3,000 placements a year, dominates the sector. The table below shows child placements in Utah and the 15 closest states. Unrepresented states conduct an average of less than 100 internships per year.

SOURCE: Interstate Child Care Compact (ICPC) data, 2015-2020, requested from each state. Not all states provided data for every year, and one state provided no data. The ICPC counts each time a child is placed in a treatment centre. A child could be placed in different treatment centers over the course of a year and would be counted each time they are placed in the care of a facility. To compare annual averages, APM reports normalized the number of placements using the number of years of data reported. DATA: Will make

Many of these children bound for Utah arrive through a “secure transportation” company, where parents pay thousands of dollars to have someone pick up their child and take them away.

At a St. George transportation company, parents pay nearly $2,500, plus airfare for two employees and their teenage boy, if needed.

Taylor, who helped run Integrity House for nearly a dozen years, often picked up residents. Whether or not the transport was a surprise, he said, often depended on the child’s parents. “Sometimes parents worry about not coming, or running away or whatever,” Taylor said in an interview with a reporter on the Sent Away podcast. “So they’ll keep it hidden until we show up.”

A vote for transport regulation

Stephanie Balderston will never forget when Taylor got her into the back seat of a car, taking her from her life in Colorado to Integrity House in 2008.

She still has nightmares, she said, waking up in the middle of the night crying after reliving that moment Taylor pulled her into a car as she screamed for help. Her parents were watching nearby, she recalls, crying but doing nothing to intervene.

“It really is like the most inhumane, craziest thing you’ve ever experienced in your life,” she said.

This memory also haunts Balderston during his waking hours. She sees men who look like Taylor in a store and she is seized with a wave of fear.

“Like at Costco or something, and you look up and you see a random person. And in my head, it’s him,” she said. “And I’m freezing. And I’m terrified. And I’m starting to have flashbacks of my transportation and being at Integrity House.

Last year, Utah State Senator Mike McKell sponsored legislation that marked the first reform of Utah’s troubled teen industry surveillance in 15 years.

The law placed limits on the use of restraints, drugs, and seclusion rooms in youth treatment programs. It required facilities to document any instances in which staff used physical restraints and seclusion, and it required them to submit reports to state licensors. It also increased the required number of inspections that state regulators must perform.

But that legislation placed no limits on what people who transport children to adolescent treatment programs can do — something McKell said he hopes to address in the future. “I don’t think the way we transport children is appropriate,” he said. “I’m convinced that if you start a treatment program with extreme trauma, common sense says it can’t be good for children. And I just think it should be completely banned.

Oregon’s limits on what carriers can do when bringing children into its state for treatment were only recently enacted, in 2021.

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Oregon State Senator Sara Gelser Blouin

Oregon State Senator Sara Gelser Blouin


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This legislation, introduced by Oregon State Senator Sara Gelser Blouin, requires people who transport children to Oregon facilities to be registered with the state Department of Social Services. It also prohibits carriers from using mechanical restraints, such as handcuffs, when taking children to facilities.

“No more balaclavas, blindfolds or handcuffs,” Gelser Blouin said during a floor debate last June. “It is not children who have committed crimes. These are just children that parents have a hard time with. And some are in dire need of care or support, but not blindfolds, hoods, and handcuffs. »

McKell said he sees this as a problem that can only be solved by federal regulations. Since children move from state to state, he said, it is difficult to regulate conduct that occurs outside of Utah before a young person arrives for treatment. .

There has recently been a push to bring federal oversight to adolescent treatment programs nationwide, but the Collective Care Accountability Act has yet to be formally introduced or debated.

In the meantime, McKell said he wants to start understanding the scope of the transportation services industry in Utah. He sponsored a bill this session that will now require transportation companies to carry insurance and be licensed by the state — but he is not enacting any regulatory or oversight measures.

“There have been serious allegations of abuse in the past,” McKell said. “I am concerned about children being picked up in the middle of the night and the trauma that creates.”

Sent Away is an investigative podcast from APM Reports, KUER and The Salt Lake Grandstand. The report is funded in part by Arnold Ventures, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Hollyhock Foundation. See more collaborative reports.

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Key pandemic nutrition assistance looks set to end suddenly

The spat has been taking place behind the scenes in recent weeks as lawmakers try to cobble together a deal to avoid a federal shutdown, which is expected to happen after midnight Friday unless Congress acts. The difficult process has sparked a series of tough debates about which programs passed earlier in the pandemic — and how much, if any, they should be funded more.

The Biden administration had urged lawmakers to expand an initiative first enacted in 2020 that gave the Department of Agriculture the power to issue nutritional waivers for children nationwide. These waivers have allowed school nutrition programs, local government agencies and nonprofits to continue feeding children despite numerous challenges, including school closures that have forced students to learn remotely.

But the Biden administration’s request — backed by congressional Democrats — met resistance on Capitol Hill, according to four sources familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private discussions. Among the Republican opponents was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the sources said.

One of the sources, an aide to the Senate Republican leadership, explained that the program was designed as a temporary solution – and its extension would have cost more than $11 billion at a time when the party is worried about the increasing deficits. The aide pointed out that schools are reopening anyway and faulted the Biden administration for not extending school lunch programs as part of the roughly $1.9 trillion stimulus package Democrats have supported last year. The administration also did not include any money for the initiative when it asked Congress to approve more than $20 billion in new coronavirus emergency funding last week.

Multiple sources have warned that talks around a bipartisan funding deal remain unresolved, meaning the discussion could still change. Lawmakers aim to finalize work on the bill as early as Tuesday so the House and Senate can vote on the broader spending package imminently.

However, without an extension of waivers, schools are expected to see a dramatic reduction in reimbursements for school meals over the next school year. USDA estimates more than 40% decline in school lunch funding for an average school district. The average reimbursement a school gets for a meal served will drop from $4.56 to about $2.91. And it will happen as schools continue to face higher costs for food, labor and supplies.

Schools could also lose critical flexibility in their operation, which has allowed them to adapt the rules of traditional curricula to deal with the pandemic and labor shortages, advocates of those programs say. This includes flexibilities to provide in-class meals or take-out meals for children who have to miss school during quarantines.

Schools could lose the ability to substitute food for needs when they can’t get what they ordered due to unexpected supply chain disruptions, advocates say. Finally, without waivers, schools could face financial penalties if they fail to meet federal requirements due to supply chain issues, and through no fault of their own. For example, if they can’t serve a variety of vegetables or get whole-grain-rich products that meet federal standards, states will be required to penalize districts.

“Ninety percent of schools use waivers and only 75 percent of them break even,” said Stacy Dean, USDA Deputy Undersecretary. “If your income is too low for your costs, you either have to go elsewhere for your income or cut your costs, which could mean lower quality food, layoffs or cutback programs like snacks and breakfast. after school, which has a particular impact on low-income students.

School nutrition advocates are angry. Although covid cases have declined and unemployment in this country continues to fall, the loss of these waivers will be cataclysmic for needy schools and students in a situation that continues to be far from normal, said Kelly Orton , principal of the Salt Lake City School District. . He points out the shortcomings he sees at the moment.

“We had problems getting milk. The carton makers couldn’t make them for us, and sporadically we didn’t have drivers to transport the milk,” he said. “We haven’t had any milk since last Tuesday. It hasn’t been delivered all week, and it’s a vital item that we’re supposed to supply. It’s the new normal.”

Additionally, school districts across the country are struggling to find enough workers, Orton said, but increased funding during the pandemic has allowed districts to pay higher wages to compete in a tight job market.

“At the Utah chain stores, the new starting salary is $15. We had paid $13.50 in our plan, and we just got $15 approved in February so we could be competitive. current funding has allowed us to do that. The fear is that when those waivers go away and the money goes away, there’s no way to fund those higher salaries,” he said.

Many pandemic-era safety net programs have a gradual return to normal, the USDA’s Dean said. By removing these waivers on June 30, schools will not have enough funds for summer programs and for the next school year. Dean said other safety net programs that have been bolstered by the pandemic during the crisis, such as Medicaid health insurance and SNAP (the supplemental nutrition program formerly called food stamps), have had more time to come back. to tighter funding.

“We are concerned that a hard pivot on June 30 could jeopardize a smooth return to normal. What we want is an exit ramp to give schools time to get back to business as usual,” Dean said.

Losing those waivers also means significant logistical challenges for school administrators as they have to charge students again and track eligibility, said Katie Wilson, executive director of the nonprofit Urban School Food Alliance. profit created by school catering professionals.

“Families haven’t filled out free and reduced-price meal forms for the past two years. It will literally be impossible to get that information before the end of June,” Wilson said. “It will take a lot of communication and education to get families to understand why this is changing while they are still under the water of the pandemic. School nutrition programs are taking over all of this, and it will only get worse when they have to find a way to charge parents again.

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Whitney claims Lisa spread rumors about Meredith before rant

The ladies of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” shared their thoughts on Lisa Barlow’s hot mic tirade against ex-best friend Meredith Marks on Sunday night’s second installment of Season 2 reunion.

While chatting with host Andy Cohen, Whitney Rose claimed Barlow, 47, called Marks, 50, a ‘whore’ who ‘fucked half of New York’ long before the angry rant was filmed.

“Since I’m a pot-stirrer – if the shoe fits you, wear it – she told people before she even filmed exactly that,” Rose, 35, said.

“I’m sure she did,” an exasperated Marks replied.

Meanwhile, Barlow has vehemently denied Rose’s accusation.

“I didn’t, I didn’t, I didn’t!” exclaimed the CEO of Vida Tequila before addressing Marks directly. “I never spoke of your marriage. I never talked about you before this rant and I’m sorry it was audio taped.

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Whitney Rose claimed during the ‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City‘ Season 2 reunion that Lisa Barlow spread rumors about Meredith Marks before her hot mic outburst.
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In her rant, Barlow not only called the jewelry designer a “bitch,” but also claimed she cheated on husband Seth Marks. Barlow’s harsh remarks about Meredith came after a controversial group dinner, during which Meredith’s friendships with Barlow and Mary Cosby, 49, were compared.

“Fake Meredith is a piece of shit…fuck you! This fucking piece of fucking garbage. I f-king hate her,” spat Barlow, who felt that Meredith had shown more loyalty to Cosby, a friend of far fewer years. “[Meredith’s] a whore.

At the reunion, Meredith said she was appalled by Barlow’s outburst.

“The venom and hatred that accompanied the delivery is what resonated. I couldn’t even sit down and watch it. I would stop it,” she said. “It took me about an hour to get through it. I was sick, completely sick.

Barlow, who admitted she was in a “blind rage” during the rant, clarified that she didn’t believe Meredith had “f—ked half of New York.”

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Marks said she was appalled by the “venom” in Barlow’s rant, which also included allegations of marital infidelity.

“Do I think you fucked 4.2 million people? No,” Barlow said, to which Meredith jokingly replied, “I slept with fewer people than I have fingers, okay? So this is it. New York City is quite large.

Barlow repeatedly apologized to Meredith throughout the latest “RHOSLC” reunion episode, but it was his last apology that stood out the most.

“I’m beyond sorry,” Barlow began, also acknowledging that his verbal attack hurt Meredith’s husband and their adult children, Reed, Chloe and Brooks.

Seemingly in an attempt to justify his words, Barlow added: “Someone had just told me that you didn’t care about my renovation and stuff and I was like upset…You said I live in a house like —tty.”

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Barlow denied ever speaking ill of Meredith and Seth Marks’ marriage before his rant was captured by Bravo cameras.
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A confused Meredith insisted she ‘didn’t speak’ about Barlow’s house in any capacity, but was nonetheless miffed that the alleged insult prompted such hateful comments from Barlow .

“OK, you have an ugly house, so you should rip my character to shreds,” said Meredith, who left the reunion couch to get away from Barlow during a break from filming. “OK. gorgeous.”

Part 3 of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” Season 2 reunion airs Sunday, March 13 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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Utah Governor Spencer Cox says he plans to veto trans sports ban bill

SALT LAKE CITY, AP — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said he plans to veto legislation passed Friday that would ban transgender female student-athletes from participating in women’s sports.

Without her support, Utah is unlikely to join the 11 states, all led by Republicans, that recently banned transgender girls from participating in school sports leagues that match their gender identity.

In vowing to veto the bill, Cox directly addressed transgender student-athletes, who he says have been the subject of political debate through no fault of their own.

“I just want them to know that everything will be fine. We’re going to work through that,” Cox said.

The governor had engaged for months in behind-the-scenes negotiations to broker a compromise between LGBTQ advocates and social conservatives.

After lending his support to a proposal to create a one-of-a-kind Utah commission of experts to make decisions about individual transgender student-athletes wishing to participate, Cox said he was stunned on Friday night so that lawmakers moved forward and eventually passed a modified proposal that included an outright ban on transgender female student-athletes competing in girls’ leagues.

Legislation sent to Cox after passing the state Senate and House on Friday bans “biological males” — which she defines as “the genetics and anatomy of an individual at birth” — from leagues some girls. Supporters said it would ensure fairness and safety for girls and prevent cultural shifts that they believe could lead to increasing numbers of transgender children wanting to participate in women’s sports in the future.

“Boys can run faster, they can jump higher, and they can throw farther than girls in the same age bracket,” Republican Senator Curt Bramble said.

“For male-born individuals to compete with naturally-born females, it’s an unfair playing field,” he added.

The originally proposed “School Activities Eligibility Commission” would have been made up of a mix of sports and transgender healthcare experts. It ultimately failed to gain buy-in from those who oppose and support a ban.

Utah Governor Spencer Cox speaks during a press conference at the Utah State Capitol, Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, in Salt Lake City.

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Although they preferred it to an outright ban, LGBTQ advocates worried that transgender children scheduled to appear before the panel would feel singled out. Social conservatives, backed by a much larger contingent of Republican lawmakers, said that didn’t go far enough to protect women’s sports.

There are no public accusations that a transgender player has competitive advantages in Utah. Last year, The Associated Press contacted two dozen lawmakers in more than 20 states considering similar youth sports measures and found that it was only a problem a few times among the hundreds of thousands of teenagers. who play sports in high school.

The legislation sent to the governor aims to refute what the commission’s advocates, including the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Kera Birkeland, thought were among their strongest arguments: that the courts would likely prevent Utah from enforcing a ban, much like they have in states like Idaho.

The ban that eventually passed retained sections of the original proposal and named the commission as a replacement, for a scenario in which the courts prohibited Utah from enforcing a ban.

Birkeland, who coaches high school basketball when she’s not in the Legislative Assembly, said her plans to introduce a sports bill for transgender youth for the second year in a row ties into the conversations she had had with transgender and cisgender students.

Although Utah lawmakers ultimately ended up in the same place, Birkeland’s comments were very different from those of lawmakers in states such as Iowa, where a senator framed a ban as a stance against “revival and part of an “ongoing culture war.”

Birkeland said she was frustrated with the many conversations she had about the politics of her commission proposal, rather than the children involved.

She expects she will face legal challenges, but ultimately backed the amended legislation because she says if the ban is imposed by the courts, the commission will eventually operate as intended.

Equality Utah, an LGBTQ rights group opposed to state intervention in youth sports, said it was blindsided by the passage of the legislation.

“We let down our state’s transgender children, who just want to be treated with kindness and respect,” the group said in a statement.

In most places, eligibility decisions for transgender children are made by athletic organizations like the Utah High School Athletic Association. Of the approximately 85,000 student-athletes who play high school sports in the state, four transgender players have gone through the association’s eligibility determination process.

Despite these established processes, youth sports have increasingly become a central political issue in Republican-majority state houses. Prior to 2020, no state had enacted legislation relating to transgender children participating in youth sports. Since then, 11 states have passed laws banning transgender girls from playing in leagues that match their gender identity – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

In Indiana, lawmakers passed a ban this week, sending it to Governor Eric Holcomb for final approval.

The nature of the prohibitions varies. Some explicitly target transgender girls, which have been the main topic of debate in most state houses. Others are broad enough to include college athletics.

With two-thirds majorities in both houses, lawmakers could override the governor’s veto, but with some Republicans opposed to the ban, such a scenario is unlikely.

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Should the streets of Salt Lake have a 20 mph speed limit? The city is studying a “bold” plan

A “20 Is Plenty” lawn sign designed by the Sweet Streets group. The group handed out lawn signs at an event on May 26, 2021. Salt Lake City’s transportation division was given the go-ahead to seek a speed limit change at a meeting on Tuesday. (Jed Boal, KSL-TV)

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SALT LAKE CITY — The default street speed in Salt Lake City neighborhoods is about to be reduced.

The Salt Lake City Council, through a unanimous poll, gave its transportation division the go-ahead to pursue a proposal to lower the city’s default speed limit from 25 mph to 20 mph. If approved in the future, it would apply to all streets in the city, unless otherwise specified.

But even transportation experts who support the idea say lowering the speed limit will likely require future investment to reshape streets.

“(A 20mph speed limit) would be a bold statement, but what would really make a difference…is to back that up with long-term changes in street design,” said Jon Larsen, divisional director of Salt Lake City transportation.

Council’s decision to ask the division to investigate the matter further came after three members of the nonprofit Sweet Streets gave a presentation on the benefits of lowering the city’s default speed limit in 5 mph during the council business meeting on Thursday.

The volunteer organization began promoting a “20 is Plenty” initiative last year with the goal of reducing vehicle speeds in Salt Lake City‘s residential neighborhoods. Taylor Anderson, co-founder of the group, told the council that safety is the top priority, which is why 20mph has been generally used in other parts of the world.

When a vehicle reduces its speed from 30 mph to 20 mph, the chance of a person hit by a vehicle on a street surviving increases from 60% to 90%, according to the Utah Department of Transportation. And these are just dead. Anderson said people’s lives can be “permanently impaired” even if they survive these types of crashes.

“It’s so important to get those speeds closer to 20 mph. … There are significant safety impacts immediately without redesigning the street just by changing the posted speed,” he said during the presentation.

Since road safety is often years behind schedule, organization began tracking ‘traffic violence’ in Salt Lake City as of the end of 2020. This is a database of different automotive-related incidents reported by the media, such as times when people were hit by cars and speeding-related accidents.


We are asking for a paradigm shift. The way we set speeds in the city right now puts the speed of cars first, rather than the safety of people interacting with the street.

–Taylor Anderson, co-founder of Sweet Streets


They have found more than a dozen dead in the city and a handful more injured since December 2020 – and that’s only according to local media reports. The total number of injuries is likely much higher.

Overall, Anderson said people of color, children, the elderly and vulnerable populations are disproportionately affected. He concluded his presentation by asking council to think about people more than the speed of cars when setting streets and speed limits.

“We are asking for a paradigm shift,” he said. “The way we set speeds in the city at the moment, it prioritizes the speed of cars, rather than the safety of people interacting with the street. By making this change, you have the opportunity to change that .”

It should be noted that the city has started reducing speed on some streets to 20 mph. These include parts of West Temple and 1300 South. Other streets, like 400 southwest of I-15 and 900 west, may also soon be added to the list.

The default limit is not universal, however, which Sweet Streets claims.

“There’s a kind of 1900s politics that we’re slowly moving away from as an industry,” Larsen said. “We don’t try to do everything at once, but just assess where appropriate.”

While supportive of the concept his division is already considering, Larsen doesn’t think a lower speed limit alone will make much of a difference. He sees the speed limit as a “symbolic” measure and less as an incentive for drivers to slow down.

However, he said it could be a good conversation starter for other tactics to make streets safer in neighborhoods, including finding ways to disrupt street design that is more “human-centric.” “as they were before motor vehicles. Once the streets are different enough, he said drivers will be encouraged to drive slower.

Anderson agrees. He thinks that street design, such as street width, lanes and speed bumps, all contribute to influencing driving speeds more than speed limits, but a reduction in limits defines at least an expectation. The organization even held a march last week, which ended with the delivery of a petition to Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall calling for an overhaul of 200 South to include bus-only lanes.

Regarding the 20mph proposal, some council members said there needed to be community buy-in and awareness for any changes. For example, Councilwoman Victoria Petro-Eschler expressed concern that people may end up getting more speeding tickets because they are unaware of a new speed limit.

The idea also has the “full support” of members like Councilor Ana Valdemoros.

“I have too many constituents telling me tragic stories and how they would benefit,” she said.

No deadline has been set for the Transportation Division to investigate the matter. If the division recommends a change, the board will have the final say before it is implemented.

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Many Utah consumers are confident in their finances, despite inflation

SALT LAKE CITY — Consumers in Utah say they have hope for the economy and their finances, even with rising inflation. And Utahns tend to feel this in greater numbers than Americans in other states.

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute tracks consumer sentiment in Utah. They noted this surge in confidence in a survey they conducted between January and February 2022.

The Institute reported that consumer sentiment rose 1.9 points from January to February 2022 to land at 78.8%. Sentiment rose among college students and households earning less than $100,000 a year. It fell for those without a degree and those earning over $100,000 a year.

“We really see the benefits of Utah’s strong economy,” said the Institute’s senior economist Joshua Splosdoff, “and good politics in the lives of its citizens.”

That’s not to say Utah consumers are back to where they felt before the global pandemic hit in 2020.

“Overall, we feel even worse than before the pandemic, so we still have a long way to go,” he said.

And Utahans who earn more than $100,000 a year felt less optimistic than those who earned less. Spolsdoff thinks it’s because households with higher incomes have more assets and more to lose.

The result of the Institute’s latest consumer confidence survey comes as no surprise. Spolsdoff said Utah has always been above the national average.

“We’ve actually had ‘net positive’ job growth for the past two years, while most states have had ‘net negative’ growth. As the nation recovered, we were basically expanding and thriving.

And while the survey notes that Utahans are feeling positive, it was conducted before Russia invaded Ukraine and doesn’t take into account the effects the invasion could have on Ukraine’s economy. Utah or Utahans in general.

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Utah to remove body measurements from transgender sports bill | News, Sports, Jobs


Rep. Kera Birkeland, R-Morgan, stands for a portrait at the Utah State Capitol Wednesday, March 2, 2022 in Salt Lake City. Birkeland, a Republican who coaches junior college basketball when she’s not in the state house, said Wednesday she was removing a list of physical attributes from her proposed “Commission eligibility for school activities” – which reportedly used listed criteria such as bone density, hip-to-knee ratio and oxygen saturation to determine eligibility (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY, AP — Transgender children would not be required to report certain body measurements to play sports in Utah, but their participation would still depend on a government-appointed panel of experts under a proposal passing through the Republican-controlled legislature.

Rep. Kera Birkeland, a Republican who coaches junior college basketball, said Wednesday she was removing a list of physical attributes from her proposed “School Activities Eligibility Commission,” which would have used criteria such as bone density, hip-to-knee ratio and oxygen saturation to determine eligibility.

The list of physical attributes has caused an outcry from parents of transgender children and LGBTQ advocates, who fear student-athletes may feel controlled and targeted by the commission.

“We are still working on some details. We just want to make sure it’s legally tightened and we address as many concerns as possible,” Birkeland said, adding that she expected the changes to be introduced within a day or two.

The most recent version of the bill would leave the eligibility criteria to the commission. Birkeland said he could still consider the attributes originally included in the bill, but would have more flexibility to tailor decision-making to individual sports, for example, using different criteria for golf versus basketball. ball.

“They will always consider anything that can give them an athletic edge. They can go back and look at these things and consider the hip-knee ratio. They may consider that muscle mass or size… We don’t want to corner them and say, ‘Just consider those things,’” she said.

Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah, said LGBTQ advocates expected changes to be introduced, but did not know the extent.

The revision came as GOP-majority legislatures throughout the U.S. debate banned transgender student-athletes from playing youth sports. At least 10 states have banned transgender student-athletes from school sports.

Birkeland proposes creating a one-of-a-kind commission for Utah that transgender children would be required to go through if they want to compete in leagues that match their gender identity, rather than the sex listed on their birth certificates. .

Birkeland, who led last year’s unsuccessful campaign to ban transgender student-athletes from women’s sports in Utah, said the commission balanced two legitimate competing priorities: ensuring that transgender children don’t feel not ostracized and protect fairness in women’s sports.

She framed her proposal as a compromise that would allow transgender athletes to play, while addressing Conservative concerns that such players might have a competitive advantage in women’s sports. She hopes that, if passed, the commission will not be challenged by lawsuits like bans in other states like Idaho.

Of the 85,000 students who play high school sports in the state, four have gone through the Utah High School Activities Association’s transgender participation eligibility review process, the association announced Tuesday. Birkeland said he heard of or observed at least eight other contestants.

While the number of athletes involved is central to the issue under consideration, she declined to justify that number, out of concern for student-athletes who may not wish to have their gender identity widely publicized.

Last year, The Associated Press contacted two dozen lawmakers in more than 20 states considering similar measures and found they could cite a few cases where transgender athletes playing high school sports were causing trouble.

There are no public accusations that a transgender player has competitive advantages in Utah.

LGBTQ advocates and parents of transgender student-athletes have balked at the idea that a panel would “police” the measures of transgender student-athletes — an idea Birkeland said his proposal would not require.

Birkeland said transgender student-athletes could submit any information they wanted to the proposed commission. But if they decide not to submit relevant data points, they may be asked additional questions about the criteria as members determine whether they can compete fairly.

Williams, the executive director of Equality Utah, said he wasn’t sure whether LGBTQ advocates would support the bill once the changes are made public.

Removing the list of physical attributes from the bill, he said, would make the backgrounds of commission members more important.

The commission would include a coach, a representative of a sports association and an athletic trainer, in addition to doctors, statisticians and mental health professionals.

Williams believes it will be biased against young transgender people because at least half of its members would not be transgender health experts, he said.

“It does not strive to find a meaningful balance between the values ​​of competition and the values ​​of participation and is geared more towards sports experts, as opposed to people who have expertise in transgender health care,” said said Williams.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem this month signed into law a ban on transgender girls playing women’s sports at the youth and college levels, and Indiana lawmakers passed a bill on Tuesday. ban, sending it to Governor Eric Holcomb for approval.

States that have passed bans have not faced boycotts like North Carolina did when the NCAA and NBA moved events in response to the passage of a 2016 state law. limiting public restrooms that transgender people could use.

But Birkeland’s proposed ban stalled last year amid concerns from Republican Gov. Spencer Cox, who feared passing a ban would jeopardize efforts to hold big events in Utah.

Birkeland’s proposal must be finalized this week because the Utah legislature is scheduled to adjourn Friday.



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Salt Lake City mother grapples with unexpected rent hike

SALT LAKE CITY – Finding housing in Salt Lake City is hard enough, whether residents are buying or renting. But a woman is speaking out after learning her rent will go up by around $500 next month.

There is currently a 2% vacancy rate in the city, but in a healthy market that number should be closer to 5%.

“I don’t know how anyone can afford it. And then having to try to move, to find something different, where else am I going to go,” said the single mother, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals.

The woman who lives on the west side of town said she had lived in her apartment for two years and was ready for a rent increase, but was shocked at how much it had gone up.

“It’s way more than 12%, which is pretty normal, but it’s way closer to 50%,” the woman said.

Before the increase, she said she was paying about $959 a month, but now she will pay more than $1,400.

“I will try to work 60 hours a week. The girls there, they felt bad, they felt bad…they said there was nothing we could do, everyone was feeling it, I didn’t expect to feel it so bad,” he said. she declared.

A notice from the apartment complex claims that the prices are increasing every day.

“It’s cheaper for me, it says here, to be here for six months, they want me out because they want to renovate it so they can charge more,” the woman added.

And with virtually no vacancies, someone would fill their position at the complex almost immediately.

“Probably 5-10 people in their office have lined up wanting a space, so they’re feeling this outside pressure from people who want these units and so to get things done, they’re passing on the cost,” Dejan Eskic said.

Eskic, who specializes in housing and real estate research, said while house prices took off at the start of the pandemic, rents have remained fairly stable. But in 2021, rents started to catch up.

“It’s uncharted territory in terms of rent growth, but at the same time when we look at the demographics, the demand and the lack of supply, it makes sense,” Eskic said.

Lack of manpower, lack of lumber, lack of inventory are all contributing factors and will certainly not have an overnight solution.

Eskic said if you can, become an advocate for more housing in your community.

“Another thing that’s holding us back is us, when we see more housing on offer, we tend to oppose it,” Eskic said. “Some of our stereotypes and misconceptions about density just aren’t true, they’re leftovers from the bad government projects of the 70s and 80s, and that’s really changed in the last 10 to 15 years.

FOX 13 News has contacted the apartment complex where the rent increases are scheduled. The employees wouldn’t comment on camera, but said what they were doing was completely legal and was just in response to current market conditions.

Eskic said nationally about 16% of renters are behind on rent, but in Utah that number is closer to just 6%.

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Searching for a Home in Canada: Weathered Steel on Nova Scotia’s Shores

The gatehouse shed has bare stud walls, with a wood-burning stove and daybed under a pair of large timbers attached to the wall. An outdoor BBQ and pizza oven are built into an exterior stone wall and a hot tub is built into a granite-paved patio.

The property – one of several dozen designed by Mr MacKay-Lyons as part of a new village on the site – is a 10-minute walk from Hirtle Beach and Gaff Point, a hiking trail from 4.3 miles in a nature reserve on a narrow peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic. Restaurants, cafes, bakeries and shops can be found near Rose Bay, LaHave and West Dublin across the LaHave River.

The property is 13 miles from the port town of Lunenburg, a British colonial settlement planned in 1753 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with colorful buildings along its waterfront and restaurants, distilleries, the city’s distinctive breweries, artisans and shops. Big box stores are 20 minutes away in Bridgewater. Halifax, the capital and largest city of Nova Scotia, is 75 miles away and Halifax Stanfield International Airport is 80 miles away.

The pandemic has boosted Nova Scotia’s housing market, which had been buzzing for years.

An initial shutdown of a few months was followed by a “rush of people” from Toronto and other Canadian urban centers, said John Duckworth, broker and co-owner of Duckworth Real Estate. “Properties were being scavenged at lightning speed,” he said, with many sold unseen.

Donna Malone, president of the Nova Scotia Association of Realtors, noted that Nova Scotia has offered a relaxed, low-density environment for remote workers. “Large family homes, which had been a bit depressed, became popular with buyers, as did waterfront properties,” Ms Malone said.

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Biden discusses Putin and inflation in the first State of the Union

(NewsNation Now) — Amid escalating conflict in Europe, President Joe Biden devoted much of his first State of the Union address to pledging to check Russian aggression, saying that it is important to fight the “dictators” before they “cause more chaos”. .”

“Throughout our history, we’ve learned this lesson: When dictators don’t pay the price for their aggression, they cause more chaos,” Biden said. “They keep moving. And the costs and threats to America and the world continue to mount.

As he began his speech, Biden asked lawmakers thronging the House chamber to stand up and salute Ukrainians who have been fighting in their home country against a Russian attack for nearly a week. Biden said he and all members of Congress, regardless of political differences, were united “with an unwavering determination that freedom will always triumph over tyranny.”

It was a remarkable show of unity after a long year of bitter acrimony between Biden’s Democratic coalition and the Republican opposition.

“Putin can surround Kiev with tanks, but he will never win the hearts and souls of the Ukrainian people,” Biden said. “He will never quench their love of freedom. He will never weaken the resolve of the free world.

Biden highlighted the bravery of Ukrainian defenders and the commitment of a newly reinvigorated Western alliance that has worked to rearm Ukraine’s military and cripple Russia’s economy through sanctions.

As Biden spoke, Russian forces were stepping up their attacks in Ukraine, after bombing the central square of the country’s second-largest city and Kiev’s main TV tower, killing at least five people. The Babi Yar Holocaust memorial in Kyiv was also damaged.

During his speech, Biden said the United States was following Canada and the European Union in banning Russian planes from its airspace in retaliation for the invasion of Ukraine. He also said the Justice Department was launching a task force to prosecute the crimes of Russian oligarchs, whom he called “corrupt leaders who have cheated billions of dollars from this violent regime.”

“We come for your ill-gotten gains,” he said, saying US and European allies were looking for opportunities to seize their yachts, luxury apartments and private jets.

Pivoting on domestic concerns, Biden then addressed what has become a top concern for voters: inflation and the economy. Even before the Russian invasion sent energy costs skyrocketing, prices for American families had risen, and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hurt families and the nation’s economy.

Biden outlined plans to fight inflation by reinvesting in U.S. manufacturing capacity, speeding up supply chains and reducing the burden of childcare and elder care for workers.

“Too many families are struggling to keep up with the bills,” Biden said. “Inflation robs them of the gains they might otherwise feel. I understand. This is why my absolute priority is to control the prices.

Biden’s speech came amid public disapproval of his handling of the economy and the pandemic. Results from a recent NewsNation/Decision Desk HQ poll found that 57% of respondents disapproved of Biden’s handling of his presidency. Another 55% say he is not a clear communicator. And 88% said they were at least somewhat concerned about inflation, with 55% saying it was an even bigger concern than COVID-19 or unemployment.

As he denigrated the impact of the 2017 tax cuts, which primarily benefited the wealthiest Americans despite cutting taxes for a large majority of the country, Biden was booed by Republicans at bedroom.

In a rare jarring moment, Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado shouted that Biden was to blame for the 13 service members who were killed during the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan last August.

“You put them in, 13 of them,” Boebert shouted as Biden mentioned his late son Beau, a veteran who died of brain cancer and served near widely used toxic military burns in Iraq. and in Afghanistan. Biden is pursuing legislation to help veterans suffering from exposure and other injuries.

Rising energy prices following Russia’s war in Ukraine are likely to exacerbate inflation in the United States, which is already at its highest level in 40 years, to eat into people’s incomes and threaten economic recovery after the pandemic. And while the geopolitical crisis in Eastern Europe may have helped calm partisan tensions in Washington, it has not erased the political and cultural discord that casts doubt on Biden’s ability to deliver on his promise to promote the national unity.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, chosen to give the Republican response, said Biden’s speech was a blast from the past with rising inflation, rising crime and a resurgent Russia, making it feel more like the 1980s than today.

“Before he was even sworn in, the president said he wanted to — I quote — get America respected around the world again and unite us here. It failed on both fronts,” she said.

Biden used his speech to return the country “to more normal routines” after two years of a pandemic that reshaped American life.

“It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again,” he said. He said people will be able to order another round of free tests from the government and that his administration is launching a “test to treat” initiative to provide free antiviral pills at pharmacies to those who test positive for the virus.

While his speech to Congress last year saw the rollout of a massive social spending package, Biden this year has largely repackaged past proposals in search of workable measures he hopes can win support. bipartisanship in a bitterly divided Congress ahead of the election.

The president also pointed to investments in everything from high-speed internet access to building bridges from November’s $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill as an example of government achieving a consensus and bringing change for the nation.

As part of his speech to voters, he also placed new emphasis on how proposals such as the extension of the child tax credit and the reduction of childcare costs could provide relief to families. as prices rise. It was said that his proposals on climate change would reduce costs for low- and middle-income families and create new jobs.

Biden has called for lower health care costs, outlining his plan to allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, as well as an extension of more generous health insurance subsidies now temporarily available through the Act’s marketplaces. affordable care where 14.5 million people are covered.

Biden also called for action on voting rights, which failed to garner GOP support. And as gun violence escalates, he returned to calls to ban assault weapons, a direct request he hadn’t made in months. He called for “funding the police with the resources and training they need to protect our communities.”

He led Congress in a bipartisan tribute to retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and highlighted the biography of Federal Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, his nominee being the first black woman to serve on the high court.

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Salt lake city government

Utah’s bill banning vaccine passports passed committee after tense meeting

Utah Highway Patrol soldiers take a man into custody for breaking committee meeting rules by failing to cover a political shirt, before discussion of vaccine passport changes began at a meeting of the committee at the State Capitol on Tuesday. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — After a tense meeting that began with some community members being kicked out by soldiers, the Utah Senate introduced a bill that will ban businesses and the government from demanding vaccine passports to enter.

HB60 brought dozens of them to the Senate Tax and Revenue Committee meeting on Tuesday days before the end of the session.

The bill as originally drafted would also have prohibited companies from requiring vaccines. After a heated debate, the committee eventually approved by a 7-2 vote a new version of the bill that still allows employers to require “proof of immunity status”, which can include a previous infection if they have a doctor’s note.

The bill awaits full Senate approval — as well as House approval of amendments — before it can become final.

At the start of the meeting, committee chairman Senator Dan McCay, R-Riverton, warned the crowd that they should abide by the Legislative Assembly’s decorum rules, which he said prohibit attendees getting angry, wearing political stickers, or carrying flags or signs during meetings.

“There are, just like there are everywhere you go, there are rules that you follow in society. Some of them just aren’t a fool, are they? And that rule unfortunately seems to be violated more frequently than not on Capitol Hill,” McCay said.

He said those in the room were breaking the rules, which led him to interrupt the committee for five minutes to give attendees a chance to “follow these rules”.

Sen. Mike Kennedy, R-Alpine, offers his coat to a man as Utah Highway Patrol soldiers demand the man leave for breaking committee meeting rules by failing to cover a shirt politics, before discussion of the HB60S02 vaccine passport changes begins during a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Revenue and Taxation in the Senate Building in Salt <a class=Lake City on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. The man declined Kennedy’s offer. The man also previously displayed political stickers but put them away when asked.”/>
Sen. Mike Kennedy, R-Alpine, offers his coat to a man as Utah Highway Patrol soldiers demand the man leave for breaking committee meeting rules by failing to cover a shirt politics, before discussion of the HB60S02 vaccine passport changes begins during a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Revenue and Taxation in the Senate Building in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. The man declined Kennedy’s offer. The man also previously displayed political stickers but put them away when asked. (Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

During this break, people started shouting in the room. Soldiers escorted away a few people, including a man who had removed political stickers but refused to cover a t-shirt that read “We the people”.

When the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Walt Brooks, R-St. George, began his presentation, he began by attempting to comment on the no sticker or sign rule, and that he is “deeply disappointed”.

“Representative, don’t test the President’s mettle,” McCay shot back. “Please keep your comments relevant to the bill.”

Brooks said the bill was intended to prohibit discrimination against someone because of their vaccination or medical status.

“I think it’s important to note that when we come up with legislation, especially something about this, that it’s not a COVID bill, but COVID has definitely brought it out to because of what many consider an overshoot,” Brooks said. .

He described government leaders as “going overboard” in urging people during the pandemic not to celebrate Christmas with more than 10 people at home.

“What this bill really does is go back to the way we did business before COVID,” he said.

McCay argued that forcing someone to allow someone onto his property is “really uncomfortable” for him, calling it “dangerous territory”.

But Brooks likened the bill to the civil rights movement, saying, “We know that people are created equal.”

He said the unvaccinated should be a protected class.

Representative Walt Brooks, R-St.  George, holds up what he says is a list of 4,000 CEOs and owner-operators who support the HB60S02 vaccine passport changes during a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Revenue and Taxation in the Senate building in Salt <a class=Lake City on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.”/>
Representative Walt Brooks, R-St. George, holds up what he says is a list of 4,000 CEOs and owner-operators who support the HB60S02 vaccine passport changes during a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Revenue and Taxation in the Senate building in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. (Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

But McCay said an unvaccinated person still has a choice of which businesses they visit.

That’s not the case for some small towns, Brooks said, explaining that a town like Blanding only has two grocery stores.

During a lengthy public comment session, some people, mostly from the business community, spoke out against the bill, but the majority of commentators supported the bill.

Elizabeth Converse, with Utah Tech Leads, called the bill “anti-business” and said that as it is currently written, it would also affect other vaccines, causing problems.

Karen Zaya, who described herself as a nurse, said she was considered high risk due to her medical history, but she supports the bill.

“Nobody has the right to ask me what my medical history is. That’s exactly what a passport is,” she said, adding that it makes her “vulnerable to discrimination.”

Mark Alston, one of the owners of the Bayou – among the only businesses in Utah to require proof of vaccine from customers to enter – claimed food service workers were the source of hundreds of disease outbreaks of food origin in the country. He expressed concern about what the bill could do to the restaurant industry.

“I am a living woman who reserves my rights before God,” said Heather Vanin, explaining that vaccine passports allow people to be “withheld” from services based on their health status.

She said that as a mother she had seen “a lot of things cured” without vaccines.

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Why buying a house in the middle of winter was a smart move

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There are advantages to buying or selling a house in any season, including winter.


Key points

  • Conventional wisdom says that buying a house in the winter is a bad idea. Conventional wisdom is sometimes wrong.
  • Less competition can lead to lower prices and more flexible terms.

My husband and I don’t always decide when it’s time to move. Throughout our marriage, we followed our careers wherever they took us. Sometimes we liked where we landed, and sometimes we felt like aliens planted in a world we didn’t understand. We’ve gotten used to buying and selling homes through it all, no matter what time of year we find ourselves moving.

Now, as we consider another move, I remember all the times we were told that winter was a terrible time to sell or buy a house. Given how well mid-winter buying has worked for us, I wonder who is making up these rules.

Move to Iowa

Moving to northwest Iowa was my husband’s idea, a chance for him to take on a leadership role. The first time I hunted a house there, a blizzard reduced visibility to inches and the whole town looked like an out of this world scene. game of thrones. And yet, I was excited. We had sold our last house to pay for college, and I missed having a place of our own.

We bought the first house we visited. Why? Because the owners had already moved out, it was the middle of winter, and they were more than accommodating. It’s not like other home buyers were flocking to a small town in northwest Iowa that month, and frankly, the lack of competition helped us get a well-maintained home at a price advantageous. Sales people were crazy about the color blue, and it was everywhere (including the walls and carpet), but those were cosmetic issues that we were happy to change. Did I mention the bargain price?

The following summer, as house hunters began to compare one home’s appeal to another, we were already settled into our home.

Here is what this experience taught us:

It’s the bones that matter

Curb appeal can be overstated, especially when it comes to flowers, trees, and bushes. We were drawn to the look of the house from the street. The seller made a smart move by leaving pictures of what the yard looked like in the spring, but even if the snow melted to reveal a messy yard, it was something we could handle. The house had good bones, and in the end, that’s what counted.

Winter closings are faster

Before buying the house, my husband was alone in Iowa. I stayed with the children until we had a home and a school for them. Because there were so few house closings at the time, the mortgage lender completed ours at lightning speed, and we didn’t have to live in different states for long.

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Move to Michigan

I believe the snow was two feet deep when we moved to Michigan. Again, the sellers had already moved and were eager to unload their old home. It had been on the market for months with no takers, and it didn’t look like spring was coming to central Michigan anytime soon. Here we are from out of state, eager to get into a home and ready to make a deal.

Having just retired, the previous owners worried about low interest rates and what those low rates would mean for their retirement savings. To put things into perspective, mortgage rates at the time were around 7.5%. FDIC-insured investments, such as certificates of deposit (CDs), earn about 3% interest. The sellers knew that if we took out a traditional mortgage on the property, we would pay 7.5% interest, the kind of return they were hoping to collect.

So we made a deal. Rather than borrow money from a bank, the previous owners financed the house. Instead of making monthly payments to a traditional lender, we made monthly payments to previous owners at the same interest rate we would have paid to a bank. This was more than double the rate owners would have earned on a federally insured investment product, and since we didn’t have to pay closing costs, we saved money upfront. By the time we refinanced a traditional mortgage a few years later, the property had risen enough in value to make it easier to appraise the house.

Here is what experience has taught us:

The winter market is less frenetic

It was a big house. It had five bedrooms, three bathrooms, and sat on one of the only lakes in the county. If it had been on the market during the warmer months, I am sure there would have been heavy foot traffic in the house. There were so few people touring in the dead of winter that we were able to strike up a conversation with the owners, which led to a deal that benefited both of us.

Agents are less busy

Given the wrangling that led to a deal being struck with the previous owners, I’m still a little surprised at how easy the whole process ended up being. We had a real estate agent who acted like we were his only clients. In addition to helping us better understand how an owner finance arrangement works, she went out of her way to introduce us to the area. I can’t imagine how she could have offered the same level of service during the busier months.

The next time you read an article outlining why buying or selling a house in the winter is a bad idea, I hope you take it with a grain of salt.

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Here are the 14 Salt Lake City schools proposed for possible boundary changes or closures

The proposed list is on the agenda for the Tuesday school board meeting.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Mr. Lynn Bennion Elementary School in Salt Lake City is featured in 2019, when it was proposed for closure. School board members decided to keep the school open, but it is now on a proposed new study list of schools that might be considered for boundaries or closure.

In the face of declining enrollment that accelerated in the fall of 2020, Salt Lake City School Board members began the process of evaluating schools for potential boundary changes or closures.

Council members asked Superintendent Timothy Gadson to develop a study list earlier this month, after hearing that the expected continued decline in enrollment next year would support 76.5 fewer teaching positions, according to its school staffing formula. The council voted to cut 42 jobs instead, which district officials expect to be able to do through retirements and attrition, without layoffs.

Tuesday’s board meeting agenda includes a proposed study list in Gadson by Paul Schulte, Executive Director of District Auxiliary Services, Feb. 17. He suggests rating 14 elementary schools into five groups, based on building age, enrollment, usage, and proximity to other schools. Franklin Elementary School is the only school listed in multiple groups.

(The original list released by the district incorrectly included Wasatch Elementary twice and omitted Washington Elementary. This story has been updated to reflect and link to the corrected list.)

(Christopher Cherrington | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Schulte’s list will be presented for further questions and advice from council members on Tuesday, district spokesman Yándary Chatwin said.

Under district procedures for boundary changes and school closuresGadson was expected to gather information to present to the board by the end of February.

The next step outlined in the procedure is for the board to approve an official study list, and then from March through May, district staff would meet with representatives from each school. From May to June, an options committee – convened by Gadson – would develop a list of suggestions he considers viable, for presentation to the board in July.

The Gadson-appointed options committee may create a different list than Schulte’s proposal, Chatwin noted.

School board members are not expected to comment on Schulte’s list at their Tuesday meeting, Chatwin said. Her suggestion to assess schools in clusters allows the board to consider the impact closing one school would have on others around it, she added.

Some schools on Schulte’s list offer unique options that may need to migrate elsewhere if closed. For example, Franklin and Emerson Elementary Schools offer special education programs. Mary W. Jackson, Emerson, and Hawthorne Elementary Schools offer dual-immersion Spanish learning. Emerson’s program is also part of the district’s gifted classes, known as the Extended Learning Program, and Hawthorne is also a loving ELP school.

Several of the schools on the proposed new list were evaluated in 2019 by a committee of district employees and parents. The group suggested the closure of Mr. Lynn Bennion Elementary, located near downtown at 429 S. 800 East.

Although the school board did not close Bennion at this time, his enrollment continued to decline, and he is on the proposed new list of studies.

Bennion and six other schools on the proposed new list were identified as “underutilized” in the 2019 review, meaning they can accommodate an additional 250 or more students. These schools are Ensign, Franklin, Nibley Park, Parkview, Riley, and Washington.

Bennion, Edison and Riley are the three Salt Lake City elementary schools on the proposed list where all students come from low-income families. (There are five such elementary schools in the district, including Liberty and Meadowlark, according to the district. 2021 Enrollment Report.)

Bennion parents, teachers and students opposed the suggested closure at an emotional meeting in February 2019. They told the council that more than a quarter of Bennion students were homeless and that at least 30 children lived in the nearby women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence. a few blocks. Nearly 65% ​​of the students belonged to minorities.

As a Title I school, Bennion receives additional federal funding due to its proportion of low-income families—one of several such schools on the proposed new list.

(Christopher Cherrington | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Resources

• District neighborhood maps and the school board member from each constituency.

• The neighborhood procedures for reviewing boundary changes and school closures.

• The District’s Fall 2021 Enrollment Report. The numbers for each school are usually slightly lower than the numbers used in a more recent budget report to the blackboard.

• The 2019 Fair Use of Buildings report.

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Climate sign signals Great Barrier Reef devastation – ABC4 Utah

SYDNEY (AP) — It was the silence of the sea that first shook the snorkeling teenager, followed by a sense of horror as she saw the coral below had been drained of its kaleidoscopic color . This once vibrant site on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – a site she had previously likened to a bustling capital – had become a ghost town, the victim of another mass bleaching event.

On this day in 2020, Ava Shearer came out of the water and cried. Now, with the release of a United Nations climate report that paints a dire picture of the future of the Great Barrier Reef, the now 17-year-old marine science student and snorkeling guide years, wonders what will be left of the endangered ecosystem as she graduates from Australia’s James Cook University.

“It really worries me,” says Shearer, who grew up along the World Heritage-listed natural wonder off Australia’s northeast coast. “I’m afraid there’s nothing for me to study.”

The world has much to fear in Monday’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which states bluntly that the Great Barrier Reef is in crisis and suffering severe impacts from climate change, with frequent and severe coral bleaching caused by warming ocean temperatures. . The worst bleaching event, in 2016, affected more than 90% of the reef, and a succession of bleaching incidents left the northern and middle part of the reef system in a “highly degraded state”, according to the report.

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on the planet – so large, in fact, that it is the only living thing on earth visible from space. It stretches for 2,300 kilometers (1,400 miles) and is home to more than 1,500 species of tropical fish, as well as dolphins, whales, birds and even century-old giant clams. Before the pandemic, it contributed A$6.4 billion ($4.6 billion) to the economy annually, largely through tourism, and generally supports around 64,000 jobs.

That bleaching will continue along the reef is a virtual certainty, according to the IPCC. Perhaps even more worryingly, the report suggests that it may simply be too late to stop bleaching altogether. Even if the global community achieved its goal of limiting future warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial times, that would still not be enough to prevent more frequent mass bleaching events, although that this may reduce their occurrence, the IPCC has found.

The report predicts that warming oceans and marine heatwaves will lead to the loss and degradation of shallow tropical coral reefs, leading to “widespread destruction” of coral reef ecosystems. The report points to three previous mass bleaching events from 2016 to 2020 that caused significant coral loss, and warns that there has been “mass mortality” of some coral species.

For those struggling to understand how devastating the bleaching is, diver Tony Fontes compares it to a forest fire under the ocean. Fontes, who recently retired after 40 years as a diving instructor on the Great Barrier Reef, remembers diving on recently bleached reefs and swimming in water that had turned milky white from dead coral tissue. He would come out covered in drool.

“You’re sitting on the boat trying to wash it down and you realize you’ve just swum across a reef that a few weeks ago was full of life and vibrant and now a bushfire has crossed and the coral is dead, and the rest of the marine life will just have to move or die,” he says. “It’s a really, really sad and heartbreaking experience.”

Yet despite the looming threat in its own backyard, Australia has fallen behind other wealthy nations in its performance and commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Last year, a climate think tank ranked Australia as the worst climate performer among comparable developed nations since nations pledged in the 2015 Paris climate accord to limit global warming .

The issue is politically tense in Australia, which is one of the world’s largest exporters of coal and liquefied natural gas, and one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases per capita due to its heavy reliance on oil. coal electricity. Last month the government pledged to spend an additional A$1 billion over nine years to improve the health of the reef, but critics have argued the money will do nothing to cope with rising temperatures in the ocean, the main threat to coral.

The consequences of inaction go beyond the ecology to the economy: if the bleaching persists, the IPCC estimates that 10,000 jobs and 1 billion Australian dollars in income would be lost each year due to the decline in tourism alone. .

About a billion people around the world depend on coral reefs for their daily lives, says Scott Heron, professor of physics and expert in reef science at James Cook University. That is why, he says, a failure to urgently reduce greenhouse gas emissions could have devastating effects for humanity.

“It’s going to affect real people and real people’s lives,” Heron says. “It is going to be a massive change not only for Australians, but also for people who make a living from reef services. And so we really put that in a framework of endangering human life.

Beyond the reef, the report warns that climate change will lead to increased heat-related deaths in Australia, the extinction of some animal species and more wildfires. Koalas are threatened with local extinction due to increasing drought and rising temperatures, the IPCC has said. And rising sea levels and storm surges led to the recent extinction of a rodent species called Bramble Cay melomys, which lived on a remote cay north of the Great Barrier Reef, the report says. .

The frequency and severity of dangerous wildfire conditions are already increasing, in part due to climate change, the IPCC said, citing the catastrophic “black summer” fires of late 2019 and early 2020 that have killed at least 33 people and destroyed over 3,000 homes. Even Australia’s famous eucalyptus trees, which are naturally resistant to the country’s seasonal fires, may not be able to withstand the ferocity and frequency of predicted fires, which could lead to the decimation of forests, the IPCC has warned. .

“We’re seeing conditions that weren’t really projected for decades…and yet they’re appearing just about now, and so to some extent we may well be underestimating the risks associated with things like fires” , says the Vice-Chair of the IPCC. -Chair Mark Howden, Director of the Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions at the Australian National University.

Yet despite the dire predictions, Howden urges Australians not to lose hope and instead focus on solutions, primarily by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but also by reducing other reef stressors such than overfishing. The report also provides comprehensive lists of climate adaptation strategies, such as improving building standards so homes stay cooler during life-threatening heat waves.

“Does this report identify whole areas that Australians should be concerned about? Absolutely, and it would be hard to underestimate the comprehensiveness and significance of these impacts,” says Howden. “Does that also paint a whole series of things that we can act on that mitigate against worst-case scenarios in the future? Absoutely.”

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Meredith Marks says her lawyer has a snowflake necklace gifted by Jen Shah

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Star Meredith Marks accepted a snowflake necklace as a gift from Jen Shah despite claiming she didn’t feel comfortable attending a dinner party if her co-star paid for it. Marks spoke about it recently, insisting that his lawyer is currently in possession of the gift.

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‘RHOSLC’ star Meredith Marks says her lawyer has custody of Jen Shah’s snowflake necklace

During a January 2022 episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy CohenMeredith Marks answered a fan question that questioned why she accepted a gift from Jen Shah when she was worried about attending a dinner party potentially paid for by her co-star.

The jewelry designer called the situation a “big deal” for her and said the gift “surprised” her. “Extremely concerned” about what to do, Marks said she called a lawyer immediately after returning from the trip and handed it over to him.

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According to the Chicago native, if Shah is found guilty of her pending charges, her lawyer will give the necklace to the government for restitution.

However, if her co-star is innocent, Marks noted that she would then reevaluate their friendship and if she was moved to a place where she would feel comfortable accepting the gift.

Marks previously said she wanted nothing to do with Shah

After The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Season 1 ended, Marks got mad at Shah for liking derogatory tweets about his son, Brooks Marks. She ended up meeting with the fashion designer to apologize.

It seemed just as well until Shah was arrested for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and telemarketing money laundering. Following news of the indictment, Marks noted that she couldn’t be the friend Shah needed right now and asked others not to invite them both to the same events.

Either way, they kept doing it, and Marks attended a Mother’s Day holiday weekend, paid for by the husbands, alongside Shah. Ahead of her planned Cinco De Mayo-themed dinner, the famous jewelry designer privately told Whitney Rose that she didn’t feel comfortable attending if Shah paid for it.

She went anyway and Shah gave the ladies a snowflake necklace as a gift. Chosen several weeks ago when she and her former assistant, now co-defendant Stuart Smith, went shopping for the perfect gift for the group, and they decided to do it because each snowflake is unique. Many fans noticed that Marks accepted the jewelry despite his initial apprehensions about attending the dinner.

A few ‘RHOSLC’ castmates wondered if Marks had anything to do with Shah’s arrest

When Shah was first arrested, Mary Cosby and Marks were not in the van as they decided to meet the ladies in Zion.

After Lisa Barlow told the ladies about a conversation she had with Cosby in which the pastor claimed they would go to jail if they ‘dirty’ his church, Rose and Heather Gay wondered if the two had something something to do with Shah’s indictment.

The line of questions ranged from who informed the FBI of their location to Marks who may have lied about attending his father’s memorial to help the police catch Shah. The Chicago native took offense to the speculation, which led her to lash out at the ladies early in the morning.

Plus, all the confusion took a toll on Marks and Barlow’s longtime friendship, especially as it resulted in a memorable hot mic rant that could affect their relationship for good. Part 1 of the RHOSLC The season 2 finale will air on February 27.

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Latest cut shows Salt Lake City is plagued by poor homelessness policy

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake City Police participate in the clearance of Fort Pioneer, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022.

Recently, I witnessed another example of the failure of Salt Lake City‘s homeless policy when the residents of Fort Pioneer were evicted. The reduction of the camp, under an anonymous, industrial overpass far removed and ironically within sight of the Deseret Industries “welfare plaza” silo, displaced more than a hundred people.

Some people left early for the sake of self-preservation, but many couldn’t or simply refused. Living on the streets cost these workers and all those who refused to be evicted their means of survival – tents and warm bedding, work tools and clothing, and anything else worth preserved, from life-saving medicines to the ashes of family members, even the identification needed to access future services.

And what is the cost to taxpayers of this abuse of power? We will never know the true cost of the countless cops in bulletproof vests doing the time and a half, the multiple dump trucks driving back and forth to the dump, the tow trucks dragging cars and RVs to pounds already overcrowded with other roaming city sweeps, health department and pickups. All those resources we repeatedly assign to repeatedly disrupt the lives of a few wandering humans and then do it again next week. The dollar cost of each operation is surely measured in the hundreds of thousands, not to mention the fundraisers that follow for impound fees and bail. The emotional trauma and fallout of losing your home and having nothing is even harder to measure, let alone overcome.

Mayor Mendenhall blames other towns in the valley for kicking the homeless. Other valley mayors blame the state legislature or the health department for the cuts. If you ask around enough, the swipes would seem like nobody’s responsibility.

But the police don’t fund themselves, they tend to do as they are told.

Although no one with the required power wanted to stop this particular reduction (despite only four shelter beds available that day), the recent sweep was just one of many, and it won’t be. surely not the last. The evictees are probably camping in another unnamed location; I hope their sleep will not be interrupted.

Rather than continuing to spend taxpayers’ money on police-enforced sanitation cuts, why not just provide the missing services such as bathrooms and showers, trash removal, tents and electric blankets? ?

Jake Trimble, Salt Lake City

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Their Voice: Local Resources for Anxious Children | News, Sports, Jobs



According to an article in Psychology Today, “Anxiety is now the number one mental health problem worldwide, and the incidence of anxiety continues to rise, especially among young people.” It’s not hard to understand how children and teens can have anxiety because of the past two years of COVID-19 and the changes they’ve been through in school, in our economy, and in our world. . Even if they don’t pay close attention to these things, they often hear conversations around them that can make them helpless.

Kelsey Atkinson, a Masters in Social Work intern at Utah Valley University, and a close friend and colleague of mine, is trying to treat anxiety in children and adolescents as part of her internship. Through Hobble Creek Behavioral Health in Spanish Fork, she has set up two programs to help young people manage and control their stress.

Its program for teens is a workshop called “Teen Skills and Support Group for Stuff that Sucks”. These sessions are based on the ACT model – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – which gives teens the space to develop psychological flexibility, the ability to roll with the punches and focus on the things that matter. matter in their lives. The sessions will be co-led by Atkinson and Madeline Norman, Bachelor of Social Work intern.

The group is open to teens ages 13 to 17 and runs from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays. It will run from March 3 to April 28 at Hobble Creek Behavioral Health. Parents can register their teens by calling (435)-314-9623. There is a $5 fee per session.

The other support provided by Atkinson is a conscious movement class for children. According to Atkinson, “Children (and everyone else) who have difficulty regulating their emotions often feel disconnected from their bodies. According to the polyvagal theory, conscious (or intentional) movements and breathing activities can activate the vagal nerve and help in the regulation process.

The goal of this class is to help children feel a connection to their body while calming down and learn skills to help them regulate their daily lives. Participants will be given skills to take home so parents can help them practice movement and breathing exercises at home.

This workshop will take place from Saturday to April 23. If you miss the first session, you can still register at (435)-314-9623. These classes are also held at Hobble Creek Behavioral Health. Children ages 5 to 7 participate on Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. and ages 8 to 11 meet from 11 to noon. There is also a nominal fee of $5 per week. Children of all levels are welcome.



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COVID-19: More than 5.9 million vaccines have been distributed in Utah. That’s how much the state actually handed out

2022-02-25

It has now been 62 weeks since the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine were sent to states, kicking off the biggest vaccination campaign in human history. As of February 24, 688,186,745 doses of vaccine have been sent across the country, equivalent to 209.7% of the US population.

While the initial distribution of the vaccine took longer than federal projections indicated, in recent months the United States has made great leaps in the global race to administer the vaccines – and some states are walking away. come out much better than others. Under the current system, led by the White House COVID-19 Response Team, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sends states limited shipments of vaccine along with funds and instructs them to distribute the vaccine in accordance relatively loose federal guidelines.

Each state has developed its own deployment plan, prioritizing different age groups and categories of essential workers. The combination of policy and logistical challenges across the country has resulted in wide variations between states in both the percentage of vaccines administered and the percentage of population vaccinated.

In Utah, 84.8% of allocated vaccines were administered to residents as of Feb. 24, which is higher than the national average of 80.2% and the eighth-largest share of any state.

Administered doses amount to 157.9% of the state’s population, which is lower than the national figure of 168.1% and the 25th-largest share of any state.

While a majority of Americans are still unvaccinated due to a lack of supply, some are not considering getting a vaccine at all. According to a US Census Bureau survey, 64.4% of US adults 18 and older who have not yet received the vaccine are unlikely or definitely not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the future. In Utah, 80.8% of adults who have not yet received the vaccine say they are unlikely or definitely not going to receive a vaccine in the future, the second highest share of any state. The most commonly cited reason for not wanting a vaccine is fear of possible side effects. Other commonly cited reasons include believing they don’t need a vaccine, not trusting the government, and thinking COVID-19 isn’t a big threat.

To determine how states are doing with rolling out the vaccine, 24/7 Wall St. looked at data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States were ranked by the number of vaccines administered in a state as a percentage of the number of vaccines distributed to that state by the federal government as of February 24. Data on confirmed COVID-19 cases as of February 24 came from various states and local health departments and were adjusted for population using data from the US Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey. Data on the percentage of adults who are unlikely or definitely not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and their reasons for not receiving one come from the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, conducted from December 29, 2021 to January 10, 2022.

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Police link unsolved murder to Salt Lake market shooting

Unified Police say the shooting death of Akosita Kaufusi, whose body was found near Saltair in Magna in 2020, is linked to a shooting at a Salt Lake City market days earlier. (Carissa Hutchinson, KSLTV)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Unified Police say they believe an unsolved homicide and a shooting at a Salt Lake market days earlier are related.

But detectives are not revealing many other details about the connection between the murder of Akosita Kaufusi, 42, whose body was found by a jogger near the Great Saltair in 2020, and a shooting that occurred at around the same time at the K&K African Market, 996 S. Redwood Road.

Police said, however, that Kaufusi frequently visited this market.

Kaufusi’s body was discovered on August 29, 2020, just off Frontage Road near Saltair. An autopsy determined that she had been shot in the head and had been dead for several days before her body was discovered. No one has been arrested in this case, despite a $5,000 reward being offered for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible.

On Thursday, Unified Police released a brief statement saying detectives “linked” Kaufusi’s shooting death to a shooting at the K&K Market on August 9, 2020.

Police were called to the market at around 6.20am after being informed of a shooting. The victim, however, claimed his injury was caused by falling on rebar, according to a Salt Lake Police Watch Log report.

“Witnesses at the scene said there was an argument between the victim and several Polynesian men and heard what sounded like a gunshot,” the report said.

The man was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Detectives recovered a casing from the scene.

Police have not explained why they believe the two incidents are linked. However, Unified Police issued a public appeal on Thursday asking anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.

According to police reports, Salt Lake City officers also responded to a report of shots being fired in the K&K market two days earlier on August 7, 2020.

“When they arrived, they were unable to locate a victim or find any witnesses. A casing was located at the scene. Shortly after, a gunshot victim arrived at a local hospital. Officers n ‘were unable to interview the victim,’ according to a watchdog report.

Unified Police detectives have interviewed several people since Kaufusi’s death. Family members told investigators that Kaufusi had been missing for two weeks before her body was discovered, which was “out of the ordinary” for her because “she is usually at the African market and easy to find”, according to the sources. search warrant affidavits.

Based on the evidence gathered so far, detectives believe Kaufusi was killed around or shortly after August 14, 2020. Unified Police acknowledged Friday that Kaufusi and her associates were often at the K&K Market, but do not believe she was shot there.

Several people interviewed by police said Kaufusi was killed “because she had a drug debt or was robbed and killed for drugs, and/or both,” the warrants say. Unified Police said as of Friday no such motive had been confirmed or ruled out.

Police were also told by multiple people that Kaufusi “had a physical fight a few days before she was last seen alive around the day of August 13,” according to one of the warrants.

Anyone with information about Kaufusi’s death is asked to call police at 801-743-7000.

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How should Utah spend the extra taxpayer money this year? Utahns weigh in

Amid another strong economic year — but also record inflation — the state’s final budget estimates show the Utah Legislature once again has plenty of fresh cash to spend.

As in over $2 billion more.

After new revenue estimates added an additional $432 million in one-time revenue and $384 million in ongoing funds over what was previously forecast, the Utah Legislature has approximately $1.46 billion available this year. dollars in one-time money and $570 million in new funds to be spent.

“I know that sounds like a lot of money. That’s a lot of money,” House Budget Chairman Brad Last, R-Hurricane, told lawmakers in the House last week when the final budget projections were released. But he warned that “it’s not enough” to meet budget requests that exceed $2.4 billion in one-time requests and more than $1 billion in ongoing requests.

As lawmakers worked to prioritize those demands — saying they planned to be careful with spending, concerned about the impact of inflation on the economy — Utahns weighed in on how they would like to see the money spent.

As they have in recent years, most Utahans want this year’s extra revenue to be spent on education. Tax cuts are the second priority.

That’s according to a new Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll, which asked Utahns how they would prefer the Legislature to spend this year’s budget surplus. The largest share of residents – 43% – said they would like the money to go to increasing education spending, while 25% want it to fund tax cuts.

A smaller number, 17%, said they would like the money to fund transport and road infrastructure projects, while 6% said it should be used to bolster the Rainy Day Fund of Utah. Nine percent said they didn’t know.

Dan Jones & Associates conducted the poll for the Deseret News and the Hinckley Institute of Politics among 808 registered voters in Utah from Feb. 7-17. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.45 percentage points.

The poll results come as lawmakers enter the final week of the 2022 legislative session and put the final touches on the budget. On Friday, the Appropriations Executive Committee is expected to release a final appropriations list and establish the budget.

What are the priorities of legislators?

Senate Budget Chairman Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, told reporters Thursday to expect big victories for education in the budget.

“Education has been very well taken care of,” Stevenson said, noting that public and higher education will be “very well funded.” He said he expects to see a significant increase in the weighted student unit — the public school funding formula — and dollars for a variety of programs.

But he also added that there will likely be a good amount of money hidden away in the savings.

“This economy is a little scary,” he said, noting that economists are wary of the impact of federal stimulus money and inflation on the state budget.

“I hope our constituents will be very happy with what we have done with education,” he said, “but this is not the year to spend it all because of insecurity.”

House Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, told the Deseret News in an interview Thursday that lawmakers will make “additional and significant investments” in public and higher education this year. That’s on top of big infrastructure spending, especially transportation investments and funding to help relieve overcrowded state parks.

“I think both education systems are going to do very well,” Wilson said, although he had the same warnings as Stevenson. “It’s still tricky. We recognize that there is high inflation at this time, and so we try to take care of our teachers and other educators as well as state employees and balance all interests across the state.

Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said “everything indicates” so far this session that “the intentions of the legislature are aligned with the desires of Utah voters. I expect a lot of that money to go into education.

It is important to note that much of the state money this year has already been set aside for priorities, especially ongoing funds.

In December, before the legislative session even began, the Executive Appropriations Committee set aside approximately $354 million (including $19 million in one-time funds) for public education enrollment growth, inflation and d other public education needs.

As for the tax cuts? Lawmakers have already earmarked $193 million for tax cuts, including $163 million for a comprehensive income tax rate cut for all Utahans, lowering the tax rate on Utah’s income from 4.95% to 4.85%. Lawmakers also approved a $15 million non-refundable income tax credit for low-income Utahns and a $15 million expansion of the state Social Security tax credit.

Senate Speaker Stuart Adams, R-Layton, said this year’s budget will be characterized by “tax cuts and record, if not near-record, spending on education.”

“When you can cut taxes and do big funding at the same time, that means we’re doing something right,” Adams said, adding that the budget will also include a big increase in spending for state employees and infrastructure.

“The budget won’t be perfect, there’s no such thing,” Adams said. “But it’s going to be a damn good budget.”

What about the debate over constitutional education spending?

There is a catch that complicates the state’s relationship with education spending.

Under the Utah Constitution, the legislature is required to spend income tax money on education — but legislative leaders are proposing a future constitutional amendment to effectively eliminate that earmarking. They say a change is needed to give lawmakers more budget flexibility at a time when sales tax revenues are not growing at the same rate as income tax. It’s a problem lawmakers have been voicing for years.

According to tax analysts in the Legislative and Governor’s Office, about 70% of the state’s newly projected permanent disposable income comes from the education fund (supplied by income taxes) and 30% from the general fund (supplied by sales tax).

It would be up to the voters to decide whether or not to change the state constitution. In order to put the issue on the ballot, a joint resolution would have to pass both legislative bodies by a two-thirds majority vote.

Such a resolution has yet to surface in the 2022 session. On Thursday, lawmakers involved in those discussions, House Speaker and Sen. Ann Millner, R-Ogden, said there was only one left. week and that they were unlikely to make it through this year. It’s a conversation that will likely continue beyond this year’s session and into next year, they said.

“When we do this, we want it to be good,” Millner told reporters. “So we’ll work on that after the session… In my mind, I think we kind of put that on hold.”

Adams said the state’s structural funding imbalance “is a problem, and whether it’s resolved this session or the next, we need to bring awareness to those who don’t live, eat, drink, don’t sleep on this budget that this is a significant issue in the state. We’re not going to give up on working on it.”

Wilson said “these big challenges usually take time, and we just wanted to make sure we measured twice on this one, and we didn’t feel like we had time to do that.”

So this year, nothing will change lawmakers’ constitutional constraints on income tax revenue, which means lawmakers will be required to spend most of the surplus on education anyway.

In total, lawmakers have about $617 million in one-time funds and $429 million in permanent funds in the general fund, and an additional $1.68 billion in one-time funds and $1.07 billion ongoing in the fund. for education to spend, according to tax analysts.

The debate over Utah’s constitutional requirements to spend income tax on education does not go far, however. The challenge for lawmakers moving forward will be to frame the constitutional amendment as a solution to correct the state’s structural funding imbalance while sending a message to Utahns they always put education first. .

“Their success will be tied to their ability to convince the public that education is still the Legislature’s top priority as it brings about change,” Perry said. “To the extent that they can ensure that the balance is struck and that those assurances are received and believed, that will determine how successful they are in bringing about change.”

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Here’s how many COVID-19 vaccines Utah has received so far

2022-02-23

It has now been 62 weeks since the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine were sent to states, kicking off the biggest vaccination campaign in human history. As of February 22, the United States has sent 686,948,505 doses of the vaccine across the country, equivalent to 209.3% of the American population.

While the initial distribution of the vaccine took longer than federal projections indicated, in recent months the United States has made great leaps in the global race to administer the vaccines – and some states are walking away. come out much better than others. Under the current system, led by the White House COVID-19 Response Team, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sends states limited shipments of vaccine along with funds and instructs them to distribute the vaccine in accordance relatively loose federal guidelines. The distribution of the vaccine is based on the size of the adult population in each state, which – according to some experts – can create inequalities in states where the spread of COVID-19 is worse and where a larger share of the population is. at risk.

Utah has received a total of 5,957,950 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Feb. 22. Adjusted for population, Utah received 185,839.9 vaccines per 100,000 people, less than the national average of 209,282.7 vaccines per 100,000 Americans and 11th fewest of all states. .

While Utah has so far received fewer vaccines per capita than the nation as a whole, the state has a greater need for vaccines than the rest of the country. As of Feb. 22, there were 28,610.0 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in Utah — higher than the national rate of 23,648.0 cases per 100,000 Americans and the fifth highest of the 50 states.

While the federal government distributes vaccines to states, it is up to state governments to administer the vaccine, which creates variations in both the percentage of vaccines that have been administered and the percentage of the population that has been vaccinated. In Utah, 84.7% of allocated vaccines were administered to residents, which is higher than the national average of 80.2% and the 10th highest share of any state.

Vaccines administered represent 157.4% of the state’s population, which is lower than the national figure of 167.8% and the 25th-largest share of any state.

While a majority of Americans are still unvaccinated due to a lack of supply, some are not considering getting a vaccine at all. According to a US Census Bureau survey, 64.4% of US adults 18 and older who have not yet received the vaccine are unlikely or definitely not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the future. In Utah, 80.8% of adults who have not yet received the vaccine say they are unlikely or definitely not going to receive a vaccine in the future, the second highest share of any state. The most commonly cited reason for not wanting a vaccine was fear of possible side effects. Other commonly cited reasons include believing they don’t need a vaccine, not trusting the government, and thinking COVID-19 isn’t a big threat.

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Winter storm warning for more than 20 New York counties

Looks like those 50+ degree temperatures are long gone, even though it was only 24-48 hours ago for New York State.

Colder weather has once again made its way into the picture, and it’s about to have a lot of snow hitting the state soon.

You may have heard of an impending winter storm heading northeast. This winter storm will be here late Thursday evening and through much of Friday in New York State.

It really depends on where you are in the northeast that will determine what kind of precipitation you get, and if it’s snow, how many inches.

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Those in Pennsylvania and southern areas will get mostly freezing rain and rain showers, but snow is New York State’s story, and the further east and north you go, snow totals become more important.

More than 20 counties in New York State will be subject to a winter storm warning, which includes Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, Hamilton, Essex, Warren and Saratoga counties.

The National Weather Service predicts 8 to 12 inches of snow likely for areas off Lake Ontario. 6 to 8 inches for those in the Finger Lakes region, and only 4 to 6 inches for those in western New York near Buffalo.

If you live in central or upstate New York, you will see more snow totals than the western New York and New York areas.

The storm will arrive late Thursday evening and Friday. It looks like Friday morning will be the worst of the storm, so drive carefully tomorrow and allow yourself plenty of extra time.

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Salt Lake City drops blasting plan as end of Raging Waters demolition nears

The abandoned Raging Rivers water park on Wednesday afternoon. The contractors were originally scheduled to begin blasting on Wednesday, but that idea was scrapped following feedback from neighborhood residents. (Chopper 5, KSL-TV)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Contractors begin work this week to remove one of the last — and trickiest — parts of the ongoing demolition of the former Raging Rivers water park in the Glendale neighborhood.

The park’s old pools were made of thick concrete that sank deep into the ground. In fact, the Salt Lake City Department of Parks and Public Lands announced last week that contractors would have to blast the area starting Wednesday due to thick concrete.

However, this idea was dropped following comments from the neighborhood over the past few days, which expressed concern about the noise and shaking the blasting would cause. Instead, construction crews use backhoes and jackhammers to complete the difficult concrete removal.

Raging Waters, also known as Seven Peaks Salt Lake, closed in 2018. It quickly became an eyesore and an area of ​​increased crime in the city, leading to the decision to tear it down. The city began its demolition in October; Wednesday, there are still a few slides left but most have been dismantled at the demolition site.

Months before demolition, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall proposed turning the 17-acre lot near 1700 south and 1200 west into a regional park, similar to Liberty or Sugar House parks in the eastern part of the town.

This vision is still the expected future of the region.

Nancy Monteith, senior landscape architect for Salt Lake City‘s engineering division, told KSL-TV on Wednesday that she hopes the city will have two or three concept plans to share with residents in a few weeks. The land is already located next to the Glendale Golf Course and the Jordan River Parkway. There is a small neighborhood park just north of this that the popular trail crosses.

The city has already spent $3.2 million on the site’s initial development, using impact fees, Monteith added. Fees are one-time developer payments for each new building in the city that can only be used for certain sources, such as parks.

“We’re really excited about this project,” she said. “When you look at all these spaces aggregated, they’re really like a regional attraction.”

The final plan will likely require more money, which is why Mendenhall requested $10 million for the project last year. The mayor explained at the time that the way the city received federal funding for the park in the past required it to remain a park “in perpetuity,” meaning the land cannot be developed for housing. or commercial spaces.

Regarding the current phase of demolition, residents with concerns or questions regarding the blasting are encouraged to call 385-495-5323.

Contributor: Jed Boal

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Pamplin Media Group – Retrospective: Following the travels of Mrs. HM Franklin

Through the Pioneer Records: Highlights of His Coast-to-Coast Adventure in 1922

100 YEARS AGO

Continuation of Mrs. HM Franklin’s Travelogue

Arizona

From our Pullman we look out over a sandy desert with all kinds of cacti, the giant cactus that sometimes exceeds forty feet, tall and palm-like, other cacti, feathery and with many branches. There are no less than twenty-eight varieties of cacti on the Apache Trail that leads to the San Carlos Indian Reservation. The natives make mescal, a whiskey-like drink, from the cactus, and if someone gets lost in the desert, they can find enough moisture in the cactus to sustain life for quite some time.

In Arizona there are interesting prehistoric ruins, ancient cliff dwellings built like swallows’ nests in the niches of the canyon walls. On the crest of one of the very high Chiricahua Mountains, the distinct profile of an Indian looks down. This is known as Cochise Head, named after the fierce Apache chief who so long defied the whites. At Geronimo, the railroad enters the Indian reservation where 5,000 Apaches have peaceful homes and have forgotten the cruelty for which their tribe was known.

Tucson is well known as a place for people seeking health, its altitude and mild winter climate being particularly favorable. There are nearby scenic peaks and seaside resorts that offer many attractions. The city site is visited in 1540 by Coronado, and throughout the Tucson area are prehistoric ruins. The Casa Grande Valley is home to the most interesting historical ruins which, according to Von Humbolt, were one of the Aztecs’ stopping places during their migration from Asia to the Valley of Mexico.

Yuma

The government has an extensive irrigation system in Yuma which is on the Colorado River. It is good dairy country, much cotton is produced and fruit and dates are successfully grown and as a winter resort it must be delicious. But in July, Yuma is honestly said to be the hottest place in the United States. Indian women are busy with all kinds of beaded items for sale. They wear thick, warm shawls on their heads, and we can’t help wishing they knew the ‘poor blind Hindu, who for clothing makes his skin’.

You’ve heard of the famous “hot cakes” that go so fast, but in this case they’re hot ice cream cones that melt before we have time to eat them.

A warm breeze cuts your flesh and the sun does its hard work. We rode the full length of the long train back to our Pullman after getting off at Yuma. In the passenger car were Negroes, Mexicans, Japanese and other foreigners, all mixed with white tourists. There were many children who wore samples of real estate on their hands and faces. Most of them were eating and those who weren’t were shouting in varying tones.

California

Leaving Yuma, we cross the Colorado River and enter California, that state famous for its beautiful landscapes, magnificent fruits and flowers, and which is the playground of a large crowd of visitors. Our time is changed again and moved back one hour, the third time we have moved back.

Imperial Valley

The Imperial Valley is called the “Dixieland of the West”. Diverted water from the Colorado has transformed the valley into a prosperous agricultural district. Key products are: Durango long staple cotton, alfalfa, barley, oats, wheat, milo corn, melons, grapes, hemp, apricots, canteloupes, olives, grapefruit and honey. Pigs, turkeys, cattle and sheep are raised with great success and quantities of butter are shipped.

Salton Sea

For sixty miles we ride close to the shores of the Salton Sea which has quite an interesting history. In 1906, the Colorado River got tired of the monotony of going on forever like the creek, so the river ran away and found a new home in a great bed of salt. For two years the river lay here, and then, through skillful engineering and the expenditure of about three million, the prodigal was enticed to return to his former home. Palm Springs is a great vacation spot for people with tuberculosis and one of the victims who was on the train, when asked to board and join the tourists, said very sadly, “J just wish I could go.

Our youngsters had found a fun party and together they kept things lively with mandolin music, community songs, games, kodaking and all kinds of fun. The brakeman for part of the trip was angry and unaccommodating and objected to the youngsters being on the platform. When he got off the train, he was standing with the new one who had taken his place, but had changed his cap and his coat for citizens’ clothes, so that the young people did not know him. One of the boys said to the new brakeman in the presence of the old one: “We’re glad you’re coming because we want to get rid of that grumpy old man.” Then the others chimed in, “He was as mean as he could be and wasn’t even smiling.” The new man let them have a good time, and they jumped and bought ice cream cones every time the train stopped and played every game from “up jinks”. Four boys and a girl who had been in the band since we left New Orleans broke up with us in Los Angeles and we hated to see the happy party dissolve. They presented the nice brakeman with fine cigars, as an expression of their appreciation.

Los Angeles

“From all heights green sights catch the sweetest sea of ​​blue,

And a myriad of flowers leap to match the varying hue of the rainbow.

Los Angeles is truly the land of cloudless skies because there is never a cloud during the dry season. The climate is said to be mild all year round, the climate that produces hedgerows of calla lilies at Christmas and supplies the table in the Yuletide season with luscious strawberries. There are over four hundred miles of paved and leveled streets, all of which are beautifully clean public buildings, and many beautiful parks. These parks contain picturesque lakes with boats always full of people seeking pleasure, magnificent trees like the Australian flame tree with its bright purple flowers. The velvety lawn provides plush sofas for hundreds of people who rest in sequestered nooks all around the parks. The tunnels go under the streets with tall buildings above the brightly lit tunnel. A rather unique little car called “Angel’s Flight” whisks you to the top of the tunnel for five cents, remarkably cheap for such a flight.

The picturesque little old chapel, consecrated in 1822 and known as the Plaza Church, marks the center of the old village, and from its title which can be seen on the facade “Nuestra Senora la Reine de los Angeles”, we find the origin of this magnificent city. The small mission was founded in accordance with Spain’s plans to Christianize and civilize the Indians of California.

The inhabitants have become so accustomed to the earthquakes that sometimes shake the city, that they are not as panicked as we would be who live near the Atlantic coast. A resident of Los Angeles told us that once last year he was leaning against a huge public building downtown when suddenly the building leaned back and left him. The earthquake was mild and did very little damage at the time, so outside newspapers said little about it.

The beauty of the flowers that garland and crown the city until it looks like a mammoth bouquet, is beyond description. Brilliant scarlet geraniums reach so high that birds make nests among their flowers and in the residence section are so common that clothes are hung to dry on their branches. The houses are encrusted with flowers of geraniums, tuberoses, garlands of wisteria, while the roses in their ambition to reach the tops of the chimneys slumber everywhere on the roofs. Many elegant mansions have pergolas adorned with flowers, and every cottage, no matter how small, is blooming with flowers whose fragrance permeates the entire atmosphere.

Los Angeles is the home of cinema and many picture companies have their establishments in or near the city. These places are of great interest to all visitors. Los Angeles, with its fruits and flowers, leaves the traveler with lasting memories of sunshine and perfume.

To be continued next week


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COVID vaccine passport ban moves through Utah legislature

A bill to ban the use of vaccine passports by employers or governments has passed the House despite concerns that it takes an overly broad approach that could hamper future public health efforts.

HB60 would essentially make vaccination status a protected class – similar to race, gender and religion – and prevent employers from requiring vaccination as a condition of employment. The bill comes amid a pushback against COVID-19 vaccination requirements, but is not limited to the current pandemic.

That’s why Rep. Timothy Hawkes, R-Centerville, unsuccessfully tried to replace the bill with one that would only apply to COVID-19. He called his substitution a “scalpel approach” that would achieve the goal of preventing coronavirus vaccine passports without tying the hands of health officials in future pandemics – which could be deadlier than COVID. -19.

Hawkes argued that creating a “protected class” of people based on vaccination status would place an undue burden on companies. While such burdens are necessary to protect people based on their race or gender, he said vaccination status was different.

Rep. Timothy Hawkes, R-Centerville, shows his vaccination card on his phone while discussing HB60 at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. The bill would prohibit governments or employers from requiring passports to vaccines.
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He pointed to the exemptions in the bill for health industries as evidence that vaccines can be constrained in certain situations.

“That’s because vaccines are a bit tricky, because a communicable disease potentially affects someone else’s rights,” Hawkes said. “It’s tricky that way, and that’s why we don’t treat it the same way we might treat race or religion or things like that. If it was something like race or religion … we would not accept any exemptions to that.

Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost, D-Salt Lake City, also supported the substitution, arguing it puts “our state and our businesses in Utah in extreme jeopardy.”

Hawkes’ motion to target the COVID-19 bill failed and the House passed the previous version that was discussed in committee last week.

Representative Walt Brooks, R-St.  George, speaks about HB60, which he sponsors, in the House Chamber at the Salt Lake City Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. The bill would prohibit governments or employers from requiring vaccines.

Representative Walt Brooks, R-St. George, speaks about HB60, which he sponsors, in the House Chamber at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. The bill would prohibit governments or employers from requiring vaccine passports.
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Representative Walt Brooks, R-St. George, who sponsored the bill, acknowledged the difficulty of balancing individual liberty and public health, but said he thought the bill did a good job.

“No one has the right to access your personal information. You have no right to go out and spread disease. So we have to figure out where to draw that line,” he said.

Brooks argued that his bill is an effort to protect citizens’ privacy and would prevent them from having to “show papers” to enter businesses and public spaces. Privacy was a key factor for others who spoke in favor of the bill.

“It’s worth having a protected class related to privacy. … We need to stop interfering with each other’s health information,” said Rep. Brady Brammer, R-Highland.

If a future crisis arises, Brammer said the legislature and governor could create exemptions to the bill or pass future laws to enact vaccine mandates if necessary. The governor has the power to declare a public health emergency for up to 30 days, after which the legislature would have to vote to maintain it.

Rep. Merrill Nelson, R-Grantsville, took issue with repeated calls for privacy and freedom that make no mention of the responsibility to protect each other. Even though Utahans are learning to live with the virus, he pointed out that COVID-19 has wreaked havoc in the state.

“We often hear now, what are the low infection rates and low death rates, ‘It only killed 1,000 people.’ Which, you know, I guess it’s okay if it doesn’t include your family,” he said.

To date, 4,372 Utahns have died from COVID-19, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The bill ignores the “social compact” people have as a society, Nelson said, and “grants our citizens the right to infect others.” From a conservative perspective, he likened the issue to that of abortion, saying he thinks the woman’s right to “bodily autonomy” is superseded by the fetus’ right to life.

Getting vaccinated is an “obligation”, he said, pushing back against those who say they have “a basic, God-given right to go everywhere…whether I’m contagious or not”.

“It’s an entirely selfish perspective on rights,” he said.

“It’s true that we should have a sense of community,” said Rep. Mark Strong, R-Bluffdale. “It’s true that we don’t know what the future holds. But to me, it’s true, from the soles of your feet to the top of your head, that no one should ask you to do something against my will that isn’t reversible.

Closing the discussion, Brooks dismissed the idea of ​​lawmakers “using a mandate to remove a mandate,” saying they were acting as “the voice of the people to remove that mandate.”

“Without this peaceful process, it relies on pitchforks and torches,” he said.

HB60 passed the House 51-23. He now goes to the Senate, where Sen. Michael Kennedy, R-Alpine, is the floor sponsor.

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Representative Walt Brooks, R-St. George, speaks about HB60, which he sponsors, in the House Chamber at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. The bill would prohibit governments or employers from requiring vaccine passports.
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Salt lakes real estate

5 cool ski resorts to buy a home for $350,000 or less

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If watching Chloe Kim hit the slopes at the Winter Olympics has you dreaming of a ski house, we have good news for you. While ski homes can easily run into the millions in some swanky Colorado towns (ahem, Aspen), we’ve identified five cool ski towns where you can buy a home for $350,000 or less (additional benefit: although they ticked off a bit, mortgage rates are still close to their historic lows).

If you are an advanced skier: Ogden, Utah

Oden, UT

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The gateway to some of the country’s greatest ski resorts, including Snowbasin, Powder Mountain and Nordic Valley, Ogden offers a wide variety of runs. Powder Mountain, which offers the most skiable acres (8,464) in the United States, is just over 20 miles northeast of town. Snowbasin Resort, 30 km by car, has 3,000 skiable acres and 104 trails. Ogden itself is a bustling town just a 35 minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport. First developed during the railroad boom at the end of the 19and century, Ogden now offers its visitors art galleries, bars, nightclubs and restaurants, including Tona Sushi and Warrens Craft Burger. For $350,000 you can buy a remodeled three-bedroom house on the east side of town with mountain views, an outdoor patio, and plenty of room to store your skis and snowboards.

Median house value: $370,829
Population: 87,321
Cost of life: 3.9% below the US average

For Cultivated Grinder: Taos, New Mexico

Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

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Taos is an artist’s retreat renowned for its pueblo-like architecture, as well as the diversity of its natural landscape. Although the town itself is located in the high desert, it is surrounded by the snow-capped Sangre de Cristo Mountains (part of the Rocky Mountains), one of which is home to Taos Ski Valley, a resort with 110 tracks and a summit elevation of 12,481 feet. A stop on the world pro ski circuit – this year’s World Pro Ski Championships will be held in Taos Ski Valley – the mountain can provide copious amounts of powder well into late spring. Although the area has million dollar homes, there are also many smaller cottages and townhouses with desert views that sell for less than $350,000. Taos offers more than enough things to do when you’re not on the mountain, including visiting the contemporary art collection at the Harwood Museum or the 7,000 works of Southwestern art at the Millicent Rogers Museum, doing shopping at Taos Plaza and enjoying high source, local cuisine at restaurants like Aceq.

Median house value: $363,444
Population: 6,474
Cost of life: 4.3% above the US average

If you like the vibe of a small town in the Northeast: Conway, New Hampshire

Cranmore Mountain Resort became a well-known ski resort in the 1930s and now offers dining on the mountain, as well as ski racing, snow tubing, night skiing and lessons. Conway itself is a town made up of small villages that has a scenic railroad, as well as the New England Ski Museum. It offers hiking trails and waterfalls at places such as Cathedral Ledge State Park, and is also close to the Attitash Mountain Resort, which has 68 ski and snowboard runs, and is located a short less than 13 km north of the city center. There’s plenty of pub fare at places like Delaney’s Hole in the Wall, and dining on the mountain, too (the Red Sled Mac and Cheese Bar in the Main Base Lodge in Cranmore is popular). There’s plenty of real estate to be had for under $350,000, including a woodside condominium that epitomizes an après-ski lodge.

Median house value: $370,233
Population: 9,822
Cost of life: 8.1% below the US average

If you want to feel like in the Swiss Alps: Londonderry, Vermont

A small town at the southern tip of Vermont, Londonderry is home to Magic Mountain, a ski resort founded in 1962 by legendary Swiss instructor Hans Thorner. Named after Thomas Mann’s novel, the resort was designed to give the impression of being in the Swiss Alps, with narrow, winding paths and numerous routes through the forest. If your knees are tired of the descent, you can try cross-country skiing at the nearby Viking Nordic Center, which offers hundreds of acres of cross-country trails, as well as a takeaway cafe specializing in soups. homemade and grilled cheese sandwiches. Houses in Londonderry can cost millions of dollars, but condominiums can be had for less than $350,000. Dining options are surprisingly varied for such a small town, and include eateries like Revival Kitchen, which serves comfort food, and the Garden Cafe Restaurant and Deli Market, which offer plenty of vegan options.

Median house value: $328,103
Population: 1,919
Cost of life: 5.8% below the US average

Canandaigua, New York State

Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, just 25 miles southeast of Rochester, Canandaigua is home to Bristol Mountain, a resort that has 39 trails spread over 138 acres of skiable terrain. Bristol Mountain is also home to a ski school that specializes in training young skiers to race and navigate moguls. In the winter, enjoy the trails and in the summer, enjoy swimming and fishing at Lake Canandaigua, or stroll through the gardens at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park. For less than $350,000, you can buy a newly built two-bedroom home with a covered porch or a three-bedroom townhouse. Sample locally produced food, wine, cider and beer at New York Kitchen, or stock up on carbs at Casa De Pasta.

Median house value: $273,156
Population: 10,576
Cost of life: 5.9% below the US average

Sources: Median Zillow Home Values; cost of living from Sperling’s Best Places; Census Bureau population

Also see: Ski towns where you can buy a house for $250,000 or less

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Salt lake city

Utah Police: Man Tells 4-Year-Old To Shoot Officers

Police believe a man told his 4-year-old to shoot officers following a dispute over his order at a McDonald’s drive-thru in suburban Salt Lake City

MIDVALE, Utah — Investigators believe a man told his 4-year-old to shoot officers following a dispute over his order at a McDonald’s drive-thru in suburban Salt Lake City on Monday, a announced the police. An officer was able to hit the gun as it was fired, directing the bullet away.

The unidentified man brandished a gun at the Midvale restaurant’s pickup window, demanding that his order be corrected, Unified Police Department spokesman Sgt. Melody Cutler, said . After workers asked her to go to a holding area while they corrected her order, they called the police, she said.

The man did not cooperate and had to be removed from the car, Cutler said. But, as officers took the man into custody, one of them looked back and saw a gun pointed from a rear window, she said. The officer who slid the gun aside as it fired also shouted “kid” at other officers after seeing how young the shooter was, Cutler said.

A witness observed the man tell the 4-year-old, who was in the back seat with a 3-year-old brother, to fire the gun, Cutler said. She declined to elaborate.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera said it was a sad day for law enforcement and the community.

“The fact that an adult thinks it’s okay to encourage a four-year-old to pull out a gun and shoot the police illustrates how out of control the campaign against the police has gotten,” he said. she declared.

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4 places to try, 4 to forget

KINGWOOD, TX – Some travel experts are comparing this upcoming spring break to a prison break.

That makes sense when you consider that millions of Americans have been cooped up at home due to COVID-19 restrictions for far too long and many are now ready to break free and take a real vacation.

In Kingwood, Nicol Payne packs up his “cabin fever” family of four and escapes Houston for Spring Break 2022.

We’re going to do all kinds of outdoor activities and hikes, see beautiful sites, so we’re very excited,” Payne said.

In fact, Payne travels to Arizona for “glamping,” which is essentially glamorous camping in luxury tents with high-end amenities.

But when she saw the price of the plane ticket, it was more than double what she normally pays and the price of glamping.

“Oh! I thought I’ll just wait, wait a few days, maybe that’s not really true! But it is,” Payne said.

Turns out Payne and her husband will be paying $500 per night per tent for their glamping adventure, and they need two tents, which is $1,000 per night.

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“Yeah, for a tent, a nice tent, but it’s still a tent. It was a little shocking, the price,” Payne said.

Heather Keller, owner of Perfect Landing Travel in Kingwood, says airfare and accommodation prices to many popular destinations have skyrocketed in recent months due to demand.

“It’s high, really high. You’re going to pay sometimes double, sometimes triple the price in some of the more popular destinations,” Keller said.

To help us save money, Keller put together a list of four destinations you should go to and four you should probably avoid and pivot to another destination.

Places to avoid

1. Hawaii

“I would probably avoid booking Hawaii at this point. It’s always been incredibly popular, but this year the hotels are pretty crowded. They are also still at limited capacity for many restaurants and it will take a lot of extra work for you if you are on vacation,” Keller explained.

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2. US Virgin Islands

3. Miami and Orlando

4. Red hot ski spots like Park City, Utah and Aspen, Colorado

“If you’re planning on going to places like Park City, Denver and Aspen, you won’t see much available to you at this point and prices will be at least 30% higher than previous years,” said Keller.

The places you should go

1.Puerto Vallarta

2.Portugal

“Portugal is really great right now. It’s fantastic weather for spring break and you can easily spend 30% less in Portugal than you would in a place like Spain,” Keller said.

3. Lake Tahoe

“You’re going to find great skiing and a lot less crowds than the big resorts in Utah and Colorado,” Keller said.

4. “Big City” trips to New York, Chicago, Seattle and Washington DC

“I would definitely recommend city trips as a spring break option. You have to get away from the beaches and the mountains,” Keller said.

Finally, before booking anything, check the website of the “tourist office” of your holiday destination.

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It’s a great resource that most people don’t even know about; one that can answer many of your questions and concerns about the opening of your destination of choice right now.

“There, you will have proposed itineraries. Are you going to stay there for three days? They will have three day options on what you should do on your three days. Plus, everything you’ll need to know which attractions and restaurants are open right now. What you need to get in and out of that city, state or country. It will help you make sure it’s a good place to go,” Keller said.

Another tip, remember that all major airlines will allow you to make changes to your trip as long as you purchase tickets in main economy class or above.

But if you buy what’s called basic economy, the lowest tier tickets available, you’ll have no luck changing your itinerary.

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Time Machine: 30 years ago, the developers of Adam’s Rib were unhappy with a newspaper article

The Adam’s Rib property made news this week, in both 2002 and 1992. In a Rocky Mountain News article 30 years ago, the project was described as having “almost lost credibility.”
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5 years ago

Week of February 23, 2017

George Roberts, the new owner of a 170-acre parcel just south and east of Eagle County Regional Airport, floated several development ideas during a discussion with city council members of Gypsum. His ideas included an upscale RV park and a restricted-act neighborhood for people 55 and older.

The Town of Eagle held a town hall meeting for citizens to provide feedback on the community’s proposed Eagle River Park.



Eagle Valley High School’s Noah Hermosillo won the Class 3A state wrestling title in the 138-pound division.

10 years ago

Week of February 23, 2012



Eagle County was the first of 40 entities to sign the historic Colorado River Cooperative Agreement. The document addressed many water issues, from the Continental Divide to the Utah border.

Construction crews mobilized to the high-altitude aviation training site at Eagle County Regional Airport.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has moved from its old office west of Glenwood to its new state-of-the-art facility located off Canon Creek Interstate 70.

20 years ago

Week of February 21, 2002

The City of Eagle and Adam’s Rib promoter Fred Kummer were set to reach an out-of-court settlement in their ongoing litigation. The terms of the settlement called for the city to supply water to 60 homes and 30 caretaker units in the Kummer’s Frost Creek development and an additional 135 homes in the ranch property closer to town.

About 400 people turned out for a spaghetti dinner to benefit the proposed indoor skating rink at Eagle.

Coaches of the Eagle Valley High School Nordic Ski Team, Glen Ewing and Diane Argo, brought the team to Salt Lake City to watch the Olympic competition.

30 years ago

Week of February 27, 1992

Developers of the proposed Adam’s Rib Recreation Area objected to comments published in the Rocky Mountain News regarding the project. In an article about the proposed Lake Catamount ski area, the News noted that the planned resort would likely be the last ski area in Colorado to open in the 20th century. About Adam’s Rib, the newspaper reports: “Despite the reassurances of the promoters, the project has been on the drawing board for so long that it has lost almost all credibility.

A group of Eagle residents have strongly criticized a plan to operate a food vendor wagon at the Eagle Regional Visitor Information Center.

Eagle Valley High’s wrestling team came from behind to win the 3A State Wrestling Title. Five Matmen Devils State Tournament medalists.

40 years ago

Week of February 25, 1982

Eagle Valley High School’s wrestling team racked up 116 points in the state tournament, steaming up the competition to win the state title. Ron Abby at 98 pounds, Victor Satterfield at 126 pounds and heavyweight Gordon Brown took state championship honors. Devils coach John Ramunno was named Class A Wrestling Coach of the Year.

Eagle’s Paul Kunkel won first place in the 50+ category of the Beaver Creek Telemarking Spectacular competition.

50 years ago

Week of February 24, 1972

A petition was circulating urging Eagle County commissioners to make immediate improvements to the county airport. The petition cited the need for a longer runway to accommodate larger aircraft.

A proposal by President Richard Nixon to create the 87,755 acre Eagles Nest Wilderness Areas has been forwarded to Congress. The proposed wilderness area was located in the Arapaho and White River National Forests.

Mike Simonds of the Ski Swap Shop announced a one-day sale at Eagle. He planned to set up the sale at Sharp’s Pool Hall and sell skis for as low as $7.50 a pair and boots from $5 a pair.

The Eagle Valley High School rodeo team began training for the season. The team planned to compete in 12 rodeos in 1972.

60 years ago

Week of February 22, 1962

Zurcher’s Lake, located at the west fork of Brush Creek south of Eagle, was at the center of a US tax lien dispute. The US government lien was over $80,000. At one point, the Colorado State Game and Fish Department attempted to obtain the property. Past owners of the lake included Anthony Snede and Otto Zurcher, who operated a mink farm on the property. “The lake is one of the most beautiful bodies of water in the region and is ideal for resort development,” the Enterprise reported. Zurcher Lake would later be renamed Sylvan Lake.

Residents of Burns have weighed in on the issue of the condition of the county’s roads. “You who live in cities don’t realize how lucky you are,” notes the community’s letter to the editor.

70 years ago

Week of February 21, 1952

The Loveland Tunnel Association held its first meeting in Glenwood Springs. The group’s mission was to rekindle interest in the proposal to build a tunnel under the Continental Divide.

Eagle County schools were wrapping up the basketball season with a tournament in Gypsum. A competition for primary schools was planned to kick off the event.

Meanwhile, the high school teams of Gypsum and McCoy were battling for fourth place honors at the Upper Colorado League Tournament. Minturn’s team faced Carbondale for the championship title.

The Wolcott Willing Workers Club raised $25 in a bake sale and members voted to donate $2 each to local heart, cancer and Red Cross fundraisers.

80 years ago

Week of February 20, 1942

A total of 443 Eagle County men have completed their military registration with the local Selective Services Board. Registration was compulsory nationwide for all men between the ages of 20 and 44.

The Eagle County High School Pirates outscored the Eagle High School Eagles, 42-13, in a home basketball game. “Eagle gave the Pirates a much better game than the score would indicate,” the Enterprise reported.

The Eagle County Chapter of the American Red Cross raised more than $2,100 for the War Relief Fund.

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Salt lake city

Salt Lake City shooting leaves man in serious condition

SALT LAKE CITY — A man was taken to hospital in serious condition after a shooting in Salt Lake City on Saturday night.

Police report that around 5.30pm teams were dispatched to 25 North Redwood Road following a call that a person had been shot.

Initially, when they arrived at the scene, officers reportedly found a man inside a vehicle with a “shooting-related injury”.

Based on the initial investigation, it appeared the suspect or suspects fired from a vehicle and then left the scene, police report.

In an update later Saturday night, Salt Lake police reported that the man was not directly shot, but rather had cuts from broken glass during the shooting.

Police also said that after being treated in hospital, the man was released.

Officers have identified two crime scenes associated with the incident. One stage is located at North Temple and North Cornell Street, and the other is located at 1530 West North Temple.

Police have not yet been able to verify a suspect.

Exactly what happened on each of the individual scenes was not made immediately available. The identity of the man who was shot has also not been released.

Police are asking anyone with information, photos or video related to the shooting to call 801-799-3000 and referral case 22-31030.

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Utah economy

Money Matters: Top Money Management Tips for Utah Renters in 2022 | News, Sports, Jobs



Did you know that almost one-third of Utah households are tenants? Renting has many advantages, from flexibility to not having to worry about maintenance to more affordable options. But with prices soaring everywhere, it can be hard to make your money work.

I spoke with Jay Smack, Marketing Director of ICO Multifamily Property Management, who has apartment communities ranging from Farmington to Provo, to talk about his top tips for making the most of your income as a renter. These include saving on utilities, getting tenant insurance, setting up automatic payments, and trying cheap or free local activities. By trying some of these tips, you can help yourself be financially successful in 2022, no matter what the economy looks like.

Save on utilities

“If your rent bill doesn’t include utilities, you have a golden opportunity to save money. and help the environment while you’re at it,” Smack said. “There are lots of tenant-friendly tips for making your apartment more energy-efficient. You can use energy-saving light bulbs, a thermal blanket for the water heater, blackout curtains and even a water-saving shower head.

Get tenant insurance

Don’t have tenant insurance? You’ve probably done at least a quick cost-benefit analysis in your head: you weigh the cost of insurance and compare it with what you’d have to pay if, say, someone broke in and stole your TV, and it doesn’t work. it doesn’t seem worth it. But the cost-benefit analysis might look different if you sit down and do the math.

According to ValuePenguinthe average cost of renters insurance in Utah is $12 per month.

“If you physically go from drawer to drawer and closet to closet in your apartment, taking inventory of your belongings, you’ll see that the value of your belongings adds up quickly,” Smack said. “From electronics and supplies to jackets and shoes, a home fire, for example, could be devastating to your hard-earned savings.”

Some policies also cover you if there is a lawsuit resulting from injuries sustained in your apartment. And other policies will pay for accommodation, food and other living expenses if a disaster forces you to move. That $12 per month or $144 per year starts to seem a lot more affordable when you think about how it could help you in an emergency!

Set up automatic payments

“Automatic bill paying can have a few benefits,” Smack said. “First and foremost, they make sure your bills are always paid on time. But automatic payment can also help you reach your savings goals. »

Autopay adds a level of accountability because you don’t have to remember to save money every time you get paid. Without automating your savings, it can be harder to know where your money is going and not save at all.

Try cheap or free local activities

Saving money doesn’t have to be a chore.

“Challenge yourself to see how much fun you can have without spending (too much) money!” Smack said.

Here are some ideas for affordable or free local activities to last all year round:

  • This summercatch a cheap movie at the Water Gardens Theater or hike the Timpanogos Cave Trail.
  • This fallwalk through Provo Canyon to see the beautiful foliage or pick up a bag of fresh apples or peaches at Allred Orchards.
  • When winter rolling again, come inside for a cozy meal or a dessert to share! There’s Chocolate Lava Cake at Bona Vita Italian Bistro, Pad Thai from Sabaidee Thai Cuisine, and Chicken Pot Pie from Harvest Restaurant, all in Lehi.

Grocery and gas prices may go up, but you can take proactive steps to support your financial health. By saving on utilities, getting tenant insurance, setting up automatic payments, and trying cheap or free local activities, you’re setting yourself up for financial success in 2022 and beyond!



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Salt lake city government

New bill would force Salt Lake officials to come up with plan for winter homeless shelter

For three winters, governments and nonprofits in Salt Lake County struggled to set up an emergency homeless shelter.

Representative Steve Eliason, R-Sandy offers options in a new bill.

Essentially, HB 440 demands that Salt Lake County government officials come up with a plan for at least one homeless overflow shelter by September 1 – well before the first snow usually falls.

Then this plan will be approved by the Utah Office of Homeless Services. If the proposal does not meet the bureau’s criteria, the state could operate a temporary overflow shelter at a state-owned facility in Salt Lake County.

Alternatively, the bill also allows county homeless resource centers to expand their occupancy until permitted by the fire code.

Eliason said it was essential that unprotected people have options.

“At the bare minimum, I hope this will help get people out of the winter cold to at least somewhere safe and warm where they can spend the night,” Eliason said. “But our goal, of course, is much broader. We need to keep people alive to hopefully get out of homelessness completely.

This winter, Salt Lake-based service providers struggled to open — and keep open — overflow shelters. Just this week the Weigand Center Overflow had to close for lack of staff. The former Ramada Inn, which serves both seniors with medical needs and serves as an emergency shelter for the general public, was also slow to open.

One of the reasons for the difficulty is that it is a difficult to ask for cities to operate a refuge. Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall has made it clear that she thinks the capital had to “take on greater responsibility than other municipalities in the state to provide shelter and services to the state’s homeless population”.

City officials had little to say about Eliason’s proposal at this point.

“We appreciate that Rep. Eliason is always ready to tackle this difficult issue,” said Andrew Wittenberg, the mayor’s spokesman. “We are still working on the details of the bill.”

But Wendy Garvin, who does community outreach through the Unsheltered Utah group, said it was a solid solution. She said the lack of available shelter during the winter is “the biggest problem we have”.

“It’s really frustrating,” Garvin said. “It’s really emotional because the majority of what we’re doing right now is saying to people, ‘I’m really sorry, we don’t have the resources for that.'”

The bill also provides additional funding for cities to mitigate the impacts of homeless shelters.

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Salt lake city

See the latest $20 million vision for Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Park upgrade

New plans call for the addition of trees, a clubhouse, and pickleball and basketball courts, while improving walkways and spaces for the popular downtown farmers’ market.

(Salt Lake City) A conceptual vision of improvements to Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake City, a glimpse of the renovated park looking south.

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Salt Lake City is finalizing a new $20 million vision for the renovation of Pioneer Park as the downtown area surrounding it continues to grow in population.

The latest of many plans for this premier urban green space was presented to a positive but cautious city council this week. Concepts developed by city staff and the Salt Lake City-based design studio — and gleaned from public feedback — include new groves of trees, remodeled walkways, better lighting, a performance pavilion , additional sports facilities and other amenities intended to make the 10-acre park more inclusive and attractive.

There would also be a new drought-sensitive water misting feature, a playground, two new nearby transit stations and improved spaces for the park’s popular downtown farmers’ market, according to reports. newer concepts, which city officials say are still being worked on.

(Salt Lake City) A conceptual vision for improvements to Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake City. (1) A water mist feature. (2) and (3) signs. (4) transit station stops. (5) self-cleaning toilets.

It’s the oldest park in Utah’s capital, with 175 years of history and a reputation in recent decades for being run down and prone to crime and vagrancy. After many discussions and several proposals for improvement put aside since 2003, these plans could become reality as early as 2023.

Assuming, that is, the city leaders choose to allocate the money.

“The project looks amazing,” said new council member Alejandro Puy, representing District 2 on the West Side. “Hopefully we can do that.”

The area has added more residents since 2010 than any other part of the city, and at least 1,016 more homes are now planned within a 15-minute walk of the block-sized park. Still, parks in general remain scarce in the urban core and rising land values ​​are making it harder for the city to create new green spaces, according to city manager Kristin Riker. Public Lands Department.

(Salt Lake City) A conceptual vision for improvements to Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake City. This east-facing view illustrates some of the plan’s visions for the downtown farmers’ market.

Residents of the park and across the city have consistently been supportive of its improvement in a series of surveys. The latest survey reveals that half of those questioned are extremely or somewhat dissatisfied with the park in its current state.

The latest plan, Riker said, focuses on improving the park’s natural features with more shade trees planted than would be removed and new expanses of natural vegetation. The upgrades would also aim to increase comfort in hopes of attracting more visitors, with new seating, toilets, a cafe and a ranger station.

Security would also be enhanced, Riker said, with more round-the-clock operations, staff, and designs that provide open sightlines across the park. And there would be new basketball and pickleball courts, lawn games and improvements to the dog park.

“This will truly be your downtown park,” Riker added, echoing the city’s theme as he solicited public input on his new designs.

(Salt Lake City) A conceptual vision for improvements to Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake City. This southeast view shows part of a proposed pavilion and reconfigured walkways.

History also looms large in the city. External consultants made Pioneer Park the subject of the very first “Cultural Landscape Report”, detailing its rich past as a guide for future upgrades. Plans for the park will get their second airing before the city Historic Monuments Commission early March.

The city has $3.4 million in park impact fees charged to developers, which could help propel Pioneer Park’s new vision, Riker said. The wave of downtown apartment construction could generate an additional $2.9 million in costs.

Meanwhile, discussions are underway at City Hall about putting a new bond in front of voters to help pay for a host of new open-air amenities, including Pioneer Park. Regardless of the city’s efforts, businesses supported Pioneer Park Coalition is seeking an additional $15 million for the park from the Utah Legislature.

(Salt Lake City) A conceptual vision for improvements to Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake City. This north-facing view depicts a proposed concert and event pavilion in the park.

Coalition lobbyist Scott Howell said Pioneer Park’s request has so far received a mixed reception from state budget lawmakers as they approach their March 4 adjournment. But the idea, Howell said, is that any money from state coffers would be matched by surrounding business owners.

“We’re not there yet,” Riker said of the $15 million request. “We are still waiting to see if the funds arrive.”

For its part, Salt Lake City is expected to incur new Pioneer Park spending as part of its annual program. capital improvement budget — and it is not done.

While receptive to the new vision, Puy and other council members said Tuesday that before allocating additional funds to Pioneer Park, they wanted to balance the budgetary needs of other city parks. Also vying on that priority list, they said, are Allen Park on the east side; a new regional park being considered to replace the now closed Glendale Water Park on the west side; and the possibility of creating new public green space on the city-owned Fleet Block on the eastern edge of the Granary district.

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Utah economy

Outdoor retailer: Governor Spencer Cox sends mixed signals as he returns to Utah

Utah Governor Spencer Cox sent decidedly mixed signals Thursday regarding his feelings about the potential return of lucrative outdoor retailer shows to Salt Lake City after the event owner moved the shows to Denver. five years ago amid swirling controversy over federal land use issues.

Event owner Emerald X is set to announce where the shows will be held under a new contract that begins in 2023. Salt Lake City competes with Denver and other potential venues for the gatherings which, before the COVID-19 pandemic, regularly attracted tens of thousands.

And, earlier this week, dozens of outdoor companies, including industry heavyweights Patagonia, REI, North Face and others, vowed to boycott Outdoor Retailer shows if they return to the Utah.

On the one hand, Cox said at his monthly KUED press conference on Thursday that the roughly $50 million in economic inflow that comes with each of the biannual shows — hosted by Salt Lake City for 20 years before coming out in 2017 — n were no longer needed. in Utah’s booming economy.

“We were told (the Outdoor Retailer shows leaving Utah) would be the end of the world, that our economy would collapse, that businesses would never move here, it would be awful for our state,” Cox said.

“Turns out none of that happened. We have the best economy in the country. Our outdoor industry is thriving, it’s stronger than it’s ever been. That’s one of the reasons they’re trying to bring him back here.

Cox said show owners and exhibitors had the worst end to the exit decision because they lost their “seat at the table” to engage in meaningful discussions about land use and policies with the governor and state legislators when the end result for the state was “we didn’t miss them at all.

But some of the same people in the outdoor industry who threatened to leave in 2017 over GOP state leaders’ support for cuts to federal land protections issued an apology after Emerald announced the shows were moving. in Denver, Cox said. And, he would still like to see the shows return to Utah.

“If Patagonia and these other companies really care about this issue, they’re going to want to be here having this discussion, not going somewhere where everyone thinks exactly like them,” Cox said. “We would like them to come back. We desperately want them back.

While bringing the shows back to Utah, Cox said, would give Outdoor Retailer attendees a direct link to elected officials to discuss policy issues, he pointed out that the boycotts promised, if the shows return to Utah, will not will have no impact on his position. on matters of use and protection of federal lands.

“That kind of boycott will do absolutely nothing to change the politics that’s going on here in the state of Utah,” Cox said. “Not even an inch. We won’t think about it anymore. »

While dismissing the effectiveness of boycott threats, Cox also said he’s open to finding common ground with outdoor industry representatives and believes Salt Lake City easily beats Denver when it comes to the best locations for Outdoor Retailer events.

“Obviously coming back to Salt Lake makes sense,” Cox said. “Our airport is closer, our venues are cheaper, our locations are much closer. Come back and join the discussion. You can help make a difference. You can help temper some of the things that are happening.

“We can find common ground. We may not agree on everything, but I think there are some things we definitely agree on.

On Tuesday, the Deseret News reported on a letter signed by more than two dozen outdoor industry companies promising to boycott Outdoor Retailer shows if the biannual events return to Salt Lake City.

The letter was released on Monday by The Conservation Alliance, a group dedicated to land conservation efforts that counts more than 270 companies as members. The website posting urges Emerald X to stay out of Utah due to members’ objections to the longstanding stance taken by state leaders to oppose federal land protections.

“We have united in declaring that we will not support or attend a trade show in Utah as long as its elected officials continue to attack national monuments and the protection of public lands,” the letter reads. “Industry leaders express their support for the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition and its longstanding efforts to protect the homelands of tribes and pueblos with cultural ties to the Bears Ears landscape, as well as the overwhelming majority of the outdoor industry and America’s public.

“Despite widespread industry objections, Emerald has demonstrated continued interest in moving the Outdoor Retailer show to Utah, a state that is leading the fight against designated national monuments and public lands.”

Cox was specifically named in the letter as the leader of Utah’s effort to “strip these magnificent lands from federal protection while simultaneously trying to woo Emerald to move the Outdoor Retailer show from Denver to Salt Lake City.” .

The Utah capital lost its contract with Denver in 2017 as plans announced by then-President Donald Trump to cut several areas of federally protected land angered the environmental community, outdoor enthusiasts and companies specializing in outdoor products and services. At the center of the controversy was Trump’s stated intention to reduce the 1.35 million acre Bears Ears National Monument, created by President Barack Obama in a 2016 proclamation issued just before he left office. .

Utah state legislators and government at the time. Gary Herbert backed the Trump plan by passing a resolution during the 2017 legislative session declaring “strong opposition to the designation of Bears Ears National Monument” and urging Trump to rescind his predecessor’s executive order.

Following President Joe Biden’s decision to reverse Trump’s cuts in Utah, Cox, GOP state legislative leaders and all six members of Utah’s congressional delegation have declared their opposition to reinstatement protections. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said he intends to take legal action against Biden’s land protection changes.

Emerald X is expected to announce the new host city for Outdoor Retailer soon, and Marisa Nicholson, Senior Vice President and Show Manager of Outdoor Retailer, said her company evaluated all issues and options before entering into a new contract.

“Outdoor Retailer and Emerald remain committed to supporting the outdoor and winter sports industries by hosting gatherings that both meet business needs and foster the spirit of our community,” Nicholson said in a statement. “We have had ongoing conversations with many in our industry and consider all input and perspectives, including responses to recent surveys – we value the passion and respect everyone’s point of view.

“As we continue the process of evaluating all possible and realistic options, we remain thoughtful in our deliberations. Our goal is to stage a dynamic event that not only reflects today’s new normal, but also presents an engaging event that brings more people to this community in an authentic and affordable way. No decisions regarding future dates or location have been made at this time, and we look forward to sharing our thoughts in the coming days.

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Salt lake city government

We elected the most diverse city council in history. Now what?

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Alejandro Puy, District 2, is sworn in as a member of the Salt Lake City Council, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.

Last November, when thousands of West Salt Lake voters cast their ballots, I became the first-ever Latino elected to represent Salt Lake City‘s most diverse community. (District 2 is a predominantly Latino district, with a very diverse mix of cultures and nationalities.)

If you’re surprised by this, you wouldn’t be the first, and you’re certainly not the only one. The truth is that critical barriers to entry still exist for minorities seeking to run for office. Only when we understand what barriers exist can we break them down, paving the way for a new generation of diverse representation in Salt Lake City and our state. The incredible time commitment, the expectation of a traditional education in a decidedly non-traditional world, economic demands, trust, and political connections can leave everyday Utahns behind when it comes to representation.

But politics – becoming an elected official and serving your community – shouldn’t be open only to white, educated, wealthy people. We always talk about the lack of diversity in elected and volunteer positions; how valuable voices from different backgrounds are in our government. We desperately need diverse voices, but now this City Council I serve on, in tandem with Salt Lake County and the State of Utah, must do all we can to break down the walls we’ve had to cross to get here, when no one else ever has to fight.

I know the walls first hand. As a recently naturalized immigrant, I had to balance my personal obligations, putting many of them on hiatus, and my desire to serve my community. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to take time off from work from the day I filed my application until the end of our campaign. I am single and I have no children. I worked in politics, made connections, and knew what it took to run in Salt Lake City for years before I decided to file a case. I was lucky, and the system shouldn’t just reward the lucky ones.

But how do you open up the opportunity to others: the single mother on the West Side, who works two jobs, who wants to serve her community to create a better future for her children — how to create a town where she can volunteer for a city council or run for office without it creating an undue burden on his life?

Provide plenty of affordable and accessible childcare opportunities, expand public access to technology like a working computer and webcam that is imperative for joining boardrooms, running and showing up at virtual town halls and meetings constituencies, and making advanced civic education easily accessible to all are good starts. Yet they demand that all of our city councils, our county council, and our state legislature come together to make representation for all of us truly possible for all of us.

I will continue to work to make the application more accessible to everyone. And if you are eager to serve your neighbors as a volunteer or elected official, I hope you will join me in breaking down barriers and creating a stronger, more representative Salt Lake City where all voices are heard and valued.

Alejandro “Ale” Puy | Salt Lake City Council

Alejandro “Ale” Puy represents District 2 on the Salt Lake City Council.

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